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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 bylerteck
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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 bryehn
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Wychwood signature pint. Listed as 4.2%, BB of May 31, 2012.

Pours a clear golden-amber colour with a large frothy white head that gets retained as a thick film and leaves a fair amount of lace behind.

Mild yet malty aroma with a ripened fruit tone that reminds me of white grapes. Has a definite toasted character to it.

Malt forward taste with a strong grape or cherry-like fruit tone. Somewhat surprising alcohol taste comes through in the bitter finish along with a metallic or mineral-like quality.

Rather thin mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation level. Nice, creamy sensation on the tongue with a slightly yeasty character. Aftertaste is dry with a grainy quality.

This is a great light and bitter session ale in my books, though a bit lacklustre compared to other Wychwood/Marston's offerings. Too bad it's a seasonal release where I live because I'd drink it often in place of a beer like Tetley's Smooth Flow

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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 Kartoffeln
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright coppery orange with lots of visible carbonation and a sizeable white head of foam and fizz; remarkably cloudy, nearly opaque on the pour from the chill haze. The retention is okay, soon dissipating to a patchy cap of froth and leaving no real lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet, somewhat bready caramel malts with musty yeast, floral, faintly spicy hops, and a variety of fruity notes - namely pear, orange, and a hint of lemon - all with a definite buttery character. Intriguing.

T: Musty yeast and robust caramel malts start off slightly sweet but eases off to show bready, grainy notes. Peppery and earthy (a bit herbal and a bit woodsy) hops with clean, lingering bitterness towards the swallow, joined by smooth, buttery overtones. Fruit notes are weak compared to the nose, but the hops bring out hints of orange zest on the swallow.

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, crisp and prickly in the mouth but never gassy. The hop bitterness balances the flavour profile well and lingers long enough to encourage a follow-up sip, without becoming an aftertaste. Refreshing and satisfying.

D: Fragrant, flavourful, and sessionable, the Goliath strikes me as an unorthodox English pale ale in a good way. I didn't find the offensive metallic or medicinal notes that other reviewers mentioned, so I'll chalk it up to taste and just say that I personally found Goliath well worthwhile.

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

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 500 ml brown bottle. Abv listed on label at 4.2%. Pours out a bright, clear coppery hue, tall chunky off-white head that slowly settles.

Bready, buttery, caramel malt with some grassy and mild herbal hops.

The malt comes across much drier in the flavour, has a more grainy character to it, some mild bready sweetness, with spicy, herbal hops being far more prominant. Herbal hops linger on into the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, slick texture with medium carbonation.

I'd peg this more as an English Bitter, yet even still it tends to be on the underwhelming end of things. It's a fairly easy drinker but lacks balance.

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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 eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Bombardier pint glass.

A - Pours a copper colour with an Ivory coloured head that reduces to a film and laces.

S - Plenty of caramel and some citrus fruit on the nose.

T - Slight metallic notes with nice flavours of fuggles and goldings hops, nice a bitter on the finish.

D - Very good sessionable ale this one.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper, quite clear. Surprisingly lively carbonation with an almost spritzy thin head. Settles quickly. Slippery lacings.

Slightly metallic nose, large dose of butter, hint of English hops.

Again, slightly metallic up front. Nice light malt with a hint of caramel. Slippery through the middle. A nice kick of Fuggles and Goldings in the finish make for a very happy ending.

Very drinkable. Great session ale. Quite thirst quenching.

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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 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 Dentist666
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +5.9%
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 +0.3%
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 +13.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +5.6%
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 -2.7%
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 +12.5%
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 -4.2%
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 +2.4%
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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Goliath from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.37 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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