Goose Pils | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose PilsGoose Pils

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-26-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by mobyfann:
Photo of mobyfann
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $12.49 even for the Pub Pack...

This beer pours a clear golden base with a nice large white head, excellant retention and very nice lacing effects. The aroma persisted me with hints of both malts and hops that were pleasant to the nose.

The taste was great, medium carbonation, great pilsener taste, one of the best in the world, no joke. The mouthfeel works, decent aftertaste, very nice on the palette. Drinkability is way up there, the ideal session beer for me are lagers and pilseners, and this one raises the bar for American Pilseners.

Final Thought: Goose Island's Pub Pack is 6 for 6 and this one with the IPA were the standouts, Honk Honk...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of skybluewater
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle from a Pub Pak, freshness date "030805". Pours a very pale gold, not much lace. Smells rather normal, like (gasp!) a Corona (note: I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing). Tastes quite good, given that I'm drinking this warm. It sure tastes better than a Corona!

This here is yet another solid brew from Goose Island. Nothing earth-shattering, mind you, but definitely worth a try, especially as a session beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with a “Best When Consumed By” date on the back label.

Appearance: Pale yellowish golden, very clear and bright. Thin white lace leaves a loose web like pattern on the side of the glass.

Smell: Soft cracker like maltiness and faint floral hop, very clean.

Taste: Medium bodied with a slick mouth feel and light carbonation drops the ball on crispness. Maltiness is clean and of the pale variety … light and grainy and nothing more. Flowery herbal hop is slick on the tongue with more flavour than bitterness. Leftover residual dextrins leave a big sweetness in the finish with a herbal hop flavour to try and clean things up.

Notes: A sweet pilsner to say the least, crispness is lacking and hops and malt seem out of place. Not a bad brew but could use a little tweaking to make it more appealing and drinkable.

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Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, light gold with a moderate, white head with medium retention. Patchy lacing is left behind. Assertive hops hit the nose, with pine and grapefruit grabbing your attention. Mouthfeel has a hops tingle, but no bite. Moderate carbonation. Taste is very nice for a Pils. Pine, grass, and sour citrus sit atop a mildly sweet malt backbone. Slightly bitter herbal hop finish. This is a very nice Pils, fresh and clean, ideal for a session ale.

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Photo of ADR
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clearish medium gold appearance with a light and somewhat greasy head of small bubbles and average duration. Medium size laces on the side of the glass. Noticeable citrus aroma, a spot of grass as well. Quite malty in th eflavor department, a sense of sweet sesame cookies with a touch of roast on the seeds. Hops are floral and secondary rather than obviously crisp -- provide maybe a less than adequate balance. A little light in body, heavy in carbonation and overall sweetness to qualify as a first rate Pilsner to me. Drinkability is fine, however.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This honestly seems more like a pale ale than a pils.
Pours a chill-hazed bright golden. Plastic-looking white head retains doesn't seem to move.
Florals hops and fruity malt sweetness on the nose. Minor hints of citrus.
Taste begins white some white bread crust notes, then the ale-like fruitiness enters. Carmel coated apples, faint apricot. Drying finish with a hefty does of floral hops. Some residual sweetness rides into the finish.
Not all that crisp, for the style. Kind of a beefy body.
I like it, but it is not a great pils. Still, it is good session stuff.

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Photo of Jon
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Goose Pils pours a clear golden color with a somewhat fizzy white head. Smell is a bit earthy with floral hops which make their presence known. Taste is appealing -- rather hoppy for a pilsner with a malt backbone that pairs well with the bittering aspects of the hops. Mouthfeel is fairly solid, maybe a little thin. Very easy to drink, this would be a great summertime session brew.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light yellow-gold color, just a bit of fluffiness in the head. Taste is nice and clean as pilsners go. This one has a nice hoppy aftertaste, and just a touch of fruitiness. Finishes like a good pils oughtta. Easily one of the best packaged pilsners in this area.

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Photo of jackndan
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island Pils: very nice, with prominent hops aroma and flavor. Fairly pale in color, with a very nice head, and great Belgian lace. Sweet aftertaste of malt, with a lingering hoppy oil feeling in the mouth. Not really a pils, but not bad.

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, hay yellow hue, minimal depth to it, the white head reached a modest finger of tiny bubbles, there was little animation to reinforce it. The head retention was fair, soapy residue remained; spotty lace was produced as I quaffed. The appearance is typical, nothing wrong with that. The nose has a pleasant Pils aroma of crackers, toasty grains and biscuits, hints of hay, sweet & flowery hops in the background. I’m digging the bouquet, engaging for sure. The palate is reminiscent of the nose but with a lovely bite of citrus added, the biscuity-cracker malt is dry with a hint of toastiness, the hops are herbal, flowery, and exceedingly dry. The finish is great, citrusy yet biscuty yet flowery with just a suggestion of unattached sweetness. The bitterness is modest but interwoven nicely. This is a very nice Pils. Medium-light body with light but caressing carbonation helps produce an agreeable mouthfeel. The aftertaste is long with herbalness and crackers. While there are only a handful of flavors in play they all work wonderfully with each other, if this beer was available in Omaha I’d drink this as an everyday type of drink. Session beer material as it is awful easy to drink, with a low abv to boot. Purchased in Sioux Falls, SD.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly good offering from Goose Island. This is the first non-skunky pilsener I've had in quite a while. Hazy, brassy yellow. Decent hops and sweet cornyish malts. A hint of metallicness. All in all, not bad. If I liked the style, I'd buy a six pack (but I don't, so I won't.)

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, slightly cloudy golden hue; thin white-sheet head, patchy lacing. Grassy hops on a faint nose. The grassy hops are quickly detected on the palate, along with some decent, enjoyable fresh fruit flavoring tucked away, some sweet apples, maybe plums. Has a delicate sweetness and reserved bitterness. A bit grainy and slick near the end. Nothing fancy going on here, yet a smooth and clean pils; a fine offering, could become a classic session pilsner.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(This review is from tasting notes from my visit to the Goose Island/Clybourn brewpub. The notes are 8 months old and written by a drunk, so bear with me.)

Clear, good foamy head, well carbonated. Dryish, easy to drink, has the bite of hops you'd expect from a German pils. It had a slight off-flavor that I called "homebrewy". Overall not a bad beer as microbrewed lagers go but not spectacular either. But then again I've never brewed a true lager before. It was probably a) a less than perfect batch or b) my tastebuds were compromised.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this offering from Goose Island Brewing and decided to take a chance on it, seeing how the bottle was sporting a “best before” date of 7-21-03. Here it was three months later and I figured, “it couldn’t have gone over that far, now, could it?”
Goose Island’s pils poured a clear bubbly golden color with a foamy white head that exhibited good durability and left a nice trail of lace behind. The smell was a pleasing balance of pale malt and aromatic hops. The taste followed form from the smell. The grainy pale malt flavor was in the lead until overtaken by a fairly strong bitter rush in the finish. Overall, though, the taste was somewhat subdued. The feel was light, dry, crisp and refreshing.
Happily, this pilsner from Goose Island was still in good shape. Pilsners are not a favorite style of mine but this one wasn’t bad. Nicely balanced, it only lacked a stronger nose and taste to really make me want more than the one I found.

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Photo of Brent
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a good beer for a style in which it is hard to make much of a statement. Smooth, a bit crackery malt with Goose Island's signature hops. I wish the hops had been punched up just a bit more, because it seemed a notch too reserved - but otherwise a very refresing and drinkable lager.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm....I can't put my finger on it, but something doesn't seem quite right with this brew. It's not bad, just out of balance somehow. It pours a pale straw color with a wispy white head that doesn't hold. There's some simple sugary maltiness on the nose as well as some familiar Czech saaz. The taste is a bit grassy, overtly sweet and lacking in the hops department. The hops are distinguishable but they don't give that crispness I associate with a good Pilsner. Even so, save this one for your macro-swilling friends. You just might convert them.

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Photo of marc77
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dirty blonde hue, with a dense, one fingered steadfast porcelain white head. Sparse, muddled foam trails remain. Grassy hops along with supple, white cracker like malt dominate the aroma, with hints of freshly milled barley and toasted malt secondary. Flavorwise, the hop profile dominates due to the paltry, understated, vapid bready malt backbone. Assertively bittered, well attenuated and thus very dry overall. Mild grass and hay tones providing an herbal hop flavor. Paltry residual dextrins manage to facilitate a smooth, lightly viscous mouthfeel that belies the high attenuation. Sweetness of a continental, croissant like nature eeks in late once the hop bitterness tapers. Finishes nearly squeakly clean, with fading hints of chlorophyll and maltose. Although quite drinkable and clean, the underwhelming malt backbone left this brew one dimensional, but innocuous. I'll take New Belgium's Blue Paddle over this as far as readily available (in Kansas) pilsners go.

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Photo of granger10
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quality pils that needs to be tried in the summertime. This beer is well carbonated and has a good balance of malt and hops. The scent seems to give me the impression of summertime. Easy to drink one after another of this stuff. The main problem is that the finish seems to be missing and could almost make me forget that I was drinking a beer at all.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish light gold color with a very low white head, low carbonation, and little to no lace. Light spicy earthy hop aroma; a bit perfumey. Spicy earthy hop flavor. Light bodied with a crisp dry hop finish. A bit too light for the style in my mind.

Best By: 03/30/03 Tasted: 02/09/03

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light gold color, with not much head to speak of. Smells of light malt and the "fresh cut grass" smell of a euro lager. Good amount of hops in the flavor. I am kind of surprised by the hops bitterness that is resent in this beer. It goes well in covering up that euro skunk. Not the best beer in the world, and frankly not very interesting.

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Photo of moulefrite
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a vibrant lemon candy like yellow. What little head there is fades to nill rather quickly. Some warm grainy bready aromas and a hint of citrus on the nose. A light brew with a crisp palate but not a whole lot to warrant another as far a taste goes. I will retry this again in hopes that I got a tired bottle. As it stands this is just an average offering from what should be above average as the brewery is a couple of blocks from where I am writing this. Perhaps a tap sampling is in order.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz long neck with freshness date.

The beer pours a nice head that stays through out. The smell is wonderful and fresh. One thing I noticed, is that this beer even sounds good. There is some old German brewing saying about how beer should have a clear snap when you listen to it. This one does!! The color is a nice golden perhaps trending towards straw.

The taste is very good and well within the style, maybe a little more hoppy than some. It is crisp & clean tasting. This is a beer you could drink a lot of.

I think this is one of the best US versions of this style.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz sample

this beer is a fizzy, golden nectar full of bubble jets and topped with a thin, taut ring of foam. a bit of cold haze in the center of the english pint.

soft aroma of processed grain, almost like cream of wheat. not much hop sting here, this beer gives off wafts of freshness and raw ingredients. there is also a touch of honey in the nose. i'm thinking this is going to drink really easily.

well, it's certainly got some hops in it. not enough to kill, just enough to add a bit of tart berry to the flavor and a bit of bitter grind contrast to the sweeter, honey-laced finish. warmth brings out the nicest hop accent, which is very 'bud' like.. the kind stuff, of course. there is also a mild, flavorful hint of breakfast tea in the hop profile. i like that.. this is a real easy drinker, although i prefer the hoppier pilsners. mouthfeel is a bit on the fizzy side.. when i allow this beer to rest in my cheeks/mouth to savour some flavor, it feels a bit like pop rocks and throws off the smooth flow of taste here.

all in all, a good pilsner. nothing that will knock your socks off but nothing really bad to say about it either. probably a lot better on tap.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma notes initial pale malt and finishes with shot of hops (citrus and grassy quality). Big full head that is white and firm. Gold and clear.
Much more hops than I expected with only a light backing of malt. Again hops with Cascade qualities. Mild fullness from carbonation and a medium feel, esp. for style. Only mildly crisp and more smooth than refreshing.
Seems to have qualities of pale ale as much as a pils. Something different, but that's all.

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Goose Pils from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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