Devils Backbone Vienna Lager

Virginia
United States
Devils Backbone Vienna Lager Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20
Description 

Devils Backbone Vienna Lager, 2012 Gold World Beer Cup and 2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal winner, is a chestnut colored lager with a malty aroma and subtle toasty sweetness derived from a multi-stage mash. A pinch of noble hops gives this refreshing beer a clean finish.

Profile

ABV: 
4.9%
IBUs: 
18
Served at: 
45° - 50° F
Hops: 
Northern Brewer, Saaz
Malts: 
Vienna, Pilsen, Dark Munich, Caramel
Judges Review 
Tom Cannon's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

The beer pours a lovely clear amber, with burnt orange highlights. The aroma is clean bright malt, somewhat reminiscent of freshly baked cookies, with maybe a touch of toasted pine nuts. The flavor extends the malt expression found in the aroma. Again, the malt flavor is clean and toasty, with hints of freshly baked bread and a touch of nuttiness. None of this is very big. It is a Vienna Lager, after all, not an Oktoberfest, but the flavors all work well together… Few amber lagers and ales express malt as smooth and clean as this. Not a big beer, but soft and thirst quenching. It’s refreshing to see lighter beers with this much subtle complexity.

Brewery Introduction

One might say the spark for the idea behind the brewery happened in 1992 with a visit to Cortina, Italy. Founders, Steve and Heidi Crandall were on a ski trip and were introduced to a German beer called Weihenstephan. This first real “craft” beer experience started a trend in the Crandall... Read More

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