Beer Review – Goose Island Summertime Kolsch

  • Name: Summertime Kolsch
  • Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co.
  • Style: Kolsch
  • Origin: Illinois
  • ABV: 5.1%

Goose Island’s Summertime Kolsch is another one of the beers I picked up for inclusion in the Battle of the Beers – Summer Brews article. I picked it up as a single bottle from Trader Joe’s (BTW, they will let you pick any bottle from any six pack, unlike many other stores). Having seen a lot of Goose Island’s products, but having never tried one, I figured now was as good a time as any.

Goose Island Summer Time Kolsch
Goose Island Summertime Kolsch

Goose Island Summertime Kolsh has a transparent, straw appearance. It has low carbonation and built a medium head when poured into a glass. Aroma wise, it’s fairly typical of a summer-style beer. It has a light, feint smell, punctuated with biscuity notes.

Related: Deschutes Hop Slice Summer Ale Review

It has a light, “fluffy” mouthfeel that delivers a crips and refreshing experience. Again, as expected, the mouthfeel and flavors are both nonthreatening. It’s bready flavor profile – while expected – provides a little more bitterness that I would have expected. Its aftertaste is fleeting. Initially, a slight bitterness is present but it quickly dissipates, leaving an empty palette prior to each mouthful.

Goose Island has made a reasonable beer, but it certainly was not the best summer brew I’ve tried. It is well built in that it has a very thin, light and refreshing body that will serve you well on a sweltering summers’ day. It’s flavors are again, fairly good, but do not really stand out in what is a fairly saturated market of summer offerings. While this beer is definitely worth trying, I don’t think it will stick with too many people. I would drink this again, but wouldn’t go out of my way looking for it.

Related: Sierra Nevada Summerfest Review


This beer is fairly good. What it sets out to do, it executes well. With a light and refreshing body and pleasant flavors, it’s definitely going to be a decent experience. With that said, I wish Goose Island had brought more to the table. This beer is yet another replication of the tried-and-true summer beer. Nothing wrong with it, but it will easily get lost in the crowd of summer brews. Yes, you should try it, but I don’t think it will be all that memorable.

Rating: 7/10

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Learn more about Summertime Kolsch on Goose Island’s website, Untappd and Beer Advocate.



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