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 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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Photo of json83
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

150 calories, 4.7% ABV. Found this a Kroger and bought it to try. This has an average smell but the taste is above average. Just as advertised it is a good beer for a hot summer day a notch above the standard. Sweet bread and grains. Wheat. Then some lemon zest and some faint grassy bitterness. Would buy again for an occasional seasonal 6-pack but unfortunately it would rank just below my top 10. Not disappointed.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with some gold hues. No head/lacing to speak of. Bubbly

Aroma: Citrus and floral hops. Slight bread notes

Taste: Sweet bread and grains. Wheat. Then some lemon zest and some faint grassy bitterness. Not much going on but I don't expect anything wild from the style

Mouthfeel: Super crisp and carbonated. Refreshing and clean

Overall: Just average. Nice to see the style in the mainstream. Good choice for a summer brew but I wish more breweries would be more adventurous with the style. I'm no lover of Sam Adams but their East-West Kolsch was pretty good and original. There's nothing wrong with this but it doesn't stand out at all

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Photo of utopiajane
2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear, bright yellow with a big head of white foam that fell fast and left very impressive lace. Plenty of effervescing. Nose is lemon citrus on a mild bread malt base. Some grass and hay and some surprising yeast funk. Light grains and a little corn. Body is very thin almost watery. Taste is so light it’s practically not there. Malt has the promise of grain but it’s weak and it’s also not that sweet so no caramel. It opened up just slightly as it warmed with a sweeter malt nose and palate. Hops fade out to some faint yeast spice character and it’s weak in every way. No bite, no bitter, no aftertaste except for a strange malty aftertaste that reminds one of modeling clay. Colored water.

Just had one fresh. 13FEB16 If I had to review this beer again I would give it the following scores, appearance, 3.75, perfect but not exceptional even with the extra head retention, nose 3.5 the pear became pear a few times to my nose, taste 3.5, all taste points met, mouthfeel, 3.25 this was moderately high carbonation and showed juts a bit too much GOLDEN flavor from pils malt, overall 3.5.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle which is marked: 30120-B1-1112. Sampled on June 2, 2013 when it was 92 degrees outside.

The appearance is mainly pale yellow with a kind of olive oil-like color as well. The white fizzy head erupts and fades in short order. Great clarity.

The aroma is rather inviting for a day like today. It is full of barley grain malts and a sort of melon-like ester merging in with the grains. Clean, crisp hops.

Light to medium body with a smooth texture.

The taste starts off with a grainy characteristic, vaguely sweet, and finishes with a low bitterness due to the hop balance noted on the nose I expect. An entirely drinkable and refreshing brew especially for a very hot day like today.

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Photo of gr0g
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, straw-colored in appearance. Two fingers of foam result from a somewhat aggressive pour, and some tattered lacing forms a ring around the crown of the glass. Aroma is muted, leans toward a baked bread character. Floral hop note. Nothing special, but nothing offensive either.

The flavor profile sits in between the crisp cleanliness of a pale lager and the malty, estery taste of an English pale ale. I guess this is to be expected of the style, but the only ever Kolsch I can recall drinking was the Sam Adams, and that was a while ago. Moderately dry with a restrained bitterness. It's hard to pin down any exact flavor notes.

Kind of bland and lacking in character to me. I'd prefer a lighter ABV pale ale, such as a Goose Island's own Honker's Ale, over this as a Summer refreshment.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, not much of a head, minor lacing.

Smell - Malts, Toffee, lemon and spice zest. Some yeasts, not much aroma.

Taste - First sip is lemon zest mixed with some buttery/toffee malts. A little sour comes in at the finish. Some spices and yeasts add some flavor. Not much else going on.

Mouthfeel - Its light on the tongue with malts, lemon and spices. Palate gets some more malts, sourness. Aftertaste is grassy and malty.

Overall - Pretty basic, summertime beer. Nothing over the top or special, just a run of the mill beer. Very easy to drink and now easy to find.

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Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear sunny yellow colored beer with a small white colored head that doesn't last.

Smells of malt and toasted grain with a lemon hop aroma, a lot like the scent of Coors. The scent is clean though not to complex. Pretty much a Lager.

Starts out mildly sweet with mostly a toasted grain flavor. Clean lager flavor with a mild lemon after taste.

Mouthfeel is is light.

Overall a refreshing beer well suited for hot weather.

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Photo of Auraan
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden color with no head. Nothing special, but nice enough. Scents of lager yeast, pale malt, doughy bread and some slight skunk. A lot like a German Lager. Flavors of biscuit, lager yeast, and a nice hit of grassy German hops. There is also a bit of an underlying frutiness there, lemon mostly. Pretty good, simple, but pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, goes down easy. A pretty good German style lager, marketed as a Kolsch. I've never had another Kolsch to rate it against so I am not sure how it rates in it's style, but it's pretty good. Almost makes me forget who owns Goose Island.

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Photo of obrike
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Got this one out of a 12 pack mix.

Pours a fairly clear, bright yellow color with an nice head that sticks around for about minutes. Not much lacing in my 512 pint glass.

Not getting much of a scent at all...a few spices...maybe a hint of lemon.

Getting some lemon, light malts, and grassy hops. Very light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Certainly goes down easy enough.

A pretty refreshing beer on a hot day. The low ABV makes it quite sessionable for a pool party. Probably a one and done for me though as there's nothing here that really stands out.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date of 02/16/13

Appearance - Pours a clear, pale to golden yellow with a white finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Strong bready aroma, with touches of citrus, banana and hints of spice.

Taste - Bready upfront and throughout with bright citric undertones. Hits on a moderately bitter grass flavor near and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with low carbonation. A touch on the watery side. Goes down well enough.

Overall - A solid brew. One I certainly don't mind drinking, but it's doubtful I'd buy it again. So many beers, so little time.

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Photo of 57md
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with over a finger of white head that dissipates quickly. The wheat pokes through on the nose, but it is quite light. The flavor profile follows the nose – nothing extraordinary here. The finish is soft and dry.

This is a fairly boring offering from a brewery that has reached epic heights in other styles.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a thin head that stays for most of the duration. Little lacing.

The smell is a light lemongrass/orange touch with a hint of yeast.

The taste is a kiss of sweetness with a dry-ish finish. Pretty bland, but nothing distracting.

It is crisp and light, but not watery.

A "refreshing" brew. Crisp. Nothing offensive. Easy to drink. It's a light ale that leans towards a kolsch. Drinks easily enough.

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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 busternuggz
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled 2-15-13.

Crystal clear pale straw color with a puffy, delicate 1" white head. Leaves spotty lacing.

Not a very prominent scent, but I get some DMS-y corn and slightly sweet grain, a little grass.

Grassiness and grain on the taste, some sweet corn. Finishes a little drier with more grass/straw. Nothing too exciting.

The body is a little too heavy, ends kind of sticky. Fairly well carbonated.

It's unfortunate that this Summer kolsch was bottled in the middle of February, I bet it was better fresh. I'll update my review if I get a fresher one some time.

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

Brilliantly clear pale yellow color with a good amount of fluffy white foam above. Clean and subtle aroma...dried fruit, hay, sweet grain, and slightly sulfur-y yeast. Convincingly Kölsch-y thus far. Softly sweet grain and a crisp, spicy hop bitterness leads to a clean finish. Nice and simple with no off-notes to speak of. Light bodied and somewhat creamy carbonation that sort of takes the bite out of it. Nothing wrong with knocking a few of these back for refreshment.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a quickly fading fizzy head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells of faint lemon notes with a little grain.

Tastes of the grain with some floral and lemon notes on the back end. Grainy sweetness leads off with a little bread to it. This blends into a slightly sharp lemon note. Touches of floral notes also add in. Ends with a bit of fruitiness that rounds everything out.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a light, crisp beer that hits the right amount of notes to be easy drinking, but also keep me interested.

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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 hardy008
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
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 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 BradtheGreat7
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Review taken Day 3 of the 2013 Masters

12 oz brown bottle with beautiful classic Goose Island labeling. Poured into a stange style glass.

A - literally sunshine yellowish/ bright golden. Crystal clarity. Thin white head settles quickly to a tiny ring of splotchy lace.

S - lager like. Bready malt and yeast aroma. Lemon, and fresh grass with typical kolsch apple/pear aromas.

T - Light lemony citrus with a grassy character. Light breadiness and kolsch style yeast flavors. Light apple note with a refreshing finish.

M - small bodied and thin. Nothing impressive flavor wise but does what it's intended to do in regards of refreshing yourself on a hot afternoon.

O - this is nothing worth going out of the way over, but does deserve some credit for the simple fact it was crafted to be a refreshing summer seasonal. No complaints In that department as it did just that. Nice to have around while putting in a hard days work out in the yard. While its nothing spectacular, it definitely is one of the best in it's style. For me personally the jury is still out on the kolsch style, but this particular kolsch isn't all that bad. It is sad to see Goose Island beer being crafted somewhere other than Chicago and I sure hope its not all of them. As long as some of its still made in its true home I'll continue to buy. If that changes sadly I'll be forced to let a great former brand go. As for now nothing has really changed. Summertime is still the same old summertime I've poured on many of hot summer days.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 02/15/13

Clear light gold color with rising bubbles abound. Soapy head stuck there. Looks light and quenching.

Grassy aromas with cereal notes, earthy hops, and bitterness. Light insinuation of lemon. Very mild.

Noting some citrusy hops and wheat tang, coupled by pilsner malts and mid-palate bitterness. Finishes quickly with lemony dryness and vegetable-like finish. Lingers faintly. Metallic middle. Bright for how simple it is.

Drinks wooly. Bushy carb. Balanced and easy. Good time drinking.

Decent kolsch, but I will most likely never buy again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, I don't know why this is out in March-April, but OK,

A: Pours a dark goldenrod with a light white head. Solid retention, some good spotty lace.

S: Light grapey notes, some lemon.

T: Solid bready malt flavour with a lot of lemon. Some earthy hops on the back end. A light beer, but with a pleasant flavour and quite drinkable.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, quenchable in the hot 75 degree summer air.

O: A good Kolsch style beer. Enjoyable, it works in April, but something I'd much rather have on the 4th of July.

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

A: Clear gold with a very small amount of bubbly head. Lots of bubbles.

S: Nothing. Really. I swirled it until I had a little whirlpool going, but couldn't really get any smell at all. It is allergy season, so maybe my nose isn't working. I don't think there is much there, though.

T: Bright grain / wheat flavor. Ends with a surprisingly strong bitterness that actually works well. This mostly tastes like you'd expect a kolsch to taste, but has that nice finish. Tastes like a summer brew.

M: Like the smell, not much here. The carbonation is strong, but everything else is pretty unnoticeable. That said, it is a kolsch, and I don't know that the mouthfeel of this one is any different than any other kolsch I've had.

O: Not bad, not great. It aims to be a season beer for the summer, and it works well enough for that purpose. Easily drinkable at a summer cookout, but I don't know that I would especially seek it out. Since seasonal brews are the thing nowadays, it is competing in an increasingly crowded field, and it doesn't distinguish itself. It's a good, drinkable beer, but nothing too special.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a rich white one inch head, good lacing and clear light golden color. Aroma is a subtle blend of grassy hops and pale malt grain. Flavor begins with dry malt and ends with a grassy citrus tang. Mouthfeel is a bit limp. Overall this beer conforms to the Kolsch style but Ina very marginal and bland way.

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Summertime from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.54 out of 5 based on 1,352 ratings.
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