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Summertime - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,180 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,180
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 20
Gots: 38 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Sunshine color, grass aroma, bread and lemon flavor, light body.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 08-08-2001)
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Nofear048, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Jips, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be a very good US representation of the style. Nice yellow-ish, light gold color with a moderate white head and good carbonation. Light earthy hop and fruity aroma. Upfront fruity flavor with a nice balanced bitterness. Light-medium body, smooth and refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

A quality session beer -- very enjoyable and very refreshing!

Best Before: 12/08/02 Tasted: Early Oct '02 and 1/5/03

RBorsato, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of emsroth
4.95/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Translucent gold with a wonderful level of haze. Small white head, but it wasn't the best pour. I'll re-review for appearance.

Smell: Sweet and fruity. A nice mix of grainy malt and fruity, bitter hops. The carbonation gives the smell a crisp edge.

Taste: A light fruity malt up front, probably from the ale yeast. Next is a slight husky malt which ends in a spot on grassy bitterness.

Light body with perfectly refreshing carbonation.

Not having had a true german kolsch, this is exactly what I imagine one to be.

emsroth, Sep 19, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

dcall384, Aug 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

DrkNite12, Mar 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

vegasmac99, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of clint1019
4.55/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored and very clear. Had a nice white bubbly head that dissapated fairly quickly.

Had a nice mellow hop aroma and a light malt aroma. Also, detecting a Lemony/Citrusy smell and a spicy smell.

The taste is a very nice clean malt with a light citrusy hop flavor on the back of the tongue.

The mouthfeel is a very light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this was a great beer. I could see myself drinking a few of these on a hot summer day. Very refreshing.

clint1019, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
4.53/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= The pour is a nice yellow color. There may be a very very little amount of amber is in but it's a darker color than yellow. The head is a small finger high but actually holds some pretty nice retention. The lacing is spotty but evident.

S= One of the most complex Kolch I've ever smelled I suppose. Most people dislike the style because it is a little boring but I think this is a very very well done Kolsch. There is a little hop bite to it. A sort of earthy spicy hop smell. There is a definite fruit note in it as well. A lot of citrus to it for the style and a little bit of a peach note to it. Finally there is a bready note to it sort of biscuity.

T= The taste follows the nose almost to a tee. There is a little less hop taste than I smelled and the citrus comes through a bit more. An excellent beer with enough complexity to keep my tongue on que but still refreshing enough and clean enough to sit back and just enjoy.

M= A nice medium body with some medium carbonation and what I would call a dry finish.

D= This may be my favorite summer beer that isn't loaded with hops. Really wonderful. I'm usually not a big fan of Goose Islands regular line up. Their specialty beers I absoloutly love. This beer really sort of touches me in a special way. Excellent beer and worth checkin out.

jjanega08, Jun 09, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

troegaarden, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

jooj8, Dec 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

NoHop4me, Jul 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Redsox1539, Jul 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Brnsfn, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

shacawgo24, Jun 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Piske41, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

ferrettman687, Aug 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

kjgum, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

ChicagoShakeAndBake26, Aug 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Berzerker39, Sep 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,180 ratings.