Mild Winter | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Mild WinterMild Winter

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Toffee color, dark bread aroma, caramel and rye flavor, medium-light body.

Added by botham on 08-17-2008

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Photo of chugalug06
1.64/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

One-finger, non aggressive off-white head. Brew is deep red.

Smells like Heineken. bland. nothingness.

Lots of roasted caramel, not much more. Tastes like a dark Budweiser. Watery, thin, not complex... Harsh carbonation. Horribly dry and bitter.

This brew was a waste of time and a waste of $1.70, good thing I only bought a single... Not recommended.

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Photo of semihobo
2.3/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brewed 11/11/08. Goose Island caps are among the most stubborn twistoffs I have encountered, this bottle was no exception.

Fairly clear reddish brown body, petite head with poor retention and a little lacing.

Smells of caramelized malts, muted herbal hops blend with a bit of spicy rye.

Sweet, gentle taste. Mild, very sugary, the rye is faint, stopping by only at the finish. Minty aftertaste. I like my beers sweet, but this is too much.

Decent heft to the liquid and mild carbonation lead to a dull mouthfeel, although I suppose it syncs well with the sweet taste.

Meh -- too much sugar, not enough rye, below average for the style. If you are in Chicago and want a sweet beer from GI, go to the Clybourn pub and drink a Lake Effect instead.

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Photo of json83
2.42/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mild Ale, 168 Calories, 5.6% ABV. I have come to realize that I do not like the Ale Style. In my opinion the aftertaste is way too bitter. I've had IPA before that I did not mind but only if it has a unique flavor, i.e. coffee...etc. This is advertised as mild which was very strong despite the label in my opinion. Would not try again or recommend unless that is your preference. I didn't really sense the taste of the caramel advertised in the description.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.43/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a reddish brown color with a nice foamy cream colored head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smell is rye, a touch of toffee, a bit of hops and ceral smell.

T- Not really digging this one. Rye is every where here. Seems like a bit of a mess between sweet and bitter with nothing really in between.

M- Medium in body and carbonation. Has an overly dry feeling to it.

D- I'm going to pass on this one.

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Photo of wrightro07
2.66/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber with a red tint. Good head retention with a tan colour.
S: Not much aroma, only slightly nutty.
T: The taste is a lot like the smell. A nutty malt flavour that opens up as the beer reaches 60 degrees F.
D: Good appearance on goose islands part, but the flavour and smell was not up to their regular standards. Overall a pretty average beer from GI.

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Photo of dhannes
2.69/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a 16 oz. tap at a local sports bar...didn't realize that this was a rye beer, and, having never had a rye beer, this review is based more on the overall flavor of the beer.

A=Excellent warm reddish amber color with one finger golden foam...very inviting. aroma whatsoever was detected after two tries.

T=Like other winter ales, a sharp bitter taste was present and, despite the lightness in body, it still dominated...thought it was a strong hops presence at the time, but I am now thinking it was the rye.

M=Nice light body, but slightly over carbonated.

O=Not unenjoyable, but not enjoyable either. Not one I'll order again.

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Photo of frankiepop
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the handsome bottle. Goose is always kind of classy looking. Ahhh, let me think, Mild Winter is an ok looking beer. A nice soft translucent type of beer, and it smiells nice.

Taste: I can say many nice things about this beer, but the finish falls down for me. Goose brews are often on the hoppy & rye side and bitter. Admittedly I love the sweeter maltier brews. Mild Winter rides with a mild watery bitter, almost anti-sweet finish as you swallow. The swallow is soft and nice, just bitter.

If IPAs are your thing, then go for this. This brew maxs out on the hop rye side.

So what complements this bitter ideal? I would ask you one little thing. What goes with a bitterish beer for these little bitter beer lovers. I might suggest go with some dark folk music like Townes Van Zandt or Greg Browns Songs of Innocence and of Experience or Covenant. If you're more into jazz then go with Ran Blake all the way.

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Photo of carlborch
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Looked great! Poured a brilliant, mahogany brown and produced a creamy, 1.5 inch tan head, that slowly subsided. Some decent malt in the nose and suggestions of hops. Faint hints of cocoa and spice? Medium-light body. Surprisingly short! Some lingering bitter notes. Not much malt on the palate. Light, fresh, and mild. Not as dark as expected. Some lace develops. When looking for a Mild Ale, I will look elsewhere next time.

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Photo of aasher
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This one pours a rich hazelnut in color with a light white head. It smells of bread, bread, and more bread. I know it's a rye beer but it smelled like nothing but oat bread. Unfortunately it also tasted like nothing but oat bread. I like oat bread, but not as a beer. It lacked complexity and didn't offer anything appealing. It drank fine, well carbonated and smooth but I wouldn't drink this one again. It's too bad because I love Goose Island.

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Photo of gabedivision
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this brew in a craft your own sample pack from my locals wegmans (best idea ever). Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass. Now before i review any further this was my first time trying a rye beer, wasn't really sure what to expect. The color was a light reddish brown, with a fluffy white head. This had a light caramel scent with strong malty flavors. The taste... i couldn't get the taste out of my mouth fast enough, it wasn't the worst taste, just kinda strange, it didn't make sense to me what was going on in my mouth. There was a dry malty resin left in my mouth. It took more than a couple mouth full's to get used to, then the beer began to flow a little easier. Not sure if it was the style or just the beer, but definitely not for me.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a pinkish beige two finger head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention. Body colour is a vibrant amber-auburn. Transparent and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt, biscuit malt, and mild fruit esters. A below average strength aroma.

T: Sweet malt, some amber malt, biscuit malt, and clean fruit esters. Balanced but simple. Clean and pleasant to drink, but lacks complexity or subtlety. Not layered really at all. Hop presence is minimal. A bit too sweet.

Mf: smooth, wet, clean. Decent carbonation. Okay palate presence.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. Rather pedestrian. I wouldn't trifle with it again. Meh. A decent offering from Goose Island.


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Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Quite attractive in the Duvel tulip with a generous sudsiness that makes the first gulp a mouthful of foam. Dark brown in color with virtually no lacing in the glass.

Starts out with a very bitter bang, which seems to subside but returns in power for the aftertaste. A hint of fruity hops but mostly it's just the bitterness. Extremely thin. Starts with some roasted malt which provides a welcome warmth, but there is more of a mineral taste, some club soda, and a dirty finish. Burnt raisin toast.

Overall this is too bitter and way too strong to be anything but an "English inspired" Mild. Among my least favorite alleged Milds. From the 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/10/11

*I'm performing a "Spring Cleaning" of sorts, and finishing off the holiday beer in and around my home - this being one of them.

A: Nothing particularly special here, a simple looking brown ale with a 1.5 finger head and minimal lacing. After settling down, it looks a bit more regal, like a new leather bomber jacket.

S: Earthy malt and herbal smoke. It's got a faint trace of bitter hops and sandalwood.

T: Like one would expect from a brown, but because of the rye's influence, I get an earthy and slightly sweet (not sugary) kick to the jaw. Mild hops make a guest appearance and dissapear as a hint of liquid smoke shows up right at the tail end.

M: Oily and slick. The forced carbonation is sharp and pronounced, making it feel lighter then it should for a winter-only brew.

O: Not bad, not great. Goose Island's Mild Winter is just kinda there. It's beer, take it or leave it. I found it to be a bit blah and one I wouldn't pass up if offered, but one I won't be asking for by name.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Odell pint glass at high altitude near Denver.

A: Pours an amber body with a foamy off-white head. Good lacing here and decent retention.

S: Light smell overall, malts and a bit of caramel come through. Not much going on here.

T: Malt notes from start to finish here, with just enough hop character to balance. Certainly a mild flavor.

M: Light- to medium-bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a small amount of carbonation. Fits the flavors well.

O: Nothing remarkable, but a good option if you're looking for something mild.

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Photo of Seeker41184
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date Drunk: 2/27/11

12oz into pint glass

Another let down from Goose Island IMO. Malt flavors are present, but not robust as they should be. Their is a slight hint of smoke but needs more. Leaves an aftertaste of metal almost. The only good thing about the beer was it was smooth, wet, and light, kinda like how I like my women.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz from a mixed 6 pack, poured into a tulip pint

Again from a mixed 6 from Wegman's, had very low expectations of this beer (as I do for most small-format goose island beers) but I couldn't resist picking up a winter seasonal rye. Unfortunately the beer did not disappoint.

L: Rusty reddish orange and clear with lingering and ample carbonation and a half-finger of thickish head. Looks okay, not panty-dropping, but not terribly boring or just plain bad either.

S: Rye and corn and sweet with a touch of dirty water bitter towards the end. Okay smelling all-in-all.

T: Straight into a conflicted middle of sweet and bitter without much introduction. Finish is a lingering bitter chased by a wetness. Meh.

F: Cold and smooth, best part of the beer. Still unimpressive.

D: Drinkable but forgettable. Lineup filler for GI at best.

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Photo of imaguitargod
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a small foam with some lacing. When I poured it there was a massive rush of bubbles in the glass and it stayed that way for quite a while, close to over carbonated. Dark amber in color. Let me state, I am not a Rye beer fan at all and usually can’t stand more than a sip of a Rye beer.

I actually finished this, it didn’t have that over bearing rye taste but it did have some substantial sweetness that was a little bit of a turn off. Nice little bit of toasty malt taste too that was a pleasant surprise. After it warned up a bit the Rye notes really started to come out more and more. Overall, it was drinkable and I could see enjoying a few pints of it, but a little too sweet for me and too much rye taste for me towards the end.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard 16 oz mug

A - pours a nice dark amber, minimal head with no lacing. not quite as dark as I was expecting or hoping for, but decent substance.

S - unimpressive. Smells like a light lager, non-distinct.

T - After the A and the S, the taste was impressive. Honestly it isn't going to blow your mind, but it tastes slightly herbal, with hints of cinnamon and paprika.

M - great carbonation, easy to drink. Aftertaste - terrific.

O - You can pass on this one.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a rich copper. The light cream colored head dissipates quickly, but leaves sticky lacing. Smells of roasted malts and faint caramel. Tastes of faint caramel sweetness, malts, and a hint of hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat light bodied.

Overall, this is just another average holiday beer for me. Nothing really stands out. It's not bad, just not memorable.

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Photo of bnes09
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany and mostly transparent (similar color as Amber Bock.) Weak, white head that sticks around for a little while and produces some blotchy lacing.

Smell is fairly clean and slightly disappointing. Steely malts, mild hop, and just the slightest hint of smoke.

Flavor is equally lackluster. Consists of bready malt which has a musty off flavor. Slight hint of rye and oak. Not much hop flavor and what is there tastes a bit stale. Not horrible just lacks depth and the flavors are a little off.

Light to medium bodied, lighter than expected for a winter brew. Good carbonation yet a coarse feel.

An ok rye beer/winter seasonal at best. Really nothing special. Definitely could use more complex flavors and a thicker, richer body.

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Photo of jp32
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany brown color with minimal head. Strong lacings throughout.

Has a sweet, mild aroma with hints of rye.

It has a very bland taste. I notice flavors of oak barrel, rye, and light malts.

A semi-dry mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

This is a good, light feeling beer that could be used for mass consumption.

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Photo of Spider889
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a crystal clear glowing garnet color. It took some heavy coaxing to get a meager 2mm of head out of this one. What head is there is white in color, and the bubbles that make it up are rather large and soapy. No retention or lace to speak of.

The smell has some sweet acidic smokiness to it. Mild chestnut aromas and a roasty, nutty malt presence.

The taste is all roasted caramel and chocolate malt. Smoke comes through in the flavor as well, in addition to mild charcoal. Slightly sweet with a bitter finish.

Slick, almost creamy mouthfeel. This is an easy drinker but overall fairly lackluster for me.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Clybourn brewpub in December, Somewhat light brown look with decent head, not much on the nose other than decent malt and a bit of hops, no rye notes, taste is the same, not complex, very light, finishes easy, overall better than average but not one to seek out.

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Photo of suspect
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. This is my first sampling of an English Dark Mild Ale.

A: Pours a clear dark brown color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger light tan head that fades relatively quickly leaving not much lacing.

S: Nutty, grainy and lots of malt.

T: Rich malt flavor with nuttiness and some caramel. This one isn't mind blowing but EDMA's aren't supposed to be.

M: Light-medium bodied brew. Carbonation is definitely not overpowering.

O: A supremely easy drinking brew with good flavors. Not one I'll run back to get but if there were a bunch a a party I wouldn't be disappointed.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Dark brown almost black pour. Darkish off white head. Excellent head lines and lacing.

S. yeasty, spices, bread,malts. Not a big nose on this beer.

T. Malty, spices, smooth and rich and mild.

O. Overall this brew delivers on the description: it is a nice winter brew and truly mild. I just wish it was more robust as it just falls a little flat for me.

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