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Godfather | Devans Modern Breweries Ltd.

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Devans Modern Breweries Ltd.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by pinkano:
Photo of pinkano
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my friend, who was in Delhi

A - clear gold, clean, great head on premium international lager
S - milky malt smell and it also smells like coffee, which is weird, since lager shouldn't taste like that
T - sweet, little bitter coffee body, empty end.
M - medium to low carbonation with medium body
D - kind of drinkable when you accommodate to the coffee taste and smell

What is really weird about this beer is the coffee smell and coffee taste. Not designed for a lager.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

there are way worse beers out there, but there are also way better. another adjunct lager type from a developing country, feel free to expect the expected here, but there are some different elements. this has to be one of the strongest examples of the style i have ever had, way up there for what it is, and in a 22oz. bomber, its a big beer. lots of body, not much head or carbonation, which makes it feel a little heavy, although the alcohol is rather well hidden. its malty but sweet, like corn, but ends up on the dry side, and has some bitterness to balance. its maybe a little more toasty on the malt side, weighty but still light in flavor. the lager yeast character simply isnt there. its not poorly made beer at all, but it gets almost gross when its warm, and with indian food, especially the heavier dishes over rice, i much prefer a kingfisher or something. im sure this has a culinary context, but i have yet to find it. more bubbles would improve this drastically. the price point is fair, but the beer is not an improvement upon the other indian beers in the same category.

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Photo of drpimento
1.91/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I know I was tempting fate doing this, but I had to let it warm a bit out of the fridge. It poured with an off white fizzy head that quickly disappeared and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy straw yellow amber with lots of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is beery, mineral, funk, wet grain. Flavor is similar but has a dominant cloying sweetness that I find offensive. Body is ok but the carbonation is harsh and, instead of helping to cut the sweetness, somehow clashes with it. Finish is like flavor. Not very good beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 6/3/2011

Communist-era Soviet Union label, red tones with a single star in the center, an image of an old bearded fellow that could be Karl Marx's stunt double.

Pours into a stange glass with audible crackling foam, bone white, with a straw gold body. Sharp clarity, visible carbonation. Very tiny suspended micro-sediment. Second pour actually produced some nice lacing.

Faint aroma, which is what you want in an import adjunct lager. Some light breadiness and pretzel dough, vague apple from the yeast.

Light bodied with medium carbonation that eventually peters out. Crackers and bready malt, some light bitterness in a bigger quaff. Finishes slightly dry but there is a bit of sweetness to it. Alcohol isn't too perceptible, some hints as it warms, but not much. Overall a bit bland, but thankfully crisp and dry.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdvatab
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a short pilsner glass at Sizzling India Restaurant in Fishers, IN.
Unable to locate bottled-on date

Aroma: Cereal grains with a touch of honey. No striking hop aroma.

Appearance: One finger of head disappeared quickly. (Bubbles stuck to side of glass, indicating an issue for which the brewer's not responsible.). Great clarity to the golden body with a tinge of amber. Very minimal lacing, which again is probably not the brewer's fault.

Flavor: Cereal grain sweetness accompanied by a noticeable smokiness. The flavor is on the cusp of phenolic band-aid, but not quite. This leads me to believe the smoky note comes from fermentation, and was not an original quality of the malt. Nonetheless, I admittedly enjoyed the unusual flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-high carbonation. The 7.5% ABV made the body of the beer noticeably fuller than a typical AAL. Not bad.

Overall: I was glad to try an Indian beer brand I'd never had before (at other restaurants the usual suspects are Kingfisher or Taj Mahal). The unique flavor of the beer probably pushes it out of the style guidelines, for which I tried to account in my score, but I enjoyed it. Not sure how quickly I'd tire of the flavor during the course of a night, but I would certainly order Godfather again.

(Edit: I did not perceive a metallic aroma or flavor in my sample, which others mention in their reviews. I normally pick up metallic notes pretty quickly, so there might be some inconsistency between batches and/or handling.)

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Photo of garjc
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bought this at my local liquor store for fairly cheap and decided to give it a try.

Appearance: The color was that of thin straw with an eggwhite head that was about an inch but receded rapidly.

Smell: Mostly grass and orange with a bit of iron. Beneath that was a very subtle sweet malt aroma.

Taste: My first impression was that the metallic smell also appeared in the taste. While not offensive, it is not exactly a quality that I would want. After that initial shock is a bit of grainy sweetness that lingers until some (very subtle) floral hops dry the beer.

Mouthfeel: Fairly carbonated. Adjunct thinness. Disappointing.

Drinkability: Very! This is an approachable adjunct beer that would be very sessionable on a hot summer day. This is not ideal but I could easily drink these all day. Would I? Probably not.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can (@6.5% ABV) - 'SuperStrong', 'High Power Beer'. Wow, these guys haven't exactly been keeping up with the times, have they?

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of calving iceberg lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy corn mash, wet cardboard, a bit of indistinct plain fruitiness, and some earthy, musty, and perfumed floral 'hoppy' essences. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, Corn Pops, more hard to pin down bland fruity notes, mild rubbing alcohol, and some weird, edgy floral character that I'm not yet ready to allow as being hop-borne in origin.

The carbonation is damned-near non-existent in its dead-seeming frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and sort of smooth, as that sugary 'malt' pulls a fast one on my weary palate here. It finishes off-dry, the lingering maltiness thankfully shedding most of those other shitty hangers-on.

Overall - well, this certainly isn't as bad as it initially appeared to be, as the ill-promise of the aroma quickly wafts off, leaving a generic adjunct lager, with a (mostly) inoffensive extra point and a half of the good ol' boozy-booze. Yeah, this weirdly European-looking 'godfather' does a lot better job of keeping it between the ditches than any other recent offering from the South Asian subcontinent that I've had of late.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.81/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Up to this point, this is the best looking AAL I've come across. Clear straw, one and a half finger white hhead retains at half a finger, good webs of lacing.
S- Faint metallic aroma, sweet grain, slight citrus.
T- Starts grainy, somewhat crackery, pretty sweet, finishes with a grassy, metallic, and an alcohol warmth in finish.
M- Initially prickly carbonation kind of peters out in the mouth. A bit more presence than most adjunct lagers.
D- I, admittedly, did not have high expectations for this one. Obviously, at this price point (~$4 a 650 ml), it isn't economically feasible as a regular purchase for a American Adjunct Lager, but this exceeded expectations and maybe one of the better in the style I've come across.

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Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. My bottle says 6.8% abv. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very light, some hints of malts. Taste is grains, malts, a bit of alcohol. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer, on par with most beers of this style.

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Photo of cudmud
2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this at an Indian restaurant in St. Charles, IL, and the next day I saw this beer at the St. Charles Binny's.

Appearance: One finger of long lasting head, clear straw color, and good lace. Appearance is the best attribute of this brew.

Smell: A slight hint of citrus, grass, and malt.

Taste: Mostly bitter and mettallic. By long searching, I was able to detect some secondary hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thin with burning carbonation.

Drinkability: Not a very good example of this style. Maybe I had a stale example, but I don't think I'll give it a second try.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stella Artois chalice.

Look: Pale straw yellow colored body with a white head that recedes to a bubbly film. Very light lacing.

Aroma: Faint sweetness from malts, a hint of alcohol, somewhat metallic.

Taste: Fairly clean on the palate, a little sweet with malts and grains coming through, metallic in the finish like the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A little dry, medium bodied.

Overall: Actually better than I expected, but not quite memorable. A little harsh going down and surprisingly high ABV for an adjunct lager.

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Photo of djrn2
2.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cfinch2
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of buddyvelt
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of ortie
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of freedomlinux
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AmitC
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.46/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avwrite
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Color is amber, with a darker shade. Seems like it would be a light drink, but surprisingly strong in alcohol taste. Pours out bubbly, a little frothy. Taste goes beyond a light lager, definitely has a kick to it. Strange aftertaste though. Can't say I would have this again, but it certainly wasn't bad compared to the other Asian lagers I've had.

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Photo of ordybill
1.93/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is the same as a traditional adjunct american lager. The aroma was an unpleasant smell of old grass and skunkiness. The taste was actually worse than the aroma. I am a big fan of Kingfisher beer from India and this isn't even in the same league.

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Photo of Zaktcc
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Pgermain12
3/5  rDev 0%

Do yourself a favor and just buy a Miller Lite. I bought one and couldn't even finish it.

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Godfather from Devans Modern Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 30 ratings