Summertime - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,198 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 20
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 08-08-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Sunshine color, grass aroma, bread and lemon flavor, light body.
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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my little used stange a clear lemon tinged light golden with a nicely formed half finger bone white head that clung nicely to the glass.Aromas are light with some mineral and toasted cereal grain mainly standing out.Flavors are lightly toasted with a hint of butteriness and lemon,there is a light smack of herbal hops in the finish.It's great for outdoor summertime activities so it's good for what it is.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a hazy lemony sunshine yellow with a creamy white cap of bubbly foam nestled nicely atop the brew. This brew even looks like summer in the glass! Aromas of crisp, husky grains, lemon zest and spicy, grassy herbal hops waft up into the nose. Fresh, clean and vibrant with fruity undertones. Nicely nuanced.

First sip brings a clean, grainy pale maltiness upfront accentuated by lemon peel and citric undertones. Vibrant herbal, grassy hops grace my lips with each sip. Refined and easy to drink on those all too hot days. A nice hint of bitterness finishes it off. An easily enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy with a good flow of carbonation to tingle the tastebuds. I really enjoy this brew and I find it immensly drinkable on a beautiful summer day...seems like that is what the brewers at Goose Island were going for!

Photo of Todd
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow brew with a thin retaining white foam lace.

Aroma is a touch fruity, with loads of fresh pale malts and some fresh cut grass lingering about.

Smooth, light and creamy palate. Thin- to medium-bodied. Sweet wort-like base of one-dimensional malt flavours. Thin, peach-y, fruity backbone. Uplifting carbonation. Thin, grassy, oily and herbal tea-like hop character that rides along the soft sweetness and into the finish -- it's a bit odd. Touch of dry grain in the finish too.

I want to really like this brew, but something seems off. Not off as in bad, but off as in someone forgot a brewing step. Not a bad brew mind you, but nothing stellar. Nice to see a brewery attempting the style regardless.

Photo of generallee
4.31/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no mention of abv% but the back label does have a bottled on date of 04/07/10.

Appearance: Its body has a light yellow gold color with great clarity. On top of the body is a small white creamy head. The head fades fast and makes only a very little slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma has nice sweet bready notes with delicate fruity esters. I get notes of peach, banana and white grape.

Taste/Palate: I get all the same delicate fruitiness and mellow bready sweetness in the flavor as I did in the aroma. This light bodied beer has mild carbonation and a smooth light texture which is quite quaffable.

Notes: This is defiantly a great hot weather offering with enough interest for me to drink it any time of the year.

Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a “Best When Consumed By” date on the back label.

Appearance: Thin white lacing on the glass, head retention stays together for the most part. Bright pale golden in color.

Smell: Vague lemony grassy aroma with some herbal hop.

Taste: Malt is a bit one sided with a dry pale malt character and grassy dry at the end. Very crisp. Mild lemony herbal hop bitterness tames the malt without a problem, malt flavors seem just grainy more than anything else.

Notes: Nothing really pop here, easy to drink with some flavor. None the less an ok brew.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber body, with an attractive, offwhite head. Nice patch lacing.

Aroma is restrained, with a bready malt backbone, and a hint of grassy hops in the background. More subdued nose than any other Goose Island I've sampled.

Taste is complex, with sweet malt up front, floral hops, and fruity pears and apples. Finish is clean and slightly bitter. Much more complex than the Reissdorf Kolsch I sampled earlier in the evening.

Still, not one of my favorite German styles, but this would be a nice one to have around.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with best before dating on the label of 12-02-06, pours light yellowy amber, clear with some light bubbles continuing to rise to the top. White loose head, dissolving to a splotchy film with ample stringy lacing. The nose here is grassy and lemony. This a pretty light bodied brew, low hopping, lemony, notes of grass/hay, fine warm weather quaffer. Would be great with a summer lunch, salad, cheese, light meets, you get the picture....

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: one inch head, clear, bright yellow in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, spices--perhaps honey

Taste: wheat, florals, a bit of malt

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with a bitter backbone, and medium/light carbonation

Drinkability: An average light and sweet Kolsch that is typical of what I would expect from a summer beer. Nothing bad, but nothing memorable either. A nice clean and light beer.

Photo of Mora2000
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a very light, slightly hazy yellow color with a white head. Te aroma is full of wheat and grass, with a little bit of green grape mixed in.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma. I get a lot of wheat notes, which is the dominant flavor. There is also a little bit of grass and some grape notes mixed in, as well as a little bit of pepper.

Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Poured into a stange, because the bottle told me so.

Light golden colour, a slight haze, with a foamy head that recedes into a thin ring. Visible carbonation.

Nose is light and refreshing - noble hops, pale malt, a bit of citrus (lemon, pear).

Light summer drinking, heavy on the citrus. The grain is a bit washed out, but unlike so many other brews of this style, the brew remains full-flavoured and doesn't taste watery, which is a big plus. Finishes with a touch of fruit flavour - pear and lemon, with sweet winning over tart. It's hot as stink out, so this brew hits the spot, although it's nothing out of the ordinary, it is still well made.

Were I in the position to have this on hand, around this time of year it certainly has a place in my fridge.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into unique Summit glass, which is the closest I have to a Stange. Bottled on 2/21/11.

Appearance: Mostly clear light gold with slight yeast suspension. Foamy stark white head at first, leaving some bubbly lacing.

Smell: Dry apple, pear, citrus and bread. Almost tart. Touch of noble hops.

Taste: Very dry malts with apple, lemon, bread and hay. Very peppery finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body (fuller and creamier than it looks). Very dry finish.

Overall: Simple but very refreshing Kolsch. Can't decide if the very peppery finish is an asset or a detriment.

Photo of deebo
3.59/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had several bottles of this that were leftover from a party and thought it was an ok beer. Review of a bottle with a bottled date of 16 Mar 13.

A-Aggressively poured into a tall pilsener glass this brew is super effervescent with a tall large bubbled pure white head with nice staying power and good lacing. Clear and pale golden.

S-Grainy bready malt aroma with a bit of tart fruitiness. A bit of an alcohol/adjunct lager funky smell that I can't put my finger on.

T-Not a hell of a lot of flavor here but then again it's probably not really supposed to. Clean and crisp with a pleasant mild apple like fruitiness.

M-Light bodied with fairly high carbonation. Crisp carbonated finish.

O-Damn easy to drink. A very solid easy drinking summer beer.

Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and slightly cloudy golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Big white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Bready malts and grains with strong hints of lemon and citrus. Also some hints of grassy hops and honey. Smells pretty sweet.

Taste: A sweet mix of grains and bready malts with citrus and a good kick of lemon zest. A little honey and a light hint of hops follow. Pretty sweet and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A pretty tasty and solid summer Kolsch.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 355ml bottle with a BB of April 2012. Picked up from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A hazy pale-gold colour with low carbonation and fine visible sediment. Yields a white foamy head that lasts for a minute or two before disappearing. Aroma of light malt with a hint of grain, yeast and citrus, in addition to faint notes of apricot and peach.

Tastes of light, grainy malt with mild hop finish. Subtle notes of citrus and apricot accompanied by a dry yeasty flavour. The merest whiff of diacetyl in the background, but this blends in quite nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly dry, with a very mild aftertaste of aromatic hops.

A decent light beer - almost too light. Well crafted, with a good clean flavour, but I wish the hop presence was more pronounced. Previous examples of Kölsch that I've tried have had more of a noble hop bite to them. Pleasant in warm weather, although if I was in search of refreshment I'd probably have a Prima pils instead.

Photo of sarahspat
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Slightly hazy pale yellow with minimal white head, which fades quickly.

Smells sweet, malty, corn-y, a little bit floral. Taste is more of the same with some fruitiness and grapes in the background. The flavors do not go well together. Light and watery mouthfeel and low carbonation. Excessively dry finish. Its drinkability owes more to its lack of strong flavor than any positive characteristics.

The smell and taste of this brew reminds me of an American adjunct lager. To me it tastes more like a bad pilsener than a kolsch. No thanks. I have not been impressed by Goose Island in the past, and this brew only changed my opinion for the worse.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours typical kolsch golden carbonation, low lace, good retention of what was there. Aroma was grain and mild lemon.

Taste, faint, easy drinking beer, better than macro, but clearly made as the step up from that stuff. Could see this going over well at a hot Cubs game, but noway man, Honkers Ale 4 life for this guy! Has a degree of smoothness to it which is intriguing because of the high carbonation. More of a chickish beer. Decent.

Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, 1/4 inch head that turns to spidery at the edges. Lace that doesn't persist. Caramel aroma. Heavy on the malt (in a light way, if you know what I mean), flavor is grassy with a little caramel mixed in and emphasized by the smell. Just a speck of citrus hops attenuate at the finish. OK brew, the style is pretty unmemorable for me, but its nice to get away from a sea of Wheats in the summertime.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed bright vibrant golden hue with a nicely formed soft white head, forms even lacing as it dwindles down the sides of my glass. Aromatics offer up citrus with pale biscuit malt and light cracker sweetness, low rolling herbal hop zing is probably where the citrus originates from. Flavor delivers nicely with a crisp amount of sweetness that keeps it light drinking but somewhat balanced, for me it's been a hard style to find, solid example from my limitied experience. Pretty soft with some fluffy carbonation doesn't offend the palate in anyway light and refreshing, definitely nice texture for the sunlight. Drinkability overall has summertime events like concerts and mowing the grass written all over it.

Photo of ByTor2112
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the hotel in Embassy Suites,State St in Chi-town.
Pale yellow color, slightly ruddled, not quite cloudy.
Aroma-slight sweet perfume, flowers, some sharper hop aromas.
Mouthfeel- aside from the gold standards in bottles, Reissdorf, Gaffel, this is one superb Kolsch, possibly the best I've tasted so far. Very tasy with a sweet flavor at first, then finishing with a little more body as the grainier malt flavors come through. Medium hop bitterness. Highly quaffable and even though it was cold and rainy this past week in Chicago, this traditional summer brew was a very refreshing treat.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American size strange)

A- This beer pours a golden yellow with a thick creamy head and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- Aroma is very clean with a hint of sweet pale malt. A faint almost bread aroma is also in there.

T- Very clean soft taste with the hops coming through at the finish. It has a distinct kolsch taste that is not really wheat not really sulfur with some carbonic acid flavor as well.

M- light crisp mouthfeel with no real astringency.

D- This is right on style-wise but kolschs are so soft and gentle that you really notice all the imperfections. It is a nice beer but it doesn't have that subtle flavor that is almost a hint of fruit and licorice that really makes a great kolsch.

Photo of richkrull
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a decent beer, nothing too special though. My wife brought it home in a mixed 6 pack. Tasted pretty refreshing. I'm sure it would be great on a hot summer day - with a name like Summertime, it makes sense. I'll give this one another shot sometime this summer.

Photo of Auraan
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with no head. Nothing special, but nice enough. Scents of lager yeast, pale malt, doughy bread and some slight skunk. A lot like a German Lager. Flavors of biscuit, lager yeast, and a nice hit of grassy German hops. There is also a bit of an underlying frutiness there, lemon mostly. Pretty good, simple, but pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, goes down easy. A pretty good German style lager, marketed as a Kolsch. I've never had another Kolsch to rate it against so I am not sure how it rates in it's style, but it's pretty good. Almost makes me forget who owns Goose Island.

Photo of LXIXME
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Small thin 1/4" head quickly dies into a very thin lacing above thin bright golden colored beer.

Light aroma of sour malts and light hops.

A light tasting traditional kolsch taste with light sourness and very light bittering from the hops.

A light dry aftertaste without much taste on this light bodied beer.

Maybe this could be considered an introduction kolsch as its tastes are light they may not offend drinkers new to the style, but I kind of doubt that it would impress. Anyway, this is a lighter kolsch but not all that bad, might even be kind of good with the right food pairing.

Photo of Brenden
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a cloudy pale yellow. On the pour, there's some good carbonation activity, but it eases up very quickly. A soft white head has fairly good retention and leaves just a little thin lacing in spots.
The aroma is a bit earthy / grassy with some wheat and citrus most prominent behind a gentle malt and very light hops note.
The flavor is what I expect from the smell, if perhaps a bit mild. The hops are pretty faded and there seems to be a light fruit presence other than citrus. It's a bright flavor, though mild, and lacks balance a little. Lingering is a light, gentle spice.
The carbonation fades pretty quickly, which diminishes a little from the feel. It starts off with some crispness, but there's not that smoothness in the mouthfeel that balances it out and, when the carbonation is no longer benefiting it, it isn't what it could be.
Generally this one is pretty tasty, a mild flavor without great balance but a gentle, bright flavor worth trying.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow color (looks more like a BMC beer) with an almost invisible lacing of white head that quickly dissolved to partially cover the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and floral notes, followed by a nice amount of malt. Aromas of lemon, orange, grapefruit, clover, freshly cut grass and candied sugar.

Taste: Very nice and surprising (considering the beers appearance). Lots of malt up front, followed by some nice sweetness and citrus. Think toasted bread topped with some slightly sweet marmalade.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, clean and smooth with very little carbonation.

Overall: Goose Island’s Summertime is a traditional German-Style Kölsch, which explains the color of the beer, which I admit, threw me at first, but now makes complete sense. And being a Kölsch, this beer has a hell of a lot of flavor. It’s very refreshing, very smooth and very, very good. I’ll be getting these quite a bit next summer!

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
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