Freigeist Geisterzug Gose - Braustelle
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3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-11-2013 02:50:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.94/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
04-15-2013 20:37:26 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
08-30-2014 18:58:36 | More by BEERchitect
3.56/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
06-14-2013 01:45:44 | More by kylehay2004
3.56/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
06-20-2013 02:16:36 | More by emerge077
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
06-14-2013 01:44:54 | More by nickfl
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
05-13-2013 22:02:08 | More by StonedTrippin
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
04-26-2013 20:34:23 | More by Rifugium
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
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"
04-28-2013 21:41:13 | More by smcolw
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-20-2013 03:48:03 | More by Halcyondays
4.04/5 rDev +7.4%
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
05-01-2013 02:32:47 | More by Mebuzzard
4.24/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
04-14-2013 22:33:54 | More by ccrida
4.04/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
04-08-2013 03:41:08 | More by aasher
Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
85 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.