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Gold Coin Helles - Backpocket Brewing

Gold Coin HellesGold Coin Helles

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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%

Brewed by:
Backpocket Brewing visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Light, simple, and drinkable at those special gatherings you sometimes get lucky enough to happen upon - a beautiful golden goodness that's worth gathering about.

(Beer added by: DesMoinesMike on 10-12-2011)
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/11/14, Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice honey gold in color with a small white head that settle down to nothing. NO lacing at all either. The aroma is of grains with a hint of sweet bread/yeast. The taste was actually really smooth like the aroma with a very slight hoppy finish that last about 2 seconds. Overall a great beer that goes down easy and would be a great choice for a warm summers day as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:15:11 | More by BeerWithMike
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3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.2% ABV

A - I stopped pouring the beer with less than an inch left in the bottle as sediment began emptying which left the beer a pale golden yellow color with an ever-so-slight particle haze and a fleeting white head.

S - Opening with that classic German lager aroma, Gold Coin already wins points in my book. Light zesty spice is imparted by noble hops and the back end has a simple and delicate pale malt nose with a touch of pils sweetness.

T - Pale malt graininess is laced with a touch of spicy noble hops but this helles is as nuts-n-bolts simple as it gets.

M - Light bodied and crisp with a beautifully drying level of carbonation tickling the tongue.

O - Gold Coin is a terribly simple helles lager but that's no disrespect. Simplicity is it's achievement, finishing with a nice and crisp balance and clean lager smoothness that makes it über drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 22:48:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

This German Style Blonde Ale has as the name indicates a nice gold color. Pours out smooth and builds up a one to two finger head that quickly disappears. This is an easy drinking and tasty brew that would be nice to sip on a warm summer day. A solid offering from Iowa's largest production brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 15:40:52 | More by Ejayz
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - honey gold color. Minimal white head. Coppery highlights.

S - lots of cereal-like grains and delicate caramel. Some very mild herbal hop aroma as well.

T - immediately sweet and a bit tangy up front. Definite pale malt body. Very smooth and rounded. Hints of citrus, spices, and some earthiness.

M - thin body. Very creamy and smooth. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Finish is fairly clean with only a hint of residual sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 02:57:56 | More by rundocrun
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4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tursi's Latin King in Des Moines.

I ordered this because I knew of the brewery from the Iowa Craft Beer Festival and knew their stuff is good. This proved to be on the same level.

It was described as a pilsiner and I was surprised of how dark it was, a light amber color with a thin finger of foam. The aroma had a bit of citrus and malts blended together. The taste, wow, very low bitterness and the flavor seemd more malt-based than others of that style. The body was good and finished clean with a mild, pleasant sweetness left lingering. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 16:01:14 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of bashiba


3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with a thin mild head, some light lacing.

The smell is light and bready.

The flavor is very malt centric with toasty and bready munich malt flavors finishing with a light slightly spicy and grassy hop finish.

The body is light with mild carbonation.

Overall a decent Helles, nothing off putting, yet nothing to get excited about either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 01:46:50 | More by bashiba
Photo of emerge077


4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft today at the Bierstube in Davenport, IA. All three tap handles were branded "Einfach" and the bartender confirmed they were brewed by Old Man River.

The pint of Helles was a hazy unfiltered golden orange. Bright white foam that left arcs of lacing in the glass. Retention was great too, it looked the part of a fresh German lager.

Aroma was mild but lightly sweet and biscuity. Flavor was similarly sweet at first, and finished very clean and dry. A flash of apple, butter cracker, and baked biscuits rolled briefly across the palate. Light bodied, but approaching medium for a Helles lager. It's subtlety works as a positive asset, making it truly sessionable. Certainly fresh and good quality. It hit the spot on an August afternoon in the 80ºs.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 00:50:28 | More by emerge077
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2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one as a sample bottle. Poured a decent fine foam whit4e head with no lace. Color is a clear amber. Aroma is malty, a little spicey, a little grass and grain. Flavor is dominated by the sweetness with a hint of hop. Body is ok and carbonation is ok too. Finish is dominated by the sweetness. Not my cup, but I guess it sells well in some places. Bully.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:04:18 | More by drpimento
Gold Coin Helles from Backpocket Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.