Summertime | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sunshine color, grass aroma, bread and lemon flavor, light body.

Added by Quaffer on 08-08-2001

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Photo of fscottkey
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (5.1%) and there is a bottled date (03/09/2017). The beer is a transparent pale yellow color. It has a good 2 fingers of white foam head.

S: [3.50] The nose is a little subdued. Corn, grape skins, and cereal.

T: [3.25] Nothing special here. Corn, mild brown bread, light floral hops.

M: [3.50] Below medium body and decent carbonation.

O: [3.25] I recently had a Kolsch that I really liked so I hoped to have some more in the category - but my streak ended at one. This tastes like a macro lager with some additional goodness. It is just bland and uninspired.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Inbev and GI produce good looking beers, this shouldn't even be an opinion. This one is golden, lots of carbonation and clarity with 3/5" white head. Aroma hits the mild grain/lemon motif.

Taste is similar to Sierra Nevada's Summerfest. I think its made well and relatively traditional, should be more than satisfactory in the summertime. Wouldn't want to bang in fall or spring. Maybe after sweating all day on the slopes once you get back to the parking lot.

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Photo of Tone
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw color. 4/5 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of wheat, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Kolsch. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight metallic, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, weak aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden straw pale color with a bright white head, decent amount of carbonation, no lacing, no head retention, beer is clear.

A: Grassy, hay, lemon, bready malts, grains, very subtle aromas.

T: Like the nose, hay, grass, slight lemon with malts, slight bitterness, finish is crisp with aftertaste of lemon and hay lingering.

M: Light bodied with a crisp finish.

O: Nothing impressive, not bad, something I would not reach for again, no hop presence.

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Photo of Myotus
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 42°F from a 12oz bottle (born on 13Jan16) into a stange. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 24Jul16.
SMELL: Mild aromas of biscuits, caramel, and grains are balanced by subtle aromas of peaches, pears, white grapes, lemon zest, earthy hops, and floral hops.
TASTE: A balance is instantly established as mild flavors of floral hops and grains commingle on the palate. Mild flavors of caramel along with subtle flavors of peach, pear, and white grape bring a calm sweetness as grains grows stronger. Further malt and hop balance develops as mild flavors of biscuits and earthy hops make their debut. The profile closes with subtle flavors of lemon zest, spicy, hops, and bitter hops as all prior flavors maintain.
NOTE: While this may have not been the best of beers, this does accomplish its purpose. It's crisp and refreshing and I can easily picture myself popping open a bottle during the heat of the Texas day. It's a good alternative to those disgraceful Radlers.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wife picked this one for the beach. Aroma is yeasty with lemony essence. Taste is lemon esters and bready. Creamy mouthfeel. I will reiterate what my wife says and I concur-if you are tired of the summer shandies this is a great alternative. I sessioned a sizer and took a great nap on the beach. These go down smooth and frankly pretty good.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour from a longneck into a nonic pint produces a one inch head that dissipates to a clinging ring and islands of lace. The beer is a crystal clear pale golden color with light carbonation. It really does seem "bright".

A pleasant light fruitiness and a touch of slightly funky DMS are detectable in the nose. The flavor features notes of citrus and melon, with a balancing earthy and grassy hop bitterness that suggests noble hops. The snappy finish tingles on the tongue and is one of the beer's best features.

I'm still trying to get wrapped around this style. This example is light with just enough bitterness to balance, and makes a very nice warm weather quaff.

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Photo of illpass78
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on draft at Pat's in Portland, Maine. Note: I was told this was a "Goose Summer Ale," but then I checked the GI website and it sounds like that's not available this year. I'm fairly sure it was Summertime Kolsch.

Appearance: Clear gold with a short white crown. Sheets of lacing ring glass.

Aroma: Peach, mango, tropical fruit. I get a tiny whiff of yeasty funk-type smell. Some cereal grains, too.

Taste: Follows nose. Nice, crisp, fruity taste. Good malt backbone. Peach note dominates.

Mouthfeel: Easy and summery.

Overall: Really nice summer beer. Hits all the notes. Great amigo for a pizza, too.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very clear golden hue with below-average carbonation and minimal head. Smell of sweet, fruity malts. Not unpleasantly cloying, though. Flavor is much better-balanced. The sweetness is definitely present, but there is some hop bitterness to counter it. A lot more carbonation in the mouthfeel. Overall, a nice offering, particularly in Goose Island's economy line.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This kolsch pours a light yellow, slightly hazy color with a thin white foamy head and a high amount of carbonation. The scent is light and summery, a little malty and a little citrusy. The taste has notes of toasted grain, yeast, some light florals, and a light citrus snap in the finish. The body is light and the finish is very crisp. This beer is pretty basic, but it’s true to the style and it’s really refreshing and fitting for a summer variety pack.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's on the lighter side for me but that's ok every once in a while if it's a good tasting beer which this is. It has a fruity smell to it, smells almost like strawberries.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $13.99 Longs Drugs
Clear golden color
High carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Slight tang from the hops, crisp and refreshing, taste of bananas
Overall a great beer to have on a hot day like it is now. Probably would have rated it lower if I was drinking this on a cold day so the weather at time of drinking is a factor in my ratings.

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Photo of DaneBramage
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden with medium head
S: Bready and malty, hint of lemon
T: Like Bud or Old Mil with lemon juice added
F: Nothing special
O: Disappointing, to say the least. Just didn't do anything for me taste-wise, your basic macro-brew flavor with lemon.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Bottled on 27 Jan 16 printed on the label. Pours a translucent yellow with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that sizzles and pops and quickly dissipates towards the edges. Nose is slightly grassy and expresses feint metallic notes. Taste follows nose with a trace of light fruity esters in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation just shy of lively that leaves a residual prickle at the roof of the mouth between quaffs. All and all, a bit disappointing - just lacking that clean crisp character associated with the style.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Golden with clarity, 1/2 a finger of head and some minor lacing left on the glass

S - German pilsner grains, bready

T - crisp and refreshing

F - medium carbonation, thin body

O - A tasty summer brew, no doubt meant for a hot afternoon

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite some time has passed since I have had a Goose Island, so much time that the last time I had one they were independently owned. Now under the auspices of AB, I can say I still think the quality is there, at least from where I'm concerned.

Out of the glass it pours a nice golden color, darker than a lager, but lighter than an amber. Which come to think of it, this is how I would explain it's taste - more full-bodied than a lager, but lighter and less bitter than an amber. Overall, I kinda liked it. The only thing that I wasn't too keen on was the mouthfeel as it was more carbonated than I prefer. Other than that, it's a solid brew for hot F-L-A days...

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Photo of matcris
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Clear and golden. Moderate amount of medium bubbles rising. Finger of quickly dissipating white foamy head.
AROMA: Slight grass, sunflower seeds, bready, a little lemon.
TASTE: Nice bready quality, nice but mild hop flavor/grassy, lemon, soda water.
FEEL: Nice, strong carbonation, medium thin body, dry.
OVERALL: Nice flavor, nothing off, a little watery, maybe. Be great in the sun.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Description sums it up pretty well - "Sunshine color, grass aroma, bread and lemon flavor, light body." It's a light, mostly nondescript kolsch with citrus flavors, mostly lemon and orange, and a bready malt. Not much more to add other than its a good beer ice cold on a warm night. Very drinkable.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was shocked I haven't tried this beer before. What is there to say? Its a pretty pedestrial summer ale. Light and crisp, nothing off putting and nothing in flavor profile that really strikes gold either. Solid middle of the road Kolsch. A craft beer for summer when you don't want to have to think about beer.

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Photo of csheridan
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lovely golden color with moderate carbonation and lacing, this one has a mild fruitiness, with definite biscuit and malt tones. Nice light beer, but only a little more distinctive than typical pilsners, A good relatively light beer for the warmer months, but not exciting enough to be a go-to, even with the relatively hard to find style.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I improved this with a re-taste.
First, it is a very pretty color in the sunlight... almost amber.
The second change was the taste; better balanced than I remember.
Third, in the mouth the hops were refreshing, not over-powering... as I like them.
I like how The Goose is still experimenting and bringing a somewhat obscure style to a mass market and for a specific season... one that Kolsch is not famous for.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I got a bottle of Goose Island's Summertime in their new variety pack. I'm in the mood for a Kolsch today, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it has a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a clear golden color that took on more of a pale yellow color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of fluffy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is exactly how a good Kolsch should look, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a mixture of fruity and doughy aromas with the fruityness taking on more of a cherry, stonefruit and dark fruit like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a mixture of sweet malt, pale malt, grainy, bready and bread crust like aroma with just a slight herbal hop aroma and lemon like aroma towards the end. This is beer has pretty nice aroma, it's more fruity than most.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that ti did in the aroma, but it isn't as doughy. The fruit flavor continues with a little more cherry like flavors that have a slight bit of tartness and it goes into the malts which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart the same aspects. Towards the end comes the hops which impart a slight bit of bitterness with a herbal and light lemon like flavor that lingers into the aftertaste with some malty flavors. This is a nice tasting Kolsch, it's unique, but I wish it was more true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, not to clean, a little refreshing, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation the mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but it was just a little above average for a Kolsch, it was unique and I wasn't expect the fruity yeast to stick out as much as it did. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit, any more than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it's fantastic looking beer. What I like about it was that it wasn't more true to style. I don't think I would buy this beer on it's own, buy i might no turn one down and I can;t say I would recommend it as a good example of the style. All in all this wasn't what I was expecting, but it wasn't bad. It's not a favorite goose island beer and it's not a great example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little work.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light lager color, maybe a bit darker, with a two finger fluffy white head that disappates fairly quickly. Aroma is sweet malt, light bread dough, and a little floral quality. Taste follows with light bread dough, floral, sweetness, and a slight tartness on the finish. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp with carbonation, and fairly fast. Overall, this is an okay beer, especially for hot days after being outside. I don't think it quite hits the kolsch mark, but not terrible.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really pleasant and solid example of the style. A nice mild touch of a Belgian white style, but not overpowering and distracting from the easy drinkability.

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Photo of Dravin
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass. Bottled on date of 27 Jan 16.

Look -- An aggressive pour gives 3 fingers of white head atop a straw body. Nice lacing but the head dissipates fairly quickly leaving only a ring of foam the inside of the glass. 3.5.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, hints of sulfur, some light generic fruitiness that's hard to pin on a specific fruit (cherry maybe?), some lemon and tartness, and finally some herbal/grassy hop notes. Other than the fruit notes and the sulfur it very much smells like a lower IBU German Pils.

Taste -- As the nose but a mineral after note is subdued but easily noticeable appears and of course a mild bitterness from the hops.

Feel -- Moderate-light body with moderate carbonation. It's crisp, clean, and dry. Very refreshing.

Overall -- It's nice and refreshing but other than the sulfur and fruitiness it's very pilsner like. I really need to do a side by side with this and Sierra Nevada's Kolsch for a comparison. The beer isn't bad, but nothing captures me and I'm not entirely sure if that's a style bias or if the brew is simply missing those subtle touches that elevate many lagers from okay to greatness.

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