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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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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Photo of jjanega08
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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Photo of Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The crystal clear golden brew throws out a good bubbly, white head that has good retention. Really nice nose on this one. Beautiful mix of malt and hops with the hops winning just by a tad. It's amazing how easily this beer glides over the tongue. Don't be fooled though, because there is some character to this summer beer. A good pils and/or pale malt base. The noble hops show there presence in slight spicy accents. There's a nice fruity touch to this beer also. The extended cold-lagering period really shows in this beer's smooth and mellow taste. One of my favorite summertime brews.

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Photo of BigSteinsEmpire
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a globe.

Pours fairly clear with a golden tint to it.

Smells and tastes of citrus but certainly not overpowering, just enough for a great summertime beer.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Helps prevent bloating when you're firing them back in the hot sun.

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Photo of generallee
4.31/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no mention of abv% but the back label does have a bottled on date of 04/07/10.

Appearance: Its body has a light yellow gold color with great clarity. On top of the body is a small white creamy head. The head fades fast and makes only a very little slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma has nice sweet bready notes with delicate fruity esters. I get notes of peach, banana and white grape.

Taste/Palate: I get all the same delicate fruitiness and mellow bready sweetness in the flavor as I did in the aroma. This light bodied beer has mild carbonation and a smooth light texture which is quite quaffable.

Notes: This is defiantly a great hot weather offering with enough interest for me to drink it any time of the year.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to live in Chicago for a while and actually got to visit the brew factory. I guess it was about april when i picked up a 12 pack. My first Kolsch. Excellent beer... slightly fruity, almost helles style ale and an extremely easy going beer. In my opinion its the perfect summer beer.

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Photo of grub
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at the clybourn brewpub after dark lord day.

pours pale yellow with a thin dense white head. no lace.

aroma is nice. very light and fresh. lager. bread and cracker malts. earthy hops. maybe a touch of light citrus.

taste is good. med low bitterness. light fresh hop character. slightly floral and earthy. touch of dms. bit of lager. biscuit and cracker malts. hint of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied. med-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very refreshing. an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of fastpass17
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A: Light gold color, vibrant carbonation, two finger head of carbonation.

S: Lemon zest, fresh cut grass, clean American? malt rounds out the finish.

T: Mellow sweetness, citrus, bread towards the end. Fruitiness that is new world for the style.

M: Crisp, clean, long pleasant finish, nice light body throughout the drink.

D: Fulfilled the style in my mind (leaning American with its fruit and hop notes), a very enjoyable summer session beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice straw yellow color. A white head forms and sticks around for a few minutes. Leaves some patchy lace behind.
S: A husky malty aroma. Some nice citrus fruit flavors. Very subtle in the nose.
T: Excellent. Grassy, malty, and fruity (orange, lemon, and some grapefruit). Again, very subtle, but the flavor is just wonderful.
M/D: Crisp, creamy, and perfectly carbonated for my tastes. A bit dry, slick, and oily. So smooth and easy to drink. A great session beer, and one I could drink all day.

Another great beer by Goose Island. This was a staple in my fridge during the summer when I lived in Illinois. Quaffable and delicious.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the sterling Sun Singer, this is a splendid Kolsch, my favorite version of the style. Apricot-golden body with a finger of nearly white head. Delicious smell--more hopped than I expected, lemons, orange peel, and some apricot. The taste gets the high score for complexity--lemon, apricot, orange peel all smoothly delivered but nicely offset by the moderately hopped taste and texture. It's smooth and could be even more pronounced, but unmistakably rich.

This was a great beer to have a break with, very delicious and a very good beer for a warm day. Well worth grabbing, and another fine offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of shand
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A new entry for the Seasonal Creep Hall of Fame (sponsored by Leinenkugel's). I'm a sucker for a good Kolsch though, so I had to give it a try. Holy carbonation Batman! An insanely carbonated pale yellow body keeps a two finger head afloat for what seems like an eternity. The aroma is full of pale malts, grain, and a touch of spicy and citrus hops. The taste is pretty spot-on for a Kolsch, with slightly sweet grains and pale malts allowing some sharp and slightly bitter citrus hops do their job on top. The mouthfeel is light and very highly carbonated, and the drinkability is exceptional. Summertime is a very good Kolsch.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold, slightly hazy color, with a small white head that disappears to almost nothing very fast. Smells a little like apples and lemon, with a little malt. Taste is spicy and bitter, highlighted by a lemon flavor that quickly shifts into a decent hops finish. Mouthfeel is very watery, could stand to be a little thicker, but it doesn't detract from the rest of this beer's quality. Very good.

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Photo of Redrover
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap from my home kegerator.

Beer pours a nice bright yellow with a bit of haze. Large head with good lacing.

Nice nose of malt, subtle spice and just a hint of hops.

Nice complex taste. Taste is on the lighter side, but full of nice subtleties. There is fruit (apple, pear & a bit of plum), spice, and subtle hopping. The tastes blend very well together and the beer revels different flavor aspects as you work your way through the beer.

The mouthfeel seems perfect for this beer. It is tart, crisp and still manages to be a bit creamy. Drinkability is sky high. This is a perfect beer to sip while sitting on the deck, in a beer garden or tending the bbq. All-in-all, a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of MShirokov
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer last summer at a barbecue and became an instant fan.
It's called Summertime for a reason - it's a light summer beer. Drink it when it's hot out; it has a nice complex flavor, yet isn't "in your face" at all - great to quench your thirst on a hot day.

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Photo of Viggo
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy amber/yellow, with a big rocky white head and copious lacing. Smells like wheat, citrus and a sharp lager aroma, also some spices thrown in there. Taste is very citrusy, hops through the middle with what tastes like a malty wheat background. This beer is very smooth, with high carbonation. Very good representation of this style, amazing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Murphy's Pub in Champaign, IL; 3.25/pint.

Lovely golden body, not cloudy but thick and somewhat opaque. Quarter-inch head -- soapy at first, thickens -- with more lace than a French whore.

Smells a little hoppy, subdued yet distinctive. Comparable to a weiss, but much less intense. Carefully done. The flavor, too, mimics a hefe without the (often overpowering) gumball notes from the yeast suspension. An initial (and surprising) banana yields to mild citrus, and a quick hop finish.

This beer doesn't linger. No wash-out, just clean and controlled. Reminds me of Tucher, but much more integrated with lighter banana. Zen-like balance of thick pale malts and mild hops combine to make a lightly fruity, medium-full-bodied brew.

Heavy in the mouth, the sweet malts are a hammock upon which the most delicate of hops swing in the summer breeze. Goose Island Summer Kolsch is a cunning beer I would love to drink all day.

The on-tap pressurization weds the elements in a summery ocean marriage overlooking the setting sun and probably cures most of the criticism the bottle has recieved. I'm not much of a Goose fan, but this is a solid, confident beer.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear yellow/golden color with nice lacing from a medium sized head. A very pleasant aroma greets you with some maltiness, fruitiness, and hoppiness. So refreshing and drinkable this brew is. I love enjoying it after a good work out or anytime it's hot out. Kolsch beer is frequently a nice alternative to a hefeweizen, cleaner and smoother IMO. And this is a great version of the style.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.60 for a single @ Jack's. Pours out to a beautifully hazy golden peach, forming a large rocky white head with amazing retention and very nice sheets of lacing. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is very nice...Sweetly floral and faintly grassy hops counterbalanced by delicate pale malts with a hint of toast, orange and lemon. Cleanly fermented. The mouthfeel is soft (but not as soft as it would be on tap, for sure) and clean with a medium-light body and a wonderfully crisp lightly dry finish. The taste is just as expected and is a recap of the aroma. There is a nice acidity with lemon and hay delicately interweaved with a mild to moderate grassy bitterness.

Subtle but gorgeous. This puts many summer beers to shame. I could drink a 6'er of this without batting an eye. I bet this is absolutely killer on tap, as was Founder's Kolsch. I'll have to pick up a 6'er of this one. Recommended.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is possibly the most authentic tasting American ale brewed in the Koelsch-style. It reminds me a lot of Kupper's Koelsch, actually and while Kupper's isn't the best there is out there, it is unique in flavour and pleasantly drinkable.
Grab yourself a six-pack, round up the guys, and have a pleasant summer's afternoon!

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Photo of Schmidts
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden yellow from a 12 oz bottle small white 1/2 inch head which leaves quickly Lots of lacing left.
Smells of Lemon pie, malts and grass.Taste is smooth and creamy with hints of hops,Malts and Lemon. This is a delightful summer Ale vey drinkable. Tastes of Lemon and malts and a nice kiss of hops. Very refreshing feel in your mouth it says have another. This one of the better Summer Ales give it a try!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the most refreshing beers I've ever had. A perfect session beer for the summer time. The beer pours to a very pale light yellow, almost green color with a healthy carbonation and a perfect foam cap that seems to last forever.

The smell reminds me of some of the trendy euro lagers but without the skunked hop aroma. Instead, it is a very fresh berry aroma layered upon a sweet grainy aroma and a residual spicy hop smell (like oregno). Smells and tastes like I just bought it fresh from the brewery.

The taste is initially sweet and estery followed by a tasty, piny noble hop bitterness in the finish. Has a very light bodied but crisp feel to it without being overly harsh from carbonation. Alcohol content rings in low at 5% and drinkability is coincidentally quite high.

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Photo of kels
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had one of these on tap at Fries last night. I am not overly impressed by the style, but that doesn't mean this beer isn't a good representation of it. Seems to be pretty on point with the definition listed here on BA.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, very bright yellow with a short, fast-fading white head. Loads of carbonation run through to feed a hardly notable ring of white lace.

Smell: Bigger than expected. Full of toasted grains and bright, not bitter, juicy citrus. Not too strong, but definitely present, light and inviting.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of crispy green apple, toasted malt, and a little honey-like sweetness. It is very bright, wet. Cool, light, crisp and refreshing thanks to the huge carbonation - definitely what I'd expect from the style. The German roots shine through in the pronounced breadiness of the grain.

Drinkability: I'm not sure it really gets much higher. As mentioned, the style isn't particularly interesting or complex, but this beer seems to be pretty on point.

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