Pear Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Pear LagerPear Lager

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of ChrisKayler
5/5  rDev +43.7%

Photo of alyssa1224
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's a great refreshing summer beer

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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.16/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewskii
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Amedlin18
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Pantalones
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Second bottle of this one from the summer variety pack; bottling date is May 17th, 2015.

Nice bright golden color, very clear, with lots of little bubbles rising up from the bottom (they've *very* visible in this one.) Decent bit of white foam bubbles up at first, but then quickly shrinks into a thin coating and then starts to vanish entirely not long after that. Skinny ring around the outside edges and a few traces around the middle still left after a few minutes, but that's all.

Smells... like pears! The pear (pear juice?) smell is definitely what stands out here, whether sniffing the top of the freshly-opened bottle or sniffing the glass after pouring. Heck, sometimes I can even smell pears from a distance. Very much pear smell here. Hard to make out anything else -- maybe just a trace of "beery" smell? -- but hey, fruit smells good.

Taste is also quite pear-y, but the beer elements of this one come out a lot more strongly in the flavor than in the smell. Pear juice, a semi-sweetish bready malt, another sweetness that seems a bit different (....perhaps this uses two different malts and I'm picking up on both of them here?), and... some sort of almost cidery-seeming funkiness, I'm assuming yeast-related or perhaps from the pears or a combination of the two? Lingering flavor is that second sort of sweetness that comes in, sometimes a bit of the cidery aspect, but nothing sticks around for all that long.

Feel doesn't stand out to me as much as the smell and taste, but still not bad by any means. Quite fizzy feel in the mouth, borderline prickly even, I'd guess that carbonation must be fairly high, but it's not so light-feeling that it comes across as watery or even all that close. Still on the lighter end, but in a "hey, this is nice and refreshing" way rather than a "yick, this feels too watery" way.

Overall, pretty good! I wasn't sure what to expect from this one before I'd tried it (a PEAR beer? sounds weird!) but it actually works surprisingly well. Actually does the whole "fruit beer" thing incredibly well -- it's not overwhelmingly fruity (you definitely taste the beer), but also avoids the opposite extreme ("beer with the tiniest, barely-detectable hint of fruit"), instead managing to pull off a very nice balance with a more fruity smell but more of a beer/fruit combination in the flavor. Throwing off my expectations entirely, this might actually be my favorite from their current variety pack.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a very light easy to drink lager with hint of pear flavoring behind the grain bill. No noticeable hops. Although quite boring, I cound drink this again very easily. Probably a good alternative for the summer shandy or Blue Moon crowd more than for the Beer Advocates which is why its getting pretty low ratings. Nothing bad at all, just nothing special either.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: Pear Lager is not just fruity in name: it really is a prominent part of the profile. But not so overdone that it turns gimmicky and loses its beerness. Pleasantly surprised since the idea of fruit beer does not really appeal to me.

Look: Brassy straw yellow. Some lacing.
Smell: A little like a hard cider. Hard to say it's a pear smell, but at least a fermented fruity cider.
Taste: Follows the cider-like smell, but with a more identifiable pear presence. Fruity tannin. Then the biscuity malt pops in. Nice balance of malty backbone and fruity overtones that finish with a mellow sweetness.
Mouthfeel: medium to light body. Moderate carbonation.

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3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 5/27

Pours bright gold, clear, little foam. Bubbles actively rise to the top. Apple pear nose, atwixt bready malts. Fruit more notable. Taste is a light lager, but with a fuller noteworthy fruit. Blend in nicely to contribute without being pushy. Crisp pear finish. Good carbonation. Sessionable summer alternative.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, light yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Is perhaps the most pear forward non-Belgian beer I have had. Taste is big pears and light lager, grass, and slight earthy hops. Nice light and enjoyable. Different in a good way. I would get this again.

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Pear Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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