Gose - Upright Brewing Company

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 123
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Upright Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 11-27-2009

Based on an obscure centuries old German style that incorporates salt and coriander into a distinctly tart wheat beer with a dry champagne like finish. 2010 World Beer Cup Bronze medal winner.

Malts: pilsener, wheat, organic caramel
Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh
Also: coriander, salt
Yeast: French saison

1st Release - January 2010
2nd Release - April 2011
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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 68
Reviews by joshuaseresse:
Photo of joshuaseresse
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from black13 a while back, thanks Michael! Shared with the La Crosse tasting group last week on a hot sunny day:

A - Golden hay colored with nice a nice orange core. Light consistant fizz of a head with some pretty good lacing.

S - Bright lemon zest and a little bit of light funk. Orange and grapefruit skin and a light floral aroma. There is also a nice ocean freshness to add to the mix.

T - Light salt, fresh fruit and a lingering tartness. In the end the taste really follows the nose. There is a bit of an after taste of flowers and salt, but very light and not offensive.

M - Really nice amount of carbonation and a tingy tartness. The salt dries the mouth a bit.

O - I really enjoyed this brew! Especially since we drank it on a 90 degree summer day. Really light and easy to drink. Would activily seek this one out again. Thanks Michael!

More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shared a bottle with my wife.

Pale yellow with large bubbles
The aroma is of pale malts and wheat
The flavor is of a wheat beer slight spice but mostly pale. The flavor is almost of a very pale fame house ale. The coriander brings in a Belgian white taste and the salt is very faint.

Not for me my wife loved it.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. This is my first gose and my 101st style, only two more to go.

The beer pours a very light hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is some tart wheat with some lemons, bananas and salt. The flavor is similar. I get notes of lemons, wheat and some salt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a very light, refreshing beer that goes down very easily.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe – much obliged!

Pours a hazy light golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of yeasty light malts with good amounts of light and slightly tart citrus.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are beefed up with the addition of bread-like yeast flavors. Midway through the sip moderate amounts of light citrus flavors and hints of earthy hops come into play. The citrus turns slightly tart, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall, I believe this is only the second beer of the style I’ve had, but once again I’m impressed. An interesting beer that doesn’t differ much from a saison, well worth a shot.

Photo of Lazerlobe
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the latest release (2011?)

A: Apricot colored pour with a stark white head.

S: Light stone fruits, sea salts, gelatin, red apples

T: Bright fruits with mild tartness, strong apple character, pale grain, curt finish with a lingering mustiness. Not picking up any coriander.

M: Dry on the tongue, not slippery like the Cascade Gose.

O: A great light summer sipper. I like the mild acidity and refreshing complexity of this brew. The label art is tasteful as well, if that counts for anything.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from private beer store in Vancouver. Pours hazy orange, and is lacey. Some funk and sour in aroma. Initially the sourness hits, then the yeast, and the very saltines. Ultimately sour salt water. Sweet corriander. Drinkable for a glass but a pint is impossible to put down.

Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split

Dope label - don't have much for traditional german glassware, so hill farmstead stemware will have to do. Hazy urine-orange body, foamy white head with basically no lace. Bread, lemon, honey, corriander, salty mineral-y finish. Not a style I'm in love with, but a nice representation.

Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured golden with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, fruit, salt, wheat, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, salt, earth, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. Gose, you say? Let's do this! I had heard good things about this brew so I was quite happy to see it make an appearance at our tasting. I had heard correct as this was a really well done brew in all aspects. Wish there was a little more carbonation though. The flavor and aroma were almost perfect in my opinion. All the right notes for the style and none of the drawbacks. The saltiness was there in both but it didn't pound your face into submission and leave your palate screaming for mercy which was very nice. The sour/tart note definitely helped to pull this one off. A really well done brew by Upright that I would love to have more of in the future. Thanks so much for sharing this one Morgan as it is currently my favorite from this style!

Photo of hopsbreath
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a bottle of this beer last year and didn't care for it as much as Portsmouth's example. This year it's a lot better. Looking at the top rated Gose's, I see it's holding that number one spot. I think it's well deserved. The notes for this are based on my third bottle in the past month. The 750ml bottle cost $10 and was split into a pair of Duvel tulips and shared with TulipSnifter.

A: Pours a nice hazy cantaloupe color. About a finger of snow white head quickly dissipates to some fine bubbles on the side of the glass. No lacing. I've had the afore mentioned Portsmouth Gose, four variations of Gose from Cascade, and another one I can't remember all that well at a beer fest. The minimal head and absence of lacing is very appropriate for the style as far as I can tell. 4/5

S: More pungent then I remember last year’s being. There's sourness to it, but not the typical lactic sour found in a wild beer. This has the sour mash smell. A little bit of putridity goes a long way here and promises something special. Granny smith apples, lemon grass, and coriander (upon suggestion) are all identifiable. One of the more robust and interesting I've had of the style. 4.5/5

T: Clean crisp wheat provides the backbone while a refreshing squeeze of lemon keeps this bright. Some mint and cucumber make for a refreshing drink. A note on Gose's in general; I've noticed that all the one's I've had seem a little under-attenuated and a touch sweet. I'm curious if it is in fact an attenuation problem or if it is a side effect of the sour mash making a portion of the sugars less bio-available and therefore left residual instead of being fermented. I'm not going to dock points for this exception due to the perceived parity in this respect. 4/5

M: Moderate, spritzy, refreshing. 4/5

O: The Upright boys just keep making better beer all the time. This is proof. 4.5/5

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky orange yellow with tightly beaded champagne carbonation. Fluffy head of white foam, every small pour billows right up to the rim of the glass. Sticky froth forms a collar around the edges of the glass. Good surface coverage.

Minerally, grainy wheat in the aroma, clean and simple.

Flavors of wheat, coriander, salt, cheese rind, definitely a smooth savory feel from the noticeable salt addition. Slight tang, but not really tart. Smooth supple feel, light but with a moreish savory quality. Very quenching and drinkable, but it could use a little more zip. True to style, and worth a try.

Photo of Rutager
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw with a little amber. Very little bubbly white head.

Smell. Lemons, a little toasted wheat and a hint of funky yeast. Smells nice.

Taste. Nice sour lemons, just a little funk in the middle and a tart finish followed by a lingering saltyness. Pretty awesome. The only one I've tried of the style, but man this is good.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with full, fine and lively carbonation.

Photo of Dellpepper123
5/5  rDev +26.6%

My favorite beer currently (occasionally) brewed in the great beer metropolis of Portland, OR.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light salty notes with coriander and solid Belgian style malt base. Taste is also dominated by a huge Belgian-style malt backbone with some medium coriander notes and some subtle notes of salt. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and super enjoyable. Looking forward to trying more beers from this brewer.

Photo of Docer
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pours a nice clear amber yellow, not much head to speak of... little dusting left over the brew.. small bubbles trying to create a ring.

- Nice floral, herbal, grassy, and bready zesty yeast aromas. Nice earthy hops, light grain..

- Great tartness, herbal flare.. bready light sweet grain.. wonderful herbs and tartness.. really tasty. Light funky hop aromas.

- Light body, little drying, but not at all sticky or cloying. Tartness makes the mouth water. Light carbonation, but rather bubbly during the drink.

- A nice tart and refreshing Gose. The carbonation is surprisingly light. I love how tart it is.. many don't reach this level. Quite good.

Photo of Takahiro
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear golden color with quickly dissipating head

S: lemon, lemon grass, tart apple, some "green" apple.

T: moderate bitterness of herbal hop, lemon-peel, grapefruit, low-medium malt. These flavors come quickly and leaves quickly. Some lingering after taste of alcohol/malt sweetness.

M: feel "rustic" malt. dry finish.

D: very good. Nice and refreshing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Buckeyeboy pulled out this bottle at a recent tasting.... big ole 750.... Thanks Jeremy.

Light straw yellow... very hazy... great foamy white head.

Nose has plenty of coriander and more than enough citrus.... smells like a witbier.

Flavor is again very much a wit.... the "salt" seems only there enough to tie the grains to the spices.... descent lite maltiness shows and makes the perfect bow on the brew... lite clove phenols... reminds me of a hefe.

Body is about right... so is the carbonation.. but the overall bundle is too much akin to too many other styles... Coriander was too high... the clovey phenols were too high.. citrus should never be in the picture... But the tie that binds should not be "salt"... too many other components.

A nice brew overall, but this is no Gose.

I appreciate the chance to try this one ... Thanks Jeremy.


Photo of twiggamortis420
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 mL brought back from Oregon by one generous fthomasl BA. Pours a fairly hazed, gold color with a swiss-cheesily large bubbled white head. Like a ghost, it is gone in seconds however leaving nearly zero lace in it's wake...strange but fitting for the style name.

Not going to pretend to know much about the Gose style, but this one smells of lemons and rotting guavas sitting on the seashore. Kinda like lemonade, light grains and lemon-poppyseed muffins. Muy interesante.

I am guessing this is not quite like a typical Gose as it seems more Belgian than German. Salt comes through very nicely and makes the body creamy and full. Lacto plays tricks with the salt and comes across as less sour than it might normally. Coriander is there as is some wheat tang - it is kinda like a wit-saison-berlinerweissbier. Nice, but not as tart as I thought it would be. I believe this probably used a saison yeast as opposed to a more traditional German varietal. Still, I am loving this beer and would buy this again in a heartbeat, for sure. A wonderful drinking experience. Thanks again, Frank!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle brought back from Vancouver - looking forward to my first gose experience.

Pours a pale wheat color with some haze, a light fizzy head that doesn't have much retention at all and dies, just leaving a few bubbles on the top. My reading on gose states that the opposite should be the case...

A light tang wafts up, must be the salt! A nice wheat character, a hint of lemon.

Seems quite similar to a Berliner weisse, just with some salt thrown in. Lemon, wheaty tang, earth, a bit of sea salt in the finish that, as the bottle progresses, becomes more dominant, light estery fruitiness, thinnish mouthfeel that makes this feel so drinkable. Quenching.

I quite enjoyed this beer and was left wondering why more brewers don't attempt the style. Refreshing and light, interesting and flavorful. I could easily see myself drinking this regularly in the summer. Love that light pinch as the tartness hits the mouth!

Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the August 2012 Baltimore BA get together. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with a layer of white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Light and crisp. I'm getting some white grapes along with herbs.

Taste: This is a really light beer. Mild herbs and a hint of salt. Some citrus in the background, but definitely not dominant. The finish is rather herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have this one again. Light and crisp. Enough salt to taste it, but it didn't dominate all the other flavors.

Photo of papat444
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FoundueVoodoo for this one.

Poured from a 750ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Appearance: Hazy gold body, massive foam, gushed a bit, spidery lacing with spotted remnants.

Smell: Sea salt, herbs, lemon citrus.

Taste: Very strong wheat profile, low salt, reminds me more of a typical German weizen with banana bread and lemon flavor, bit of sour-bitter twinge at the end differentiates but not enough,

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, good fell throughout despite regular ABV.

Overall: Good but not different enough to stand out IMO.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear pale honey with champagne like carbonation racing up from the bottom of the glass. 3-4 fingers of white billowy head with an abundance of lacing.

S: Strong wheat aromas together with tart apples, cardamom and dry minerals.

T: Upfront notes of dry tart apples and wheat with middle sweet highlights of butterscotch. Finishes with dry with notes of minerals.

M : Mouthfeel is clean and dry with highly active carbonation.

O: Clean and refreshing this is the perfect accompaniment to any summertime meal.

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml CLEAR green bottle. Interesting. Served in a tulip.

Poured a hazy orange-ish yellow, foamy and almost yellow head falls to a thin collar. Nose is of wheat, some light sourness and barnyard-type funk. Some citrus and zest notes, as well as some saltiness. Taste is composed of salt water and sour notes, more funkiness and citrus zest. Salty and tart mouthfeel, both of which stick around for qutie some time. Drying finish. Interesting, and increasingly funky barnyard notes as it warms, some real unique character here. Quite a nice gose, rated with style in mind. I've only had limited experience in this style, but this seemed to do the trick.

Photo of zac16125
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%

750mL bottle into a Teku
no bottling dates

Thanks to KevSal for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours a completely opaque, pale apricot color with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves essentially no lacing. 3.75

S: Lots of citrus with orange peel and lemon-lime. A fair amount of floral notes, coriander, and subtle wheat characters. Nothing in the aroma to indicate a tart/sour component. 3.75

T: Tons of citrus, a big orange character, coriander, subtle wheat characters. Some lactic acidity, but otherwise no real sour/tart or salty notes. One of the most orange-heavy beers I think Ive ever had. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, heavy carbonation which is appropriate, drinkability is pretty good but its pretty filling. 4

O: Overall, its a pretty enjoyable beer, but nothing special. I havent had many Gose's, but comparing to the one I drink frequently Westbrook Gose, its clearly not in the same league. Worth trying though for sure, and a nice low ABV beer to enjoy on this NFL Sunday. 3.75

Overall: 3.81

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy light yellow color with a nice two-finger white head with a moderate amount of retention. The nose brings some nice citrus and lemon notes with a slight sourness to it. The flavor is lemon with some mild acidity and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel is where this really shines. Good body and the salt is actually a pleasant addition rather than something I'd simply tolerate because it's part of the style. This was a high-quality brew. Thanks, Matt.

Photo of MeisterSmudge
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml my wife brought back from Portland. Served chilled in a Hoegaarden jam jar glass.

A - Golden hazy body with a thin bright white head that fades quickly.

S - Coriander dominates the nose. Hints of pear, peach, and a just a slight band-aide/medicinal character.

T - Slight tartness with the coriander and salt in perfect balance. Dry finish with stone fruit, spice, and a little saltiness lingering on the palate. I would like this to be just slightly more tart and the coriander dialed back a little bit.

M - Light body, lively and well carbonated. Tart, but not puckering. A little bit tannic with a slight chalky feel.

O - A very fun and well made beer. Light and refreshing with subtle complexities. Given the opportunity, I could easily drink several liters of this.

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