chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still had this beer on tap...I ended up at the Goose Island Wrigley after going to DarkLord day so I was going on about 13 hours of drinking at this point (I did sneak a nap in). Pours amber with a thin off white head. Nice sweet malt with a balanced bitter finish. It was a solid beer, kind of surprised that they only make it once a year, I could see it being a good one in a regular rotation.
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Illinois (of which Chicago/Cook County is begrudgingly a part) is tauted as "The Land of Lincoln," and so Goose Island brews this Vienna (didn’t know it was Abe’s style) every February in honor of his brithday... and I wish him a happy one (if dead folk still celebrate such occasions) one day late. "Happy B-Day, Abraham! "
Not a bad lager, pouring a slightly hazed amber body with an ample head. Doesn’t last long. It has an aroma of toasted grains accompanied by a caramel sweetness and a balancing earthy bitterness. It tastes bready, still carrying the caramel, and has a smoothly intensifying floral/earthy bitterness that lingers long throughout the finish. Not bad.
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eaglefan538 (2853) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Listed as Goose Island Lager on the menu, this was clearly a Vienna though. Pour was full amber, short of copper, off-white head, solid lacing. The aroma was bready caramel, some toasted notes. The flavor followed suit and finished with a nice light dryness, steering clear of the sticky sweetness that tends to hit this style. Very nicely done brew, GI the star of IL brewing.
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Man, I was surprised at how hoppy this beer was. Nice rounded and balance flavor typical of a great lager. Full bodied, but drinkable. Excellent beer.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
well, one thing’s for sure: it’s a goose island. this was actually a very good beer. i was surprised since i don’t really associate goose island with lagers. but it worked. great with the beer nachos
Ughsmash (7092) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GI Clybourn. Poured a hazy auburn with a light off-white head. Lightly-roasted caramel, toffee, and a hint of crisp fruit in the nose. The same lightly-roasted caramel, toffee, and a light astringency in the flavor. Medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate... well-balanced. This was a tasty, easy-drinkin’ lager.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy amber body with red streaks and a fluffly, off-white head. Clean, malty nose of caramel, toasted grains, grassy, earthy hops and a touch of oily nuts. The body is smooth and moderate in heft, really enjoyable and thirst-quenching. The flavors lean toward the malty side, with bits of crisp hops near the end to balance and keep from cloying. The finish is elegant and smooth, long and satisfying. I came into this session expecting the worst, but that’s why I keep coming back to Goose Island: just when you think you’re getting a stinker, they make a solid, tasty beer.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Clybourn: Coppery hue with a frothy white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of vanilla, caramel apple, buttered bread, aromatic hops, and a sublime hint of whipping cream. The taste starts a bit lactic and equally sweet with just a dash of crisp fruitness found under it all. I got some vanilla snap and malted milk ball undertone and a smooth subdued bitterness upon the finish. The taste was smooth, perhaps too much and it got a bit boring midway through the glass. Okay overall and didn’t clash with my food.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2006 Draught, Clybourn brewpub: clear, red-orange bronze; wisps of a white froth. Moderate Saaz-esk hops blend with a deep malt backbone – refreshingly different. Served extra cold, this one took some time to open up, but lightly toasted caramel malts are present throughout with a darker, slightly sour malt coming through in the end. A nice go at the style, but Goose’s cask conditioned ales are superior still...strangely enough this doesn’t taste pretentious...hmmmm
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chicago Real Ale Fest draft inside the brewery. This glass of beer contained a very small head of fine to medium sized off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lace that quickly dissipated. The body was uncarbonated transparent and brown colored. The aroma was mildly malty with some brown beer notes. The mouth feel was smooth and malty from start to finish. The flavor was malty and very slightly bitter.