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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 317
Hads: 1,920
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 25.62%
Wants: 261
Gots: 666 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: robbyc1 on 10-29-2009

Belgian-style ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Each barrel receives 50+ pounds of fresh raspberries. Spontaneous secondary fermentation in the barrels. Aged 8 months or more.
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Photo of dukeandduke
2.39/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chicago 1/31/16 (765 ML 2015 - 7.8% ABV, Bottled on 8/18/15,poured into a tulip glass). Cloudy reddish orange pour, thin white head faded fast, minimal lacing. Pleasant raspberry scent, with mixes of vinegar and grapes. Very Sour and tart raspberry taste, with a very heavy vinegar presence, about as foreboding and repulsive as the old man in that book by Nabokov. Well bodied with firm texture, very dry and crisp finish. This was a little too sour for me, perhaps I should have let it sit another year or two. Drank about half the bottle. Much preferred Madame Rose over this Goose Island offering.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Cask and Vine.
Deep amber color, small quickly dissipating white head. Huge vinous tart fruit notes with bits of earthy funk and hints of balsamic. Tasty sour, also worked wonders cleansing my palette between some thick chewy stouts.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/31/2015:

Vintage 2013, cellared 11/2013

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Beautiful rosy pink with a spritzy white head.

Aroma: Funk, lacto and fresh raspberry, all extremely well balanced.

Flavor: Nice! Tart and dry, which fades into the wonderful funk of leather, cork and wood. The raspberries are light throughout, but come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, surprisingly so given the high(er) abv, 8.7% This beer is light enough, I could easily enjoy a second back to back.

Overall: this beer is much better than I expected. I would love to see this in a cherry variant. My score is considerably higher than the BA average, and I feel that I am a conservative judge. This leads me to believe that this beer needs to be age a few years to improve.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

A - Pours a beautiful reddish orange with a one-finger white head. The head fades very fast leaving virtually no lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberry, vinegar, and oak.

T - Taste isn't overly sour. Raspberries upfront with vinegar and wine barrel. The taste finishes with a light lactic sourness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A nice semi sour beer that would be great for people getting into sours. A very nice beer with the ABV being almost unoticeable.

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Photo of djuhnk
2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

everything about this beer is great except the overwhelming acetic acid/vinegar- at least in my bottle there's just too much and it just ruins the beer. This would be better put to use as a salad dressing. I love sours but I had a hard time finishing the 8 oz I poured myself.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing 2013 bottle of this 'sister' from Goose Island. A very drinkable and not overly tart sour. Raspberry notes dominate with a medicinal/band aid note which creeps in. The nose is fantastic, jammy fruit and a little funk. Some melon and ice pop evident here too. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange with rapidly collapsing cream colored head. No head retention or lacing, retains some effervescence

S: Sourness, raspberries

T: Much sourness, oaky dryness, tannins & raspberries. Almost like raspberry vinaigrette as this warms, so much dryness/tartness as well as this warms, plenty of acidity. Finishes tart, sour & with plenty of wine barrel, plus more acidity

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, some enamel stripping properties

This is pretty good, but was hoping for a little more complexity her. ABV is well hidden glad I had a chance to try it...

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Photo of J1moyer
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried Lolita from Goose Island Beer Company on draft at Nanny O'Briens in DC. What a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed Lolita so much that I'm going to pick up a bottle tonight at Fish Paws in Arnold, MD.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pink color, somewhere between orange and light red. Mild white head. Aroma is cherry, raspberry, tartness and wine barrel, depending on the year (had a 2010 recently) the funk will vary, usually more with age.

Taste is plenty sour, good amount of fruit in it at any age. Dry, red win tannins affluent. The funk is never that dirty, earthy, wet horse blanket with fecal matter funk, it is much cleaner. Covers the alcohol in the mouthfeel quite well. Can't tell much about the base beer, but the final product is quite nice and worth 20$/750 (22oz for the older bottles).

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Photo of ajm5108
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an amber strawberry color with very little head but noticeable carbonation. Aroma is mainly tart / lactic Belgian yeast with a good hint of the raspberry & grape must. Not a lactic grenade like the aroma suggested, but its major note is certainly the sour tartness. It is pretty even, and not overwhelming like some beers of this style, though it definitely has that shoe leather / tannin thing going on . It's cut mostly with a modest Belgian yeast which gives an odd heft upfront, and the cabernet oak, which really balances it out at the end. It was two years from the bottling date, and I think pretty much all the raspberry flavor faded, or was sublimated by the cabernet oak, which has similar notes. A good wild ale that will scratch your sour itch without puckering your tastebuds, but one or two notes don't hit (especially the yeast strain used).

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Photo of farmhaus
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My wife and I opened a 750 of the 2015 release tonight. I had high expectations having had previous years that were quite excellent. I assumed this may be a little green at its worst, but nothing more off than that.

The beer had an awesome appearance, but a first sip revealed stifling amounts of acetobacter. I'm referring to grotesque amounts of acetobacter, not simply quantities one might expect to find in a Flemish Red. Unfortunately, this year's release belongs in a vinegar competition rather than a beer one. The bottle remains unfinished.

G.I. is capable of putting out some incredible stuff, so I truly hope the entire release wasn't as spoiled.

I actually got on here to see if anyone had similar experiences. Since this problem is within the brewery's control, I decided to give a review.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from bomber, stamped BOTTLED ON "28JUN13," and listing ABV at 8.70, into goblet. Bottled with raspberries and aged in wine barrels, I did not have this beer "young," so can't compare to the early returns, but wish I had left alone for a couple more years. Even so, doubtful will be anywhere worth the price (or cellar space).

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lolita 2010 vintage on tap at Hawthorne's in PHL for Migration Week. This beer has lost quite a bit of body and carbonation, but it is still delicious and outrageously drinkable.

Lovely vinous aroma and delicious taste of tart-but-mild raspberries. Wine cooler, grape+apple juice. Poundable beyond belief. Crisp apple and sediment.

This would be a great sour beer for those who don't love sours.

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Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good sour smell with some fruit on the nose.
Good raspberry flavor there with a very peppery acidity that is super tart and puckering. Definitely a sipper.
Overall, if the acidity were turned down, this would be better.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle poured into a glass

Appearance was a very cloudy copper color.

Nose was a ton of raspberry, and you can pickup on the tartness. Lots of funkiness.

Taste was very tart, but only semi-sour, if that makes sense. Not as much raspberry as I had hoped, but it was still present. Well done barrel flavor.

Very high carbonation. Not much body.

Overall, this was a really good beer. Improvements could be made, but I would drink again.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle shared with my wife on our 2nd anniversary.
A - Very slightly hazy reddish orange. Very thin head that dissapates quickly. No lacing.
S - Funk and raspberry, with a slightly sour fruit smell.
T - Sour, but not overpowering. The raspberry is not as strong as in the smell. I think the raspberry blends well with the sourness. Brett funk is not as strong as I would think from a 2 year aged GI sour. Oak flavors are still strong, but in balance with the sourness.
F - Dry and thin, but the sourness makes it seem less thin. Carbonation is high, and also helps the beer to seem less thin.
O - The raspberry flavors have faded after two years, but the funk, oak, and sourness are all well balanced. It is a multi-faceted sour, but not the best one I've had. The extra 2 years in a bottle have taken away the brightness of the beer.

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Photo of cmgm1592
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Tried this after Weyerbacher's Riserva, which is outstanding, and should taste even better a few years down the road. Lolita was aged in white wine barrels, giving it an acidity it didn't already need considering the overpowering raspberry flavor this sour possesses. Maybe after a few years of aging it will mellow out, but this is too much, even for a sour beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

White foil capped 765mL bottle from Appalachian Vintners (Asheville, NC). 21.99. Bottled 6/24/13. Served in a Goose Island long stemmed chalice.

Pours a hazy deep orange brown with reddish highlights. The quarter finger of bubbles disappear before I can even set the bottle down. Zero retention, zero lace.

Some big barrel funk notes are predominant in the aroma along with raspberries, sour fruit, wine and a little oak.

The taste packs plenty of fruity lacto sour action. Wine, vinegar, oak, tart berry skins and mild earthy hay. Very little alcohol here. The berries are present but faint in relation to the wine barrel and yeasty funk. Still quite tasty and easy to drink.

Semi oily yet smooth medium body with slight carbonation. Funk, wine, berries and oak play in the palate in the finish.

Lolita, my first wild ale from Goose Island, doesn't disappoint. It drinks quite well as-is but I would like to try this fresh for even more raspberries.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow never reviewed this. 2010 vintage.

Pretty much no head, crystal clear reddish cranberry color.

Nose big sour, very sour raspberry, tart funky, hint wine barrel notes.

Taste nice tart sour funk, sour raspberry, nice fruit, little wine barrel, mild toasted oak, nice acidity as tartness. Little flemmy finish, nice tart berry lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Bottle date 17 June 13.

A- Light amber, with red highlights. Has definitely lost much of its color. A white head forms, then vanishes very quickly.

S- Mustiness with some funk on the nose, with lactic character evident. Alcohol. Not much fruit. Maybe a tad at the end.

T- Sour. Big lactic tartness, and some fruitiness that's not too balanced by malt.

F- full on the tongue, with a dry finish. Fairly lively carbonation and a warming sensation keeps it in balance.

O- Not bad, as I like sour stuff. It sure go to show that fruity sour beer is best fresh.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage into a Burgundy glass at fridge temp.

Look: burnt orange, with a short-lived minimal white head.

Smell: cinnamon, strawberry, kiwi, nutmeg.

Taste: green apple, Fuji apple, strawberry, some black pepper, vanilla, sea salt, lime, something bitter (reminiscent of certain types of fruit seeds).

Feel: light and effervescent, with a juicy finish.

Overall: disappointing. There's something offputting in the smell and the taste; absent that element, this could be great.

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Photo of FFreak
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a one-year old bottle at Costco for mid teens (can't remember the exact price) and cellared it for another year (2013 vintage). Pulled it out for an adult diversion at my daughter's movie night party on a hot and humid July evening. Shared with good friends and neighbors. Poured into various glasses.

Pours a slightly hazy washed-out raspberry pink with a slight brown hue. Aggressive pouring gives only a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving no traces on the glass.

Aroma is bush berries, wood, yeast, and funk. Smells wonderful.

Taste is at first quite sour, followed by some residual sweetness, plenty of berry, barnyard, oak, and nicely balanced bitterness. Absolutely delicious.

Mouth feel is medium-thin, dry, but with nice production of bubbles - delightfully refreshing on a hot evening.

Overall, I was blown away by this one. Much better than I expected. I'm kicking myself for not having bought more of it.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 bottle into a snifter.
Pours the distinctive garnet hue from the cab and raspberries, minimal head.
Aromas are tart, berry sweetness and yeast.
Taste is fantastic and complex. tons of juiciness and red wine present. Very tart.
Mouthfeel is dry and puckering, but not overly so.
I'm rating this beer much higher than others, but I think it's fantastic.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good if you like sour wild ales! The bottle I had is from 2013 and seemed to age pretty good, could have gone a little longer even, but I haven't had any earlier years fresh or aged so can't really compare. The fruit character had faded a bit leaving it with a very dry finish. Quite good to my taste!

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Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 765 ml bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a reddish golden brown with one finger white head that disappeared before I could even snag a picture. Zero lacing but a steady stream of effervescent bubbles.

S: Aroma is dominated by tart berries mixed with sour yeast. Tart green apples and white grapes. Just a faint hint of an oak.

T: Rich ripe sour raspberries and just a touch of sweetness. Oak barrel contribution more apparent as it warmed.

M: Light body and average carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry.

O: I wasn't sure I would like this one, but was pleasantly surprised. Very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.