Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
3.82 | pDev: 9.69%
Jul 16, 2020
Mar 08, 2014
Very Good
Notes: There was particular attention to the malt bill using pale munich, wheat and rye. There was no fruit harmed in the making of this beer, however you can't avoid the beautiful banana esters and clove phenals that the Weihenstephan weizen yeast expresses. Rasselbock is a German style Dark, Rye, Wheat beer.

30 IBU
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Reviewed by brother_rebus from Maine

3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75
its not something I would seek again. Really cant tell if its old, or just is supposed to be this kind of brownish murk. It’s carbed well though, and tastes pretty OK. Earthy. Not too much hop but its there. It reminds me of St. B ABT12 but less syrupy kinda. Meh
Jul 16, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 1/19/16; drank 3/3/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggnog head; strong lace.

Caramel, banana & clove notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & faint clove flavors up front; smooth caramel notes on the finish.

Simple but very effective; dark yet easy to quaff. A fine brew.
Aug 15, 2019
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Reviewed by bmeehan from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
If you have an idea of what to expect from something like a doppelbock style of beer, this heads down that path. It's deliciously sweet and hoppy, but the sweetness is balanced perfectly. It's a great mix of flavor between something fuller bodied and something more floral.
Feb 16, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California

Sep 11, 2016
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Reviewed by DMarlinJ from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very German and well done. I don't get a lot of clove but that is a good thing for me. I like the rye wheat blend but it seems more rye than wheat. Nice change of pace.
Aug 24, 2016
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into a stange glass. Bottled 1/19/16.

Pours a dark copper color, somewhat opaque, a big two finger head in a skinny, Stiegl stange, some foamy lacing, lots of streaming bubbles. The smell is rye, cloves, yeast, light banana, caramel, toffee, wheat, bread, some general spiciness, a little smoke. The taste is caramel, rye, banana, malt, spices- especially clove, wheat, some brown sugar. Very little bitterness. Smooth, semi- dry, refreshing, great body, well carbonated.

Great aroma, lots of flavor, this is much better than I expected. Liked it more, the more I drank. Lots of rye, which really appeals to me. Great example of the style. Only bought the one bottle, won't make that mistake the next time it comes around.
Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 3 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin

Jul 19, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by paulish from New York

Jul 15, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Jul 13, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by EdFed from Illinois

Jun 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark copper in color with very little light penetration. There's a quarter inch of light khaki colored creamy foam on top. Light lacing. I smell wheat, light malt, and rye. Honestly it smells like a soft salted pretzel. I taste some dark wheat, along with banana esters and some dark malt. I'm not getting the rye flavor that is atypical. Perhaps this is more of a dark wheat? The mouth is fairly light and quaffable.
Jun 12, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by JeltMaaj from Illinois

Jun 11, 2016
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: Pours a deep reddish brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap

S: Lots of estery banana notes up front with some spicy rye and clove in there as well. Mostly a banana bomb

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a big hit of the banana and some spicy rye and clove follows up quickly. Some light smokiness come out with the rye as well. Wheat also makes itself known towards the finish, although it is hidden slightly by the banana. Finishes with wisps of smoke and lingering banana and rye

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth

O: A solid hybrid brew that really throws out the banana notes. The rye and clove notes work well together and make for a surprisingly tasty brew. Worth a shot
Jun 07, 2016
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: The beer is hazy dark reddish amber in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has some clumps of yeast floating in suspension and a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The taste has flavors of yeast—bananas stand out in particular—along with hints of sweet malts, making it somewhat reminiscent of a dunkelweizen. Once the beer warmed up a tad, spicy notes of rye started to kick in.
T: The taste follows the smell, having some initial flavors of bananas and cloves from the yeast and spicy flavors of rye, the latter of which linger into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite easy to drink compared to some of the other beers that I've had in the style, particularly because the weizen yeast adds some fruitiness that helps to balance off the spiciness of the rye.

Serving type: bottle
Jun 02, 2016
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Rated by jksiazek from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Tons of banana on palate with clove on the finish.
May 28, 2016
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Rated by HoppyBeerisHappyBeer from Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Good for what it says. Not my type of beer.
May 26, 2016
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Reviewed by steveh from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I picked this up a while back, when it first hit shelves, and had been saving a bottle to review... and forgot it. Not quite 4 months in the bottle, let's see if I find it as good as the first 5 bottles.

L -- Clear, deep caramel brown with red highlights and a thick, firm, light tan head that settles slowly. Leftover yeast clouds up the appearance in the second-half pour, but is to be expected.

S -- Clove spiciness with banana undertones. Mellow bready malt back.

T -- Spicy and herbal up front with good breadiness and banana in the middle, rounding off with a dry, rye spiciness in the finish. The Breadiness and banana linger through a very smooth aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and lightly syrupy with a light-medium body.

O -- A very full-flavored, Dunkelweizen-like beer. Well-made and worth trying -- even 4 months in the bottle (I know a couple spots that still have this one left over).
May 12, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by shirtless_mike from Indiana

May 07, 2016
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
4/25/16 dunkelroggenweizenbock
Apr 30, 2016
Rated: 3.76 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Apr 28, 2016
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep mahogany with 1 finger of tan head. Very hazy.

Clove, cinnamon, banana, rye, pumpernickel, and caramel.

Big clove flavors with lesser touches of cinnamon. Banana throughout. Rye, pumpernickel, and caramel maltiness. Spices linger.

Medium bodied, crisp, oily, and off-dry.

Banana, clove, and tons of rye malt. It's exactly what it says it is.
Apr 20, 2016
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, bottled January 19, 2016. A new one from Goose Island, acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Awesome bottle artwork on this one. My first encounter with a Roggenbier, as this is listed under here on BeerAdvocate. "German-Style Dark Rye Wheat Ale with banana & clove aromas and a dry finish".

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - It pours a thick ruddy caramel brown body, with one finger of thin frothy khaki-tan head that lingers on as a foamy ring.

S - Like the bottle says, big banana and clove phenols. Subtle notes of cream, wheat, brown bread, and some minor alcohol fumes mixed with the banana phenols. A banana and clove bomb, to be sure.

T - Flavor follows the nose: big banana and clove spiciness, notes of grain, wheat, rye, alcohol fumes, spice. Good Belgian yeast profile to be damn sure. Notes of brown bread / bread crust somewhere near the finish. Minor alcohol warming presence, even at a mere 6.80% abv. Some cola-esque flavors emerge as the beer warms.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, good carbonation, medium-bodied, and easy drinking. Lingering yeast derived banana fruitiness. Very creamy stuff, dry on the finish.

Overall, an interesting German inspired brew from Goose Island. Recommended.

Goose Island Rasselbock -----4/5.
Apr 12, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by kwgduke from Pennsylvania

Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by j0hnc2468 from New York

Mar 31, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Quite enjoyable, if you're into Clove cocktails. Cloudy, deep amber color. Lots of banana in the aroma, with the heavy handed clove and rye spices in the mouth. Goes down smooth, with a fairly crisp/dry finish.
Mar 30, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by Fusebuddy from Wisconsin

Mar 29, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 27, 2016
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Reviewed by 1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Milky cloudy mahogany-brown body, tan dense head, some lace. Nose is lots of clove, mild banana and toffee notes. The taste is more clove, mild caramel malt and just the slightest hint of banana. The clove teams up with the rye to hit a spicy peak towards the finish, with some mild bitterness to finish it off. Creamy, full body, soft but plentiful carbonation.
The clove was nearly overpowering, but this was otherwise a great beer. Once again, I'm in awe of German creativity with basic ingredients and, of course, a good strain of yeast.
Mar 21, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by daigakusei11 from Japan

Mar 15, 2016
Rated: 4 by enelson from Illinois

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by jschott75 from Illinois

Mar 13, 2016
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark wheat beer with plenty of cloudiness and yeast qualities. It is a muddy brown color with a thin head.m the aroma is full of bubblegum, clove, and banana. The taste has a nice wheat twang and some slightly toasted malt notes. Fruit is present throughout. Medium in body.
Mar 10, 2016
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Rated by Scarycarrie1 from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Good. I hope it sticks around.
Mar 10, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by mschrei from Illinois

Mar 09, 2016
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Reviewed by matjack85 from Illinois

3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This new offering from Goose Island is part of their Fulton & Wood Street Series. I found this single 12oz bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL and made it a part of my mix and match 6-pack of beers for $9.99. Freshness date of Jan.19, 2016 is stamped on the back label.

The beer poured a cloudy caramel brown color with a 2-finger light tan head that lasted about a minute and left just a bit of lacing.

Green banana and dark bread aroma.

Green banana and sour apple flavor with some rye and clove spiciness. Caramelly sweet underneath with some mild hop bitterness.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with medium body and light carbonation.

It's a very unique beer that can't be compared to anything else.
Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 3.95 by baconfromwalmart from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Giggy from Michigan

Mar 05, 2016
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Reviewed by tjwarren from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark, murky , smaller head than I expected.
Smell is faintly sour but a good deal of banana and other fruity esters.
Taste - if you like banana you will love it. Not much rye, more like a weizen, wheaty.
Smooth feel
Overall - easy drinking and enjoyable. Will look for it again.
Mar 03, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Feb 26, 2016
Rasselbock from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 89 ratings