Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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LolitaLolita
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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.

Added by robbyc1 on 10-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,170
Reviews:
365
Ratings:
2,183
pDev:
10.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,183 |  Reviews: 365
Photo of Rkaplan
1/5  rDev -75.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Digusting. Poured it down the drain.

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Photo of ninaturner
1/5  rDev -75.7%

Photo of JJFordick
1.25/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of JISurfer
1.44/5  rDev -65%
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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1.5/5  rDev -63.5%

Photo of MadeInTheMitten
1.52/5  rDev -63%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Total ketchup/pickle bomb. Easily the worst $20 I have ever spent. This disappointment will go with me to the grave.

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Photo of Mgcarney
1.7/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SIEVS
2/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of FullObs
2.1/5  rDev -48.9%
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 WillNJ
2.14/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

looked good but tastes like vinegar and seltzer mixed with sour patch kids. I took a couple of sips, my face puckered and I used the rest to clean my drip coffee maker. awful. If you're selling vinegar in a bottle with a cute "lolita" name on it, don't charge $20/bottle.

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2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

Photo of GoldenVIKE
2.33/5  rDev -43.3%
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 -41.8%
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 -41.6%
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 ChrisWood6000
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of jopezu
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a hazy, rosy/peachy copper with a loose medium head that poofs instantly. nose; white grape/wine, band-aid brett, tart yeast funk, & berry syrup. taste; tart & sour... something... berry-ish. almost no malt or hops detected, just sour ale with hints of raspberry and belgian funk. almost malt vinegar aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. i just can't... definitely interesting to try, but i can't see drinking an entire serving of this - sour enough to be completely palate desensitizing after just a couple sips. even hop bombs remain enjoyable for a beer or 2, but this guy is going to be a drain pour. i'll give it points for being unique and crafty, but this is way outside of my wheelhouse. i tried.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of jeanphony
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of MaineBeerDinner
2.51/5  rDev -38.9%
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 -37%
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 CraigTravor
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 2,183 ratings