Natural Villain
Goose Island Beer Co.

Natural VillainNatural Villain
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #27
Ranked #39,138
3.58 | pDev: 10.89%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Natural VillainNatural Villain
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.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

 291 characters

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

 275 characters

Photo of WunderLlama
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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

 214 characters

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

 580 characters

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

 1,237 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

 2,067 characters

Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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

 176 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

 152 characters

Photo of rickyfinn
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 302 characters

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
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

 184 characters

Photo of jzlyo
3.33/5  rDev -7%
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.

 166 characters

Natural Villain from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 36 ratings