Goose Island Beer Co.

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3.49 | pDev: 13.18%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: With a light fruity aroma and a bright, crisp finish, Goose Island Summertime Kölsch is the perfect summer session ale. A Kölsch beer brewed in the traditional German fashion, you’ll find yourself enjoying and savoring each sip of Summertime as much as you do those hot summer days and cool summer nights.

20 IBU
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a tulip glass. Best by 8/3/21.

L---Crystal clear, medium gold color. Pillowy white head faded quickly to a rim and left ok lacing.

S---Crisp, clean hops. Graininess.

T---Same as the nose, some floral hops and grain maltiness.

F---Heavier than expected, but still medium bodied. Good carbonation. Crisp.

O---Crisp & clean with good hops and malts. What more could you want?

Yesterday at 06:21 PM
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear pale straw with thin white head. Nose is of grain, some flowers, and earth though muted. Taste is similar, muted flowers and earthy hops up front that fades into a coarse grain, and ends with a sharp bitterness. Body is light, with medium carbonation. An ok kolsch, but easy to find and now canned.

Jun 08, 2021
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a shaker pint

L: 4. Very nice clarity. Ample carbonation. Lingering thin head.
S: 3.5 in that strange inbetween land between an ale and a lager.
T: 3.75 Floral, Bright hops, malt.
F: 3.5 Thin to medium bodied. Heavier than a session beer, but still something to quench your thirsts.
O: 3.75 a solid kolsch to crush in the Summer.

May 08, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an only slightly-chill-hazed light gold with a very nice lingering head. Good-looking beer.

Acidic wheat (lemon-citrus), pale malt, clean grain, and a hint of grassy hops on the nose.

After all of the promise of the look and the aroma, the flavor is a big letdown. Fairly sweet on the tip of the tongue. Little if any of the sour wheat character present on the nose. Vague fruity and grainy flavors in mid-stream give way to soapy/grassy hops at the finish.

The brew is fairly light. Could use a bit more carbonation. Still decently drinkable.

A decent brew that could have been darn good if the flavor had the same nuance as the nose.

Sep 12, 2020
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DrMullet from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, medium golden yellow with modest head resolving to thin lacing.
Smell is light sweet fruit.
Taste is grassy with a bit of light pear/apple. Mild zest and a slightly bitter finish.
Well balanced and smooth.

Aug 09, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, best before November 9, 2020, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass.

The beer pours a very bright golden straw color, nice clarity with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a nice white head sits, good retention and spots of lacing. The aroma is fine, cereal grains, a touch of earthy green hop, light citrus and a bit of hop spice. The flavors follow, cereal grains, very biscuity with a crisp noble hop character, slight earthiness with just a touch of citrus peel. The mouthfeel is fine, crisp and lively with a lighter medium body that finishes weakly.

Verdict: A rather pedestrian Kölsch from Goose Island. It's simple and crisp, which is nice, and not so bad on a hot day, but certainly nothing to write home about. A forgettable entry in their catalogue.

Jul 18, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Body has just below average carbonation with a slightly thin body.
Aroma is grassy, grain,malt, mild citrus
Taste is similar to aroma,very mildly sweet with a faint amount of bitter hops. Malt,grass and slight citrus lingers on the tongue.
It's just as advertised, a good summer time beer. Not bland but not leaning too strongly in an particular flavor palate

Jun 23, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one from a can. Clear, straw yellow and effervescent. The head is medium in size, and bright white. The aroma is a bit grassy, and has a fresh hop note. The taste is crisp and clean, with a terrific balance and finish. Very nice.

May 25, 2020
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a starkly transparent gold color, topped by a finger's worth of frothy, white suds. Aroma smells of floral, vaguely fruity hops and light, bready malt.

The taste features biscuity malt and a gentle dose of herbal, slightly grassy hops up front, succeeded by grain husk toward the middle and back. Warming reveals notes of bubblegum and a general yeast character that evokes a Belgian ale. Medium-light body and high carbonation make for a lively, luscious mouthfeel that punches above its weight.

I have next to no experience with the Kolsch style, but I must say this was more robust than I expected. Don't get me wrong, it is light and drinkable, but it's not short on taste or feel like I expected. Kinda reminds me of a Dortmunder. You could definitely do worse on a hot summer day—or a cool fall evening, as the case may be.

Oct 24, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of those stark instances when the first sip is misleading. It kicks off like a true German style kolsch, but the dry finish and malty overtones vanish upon subsequent sips. Leaving a somewhat refreshing, middle of the road effort.

Aug 29, 2019
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Clear golden with white, two finger head. Nice carbonation and fair lacing.
S - Grassy with some pear and apple.
T - Similar to nose with mild hops.
F - Fairly crisp. Pretty smooth and goes down easy. Dry finish.
O - A good beer. Pretty light drinking beer.

Aug 04, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle bb 11/12/19 poured into a stange glass at fridge temp 5% ABV 20 IBU. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to firm cap and leaves behind some lacing. The aroma is mild with mixed vague fruit and pale malt. The taste offers mild to moderate bitterness throughout with some subtle fruit and malt. There is a vegetable character to the hops that I am not enjoying. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, ok. This is not the delicately balanced beer you get from Germany. It's dominated by the hops, which aren't that tasty. I wouldn't be rude and refuse one, especially with food, but I wouldn't purchase again.

Jul 18, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I expected better from Goose Island, then again their 312 Urban Wheat is not what it used to be, their IPA has risen to the top for me. Being a Kolsch I expect the flavors to be lighter but more distinct, not the case. It had hints of grass, lemon and biscuit backbone flavoring, nothing really much past that, just reminded me of a hopped light lager.

Jun 24, 2019
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izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear and pale. Thick foam. Smells bitter. Nice bitter taste. Slight fruit finish. Very crisp and refreshing. A great kolsch. Perfect on a hot day. Summertime and the livin's easy.

Jun 09, 2019
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Scrapss from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured fron the can into a nonic pint. 20190806 best by date.

A: Nice clarity with a great yellow golden hue. Head pours deep and rocky then settles into a 3 mm disk. Minimal lacing.

S: Mild fruitiness with gentle eartgy hops and slight grassiness.

T. Mild as nose, sprightliness and light. Grassy crackers. Earthy mild hops.

M: light again, slightly slick and not filling. Light earth and mildly dry and biting at end.

O: It is worthy of a summer enjoyment. Does read on the less complex side but the notes are true to style.

Jun 06, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a crisp, fizzy head that is mild and fades quickly. The beer continues to bubble.
Aroma: Light and lemon citrusy from afar. Closer in it gives notes of lemongrass and flowers. Sweet honey and Munich malts.
Taste: Very yeasty upfront. Lemon and grassy Noble hop flavors. Very grainy and honey bread malts with a subtle darker Munich/Vienna element. Finishes dry and clean. Similar to a German helles but has more of that hoppy, lemony grassy profile. Similar to a pilsner, but the yeast and malts are much more pronounced. The ale yeast is very detectable making it taste like a wheat.
Feel: Heaver-bodied and well carbonated. Tons of yeast to completely dry the palate. Finishes dry and mildly bitter. Refreshing, yet stronger bodied due to the yeast.

Overall: One of the stronger bodied Kolschs and most refreshing beers I've had. Lemony, and floral. Heavier w/ tons of yeast presence. A little darker Munich malts. Some reviews complain about it being like an adjunct lager, but make sure you get it when it's cold & fresh as this style tends to lose flavor quickly as the beer ages. Yes, it does very similarly resemble an American Wheat due to the high ale yeast. Nevertheless, a perfect beer for summertime.

May 13, 2019
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Joe_Mama from Illinois

1.29/5  rDev -63%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I love a good kolsch. Unfortunately this stuff is complete garbage. Smell is bad and tastes nothing like a kolsch. Don't waste your money. A much better option from the Chicagoland area if you can find it is Krisp from Cahoots Brewing.

Apr 06, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a light golden color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has floral and lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a floral and lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent IPA

Feb 17, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep gold with orange highlights in the light. One finger of fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Spices, soft bread, citrus peel.

Taste: Almost nothing. Very mild citrus peel and a sort of wheat malt flavor despite not being a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Full body for the style, with good carbonation.

Overall: I'm confused as to how it can have such a nuanced smell and full body but taste so mild.

Feb 11, 2019
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours golden orange with a tiny white head. Smells of wheat, very sweet. Tastes of wheat with slight citrus. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

May 01, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.86/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


On Tap at Marty's.

AROMA: Licorice, Vanilla Toffee.
LOOK: Light Brown
TASTE: Licorice, Vanilla Toffee.
FEEL: thin

Heavy for a summer beer, but some strong taste notes even if they are not well balanced.


Jan 13, 2018
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into stemless wine glass

Great looking orange-gold, decent head and retention. Sweet corn, alcohol, coriander, dry leaves, a touch of flowery hops. Dry and easy to drink.

Good lawnmower beer but not great. I would take a few macro lagers over this

Sep 13, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2017-08-05 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz canned on 2017-03-24.

A - Clear gold with a 1-finger white head that drops quickly leaving light lace.

S - Very-lightly-toasted white bread with a bit of honey, lemon and floral. Very mild.

T - Lightly-toasted white bread with just a slight drizzle of honey and more lemon than in the aroma. There's a balanced amount of bitterness in the finish, which doesn't stick around long and lets a mild amount of sweetness to come through.

M - Medium carbonation and light-medium body. Refreshing and just right for the season.

O - It's an enjoyable but somewhat-insipid beer. I wouldn't turn it down and wouldn't seek it out. For comparison, I had it side-by-side with a Victory Summer Love, which has more character.

Aug 05, 2017
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summertime brewed by Goose Island Beer Co., with an ABV of 5.10% This Kolsch pours out a deep golden amber color with a small white head. Some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with grains and malts. There is also a slight sweetness and mild hop bitterness in the smell of this brew. So far this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You first pick up a fruit sweetness , with rich grains and malts. Then a nice slight bite of hops at the end. There is alot going on in this brew. This is a nice smooth drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about Summertime, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go really nice on a hot summer day. The body of this Kolsch brew is a soild medium, there is nothing to light or to heavy about this brew. The mouth feel is Fruity, Rich Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.50 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. If you are looking for something different look this one up. Goose Island Beer Co., Did a real nice job with this one.

Aug 05, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Summertime | Goose Island Beer Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a two finger thick head, webbed lacing, and a clear medium-light golden body.

I smell bright and fragrant malts and wilder grains.

Tastes like mellow malts with the light fruits mentioned on the labeling. Appropriately quenching.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, Summertime | Goose Island Beer Co. will get a rating of a 4.25 from yours truly.

Jul 28, 2017
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