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Lolita - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 303
Hads: 1,814
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 239
Gots: 607 | FT: 58
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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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. (512 characters)

Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of imscotty
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,432 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,034 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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! (457 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.24/5  rDev +5%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of fx20736
2.4/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World for $ 23 on 2/23/14. Served chilled into a white wine glass.

Appearance: coppery amber full of effervescent carbonation. No head.

Smell: at first blush vinegar which changes into a sour fruitiness very much like Champagne.

Taste: tart raspberries followed by a pungent funkiness.

Mouthfeel: full and prickly.

Overall: My first ever Sour, maybe my last. Goose Island is my favorite brewery but this simply does not work for me. (478 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a pinkish-gold color with one finger of white head. Light lacing left behind.

Tart aroma of raspberry, wine grapes, cloves, black pepper and an earthy funkiness.

The taste mimics the aroma. Tart with raspberry, wine grapes, oak, cloves and yeasty funk notes The 9% abv is well-hidden.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A top-notch Wild from Goose Island. A must try. (412 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at Brass Rail enjoyed chilled in two wine glasses shared with my wife on Valentine's day.

The color is deep red like raspberry juice with light haze and quick receding light pink head. Visibly carbonated and enjoyable to look at while waiting for our meal. The smell is delightful, lots of fruity esters, light sour smell from wild yeast and the wine barrel gives a flanders type woody aroma. The feel is great, very acidic with medium carbonation w/ fruity sweet element and light tannin adding to the puckering raspberry effect with dry finish.

The flavor is both sour and slightly sweet with raspberry with red wine tartness and light sweet edge of fruit with fresh tart berry flavors adding to the acidity of lactic acid and yeast which compliments the light oak in the background. Overall very nice sour ale with flavor of raspberry, but not over the top fruit drinkable with a kiss of raspberry (921 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed amber color with some reddish hues to it. A very small fizzy cream colored head disappears pretty much immediately.

S: Lots of underripe raspberry, raspberry jam and cranberry tartness here. Beneath that is a musty oak note with a bit of a vinous character. The oak carries some vanilla and a touch of spice.

T: Big underripe raspberry tartness upfront. Meaty sour cherry, big Pinot Noir notes and some lighter white wine notes as it winds down into the finish. Finish is lemony tart and slightly acetic with a light tannic dryness that rounds things out pretty nicely. (589 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 765ml bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. Fridge temp, around 41 F. Bottled on: 1011 03JUL13. Most of the sediment left in the bottle.

Pours reddish, big initial head which dissipates quickly into a small ring around the edge. Lots of carbonation. Smell is tart. Also, tart. And berries.

Taste is dry and tart -- not much sweetness, just fruity tartness, like unripe mango, maybe. Some berries.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, effervescent, crisp. Nice.

Overall, very tasty. I want to drink this cold in a hot, humid environment. (540 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour produces half inch white head that recedes quickly and looks appears quaff is flat. Color of fresh squeezed cranberries, rhubarb, strawberries and such.

Aroma is exquisite. Tart/sour as you like and fresh summer fruits. Without too many words, this needs to be experienced.

Any surprise here-tart as a fresh picked strawberry that exacerbates the taste buds to quiver. I know there are raspberries in here but I get more of a strawberry/rhubarb concoction.

Mouthfeel is quenching and carbonation is spritzy.

Packaging gets a five here and enhances the experience. A nice bottle to share or enjoy alone on a Sunday afternoon like I just have. Lolita is delicious! (671 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-slightly hazy orange red color with a decent off-white head and no lacing

S-barnyard funk, raspberry, tart, hint of sweetness and grain

T-sour grapes, funk, slight sweetness, raspberry

F-medium body with lively carbonation, crisp and astringent

O-solid sour with decent flavor, not as well-balanced as some other examples (327 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a ruby orange color with a very small head that disappears completely

S- lots of barnyard funk up front with notes of wet hay. Fresh fruity berries, dark grape skin, slight vinegar acidity

T- berry juice with some acidity up front, tart raspberries with some doughy malt backbone. Woodsy and earthy notes with some vinous grape skin character, herbal with some puckering berry on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp and dry finish

O- This and Juliet was my favorite of the sisters. Reminds me of a classic Flanders Red. I would drink this one over and over. (622 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of Goose Island's Lolita that my friend brought over to share with me. I really liked the past two Goose Island sisters that I had and I decided to go half with my friend on bottle, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty clean and simple, just like the other beers in this series, it's nice looking. It poured a slightly hazy red/orange color that took on some nice ruby hue when held to the light and it had a half a fingers worth of bubbly slightly off white head that quickly faded to nothing and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, the head and lacing were lacking, but I thought the color was really nice.

S- The aroma starts of with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by a apparent tartness being the first to show up and it's followed by some funky yeast aromas that are very brett like with a little bit of farmhouse funk in the background with a really slight musty aroma. Up next comes the raspberrys, they show up nicely and it has a nice natural raspberry aroma to it. Towards the end I get a really slight grainy aroma with some lighter oaky aromas in the background. This beer had a very nice aroma, I have no complaints at all.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the sourness being the first to show up and I would say it's right around medium, it's a little acidic and it's followed by a very light rainy malt flavor. Up next comes the raspberrys that impart a nice berry taste along with a nice natural raspberry taste. On the finish comes some oaky and wild yeast flavor with some nice brett like flavors showing up and on the finish there's some lingering sourness with some berry and wild yeast like flavors in the aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer and I thought it wasn't overly sour with some nice raspberry flavors.

M- Fairly smooth, a little acidic, crisp, dry, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was very nice and it worked really well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a pretty good example of a American Wild Ale, it had a nice sour base to it that wasn't overly sour or acidic and the raspberry worked well with this beer and the all the flavors seem to come together nicely. This beer had nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth a little acidic, dry, not too filling and the taste did a very nice job at holding my attention, the acidic aspect would keep me from drinking the whole bottle, but I think half the bottle is pretty close to the prefect amount for me and I think this would make for a nice beer to enjoy in the summertime. What I like the most about this beer was how well the raspberry worked with the sour base, they complemented each other nicely. What I like the least about this beer is nothing, there is anything that I would change, it's great just the way it is. I would buy this beer again if I saw it, it's pretty pricey at $20, but I think it's worth it and it's a nice special occasion beer. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes American Wild Ales or sour beers in general. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer and I'm glad I decided to go half on a bottle with my friend, I wouldn't want to miss out on this one, and the more beers I have from this series the more I like it. Juliet is still my favorite but this one comes in a solid second. Great job guys, this was a really nice beer and I hope I can try the rest of the sisters, keep up the great work. (3,630 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a vibrant, slightly hazed pink color. A white head quickly rises to two fingers, then fizzles out noisily. No lace. I love the color on this, and reminds me of Champagne.
S: Fresh fleshy fruits of berries and jam. Almost cider like. Lightly vinous with an acidic bit. Some wood/barrel aromas. Simple, but just lovely.
T: A more intense acidic burst up front. Then the fruit flavors. Lots of berries flavors that are jammy and juicy. Almost like Raspberry juice. Light vinous character in the finish as well as a bit of funk warming up.
M/D: Light to medium body that has a great effervescent bite. So crisp, clean, and refreshing. The acidity builds throughout, and makes this a bit of a sipper. Still so enjoyable to drink.

Maybe my favorite of the Belgian Sisters. I am really glad to see this in Texas. While it is on the expensive side, still cheaper than the others sitting around and a better product IMO. Highly recommended. (941 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely glowing pinkish-red orangy color with a quickly fading white head. No lace, no more head, but a very nice color. Clear enough to see a stream of carbonation bubbles rising at the center of the glass. Aroma is clean with a dusting of wackiness. Juicy tart raspberries, wild yeast, white doughy crackers, warm summer floral, and some soft musky wood. Taste is similar but includes increased tart funkiness. Really nice actually. Very fun to drink. Flavors are sweet and sour berries, tangy and tart, woody and earthy, floral, herbal, fermented fruit, white wine, and grape skins. Smooth, soft, fluid texture, with puckering/smacky tart dryness. (649 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing orange-amber liquid with a low white head that promptly crackles away to nothing. Potent acetic aroma: dry, funky raspberries, mustiness, and dry wood. Sweetish, tart raspberry slickness in the mouth. Dry wine-like fruit, dust, lemon, earth, and sharp woody notes. A bit phenolic in the finish which meshes with the spicy wood. The extremely dry, acidic smell is a little harsh, but the berries really come out in the flavor. Super dry and puckering mouthfeel, lightly carbonated. Very refreshing and surprisingly refreshing for its strength. (558 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to kingkong for this one!

A: Pours a clear red-brown body under an inch of pale pink froth that quickly dissipates entirely - no lace at all. Ok, but uninspiring.

S: Tart, vinous, and fruity. Sour raspberry, grape skin, tannic oak, and some acetic vinegar. Hints of cherry, spice, and vanilla. Really nice.

T: Tart raspberry up front, with dry oak (hints of coconut here), red wine, and acetic sourness toward the back end. The finish is extremely sour, dry, and woody. Delightfully vinous aftertaste, but it's marred somewhat by a piercing vein of alcohol heat. I'll never understand the impulse to up the ABV on a sour, as even this moderate booziness really distracts from all the excellent flavors that preceded it.

M: Medium bodied with extremely soft, creamy carbonation. Delightful.

O: Extremely enjoyable beer, with a good mixture of intensity and complexity. It's a little on the harsh side, but I'm having no problem putting away a 765ml by myself. Thanks again Patrick!

Cheers! (1,033 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

765ml bottle split, hill farmstead stemware

All of the 4 Sisters beers are pretty solid - lolita is lively and tart from the aggressive addition of raspberries. Some wood and vinous notes come through from the cab sauv barrels, but those traits are not overly assertive. Bubbly carbonation - good stuff, just wish it was more around the $15 price point (353 characters)

Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.