Goose Island Beer Co.

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #348
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3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Notes: Brewed for the upcoming (hopefully) warm weather with a traditional Kolsch yeast, which lends toward a fruity and flavorful beer with a nose of floral and fruity hops and a soft malt body with a crisp, dry finish.

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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Passion fruit up front along with some citrus and other tropical fruit

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the passion fruit and citrus and then slowly picks up some bready malt. Finishes with lingering bread and passion fruit

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid summer sipper that is very easy to drink and is super approachable. Worth a shot

Jul 26, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom taster pint; best by 22 September 2020.
A: Pours an every so slight straw color with a two finger, white head, solid retention of a broad ring, but very little lacing.
S: Fruity, to say the least. Aromas of passionfruit, pineapple, and raspberry.
T: Sweet and slightly tart. Palate basically the same as the nose. Bitterness subtle and creates a real balance with the sweetness and fruitiness.
M: Light bodied with moderate but persistent carbonation.
O: A remarkably refreshing and enjoyable (passion)fruit beer, but on a Kölsch base. Definitely the right thing for Summer.

May 05, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 122 oz can dated 29 Aug 20. Sampled April 24, 2020.

Golden-yellow pour with lively carbonation building up to a white foamy head. Long lasting.

Passion fruit was promised and passion fruit you get in the aroma. Along with a cereal grain or more specifically a sourdough sensation.

Light body although smooth.

Sweet and full of passion fruit. Almost to the extreme. I did not get very excited about this beer. I wouldn't miss it if I never had it again.

Apr 25, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look: Hazy gold. One finger of thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Strong passionfruit, watermelon, honeydew, and strawberry. Absolutely tiny amount of malt coming through the nose. Could easily be mistaken for a flavored malt beverage like a Bacardi Breezer.

Taste: Much less fruity than the nose. Mild malt with a very tiny amount of citrusy hops, but no bitterness. Faint watermelon and honeydew. The nose may be juicy, but it tastes like hard seltzer.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: It starts out promising a lot, but ends up falling prey to the desire for a poundable beer. It could easily be mistaken for a White Claw product in a different container.

Jan 27, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Goose Island Beer Co. "SPF"
12 fl. oz. can coded "27NOV19 11:42" and sampled on 28OCT19 11:06
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well there must be some definite passion fruit in here because I could smell it as I poured it. Is it real? No, it's passion fruit flavor but that's OK. It's a hazy golden beneath a finger-thick head of creamy white foam. The aroma is definitely of sweetened passion fruit, and I'm not finding anything beyond it. The flavor, however, brings in some lightly doughy malt, and a mild bitterness. Ehhh, me thinks 'meh'. This isn't much different than so many of the raspberry ales that I used to drink back in the late '90s - except that it's passion fruit extract instead. It's OK, but it's not great. Let me finish up quickly: medium bodied with a gently effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation and some pretty good lacing and still a bit of a surface covering of foam to it. It's a little too 'passion-fruity' for me, and I'll say slightly off-balance in general but good for what it is. Take out any of that passion fruit essence and people would complain it wasn't fruity enough. Add more bitterness or acidity to it and they'd complain about that. We all have our preferences, and I'm guessing that for now at least this is what's selling.
Review #6,764

Oct 28, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Good clarity on a golden orange coloring. Lots of macro-bubbly activity within. Weathered white head, spongy porous texture, about 1/4 inch, has a moderate rate of retention. Small lace lashes on the vessel.

S: Watermelon, honeydew fruity nose, with some bubblegum yeastiness with a perfumy scent and delivery. Freshly sliced apples drip with juiciness along with white grapes, and sweet guava. Nicely blended, good awareness, very pleasant, fresh, fruity, and wet. Almost fruit cup like.

T: Flavor followed the nose, very fruity, fresh and wet. White grapes, tropical notes along with watermelon, pear juice, and some fresh apple slices. Sweet oranges, passion fruit with hints of pineapple all nicely blended and married as with the nose, with each having great distinction and individual character and easy to define. A tropical fade with some kiwi-strawberry.

M: Light to medium body, good carbonation texture, good feel, wine cooler like.

O: Beautiful blend of tropical flavor and fresh breakfast fruit, showing a wide spectrum of flavor and strong individual content. Fruity, fresh and wet and very refreshing for easy drinking and pool side/beach consumption ideal for the hot summer time weather. Wine cooler like fruitiness high drinkability, very smooth and blended flavor.

Sep 09, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Drinking from a can. Aroma is sweet like passion fruit. Taste is nice and carbonated with good body but a bit too sweet. This might be better dranken on the rocks or in crushed ice. The idea is there but it is way overdone. If you want a good one of these drink Kona’s. Maybe that’s why Publix was Buy one get one. I’ll feed this to the guests.

Sep 05, 2019
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Calarice from Kentucky

1.95/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Horrible. Like carbonated fruit flavored water that you get at the dollar store. I wouldn't even classify this as beer. I'm sorry to come of harsh but this was very dissatisfying.

Aug 12, 2019
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DanielAron from Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

It's really trying to be good. But the fruit flavor doesn't really matter like passion fruit, butt it does State like artificial flavor, which I'm sure it isn't. Seems to fit into correctly into the kolsch family. As a previous reviewer said, it is a refreshing summer beer. But the flavor really falls flat. This is what happened to Good Island after ABInbev acquired it. It tastes mass produced. This from a Chicago native who grew up on How Island.

Aug 09, 2019
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BS on some of these low scores....

This beer is fruity, clean, refreshing and hits all of the notes it meant to hit... perfect perfect summer beer..

Passion fruit is amazing and really well done... spritzy..


Aug 08, 2019
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Slightly hazy light golden color. Nice white head that faded to a cap. And left good lacing. Quite effervescent.

S---Aroma is of passion fruit, obviously. But also quite citrusy, with lemon, orange & a touch of grapefruit.

T---Mostly the passion fruit shows through, but some light citrus also is noticeable. Slight bit of maltiness, but not enough to achieve proper balance.

F---Quite nice. Crisp & refreshing. Juicy, but not cloying. Very nicely carbonated.

O---I'd call this one a damn fine effort from GI. I'd get it again.

Aug 05, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of sweet fruits, caramel and floral notes. Sweet fruity taste with toasted caramel and a very mild bitterness.

Jun 27, 2019
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roadhouse from Florida

1.34/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

This was on sale bogo six packs so I said why not, it can't be that bad. Well, I was wrong. Let me start off saying I've been a big passion fruit enthusiast for a long time, I was ecstatic when everyone started making beers with it. This, however, well there is no way possible could have real passion fruit in it. On the first smell I thought "oh no..." - it smelled like a slightly fruitier Robitussin. The taste was just as expected. Extremely medicinal and a weird fruitiness that is in no way reflective of the deliciousness of passion fruit. I don't know what happened here but I'd strongly advise passing on this!

Jun 13, 2019
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

SPF pours a hazy, brighter, yellow color, with not much head. Sweet aroma, lots and lots of passion fruit. Flavor is sweeter, a bit like fruit juice, lots of passion fruit, and a smooth crisp finish. Good body and feel. Overall, very fruity, but very refreshing.

May 15, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can, date stamped 08JUL19. A thinner white head caps an effervescent pale golden body. Intriguing fruity aroma, but I'd say more like strawberry, peach, and apricot - not much for passion fruit; mild spicy yeast. Very fruity flavors as well - I taste Lucky Charms; peach, strawberry, apricot, apple, passion fruit, biscuity grain, pineapple, tangerine, spicy, grassy & earthy hops. Lighter body, higher carbonation, sweeter finish with some white pepper and fruit lingering on the dry finish. Not my favorite beer ever. Too sweet and fruity in my opinion.

May 09, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 8/26/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy passion fruit, fruit skin, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, melon, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of passion fruit, citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy passion fruit, fruit skin, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, melon, light peppercorn/pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/zest, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness; and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy passion fruit, fruit skin, lemon, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/rind, peach, pear, pineapple, red apple, melon, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit, citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness and tart/tangy fruit balance; with no astringent hop/fruit flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness, tart/tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/sticky, and fairly acidic/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is an excellent fruited kolsch! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of passion fruit, citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and fairly crisp/clean to drink, with the mellowly bitter/tart/drying finish. Great balance between juicy passion fruit, fruity Kolsch yeast, and Amarillo hops; with a great clean pale/wheat malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on base style example. No complaints.

Apr 22, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown bottle, this beer is hazy and gold in color. Not much of a head, just a wispy white slim foam. The aroma is fruity...along with a faint grain and malt note...and a bit of grass. Light body, and slightly on the dry side of things. Drinkabl and interesting, but not exceptional.

Mar 23, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft: Poured a golden color ale with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of cereal notes with crisp clean notes and light bready notes. Taste is a mix of bready notes with clean cereal notes and light dry German hops finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well done for style with great drinkability and loads of nice subtle flavours.

May 19, 2016
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this one at the Wriglyeville outpost.

Served in a Willie, the beer is a chill hazed yellow with a really stick white head.
The nose is of lemon grass, grains and touch of spice.

First impression, incredibly fresh and refreshing. Slightly tart with a some citrus, ripe pears and grains.

The mouth is crisp with medium heft. Its an easy drinker that went well with the house made pastrami ruben.

I think this compares very well to any Kolsch I have had (domestic & import). Well done.

Jun 11, 2013
SPF from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 72 ratings