Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 297
Hads: 1,798
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 240
Gots: 599 | FT: 56
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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 TDotScott
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (483 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of WeedWolf
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (306 characters)

Photo of richj1970
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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. (646 characters)

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

A - Pours a vibrant red, raspberry color with nice carbonation and no lacing at all.

S - Tart, sour raspberries with some sugary presence and oak wine barrel notes.

T - Very tart raspberry from start to finish with enough sourness on the back end to balance out the sweetness from up front. Lots of "funky twang" mixed in with oak from the wine barrel, white sour grapes.

M - Lots of tartness on the tongue that leaves your mouth watering like crazy and semi-dry on the back end. The sweet sour tartness coagulates the saliva.

O - 'Wasn't sure if I was going to like this one but really enjoying this one. (612 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is like drinking champagne, beer, and sparkling wine all at once. The amount of carbonation is a little off-putting, but the taste is rich with raspberries and drinking it allows you to appreciate the process involved in making it. Really cool beer. (264 characters)

Photo of Nife
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish brown tint. Can easily imagine red wine barrels contributing. Raspberry smell. No funkiness. Excellent taste- no make that outstanding. Raspberries, sour, wine barrel in background. Excellent integration of barrel character w beer. Taste in mouth is fairly balanced by fruitiness of raspberries against sour. Finish turns moderately sour. Hops in background but I believe some presence. Wow - this what a raspberry beer should taste like. As I drink more the fruit balances even more against the sour. Leaves me wanting to take the next sip. Great beer will definitely look for this again. Wonder if I can get it in a bomber? (638 characters)

Photo of Richie1124
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just recently started drinking sour beers. Out of the handful I have had, this one takes the cake. Great Raspberry nose on it. First sip is a bit tart, but after that its easy drinking. Just purchased Juliet (Blackberries) and i am super excited to try it (255 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/7/15

Friggin excellent. Had no idea Goose Island made beers like this. Tons of raspberry flavor. Nice danky basement like aroma and taste. mild spiciness. Looks a beautiful ruby color in my glass. (214 characters)

Photo of SRey1250
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Introductory aromas remind me of a nice bottle of red- nothing too punchy or dry. Initial sip is smooth and tart, but does not linger on the taste buds. I could get through a 750ml but not much more than that. (209 characters)

Photo of LloydDobler
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect minimal head for a sour/wild. Poured into an Ommegang tulip. All the tart flavors I would expect and desire right off the bat. A mild champaign like finish, but don't underestimate this beer. It will leave you with a fuzzy palette, not sure if you should move on or enjoy another. I enjoyed another. (307 characters)

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. Very nice and tart with raspberries. Nice maroon in color. Aroma of raspberries and tartness. Dry and light on the palate with raspberry and tartness but very drinkable. This one does not kill the taste buds. Very nice beer! (240 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color and very cloudy in complexion. Significant carbonation activity is noticeable. Strong aroma of tart raspberries and Brett is present. The taste is initially tart raspberries and the sourness definitely becomes more prominent at the back of the palate when the Brett kicks in full force. The mouth is highly carbonated and sticky. (348 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-01-23 in Columbia, PA

A - Clear red with almost no head or lace.

S - Sour yeast, sour raspberry/cherry. sweet malt and a touch of oak. Wonderful

T - Very nicely sour in a perfect way. Not vinegary at all. Very light farmhouse-funk. Sour raspberry/cherry, oak wine barrel, tasty malt. Alcohol is completely, deceptively disguised. Fantastic balance.

M - Lighter bodied and medium carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O - A delicious, fruity sour. My wife thoroughly enjoyed this too. Definitely want to have this one again. (548 characters)

Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Bottle (bottled on 6/17/13): Pours cloudy reddish/pink/copper color with a tiny light tan head that faded quickly and left zero lacing; it looks like guava juice. The final pour also had no head to speak of, but it did make a hissing sound which was cool.

Smells of sweet fruit candy like gummy bears, raspberries, strawberries, tart green apple, red wine or a rose champagne, raspberry vinegar, yeast, brett, a mix of other fruits, fresh cut flowers, white grapes and farmhouse aromas like a pig pen with a giant mud pit. The fruit is tart and sour, yet soft and sweet with the earthy farmhouse weaving in and out. It is more wine like than beer and hides the 8.7% ABV masterfully.

Tastes very similar to the nose, with raspberries, sweet candied sugars, strawberries, tart green apple, cherry, gummy bears or Razzles, white wine, rose champagne, tart vinegar, yeast, brett, mild spices like pepper and coriander, orange peel, fresh cut flowers, white grapes, oaky notes, peat moss and farmhouse funk that brings a wave of earthy notes before the fruity sweetness washes it away. Strong tart and sour mix of berries basically dominate the flavor with a very present (and pleasant) funky yeast attack coming through in waves and adding all kinds of complexities. There seems to be a malt or grainy backbone propping this up, but the malt does not add any flavor additions. The barrel aging trails off with some woody notes and grapefruit which has a mild bitterness. Extremely flavorful and tasty, it's a jumping bean of flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the feel is slick, thin and watery as it slides down very easily with very mild carbonation and a finish that is fruity, tart, sour, slightly bitter and on the dry side. The finish is fantastic and one of the best parts about this brew.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer and all its elaborate flavors that weaved back and forth between sweet and tart/sour, letting a lot of berry and yeast funk show off their flavor profiles. A damn good wild ale that I recommend trying. (2,045 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/reddish color with a thin carbonated head. Head retention and lacing are not apparent. Has a sweet raspberry aroma. You can detect a hint of tartness from the wild yeast strains. Has a sweet raspberry taste that is tart at the end. You can taste the wine quality to it. Can really discern any hoppiness to it. Good beer, but would be too sweet to drink a lot of. (388 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Red-orange color. Weak head with minimal retention.

Highly acidic, fruity aroma with hints of funk.

Aggressive tartness from beginning to end. Hits the palate with an acidic cider and vinegar bite blended with sour berries. Slight Belgian yeast funk mixed in. No hop character detected.

Medium bodied and bone dry finish. Snappy carbonation with a crisp, tart finish.

Overall, a very well done wild ale. (412 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$10.99

Bottled: 11/12/11

Lolita is a flat out beautiful ruby hued beer with near perfect clarity. The ruby body is of gem quality and glows to no end. The raspberries have really made this beer beautiful. Tiny carbonation bubbles rush up the glass from everywhere and keep the thin crown alive. Lace is patchy here and there.

This beer is just over three years old and I could still smell the raspberries from two feet away when the top was popped. Raspberries burst from the glass, seeds and stems as well, freshly picked. Lactic qualities compliment the fruit, adding faint yogurt notes, while acetic acid brightens it up with some well integrated white vinegar. Good depth and complexity with a nice sweet and sour play.

The flavor profile follows the nose in stride. Raspberries are still big, bright, and bold. They're so fresh and real they have that sweet/sour play which when combined with the bright acidity really pops. The flavor does bring a good dose of woodiness from the barrels and a rich wine note that's a little tannic, astringent. Bueno!

The body is light and effervescent with carbonation that's still bright after these few years. The acidity bites at the inside of the cheeks and leaves some minor heartburn in it's wake if you're not careful, or old. The finish is nice and dry. Well built and highly drinkable.

Lolita is a gem of a beer. This batch is holding up like a champ. The raspberry is still vibrant, the acidity is bright, and the sheer enjoyment is sky high. I have always been a fan of this beer, this is the oldest I've drank and it holds up well. (1,602 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap:
Poured a thin rosé towards amber, but very clear. Almost no retaining head, but visible carbonation running up the sides (mainly). Smell is Granny Smith apple, maybe a hint of cranberry. There's also a weird toothpaste/citrus smell from the barrels.

The taste isn't surprising given the smell. Early on the carbonation added to the flavor. Later on the beer flattens out a bit. The taste seems to add a light cranberry taste to the apple, slightly more than the nose. The barrel and what I think are the tannins from the wine come I late and are a bit drying.

Overall, I'd have to say disappointing. This beer is not tart enough for me. It almost has a not-so-sweet cranberry ginger ale taste to it. Obviously the individual attributes amount to ok to me, I see no need for a mediocre beer like this. (822 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Goose Island tasting at the Old Toad.

Pours a pinkish golden color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing. It looks quite fizzy.

Smells like raspberry, white wine, red wine, lemon, and funk.

Even though this is aged in red wine barrels, I get more of a spritzy white wine character from it, due to how highly carbonated it is. The raspberry is big and in your face, which is exactly what I want from something like this. There's some mild but not overbearing tartness, a bit of funkiness, must, and the smallest hint of oak.

This has a very highly carbonated mouthfeel, spritzy, bubbly. It's light bodied, and very drinkable. The high carbonation is slightly off-putting though.

I feel like Goose Island's sours are lost in the mix, compared to their other big barrel-aging project, but this is quite nice. (838 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: hazy raspberry peach. Decent sized head on the pour that recedes quickly. No lacing or legs. Kind of looks like a wine.
smell: Tamed funk and raspberry. Very rich and pleasant. Tart and sour.
taste: All the flavors in the nose and such a pleasing balance. Refreshing and so tasty.
overall: Never thought I'd be into these sours so much but....so delicious. (362 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

lg shared bottle.
Slight hazy; slighty rosy tint to the medium amber body; decent head.

Very fruity aroma

Flavor moderately tart; light funk, raspberry.

Moderate carbonation.

O: a mix of wild yeast, fruit and tartness that works notably better than average. (262 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage courtesy of Mid – Big thanks Alan!
Notes taken on 09/27/2014 – Lost Abbey Stemware

A: Dark amber with orange and ruby tones. Almost cranberry in color with a real nice clarity showing lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the bottom. Virtually no head just some fleeting khaki film on top that is very short lived leaving no lace behind.

S: The aroma is ridiculously good and smells like a freaking liquid fruit roll up. Lightly sweetened with a compote of raspberry, cherry, and assorted mixed berries. I get a touch of oak and lemony tartness on the backend with some faint acetic acid. Has an understated funkiness on it but this one is more about the fruit. Simply lovely.

T: Super smooth balance at three years old with a good amount of tart countered by some sweetened mixed berry juice. Raspberry and cherry mostly. Almost like cherry cough syrup but in a good way without the medicinal aspect. I get a light funkiness with oaky tannins, lemon juice, and some apple cider qualities. Has a great earthy rustic yeast funk and nice bitterness tucked away in the back. Incredibly balanced and drinkable right now with no alcohol coming through.

M: Light to moderate body with a puckering tartness and a super dry tannic finish.

D: I really am confused by the low ratings here but what a treat at three years let me tell you. Perhaps this is not the most complex or sour of sours and I am still not incredibly versed in the wild ales arena however this Lolita was simply fantastic. Goose Island brings the balance which is why I think I love their Sisters line up so much. (1,618 characters)

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.