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Goldings - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 01-16-2003)
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Photo of vinicole
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

vinicole, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of sleazo
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Light bronze with a full cream head. Very clear.

S_Lemony aroma up front followed by a bit of grass and wheat.

T_Lightly malty sweet up front followed by a nice bracing bitterness from the goldings. Grass comes through the most with hints of lemon. The only detracting quality is a slight metallic aftertaste. Otherwise quite nice

M_lighter bodied with more carbonation than you would typically get on cask.

O_A really nice summer time brew. Crisp and refreshing for hot weather.

sleazo, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Le comptoir Irlandais, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : clear amber color, with white foam head.
Smell : flowery and hoppy aromas (Goldings).
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and caramel flavor, with moderate hoppy finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style English Bitter.

thierrynantes, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Light amber colour, perfectly transparent. A couple of fingers of perfectly white, frothy head. Shows quite good retention until the very last sips, not much lacing but still a decent amount

S- There's a dominant sweet malts base, along with a bit of a soapy feel. Then some delicate but definitely detectable frutiy notes, peach, slight citrus. A touch of pungent, fresh cut grass on the back of things. Nicely complex, not very assertive though

T- Sweet malts base as the smell suggested, but still pretty much on the light/quaffable side. Notes of caramel and maybe honey, slight buttery feel. A refreshing herbal/grassy feel on the tongue and in the aftertaste. Fruity notes of apple, peach, citrus bring some complexity, overall quite subdued but still very nice and somehow refreshing

M- Light body, quite dry (for an english beer). Medium carbonation. Nicely smooth. Nothing really impressive, but it just fits nicely with the beer's character

O- A delicate beer. Feels very light on mouth and stomach, highly refreshing and drinkable, it does what you would expect from a summer beer. Still, it also brings some decent complexity if you pay some attention

Cozzatoad, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -11%

pin, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Polasiuss
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Polasiuss, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml clear glass bottle with a BB of March 2012. ABV stated as 4.5%. I've held on to this one for a while - but what's wrong with a summer ale in mid-November?

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear orange-amber colour with strong carbonation. Forms a small head of frothy off-white foam that lasts for a minute or two before reducing to a decent surface layer. A slightly sweet, fruity aroma with notes of roasted malt, butterscotch and non-descript leafy hops. Not a great combination - it doesn't smell terribly pleasing.

Tastes of caramel malt with a mild bitter finish. Notes of toffee/caramel and butterscotch blended with a vague fruitiness that's hard to pin down - possibly from the yeast. Also faint aromatic hops and stewed hop bitterness. An unpleasant background hint of stewed veg. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly but watery; an astringent element dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter stewed leaves and veg.

Poor - not a nice ale. The aroma/flavour combo is pretty unpleasant; stewed hops and fruity yeast don't mix. Supposed to be a light summer ale, but the character is too fruity and lacking in crispness. The aromatic hops are also hard to discern. In summary - you can do better than this.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle acquired at Abbott's Alehouse off-license in Cork, Ireland. Poured into a Grolsch pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

First things first. This is presented in a clear bottle; what gives? No self-respecting brewer bottles into a clear (or green!) bottle. It's bad form. We all know it.

A: Three finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Clear dark copper colour.

Sm: Buttery biscuity honey and nutty hops. Pleasant and exciting.

T: Too malty. Nutty notes come through. Not quite butterscotch. Poorly balanced and built. No cream. Bittering hops are unwelcome in this beer. I despise how the malt is handled in this beer.

Mf: Sharp coarseness is actually nice alongside the refreshing wetness. It's a shame the flavours of the body don't match.

Dr: Expensive by Irish standards, and far from great.

kojevergas, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of charlatan
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper coloured beer with a limited head and a rather sweet nose with a hint of pine resin. In contrast it doesn't taste sweet at all. Herbal hops are to the fore here with a rather faint citric twang. Nothing special is going on but this is a worthy brew.

charlatan, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of thepeter
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Sparkling head that went to a film fairly quick. Clean clear amber, looks nice up against the light.

S - Not too much here. Hops, bread, apples, all very faint.

T - Bland and dry. Soda bread, hay, yeast, and a bit of hop bitterness at the back end.

M - Smooth but effervescent, foams up a bit in my mouth but not too much and the feel is very nice overall.

D - Refreshing, The kind of beer I could drink all day if I didn't enjoy flavor! It's just a bit too bland for my tastes.

Would be a good transition beer for someone easing their way into craft beer.

thepeter, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is one of the most enjoyable bitters i ve ever had doesn t really look like one though - too pale.

complex hops all the way and some fruity esters but not too strong just the way i like it

mouthfeel is ok for the tyle but not as refreshing as i like

i will probably revisit this next summer

DerBayer, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours amber, with a high white even head that leaves nice lacings when it dissipates.

S: A very fruity smell at first; there is both green apples and citrus. Then there is floral notes to this very fresh beer.

T: Dry bitter hops with some fruity notes (citrus) and very refreshing.

M: Dry, and more bitter and bitter as time goes. There are some wormwood-notes.

D: Very refreshing - served cold in the summertime. This one I may buy again.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml clear bottle, bought at Systembolaget, Sweden. ABV is 4.5%. Deep golden to amber colour, big head, slightly off-white. Moderate aroma of floral hops, hints of grass. The flavour has pleasant Goldings hops throughout, on a relatively dry and biscuity background, with just a slight fruitiness. There are definitely worse summer ales than this one around. Highly drinkable.

Sigmund, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of soulgrowl
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice, poofy head on this one, with solid retention, too. Body is a pristinely clear, brick red-orange. The nose is nice, too, full of that distinctly herbal-grassy-floral aroma of Goldings hops - mint, hay, thyme, maple leaves, carnations, and even roses are all here. The malts are nice, too, although one-dimensional - they pretty much only smell of toffee. Crisp yet mild with a maltier flavor than anticipated, with nice toasty and nutty notes to support a taut, zesty hop character of lemon, herbs, and grass. Light and clean with sparkly carbonation that accents the snappy hops nicely and dries up the malts well. Looks like I've used the word "nice" a total of five times already, but that's what this beer is. Nice, and probably my favorite from Shepherd Neame so far.

Good with Cheddar, fair with Shropshire Blue, awful with Camembert, and very good with aged Gouda.

soulgrowl, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper colored, medium sized good looking head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Not much going on here. Mostly bready malts with fragile hop notes that actually goes quite perfumy and soapy. Not as bad as it sounds though, it smells decent.

T: Again, not much going on. Mostly sweet bready and biscuity malts that is sprinkled with restrained but rather sharp citric hop notes. Some floral notes, carrots and a gentle hint of herbs. The finish is short with a minimal bitterness and some mineral flavors.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: Not much to say about this one. It's a decent British bitter, nothing else. Kind of refreshing, though.

ricke, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2008 edition. A sour and fruity smell, some sweetness with a hint of caramel. Poured with little foam, quickly disappearing. The taste was rich with notes of apple and spices, even pepper. Very tasty and refreshing with a pronounced hop bitterness. In fact, it was pretty damned good and exceeded my expectations based on last year's edition.

JanM, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first English beer since a beer trip to Belgium and all that entails (drinking heavy alcohol brews with complex tastes and flavours.

Anyway, this clear 500ml bottle has been sat awaiting my attention for some time, even though it has a long life left (Apr 2009). The label claims it is a 'Summer Hop Ale'.

Poured into my new La Chouffe glass (two and a half times). It was a lovely amber colour with a huge off-white head, pretty as a picture.

It doesn't say so, but I am assuming it is hopped with Goldings. The aroma is certainly hoppy, even when served chilled as requested on the bottle.

Dry and tangy taste with the hops completely dominating the malted barley and whatever the other ingredients that may have been used.

Typical watery English Bitter feel, but it still has a presence and you know it has 4.7% alcohol within. Plenty of hops for us Brits, no where near the amount some US hopheads would prefer, but that would unbalance the beer in my opinion.

Not bad at all. Sheperd Neame produce a lot of 'Supermarket type beers', this is one of their better ones.

BlackHaddock, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of baggio
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper with a quite nice lace that to my disappointment vanishes all too quickly.

S: Not too much smell...mainly malt and bread.

T: Citric notes, malt, honey, metal notes.

M: Smooth, medium carbonation, medium-bitter aftertaste.

Not a bad beer but lacks body and aftertaste. Still, goes down quite easy
and was quite pleasant to drink during a hot summers day.

baggio, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber with a good two finger offwhite head with yellowish tones.
S: Bread, phenols, hint of sweetness (fudge?), malt.
T: Bitterness, dryish taste of honey, metallic tone, hops.
M: Medium body, good carboration, kind of oily feel in the aftertaste.

A nice little beer, but a bit too carborated for my personal taste.

Hammarby, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 500ml clear bottle, BB 04/07, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: bright reddish amber, fluffy off-white head settling slowly to cob-web like foam sustaining on top of lightly carbonated body.
S: balanced profile b/w Goldings’ spicy and citric hoppiness and a rich, juicy, brown-sugary maltiness, laced with a touch of marinated plums; very simple but quite nice.
T: plenty of juicy orange-citric and aromatic-floral hops upfront, with a touch of spicy taste peculiar of Goldings; brown-sugary malts prevail in the aftertaste with a faint touch of plums, leaving just moderate bitterness to linger in the finish with residual spiciness.
M&D: the soft fizziness and the spicy edge of hops both contribute a bite to the mouthfeel. Overall this is a light-bodied Best Bitter with a traditional taste of Kent's hops~~

wl0307, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant deep, reddish gold. Got a big fluffy head by doing an aggressive pour. Some skunk aroma when pouring. Yeasty malt aromas dominate, with some light hop presence.

Taste is caramel malts, dull floral hops, and a little bit of sulphur. Mild metallic notes throughout. Mouthfeel is on the weakish side, with an accompanying watery aftertaste.

Not something I'd buy again.

crwills, Nov 24, 2006
Photo of slitherySOB
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light copper colour, with a thin head. Decent smell of crisp malts, grassy and bitter hops, and a slight skunk. Clear bottle. After a few minutes, the skunk smell faded. Very mellow taste. Dry cracker taste and bitter. Not much sweetness. Mouthfeel seems a tad oily. Good session beer, drinkable on a hot day.

slitherySOB, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light copper in colour with surprisingly strong carbonation. A good amount of grassy and mild floral hops on the nose, with a bit of caramel on the back end. Quite fruity in the mouth, with more grasses. Dries out quite quickly, with a faint woody note on the brisk finish. The carbonation seems to wash all of the character and interesting flavors away.

fisherman34, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of Beersignal
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stunning presentation with the clear bottle and a mouthwatering deep amber brew sitting proudly within. The label shouts summer as does the scent of the striped rodent escaping as I decapsulate this sample. Thankfully the odor does not carry into the glass too strongly.

The beer pours into the glass with just as much allure as when it sat in the bottle, with a diminutive cap of off-white foam garnishing its surface. Sadly, no lacing or staying power... which means no foaming agents within.

Aromas are velvety and complex with a spicy honey malt signature up front leading to mild ripened peach notes and a balancing dose of leafy hops in the finish. The whole is fragrant but not overdone allowing for the possibility of a very sessionable beer.

Flavours are not nearly as complex as the aromas and lack the depth and smoothness as well. Bone dry as it enters the mouth it yields a grainy metallic taste up front and leads almost immediately to an astringent bitterness with barely any malt or fruitiness expressing themselves. The finish is just as dry as the beginning with a long clinging bitterness. Not what I expected.

I knew I was taking a chance with this one when I saw the clear bottle under the fluorescent tube at the LCBO and I crapped out. Just like fruit, you take a chance...

Santé

Beersignal, Sep 06, 2006
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Goldings from Shepherd Neame Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.