Goose Four Star Pils
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Pilsner - German
3.6 | pDev: 10.56%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: This golden-hued pilsner has a light, fresh body and clean finish. Bright, refreshing carbonation mingles with German and American hops to give this pilsner a unique Goose Island spin.
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. At first there was a good 1/2 inch of pure white foam that quickly receded to just a trace of foam. The beer is a clear almost orange in color with light carbonation. Where is the foam?
On the nose there is a light malt aroma.
Tastes like a regular beer with a dry bitter finish.
The feel is light with low carbonation and a bit on the dry side.
This beer tastes fine, nothing special though.

Mar 24, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Kanela Breakfast Club, Chicago, IL

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of pilsener malts.
T: The taste has flavors of pilsener malts with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

Oct 28, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at the Exchequer Restaurant and Pub on July 27, 2018. A golden hued pilsner with a light, fresh body and clean finish. Bright, refreshing carbonation mingles with German and American hops to give this pilsner a unique Goose Island spin.

Aug 28, 2018
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AlfaMale from Virginia

3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours medium amber with a rapidly dissipating head. Bouquet of industrial cleaning solution. Taste is sharp and bitter. My overall opinion is that it tastes like a beer long past its sell-by date, and maybe it is. More like an ale than a lager/pils. Sorry, but it is just not a beer to my liking. That just my opinion and I could be wrong.

Aug 07, 2018
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a mug displays a clear straw colored body supporting a lasting fluffy white head of foam.

Aroma is crackers and corn.

Flavors add a slight spice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall a good outdoor beer for Sunny warm days.

Jun 30, 2018
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Hackattack from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am happy with this...considering I got a 15 pack for seven and a half on cans is 5 months that explains the price. It tastes good though....a lot of flavor for a pilsner. Maybe cans have a longer shelf life, since no light gets in?????

Jun 07, 2018
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours light orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain, slight corn. Tastes of adjunct grain and slight corn sweetness. Beer is light bodied, easy drinking, and a tad heavy carbonation. Overall, an average beer.

May 02, 2018
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TBDave from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 6-pack at Publix during a BOGO sale. It tastes like a session IPA. I enjoyed the taste. But if you’re expecting a typical German Pils, you’ll be disappointed.

Dec 11, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a completely clear gold with a white head. Smells of bread, caramel, light hops, and malt. Tastes of sweet white bread, malt, non-bitter hops, and light caramel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Overall an ok pils.

Nov 14, 2017
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artdgenerate from Canada (BC)

2.08/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not even CLOSE to a pilsner.

It's about as much of a pils as if you poured 2/3 of an IPA into 1/4 of a Coors Light. And nowhere near a "German style" pils.

Total disappointment.

Oct 19, 2017
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a date

Big head, lacing, filtered gold orange. Fruit and herbal hops along with sweet malt in the nose. Taste is bitter floral hops, the malt backing them, with a watery finish

Highly hopped pilsner

Sep 17, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprised I had not yet reviewed this. 12 oz. Bottle. Classic pilsner glass.

Solid golden color. Very good carbonation, supporting a short but tight white foam cap. Good retention qualities. Lacy.

The herbal, spur and earthy notes from classic pilsner malt and yeast pops right out. Golden wheat, light grains, grandma's spice rack, hot grasses in summer....all the classic pilsner aroma's!! The hops are only adding slightly more earthy tones, not at all fruity or citric.

Very crisp and refreshing feel and flavor. Sharp earthy taste, all the big players are in very good balance: bready malt but crisp, fresh sweet corn, golden wheat, dried herbs and very earthy toned hops. Only slightly sour yeast, more clean and snappy than anything. Big flavor for the style and the hops do not steal the show. The hop flavor's only compliment the other classic pils flavor's.

Overall, this is about as good as it gets outside of Germany.

Aug 22, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2017-08-14 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz canned on 2017-03-24

A - Very clear gold with a 3-finger pillowy-white head that sticks around leaving nice lace.

S - Orange flesh, cracker, floral. Mild but pleasant.

T - Biscuit malt, not-very-sweet orange candy, and gooseberry. Some pepper and herbal spice. Bitterness is initially about right for a Pils although it lingers (and tastes) more like an IPL.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Quite dry a somewhat prickly.

O - It's tasty although out of style guidelines for a Pils. No big deal though. I'd have it again.

Aug 14, 2017
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Bierwolf from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber wit a finger of fizzy, foamy white head. Good carbonation.

Aroma: mild hops with a malty background.

Taste: Malty sweetness with mild hoppiness. Semi-dry with a short lingering hoppy bitterness.

Mouth Feel: Medium light body with good carbonation.

Overall: Crisp and refreshing. A good hot weather ale.

Aug 05, 2017
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MichaelGennings from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Company's Four Star Pils. 473ml can. 5.1% alc.

Thick off-white head. The beer is slightly hazy and golden in colour.

The aroma is bready and biscuity. A bit of toasted malt.

Taste is bread, yeast, biscuit, toasted malt. Light hop bitterness.

Finish is dry and refreshing.

I liked this beer and would buy it again. It's a solid product.

Jul 28, 2017
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kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Four Star Pils from Anheuser-Busch InBev ( on no sorry from Goose Island) bought 473ML can for 2,50$

Look: Clear golden orange color. Thin bubble. About 1 finger of head that stays surprising.

Smell: Herbal, hops, pin, floral, orange and citrus.

Taste: Malt and hops, orange and citrus,

Feel. The bitterness is there. the finish is dry but goes down really easy.

So overall would I recommend it? Sure but as a German Pilsener NO. Feels more like an I.P.A (IBU: 40 TO 60) since this one is a 44 IBU. A german pilsner is between 25 to 45 IBU so really on the limits here but definitely feels more on the I.P.A style

Jul 24, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can served at the McCarren Hotel Bar, Brooklyn, NY.

Dark for a pilsner, with a heavy malt emphasis antithetical to the delicate grassy pilsners you'd find in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria. I don't know if they snuck caramalt or crystal into the grain bill, but it tastes like something other than helles pilsner malt was utilized (to its detriment).

A nontraditional attempt at the style that falls short but is nevertheless quite drinkable. I'll enjoy polishing off this can, but it drinks more like an American hop hopped Euro pale lager than a proper pils.


Jul 21, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is pale gold with almost no head on my pour. Smell is bready malts, and a bit of extra sweetness. Taste is not bad. The malts come through nicely and what I expect from a pils is lacking and that is a bitterness. This one is smooth and malty with a bit of hops present. Feel is light and crisp.

This is better than expected and quite an easy drinking beer. I would enjoy another couple on a hot day.

Jul 20, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly I've been spoiled by the classic, clean old world lagers being put out by Suarez Family. This beer is definitely more fruity and hoppy. Some crusty and sweet malt flavor peeks thru in the middle. Lacks the balance that epitomizes the style. Crisp up front, slightly dry finish; but, it's also a bit sticky. This isn't derived from grain sweetness; it's more from resiny hops...weird. Enjoyable considering the $1 price point I copped the can for.

Jul 17, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Solid Golden color with a huge and thick mushroom head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma with clean notes of Pilsen malt, floral hops and orange citrusy.
Hoppy flavor with notes of piney, floral and grassy hops, some Pilsen malt sweetness, dough and lime peel. Dry and bitter aftertaste. It feels at least the announced 38 IBUs.
Light body with mild carbonation.
Very good hoppy forward Pilsner with a good combination of hops that gives bold floral and grassy notes. This is a crisp and clean American interpretation of a Pilsner going towards an IPL.

Jul 02, 2017
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OneTuffPony from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can. Brewed under contract by Labatt in London, Ontario.

Looks and drinks more like APA than a pilsner. Citrusy hops dominate the smell, but not overpowering. Tastes similar to the other Goose beers with its leafy and dry hops. There's a little bit of pilsner malt at the end of it too. Low carbonation, and not very much lacing either. Not very true to the style, but tastes decent and easily drinkable for what it is.

Jun 27, 2017
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BrewMaven from New York

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich gold with a dense head..Not a lot of carbonation. With allergy season in full swing, forget an aroma comment here. Crisp on the palate and a nice little hop bite on the finish..Excellent choice after tearing down mom's old chain link fence. Cheers!

Jun 19, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden color, slight head. Dissipates quickly
S - Not much there, slight hop aroma. Maybe a little yeasty.
T - Hard to discern. Maybe this is just down to my love of bold beers. Definitely refined and polished, but not a whole lot going on.
M - Crisp, light.
O - Fine, drinkable. I just prefer something a little more audacious.

May 23, 2017
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YourMackDaddy from Canada (NL)

3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out the gate this isn't your average pilsner. No sir/miss, this is a hoppier take on the classic American style of beer that still holds onto the basics of a pilsner and does them well, while being something a little different, but not in a bad way. Personally, this is up there as far as any pilsners I've had. I think it has the unfair advantage of feeling like it's maybe 1/4 IPA somewhere in the family tree, but I don't care. If someone asked for my go-to pilsner at the moment I'd say this.
L - Clear and golden. Gorgeous head.
S - Bready and sweet like a pilsner should be, but with piny hop notes as well.
T - Low levels of bready sweetness come up front, followed by higher levels of floral hoppy bitterness. This is such a fantastic balance for me, and hits on something I've not had in a pilsner before. Refreshing and delicious. Finish is dry and lingers for longer than you'd think, but you'll be gratefulm
F - Dry, crisp and refreshing. What ie ant from any pilsner really. Emphasis on crisp.
O - Not the average pils, I know, but this is a fantastic beer that anyone and everyone should give a chance. Goose Island is killing it for me.

May 08, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a variety pack of Goose Island beers just a couple weeks ago and this Pils was included. I've been wanting to try it for a while so I figured a good warm day would be the perfect opportunity to review it.

This beer pours a golden tinted straw hue that is clear and shows off high carbonation along with a frothy white head that is persistent and dissipates nice and slowly. 4/5 The aroma is moderate in strength and strikes a nice balance between sweet and sharp with malty notes of grain and fresh bread coming through quite nicely along with hop aromas of grass, lemon zest, and an herbal quality. There is possibly some underlying spice as well, but this is hard to discern. 3.5/5 The flavor is moderate in strength, like the aroma and actually leans more towards bitter than sweet which is a departure from the aroma. Malt flavors of lightly malted and toasted grain as well as fresh white bread come through before quickly transitioning to the hop flavors of grass, lemon zest, and an herbal/spicy bitterness that eventually leads into a bit of a chemical aftertaste that is somewhat assertive. Bitterness is moderate to begin with but picks up speed and is quite strong on the finish which is somewhat long in length. As the beer warms, a light note of an apricot undertone comes through from the malt as well. 3.25/5 This beer is light bodied with lively carbonation and is quite prickly on the tongue with a moderate dryness that comes out more on the finish and after swallowing. Somewhat astringent. 3.5/5 Not my favorite pils by far but a decent offering. Good on a warm day and with burgers/fries/dogs (fattier and greasier foods). Easily a lawn mower beer. Definitely sticks to the German Pils side of things rather than the Czech Pilsener style, as advertised. 3.5/5

Apr 23, 2017
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