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 JISurfer
1.44/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sorry, this beer was nasty in my opinion. It was thin and watery looking, no head at all. The taste was like robotussin, but slightly less mediciney. I can't really describe the smell, other than Robotussin light. Not sure if I got a glass from a bad keg or what, but this was very disappointing.

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Photo of FullObs
2.1/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

2015 bottle. My least favorite of the sisters in prev years but still tasty. I had on draft recently and thought it was incredible. My bottle unfortunately was a vinegar bomb. I rarely drain pour but this isnt enjoyable at all.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
2.33/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Murky copper/cherry red pour with almost no head, lace, or even carbonation visible.

S - faint smell like raspberry fruit candy

T - very sour and dry tasting. tart but not sweet enough to balance the sour.

M - medium bodied, light carbonation

O - Too sour and dry for my liking. Could use more sweetness and carbonation.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.39/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chicago 1/31/16 (765 ML 2015 - 7.8% ABV, Bottled on 8/18/15,poured into a tulip glass). Cloudy reddish orange pour, thin white head faded fast, minimal lacing. Pleasant raspberry scent, with mixes of vinegar and grapes. Very Sour and tart raspberry taste, with a very heavy vinegar presence, about as foreboding and repulsive as the old man in that book by Nabokov. Well bodied with firm texture, very dry and crisp finish. This was a little too sour for me, perhaps I should have let it sit another year or two. Drank about half the bottle. Much preferred Madame Rose over this Goose Island offering.

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Photo of fx20736
2.4/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World for $ 23 on 2/23/14. Served chilled into a white wine glass.

Appearance: coppery amber full of effervescent carbonation. No head.

Smell: at first blush vinegar which changes into a sour fruitiness very much like Champagne.

Taste: tart raspberries followed by a pungent funkiness.

Mouthfeel: full and prickly.

Overall: My first ever Sour, maybe my last. Goose Island is my favorite brewery but this simply does not work for me.

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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 cmgm1592
2.59/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Tried this after Weyerbacher's Riserva, which is outstanding, and should taste even better a few years down the road. Lolita was aged in white wine barrels, giving it an acidity it didn't already need considering the overpowering raspberry flavor this sour possesses. Maybe after a few years of aging it will mellow out, but this is too much, even for a sour beer.

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Photo of farmhaus
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

My wife and I opened a 750 of the 2015 release tonight. I had high expectations having had previous years that were quite excellent. I assumed this may be a little green at its worst, but nothing more off than that.

The beer had an awesome appearance, but a first sip revealed stifling amounts of acetobacter. I'm referring to grotesque amounts of acetobacter, not simply quantities one might expect to find in a Flemish Red. Unfortunately, this year's release belongs in a vinegar competition rather than a beer one. The bottle remains unfinished.

G.I. is capable of putting out some incredible stuff, so I truly hope the entire release wasn't as spoiled.

I actually got on here to see if anyone had similar experiences. Since this problem is within the brewery's control, I decided to give a review.

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Photo of RickS95
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks sort of like a beer, but mostly like a reddish brown wine. There's a head for a short period, but it's dissipates quickly. Slightly thinner and lighter than wine, but you get the idea.

The nose is very similar to some krieks I've had. A slight sour, vinegary scent that evolves into raspberry.

It's not great tasting. Almost a medicinal flavor, cough syrup like. A tart raspberry taste with just a hint of vinegar. Similar to red wine, just a bit thinner.

Very tart from beginning to end. Only slightly less harsh than a Belgian sour kriek. Not quite bitter, just tart and sour. Medium bodied. It's a dry finish, but it coats your tongue with dry. Puckers your lips.

Bottled on 11/12/11 so maybe I should have given it more time, but it's only barely drinkable and just beer-like. There's an alcohol heat, but not much taste. Not my favorite.

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Photo of rmcnealy
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served chilled in a traditional becker.

Poured a dark amber with a very small active bubbly head that fleeted quick. The beer is rather translucent with virtually no sediment. The first aromas are familiar of red wines with an end tapering of what appears to be cloves. The taste is very tart and the raspberries become quickly evident. The carbonation is also showcased at this point. The taste fades quickly leaving a slight bitterness with a fruity, berry residual at the end. Very interesting taste. I get what is trying to be done here, but not sure I agree with it. I'd almost rather have some freshly made sangria if given the option. Definitely not my favorite Goose Island offering, but it was bottled before A-Busch took over so I can only imagine down from here.

Found at Cardinal Liq's, Niles IL

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Photo of drmcleod10
2.81/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2013 version. 765mL Bottle poured into wide glass.

A - Coppery orangish look with with a minimal 1/8 of an inch off-white head.

S - Smells like raspberries, oak, assorted champagne and white wine. Lots of tart.

T - Not a huge fan of fruity and wild ales. Too much carbonation, tastes like raspberries and champagne. Haven't had many of this style as I tend to stick to stouts, DIPA's, and APA's. Again Taste is much of the same as the smell. Tart, champagne, raspberries, and wine, with hints of oak.

M - Medium Bodied, more carb. than I'm used to. Very bitter and not an easy sipper.

O - I am not a fan of this style of wild ale. Perhaps a year or two to dim down the carb. might do this one some good. Maybe i'll start growing accustomed to the style of beer.


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Photo of djuhnk
2.85/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

everything about this beer is great except the overwhelming acetic acid/vinegar- at least in my bottle there's just too much and it just ruins the beer. This would be better put to use as a salad dressing. I love sours but I had a hard time finishing the 8 oz I poured myself.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.87/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish chestnut color, almost no head on the pour. Looked like some big soapy bubbles that just feel flat.

Very earthy dirt funk that I get from most raspberry wild ales. The raspberries seem to be doing its usual thing it does in wild ales. Reminds of the seeds mixed with rotten raspberries. Acidic and a mild pretzel aroma.

Tart raspberry syrup flavor. Not like an artificial flavor but not very fresh tasting. Flavor just drops off completely after swallowing. A very mild one dimensional bretty finish could be salvaged. This beer is like drinking a funky sour raspberry soda.

It was okay to drink but like all of the Goose Island sours (except for MAYBE Juliet), I would never seek it out or bother trying it again.

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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 breadwinner
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I friggin' love Madame Rose, or at least my first/only dalliance with it, so I had high hopes for my next shot at one of the GI Sisters, but this was bad. Actually fairly promising right out of the bottle, big blast of fresh raspberries (2016 bottling here), but it was all downhill from there, the raspberries falling in behind acetone and alcohol. It's sharp, shrill. Palate veers medicinal, acidic, astringent real quick. Couldn't even finish the glass. There's promise here. Maybe other batches have been better. But this particular bottling, to my palate, was pretty damn rough.

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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 cjgiant
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap:
Poured a thin rosé towards amber, but very clear. Almost no retaining head, but visible carbonation running up the sides (mainly). Smell is Granny Smith apple, maybe a hint of cranberry. There's also a weird toothpaste/citrus smell from the barrels.

The taste isn't surprising given the smell. Early on the carbonation added to the flavor. Later on the beer flattens out a bit. The taste seems to add a light cranberry taste to the apple, slightly more than the nose. The barrel and what I think are the tannins from the wine come I late and are a bit drying.

Overall, I'd have to say disappointing. This beer is not tart enough for me. It almost has a not-so-sweet cranberry ginger ale taste to it. Obviously the individual attributes amount to ok to me, I see no need for a mediocre beer like this.

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Photo of jegross2
3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Lolita from Goose Island Brewing Company. This was the last of the "Three Sisters" that I needed to review, the other two being Juliet and Madame Rose.
Score: 82

Bottled 11/12/11, served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/07/12. You can see my friend Kendra's head creepily photo-bombing this beer picture. This review is from notes from our tasting session that night.

Appearance: Dark ruby orange color that falls between translucent and opaque. Pours three quarters of a fingers of white bubble head that quickly settles into no head at all. Minimal lacing, below average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Tart cherries and fruitiness. There's a white grape sweetness and a definitely aroma of oak. Some apple too and a little bit of what can only be described as "funk." Like a dirty gym socks smell. Wouldn't be a bad aroma if not for that stinky funk. 2.5/5

Taste: Tastes substantially better than it smells. Sweet, candied cherry. A little sugary apple, white grape and fruit. Hint of oak. Crisp, refreshing and drinkable. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Sweet, sugary and slightly dry finish. 4/5

Overall: The other beers in the Three Sisters series (Juliet and Madame Rose) were noticeably better -- primarily because they did not have a funky smell. I suppose if you like that "funky sour" smell, then more power to you. At least it tastes way better than it smells.

Recommendation: If you like funky smelling sours that are cherry-apple flavored, then seek this one out. Those who do not like sours/lambics/wild ales can probably skip this one, and I think it's the least appealing of the Three Sisters for casual beer drinkers.

Pairings: Dark chocolate cake.

Cost: $16.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 bottle, drank 2/22/11.

A - Cherry tinted cognac. Low head.

S - Oak, woody, earthy.

T - Dry oak up front with a tang of raspberries in the mid profile. Almost Flemish sour characteristic. Sour cherries just after the mid profile. Carnations and flower stems in the finish.

M - Sour with a carbonated tingle. Very dry finish. Floral back end.

D - Not your every day standard, but interesting. The tartness will slow you down if you're not a fan of sour styles.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to schen9303 for this one. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duchess oversize wine glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a single layer of big white bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, dark, midnight red. Lacing is non-existent.

S: Nose is pungent sour raspberries, cherries, oak, and Brett. Sweet and simple overall but aromatic and very enticing.

T: Opens slightly spicy and sweet. Brett in the background that is overshadowed by slight yeasty bitterness and sweet cherry. Middle is more red fruit with a mellow, creeping Farnese that never quite gets there. Finish is cobweb and yeast. Aftertaste is sweet red fruit puree.

M: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Lively in the mouth and abrasive going down. Finishes dirty with a slightly lingering aftertaste.

D: The appearance and smell of this beer leads me to believe that this one's gonna be amazing... But the taste never quite gets there. Not really tight, funky, or oaky. I would definitely like to revisit this one somewhere down the line, but as is, I'll pass for now.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my wifes favorite beer, so it gets opened commonly for that reason.
This is our first 2011 bottle.
The color is a strawberry orange color. Initially there is a fizzy white cap that fizzes out quickly to a nearly still looking body.
The aroma has a nice musty note all around it, which is nice, i dig it. The raspberries smell like the whole fruit, does not smell artificial.
Flavor wise this one is nice and tannic up front initially, and as you get to the bottom it looses some bite. There is a blend of oak and tart near the top that accents the forward raspberries.
The mouthfeel is medium thin, and could use a touch more carbonation but has enough to suffice. maybe if it wasn't brand new fresh that would have changed.

i would want more acidity, but that would hurt her preferance.
i like it, she loves it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bpk59 for sharing this with me.

A - Poured into a Boulevard tulip a nice strawberry pink hue with a fizzy half a finger head that fades almost immediately leaving absolutely nothing behind. Very underwhelming.

S - Sweet malts and super, super light sour raspberry. Cant get over how light the sour/funk/fruit is in this beer.

T - Taste is light sour raspberries with a distinct malty finish. Very fruit but not in a good way, kind of fake tasting.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and light for a wild, with the ABV being nicely hidden.

O - Overall this was a very unimpressive and underwhelming beer. I love sours but this...this just isnt sour. Far too malty for my liking. Glad I didnt buy it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

765 ml bottle poured into a Goose Island stemmed glass.
8.7% ABV, Bottled on 14JUN13, "develops in the bottle for up to 5 years."

A - An effervescent hiss fills my quiet room as I pour this clear tawny, ruby-highlighted amber beer into the glass. It's noisy head disappears before I can even snap a shot of the beer, oddly revealing what resembles oil-slick patters on top of water. Odd, but expected from the beer's acidic aroma.

S - Quite complex right from the get-go, Lolita is a unique beer with a lot going on. At first, a bushel of fresh raspberries pours out with sly wine barrel characteristics that showcase wet wood, faint red wine, distressed leather, and a slap to the face with a pool noodle. As the beer warms and settles, the funky yeast turns medicinal and ushers you in a doctor's office reeking of sterility and boxes upon boxes of latex gloves. Thinking of getting blood drawn before sipping beer isn't quite comforting but a good swirl returns the previously inviting complexities, however briefly.

T - Powerfully tart raspberry juice is almost reminiscent of dry, tart cranberry juice in it's presence. Abundantly earthy this beer darts in a few different directions at once, skipping from wild barnyard-like yeast to soaked wine barrel staves back to a melange of fruitiness; raspberries being the most potent.

M - Bone dry from front to back, this incessantly tart, borderline sour-finishing beer is light-bodied, crisp with lively champagne-type carbonation. Lolita hides her alcohol very well giving this beer a very nice feel, ongoing burps aside.

O - Goose Island's Lolita paves new ground with an incredibly tart raspberry beer that captures the true nature of the fruit, not employing a sugary paste into the beer, but it's increasingly medicinal notes really, really hurt the good that's encased in this bottle. The wine barrel aging suggests a typical white or Rosé wine though the beer overall brings fourth darker fruits. A courageous experiment into wild yeast implementation though, for the price, I wouldn't purchase this again.
[Sadly, two years later I did and I still feel the same way, really making me regret such a purchase.]

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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

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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 musicforairports
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle into small snifter.

Pink/red color. A head develops but goes quickly. Bubbly.

Sour cherry, raspberry and vinegar notes on the nose.

Flavor is a balance of sweet and sour raspberry flavor. Not as complex as the nose and rather fruit-forward. Barnyard Brett notes are minor. Not too sweet, but the malty raspberry flavor is a bit overpowering.

Crisp, light-medium body, decently carbonated.

I found this beer very similar to Ommegang's Aphrodite--a little too fruit-forward for me. The barrel characteristics, at least in this fresh bottle, are minimal. For a great Goose Island sour offering, go for Madame Rose instead.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 2,111 ratings.
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