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Devils Backbone Gold Leaf Lager
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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This gold lager is light to medium in body, with a crisp refreshing finish. This style of beer is the everyday beer of Bavaria. 11 degrees plato, 18 IBUís, 4.5 % alcohol by volume.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5101) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Can. Pours a clear gold body under a small fizzy white head that faded to a thin wispy film. The nose is pretty decent, some bready and crackery maltiness under a light grassy German hoppiness. The flavor is a bit sweeter than Iíd like for the style, and the hops are more muted than Iíd like to see as well. I want a dry malt base and a bright snappy hoppiness from a Helles. The residual sweetness adds a bit of flab to the mouthfeel as well, soft light carbonation. Minimal bitterness on the finish. Itís not a bad beer, but it doesnít hit the spot for me.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EKGoldings (556) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
At the brewpub and on tap elsewhere (tasted from my wifeís glass). Well, a light lager that isnít lagered long enough to develop the classic aroma profile. This has won awards, which underlines the paucity of lagers with lagered aroma profiles in the US. Not a bad beer if you drink light lagers but this isnít particularly good.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vir4030 (530) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Pours a clear beerish with a decent head. Smells like a nice lager. Flavor is the same. Itís a bit sweet, maybe floral. But itís nice.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1831) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bought a six pack as I wanted an easy drinking beer that was not light. Hit on all cylinders with the right beer for the BBQ.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5089) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Can. Nose thin and lightly chalky pils malt, pours a fizzy and noisy off-white head atop an ultra-clear golden. Taste semi-sweet and again lightly chalky, all kinds of nice grassy and juicy/lemony noble hop character, very lightly spicy also in that way; light but clean bitterness, gentle flavor all over, touch of green grape, very light body is very soft and quenching, light crispness despite the earlier fizz and nice refreshment. Would drink this frequently if it were easy to get. Finally, I got to try a good beer today!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (1831) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4 oz draft pour served in a wine glass at B Side. Clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, sweet malt, light corn. Tastes of citrus, malt, wheat. Medium body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation. Pretty good for what it is.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JDBaker11058 (1359) - Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Appearance: clear gold with no head; the can has a terrible color palette and artwork that was almost illegible. Iím all in favor of canned craft, but they need to go back to the design board on this one. Aroma: faint aroma of crackers, light grassy hops. Taste: lightly toasted white bread, hint of honey, grass, and lemon. Finish: mineral water, light cracker. Notes: Wholly unremarkable and almost criminally underhopped for the style. Given my heretofore excellent experience with just about everything these guys put out, seems like a rare miss.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
solidfunk (4489) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Pretty unremarkable lager in general. Only faintest sense of barley profile and not even that crisp of a finish. Tap at smoke and barrel.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huhzubendah (2660) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2014
On draft at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA. The beer is crystal clear and pale yellow with a small, white head. Aromas of grain, cracker, lager yeast. Some fruity malt notes in the flavor with a grainy presence thought, finishing with a touch of earthy bitterness. This was ok...

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (13408) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Draft at the source. Crystal clear pale yellow color. Aroma of white pepper and white bread crust. Taste is plain lager.


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