Mild Winter | Goose Island Beer Co.

Mild WinterMild Winter
BA SCORE
52.1%
Liked This Beer
3.69 w/ 904 ratings
Mild WinterMild Winter
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,915
Reviews:
372
Ratings:
904
Liked:
471
Avg:
3.69/5
pDev:
11.92%
Alströms:
3.75
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
30
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 904 |  Reviews: 372
Photo of demcorhip
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking deep chestnut colored ale. Solid one finger dirty white head with alright retention. Some sticky lacings, but generally scantily so.

The aroma is quite subdued, and may be influenced by the low level of carbonation. With that being said there are good but faint notes of toffee, and a nutty and toasted character and some floral hops.

This brew makes one take notice upon the tasting. Toasty malts and richer toffee meets the subtle, earthy spiciness from the rye. The zing from the rye grains really comes through at the finish and melds quite nicely with a moderate level of hop bitterness in the english style.

Almost medium bodied and very well balanced. Rich malts contrasted with the tang of the rye as well as a hint of fruitiness and mostly clean hop bitterness with floral hints. Finishes slightly dry, and this impression is aided by the mild astringency from grain husk.

A very drinkable ale and one that im glad to have stumbled upon today while looking for something else. While certainly nowhere near the most rye forward beer with rye, this is a tasty and sessionable brew that i really enjoyed. Well worth trying for fans of beers made with rye.

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Photo of climax
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice murky red-brown, 2 fingers of offwhite head stuck around for a while

smell was roasty, rye, chocolate, and marshmellows. a bit of woodiness and ripened fruit and dash of hop bitterness

real nice flavor, rye with roasted chocolate. had a creamy roasted marshmellow flavor, and a bit nutty at the end

smooth rather light bodied, easy carbonation yet crisp. creamy to chalky with a dryish finish

extremely easy to drink given the color, went down real quick and i'd definitely drink again. lotta good attributes, nice choice.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was shopping for groceries and saw this in the beer aisle. pleasant surprise. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. clear brown. thin tan head. not much lacing. looks decent enough.

fruit on the nose. also caramel malts. no off odors.

spicy. fruity. sweet. tastes good. subtle aftertaste.

mid body. okay carbonation. i could drink many of these. i will try another six pack just to make sure i like it. and then i may try another.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/18/2008. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like caramel malt, toffee and a bit of rye. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice and hops noticable. The hops show up more in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit dry and has average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall I think it's a decent beer, I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a clear red-amber tone with a quarter inch off-white head. Generous lacing all around.

Aroma of caramel malts, marshmallow, and a hint of spice.

Like the aroma, tastes of sweet caramel malts, marshmallow, vanilla, rye, cinnamon, plum, and table sugar. Just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

Very nice, and so sessionable. A must try.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear auburn. Thin beige head. Lacing is marginal. Nice aroma of powdered cocoa, chalk, dusty malt bins, and rye. Solid flavor overall. The rye is quite perceptible and enjoyable. Chalky mouthfeel with spatterings of cocoa here as well. Kind of a dry finish with a little spiciness lingering from the rye. Quite enjoyable and very sessionable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, bright mahogany brown color with a red tinge. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated quicdkly to an even skim. Inconsistent, broken lacing.

S: Sweet toffee, caramel and roasted marshmellow. Earthy malts in the foundation.

T: Very sweet up front consistent with the smell. A little peppery spice and mint bitterness through to the finish of brown sugar and maple syrup.

M: Light body. Balanced carbonation. Sweetness was a bit coating in the lingering finish.

D: Smooth and tasty. Interestingly more complex than I may have imagined.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught @ BTAH.

Pours clear, dark amber, with a fluffy off-white head.

Nose is a bit toasty, just a bit of breadcrust, hint of dark brown sugar sweetness. Hard to get a handle on.

Taste is toasty, breadcrust, with a nice lush, slightly roasty finish. There's a sweetness there from the rye that's held in check by the dryness. Slight hop character, blends in with the rye.

Restrained carbonation, medium body.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.41/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my Sam Adams Sensory Glass and WOW, what a great looking brew. I've had this beer in the past month but this is the first time in my SA glass and it's definitely a 5.0 in appearance. I'm surprised at how few reviews this beer has. All I can say is a lot of people are missing out on a great offering from Goose Island. Smells like fresh baked bread. Tastes very bready, too. You can taste the rye. Mouthful and drinkability are very good, too. Too bad this is only a seasonal offering and I have only two more in the fridge. I purchased this at Santori's Liquors in Lansing, IL and glad I did.

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Photo of birchstick
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - deep copper color with a nice two-finger head
S - smells of caramel malts and grassy hops
T - tastes of caramel malts with some bitter hops and finishes with a very mild peppery, spicy bitterness.
M - rather thin, but very smooth
D - this is pretty good beer from Goose Island. It seems like an interesting, spicier version of their Honkers Ale. Pretty good seasonal, I prefer this over their Christmas Ale.

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Photo of semihobo
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
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 umustdrink
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep reddish mahogany brown color, almost completely opaque. Light brown head settles at a thick film, much thicker around the edge. Sporadic dots of lacing.

S - Sweet brown sugary, earthy malts, some green bitterness, light vanilla and toasted marshmallow. A lot sweeter smelling than my previous rye beer experiences.

T - Taste starts out with a light syrupy sweetness and a bit of herbal hoppiness. Sweetness seems to phase in and out throughout the taste. A little peppery spice and a very green, almost minty bitterness carry us through to a finish of a nice toasty sweetness, almost like maple syrup.

M - Consistency was light, medium carbonation.

D - Very easy drinking, I think I'll have another. Interesting tastes keep me coming back.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet malt character with a touch of spicy rye. Also hints of hops makes for a subdued but pleasing aroma.
Dense almost white head with extended length and ample lacing, and lines of lacing after each drink. Largely clear amber of brown/gold/red. Good looking.
This might be a little chilled, but the flavors are as faint as the aroma. A largely clean malt character the a mild extended mildly dry finish. Bitterness from hops and a dryness from the malt blend towards the end. As warms the rye flavors show to a level some may find more than enough, but I like what it brings to the drink.
Soft and fully present carbonation round off the feel of a rather light drink.
This drinks very well, but the thinness of the body is a bit distracting. Good flavors.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

grabbed a single to test out. Not sure what i was getting but very pleasantly surprised. Had a good head and great lacing down glass.

Mouth-feel was very smooth and velvety. Taste was very mellow. nice balance of malt and a tartness to the rye finish. nicely hopped not overdone. you really get more rye flavor as it warms.

surprised that the abv is this high for mild name on bottle. tatse profile sets up for session brew but abv a bit high to quaff many.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruddy brown with garnet highlights and an inch of creamy off white foam that leaves great lacing. Toasted rye bread with grainy accents. Spicy with caramel tones and a subtle creaminess. A touch of coffee moves into an afterthought of hops.

Surprisingly creamy upfront with big maltiness and caramelized grains. Toasty rye bread flavors that are spicy and clean. Mellow hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. A lot fuller in body that I expected considering the name and ABV. Overall, a tasty session beer that I can drink quite a few of.

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Photo of gford217
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Johnathan's Bistro in Appleton, WI.

Pours a dark, clear copper with a thin off-white head that left decent lacing as it lingered as a ring.

The aroma is very tame with some sweet malts and maybe a hint of rye spiciness and hops, but not a lot standing out in the nose.

The taste is slightly bigger than the aroma and has a some earthy hop bitterness up front before giving way to the mild caramel malts. The rye comes around in the finish and leaves a slight spiciness that lingers for a while.

The mouthfeel is smooth but very prickly with the hops and rye spices.

This is a decent beer that doesn't really offer anything too original and the rye is really subdued.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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 KTCamm
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown into a pint glass. Good foam, held to the glass well.

I didn't get much of a smell here, expected much more from the color and style.

Taste was great - another success from Goose Island. Deep rich chocolate malty beer with minimal hop. Flavorful, ytt smooth. Very enjoyable.

Definitely drinkable - I just had 2 myself.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark burgundy/copper color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left behind some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled very malty with nice rye notes.

T - Good rye flavors blend with sweet dark malts and caramel. It has a slight hop bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew.

D - This is yet another good beer from Goose Island. This is a nice ale for a winter night.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice caramel color with two inches of creamy white head.

Smell: Roasted notes of rye and barley. Very nice, almost smokey.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium. The carbonation doesn't last long.

Drinkability: Very good. This is a very flavorful beer that isn't overpowering. It's just drinkable.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Spaten glass of similar shape to the suggestion on the back label.

A: Color is dark red, leaning toward brown and quite clear. Head is off-white and substantial, with considerable staying power and lacing ability. Looks like a cozy winter night, huddled around a fire.

S: Warm, roasted and slightly spicy notes from the malt, balanced with a slightly bitter hop aroma. No doubt the spiciness comes from the rye. Some fruity yeast can also be detected, trying to sneak its way past the aforementioned malt.

T: Malt is singing lead, to the tune of slightly roasted and silk smooth. Bready flavors mingle with a minimal hop bitterness. The rye is noticeable and tends to dominate the other flavors.

M: Smooth and on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Carbonation was adequate, but aftertaste was a little strange.

D: Not too heavy and goes down smooth. Quite the cold weather session beer.

"Mild" turned out to be an accurate descriptor. The color and appearance were great, but the smell and taste ended up being more subdued than I expected. The rye could have made this complex and deep, but ends up making this brew a one-trick pony of sorts. Still, it could make a decent session brew, and I certainly wouldn't turn one down, if offered.

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Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear russet brown with glints of copper. The ecru head is high, dense, and enduring.
Note of brown sugar, green raisins, cinnamon, and a notable rye peppery doughiness. Only a twinge of dry, leafy hops.
It enters the mouth with more of that brown sugar, as it immediately dries towards roasted almonds and cashews. A vague, dehydrated peach note lurks in the distance. Rye step forward with bready, prickly, pepper and spice notes. A resurgence of honey-roasted nuts, then the finale of earthy, tobacco-like hops.
Light-medium bodied, fluffed up a bit with a rolling carbonation.
Admittedly, I'm a bit of a sucker for all things rye, as such, this will be a go to winter sessional henceforth.

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Photo of MillySox
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from a grocery store, bottling date on front of twelve pack. I am not sure if Goose Island has always done that.

Dark amber almost brown color. Little if any hop aroma. Dark rich malt flavor, that only lets a little rye flavor through. Not too heavy, not a lot of hop flavor, malt flavors stick around.

Overall a pretty nice beer for sitting by the fireplace or something of that nature, just not Goose Islands finest output.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very vibrant dark amber chestnut coloration. The head was a thick biege coloration with a slight orange tint. Head retention was very good. The thick lacing remains on my glass.

Smell: The aroma is nutty, caramel, a bit peppery and vaguely floral.

Taste: Spicey rye caramel faint cocoa, toasted malt flavors, a flash of floral hops bitters this one nicely.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The beer has a medium body moderate carbonation. There is a slight oily feel to the mouth. The beer is an easy to drink and definately a worthy session beer.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

tried this on-tap and was pleasantly surprised. a clear chestnut brown with a creamy light tan head and lacing. aroma was nuts, holiday spices, and brown sugar. taste followed suit w/a nice rich malt sweetness for a session beer, but managed not to be cloying despite a minimal hop presence. nicely carbonated and a good body for a lower abv beer, also complex and interesting with the spicy rye. overall rich and malty for this abv. well-balanced and could have a few of these.
pretty good via bottle as well.

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Mild Winter from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 52.1% out of 100 with 904 ratings
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