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Thursday, July 5th 2012

Snake River Lager
(Snake River Brewing Company)

Snake River Brewing did something quite impressive a few months ago. The Jackson Hole, Wyoming brewery said a fond farewell to glass bottles and made the decision to start canning their entire lineup. Five of their beers are now available in cans and having had them all we can say that each is incredible in its own right. Snake River's Lager has won two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival (2001 & 2003) and won gold at the 2010 North American Brewers Festival. We're excited to share our thoughts on this brew! Cheers!

From the Snake River Brewing site:

"Snake River Lager is our most popular beer. This is an amber colored Vienna style lager. The rich, caramel flavor is balanced with the use of several hop varieties for a subtle hop note. An authentic German lager yeast strain adds to the true flavor of this beer. The  malt forward profile of Snake River Lager makes it a fine complement to pizzas and red meat."

Here we go...

Pour - dark amber in appearance with some orange and red hues. Nice looking carbonation levels form a thin white head on top. Clean and clear in the glass. A great looking pour. 

Aroma - brown bread, toasty and roasty malts, molasses and some faint hints of orange and other citrus. Great aromas from this lager. 

Taste - one sip and we're already impressed. Snake River's Lager is something good, real good. Loads of malt flavors abound with some toasty, biscuity notes as well. This is crisp with a clean finish and leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue. Well-rounded and practically flawless. An excellent example of this very drinkable style.

Overall - with the vast amount of beer styles confronting American craft beer drinkers the Vienna Lager might get a bit lost in the crowd. If you're looking for something to bring to a BBQ that just might convert some macro drinkers than this might be it. If you're looking for something different, or a break from all things hoppy, we definitely recommend picking up a six-pack of Snake River Lager. You can even order some online if it isn't available near you. 

Note - So, what exactly is a "Vienna Lager"? Our good friends over at Wikipedia have this to say about the style:

"Vienna lager was developed by brewer Anton Dreher in Vienna in 1841. Austrian brewers who emigrated to Mexico in the late 19th century took the style with them. Vienna lager is a reddish-brown or copper-colored beer with medium body and slight malt sweetness. The malt aroma and flavor may have a toasted character"

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Snake River Lager
Style: Vienna Lager
Brewery: Snake River Brewing Company
Jackson, Wyoming  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: 2- Row, Munich TL, Melanoidan
Hops: Perle, Liberty and Sterling
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 18
Date: July 5th, 2012

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Lagers