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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,497 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,497
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%
Wants: 216
Gots: 514 | FT: 56
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 Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Lots of raspberry in this one, thanks Americo. Pink coloured body, fruity aroma. Fuller mouthfeel, also with assertive carbonation. A good tartness, a nice bottle to share because of the acidity. Some other berries there, lending balance, strawberry and some wild blueberry. Could even be some cherry.

08-08-2012 00:19:04 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0


3.75/5  rDev -9%

10-07-2012 03:16:18 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

Thanks to Pellinore1 for sending me this one!

Bottled on 12/4/10.

Pours a slightly hazy watery cranberry color with a 1/2 inch fizzy white-red head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of tart raspberries, red wine vinegar, funk, and some wood aromas from the wine barrels. Taste is of tart raspberries, wood, and some minor funky flavors. A nice sour flavor lingers on the tongue and in the back of the throat after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel, There is also a slightly acidic quality to this one. Overall, this is a good wild ale with all the nice sour and funky aromas and flavors. I am glad I got to try one of these.

10-14-2011 02:46:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

12-29-2011 19:14:41 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Big thanks to mdfb79 for providing this brew to Saturday's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a nice light orange color with some pinkish hues. There's a bit of a white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good dosing of raspberries plus a bit of oak. There's a good bit of earth and moderate funk behind that as well. The flavor isn't quite as strong and integrated, but is nice nonetheless. Light-medium body with a good bit of acidity through the finish along with some dryness. No detectable alcohol. Really nice.

03-06-2012 02:06:02 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-04-2011 21:39:03 | More by nmann08
Photo of metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

A: The beer is slightly cloudy, light reddish in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of tart berries in the nose along with notes of sourness from the yeast. Hints of the cabernet sauvignon are also detectable.
T: The overall taste has strong flavors of tart and sour berries as well as oak from the barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a very light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because the sourness and tartness are not overpowering.

05-06-2011 04:13:42 | More by metter98
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Bottled 11/12/11 (nice palindrome, that)

Appearance: Pours a ruby-infused copper color; not much of a head appears and what does quickly fades to a ringlet, leaving just a few vague dots before disappearing completely

Smell: Tart raspberry purée and oak with hints of yeast phenols, including Brett; rather floral and seductive (hence the name, no doubt)

Taste: The sweeter side of the raspberry appears first, but it doesn't take long for the enticing tart elements to beckon; by mid-palate, the oak, the Brett and the wine barrel all parade their attributes; very dry, after the swallow, thanks to the Brett, with a lingering floral quality

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with gentle carbonation; makes you want to pucker

Overall: Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

07-17-2012 18:31:30 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

08-01-2014 05:45:00 | More by zestar
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-19-2012 02:27:15 | More by acurtis
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle: Poured a clear reddish color ale with a light pink bubbly head with medium retention and no lacing. Aroma of tart notes of raspberries with light Brett notes with some vinous notes also perceptible. Taste is a good mix between tart raspberries notes with well balanced vinous notes with some subtle notes of Brett at the end. Body is about average with great carbonation which feels right for the style and no apparent alcohol. Very good level of drinkability with well balanced complexity. I would love to have a lower ABV version of this that could be drank in the summertime.

03-04-2013 15:05:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Belgian influence of the most artful kind plays out in the wooden vats of Good Island. A raspberry ale introduced to a slew of wild yeast and micro flora produces extreme complexity and dynamic flavor.

Mildly hazed with hues of plumb red and peach sculpt the impressions of fruit even with its appearance. Fizzy head character rises quickly, fueled by high carbonation, but then quickly falls as well. With no real lacing action, I would have preferred better foam character, but the sharp acidity to come would have nothing to do with that.

Tart aromas of fresh and lightly under ripened raspberries fill the nose with slight dominance above complementary notes of wine must, lime-like acidity, vinous white Zinfandel, green apple cider, white grapes, mild sulfur, white wine vinegar, musty sea air, and weathered sawdust. Low in sweetness, there persists a nutty, pithy, and vanilla like scent that reminds me of almond paste.

Stronger raspberry character comes to life in the flavor profile, but not without further complementary flavors of dried cherries, tart (shy of sour) vinous white zin wines, mineral salts and briny yeast that come together like sea water and sea shells. Again, the light sweetness of vanilla and almond seem like a rhythmic dance throughout the must and tartness that power ahead. Low in bitterness, only a mild taste of wood and cheddar create sharpness to complement the low spicy phenols, wood tannin and cinnamon nuances. Old sun dried wood, mild sherry and balsamic notes provide a succulent taste that keeps me coming back with rather rapid succession.

Light bodied due to it's spritzy carbonation, strong acidic, and highly attenuated malt character, but not without a calm velvety powder texture from wood tanning and soft dextrin and seemingly light nutty oils. Sharp in finish, the dryness of wood and alcohol play out in a very refreshing but highly acidic aftertaste.

With so much tart fruitiness and dry sweetness, this beer is ideally suited to win over lovers of all sorts of wines and I find notes of minerally Greek whites, robust Chilean merlots, and simplified white zinfindales sprinkled all over this beer.

06-08-2012 05:31:25 | More by BEERchitect
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South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Nice light red with touches of golden color gave it a nice bright appearence. tart grape skins, cherries and loads of funk, some light spiciness and a decent touch of oak. lots of dark fruit, tart funkiness and a nice earthy, woodsy like smell blending together very nicely on this one. Silk like smoothness, and the finest carbonation bubbles, really well done in that regard. ;ots of sour in here right up front with frapes and light lemon like citrus taking over. Rolling through some nice notes of cherry then came over me. Decent funkiness in through the middle and the finish

11-23-2011 02:58:11 | More by mikesgroove
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

Bottle courtesy of Jeff. Thanks!

A: This beer pours an a reddish-pink color with a finger or so of pink head.

S: Big time raspberry smell on this one, not surprisingly. A bit of strawberry and cranberry also present. A really sweet, almost candy or sugar, aroma to it, too. A light grassiness is really the only funk.

T: Moderately vinegary, but still fairly sweet. Big time raspberry flavor, too. Some other berry notes also on the tongue, mostly strawberry. Lightly grassy with a little bit of straw.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: If this didn't have the big sweetness to it, I would have really enjoyed it a lot more. As it stands, just a good beer.

06-13-2011 07:06:12 | More by womencantsail
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-11-2013 23:11:58 | More by kjkinsey
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

01-06-2012 20:14:44 | More by Texasfan549
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-17-2013 17:02:31 | More by spycow
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-17-2013 06:39:58 | More by GRG1313
Photo of kylehay2004


4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Minimal head on a slightly hazy reddish brown body. No lacing really. Aroma of strawberry, cherry, wood, vinegar; nicely tart and sweet. Flavors of strawberry tartness with hints of raspberry and background notes of molasses and wood. Medium body and light carbonation. Excellent, balanced but simple sour. Definitely should be tried.

12-07-2013 02:50:24 | More by kylehay2004
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-24-2013 06:12:19 | More by Knapp85
Photo of TMoney2591


3.6/5  rDev -12.6%

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Whilst out to bear witness to an '80s extravaganza, what better beer to order than a wild that made it only to precious few stores in the area? It pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a minor bit of dirty white foam. The nose comprises light raspberry, cranberry, cobwebs, Brett, peaches, red apple, and sour cherry. The taste holds notes of tart orange, cobwebs, Brett, light caramel, light cream cheese, lime, and grapefruit zest. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a decidedly dry finish. Overall, a pretty good wild, but nothing really outstanding here by any means. To me, it's too much like an odd, tart wine to allow thorough enjoyment.

01-26-2011 20:13:08 | More by TMoney2591
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

11-14-2011 18:34:30 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of emerge077


4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

More trouble than it was worth to track down, imho. First release was intended as on-premise only, then was leaked to a few highly random retail locations. Odd sporadic distribution = not worth the effort... don't pay much over $15 if you can.

High clarity amber gold, receding ring of foam, initial white cap on the surface. Ascending streams of carbonation visible. Sparse spotty lacing.

Sweet raspberry in the nose, mild wet hay and stables, some vanilla from the oak presence.

Tart and puckering, seedy raspberry, minor authentic fruit-derived sweetness. Very distinct raspberry notes, mildly acetic. Wet oak. Clean and crisp feel, very quenching. A bit simple, could use more Brett complexity and barrel character. As it is, it seems young. The fruit forward character is nice, and the body is light and crisp, though it ultimately seems to be lacking a bit in depth.

03-07-2011 02:31:57 | More by emerge077
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4.08/5  rDev -1%

A - Poured out a clear copper color with reddish highlights. It had very little head to speak of but did leave some sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of of raspberry. Strong raspberry notes with some floral and malty notes.

T - Good tart raspberry flavor with a sour kick. It is still slightly sweet with a touch of caramel maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker-factor. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is very good I just wish it was more sour.

08-23-2012 01:56:05 | More by zeff80
Photo of largadeer


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks, Tick.

Hazy reddish-amber. The head dissipates quickly, settling to a thin collar. Tons of brettanomyces on the nose, leaving a damp barnyard aroma. There's a juicy raspberry character beneath the funk along with mild acetic notes. The palate is juicy and lightly acetic, heavy on funky brett with a mild but pleasant raspberry note. Finishes with light tannins, lactic sourness. Very dry, but only mildly sour.

03-18-2011 04:56:41 | More by largadeer
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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,497 ratings.