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Summertime - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,174
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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Photo of TastyTaste
4.28/5  rDev +23%
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.

TastyTaste, May 13, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  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.

garymuchow, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

drewbage, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
2.4/5  rDev -31%
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.

Ellbert, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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).

DrunkMcDermott, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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

ManekiNeko, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3/5  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.

hotstuff, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

moulefrite, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

ngandhi, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color. Visibly carbonated. Pours with a nice head. Mildly hoppy aroma. Toasted malt sent. Mildly bitter initial taste. Slightly lemon citrus feel. Acidic aftertaste which lingers on the palate. Mouthfeel is disappointing, however I believe this was a better overall beer when it was fresher. Purchased in late June, drank in late August. Best by date is 91/1/03 and today is 8/19/03. Need to re-review earlier in the season next year and will.

BobLuvBeer, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, medium head. A medium bodied Kolsch. Malty and lightly hopped. Some citrus flavor, smooth taste. Lots of flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Very nice beer. Light and refreshing, yet lots of flavor. A GREAT summer beer.

beerguy101, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden color with a moderate head and minimal lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and fruity. The taste was fairly smooth and sweet and fairly enjoyable. I was easily able to finish several pints of it without problem. Other than this, there is not much else to say about this beer.

clvand0, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was an unassuming, light-gold beer that poured with a tall, coarse, white head. As the head settled down, it became dense and fluffy. The semi-sticky layer of bubbles that remained floating on top of the liquid left a respectable of lace on the glass.

Smell: The smell was delicate and consisited of wild grasses, sweet grain, light citrus, and a hint of cracker. Sometimes I could pick out a bit of spicy hops, but it was very vague.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied and very smooth upfront. As the beer moved into the mouth, it tingled the back and sides of the tongue. Oddly enough, it became rather harsh as it hit the back of the mouth and the throat.

Taste: The intensity of the flavors of this beer were much more pronounced than the light aromas led me to believe they would be. Not that this beer was a powerhouse by any means. The flavor consisted of sweet grass and grain flavors accompanied by an herbal, somewhat spicy, hop character. The hops was the dominant component, but it dwindled on the finish, leaving a sweet, grassy aftertaste.

This was a good beer, but not amazing. I would say that it is probably my favorite out of all the summer seasonal brews that I have had this year.

Quaffer, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, capped, "best by" date stamped on the glass.

This beer poured a fizzy, slightly hazy, golden straw color with creamy white foam that persisted and clung to the glass. The smell was a nice biscuity malt smell, with notes of grain and mild, floral hops. The smell lasted throughout. The taste was biscuit/bread malt with slightly sweet and fruity floral hops. The mouthfeel was smooth but crisp with a hoppy finish and a lingering astringency. The body was medium with a moderate but pleasing carbonation. This was a light and refreshing summer beer with a nice floral hop presence.

Thanks to feloniousmonk.

UncleJimbo, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Available on tap at the Beer Sellar, Newport, Kentucky. A very nice beer on a warm, sunny afternoon on the river. Pale yellow with a clingy white head and nice lacing. The aroma impressed of very light citrus and this carried through in a mild way into the taste. Very smooth and easy drinking, this brew finished with nice crispness. My drinkability rating may be too low, but I'd need more than one to know for sure.

AtLagerHeads, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of johnrobe
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's nice to see a brewery tackle this style. Unfortunately this brew falls a little short in the flavor and mouthfeel departments. It pours a pale straw with an off-white head that shrinks to a thin cap. The aroma is floral and a bit grassy. The taste is both floral and lightly citric with an adequate pale malt backbone. There is an ever so slight metallic quality to the finish and the mouthfeel is on the watery side. A good crossover brew for the macro-lover.

johnrobe, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color topped by a moderate 1/2" white head. The head recedes to a thin film in short order. The aroma is nicely hopped, smells like it might be noble, perhaps Hallertau? Also a slight malt sweetness in the nose. The taste is also lightly sweet with a decent bitterring component. Overall nice and mild with great balance. Mouthfeel is decent, not all that memorable. Drinkability is also pretty good. Overall a nice lighter beer for summer that would go great with stuff on the grill.

aaronh, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light golden color with a fast fading, white head
Slightly grainy aroma. Floral hop notes and a bit grassy.
Crisp and clean on the palate. Lemon notes, sweet malts and a crisp, light hoppiness. Lightly carbonated and a bodied make for an easy drinker. As many have probably said, a fine "lawnmower beer". A good one to keep around for those who walk into my house and say "What? No Bud?"

cretemixer, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a sample tasting cup. It pours a clear golden color with a good 1 finger of head, and great lacing. The smell is fruity and grassy, reminds me of a pils. The taste is slightly grassy as well, and a tad bit sour, but in a good way. The mouthfeel is just a little light, but at 4.2% it has an easy drinkability.

SheepNutz, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, easy to drink, and thirst quenching. Nothing more, nothing less. This beer is good to have on days when you feel like drinking something light and refreshing. It's lacking the qualities to be an outstanding brew but I would drink it anytime over most lagers.

granger10, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of budgood1
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a very bright, slightly hazy golden colour. a quick foamy head appears, and quickly it reduces to a very fine lace. a lemon grass and grain aroma, which is quite pleasing. lots of grain and malt character combine with a lemony undertone in the flavour. a fairly slick and sugary mouthfeel for a kolsch...a nice body to be sure but a bit too sweet for my liking. it's smooth as all hell; nothing gets in the way of it sliding down my throat quickly. a little crispness would do this beer wonders. it finishes slick and quick, ready to quench a summertime thirst as fast as you can drink it. i imagine this would be a good party time keg beer in the summer sun...everyone would love it. overall...nice flavour, great drinkability, but a bit too sugary sweet. it goes down nice, though!

budgood1, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 2 February 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. A clear, pale yellow beer w/ a nice soft foamy head. This is the first koelsch I've had, so I'm not sure how well it represents the style. However, it leaves a nice, slightly fizzy taste on the tongue, w/ hints of citrus. This would be a good beer for a hot day.

jcalabre, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is darkened pale yellow, very close to gold, fairly large airy, big bubbled and thick white head that fizzed away and leaves minimal lacing in spots. Smell is faint of floral hops, grasses, and light sweetness of bread dough in the back. Taste is breadish up front malts, light and crisp, but the crispness is a little weak, pretty mellowing and subdued in character, with a touch of floral and lemony hopness. Feel is light bodied, trying to pick up some thickness but recedes back into an emptyness a bit. Easily drinkable and mellow for a Kolsch.

tavernjef, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of Winter
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden in color with an airy white head. Aroma consists of malt, spicy hops and some light citrus. Mouthfeel is thin to medium-bodied with that typically refreshing Kolsch crispness to it. Nice balance between the malt and spicy hops. Lemony-citrus tang there also. Finish is pretty clean, if not a tad bit dry. Nice summer beer!

Winter, Jun 16, 2003
Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
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