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Goliath - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
78
okay

121 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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JISurfer

South Carolina

1.98/5  rDev -41.9%

Eh, this was a sucky beer. I was expecting something big and strong, like Goliath. It was skunky and hoppy, two things that don't mix. It looked ok, which was it's best quality. It was a light amber color with a white head that was thick, but then died out to a laceing. Other than the looks, it had not redeaming quality. I would pass on it, unless you are looking to up your reviews.

11-07-2003 05:51:21 | More by JISurfer
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -41.3%

Not as sticky and syruppy as the Circle Master, which i just recently had. Bittersweet, resiny hops, slightly bready and oily. Gimmicky bottle (a large 660ml bottle), pretty broing, and hard to finish (due to boredom). Tastes like any other mass prodeced English Bitter.

10-16-2002 16:45:55 | More by rastaman
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -32.6%

From notes:

Appearance: more of an amber colour than the claimed ruby; good lasting head; very slight haze

Aroma: malty and sweet, caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel: very smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel; on the sweet side with minimal bitterness or hops despite the "hefty wack" of hops advertised; lacking depth, and flavour dissipates quickly

Overall: a lackluster beer that definitely doesn't live up to it's name

02-18-2012 19:03:35 | More by BGDrock
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -27.3%

Amber/orange body. Off-white head retains poorly but leaves a few rings of lace. Light toasted bread and floral aromas. Flavour shows notes of lightly toasted bread, faint whispers of sour apple, and a lingering earthy bitterness. This is pretty meek stuff. Slight metallic quality. Feels thin and watery, with low carbonation. Bland and boring.

12-08-2011 06:06:17 | More by mintjellie
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

08-19-2013 00:20:25 | More by FadetoBock
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

This stuff came in a big clear 660 ml bottle, but I was surprised at the low alcohol content. Out of the bottle, it looks and smells like a dirty 40 oz. of cheap malt liquor, although it is slightly darker. Once poured, it smelled strongly of fruit, particularly pineapple. I'm really serious. Drinkable, but not very good at all.

06-18-2002 13:25:03 | More by IrishRedRock
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -25.8%

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light dry caramel malt is somewhat bland. Taste is also dominated by light dry caramel notes without many other characteristics. Body is about average with good carbonation. Bland offering with very little floral notes or hops that are noticeable.

10-07-2011 18:39:18 | More by Phyl21ca
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.63/5  rDev -22.9%

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lace. Clear, golden amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is hoppy, no skunkiness; Starts with hops, finishes crisp and clean with some hoppy aftertaste but not as hoppy as some pales. $4.69 for a 660ml bottle.

04-07-2004 22:38:44 | More by jdhilt
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fionn13

Ireland

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

08-19-2012 20:14:21 | More by fionn13
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.8/5  rDev -17.9%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of October 2011. I miss the days when this was sold in 660ml bottles, as befits the name.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A nice reddish-amber colour with good carbonation. 2 fingers of thick, creamy head with good retention; this subsides after a few minutes. Smells of malt and a hint of sweetness - some notes of honey. Not much in the way of hops.

The taste is a let down; weak flavour of malt and relatively little bitterness. No obvious hoppy notes despite the description. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery; a feeling of residue coating the mouth. Aftertaste is faintly unpleasant.

Not the best ale in the world. Drinkable, but I've had better and other offerings from this brewery are tastier.

01-16-2011 22:54:19 | More by jazzyjeff13
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GreenCard

Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -15.5%

Appearance: light hazelnut brown, great clarity, bubbly layer of off-white foam that flattens to a creamy cap

Aroma: bran, malt, grassy hops (with just a twinge of skunk)

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a woody edge, touch of dark malts, hay, vegetal hop flavor, finishes dry with a rooty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Like all the other Wychwood beers I've tried: "all right". They've got that whole "mystical thing" going on, which is kind of cute I guess. But if they put a little more of that energy into making the beer, then perhaps we'd have something more interesting. AND FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, START USING BROWN BOTTLES!!!

07-18-2005 15:48:38 | More by GreenCard
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -15%

Got this from an Englishman friend, Vinnie. Thanks man! Poured with some head and lace. Most dissipated. Deep amber color. Malty, quite dry and bitter, woody, hints of fruitiness. Carbonation tang on the tongue. Medium to full body. Very dry and bitter finish.

07-29-2007 01:32:17 | More by drpimento
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BeerAngel

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours a clear tea-like color with a hint of orange and a nice dense cream-colored head that lasts for a while. The smell consists of a dry bitter aroma with some grassy notes and light hops. The taste is faint and consists of an earthy grain flavor with very mild hops and carbonation bite and is watery bitter on the tail. It has a slight complexity, but far too mild for the style. This is a very light bodied brew that has a light dry finish. Not recommended at all. This is a fine example of not judging a book by it's cover. Cheers!

04-13-2004 03:09:18 | More by BeerAngel
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2ndstage

Texas

3/5  rDev -12%

Found in 660ml clear glass bottle. Was a bit wary because of the clear glass and was assaulted as expected once opened. Very strong skunking in this one. Luckily though after about 5 minutes or so it dissapated enough for me to pick up a few other notes from the brew.

Colorwise a nice clear copper-gold hue. Moderate to no head what was dropped to a slight lace ring about 1 minute later.
Decent maltiness with appropriate bitterness for the style. All in all would be a good brew if found on tap or anything but these vile clear glass bottles thay Wychwood always seems to use in those version found here in the states.

04-15-2005 23:25:33 | More by 2ndstage
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%

A - poured a pillowy two fingers which quickly disappated - a little patchy lacing - light amber copper colour

S - light malt, bread, metal, floral

T - follows nose with some pear and lemon - the mineral after taste is not particularly great

M - light body with moderate carbonation - slightly bitter

O - a forgettable brew from Wychwood - a really average brew at best - would maker a laker before I pay for this one again

09-19-2011 03:05:50 | More by Stocean1
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -12%

07-25-2012 03:06:44 | More by pin
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%

11-22-2012 02:13:05 | More by cfalovo97
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Bix

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12%

08-25-2012 16:20:19 | More by Bix
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leitmotif

Romania

3/5  rDev -12%

01-24-2014 18:16:01 | More by leitmotif
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Maiacetus

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -12%

10-05-2012 19:50:10 | More by Maiacetus
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ggourde

Missouri

3/5  rDev -12%

02-04-2012 14:31:00 | More by ggourde
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -12%

Amber with a pinky sized, bubbly, off-white head that shrinks after about a minute into a small, foamy one that lasts. Lots of small bubbles in the glass & the head leaves some lacing as well.

Fruity on the nose, mainly dried dark & summery fruits.

An initial dried fruits taste such as raisins similar to that of the smell. This is followed by a bittersweet aftertaste.

Medium to light bodied, this ale tingles the tongue slightly & seems average carbonation wise.

About average overall for the type although the smell is quite pleasant. Definitely a very drinkable ale.

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12-31-2010 01:27:53 | More by flyingpig
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SmashPants

Australia

3/5  rDev -12%

Bottle: a typically cool embossed brown 500mL bottle, a fancy label as well and a cool name. Good package.

Appearance: pours out a dark amber colour with a one-fingered beige head with good retention. Minimal carbonation visible.

Aroma: not a bad aroma for a mid bitter - some grass hops and citrus hops and some earth qualities. Not mind-blowing, but decent.

Taste: some of the earth malts and an almost fug-like toffee to go with it. A bit awkward, and very dull.

Aftertaste: the flavours fade away pretty quickly, really just not much there.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with a lower carbonation, suits the style. Perhaps a touch more carbonation would bring some more flavours through.

Overall: a pretty boring English Bitter. There are some malts and a touch of hops, but there really isn't that much there. I wouldn't mind it as a sessional - I'd particularly like to try it on tap - however the price in Australia is (as usual) prohibitive.

01-13-2014 05:00:35 | More by SmashPants
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -12%

11-30-2011 19:55:28 | More by kelvarnsen
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Craigale

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -12%

11-21-2013 16:36:17 | More by Craigale
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Goliath from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
78 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.