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Mountain Goat Steam Ale - Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd visit their website
Australia

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: laituegonflable on 07-08-2009)
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Photo of tbeckett
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

tbeckett, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
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?

heygeebee, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.48/5  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.

dansmcd, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of DrNo
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

DrNo, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of aBeeraWeek
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

aBeeraWeek, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of DocDownUnder
4.55/5  rDev +37%
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.

DocDownUnder, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of jimiboi
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

jimiboi, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of edonovan0
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

edonovan0, May 04, 2011
Photo of Stew41
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Stew41, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of foles
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

foles, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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.

doktorhops, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of eric5bellies
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

eric5bellies, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

joecast, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of juju7
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

juju7, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Macca
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Macca, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of LittleCreature
3.95/5  rDev +19%
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.

LittleCreature, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Hanger
2.28/5  rDev -31.3%
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

Hanger, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of ADZA
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ADZA, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of vancurly
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

vancurly, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

dgilks, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of brendan13
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

brendan13, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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??)

lacqueredmouse, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

laituegonflable, Jul 08, 2009
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Mountain Goat Steam Ale from Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.