Goose Island Old Town Yard
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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Old Town Yard is a beer conceived of and brewed by Goose Island brewers Gavin and John. Inspired by travels and time spent brewing in Germany the brewers decided to craft their interpretation of the classic Helles style. The resulting beer is a bright golden lager with a delicate malt sweetness, grassy Noble hop character, and a crisp refreshing body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Had on tap at GI Wrigleyville. Served in a stein. A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head. It recedes to a thin collar, but doesn’t leave any lacing. S: The smell is pretty standard for the style. Solid grassy hops up front with a nice pale malt and subtle sweetness on the finish. T: The taste is much of the same. Crisp, grassy noble hops hit you up front and transitions nicely to a pale and bready malt finish that is slightly sweet. M: Light body, medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with a clean finish. O: A very balanced and solid helles lager. Worth giving a try. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 03-04-2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Better than what I was expecting. Totally blunt but still pleasant. No diacetyl. Orange flavor up front which is weird but okay. The malts didn’t sing though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Draft, pours a clear yellow with white head. nice easy crisp drinking lager from GI

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2012
On tap at Local Option. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates completely. Aroma has earthy grain with light grass hops and lager yeast. Flavor starts with earthy grain and bread and has a backing crisp lager yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Draft at Clark street ale house. Pours clear straw yellow with foamy white head. Aroma has a nice clean malt straw with some floral, grassy, and subtle peppery hop notes. Flavors are very clean, mildly sweet grainy notes with faint peppery and floral hop character, the malt base can get slight tart earthy lemons. Good fermentation here, long flavorful palate. Straight forward authentic helles beer that you would love to drink by the gallons worth on a hot summer day. Pretty flawless beer that i drink way to fast and easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Pretty but headless yellow. Nice drinkable lager beer. Dry with some toasy malt character and a hint of lemon grass hops. Medium bodied with mild but crisp carbonation. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
On tap at Revolution. Pours a crystal clear, rich straw-yellow gold colored body with an inch thick, dense and foamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is spicy and floral grainy pale malts with a touch of toasty bread, a light earthy hop, and a light caramel. Flavor is similar. Slightly sweet, cereal grains and caramel up front with a good amount of crisp florals. A touch of toast, a hint of yeast spice, and some bread before this finishes crisp and dry with a light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light, crisp, refreshing body with a clean, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very easy drinking, crisp, and clean helles. Nothing special, but solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Really nice for the style, helles lager, a lighter beer, really not something i like to drink in the winter, but had to try goose island new series beer. It really looks perfect in the glass, nice golden color, with a very nice head, went down very nicely. I could drink a bunch of these at 4.5% or whatever it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours a pale straw with a nice looking white head. Brilliant clarity. Nose is great, toasty and soft grains, pils malt and the faintest hint of noble hopping. Persistent maltiness. On tasting, silky malt through the palate. Spot on for style with a ton of great bready malt balanced with appropriate bitterness. I could drink a ton of this. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Flight on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Surprised this is already on tap. Pours a rich straw gold hue, just a touch of haze, with a frothy bright white head atop. Sticks around well, laces ok overall. Aromas are rich, offering a potent malty bread dough and spicy floral hopping. Touches of earthy bitterness grow with gentle yeast, spicy hops, florals. Some gentle biscuits, toast, and cereal grains work into the fold offering a rich aroma and inviting refreshing Helles with a good level of "nose flavor". Initial is light bodied and bready, offering cereal grains, touches of wheat and dough. No spice, but a pleasant touch of dryness works it’s way into the fold. Clean and crisp, quite drinkable as dry grass and earth, bready crisp malts with just a touch of toasted grains into the middle. Finish is refreshing and dry, a gentle spice and yeast. Quite a nice beer. A strange season to see this but still very welcome. A touch of fruitiness, apple and some mellow faint sweetness as I get further in. Nice beer here.

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