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Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale - Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter AleWild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-09-1999

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 143
Photo of tchenery
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has an excellent ruby red/maroon color to it. It has no head whatsoever except for a few lingering bubbles around the edges.

Roasted and caramel malts shine through on the nose. There is a bit of an odd herbal hop aroma coming through, but the malts steal the show.

This is a very balanced tasting brew! It masks the 6+ % very well. It's mostly toasty malts, with a hint of drying bitterness on the end. There is some residual sweetness, but not too much.

Very well done Snow Goose. I heard Flying Dog is discontinuing this line after this season and it's sad. This is a great beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown with a fairly thin head. A bit of the head remains after some time, although the remainder doesn't leave much lacing as it goes down. The nose has got a surprising amount of hop activity with a good amount of pine and citrus. Some caramel and light molasses in the back. The taste brings forward some of the hop elements without too much bitterness. Some light doughy flavors with a bit of toast. Light to medium body. Drinks pretty well overall for a winter warmer and certainly bucks the insane spicing trend.

Photo of aahynick
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

about 45 degree F into a pint glass
A- dark ruby. 1 finger of head with fine lacing and moderate retention.

S- spicy and malty, very promising

T- weak body, vanilla, acidic and slightly astringent with a mild metallic aftertaste

M- a bit watery and sharp

D- could be better, reminds me of a recent tasting of Killian's. Dissapointing; not bad but I sure would not seek this one out.

Photo of therica
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
rDev: +2.9%

A= chestnut, little head, hardly any rim or lacing.

S= nutty, some dark fruits, some liquor, some interesting hops.

T= Nutty, slightly dry like chocolate, apricot, maybe apple, modest hops, a little malt but more like dark dry roasted malts.

M= slight puckery dry tartness and some astringency, some lingering remnants of the taste.

D= very nice overall, I can handle a few of these without getting bored.

Photo of thekanna
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darker gold bordering on reddish with not much head.

S: Generally clean; some hops but not much more really.

T: Sweet caramel malts lead to a nice hop zing and some citrus, which leave the mouth pleasantly coated and numb.

M: Juicy with a nice hop bite in the aftertaste.

D: From Wild Goose: one fairly drinkable beer coming right up!

Photo of matt062286
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy red-orange color similar to apple cider. Large, frothy, light tan head that slowly dissipates. Maintains a small layer of head as well. Light to moderate lacing.

Smell - Not too much smell to this beer, but I detect faint hop characteristics and maybe some malt in there. Underwhelming.

Taste - Thankfully a lot stronger than the smell. A bitter, dry, piney hop flavor dominates this beer. I taste some caramel malt as well, and maybe some spice back end. Not as complex or exciting as I'd hoped for.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation, middle to light body presence, and a very dry finish.

Drinkablity - This beer is much more of a sipper than a drinker due to its dry finish. Did not care for it too much to start but "warmed" up to it the more I drank. Could have a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of keifffff
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I personally love this ale. Always look for it each winter. It has great taste and smooth finish. Very well done. One of the best winter ales and very drinkable. Not one of those seasonals where you can only have one or two at the most. The Maryland breweries are very under rated. Even my Ridgeback loves this one!

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transucent light brownish color with a light rimming of gray head.
Smell is roasted with some hints of malt and maybe a trace of hoppiness.
Taste is solid roasted malt, shades of a coffee with some bitter finish.
Finish is ok, leaves a light malted after-taste for a bit.
Drinks pretty well, very solid warmer.

Photo of kshankar
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours red/copper with a medium sized tan head that disappears quickly to a layer of foam.

Aroma: This is mild...I get some hops, toasted malts

Taste is mostly of the toasted malts. Slight hop profile in the finish that creates a little sharp touch, but not too much

Mouthfeel is medium and crisp because of that sharp finish from the minimal hops.

Drinkable...I could have a couple, but its not the best winter beer I've ever had. Give it a try.

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a clear texture. There was a small amount of foamy head and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of roasted malt, caramel and a bit of hops.

T: A decent, if uninspired flavor of caramel, roasted malt and some hops. Tastes just like it smells.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer, but there are definitely some better Winter Warmers out there.

Photo of tpd975
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a nice shade of brown with amber highlights. Small creamy head with light light.

S: Pine and Citrus hop aromas meld with aromas of sweet malt, toast, and caramel.

T: Flavor of caramel malts and spice. Nutmeg maybe. Light notes of orange and molasses.

M: On the fuller side of medium. Smooth, tasty.

D: Not too bad, a pleasant surprise.

Photo of ledzepp817
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a bottle into a pilsner glass on 11/22/09.

Pour - light red, golden color with a 1/8 inch head that disappeared quite quickly.

Aroma - not much from the hops, but a nice sweet smell nevertheless.

Taste - Good, smooth rich taste, not high on hops or citrus at all.

Drinkability - Very good, can drink many of these without getting too worn out by the taste.

OVerall - good seasonal, not too much kick if you are a hops enthusiast.

Photo of bamadog
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 11/11/09 and was poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep caramel/coffee/ruby color; with a one finger off-white head that fades quickly to a very thin and uneven skim floating in the middle of the surface; body is slightly cloudy; thin washes of loose oily lacing cling to the sides.

Smell: a little weak, but I can pull some toasty malts and a slight hint of a coffee roast.

Taste: Fairly mild and reminiscent of Goose Island's Mild Winter - light toasty malts and roast coffee flavors; slightly citric hoppy twinge in the end that helps balance out the sweetness; just a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation that's even a tad sharp; body is a tad thin and manages a slight coating on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Not too bad overall. Looks pretty, flavors are alright (I dig the toastiness) and the price is right at only $1.60 a bottle. I don't think I'd seek it out, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of light brown head on top of a reddish brown body with good clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Fruity aroma of red apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Lots of brown, toasted malt notes under the spices with caramel and toffee.

T - Slightly sweet malt up front, toast and caramel with some pine hops. Spicy notes kick next with cinnamon, clove, and orange. Finishes with an emphasis on caramel malt, balanced by some roasted grain notes and tannic spice bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, though the spices get a bit heavy on the palate towards the end of the glass and the malt has a heavy molasses character that gets kind of cloying. The aroma is better than the flavor, but I have to give them a nod for having the sense to at least try to balance the malt and spice with some hop flavor. Worth trying, but I wouldn't want another one.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown with thickly tiny bubbled tan heading very thick looking.Lacing stands throughout the tasting.

Smell has a heavy toasted malt aroma, slightly chocolatey along with some spiciness.

Taste and Mouth is again heavy toasted malt. Spicey on the tongue ,kind of sugary on the lips and again with a heavy sugary alcohol warmth that sticks in the belly for a while. Medium - Full bodied with good carbonation. Also getting some darker fruits like plum. After a bit of time past a hoppy oilness takes over the mouth making it a bit bitter.

Drink is ok nothing spectacular nothing really bad just an over all different beer.

Photo of Kraken
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, consumed 1/29/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Firm pour evokes 1/8 inch of head. Head fades quickly, and leaves a sip by sip indicator on the sides of my glass. Color is a ruby brown.

Nose- Light hops, molasses and caramel.

Palate- Molasses, caramel, and a subtle nuttiness. A nice hop bitterness to close. Some hints of vanilla, somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel- A very fine and active carbonation, finishes a bit try.

Drinkability- Good a nice beer to sip on.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rosey wood brown. Head is thin but retains well.

Smells of figs and molasses. Very rich.

The taste is dry and smokey. The sweetness from the aroma is absent here. Not hoppy either, though. Mostly smokey with a bit of nut.

Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly. Not very thick but not watery either.

Overall a decent dark ale. Not the best but not the worst.

Photo of mikereaser
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a dark mahogany with no foam, just a few bubbles

S - not much of an aroma, hints of some sweet malt comes through

T - pretty much just a bunch of malt flavor, not much else except a bit of bitterness

M/D - Nothing over the top or that enjoyable in my mind.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - nice, deep caramel/amber beer, sports a light mocha cover. Thin sheets of lacing on the far side of the glass.

Aroma - some anise maybe, roasted grain, a touch of brown sugar. Goes light pretty quickly but retains a fair sniff.

Taste - a nice rich grain with a good measure of roast to it. The hops have more than just balance, they kick some tasty finishing bitterness into the mix. A light touch of abv warmth at length. Ends dry with a pleasant reprise of roasted grain.

Mouthfeel - decent body, just a little more than average weight. Medium carbonation, works well for the style.

Drinkability - disappears fast, does this tasty toasty brew.

Photo of Gilgemesh
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice dark red ocher color with a light tan head that disappeared quickly. The lacing was surprisingly nice in comparison.

S - Not much nose to this at first. I gave it a few minutes to warm up a the sweet maltiness came through a little followed by bitter hoppy aroma.

T - Initial hoppiness is followed by a brief layer of maltiness and then you get smacked by a bitter hoppy finish that lingers for a while after you swallow.

M - about what I expected, nothing more, nothing less.

D - As this warmed up the complexity increased but I still don't feel like it is a standout in any area. It's tasty, but the alcohol bite is more noticeable than I would like. I might like to try this on tap sometime to see if it changes things.

Photo of Risser09
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with orange highlights. The beer is transparent, with a huge, 5" tall, exploding out of the tulip, tan head. It shows great retention. Extremely thick lace coats the sides of the glass. Bubbles carve out the holes in the lace.

Smell: Bready, malty and spicy. It smells like a brown ale and a fresh sourdough loaf combined.

Taste: Malty, bready and full of well...malt. A bitterness is off-putting and drying. A flat, sour taste is lingering. A little too bitter for me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth at first, but lots of bitterness is there too. Not bad, cloying or off-putting. Not much booze in there.

Drinkability: Ok. It's been awhile since I've had this one, and maybe for good reason. For the price, it's decent. Not worth seeking out.

Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the winter seasonal from the Maryland brewers. Pour reveals a murky brown with orange highlights and although the dark tan head doesn't last, the lacing remains are sturdy. The nose is spicy and malty as you would expect.

The first sip reveals dark, nutty malt flavors with a bit of spice and a tiny touch of hops that show up in the finish. The texture is dry and holds off on the carbonation nicely. Easy drinking and decent for the style., Worth a shot.

Photo of gabe23
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear, deep ruby red with a fast-fading tan head. Decent lacing.

S - Sweet maltiness with dark fruit, caramel, and a slight bit of cinnamon and winter spices.

T - Starts off with a hoppy bite, and then smooths out into a roasty malt sweetness. If there are truly any spices in there, they really aren't a player in the taste. Finish is a bit boozy & bitter and lingers for a while.

M - Above average thickness and body. Gets more syrupy as it warms.

D - The 6.3% ABV, heavy body, and the run of the mill flavor mean I wouldn't be drinking too many of these at a sitting. I'm a big fan of winter brews, but this isn't one that I'll be seeking out in the future.

Photo of nick76
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is sweet and malty with a strong yeast factor that is like butterscotch lotion and dark fruit. The appearance is amber with a smaller sized head. The flavor is bread like with butter brown sugar, malt, and some hop bitterness. The palate is typical for the style. Overall an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Gouxman
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though the Wild Goose beers are kind of middle of the road I think that this one of the best beers to come out of this brewery. An easy drinking winter ale with a nice aroma of floral hops and caramel malt. This ale has a big flavor of bready, toasted malts up front while finishing with a medium hop bitterness. An excellent balance of caramel malts and hops.

At $6.49 one of the most moderately priced seasonal beer available. And the new package this year makes it look a lot sharper.

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Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
83 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.