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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Photo of flyingpig
3.02/5  rDev -12%
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 Dentist666
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ABV 4.2
Pours clear reddish-golden with decent off-white head. Malts in aroma, nothing special, taste - elusive fruits & malt with good bitter finish, medium carbonation. As I never liked Wychwood beers and awaited nothing of this one, I'm not disappointed. I would just drink it once in a while.

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Photo of AgentMunky
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 lamergod
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App: Nice one finger head with a orange/amber body with light carbonation.

Smell: Nothing much coming through. Some nice malts dominates the nose followed by a little bit of apples and pears with a buttery taste followed by the bellow of hops.

Taste: Largely dominated by the taste of malts with some butter taste and hops.

Mouthfeel: Was expecting more Co2 to the drink as a thirsty slayer.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. Not really a session. ABV could be lower.

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Photo of AEK
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Orange-red in colour with a loose bubbly off-white head.

S. Fruity malt on the nose.

T. Fruity malt, citrusy and a good initial hop bite.

M. Medium bodied.

D. A nice clean drinking ale that slides down a real treat on a hot summer's day but is good all year round.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with an average white head that settles fairly quickly and leaves a very thin layer in the glass.

Sweet malty smell with traces of copper. I also can pick-up traces of bread, bananas and toffee. Bittersweet taste, and somewhat astringent. Raisins, and a little bit of banana and even some apricot.

A little bit too fizzy, but not overall a bad beer. Not quite the session beer it could be.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Ruby red clear body with a nice creamy beige head. Moderate carbonation, typical for English ales. Nice lacing and pretty good head retention overall.

S-Nothing out of the ordinary: malts, some floral hops and citrus notes.

T-Akin to other Wychwood ales, Goliath has a nicely balanced malty flavour. You get some pleasant sweetness, a bit of that classic ale bitterness, and, of course, some fruity notes and a bready finish. Having said that, overall, it is nothing too special.

M-Light-to-medium bodied and smooth.

D-Very drinkable, especially at 4.2%abv (that was the version I tried)

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, approaching copper. Persistent small head.
Aroma shows floral and spicy hop notes, sweet caramel malt as well as some toffee. Diacetyl in the background. Good, but I would have liked a little more hops.
Equally malty flavours, lots of sweet caramel. Unfortunately the finish is really weak, with an off-putting timid bitterness.
Good medium body, but a little too much carbonation.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far, Wychwood is three for three with me.

660 mL poured into a glass.

Nice, thick head sits atop a golden-amber brew with a slight orange tone.

Mild but sweet aromas coming up from the bottle, slight citrus with malt and some florals as well.

Taste is very nice, has a great bittersweet mixture that is both typical of English pales and yet distinct from the pack. More sweet than bitter.

A mild stickiness on the mouthfeel that complements the sweetness, but goes down light and easy.

Moderately low ABV add to the great flavor of this very drinkable brew!

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

You can get the pertinent bottle dating info from the review prior to mine, as my beer was poured from the same bottle as his!

Beautiful golden copper colour. Aroma of citrus overshadow by gargantuan presence of sweet malts and/or caramels.

Taste is primarily malts, with an after thought of hops. Flavours are unbalanced and neither one is strong enough.

My overall impression of this beer was that it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be hoppy or malty, and failed at both. It's not by any means a terrible beer, but the flavors just couldn't decide what to do with themselves.

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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 jspruit
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large 660ml bottle with a warrior-like logo-I picked it up at a local off-license. Nice golden brown in color. Pours a small white head, and some decent carbonation-settles to a nice lace.

Smells a bit sweet and a bit yeasty with some caramel hints.

A bit fruity upon first taste, but nice. Slightly bitter with some citrus bits. I enjoy the flavor but not as hoppy as I would expect-maybe I was just thinking something different from a beer titled 'Goliath.'

Goes down pretty smooth, not too filling, but definitely not light & weak. Drinkability is nice & although not really a session for me, definitely something that I would enjoy again.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

660ml bottle, served slightly chilled in a pint glass

Pours with a rich slightly hazy coppery body. Thick off white head forms with good solid retention. Lots of patches of lacing up and down the glass

Smell, thin malt profile. Little bit of caramel and toffee however its very slight, the majority of aroma is malt and a slight estery tinge

Taste, crisp and crunchy malt profile, lots and lots of dry slightly biscuity malt surrounded by an almost standard english hop profile. Some hop bitterness too, little touch of honey and freshly ground black pepper

An odd one. Wychwood seems to be pulling themselves out of a clear bottle slump.... a soild session ale

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

660 ml clear bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.2%. Deep golden colour, large to moderate lasting head. Moderate but pleasant hoppy aroma (Styrian Goldings), hints of toffee. Decent hops, toffee, walnuts and some fruity sweetness in the flavour. Moderate hops in the finish, I’d like some more "bite" there. Mouthfeel is maybe a bit thin? A drinkable beer, but not "big" enough in any way to deserve the name "Goliath".

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Photo of charlatan
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

660ml bottle has freshness date a whopping 11 months ahead and claims abv of 4.2% rather than the 4.7% listed here. The beer is a relatively uninspiring dark straw colour with a similar unenthusing rim around my glass for a head.

It smells good (exactly the same as Badger Original if I recall correctly), but the nose is a little difficult to pin down any other way. It reminds me of some malt based cereal with milk, and dried fruit.

Alas the beer isn't as consistent and smooth as Badger's stock brew. It does taste as the nose suggests to start with but then the dried fruit tinged flavour falls through a metaphorical trap door before a little kick returns to finish things off. There is an edge of bitterness to the aftertaste which finds me wanting to quaff the beer unusually quickly. That makes it drinkable, but paradoxically I wish it were less drinkable. A 660ml bottle should last me a good hour while I'm sitting at home.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Muddy golden brown color, with a small white head, with thick, glass-coating lace, and moderate carbonation. There is a considerable amount of suspended sediment, although when held to the light, appears copper-colored.

Aroma: Pronounced aroma of yeast and bread, with caramel and earth notes, and a honey-like sweetness.

Taste: Opens with a sweet, slightly fruity note, with buttery diacetyl notes, a mild earthy and chalky tone, finishes with a lingering, mild citrus bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full.

Drinkability/notes: A quite pleasing example of the style, well made and very drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a 660 ml clear glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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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 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 GreenCard
2.86/5  rDev -16.6%
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 2ndstage
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
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 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 Morris729
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber in color with a foamy light tan head that slowly fades into a fluffy lace. Nose is buttery toffee and caramel—very nice but a bit subdued. Moderate in body with a rather creamy texture. Taste begins with the sweetness of English malts followed by notes of bread dough and a bit of roasted nuttiness. Bitter Nobel hops leave a slight twang in the mouth at the finish. A pretty nice brew that’s British through and through.

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Photo of maxpower
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Puddleglum
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was afraid of this upon first glance of that clear bottled import. Indeed I had to practically leave the room when I popped the top on this guy. The skunk never did subside but it did diminish. The appearance was a beautiful golden hue with not too much of a head as is to be expected. It was not over-hopped (although my olefactory system was not in prime working order due to the skunk). I would like to give this fabled Ale a fair shake in England someday without the spector of sun-exposure looming over all my senses. I did enjoy the ale and polished it off in short order earning it subjective high marks for drinkability.

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