Mountain Goat Steam Ale | Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mountain Goat Beer Pty Ltd
Australia
goatbeer.com.au

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by laituegonflable on 07-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle 4.5% ABV bb 29 Jan 2014 Purchased and consumed in NZ in Dec. 2013.

Pale, hazy golden-yellow body with a fine white head, and champagne-like visible carbonation .

Feel: Light and thin body with medium-high carbonation.

Aroma: sweet and fruity with some bready malt in the background.

Flavor: lemony white bread with a touch of spicy hops.

O: A poor imitation of the original Anchor Steam. Not bad but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse US Beer SpecTapular.

Extremely pale, slightly hazy yellow color with a filmy but fine head of white bubbles. Lacing is pretty good. Some beading carbonation not bad.

Some light hoppy notes, and a light rank character, not unlike Anchor steam. Some bread yeast pops up later, which is a shame, and rather rinses away my memories of the pleasant characters up front. Otherwise pretty true to style

The taste bombs heavily though. Very bready and thin on the palate. The bread note is dominant, and I can't say I approve. Some light fruit or American cherry notes, but not enough interest to detract from the fact that it's very weak and not very flavoursome. Mouthfeel is thin, but ok.

I'm not terribly impressed and worse, I'm disappointed. This is not much more than a thin bland lager. Drinkable in its way, but not very exciting. A real shame given some of the great American steam beers.

(Also, surely "Steam Ale" is a contradiction in terms??)

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Photo of bylerteck
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a supermarket in West Footscray.

A - Light golden with strong carbonation. Slight haze. One finger of white fluffy head. Minute lace and a film of retention.

S - Light citrus, tropical fruit and sweet grain.

T - Lot's of sweet grain, tropical fruit and some citrus hops, with pear and apple.

M - Overly carbonated with a light body and a crisp finish. Body is hard to pin down with the carbonation so strong.

O/D - A fairly tasty 'light' beer. Pretty decent. I remember it being really tasty on tap at the brewery but less so from the bottle which is probably older. Not bad as a gateway craft.

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Photo of drpimento
2.28/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured this at a good temperature with a very fizzy, then scummy head. Aroma was abundant tropical fruit with some yeast and hop. Flavor's a bit more traditionally steam, but not much. The heavy carbonic tang hinders. Body's a tad thin. Finish is like flavor, not very balanced, too long lasting. Never want another. Very minimally similar to a steam beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear gold colour. The head is tight, white and shortlived.

Fairly fruity aroma with passionfruit in the fore. I'm struggling to see this as a California Common or even as a Steam Beer. Looking at it outside the style guidelines. It's one dimensional but tasty.

Fairly malty which is to be expected. Bitterness could be higher and the passionfruit hop flavours are out of style. Some toasted malt and some form of mineral quality are present. Not as crisp as it could be in the finish and it is a little bit muddled.

Medium body with moderate carbonation that just tickles the tongue. Spot on.

What can I say? It's drinkable, there is flavour, it isn't stylistically accurate and otherwise it is a bit boring. A decent step up from macro lagers and an easy entry for new craft drinkers.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with lively carbonation sustaining an impressive white head.
Aroma is faint, but shows some mild spicy and minty hops, some bready wheat and sweet clean malt.
Quite clean flavours, and again, quite faint. Sweet clean malt and straw-like wheat first up, followed by quite a strong hoppy bitterness (reminds me of chinook) along with off-putting metallic notes on the finish. Has a certain white wine-like cloying sweetness throughout.
Seems watery to me. But as already mentioned, that only adds to its quaff-ability.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw colour with slight haze but mostly translucent, pretty good snowy head that's settled down now into a thin ring around the rim. Pretty nice, but fairly standard.

Nose is a OK, but a slight Pride of Ringworm character, or bread yeasty anyway, comes through with a hint of corn, but otherwise a fair hit of malt and a slight bitter hop character, maybe some lime as well? Pretty average.

Taste has a very bread yeasty character and not much else. Pretty bland with some amber malt and some unpleasant hops. Nutty and yeasty with not much nuance. Good on Mountain Goat for brewing a California Common, but I'm really not sure if I should call this an American Pale Wheat Ale instead, what with the wheat malt and calling itself an 'ale'. This is a bit meh, not much to taste or recommend.

Mouthfeel is a bit tangy and fizzy but otherwise OK. Overall it's not too bad but if I don't ever drink this again I think I'll survive.

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Photo of ADZA
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was given me to as a present and must say ive never tried it before and looking forward to seeing how it goes,it pours a dark orange cloudy straw hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger creamy head across the top with a nice even ring of lacing around the rim,it has aromas of subtle spicey oranges and a big hit of wheat,it has an average mouthfeel with tastes of spicy wheat followed up a very nice dry crisp finish that leaves your thirst satisfied but still wanting another sip,although this beer isnt very complex and is pretty much straight down the line it is very easy to drink and would recommend this as a starter into the micro world for newbies.

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Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Agentveba
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DamienI
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of style.

Pours a massive five finger coarse ivory head - dies so quick. Straw body.

Aromas of citrus/lemon.

Taste is somewhat dry, somewhat sour. Hops drive. Sherbert is there, so is lemon, a hint of passionfruit. Quite acidic. However, it does all hang together.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Funny that. Burp fodder after a while.

Overall, interesting. A great hot weather beer. Zestily refreshing. So when will Mountain Goat make their core business their better one-off beers, rather than the two they regularly release?

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Photo of soju6
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus with some malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of mild malt sweetness with some fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

O: NIce beer that goes down quite easy. Good for a few.

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Photo of pin
2.05/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow pour with no head and low carbonation. Malt, grapefruit and slightly earthy aroma. Slight citrus and malt flavour, crisp but not much to it.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dansmcd
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light cloudy golden body with a thin white head and minimal lacing.

S - Citrusy hops, a little honey type malt.

T - Hop forward with a mild sweetness of tropical fruit flavours (passionfruit, pineapple), the malt is there but subtle.

M - Crisp light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - A little bit different and really sessionable.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank fro my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a hazey golden colour
, with a white fluffy head that reducesto a light film.

S - Grainy, dog food like aroma from the bottle. Mellows once poured.

T - N ice grains up from witha little citrus that finishes into a smooth almost nutty
finish.

M - Low carbonation and light to medium body, but cremay smooth.

D - My first steam beer so hard to judge, but I liked it a lot.

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Photo of brendan13
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away fairly quickly but leaves a bit of lace.
S - Some grainy and nutty character initially with some vauge light citrus notes.
T - Grainy, slightly sweet bready malt. Some light fruity character.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Not horrible but certainly could have a bit more oomph. I guess it's an approachable beer from a decent microbrewery.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I got this at the same time as the hightail ale as recommended by the bottleshop person, and I must say I was surprised that I hadn't heard of these Mountain Goat guys before.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Light amber/golden body, a good colour for a lager, however this is not so common for an ale (I have since read what a "steam beer" is). There is pretty much no head to speak of... interesting as the ale appears quite active with carbonation but no head, weird no?

S: Nice! I'm getting a strong hop smell that can only be described as cannabis-like... err, nice as in the strong hop smell, not the cannabis-like part. It's difficult to register a malt odor over the hops but I'm sure it's there somewhere.

T: As with the aroma the malt completely takes a backseat to the overpowering grassy cannabis-like hops. The flavour of the hops leave a slight expected bitterness and the aftertaste is a hint of Brazil nut, which could only be as a result of the malts, very interesting.

M: This ale explodes in your mouth like a fruit tingle! It's quite odd and I'm not sure if I like it or not.

D: If it wasn't so crazy in the mouthfeel I could probably drink these all night, however this ale presents an eclectic mix of hops, nuts, and pop-rocks which holds it back from a perfect score... I'll still gladly get it again though.

Food match: Thai, grilled chicken with salad or light barbeque fare.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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