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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose - Braustelle

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85
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Reviews by elNopalero:
Photo of elNopalero
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Krafty34
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of UndatedSeapiece
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not tart, not salty, not tasty

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mikefuski17
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of trentbent
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of MichaelLamb
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of EliotRosewater
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ib21
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Eighty
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.