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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose - Braustelle

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191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by emerge077:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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 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 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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of MRsojourner
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice hazy blond color with thick white as snow three inch head that leaves a nice lacing.
the aroma is full of minerals and a touch of spice.
the taste is a good balance of slight tartness, lemon rind, and cardamom. the salt is in the distance but comes out more as the beer warms up.
overall this is an incredibly balanced and enjoyable beer. I think it takes all the ingredients and does them all justice by not making any of them more bold than another. I think I would prefer it more tart but that being said I have not had a gose that really nails it with the salt and cardamom

Photo of Etan
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This spruced Gose pours a light bodied and cloudy light gold in color with a two finger bright white head. The nose is light with moderate German yeast character, light lemon peel, and a touch of spruce. The flavors mimic the nose with light and slowly acidic lemon peel with nice and approachable German yeast and a slight spruce/menthol character that shows its head in the aftertaste. There is just a touch of salt but nothing over the top. It's like drinking a light Hefe on the beach in Florida. The spruce isn't bold but its there in the finish. It drinks light in body and is very sessionable. This would make for a great German session beer for summer. Overall this is probably the best Gose I've had yet. It's a really nice beer for the style.

Photo of t420o
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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+

Photo of gatorlove
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth for a gose. I got some stone fruit flavors to accompany the sourness. Very refreshing.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  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"

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly salty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.