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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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307 Reviews
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Reviews: 307
Hads: 1,842
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 247
Gots: 614 | FT: 59
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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Reviews: 307 | Hads: 1,842
Photo of CHickman
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighter tart raspberry flavor. Sourness is slight and not overwhelming. Goes down easy with nice crispness to it. Very good blend of raspberry and light tartness. Definitely will drink again. Delicious!

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Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber

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.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Year 2013 edition, bottled in July.

A - Amber red, a touch of clarity. 1 finger of head. No sticky lace

A - Sweet, funk, raspberries. Lots of fermented sugar

T - Raspberries and Tart! Strong tart! Delicious!!!

M - Highly carbonated and well balanced throughout

O - An awesome wild/sour ale. This one is 1.5 years old. Would love to cellar another one for another few years and see how it changes.

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Photo of Jeffreychason
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottled 12/04/2010 the age seems to have made this more drinkable. I like the beer fresh, but at the four year mark the sourness has faded a little. Well blended between the sweet and sour aspects of this gem

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a reddish amber color with a little gold mixed in. Very interesting color. Looks like what I would expect a beer aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels would look like. Head disappears very quickly and is very effervescent.

Smells like raspberries with defininate alcohol character. Getting the wine barrel smell as well.

Funky kind of taste. At first. That yields to raspberries. Quite tart but not overly tart. You can taste the alcohol as well. Not really my kind of thing, but I can appreciate it.

Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a wonderful framboise type beer, wild raspberry ale, loaded with fresh berry character, but a step below stuff like cantillon and others. pink and winey in the glass, not much head after the initial pour, looking almost still, but still sprightly on the palate. nose is huge lacto and barrel character, not as belgian as i expected in the yeast department, just a true wild here. funky as heck, but the raspberries dominate. tart and sweet, fresh and ripe, young and mature elements both present, dynamic, but not as complex as some. the flavor just drips fresh raspberries, a fruit i really love in beer when its done right. leagues below stuff like atrial rubicite in both brett and fruit character, but its like a kid brother to a beer like that. beautifully done, i wish for only richer body, a little more heft, and maybe some more bacterial kick, but i thinks this is one if the best of the sisters, and shows that goose island is still a very relevant player in the beer scene, despite being macro in many ways. beer this good from a brewery this big should cost less though, and ill bet if sierra nevada made it it would cost ten bucks. thats my only real problem with an otherwise very enjoyable and fun wild ale. nevermind that its not the most unique framboise lambic type out there, its delicious and thats what matters. shockingly high alcohol though for its taste and drinkability. wowza!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage.

Pours a nice amber reddish color, head fizzled out almost immediately.

Aroma is full of fresh jamy raspberries. Hints of wine barrel. Very nice raspberry aroma, but a bit one dimensional in that aspect.

Initially i got quite A bit of bandaid and barnyard like Brett funk. Surprisingly not very sour. A nice fresh raspberry comes in. Defiantly some wine flavors come in towards the finish with just a slight hint of a wine like alcohol.

Very highly carbonated.

I was really hoping for quite a bit more sourness. Has a decent tartness, but really lacking that palate coating acidity I love in my sours. Raspberry and wine barrel flavors are done nicely though.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rose, amber color with little head and visible carbonation. no lacing
S: Smells like I put my nose in a cab franc wine barrel! really complex floral balanced with oak, cherries, apple.
T: A crisp, bright profile at the front with the sourness in the middle and finishing with a dry wax profile. Some rose and oak throughout to make this very drinkable.
M: sits medium on my mouth
O: amazingly complex beer. a must try for anyone that enjoys the sour styles

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Photo of EGreen
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is amazing: tart red raspberries (wife says strawberry), nice barnyard, mild oakiness, a very light and playful aroma. A nice tart start that explodes with a nice raspberry fruity flavor and a very nice farmhouse /hay/barnyard flavor. Finishes with a nice oaky-bitterness. This may well be the best GI brew I've had.... And it is very hard to beat the Bourbon County Barleywine & Stout. This is a very enjoyable!!

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Photo of pBRale
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage
Served in a Northern Brewer pint glass because we just moved and I could not find my other glassware.

A: Deep brown color with ruby highlights. A rich pale head rises quickly and settles more slowly, leaving only a fine, thin layer of head remaining throughout.

S:Smells of raspberries and wine, red wine vinegar, olive juice. Just a rich foretaste of the sour flavors hidden beneath the surface.

T: Taste is initially sweet with hints of raspberry but quickly assaults me sour notes. The sour flavor is excellent, not overpowering, but definitely strong. I'm glad I didn't wait another year or two because I fear the sour would have overpowered the fruity subtleties.

M: The beer is very smooth throughout, evenly carbonated, with moderate fizz despite the minimal head.

O: This is an excellent sour ale with plenty of sour punch without overpowering the delicate fruit flavors of the beer. Certainly a worthy beer to christen a new house with.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle dated 11/21/11

A - Pours redish brown with very little head that dissapears almost instantly
S - Red wine vinigar, raspberrys. Makes your saliva start to flow immediately!
T- Sweet then tart, then sweet again. Great amount of sour that is still drinkable. Raspberries add a great layer of fruit flavor
M- Smooth with a tiny bubbles helping to drive the taste all over.
O- I really enjoyed this sour. What I want from sour... tart, smooth, drinkable. This will not be my last bottle of Lolita.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fizzy and bubbly white head that dissipates immediately. The beer itself is a hazy ruby with a hint of cherry red.

The smell has a strong raspberry note and a bit of vanilla notes from the barrels. There also appears to be a very weak oak note as well. The smell also has bits of fruity sweetness to it. The beer taste is radically different from the smell.

The taste has a very strong raspberry note with a hint of vanilla but barely. The taste also has a red grape flavor similar to a cabernet. The funk is in the form of a strong tart and sour flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but a bit light and watery with biting carbonation. Overall, a decent beer and a decent sour worth getting at least once.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on special at Butler's for $14. Great price. Decent looking beer with a great smell. Had not looked at it and did not realize it was a sour until I caught a whiff. Not as tart as some sours I have had, which I like, but it was wonderful. I enjoyed this beer very much and will certainly be going back to see if I can snag a few more while they are on special.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pinkish copper colored brew, a vibrant color. A 1 finger head on the top dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing.

S: Smells like sour cherry, and not much else. It's mostly just fruit and funk.

T: Malty, lots of raspberry and cherry flavors. The sourness comes with a malty bitterness as well. A great balance of fruit and sour.

M: moderate body, slightly syrupy and moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A really great sour ale. Nicely balanced, and very flavorful. I was a little worried from the aroma that it would be too sour, but it's a great balance.

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Photo of Ri0
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bottle into a teku.

A - Pours a clean ruby red with a minor good 1 finger white head. Quite fizzy and the retention is low without any lacing. This is quite typical in my experience for a Wild Ale (BNw Glarus, Russian River, ect.) and it looks perfect to me.

S - Notes of tart raspberries, strawberries, light cranberry with some hints of red wine and oak.

T - Huge amounts of tart raspberries up front followed by strawberries, cranberries, and Cabernet Sauvingon wine with oak notes.

M - Nice and light with lively carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Fantastic Wild Ale with plenty of tart fruits like raspberries, strawberries, and cranberries. Nice wine character and feel. Excellent.

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Photo of JerseyHopHead
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burnt amber. The nose is thick with raspberries and some boozy notes. Right from the start, this is a tart beer and it only grows in strength from initial taste to a sweet raspberry punch on the tongue. It finishes a bit sour.
This beer drinks like a flavorful wine. There's a lot going on, but it isn't merely fruity, it's complex. I'm not a big fan of fruity beers but the way this beer changes on the tongue and the shift from sweet to sour make it a solid beer. (Not necessarily for the novice beer drinker)

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Photo of stewart124
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks total wine in ft. Myers.

Pours a hazy reddish orange with visible carbonation but little head.

Sharp nose of light bread and raspberries.

Tart. Medium bodied with not much carbonation to speak of. Finishes dry. No residual sweetness. The acidity cuts through the fruit. Doesn't come off at 8%. Funk and oak come though with some nots from the barrel. Really pleased by the overall character. Just an excellent sipper that comes off as a crowd pleaser.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.