1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Summertime - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.
SummertimeSummertime

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
80
good

1,180 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Summertime Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,180 | Reviews: 481 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Gonzoillini, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of MShirokov
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer last summer at a barbecue and became an instant fan.
It's called Summertime for a reason - it's a light summer beer. Drink it when it's hot out; it has a nice complex flavor, yet isn't "in your face" at all - great to quench your thirst on a hot day.

MShirokov, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of mikehillman
2.75/5  rDev -21%

mikehillman, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of Wamba
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Wamba, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A new entry for the Seasonal Creep Hall of Fame (sponsored by Leinenkugel's). I'm a sucker for a good Kolsch though, so I had to give it a try. Holy carbonation Batman! An insanely carbonated pale yellow body keeps a two finger head afloat for what seems like an eternity. The aroma is full of pale malts, grain, and a touch of spicy and citrus hops. The taste is pretty spot-on for a Kolsch, with slightly sweet grains and pale malts allowing some sharp and slightly bitter citrus hops do their job on top. The mouthfeel is light and very highly carbonated, and the drinkability is exceptional. Summertime is a very good Kolsch.

shand, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Kopfschuss, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -13.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of lic217
3/5  rDev -13.8%

lic217, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Herky21
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Herky21, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Shankopotamus
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Shankopotamus, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

kjkinsey, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - see-through gold with a thin, bubbly, fizzy, white head that fades quickly

S - bread, cereal grains, a bit sweet

T - cereal grains, a faint lemony presence

M - light bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a typical, though not flawless, example of a Kolsch. It's crisp, light, and refreshing. It has a solid drinkability. Overall, this is a good summer beer (though I bought this in May) that is simplistic and refreshing. This could be a solid hot day/lawn mower beer.

tdm168, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of muskiesman
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

muskiesman, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Texasfan549, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of DrkNite12
4.75/5  rDev +36.5%

DrkNite12, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

BamfBacon, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
3/5  rDev -13.8%

JohnQVD, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of ROBSTARR
3/5  rDev -13.8%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of MCain04
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

MCain04, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Snarf103
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Snarf103, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

matjack85, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Nachos4two
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Nachos4two, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of TastyAdventure
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a a pilsener esque glass with a outward curve on the top to it.
A very appropriate glass for the style of beer.

I'm not a fan of light beers, but this was on clearance in winter so I grabbed one.

A - golden, little cloudy. one finger lacey head that sticks to the glass as you drink. lots of continuous bubbles.

S - standard light-beer taste, with a touch of lemon.

Taste - Light, like lemonade without the sugar, very refreshing. Moderate hops, not assertive, that's how I like it.

Overall: very pleasantly surprised with this one, considering my dislike for nearly all light beers. I can't wait to take a sixer of this to the beach this summer!

TastyAdventure, Jan 26, 2013
Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 1,180 ratings.