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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh batch courtesy of Viggo. Good hop aroma. Pours a fluffed up retaining head, with lace remaining in glass.. Smooth easy creamy drink, creamy and well-malted, well-carbonated. Good citrus fruity zesty sweet. Great summertime lunchtime beer. Light-medium body.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thin head on a clear bright straw colored body and nice lacing. Grainy and pale malt aroma, simple with little else. Flavor is also bland, even for the style with grain and pale malts, faint lemon sweetness late in the finish. Light body and moderate to high carbonation. This one is obviously refreshing and drinkable but not very flavorful.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/15/13.

4.9% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a light and bright summer beer, with some interesting fruity notes for a kolsch, somewhat similar to the sam adams summer ale, although of course a different style all together, the mix of spice and fruit reminds me of the sam. the pour is light and clear, less than golden in color, with a short lived white head less than an inch tall. I smell fresh oranges, subtle hops, and wheat malt. I know wheat is not typically associated with the kolsch style (correct me if im wrong on this), but I smell and taste that classic wheat beer malt bill. the yeast has some soft spice notes, less than the sam summer, but in a similar family. nice carbonation and not too too light in body. it stays beefy enough to satisfy a beer drinkers need for some oomph, while being light enough to have about a million of them. it somehow tastes like most other goose island beers in the regular lineup, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a light golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of malt and subtle hops. The aroma is a lot like a pilsner. The taste of the beer is very light, not much of a significant flavor off hand. The mouthfeel is light bodied, drinkable and well carbonated. Overall it's a decent summer beer... Nothing too special decent sessional beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and poured with lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of bready and grainy malts and lemon citrus in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It’s a good choice if you want to kick back and relax with a cold one on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The classy pilsner taste of lagers meet the most supple and complementary esters of ales for a highly refreshing and surprisingly characterful, nearly sessionable ale.

Bright with canary yellow-like hue, the brilliantly glossy ale carris a slightly creamy, slightly fizzed head that settles to a thin sheet with mild lace; easily mistaken for German lagers.

Part malt, part grain, the aromas of pilsner malt set the stage while a calm perfume of floral, herbal, and grassy notes draw the nose to the glass. Slight apple-like sulfurs give a crispness to the scent with mild complexity and intrigue.

Crisp taste of starchy pilsner malt meets the husky grain character of raw barley for a rounded flavor of fresh baking bread that carries the beer without hardly a sweet note to be found. Lightly fruity with the impressions of honey suckle, apple esters, mint, and lemongrass herbs are accented by a crisp mineral taste and tame sulfury note of match sticks. The quick finish brings a whisper of mulled grasses in aftertaste that's barley a footnote.

Very light in body, lighter even than the most crispest of lagers. Carried by the creamy carbonation early, and zesty carbonation late, the bite of acidity cleanses the palate and ushers in a bone-dry feel to the finish.

Perfect for complement of the most delicate fish entrees or admiring the day's lawn work, this is a multi-purpose ale that makes all occasions brighter.

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/15/11
Served in a stange glass, traditional for Kölsch.

Extremely bright pale gold, ascending trails of carbonation rise slowly upward. Ever so slightly hazed with micro sediment. Fluffy cap of white foam that sticks well around the edges. The second pour makes it rise above the rim, momentarily forming rocky peaks. Surface texture is creamy, and it sparkles a bit. Retention is great, and the head lasts for the duration of the glass, leaving concentric rings of lacing.

Minerals, white grape, lightly sweet with some yeast notes and damp husky grain.

Clean and quaffable with no off flavors, simple and delicate. Very vague grassy hop bitterness lingers after a bigger sip. Crackery and a little dry, with a light bready malt presence. Simple and understated, there's a nice balance of malt and mildly fruity yeast flavors.

Feel is a bit soft, not as snappy and crisp as it could be, though still very drinkable. Pretty ubiquitous around town in the spring and summer, definitely a nice and simple refresher in warmer weather.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden color Kolsch with an average pure white foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of some semi-sweet malt with not much else to report. Taste is a mix between some semi-sweet malt without the grainy aspect and no distinctive feature form the yeast which is usually the case with this style. Average at best and not something I would like to try again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a small, short-lived head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled sweet and of corn.

T - It tasted very sweet and of corn, plus some orange. Also, there was a subtle hop bite.

M - It was fairly crisp and was smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - It certainly drinkable, but it doesn't have much kick or flavor.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Small thin 1/4" head quickly dies into a very thin lacing above thin bright golden colored beer.

Light aroma of sour malts and light hops.

A light tasting traditional kolsch taste with light sourness and very light bittering from the hops.

A light dry aftertaste without much taste on this light bodied beer.

Maybe this could be considered an introduction kolsch as its tastes are light they may not offend drinkers new to the style, but I kind of doubt that it would impress. Anyway, this is a lighter kolsch but not all that bad, might even be kind of good with the right food pairing.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on March 5, 2009

A: Pours a very light yellow-grain color with about two fingers worth of head and plenty of carbonation. The bubbles are nice to watch through the transparent beer--wish I'd poured this one into my Sam Adams perfect pint. Excellent lacing.

S: Sweet grains. Some hints of hoppy citrus.

T: Much like the smell, the initial taste is sweet grains, with some light fruits in there as well. Ever-so-slightly bitter.

M: Very light and crisp. Good amount of carbonation. No alcohol presence.

D: Exceedingly drinkable--this will indeed be a great summertime brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 4/12/2013. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grape, cracker, bread, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, cracker, bread, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good kolsch style. Good balance of flavors, and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my little used stange a clear lemon tinged light golden with a nicely formed half finger bone white head that clung nicely to the glass.Aromas are light with some mineral and toasted cereal grain mainly standing out.Flavors are lightly toasted with a hint of butteriness and lemon,there is a light smack of herbal hops in the finish.It's great for outdoor summertime activities so it's good for what it is.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this little gem thanks to AgentZero in a trove of various Goose Island brews. Just has a saison so I figured this would work best next. Unfortunately the saison was not so good, so hopefully this will surprise me. Poured into my Allagash tulip glass. First of all, its a twist off, whats up with that?

A: Its bright golden yellow almost "golden shower" colored... and pretty clear, but gives a feeling of vertigo as it distorts everything on the other side and magnifies it all. A decent 1 finger head fades to a light head covering that sticks around even though I don't see any bubbles rising.

N: A very golden lager nose with some light malts slight toasty aroma, some wheat, very light spices, almost as if a light marzen style, surprised it's "summertime" when it gives me such an Oktoberfest Marzen style aromas but lighter.

T: Very light to start, almost can't even tell it's in my mouth (no dirty comments please). Now it has a very Kolsh style mouth, pretty light wheat taste, very very slight fruits like banana, very slight toasty taste, then it's just gone. Very light and refreshing drink. Very slight spices and toasty malt taste.

M: Very light with almost no carbonation.

F: Its pretty dry on the finish, still very light not much remaining after a few seconds, but there's a very slight bitterness and spices that barely be detected. It almost doesn't even finish. It's like taking a bite of some food and then just spitting it out without actually getting the full experience of it. I kinda want to at least have something on the finish, this is almost as if it just dies in mid palate but leaves a very slight touch of bitterness that reminds you that you at least DID have something, you aren't going crazy.

Final thoughts: Probably a great summertime beer that would be very refreshing after a hot day, the nose is great, and seems to attempt to have a taste, but just starts very light, then disappears mid palate leaving you waiting for the finish like a the ending to the Sopranos, leaving you waiting for the real ending.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Kölsch glass.

Pours a hazy pale gold, topped with a finger of brite-white foam. Retains with a bit of a fizzy look, but still hangs around well, leaving some solid patchy lacing back. The aroma has some very Kölsch-like purfumey grassy (and lightly spicy) hop character going on with it. Pleasant sweet tang of citrus and toasted grains gives this some moderate vibrancy in the nose.

The taste is matches the aroma almost perfectly. Sweet grainy bread, with a smack of lemon zest, and some zippy bitterness that runs through. Finishes a bit spicy and dry before leaving some residual sweetness behind. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with a solid firmness and sharp feel to the carbonation. Pretty spot on, if not a tad light.

Not bad. I've found that stylistically, these Kölsch type beers don't give up a tremendous amount of flavor, but do offer up just enough to make for a crisp summertime quaff. This fell right along with that.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is bready and a little sweet, but not too heavy with flavors of malts, grains and some lemon, which is a slight twist on the style. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's a good lighter beer to pound a away a lot of, but there are others that I would pick first.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, pearlescent maize topped by an off-white, fine-bubbled head. The rumpled surface slowly gives way, leaving assorted scraps of sea foam lace tenuously clinging to the glass.

Ahh... it smells like summer has returned as I look out and see frost decorating my front lawn. Summertime has a lovely, bright, sunshiney nose of floral citrus, a fruity hoppiness that jumps out of the glass, happy to be free from its bottle at last.

This kolsch is beautifully hopped; American citrus contrasting nicely with noble spice. There's also a great interplay between sweet and bitter... with bitter winning handily. Lemons and tart apples make contributions as well. Like all good summer beer, hops are the focal point with just enough malt to be supportive.

The finish is fruity and softly bitter (much like what came before) and the 'finish of the finish' is dry to the point of austerity. The body is light with a spunky, well-bubbled mouthfeel that makes drinking Summertime a summer breeze. Yet another fine offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent pour here, though nothing to get really excited about. Pale yellow in color with a light head of white on the top that settled down a bit too quickly. Very light aroma of light grain, hints of something, maybe a light banana like touch underneath, but again nothing really very great here. Smooth, even flavor with a very light body, but again it was mostly light bready malts and grain without much in the way of depth or really strength in any direction. Went down smooth and quick though, very light on the palate.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this at Al's from the mix-a-six cooler, enjoyed chilled in a stange from the bottle.

The color is deep clear golden with thick long lasting snowy white cap w/ fine bead. Retention is very good and carbonation is visible and fast moving. The smell is very grassy as described, not much in the way of yeast odor, but light spicy note and perhaps the aroma of pils malt. The feel is decent with moderate spice and slight sweetness but a bit high in bitterness and a little less crisp with more of a creamy yeast element.

The flavor is nicely spiced with some dry and peppery hop flavors up front with mellow lemony tinge and light creamy yeast which augments the pils malt taste well giving a kind of breadiness to the flavor with gentle sweet flavor up to the mild hop flavor which seems more herbal as it finishes. Overall a good beer, nice fresh flavor with slight mild flavor of German Hops and a pretty well brewed beer even if not a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of Jason
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a “Best When Consumed By” date on the back label.

Appearance: Thin white lacing on the glass, head retention stays together for the most part. Bright pale golden in color.

Smell: Vague lemony grassy aroma with some herbal hop.

Taste: Malt is a bit one sided with a dry pale malt character and grassy dry at the end. Very crisp. Mild lemony herbal hop bitterness tames the malt without a problem, malt flavors seem just grainy more than anything else.

Notes: Nothing really pop here, easy to drink with some flavor. None the less an ok brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending this to me.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden color with a finger of white head.

S: Smells very strongly of lemon peels. A bit of banana, straw, and pale malts. Some bready aromas and a little bit of grass. Maybe a little bit of honey and spice aromas.

T: Sweet corn flavor with a little bit of malt flavor. Some lemon and lemon zest. Some floral hops and a little bit of straw. A touch of yeast. A light spiciness. Very strange.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Not a very good kolsch. Very strange.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

A Chicago beer in a Chicago glass. ...Deja vu...? It pours a mostly clear sallow topped by a finger of stark white foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn, white bread, flowers, and mild grass. The taste follows this same path, but is then buoyed by some light orange zest and even lighter lemon zest. It helps, just not very much. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, an okay kolsch at best. I really have nothing else to say.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served with a bubbly, bone-white head above a very clear, golden-yellow beer. The nose was lightly grassy with a faint hoppy bitterness. It had a light mouthfeel with a bitter bite on the palate. The finish was light and dry with the grassy taste lingering. It was a very refreshing beer for the summer, but other times, it might not be my choice.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow hue with a big white head that fades quickly, leaving little lacing.

S: Like a typical summer ale, with a subtle fruitiness and a slightly sweet malt & hop balance.

T: Easy to drink. Slightly sweet, with a note of honey. Some spices are coming through more as the beer warms a bit. Pretty decent hop flavors in there too.

M: Smooth, non-challenging.

D: Easy to throw back. A decent beer.

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