Goliath | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

77 Reviews

Brewed by:
Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 135
Photo of JISurfer
1.97/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Eh, this was a sucky beer. I was expecting something big and strong, like Goliath. It was skunky and hoppy, two things that don't mix. It looked ok, which was it's best quality. It was a light amber color with a white head that was thick, but then died out to a laceing. Other than the looks, it had not redeaming quality. I would pass on it, unless you are looking to up your reviews.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
1.98/5  rDev -41.2%
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 rastaman
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not as sticky and syruppy as the Circle Master, which i just recently had. Bittersweet, resiny hops, slightly bready and oily. Gimmicky bottle (a large 660ml bottle), pretty broing, and hard to finish (due to boredom). Tastes like any other mass prodeced English Bitter.

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Photo of BGDrock
2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From notes:

Appearance: more of an amber colour than the claimed ruby; good lasting head; very slight haze

Aroma: malty and sweet, caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel: very smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel; on the sweet side with minimal bitterness or hops despite the "hefty wack" of hops advertised; lacking depth, and flavour dissipates quickly

Overall: a lackluster beer that definitely doesn't live up to it's name

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Photo of mintjellie
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber/orange body. Off-white head retains poorly but leaves a few rings of lace. Light toasted bread and floral aromas. Flavour shows notes of lightly toasted bread, faint whispers of sour apple, and a lingering earthy bitterness. This is pretty meek stuff. Slight metallic quality. Feels thin and watery, with low carbonation. Bland and boring.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff came in a big clear 660 ml bottle, but I was surprised at the low alcohol content. Out of the bottle, it looks and smells like a dirty 40 oz. of cheap malt liquor, although it is slightly darker. Once poured, it smelled strongly of fruit, particularly pineapple. I'm really serious. Drinkable, but not very good at all.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light dry caramel malt is somewhat bland. Taste is also dominated by light dry caramel notes without many other characteristics. Body is about average with good carbonation. Bland offering with very little floral notes or hops that are noticeable.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lace. Clear, golden amber color. Good carbonation. Nose is hoppy, no skunkiness; Starts with hops, finishes crisp and clean with some hoppy aftertaste but not as hoppy as some pales. $4.69 for a 660ml bottle.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of October 2011. I miss the days when this was sold in 660ml bottles, as befits the name.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A nice reddish-amber colour with good carbonation. 2 fingers of thick, creamy head with good retention; this subsides after a few minutes. Smells of malt and a hint of sweetness - some notes of honey. Not much in the way of hops.

The taste is a let down; weak flavour of malt and relatively little bitterness. No obvious hoppy notes despite the description. Slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is rather thin and watery; a feeling of residue coating the mouth. Aftertaste is faintly unpleasant.

Not the best ale in the world. Drinkable, but I've had better and other offerings from this brewery are tastier.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: light hazelnut brown, great clarity, bubbly layer of off-white foam that flattens to a creamy cap

Aroma: bran, malt, grassy hops (with just a twinge of skunk)

Flavor: dryish malt backbone with a woody edge, touch of dark malts, hay, vegetal hop flavor, finishes dry with a rooty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, fine carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: Like all the other Wychwood beers I've tried: "all right". They've got that whole "mystical thing" going on, which is kind of cute I guess. But if they put a little more of that energy into making the beer, then perhaps we'd have something more interesting. AND FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, START USING BROWN BOTTLES!!!

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Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this from an Englishman friend, Vinnie. Thanks man! Poured with some head and lace. Most dissipated. Deep amber color. Malty, quite dry and bitter, woody, hints of fruitiness. Carbonation tang on the tongue. Medium to full body. Very dry and bitter finish.

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Photo of 2ndstage
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Found in 660ml clear glass bottle. Was a bit wary because of the clear glass and was assaulted as expected once opened. Very strong skunking in this one. Luckily though after about 5 minutes or so it dissapated enough for me to pick up a few other notes from the brew.

Colorwise a nice clear copper-gold hue. Moderate to no head what was dropped to a slight lace ring about 1 minute later.
Decent maltiness with appropriate bitterness for the style. All in all would be a good brew if found on tap or anything but these vile clear glass bottles thay Wychwood always seems to use in those version found here in the states.

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear tea-like color with a hint of orange and a nice dense cream-colored head that lasts for a while. The smell consists of a dry bitter aroma with some grassy notes and light hops. The taste is faint and consists of an earthy grain flavor with very mild hops and carbonation bite and is watery bitter on the tail. It has a slight complexity, but far too mild for the style. This is a very light bodied brew that has a light dry finish. Not recommended at all. This is a fine example of not judging a book by it's cover. Cheers!

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Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a pillowy two fingers which quickly disappated - a little patchy lacing - light amber copper colour

S - light malt, bread, metal, floral

T - follows nose with some pear and lemon - the mineral after taste is not particularly great

M - light body with moderate carbonation - slightly bitter

O - a forgettable brew from Wychwood - a really average brew at best - would maker a laker before I pay for this one again

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Whitewatery Brewery pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Obtained at McCambridges in Galway.

A: Pours a clear dark yellow with a four finger head of fair thickness and a bit o cream. Quite fanciful. Head retention is good.

Sm: Straw, barley. Typical.

T: Straw, barley and some lovely nutty hops. Crystal malt. Not as malty as anticipated. The malts and the nutty hops combine in the finish for a nice effect. Balanced, and nicely creamy.

Mf: Actually a bit too coarse for the style. And a bit too dry.

Dr: It's easy to down, but far too expensive, at least in Ireland.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Amber with a pinky sized, bubbly, off-white head that shrinks after about a minute into a small, foamy one that lasts. Lots of small bubbles in the glass & the head leaves some lacing as well.

Fruity on the nose, mainly dried dark & summery fruits.

An initial dried fruits taste such as raisins similar to that of the smell. This is followed by a bittersweet aftertaste.

Medium to light bodied, this ale tingles the tongue slightly & seems average carbonation wise.

About average overall for the type although the smell is quite pleasant. Definitely a very drinkable ale.

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Photo of maxpower
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber-brown in color, decent off white head, grassy and nutty aroma. starts sweet with a mild butter nutty flavor, pretty much bland, light to medium body and somewhat watery mouthfeel, not as bad as I had expected, very drinkable and non- offensive.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a typically cool embossed brown 500mL bottle, a fancy label as well and a cool name. Good package.

Appearance: pours out a dark amber colour with a one-fingered beige head with good retention. Minimal carbonation visible.

Aroma: not a bad aroma for a mid bitter - some grass hops and citrus hops and some earth qualities. Not mind-blowing, but decent.

Taste: some of the earth malts and an almost fug-like toffee to go with it. A bit awkward, and very dull.

Aftertaste: the flavours fade away pretty quickly, really just not much there.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with a lower carbonation, suits the style. Perhaps a touch more carbonation would bring some more flavours through.

Overall: a pretty boring English Bitter. There are some malts and a touch of hops, but there really isn't that much there. I wouldn't mind it as a sessional - I'd particularly like to try it on tap - however the price in Australia is (as usual) prohibitive.

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Photo of anakar
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App - Poured a brown clear out of the bottle with a flimsy head which disapeared pretty quick. A lot of bubbles in the beer.

Smell - Smelled of beer, simple as that. Hops. No "flavor" smells and no strong alcohol smell. Just simple good beer smell, with no flavor.

Taste - The slogan is "the beer to slay the thirst". Well it does that quite well. It's not overbearing with flavor but has a very nice taste of hops. A bit more alcohol taste than you would expect from under 5% ABV. Practically no after-taste. Don't know why but there isn't.

Feel - Goes down smooth, a little carb. The low alcohol and lack of flavors help it, so you end up taking big gulps.

Overall - Not at all special. Just some basic English beer. Not for your craft beer lovers or for any of the guys who like Belgian beers. Strictly English

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber topped by a creamy head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is soggy caramel covered apples. Earthy. No great shakes.

Taste is light caramel/toffee, dried apples, with light bitterness and an underlying earthiness, with a floral bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Pretty unremarkable for its style overall.

Creamy yet prickly mouthfeel at first that slowly dissipates into wateriness.

Not a terrible beer but pretty weak stuff. But then I didn't really expect much from this brewery based on what I have had from them in the past.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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 TheHammer
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
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 GabesAles
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy most Wychwood beers - although this was not a bad beer, it is most likely my least liked of the wychwood beers that i have tried. It seemed to lack complexity, was somewhat light, with far less mouthfeel and head retention then most other wychwood beers.

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Photo of peensteen
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light copper, one finger of off white head, no lace to speak of. Smell is biscuity and malty, light lemony hop presence, mildly earth with some grassy overtones. Taste is mostly malty, lightly bitter up front,some biscuity caramel and toffee and citrus in the aftertaste. Mild carbonation, light to medium feel, medium body. Overall this is fairly average but inoffensive, I would drink this again if it was given to me but probably wouldn't actively seek this out.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from the LCBO. I never turn down anything from Wychwood, as they were one of the first breweries to turn me on to the world of craft ales.

Poured into a nonic. This is a fine-looking brew, one of the better looking imported English pales. I've tended to have particularly good luck with Wychwood on this front. Light amber-copper, leaves behind an inch of foam that survives as a thick half-moon for the entirety of the pint. Lots of sticky lacing as well.

Nose is sweet malt, Fuggles/Goldings, caramel and orange. Not bad.

Not a bad brew by any stretch, but the medicinal mineral finish to certain English pales is starting to try my patience. I can quaff it just fine, but I feel its missing a more robust malt character, and the hops aren't doing much to salvage things.
The aftertaste is medicinal and herbal - not terribly pleasant.

Medium-light bodied, average carbonation. Long bitter/herbal finish.

A miss for me. A brew named "Goliath" deserves better than the standard EPA treatment. Goliath is a name that fits other brews in the Wychwood lineup, but certainly not this one. Stick with Hobgoblin or Fiddlers.

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