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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 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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Photo of laituegonflable
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale shiny gold. Steady bead. Head is white, creamy foam bubbles around the edge. Bit of lace sticks to the glass. Not terrible, but a bit bland and uninteresting.

Smells pretty beery. Herby, a bit grainy, with a touch of metal. Touch of medicine as well. Don't like it, though, much at all. Almost unpleasant, and largely bland.

Taste is pretty bland too. Grainy, sweet, pretty insipid. Gets even sweeter on the back with slight fruity note but lots of caramel, vanilla I guess, a bit of cereal, corn maybe and yeah a bit of that mediciney note. Mostly just a bit bland. Don't love it.

Not too bad a feel. Bit thick and stolid, not a lot of texture though.

Drinkable enough. Bit sweet, but nothing overall offensive. Finishes OK, but yeah, I don't love it.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with short-lived, foamy, white head. Aroma is of biscuit malt, light Noble hops and hint of lemon. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, biscuit malt and hint of citrus nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Very nice summer brew.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale golden into the glass, with a medium-size white head that leaves fizzy lacing. The nose is of grain, citrus, and grass. Flavors are light, with grain, sour orange and coriander, with a finish that fades to grassy bitterness. A very light malt base carries the whole enterprise. Light body and lively mouthfeel begs for quaffing quickly. Summertime represents the style well. This beer is for drinking, not for contemplating.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very clear, bright yellow hue, with a filmy and wistful head of white. Lace is streaky and a little soapy without any real persistence. Body is very light: suitable. I actually really like the colour: it's bright and vibrant, and the clarity is excellent.

Nose is light and a little dull, but pleasant. Faint hint of stonefruit characters come through, with some neutral grain notes and a dry light yeast character. The sweetness is mild, but it gives it a little interest to something that would otherwise probably be pretty dry and dull. Not bad.

Taste is also pretty good. Pleasant dry cleanness throughout, but with an uptilt in slight fruity sweetness towards the mid to back, which doesn't get too sickly, and which gracefully exits by the back, leaving it quite refreshing. No bitterness on the back, which is good: the fruit suggests there could be a commensurate harshness on the finish. Instead it finishes rounded and clean.

Feel is excellent: full enough to impart more flavours than I was expecting, but still light enough to make the beer refreshing and drinkable.

Overall, this is an extremely drinkable beer: clean and rounded and refreshing without requiring too much dryness on the back. This is certainly something I'd drink a lot of if I had it regularly here in Sydney.

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Photo of chilidog
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good summer refresher.Its clean, crisp, with some bitterness.Its best if its cold and your hot.I found it alittle cloudy,( perhaps Kolsch Bier is) and a bit high on carbonation.
taste picks up citric hop and lemon with zest. I enjoyed this limited seasonal brew.

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Photo of Etan
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Clear gold with a nice white head.

S: Lightly floral hops, sweet grain, not much else.

T: Mildly fruity esters, a bit of hop bitterness, fresh bready grain in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: This is ok. A very mild and inoffensive kolsch. Refreshing but not very flavorful.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a Goose Island variety pack and this beer was one of the three. My wife likes this type of beer, and I decided to taste hers. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste.

A: Yellow in color, with some bubbles in it. One finger head.

S: Wheat with slight hint of lemon.

T: Wheat with lemon, some hop bitterness.

M: Light body with a smooth taste.

O: Enjoyed this cold brew on a 95 degree day. It was very refreshing. Would not hesitate to drink it again in the future.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a light and bright summer beer, with some interesting fruity notes for a kolsch, somewhat similar to the sam adams summer ale, although of course a different style all together, the mix of spice and fruit reminds me of the sam. the pour is light and clear, less than golden in color, with a short lived white head less than an inch tall. I smell fresh oranges, subtle hops, and wheat malt. I know wheat is not typically associated with the kolsch style (correct me if im wrong on this), but I smell and taste that classic wheat beer malt bill. the yeast has some soft spice notes, less than the sam summer, but in a similar family. nice carbonation and not too too light in body. it stays beefy enough to satisfy a beer drinkers need for some oomph, while being light enough to have about a million of them. it somehow tastes like most other goose island beers in the regular lineup, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of plaid75
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a sparkling dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grainy pilsner malt and a light fruity ester.

The taste consisted of grainy slightly sweet malts, a grassy hop and a pleasant fruitiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty summer quencher.

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Photo of hdf561
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got this beer in a make your own 6 pack on 7/2/13.

Smell is not too terrible hard to tell any specific notes. Flavor is the same. Tasted like beer with little aftertaste, but nothing spectacular. Overall it was just an average beer, not horrible but not great and nothing that made me feel like it was a "summer beer".

If you just want a regular beer then give it a shot, but I want the "season" in seasonal brews and this just lacked it.

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Photo of json83
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

150 calories, 4.7% ABV. Found this a Kroger and bought it to try. This has an average smell but the taste is above average. Just as advertised it is a good beer for a hot summer day a notch above the standard. Sweet bread and grains. Wheat. Then some lemon zest and some faint grassy bitterness. Would buy again for an occasional seasonal 6-pack but unfortunately it would rank just below my top 10. Not disappointed.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unable to review anymore since beer has been retired. Probably wouldn't rate as high anymore since my tastes have changed. It was crisp and refreshing with some fruit and floral undertones.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with some gold hues. No head/lacing to speak of. Bubbly

Aroma: Citrus and floral hops. Slight bread notes

Taste: Sweet bread and grains. Wheat. Then some lemon zest and some faint grassy bitterness. Not much going on but I don't expect anything wild from the style

Mouthfeel: Super crisp and carbonated. Refreshing and clean

Overall: Just average. Nice to see the style in the mainstream. Good choice for a summer brew but I wish more breweries would be more adventurous with the style. I'm no lover of Sam Adams but their East-West Kolsch was pretty good and original. There's nothing wrong with this but it doesn't stand out at all

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Photo of utopiajane
2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, bright yellow with a big head of white foam that fell fast and left very impressive lace. Plenty of effervescing. Nose is lemon citrus on a mild bread malt base. Some grass and hay and some surprising yeast funk. Light grains and a little corn. Body is very thin almost watery. Taste is so light it’s practically not there. Malt has the promise of grain but it’s weak and it’s also not that sweet so no caramel. It opened up just slightly as it warmed with a sweeter malt nose and palate. Hops fade out to some faint yeast spice character and it’s weak in every way. No bite, no bitter, no aftertaste except for a strange malty aftertaste that reminds one of modeling clay. Colored water.

Just had one fresh. 13FEB16 If I had to review this beer again I would give it the following scores, appearance, 3.75, perfect but not exceptional even with the extra head retention, nose 3.5 the pear became pear a few times to my nose, taste 3.5, all taste points met, mouthfeel, 3.25 this was moderately high carbonation and showed juts a bit too much GOLDEN flavor from pils malt, overall 3.5.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle which is marked: 30120-B1-1112. Sampled on June 2, 2013 when it was 92 degrees outside.

The appearance is mainly pale yellow with a kind of olive oil-like color as well. The white fizzy head erupts and fades in short order. Great clarity.

The aroma is rather inviting for a day like today. It is full of barley grain malts and a sort of melon-like ester merging in with the grains. Clean, crisp hops.

Light to medium body with a smooth texture.

The taste starts off with a grainy characteristic, vaguely sweet, and finishes with a low bitterness due to the hop balance noted on the nose I expect. An entirely drinkable and refreshing brew especially for a very hot day like today.

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Photo of gr0g
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, straw-colored in appearance. Two fingers of foam result from a somewhat aggressive pour, and some tattered lacing forms a ring around the crown of the glass. Aroma is muted, leans toward a baked bread character. Floral hop note. Nothing special, but nothing offensive either.

The flavor profile sits in between the crisp cleanliness of a pale lager and the malty, estery taste of an English pale ale. I guess this is to be expected of the style, but the only ever Kolsch I can recall drinking was the Sam Adams, and that was a while ago. Moderately dry with a restrained bitterness. It's hard to pin down any exact flavor notes.

Kind of bland and lacking in character to me. I'd prefer a lighter ABV pale ale, such as a Goose Island's own Honker's Ale, over this as a Summer refreshment.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, not much of a head, minor lacing.

Smell - Malts, Toffee, lemon and spice zest. Some yeasts, not much aroma.

Taste - First sip is lemon zest mixed with some buttery/toffee malts. A little sour comes in at the finish. Some spices and yeasts add some flavor. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel - Its light on the tongue with malts, lemon and spices. Palate gets some more malts, sourness. Aftertaste is grassy and malty.

Overall - Pretty basic, summertime beer. Nothing over the top or special, just a run of the mill beer. Very easy to drink and now easy to find.

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Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear sunny yellow colored beer with a small white colored head that doesn't last.

Smells of malt and toasted grain with a lemon hop aroma, a lot like the scent of Coors. The scent is clean though not to complex. Pretty much a Lager.

Starts out mildly sweet with mostly a toasted grain flavor. Clean lager flavor with a mild lemon after taste.

Mouthfeel is is light.

Overall a refreshing beer well suited for hot weather.

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Photo of Auraan
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of obrike
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this one out of a 12 pack mix.

Pours a fairly clear, bright yellow color with an nice head that sticks around for about minutes. Not much lacing in my 512 pint glass.

Not getting much of a scent at all...a few spices...maybe a hint of lemon.

Getting some lemon, light malts, and grassy hops. Very light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Certainly goes down easy enough.

A pretty refreshing beer on a hot day. The low ABV makes it quite sessionable for a pool party. Probably a one and done for me though as there's nothing here that really stands out.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 02/16/13

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale to golden yellow with a white finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Strong bready aroma, with touches of citrus, banana and hints of spice.

Taste - Bready upfront and throughout with bright citric undertones. Hits on a moderately bitter grass flavor near and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with low carbonation. A touch on the watery side. Goes down well enough.

Overall - A solid brew. One I certainly don't mind drinking, but it's doubtful I'd buy it again. So many beers, so little time.

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Photo of 57md
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with over a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. The wheat pokes through on the nose, but it is quite light. The flavor profile follows the nose – nothing extraordinary here. The finish is soft and dry.

This is a fairly boring offering from a brewery that has reached epic heights in other styles.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin head that stays for most of the duration. Little lacing.

The smell is a light lemongrass/orange touch with a hint of yeast.

The taste is a kiss of sweetness with a dry-ish finish. Pretty bland, but nothing distracting.

It is crisp and light, but not watery.

A "refreshing" brew. Crisp. Nothing offensive. Easy to drink. It's a light ale that leans towards a kolsch. Drinks easily enough.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a light golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of malt and subtle hops. The aroma is a lot like a pilsner. The taste of the beer is very light, not much of a significant flavor off hand. The mouthfeel is light bodied, drinkable and well carbonated. Overall it's a decent summer beer... Nothing too special decent sessional beer.

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.