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 Mdog
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow with lots of particles, ok head.

Smell: Yeasty, wheat-like.

Taste: Wheat, lemon citrus, clean finish.

Drinkability: Could be another session beer.

Going low-key for review #400, Goose Island Summertime is a light tasting beer that reminds me of a pale wheat beer. Not a ton of flavor and not too heavy makes it a decent summer refreshment.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap 8/7 at Papa Vito's Pizza in O'Fallon
This beer pours a coudy straw color with a 1/4 finger of very bubbly offwhite head. Head recedes rapidly and coats the glass with lacing. Nose is of pale malts, wheat, a touch of fruitiness. Taste is somewhat salty at the forefront, grainy and wheat taste to it. Stronger malt backbone fills out the middle with a major lemon zestiness in the finish, touch of pepper hints in the finish as well. Light to medium body, moderate to high carbonation, nice crisp feel to this beer. Easily sessionable on a hot day.

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Photo of mckajd03
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this many times before, but just getting around to reviewing it. I'll be honest, there are several other beers I'd rather drink during the summer. The nose has some corn and lemon, as dose the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit oily, and the color is a tad watered looking. It is light, and it is refreshing, but the taste is a one dimensional citrus that does quite appeal to me. Goose Island's IPA or any of their four-packs are much, much better.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a great summer brew. Typical pale yellow color with light white head.

Aroma is limited, perhaps a slight hint fruity, but mostly clean.

Taste is light and clean, very crisp.

Finishes nice and clean, very satisfying with no lingering aftertastes or sharpness.

This is a great quencher, absolutly wonderful on a hot day. Keep 'em comin'!

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Photo of jrallen34
2.05/5  rDev -41.9%
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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Photo of Rayek
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stange.

A: Hazy brass with mild carbonation. A small white head dissolves quickly, but does leave a fair amount of lace.

S: Floral grassy with a hint of sweetness.

T: Very clean. Malt is husky and not particularly sweet. Hops have a nice spicy bite to them. Finishes clean.

M: Medium light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: This beer didn't do a whole lot for me, but it's definitely a good summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a kolsch glass (as recommended)

Clear straw-yellow with a fluffy half inch head. Moderate carbonation and ample lacing.

Smells slightly sweet and grainy, pears and apples and a spicey hop variety.

Taste is crisp and refreshing. Spicey saaz hop perhaps? Light malt and fruity aftertaste. Good.

This beer is what the name implies; Summertime.
When the living is easy, the nights are hot and the beer is cold. You get as advertised here; a good summertime session beer. Very true to style.


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Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow color with slight chill haze and a large white head that had great retention. Very surprised by the amount of lacing left on the glass as well. Has a hay like aroma but overall the smell is rather timid. The flavor starts off on the sweet side with a nice malt base. Finishes dry with just a hint of tart apple that makes me want to come back for more. Bitterness is low but the hops add some grassy elements to the beer. Light body with lively carbonation. Maybe a touch overcarbonated but I did not mind it much and seem to match well with this beer. Very easy drinking and refreshing. A nice and for the most part, a better alternative to all the American wheat ales out there.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice bubbly and clear pale yellow. Minimal head but nice lacing.

Smell - A nice crisp nose with floral hops and grapefruit citrus scents.

Taste - Like it smells, crisp, hops and a nice grapefruit citrus finish. Very refreshing as a lighter summer brew with a low ABV.

Mouth feel - Crisp and refreshing, nice bubbly carbonation, a good hop/citrus tang on the tongue at the end.

Drinkability - I like this beer and could definitely do a session with this one. Certainly a summer beer, I would go for heartier beers in the fall and winter. But for a summer Kolsch, it's a good one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Summertime beer appeared light and appetizing.

Smelled fairly strongly of wheat, with hay-like qualities.

Tasted semi sweet, wheat beer notes. There was just a small hop prescence, lending some spice characteristics to the beer. The spice also seemed to be ginger/cardamon like.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability was very good. This was a rather impressive summertime beer, and was a Kolsch to boot. Definately worth the try and was great on a 4th of July weekend.

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Photo of NeutroMan
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Tom Collins glass.

A - Hazy straw color with one-finger head that lingers for a while and leaves good looking lace.

S - Mostly grains, some breaded malts, not much else.

T - Taste is mostly grainy, but it was much sweeter than I expected (and pleasantly so). Some fruity notes as well, like pear and lemon.

M - Light-to-medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Smooth and very easy to drink. This Kölsch lives up to its "Summertime" moniker as this is a great beer for hot summer days.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color (light use of wheat?) with a white head of about two inches thickness that retains very well throughout. Nice looking sheet of lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly just grainy, not really all that sweet, but slightly so, with a bit of a fruit character close to pear. A very light hop note that is slightly spicy, but quite weak overall.

Taste is again grainy up front, a slight sweetness, fruit character of pear is evident again. Perhaps a bit of red apple in there as well. A balancing hop note is present in the finish which comes across as floral with a bit of a spicy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, pretty smooth going down, a good carbonation level. Thirst quencher for sure as the Summertime name implies. Drinkability is up there, I could put quite a few of these down in the heat just because they're so refreshing.

I'm not gonna say it's the one of the top Kolsch beers out there, but it's pretty true to style, albeit slightly lower in quality than one from Germany. It's a good summer beer that I prefer by far over Oberon.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden/yellow with a rim of thin white head, right on for style.
Smell has a very bready quality, some yeast.
Taste has a solid grain/bread body with a small notes of spice through the middle of it.
Finish is very crisp and refreshing, however the small spiced after-taste is nearly non-existent.
Drinks very well. Nice a hot day.

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Photo of Florida9
2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very light straw in color. Served in pilsner glass with about a half inch on white head that dissipated quickly. A very slight haze.

S: Not much going on here. Light biscuity malt. Maybe some faint, lemon.

T&M: Pale malt with a hint of light lemon and orange peel. There is a little bit of that grapey funk that is typical of the style. However, this beer is not watery. The flavor is distinct, it's just weak. Light bodied with heavy carbonation, which is kind of the selling point of this beer: Light, crisp, refreshing. No hops.

D: Being light and crisp, I can fully understand how this would be a refreshing summer beer. However, I have a very difficult time drinking these lighter style beers, and I had a particularly difficult time getting this one down. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it, but won't be revisiting it anytime soon.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear, pale gold body with white head that settles quickly. Decent lace.

Smell- Light, lemony aroma. Crisp, grainy malts. Estery hop aromas.

Taste- Ultra-light, lemony sweetness. Slight grassiness, grainy, crackery malts. Decent hops.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium body. Crisp texture. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability- A pretty well-balanced, drinkable summer brew.

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Photo of minterro
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle out in the sun

A: bright yellow with a bubbly white head, that leaves some lacing.

S: citrus and grassy smells

T: citrus and grains

M: low amount of body a bit overcarbonated but not bad

D: easy to drink and relax to. nothing special but good to try/

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Photo of greengorilla
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

The color was a pale gold with a thin lacy white head that dissipated somewhat quickly.

The smell was clean a citrisy.

The taste was citrisy with very little hops.

The mouthfeel lacked a bit of carbonation.

The beer was very drinkable, and my wife really enjoyed it. It wasn't something that I would buy frequently, but I enjoyed drinking it outside on a hot summer day.

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Photo of kels
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Photo of atpben
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice light golden color with a think head. Very fruity in the aroma with hints of honey. Very crisy in the tase with good carbonation. Fairly dry with hints of honey and light flowery taste coming in. Ends with some honey and grassy notes. Very easy to drink. A good summer session beer, just not up to the Cologne counterpart.

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Photo of bamadog
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light golden straw color with a 1/2 finger head that is fluffy white - not much retention and it begins to dwindle to a slightly thinner skim on top that looks a little uneven with a few patches of thicker pillowy looking head; very solid carbonation bubbling up through a slightly hazy body (more chill haze than anything else though); spotty and uneven lacing that appears a little dry hangs at the top of the glass.

Smell: I'm picking up on some citrus right away, some nice juicy orange and bitter orange peel; a sense of yeast malty sweetness is; a slight hint of some graininess in there as well - could be barley? - either way, it's very slight and the nose isn't especially overpowering.

Taste: Predominantly yeasty, actually -- not one of the more powerful aspects of the nose so I'm caught a little off guard by this -- very bready and mellow; there is a definitely a hint of bitter following the yeast and it's a bit like the orange peel, but the grainy barley aspect is also a factor as well, as is a very mild hop profile (especially in the aftertaste). Overall, the flavor isn't especially overpowering...

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation dominates the palate; body is thin, even a little watery. A very clean finish with nothing left behind.

Drinkability: Actually, quite high. It's a really light feeling beer and the body finishes super clean so it's not as if it's lingering a ton to remind you of what you just drank; the ABV is also especially manageable. While this is not my favorite beer, the style is nice for a hot summer day (jeez, I wonder how it got the name "Summertime"...) and I wouldn't mind sitting outside at a BBQ or ball game and enjoying a few.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Kolsch ever consumed by me...12 oz. bottle poured into an SN pint glass. Once again, no Kolsch glass...oh how I need some glassware, still. Bottled on date read 4/13/09.

Nice looking two inch white head. Decent lacing and a decent rocky top. Hazy deep yellow body with what looks like lots of lively bubbles of carbonation.

Lots of lemon zest in the nose here. Very citrusy and bready, almost Sprite-like. A very simple smelling brew. Some grass comes through as well.

Kind of walks hand in hand with the aroma. Very bready with a touch of lemon and lime. Some pale malts are noticed along with some wheat. It seems a bit lacking in flavor.

Thicker mouthfeel than expected. Also seems a bit low on carbonation, which is kind of shocking since it LOOKS highly carbonated.

Drinkability is pretty high. This is a refreshingly quaffable brew.

Not exactly my favorite style, but a decent interpretation nonetheless. Would hit the spot in a pinch during the summertime.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pilsner glass.

A. From a vigorous pour got 3 finger almost pure white head. Lots of carbonation. Constant parade of bubbles rising from bottom of glass to keep a continous head. Decent lacing left on glass. Golden in color.

S. Not a lot going on here. Kind of grassy. Faint malt, yeast, lemon, some spice.

T. Some wheat, lemon notes, faint spice flavor.

M. Light bodied. Smooth crisp, and clean.

D. A very drinkable beer. Has a nice refreshing quality. Not bad for a "Summertime" beer.

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Photo of EcceCapsa
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After trying as many different foreign and domestic Kölschs as were locally available, this has come to be my usual standard for Kolsch. Just from the comments in past reviews and what I remember from drinking this last year, it seems like Goose Island has made some slight improvements this year. Although this is no Reissdorf, it is quite good overall. Unlike some domestic Kolsches I've tried, the hops are not excessive and are balanced well with the malt flavors, neither of which are particularly prominent. The hint of musty wet grass/wet grain flavor that I seem to remember from last year is also missing. Perhaps Goose Island is lagering their Kolsch for longer this season?

Head retention was good with a thick dry head that lasted until the beer was about half gone. Color was a pleasant bright golden yellow, but lacking that brilliant yellow appearance of Reissdorf or Gaffel. Knocking a few of these down is all too easy on a warm, sunny summer day.

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Photo of youngblood
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first experience with a Kolsch.

Poured with a half finger head (my bartender pours for less head for lighter beers) that settled quickly. Looks very light and well carbonated. Golden color.
The nose is lacking on this. Not a whole ton there. Some slight hop grass and extremely minimal malt presence. Not bad, just very lacking.
The taste is very crisp and clean. Nice hop grassiness as aftertaste. Malt sweetens a bit as it warms up. Feels light on the tongue. Goes down very smooth. I want to make this my go to summer beer.

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Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is typical of Goose Island with a beach scene as a background. Bottled on 03/05/09.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of nearly pure white head. This settles slowly to a thin coating of foam, leaving behind fairly solid lacing coverage. The beer itself is yellow with maybe just the slightest chill haze. Lots of activity helps to maintain the head.

Smell: Grassy hops with a slightly sweet malt underbody.

Taste: Grassy hops with a slight bitterness upfront. Transitions to hints of semi-sweet malt with buttery undertones. Dry and crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A good looking ans tasting example of the style. Not sure that I would seek it out again however, al in all, a little too light of a style for me.

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.53 out of 5 based on 1,381 ratings.
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