Summer Hours Lager
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Lager - American
Ranked #189
Ranked #28,352
3.53 | pDev: 6.8%
Dec 02, 2021
Dec 17, 2017
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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.
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3.45 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 02, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Nass from Florida

There is a best by date on the back of the bottle. I taste some malts with some light hops. This is an easy drinking spring & summer beer. Cheers! B-

Apr 04, 2019
3.34 by Myboymi from Kansas on Apr 03, 2019
3.47 by Dkloubec from Illinois on Mar 23, 2019
4 by RBorsato from Virginia on Mar 10, 2019
3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 26, 2019
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3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Hackattack from Indiana

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
3.4 by rorjets from Connecticut on Nov 19, 2018
3.38 by MizzouBrew from Missouri on Nov 17, 2018
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3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Tone from Missouri

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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3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DrMullet from Florida

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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3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

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
3.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Oct 13, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

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
3.13 by Jcreek from Illinois on Sep 15, 2018
2.79 by SolarPower36 from Florida on Sep 15, 2018
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3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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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3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by izraelc from New York

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
3.71 by Chackman151 from Arizona on Sep 03, 2018
3.47 by brewtalthrone from Ohio on Sep 01, 2018
3.52 by edthehead from New York on Aug 28, 2018
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3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by cardfan212 from Minnesota

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
3.69 by Bkglm from Massachusetts on Aug 25, 2018
3.18 by GIftofgod4u1 from Louisiana on Aug 25, 2018
3.61 by JDoHo from Michigan on Aug 18, 2018
3.49 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 13, 2018
3.43 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Aug 03, 2018
3.33 by Chilmer from Iowa on Aug 02, 2018
3.69 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts on Jul 31, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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
3.56 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jul 28, 2018
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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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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3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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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3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by zeff80 from Missouri

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
3.59 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jul 05, 2018
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3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by metter98 from New York

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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3.52/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by viking77 from Louisiana

Not real exciting, just good

Jul 04, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

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
Summer Hours Lager from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 65 ratings