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 JCarey
1.75/5  rDev -49.7%

I don't want to call this beer atrocious, but it's pretty bad. In fact, I haven't had one good beer from this brewery, and I decided to give them a second chance and buy a sampler pack. Bad call so far.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours straw color with foamy head that dissipates quickly.

smell is grainy with some pear. Taste is grainy, almost like an AAL, with pear with a nice balance of sweet and tart to start. Feels light, with strong carbonation, but feels a little sticky. Overall, worth trying, but not a huge fan.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-clear, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Pretty nice aroma. Toasted malt, imparting notes of whole wheat crackers and biscuits, accompanied by some hone, floral notes of clover, freshly cut grass and a lot of crisp, fruity pear and apple aromas. Very nice actually.

Taste: Pretty good! Strong flavors of semi-tart pears and apples up front, followed by some honey and caramel-like sweetness. Toasted malt flavors follow, imparting bready flavors of crackers and cereals, and/or English muffins. Finally, there’s a touch of nicely balanced floral, hoppy bitterness. I like it!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp, and nicely carbonated. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a nice beer. I like the fruity, semi-tart pear flavors which meld very well with the tradition lager flavors of toasted malt and caramel-like sweetness. Think a pear cider that has been blended with a traditional lager. I’d definitely have it again. Another good beer from Devils Backbone, my favorite Virginian brewery!

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Photo of hophugger
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light color and very light head. This beer is very crisp and drinks like a cider, although much better with light pear flavor, great carbonation and a good balance of hops and malt and flavors.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a Belcher glass.

Deep brass yellow body, quite clear but not totally crystal. Simple bone white collar presented on top as well.

For a beer accentuating fruit I am not smelling it. I get some more hints of a basic pale lager, no hint of hops even of noble variety or anything else. A good decent doughy malt backbone, quite dense and bakery large though. Not sure where this is going.

Once again a great lager brewery, but where is the pear in this? Good thick body, and that classic popping malt and dough flavor. Not particularly crisp, but certainly seems to hint of the white toasty bread and thick bread and yeast. Fruit forward not so much, and not really hinting of it either.

Overall if it was just a basic lager it's pretty solid, but where's the fruit quality on this? I am not getting it so I'll have to pass overall. But it is a well made lager.

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Photo of obywan59
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This looks a lot like the DB Tasmanian Pale Ale I had last night. Clearer though. Less golden against my screen and less orange against the wall. Call it a brownish orange. 1 1/2 finger whitish head that disappears way to quickly leaving no lacing and barely a trace on the surface either.

I definitely get the pear, with a background of sweet malt and a hint of citric hops. Nice. I like it.

Light sweet malt and tart citrus with a fruitiness that powers through the back of the mouth. Some light bitter hops at time.

Lightly crisp. Medium light in body, yet there is a bit of syrup retention on the tongue. Light warmth in the throat. Slightly drying.

Very refreshing. The sweet, fruity and bitter aspects all seem more pronounced before the beer warms. A go to beer for a sticky hot summer night.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a Pear Lager that tastes like a lager brewed with pears. It's simple and light so there's not much to say but it's an enjoyable change of pace that serves well on a hot day.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. It pours a clear amber with one finger of milk-white head and lacing. There is discernible pear on the nose, along with grass and biscuit. The taste features tangy pear, bready malt, and a touch of earthy hops at the finish. It is medium-bodied, pleasantly carbonated, and very easy to drink at 4.8% ABV. I drank this at about 9 months after bottling and wish I had it fresher. Overall, it's a pleasant-drinking pear-forward beer.

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Photo of Shumania
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at the outpost on 12/22/13, poured into a devils backbone pint glass

A: hazy, yellow beer. Looks to have good carbonation, big head that went to nothing quickly

S: apples, pear, white wine grape, sweet breadlines

T: sweet apples and pears. Extremely clean

M: medium body

Interesting beer... Mix of beer, white wine, and apple cider.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico Ballston. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a clear light golden color with a nice white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose has subtle pear and a very, very light sugary tartness. Grain behind that. Flavor was smooth with mild fruit and a nice light maltiness in the background. Light body with good carbonation. Very refreshing.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice gold color. White head that disappears quickly. Nose like cider, and not surprisingly smells strongly of pear, with basic lager smells beneath. Taste follows suit: mild lager, with pear on top. Mouthfeel smooth but unexceptional. Bottled 2/25/2016.

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Photo of Beejay
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Light yellow, like a chardonnay , fairly clear, with small white head that rapidly diminishes to a ring around the glass.

S: Light and fruity with a lovely sweet pear aroma. It almost has a little bit of an apple juice thing going on.

T: Light and fruity, but the flavor comes off more like apples, than pear. Flavor wise it treads between a few different types of beverages, it's a little like cider, a little like a sweet white wine, and a little like a beer.

M: Medium in body, and the carbonation is moderate, although it feels a touch low for me. Slight cling to the finish.

O: It's tasty, but a little forgetful. If you gave this thing a higher carbonation, it would be a brilliant beer for those dreadful outdoor summer weddings. Just the crisp light thing to cool you down and not get you too trashed. However as a stand alone beer, it is interesting, but not phenomenal.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale golden straw, clear, wi half a finger of head. No lacing.

S: Bread, a hint of pear, and faint spice (ginger?)

T: Malt is a little breads, no sweetness at all. A hint of pear, but not much. Just a touch of tangy, bitter hops, but it doesn't linger.

M: Moist, with decent carbonation. A good thirst quencher.

O: Not bad, but not memorable either. Good on a hot day, and very sessionable. Just kind of short on taste. They dialled down the hops, but didn't add enough pear to make up for the lack of flavour.

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Photo of tempest
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty nice fruit beer. The pear character is upfront and clean, but the body isn't too thick or the finish sweet. I'd recommend it to a friend that doesn't really like beer, or anyone that loves pears.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

on tap at DBB outpost

A- pours clear and bright golden-yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces, leaving only a small ring around the glass

S- faint toasted malt with a light fruit sweetness

T- crisp lightly toasted malt mixes with a subtle sweetness of pear and sugarcane, slightly grainy finish with more subtle sweetness on the linger

M- medium-light bod with medium prickly carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish, drinkability is thirst quenching

O- this beer is so easy to drink and the sweetness of the pear makes it go down very quickly. This would be a great option for summer and camping season

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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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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 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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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 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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Pear Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
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