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Lolita | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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

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Reviews: 337 | Ratings: 2,047
Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent orange with rapidly collapsing cream colored head. No head retention or lacing, retains some effervescence

S: Sourness, raspberries

T: Much sourness, oaky dryness, tannins & raspberries. Almost like raspberry vinaigrette as this warms, so much dryness/tartness as well as this warms, plenty of acidity. Finishes tart, sour & with plenty of wine barrel, plus more acidity

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, some enamel stripping properties

This is pretty good, but was hoping for a little more complexity her. ABV is well hidden glad I had a chance 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 rodbeermunch
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pink color, somewhere between orange and light red. Mild white head. Aroma is cherry, raspberry, tartness and wine barrel, depending on the year (had a 2010 recently) the funk will vary, usually more with age.

Taste is plenty sour, good amount of fruit in it at any age. Dry, red win tannins affluent. The funk is never that dirty, earthy, wet horse blanket with fecal matter funk, it is much cleaner. Covers the alcohol in the mouthfeel quite well. Can't tell much about the base beer, but the final product is quite nice and worth 20$/750 (22oz for the older bottles).

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Photo of ajm5108
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an amber strawberry color with very little head but noticeable carbonation. Aroma is mainly tart / lactic Belgian yeast with a good hint of the raspberry & grape must. Not a lactic grenade like the aroma suggested, but its major note is certainly the sour tartness. It is pretty even, and not overwhelming like some beers of this style, though it definitely has that shoe leather / tannin thing going on . It's cut mostly with a modest Belgian yeast which gives an odd heft upfront, and the cabernet oak, which really balances it out at the end. It was two years from the bottling date, and I think pretty much all the raspberry flavor faded, or was sublimated by the cabernet oak, which has similar notes. A good wild ale that will scratch your sour itch without puckering your tastebuds, but one or two notes don't hit (especially the yeast strain used).

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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 BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from bomber, stamped BOTTLED ON "28JUN13," and listing ABV at 8.70, into goblet. Bottled with raspberries and aged in wine barrels, I did not have this beer "young," so can't compare to the early returns, but wish I had left alone for a couple more years. Even so, doubtful will be anywhere worth the price (or cellar space).

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lolita 2010 vintage on tap at Hawthorne's in PHL for Migration Week. This beer has lost quite a bit of body and carbonation, but it is still delicious and outrageously drinkable.

Lovely vinous aroma and delicious taste of tart-but-mild raspberries. Wine cooler, grape+apple juice. Poundable beyond belief. Crisp apple and sediment.

This would be a great sour beer for those who don't love sours.

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Photo of Getalegup
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good sour smell with some fruit on the nose.
Good raspberry flavor there with a very peppery acidity that is super tart and puckering. Definitely a sipper.
Overall, if the acidity were turned down, this would be better.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle poured into a glass

Appearance was a very cloudy copper color.

Nose was a ton of raspberry, and you can pickup on the tartness. Lots of funkiness.

Taste was very tart, but only semi-sour, if that makes sense. Not as much raspberry as I had hoped, but it was still present. Well done barrel flavor.

Very high carbonation. Not much body.

Overall, this was a really good beer. Improvements could be made, but I would drink again.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle shared with my wife on our 2nd anniversary.
A - Very slightly hazy reddish orange. Very thin head that dissapates quickly. No lacing.
S - Funk and raspberry, with a slightly sour fruit smell.
T - Sour, but not overpowering. The raspberry is not as strong as in the smell. I think the raspberry blends well with the sourness. Brett funk is not as strong as I would think from a 2 year aged GI sour. Oak flavors are still strong, but in balance with the sourness.
F - Dry and thin, but the sourness makes it seem less thin. Carbonation is high, and also helps the beer to seem less thin.
O - The raspberry flavors have faded after two years, but the funk, oak, and sourness are all well balanced. It is a multi-faceted sour, but not the best one I've had. The extra 2 years in a bottle have taken away the brightness of the beer.

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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 ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

White foil capped 765mL bottle from Appalachian Vintners (Asheville, NC). 21.99. Bottled 6/24/13. Served in a Goose Island long stemmed chalice.

Pours a hazy deep orange brown with reddish highlights. The quarter finger of bubbles disappear before I can even set the bottle down. Zero retention, zero lace.

Some big barrel funk notes are predominant in the aroma along with raspberries, sour fruit, wine and a little oak.

The taste packs plenty of fruity lacto sour action. Wine, vinegar, oak, tart berry skins and mild earthy hay. Very little alcohol here. The berries are present but faint in relation to the wine barrel and yeasty funk. Still quite tasty and easy to drink.

Semi oily yet smooth medium body with slight carbonation. Funk, wine, berries and oak play in the palate in the finish.

Lolita, my first wild ale from Goose Island, doesn't disappoint. It drinks quite well as-is but I would like to try this fresh for even more raspberries.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow never reviewed this. 2010 vintage.

Pretty much no head, crystal clear reddish cranberry color.

Nose big sour, very sour raspberry, tart funky, hint wine barrel notes.

Taste nice tart sour funk, sour raspberry, nice fruit, little wine barrel, mild toasted oak, nice acidity as tartness. Little flemmy finish, nice tart berry lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb.

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Photo of TDotScott
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass. Bottle date 17 June 13.

A- Light amber, with red highlights. Has definitely lost much of its color. A white head forms, then vanishes very quickly.

S- Mustiness with some funk on the nose, with lactic character evident. Alcohol. Not much fruit. Maybe a tad at the end.

T- Sour. Big lactic tartness, and some fruitiness that's not too balanced by malt.

F- full on the tongue, with a dry finish. Fairly lively carbonation and a warming sensation keeps it in balance.

O- Not bad, as I like sour stuff. It sure go to show that fruity sour beer is best fresh.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage into a Burgundy glass at fridge temp.

Look: burnt orange, with a short-lived minimal white head.

Smell: cinnamon, strawberry, kiwi, nutmeg.

Taste: green apple, Fuji apple, strawberry, some black pepper, vanilla, sea salt, lime, something bitter (reminiscent of certain types of fruit seeds).

Feel: light and effervescent, with a juicy finish.

Overall: disappointing. There's something offputting in the smell and the taste; absent that element, this could be great.

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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 BoldRulerVT
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750 bottle into a snifter.
Pours the distinctive garnet hue from the cab and raspberries, minimal head.
Aromas are tart, berry sweetness and yeast.
Taste is fantastic and complex. tons of juiciness and red wine present. Very tart.
Mouthfeel is dry and puckering, but not overly so.
I'm rating this beer much higher than others, but I think it's fantastic.

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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 richj1970
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 765 ml bottle into snifter. 2013 vintage.

A: Pours a reddish golden brown with one finger white head that disappeared before I could even snag a picture. Zero lacing but a steady stream of effervescent bubbles.

S: Aroma is dominated by tart berries mixed with sour yeast. Tart green apples and white grapes. Just a faint hint of an oak.

T: Rich ripe sour raspberries and just a touch of sweetness. Oak barrel contribution more apparent as it warmed.

M: Light body and average carbonation. Finish is crisp and dry.

O: I wasn't sure I would like this one, but was pleasantly surprised. Very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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

A - Pours a vibrant red, raspberry color with nice carbonation and no lacing at all.

S - Tart, sour raspberries with some sugary presence and oak wine barrel notes.

T - Very tart raspberry from start to finish with enough sourness on the back end to balance out the sweetness from up front. Lots of "funky twang" mixed in with oak from the wine barrel, white sour grapes.

M - Lots of tartness on the tongue that leaves your mouth watering like crazy and semi-dry on the back end. The sweet sour tartness coagulates the saliva.

O - 'Wasn't sure if I was going to like this one but really enjoying this one.

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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 Nife
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish brown tint. Can easily imagine red wine barrels contributing. Raspberry smell. No funkiness. Excellent taste- no make that outstanding. Raspberries, sour, wine barrel in background. Excellent integration of barrel character w beer. Taste in mouth is fairly balanced by fruitiness of raspberries against sour. Finish turns moderately sour. Hops in background but I believe some presence. Wow - this what a raspberry beer should taste like. As I drink more the fruit balances even more against the sour. Leaves me wanting to take the next sip. Great beer will definitely look for this again. Wonder if I can get it in a bomber?

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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 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 SRey1250
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Introductory aromas remind me of a nice bottle of red- nothing too punchy or dry. Initial sip is smooth and tart, but does not linger on the taste buds. I could get through a 750ml but not much more than that.

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Lolita from Goose Island Beer Co.
90 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.
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