Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter AleWild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 02-09-1999

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 143
Reviews by far333:
Photo of far333
4.92/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. Snow Goose is Wild Goose's winter seasonal, and every year I wait for it to come out. It's not very well known, but it is great. It's a dark ale that's not too heavy for those who have trouble with dark ales, but it definitely hits the palate for the connoisseur. Excellent color, aroma, and healthy head. I fantasize about this beer being available year-round.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby color with a real light head,aroma was malty and a little soapy.I think the taste was to uninspiring some mild fruitiness and roasted malt sweetness,but seemed to not come out enough just a subtle flavor.It was pretty easy to drink for the style I just expected a little more.

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Photo of JasonA
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from Corridor Liquors in Laurel MD into a pint glass.

Ours a dark translucent brown with a hint of red tinge. Lots of head (might have something to do with my pour ;)), lots of staying power and plenty of lacing. Looks like a very fresh beer, though I am more local than most.

Smells a little spicy, bit hoppy, though floral. Smells fresh.

Taste is nice. Maybe a little more alcoholy than in style, but it may be part of this winter warmers plan. Is that clove I taste? Somewhat dry, no sweetness to be found. Alcohol finish.

Im not a huge fan of ale's and mouthfeel. Im sure its solid for the style, so Im only giving above average.

Drinkability is wonderfull. This would make a perfect bottom of the hill draft while on the slope. Maybe a good choice for some early winter camping. More of a quantity beer than sipping beer.


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Photo of Todd
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown with no freshness date, but, they have a goose wearing goggles and a red scarf while watching geese fly overhead on the label.

Appearance: Reddish brown with haze, and a semi-creamy, powdery off-white head.

Smell: Aromas of butter, sugar, caramel and hop spice. Fruit and esters also hit the nose.

Taste: Medium-full in body with a sweet, toasted malt profile. Mega diacetyl. Butterscotch and caramel candy-like flavours are mostly dominant, letting a citrus, herbal, slightly spicy hop flavour thru at the end.

Notes: This is an odd tasting beer, but also interesting in its complexity. Not for the faint of taste bud, but worth a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness indication offered. Pours cloudy, brownish amber, with a creamy, darkish tan head. This one leaves minor slippery lacing. Malty, fruity nose, with a slight wiff of holiday spicing. Holiday spice, fruity sweetness evident in the first few sips. Blueberry jam on wheat toast comes to mind. Pleasant, smooth wintery brew. Decent sessioner or would go well with a hearty meal. Worth a try if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola syrup in color. Thin layer of creamy off-white head. Spicy nose. Some cinnamon in there? Malty caramel sweetness as well. Flavor is spicy and hoppy. Nothing too intense. Flavors of toffee, nutmeg. Creamy smooth moutfeel with a medium body to this one. Good drinkability, resulting from the dash of spicy character that comes in at the end. No lasting aftertaste. Decent winter brew and one that, at 6%, won't leave you half in the bag after a few at the office Christmas party.

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Photo of Kraken
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, consumed 1/29/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Firm pour evokes 1/8 inch of head. Head fades quickly, and leaves a sip by sip indicator on the sides of my glass. Color is a ruby brown.

Nose- Light hops, molasses and caramel.

Palate- Molasses, caramel, and a subtle nuttiness. A nice hop bitterness to close. Some hints of vanilla, somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel- A very fine and active carbonation, finishes a bit try.

Drinkability- Good a nice beer to sip on.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep mahogany like copper tone with an off white creamy head. I must say the head retention was decent and leaves an even lace in my 3 dollar pint. The aroma has hints of nutmeg, and sweet inviting caramel malt very pleasant aroma. The taste is predominately sweet with malt, and complemented with hints of fruit, a trace of mild hop character, and the spices (nutmeg). The body is medium to light and it is a very smooth beer. I had a couple of these and I was enjoying the winter beer in the spring time nothing wrong with that. Overall I will say this beer is a good beer, but I don't think I could pinpoint the style. Definitely not a barley wine, but that's my opinion.

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Photo of asabreed
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date seen on the bottle.

Appearance: A nice deep red with a billowing head leaving pocked bubbles all over the place and circular patches of lacing. Even after about 20 minutes, the head, though not as thick as the pour, is still staying above the body without another swirl.

Smell: A nice mix of toasted grain, slight woodiness, caramel malt, light fruit and berries, and citrus hops. In addition to spicy sweetness.

Taste: Warming and complex, with notes of roasted and caramel malts, light raspberries, cherries, strawberries woodiness, winter spices, gingerbread, nutmeg, and citrus hops. Starts slightly malty and toasted and works its way into spicy with grapefruit rind flavors from the hops, matching the sweetness with the touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, initially slightly watery before the burst of carbonation, letting a bit of slickness in before the carbonation dissipates.

Drinkability: This is my first Wild Goose brew, and I like it. I certainly make a session of this. At 6.2%, per the website, this has bite without being out of control. Lots of complexity and nuance which gets better as it warms. I hope to be trying more of their beers when I can find them.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A ruby red deep crimson brew sits underneath a canopy of three finger thick light brown cream. The beer is almost crystal clear, and the head shows outstanding retention while depositing wave after wave of sticky lace as I work my way down the chalice that I poured this into. An exceptionally beautiful brew!

S - Caramelized sugar, brown toast with butter, brittle toffee, and a burning pile of autumn leaves. I can smell loads of toasty and roasty aromas; not burnt like a stout, but toasted and caramel-y like a brown ale or Oktoberfest. I can also appreciate some bourbon barrel aspects along with some present (but never interfering) booze.

T - Like the nose, the flavors are toasty and buttery, with some brown bread-like malt notes. There is also a higher level of leafy hops that I would have guessed from the nose. I like the buttery and slightly fruity notes...they work extremely well with the toasty aspects. Like a light schmear of marmalade on buttered toast.

M - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation and an off-dry finish. Nothing too impressive, but the feel works well enough with the toasty flavors.

D - I don't know what the ABV is for this brew, but it feels relatively high. Regardless, I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rough pour delivers a clear russett brown body topped by a frothy light tan cap. The head holds quite well and leaves nice lace throughout the glass. The nose is not real bold, but expresses a wide variety of different aromas including a gentle caramel maltiness, a lively fruitiness, some floral, lightly citrusy, and gently spicy hops, and a mild touch of wood. There's nothing unclean or off-putting about the aroma - it's really nice and quite welcoming! A restrained and very fine carbonation combines with its medium/full body to create a notably smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor, like the aroma, is well-heeled but fairly complex - giving it an exceptional drinkability. It starts with a fruity (berries, mild citrus) and toffee-like malt, followed by some softer toasty caramel notes and and a rising bitterness towards the swallow. It finishes dry with a light touch of spiciness, a roast-tinged residual maltiness and a soft, lingering bitterness - as well as some drying oakiness at the end! The draught seems to be slightly more malty, and displays less of the Cascade hop character. Last year's bottled version was also slightly more malty; and it held astonishingly well (as it's not bottle conditioned) and displayed no faults whatsoever when tasted side-by-side with this year's release. A wonderfully gentle and complex beer that's very well brewed and probably deserves more recognition than it gets. Well worth seeking out!

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Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mohagany in color with a good, creamy, tan head. Leaves lace.
Aroma of citrusy hops, sweet malts, and a slight fruity character.

Good flavor of spicy, citrusy hops. Sweet roasted malts with a caramel/ butterscotch twist. Slight fruity character.

Good creamy mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.
Overall a solid beer that is unique and well worth the sampling.

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

Clear amber in appearance, with a tender white head. Caramel malts, spices and some biscuity like qualities on the nose. A bit carbonated, bordering on medium bodied; malts make a late appearance, joined buy sweet honey roasted nuts, caramel and dark chocolate tastings. Bitter hops, maybe Cascade (?) are blended in nicely. Not bad at all.

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Photo of windigo32
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: This pours a nice dark brown that captures light nicely. Makes and keeps a slight head on it that is a nice white color.

S: There is a slight hint of apples and spice that I got from this one.

T: It was slightly reminiscent of the Hop Devil from Victory, but not as extreme. You can tell this is a dark and slightly more hoppy than usual beer. You dont really taste the apple that you smell, but you can pick up on the spice.

M: I found this to be kind of tingly in the mouth, and I'm not sure why.

D: Although it is a good beer, I ended up passing my glass after a few sips. Although I couldnt find anything exept the hoppy quality that I didnt like, I just didnt feel like finishing this one.

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Photo of bthompuz
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A – mahogany color with almost no head.

S – oak is the first smell that hits you, followed by some malt and then a fruity apricot smell.

T – the apricot fruit flavor really comes forward in the initial taste. The oak is more subdued in the flavor than it was in the smell. Some sherry or oxidized flavors come through and then it ends with some bitterness that lingers.

M – medium mouthfeel, higher carbonation than I was expecting.

D – Overall, this is a relatively subtle beer. I was not blown away by it in away way and would only drink another if it were given to me.

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Photo of Darkale
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, malty aroma. Clear cherry-brown body with a very full and long-lasting tan and creamy head.

Mouthfeel is good -- thick and creamy, full and rich. Very malty taste with just a little bit of charcoalish hops burn.

This is a pleasant winter ale, an old standby. I am particularly fond of its creaminess.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12-ounce longneck bottle. No dates.

Pours into my pint glass looking like iced tea, maybe a little redder, and very clear. There's a decent light beige head which lasts for about half the beer and laces the glass, then fades.

Nice hop nose, but not overpowering. An appealing caramel toastiness comes through. Very inviting.

Good balance, favoring the malts. Appealing complexity, with caramel, oakiness, and the hops.

Could use a bit more alcohol warming for a great winter warmer, but a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- chestnut brown pour with a decent size head. A half decent lacing that has no definition.

S- faint floral spices,caramel and malt. buttery smell as well.

T- a bland citrus hop flavor profile with sweet toast malts. Tastes mimics toast with a malt spread on top. Different but not great!

M- Medium bodied with a nice hop character but the malts bring the mouthfeel down. IT feels like dried vinegar in the mouth.

D- its not bad but its not good. It is something for the winter if you are a BMC fan. Not that great but it isnt bad.

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Photo of nc41
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different than the usual winter ale, no weird spices or fruit. Decently malty, a little sweet up front, but the hops finish it off pretty well, and I was surprised the IBU were about 35 or so. Pours nice, dark copper, nice head. All around decent brew for a seasonal, very drinkable. The Sierra Nevada Celebration is a hell of a a lot better although it certainly doesn't resemble anything like a Winter style Ale, so the comparison may not be exactly fair. But over all I would buy it again.

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Photo of Gouxman
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though the Wild Goose beers are kind of middle of the road I think that this one of the best beers to come out of this brewery. An easy drinking winter ale with a nice aroma of floral hops and caramel malt. This ale has a big flavor of bready, toasted malts up front while finishing with a medium hop bitterness. An excellent balance of caramel malts and hops.

At $6.49 one of the most moderately priced seasonal beer available. And the new package this year makes it look a lot sharper.

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Photo of thekanna
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darker gold bordering on reddish with not much head.

S: Generally clean; some hops but not much more really.

T: Sweet caramel malts lead to a nice hop zing and some citrus, which leave the mouth pleasantly coated and numb.

M: Juicy with a nice hop bite in the aftertaste.

D: From Wild Goose: one fairly drinkable beer coming right up!

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Photo of bloberglawp
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a "maredsous" glass at room temperature, I drink almost all my ales at room temperature nowadays... the website mentions 6.2% AVB.

Pours deep dark copper with a good white head that stays around quite a bit, froth laces beautifuly on the sides of the glass. Aroma is all "wild goose brewery", fuggles and the yeast strain used give out a delicious smelling spicy/floral/estery aroma. Also a bit of barnyard hay aroma. Flavor is of rich dark malts, biscuity and lightly astringent. Bitterness from the hops is very well balanced, and hop flavor does come out in the finish.

Exellent beer!

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Photo of pchalk
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale from Wild Goose Brewery, LLC
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 158 ratings