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Summertime - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,189 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 19
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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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 Ricochet
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Lighter, filtered with a little cloudiness. True to style.

Smell: Not much. A bit stong with minimal fruitiness.

Mouth: A bit bitter with the feel that seems like a better micro, not a bottled micro.

Taste: Tasty. Light and summertime like the name. Refreshing. Not really sure what flavors I'm tasting so it blends nicely. It does have a touch of skunk when it finishes. The malts are very light with a rounded bitterness. This would be good at a ballgame or a summer cookout.

Drinkability: No doubt I'd drink this, but since it's not a style I drink normally, I'd go for the pale or something with stronger tastes. If you are a lighter beer fan, go to it.

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 budsboy
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before date 8/31/05: Pours yellow as straw with a snow white, frothy head that sticks around.

Grainy and malty smell with a gentle spicy hop aroma.

Taste is mostly a subdued bitterness with a clean dry malt, almost a pilsner-like flavor, bordering on spiciness.

Light, nearly fizzy and dry.

Nice session brew. Very easy to drink and quenching for the season. Try some.

Photo of whynot44
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light bodied, gold color with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is mild - slightly malty, slightly fruity with an apple tone and just a trace of herbal hops.

Likewise, the taste is mild malt, slightly tart with a slight apple /citrus tone overlaid with a mild piney hops bite.

Crisp, light and refreshing. Very soft and drinkable. This will be a very nice summer cooler.

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

Cloudy, pearlescent maize topped by an off-white, fine-bubbled head. The rumpled surface slowly gives way, leaving assorted scraps of sea foam lace tenuously clinging to the glass.

Ahh... it smells like summer has returned as I look out and see frost decorating my front lawn. Summertime has a lovely, bright, sunshiney nose of floral citrus, a fruity hoppiness that jumps out of the glass, happy to be free from its bottle at last.

This kolsch is beautifully hopped; American citrus contrasting nicely with noble spice. There's also a great interplay between sweet and bitter... with bitter winning handily. Lemons and tart apples make contributions as well. Like all good summer beer, hops are the focal point with just enough malt to be supportive.

The finish is fruity and softly bitter (much like what came before) and the 'finish of the finish' is dry to the point of austerity. The body is light with a spunky, well-bubbled mouthfeel that makes drinking Summertime a summer breeze. Yet another fine offering from Goose Island.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden liquid with a white foamy head. Some head retention, with some lace left on the glass. Tremendous amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells slightly grainy, flowery and herbal. Very pale sweetness, followed by slight juicy fruit and flowery. Very smooth, even with all of the bubbles. Light to medium body, highly carbonated. Overall, a decent brew. I think it needed to be a bit cleaner, but still was ok.

Photo of beergeek279
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is golden, with a wispy white head with a ring. The smell is a sweet maltiness with a touch of noble hops and saltiness. The taste is sweeter than other kolsches, but still has that saltiness of a good one. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe I'd have another.

Well, sadly there just aren't enough Kolsches around, as this is a nice summer style. Light and refreshing, with just a hint of a salty backing, this is just a bit sweet to be a good representation of the style, and maybe I'd have this one again.

Photo of jvajda
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light yellow color and small head.
Smell: Light hints of malt and citrus.
Taste: There is a large amount of lemon-flavor in this beer, too much for me. I've tried this on-tap all summer and it's always been a little flat. Not bad, but not up to par with others.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat dull due to lack of carbonation.
Drinkabilty: This one will get boring pretty quickly.
Overall: It's not terrible but I expect more from Goose Island.

Photo of profzoom
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps I am just not a fan of the style, but I did not particularly enjoy this brew. Its appearance is perhaps its only redeeming quality - it pours a beautifully clear light amber color. The smell is sweet but not very appetizing. The taste is only slightly better - it is somewhat complex but yet thin and simple, if that makes any sense. I could potentially see myself grabbing a glass of this beer after a hard day's work in the August heat (hence the name "Summertime") over a hoppy IPA, which is normally my style of choice, but that's about it. I have a particular affinity for Goose Island brews thanks to my four years of college in Chi-Town, but this is not the one I would use to introduce someone to their craft.

Photo of francisweizen
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent kolsch style beer that is a light golden colour with a fluffy head of white foam. The aromas are of fresh german hops, subtle german malts, lemon, and a bit of the ole' spice. The taste is a bit bland up front, but the middle is hoppy and crisp, and the finish has a nice snap of crispy lemon to it. The mouthfeel is too light in the mouth, but the drinkability for this summer brew is very good.

Photo of lokicat444
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold-ish yellow, with a wispy head. Pretty standard fare.

Smell is slightly fruity, though I can't really detect anything that distinctive.

The first few sips of this beer are refreshing, but midway through the beer things seem to fall apart. The initial subtle citrus-y tastes seem to dissipate like a phantasm, and I'm left with this strange aftertaste in my mouth, vaguely reminiscent of seltzer-water. I'm not sure why this is, maybe I'm just not familar with the style, but I found the overall taste to be a bit of a tease. Not bad by any means, just disappointing and a little frustrating.

Compared to other Goose Island offerings, I'd say this beer is rather weak. It whets your appetite, then fails to deliver the goods. Stick to Honker's Ale or the Pils for 'summery' Goose products.

Photo of Redrover
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap from my home kegerator.

Beer pours a nice bright yellow with a bit of haze. Large head with good lacing.

Nice nose of malt, subtle spice and just a hint of hops.

Nice complex taste. Taste is on the lighter side, but full of nice subtleties. There is fruit (apple, pear & a bit of plum), spice, and subtle hopping. The tastes blend very well together and the beer revels different flavor aspects as you work your way through the beer.

The mouthfeel seems perfect for this beer. It is tart, crisp and still manages to be a bit creamy. Drinkability is sky high. This is a perfect beer to sip while sitting on the deck, in a beer garden or tending the bbq. All-in-all, a very enjoyable beer!

Photo of UnionMade
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale straw gold, a thick white froth blooming with a vigorous pour. Good clarity, a couple carbonation bubbles floating up lazily. The head quickly settles into a thick, filmy coating, lasting throughout the glass. Blobs of lace cling to the glass. An attractive brew.
The aroma is very mild. Soft, bready malt, with a cereal pils crispness and perhaps some wheat. Very mild floral hops, definitely a noble variety. Very clean and crisp, with just a slight hint of grass and strawberry fruitiness.
The flavor starts with a sweetish, bready malt. A cereal graininess right up front, with a touch of sweetish strawberry fruitiness, maybe a touch of dry white grape. The malt continues into the finish, keeping dominance over a soft hop flavor. Not much bitterness, more of a fragrant floral suggestion creeping through. A bit of soapiness in the hopping. Rather dry in the finish, leaving you with a dry, bready malt crispness. Light bodied, with sparkly, active carbonation. A dry, crisp mouthfeel.
Definitely hits the spot on a hot, humid day. I don't know how much of this I'd drink in a row, I'd probably get tired of it after three or four bottles. A little one dimensional, more of a beer to drink after a long, hot day, rather than sip and savor. The dry, crisp feel is excellent, but the aftertaste seems to stick to your tongue with a pilsnery, soapy feel. I'm really not all that crazy about kolsch style beer, but it's a great example of the style.
Thanks to oldcrustacean for the bottle!

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

One of the guys at the liquor store pointed this one out to me when I stopped into get some Shiner Summer Stock. It's another Kölsch Bier, a variety I fast find myself liking. It poured into a glass with a nice gold color, though a little lighter than I prefer. A small bit of head to it that disappeared quickly.

I couldn't quite put my finger on the smell, but it kinda reminded me of a smell from a Bud or Coors light type beer. Not quite as strong as those, but still was there. Tasted a tiny bit hoppy, but not too much. Just a bit to give you a little change. Nice and smooth in the mouth, with almost a tiny bit of a sweet taste to it.

All in all, a nice light beer, good for sitting around in the summer time and just enjoying yourself. I enjoyed the taste better than a standard 'Light' beer, while it's still not too heavy.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold, slightly hazy color, with a small white head that disappears to almost nothing very fast. Smells a little like apples and lemon, with a little malt. Taste is spicy and bitter, highlighted by a lemon flavor that quickly shifts into a decent hops finish. Mouthfeel is very watery, could stand to be a little thicker, but it doesn't detract from the rest of this beer's quality. Very good.

Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma starts off as soft malt then moves to sweet/sour. Light fruitiness. Good.
Clear gold. One inch bubbly head that receded quickly.
Soft flavors overall. Somewhat light, slight sourness that moves to soft fruitiness. Clean. Very slight hop bitterness (so light you almost can't call it that).
Fine carbonation, but a lot of it. Good softness. Not quite crisp enough.
Overall a nice easy drinking well crafted beer. Especially for a tough style to make IMHO.

Photo of drewbage
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served from a brewery fresh keg at the AHA Keynote Lunch in Chicago)

Beer pours a pale hazy gold with a tight white head that slaps onto the side of the glass and sticks with a fierceness.

Nose is grainy with a combination of butter and sweet gold apples.

The body of the beer is thinned out by a notable acidic component of the fore palate. Apples dance through the middle of the tongue before swept off by a grainy bite emphasized by a mineral finish.

Photo of Ellbert
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer looked wonderful. It was a little couldy but it had a beautiful white head and laced wonderfully.

The smell was ok. It was full of grains and a little malt.

The taste reminded me of what straw would taste like. It tastes like there was a lot of wheat malt used in this. There wasn't much sweetness and it wasn't very refreshing to me.

Not enjoyable.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the breakroom of Goose's brewing plant. Nice light color and appealing aroma. Sweet malt flavor, hops are noticeable but not in the way, and some yeasty taste, too. Bit of a weizen dimension to it, just slightly estery. Kölsch is not a common style in the midwestern US, and it's nice that the Goose (and other brewers) are using it as their summer beer. Hope it turns on a few new people to the world of beer.
(I've also had this bottled at a restaurant, but I don't think it was appreciably different).

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear straw colored liquid with a smallish white head. The head collapses to a film after about 10 seconds. No lacing.

Smell: Very light hoppy aromas.. a little piney, a little herby, a little citrusy. Some banana esters chilling out in the background as well. Very delicate aromatic profile.

Taste: Herbalicious flavors at the outset. Lightly sweet with a cereal-like finish. Lingering banana esters.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied, crisp and refreshing, like a kölsch orta be.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, ideal for sessions. I actually wished it could have been a hot, sweltering, and humid DC day so that I would have enjoyed this fine beer further.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for making this possible

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale orange with a white, finely bubbled head that reduces to a thin covering, moderate crown, and some lazy lacing on the sides.

Aroma - lightly spiced lemon notes and a bit of soapiness at first. Subsides to just a weak floral and soap smell.

Taste - inoffensive light malt base. Average carbonation leads to a sour, light grapefruit finish. Pleasing lemony aftertaste, slightly drying but somewhat counter-balanced by the light body.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, light, solid taste in an average body. Well done.

Drinkability - tasty enough to make a session of, but overall it's a fairly average beer.

Photo of hotstuff
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:A medium sized white creamy head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly lasting.This beer's body was hazy and carbonated.The hue was pale yellow with excellent lacing.The nose was that of some clove, fruity and light malt.The flavor was lightly bitter from start to finish leaving an aftertaste.The mouthfeel was smooth, light bodied and it was a beer that was easy to drink although I was not that impressed with it.

Photo of moulefrite
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer oudoors last night at the Chicago Jazz Fest. From what I could see the color was plain on average for the style-light yellowish hue. Yet, it was dark and I perhaps missed some element of this beers color. however, being a lover of this style, and having tried many, many this season I would have to say that this beer was very, very average. In the mouth the beer failed to refresh. Instead, it came off as cloying and a touch syrupy. I drank my one freebie and headed to the wine table. A shame on a hot summer night to drink a boring summer seasonal, when they can be downright perfect when done well.

Photo of ngandhi
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Murphy's Pub in Champaign, IL; 3.25/pint.

Lovely golden body, not cloudy but thick and somewhat opaque. Quarter-inch head -- soapy at first, thickens -- with more lace than a French whore.

Smells a little hoppy, subdued yet distinctive. Comparable to a weiss, but much less intense. Carefully done. The flavor, too, mimics a hefe without the (often overpowering) gumball notes from the yeast suspension. An initial (and surprising) banana yields to mild citrus, and a quick hop finish.

This beer doesn't linger. No wash-out, just clean and controlled. Reminds me of Tucher, but much more integrated with lighter banana. Zen-like balance of thick pale malts and mild hops combine to make a lightly fruity, medium-full-bodied brew.

Heavy in the mouth, the sweet malts are a hammock upon which the most delicate of hops swing in the summer breeze. Goose Island Summer Kolsch is a cunning beer I would love to drink all day.

The on-tap pressurization weds the elements in a summery ocean marriage overlooking the setting sun and probably cures most of the criticism the bottle has recieved. I'm not much of a Goose fan, but this is a solid, confident beer.

Relax, relax.

Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
79 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.