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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose Rhubarb - Braustelle

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 6.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: magictacosinus on 11-26-2013

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of Beerswag
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hopefully not retired....
Loved the earthiness and tang of the rhubarb with this one.. Hopefully have a chance to find this one again. -a gem

Photo of smakawhat
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Straight forward slightly hazy and unfiltered looking appearance with a fairly shiny dark brass like yellow color. Not much head but very off white colored and creamy settling to a very thin puck.

Real great nose. Chewy wheat like balance and a mild strawberry sweet like sense of sourness as well. Herbal green and a hint of sage and even cardamom like spices also. Very clean sensing but also dense. Fantastic aroma.

Palate really displays great classic wheat density. Nice mellow tartness and hints of soft lemon juice. Good coating and thick malt action with hints of strangely red like berried fruit. Mild tang sourness but with a lingering soft sweetness. Hardly tart or puckering, but with a good almost green garden earthy quality, and spice to match.

The rhubarb doesn't seem to be coming through in the taste but seems to make the beer very wonderful. Great brew.

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation judging from the rising bubbles at the edge of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of rhubarb are present in the nose. The smell becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is a little sour, having hints of rhubarb and salt. The rhubarb flavors strengthen as the beer warms.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and is easy to drink. The rhubarb helps to make the aromas and flavors a little more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Refreshingly tart and laced with that minerally zing from which the classic "salt" beer of Germany is famed, the brewers at Braustelle isn't merely content to dry this beer to strong sour acidity. They layer upon its brine and acidity with the earthen tang of rhubarb.

This Geisterzug version pours like many of the others- a bright "canary" yellow paleness with a calm wheaty haze. Its dainty head swirls about the surface before succumbing to the acidity underneath. With the nose hovering above, the olfactories are soon pierced by acute lime and lemon juices with a slight waft of cork and weathered wood.

Flavors of dry crackers depict a wheat softness that develops quickly to a bone-dry middle palate. The earthy tang of rhubarb is lightly of strawberry, cherry and celery while the sweaty brine of lime, lemon, crabapple, under-ripened berry and hints of parmesan round out its fullish sour middle.

Complete dryness is strongly committed to the lactic acidity and its clean citrusy portrayal. While the ale effortlessly strips the palate of all thirst and leaves it refreshed, an aftertaste of musty cork and light bread keeps the palate rewarded both deep and quick.

Photo of Chico1985
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml poured to the trusty glass boot. I always thought the regular Geisterzug was pretty good, and Freigeist is usually of some interest, so I'm semi-intrigued to try this.

A - Cloudy dark yellow with a ton of pearly white foam. Settles nicely at a finger after some time.

S - Sour lemon, salt, spice, cooked celery, pepper, bit-o-funk. Kinda reminds me of lemon chicken, in a good way.

T - More in the way of tart lemon-lime wheat and coriander, very slight funk to it, toned down but there spice, kind of briny earthy leafy qualities.

M - Quite dry and pretty sour, nothing too intense for a gose though. A little on the watery side with low-medium carb.

O - Definitely a bit different than I remember the regular being, though I can't say how rhubarb affected things here. But nice, sour but very drinkable, decently complex, very interesting savory nose.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, fruit, and salt aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, fruit, and salt flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%

Bottle. Pours a opaque, golden color. Minimal head. The color is interesting, as is the aroma. It smells slightly cheesy with some unripe fruits. Lemon aroma as well. Reminds me of kiwis, too. The flavor is sharp and bright. Tart fruit flesh, lemons, rhubarb, kiwi. Mostly dry. Funky with a bit of cheese rind. Salinity is minimal. Barnyard flavors. Cider similarities. Salt actually starts to sneak up on me the more I enjoy this brew. Light bodied. Surprisingly high carbonation. Savory yet crisp. Dry. Very interesting. Very rustic and fruity. A tasty, unique Gose.

Photo of busternuggz
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Retired? I just bought this at Whole Foods yesterday.

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tall tulip.

Nice dark gold color, finely bubbled head that quickly dissipates to a ring.

Aromas of dried strawberries, pink grapefruit juice, tart rhubarb, a little sea salt, wheat malt. Very nice.

Very fruity taste. Strawberry juice, cranberries, rhubarb, followed by a modest acidic tartness. A little soft saltiness, then a pink grapefruit/rhubarb finish and some luscious wheat. Delicious, balanced.

Comes on light bodied, unfolds into some soft wheatiness. Ends pretty clean.

This is a delicious beer. The rhubarb lends a surprising complexity of fruit aromas and taste. Not traditional but well done.

Photo of shleepy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Nice citrusy smell. Lightly sour, subtly herbal taste. Super refreshing, super light.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Trappist Provisions into a 9oz wine tulip glass.

Just like the original gose recipe, pours a near crystal clear, amber golden color with a minimal frothy white head. Some bubbles show, with lines rising up towards the top the glass until the head starts to settle. Leaves behind some stickiness, but the lacing is minimal overall. Goses are a funny style - I don't think there's a way they're "supposed" to look, but I've always found the the more vinous looking they are, the more appealing they are to me. The rhubarb addition has no doubt influenced the look, and as a result it does look a little thicker than their regular gose.

Wow! The aroma is terrific - tropical notes, citrus, barnyard funk, and minerality. Smells like an excellent Riesling, with more going on beyond the simple fruit flavors. Pears, kiwi, mangoes, pineapple, white grapes, and a good deal of herbal aromas that follow right away. While the rhubarb is difficult to make out right away, the lactic sweetness and light toffee notes from the grains brings forward many memories in Europe where I would shamelessly devour rhubarb tarts during any warm day in the city. Plus, this is chock-filled with elements I enjoy in the style, with some wet hay, saline textures, and dried grassiness with lemon balm. So terrific. Absolutely exceeded my expectations here.

The flavor is pretty much on par with the aroma, but nothing prepared me for the crystal clean feel and finish that envelops the palate with each sip. At first, there's fruit forward notes consisting of tropical fruit, pears, and apricots. Then, there's a little bit of tartness from the rhubarb, followed by a citrus bouquet, as well as some damp hay, lactic sweetness, and a bit of sea salt. Then, when things already seemed good enough, the finish tops everything off with a cold, wet stone mineral flavor that is so crisp and refreshing, with an aftertaste that is the equivalent of drinking a nice, cool glass of spring water. This doesn't *feel* watery, however - it's still quite juicy and well carbonated throughout, and provides an everlasting glass that demands constant attention. Fantastic.

This is a gose?? Transcends the style, in my opinion, and I will be so frustrated if they don't just up and decide to make this a year-round offering. Highly drinkable, refreshing, complex, and rivals even several high quality German Rieslings I've had to date. Do everything possible to try this - it's delicious, complex, and extremely easy to drink - a new staple for the style if I ever saw one.

Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

This should be at least interesting.
Pours hazy yellow, small white head quick to a bit of bubbly lacing.
A soft lemon and sweet red berry smell that sends me straight to a nice semi-dry white wine, sour/acidic and just a bit sweet. Hint of syrup, coriander, wheat and herbs.
Great fruitiness, fresh, zingy, a bit more than mildly sour, with strawberry, raspberry, lime, yellow cherry. A nice malty canvas, enough to keep this from being watery and too weak to cover up the tartness. Plenty of space for a nice spiciness, the kind reminding of a witbier, with coriander leaf, faint white pepper, faint dill and cardamom. Crisp finish, dry, with some salt showing up.
Aftertaste is pretty clean, really faint fruit, some herbs. Medium to light body, medium carbonation.
Awesomely refreshing and crisp with a nice red fruity flavor imparted by the rhubarb. Need more gose beers in my life.

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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose Rhubarb from Braustelle
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