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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 317
Hads: 1,923
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 25.62%
Wants: 260
Gots: 668 | 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 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
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

Had again, a 2013 bottle in Feb. 2016. It was even better than I had remembered. Unreal.

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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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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Bottle

A - Copper red, clear, with brisk carbonation rising. Small, tight head, and fades away quickly, with no real lacing.

S - Sour hit of raspberry, wine, acid and vinegar. Lacing with a subtle funkiness, along the lines of rotting fruit.

T - Sour, primarily wine and vinegar, couples with mild fruit notes, predominately cranberry and tart raspberry. Mild hints of sweetness. As it warms, the sour comes on stronger. Some must and wine notes.

M - A significant acidic burn, coupled with significant carbonation, keeps it bright.

O - Three years in, the sweetness appears to have been pretty thoroughly gobbled by the yeast. The result is a pungent, sour beer, but one with several layers working simultaneously. The wine elements are interesting, and the hints of fruit give a counterpoint to the acidic bite that makes the beer's core. A fine offering.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bot. 17-june-13 consumed 09-May-14.

A: Cranberry red coloring with a strong, seltzer like rise of micro-effervesce that showed a violent surface disturbance and loud audible crackling. A short lived patchy, dirty cream head is bubbly, and quickly lapses to a smooth polished surface within seconds.

S: The nose was of dry tart raspberries as to be expected, some light sour fruit and a light musky barnyard flair that was medium, and smooth in delivery.

T: Tart raspberry flavor, very smooth with a small touch of barnyard funk. Some sour cherry and citrus with a buttery oak taste around the edges. Tart and acidic, yet very well manageable with a smooth polished flavor that just flows continously with a gentle ease and finish.

M: Acidic and sprizty mouthful, very active with a deep syrupy depth makes for a very nice feel and hold.

O: Overall a very nice wild/sour flair, but remains very manageable for those new to style or who dont like things overblown. This has just the right amount of sourness and eloquent feel that it can easily substitute as a wine at a fine dinner party. Very well brewed with a soothing sourness factor makes this an easy try and easy A beer for me.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very effervescent. It wasn't a gusher but it formed a finger's worth of head and then poof, it was gone. The head is a light beige/off-white with rose hints while the body is a medium rose with some amber that shows more amber when held up to the light. This doesn't look like it's going to leave behind any lacing. (And it doesn't.)

Nose- Bubbles fly up into my nose and it reminds me a lot of champagne. Raspberry is the dominant note with slight hints of straw, wheat, and strawberries. Some grassiness but no real acetic acid yet. Some red grape to the nose as well. Swirling shows some stone fruit, cherry and green peaches.

Taste- Starts off with raspberry on the front that shows some tartness around the edges. Some cherry, some peach, some hints of straw. Slight acetic acid but this is not a sour that makes you pucker that much. I wish there was a little more funkiness but there is enough to keep me satisfied. Some red grape but nothing that I can point out as Cabernet Sauvignon. Lots of grassiness and maybe some melon. Tartness grows as I drink it more but this is still a fairly accessible beer. Maybe a bit simplistic but what it does do, it does pretty well. Somewhat on the delicate side with a nice, dry finish. Reminds me of a funky, grassy rose wine to some extent. Definitely a really good beer but might be great if there were more funkiness and a little more complexity too it. Some strawberry and other dark red fruit. Some earth and maybe a little bit of chalk or mineral on the finish. As I drink it more, it does show some hints of greatness.

Mouthfeel- This might be the best aspect of this beer. Light bodied and delicate with light carbonation that still manages to tingle and pop a little bit on your tongue. Even a little bit airy. Not quite Cantillon mouthfeel but getting close.

Drinkability- Very accessible for a sour and the 8.2% doesn't show at all. However, this does run about 20 bucks a bottle so I don't think I would buy this again. I would be tempted to get a glass if I saw it on tap for a reasonable price.

Overall- Really good beer with glimmers of greatness. Sourheads might find it to be a little weak but I like this level of tartness. Plus, there's enough of the funk to keep me interested. Worth a try but it's understandable if you don't want to pay 20 bucks for this. I wouldn't do it again.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky caramel orange, no head/lacing.

Funk, acidity, strawberries, sour grape, raspberries - pungent.

Taste is equal parts sour/fruit. Lemon and oak in addition to the other fruits. Complexity is a bit low on this one.

Medium sour, dry spritzy champagne like mouthfeel. ABV tastes around 7%. A bit too much carbonation for my taste.

I like it, could use more depth and refinement.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on the bottle says: June 24, 2013. Been sitting on this for four months since purchase to celebrate a nice payday from a gig I picked up on the side.

Pours oddly clear. Amber in hue. Nose is super sour! Whew! Vinegar, lactic tones; all very sharp. Flavor is just wads of wildness in your mouth. More so a punch than any real grace or character showing. I don't get much fruit; barely an accent. But hey. It's wild and sour. Won't go down as the most graceful wild ale of them all, but I can live with this.

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Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice and different orange reddish color with practically no head.
Aroma of raspberries, light barnyard, strawberries, cherries and some sulphur.
Very sour beer with notes of raspberries, pears, white wine, oak, lime, plums, apple vinegar, grapes and mango biche. Dry aftertaste with a lingering funky note.
Light body with good carbonation of micro bubbles. Alcohol of 8.7% abv is not there at all.
Fruity beer for sour initiated with great complexity.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 765mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Vintage 2013. Bottled on 18 June 2013.

A: Lots of little bubbles. Brief head fades almost immediately. Russet-clear with a pink tinge.

S: Fresh-pressed raspberries and tart fruit. Lightly funky. Very, very nice.

T/M: Oh wow. Very tart! Almost too much so. The barnyard tang from the Brett is present, but can't outshine the massive amount of fruit, providing a lot of residual sugars and unmistakable merriness.

O: Great beer, great book, great night. Highly recommended, but perhaps overpriced.

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Photo of imscotty
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful reddish orange. Nicely carbonated, almost no head or lacing.

S: Has an acidic sour aroma, some hay and earthy tones.

T: This is how I like my sours, this one gives you a bit of a pucker, but it is not so sour that it hurts. Entirely drinkable. Of course the acetic sour flavor stands out, but there is much more to this brew than just that. There are apple, pear, and berry flavors. There is even a touch of sweetness mixed in. A taste of malt.

M: Clean, dry, refreshing, pleasantly carbonated.

O: A very nice example of the style. Some sours are sippers, this one is a drinker.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Cherry red with blood orange accents. Head dissipates swiftly.

S - Plum, a little must. Sourness is evident.

T - Sour grape skins. Not super funky. Tastes pleasantly sour but not aggressively so. Red fruits predominate: particularly cherry and raspberry.

M - Carbonation is quite low, thereby preventing the unnecessary the ramping up of the acidity.

O - A remarkably refreshing beer which could have been improved if it tasted a little weirder/funkier. This beer is a little simplistic; pretty straightforward in terms of its flavour profiles and the first sip yields much the same flavours as the finish. I have a sneaking suspicion this beer would be awesome with some age on it. I may just have to find out.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

765 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours lightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a small off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing. No glass lacing, and a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart raspberry, strawberry, sour cherry, red wine, oak, clove, hay, straw, grass, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and wine barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of tart raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, red wine, vinegar, oak, clove, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart raspberry, sour cherry, strawberry, red wine, oak, clove, vinegar, musty funk, leather, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and wine barrel flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great fruited wild ale. All around good balance and complexity of raspberry, fruity/funky yeast, and wine barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 06/13/13.

What a gorgeous color! Like a honey rouge. Comes out all a-spritzing, and then it bums out to a standstill. Releases all of its gases in about thirty seconds.

Bright raspberry sour with that unripe, unwanted picked berry. There's a loud barrel note of red wine (pinot) and mild French oak. Critter funk has some mushroom and nutty cheese complexity without all of the ripeness of a Brett infestation. Uniquely tamed to feature the fruit, which has that unwavering sourness, all its own. Hints of strawberry, lemon, and hay bundles. Superb.

Lip-smacking tartness with bright raspberry and unripe strawberry notes, acetic burn that scales back on fruitiness, French oak, goat cheese acidity and funk, wet straw, and tannic grape skins. A splendid wild ale with a depth of flavor and complexity.

A lot of carbonation contained within, and it's tight and spritzy. Very acidic with an almost harsh vinegar burn.

Impressive wild ale. Rivals other great sour raspberry wilds. The wine barrel offers great character.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Burgundy yellow and gold. White head. Looks fantastic!

S: Some vinegar and funk. White wine as well.

T: So awesome. Sourness, funkiness, vinegar, oak wood, sauvignon, butter, cane sugar, cream, plums and other fruits, definitely raspberries.

M: Medium on the thicker side. This is a nice feel for this style. Simply amazing.

O: This is one of the best beers I've had so far. It is so complex and full bodied. Hopefully it's the same in the bottle!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a very transparent, almost sparkling cider-like body with lots of fizzy bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. The bubbles and the off-white head leave quickly, leaving just the amber body behind.

S- Raspberries, hints of oak, apple-cider vinegar, hints of funk, but mostly fruity and pleasant.

T- Tart, but not puckering tartness, lots of mellow oak, big fruity flavors come through with raspberry leading the way, but I get hint of apple as well. Some earthy wood notes on the finish with some sour funk lingering behind.

M- Tart with a slight sour burn. Medium-light bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation.

O- A very nice sour that balances earthiness, funkiness and fruitiness extremely well. Could be my favorite out of Lolita, Juliet and Halia.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent sour, redolent of raspberries and with enough bite to be very interesting, but not so much as to destroy the tastebuds. The pour itself is beautiful, with the raspberries lending a ruby hue to the base brown color. Little head. Raspberries in the aroma, along with a fairly sharp sourness. The taste is even better, with a rounder profile, a bare touch of sweetness, and a clear, fresh fruit note along with the somewhat bracing acidity. Very nicely done indeed.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy rust color with hardly any head. Smells funky and acidic with a touch of raspberry and vanilla. Flavor starts off sweet-ish with some dryness and tartness coming through the middle. Raspberry is tastefully done and subdued. A bit too much oak for me. The vanilla is a little overpowering. Light acidity in the finish. Mouthfeel could use some more fizz to combat the richness of the wood. This is tasty, but I'd have a hard time drinking more than a glass of this.

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