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Gold Leaf Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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82
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 12-24-2008)
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Treyliff:
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +17.7%

A- pours a crystal clear golden-straw color with a small foamy white head that retains long after the pour, thanks to the carbonation bubbles that continue to swim to the top

S- fresh grassy hops with subtle floral notes, a hint of lemon peel and must, toasted cracker-like malt

T- sweet kick of fresh bready malt with notes of honey up front, floral flavors follow the aroma with faint notes of lemon and grassy hops, toasted cracker malt kicks in on a dry finish, with more floral hop notes on the linger

M- light bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slick and crisp finish, high drinkability

O- Wow, this beer comes close to Weienstephaner IMO. It's such a simple tasting beer, but it's crafted masterfully. So drinkable, yet the floral notes keep you wanting more. I'm glad that this isn't hard to find around me, because I'll be getting more for sure

05-30-2014 03:31:15 | More by Treyliff
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4/5  rDev +10.5%

08-23-2014 19:31:15 | More by GOBLIN
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dmk91

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-07-2013 19:18:38 | More by dmk91
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

64 oz brewery filled growler into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a clear light gold, with a finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with some very light ringing and spotty lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy, citric, and light spicy, with sweet bready grains and a touch of must. This is decent.

The taste has crisp citric bite that packs some fresh flavor as well, which is well balanced by a backbone of sweet graininess. The finish is dry with some lingering bitter citrus and spice. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a firm crispness throughout that keeps this quite refreshing feeling.

Clean and drinkable with a solid hop presence, this is a Lager you can session. Nicely done.

03-14-2012 16:57:45 | More by Kegatron
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hophugger

Virginia

3.09/5  rDev -14.6%

decent beer. Aroma seems a little like the cheaper beers on the market. Nice golden color and decent head. Flavor is good, slightly German-like which is fine. Flavor goes away fast and leaves you wanting a little more . Overall, a good beer made by a decent brewery. Well done

08-09-2014 17:38:21 | More by hophugger
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-28-2014 12:53:11 | More by GRG1313
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BleauxLeaux

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

04-28-2012 17:20:52 | More by BleauxLeaux
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-24-2014 03:09:54 | More by VeganUndead
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tugdriver7

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

06-26-2014 12:11:16 | More by tugdriver7
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robebo44

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

05-16-2014 21:13:00 | More by robebo44
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a pokal glass.

A slightly straw and pale gold body, with some faint rising carbonation, with a good off white pin head sized bubbles given with about a finger. Drink maintains a fairly decent collar while finishing and some minimal spider lacing.

Nose is very mild and closed. Faint crisp malt and smally chewy grain sense, maybe some grass but it's really tiny I can hardly smell anything.

Taste though is a big improvement. Real nice sweet malt action on this and bread in the palate. Bakery dry finish with a mix of sweet small honey which almost has a coating mouthfeel effect. Hop like lemon character comes in with repeated sips with a mix of muted crisp and good baked malt density. A small but very noticeable playful carbonation.

Overall it doesn't smell like the brew is going to deliver but it does quite nicely and in a strange way makes it seem much better than it's going to be. Nice job.

06-15-2012 15:13:24 | More by smakawhat
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-09-2013 01:08:31 | More by FUwolfpacker
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obywan59

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Crystal clear and light golden yellow against my screen, but golden orange against my wall. 1 1/2 finger white head that dissipates almost entirely leaving no lacing. A layer of rather large bubbles rests on the bottom of the glass before gradually rising.

At first the aroma was mostly a rich toasted maltiness backed up by some lemony citric hops. After a few minutes though, the toast sinks into the background and the floral, almost perfumey hops dominate. Light must.

The taste is much more subdued. Mostly dry upfront followed by a bit of malt syrup. As the beer warms, light toast replaces the syrup. Tart and slightly bitter hops carry it to the end. Sweeter in the aftertaste with a hint of honey.

Moderately crisp, light in body, somewhat drying and a bit warming. Light syrup.

Odd that I found it more aromatic while others found it more tasty, but I admit I liked the taste better by the time I reached the bottom of my glass. Still, the aroma wins hands down for me. A good light summer brew. I wouldn't hesitate to try it again.

05-14-2014 01:17:48 | More by obywan59
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gopens44

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-05-2012 22:29:39 | More by gopens44
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-02-2014 04:12:12 | More by JMUbrewz
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yuenglingade

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-30-2014 01:07:25 | More by yuenglingade
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

02-09-2013 01:44:58 | More by Rhettroactive
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

This beer is quite the easy drinker. Has a nice German lager appearance. Clear yellow, highly carbonated with 1 finger head that doesn't hold very well. Has the scent of adjunct beer so not the best smelling beer. Has a very solid flavor profile. Very authentic to German originators and hits all the marks. Only downside is I find it a little dry in the finish thus not quite as thirst quenching for the style. Otherwise this is a fine beer and well done to the style by Devil's Backbone.

07-23-2014 22:15:09 | More by bubseymour
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-29-2012 07:43:50 | More by ygtbsm94
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%

On tap at the brewpub last weekend.

Pours a clear yellow color with a good white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the sides. Thin collar throughout. Good balance between some light hops and crisp grainy malt. Slight straw and grain throughout in both the nose and flavor. Good noble hop presence. Light body and good carbonation; really crisp. Great example of the style.

07-20-2011 11:22:39 | More by Thorpe429
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Duke_of_Windsor


4/5  rDev +10.5%

07-20-2014 13:00:18 | More by Duke_of_Windsor
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-26-2014 19:04:13 | More by Mattyb79
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PGVG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-23-2012 17:30:59 | More by PGVG
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themind

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

07-29-2014 23:38:53 | More by themind
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

I prefer real gold to leaf, but maybe that's just me. This brew pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is faint, comprising light wheat, florals, and a very light kiss of citrus. (Insert "Li'l Kiss" reference here.) The taste has more weight, with notes of floral bitters, light biscuity-ness, and a light citrus bit. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a pretty decent light lager; nothing to write home about, but nice and refreshing in this ridiculous humidity.

07-10-2010 21:20:40 | More by TMoney2591
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Gold Leaf Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.