Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 237
Gots: 539 | FT: 55
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:
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.

(Beer added by: robbyc1 on 10-29-2009)
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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 DerekDudley
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlakeAM
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zookerman182
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jellikit
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 heffnate77
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
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 beertunes
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ravenscraft
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of lolblackmamba
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JScoot
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nicole309
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of rockernino
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of JeremyScott
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TonyJ92
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SteveB3014
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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 Mamute2007
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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 Dralecg
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Ej8
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of bpk59
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dahlberga34
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of brock125
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.