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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose - Braustelle

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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: 183 | Reviews: 45
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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.

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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

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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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.

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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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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev +8%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
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