Summer Hours Lager
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Lager - American
Ranked #265
Ranked #43,963
3.54 | pDev: 6.78%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
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Notes: Summer is coming! And what better way to celebrate than with Summer Hours! Whether your company lets you clock out early during the summer or not, Goose Summer Hours is the perfect beer to enjoy all summer long from the “end of the day” to the end of the night.

Goose Summer Hours is a crisp & refreshing lager that has a light, bready malt character balanced with a clean Noble hop flavor aroma.

33 IBU. Hops: Hallertau. Malts: 2-Row, Munich.
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 64 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, I am a couple/few days late for Summer 2020, but such is the nature of beginning a new job. I am 10.5 hours/day, 6 days/week at our local USPS P&DC so it keeps me off of the streets & out of trouble as one aCANquaintance recently said of me. It's never too late for a CANQuest (tm) entry so here I go!

From the CAN: "Goose Summer Hours Lager"; "We don't need to be the only beer you drink."; "We just want to be the Best Beer you drink."

I got some foaming action through the vent upon CANducting the Crack! so I quickly proceeded with an Emergency C-Line Glug to alleviate this burgeoning CANcern. It really is not that much different, but a tad quicker. This resulted in the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head that left a load of lacing in its wake as it fell. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a return visit from The Gelt Gang of Croesus, Midas & Mammon, all clamoring for a taste. Nose held a bready, slightly sweet maltiness, but not much in the way of hops. Mouthfeel was medium, but big for a Lager of any stripe. The taste was decent, more malty than hoppy, although I did get a slight Noble hop grassiness. Finish was in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. It was decent, refreshing, but well short of being the "Best Beer". YMMV.

Sep 24, 2020
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a bit of malts. Taste is of bready malts, a hint of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, it's very refreshing, but there is not a lot to separate it from much cheaper lagers.

Dec 11, 2018
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Hackattack from Indiana

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

This is not bad at all. It has a bright malt flavor and a lightly tinged taste of hops in there as well. This would be a great session beer at 4.5 ABV.

Nov 21, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus hops, slight honey, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an American Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable dryness. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of citrus hops, slight honey, and a hint of wheat. Overall, light-bodied, but well blended.

Nov 13, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium golden yellow with moderate persistent head.
Smell is a grainy, bready malt with light spice.
Taste starts with light, sweet malt followed by a smooth apple flavor and a mildly bitter finish.

Nov 11, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer Hours pours a bronze color, with a big, long lasting head. Sweet grainy aroma. Flavor is sweet and smooth, with a light, but noticeable hop bitterness. Good body and feel. Overall, this is a very good american lager, smooth and easy to drink, hints of sweetness, with just enough hops to balance it out.

Oct 17, 2018
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last one for me six pack for the summer.
L - See-through clear amber with one finger white head. Fair lacing.
S - Malt more so than hops.
T - lingers on the palate.
F - Fairly crisp light mouthfeel. Thin body.
O - tasted better in the summer (when s bitcfredher) and would be a good summer there, as advertised.

Oct 01, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: crisp wheat, malts, fruit notes, light finish. Mild malt nose. Amber hue, clear, Foamy white head and lace. Light body.
A lighter lager for hot weather. 33 IBUs

Sep 06, 2018
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izraelc from New York

3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A nice start to my trip through the American Lager series. Pours a clear golden color. Tastes clean and crisp. Slightly bitter finish. Great summer beer.

Sep 03, 2018
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cardfan212 from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a shaker pint.

Look - Crystal clear golden with a medium white head made up of large bubbles. Visible streams of strong carbonation.

Smell - A pleasant dry breadiness with grassy earthy hops. Has an unexplainable homeliness to it.

Taste - Tastes nothing like the smell. Has a surprising overripe fruit sweetness to kick things off with that ends with a light floral tone and quickly dissipates to nothing. A simple and pretty beer that I can imagine is refreshing on a hot summer day.

Feel - A thin body with almost no fizz makes this an easy drink. A bit more carbonation would go a long way with this though.

Overall - Good enough but not that great. Fine enough to drink but far from my favorite.

Aug 27, 2018
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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

Pours a clear "pissy looking" yellow, small white heads that fades to a ring.
Lightly hopped, cereal and grains. Lightweight, easy drinking summer beer. Nothing memorable about it but if I had 12 in a cooler covered in ice, I'd be good!

Jul 30, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber,medium body with just below average carbonation. Aroma of cereal,malt, and a slight floral smell
..taste was very similar,not sweet,far from any strong hop bitterness. It works really well for what it is..a very decent summer beer thats good to have while sitting out on the patio

Jul 15, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Spiegelau lager glass from a 12 fl oz can on June 15, 2018. A crisp and refreshing lager that has a light, bready malt character balanced with a clean Noble hop flavor aroma.

Jul 09, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel, toffee and grassy notes. Sweet caramel with a mild bitterness.

Jul 06, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with some white lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with notes of bready malts and slight hints of spicy hops.
T: The taste is a little maltier compared to the smell, and has flavors of biscuit and bready malts along with notes of grassy hops and hints of mineral water. Only a slight amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use a little more hops to brighten things up as the malts were a little too prominent.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 04, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Grain, toasted and bready malt, light fruitiness, and some grassy and spicy hops

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the toasted and bready malt, grains, and some spicy hops and then picks up some grassy notes. Finishes with lingering grain and toasted malt

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice summer lager that is easy to drink

Jul 02, 2018
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange body with a soft, sudsy white head and ambient large bubbles. The nose has fresh bread and a bit of wheat. The flavor also shows a lot of malt, more akin to pilsner/corn than bread, and finishes with a lightly bitter, nicely grassy hop bite that highlights how bone-dry it is. The body is actually medium-full with coarse but not overdone carbonation.
As far as analyzation goes, this beer might not be the most curious; as far as something to sip all day during a Chicago summer, this beer is hella on point.

Jun 18, 2018
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is nice balance of hops and malt. Long, dry finish. Nice brew.

Jun 13, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent lager offering for warm weather, slightly maltier than expected both in terms of grain flavor in the mix, and body in the mouthfeel, but its still quite light and is classically fashioned, nothing real unique about it, but it serves its purpose adequately. great clarity from the bottle and a short white head, some old worldy hops in the nose, dried grasses, dried limes, and subtle herbaceous spice, a noble type complexion, minimally bitter here though. the lager yeast carries some flavor, which normally i prefer in a craft lager, but here it almost makes it seem less summery, less refreshing, even where the flavor is enjoyable. the hops carry over from the aroma to the flavor, mostly in the finish, clean and appealing and helping crisp this up a little bit. carbonation is great, the body is medium, and although its a little less refreshing than some summer slammers, its easy enough drinking and not boring as the style goes. its hard to love anything these guys are doing right now, and i detest the ipa more than ever, but clearly they are still capable of making good beer, even if they have channeled their energies elsewhere...

Jun 07, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled on 19APR18. Brilliant crystal clear golden colored body with a fluffy white head. Spicy noble hop aroma with some biscuity pale malt. Spicy and grassy; sharp yet modest hop bitterness meets biscuity pale malt. Light body, crisp & clean finish. Easy drinking summer beer as expected.

Jun 06, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Light golden body, crystal clear. Big, rocky head, white flecked with black dots. The fade is gradual, and the lacing extensive.

S - Spicy funk of the noble hop, a bit of apple.

T - Bright open, apple skin and malty sweetness over a spiced quality, and a bitter close.

M - Brisk carbonation and a dry finish. Light and drinkable.

O - A pretty nondescript lager. Not offensive and well built, but pretty standard issue and not that far from the domestics I avoid.

Jun 02, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 3/20/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden/amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance; and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero fruitiness. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an excellent pale lager! All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and never watery for the ABV. Very clean and rich Pale/Munich malt flavor showcase, with great earthy hop presence/balance for the style. Almost a German pilsener, but more malty overall. A very enjoyable and well made offering.

May 26, 2018
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is grainy malts and mild fruit. The flavor is fruit/mild berries, slightly coarse/slick texture, little to no hops and a grainy malt/beery/mostly smooth finish.

May 16, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear crisp golden color. Very effervescent. Three finger white head settles slowly never fully dissipating. The glass is coated in sticky white lacing layers.

Aroma is quite hoppy with some noble hop notes - slightly spicy and floral notes - with a light hint of malts on the nose.

Taste has notes of spicy hops, very bitter on the finish - dancing on the line of astringent. Some wheat and barley malt comes through but is secondary to the malts. There is also a mineral rich note here potentially from the water? I wouldn't mind the hop forward nature of the beer except for the fact that the hops are very bitter and rather astringent.

Feel is light bodied, crisp, medium carbonation. Semi-dry finish with a lingering bitterness that is palpable on the palate.

Overall its a serviceable lager - Could definitely drink this. Id like it much better if the hops weren't so strong and bitter on the finish.

May 15, 2018
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steveh from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New brew from the Goose that I spotted last week. Hadn't heard there was going to be a new seasonal and helped to "update" the listing added by superspak back in December (how did he know there'd be a summer seasonal back in December?). Anyway, I only called it a Munich Helles because of the ingredients listed on the Goose web site -- where they just call it a "lager," it remains to be tasted just what this beer is.

12 ounce longneck poured into my short Becher glass. Bottling date of 08 March, 2018 stamped on the rear label.

L -- Clear, rich yellow-gold with a dense white head that settles to a firm cap.

S -- Light spicy herbal hops up front with an even lighter touch of bready to grainy malt.

T -- Light bready malts at first taste, bitter, but mellow, herbal hops jump in for the flavor command. Some light yeast flavor and graininess in the finish, but the bitter, herbal hops (with a touch of lemon citrus) -- even some mineral character dominate the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- While this is a well-made, good drinking beer for the upcoming season (they swear it's coming), it's definitely not a Munich Helles -- too much hop character, not enough bready malt. Style change suggestion on the way.

Apr 09, 2018
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 64 ratings