This one is going to hurt. For those of you at home who know my taste, you know my disdain for Goose Island beers. For this review, I’m going to bite the bullet and let you know how I feel about Summertime.
Summertime is a German Kölsch and is exactly what its name suggests it would be: a brew perfect for summer. Now, I did actually have this beer for the first time last summer and remember enjoying it. I saw it was released again and I wanted to see if I wasn’t just crazy a year ago. Turns out I was at least somewhat sane. Goose Island changed the labeling, as they have done to most of their beers after being bought out and re-branded, but if my memory serves me correctly, the beer tastes the same as it did a year ago.
Summertime is a nice looking beer. It has a light golden honey color with an inch of foam when poured into a basic pint glass. The head disintegrates fairly quickly and leaves virtually no lacing, which is to be expected on a light beer of this nature. I actually only poured this into a glass for the sake of the article. This is one of those beers I would drink straight out of the can for the benefit of retaining the carbonation. The beer gives off a slightly fruity smell with a light, malty backbone and an all-around smooth sip with a refreshingly crisp finish. It holds a 5.0% ABV, which is actually a little higher than one might expect for a brew like this. Lastly, it’s rated at 20 IBUs, so it does have just the slightest amount of bitterness to it.
Full disclosure: this is my third pack of Summertime that I’ve bought this year. It comes in a nice, budget-friendly 15-pack for only about $12.99, so it’s hard to complain about that. I foresee myself drinking these every so often as the weather warms up because, as I said, it really is a great beer for summer.
I was drinking these yesterday, with that wonderful April weather, as I was getting my yard work done and they go down very easy. I have to wonder if these would have been offered at the Sox games because they would be perfect for a baseball game and definitely for tailgating. Summertime gets my stamp of approval and I recommend to anyone looking for a tasty light beer.