Natural Villain
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #23
Ranked #27,348
3.56 | pDev: 10.96%
Dec 07, 2021
Jul 09, 2016
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Notes: The dudes from the Chicago band, Twin Peaks, came to the brewery to create an ideal beer for Pitchfork Music Festival with our brewers. They brewed the perfect beer to drink in your garage, your front porch, and any music festival. Whether you’re in a garage or not, the lightly bready qualities of this golden lager are balanced by a mild hop character that is simply refreshing.
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3.39 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2021
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3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by mikeg67 from New Jersey

12 oz can. Pours golden with long lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is medium and dry. Refreshing brew.

Apr 14, 2021
3.63 by Walnut from Missouri on Apr 10, 2021
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3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by NeutroMan from Illinois

12 oz can, with a best by date of 2021-06-10, into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear golden/straw color with a sudsy half-finger white head. Streams of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom.

S: Malt sweetness and corn adjuncts.

T: Follows the nose. Pale malts, corn adjuncts, with just a very slight, wispy hint of bitterness. Crisp and refreshing.

F: Light-bodied, clean, well-carbonated.

O: As far as adjunct lagers go, you could certainly do worse than this.

Apr 10, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours crystal clear bright yellow with a white foamy head, decent staying power and lacing. Aroma is corn and bread. Flavor follows with a slight earthy hop bite in the finish. Feel is light and well carbonated. Overall a non special okay beer.

Feb 09, 2021
3.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Feb 05, 2021
4.09 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois on Nov 26, 2020
4.05 by megamick from Iowa on Nov 01, 2020
3.28 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Nov 01, 2020
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2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Crystal clear, straw color. A good dense head which never completely fades. Surprisingly little lace (some spots) on the glass.

Remarkably mld aroma. Very pale malt aroma with just a touch of raw grain to the nose. No notable hop.

Crisp and thin bodied as expected. Plenty of carbonation as well. Very light malt flavor, almost nondescript. Again, no notable hop balance. Still the beer is very dry.

As far as a macro goes, this one isn't sufferable--a step up from seltzer BS.

Oct 23, 2020
3.45 by n_william from Illinois on Oct 16, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Joekohl from Illinois

This is a delicious beer. Now it’s my first beer on a Friday night so I’m all in anyway, but it’s actually a very nice beer. Smooth, light, clean taste for a lager. I could drink several of these no problem.

Oct 03, 2020
3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 02, 2020
3.03 by Cfitty from New York on Jul 25, 2020
3.5 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2020
3.69 by viking77 from Louisiana on Jul 20, 2020
3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont on Jul 05, 2020
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2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25
by Nass from Florida

Nice classy looking can artwork, great use of color. The pour is straw colored with a fair amount of carbonation. The taste is corn adjunct not corn syrup, grains, chopped parsley & celery sticks. The finish is cloying & the beer could use some work to make it better. Clearly, this beer is straddling the fence between a passing & failing score. I don't know what else to tell you except that I expect better from an OG craft brewery such as Goose Island. Cheers! C

Jul 02, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VoxRationis from New York

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a muffin top taster pint glass; best by 08 September 2020.
A: Pours a virtually clear, sparkling golden color with lots of champagne-style bubbles, a frothy, white, one finger head, ring retention, but somewhat soapy lacing
S: Floral and fruity, although I cannot put my finger on the components. Aromas barley, pumpernickel, bread rind, white pepper, grasses and grains. It has a really inviting aroma, certainly for comparative purposes. I was impressed by how inviting the nose was.
T: Semidry. Palate follows the nose closely but I am going to guess corn (as opposed to rice) is the adjunct grain. Very light bitterness tucked in, just enough for a crisp, refreshing finish.
M: Light bodied with light, but steady carbonation overall. Drinks smoothly.
O: Not sure what constitutes a "garage-style" lager, unless it is a beer appropriate to drink while you are practicing, trying to making it out there. And I have not really had too many AALs recently. Based on my recollections, the nose and palate on this are superior; it drinks more smoothly, cleanly, and refreshingly than any of them. Would not hesitate to have again, and again, etc.

May 10, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From the 12 fl. oz. can dated 08 Sep 0. Sampled on April 24, 2020.

It looks like a pale lager with its yellow to golden colored pour and modest than disappearing head

The aroma emits characters of corn, bread, and maybe a grassy of floral note. But it smells like a pale lager.

Light to medium mouthfeel.

Sweet and bready defines the flavor. A light grassy finish. I mean it is lager and not all that complex but it is better than some in its category.

Apr 24, 2020
3.54 by einman from Minnesota on Apr 02, 2020
3.61 by Maltyhead from Massachusetts on Mar 13, 2020
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3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Sampled in a taster glass from draft at City Works on October 14, 2019. Brewed in collaboration with the Chicago band Twin Peaks. Light bread malt with mild hops. Nice floral notes.

Mar 10, 2020
3.29 by Stevedore from Oregon on Feb 17, 2020
2.75 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Feb 15, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a medium, deep-golden color with a strong white and bubbly head. SRM of 7-8. (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas of white cracker, sweet honey, and some light Munich/pale malts. There's also lemon citrus sweetness. Only hints of flower, Nice and balanced. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with more white cracker, cereal, lots of corn. Hints of corn flakes. Lots of corn. Finishes medium, grainy, with some corn sweetness. (3.75)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Average to strong carbonation. Finishes balanced on the palate. Nice weight here in terms of flavor and carbonation. (4.00)

Compared to Founder's Solid Gold: Identical in color. Slightly larger head. A lighter more pale malt aroma than tropical fruit. More cereal and less sweet fruit on the tongue. Dryer, lighter, and cleaner.

Compared w/ Toppling Goliath's Dorothy's New World Lager: Pours a slightly darker color. Aromas more of malty corn. More Munich too. Less cream and sourdough bread. Finishes with more sweet corn and malty.

Compared to Cerveza Pacifico 12/20/20: Pours an identical color. Stronger aromas of white cracker, honey, lemon citrus.

Compared to Surly's First Ave 5/6/21: More pale malts, adjuncts, corn. Less honey and flower.

Compared to Leinenkugal's Honeyweiss 5/19/21: More bread and yeast flavors. Less corn and corn adjuncts. Fairly similar though.

Overall: A nice adjunct lager. Lots of cereal and adjuncts. The body is real nice and it finishes with an appropriate body for the flavor. It also probably helps that the beer is in a can and not light-struck. Compared to other macro lagers I'd say it's slightly better because it's appropriately canned and not been sitting in a bottle. (Final Rating: 3.78)
*Could try comparing to First Ave*

Feb 08, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by 57md from Pennsylvania

It looks a little darker than the average AAL. It smells faintly bready. The flavor is light and the finish is dry. Unlike the average AAL, it lacks the corny aftertaste.

In short, it's better than the average AAL. But... so what?

Jan 27, 2020
3.6 by HabaJohn from Illinois on Dec 03, 2019
3.09 by Latarnik from New Jersey on Nov 28, 2019
3.5 by robebo44 from Virginia on Nov 14, 2019
3.4 by alexsergio from New York on Nov 06, 2019
3.79 by 22Blue from Kansas on Oct 24, 2019
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3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

Natural Villain pours a golden color, with with a huge, frothy, long lasting and lacing head. Sweet chemically aroma. Flavor is very sweet and grainy, but smooth and easy to drink. Just a bit flat. Overall, its a nice beer, strong flavors, a bit too sweet, but smooth and easy to drink.

Sep 30, 2019
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3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, grains, light sweetness. Taste is malts, some corn, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid thirst quencher that I will have to revisit during the summer.

Sep 21, 2019
2.78 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Aug 27, 2019
3.34 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Aug 25, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Can poured into pint glass at the brick house tavern

Color is clear golden yellow gold, one finger creamy white foam crown

Faint malt & grain aroma

Taste is malt and....

Medium sudsing, hop nibble

nice beer

Aug 23, 2019
3.38 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Aug 10, 2019
3.5 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois on Aug 03, 2019
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