Mountain Goat Steam Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
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2.9/5 rDev -12.7%
On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.
Extremely pale, slightly hazy yellow color with a filmy but fine head of white bubbles. Lacing is pretty good. Some beading carbonation not bad.
Some light hoppy notes, and a light rank character, not unlike Anchor steam. Some bread yeast pops up later, which is a shame, and rather rinses away my memories of the pleasant characters up front. Otherwise pretty true to style
The taste bombs heavily though. Very bready and thin on the palate. The bread note is dominant, and I can't say I approve. Some light fruit or American cherry notes, but not enough interest to detract from the fact that it's very weak and not very flavoursome. Mouthfeel is thin, but ok.
I'm not terribly impressed and worse, I'm disappointed. This is not much more than a thin bland lager. Drinkable in its way, but not very exciting. A real shame given some of the great American steam beers.
(Also, surely "Steam Ale" is a contradiction in terms??)
07-12-2009 05:27:29 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.16/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
01-14-2014 02:35:11 | More by chinchill
3.13/5 rDev -5.7%
Fairly clear gold colour. The head is tight, white and shortlived.
Fairly fruity aroma with passionfruit in the fore. I'm struggling to see this as a California Common or even as a Steam Beer. Looking at it outside the style guidelines. It's one dimensional but tasty.
Fairly malty which is to be expected. Bitterness could be higher and the passionfruit hop flavours are out of style. Some toasted malt and some form of mineral quality are present. Not as crisp as it could be in the finish and it is a little bit muddled.
Medium body with moderate carbonation that just tickles the tongue. Spot on.
What can I say? It's drinkable, there is flavour, it isn't stylistically accurate and otherwise it is a bit boring. A decent step up from macro lagers and an easy entry for new craft drinkers.
12-14-2009 07:29:17 | More by dgilks
2.58/5 rDev -22.3%
Pours a pale straw colour with slight haze but mostly translucent, pretty good snowy head that's settled down now into a thin ring around the rim. Pretty nice, but fairly standard.
Nose is a OK, but a slight Pride of Ringworm character, or bread yeasty anyway, comes through with a hint of corn, but otherwise a fair hit of malt and a slight bitter hop character, maybe some lime as well? Pretty average.
Taste has a very bread yeasty character and not much else. Pretty bland with some amber malt and some unpleasant hops. Nutty and yeasty with not much nuance. Good on Mountain Goat for brewing a California Common, but I'm really not sure if I should call this an American Pale Wheat Ale instead, what with the wheat malt and calling itself an 'ale'. This is a bit meh, not much to taste or recommend.
Mouthfeel is a bit tangy and fizzy but otherwise OK. Overall it's not too bad but if I don't ever drink this again I think I'll survive.
07-08-2009 03:50:27 | More by laituegonflable
3.2/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
03-17-2012 10:59:11 | More by tbeckett
2.28/5 rDev -31.3%
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.
02-11-2014 12:43:11 | More by drpimento
2.83/5 rDev -14.8%
Pours golden with lively carbonation sustaining an impressive white head.
Aroma is faint, but shows some mild spicy and minty hops, some bready wheat and sweet clean malt.
Quite clean flavours, and again, quite faint. Sweet clean malt and straw-like wheat first up, followed by quite a strong hoppy bitterness (reminds me of chinook) along with off-putting metallic notes on the finish. Has a certain white wine-like cloying sweetness throughout.
Seems watery to me. But as already mentioned, that only adds to its quaff-ability.
11-19-2009 09:10:43 | More by CrazyDavros
3.38/5 rDev +1.8%
This beer was given me to as a present and must say ive never tried it before and looking forward to seeing how it goes,it pours a dark orange cloudy straw hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger creamy head across the top with a nice even ring of lacing around the rim,it has aromas of subtle spicey oranges and a big hit of wheat,it has an average mouthfeel with tastes of spicy wheat followed up a very nice dry crisp finish that leaves your thirst satisfied but still wanting another sip,although this beer isnt very complex and is pretty much straight down the line it is very easy to drink and would recommend this as a starter into the micro world for newbies.
12-29-2009 06:50:53 | More by ADZA
3.45/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-02-2013 02:19:56 | More by soju6
3.13/5 rDev -5.7%
A - Pours a pale straw colour with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away fairly quickly but leaves a bit of lace.
S - Some grainy and nutty character initially with some vauge light citrus notes.
T - Grainy, slightly sweet bready malt. Some light fruity character.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Not horrible but certainly could have a bit more oomph. I guess it's an approachable beer from a decent microbrewery.
08-26-2009 08:29:02 | More by brendan13
3.45/5 rDev +3.9%
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?
02-05-2012 08:04:40 | More by heygeebee
3.9/5 rDev +17.5%
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
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.
10-09-2010 13:27:27 | More by eric5bellies
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
01-26-2012 13:47:35 | More by dansmcd
4/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
10-04-2010 09:15:38 | More by joecast
2.3/5 rDev -30.7%
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.
08-10-2012 16:21:39 | More by mulder1010
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
a) White frothy head, settles to 1cm. Dark straw, slight haze.
s) Green apple perfume, perhaps some guava, touch of honeycomb
t) Definite fruity esters driving this... a perfumy note reminiscent of a candle shop. Clean pale malt with some long bready notes. Reasonable bitterness. Subtle similarities to Coopers Pale Ale.
m) Touch of tingle on the tongue, supporting the green apple analogy, with a reasonable dextrinous mouthfeel, and backed up by the bitterness. Interesting.
d) An interesting style, not far off the California common style description.
12-22-2009 08:30:02 | More by vancurly
3.95/5 rDev +19%
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.
01-13-2010 07:22:44 | More by LittleCreature
3.5/5 rDev +5.4%
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
04-15-2012 03:05:52 | More by jarmby1711
Mountain Goat Steam Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
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