Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Ranked #240
Ranked #28,527
3.48 | pDev: 13.22%
Jul 25, 2022
Aug 08, 2001
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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Rated: 3.99 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 3.03 by WynnO from Florida

Jul 12, 2022
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Reviewed by dugganensis from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It's 90+ degrees in July in Illinois, and I'm going to a cookout tomorrow. I want something light and yummy to drink that's slightly different, flavorful, and mostly "natural." Because at the moment I'm sick of drinking carbonated beer-flavored poison like Miller Lite (which I do enjoy, usually, but I know it's crap). The GI Summer Time fits the bill. 15-pk cans on sale at Meijer, drink em up.
Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
LOOK: Pours a clear, bright light gold with a white foamy head of short duration and spotty lace.
AROMA: Some mild spice hops, and lemon scent.
TASTE: Like an inexpensive adjunct macro. Not much here to savor.
Expected better
May 27, 2022
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Rated by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
A clear gold color, small white head.
Not much aroma: sweet malt, floral.
Grassy, floral taste.
Light-bodied, crisp.
May 15, 2022
Rated: 2.4 by cindiwindi1025 from Michigan

May 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
draft pour into a plastic cup. pours a straw gold with a finger and a half of firm white head. grassy lager aromas as well as lemon and lime. taste follows and it has medium-full mouthfeel. pretty tasty and refreshing on a nice spring day.
May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
Nearly as close to translucent as a beer can get, this barely hints at an amber hue. There's no head and no lacing, so by appearances, Goose Island has managed to turn a pleasant German style into another American adjunct lager. The smell is just a little more interesting than many of the mass produced, but nothing unique. The taste may have a little more bitterness than an AAL, but it doesn't make this much better tasting. True Kolsches usually bring a better malt/hop balance and smoother, or at least richer, mouthfeel. This is overly hoppy, not necessarily a bad thing, but not right for the style and way too thin on the palate. Then, there's an unpleasant lingering of yeastiness in the aftertaste. This review was written in February, but this couldn’t possibly taste much better in summer.
Feb 05, 2022
Rated: 3.41 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from Washington

Sep 12, 2021
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
A: crystal clear; medium gold; 1 finger fizzy white head that receded to a splotchy cap with a moderate collar; no lacing;

S: leaves and light malt;

T: floral with lemon and light malt in the background; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; crisp;

O: refreshing and easy to drink;
Sep 01, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Jul 20, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jul 15, 2021
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Reviewed by allengarvin from Texas

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Color is light and golden, perfect for the style, with just a light white head atop it. Clean, lightly malty aroma, not much hops. Flavor is a bit bland, with just the lightest of malt and hardly any bitterness at all. It's not bad for a Kolsch, where strong flavor notes don't really belong, but a little more interest would be appreciated. The light body is completely appropriate.

Not a beer I'll be seeking out again, but it fits the style reasonably well.
Jul 14, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by carrcolind from District of Columbia

Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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?
Jun 21, 2021
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Tasted in a pint glass from a 12 fl oz can on June 1, 2021.
Jun 09, 2021
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Reviewed by BalancingBrooms from California

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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
Rated: 3.34 by shreead from Pennsylvania

Jun 01, 2021
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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
Rated: 3.52 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 5 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Snowseff from New York

Oct 25, 2020
Rated: 4 by Archfiend from Illinois

Oct 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Rated: 3.75 by jewellrunner from Missouri

Aug 23, 2020
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Reviewed by DrMullet from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
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
Rated: 3 by trickynicky from Maryland

Jul 13, 2020
Rated: 3.6 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Jul 08, 2020
Rated: 3.51 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Jul 01, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by alexsergio from New York

Jun 29, 2020
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
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
Rated: 3.79 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois

May 22, 2020
Rated: 3.56 by Rug from Massachusetts

Dec 08, 2019
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
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
Rated: 3.49 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by O-Meg from New York

Aug 15, 2019
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