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Mountain Goat Steam Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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Mountain Goat Steam AleMountain Goat Steam Ale

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: laituegonflable on 07-08-2009

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 32
Photo of toronadotornado
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Movida Restaurant - Melbourne, Australia - 330 mL bottle poured into a glass

Photo of ddaedalus
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, head bursts quickly but is replaced.
Pleasant citrus aroma is overwhelmed by suplhur, very little malt character.
Some pleasant ester and hop flavour, but isnt balanced well with an over carbonated under bodied beer. Blood navel orange taste and aroma (seems over ripe with excess sulphur). Although could lend itself to a few if the sulphur wasnt so evident.

Photo of SmashPants
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Format: standard 330mL solid brown bottle, standard Mountain Goat-esque craft label.

Appearance: a pale, lightly hazy yellow with a thin white head that drops to a film. Looks okay.

Aroma: heavy malts with an odd smoky aroma. Some fruits behind - tropical and stone fruits.

Taste: a little awkward here too, but not terribly so. That smoke flavour with malts and not much of the fruits.

Aftertaste: some bitterness on the finish with the smoke fading away. The stone fruits make a bit of a comeback, which is nice.

Mouth feel: this beer is medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavours forward. Quite refreshing too - a pretty good feel.

Overall: I'm normally a fan of Mountain Goat beers, but have to admit that this one was a bit disappointing. Not awful by any means, just a bit of an awkward flavour profile. I certainly wouldn't recommend it at AU$69 a case.

Photo of drpimento
2.28/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured this at a good temperature with a very fizzy, then scummy head. Aroma was abundant tropical fruit with some yeast and hop. Flavor's a bit more traditionally steam, but not much. The heavy carbonic tang hinders. Body's a tad thin. Finish is like flavor, not very balanced, too long lasting. Never want another. Very minimally similar to a steam beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 4.5% ABV bb 29 Jan 2014 Purchased and consumed in NZ in Dec. 2013.

Pale, hazy golden-yellow body with a fine white head, and champagne-like visible carbonation .

Feel: Light and thin body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: sweet and fruity with some bready malt in the background.

Flavor: lemony white bread with a touch of spicy hops.

O: A poor imitation of the original Anchor Steam. Not bad but not worth seeking out.

Photo of soju6
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus with some malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of mild malt sweetness with some fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: NIce beer that goes down quite easy. Good for a few.

Photo of machalel
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but the head doesn't lasts for much time, and not much lacing down the glass.

Aroma: A nice collection of hops, sweet malt, tropical fruit and slight citrus.

Taste: Crisp light malt with some bitterness. A little grassy, and quite 'clean' compared to what the aroma hints at.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Fairly dry to the finish, with a very slight astringency.

Overall: A very easy to drink beer, but nothing special. IMHO, it could probably do with either a tad more flavour hops or a bit more sweetness to balance the astringency.

Photo of mulder1010
2.33/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ML bottle

A-- Clear straw yellow. Lots of carbonation bubbles. Thin white film with a decent ringed collar. Swirl it a bit and get a two fingered head that quickly fades away to film. Good ring of lacing though.

S-- Fresh grass and malt. Otherwise not much else.

T-- Crisp grass and not much else.

M-- Crisp and lively. Light feel and high carbonation. Grass finish to this.

O-- Good for warmer weather but not a lot to this at all.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a beer just above average.
Hazy and light it had a slightly sour note to both the taste and the smell , which I always associate with yeast and dont find particularly satisfying .
Certainly a nice enouh brew , perhaps more suited to really hot weather

Photo of tbeckett
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a supermarket in West Footscray.

A - Light golden with strong carbonation. Slight haze. One finger of white fluffy head. Minute lace and a film of retention.

S - Light citrus, tropical fruit and sweet grain.

T - Lot's of sweet grain, tropical fruit and some citrus hops, with pear and apple.

M - Overly carbonated with a light body and a crisp finish. Body is hard to pin down with the carbonation so strong.

O/D - A fairly tasty 'light' beer. Pretty decent. I remember it being really tasty on tap at the brewery but less so from the bottle which is probably older. Not bad as a gateway craft.

Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of style.

Pours a massive five finger coarse ivory head - dies so quick. Straw body.

Aromas of citrus/lemon.

Taste is somewhat dry, somewhat sour. Hops drive. Sherbert is there, so is lemon, a hint of passionfruit. Quite acidic. However, it does all hang together.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Funny that. Burp fodder after a while.

Overall, interesting. A great hot weather beer. Zestily refreshing. So when will Mountain Goat make their core business their better one-off beers, rather than the two they regularly release?

Photo of dansmcd
3.47/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light cloudy golden body with a thin white head and minimal lacing.

S - Citrusy hops, a little honey type malt.

T - Hop forward with a mild sweetness of tropical fruit flavours (passionfruit, pineapple), the malt is there but subtle.

M - Crisp light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A little bit different and really sessionable.

Photo of aBeeraWeek
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle of this from the local independent wine shop and poured into a footed pilsner glass.

Appearance – Yellowy gold colour with a slightly cloudy appearance (possibly due to some wheat malt being used)

Smell – light and refreshing citrus with a delayed hint of floral aromas

Taste – crisp and slightly citrus with a light bitterness.

Feel – medium body, clean and clear and easy to drink.

Overall – an easy light drink good for hot weather or hot food. Enough taste and nose to keep it all interesting.

Photo of DocDownUnder
4.5/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml into a dimpled stein.

A-Straw to yellow body with a quickly fading white head.

S-Sweet bready/yeasty smell with a bit of fresh earthy hops.

T-very interesting combination of almost sweetness from the malts (cereal sweetness), but then a finishing dry bitterness akin to California IPA. The sweetness is similar to a farmhouse or saison, with less tartness, replaced by a dry bitter hop.

M-The carbonation makes it crisp with a lingering biscuit flavor.

O-This combination of sweetness and dry bitter is hard to put a finger on, but it works. The subtle sweetness takes this beer to a different level. I'd rather drink this than most of the IPA's I've had. Very well done.

Photo of jimiboi
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hadn't heard of Mountain Goat before but the wife was inspired by the 'organic' branding so she picked it off the shelf. Got it home, and she gave it to me after only one sip. Diagnosis: not a beer for regular folk?

OK, my review...

Straw pour with one finger head receding to a persistent layer leaving no lacing behind.

Smell is on the lighter side, but a wonderfully pleasant aroma emanates from the glass nonetheless, with hints of flora and citrus.

Taste is light citrus (lemony), and very smooth.

Mouthfeel is once again very smooth, perfect carbonation.

Easiest drinking craft beer I've found, possesses the only good attribute of a macro (throw-down-ability), whilst still being a pleasant 'crafty' drop.

One of the most consistent beers I've tried, I would highly recommend this for summer as an easy drinking beer, and I will be purchasing lots.

Photo of edonovan0
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very, very pale transparent yellow, almost straw. Nice foamy pure white head, about half finger, with good retention to the last sip, with an average lace. Medium visible carbonation.

Definite malt grain on the nose, small traces of light citrus fruits ... Not a very appealing nose.

Big malt, like the nose. Earthy grain notes ... pine. Also a hint of hazlenut maybe. There are traces of the citrus hops in there, but don't do anything more than tease.

Refreshingly light and bubbly on the palate, which is similar to most lagers targetted for Australia.

It's not something to write home about. Drinkable on a hot Aussie day, and is definitely better than a macro Aussie lager, but not something you would recommend.

Photo of Stew41
2.66/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ok summer drinking but not much more. Mild flavours of tangy citrus fruits and some dry aniseed (& smoke) on the finish. This beer is very subtle in all respects and clearly built to quaff. Some examples from tap have been much better so I will need to revisit at some point.

Photo of foles
4.18/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw yellow with slight cloudiness from bottle conditioning. Fresh yeast on the nose as well as some lemony citrus hops in the background. Crisp soft mouthfeel. Bit fruity. Firm but light bitterness. There seems to be a subtle roast note in there as well. It's like a summer steam beer. This is a very very well crafted beer. Sometimes I absolutely love a gentle delicate beer like this.

Photo of doktorhops
3.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I got this at the same time as the hightail ale as recommended by the bottleshop person, and I must say I was surprised that I hadn't heard of these Mountain Goat guys before.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Light amber/golden body, a good colour for a lager, however this is not so common for an ale (I have since read what a "steam beer" is). There is pretty much no head to speak of... interesting as the ale appears quite active with carbonation but no head, weird no?

S: Nice! I'm getting a strong hop smell that can only be described as cannabis-like... err, nice as in the strong hop smell, not the cannabis-like part. It's difficult to register a malt odor over the hops but I'm sure it's there somewhere.

T: As with the aroma the malt completely takes a backseat to the overpowering grassy cannabis-like hops. The flavour of the hops leave a slight expected bitterness and the aftertaste is a hint of Brazil nut, which could only be as a result of the malts, very interesting.

M: This ale explodes in your mouth like a fruit tingle! It's quite odd and I'm not sure if I like it or not.

D: If it wasn't so crazy in the mouthfeel I could probably drink these all night, however this ale presents an eclectic mix of hops, nuts, and pop-rocks which holds it back from a perfect score... I'll still gladly get it again though.

Food match: Thai, grilled chicken with salad or light barbeque fare.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank fro my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a hazey golden colour
, with a white fluffy head that reducesto a light film.

S - Grainy, dog food like aroma from the bottle. Mellows once poured.

T - N ice grains up from witha little citrus that finishes into a smooth almost nutty
finish.

M - Low carbonation and light to medium body, but cremay smooth.

D - My first steam beer so hard to judge, but I liked it a lot.

Photo of joecast
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ooh, my first steam beer.

Looks superb. Bright gold with a nice tit white head. Medium carbonation. Slightly turbid.

Slight hop aroma. Just enough to notice but not overpowering. Some sweet malt there as well. Maybe a touch of yeasty fermentation character but only a hint.

Nice clean taste. Malty with a bit of balancing hoppiness. Nice level of sweetness that would keep it interesting without being cloying or heavy.

Well I'm impressed. Wish I grabbed more than one bottle, but I will cherish this one. Easily drinkable and well made.

Photo of juju7
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of yawn in every glass. Not a terrible beer but not quite sure who would get into this. Not enough for the geeks and a bit out there for the regular folks. A bit of citrus hops on the nose and some more on the palate but very high carbonation gives it a prickly feel that hides some of the flavour. Somewhat one dimsional and drab for me. This is only the scond steam beer I've had, the other being the original Anchor and I didn't think much of that either so maybe it's the whole steam thing I don't dig.

Photo of Macca
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a bright straw colour with a centimetre of head.

Some nice hop aromas: tropical fruits.

Hops dominate palate as well: pineapple flavours. Not much malt to speak of. Nice dry finish.

Medium bodied.

Everything adds up to make this one sessionable beer.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: As an ale, this beer does not quite fit the "steam beer" style category.

Appearance - 3.0
Poured a finger of white head that reduced to a thin layer over a golden yellow body that has just a hint of haze.

Smell - 3.5
A very much hop-driven aroma, citrus fruits and a little passionfruit.

Taste - 4.0
Crisp, refreshing and lightly fruity with moderate to assertive hop bitterness. Rather sweet although not a lot of malt character, plenty of juicy, citric hops, pineapple and a slightly buttery taste that rounds out the beer rather than detracting.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine carbonation, medium body, goes down very easily.

Drinkability - 4.5
A very sessionable golden ale, perfect for the hot summer months.

OVERALL - 3.75
With one sip, I was instantly reminded of James Squire Golden Ale, a beer that I have a lot of time for. Currently a rather underrated beer in my opinion, and the best from Mountain Goat that I have tried.

Photo of Hanger
2.3/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle poured into schooner glass

A- golden straw yellow in colour with thin (1-2 mm) white that dissapated almost immediately to a fine lacing

S - sweet with some fruiity esters, didn't linger

T - slightly sour, lacking complexity

M - smooth, easy to drink

D - Drinkable but not inspiring, wouldn't rush out to get again. Although I am not overly familar with this style it just seems lacking in something

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Mountain Goat Steam Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.