Golden Goddess | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TMoney2591 on 02-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass by the barkeep at olympic tavern.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with 1 finger of dense white head that drops down to nearly nothing. Leaves a spotty lace on the side of the pint glass.

Smell: Mostly getting the Kolsh and lager notes from the nose. You know light malt profile thats kind of grainy and bready. As this beer warms up the oolong tea starts to show up and adds a nice earthy smell to the beer. I know this isnt a beer style that is meant the be drank warm, but for the sake of experimentation I wanted to see what would happen.

Taste: This beer tastes like a kolsh beer through and through, but the Oolong tea really makes a difference! It adds a really nice earthy profile to the beer like a premium oolong tea; it tastes just like the sweet earthy qualities from oolong! And just like in the nose, the tea flavors become more prevalent as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. Crisp, refreshing, and drinkable.

Overall: I really think that Goose island did a great beer here and picked the perfect beer style(Kolsh) for the oolong tea to be infused/brewed into. I am a huge fan of oolong tea and I really could tell that it had a presence in the beer. Goose Island was successful in what they tried to do with this beer. They took a Kolsh beer which isnt a really exciting beer style and made it something special. Its the best Kolsh beer that I have ever drank. I could see this beer appealing to the BMC drinkers if they were given a pint without them knowing its snobby craft beer and it might even change the BMC mindset. Great beer for a hot day, honestly if this beer ever became available in a 6 pack I would probably make it my go to summer beer.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a stange at the Clybourn brewpub.

The first Fulton and Wood release of 2013 is a kolsch brewed with Iron Goddess of Mercy, a black oolong tea from Intelligentsia. Right on. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, sweet honey, fish fry batter, green tea, light toasted biscuit, and light sweetgrass. The taste brings in more of the same, producing basically a sweet and smoky green tea flavor. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an interesting, intriguing, and generally enjoyable little experiment in double-brewing (tea and beer). Not bad.

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Served on-draught at Goose Island Clybourn over Paddy's Day Weekend. Reviewed from notes. 4.6% ABV confirmed. Served into a 13 oz stange.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head. Soft froth. Nice thickness. Above average retention. Body colour is a predictable clear yellow. Vibrant. Very appealing - especially in a proper stange. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean pilsner malts, bright fruit, pale malts, and I guess some light fruit character when I look for it - bright fruit/passionfruit. A mild strength aroma.

T/Mf: Clean crisp pilsner malts fill out the body. Good carbonation. Slight coarseness, yet still wet and refreshing. Bright muted fruit. Clean and pleasant. Light plum, perhaps. Maybe some tea-like notes. Light on the palate. Enjoyable. I quite like it in spite of its simplicity. Tasty flavorful stuff.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Not the best kolsch I've had - and far from traditional - but it'd be worth getting again. A solid little Kolsch from Goose Island. Hides its ABV well.

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On tap served into a Kolsch glass.

A: Beautiful golden color, two fingers of soft head, decent lacing.

S: Very inviting smell. I picked up some of the traces of tea amid the typical smell you'd expect from a Kolsch.

T: Interesting, but a slight let down. The style isn't known to be particularly complex in flavors, but you'd think with an experimental brew like this you'd get something a little more special. Definitely could taste some tea but I feel like they were very conservative with it.

Overall a positive drinking experience. I do think this had potential that wasn't fully utilized. Never heard of a beer brewed with tea before, and I really like the idea. Maybe in subsequent attempts they can be more heavy handed in their addition of the tea leaves, or use a more distinct style, perhaps Earl Gray would have been a more appropriate choice. Still definitely worth a try.

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Golden Goddess from Goose Island Beer Co.
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