Wild Goose Amber | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose AmberWild Goose Amber

Brewed by:
Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Maryland, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 08-16-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
3.17/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A small tan head forms and then quickly falls without leaving much lace behind. Swirling increases the head a bit, and a little bit of foam is left behind. The beer is a translucent light brown/amber hue, and sort of reminds me of a pumpkin beer.

S - Grassy hops figure prominently in the nose, and some nice toffee malt tones back it up. Could be a bit more assertive.

T - Lightly hoppy and tangy. This reminds me quite a bit of SA lager, and it has some characteristics of a pale ale too. Some nice hops are the main source of flavor, while the malt notes provide a good deal of balance. I can taste some mineral well water notes, and that's a bit of a let down for me.

M - Light bodied with a crisp carbonation and a hoppy midpalate. the finish is slightly dry and barky/woody.

D - Not bad. This is one of those beers that while tasty, will fall into the crowd as just another plain old amber ale. This one is notable for it's lovely hop bouquet though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear bronze with well formed but small white head that was gone quickly with no lace left behind.A bit of herbal hop presence shows itslef in the nose mixed with light toastiness and sweet caramel and brown sugar notes along with a touch of roasted nuts,mouthfeel is light to medium with a bit of grainy quality.Not overly sweet on the palate just some caramel and vanilla flavors up front with a bit of drying herbal hopsmack in the finish.Pretty basic I like the hop tones and the out of the ordinary vanilla notes but still nothing to seek out really.

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Photo of Todd
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A slight haze stricken dark amber, near brown, beer. Pours a decent white foam head that settles to a mere whisp of what it was.

Smell: Light floral & herbal hop aroma, with malts in the back -- light caramel.

Taste: A crisp and dry beer, light bodied even malt body. The water tastes minerally. There's not too much malt distinction in this brew. Malts provide the smooth-ish body and lend a touch of dextrin sweetness to the flavour, however it's the hops that steal the show. They sting the palate with citrus and herbal flavours, and follow with a bitty raw feel, with some salt and rind too. It's intense and full of zest, but only for a moment. As the beer warms some really faint chocolate flavours pull-thru, but nothing to get excited about. After the flavour fade and you're left with some earthy flavours and a dry-ish palate.

Notes: Not an overly balanced beer. Way too much hop bitterness and not enough malt to smooth things out. Brewed with mostly crystal malts, so that's where the body with no flavour but dextrin comes from, I suppose.

Although I wasn't overly impressed, it's still drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample bottle from the brewery.

Not a bad easy drinking amber, this one has to be somewhat fresh being so delicate. Nice malt back ground with a mellow hop bitterness.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber tone with fluffy creamy toffe cream colored head and as the two finger sized head begins to dwindle it leaves a nice collar of lace clinging to the edges and thereafter rings line the pint glass with each sip. Aroma has a bready edge to it with some mild nut aromatics and a touch of hops delicate but nice. Flavor contains a great specialty malt array not overbearing but it's there along with a sweet caramel roasted nut nuance very nice session brew. Body is medium and creamy to the palate very smooth and nicely textured I give it a thumbs up. Drinkability this is one of the go to session brews available down here in Morgantown so it's one beer I will look to if I am going for a sixer of something this beer is loyal with no surprises just good.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wild Goose English Style Amber Ale

Appearance- Hazy orange with billions of floaters, no head.
Smell- sweet tangy caramel.
Taste- sweet, very candy like flavor. Caramel and vanilla with a touch of pear flavor. Heavy on the sugary malt.
Mouthfeel- sweet yet smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall- A delicious Amber. Might become cloying after a few but, honestly a sweet candy treat. Not bad!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance with a bright amber color and fluffy, off-white head. Head retention is OK. The aroma is malty with a light, smooth hop note. The body and flavor are bigger than the aroma suggests, giving a nice mouthfeel. The malt is caramel tinged and lightly backed with a somewhat earthy hoppiness. There's a nice fruitiness as well with some light raisin and berries. It finishes well with a gentle maltiness and a swirl of hop flavor. Long lasting. I'm guessing this is based on English-style pale ale, and it's a good representative of the style. Not my first choice from the Wild Goose line, but enjoyable in its own.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a variety case, this pours a clear amber into my glass.

This tastes and smells a lot like an ESB to me, but that's ok, it's still good beer. The aroma is a little plain with vanilla cream and roasted toffee. The flavor expands more with caramel along with the toffee, a roasted note, and then a long spicy hops not at the end that fades slowly in the aftertaste.

Overall it's very tasty and and very drinkable. Not world-class, but still a good ESB and worth sessioning.

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Photo of cliff1066
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass...

A- Red/amber color with some dark parts. Very thin off white head- no lace.

S- Smell was metallic and sweet, maybe some berries.

T- Taste was malty with a small hop presence. Caramel, fruits, biscuits...Unbalanced and bland.

M- Thick for a red ale- syrupy going down.

D- Not amazing, but I wouldn't pass it down. Might be worth a try.

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Photo of Gmann
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice deep amber color with a small but dense cream colored head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is very faint, I pick up some bready slightly buttery malt, not much else. The taste is of a bready malt, with some stale grassy hop bitterness, that balance each other out. There are some hints of chocolate and metallic notes (rust). The feel is light and fizzy carbonation; finishes astringent. A run of the mill amber ale. Not a big fan of the style as it tends to be ho-hum, so take it for what its worth.

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Photo of Murph
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear, bright copper with a medium sized head that sinks to a thin but staying layer. The nose is strongly malty with some slight hop aroma. The taste starts off with some creamy maltiness than ever so slowly fades into a nice laid back hop character. Smooth on the tongue and very drinkable. This is a very nice session brew, not a lot going on in it.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this and the Blue Ridge Amber Lager (also a Wild Goose production) at the same time and, like the Blue Ridge, I really wanted to like this one. It's from a local brewery and so I knew it would be fresh. The color was OK, with a nice foamy head (1/2" or so). Carmel notes in the nose and a rich, creamy mouthfeel. The taste, however, was just too much sweet for me. Monodimensional sweet carmel with a strange bitter aftertaste (metallic?). I think someone called it a "twang." Wierd, but I can't explain it. A bit cloying, however. Not as refreshing and drinkable as I had hoped; but fresh and tasty nonetheless. Wild Goose Brewery does make some great products. And some of their others are phenomenal... so I guess you can't do it all.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Beer Express in Harrisburg

A- pours a nice clear and fresh looking amber color. Light lace and light head.

S- no defining smell on the beer but i get malts and caramel.

T- caramel and roasted malts. Tastes like bottom of the barrel maltiness. bitter and somewhat sweet.

M- dry and weak on the alcohol flavoring. Somewhat like malt water.

D- Easy to pound back and not half bad in flavor but i have had much better english style amber ales. Nugget Nectar to name one!

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Photo of charlesw
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale amber. Small whitish head that is gone quickly but leaving a lasting and covering lace. Smells... Gasp! I just snorted some. Ew! OK, well, weird. Smells like rice beer. Bleh. Tastes, um, weird. OK, there is an odd twang to the odor and that odd twang comes through very clearly in the flavor. Maybe a bit cidery. Weird. Haven't seen that in a long time... Doesn't blend well with the caramel notes or the light citrus hops. Definite citrus aftertaste. A bit on the unpleasant side, there, as well. Bummer. Maybe it's just this bottle. Oh, I hope! I like the feel in the mouth... A bit sweet, a bit thick. Decent for a hot or cool day. Fine. And drinkable enough. I suppose, much more so for a hot day, eh, where you're less concerned about sipping and intricacies of flavors...

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Poured a nice and very clear deep copper colored amber. A nice three finger head of white frothy lace rose up above it and was slow to recede, leaving behind amber side glass lace and a very nice film across the top. Some good carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass to replenish it.

S - Aroma was full of malts. Lots of bread like characteristics and a decent amount of earthy and grassy tons mixed in. There was the slightest bit of hop in the back of the aroma, but nothing to really get worked up over. Just you typical amber smell

T - The flavor was actually quite nice. The first thing you notice was the deep bread like malty flavor that started from the first sip. This started to blend with a bit of a more grassy tone as it warmed and rolled together to offer a very nice balance between the two. There was a touch of a dry hoppy like finish, but it was more fresh cut grass like then citric in nature. The sugar was very well mixed in and gave it a nice little touch of sweetness towards the end.

M - Very smooth and even a touch on the creamy side. This one offered excellent carbonation and this kept the flavor rolling along and kept it from feeling dull in any way.

D - Very good session ale. Did not have anything really extreme as far as flavor and was of course light on the abv. Good carbonation an cold serving temperature just added to it wonderfully.

Overall this was a fine, albeit a touch abobe average amber lager. The flavor was nothing extrordianty, but at the same time was pretty good. It made for a fine choice with dinner and a good call I would say.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to leftmindedrighty for sending some exellent brews up my way!

Amber orange ale with nice off white head that laces nicely to the glass. Aroma of fuggle hops and crystal malts, taste quite refeshing, a very convincing example of a common english style ale.

Simple, and delicious, I'd have a couple around to show folks what beer really is.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of three brews I haven't had, brought back by my inlaws from a friend that is 'not into fancy beers.' An appreciated gift!

A: A deep reddish amber... nearing a brown hue. A little on the dark side, but still rather nice. An aggressive pour brings quite a creamy head with a decent retention... some even latticing around the glass edges.

S + T: A light and subtle aroma & flavour... a nice kiss of malts, with a very light balance of hops. Fairly straight forward, but certainly decent on both.

M + D: A nice, creamy and chewy medium body - carbonation is about bang on, and the flavours are complemented beautifully. Very suitable, though the aroma and flavour would do well with a little more oomph or complexity - either route would do it wonders. A solid 'B' beer, and one that would be welcome in the fridge.

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Photo of Brent
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet aroma, but not carried in taste, although there was a substantial caramel character to this beer. Well balanced malt and hops, with a firm finish.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (Best By of "14907FX"?) in a classic conical pint glass

Aside: While I like the fact they have a Best By date, requiring a DaVinci code like key breaker to decipher whatever "14907FX" means is not cool.

Poured loosely, with some energy and a crackle to it. Soft, dull malts up front, a little bit of pepper, chewy orange caramels (like circus peanuts), faint cherry and black currant, a nice, rich sweetness to it. Head was a fat finger of loose, lively, snapping almond hued foam that faded rather quickly to a dusting of some cover and a thin glass ring that didn't lace one stitch or perl. A beautiful, slightly hazed, ruddy-brassy amber sunset hue in color, its rather striking to the eye...too bad the head completely disappeared. Occasionally a bubble rises but otherwise nothing.

Mmm.. this is nice. Its definitely more to the sweet side than bitter, but not sugary. Semi-dry on the tongue, the caramelized malts have a pleasing, rich, faintly buttered sweetness along with some nice fruits qualities like dark cherry, golden raisins...very nice. There is subtle hop bitterness in the background playing a supporting role to the sweet malt's lead, which adds balance and accentuates the dry quality.

It gets more bittersweet on the palate, a little dryer with a faint crunch, balancing out and growing very even. Faint tea tannins & leather qualities emerge before it finishes with more of the same, perhaps a little more bitter even, leaving a (surprise) orange-esque, slightly chewy, somewhat filmy coating that is nice....not overly pleasant, but nice.

This was rather enjoyable, easy to drink, and would make a great session beer, especially if you enjoy ales that are more sweet than bitter. This would pair well with some simple pub fare, potatoes in any form, a good deli sandwich on a rye or pumpernickel, or some mild cheddar. A very nice, easy to drink beer, which is a very good thing. Definitely recommended and would drink again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Phatz
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice, quaffable amber. It is not like most American Ambers, it says on the label "An English Style Amber" and that it is. It is smooth and malty with gently English hops. I let this warm on the counter first then served in my pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent amber, with a bit of orange in the color. Big three finger off white head.

Smell: Mostly clean but party musky and caramel malty in the nose. A bit of sugar in the smell.

Taste: The taste is simple but so incredibly easy to drink I love it. It's simply sweet and amber malty with that gentle English hops flavor. There is also a bit of breadyness and a hint of wood in the gentle bitter. In-fact I decided to try putting this beer in wheat bread I made and it is terrific! Back to the beer. It has a mostly clean finish as well. there is only a hint of a bready after taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth light weight beer . It feels very light in the mouth (and the stomach) but it doesn't feel wimpy thin, just light in weight.

Drinkability: Okay, this is the absolute definition of a sessionable beer (in my opinion). It is so approachable and easy to except. A good transition beer or a good party beer. It is not glamorous but it is a great beer for drinking!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of cameraman
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A reddish amber color, with hints of orange at the bottom of the glass. A small white head forms, but quickly dissolves away. The sweet smell of malt is the most dominant scent, nothing else stands out. The taste starts with that sweet malt, then halfway through a smack of hoppy bitterness comes in, to give it a nice balance. It is medium bodied, with a slight feel of carbonation on the back part of the palate. This is a good beer, very easy to drink, well balanced, a good selection for a session beer.

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Photo of theozag
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This somewhat bitter ale is an interesting American rendition of a truly English style of beer. The beer is a medium amber or light caramel color and has a distictive smell (walnut is the best way I can describe it). It's head is creme-colored but light, and it fades quickly. Wild Goose starts clean with a suggestion of malty smoothness. It is medium-bodied with an almost abrasive texture, and a bitterness that slowly overtakes the malt flavors as the beer settles into the tongue. As the beer soaks into the tongue, the nutty flavor returns somewhat. The finish is more bitter than the brew, and the aftertaste is halfway between metallic and wheat-like.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 07OCT03, this post is based on notes from that review. -

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Photo of RBorsato
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a nice creamy beige head, decent carbonation, and decent lace. Big malty aroma (light chocolate and caramel) with a slight hop aroma at first which disappears. Robust malty flavor with Chocolate malt being noticeable. Medium-full bodied.

Label States: "Classic English Style Ale" & "British Crystal and Chocolate malts" & " Willamette, Hallertauer, Tettnang, and Cascade hops"

Best By: 05/06/01
Tasted: 07/20/03

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Wild Goose Amber from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 67 ratings