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 oberon
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my little used stange a clear lemon tinged light golden with a nicely formed half finger bone white head that clung nicely to the glass.Aromas are light with some mineral and toasted cereal grain mainly standing out.Flavors are lightly toasted with a hint of butteriness and lemon,there is a light smack of herbal hops in the finish.It's great for outdoor summertime activities so it's good for what it is.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review taken Day 3 of the 2013 Masters

12 oz brown bottle with beautiful classic Goose Island labeling. Poured into a stange style glass.

A - literally sunshine yellowish/ bright golden. Crystal clarity. Thin white head settles quickly to a tiny ring of splotchy lace.

S - lager like. Bready malt and yeast aroma. Lemon, and fresh grass with typical kolsch apple/pear aromas.

T - Light lemony citrus with a grassy character. Light breadiness and kolsch style yeast flavors. Light apple note with a refreshing finish.

M - small bodied and thin. Nothing impressive flavor wise but does what it's intended to do in regards of refreshing yourself on a hot afternoon.

O - this is nothing worth going out of the way over, but does deserve some credit for the simple fact it was crafted to be a refreshing summer seasonal. No complaints In that department as it did just that. Nice to have around while putting in a hard days work out in the yard. While its nothing spectacular, it definitely is one of the best in it's style. For me personally the jury is still out on the kolsch style, but this particular kolsch isn't all that bad. It is sad to see Goose Island beer being crafted somewhere other than Chicago and I sure hope its not all of them. As long as some of its still made in its true home I'll continue to buy. If that changes sadly I'll be forced to let a great former brand go. As for now nothing has really changed. Summertime is still the same old summertime I've poured on many of hot summer days.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 02/15/13

Clear light gold color with rising bubbles abound. Soapy head stuck there. Looks light and quenching.

Grassy aromas with cereal notes, earthy hops, and bitterness. Light insinuation of lemon. Very mild.

Noting some citrusy hops and wheat tang, coupled by pilsner malts and mid-palate bitterness. Finishes quickly with lemony dryness and vegetable-like finish. Lingers faintly. Metallic middle. Bright for how simple it is.

Drinks wooly. Bushy carb. Balanced and easy. Good time drinking.

Decent kolsch, but I will most likely never buy again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, I don't know why this is out in March-April, but OK,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod with a light white head. Solid retention, some good spotty lace.

S: Light grapey notes, some lemon.

T: Solid bready malt flavour with a lot of lemon. Some earthy hops on the back end. A light beer, but with a pleasant flavour and quite drinkable.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, quenchable in the hot 75 degree summer air.

O: A good Kolsch style beer. Enjoyable, it works in April, but something I'd much rather have on the 4th of July.

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

A: Clear gold with a very small amount of bubbly head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Nothing. Really. I swirled it until I had a little whirlpool going, but couldn't really get any smell at all. It is allergy season, so maybe my nose isn't working. I don't think there is much there, though.

T: Bright grain / wheat flavor. Ends with a surprisingly strong bitterness that actually works well. This mostly tastes like you'd expect a kolsch to taste, but has that nice finish. Tastes like a summer brew.

M: Like the smell, not much here. The carbonation is strong, but everything else is pretty unnoticeable. That said, it is a kolsch, and I don't know that the mouthfeel of this one is any different than any other kolsch I've had.

O: Not bad, not great. It aims to be a season beer for the summer, and it works well enough for that purpose. Easily drinkable at a summer cookout, but I don't know that I would especially seek it out. Since seasonal brews are the thing nowadays, it is competing in an increasingly crowded field, and it doesn't distinguish itself. It's a good, drinkable beer, but nothing too special.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a rich white one inch head, good lacing and clear light golden color. Aroma is a subtle blend of grassy hops and pale malt grain. Flavor begins with dry malt and ends with a grassy citrus tang. Mouthfeel is a bit limp. Overall this beer conforms to the Kolsch style but Ina very marginal and bland way.

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Photo of tito42
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled on 2/06/2013 in Baldwinsville, NY.

A: Bright straw, clear, foamy white head, active carbonation.

S: Malt, wheat, lemon zest, corn.

T: Corn, malt, grape skin, lemon.

M: Light-bodied with a strong malt presence that dries the palate midway through, with a light hops finish.

O: Nice, light-bodied summer kolsch with enough flavor to make this a great baseball tailgating beer.

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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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