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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,727 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,727
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 240
Gots: 582 | FT: 57
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,727 | Reviews: 300
Photo of jancona
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sour raspberry flavor with a touch of cranberry. I love sours, but this is a bit too acidic for me. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sorry...I do not like tart/sour beers.........if this is good...then look at someone else's rating.

Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of randomgnarkill
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great smell. The Raspberry flavor is key to the sour/wild taste. Color is a nice red with little carbonation. Oak taste is there very little.

Photo of Eziel
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

March 2015, had a 2010 bottle which held up great and had lots of flavors going on.

Photo of SRey1250
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good lots of raspberrys

Photo of LloydDobler
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Harvest06
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart but not sour. Very middle of the road and forgettable.

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Photo of Franziskaner
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of JordanAlster
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The sourrrr! And the ABV! Yesss!

Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of johnfantonius
4.99/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing Wild Ale with a Sour Finish

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of golf4collet
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got damaged in shipping and lost a lot of carbonation, so my review isn't completely accurate.

Photo of bnes09
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nicely flavored tart raspberry beer. Delicious!

Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of jellikit
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty winey. Lots of raspberry. Funky. Great farmhouse. Will definitely buy again.

Photo of cjgiant
3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

Tart raspberry, oaky, and discernible alcohol. Lots of dry oak through the middle with a substantial sour finish and boozy linger.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,727 ratings.