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Summertime | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sunshine color, grass aroma, bread and lemon flavor, light body.

Added by Quaffer on 08-08-2001

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite some time has passed since I have had a Goose Island, so much time that the last time I had one they were independently owned. Now under the auspices of AB, I can say I still think the quality is there, at least from where I'm concerned.

Out of the glass it pours a nice golden color, darker than a lager, but lighter than an amber. Which come to think of it, this is how I would explain it's taste - more full-bodied than a lager, but lighter and less bitter than an amber. Overall, I kinda liked it. The only thing that I wasn't too keen on was the mouthfeel as it was more carbonated than I prefer. Other than that, it's a solid brew for hot F-L-A days...

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Photo of MACrist
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Clear and golden. Moderate amount of medium bubbles rising. Finger of quickly dissipating white foamy head.
AROMA: Slight grass, sunflower seeds, bready, a little lemon.
TASTE: Nice bready quality, nice but mild hop flavor/grassy, lemon, soda water.
FEEL: Nice, strong carbonation, medium thin body, dry.
OVERALL: Nice flavor, nothing off, a little watery, maybe. Be great in the sun.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Description sums it up pretty well - "Sunshine color, grass aroma, bread and lemon flavor, light body." It's a light, mostly nondescript kolsch with citrus flavors, mostly lemon and orange, and a bready malt. Not much more to add other than its a good beer ice cold on a warm night. Very drinkable.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was shocked I haven't tried this beer before. What is there to say? Its a pretty pedestrial summer ale. Light and crisp, nothing off putting and nothing in flavor profile that really strikes gold either. Solid middle of the road Kolsch. A craft beer for summer when you don't want to have to think about beer.

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Photo of csheridan
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely golden color with moderate carbonation and lacing, this one has a mild fruitiness, with definite biscuit and malt tones. Nice light beer, but only a little more distinctive than typical pilsners, A good relatively light beer for the warmer months, but not exciting enough to be a go-to, even with the relatively hard to find style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got a bottle of Goose Island's Summertime in their new variety pack. I'm in the mood for a Kolsch today, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it has a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a clear golden color that took on more of a pale yellow color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is exactly how a good Kolsch should look, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a mixture of fruity and doughy aromas with the fruityness taking on more of a cherry, stonefruit and dark fruit like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a mixture of sweet malt, pale malt, grainy, bready and bread crust like aroma with just a slight herbal hop aroma and lemon like aroma towards the end. This is beer has pretty nice aroma, it's more fruity than most.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that ti did in the aroma, but it isn't as doughy. The fruit flavor continues with a little more cherry like flavors that have a slight bit of tartness and it goes into the malts which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart the same aspects. Towards the end comes the hops which impart a slight bit of bitterness with a herbal and light lemon like flavor that lingers into the aftertaste with some malty flavors. This is a nice tasting Kolsch, it's unique, but I wish it was more true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, not to clean, a little refreshing, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation the mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but it was just a little above average for a Kolsch, it was unique and I wasn't expect the fruity yeast to stick out as much as it did. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit, any more than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it's fantastic looking beer. What I like about it was that it wasn't more true to style. I don't think I would buy this beer on it's own, buy i might no turn one down and I can;t say I would recommend it as a good example of the style. All in all this wasn't what I was expecting, but it wasn't bad. It's not a favorite goose island beer and it's not a great example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light lager color, maybe a bit darker, with a two finger fluffy white head that disappates fairly quickly. Aroma is sweet malt, light bread dough, and a little floral quality. Taste follows with light bread dough, floral, sweetness, and a slight tartness on the finish. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp with carbonation, and fairly fast. Overall, this is an okay beer, especially for hot days after being outside. I don't think it quite hits the kolsch mark, but not terrible.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really pleasant and solid example of the style. A nice mild touch of a Belgian white style, but not overpowering and distracting from the easy drinkability.

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Photo of Dravin
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass. Bottled on date of 27 Jan 16.

Look -- An aggressive pour gives 3 fingers of white head atop a straw body. Nice lacing but the head dissipates fairly quickly leaving only a ring of foam the inside of the glass. 3.5.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, hints of sulfur, some light generic fruitiness that's hard to pin on a specific fruit (cherry maybe?), some lemon and tartness, and finally some herbal/grassy hop notes. Other than the fruit notes and the sulfur it very much smells like a lower IBU German Pils.

Taste -- As the nose but a mineral after note is subdued but easily noticeable appears and of course a mild bitterness from the hops.

Feel -- Moderate-light body with moderate carbonation. It's crisp, clean, and dry. Very refreshing.

Overall -- It's nice and refreshing but other than the sulfur and fruitiness it's very pilsner like. I really need to do a side by side with this and Sierra Nevada's Kolsch for a comparison. The beer isn't bad, but nothing captures me and I'm not entirely sure if that's a style bias or if the brew is simply missing those subtle touches that elevate many lagers from okay to greatness.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like a decent pilsner with a little bit of a peppery finish. I have only had a couple of Kolsch in my time, but this just does not seem to fit the bill to me. I feel like they created a beer and then slapped the Kolsch name on it. I much prefer the Schlafly version of this style, you just can't beat it for an American Kolsch.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: No.

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Photo of GrizzlyRogers
1.71/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Usually I enjoy goose island beers however this time I was shocked I didnt particularly care for it. Tasted peachy and somewhat bitter, looked golden with a thin white head, smelt fruity as well, but it was smooth overall. Was kind of hard to finish, since i didnt care for the taste

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Photo of GStone899
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Super clear beer with not much of a smell (standard kolsch/light beer smell). Taste is okay but nothing to get too excited about. Little chemically aftertaste but overall smooth. Prefer the Rogue Honey Kolsch bomber I had last year.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Sampled tonight on 9/18/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and pored in to a tulip glass. Now made in Baldwinsville, NY, used to be in Illinois.

Pours a bright straw-yellow in color with a thin white head that has no lacing seen to speak of. The aroma is of some grains, yeast and some citrus. Pretty much goes for the taste as well with a slight tartness from the lemons. A slight dry finish is noted as well. Lighter bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, it was OK but nothing really special.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.04/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light golden yellow color, with a small blonde head.
Aroma: Light white orange smell.
Flavor: Very light wheat orange flavor, non-hoppy. Medium to light bodied, good carbonation.
Overall: Not a good beer. Very harsh finish. The more you drink, the less of it you want.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date June 06, 2013 printed on the bottleneck label. Goose Island's summer seasonal beer, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Expectations are average given this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours one finger of fluffy white suds that disappears pretty quick. Body is a semi-clear dark golden color with some small sediment floating in the glass.

S - Smell is of honey, wheat, grains, corn, and bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry, bready, grassy, wheat, & grainy corn.

M - Feel is clean, wet, slightly sticky, with a grainy bready finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an alright beer, but pretty neutral and boring. I could see it pairing well with some summer barbeque. Medium-light bodied, this would probably make for a decent session beer for the summertime. Not the greatest but worth a try.

Goose Island Summertime ---3.5/5

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island's Summertime is brewed in the style of a Kölsch. Their summer seasonal for many years, Summertime is available in 6 packs and on draft wherever standard Goose Island is sold.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy off white head over a full straw yellow body with very high clarity aside from some light sediment. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Head retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of clean wheat malt, some pale malt sweetness, a dash of light orange rind and a pinch of coriander. Yeast profile dashes in a pinch of banana. Aromatically, this smells like a wheat beer that draws influence from German, American and Belgian wheat beer styles, but the biggest emphasis falls on German origins. As a Kölsch it isn't nearly as prevalent in wheat or yeast profile, but it does find a comfortable halfway point. Potency is mild-medium. 3.5

(Taste) German cracker malts, a mellow puff of wheat fullness and a faint grassy hop bitterness and flavor. The flavor isn't quite as complex as the aroma, delivering instead a lighter malt profile and a simpler yeast profile, no banana nor clove, some mild vinous fruits are possible but overall the balance is mildly sweet over tart and bitter, fairly pedestrian and simple to drink during the summer. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft and clean, carbonation is mellow for added smoothness. Body is medium for a Kölsch, light overall. Alcohol presence is low to none. Balance is slightly in favor of sweet although the beer doesn't come off nearly as cloying, there's relatively no acidity nor bitterness to counter. 3.25

(Overall) A fairly pedestrian, no frills Kölsch with perhaps a disappointingly shallow yeast profile. I was actually anticipating a bit more acidity or at least some low alpha bitterness to put a little spring in this beer. It wasn't unenjoyable by any means, but I don't find myself revisiting this beer anytime soon as I simply found it far too mundane to be memorable. 3.5

Goose Island Beer Co.'s
Goose Island Summertime

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Summertime pours a golden color with a nice large frothy head. There is a crisp sweet malty aroma. The taste is much the same sweet, and crisp, good malt backbone, hint of citrus, finishes pale, dry, and sweet. God full body, full flavors. Overall a very nice refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/12/2013. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grape, cracker, bread, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, cracker, bread, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good kolsch style. Good balance of flavors, and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KajII
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Strange (Kölsch) Glass]

The pour was a clear pale golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light scattered film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of a grain malt, a hint of floral and perfume hops and a light moldy yeast with a note of citrus (lemon).

The taste was a light malty sweet with a hint of citrus in the beginning, and then became mildly hoppy with a decent grainy feel and a crisp bitter finish. The flavor lasted a long time following the swallow, with a light grainy bitterness lingering on for just a while longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery yet mildly dry texture and an almost lively carbonation.

Overall this was a decent representation of this style. It was crisp, clean and slightly hoppy, which made it a very easy and smooth drinking brew...


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Photo of LXIXME
3.22/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Lindemans stange. Body is clear yellow with a 2-finger white head. Nice-looking presentation, as slow-rising bubbles continue to refortify the head long after the pour. Good lacing on the glass.

S: Grassy and grainy with an underlying fruity sweetness.

T: Follows the nose - modest cereal grains, some sweeter malt, then finishes with a modestly dry impression from some hop bitterness - think lemons or lemongrass. Underlying sweetness seems prevalent, however - too prevalent for a beer that should be light and more crisp (IMO).

M: Also somewhat disappointed in the feel, as there's a bit of a syrupy thickness to it. It's light in heft, but a little slick. Carbonation is active and appropriate.

O: OK. Not a great Kolsch, but a fairly easy drinker and not offensive.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of deebo
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a quickly vanishing white head, Spots of lacing.
Smell a bit of grainy malt.
Taste is grainy malt with a kiss of earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated crisp and refreshing.
Overall an average summer beer. Refreshing for the style but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.82/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've noted before that I'm probably not the best guy to review kolschs because I don't generally like them, but here goes. It's one was more complex than most, with some citrus flavor, definitely a plant-like aroma which I found somewhat off-putting. Nothing special from the mouthfeel.

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.