Freigeist Geisterzug Gose - Braustelle

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 212
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 2.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-11-2013

Based on a recipe dating back at least six hundred years, this is Freigeist’s quirky version of the nearly-extinct traditional sour beer of Leipzig. “Geisterzug” (“Ghost Train”) spruced gose is unusually complex, funky, and full-bodied, the perfect modern-day medieval German ale.
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light gold in color with moderate haziness. A trace of dark white covers a third of the rim of the glass. Aroma is of wheat and sea salt. The taste is light wheat and a trace of sea salt. The sourness note makes it's presence known a bit more as the beer warms. The body is honestly a touch flat and watery. Had Anderson Valley the Kimee, The Yink, and the Holy Gose and that was much more vibrant and flavorful. (418 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 500 mL bottle at 49 degrees into a weizen
Aroma of wet grain (faint), slight odor of conifers
Head stabilizes at a large 8 cm (aggressive pour), diminishes to 3 mm white creamy layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body straw, hazy, some effervescence
Flavor very subdued, only slightly sour; saltiness is not noted in the initial pour but becomes more evident in the second half, as does the spruce. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4 (574 characters)

Photo of Svingjo
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a slightly translucent golden straw colour with a thin white head. The nose presents with a strong citrusy lemon. There is some yeast and malt on the edges of the smell. The taste has a lemony tartness up front. There is a bit of grass and saltiness on the ends of the flavour. The mouthfeel is very active, but the carbonation quickly dissipates. (363 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a Ritterguts Gose glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a couple inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, saltiness, and some bready/wheat malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of fruitiness noticeable. But it's mostly salty with some tartness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, It's easy to drink and is also well carbonated. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind trying it again in the future. $5.99 a bottle. (558 characters)

Photo of mwave
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Gose, lemony and salty with a great foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. A nice hazy yellow with a very smooth mouth feel. Small bubble, tart finish. Would definitely buy and drink again. A super refreshing and lively brew. (239 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(purchased at State Line, no freshness dates on label - poured into a teku glass)

L: bright yellow liquid, significant haze... bright white foam that slowly dissipates, all but disappearing eventually... no sediment in the bottle

S: first impression is that it smells 'hoppy': lemon skin, orange flesh, and some pine in the background... maybe a hint of finely-ground black pepper

T: first sip: tart, vaguely lemon rather bold fruitiness with a shortbread chaser... tangy, grassy finish and a mellowly salty aftertaste... nothing overtly 'spruce' here either... shortbread malt flavor flares up slightly on the tail end, but gives way to lemon oil and fresh grass in the aftertaste... perhaps a touch of bubblegum and a delicately acidic character lingering

F: moderately light up front - doesn't pack a ton of carbonation - maybe why it feels a bit heavier than it actually is... wet-feathery soft flow... finishes fairly weightless, not leaving behind much residual material

O: for something that seems a tad old, it's still very nice, somewhat moreish... something about it reminds me more of a Belgian wit than an ale of German extraction... another one I'd love to try baby-fresh (1,189 characters)

Photo of deg
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured the beer into a regular hefeweizen glass. Cloudy once I poured the yeast into the beer. The head is white and thick. The smell is grassy, not what I expected from a spruced gose. The taste on the other hand, is just what expect and great. It's got the saltiness I expect, and a little something extra which I think is the spruce. Overall, a good beer. (366 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shared bottle at the RBWG-2015.
Hazy unappealing yellow color with a decent head.
Odd floral - tart funky aroma. Add is common with sours the flavor is much more appealing.
Moderately tart. (192 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly form the bottom of the glass and faint pale + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a mottled large patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat and lemon citrus with just a hint of tartness/sourness.

T: Light to moderate flavors of briny, slightly sour wheat with a light flavor of lemon citrus.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink since both the sourness and the brininess of this beer are not as intense as some of the others in the style. Sessionable and it would be excellent on a hot summer afternoon. (854 characters)

Photo of endovelico
4.05/5  rDev +6%

This zippy light-honey colored offering, is quite literally bursting with a fragrant layering of peach, mango and spring flowers. Focused and refined where the residual sweetness is playing off the lemony tartness and traditional salinity. Refreshing and elegant overall even if rather hollow and short. (304 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%

Ready for a refreshing one? Sure. Here's a half-liter of gose. On to the beer:

Like a sandy blonde color and topped with a half-inch of creamy head before dropping to a thin lace. The aroma offers a small twist to the usual gose. In addition to a kiss of salt and tart, there's a note of spruce as well which gives the aroma additional depth.

The fist split second is a bitter and sour combination, wich thankfully is relieved to something that's a little more interesting. There a tasteless acidic note which doesn't know which direction to go. A touch of salt and a surprisingly very bready base. With a perfumy spruce in the background, I don't know if I love this gose or hate it. I do like that breadiness though, and it brings a note of honey blossoms too, plus the aftertaste it leaves is more than pleasant.

It's refreshing in a weird way, but it's not like a kolsch or helles lager on a hot day. Different, to say the least. (939 characters)

Photo of UndatedSeapiece
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Look: Cloudy, lemon yellow, medium head that dissipates fast
Nose: Faint smell, can't quite put my finger on it
Taste: Slightly thin, sour, salty, a little more carbonation than usual (185 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev +5%

Reeks of bready malt, but luckily there's some lime and sharp peach and grapefruit in the flavor to add complexity. Floral notes are a nice complement. (151 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.7%

As wacky as the craft beer scene seems to be, there's plenty of room to reach into the goodie sack of history and pull out historic styles for as much reinvention as is exploration. Braustelle's traditional "salt" beers are of great testament to this notion.

With its cloudy straw yellow pour, the beer sheds a creamy white froth to cap, retain and lace the session extremely well. Its nose is tangy with a lemon and lime medley but also with earthy wheat, hay, herb and a delicate musken quality for complexity and intrigue.

With its early bready-sweet taste dissolving on the palate, its playfully acidic middle blossoms on the tongue with citrus, white wine and dry apple cider. The beer's classic salty brine rises, but only just enough to ensure a sense of fullness and to brighten the flavors that are already present in the beer.

And with its dry and racy finish, the palate is left refreshed and the thirst is quenched to near perfection- just enough acidity to wash the palate. It trails with a soft mineral quality and faint citrus peel, much like gin-and-tonic refreshers. Echoes of wheat return deep in aftertaste. (1,129 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle into a pokal glass. Reviewed from notes dated June 12, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of white head that fades quickly to a thin cap. The beer is milky with lazy carbonation visible in the light-straw colored liquid. Standard stuff.

S-The aroma is subdued with a bit of toasted wheat malt and a hint of tartness. There is mild lemon aroma and a bit of butter-like body to the malt. Not much in the way of salt or spruce.

T-The taste is a little more complex with some pine/spruce notes floating in and out. There is a bit more tartness and a hint of salt in the background. The malt bill is heavy on the wheat.

M-The body is on the light side and carbonation is smooth and drinkable.

O-This beer is a relatively traditional and simple example of the style. It drinks easy and doesn't blow you away with tartness or salt or whatever. It fits the bill on a hot summer day, but there are better gose beers out there. (954 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen galss

A - A slightly hazy pale golden color with a dense four finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, some wheat, some coriander, touch of salt, some malt sweetness.

T- Wheat, sweet malts, some tart lemons, some spruce, touch of slat. Wish this was more sour.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- Not a bad Gose, but I have had better. Worth trying, might pock up again. (403 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at The Independent. Served in a champagne flute.

A: Hazy light gold, two finger's worth of fluffy white head, and medium visible carbonation.

S: Wheat grainy, light tartness, lemon citrus, and a bit husky and funky.

T: Wheat and pilsner malts, mild tartness, a bit of funk, mild lemon citric, and fairly low salinity for style. Finishes with lingering pilsner malts and mild tartness.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation. Essentially no detectable alcohol.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but not a particularly great example of a style that's really starting to catch on. Worth a try, but it wouldn't be a go-to beer for me. (662 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with dense white head, settles to a thin layer; sheet of lace for a few inches down the glass. Smell: grape juice, spice, wheat cracker, citrus and earthy notes Somewhat fruity but no real promise of acid. Taste: interesting... some fruit sweetness (nectarine, grape) into pine and citrus, into snappy lactic + wheat, spice, then finishing semi-dry with residual lemon, a little salt, and lingering herbal note. Not as summertime-crushable as others, but this one packs a good amount of flavor, nice. (525 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gose: SO HOT RIGHT NOW

Appearance - Pale yellow with a bit of haze. White head starts at a couple fingers, drops to a mostly-full cap and leaves bits of lace here and there.

Smell - Sour and salty, wheat, crackers, some citrusy notes (grapefruit, lemon), some bananas and cream. Good strength.

Taste - Taste mostly follows. I do get some spruce in the form of a piny gin-like flavor. Decent sour+salt kick, herbal and earthy tones, wheat, straw, light fruitiness, baked bread finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good body for 5%, somewhat lackluster carbonation. Average drinkability.

Overall - A pretty good gose, the spruce is subtle but a nice touch. (650 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A big head results from the pour, about three fingers thick, pale white and fluffy. The beer is cloudy, a golden color with a blonde haze. There's steady carbonation and the occasional big bubble surging upwards.

On the nose I get wheaty sweetness and malt first, even some clove like a hefeweizen, and subtle hints of spruce. I don't detect any coriander or salt, as I would have expected.

Things get more interesting with the taste. The beer starts off like a hefeweizen, sweet, wheaty and spiced (I'm struggling to connect this with clove or spruce), before becoming more tart with a hint of salt. I get more spruce closer to the finish, so it must be clove I detect initially.

The beer has a light quality to it, yet still retains a good body. It has an effervescent feel on the tongue, some bubbliness from the carbonation and yeast. There's only a slight tartness and a dry effect that comes with the taste of salt.

This beer's very interesting to me. I find it enjoyable, but just like the sour wheat ale I had recently, not sour to the American tongue. There are a medley of flavors within and I enjoy them, but I do find that this beer to closely resembles a hefeweizen rather than boldly proclaiming itself a gose. I suppose I'd like a little more explosiveness from the salt and spices. Typical American. (1,383 characters)

Photo of baakabak
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw yellow with the thinnest sliver of white head.

Scent is hay,lemons,wheat,ocean brine and funk.

Taste is...interesting. The initial hit is a bit on the dryer sheet side but turns to salty wheat,coriander and sour lemons .Tart finish but not overly.

Light carbonation.Thin in the mouth.

Overall the spruce flavor is not at all what I expected and almost seems to hold back this beer from being great.For $5 I can't complain. (440 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated: This is Freigeist's version of a gose. I'm revisiting it after having tried more versions of the style.
I like how it appears in my glass, a white straw golden in color
There's a briney aroma with juniper undertones
The flavor has a pleasing minerality. Some coriander and a hint of wheat collaborate with juniper berries. Crisp and slightly tart. I like it. (371 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky gold with a bubbly ring. Decent splashy lace.

Really interesting nose, with spruce, floral, and soapy notes in the nose.

Not the best of the style that I've had. Mildly tart, odd herbal note, spruce nettles do show up. Sour notes are nice, as are some mild sweet grassy elements. Lightly salty with spruce at the end.

Medium bodied, ok carbonation.

A twist on the style, with the spruce nettles. The nose on this gives such an interesting perfume that you think you are tasting something that you are not. (521 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Gose! Bottle to tulip. Cloudy straw yellow pour with fluffy white head. Aroma of straw, honey, sweet malts, tart banana. Flavor is a pilsner and hefe combo, with clove, banana, citrus, honey flavors. Don’t get a whole lot from the spruce, though I don’t know what the base flavor of the style tastes like. Slight yeast funk and clean finish. High carbonation with light to medium mouthfeel. Not bad and easy to drink. (430 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a wine glass as part of the Freigeist Bierkultur tasting flight at Trappist Provisions.

Produces a rather cloudy straw yellow color with a concentrated foamy white head that appears to last a good long while in the glass. Bubbles are rather plentiful in this at first, but they don't last long overall. As it proceeds to warm up, it almost looks like a cloudy Chardonnay from afar, and while not viscous, it does appear thickened enough in nature. Leaves no lacing to speak of. I'm not very experienced with goses, but I'd imagine, in the same realm of great sours, that they should be forgiven for looking this rustic.

The aroma is definitely funky, different stuff - other than some brief notes of dried white raisins and dried lemons, there's an underlying sour and musty flavor no doubt from the healthy amount of lactic acid. There's slight notes of green pepper and flower stems as well, and melded with the funk, the results are pretty mineral-y in the same vein as any great Loire white wine - clay-like with slight notes of wet stones. There's a bit of spices at play here, ranging from baking soda to tree sap, but nothing holds a candle to that funk. Definitely different stuff.

The flavor proves to be even mustier and more mineral-forward - and yet, it works perfectly well in my book. At first there are notes raisins, pine, and tree sap, but eventually, with some time, they envelope into a bouquet of cedar, clay, terracotta, and stones. The coriander is more present here, and the musty notes eventually meld into fruity notes of under-ripe white peaches, as well as other stone fruit. There's notes of dampness, such as wet straw and a little bit of a cavernous, or barnyard-like funk. Definitely long lasting in the aftertaste, but never becomes too excessive or oppressive. Refreshing, crisp, and well carbonated, which compliments the lactic, slightly syrupy texture of the beer. Quite good stuff, in the end.

I believe I had this on tap many months ago, but I remember being enamored with the bright woody, tree sap like flavors that came with the funk. I really hope to find more goses made like this - it's simultaneously crisp and light enough to drink, but the flavor is really complex and all over the place in comparison to your everyday beer, or, hell, your everyday sour. Happy with what this brewery is doing with old, nearly forgotten German styles. This is a good example of what they do well and differently. (2,480 characters)

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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
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