Natural Villain
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Adjunct Lager
3.56 | pDev: 10.96%
Dec 07, 2021
Jul 09, 2016
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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Rated: 3.39 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
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
Rated: 3.63 by Walnut from Missouri

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois

Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by megamick from Iowa

Nov 01, 2020
Rated: 3.28 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Nov 01, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.45 by n_william from Illinois

Oct 16, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 3.03 by Cfitty from New York

Jul 25, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2020
Rated: 3.69 by viking77 from Louisiana

Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus from Vermont

Jul 05, 2020
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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