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

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,069 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 emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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" (340 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 Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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 (608 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 aasher
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (752 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 rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (696 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 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 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 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 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)

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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.