Goliath | Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd

136 Ratings

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 GabesAles
3.16/5  rDev -6%
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 Zonthark
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Im a big fan of Wychwood's beers especially Hobgoblin, so when ever I see another Wychwood beer at my commision I am always anxious to give it a try. But Goliath was dwarfed in comparrison to Hobgoblin. I pourd it into my Hobgoblin glass, and the colour was a nice orange brown colour and very clear. The head was about one finger in size and lingered on for the most part of the beers consumption, but whithered away by the end of the beer. It tasted very light and watery, kind of bitter though near the end. All and all it did what it said on the bottle it "slayed my thirst" and it wasn't unpleasent, it seemed as if I could drink a bunch of these and not feet too lousy. On the other hand, i am not all that impressed, its not a bad beer but there is much better from Wychwood.

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Photo of liamt07
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
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 shamus
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another imaginative Wychwood label. This low alcohol offering has a malty sweetness with a crisp cookie bite which fights oddly with a dirty hop bitterness. Which one is David and which one is Goliath probably depends on your personal preferences. This one rests easy on the palette leaving behind a complex residue of tastes. I would drink it again but I think for me the initial sweetness is not to my taste.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Phyl21ca
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
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 heebes
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

4.2 abv.

Pours an orange amber with a finger of fluffy white head. Nose is pale crystal malts, amber like spiciness, cherries, sweet caramel. Taste is full of ruby malts, spicy on the tounge, but no real sense of hops except for a bitterness in the finish. It does have a rich robust full body.
Overall, more to style as the bottle would suggest as an amber ale than BAs English Pale classification. Much nicer bottle label and brown glass bottle as well perhaps hinting at a recipie change for this beer has since happened. Regardless, can't see any frequent purchases of this one aside from the DnD guys who want a change from their HobGoblins for the campaign.

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Photo of kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer came to Ontario as part of an LCBO seasonal release. Pours a golden orange colour with thick white head. Nice lacing on the glass, fairly good head retention. Smells of buscuity malt with bread and floral hops. Mild bitterness seems to come more as an aftertaste with some sweetness up front. Smooth bodied carbonation. Decent pale ale.

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Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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 peensteen
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -8.9%
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 +13.1%
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 +6.5%
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 -10.7%
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 +18.2%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -3.9%
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 -10.4%
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 +19%
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 +2.7%
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 -15.8%
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 -10.1%
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 +7.1%
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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Goliath from Wychwood Brewery Company Ltd
3.36 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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