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 biboergosum
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle, 4.2% ABV.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden orange hue, with two fingers of foamy ecru head, which falls away at a brisk pace, leaving a thin blotted representation of lace around the glass. It smells of mild bready, doughy malt, a bit of medicinal alcohol, and subtle floral, earthy hops. The taste is sour bready malt, more than a bit of menthol, and hard to discern grassy, earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body an easygoing medium weight, and commensurately smooth. It finishes fairly dry, that weird edgy medicine essence rearing back up.

It's got everything going for it, except for the obvious flaw mentioned a few times already. Too bad - the booze and structure are quite appealing.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
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 brentk56
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Sits hazzily in the clear bottle and pours out a slightly less cloudy than expected medium copper body with a fine white head that sticks around and leaves a bit of lacing

Smell: After the initial skunk passed by, the overwhelming aroma is of butterscotch diacetyl and caramel

Taste: The initial flavor is of malty butterscotch, though not overly sweet; about midway through, the hops kick in and provide some astringency that sticks through to the finish, where the butterscotch re-asserts itself

Mouthfeel: A bit thick and slick; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I find that English Pale Ales each have their own personality, somewhat like the dotty characters that appear on the BBC imports; this one is certainly different and while drinkable, is not something I would seek out very often

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A crystal-clear copper body with brass highlights rests gently beneath a creamy half-inch of white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some thin lace. The nose delivers a nutty and delicately buttery malt with a delicate touch of yeasty sulphur and some mild, grassy and citrusy hops. It's medium-light body and fine, restrained carbonation leaves it lightly crisp on the tongue at first before warming to become softer and smooth in the swallow. Yeasty fruitiness (apple, pear, berries) appears clearly in the flavor, and combines with its buttery diacetyl and some citrusy/grassy/floral/earthy hops to lend a great deal of character to it's nutty, caramel kissed malt. A firm bitterness balances and lends an edge to the finish once the sweetness of the malt has had its time to shine. It finishes with some residual malt and a bit of earthy & leafy hops (or is coming from a combination with the slight residual sulphur?) that step aside to let the bitterness dry things out. An enjoyable session beer!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

660ml clear bottle with a BB (Best Before) freshness date on the neck, a small blurb about the beer is on the back label.

Musty, buttery and citric in the aroma. Very much like want a raw ale should smell like from the hops, malt and yeast.

Creamy pancake like lace that clings to the glass very well, mild chill haze goes a way but not totally after the sunset orange amber hued brew warms up.

Smooth with a flowing crispness, moderate body and a full rush of carbonation. Citric and almost cidery on top with a growing under belly of musty buttery diacetyl. Maltiness is sweet but there is enough hop bitterness to counter act and balance. Fruity with odd pear and apple flavours. Bit of earthy character from the yeast and hops with a fairly clean and dry grainy finish.

An easy drinking ale to say the least, quick jabs of malt, hops and yeast by-products keep the palate in check. I’d definitely gauge this as a lunch time brew or something to have over a long session. Needless to say it is worth a try.

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Photo of liamt07
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a pint glass. Best before May 31, 2011.

Pours a dark orange with a nice white head - brilliant retention and thickness to the head, and fantastic lace. Great look. Nose is bready, some earth notes and a hint of grass. Light hop notes and some sweetness, although something feels a bit off here (touch of skunkiness?). Taste has English malts, bread and a bit of bitterness, lightly earthy and some sweetness as per the nose. Medium light feel, slick carbonation and some residual hops and malt sweetness after each sip. A touch of butter also. Easy to drink, if not the most flavourful of beers. Could be nice on cask for some lengthier sessions.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Clear light copper colour with an average size fizzy and frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel/toffee

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some light hops. The is also a cookie/cereal taste and a bit of a pear juice sweetness. The beer finishes with a malty/caramel aftertaste with some light lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Nothing ground breaking here.. but still a very drinkable beer with a pleasant light taste. It would probably work well as a session beer - if you don't get bored with the taste after 1 bottle. I wouldn't buy it again..

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a decent head that laces the glass. The aroma smells of yeast and carapils malts. There is not much there, but what is there smells good. The taste is really plain; a little malt flavor and light English noble hops. This seems to be the trend from this brewery. The mouthfeel is alright, although they could use to drop the CO2 pressure while priming their beers. It's a light bodied beer and one that you can drink plenty of. It's too bad their bottled in these huge goofy bottles.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 1/4/13

A hazy light copper with bubbles popping up from everywhere and they feed a tight finger of foam that stick around long enough to leave 3 rings of lace followed by some random patches

S some faint caramel and floral hops with a little bread, quite faint without a whole lot going on

T stronger then the nose with some fruity aspects, and something earthy to go along with the caramels and faint hops, a small step forward from the nose

M more body then I'd guess form a low booze beer and a little creamy from the bubbles, fairly clean aftertaste

O would make a decent summer swiller, respectable but nothing spectacular

I like the sweet malts but could use just a little something, I suppose its a session beer and as such its decent

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Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer's crisp orange-ish colour lies somewhere between pumpkin tone and that of the changing leaves. Either way, it beckons the fall. Transparency is observed only at the base of the glass, where the complexion is its lightest, as all other parts are too deeply shaded in. Although it fails to leave any lace, its head sticks around for the entirety of the tasting.

Both malt and hops appear in their naked state; the malts grainy and the hops grassy. Wychwood seems to release so many of these plain-ish beers that you'd swear they wrote the damn formula for them. The nose doesn't give you anything to get excited about, but it does provide a assuring glimpse of what's to ensue: a simple, but well-crafted ale.

Most flavour is derived primarily from the crystal malts, which impart an almost Märzen-like chewy, bready, toasty maltiness. The dry but reasonably sweet finish and the significant carbonate content both enhance the Oktoberfest aspect of it. Pungent, floral, garden-variety English hops confuse the issue, but are less impressionable than the malts.

I'm not sure there's any sense in calling a 4.2% beer 'Goliath' (especially as it was David who slayed Goliath - proofread the write-ups on the back of your labels, Wychwood.) But they are right about one thing: this grainy, somewhat watery ale does do the trick in terms of alleviating thirst. It lends itself to big gulps and disappears from the glass in no time.

This brewery has succeeded once again in crafting a pleasant but ordinary beer. If brewing awards were given out for mediocrity, Wychwood would have a tone of trophies on their shelf. Mind you, that's not to take anything away from them. Who doesn't enjoy a straightforward pint of plain, agreeable ale time to time? Many drinkers enjoy nothing more.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

660cl Brown bottle best before 20 Jan 08, drank with AWolfAtTheDoor on 03 Jan 08.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, it was a good amber colour and clear with a small white head.

The aroma was of hops and caramel, the beer was fairly cold though and as it warmed liquorice smell came, which is unusual for an English Pale Ale (well it is for me).

The aftertaste is where this beer let itself down, dry and metalic. It almost ruined the whole experience.

This is anothe 50-50 beer from Wychwood. I am not going to rush out and buy a crate of this, but if someone offered me a pint in a pub, I'd except it.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.65/5  rDev -22.7%
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 bylerteck
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV reads 4.2.

A - Pours a darkish copper colour with mild carbonation. One finger of fluffy off white head. Bright. Good lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrus, earth, grass, toffee maltiness. A little smoke. Very inviting combo for an EPA.

T - Earthy hops and some toffee/bready malts. Typical of the English style. Not as good as the aroma but still nice for the style.

M - Gentle, tingly carbonation, medium body. Slightly bitter finish.

O/D - Not a bad EPA. Could use some work to accentuate that citrus and make it better but very drinkable and not bad. It still seems pretty basic and slightly mild, but for its ABV I can enjoy it.

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Photo of wl0307
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the ASDA supermarket, at 1.33 quid a bottle. Coming in a 660ml clear glass bottle, the alc. strength is now 4.2%abv. BB 16 NOV 2006, served lightly-chilled in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: the special shape of the bottle helps force-pour a thick and foamy off-white beer head; quite clear, dark reddish amber to pale copper in colour, against very gentle carbonation with lone bubbles ascending here and there.
S: at first there's a soapy (+wet cardboard-paper) note, which dissipates quite fast, to my relief... marinated star-fruits (?! my best shot...), sweet citrus and floral hops with semi-spicy hints, blended seamlessly with sweet burned-sugary, faintly toffee-ish malts and a touch of diacetyl(?)... "Styrian Goldings" alright, exactly like "what it says on the tin". Not very complex, yet not at all skunky as shown by some light-struck clear-bottled beers.
T: pretty neutral-flavoured, thin-ish sour-sweet berry-fruits and salty-sweet amber malts upfront, mildly sulphury and wet-cardboard paper-ish as well... gradually towards a deeper taste of salty-sweet biscuity malts and a slightly dryish spicy+floral bitter-sweetness (like roast tea-leaves and licorice) lingering at the rear and middle of the tongue, med.-length finish...
M&D: the aftertaste is much more pleasant than the fore-taste, which is slightly off-putting... moderately-carbonated, med.-bodied, moderately flavoured bitter with a nice spicy-bitter kickback form Styrian Goldings hops. Not the best offering from Wychwood, but the clear bottle-package hasn't lent undesirable impacts on the quality and texture of the beer, either. (P.S. I picked up this bottle literally from the bottom shelf, so it was away from direct "light-poisoning" anyway.)

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Photo of Suds
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oversized 660 ml clear bottle with I’ll admit that I had low expectations for this beer, but it was somewhat better than I expected.
This brew is a murky, hazy orange color. The pour produces a short-lived, foamy, off-white head. Aroma is floral hops and yeastiness. Foretaste is sweet with fruit charachter. Mid taste is malty and earthy. Medium mouthfeel.
Overall, it’s a worthwhile English Ale.

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3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear copper-brown with small bubbles, robust head, and decent lace.

S: Enjoyable buttery malts, flowery hops.

T: Initially light and floral. Soon thereafter, it turns somewhat tart and bitter. This smooths out into washy sort of maltiness before fading into a gently bitter-dry aftertaste. Although the beginning and end of the taste is pleasant, the bulk of the flavour is less than stellar.

M: A bit metallic in feel (though not in taste), dry, and boring.

D: A good beer, but not one I'd drink very often. I suppose the Goliath is suitable "to slay a mighty thirst."

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

pours orangebody tinged brown with a fast-settling head and light aromas of toasted orange and caramel. Sweetish malt with a toasty and spicy bitter edge. A decent bitter.

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Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
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 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 Gusler
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer evacuates the 660ml clear bottle a luminous copper with the head smallish and frothy in texture, the color off-white after its rather quick demise the lace forms a thin and concealing sheet. Nose is malt with butter like aroma, caramel, crisp and clean with the start lightly sweet and the malt adequate, the top is thin. Finish is delightfully carbonated and the hops delectable in their spiciness very dry almost vinous aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, ah the delightfulness of an English Pale Ale.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle best before May 31, 2012.

Beer is dark orange/light amber in colour. A fingerwidth of whijte head. Pretty good lacing and retention.

A very "English" smell- a strong woodsy, earthy scent from the hops. Bread with a sour hint. Somewhat metallic.

Taste is similar to the nose, with the earthy flavours from the hops fairly prominent and the bready malt there as well. This is accompanied by a metallic taste which is particularly strong at the finish. Somewhat bitter finish from the hops. I don't find the earthy flavours to be particularly good, and the metallic taste is a real detractor. Certainly a strong flavour here, but pretty average.

Light to medium bodied, fairly carbonated.

Overall, not really to my liking. Not a great example of an English pale.

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