Goliath - Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
79
okay

125 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of BGDrock
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ggourde
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of shambeano
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. not sure about this, but my bottle has 4.2%ABV

A- Pours a clear golden amber, with about 1.5cm of head that quickly subsides to a whisper. looks pretty good, more like an english bitter though.

S- a bit of toffee and caramel malts, with a touch of citrus. very pleasant, but not hugely flavourful.

T- Again a bunch of toffee and caramel malts up front, with a citrusy hoppiness, and a nice refreshing bitterness. much like the smell, very pleasant without being hugely flavourful.

m- lighter to mid bodied, bitterness fills the back of the mouth, and it has a surprising length of flavour. very drinkable.

O- a pretty sound bitter, i enjoyed it and would drink it again on a warm day.

Photo of SargeC
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of anakar
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App - Poured a brown clear out of the bottle with a flimsy head which disapeared pretty quick. A lot of bubbles in the beer.

Smell - Smelled of beer, simple as that. Hops. No "flavor" smells and no strong alcohol smell. Just simple good beer smell, with no flavor.

Taste - The slogan is "the beer to slay the thirst". Well it does that quite well. It's not overbearing with flavor but has a very nice taste of hops. A bit more alcohol taste than you would expect from under 5% ABV. Practically no after-taste. Don't know why but there isn't.

Feel - Goes down smooth, a little carb. The low alcohol and lack of flavors help it, so you end up taking big gulps.

Overall - Not at all special. Just some basic English beer. Not for your craft beer lovers or for any of the guys who like Belgian beers. Strictly English

Photo of mintjellie
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +45.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of paxkey
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.2 abv
love the bottle art.
pours out with no head. looks like grain alcohol in the glass. wood colored.
the aromas are rich. inviting warm fresh baked bread malt. sweetness. honey marmalade fruitiness. warming awaits.
cold drinks bitter and fizzy.
chalky.
the beer comes across the middle as being alot bigger then its abv. it is interesting to see what they are trying for.
it ends with alot of flavor. a little watery on the end despite big chewiness in the middle. a big beer without the big booze. not a letdown. and the booze and that little. rambling now.

Photo of GabesAles
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy most Wychwood beers - although this was not a bad beer, it is most likely my least liked of the wychwood beers that i have tried. It seemed to lack complexity, was somewhat light, with far less mouthfeel and head retention then most other wychwood beers.

Photo of Zonthark
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Im a big fan of Wychwood's beers especially Hobgoblin, so when ever I see another Wychwood beer at my commision I am always anxious to give it a try. But Goliath was dwarfed in comparrison to Hobgoblin. I pourd it into my Hobgoblin glass, and the colour was a nice orange brown colour and very clear. The head was about one finger in size and lingered on for the most part of the beers consumption, but whithered away by the end of the beer. It tasted very light and watery, kind of bitter though near the end. All and all it did what it said on the bottle it "slayed my thirst" and it wasn't unpleasent, it seemed as if I could drink a bunch of these and not feet too lousy. On the other hand, i am not all that impressed, its not a bad beer but there is much better from Wychwood.

Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Best before May 31, 2011.

Pours a dark orange with a nice white head - brilliant retention and thickness to the head, and fantastic lace. Great look. Nose is bready, some earth notes and a hint of grass. Light hop notes and some sweetness, although something feels a bit off here (touch of skunkiness?). Taste has English malts, bread and a bit of bitterness, lightly earthy and some sweetness as per the nose. Medium light feel, slick carbonation and some residual hops and malt sweetness after each sip. A touch of butter also. Easy to drink, if not the most flavourful of beers. Could be nice on cask for some lengthier sessions.

Photo of shamus
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another imaginative Wychwood label. This low alcohol offering has a malty sweetness with a crisp cookie bite which fights oddly with a dirty hop bitterness. Which one is David and which one is Goliath probably depends on your personal preferences. This one rests easy on the palette leaving behind a complex residue of tastes. I would drink it again but I think for me the initial sweetness is not to my taste.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear light copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel/toffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some light hops. The is also a cookie/cereal taste and a bit of a pear juice sweetness. The beer finishes with a malty/caramel aftertaste with some light lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Nothing ground breaking here.. but still a very drinkable beer with a pleasant light taste. It would probably work well as a session beer - if you don't get bored with the taste after 1 bottle. I wouldn't buy it again..

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of heebes
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

4.2 abv.

Pours an orange amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Nose is pale crystal malts, amber like spiciness, cherries, sweet caramel. Taste is full of ruby malts, spicy on the tounge, but no real sense of hops except for a bitterness in the finish. It does have a rich robust full body.
Overall, more to style as the bottle would suggest as an amber ale than BAs English Pale classification. Much nicer bottle label and brown glass bottle as well perhaps hinting at a recipie change for this beer has since happened. Regardless, can't see any frequent purchases of this one aside from the DnD guys who want a change from their HobGoblins for the campaign.

Photo of kwjd
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came to Ontario as part of an LCBO seasonal release. Pours a golden orange colour with thick white head. Nice lacing on the glass, fairly good head retention. Smells of buscuity malt with bread and floral hops. Mild bitterness seems to come more as an aftertaste with some sweetness up front. Smooth bodied carbonation. Decent pale ale.

Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer's crisp orange-ish colour lies somewhere between pumpkin tone and that of the changing leaves. Either way, it beckons the fall. Transparency is observed only at the base of the glass, where the complexion is its lightest, as all other parts are too deeply shaded in. Although it fails to leave any lace, its head sticks around for the entirety of the tasting.

Both malt and hops appear in their naked state; the malts grainy and the hops grassy. Wychwood seems to release so many of these plain-ish beers that you'd swear they wrote the damn formula for them. The nose doesn't give you anything to get excited about, but it does provide a assuring glimpse of what's to ensue: a simple, but well-crafted ale.

Most flavour is derived primarily from the crystal malts, which impart an almost Märzen-like chewy, bready, toasty maltiness. The dry but reasonably sweet finish and the significant carbonate content both enhance the Oktoberfest aspect of it. Pungent, floral, garden-variety English hops confuse the issue, but are less impressionable than the malts.

I'm not sure there's any sense in calling a 4.2% beer 'Goliath' (especially as it was David who slayed Goliath - proofread the write-ups on the back of your labels, Wychwood.) But they are right about one thing: this grainy, somewhat watery ale does do the trick in terms of alleviating thirst. It lends itself to big gulps and disappears from the glass in no time.

This brewery has succeeded once again in crafting a pleasant but ordinary beer. If brewing awards were given out for mediocrity, Wychwood would have a tone of trophies on their shelf. Mind you, that's not to take anything away from them. Who doesn't enjoy a straightforward pint of plain, agreeable ale time to time? Many drinkers enjoy nothing more.

Photo of peensteen
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light copper, one finger of off white head, no lace to speak of. Smell is biscuity and malty, light lemony hop presence, mildly earth with some grassy overtones. Taste is mostly malty, lightly bitter up front,some biscuity caramel and toffee and citrus in the aftertaste. Mild carbonation, light to medium feel, medium body. Overall this is fairly average but inoffensive, I would drink this again if it was given to me but probably wouldn't actively seek this out.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber topped by a creamy head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is soggy caramel covered apples. Earthy. No great shakes.

Taste is light caramel/toffee, dried apples, with light bitterness and an underlying earthiness, with a floral bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Pretty unremarkable for its style overall.

Creamy yet prickly mouthfeel at first that slowly dissipates into wateriness.

Not a terrible beer but pretty weak stuff. But then I didn't really expect much from this brewery based on what I have had from them in the past.

Goliath from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.