Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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
Ratings:
2,126
Reviews:
355
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
10.62%
 
 
Wants:
265
Gots:
729
For Trade:
57
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Ratings: 2,126 |  Reviews: 355
Photo of Rkaplan
1/5  rDev -75.3%
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 -75.3%

Photo of JJFordick
1.25/5  rDev -69.1%

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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1.5/5  rDev -63%

Photo of MadeInTheMitten
1.52/5  rDev -62.5%
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%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SIEVS
2/5  rDev -50.6%

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 dstanmyer
2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of JVan
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of BrooklynPanch
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of jeanphony
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of PortLargo
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

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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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 2,126 ratings.
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