Wild Goose Brown Lager | Wild Goose Brewery, LLC

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Wild Goose Brown LagerWild Goose Brown Lager

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PiecefulToker on 08-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 2-finger head, dark caramel color
S: sweet caramel, brown sugary smell
T: sweet brown ale, a bit more metallic than warranted. Not a dominating taste, but more than a lawnmower.

Overall, not a great beer. Unfortunately, that's something of par for the course for this brewer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wild Goose- Brown Lager

A- Dark amber/ brown with a small light filmy head.
S- Light dry smokey chocolate with bits of brown sugar malt.
T- Light sweet brown sugar malt. Bits of semi sweet bakers chocolate and watery molasses.
M- Very light with a lighty sugared malt base. Dry cocoa finish.

Overall- Very watery light. Not much flavor, I would avoid in the future.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wild Goose Brown Lager pours a rich, dark mahogany body beneath a frothy head of tan foam that holds remarkably well and leaves torn-curtains of hole-punched lace about the glass.

The aroma expresses dark chocolate, cocoa, and a bit of coffee.

The flavor is not nearly as flavorful as the aroma suggests, but it does contain subtle notes of coffee and dark chocolate, as well as a bit of light caramel. Gently spicy and floral hops can be found in the background. (It's important to keep in mind that this is a lager. It's more like a Munich dunkel than a brown ale). There's a moderate bitterness to it - not much is needed to balance it as there's not much malt there - and it finishes short and dry.

It's medium-light in body, and smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

Overall it's an easily accessible, and readily drinkable dark lager that's well-balanced and smooth. Beer aficionados will not be impressed, but it's certainly a step forward for mainstream drinkers.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out of a friend's variety pack. Appears a clear brown with a short light tan head. the only thing that struck me as odd is that at first, I got a burnt match aroma. That faded, but there's was still a noticeable burnt barley note in the background. Otherwise there was a pleasant, smooth caramel bread flavor. This is closer to an American brown than your average Euro dark, and that's a good thing.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops and malts. Tastes like it smells, malts, a lot of hops for a lager, a bit nutty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle a friend got in club. Fair head for brown lager which quickly diminished with a bit of lacing.

Certainly smell the malts mostly and bit of toffee. The taste is almost too carbonated for my liking, reminded me of the 1554 lager (or whatever they call it) from New Belgium. The carbonation just doesn't match the color, malt etc.

Nonetheless, a good session beer, just not overwhelming.

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Photo of TexIndy
1.59/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got in the Beer of The Month Club package. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The back label had a bottling code but no way to decipher it. Checked the website and nothing there either. Hate that. It's in the Club shipment so would expect it to be fresh though. It was a russet brown color. It had a small tan head that quickly dissipated into a barely there collar. Very light carbonation and no lacing.

The aroma was really awful. Burnt, not roasted, malt dominated. Thankfully that started to fade but it was replaced with nothing. No aroma at all. The taste was equally bad. Burnt tasting from start to finish. Extremely watery as well. Truly, I'd rather drink a BMC than this.

Overall, an awful beer. Avoid this one. One and done and off to drink something else to get this taste out of my mouth.

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Photo of edskirk3
3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown glass bottle. Pint glass.

Pours cola-brown with off-white froth. Active, effervescent carbonation. Faint aroma of toasted malt. Perhaps a bit nutty.

Tastes rather bland, unfortunately. The malt is muted and the hops are very distant. It's like plain bread. Dry finish.

Despite that, I've had much worse than this. I will give it props for drinkability. I could go all night with this, if I had to.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.72/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance - Darkish brown color with a nice head that went to a ring later on.

smell - Nutty smell with roasted malts.

taste - Had a watery taste and a burnt bitterness taste to it. Not a good balance here.

mouthfeel - medium-light, watery.

drinkability - Not a good brown ale, its labeled here as a euro dark lager. Euro might explin the bitterness to it. Not worth a try.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smell is very malty with only slight hoppiness detectable. Pours to an only slightly translucent brown. Taste is more balanced than the smell. A malty, chocolatey taste with a dry bitterness. Finish is chalky and dry. Body isn't very good, thin and watery losing substance at the end. A good shot at brewing a brown lager but the hopping is too little too late and the body just isn't there.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a light tan head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Toasty aroma with some nice caramel, bready, and nutty tones.

Lightly toasted malt, very slight bready and nutty flavors. Bland, dry finish.

Thin body, medium carbonation.

Easy enough to suck down, but a rather weak beer overall. Best to avoid this one.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, clear chestnut brown color, with a medium-sized frothy light brown head. Retention is decent. Some patchy lacing left.

S: Some nutty, brown sugary aromas are present. Lightly toasty, with some caramel. Hints of chocolate and a slightly plumlike note.

T: On the sweet side initially, with a notable caramel/brown sugar flavor. Reasonably nutty as well. Again, slight hints of chocolate and dark fruit. A rather nondescript vegetable bitterness into the finish.

M: Medium-bodied, with fairly tingly carbonation. A slightly mealy dryness into the finish.

D: This beer has some potential, and a few nice flavors. However, the vegetable notes and generally average character are weighing this one down. Drinkable and a solid dark lager, but not much beyond that.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender continues, people. This spoke pours a clear ruby brown topped by a finger or so of creamy ecru foam, not unlike that of a nitro-tapped Guinness. The nose comprises light coffee, light roasted malts, and a few handfuls o' fresh flowers. It's all kinda vague and diluted. The taste is mostly diluted roasted malts, with a touch of coffee and a background meander of orange-peel bitterness. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a smooth, though watery, feel. Overall, a decent little bit o' brown lager, easy to drink, but not something I would necessarily reach for regularly.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is a deep, dark red color. Glassy but a little murky. Head disappears fast, but leaves a light-brown film.

The smell is some crisp, lagery malt aromas. Also a brown-sugar smell as well. Has a nutty quality in the nose, although as it warms it turns a little musty. Average.

The taste is the combo of a sweet, brown sugary flavor, mixed with a crisp, slightly sweet lager malt. Very close to a British ale, as sugary as it is.

The feel is creamy and fizzy. Not a watery lager. Smooth on the way down. It's sugary, like a sweet, British beer. Average.

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Photo of jadpsu
2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours, red/brown in color with a foamy tan head. Looks good in the glass.
Maltiness imparts bready aromas as well as some chocalate licorice. Hops take a back seat.
It's appearance and the aromas had me looking forward to what would follow but the taste was only average and less than you expect, thin, smooth. Had a coffee ice cream taste but little other in character. The beer has practically no carbination.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I felt like their Brown Ale was a very clean beer, albeit somewhat tepid. This lager version is more the same. A nutty, woodsy, chocolatey, malt-driven base shines, while the hops, yeast character, boldness are religated to back-up status. The beer is crystal clean in the flavor with a mild grain astringency comming up in the finish. The color is cola-like with a clear brown hue, no haze, and softly carbonated. Makes for a good session beer because of its drinkability, but lacks the soft esters, bready flavors, and oomph that make Brown Ales a worthy choice for me.

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Photo of Aenema
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark, clear mahogany with a thin off-white head. No lacing.
Smell - Roasted malt. There isn't much to the nose, but it's fine.
Taste - Fairly muted flavor in comparison to the nose. Some roasted malt flavor and a toasty malt character. There is a slight bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel - A watery, light mouthfeel with fine, medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability - Easily drinkable, not much to it though.

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Photo of SykDoc
2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a deep brownish red. A 2 inch light head from and dissipates to a full tan lacing. It is getting close to opaque with some carbonation visible.

The aroma was the best part of this beer to me. It has a nice level of hops and malt combined. There is a pleasant sweetness, backed up by a unique earthy/mossy component. Hops linger in the background.

The taste is a bit weak to me. It almost seems watered down. There is an up-front malty/fruity sweetness. The quickly changes to a yeasty/bread-like part and then a german hops bitterness at the finish, which is primarily overwhelmed by chocolatey malts.

The mouthfeel is again light. It is quite light and light bodied. There is a refreshing bitterness that lingers. The carbonation is a bit high given the flavor, but this is similar to other really light beers.

Overall, I think this is a drinkable beer although it is definitely on the light side. It is worth a try although there are many things that I would improve about this beer, some of which are actually personal preference and some of which are style related.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is faint coffee grinds.Taste is coffee and chocolate.The flavors are not very strong but it is easy drinking and goes down like water.Refreshing and perfect for a hot day.I would recommend and purchase again!!

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Photo of PiecefulToker
2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found this beer at Liquor Barn in Lexington, KY. No freshness date. I couldn't even find this on their website, but it says, very clearly "Wild Goose Brown Lager" from Frederick, MD. Weird.

A: Pours a very dark, clear, brown with a slight ruby tone. Crystal clear, but very dark. Nice 1-finger head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a ring around the glass.

S: Roasted dark malt, chocolate, coffee, slight nuttiness, but very clean.

T&M: Very very mild. Nothing too great about this beer, somewhat disappointing from what I expected from the smell. Very thin, watery body, carbonation a little high, and leaves a sustaining, unpleasant bitterness in the back of my mouth. Some burnt malt flavors and coffee, but not enough sweetness to balance the bitterness. This beer could use a lot more malt to bring up the body and sweetness.

D: Not high. This beer is actually quite unpleasant for a lager. It has a very dry finish and long lasting bitterness (like I said, not the good kind).

Maybe this beer is really old, or maybe I am being harsh, but I would NOT buy this again... I probably wouldn't drink it if it was free.

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Photo of briman
2.96/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark reddish brown, clear, with a large somewhat rocky tan head with retains very well.

Aroma has some malt, with mild caramel. No obvious hop aroma to speak of.

Flavor is fairly non-descript to start, settling into a faint almost roasted coffee like character. Hint of a hop flavor to balance, finishing slightly sweet with little to no bitterness.

Medium body at best, with moderate carbonation. Tough to judge this beer, since it really doesn't fit into any recognized style. It's very mild in both flavor and aroma, and I think the term non-descript fits this exceptionally well. Looks great, but really doesn't follow up with anything that would compel you to have another.

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Photo of Durge
3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark coffee brown color with a modest, very light tan colored head and similar lacing. The aroma brings somewhat skunky, dank yeast and toasted wheat. Not very inviting but onward to the flavor which brings acrid leafy hop and charcoal burnt coffee. It's finely carbonated for a good tingle and it's thin, light bodied. It stays sharp and generally a little harsh and watery. There is a dry hoppy finish that bodes well but otherwise it's not much my kind of beer. Needs a little more constitution and something to balance the one-sided edge of this odd lager. Nothing I would want to session.

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Photo of brentk56
2.59/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a medium chocolate brown color with a modest tan head that fades pretty quickly but leaves a bit of a lacing pattern behind

Smell: Has an odd acrid, almost burnt smell; unpleasant

Taste: Brown bread and a bit of nuts, up front, with a bitter nut skin flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, you can tell this is a lager because the grainy twang arrives

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not particularly well-crafted; give this one a miss

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Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of becktone
2.24/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

From notes 8-26-08

Eye: Interesting to note that the blurb on the side of the label states "As the brewers of Wild Goose Brown Lager, we borrow back from the British, and the result is a true session ale brewed in the classic London style." Now which is it a Lager or Ale? Discontinuities and inconsistency bother me. Definitely brown in color with dark garnet hues. The beer is very clear, though you really can't see through it because the color of it is so dark. Very nice head formation and retention, about two fingers and going nowhere any time soon. The head is tan in color and has an appearance somewhere between creamy, rocky, and soapy. Lacing is composed of spotty rings.

Nose: Dark malt is very prevalent...little bits of roasted character and some chocolate. The aroma is very clean, so I'm going to have to side with the title on this one instead of the blurb on the side of the bottle. Seem to be getting a slight cooked vegetal aroma too....gross.

Tongue: Roasted and chocolate character comes through but so does that off flavor, the cooked vegetables. Perhaps some roasted grain bitterness, but if that's so it really doesn't fit in with this style of lager. Caramel notes as well. I would like this beer much more, but I'm getting cooked vegetables right after the swallow...in the aftertaste. Some metallic notes as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light with acceptable amounts of carbonation. Nothing special about the feel on this one, dry towards the end. This is one I'd not pick up again, just doesn't seem right to me...cooked vegetables don't do it for me in beer. Not something I'd like to drink again, I'll be lucky if I don't pour this glass.

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