Goose Island Beer Co.

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German Kölsch
Ranked #399
Ranked #44,903
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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Photo of MaximalC
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.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
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.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
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.

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Photo of jkblr
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.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
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.

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Photo of izraelc
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.

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Photo of Scrapss
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.

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Photo of defunksta
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.

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Photo of Joe_Mama
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.

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Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of chitoryu12
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
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.


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Photo of jimmah120
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

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Photo of Tucquan
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
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.

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Photo of EMV
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Falls quickly with solid lacing.

S: Grains and noble hops. A dash of fruit.

T/F: Cracked grains... grassy with mild sweetness. Just enough hops to balance it. Light in body... creamy/buttery mouthfeel with delicate carbonation. Finish is clean and crisp.

O: An easily sessionable and inoffensive beer. Mildly sweet and crisp... good mouthfeel. Nothing exciting but a good poolside warm weather beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
1.86/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a shaker pint.

Pours a clear golden straw color with a finger and a half of bright white head. The head leaves a few random splotches of lace before completely dissipating.

The aroma is incredibly faint but what comes through is unfortunate; artificial lemon, like Pine-Sol, with a hint of stale wheat bread.

The taste doesn't fare much better. Completely artificial and chemical lemon flavor with some faint grassiness and a touch of corn, followed by a lightly hopped finish.

The feel is thin and watery with moderately low carbonation. Very dry on the finish. Doesn't really go down like a beer.

Overall, an absolutely awful lager that charades itself around as a "Kolsch". This beer is the turd in an otherwise decent summer 12 pack.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear golden color. Creamy, 1 finger white head.
Nose is quite minimal.
Taste is sweet up front. Light flavor. Some malt.
Feel is lighter, but not watery.
Overall a great beer for a hot day.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Definitely comes off as more of a light lager style beer than a kolsch. It has a kinda adjunct lager smell with a little grass, and the taste is a fairly bland biscuity taste and lemon is there but doesn't do anything except water things down.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow, moderate head, a bit of lacing. The nose is a touch funky, with traditional hops. The flavor is malt-forward, with a grassy middle, and a bit of bitterness in the close. Decent.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.52/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Look - Pours a clear yellow/straw color, two fingers of foamy white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Dry, grainy, lemon zest.
Taste - Surprisingly tart up front, dry like white wine, thin and grainy malt, odd nutty flavor towards the middle, reminds me of peanuts. Midway there's a bit of hop flavor but it's very mild, slight lemongrass note. Finishes quick and dry.
Feel - Light bodied, crisp, dry.

Overall - The flavors really don't mesh all that well. Not a fan.

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

This is a pretty average kolsch, but very well made.

It's pretty in the glass. Golden yellow with a nice constant fizz. The aroma is weak though, just a simple fresh smell with some yeast and malt showing.

The taste is correct for the style, but a bit understated. I prefer a kolsch with more finishing hops showing. This one has very little (missing from the smell too)..

I bought these because they were really cheap after rebate. They certainly are drinkable, but not interesting enough to get excited about.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 1433 ratings