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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Reviews: 353 | Ratings: 2,119
Photo of Richie1124
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just recently started drinking sour beers. Out of the handful I have had, this one takes the cake. Great Raspberry nose on it. First sip is a bit tart, but after that its easy drinking. Just purchased Juliet (Blackberries) and i am super excited to try it

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Photo of J1moyer
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried Lolita from Goose Island Beer Company on draft at Nanny O'Briens in DC. What a wonderful surprise! I enjoyed Lolita so much that I'm going to pick up a bottle tonight at Fish Paws in Arnold, MD.

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Photo of ginemesis
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Crimson, rich amber color. The color of a sunset. Head dissipated quickly.

S-Wonderful, oaky smell, white wine overtones with malty undertones.

T-Delightful tart flavor with a clean finish. Hints of cherry and tobacco.

M-Medium but transient mouthfeel.

0-Fan-damn-tastic. Worth the Jackson it costs to buy this bottle. Excellent in any season and environment.

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Photo of EGreen
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is amazing: tart red raspberries (wife says strawberry), nice barnyard, mild oakiness, a very light and playful aroma. A nice tart start that explodes with a nice raspberry fruity flavor and a very nice farmhouse /hay/barnyard flavor. Finishes with a nice oaky-bitterness. This may well be the best GI brew I've had.... And it is very hard to beat the Bourbon County Barleywine & Stout. This is a very enjoyable!!

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on special at Butler's for $14. Great price. Decent looking beer with a great smell. Had not looked at it and did not realize it was a sour until I caught a whiff. Not as tart as some sours I have had, which I like, but it was wonderful. I enjoyed this beer very much and will certainly be going back to see if I can snag a few more while they are on special.

Had again, a 2013 bottle in Feb. 2016. It was even better than I had remembered. Unreal.

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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 jthahn
4.74/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber dated 12/4/10

A- Beer pours a very clean orange, with little to no head. very light lacing in the glass.

S- Possibly one of the best aromas out there, wild or not. The nose is very reminiscent of supplication. Likely there are some similarities in the type of ale this is based on. Honestly I wouldn't pick out the raspberries on the nose, but there would be no doubt that this beer has some funk.

T- This wild ale really balances the 'wild' and the 'ale' better than most do. typically you end up with a lot of wild and not much ale, but this beer shows it roots as an ale in the taste. Again, i'm not sure i would pick out the raspberries, although they are definitely there. this speaks more to my palate than the beer.

M- I could do with this beer being just a tad thicker on the mouthfeel. the beer has a lot of flavor i feel like a slightly thicker mouthfeel would work with it.

D- Because this beer is a little lighter on the mouth it makes it extremely drinkable. I'm usually taxed after a 375 of supp. or consecration, but drinking a 655 of this is a joy.

This is an outstanding beer and a great addition to Goose Islands already fantastic barrel aged series. G.I. has got their barrel game down.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect minimal head for a sour/wild. Poured into an Ommegang tulip. All the tart flavors I would expect and desire right off the bat. A mild champaign like finish, but don't underestimate this beer. It will leave you with a fuzzy palette, not sure if you should move on or enjoy another. I enjoyed another.

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Photo of macher0
4.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle.

A. Copper color with a reddish tint. Little to no head. No lacing.

S. Tart as heck. Lactic acid, sour citrus, bretts, neutral oak.

T. Very tart. Sour yeast, raspberries, neutral oak, light malts. No booze at all.

M. Wow. Jaw clinching tartness with moderate carbonation given the little head, very smooth, and light bodied. A world class finish.

O. This is definitely one of my favorite domestic sours. Tart as heck and just as smooth. A great fruit and oak balance. I always have one of these in my cellar and fridge. Certainly worth the price tag. I highly recommend this ale.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, bottled 12 November 2011. Enjoyed 11 May 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours reddish amber, quite red, actually, with a 1-finger white head. Nice retention.

Smell is good, but not as potent as I'd like it to be. Some fruity berry sweetness and some lemony sour.

Taste is such a fine balance of raspberries and gentle smooth sour, blending together perfectly. It's a delicately executed balancing act between the sour and the fruit, with each one coming to the fore, then receding a bit, then coming back out front. Finish is an interesting vinous dryness.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, which is just right for this kind of beer. Light in weight, high carbonation, and a lovely dry finish.

A really really tasty sour. Reminds me a lot of RR Supplication - a fruity sour with an excellent balance between those two.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is like drinking champagne, beer, and sparkling wine all at once. The amount of carbonation is a little off-putting, but the taste is rich with raspberries and drinking it allows you to appreciate the process involved in making it. Really cool beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From notes on 3/7/15

Friggin excellent. Had no idea Goose Island made beers like this. Tons of raspberry flavor. Nice danky basement like aroma and taste. mild spiciness. Looks a beautiful ruby color in my glass.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010: Bottled 12/04/10. 650ml. brown bottle many thanks to Pierre-Luc and Julien. Ale brewed with raspberries aged in wine barrels. Salmon-orange with a white head. The nose is very appealling with red wine (pinot noir) and strawberry. I very like this nose. The taste is wonderfull with wine, pinot, raspberry. There is some oak as-well. This is an easy drinking beer by it's acidity. One of the best.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage courtesy of Mid – Big thanks Alan!
Notes taken on 09/27/2014 – Lost Abbey Stemware

A: Dark amber with orange and ruby tones. Almost cranberry in color with a real nice clarity showing lots of tiny bubbles clinging to the bottom. Virtually no head just some fleeting khaki film on top that is very short lived leaving no lace behind.

S: The aroma is ridiculously good and smells like a freaking liquid fruit roll up. Lightly sweetened with a compote of raspberry, cherry, and assorted mixed berries. I get a touch of oak and lemony tartness on the backend with some faint acetic acid. Has an understated funkiness on it but this one is more about the fruit. Simply lovely.

T: Super smooth balance at three years old with a good amount of tart countered by some sweetened mixed berry juice. Raspberry and cherry mostly. Almost like cherry cough syrup but in a good way without the medicinal aspect. I get a light funkiness with oaky tannins, lemon juice, and some apple cider qualities. Has a great earthy rustic yeast funk and nice bitterness tucked away in the back. Incredibly balanced and drinkable right now with no alcohol coming through.

M: Light to moderate body with a puckering tartness and a super dry tannic finish.

D: I really am confused by the low ratings here but what a treat at three years let me tell you. Perhaps this is not the most complex or sour of sours and I am still not incredibly versed in the wild ales arena however this Lolita was simply fantastic. Goose Island brings the balance which is why I think I love their Sisters line up so much.

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Photo of korguy123
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Bottle into goblet.
My mouth has been watering for a good sour lately.

A- Copper/red pour (looks like the color of raspberry jam) Short lived half finger soda like head that lasted mere moments. Lacing is zero.

S- Huge raspberries, followed by a lemon and cranberry sourness. The wine barrels add a nice sweetness that compliments the sour and the tart berries. Slight yeast quality.

T- Right up front you get sweet raspberries, than as your mouth analyzes is more it turns super tart and finally a clean feeling washes over your tongue. You drool a little and go back for more. I really get a wonderful vinous quality. The raspberries really punch you in the tongue and you get a cranberry juice as the two mix together.

M- Light bodied, high effervescence.

O- This is a home run in my books. It's not an over the top Cantillon sour that the masses would wince at. It's easy drinking, palatable to most and just an overall wonderful experience.

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Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 765 ml bottle into a duvel glass

A- this beer pours a light pinkish copper type red color with a cloudy hue. it fizzes as ithe small 1" head dissipates.

S- smells of wine barrels , barnyard hay, berries, Belgium

T-tart raspberry ,Belgian barn funk, slight bitterness , and tea

M-pretty light ,slightly carbonated , tart , and well balanced

O- i like the sourness and slight herbal tea flavor combined with Belgian funk in this one ... im not sure i would keep going back to this because of the price ,yet well worth trying!

purchased at total wine in naples, fl for 18.99$ for the 765 ml bottle

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Photo of utfiero
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color- mildly hazy peach ice tea. Medium foamy head.

Aroma- intense sweet and sour berry.

Taste- a beautifully balanced sour raspberry ale. Starts with tart raspberry notes intensified by tingling fine carbonation, then mellows in the mid-body with faint vanilla hints, then finishes with a dry, lingering lambic sourness. Don't serve too cold. It improves as it warms to approx. 45 degrees. The ABV is well masked.

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Purchased locally at Spec's. Tasted on 1-3-14.

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Photo of WeedWolf
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good if you like sour wild ales! The bottle I had is from 2013 and seemed to age pretty good, could have gone a little longer even, but I haven't had any earlier years fresh or aged so can't really compare. The fruit character had faded a bit leaving it with a very dry finish. Quite good to my taste!

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Photo of FFreak
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a one-year old bottle at Costco for mid teens (can't remember the exact price) and cellared it for another year (2013 vintage). Pulled it out for an adult diversion at my daughter's movie night party on a hot and humid July evening. Shared with good friends and neighbors. Poured into various glasses.

Pours a slightly hazy washed-out raspberry pink with a slight brown hue. Aggressive pouring gives only a thin head that dissipates quickly leaving no traces on the glass.

Aroma is bush berries, wood, yeast, and funk. Smells wonderful.

Taste is at first quite sour, followed by some residual sweetness, plenty of berry, barnyard, oak, and nicely balanced bitterness. Absolutely delicious.

Mouth feel is medium-thin, dry, but with nice production of bubbles - delightfully refreshing on a hot evening.

Overall, I was blown away by this one. Much better than I expected. I'm kicking myself for not having bought more of it.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 750mL bottle of Lolita. Pours a cloudy amber color with a moderate head that leaves great lacing. Mild scent of raspberries, wine, and yeast. Some of the taste reminded me of olive juice. Taste was smooth and mellow with raspberries, wheats, and yeast. Rich, creamy, and very delicious.

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Photo of wschmit
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition, bomber into a Cantillon taster/flute.

A: An off-white head with serious fizzle pops away into nothing, just a scant ring about a pink-tinted amber body. Moderate haze and little apparent carbonation. Almost reminds me of the 2011 Zwanze or Lou Pepe that I drank from this very same glass.

S: Sweet sour funk. As soon as I popped the cap, the funk came out. The barnyard is well balanced by the raspberry, malty sweetness. Among the best "wild" noses I have encountered in an American beer, second only to New Glarus' R&D Geueze. Tart, sweaty, just a touch of hay, rotten meat, and medicinal notes.

T: More dry than I expected. It carries itself like Orval, more medicinal than band-aid or sweat kind of Brett, until the tartness kicks in. The fruitiness is pretty subdued as well, or perhaps balanced is a better word. Starts mild and dry, with some citrus notes in the middle, and finishes with a bit of pucker. More citric than acetic, to me. Fantastic.

M: Low-to-medium body. Carbonation really blew itself out early on, but there's enough to keep it moving. No alcohol burn. Less sticky than I anticipated for a fruited beer. A bit astringent at the end.

O: This was a 16 or 17 dollar bottle, and absolutely worth it. Among the best American attempts at a funky Belgian that I have encountered. Not quite a proper lambic/geueze, really, but still damn good. Captures many of the desired "wild" characteristics in the best way, but in a balanced manner. Thoughtful to the last drop.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Burgundy yellow and gold. White head. Looks fantastic!

S: Some vinegar and funk. White wine as well.

T: So awesome. Sourness, funkiness, vinegar, oak wood, sauvignon, butter, cane sugar, cream, plums and other fruits, definitely raspberries.

M: Medium on the thicker side. This is a nice feel for this style. Simply amazing.

O: This is one of the best beers I've had so far. It is so complex and full bodied. Hopefully it's the same in the bottle!

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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 PBRmeasap1980
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle dated 11/21/11

A - Pours redish brown with very little head that dissapears almost instantly
S - Red wine vinigar, raspberrys. Makes your saliva start to flow immediately!
T- Sweet then tart, then sweet again. Great amount of sour that is still drinkable. Raspberries add a great layer of fruit flavor
M- Smooth with a tiny bubbles helping to drive the taste all over.
O- I really enjoyed this sour. What I want from sour... tart, smooth, drinkable. This will not be my last bottle of Lolita.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/31/2015:

Vintage 2013, cellared 11/2013

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Beautiful rosy pink with a spritzy white head.

Aroma: Funk, lacto and fresh raspberry, all extremely well balanced.

Flavor: Nice! Tart and dry, which fades into the wonderful funk of leather, cork and wood. The raspberries are light throughout, but come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, surprisingly so given the high(er) abv, 8.7% This beer is light enough, I could easily enjoy a second back to back.

Overall: this beer is much better than I expected. I would love to see this in a cherry variant. My score is considerably higher than the BA average, and I feel that I am a conservative judge. This leads me to believe that this beer needs to be age a few years to improve.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 2,119 ratings.
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