Snake River Vienna Style LagerMay 1, 2001 Jackson Hole, WY
Snake River Brewing Co.
Jackson Hole, WY
Available: WY, MT, ID, NM, WI, OH
Snake River Brewing Co. was honored with the 2000 Small Brewery of the Year and Brewmaster of the Year Awards at the GABF. This beer is an amber style Vienna lager, brewed with two row pale, Munich 7L, carastan 34L, caramel 75L and caramel 150L malts, and Washington Perle, German Hallertau and Tettenang hops.
Original gravity: 1048
A remarkable version of a relatively rare style, with a wonderful nose, spectacular color and a splendid head. It makes one want to pause a while to enjoy the view and the aroma. But not for long, because this smooth and well-balanced brew insists that we partake. The modest hop dosage is more assertive than one might expect, but perhaps that it just what this style needs to make it more welcome. Very pleasing, with a taste that lingers and demands another swallow, and another.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer is light amber with a slight haze and an impressive rocky head. The aroma is wonderfully bready malt, sweet-smelling, without a trace of hop. On the palate, the beer is soft and round, medium to full-bodied with hops just barely balancing out the sweetness of the malt. It dries up at the end for a clean finish. Very tasty and well-brewed. A silkily seductive beer and a good example of the original Vienna Style. This would be nice with roasted meats and barbecue.
- Garrett Oliver
As soon as I open the bottle, I get the malt aroma that is a key element in the Vienna style. The beer pours with an excellent, dense head, leaving good lace. The bronze to amber color is also very appropriate to the style. In palate, the maltiness is cookie-like to the point of seeming almost crunchy. As the beer warms, its maltiness seems to smooth out. Nice balance of late hop bitterness, then some fruity acidity. Is that the hops, or an inappropriate ale-like note? I am not sure. Either way, a lively appetizing beer.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.