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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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be a very good US representation of the style. Nice yellow-ish, light gold color with a moderate white head and good carbonation. Light earthy hop and fruity aroma. Upfront fruity flavor with a nice balanced bitterness. Light-medium body, smooth and refreshing with a slightly dry finish.

A quality session beer -- very enjoyable and very refreshing!

Best Before: 12/08/02 Tasted: Early Oct '02 and 1/5/03

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Photo of emsroth
4.94/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

App: Translucent gold with a wonderful level of haze. Small white head, but it wasn't the best pour. I'll re-review for appearance.

Smell: Sweet and fruity. A nice mix of grainy malt and fruity, bitter hops. The carbonation gives the smell a crisp edge.

Taste: A light fruity malt up front, probably from the ale yeast. Next is a slight husky malt which ends in a spot on grassy bitterness.

Light body with perfectly refreshing carbonation.

Not having had a true german kolsch, this is exactly what I imagine one to be.

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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Photo of clint1019
4.55/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored and very clear. Had a nice white bubbly head that dissapated fairly quickly.

Had a nice mellow hop aroma and a light malt aroma. Also, detecting a Lemony/Citrusy smell and a spicy smell.

The taste is a very nice clean malt with a light citrusy hop flavor on the back of the tongue.

The mouthfeel is a very light bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this was a great beer. I could see myself drinking a few of these on a hot summer day. Very refreshing.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.52/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= The pour is a nice yellow color. There may be a very very little amount of amber is in but it's a darker color than yellow. The head is a small finger high but actually holds some pretty nice retention. The lacing is spotty but evident.

S= One of the most complex Kolch I've ever smelled I suppose. Most people dislike the style because it is a little boring but I think this is a very very well done Kolsch. There is a little hop bite to it. A sort of earthy spicy hop smell. There is a definite fruit note in it as well. A lot of citrus to it for the style and a little bit of a peach note to it. Finally there is a bready note to it sort of biscuity.

T= The taste follows the nose almost to a tee. There is a little less hop taste than I smelled and the citrus comes through a bit more. An excellent beer with enough complexity to keep my tongue on que but still refreshing enough and clean enough to sit back and just enjoy.

M= A nice medium body with some medium carbonation and what I would call a dry finish.

D= This may be my favorite summer beer that isn't loaded with hops. Really wonderful. I'm usually not a big fan of Goose Islands regular line up. Their specialty beers I absoloutly love. This beer really sort of touches me in a special way. Excellent beer and worth checkin out.

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