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.

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Photo of GrizzlyRogers
1.71/5  rDev -51.7%
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 GStone899
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Super clear beer with not much of a smell (standard kolsch/light beer smell). Taste is okay but nothing to get too excited about. Little chemically aftertaste but overall smooth. Prefer the Rogue Honey Kolsch bomber I had last year.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Sampled tonight on 9/18/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and pored in to a tulip glass. Now made in Baldwinsville, NY, used to be in Illinois.

Pours a bright straw-yellow in color with a thin white head that has no lacing seen to speak of. The aroma is of some grains, yeast and some citrus. Pretty much goes for the taste as well with a slight tartness from the lemons. A slight dry finish is noted as well. Lighter bodied and medium carbonation. Overall, it was OK but nothing really special.

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Photo of Mike_Moe
2.04/5  rDev -42.4%
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 mfnmbvp
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date June 06, 2013 printed on the bottleneck label. Goose Island's summer seasonal beer, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Expectations are average given this beer's current ratings.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours one finger of fluffy white suds that disappears pretty quick. Body is a semi-clear dark golden color with some small sediment floating in the glass.

S - Smell is of honey, wheat, grains, corn, and bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry, bready, grassy, wheat, & grainy corn.

M - Feel is clean, wet, slightly sticky, with a grainy bready finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, an alright beer, but pretty neutral and boring. I could see it pairing well with some summer barbeque. Medium-light bodied, this would probably make for a decent session beer for the summertime. Not the greatest but worth a try.

Goose Island Summertime ---3.5/5

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island's Summertime is brewed in the style of a Kölsch. Their summer seasonal for many years, Summertime is available in 6 packs and on draft wherever standard Goose Island is sold.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy off white head over a full straw yellow body with very high clarity aside from some light sediment. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Head retention is average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of clean wheat malt, some pale malt sweetness, a dash of light orange rind and a pinch of coriander. Yeast profile dashes in a pinch of banana. Aromatically, this smells like a wheat beer that draws influence from German, American and Belgian wheat beer styles, but the biggest emphasis falls on German origins. As a Kölsch it isn't nearly as prevalent in wheat or yeast profile, but it does find a comfortable halfway point. Potency is mild-medium. 3.5

(Taste) German cracker malts, a mellow puff of wheat fullness and a faint grassy hop bitterness and flavor. The flavor isn't quite as complex as the aroma, delivering instead a lighter malt profile and a simpler yeast profile, no banana nor clove, some mild vinous fruits are possible but overall the balance is mildly sweet over tart and bitter, fairly pedestrian and simple to drink during the summer. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is soft and clean, carbonation is mellow for added smoothness. Body is medium for a Kölsch, light overall. Alcohol presence is low to none. Balance is slightly in favor of sweet although the beer doesn't come off nearly as cloying, there's relatively no acidity nor bitterness to counter. 3.25

(Overall) A fairly pedestrian, no frills Kölsch with perhaps a disappointingly shallow yeast profile. I was actually anticipating a bit more acidity or at least some low alpha bitterness to put a little spring in this beer. It wasn't unenjoyable by any means, but I don't find myself revisiting this beer anytime soon as I simply found it far too mundane to be memorable. 3.5

Goose Island Beer Co.'s
Goose Island Summertime

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Summertime pours a golden color with a nice large frothy head. There is a crisp sweet malty aroma. The taste is much the same sweet, and crisp, good malt backbone, hint of citrus, finishes pale, dry, and sweet. God full body, full flavors. Overall a very nice refreshing summer beer.

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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 KajII
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Strange (Kölsch) Glass]

The pour was a clear pale golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white fluffy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a light scattered film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was moderately heavy of a grain malt, a hint of floral and perfume hops and a light moldy yeast with a note of citrus (lemon).

The taste was a light malty sweet with a hint of citrus in the beginning, and then became mildly hoppy with a decent grainy feel and a crisp bitter finish. The flavor lasted a long time following the swallow, with a light grainy bitterness lingering on for just a while longer.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery yet mildly dry texture and an almost lively carbonation.

Overall this was a decent representation of this style. It was crisp, clean and slightly hoppy, which made it a very easy and smooth drinking brew...

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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 Kendo
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a Lindemans stange. Body is clear yellow with a 2-finger white head. Nice-looking presentation, as slow-rising bubbles continue to refortify the head long after the pour. Good lacing on the glass.

S: Grassy and grainy with an underlying fruity sweetness.

T: Follows the nose - modest cereal grains, some sweeter malt, then finishes with a modestly dry impression from some hop bitterness - think lemons or lemongrass. Underlying sweetness seems prevalent, however - too prevalent for a beer that should be light and more crisp (IMO).

M: Also somewhat disappointed in the feel, as there's a bit of a syrupy thickness to it. It's light in heft, but a little slick. Carbonation is active and appropriate.

O: OK. Not a great Kolsch, but a fairly easy drinker and not offensive.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow color (looks more like a BMC beer) with an almost invisible lacing of white head that quickly dissolved to partially cover the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and floral notes, followed by a nice amount of malt. Aromas of lemon, orange, grapefruit, clover, freshly cut grass and candied sugar.

Taste: Very nice and surprising (considering the beers appearance). Lots of malt up front, followed by some nice sweetness and citrus. Think toasted bread topped with some slightly sweet marmalade.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, clean and smooth with very little carbonation.

Overall: Goose Island’s Summertime is a traditional German-Style Kölsch, which explains the color of the beer, which I admit, threw me at first, but now makes complete sense. And being a Kölsch, this beer has a hell of a lot of flavor. It’s very refreshing, very smooth and very, very good. I’ll be getting these quite a bit next summer!

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Photo of deebo
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had several bottles of this that were leftover from a party and thought it was an ok beer. Review of a bottle with a bottled date of 16 Mar 13.

A-Aggressively poured into a tall pilsener glass this brew is super effervescent with a tall large bubbled pure white head with nice staying power and good lacing. Clear and pale golden.

S-Grainy bready malt aroma with a bit of tart fruitiness. A bit of an alcohol/adjunct lager funky smell that I can't put my finger on.

T-Not a hell of a lot of flavor here but then again it's probably not really supposed to. Clean and crisp with a pleasant mild apple like fruitiness.

M-Light bodied with fairly high carbonation. Crisp carbonated finish.

O-Damn easy to drink. A very solid easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a quickly vanishing white head, Spots of lacing.
Smell a bit of grainy malt.
Taste is grainy malt with a kiss of earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated crisp and refreshing.
Overall an average summer beer. Refreshing for the style but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.82/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've noted before that I'm probably not the best guy to review kolschs because I don't generally like them, but here goes. It's one was more complex than most, with some citrus flavor, definitely a plant-like aroma which I found somewhat off-putting. Nothing special from the mouthfeel.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale shiny gold. Steady bead. Head is white, creamy foam bubbles around the edge. Bit of lace sticks to the glass. Not terrible, but a bit bland and uninteresting.

Smells pretty beery. Herby, a bit grainy, with a touch of metal. Touch of medicine as well. Don't like it, though, much at all. Almost unpleasant, and largely bland.

Taste is pretty bland too. Grainy, sweet, pretty insipid. Gets even sweeter on the back with slight fruity note but lots of caramel, vanilla I guess, a bit of cereal, corn maybe and yeah a bit of that mediciney note. Mostly just a bit bland. Don't love it.

Not too bad a feel. Bit thick and stolid, not a lot of texture though.

Drinkable enough. Bit sweet, but nothing overall offensive. Finishes OK, but yeah, I don't love it.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with short-lived, foamy, white head. Aroma is of biscuit malt, light Noble hops and hint of lemon. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal hops, biscuit malt and hint of citrus nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and semi-dry. Very nice summer brew.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pale golden into the glass, with a medium-size white head that leaves fizzy lacing. The nose is of grain, citrus, and grass. Flavors are light, with grain, sour orange and coriander, with a finish that fades to grassy bitterness. A very light malt base carries the whole enterprise. Light body and lively mouthfeel begs for quaffing quickly. Summertime represents the style well. This beer is for drinking, not for contemplating.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very clear, bright yellow hue, with a filmy and wistful head of white. Lace is streaky and a little soapy without any real persistence. Body is very light: suitable. I actually really like the colour: it's bright and vibrant, and the clarity is excellent.

Nose is light and a little dull, but pleasant. Faint hint of stonefruit characters come through, with some neutral grain notes and a dry light yeast character. The sweetness is mild, but it gives it a little interest to something that would otherwise probably be pretty dry and dull. Not bad.

Taste is also pretty good. Pleasant dry cleanness throughout, but with an uptilt in slight fruity sweetness towards the mid to back, which doesn't get too sickly, and which gracefully exits by the back, leaving it quite refreshing. No bitterness on the back, which is good: the fruit suggests there could be a commensurate harshness on the finish. Instead it finishes rounded and clean.

Feel is excellent: full enough to impart more flavours than I was expecting, but still light enough to make the beer refreshing and drinkable.

Overall, this is an extremely drinkable beer: clean and rounded and refreshing without requiring too much dryness on the back. This is certainly something I'd drink a lot of if I had it regularly here in Sydney.

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Photo of chilidog
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good summer refresher.Its clean, crisp, with some bitterness.Its best if its cold and your hot.I found it alittle cloudy,( perhaps Kolsch Bier is) and a bit high on carbonation.
taste picks up citric hop and lemon with zest. I enjoyed this limited seasonal brew.

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


A: Clear gold with a nice white head.

S: Lightly floral hops, sweet grain, not much else.

T: Mildly fruity esters, a bit of hop bitterness, fresh bready grain in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

O: This is ok. A very mild and inoffensive kolsch. Refreshing but not very flavorful.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a Goose Island variety pack and this beer was one of the three. My wife likes this type of beer, and I decided to taste hers. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste.

A: Yellow in color, with some bubbles in it. One finger head.

S: Wheat with slight hint of lemon.

T: Wheat with lemon, some hop bitterness.

M: Light body with a smooth taste.

O: Enjoyed this cold brew on a 95 degree day. It was very refreshing. Would not hesitate to drink it again in the future.

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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 plaid75
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a sparkling dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grainy pilsner malt and a light fruity ester.

The taste consisted of grainy slightly sweet malts, a grassy hop and a pleasant fruitiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty summer quencher.

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Photo of hdf561
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got this beer in a make your own 6 pack on 7/2/13.

Smell is not too terrible hard to tell any specific notes. Flavor is the same. Tasted like beer with little aftertaste, but nothing spectacular. Overall it was just an average beer, not horrible but not great and nothing that made me feel like it was a "summer beer".

If you just want a regular beer then give it a shot, but I want the "season" in seasonal brews and this just lacked it.

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 1,348 ratings.
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