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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1/5  rDev -71.2%

Photo of mwbrady12
1.25/5  rDev -64%

Photo of OHara
1.45/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not a Kolsch. Bitter. Not recommended as a Kolsch.

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Photo of Msxmollyrose
1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of GrizzlyRogers
1.71/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Usually I enjoy goose island beers however this time I was shocked I didnt particularly care for it. Tasted peachy and somewhat bitter, looked golden with a thin white head, smelt fruity as well, but it was smooth overall. Was kind of hard to finish, since i didnt care for the taste

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Photo of javlin624
1.75/5  rDev -49.6%

Photo of ScaryEd
1.86/5  rDev -46.4%
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 zismasterflex
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of Kyrojack
2/5  rDev -42.4%

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

Photo of Mike_Moe
2.04/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: Light golden yellow color, with a small blonde head.
Aroma: Light white orange smell.
Flavor: Very light wheat orange flavor, non-hoppy. Medium to light bodied, good carbonation.
Overall: Not a good beer. Very harsh finish. The more you drink, the less of it you want.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.05/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass.

The beers pours a dright, clear, fizzy pee colored gold with a white head. Has no lacing.

It doesn't smell like anything and tastes the same.

It tastes like water, utterly horrible. It looks like a bud light and tastes like natty light.

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2.15/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of BrewsandBlues
2.16/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of Zbeetleman
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of prisdefer
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of jim_carignan
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of hardy008
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

There's still snow on the ground, and Summertime Kölsch is on the shelves. Seems crazy, but why not pick up a single?

Pours a clear yellow to gold color with a one finger foamy white head with decent retention and lacing. Smells like lemon, with grassy and herbal hops, and biscuit malt. Not exactly my favorite combination of ingredients.

Tastes much like it smells with lemon, grassy and herbal hops, and biscuit malt. Some sweetness, with bitterness and tartness. Overall, not working for me.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Nothing special here. I have had many better Kölsch's than this one.

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Photo of Tates
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointing. Not very refreshing (I poured one cold and another just cool), nor is it particularly smooth. I found some citrus notes but just barely. Aromas are non-existent, Mouthfeel was good, and while taste was not unpleasant, I certainly won't reach for this beer again unless my only other option is Bud Light Lime. Drinkability is fine, but this beer is just boring.

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Photo of jp32
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow in color with a mild haze to it. No head retention, dry and fizzy looking.

The nose is malty, and I notice some faint fruitiness that reminds me of orange peel, limes, maybe rotten apples, and coriander. Some sort of souring odors.

The taste is quite boring, almost non-existent. A touch of citrus comes through, but not in a hoppy way. Gosh, this is one of the boringest beers Ive had in long, long time.

The mouthfeel is very light-bodied and has a crisp refreshing effect. This one is easily drinkable, just not that great tasting.

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Photo of Ellbert
2.46/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer looked wonderful. It was a little couldy but it had a beautiful white head and laced wonderfully.

The smell was ok. It was full of grains and a little malt.

The taste reminded me of what straw would taste like. It tastes like there was a lot of wheat malt used in this. There wasn't much sweetness and it wasn't very refreshing to me.

Not enjoyable.

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Photo of Chilmer
2.49/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 1,404 ratings