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Summertime - Goose Island Beer Co.

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481 Reviews

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Reviews: 481
Hads: 1,203
Avg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 22
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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 Maltmaiden
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Bright yellow. Bubbly. Appropriate head retention. Such a pretty beer.

S: Mostly wheat. lemon. Smells fine but boring.

T: Wheat. breadiness. lemon. touch of corriander. corn. Very well balanced with grain sweetness and hop bitterness.

M: light but not watery. Refreshing. lively. Very clean.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. So crisp and inviting. I think this brew could be enjoyed by savvy beer people and new-to-beer people. Perfect for summer!

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

bought two bottles for $ 2.15 each from Beers of the World on 3/29/13. Bottle has a brewed on date of 2/15/13 so six weeks ago. The label says brewed in Baldwinsville NY which is 85 miles to the East of here.

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

old gold yellow with some active bubbles, a natural white head, nice lacing.

aroma: a delicate blend of pale malts and floral hops.

mouthfeel: medium.

taste: pale malts with just a hint of sweetness and a perfume like gentle hoppiness.

notes: another fine beer from my new favorite brewery. This gives easy to drink an exemplar model. I used to buy Stoudt's Karnival Kolsch but no longer. Made without flaws this Kolsch style beer with an abv of 4.7% could be the perfect Summer sessioner.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pry off bottle from Baldwinsville, NY brewery and poured into a pint glass. Shows a clear pale straw in color with a half inch of nearly white foam. Retention is a bit brief as the pour seems thinly carbonated but does manage to keep a light film with some agitation and drop off random lace. Needs more gas to fully appreciate.

Aroma of pale grain with a hint of flowery lemon, touch of wheat. No real distinctive yeast character, pleasant and lightly hopped. Close to a blonde ale in structure.

Taste is soft on the palate with a soft bitterness accompanied by a neutral malt character. Touch of lemony sweet citrus on the finish. Feel is appropriately light yet without much nuance particularly given the lack of head retention. Overall light and easy as intended though more enjoyable through the foam.

4.9% as per label.
Fresh bottle brewed on 2/17/2013, stamped on neck.

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Photo of diamondc
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored, very huge & fluffy head. Filtered. Looks good.

S: Hard to get any discernible aromas. After a few swirls, I do get a faint lemon-y smell. Frozen concentrate orange juice. Sweet corn. Slight grassiness, too.

T: Very lemon-y, slightly tart. Sweet corn and grass. Very pleasant.

M: Quaffable, no big flavors. Would probably pair well with grilled fish

O: I like this beer. Very simple flavor profile, yet interesting enough to drink another.

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Photo of MShirokov
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of shand
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summertime beer in the winter. Got this single for a dollar.

A - Looks pretty great a hazy straw yellow color and a 1/4 inch of bubbly head that sticks around due to a constant flood of bubbles at the base of the beer.

S - Smells of lemon, herbal grass, and a typical helping of bready malts.

T - A very smooth drinking Kölsch. Maybe could use some more lemon flavor but drinks with some herbal grassy hops and a light bready body. Little sunk makes this a great session beer.

M - Light and crisp.

Overall a great session ale with light taste and a great body. Totally worth a dollar!

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Photo of Lemke10
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 6pk of this from Woodman’s in Janesville as an end of the season closeout in October 2012.

Pours a clear, pale yellow color with only a slight head. The scent has a grassy grain scent that is fairly weak. The texture is smooth and inviting which make for a very fast drink. A rather simple brew as far as Goose Island goes. There is the initial sweet citrus hints that turn into a chalky after taste. Drinks decent but rather average in the realm of craft summer beers.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a goblet glass and got very minimal foam. The coloring is spot-on. It is that mellow golden coloring.

Off the top I got lemon, wheat, and a little funk.

The flavor is very clean. I like the way that it plays across my pallatte. There is some mild hopping and a touch of lemon.

This is a pretty good example of a kolsch. Not happy to give money to AB, but I'm glad that the quality has been kept up.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright yellow color with an inch thick head that lingers for a couple minutes. Leaves a beautiful lacing..

Smell - Lemon, citrus, a slight funk, and light spices.

Taste - Sweet with lemon, pale malts, grains, wheat, and spicy hops. Has a strange bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - Besides the slight funk in the flavor, this is a refreshing and good tasting beer.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz ~ bottled 6/13/12

Pours a golden yellow, fairly clear, 2 fingers of quickly fading head leaving very little lacing. Some lemon and grass in the nose, pale malts, not very aromatic. Taste follows suit, some lemon and a hint of the malt profile but very mellow and thin, dare i say watery? The mouthfeel was also odd - very little carbonation despite evidence of it in the pour in eyeballing the glass.

I wasn't expecting much from this, I haven't tried any thing from GI except for some of their bigger offerings. Nothing I would try again, but always nice to try something new.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head on a clear bright straw colored body and nice lacing. Grainy and pale malt aroma, simple with little else. Flavor is also bland, even for the style with grain and pale malts, faint lemon sweetness late in the finish. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. This one is obviously refreshing and drinkable but not very flavorful.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$8.15 sixer from Liquor Outlet, Boonton.

Bright yellow gold, excellent clarity, with major carbonation streams, topped by two fingers of white foam which decayed rapidly.

Grassy/hay dominated nose, with lemon. Clean, fresh, inviting, and non-aggressive.

Light and sweet starts the taste. It dances down the tongue. Some lemon. Growing bitterness nips rather than bites. A little more lemon in the aftertaste. Maybe a little too much.

Mouthfeel is light but with enough firmness.

Overall, a nice kolsch, a good light summer beer, and one you can share with the "an IPA is way too much for me" crowd.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Straw color with one finger of white head. Great clarity and moderately low carbonation.

Lemongrass, light grains, bubblegum, grassy noble hops.

Light grains and caramel accentuated by grassy noble hops, lemongrass and hints of Dubble Bubble bubblegum.

Light bodied, crisp, clean, refreshing and slightly dry.

Simple & refreshing. Sharp & crisp. Very enjoyable on a hot summer day. Very sessionable.

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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Keg N Kitchen in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a 2.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into lasting cap/ring.  Chunks of soapy lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with bready yeast, subtle funk, grass, hay, straw, light fruit and pale malt.  Slightly peppery with earthy notes followed by apple, pear and bready pilsner malts.

Light end of medium bodied with sharp carbonation up front.  Light and easy to drink with subtle earthy hops followed by a musty grass/hay character.  Faint peppery spice and funky bready yeast followed by apple, pear and pilsner malt.  More complex than expected but nothing spectacular.  Sessionable on a hot day.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light summer ale. Pours with minimal head and a very light color - could be mistaken for a light beer based on sight alone. Smell is very average and consistent with a pale ale. Taste is light and refreshing for a summer time beer. Definite presence of lemon.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly hazy golden color with a small white head and a little lacing

S- light malt and some lemongrass

T-malt, lemongrass, slight earthiness

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-easy drinking but nothing special, not very compelling flavor-wise

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Photo of Tobe
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a white head. The head was not a full head but instead somewhat thin.

The aroma on this is rather earthy, a lot of straw with some citrus/fruitiness.

The flavor has some lemon zest and a nice crispness with a little bitterness from the hops. This beer has higher carbonation than I was expecting. The mouthfeel is citrus but not too tart. Finishes nicely and leaves me wanting another. Not sure how many 6pks I would buy but give this to me on draft and I could drink all night.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Poured into a stange, because the bottle told me so.

Light golden colour, a slight haze, with a foamy head that recedes into a thin ring. Visible carbonation.

Nose is light and refreshing - noble hops, pale malt, a bit of citrus (lemon, pear).

Light summer drinking, heavy on the citrus. The grain is a bit washed out, but unlike so many other brews of this style, the brew remains full-flavoured and doesn't taste watery, which is a big plus. Finishes with a touch of fruit flavour - pear and lemon, with sweet winning over tart. It's hot as stink out, so this brew hits the spot, although it's nothing out of the ordinary, it is still well made.

Were I in the position to have this on hand, around this time of year it certainly has a place in my fridge.

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Photo of Grohnke
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Pale straw, good clarity; light haze. Moussy white head holds well, then falls quickly. Light etching.
( 3.5 / 2)

Medium light noble hop. Light grainy malt. Light fruity esters reminiscent of lemon, pear, and apple. Clean.
( 3.5 / 9)

Moderate grainy, lightly-sweet malt. Light noble hop flavor. Light fruitiness. Firm bitterness leads you to a dry finish, and begins the lightly tart, and sweet aftertaste. Very balanced.
( 4 / 17)

Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation. Creamy and crisp. Noticeable astringency.
( 4 / 4)

Refreshing summer beer. Malt, yeast, and hops are in great balance. Although quite palatable, it does lacks excitement, comes off conservative. Bitterness a little high, and paired with the high tartness and astringency left the mouthfeel a bit distracting.
( 3.5 / 7)

( 3.78 / 39)

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Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this at Al's from the mix-a-six cooler, enjoyed chilled in a stange from the bottle.

The color is deep clear golden with thick long lasting snowy white cap w/ fine bead. Retention is very good and carbonation is visible and fast moving. The smell is very grassy as described, not much in the way of yeast odor, but light spicy note and perhaps the aroma of pils malt. The feel is decent with moderate spice and slight sweetness but a bit high in bitterness and a little less crisp with more of a creamy yeast element.

The flavor is nicely spiced with some dry and peppery hop flavors up front with mellow lemony tinge and light creamy yeast which augments the pils malt taste well giving a kind of breadiness to the flavor with gentle sweet flavor up to the mild hop flavor which seems more herbal as it finishes. Overall a good beer, nice fresh flavor with slight mild flavor of German Hops and a pretty well brewed beer even if not a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of pburland23
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Gaffel Kolsch stange.

Appearance: Beer pours a light hazy yellow with about four fingers of fluffy white head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell: Doesn't smell like a heck of a lot. Faint lemony grains and not much else.

Taste: The taste is also pretty lifeless. It's lemony and malty and that's about it.

Mouthfeel: Very disappointing. Despite the towering head upon pouring, the carbonation is incredibly thin in the body of the beer. It's light bodied and you could drink several of these but I'm not sure you'd want to.

Overall: Pretty lackluster brew here. Underwhelming in terms of smell, taste and body. Disappointing all around.

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Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on April 14, 2012. Pale yellow in color and hazy. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to random wisps in a few minutes. Aromas are a pleasant balance of biscuit malt and lemon zest with an earthy, grassy undertone. Medium bodied with refreshing, even, tangy carbonation. Light malty flavor up front followed by citrus lemon. Tangy floral hops through the middle and biscuit hops from the middle to the end. Finishes crisply with a light floral hop aftertaste.

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.