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Mild Winter - Goose Island Beer Co.

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873 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 28
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Toffee color, dark bread aroma, caramel and rye flavor, medium-light body.

(Beer added by: botham on 08-17-2008)
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Photo of chugalug06
1.63/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

One-finger, non aggressive off-white head. Brew is deep red.

Smells like Heineken. bland. nothingness.

Lots of roasted caramel, not much more. Tastes like a dark Budweiser. Watery, thin, not complex... Harsh carbonation. Horribly dry and bitter.

This brew was a waste of time and a waste of $1.70, good thing I only bought a single... Not recommended.

chugalug06, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of rudy0908
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

rudy0908, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -45.9%

smartassboiler, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Jhiser
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Jhiser, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of BRD14
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

BRD14, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of semihobo
2.28/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brewed 11/11/08. Goose Island caps are among the most stubborn twistoffs I have encountered, this bottle was no exception.

Fairly clear reddish brown body, petite head with poor retention and a little lacing.

Smells of caramelized malts, muted herbal hops blend with a bit of spicy rye.

Sweet, gentle taste. Mild, very sugary, the rye is faint, stopping by only at the finish. Minty aftertaste. I like my beers sweet, but this is too much.

Decent heft to the liquid and mild carbonation lead to a dull mouthfeel, although I suppose it syncs well with the sweet taste.

Meh -- too much sugar, not enough rye, below average for the style. If you are in Chicago and want a sweet beer from GI, go to the Clybourn pub and drink a Lake Effect instead.

semihobo, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of json83
2.35/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mild Ale, 168 Calories, 5.6% ABV. I have come to realize that I do not like the Ale Style. In my opinion the aftertaste is way too bitter. I've had IPA before that I did not mind but only if it has a unique flavor, i.e. coffee...etc. This is advertised as mild which was very strong despite the label in my opinion. Would not try again or recommend unless that is your preference. I didn't really sense the taste of the caramel advertised in the description.

json83, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of nrbw23
2.38/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a nice foamy cream colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is rye, a touch of toffee, a bit of hops and ceral smell.

T- Not really digging this one. Rye is every where here. Seems like a bit of a mess between sweet and bitter with nothing really in between.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Has an overly dry feeling to it.

D- I'm going to pass on this one.

nrbw23, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of TheChrisMaguire
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

TheChrisMaguire, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

ncstateplaya, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

beernads, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

tmars13, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Satan70
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Satan70, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of jacothom
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

jacothom, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of wrightro07
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber with a red tint. Good head retention with a tan colour.
S: Not much aroma, only slightly nutty.
T: The taste is a lot like the smell. A nutty malt flavour that opens up as the beer reaches 60 degrees F.
D: Good appearance on goose islands part, but the flavour and smell was not up to their regular standards. Overall a pretty average beer from GI.

wrightro07, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of frankiepop
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the handsome bottle. Goose is always kind of classy looking. Ahhh, let me think, Mild Winter is an ok looking beer. A nice soft translucent type of beer, and it smiells nice.

Taste: I can say many nice things about this beer, but the finish falls down for me. Goose brews are often on the hoppy & rye side and bitter. Admittedly I love the sweeter maltier brews. Mild Winter rides with a mild watery bitter, almost anti-sweet finish as you swallow. The swallow is soft and nice, just bitter.

If IPAs are your thing, then go for this. This brew maxs out on the hop rye side.

So what complements this bitter ideal? I would ask you one little thing. What goes with a bitterish beer for these little bitter beer lovers. I might suggest go with some dark folk music like Townes Van Zandt or Greg Browns Songs of Innocence and of Experience or Covenant. If you're more into jazz then go with Ran Blake all the way.

frankiepop, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of carlborch
2.69/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looked great! Poured a brilliant, mahogany brown and produced a creamy, 1.5 inch tan head, that slowly subsided. Some decent malt in the nose and suggestions of hops. Faint hints of cocoa and spice? Medium-light body. Surprisingly short! Some lingering bitter notes. Not much malt on the palate. Light, fresh, and mild. Not as dark as expected. Some lace develops. When looking for a Mild Ale, I will look elsewhere next time.

carlborch, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of aasher
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This one pours a rich hazelnut in color with a light white head. It smells of bread, bread, and more bread. I know it's a rye beer but it smelled like nothing but oat bread. Unfortunately it also tasted like nothing but oat bread. I like oat bread, but not as a beer. It lacked complexity and didn't offer anything appealing. It drank fine, well carbonated and smooth but I wouldn't drink this one again. It's too bad because I love Goose Island.

aasher, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of robthepenguin
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

robthepenguin, May 03, 2012
Photo of Will96
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Will96, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of dhannes
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a 16 oz. tap at a local sports bar...didn't realize that this was a rye beer, and, having never had a rye beer, this review is based more on the overall flavor of the beer.

A=Excellent warm reddish amber color with one finger golden foam...very inviting.

S=None...no aroma whatsoever was detected after two tries.

T=Like other winter ales, a sharp bitter taste was present and, despite the lightness in body, it still dominated...thought it was a strong hops presence at the time, but I am now thinking it was the rye.

M=Nice light body, but slightly over carbonated.

O=Not unenjoyable, but not enjoyable either. Not one I'll order again.

dhannes, Jan 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

C-Dog, Jan 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

crobinso, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

tfsimpkins, Mar 06, 2013
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Mild Winter from Goose Island Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.