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Gold Leaf Lager - Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Gold Leaf LagerGold Leaf Lager

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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

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Beer added by: on 12-24-2008

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
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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3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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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3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
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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4.26/5  rDev +20%
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I scored this CAN at Total Wine & More during one of my recent trips to Norfolk, VA. I attended a reunion of USS Normandy (CG-60) shipmates in August, one of whom passed away shortly thereafter and I was privileged to get underway and participate in his burial-at-sea in November. This review will be my toast to his memory.

From the CAN: "Premium Quality"; "Virginia Heartland".

I Crack!ed it open and when nothing untoward occurred, I began an inverted Glug. I netted a brief finger of fizzy, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity, but it was NOT gold. Whoops! Nose held a pleasant malty sweetness, obviously adjunct-free, and I was drooling in anticipation. I really love drinking non-AAL lagers, having been subjected to so many of those losers in the early days of The CANQuest (TM). Mouthfeel was thin, not necessarily watery, but not much past it. The taste was fairly innocuous, lightly sweet, but not discernibly hopped. It was another totally crushable beer, especially given its low ABV. Today's lagers could all easily go into my summer cooler with no CANplaint. Finish was semi-sweet, very light in terms of body and taste. Still, it beats any of those AALs that I mentioned earlier.

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Gold Leaf Lager from Devils Backbone Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.