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Mild Winter - Goose Island Beer Co.

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885 Ratings
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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 371
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 33
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: botham on 08-17-2008

Toffee color, dark bread aroma, caramel and rye flavor, medium-light body.
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Ratings: 885 | Reviews: 371
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, it's clear to me now. I couldn't figure out the spiciness in this beer until I went to write this review and saw that it was a rye beer. I'd never expect that of a "mild", so good twist Goose Island. Yes, now it all makes sense. I've just been over-run by spicy beers this season that I couldn't see the tree for the forest.

It poured a clear, very deep amber-almost-chestnut body with a ruby cast and orange highlights. The creamy white head held remarkably well, and it left rings of lace throughout the glass. The nose was restrained, but clearly malty, and oddly gently spicy. In the mouth it was medium, or perhaps medium-light, but with a dextrinous edge. The carbonation was fine-bubbled and at a moderate level, and it was gently fizzy but then creamy across the palate once warmed. The flavor followed the nose, and it was mainly malty with a soft caramel edge and a bit of spice. I searched for something to reveal what it was, not exactly finding any cinnamon, or ginger, or any other flavor, but got nothing. It was simply peppery spice. I thought that it was a very mild blend of spices that held steady in the background and didn't really reveal itself. Obviously, that was the rye, but I couldn't see that at the time. And not unlike a rye beer, it finished dry, and mildly spicy-peppery, but also with a bit of hop flavor. Quite nice. Superbly rounded and remarkably well balanced.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this on a rather snowy day along with a few others from the Goose Island line.

Interesting, a rye beer from Goose Island, a big fan of the style so lets see how it goes.

First off it does not appear like the picture on the six pack. The picture gives the impression that the beer is hazy, but the beer that comes out of the bottle is clear and a slightly ruby colored brown. The head is nice and resembles the fluffy whiteness that appears on the six pack carrier.

Aroma is also not what I was expecting. I am used to Red's Rye's bash you in the face hop and rye hammer, this one lives up to the mild name that reminds me of a toned down Red's Rye, hops are more understaded than the rye which is on the spicier side, but still remains quite mild.

Taste is at first sweet then moves quickly into the hop and rye, the mouthfeel is dishearteningly watery but still maintains a strong enough snappy dryness that clings to the tongue just long enough to give this beer some character. The flavor profile seems a bit washed out with a rye character only just barely able to let you know its there and doing some work.

It is certainly easy enough to drink, the watery, lighter bodied mouthfeel makes it easy going down, but the after a while you sort of forget what you are drinking. I would give this beer a second shot though, I think it has something to offer than maybe I am just not getting right now, I mean Goose Island does make some fantastic beers so this one deserves some extra attention.

Photo of sgoodship
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the JewelOsco grocery store on Des Plaines & Fulton in Chicago. Bottled on 11/11/08.

A: Dark brown at the top and more golden colored at the bottom. Nice one finger frothy head. Really nice spotty lacing as the brew is consumed. Every sip revitalizes the head.

S: Nice bready malt with an exceptional earthy, sour, dry rye malt.

T: Very tasty. A crisp, refreshing start that goes into a lovely round bready malt taste in the middle and finishes with a rye sourness that adds a sharp tang on the palette. Not that familiar with this style but I have found that rye is really appealing to me in general. I love how it quenches the thirst. As the brew warmed up, more of a caramel malt joined the action and it was a really nice addition. The combination of sweetness and sourness almost took on a lemony profile.

M: Feels almost medium bodied - so smooth. Full in the mouth but slight tingly carbonation combined with the rye is so nice and crisp.

D: Lovely brew. It's so easy to get carried away with big beers and forget to appreciate the lovely subtleties of milder brews. This is a wonderfully refreshing beer. Perfectly balanced and just right for a session.

Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a murky brown/amber color. A tiny white cap of foam forms. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: A husky grain and musky malty aroma off caramel. Light spice from the rye. Some fruity peaches and pears as well (though very light).
T: At first caramel malt. A light grainy malt flavor. Light fruitiness. Plenty of spice from the rye and cinnamon. The rye spiciness and the malt work really well together.
M/D: A medium to full body that is velvety smooth. Very rich and creamy. This is a great beer to session, even if it has a little to much alcohol for a mild. I can drink this all day, and probably will during Christmas.

This beer is really intriguing. A mix between and English Mild and a Rye Beer. This brings out the best of both. Bring this to your next holiday party instead of generic macro lagers. I would recommend this, and definitely purchase again.

Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent beer, but too much spice in the flavor.

Pretty pour -- dark amber with a tall but light head. Smells like it tastes (spicy and malty). Feels yeasty or bready in the mouth, and I'm looking forward to having a pretty long session of these on Christmas Eve to help me cope with the in-laws-to-be...

Photo of mothman
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. Bottled on 10-21-08.

Appearance is a copper orange. Pours an off white head that stays around for a while and leaves pretty good lacing.

A rich malty smell is present, with rye. Taste is quite similiar, but the rye sticks out a lot more. It reminds me of wheat bread also.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. It is so clean and just wanders aimlessly and goes down smooth.

This beer is very easy to drink. Not my type of beer, but I was shocked by how much I actually liked it. This would make a nice session beer.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, brown with 1/4 inch head. Good lacing and slight retention. Smells of roasted malts and I'm guessing rye. Fits the style. Very sweet, smooth, crisp. Aftertaste is very mild but still a little rye and malt, but mostly sweetness. Low carbonation. Overall, an easy to drink beer and another good Goose Island brew.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear ruby red with a few fingers of tan head that stay fluffys for quite some time.

S - Bready malts, slight mix of biscuit, caramel and toffee, nutty with some spicy rye.

T - Nutty, fresh baked bread and spicy rye.

M - On the light side of medium with good carbonation. Soft and velvety on the tongue.

D - A great session beer. I have gone through several 12 packs already. An easy drinker with a nice rye twist.

Photo of tjkurz
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby copper thin head some lacing. At first can smell some malt - caramel. Deep sniff reveals hints of fresh rye - other wise smells of dregs. Tastes carmel malty up front with hoppy bitter finish earthy smokey wet aftertaste. Very drinkable lighter mouthfeel for the flavor. The further down the glass the better I like this beer.

Photo of b3barron
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Rowland's pint glass.

A - An aggressive pour yields a small, bubbly off-white head with little retention. Light amber color.

S - Very earthy with caramel malt and a nice but subtle herbal hop aroma. Smells of toasted dark bread.

T - Lightly toasted malt up front. Rye bread and herbal, earthy hop flavor. Finishes dry which rounds out this beer nicely IMO.

M - Rather light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D - Extremely drinkable. I picked this up last night looking for a session beer for when I tire of IPAs. This really does the trick. I could easily drink a 6 pack and would if I didn't have to hop on a train soon.

It is a straightforward beer but very well-balanced and a low ABV means there is good chance I will be seeking this out again.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very rusty amber color and an even two finger head that recedes to a thin filmy foam. Not much bubbling and no lacing, but a good color. Very mild toasted malts give a faint hint of Polish rye bread. The hops add a few sprigs of mint to this beer's aroma. Toasted caramel and crystal malts make up more than 50% of this beers favor. There is a good hops presence though. Adds some herbal, even earthy hints and a little astringency to this session beer.

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Pours a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malt and rye aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

Good drinkable beer.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a pale brown/amber with a finger of off white head. Aroma of cocoa and a bit of hops. Fairly malty with some chocolate malt. Spritzy mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. A fresh hop flavor. I didn't realize the rye aspect of the beer as I was drinking, maybe I should read the bottle. Definitely drinkable.

Photo of malty
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11-03-08

Pours a pretty reddish-amber with a loose 1/4" off-white head. Visible large bubbly carbonation visible. Little thin sheets of lace.

Fresh scents of lightly toasted malt with a mineral-like 'wet stone' smell also. Smells very clean.

The flavor IS very clean. The lightly roasted malt is apparent with that good ol' spice only rye malt can deliver. The spice from the rye could even be interpreted as a hop presence, more so in the dryness than the flavor.

Mouthfeel is just a little past light bodied but not quite mid-medium bodied. The carbonation is perfect and the dry & spicy finish is very good.

Drinkability is way high. There's nothing not to love about the cleanliness and low-impact character of this brew.

Overall a very good session beer with a nice spicy 'tink' with a hint of toastiness. The dry and spicy element is well balanced, making this a delight to drink.

Photo of tburkhart
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of raznug.

Pours a light copper with trace amounts of carbonation. Thin layer of head that sits nicely on the top.

Smells of rye and slight spice.

Taste heavy of rye in my opinion. No hops to be found anywhere in a 5 mile radius of this beer.

An average beer from Goose Island. Personally, I'm not impressed.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6-pack for about $7 at Palmers Beverage in Columbus. The beer is very clear copper color with a thick "yeast-cake" head. The smell is sort of neutral, I guess about what I'd expect for a mild beer with some rye, with some roasted malt in the background. The taste is very nice, zest spicy bite from the rye, not too excessive, good counterbalance with some sweetness from the malts. The body is a little more carbonated than a cask ale while retaining the smooth mouthfeel I associate with casks. This is a great beer from Goose Island, hopefully to become a regular seasonal release.

Photo of david131
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep orange/ light brown liquid. The head is white and kind of thin, but the lacing isn't bad. Not a bad looking winter beer.

S- Some rye, caramely malt, kind of oaty. Mild is a good word for it. Maybe a little bit of citrus rind in there.

T- The smell does not really set you up for how this tastes. The aspects of the aroma are all there, but they blend very well together and it works really well. A little bit of vanilla.

M- A very creamy beer. Very appealing.

D- I was not really expecting much from this one. But this is a really nice winter beer.

Photo of Gehrig
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown with burnt orange highlights supports two dense fingers of slightly tan froth, with good duration eliciting a good first impression. I like the flavors that emerge in the smell, but it's rather faint--hazelnut, ginger, and fruit. The taste is much better than the aroma, full of hazelnut, cherry, ginger, and coriander. Malt dominates, but citrus hops protrude now and then to provide a fine balance. The rye malt provides a sweet-and-sour taste, making this a distinct rye winter warmer. Creamy smooth but with good hop flavor and texture, this is sure to please and easy to enjoy.

Excellent beer, and I'm glad I bought extras.

Photo of SiphonKing
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby orange color with plenty of carbonation. Nutty roasted aroma. Tastes of malt, nuttiness, slight roast character. Slight dryness on the palate due to the rye in this beer. A good beer overall and with such a low alcohol creates a nice session beer. A good mild offered by Goose.

Photo of crayphish
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is as advertised; a mild flavored. It pours a slightly hazed orange copper. A scant head dissipates quickly leaving only nominal lacing. Smell is faint sweet malt base with a slight twang of sharp rye and a touch of floral hop note. Taste has more of the rye twang and hop aspect while the bready malt takes a back seat. Mouthfeel is a bit full and chewy. With a low ABV and subdued flavors this brew can definitely be sessioned.

Photo of iasanlee
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange caramelly color. An off white creamy head quickly dissipates.

Brilliant aroma. Delicate roast, caramel, and nutty aroma is complimented by traces of chocolate. Very faint hops, flowery and spicy. Aroma is very mild and pleasant. Wonderful.

Malty. More roast, caramel, and nutty, as well as a toastiness dominates. Light hop flavor is flowery. Moderate hop bitterness is followed by a roasty dry finish.

Medium-light in body with a mild creamy carbonation. Roasty dryness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability is this beers middle name. I am very impressed with the malt profile of this offering. Tastes somewhere between an English Mild and an American Brown. I could definitely drink this one regularly.

Photo of Goliath
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a large one inch off white head. Good retention and some spotty lace.

The aroma is weak and slightly boring. Overall, it's got a sweet demeanor with some fruity esters and some biscuit notes. The nose doesn't really hint at it being a rye beer. Hopefully the taste can remedy that.

The taste is decent. The name is apropriate, because it's a pretty mild beer. The rye is simple, and easily the showcase. So, this malt forward beer gives a decent bit of grain, with a little bit of bread and oats. Not a ton going on here, but really enjoyable nonetheless and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of fine carbonation. Really soft feeling.

Drinkability is high. It's a tasty beer, approachable, and enjoyable. A mild rye, can't really complain about that.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An incredible surprise currently on tap at Pazzo's.

The beer opens with a bright amber, golden, orangy hue that seems to glow in the glass. A froathy eggshell colored head forms on top of the glass and laced, retained well down to the last sip.

Aromas favor the carmel, toffee, malty notes first with a spicy, malty rye pepperiness that makes a seamless transition into the classic Goose Island floral hop character. Very inviting aroma.

Flavors also portray the malt profile that is caught somewhere between an Amber Ale and a Brown Ale. Again the spicy rye notes provide the perfect bridge going into the hop floral hop notes at mid-palate.

moderate body that seems malty-rich up front, but has an evaproative quality that lifts off of the tongue and whisps into a classic hoppy dryness for maximum drinkability.

The beer tells the same story from the appearance and aroma to the taste and texture. Very consistant throughout and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of kels
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this in the singles section on accident during a recent beer run to the Party Source in Bellevue. Really glad I happened upon it. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer looks delicious to me. I know everybody's got their standards, and some like 'em cloudy. This is not at all. It's clear with carbonation running throughout. Gorgeous caramelly, coppery brown color with a 1 finger thick, foamy tan head. If I didn't know any better, I might think it were root beer or cola, of which I am also quite the connoisseur:)

Smell: The smell is comparatively light compared to other rye ales, but I guess maybe this is classified more as a "mild ale brewed with rye" according to the label. I smell some light malts and something that honestly hits me as salty.

Taste/Mouthfeel: For such a clear beer, the mouthfeel is tremendously creamy and smooth thanks to the head. It pours small, but it really holds throughout the drink, leaving thick rings of lacing without stickiness on the palate. The taste is really quite good - better than I was expecting from the overall score. It is very well balanced between the malts and hops, with a warming bitterness and crisp finish. There is a slight peppery tone and a saltiness as in the smell - though that could just be the smell I am tasting. The rye gives a nice earthy taste that works well with the caramel of the hops. The alcohol is only slightly present in the aftertaste and it is more reminiscent of crisp fruit, like apples or hard pears, than of alcohol.

Drinkability: Give me another!

Photo of Morbo
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light brown with copper at the edges and a small, white, foamy head.

The nose is spicy rye, some nuttiness, and a hint of herbal hops on top of a caramel malt foundation.

Doughy, nutty, and mildly sweet. Rye spiciness comes through nicely without being overpowering. There is a touch of smoke and just a bit of tea-like hops in the finish.

Medium bodied with a nice creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish that urges you on to take another sip.

Incredibly smooth and sessionable. I can't think of a goose island six pack I would rather drink.

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Mild Winter from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.