Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Avg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
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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 JISurfer
1.44/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sorry, this beer was nasty in my opinion. It was thin and watery looking, no head at all. The taste was like robotussin, but slightly less mediciney. I can't really describe the smell, other than Robotussin light. Not sure if I got a glass from a bad keg or what, but this was very disappointing.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
2.33/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Murky copper/cherry red pour with almost no head, lace, or even carbonation visible.

S - faint smell like raspberry fruit candy

T - very sour and dry tasting. tart but not sweet enough to balance the sour.

M - medium bodied, light carbonation

O - Too sour and dry for my liking. Could use more sweetness and carbonation.

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Photo of fx20736
2.4/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World for $ 23 on 2/23/14. Served chilled into a white wine glass.

Appearance: coppery amber full of effervescent carbonation. No head.

Smell: at first blush vinegar which changes into a sour fruitiness very much like Champagne.

Taste: tart raspberries followed by a pungent funkiness.

Mouthfeel: full and prickly.

Overall: My first ever Sour, maybe my last. Goose Island is my favorite brewery but this simply does not work for me.

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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 RickS95
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks sort of like a beer, but mostly like a reddish brown wine. There's a head for a short period, but it's dissipates quickly. Slightly thinner and lighter than wine, but you get the idea.

The nose is very similar to some krieks I've had. A slight sour, vinegary scent that evolves into raspberry.

It's not great tasting. Almost a medicinal flavor, cough syrup like. A tart raspberry taste with just a hint of vinegar. Similar to red wine, just a bit thinner.

Very tart from beginning to end. Only slightly less harsh than a Belgian sour kriek. Not quite bitter, just tart and sour. Medium bodied. It's a dry finish, but it coats your tongue with dry. Puckers your lips.

Bottled on 11/12/11 so maybe I should have given it more time, but it's only barely drinkable and just beer-like. There's an alcohol heat, but not much taste. Not my favorite.

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Photo of rmcnealy
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served chilled in a traditional becker.

Poured a dark amber with a very small active bubbly head that fleeted quick. The beer is rather translucent with virtually no sediment. The first aromas are familiar of red wines with an end tapering of what appears to be cloves. The taste is very tart and the raspberries become quickly evident. The carbonation is also showcased at this point. The taste fades quickly leaving a slight bitterness with a fruity, berry residual at the end. Very interesting taste. I get what is trying to be done here, but not sure I agree with it. I'd almost rather have some freshly made sangria if given the option. Definitely not my favorite Goose Island offering, but it was bottled before A-Busch took over so I can only imagine down from here.

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL

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Photo of drmcleod10
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2013 version. 765mL Bottle poured into wide glass.

A - Coppery orangish look with with a minimal 1/8 of an inch off-white head.

S - Smells like raspberries, oak, assorted champagne and white wine. Lots of tart.

T - Not a huge fan of fruity and wild ales. Too much carbonation, tastes like raspberries and champagne. Haven't had many of this style as I tend to stick to stouts, DIPA's, and APA's. Again Taste is much of the same as the smell. Tart, champagne, raspberries, and wine, with hints of oak.

M - Medium Bodied, more carb. than I'm used to. Very bitter and not an easy sipper.

O - I am not a fan of this style of wild ale. Perhaps a year or two to dim down the carb. might do this one some good. Maybe i'll start growing accustomed to the style of beer.


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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish chestnut color, almost no head on the pour. Looked like some big soapy bubbles that just feel flat.

Very earthy dirt funk that I get from most raspberry wild ales. The raspberries seem to be doing its usual thing it does in wild ales. Reminds of the seeds mixed with rotten raspberries. Acidic and a mild pretzel aroma.

Tart raspberry syrup flavor. Not like an artificial flavor but not very fresh tasting. Flavor just drops off completely after swallowing. A very mild one dimensional bretty finish could be salvaged. This beer is like drinking a funky sour raspberry soda.

It was okay to drink but like all of the Goose Island sours (except for MAYBE Juliet), I would never seek it out or bother trying it again.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Lolita from Goose Island Brewing Company. This was the last of the "Three Sisters" that I needed to review, the other two being Juliet and Madame Rose.
Score: 82

Bottled 11/12/11, served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/07/12. You can see my friend Kendra's head creepily photo-bombing this beer picture. This review is from notes from our tasting session that night.

Appearance: Dark ruby orange color that falls between translucent and opaque. Pours three quarters of a fingers of white bubble head that quickly settles into no head at all. Minimal lacing, below average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Tart cherries and fruitiness. There's a white grape sweetness and a definitely aroma of oak. Some apple too and a little bit of what can only be described as "funk." Like a dirty gym socks smell. Wouldn't be a bad aroma if not for that stinky funk. 2.5/5

Taste: Tastes substantially better than it smells. Sweet, candied cherry. A little sugary apple, white grape and fruit. Hint of oak. Crisp, refreshing and drinkable. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Sweet, sugary and slightly dry finish. 4/5

Overall: The other beers in the Three Sisters series (Juliet and Madame Rose) were noticeably better -- primarily because they did not have a funky smell. I suppose if you like that "funky sour" smell, then more power to you. At least it tastes way better than it smells.

Recommendation: If you like funky smelling sours that are cherry-apple flavored, then seek this one out. Those who do not like sours/lambics/wild ales can probably skip this one, and I think it's the least appealing of the Three Sisters for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Dark chocolate cake.

Cost: $16.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 bottle, drank 2/22/11.

A - Cherry tinted cognac. Low head.

S - Oak, woody, earthy.

T - Dry oak up front with a tang of raspberries in the mid profile. Almost Flemish sour characteristic. Sour cherries just after the mid profile. Carnations and flower stems in the finish.

M - Sour with a carbonated tingle. Very dry finish. Floral back end.

D - Not your every day standard, but interesting. The tartness will slow you down if you're not a fan of sour styles.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to schen9303 for this one. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duchess oversize wine glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a single layer of big white bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, dark, midnight red. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Nose is pungent sour raspberries, cherries, oak, and Brett. Sweet and simple overall but aromatic and very enticing.

T: Opens slightly spicy and sweet. Brett in the background that is overshadowed by slight yeasty bitterness and sweet cherry. Middle is more red fruit with a mellow, creeping Farnese that never quite gets there. Finish is cobweb and yeast. Aftertaste is sweet red fruit puree.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Lively in the mouth and abrasive going down. Finishes dirty with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: The appearance and smell of this beer leads me to believe that this one's gonna be amazing... But the taste never quite gets there. Not really tight, funky, or oaky. I would definitely like to revisit this one somewhere down the line, but as is, I'll pass for now.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my wifes favorite beer, so it gets opened commonly for that reason.
This is our first 2011 bottle.
The color is a strawberry orange color. Initially there is a fizzy white cap that fizzes out quickly to a nearly still looking body.
The aroma has a nice musty note all around it, which is nice, i dig it. The raspberries smell like the whole fruit, does not smell artificial.
Flavor wise this one is nice and tannic up front initially, and as you get to the bottom it looses some bite. There is a blend of oak and tart near the top that accents the forward raspberries.
The mouthfeel is medium thin, and could use a touch more carbonation but has enough to suffice. maybe if it wasn't brand new fresh that would have changed.

i would want more acidity, but that would hurt her preferance.
i like it, she loves it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bpk59 for sharing this with me.

A - Poured into a Boulevard tulip a nice strawberry pink hue with a fizzy half a finger head that fades almost immediately leaving absolutely nothing behind. Very underwhelming.

S - Sweet malts and super, super light sour raspberry. Cant get over how light the sour/funk/fruit is in this beer.

T - Taste is light sour raspberries with a distinct malty finish. Very fruit but not in a good way, kind of fake tasting.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and light for a wild, with the ABV being nicely hidden.

O - Overall this was a very unimpressive and underwhelming beer. I love sours but this...this just isnt sour. Far too malty for my liking. Glad I didnt buy it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

765 ml bottle poured into a Goose Island stemmed glass.
8.7% ABV, Bottled on 14JUN13, "develops in the bottle for up to 5 years."

A - An effervescent hiss fills my quiet room as I pour this clear tawny, ruby-highlighted amber beer into the glass. It's noisy head disappears before I can even snap a shot of the beer, oddly revealing what resembles oil-slick patters on top of water. Odd, but expected from the beer's acidic aroma.

S - Quite complex right from the get-go, Lolita is a unique beer with a lot going on. At first, a bushel of fresh raspberries pours out with sly wine barrel characteristics that showcase wet wood, faint red wine, distressed leather, and a slap to the face with a pool noodle. As the beer warms and settles, the funky yeast turns medicinal and ushers you in a doctor's office reeking of sterility and boxes upon boxes of latex gloves. Thinking of getting blood drawn before sipping beer isn't quite comforting but a good swirl returns the previously inviting complexities, however briefly.

T - Powerfully tart raspberry juice is almost reminiscent of dry, tart cranberry juice in it's presence. Abundantly earthy this beer darts in a few different directions at once, skipping from wild barnyard-like yeast to soaked wine barrel staves back to a melange of fruitiness; raspberries being the most potent.

M - Bone dry from front to back, this incessantly tart, borderline sour-finishing beer is light-bodied, crisp with lively champagne-type carbonation. Lolita hides her alcohol very well giving this beer a very nice feel, ongoing burps aside.

O - Goose Island's Lolita paves new ground with an incredibly tart raspberry beer that captures the true nature of the fruit, not employing a sugary paste into the beer, but it's increasingly medicinal notes really, really hurt the good that's encased in this bottle. The wine barrel aging suggests a typical white or Rosé wine though the beer overall brings fourth darker fruits. A courageous experiment into wild yeast implementation though, for the price, I wouldn't purchase this again.
[Sadly, two years later I did and I still feel the same way, really making me regret such a purchase.]

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Photo of musicforairports
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle into small snifter.

Pink/red color. A head develops but goes quickly. Bubbly.

Sour cherry, raspberry and vinegar notes on the nose.

Flavor is a balance of sweet and sour raspberry flavor. Not as complex as the nose and rather fruit-forward. Barnyard Brett notes are minor. Not too sweet, but the malty raspberry flavor is a bit overpowering.

Crisp, light-medium body, decently carbonated.

I found this beer very similar to Ommegang's Aphrodite--a little too fruit-forward for me. The barrel characteristics, at least in this fresh bottle, are minimal. For a great Goose Island sour offering, go for Madame Rose instead.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Lolita pours a light cranberry brown color with translucent edges. A small eggshell cap rests on top and fades pretty quickly.

Smell: The aroma is good, but it really feels one dimensional, even after I keep going back for another whiff. Dark, tart raspberries in full force.

Taste: Some light malt sweetness is present up front, but that is not the focus at all. This is sour and acidic, with a good amount of raspberry flavor. Some other indistinguishable berry flavors hang around, and I do not get a lot of yeast or other depth. A light oily grassiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: This is dry, light, and acidic. There is a light sweetness up front and a light oiliness on the finish. The carbonation is medium and fine; it neither adds nor subtracts from the beer.

Overall: Finding other flavors and depth beyond raspberry takes some effort, and there is nothing about it that really moves me. Compared to some of the other complex beers of this style, this is fairly forgettable.

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Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pour is ruby-amber, smallish head with no lacing:

Smell: Light, tart raspberries and some other berry flavors, a bit sweet and candy like

Taste: Slightly sweet and light raspberry taste with a very faint funk and some oak. A bit subdued and not very sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation

Overall: Decent beer but not that impressive or worth seeking out.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Amazingly snappy carbonation. Brew is red with lots of light purple, murky, cloudy. Head that does rise, is white and soapy and falls extremely fast.

Aroma is tart and (raspberry) fruity with very mild funk, yet still very(almost minty) barn-y.

Raspberry is very back-ended. Not fruit forward, yet still elegant and nicely sweet. Not over the top. Moderately sour with decent amount of citrus sour. Barn/clove funk kinda takes over at the backend… zero bitterness. Kinda well blended, but could use some extra care.

It’s recommended, but a bit harder to swallow at $18/750ml. GI could keep working on the recipe and round this one up a notch and get it to the “MUST HAVE” level.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives a clear, bright, garnet color with no head at all.
Smell is funky, fresh oak, light malt.
Taste is similar with the same freshly stripped tree note, some malt, serious amount of funk. Balance is not the strong suit here, though.
Lighter body, light effervescence, cloying. Not the best sour I've ever had, for certain. Decent is it.

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Photo of zachary80
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottled 11/12/11, #1507

Pours with the slightest bubbly white head which dissipates rapidly. Tons of little bubbles streaming up through the auburn body. Ruby highlights.

Aroma is good. Leather, funk, a little hay character. Raspberries mingle with the wild yeast influence.

Flavor is a bit of let down, everything seems muted. Picking up a little tannin character. Raspberry is subtle, accompanied by a mild breadiness. Most of the flavor leaves the palate immediately, with an astringent and funky lingering flavor that is neither good nor bad.

Mouthfeel is overly thin and carbonated, even for a wild ale. Very dry. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part, but begins to show itself as the beer warms up.

Overall this could use a bit more of everything. Raspberries are weak. Belgian yeast character is lacking. Could use a bit of sweetness to back everything up, or some more malt influence. I'll lay one down for a while but I do not have much faith in this beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at City Tap House for Philly Beer Week 2012, Served in a tulip glass.

Lolita comes out looking the part with a dark red deep amber look coming from the glass. This is much darker than expected going into blackberry color. Right off the tap, there was nothing in terms of head of even a flimsy foam, nothing, it's all good though. Smell is pretty integrated with raspberry scent over faint wine coming through when the warming takes place. It's pretty tame to tell you the truth. I don't get any funky scents coming up, just mainly fruit. Taste is pretty one sided towards the raspberry flavor which is nice and not artificial. The fruit just does not pop out for me as much as I would like. The wine is light to and the barrel flavor non existent. Some malt presence in the end with a slight tart hit that is not sour, don't go looking for a pucker bomb, Lolita is not the one for that. Body is less than medium with a trace of carb. Nice stuff, but not something I will be going for again.

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Photo of tewaris
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pink-brown colored with a medium head and poor retention. Aroma is not terribly exciting but good nonetheless: raspberries, slight funk, and very soft. Taste is low on fruit and heavier on wine with moderate tartness. Good mouthfeel with medium body and good carbonation.

Overall I'd have preferred had it been fruit forward. Not really a fan of the wine barrels.

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Photo of gatornation
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage

A-pours a clear rusty/ruby color with a very fast receding head that leaves a zero cap
S- fresh tart fruit with raspberries a hint of oak and funk
T-tart and acidic upfront raspberries appear but are not prominent a touch of sourness and wood /funk linger
M-Tart and spritzy with mild sour fruit ABV very well hidden
O-it was good but way over priced would never buy a 2nd bottle of this and i love this style NG Raspberry Tart at half the price was so much better

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Photo of JustAnotherGalen
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a Chalice

A: beautiful. Crystal Clear red/brown. Small Champagne like head. Recedes immediately. No lacing.

S: Funk/ barnyard, much less raspberry than I expected. Slight hint of a Bandaid/ phenol. Slight oakiness.

T: Hint of raspberry. No residual sweetness from the raspberries, only sharp acidity. Sour apple.

M: Sharp carbonation. Very thin body. Slightly numbing alcohol finish.

O: Glad to have tried it. For the price, I will not revisit. Not bad, but nothing standout forme. Thanks to GI for putting the time in to making sours.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.