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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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317 Reviews
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Reviews: 317
Hads: 1,922
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 25.62%
Wants: 260
Gots: 666 | FT: 60
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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 jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a vibrant red, raspberry color with nice carbonation and no lacing at all.

S - Tart, sour raspberries with some sugary presence and oak wine barrel notes.

T - Very tart raspberry from start to finish with enough sourness on the back end to balance out the sweetness from up front. Lots of "funky twang" mixed in with oak from the wine barrel, white sour grapes.

M - Lots of tartness on the tongue that leaves your mouth watering like crazy and semi-dry on the back end. The sweet sour tartness coagulates the saliva.

O - 'Wasn't sure if I was going to like this one but really enjoying this one.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is like drinking champagne, beer, and sparkling wine all at once. The amount of carbonation is a little off-putting, but the taste is rich with raspberries and drinking it allows you to appreciate the process involved in making it. Really cool beer.

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

Nice reddish brown tint. Can easily imagine red wine barrels contributing. Raspberry smell. No funkiness. Excellent taste- no make that outstanding. Raspberries, sour, wine barrel in background. Excellent integration of barrel character w beer. Taste in mouth is fairly balanced by fruitiness of raspberries against sour. Finish turns moderately sour. Hops in background but I believe some presence. Wow - this what a raspberry beer should taste like. As I drink more the fruit balances even more against the sour. Leaves me wanting to take the next sip. Great beer will definitely look for this again. Wonder if I can get it in a bomber?

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Photo of Richie1124
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just recently started drinking sour beers. Out of the handful I have had, this one takes the cake. Great Raspberry nose on it. First sip is a bit tart, but after that its easy drinking. Just purchased Juliet (Blackberries) and i am super excited to try it

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of SRey1250
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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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. Has a peppery nature at the end. 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
$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.

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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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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.