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Goldings - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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37 Reviews
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Reviews: 37
Hads: 41
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: rastaman on 01-16-2003

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Reviews: 37 | Hads: 41
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colour, light brown abundant head, significant lace left in glass. Malty aroma and faint hops. Smooth biscuit mouthfeel, understated carbonation, very quaffable. Mid-sip metallic. Dry hop leaf finish, dry nice bitter aftertaste. Nicely hopped for any hop fan.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is quite dominating with some distant malt. Taste is hoppier then expected from an English bitter with the distinctive presence of Goldings hops and a good base of malt. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Better then a lot of English import in clear bottle that we get here.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a good British ale - clean but slightly clouded colour, at least 2 fingers of foam, great clingy lacing. Aroma is rather vibrant, plenty of hops, lightly roasted. Slightly oaty, grassy, plenty of honey notes. Quite lovely. A great job with the aromatic hops Unfrotunately that lovely aroma would be the high point. Taste is much less interesting, and mouthfeel offers little stimulation. More bitterness could be a good thing. Seems to be a light soapy feature. Flavour falls short of interesting, being largely one-dimensional and this beer's coarse water - which I don't mind (in fact, usually enjoy with British ales) - seems to overrun the hops and flavour. I can easily enough enjoy this, but I was none too impressed.

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Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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~~

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden-bronze with a fluffy, white head. Not much retention, but it leaves a little lace.

S: A mild hop aroma; mostly earthy, with a little grass, floral & citrus.

T: Caramel sweetness with an earthy hop flavour; slightly metallic; a little lemon grass. Dry/bitter, earthy finish.

M: Moderate body (heavy for its strength); carbonation is pleasantly on the low-side of moderate; a little creamyness; dry finish.

D: Plenty of flavour, low alcohol, a good drinker.

Britain's oldest brewer, yet most of the reviews are Canadian! Thanks LCBO!

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, medium amber colour with a generous, fluffy off-white head from the pour. Decent head retention with some clumpy lacing. Perfumy floral aroma with a bit of biscuity malt and citrus in the background. Moderate bitterness with a pleasant caramel backbone. Hop flavour is lemony and a bit floral/earthy. The finish has some lingering metallic bitterness and a hint of diacetyl. Medium bodied with nearly crisp carbonation. The texture's a bit creamy once the carbonation settles and it dries up considerably towards the end. Not bad at all - I liked this as an easy sipping, sitting around in the afternoon beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, huge off white head forms, pretty lacing, great retention. Smell is malty caramel, a lot of citrus and floral hopping, metallic and earthy. Taste is very metallic, caramel, honey, citrus/floral, nice clean aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. I think the bitterness is pretty out of whack, the first few sips weren't too pleasant. But it mellowed a bit, decent English bitter, but I still don't like British water.

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Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is golden - amber; the fine compact pale beige head slowly sinks down to a compact lid, leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is hoppy. I found sour notes of diacetyl, mild flowers, some dry notes of soap and an almost pils-like bitterness. Very balanced, as one could expect from Shepherd Neame.

The taste is mild with creamy notes of semi-sweet malt (with a little hint of burned notes), but the focus is on the aromatic hops. I found flavours of butter, camomile, pistachio nuts. The medium-long aftertaste is balanced with a slowly growing bitterness with some (metallic?) sourness.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a mild carbonation, which suits this beer fine.

A hoppy and creamy bitter with high drinkability. . Not that exciting, but a very balanced and refreshing ale for hot summer nights.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bittersweet and hoppy. A bit resiny and sticky, pretty tasty, has some tasty citric floral hops and some bready malts, a bit on the sticky bittersweet side, but bearable, i'd really love to try this cask conditioned, it would probably be so much better. A good example of an English bitter.

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Photo of pootz
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear 500ml (pasturized) bottle pours a light copper-amber ale in my pint glass. Sticky 1 finger cap lasts well and laces the glass.

Aroma is pungent perfumey floral peach-like hops over a solid biscuit malt grainyness.

Solid malt spine, medium-light body,.... sticky, mineral mouth feel, rounded mellow fruity character.

Up front you get modest sweetness which turns to a definate buscuit maltiness, this becomes balanced midway with the hop mixture which creates a wonderful peach-grapefuit decernment that compliments the detectable fruity phenols of the ale yeast and rides just above the sweet biscuit maltiness....giving balance and a light fruity-hoppy bias. The Finsh is long and slowly bittering as the biscuit malt is slowly overtaken by light ( not unpleasant) metallic bittering. Light, peach-lile hopiness, biscuity, satisfying, mellow and drinkable.

I'm not usually a fan of the English mild or light bitter ales but, as they go, this is one of the tastiest ones I've ever sampled with a rounded mellow quality....this tastes like it was conditioned long enough to remove the sharp edges short cycle ales are prone to....gives it great drinkability and makes it a good choice for a session ale.

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Photo of TerryW
2.66/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Great looking beer. Clear dark amber colour, active carbonation, mid-sized head with some staying power and good lacing.

Nicely hopped nose, with a hint of burn. Smells appetizing, though somewhat sharp. Quite bitter to taste, with a sharp bitter-dry finish. Strong metallic note is off-putting, as is harsh carbonation.

I enjoy strongly hopped beers, but this one is missing a depth of character. Too one dimensional, metal too prominent.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - 500ml clear glass bottle. Pours a clear copper with a very stiff, mammoth head. The head takes forever to drop, leaving patchy lacing on the side of the glass.

S - A touch of skunk, citrusy hops and fruitiness.

T - Toasted grain and hop bitterness right away. Not a lot of fruity flavour - very crisp and dry, with some citrus.

M - Carbonation is too hard, but there is some body and drying finish.

D - Not a bad drinking beer, but low-ish in terms of flavour. I think I see where the brewer is going with this - refreshing on a hot summer day for sure.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.06/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a dense head that lasts till the end. Thick ridges of foam coat the glass. The aroma is full of yummy Goldings (Im pretty sure) hops, with bread and fruit around the edges. The taste is hop forward with lots of woody, earthy, herbal flavors. Some malt doughyness and good diacetyl show in the middle. Fruity esters and a bit of astringency are noticeable in the background. The finish is bitter, but delicate. The mouthfeel is light and quite carbonated for a bitter.

I enjoyed this bitter, its hoppier than most and also very light. I think it could use a little more malt 'meat', still its an excellent session ale.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of sleazo
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of charlatan
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of crwills
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.35/5  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.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured from an interesting looking bottle to a very pretty gold with a nice puffy head that sits nicely on top. Smell is pretty hoppy, quite nice. Taste is bitter, with metallic notes that slowly subside. It is however fairly easy to drink and not offensive.

This is a fairly nice summer ale.

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Goldings from Shepherd Neame Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.