Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-style ale aged in French oak Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Each barrel receives 50+ pounds of fresh raspberries. Spontaneous secondary fermentation in the barrels. Aged 8 months or more.

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Photo of gibgink
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish hue, with no head to speak of. Light makes it way through the glass, but it isn't what I would call clear either. Raspberries on the noes, with an old musty note. The initial taste of raspberry on the tongue is replaced by a semi sweet musty/oaky flavor. A nice beer, I would suggest trying it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lolita pours a reddish color with no head. Big sour aroMA. Taste a also very sour with a light fruit backbone. Good feel. Overall big sour beer, with hints of fruit.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark red-orange color, light frothy off-white head which dissipated quickly
Smell: bright and fruity—raspberries, yeast, and some sweet malt
Taste: Follows nose. Quite a bit more sour than I expected. Dominated by the sour fruit flavors. Dry fruity finish
Feel: Dry, medium body, astringent.

Quite and interesting ale. Close in flavor to a sour or sparkling rosé wine.

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Photo of Dyssolve
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I took one sip of this and instantly did a backflip into a full kata routine. Then out of nowhere over 150 ninjas stormed my house, so I grabbed the broom (I was in the kitchen see) and broke it in half and, just like Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, I killed everyone of those ninjas with my broken broomstick pieces. I even made Bruce Lee sounds while I did it.

That's how sour this beer is.

Smells malty, looks like carbonated fruit punch. Tastes like

This is not a "smooth" beer. It's not hoppy, and the malt doesn't come as strong as it smells. You can't drink it quickly or gulp it. It must be sipped slowly and you must have plenty of room to move around after each sip (I kept going into "cat stance" from my Shorin Ru days).

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light plum color. Pretty clear with almost no head. Definitely get the raspberry and bit of funk in the aroma along with notes of acetic acid. Similar flavor profile as aroma with a bit of bitterness. Good sour that has large distribution but not my favorite.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light brick red with a few yeast chunks and a thin off-white head that fades fast. Aroma is raspberry, jammy, wine, vinegar. Tatste is led by raspberry, a bitter fruit bite, funk, red wine and a lingering bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated. Palate cleansing and tasty.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wide mouth wine glass, 2016 release, bottled 10 Dec 15, 8.1% ABV.

Beautiful slightly hazy light red with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly.

Fresh raspberries, bubblegum, apple cider vinegar, vitamin C tablets, and dusty early to mid-twentieth century books.

Raspberries, tart plum, Brett funk, socks. Like a funky dry rose.

Tart and bubbly on the tongue like a grapefruit soda. Flat lingering bitterness.

At about nine months this is wonderfully dry. The aroma is fruity, but the beer is delicate and crisp.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a delicious beer! Great tart but gentle raspberry flavor and a mild but rich oaky aroma. It's yeasty, it's funky, it has a strange bubblegum flavor, and it'll probably give me heartburn.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Spiegelau glass 2015 bottle

A: small off white head that disappears as fast as you pour. Body is an amber caramel with a slight reddish tint clarity is good.

S: Raspberry, vinegar, slight wheat, hints of lavinder, oak comes out in the end smells like wine.

T: Wow tons of raspberry, bubbly, vinegar, wine notes, oak

M: Crisp, tingly, full, biting coats the throat on the way down.

O: Quite enjoyable wild ale, expensive, but delicious lots of raspberry . I have to recommend this even though it is expensive it is quite well done.

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Photo of JoLight
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed on 21 August 2015

Appearance: Burnt orange, hazy;
White head that's soapy, fizzy, and dissipates like soda.

Aroma: Raspberry; overall sour; vinegar; notes of oak on the middle and finish when it warms a little. As it warms, it has a strawberry and banana aroma

Flavor: Sour sour, like apple cider vinegar; raspberry candy; sweetness; no malt.

Mouthfeel/finish: tangy, dry, carbonated.

This was so vinegar-like that it was hard to wrap my head around. I enjoy sour beers and the like, but this particular beer was unusual. It was not completely unpleasant or off-putting, but it was highly unusual--and overpriced.

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Photo of donspublic
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed Aug 18 2015
Poured from bottle into tulip, light soapy head that recedes rather quickly. Reddish amber in the glass, opaque, somewhat hazy. Smells sour, just getting it from the nose, hard to describe. There is some raspberry, faint wiff of vinegar. Taste initially of raspberry, with an acidic hit right afterwards, the aftertaste is somewhat close to mild balsamic vinegar. There is some residual sugar on the finish that keeps this from going to the dark side. If I had tried this beer without knowing what it was, I would have pegged it for a flanders red. I picked up this bottle at Costco for $13+ and paired it with a chicken breast roulade containing goat cheese, spinach, speck and sundried tomatoes topped with a lemon beurre blanc sauce. Worked out great

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
~ 1 year from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a bright orange color, light red hues. Transparent and glistens brightly in glass. Half finger thick, fizzy / soapy, slight off white colored head, dissipates very quickly.

Aroma- Tart berry notes, juicy raspberries, slight jammy notes. Pungnant vinegar, acidic. Woody, earthy oak, grassy and funky yeast, wet hay. Vinous notes, wine tannins, sweet grape.

Taste- Tart raspberry, fruity acidity. Some jammy sweetness, syrupy berries. Spicy oakiness, wine tannins. Lots of funky yeast, wet hay, earthy funk, grassiness, and spice.

Feel- Medium bodied, moderate tartness which transitions to a good amount of sweetness and a dry finish. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Tons of raspberry up front with a real crisp tartness and jammy sweetness. Finishes with a good amount of oak and lots of funky yeast. Really a great combination and hits on all elements the beer should.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice tartness and funk combine with a legitimate raspberry flavour that brings complexity and minimal sweetness. Super dry and no booze evident. Raspberry mingles well with the flavours. Good stuff.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. Tart raspberries and oak make up the nose. The taste like the aroma is tart up front on the tongue with prickly carbonation and raspberries.

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Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a friend's taster at a sour tasting event. Grainy, belgian, wheat quality. Dry and wine-like. A strong sour. Not enough was sampled to give a true rating (just an impression), so I've given an approximate placeholder rating here.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

765mL bottle dated 6/25/13 poured into a Teku glass
A: Hazy brown with a thin head that quickly settles
S: Sour grapes, apricot, vinegar, sour cherry
T: Sout fruit (grapes/cherry/apple) up front then some wheat & yeast rounded out with a sour finish
M: Medium-bodied, sour
O: Mouthwatering, quite tasty. I need to find the current vintage and try two - one fresh and one with age

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Photo of Jraiona
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 750 ml 2013 bottle. Presented a deep hazy Amber color with no head or lacing. The nose was very fragrant with raspberry, yeast and I detected just a slight bit of funkiness. The tartness to me was multi level leading off with raspberry and some slight lemon notes on the very back end. The mouthfeel was light and dry with low carbonation. This was my first experience with a wild ale and I would certainly have this one again.

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Photo of m_hall
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2016 release, bottled 12/17/15) into a tulip. A hazy, cinnamon-brown beer, with a fizzy, soda-pop-like cream colored head. No lacing.

The nose on this beer is quite complex- sharp raspberry notes right up front, followed by some wine-like softer berries and apple underneath. Around all of this are some stale bread tones, and musty aged wood. No real hop presence was detectable. All together it's slightly odd, but not unpleasant IMHO.

Flavors are tart, to say the least. Different kinds of tart, in fact: the expected raspberries come right out at the front, bright and assertive. Working with this are some downright mouth-puckering lemon rind notes (almost like sour candies), lactic acid, tart apples and flinty white grapes. On the back end the oak aging makes its presence felt, leading to a woody, mouth-drying finish. All these flavors most definitely improved and became more distinct the warmer this beer got; I'd recommend serving barely chilled, if at all.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, though quite oily, with the aforementioned drying finish. Alcohol is assertive (my particular bottle is listed @8.1% ABV) but not near enough to burn out all the sourness in the flavor profile. Carbonation is fairly light.

I'm definitely a novice to this particular style, Lolita being the first Wild Ale I've sampled. And it's taken me a bit of pondering to get to grips with this one... the sourness is definitely brash, and perhaps a bit more complexity in the flavors could make this one a bit better (but then, Wild Ale being what it is, I'm sure there'a a great deal of variation in profiles from batch to batch, depending on what sorts of critters take up residence in the fermenter.) But the more I drank of this, the more I liked it, and I don't think that's just the booze talking. While I would say that this is definitely a case where individual mileage will vary greatly from drinker to drinker, when taken on it's merits Lolita is a pleasantly bracing sipper, if not something I'd want all the time.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale brewed with raspberries and aged in wine barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy and short lived cinnamon cream head over a sunset orange body with abundant carbonation. Retention is poor and there is no lacing. 2.5

(Smell) Raspberry syrups, bread and pale malt characters, slight fruit acidity and tanginess. Perceivably a bit more sweet than tangy or acidic. Although this beer was aged for some time in wine barrels, my first impression was suggestive of fruited cough syrup rather than the pleasant subtleties of vinous characters. Potency is moderate. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) Much more tangy and acidic up front than suggested in the aroma, with a drying malt profile, and the acidity of tangy raspberry juice coming through most in the finish. Considerably sour, but a bit grainy in spots and does not have much raspberry character otherwise. The wine barrel aging impact comes through probably strongest in this beer in particular, with strong notes of oak tannins, grape skins and fermented sugars. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, mildly tangy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is moderately acidic and tangy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate. 3.5

(Overall) Lolita is certainly a gradual sipper of a wild ale, brazenly tangy and sour, with a somewhat disappointing display of raspberry flavor. The aroma suggested syrupy puree, but the flavor was indicative of the tangy, underripe bitterness of the berry, there was no in between in this beer. Ultimately, the sourness carried away the balance and there was no pleasing malt character to bring it back into focus. This is one sister beer that I can't justify revisiting or purchasing again, especially at the price point. 3.5

Vertical Notes:

2013 (3 Years Aged): Pours an equally short-lived head with a slight ruby hue over a slightly hazier body. Much of the surface fruit has vanished from this vertical, aside from some mild raspberry acidity, and the malt body is a bit more exposed- the potency is still quite shallow. The flavor of this vintage is a bit more mature, although with slightly more exposed off characters. Raspberry juice, pale and toasted bread malts, some slight exposed graininess, peppery characters and medicinal notes contribute slight distractions to an otherwise decent balanced wild ale flavor with a nice raspberry backbone. Texture is very dry, chalky, slick, slightly residual. Carbonation is unchanged, and the beer's malt profile is largely exposed, with some graininess and phenols that hamper drinkability. All-in-all, this beer was neither better nor worse than the more recent 2015 vintage, although it had its spots of improvement. Unfortunately, time does not seem to improve what I consider to be a very lackluster and flawed beer.

Recommended Age: Fresh to 3 years.

Goose Island Beer Co.'s
Lolita Belgian Style Wild Ale

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Photo of MaineBeerDinner
2.51/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

L: light cherry shine
S: bandaid with a touchy of cherry leather,
T: funky scotch, that poured well down my tongue into the drain
F: light with a heavy fast Robitussin aftertaste
Drain pour

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Photo of larryarms847
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark and slightly rusty orange with a very fizzy off-white carbonation that dissipates quickly and leaves no head.

Tart raspberries, white grapes, vinous notes, and some lightly musty funk.

Sour raspberries and white grapes, oak, wine, bretty funk.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, tart.

Overall, not my favorite wild ale, but it's a nice tart and refreshing brew for a hot day.

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Photo of MFMB
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly similar to my kids cranberry/raspberry juice. Little head that immediately dissipates. Lot going on in the nose, a bit of berry but the dominant theme is wine. Very winey, sour grapes and grape skin. You get a bit of the woody barrel in the nose as well. Taste of wine barrel sour grapes, grape skin with minimal berry character, although it is there I'll be it very lightly. Excellent light to medium mouthfeel. Felt very wine like and that's not a bad thing. Light funk in this one too. Good beer.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Nice cranberry juice pour.

S: Lovely berry notes with some tart funkiness opening up.

T: Funky and alive. Definitely some herbal and sour notes overriding the juicy integrity this has.

F: Soda-like carbonation.

O: Not bad. Was this part of GI's Bourbon County 2015 sour release? Must be the best varietal of them all.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - copper reddish color, not much head nor lacing.

Smell - Nice fresh funky fruit smell, raspberries and sour sour cherries. Little bit of oak coming through I am not much of a wine drinker but there seems to be some wine hints as well.

Taste - The taste is much like the smell but times 10, great sour cherries and raspberries. The wine barrel flavor I can pick up more in the taste than the smell. Nice bitter funky flavor slightly acrid.

Feel - Medium body tongue puckering and dry on the back end tart on the front end.

Overall - I really like this beer, the smell is well balanced and the taste is amazing all flavors are very crisp and stands out.

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Photo of daweidavid
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wine like bottle. Floral and sweet aroma. Although with some raspberry flavors, but it is very sour. Some bitterness can balance the body from the hops. Thought it might be better to drink it cooled

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 2,118 ratings.
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