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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose - Braustelle

Freigeist Geisterzug GoseFreigeist Geisterzug Gose

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BA SCORE
84
good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.87%


Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-11-2013)
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 19:11:15 | More by ONovoMexicano
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baakabak

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 03:18:38 | More by baakabak
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elNopalero

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours a light straw amber with a hint of grapefruit pink. Aroma has a quince note, far as I can tell—it’s something akin to a candied yet fresh grapefruity floral note. Tastes so good.
It’s … well, it’s tartly sour, refreshing and crisp, yet funky and strange in the most engaging sort of way. It could have easily been a mess but somehow it works. This might have been the most interested beer I’ve tried in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2013 06:04:46 | More by elNopalero
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:57:53 | More by OtherShoe2
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:43:44 | More by BMMillsy
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magictacosinus

California

4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 05:20:35 | More by magictacosinus
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle.

A: Pours a nice-looking clear gold with a thick, sparkling white head.

S: Nose brings fragrant wheat, a little bit of clean lactic acidity, and some herbal spiced character (coriander and spruce).

T: Taste brings estery clove, slight tartness, sweet pale malt, coriander, unmalted wheat, and certainly a hint of saltiness.

M: Surprisingly thick-bodied, probably due to the wheat and salt. Crisp, zingy carbonation.

O: A nice tasting beer. There's only a bit of spruce (in the nose), and the acidity could be upped a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:05:30 | More by Etan
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ptykozoon

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy straw yellow - the gose ghost lies within. Scattered lacing.

Subdued smell, difficult to make out. Salty gose nose with the lightest sweet fruit element - maybe watermelon.

Taste is light and refreshing, perfect summer beer. Wheat and lemon. A hard beer to dislike as the flavor is controlled and delicate.

One of the most drinkable beers I've had. Carbonation is light, mouthfeel is light.

Tasty - one of those beers that would be excellent in a 6 pack on a hot summer night.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:56:03 | More by ptykozoon
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Like a slightly sour hefeweizen with additions of coriander and salt, Freigeist's gose is an enjoyable, fairly true-to-Leipzig-form version of the style. The body (with some of the yeast added) has an appropriate amount of weight to it that prevents this from feeling watery and too light. The tartness is modest, but noticeable, as is the salt and coriander. Not a spice bomb, which is appropriate. Could be more tart, but the level exhibited here is within the ranges of what's available in Leipzig. In all, a very nice gose, which I'm glad to have tried, but at $5 per bottle, might have second thoughts about getting another. Still, one beer that everyone should try.

Pours a 1cm tall head of small to medium-sized bubbles, leading to a fluffy, cotton-like mass of foam. Retention length is fairly low, about thirty seconds, falling to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Minimal lacing is left, a few small dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer is a pale golden yellow color, quite hazy (60-70% opaque), with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the mostly opaque body.

Aroma features slightly tart malt base with some banana and bubblegum-like esters and hints of coriander, lemon, salt, and yeast.

Overall flavor profile is of a mildly tart wheat and barley malt base with coriander, salt, dried lemon peel, and traces of banana, clove, and yeast. Front of palate experiences pleasant coriander, dried lemon peel, slightly bready wheat and barley malts. Mid-palate of slightly grainy wheat and barley breads, slightly tart, salt, coriander, dried lemon peel, yeast, banana-like esters and mild phenols. Back of palate notes slight tartness, mild saltiness, coriander, lemon peel, with banana-like esters and yeast. Aftertaste of wheat bread and barley malt graininess with modest bitterness and hints of coriander and lemon peel.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a lightly effervescent mouthfeel that settles in appropriate time to a slightly heavier, smoother, lightly foamy mouthfeel that seems appropriate for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 15:33:16 | More by falloutsnow
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GuzzLah

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a cloudy blonde with an ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - wheat, lemon, hay, mild leather, mild floral, slightly funky yeast. Pleasant.

T - follows the aroma with a dash of salt. Pretty tasty.

M - light body. Watery texture. Mild citric tartness and slightly salty.

O - a refreshing summer beer. I didn't pick up any notes of spruce, so I will fly to Germany and demand a refund.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 21:19:05 | More by GuzzLah
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This gose pours a very pale orange, semi-transparent at first but then turns cloudy from the sediment in the bottle. Starts out with a nice big white head, about three fingers worth. No lacing, but good retention all the way down. Smells of lemon, hay, coriander, and just a little bit funky. Overall, not much aroma. It's funky when it first goes in the mouth..doesn't come across as tart but there's definitely an acidic quality to it. There's lemon, orange, more coriander, just a hint of salt and no bitterness at all. As the beer warms the coniferous notes come to life and reminds me of a mountain forest which is amazing. This gose drinks very easily and is a refreshing beer. It's pretty unique but good for anytime of the year.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 23:44:07 | More by greenmtn1111
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emerge077

Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque pale orange, seems to glow a little in the light. Sturdy layer of white foam on the surface, and a thin skim remains. Random bits of lace stay in the glass.

Smell is pretty nondescript at first, softly wheaty, mild yeast. Plain and simple.

Smooth feel, lightly astringent though I wouldn't really call it tart. Very mild coriander, supple wheat, light apple ester from the yeast. Creamy and light bodied. Light papery oxidation note, not too distracting. This seems very traditional, simple but easy to drink. Not especially tart or salty though, and not picking up much if any spruce in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 02:16:36 | More by emerge077
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice hazy straw hue with a good one finger head that fades fairly quickly leaving a thin blanket.

S - Aroma is a bit faint. Mostly earthy grain with some like citrus notes, pine, and spices.

T - Taste is more of the same. Was told there was spruce in this..where is it?! Some light cloves notes, tart wheat...thats about it.

M - Fairly low carbonation, though it does have a nice dry finish.

O - Overall, let down by this one was expecting more pine or spruce...mostly just sour wheat.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:43:36 | More by rudzud
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with some lacing but poor retention on a slightly hazy straw colored body.

S: not much to the aroma. mostly grains, pine sol/spruce, sour citrus.

T: not as much spruce as expected from the name or the aroma. a little salty with tart generic citrus and grains.

M: light body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: very bland and simple. I cant get a feel for this genre. I always expect them to be more tart whereas this one is very mild.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:45:44 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, straw colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - An aroma of coriander, clove, and anise.

T - Lightly tart wheat up front with some coriander in the middle. Finishes with light clove and more tart wheat.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is less tart than I expected and the spruce is also fairly light. Drinkable but I'm not all that excited by it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 01:44:54 | More by nickfl
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t420o

California

3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freigeist Geisterzug Spruced Gose

A- pour yields a 1-1/2 finger white head with good above average retention. Beer is a nice slightly hazy straw color. Good lacing. 4.5

S- the smell is light and pleasant. Wheat, a nice saltiness, lemon, grainy. Dont really get spruce per se 4

T- very much like the smell with wheat, slight lemon, slightly tart, some saltiness, grain, spruce is faintly present, finishes a tad sweet. Maybe a bit too sweet. 3.75

M- good mouthfeel. Spritzy carbonation ad medium body. 4

O- really enjoyable and pleasant. Very good drinkability. Will have again. 4

B+

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 04:51:59 | More by t420o
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a stange.

A: Murky, cloudy whitish-yellow. Four fingers of creamy bone white head show excellent retention. Large foamy clumps of lacing adorn the glass in an irregular spidery pattern. Strange to see such retention in an acidic beer like this.

S:Big whiff of wheat, lemony tartness, acidic, green apple skin, salty, slight banana, lightly peppery, soft background aroma of pine needles.

T: A creamy wheat impression is quickly cut by saltiness. Tartness is rather tame, really just a faint lemony pull. Acidity is much more benign than the nose suggested. Very slight and indistinct hop bitterness. Spruce provides only a whisper of earthy pine needles that stays in the background, but does well to add balance and complexity. Ghost-like pepper and clove. Wheaty and salty finish is fairly straightforward.

M: Medium bodied. Full, creamy. Frothy milkshake-type texture. Slight firmness. Modest carbonation.

O: Gose is not a style I'm very familiar with, and I don't think I'm alone in this. This is just the third or fourth example of the style I've had. It shows more restraint in both saltiness and tartness than others, but this is a good thing as it allows for more complexity to come through and ramps up the drinkability. The spruce is very subtle, and I like it in this role. It really isn't the oddity I was expecting (thought the rarity of the style makes it a bit of an eccentricity already). It's tough to rate to style when the style is this rare, but I enjoyed it and from what I can tell it is a well-made, balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 02:57:09 | More by ryan1788a5
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a real oddity here, a spruced gose. possible the lightest colored and flavored beer ever. it pours almost perfectly clear, lighter than a Berliner, with a couple inches of white head. its so clear I can watch tv through it, unabated. the nose is light as anything, a touch of wheat malt and minerals, not spruce at all. the flavor has a slight lemon kick to it, and is fairly dialed down on the salt content, compared to some other german gose beers ive had he privilege of trying. the wheat malt appears to be cut with water in a 50 percent mix, and I only get a little spruce when I really focus. maybe its a mind game and its not there at all. maybe im tasting what I want to taste. who knows, this beer is so light on flavor its impossible to tell, although I don't dislike it at all. ultra light feel, too much so really, but it is refreshing for the style, since there isn't too much salt in the finish drying me out. carbonation is ample. overall a beer that just didn't have a lot of flavor to it, a stronger or more concentrated version would be welcomed here.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:02:08 | More by StonedTrippin
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's a heck of a big fluffy, rocky white head right m'here. Sits atop a cloudy, bright/light golden body. Looks quite nice. Head settles to a film and small collar

A light wheat beer aroma with citrus, some sweet banana and coriander. A touch of twang in the nose

Flavor is bright and crisp. Some acidity comes through but nothing too much. Hints of that coriander and banana, most though the wheat comes out. Salt is light and could use more to bring in a zip on the end. Quite refreshing although it's a bit filmy on the finish. Would like to see more zip.
Probably good with a salad or grilled veggies

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:32:47 | More by Mebuzzard
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seand

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a fair amount of fizzy white head. This dissipates to a thin layer fairly quickly, but leaves reasonable lacing.

S: Lots of yeast, sweet grainy wheat, and a bit of salty pine.

T: Sweet grainy wheat, mostly; not really a ton going on. It's pleasant enough though.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, not bad, not exceptional. A little odd, and I'm not sure whether or not it's better for it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:19:25 | More by seand
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very white head. As it settles it leaves a ring of lace with many streaks back to the liquid.

Light sourness to the nose. Some pale malt aroma also.

Sweet and tart by equal proportions. Very smooth beer--seems to have an abundance of wheat. Soft on the palate, but not exactly rich. High level of carbonation. I do not detect any "spruce"

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 21:41:13 | More by smcolw
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

By now, I've had several goses, but this may be the first one I've had that is actually German. Served in a Ommegang chalice, this was one attractive beer, cloudy, pale yellow, with a small but thick layer of white head, that retained until the end, and left some streaks of lacing on the glass when swirled. Aroma was a bit muted, notes of toasted wheat and light citrus. Taste of salted sourdough bread, lemon pith, slightly lactic. Probably wouldn't have stood up great on its own, but paired with some authentic kartoffelpuffer, it was drinking just fine. Smooth mouthfeel, light-medium body, soft carbonation, quite good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 20:34:23 | More by Rifugium
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Halcyondays

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a medium white head, rocky look, frothy.

S: Notes of salt and sour malt, lactic acid.

T: Definite lactic acid, but with a sweetness I did not expect. Almost a Sprite character to this beer which was intriguing.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, refreshing, soft carbonation.

O: On the sweeter style for a gose, but it's certainly good. This is a style I've found a lot more examples recently, and for that I am quite thankful.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2013 03:48:03 | More by Halcyondays
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metter98

New York

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bierproeflokaal in de Wildeman, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with faint hints of lemon.
T: The overall taste has a very light bit of sourness along with flavors of wheat as well as hints of lemon and salt.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite quaffable. It's neither very sour nor salty so it is rather easy to drink compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2013 20:37:26 | More by metter98
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ccrida

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pelican Brewery shaker pint, Freigeist Geisterzug (Ghost Train) is hazy straw yellow with a small white head leaving very faint lace.

Smell is soft grainy cereals. Light phenols.

Taste is lightly salted and tart, clean wheat flavors, very light graininess. The label says this is a "spruced gose". I assumed they meant spruce tips (pine needles), but I'm not getting any of that.

Mouthfeel is slippery, medium light.

Drinkability is high, a refreshing, balanced, mild gose. This is made to quench, not to ponder. Cranking up the lacto and salt might be more exciting, but not nearly as drinkable. I was expecting it to be more extreme, but it is nevertheless very well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 22:33:54 | More by ccrida
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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
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