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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #21
Ranked #38,567
3.67 | pDev: 8.45%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

dark amber in color, foamy white head. aroma is a mix of bready malt herbal pine and touch of citrus zest. similar flavors, but the malt is dominate, and moderately sweet. thin to medium bodied.

May 13, 2018
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GStone899 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a piney citrus smell. Definitely citrusy. Taste has a grapefruit bite at the end in the aftertaste. Color is amber with moderate head. For a beer made by Coors it's not bad. Pretty balanced flavors. I'd drink it again.

Apr 02, 2018
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Nosquatch from Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I really didn’t like this very much. Not much head or anything good. It was warm. Who makes warm beer? Goose island, that’s who. One time I was getting a bunch of golf balls out of a pond then realized I was laying in goose shit. Geese are jerks.

Feb 14, 2018
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a slightly darker amber with a modest head that slowly diminishes to a ring and islands. Some malt in the nose. Some malt in the mouth.

Feb 02, 2018
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this beer up as part of a make your own 6 pack since a local liquor store was having a special on make your owns. I had never seen this beer from Goose before so I figured I would pick up a single before I committed to a full 6 pack on its own.

This beer pours an amber hue that is quite brilliant and clear with light to moderate carbonation and sports an off-white, frothy head that dissipates nice and slowly to a thin lacing that is retained. 4/5 The aroma is quite malt centric with a good dose of caramel and a bit of rye bread. A bit of grassy and peppery hops come through as well, balancing out the aroma a bit, although the malt is really the big hitter here. 3.75/5 The flavor profile is very similar to the aroma with the malt playing the largest role with a good bit of caramel sweetness up front but also a bit of charred malt that gives off a bit of bitterness that complements the bitterness from the grassy/peppery hops. A nice bit of graininess comes through as well, allowing the caramel to increase in intensity and sweetness. Bitterness is moderate and lingers just a bit after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is a medium bodied beer that is somewhat smooth and creamy while maintaining some lighter, crisper moments. Carbonation is fairly light, allowing the creaminess to come through a bit, which is a bit different for a lager, but is not unpleasant. A touch of dryness works its way through on the back end and slightly lingers. 3.75/5 This is really a good beer put out by Goose and has a very good amount of flavor. Some of Goose's offerings have been a bit "meh" in my book recently but this one really stands out in my mind as a beer that I would gladly come back to and enjoy again. 3.75/5

Aug 26, 2017
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Baumer from Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

copper/maple in color. poured it into a frosty and the head was enormous! great clarity, super carbonated. nice appearance overall. lots of malt and some citrus fruit. grapefruit is hard to detect, but is there in miniature. definitely some pine. Not overly aromatic, but not exactly closed. a little spicy up front and the malt is very much the dominant flavor with this beer. I don't drink a lot of beers where that is the case, so this is a nice change. I think for this style, this is really well done, but it doesn't knock my socks off. medium bodied with good overall balance. finish is quick and the malt stays on the tongue. not a bad beer at all. I'd recommend as a dinner beer maybe with something spicy. best really cold and fairly soon after pouring as the effervescence is key to the overall feel.

Jul 02, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/16/16,it's obviously no longer spring training in mlb so a little age to the beer.Poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a deep rich bronze with a billowing sticky slight off white head atop,almost looks like an O-fest/Marzen style lager in the stein.Mild toasted bread and caramel in the nose,an underlying pine element is there but the malts show thru much more.Toasted grain and crisp bready malts dominate the flavor profile,mildly sweet caramel malts come thru as well.There is lighter grapefruit in the finish and it rounds out this malt tilted lager,I really enjoyed it.

Jun 30, 2017
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atniup from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice red lager color. Smells good, citrusy, almost like an IPA. In fact, the taste isn't unlike an IPA. A little sweeter, though. Very citrusy and sweet. No significant bitterness, but just enough. Actually a great taste. Really carbonated, but nice feel. Give it a try.

Jun 12, 2017
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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

12 oz

Pours clear maple amber, yellowish white head is coarse and about an inch thick, dissipates to suds.

Smells of caramel, biscuit, hemp, cereal and woody dry hops.

Flavor is of caramel, biscuit, walnut, and dry woody hops. Hint of herbal finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Nice even amber lager, decent malt and hop mix. Goes down pretty smooth. Decent gameday beer, a bit heavy to session. Would pair well with a burger.

Jun 07, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight tea, slight yeast, hint of candi sugar, slight spicy hops, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong caramel malt, slight sweet malt, tea, hint of yeast, hint of wheat, hint of citrus hops, and slight candi sugar. Overall, weak appearance, better aroma than body, too sharp, and not well blended.

May 16, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: a crisp hop, meets just enough malt to make a balanced amber lager. A bread, zesty nose. Reddish copper color, clear, with a delicate foam of head and ringed lattice. Medium body. 48 IBUs

May 11, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some caramel malts. Taste is malts, hops are present, hints of pine and caramel, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer, but the flavors just don't seem to mesh for me.

May 08, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1+ finger light tan head that receded to a very thin cap; nice lacing;

S: nutty, caramel, earthy, a hint of spice;

T: earthy and tobacco from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end; finish is all tobacco;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: would pair well with a lot of different foods;

May 07, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber brown color with a small white head. The aroma is malt and mild hops. The taste is similar to the nose.

May 07, 2017
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and caramel and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops and bready malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. They should’ve used different hops.

Apr 27, 2017
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful orange/copper color with lots of carbonation that had me slow down my pour. The ivory colored head did not last long however. Nothing special in the aroma, malty with no real grapefruit and pine (advertised on label) that I could detect. Flavor is the same, very malty with little bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is fine and overall not a bad beer. I would drink again if offered this beer, but wouldn't seek it out.

Apr 12, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with a two-finger head of tan foam. It smelled piney and roasty. Good burnt toast maltiness with piney and citrusy hops. Light to medium bodied.

Apr 11, 2017
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88caprice from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.
Enjoyed with a friend on the front porch.

Look: Nice light amber, bright copper hue. Clear as a bell, effervescent. Dense and frothy head stuck around til the last drop. Impressive.
Smell: Fresh and bright smell, some citrus, malty undertones. Not really getting grapefruit or pine in the smell, but close.
Taste: A moderate, refreshing hop punch upfront. Grapefruit rind and pine needles. Then a malty, yeasty taste settles in. Little aftertaste. Very clean.
Mouthfeel: Clean and smooth.

Apr 09, 2017
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Hackattack from Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I almost did not buy this...the description on the label says "grapefruit and pine aromas". All I can taste is another great brew with a smooth blend of hops and malts....... It also has a great aftertaste .

Apr 07, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks are good. Redheads catch the eye, different (and often fully bodies.)
Smell gives me mostly malt allure with just a touch of spicy fruit as background music.
Taste lets me down a bit as the malt is still prominent but the spice tries to steal the show and finishes to dry for me to have a second without food.

Good as a refreshment after exercising, I'm going to guess that this goes well with some salsa like foods... maybe Indian, too. I'll try that with my next Preseason. Those food should hide some of the dry finish.
GI is a master marketer and I believe they made this beer for that very narrow segment of malt-heads who like spicy food (which describes me well enough in a sentence.)

Mar 29, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle at Charlie's on March 23, 2017. A nice hoppy lager for enjoying a preseason baseball game during spring break. Recommended if you are in the mood for a lager.

Mar 24, 2017
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tjwarren from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With Lagers being my guilty pleasure I was very happy to find this beer. It reminded me a great deal of Brooklyn Lager, hoppy and with caramel malts. Delicious. In the aroma I did not get the pine and grapefruit mostly just the Saaz type of lager smell. Which is ok. Taste had a lot working. Fruity esters, caramel malt and dry hoppy mildly bitter finish. Went too pick. Please brew more and put in pint cans.

Mar 17, 2017
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jkblr from Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 12/16/16 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. Pours a bright copper color with an inch of off white head. Head is gone in minutes but lacing is there leaving just a trace behind. Smell is grapefruit & pine as advertised on the label but very faint and I'm not sure I could have picked it up without the clue. Taste follows smell, again faintly, with malt overwhelming the hop flavor. There is a bitterness at the end that is consistent with the 48 IBU mentioned on the label. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated. Overall, this is good, if this is what you are looking for. An amber/red lager with some hop presence.

Mar 13, 2017
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice malty lager. It pours copper with fluffy two finger head. The aroma is biscuity malt with light citrus and pine aromas. They aren't strong, but are definitely there. The flavor is really refreshing, tHe sweet biscuity malt gives way to a light pine finish. It's not overbearing and leaves you ready for another sip. It's a solid lager from goose.

Mar 12, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Marvelous copper color with great clarity and a creamy white head. The aroma is fresh and hoppy, with a hint of malt. The hop scents are clean, with some citrus and a bit of grass. The taste is nicely balanced, with plenty of malt and a clean finish. This is a wonderful, flavorful, straightforward lager. I wish there were more beers like this.

Mar 12, 2017
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