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Gold Leaf Lager | Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Gold Leaf LagerGold Leaf Lager

Brewed by:
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by on 12-24-2008

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 133
Reviews by Zraly:
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Photo of cavedave
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to gopens44 for this treat!

Clear light gold, with a finger of white head that kicks back to a decent skim.

Low/med. strength aroma, some crisp bready sweet, nice rounded tart yeast, and really tasty noble hop spice.

Med. strength taste, nicely sweet to start, then the yeast kicks in, with just a hint of lagery tart that joins with a complex, but light spiciness that includes the taste of black pepper spice and herbal rooty spice. Starts sweet, dries out at the end. Clean. Tasty.

Nice body, perfect for style, a touch lower carb. than style, but an excellent finish that makes up for it. Actually, here the low carb. makes this a very tasty as well as interesting beer without sacrificing a nice refreshing quality..

Nice American take on a Helles that I recommend.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Sticks and Stones last night.Came in a standard pint a clear straw color with a nicely formed white head atop.Toasted grain and a hint sweet dough in the nose.Flavors are bready with mild sweetness,a nice crisp finish.An easy drinker but with some substance.

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Photo of HerbMeowing
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, gold, with 1/2 inch head and high carbonation. Taste is honey, grass, and toasted malt. Clean and sessionable lager. Pleasant tasting, I would get this again if I wanted the style.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly and completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever. Looks like a BMC beer.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aroma at all, but I do get some faint, I mean really faint, aromas of toasted malt and caramel, as well as some corn or rice-adjunct-like aromas, and some grassy, bitter hops. Honestly, it smells like a BMC beer too.

Taste: Pretty decent plain lager. Strong, clean flavors of toasted malt and caramel with no hops what-so-ever, and very, very little corn or rice-adjunct-like flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied and crisp and clean, with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a decent, clean, plain lager. Nothing special or great, just clean and unassuming. There are no harsh adjunct-like flavors, just toasted malt and caramel. It would be an excellent entry-level craft beer for non-craft beer drinkers.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of Trambo
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barracudas
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of apasternak
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Always see this around, but am not sure why. Did nothing to stand out

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Photo of Treyliff
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of BleauxLeaux
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of tugdriver7
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of robebo44
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of obywan59
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a nice clear and medium gold color. The beer looks very nice.

The beer smell is nicely subdued and balanced. The beer has a pretty strong sweet malt note to it but a light and bitter hop flavor gives it a bit of a more balanced note but malt heavy. The yeast also comes out as a bready.

The beer taste is also pretty good. A stronger bitter hop presence with a nice and present sweet malt note. The also has a bit of a heavy water taste but in such that it gives it more flavor. The yeast taste is also there and is a nice sweet bread note that mixes well with the sweet malt taste.

The feel is pretty refreshing. It's a bit medium bodied with a smooth feel and carbonation that gives it a nice texture.

Overall, a pretty good version of the style and worth getting.

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Photo of gopens44
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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