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

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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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by Zraly:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of cavedave
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +3.9%
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 -15.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +12.7%

Photo of dmk91
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dcbeers
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
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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Photo of crwrunner
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this a very good example of the style.

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Photo of tdm168
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Speedihd
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a crusher. It's also a good, clean beer to nerd out over. Super crisp, toasty barley with a mild herbal hop finish. It reminds me of Session Lager but with flavors that are a bit brighter. More bitter and a little less malt sweetness than what I usually get in a German helles, but within the style and very tasty.

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Photo of ordybill
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug. The appearance is a clear golden color with a small white head. The aroma is hops with some yeast a nd bread tossed in. Has a decent lager taste with a noticeable yeast flavor.

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Photo of Kegatron
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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Photo of hophugger
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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Photo of Trambo
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of apasternak
2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
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 +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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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Beautiful Beer

Devil's Backbone has been consistently putting out decent beers for years. They have good lagers like this, and their IPA is the the benchmark in the state for all other IPAs. With their 16 point IPA, you can get stoned to the bejesus before the end of the first quarter.

This gold leaf lager pours out a beautiful golden color with a hint of rust. It's got a delicate lager smell and a rich lager taste with a hint of malt. Good to the last drop.

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Photo of BleauxLeaux
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Elicoleman
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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