Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
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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 Klym
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

I didnt have much paper available to me at the time that I drank this so my notes are really sparse. I noted a rating for ASTMO but only a few notes about the beer itself so I'll keep this short. Taste was tart, very raspberry/cherry, with a great, very carbonated mouthfeel that spread through the mouth excitedly. Taste wasn't extremely complex or dynamic, mostly just straight up raspberries/cherries with varying sensations of tartness or sweetness. It was reminiscent of Lost Abbey's Red Poppy to me in this sense though this was a little less layered I'd say. Good, glad I tried it, not sure it's worth seeking out though or worth the price. (671 characters)

Photo of Adrianized
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 poured into a snifter.

Pours thin, with a very fizzy reactive head that quickly disappears, eventually completely gone.  Color and clarity much resembles cranberry cocktail juice.

Smells of red wine, raspberries, white cherries, faint woodsy barrels, funk, and sourness.

The taste is much like the smell.  Tastes similar to a red dessert wine with raspberries and cherries.  Aftertaste is a mild sourness and funk.

HUGELY carbonated, it explodes in the mouth and dances on your tongue.  Mouthfeel is light to medium.

Overall, I enjoyed this, but my expectations were a little higher.  The high carbonation kind of ruins it for me.  However, anyone who enjoys sparkling wine or any red wine would probably like this. (739 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the mighty AleWatcher for this bottle, and for completing my 3 sisters set. Shared with Spider889, Schwaeh and Ryan011235.

Bottled on 12/04/10. Poured into a Goose Island Matilda chalice glass thing.

This beer has a really nice color. Sadly, that's pretty much the only thing the appearance has going for it. It has good clarity which makes the blood orange red glow with honeyed edges. The head is very short, quickly fading to nothing.

Plenty of stinky, delicious grassy funk. Raspberry comes out nicely with a little warmth. While there is a little bit of tart and ripe berries, this beer remains focused on light funk.

Not too sour, this beer is more funky. The raspberries have given this beer a really nice, juicy middle. There is lots of basement and hay funk. My favorite part is the raspberry jelly flavored middle, really nice and not overly sweet. The finish is woody, musty, funky and floral.

Light bodied, this beer is easy drinking. I love the juicy, raspberry jam flavors and the subtle tartness. Just enough sourness to keep the funk from ruining this beer's thirst quenching abilities.

This one would make a great outdoor summertime drink. Its flavor profile is not burdensome and it's body is light and airy. (1,289 characters)

Photo of schwaeh
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle shared by Mbpbugeye. 12/4/2010 release.

A: Pours a juicy orange-amber color. Very light carbonation with basically no head. I got the yeastiest pour so very low clarity.

S: Smells like its gonna be very sour and funky. Lots of berries, brett, and wine characteristics. The smell makes me feel like my teeth are about to hurt drinking this.

T: Ah initially its a big hit of sour that had me starting to pucker but the funk comes in midway through and puts things back into place. After the first sip the sourness is not overwhelming at all, it may just be adjusting to the flavor after a smoked porter. Big raspberry flavors, berry skins, brett, and all the barnyard funkiness that make this super balanced. The lighter flavors are some orange zest and some vinegar.

M: Body seems thin but appropriate. I would like this with some more carbonation.

O: My first of the 3 sisters. I was happy with my first go. It's nice to have an american wild that goes the funky route instead of just bracingly sour. The flavors work really well, good for summer. This would have been great with more carbonation. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by MbpBugeye.

Bottled on 12/04/10.

Nice bright rosey orange color. The initial pours were quite clear, though my has a decent amount of sediment. Barely, if any, head. Once it settled there is no visible carbonation. I suppose for a wild the appearance is not bad, but it could be a LOT better too.

Smells quite tart and funky. Half-ripened raspberry and earth, along with bitter strawberry greens. Oak must and damp brett are inticing.

Wow is the first sip damn sour. Though quickly enough your palate adjusts. Nice fruity flavors but not sweet. Much more balanced tasting than the average American Wild.

Dry but nothing overly strong or unpleasant. True to style I would say. Quite low carbonation... this suits the beer well enough, and is better than over carbonation, but I would have liked some more.

Overall quite funky wit nice fruit aromas and flavor. Not nearly as comlex and gratifying as Juliet though. (928 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 12/4/2010. Pours a slightly cloudy orange-red with visible sediment. Little head dissipates quickly. 

Smell is tart raspberries with a light sourness. Bit leafy and woody. Some straw and barnyard funk.

Some sourness upfront mixed with raspberries and slightly sweet fruit. Kind of neutral middle. Sour finish with a tart fruitiness. An earthy woodiness mixes with fresh raspberries. Lingering raspberry flavor.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Fizzy with a clean finish. Slightly syrupy and less carbonated than other bottles I've had.

Similar to Juliet in the level of sourness, but sweeter.  The raspberries really work well. Good, but this bottle seemed a little off compared to past tastings.

2/21/2011 (730 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Mildly cloudy reddish amber with a layer of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sour vinegar, acidic citrus, some raspberry, mildly sweet.

Taste: Vinegar and citrus sourness with mild raspberry and red wine. Some malt sweetness with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with delicate carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The mild raspberry and wine notes were very nice together, and I enjoyed the fact that they didn't overpower the beer. Sour notes are there but they let the fruit do it's job. (567 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
bottled 12/04/2010 bottle number 727
A- This beer pours a very slight hazy to the cranberry body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface. There is a think head of snow white that last a good bit. The last pour of the bottle turns the glass into a snow globe.

S- The tartness blends with some dark raspberry flavors and a soft bretty wood note in the finish. The aroma is simple but full.

T- The raspberry tartness is light and gives way to a wet wood and some brett notes in the background. There is a light white wine tannin in there aswell. The raspberry note lingers a bit in the dry finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that scrubs a bit too much of the finish away. No real alcohol noticed.

O- The well blended soft tartness supports the full dark fruit flavor with a nice bit of acidity. It would be nice to taste a little more of the funk and wood but it is delicious non the less. (972 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes; originally 2/04/11.

A-Pours a beautiful crimson color with the slightest bit of white head.

S-Raspberries and a bit of dry red wine notes with some leather and slightest hint of tart acidity.

T-Mildly sweet and barely tart raspberry with some more leathery notes with some sherry on the finish.

M-Very well carbonated with a dry and pretty light body.

D-A very easy drinking and thirst quenching beer; not really all that tart or sour, which I was kind of hoping it would be. (501 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (675 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a light beige head. Color is a peach hued amber.

Aroma: Tart raspberries, sour, oaky with a light spice. Nicely fruited.

Taste: Has a little too much spice here in a way that it takes away from the raspberries. Still slightly tart, but more sour. A bit medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Medium bodied with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean. Fruity.

Overall, a pretty solid sour. Easy drinking. I still wish the taste was more like the nose, however. Another solid offering. (519 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Served at Pracna on Main for the 2011 MN Craft Beer Week.
Served in a snifter glass and pours a rosy, rust colored red with a slight head. Very raspberry fruity nose with some acetone type notes as well. Light mouthfeel. Raspberry sweetness upfront with a slight bitterness, almost like biting and tasting raspberry seeds. No booze notes at all to speak ok. Some mild acetone type sourness but not overly mouthpuckering by any means. I think this is a really decent beer right now but with time should develop further to increase its mediocre complexity. (562 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with my fellow BAs at Hopleaf in Chicago, 4/29/11.

A Pretty crimson color with ruby highlights. Tannish head that dies down to nothing leaving some legs in it's wake.

S: Nice smell with a real nice raspberry seed tartness overall. Funky bugs and oak sweetness rock in this beer. Round and very nicely strong in aroma.

T: Follows the smell with a nice buttery oak and raspberry tartness and brett character. Has a sharaz like spicy grape character to it. Tasty wild.

M: Great smooth feel and carbonation. Not astringent but pleasantly tart, nice.

Overall very nice. Would buy a bottle if I see one. (621 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottled 12/04/10 and purchased from DeCicco's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours a bit closer to orange than to red with a 2 finger white crown that shows minimal retention and no lace.

Smell: Raspberries plus wild yeast that is moderately funky and shows a decent amount of sourness.

Taste: Same as nose but the fruitiness of the raspberries doesn't come through as much.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall: Goes down easy but isn't very interesting...kind of like a young slut aka a Lolita (544 characters)

Photo of Shumania
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on 12/4/10. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

a: a very dark ruby red. Good head that disappears quickly. You can tell quickly this has a lot of carbination.

s: some berry and funk funk and more funk.

t: I wish the raspberry came out more in this. Really nice tartness. A little oak and vanilla in the background.

m: Acidity is done really nicely. It is not mouth puckering but you can tell it is there.

Again, I wish there was a little more focus on the raspberries. The tartnesss and acidity is spot on though. This is an enjoyable beer to sip on a sunny afternoon. (591 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (584 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle shared by someone at Oakquinox, thanks!

A: Hazed red with a small white head.

S: Fresh and rich raspberry character that's vibrant, very aromatic, and the standout quality of the beer for me. Light musty notes with a little barnyard. Lots of fruit and a little funk.

T: Piquant raspberries with a little sweetness and pie crust melds with oak, barnyard notes, a little wet leather, and mustiness. Lightly tart with a little lactic sourness. Somewhat vinous with a restrained acetic acidity. Finishes dry.

M: Medium in body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Tasty and refreshing on a day like this. Nice fruit profile. (672 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/29/11 notes. Bought a bottle of this at Hopleaf in Chicago the night before Dark Lord Day. Bottle #0745, bottles on 12/04/10.

a - Pours a clear dark amber color with a reddish tint, low carbonation evident, and one inch of white head.

s - Smells of oak, cherries, raspberries, light tart, some funk, and fruity malts. A nice combination of light tart dark fruits, light funk, and light oak, where nothing was overpowering and everything about it was enjoyable. Outstanding nose.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, tart raspberries, oak, some funk, and fruity malts. Again, everything is balanced and light, yet refreshing.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Was between buying a bottle of this and Madame Rose and while I have still not had Madame Rose, I was very happy with my choice. Overall I thought this was a great, very drinkable sour. It isn't the most funky or sourest wild ale out there, but was refreshing and a beer I felt like I could have drank the whole bottle of. Light sour raspberries and cherries complimented by light funk and oak. Would love to get more of this one. (1,135 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The first pour of Lolita yields a radiant, clear, cherry red beer. There's a little bit of pink tinged foam crowning the beer, but it fades quickly and without leaving a trace. The second pour would introduce some sediment and cloud the beer up. The nose is very raspberry centric, with a bit of acidity to it. It comes across as a less bold Weyerbacher Riserva. The flavor has a bit more nuance to it, as pure raspberry is smoothed out by some dark fruitiness from the wine barrels. In addition, there's a little bit of funk to take the vinegar edge off the noticeable tartness. I have to say, for a beer that specifically mentions brett but no other critters, it sure is still overpoweringly sour rather than funky. This one finished out just a little too dry for me, either that or it was too highly carbonated. Whatever the cause, that balance was thrown off and resulted in an overly spritzy mouthfeel, especially towards the end of the beer once it had warmed some. Were it not for a pretty great flavor Goose Island gets from the raspberries Lolita aged on, it'd be an entirely average attempt at a wild ale. (1,159 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.87/5  rDev -29%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12/4/10 bottling

Pour of a clear raspberry brown , healthy white head of mini bubbles

Smell of raspberry, tart acid and light malt

Tasting not surprisingly of raspberry, light acidity and some mild funk flavors. Extremely smooth and easy drinking. Definitely does not come across as a 7% abv beer. Healthy carbonation and a light body. Second of the three sisters in preference. Madame Rose easily beats this on my scale. Partially wild, but mostly tamed. It is good but I would hesitate at the wild ale categorization in taste but the aroma seems about right. (563 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled the same day as every other bottle and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Poured into my tulip, this brew pours a rusty Autumn orange with a head that vanishes in thin air. Nothing impressive from this bottle.

S: The aroma is heavy in the raspberries and candy sugar. The nose is not funky at all, and the tartness compliments it's sweet aromas.

T: The tartness comes out strong (compared to the nose) in the flavor. The raspberries add a fresh backbone. The finish reveals it's wine barrel aging and finishes like a weak Merlot, but it's evident that this brew should be a little more dynamic than what it is.

MF: Mouthfeel is fine for what this brew is.

Overall, Goose Island might be the king of bourbon barrels, but they're definitely far away from being the kings of wine barrels. I don't see Lolita improving with age, because I do not see any flavor notes that are hidden that will improve over time, but only time will tell. (941 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (419 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Bottled on 12/4/10.

A: Pours a ruby red with a thin white head that disappears immediately. Also has specks of white particles: perhaps it is yeast.
S: Tart raspberries, funkiness, and some red wine.
T: Tart and acidic fruit, very sour as it hits the tongue. Some sweet vinegar on the finish.
M: Medium carbonation with a light body and crisp finish.
D: Could be a touch less sour and more fruity, a little bit worse in this category than the other two GI sours (Juliet & Madame Rose). (534 characters)

Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.