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June 27, 2010

Goose Island’s Summertime German Style Kölsch Beer 6.27.10

Sum, Sum, Summertime. Summertime. Summertime.

Sum, Sum, Summertime. Summertime. Summertime.

The Brewski Report Reviews Goose Island’s Summertime German Style Kölsch
File Date: 6.27.10

 File Name: A Cold And Crisp Summertime Is Headed Your Way
The Beer: Summertime
Type: German Style Kölsch
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.7% ABV
Brewer: Goose Island Beer Company
Web Site:
Country of Origin: IL, USA

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Brewer Info: In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that. The key to building interest in craft beer, Hall decided, was to allow consumers to watch the brewing process – while providing them with the then-novel experience of enjoying a wide variety of distinctive beers that had been produced on-site. Hall wanted to not only cater to his customers’ tastes, but to challenge them as well. Goose Island’s brewers set to work crafting a diverse selection of unique beers – and on Friday, May 13, 1988 the Goose Island Brewpub was born. It turned out that John was right; Chicagoans palates evolved rapidly once Goose Island’s Brewpub opened its doors and introduced the city to distinctive craft beer. By 1995, the brewpub had become so popular that John Hall and his son Greg, who had by then become Goose Island’s brewmaster, decided to open a larger brewery and bottling plant to keep up with demand. Finding still more room for growth, in 1999 the father-son team opened a second Goose Island Brewpub just a stone’s throw away from historic Wrigley Field.

tbr-summertime-duo1Brewer Brand Hype: The color of sunshine, with a light fruity aroma and a hint of fruity acidity, Goose Island Summertime is the perfect summer session ale. A Kölsch beer brewed in the traditional German fashion, you’ll find yourself enjoying and savoring each sip of summertime as much as you do those hot summer days and cool summer nights.
Label: Serve Summertime in a Kölsch Glass.

The Brewski Review: This was a very good beer.  Light and refreshing. Kölsch is said to have medium hop bitternes but this didn’t jump out at me. I thought it was rather mild and crisp. My wife liked it so much she asked me to pick up a six pack for her. The name is a derivitation of the city name Cologne (Germany) and only brewers within the city producing under certain guidelines were allowed to use the name Kölsch. In America though, it was used rather liberally to reflect any pale beer that’s just barely withing reach of being a lager. Considered a seasonal beer best consumed in the summertime – hence the name, Summertime. So get out and enjoy everything that Summertime has to offer.

Drinkability: Did end up drinking another before I finished this review.
Appearance: Clear, pale golden color.
The Buds: Very tasty. Crisp and refreshing. Mild.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5

‘Summertime Summertime’
By The Jamies

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Well shut them books and throw ’em away
And say goodbye to dull school days
Look alive and change your ways
It’s summertime…

Well no more studying history
And no more reading geography
And no more dull geometry
Because it’s summertime

It’s time to head straight for them hills
It’s time to live and have some thrills
Come along and have a ball
A regular free-for-all

Well are you comin’ or are you stayin
You saw it first and I won’t complain
Hurry up before I change
It’s summertime

Well I’m so happy that I could flip
Oh how I’d love to take a trip
I’m sorry teacher but zip your lip
Because it’s summertime

Well we’ll go swimmin’ every day
No time to work just time to play
If your folks complain just say,
“It’s summertime”

And every night we’ll have a dance
Cause what’s a vacation without romance
Oh man this jive gets me in a trance
Because it’s summertime

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It’s summertime

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