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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Reviews: 505 | Ratings: 1,346
Photo of SheepNutz
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a sample tasting cup. It pours a clear golden color with a good 1 finger of head, and great lacing. The smell is fruity and grassy, reminds me of a pils. The taste is slightly grassy as well, and a tad bit sour, but in a good way. The mouthfeel is just a little light, but at 4.2% it has an easy drinkability.

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Photo of granger10
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth, easy to drink, and thirst quenching. Nothing more, nothing less. This beer is good to have on days when you feel like drinking something light and refreshing. It's lacking the qualities to be an outstanding brew but I would drink it anytime over most lagers.

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Photo of budgood1
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a very bright, slightly hazy golden colour. a quick foamy head appears, and quickly it reduces to a very fine lace. a lemon grass and grain aroma, which is quite pleasing. lots of grain and malt character combine with a lemony undertone in the flavour. a fairly slick and sugary mouthfeel for a kolsch...a nice body to be sure but a bit too sweet for my liking. it's smooth as all hell; nothing gets in the way of it sliding down my throat quickly. a little crispness would do this beer wonders. it finishes slick and quick, ready to quench a summertime thirst as fast as you can drink it. i imagine this would be a good party time keg beer in the summer sun...everyone would love it. overall...nice flavour, great drinkability, but a bit too sugary sweet. it goes down nice, though!

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Photo of jcalabre
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 2 February 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. A clear, pale yellow beer w/ a nice soft foamy head. This is the first koelsch I've had, so I'm not sure how well it represents the style. However, it leaves a nice, slightly fizzy taste on the tongue, w/ hints of citrus. This would be a good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is darkened pale yellow, very close to gold, fairly large airy, big bubbled and thick white head that fizzed away and leaves minimal lacing in spots. Smell is faint of floral hops, grasses, and light sweetness of bread dough in the back. Taste is breadish up front malts, light and crisp, but the crispness is a little weak, pretty mellowing and subdued in character, with a touch of floral and lemony hopness. Feel is light bodied, trying to pick up some thickness but recedes back into an emptyness a bit. Easily drinkable and mellow for a Kolsch.

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Photo of Winter
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden in color with an airy white head. Aroma consists of malt, spicy hops and some light citrus. Mouthfeel is thin to medium-bodied with that typically refreshing Kolsch crispness to it. Nice balance between the malt and spicy hops. Lemony-citrus tang there also. Finish is pretty clean, if not a tad bit dry. Nice summer beer!

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Photo of Jon
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goose Island's Summertime offering pours a pale golden color with a fairly thick, bubbly white head that laces well in a tall pilsner glass. Aroma is mainly of fruit and malt with a light amount of earthiness mixed in for good measure. Taste is strong, with notes of lemon, malt and a light dose of grassy hops. Mouthfeel is a nice mixture of smooth and crisp. Due to this beer's refreshing characteristics and low ABV, it drinks incredibly easy. A good beer to have around for those hot summer days which seem to be looming on the horizon.

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Photo of marc77
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark straw hue with a slight haze. Airy, loose, thick porcelain white head. Sparse lace remains. Soft, doughy malt along with a mildly herbal, lemon grass like hop nose. Faint husky grain. Very understated aromawise. Bready, base pilsner malt sweetness persists in flavor and is mostly uncontested by the mild hop character. Subdued, slightly drying note of grainy wheat malt eeks in mid palate trailed by a subtle, but unexpected impression of sweetened almonds. Well attenuated yet oddly stagnant and dense in mouthfeel, perhaps from heavy - handed use of dextrin malts as overcompensation for the predicted low final gravity. Greater carbonation would have helped provide greater vibrancy. Finishes with a clean, mellow, water cracker like sweetness. Summertime is quite a decent brew and certainly devoid of outright flaw, but it lacks the trademark crisp, enticing drinkability of a fine Kolsch. Falls into the innocuous category.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a nice light yellow with not a lot of foam and no lace at all. The smell was pleasant enough, but not anything that I found that was really interesting. The taste was of a combination of hops, barley with a hint of bread yeast, but not much. No bitter a all, but, very pleasant just to sit around with you cheap friends and have a brew. ($4.99 at Trader Joes). Great price. The beer is better than the price!

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

Appearance: A milky looking pale yellow, almost light golden color. Inherent carbonation lends aid to a nicely agitated head when poured. Frothy white head that is quite large at first, but it soon rescinds to a thin collar. Some streamers continually show signs of life in this beer.

Nose: Grainy, fresh, rather citric nose mixed with some biscuit malt and a slight fresh lemony-hoppy “whiff”.

Taste: Light malts, and a fresh bread feel to start with. Immediately refreshing on the tongue, light but quite tasty. Finishes with a citric fruity finish, which is a real thirst quencher. Clean “well-ironed” tastes with no creases.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation lends a smooth feel to the beer at first. Clean lines

Drinkability: I have to admire this attempt at a Kölsch, its light, refreshing and very drinkable, just as it should be. Drinkability will no doubt improve proportionally with higher temperatures. Inviting.

Overall: Well, I picked these up from Trader Joes in Long Beach, recently. Considering the fact that a 6-Pack of 12 fl.oz Bottles only cost $4.99, I will pick some more of these for sure – a really great beer for those hot summer afternoons.

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Photo of bcm119
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale gold color with a course white head that disappears quickly. Dry pale malt aroma. Pale malt nose with slight sweetness and some soft hints of leafy/herbal hops towards the back; smooth finish with a little grain leftover. Mouthfeel is light but not as clean as it should be for the style. A pretty simple beer, but you can tell its a German style at least. I could see myself drinking two of these pretty quickly after a bike ride or hike.

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

Pours a tranclucent gold, with a persistent white head and streaming bubbles of carbonation. The aroma was a mixture of bread and light fruit with a healthy dose of spicy noble hops. Flavor was much the same... subtle flavors of bread, a hint of light colored fruit (maybe pear) and a slightly bitter herbal finish. Mouthfeel was light and crisp. This beer is an excellent choice for the warm summer months, and one of the better American representations I've found of this highly undervalued style.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lacy white head on top of a crisp, golden body with lots of little carbonation bubbles. There is a lot of flavors going on with this beer, but i dont think that they are mixed very successfully. Zesty lemon on top of a spicy bitterness. An interesting beer, but probably one that i would not be buying again any time soon.

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

Color is a perfectly golden hue, with a beautiful, blossoming white head atop. Aroma is lovely, with some citrus and spice.
Body is light, easy-drinking, with a smooth texture, and never sacrificing anything in the way of taste. Very tingly hops, great balance, with hops only slightly outweighing hops.
Truly a perfect summer beer. You nearly forget that you are drinking an ale. Extraordinarily smooth, but fully tasty and rewarding in every aspect!

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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 kbub6f
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Whip In coolers), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A very small, white head gives up no lacing. The beer is a slightly cloudy gold.

The nose is nuts with a slight sourness lurking in the back. Nuts and some citrus in the front give way to a more fruity sweetness in the middle. There's some peppery taste in there too: nice. The finish is bitter, clean, fresh with a little fruity sweetness. Nuts come back in the aftertaste. Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. The nutty flavor added some interest, but it's not as overpowering as, say, Abita. I'd easily adopt this as a pre-session beer.

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

Presentation. 12 ounce bottle, best when consumed by 11/11/02.

Pours a clear pale yellow, with an evaporating head. The initial smell is somewhat grassy, a bit floral. The taste of sweet malts, mild, is noticed quickly, and an ever so slight bite of hops is left on the palate. A refreshing, smooth beer, finishes a little flat with a very dry aftertaste, a decent summer brew.

Notes. A sampling from Blue Max.

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

The pour a pleasing limpid golden amber color the head modest in size, bright white in color, frothy in its texture, a fine coating of lace to seal off the glass. Malt dominated, crisp, fresh, lightly sweet nose, the start sweet and mostly malt, the top light in feel. Finish is purposeful in the spicy bite from the hops, perkily acidic, droughty lingering aftertaste and a good drinking beer.

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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 packetknife
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow with no head to speak of. Smells of freshly cut lawn. Somewhat reminds me of a white nectarine. Somebody mentioned oily but I'd say almost waxy. Not bad but nothing special.

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Photo of beernut7
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like many Kolsch-style summer brews out there this year, this is a pretty decent representation. Pouring a nice yellow-golden color with no head, the aroma is of bready German malt. The flavor is mainly of sweet smooth malt with a curbed bread character supported by a moderate smooth body. Finishes clean.

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Photo of Todd
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow brew with a thin retaining white foam lace.

Aroma is a touch fruity, with loads of fresh pale malts and some fresh cut grass lingering about.

Smooth, light and creamy palate. Thin- to medium-bodied. Sweet wort-like base of one-dimensional malt flavours. Thin, peach-y, fruity backbone. Uplifting carbonation. Thin, grassy, oily and herbal tea-like hop character that rides along the soft sweetness and into the finish -- it's a bit odd. Touch of dry grain in the finish too.

I want to really like this brew, but something seems off. Not off as in bad, but off as in someone forgot a brewing step. Not a bad brew mind you, but nothing stellar. Nice to see a brewery attempting the style regardless.

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Photo of jreitman
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No real aroma to speak off, just a hint of sweetness. Pale gold with no head. Somewhat fruit character and slightly sweet. A little too heavy for a kolsch.

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Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, 1/4 inch head that turns to spidery at the edges. Lace that doesn't persist. Caramel aroma. Heavy on the malt (in a light way, if you know what I mean), flavor is grassy with a little caramel mixed in and emphasized by the smell. Just a speck of citrus hops attenuate at the finish. OK brew, the style is pretty unmemorable for me, but its nice to get away from a sea of Wheats in the summertime.

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Photo of cokes
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly blurred golden with a well-kept white crown.
Zesty lemon rind aroma, backed in part with a dry maltiness.
Enters crackery and crisp. Pils malts gradually transform into a fuller toasted hull sensation. Clean middle and throughout, and obviously well lagered. Hopping arrives semi-tartly with the lemon rind. A bit grassy and herbal (lemongrass) too.
Light bodied and downable. This is a fine example, even if a bit too lemony.

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 1,346 ratings.
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