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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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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 02-09-1999)
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Photo of Todd


3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with no freshness date, but, they have a goose wearing goggles and a red scarf while watching geese fly overhead on the label.

Appearance: Reddish brown with haze, and a semi-creamy, powdery off-white head.

Smell: Aromas of butter, sugar, caramel and hop spice. Fruit and esters also hit the nose.

Taste: Medium-full in body with a sweet, toasted malt profile. Mega diacetyl. Butterscotch and caramel candy-like flavours are mostly dominant, letting a citrus, herbal, slightly spicy hop flavour thru at the end.

Notes: This is an odd tasting beer, but also interesting in its complexity. Not for the faint of taste bud, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-1999 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-01-2013 23:27:25 | More by Keener
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-16-2012 05:53:55 | More by cliff1066
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-25-2012 16:48:09 | More by jmathis
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-18-2012 02:32:18 | More by avisong
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-04-2012 01:08:02 | More by pchalk
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

03-23-2012 16:39:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-23-2012 01:18:04 | More by Cattafin
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-07-2012 01:58:22 | More by DoUhave
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-03-2012 20:01:21 | More by rydev24
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-31-2012 11:49:36 | More by jtd335
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-25-2011 22:24:36 | More by brotherloco
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-16-2011 02:40:21 | More by oline73
Photo of tchenery


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:30:35 | More by tchenery
Photo of Thorpe429


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 10:47:16 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of aahynick


2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 02:57:00 | More by aahynick
Photo of therica


3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 06:36:22 | More by therica
Photo of thekanna


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:39:37 | More by thekanna
Photo of matt062286


3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 00:20:24 | More by matt062286
Photo of keifffff


4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 02:54:16 | More by keifffff
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 00:35:02 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 07:42:28 | More by kshankar
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 13:27:45 | More by avalon07
Photo of tpd975


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 00:29:01 | More by tpd975
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Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
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