Natural Villain
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #19
Ranked #42,939
3.56 | pDev: 11.24%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
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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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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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
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Joekohl from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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
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Nass from Florida

2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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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VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium, deep-golden color with a strong white and bubbly head. SRM of 7-8. (4.00)

Aroma: Light aromas of white cracker, corn, and some light Munich/pale malts. The three then meld into one to finish with a corn bread sweetness. Only hints of orange , but not really detecting much. (4.00)

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. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Average to strong carbonation. Finishes balanced on the palate. Nice weight here in terms of flavor and carbonation. (4.25)

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.

Overall: A nice adjunct lager. Lots of cereal. Some corn and cracker to support. Not really German at all like others have said. American adjunct all the way. 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 much better because it's appropriately canned and not been sitting in a bottle. Otherwise compared head to head to other macros, I think it would hard to differentiate this one. Nevertheless, nice flavors and easy drinking. (Final Rating: 4.03)
*Could try comparing to TJ Lager, but it's going to be less skunked*

Feb 08, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass: color is gold, transparent, head is of white with fine to small bubbles and presents with 1+ finger head; head lingers well.

Smell is subdued, but notes of malt and cereal grain, light earthy hops.

Taste is clean, simple malt - notes of caramel, toast; moderate hops with earthy, crisp flavors. Not overdone, corn adjunct well composed.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, crisp bitterness, some light lingering sweetness, but this is a fairly bitter lager.

Overall, a well constructed lager with clean malt aroma and flavor, solid bitterness.

Aug 01, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tall tap glass.

Pours a nearly crystal-clear amber gold with excellent head and nice lacing.

The aroma is not really AAL-like (and that's intended as a compliment). More pils-like. The nose is fairly neutral pale malt and yeast in character with a hint of sweetness, perhaps from the corn, although the corn is not noticeable on the nose in its own right Just a touch of floral hop.

The flavor is very well-balanced for the style, skewing, again away from the classic sweeter AAL flavor to more of a typical pils flavor. Slightly-sweetened and slightly fruity malt hits the tip of the tongue, with pleasant pale grain and yeast in midstream. The brew finishes with a nice grassy and earthy hop finish.

The brew is light to medium light with excellent carbonation, lift, and cripsness.

There has been quite the proliferation of "craft" AAL's over the last couple of years. Some are worse than their macro forbears. Most are unremarkable. This one is one of the better ones I've had, and delivers the light easy-drinking crispness of the style with a good balance between malts and hops. It looks and feels great. This is a perfect early evening summer evening cookout brew. Very refreshing.

Jul 21, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

We are CANticipating CANother scorcher of a day & I am drinking Lager-style & fruited CANned beers in an effort to beat the heat. I have been (mostly) homebound these past four/five weeks following a prostatectomy & it has given me the CANportunity to sift through the backlog here at Chez Woody. I have uncovered all sorts of beers to CANstitute brewery horizontals, but today is just going to be odds & sods.

From the CAN: "Garage-Style Lager"; "Brewed with and inspired by Chicago's own Twin Peaks"; "20 IBU"; "Crisp. Classic. Go-To,"; "Check out:".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, steady C-Line Glug into my favorite Pilsner glass. I know that this was listed as an AAL, but as a Lager-style beer, I really like that glass. It did me a solid and foamed up to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, causing The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Mammon & Midas to heave themselves off of my couch & come running into the kitchen for a taste! I just finished reading James Ellroy's "This Storm" with gold/gelt greed as the center of its plot. Seeing the afternoon sun causing this beer to gleam, I suddenly understood gold's allure! It was almost enough to get me to give up coppery redheads … Almost. Nose had a pleasant bready maltiness, but where were the adjuncts? Hmm.

A check of the brewery's website revealed the following: "Hops: Hallertau, Saphir Malts: 2-Row, Pils, Flaked Corn, Vienna IBU: 20".

Okay, but I did not taste the corn. Instead, it was a pleasantly bittered Lager that could easily have doubled as a Pilsner of some stripe, probably a GER Pils. It begs the question of whether the corn was a necessary add or if they simply could not help themselves. Finish was crisp & semi-dry. It still beat a whole buncha beers in the style. The next CANsideration & one that I do not remember the answer to is its price point. If it is CANparable to a lot of other macros, this might be the one to choose. YMMV.

Jul 20, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

15 pack case (yes 15) on sale for $11.96.

Taste is grainy and hoppy, slightly citrusy. Strange beer, it seems like it wants to fit in a couple categories but unsure which one

Jun 02, 2019
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste is a bit hoppy and grainy than I expected for a lager. Body is smooth light and session able. If I found a sixer for like 6 bucks I would be sold.

Apr 24, 2019
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rickyfinn from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful lingering, frothy head. Clear amber.Clean grainy smell. Smooth and slippery mouth-feel, more unctuous than a many adjunct brews. Refreshing and almost as sessionable as cold spring water. I highly remcomend his beer to those who don't like the highly hopped crafts, or the too -light Pils's.

Apr 13, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp, hopped, dry, smooth, caramel malt, clean mouthfeel, Caramel malt semi sweet nose. Gold, crystal clear, soft creamy head, nice lattice of lace. Medium light body . 20 IBUs

Mar 27, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is grains and pale lager yeast/all around pale lager. The flavor is mild fruit, grains/malts/somewhat sweetish and a slightly tart/beery/hint of earthy finish.

Feb 13, 2019
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