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Gold Leaf Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Gold Leaf Lager
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-25-2014 01:56:40 | More by billab914
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: can

07-23-2014 22:15:09 | More by bubseymour
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

07-17-2014 17:22:25 | More by MattSharpless
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argock

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can into a clear glass 16 oz mug. No freshness date on the can. Purchased at Market Street WIneshop (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear straw yellow with 2-finger ivory head with average retention and only a few spots of lace.

S: Bready, malty aroma with lightly spicy, herbal and grassy noble hops nose

T: Clean and crisp with a inobtrusive bready malt flavor and capped with a light honeysuckle, herbal, grassy, lightly spicy hops bitterness. I think it is a little too bitter for the style, but not way off, maybe 3-5 IBUs too many.

M: Very crisp and finishes dry with light body and a bit too low in the carbonation department.

O: I liked GLL but it has a few tweaks in lowering the hop bitterness a few IBUs and upping the carbonation a tad. Still, a refreshing brew, great for summer.

Serving type: can

07-16-2014 01:58:31 | More by argock
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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10%

07-08-2014 12:39:55 | More by Dicers
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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3%

07-02-2014 04:12:12 | More by JMUbrewz
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-28-2014 12:53:11 | More by GRG1313
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tugdriver7

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

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

Indiana

3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-25-2014 23:59:51 | More by Kyrojack
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Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-25-2014 02:29:52 | More by wrightst
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Virginia

5/5  rDev +38.5%

06-22-2014 17:20:36 | More by beerrat
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JLeet

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

06-11-2014 21:35:38 | More by JLeet
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-02-2014 01:28:15 | More by DrunkinYogi
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden (wow, get that!) color. The head sucks - not even a finger high, white shade, and retention that reminds me of something BMC (that's not good). No lacing.

S: At first, I'm getting a subtle kiss of earthy noble hops. Since this is a Munich helles, I expect it to have a honeyed, slightly fruity sweetness...and it does appear after opening up. I'm also getting a touch of diacetyl. Nothing special, but I think this will taste better than it smells.

T: It opens with a healthy flavor of honey. The back end isn't necessarily hoppy per se, but I'm still getting a touch of hop dryness to help cleanse things. At first, it's dull. But then additional touches of apricot, caramel, bread, and diacetyl appear after a while. Honestly, the more I drink it, the less dull it gets - hell, it's even showing a modicum of depth.

M: Aside from a light sweetness, it's dry finishing. The body is just full enough to make it seem richer than would have been, relying on powerful carbonation to make it drinkable.

O: Nothing special, but certainly not bad. Devil's Backbone hasn't impressed me yet, and unfortunately this one doesn't do enough to sway me from that thought. There are some worthwhile aspects to it, at least: it's easy to drink and refreshing like a lager should be, along with a touch (just a touch) of complexity. I certainly wouldn't refuse a free can/pour of it again.

Serving type: can

05-31-2014 19:50:39 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +18%
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

Serving type: can

05-30-2014 03:31:15 | More by Treyliff
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KevMo84

California

2/5  rDev -44.6%

05-27-2014 06:36:59 | More by KevMo84
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-25-2014 22:12:09 | More by Zraly
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robebo44

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

05-16-2014 21:13:00 | More by robebo44
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a clear, pale straw gold. A half finger of head, but not for long: it dissipates to nothing (absolutely nothing) quite quickly. Lacing is also fairly non-existent. Hmmmm.

S. Ahhhh, there we go. Freshly cut grass, floral notes, lavender, hints of citrus, toasted crackers.

T. Even better: big floral notes with hints of honey sweetness, sourdough bread, fresh grains, resolving into a slightly sweet finish with refreshing bitterness from the hops. Wow.

M. Highly carbed with a light, crisp mouthfeel. A little sweet on the finish, which actually complements the dry, herbal bitterness quite well. Excellent blend of malt and hop here.

O. Well, I love this. The pour was fairly disappointing, but after that it's all thumbs way up. The uninitiated will drink this beer and say "it tastes like Miller Lite." Those in the throes and heights of beer fever will criticize this for a lack of complexity. But those of us who have gone through our BMC days, become craft beer geeks, driven all over town to buy up the monthly rare releases, and have now settled into where we just appreciate well-made beers, especially those with subtlety, will rightfully praise this amazing creation from Devil's Backbone. It's straightforward: a simple nose and flavor profile. But heck if this isn't one of the best beers I've had this year. It's refreshing, it's tasty, and it's impeccably made. The Helles Lager style is unforgiving to brewers who aren't at the top of their game...fortunately for Devil's Backbone, they put on a clinic with Gold Leaf Lager. This will be in my fridge all summer long.

Serving type: can

05-16-2014 03:02:58 | More by siege06nd
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obywan59

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This review is culled from one poured into a glass, and one straight out of the can.

Color is golden yellow with a nice and fluffy but quickly dissipating head. Nose is biscuity, a little grassy, and not much hops. Taste is...well, it's pretty good. Kind of like a what macro lager tastes like in a dream. Sweet up front, progressing through some crispness, and finishing nice and dry. Can't really put a finger on what hops were used, but I can't say that I really care either. It's a good, solid fun drinkin' beer. I'd love to take a case with me on a boat or tailgating.

Serving type: can

05-10-2014 20:11:32 | More by IPhantom
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atrocity

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

04-25-2014 18:35:52 | More by atrocity
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VeganUndead

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-24-2014 03:09:54 | More by VeganUndead
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Gold Leaf Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.