Wild Goose Brown Lager

Wild Goose Brewery
Frederick, MD
Brown Lager

I am saddened to learn that the Wild Goose Brewery was bought by Flying Dog and subsequently closed. Both the IPA and Oatmeal Stout were solid brews. Also, it means this batch of Brown Lager, and any IPA or Stout I might have, will be my last (and may be past its due date).

Brown Goose

A fine tawny lace shows no signs of diminishing any time soon. Swarms of delicate pearl strands fly up the glass to make sure. The clarity is very good, though the beer is quite dark, like root beer with touches of vermillion and eggplant through the light.

The nose has hints of dry straw, coconut flesh, and a bit of molasses. The crackling straw aroma hints at hops, but there is more richness of malt than anything.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, with the effervescence being the most prevalent thing. It feels a bit like mineral water at first. Gradually, some of that slatiness turns into a bit of lemon, but not really. A slightly roasted character feints at the middle of the tongue, but disappears just as quickly.

At 4.3%, this beer is an easy drinking session beer, and with the lack of any defined body, it’s just as well that it can be drunk quickly.

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