Goliath | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-18-2002

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear with a slight haze, dark amber caramel color, with few activity. Light creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with not much legs nor swirl reaction. Flavors of walnuts, toffee, pears, roasted grains, and herbal hops. Slick and slightly oily medium body with a moderate crisp. Light to medium strength finish, a bit toasty and nutty, soft red ale spices, with dominant brown sugar lingering on the tongue. Lacking some freshness and sharpness, feels more like a brown ale. Overall okay quality craft.

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Photo of DreamDeath
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Macamah
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From Festival de las Naciones. In Ikea's pint glass. Playing Magic Duels. Very drinkable, refreshing and moreish. Not mind blowing but wouldnt mind to repeat. Soft caramel and bitter notes.

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Photo of horshack7
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This one pours a clear amber with one finger worth of off white head.

Aroma: Floral hop mixed in with some grapefruit notes. Spice, toffee, faint cinnamon with underlying notes of apple.

Taste: Medium to heavy in body. Smooth mouthfeel with some toffee stickiness. Allspice, cinnamon, floral hop dryness towards the back. The finish does have a bite but it's not too sharp.

Notes: Top to bottom this is solid the floral hop dryness gives it a nice touch. A good one to try. Cheers.

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Photo of Lipa
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 123321123321
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
1.98/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Color: tea, dark amber, clear. Foam white, large, only in a few places he leaves a trail after another sip.
Aroma: delicate lemon and caramel.
The taste is terrible, but the caramel is powerful strike solvent.
Gentian: blunt solvent. Saturation: average. Beer heavily watery.

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Photo of Kiro
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DypsoBubble
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not Wychwood's best. Not as robust as most of their products but not offensive, just a bit bland. So balanced that it is hard to pick out any particular notes as it is all a bit subdued. Lacks an identity or character. It's 'OK' but does not grab you.

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Photo of elasticfoot
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsvi
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%

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3.2/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Drummermean
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Cybr
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Excellent beer on a hot summer's day. Very thirst quenching.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%

Aroma immediately gives off caramel sweetness; some spicy, grape-like aromas also present; buttery undertones gradually come though. Pours a dense, lumpy, off-white head with moderate retention which reduces to a thin crown after about a minute or so; leaves some webby lacing; body is deep gold. Flavor includes a slightly buttery malt sweetness accompanied by a tinny hop bitterness; spicy, woody hops follow along with a light, apple-like fruitiness. Soft carbonation provides a fairly light body; texture is just a little bit dry and watery; finish leaves a chalky sensation.

Could be better, though I don't want to write this one off as all-around bad. It's smooth, thirst quenching, sessionable. At times the bitter quality tastes a little too much like rocks, but on the bright side there is a respectable malt presence accompanied by a light fruity quality in the taste to round things out.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Matvei
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of TheHammer
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a finger and a half of head that retained quite well and left some lacing behind. The body is a malty orange colour that boasts very low carbonation.

Smell: Dry caramel malt takes a back seat to floral and herbal hops. Warming helped it out slightly, but not massively.

Taste: Not really sure what they were trying to do here, I mean it starts with some very tightly reigned in caramel malt that comes across as incredibly tame and then turns a peculiar dusting of light floral and herbal hops then produce a slight bitter kick. Nothing offensive, it's just...well a bit bland. I get it's an English Bitter and it's supposed to be light, but there's just too little there.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning is a little weird, and the low carbonation doesn't do it any favours but the very mild malt aftertaste somewhat mitigates these issues. However it's a little bit dry.

Drinkability: Well it's refreshing but that's probably because it's so tame. I mean it's easy to drink and settles down nicely, but honestly, it's a little boring.

Final Thoughts: I got this in a pack for Christmas from my brother, and sadly the best brew out of that pack was Wychwood's flagship beer Hobgoblin. This beer has put me in the position of not wanting to try any more Wychwood products, save for maybe King Goblin, since I would hope it would be similar to Hobgoblin. Apart from Hobgoblin and Fiddler's Elbow, I've been very disappointed with this brewery as of late. This stuff is average at best, and you will want to pass.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Goliath from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 137 ratings