Summertime | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
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 +41.2%

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Photo of RBorsato
4.97/5  rDev +40.4%
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 +39.5%
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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Photo of clint1019
4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
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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4.52/5  rDev +27.7%
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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Photo of steveh
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Okay, since it's finally Summertime in Chicago, there's been a spate of Kölsch talk on the site, this is one of my favorite beers, and I haven't reviewed it in 4 years -- time to update.

Bottled on 06/02/11 -- nice. Poured into my tall, HB Will Becker.

A -- Pours a hazy, deep straw to gold color with a white head that holds up well and leaves nice lacing (just a bit cloudy to style).

S -- Soapy, spicy hop character from noble hops. Low fruitiness and some vague DMS.

T -- Quick taste of sweet, bready malts that blends into mildly spicy hops with a touch of citrus fruit then finishes clean with the sweet malts balancing with bitter hops in the aftertaste -- quite refreshing.

M -- Smooth to crisp with a light body and dry finish.

O -- Overall, the crisp body and bitterness make this beer very refreshing and the nicely balanced malt backbone gives this just enough malt character to let you know how well-crafted this lighter beer is. The use of noble hops sets this apart from the everyday golden ale on the shelf, IMO. A very good quaffer that I look forward to every year.

2007 Review

A - Clear straw yellow with a persistent, craggy white head.
S - Slightly sulfurish at start, mellow grains and light citrus with warmth, good noble hops present. No corn in these 2 bottles.
T - Wow. Started off very mellow, but the balance of great Pils malt and fine Noble hops combined to a wonderfully refreshing and pleasing flavor. Very Pils-like, but carrying that slight fruitiness from top-fermentation and yeast used.
M - Soft and smooth with a light body.
D - I wanted to finish the six pack.

Haven't sampled the Summertime since last year, and I've always enjoyed this beer from the Goose. Not sure if the recipe has changed, but the beer made a great impression on me after a long day of work yesterday, I'll be enjoying more of this over the next few months. Great beer to style, and just what to expect from a Kölsch as a satisfying beer.

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
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