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Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 567
Avg: 4.44
pDev: 7.66%
Wants: 351
Gots: 39 | FT: 5
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 05-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

It's no secret that we like to party, and sometimes it gets wild. So we took the Westbrook's refreshing Gose and cranked up the volume a bit, adding a massive dose of citra & amarillo hops, then fermented it with various strains of brettanomyces... Go Westbrook, it's your birthday, get funky!!
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Photo of Teddy_Hopper
4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is hands down the best Gose ever made. I'm a huge fan of the Westbrook staple but this has taken it to a whole new level. I can't even imagine how good this must of been fresh. Please please please make another batch of this!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From tasting notes. L: A 1” fizzy white foam collar crowns a pale, hazy straw pour. S: Tangy, wheat with a hint of lemon. T: Very tangy lemon with a pinch of salt over light bread seasoned with coriander. The salt helps balance the lemony tartness. F: Light, tart, dry, and effervescent. O: A very refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of NCMonte
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sad this is "retired". Had it last year at he Funk Asheville event. It was my second favorite beer that I tasted that night. Amazingly well done. Made me a fan of Stillwater!

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Photo of markgugs
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Even at nearly a year old, this beer shines. Bright, zesty lemon-lime aroma with hints of the saline quality to come. I wish I had drank one of these fresh to know if it had fallen off at all because even now it's amazing. So tart and tangy, like white balsamic vinegar in a way. Crushable. So good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a clear honey color; the head is rather modest and it spots the glass with sticky foam dots

Smell: Lemon, melon, stone fruit and some funk

Taste: Lactic sour flavors up front, with lemon, stone fruit and melon tones; the funky aspect builds, after the swallow, with the salt lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Complex, creative and impressive

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Photo of Devman171
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, Pours hazy yellow with white head. Light fruity and salty aroma. Taste is tropical fruits, brett funk, and a tart and light salty finish, excellent

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is amazing, such a puckery experience, as if the regular westbrook gose could get any better, well, it did. the addition of brett to the mix t play with the lacto is really what makes this different. its pale yellow and hazy in its look, very heady, with a ton of sediment in there too. the nose and taste are both tangy, more like the gozu on the fruitiness than anything else. the saltiness is there too, clean though for its yeasty look, and really really dry and brightly carbonated. the funk of the brett adds a layer to the sourness of the lacto, and the result is splendid. the fruitiness has a grapefruit character, maybe from some hops? you dont usually see hoppy gose. its also got a peachy creamy thing going on, which really works in the style. this is easily the most evolved example of a gose i have ever had, wild yeasts on both the hot and cold side, which make this all the more interesting from a process standpoint. thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this with me, what a treat! perhaps this is the most refreshing beer ever made...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

I always said we needed more porn-ish references in beer names, but I think we can do better than sophomoric soft-core garbage from Florida. Regardless, this stuff pours a mostly clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet/tart lemon, ruby red grapefruit juice, and a hint of almost peat-like phenols in the background (not unlike an Islay Scotch). The taste continues the sweet/tart lemon tradition, bolder now (nearly bleeding into a well-sculpted version of Country Time...in a good way...), backed up by what is now clearly a briny character (again, much like certain Islay Scotches). And, boy-howdy, does it work! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this was a decidedly enjoyable beer, my favorite of the day. The slightly-increased heft allows the tartness and brine to dance their lovely dance longer on the tongue, allowing more of the spectators (ie. my tastebuds) to recognize the quality of their motions. Good times, indeed.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

The aroma portends a citrus bomb as strong scents of nectarines, grapefruit, apricots and tangerines hold the nose.

This flavor is sublime as a nicely tempered sourness glides across the palate. The taste has a pulpy natural grapefruit, tangy nectarine, fruity apricot and a bit of earthy mineral. This does have little to no saltiness, which will make some very happy, but instead highlights a very real tangy, tart and sweet.

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Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden yellow.

The flavor offers a tart quality in the front of lemon. Tart flavors of a gose, but then onto bright flavors fruity notes of tropical and citrus from the hops. Despite it arriving here 3 months ago and bottled before that, hops flavors still benefit the brew. Saltiness is very gentle.

An extremely balanced brew. Less tart and salt than Westbrook's classic, but a beautiful balanced mouthfeel and hoppy notes. Towards the quality of Funky Buddha's Veruca Berliner.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap. Hazy light yellow orange body. Aroma is sour and bready. The beer is pretty sour tasting, but is balanced well by a sharp bready taste. Sort of like sour dough.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

A-Cloudy bright yellow, nice carbonation with a one finger sticky head

S-Citrus, lots of it. Hops and well and a tap bit of salt.

T-Wow. Starts with amazing citrus flavor, lemon and orange then hops galore. Nice wheat with a salty finish. The beer has a nice tartness to it as well.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation with a semi dry finish.

O-One of the best beers I've ever had, the extra citrus and hops really adds extra layers to the Gose.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured a cloudy yellow body with fizzy two finger head that died slow and left lace patches.
A hoppy and funky aroma, more hoppy than norm for this style, as a slightly sour acid/citric aroma comes across my nose.
Crisp light body is first impression, then a nice dose of hops and a dry, funky spice hits me and there is a touch of both sour and sweetness in the beer.
Hard for me to really discern the flavors as I get some citric hops and possible tropical fruit sweetness along with tart sourness as well...while I can't really pinpoint anything I know it's real good.
Finishes dry and spicy with touches of sour fruits like lemon/orange (citric) closing out beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a cloudy gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, slight pale malt, alcohol, and sour fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation. There is a noticeable tartness, astringency, but not soreness. Tastes of strong dry citrus, slight pale malt, hint of sugar, slight sweet malt, and amazing sourness. Overall, good appearance, good aroma, great blend, good mouth feel, and a stand out beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon peel, lime, green apple, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango, white vinegar, brine, herbal, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, white bread, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and brine/pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon peel, lime, green apple, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango, white vinegar, brine, herbal, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, white bread, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of fruity acidic tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon peel, lime, green apple, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango, white vinegar, brine, herbal, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, white bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and brine/pale malt sweetness; with an awesome malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth, crisp, and moderately briny/acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.3%. Overall this is an absolutely incredible hoppy gose style! All around fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/funky yeast, citrus/tropical hops, and brine/pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. An extremely delicious offering.

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Photo of Tele
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: 4.25 Looks a lot like and IPA on the pour, though slightly hazier. Light gold with a one inch white head.

S: 4.25 It also smells a bit like an IPA. There’s a strong hop presence bringing citrus and pine. Where it differs is the wheat aroma and lemony tartness. It’s very interesting how the citrus from the hops interact with the lemon and grassiness from the wheat and yeast.

T: 4.5 This beer is much more sour that I was expecting. The wheat flavor is right up front followed quickly by lots of lemon and grass. The hops have a hard time competing with all the acidity but there is a subtle grapefruit flavor in the background and at the end. The aftertaste is one of the more interesting aspects of this beer; as the sourness starts to calm down, there is a light sweetness and some funk that mixes with the strong lemon flavor.

M: 4 The body is very nice on this beer, but the carbonation level is a bit low.

O: 4.25 This is an excellent beer and definitely the most interesting gose I’ve had to date. The hops were not quite as strong as I was expecting, so I wish I had another to cellar for a bit and see where it goes.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale body. Yellow. Nice white head. Retains well.

Smell - Intense citrus. Grapefruit. Lychee. Very acidic. Really nice.

Taste - Wow. That fruit flavor is intense. Lychee. Grapefruit. Pleasantly tart. Very light grain. The lightest brininess in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light. Sour. Awesome.

Overall - I wish every beer could be as flavorful as this at such a low ABV.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a very interesting hue. Pours a tarnished, opaque, orange/yellow with no head. It looks like a Shandy or Radler.

S-Upon first sniff, I knew that this beer was probably going to be amazing. A blast of citrus but it's a mixture of citrus juice and hoppy citrus. Tangy, zesty grapefruit and a lot of funky and tart Bretty notes. Very appealing.

T-Uber tangy citrus with Bretty infusions that seem to manipulate the citrus flavor. It's tart and funky. Then a big, clear salty rush that cuts through the other flavors in a truly magnificent fashion. It has a cracker flavor too which makes me think Saltines. A ton to decipher here and it's all tasty.

M-So much flavor for 4.6%. Long, lingering flavors and a briny feel from the salt. Still very drinkable. Refreshing. Prickly bubbles.

O-One of the coolest, most unique beers I have come across. Probably won't see this one again so I am very, very happy I got to immerse myself into a full pint of this tasty collaboration.

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Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler into a Teku

A: Pours a very hazy, to the point of being nearly opaque, pale straw yellow. 2 fingers width of head builds then has good retention before settling down, and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Lots of citrus with a big lemon lime and some orange rind aromas, a bit tart and some wheat characters. Earthy funk.

T: Hugely tart, puckeringly so, citrus flavors. Salt and wheat are both less prominent than in the regular Gose (when I say regular I mean the Westbrook Gose which I believe that recipe is used at the 'base beer' on this one). Some subtle earth funk as well, but not as prevalent as in the aroma, and an almost vanilla character on the finish. Awesome.

M/D: Medium body, heavy carbonation which is appropriate, somewhat drying on the finish, drinkability is good.

O: Great beer. Love the huge tartness, and some great balancing flavors as well. I think I slightly prefer the regular Westbrook Gose, but both are excellent.

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Photo of SCbrewpubfan
4.05/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a half growler of this which kicked the keg, so I try to take this into account.

A - Definitely a shade darker than regular WB Gose, but a very nice golden hazy color. Almost no head which dissipated quickly and left little lacing.

S - My favorite part of this beer. The hops really shine through in the aroma. Smells of Passion fruit and mango mix with green apples and briny vinegar. Definitely some lemon in there as well.

T - The first flavors are of tropical fruit and citrus. This melds into a saltier lemon flavor which reminds me of apple cider vinegar. Some hop bitterness comes on in the back end, and remains with the tart green apple flavors in the aftertaste.

M - Light to medium body. Slightly oily. Coats the mouth well and lingers. Definitely less carbonation than regular WB Gose.

O - A nice sour that seems a bit more complex than most Gose. Would love to see how this one ages.

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Photo of popery
3.76/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale almost banana yellow. Very cloudy. Medium white head. All fine foam. Little lacing but it could be the glass. Aroma is odd. I think it’s a mix of hops, lacto and spice, but it’s hard to separate things out. I like it, but the initial smell was a bit of a shock. Kinda pickley. Strong yogurt sour note with tropical fruit and citrus. Taste is quite lacto sour. Big tropical hop flavor. Some butyric acid, a tad off putting. Lots of pucker. A bit of yogurty body and otherwise light. Very interesting but I can’t say that I love it.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City after being surprised to see Westbrook on the menu. Then I noticed the fact that it was a collaboration with Stillwater and it all made sense. Poured into a large Belgian style tulip glass with a big bulbous bowl and a flared rim.

Appearance - Pours an opaque golden orange color that reminds me of the center of a sunny side up egg. Not much, if any, variation in hue through the beer, as it is just murky enough to provide a consistent color throughout. A little darker than I feel like most I've had within the style, but still what I would call a "light" beer, for what it's worth. Atop the body sits a one finger head of frothy white foam. As it starts to dissipate, it leaves succulent white sheets along the sides of the glass that give the appearance of meringue.

Smell - Woah. I've had multiple takes on this style, both German and American, and all seem to vary a little bit in whether you get more sourness, more brine or more citrus. This one is completely different than all of them. Strangely chemical, but not off-putting, and while I wouldn't have picked it out myself, someone suggested to me that it smelled a bit like erasers--like the pink rhombus-shaped ones you had in grade school--and I can't say that they're wrong. I think the reason it isn't off-putting, in spite of the strange aroma profile is because of the presence of other elements like vinegar and lemon juice, and yes, some saltiness. I have no idea how this is going to taste, based on the aroma.

Taste - Well, I can say nothing but good things about the taste. It's incredibly vinegary and puckering, but in a wonderful way. It has a deliciously briny element to it that calls to mind the many varieties of tasty pickled foods. I think the salt plays a large factor in the pickled impression, but here it works into the sourness of the beer in an excellently balanced way. Notes of lemon juice and pickle come through the vinegar and brine and yet it's still refreshing and pretty light on the palate, I think due to a nice undertone of gentler tropical fruit. It's not overt, but enough to prevent the acidity from running "wild", as it were...

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a very aggressive puckering feel on the tongue and in the corners of the mouth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, I love this beer. While it's a far cry from a traditional gose (if Ritterguts and/or Leipziger are to be taken as examples), it's so deliciously different. The taste is really what makes this beer, and I would encourage anyone who loves sour-tasting beers in general, or pickled foods, to check it out. Stillwater and Westbrook have created something truly unique and amazing.

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Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass this is a hazy pale yellow with a centimeter of white fizzy head.

Nose is of crisp cracker, straw and lemon zest.

The first taste is an eye opener. Much more in the way of sourness than I anticipated and it really grows. Very easy drinking with good carbonation and just a
Arctic tartness that brings you back for another sip. 4.3% really brings this back home and makes it hard to drink just one. I don't pick up much from the hop additions but I don't this style is meant to showcase hops.

Plenty of funk in this beer and it is absolutely delicious. Dry finish and a lingering tart bite on the back of the tongue. Lovely

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Photo of NAPO
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pretty lucky getting one of this in my hands.

A-Light Golden color with about a finger head and some nice lacing.

S-Really brett and funky smell with some Lemon and a hint of salt

T-Nice! Lemon sourness and light salt funkiness. Nice profile of herbal hops.

M-Huge carbonation with the brett dryness coating my mouth.

O-Pleasantly surprised. I'm really digging this beer.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy yellow with half finger of white head that left nice lacing.

Smell- Extremely funky. Lemon, brett, light wheat elements, some citra hops. Very funky, yeasty, and lemony.

Taste- Very sour lemon up front, light salinity, brett funk, herbaceous hops. All over the place. Extremly sour.

Mouthfeel- High carbonation, very light body, brett dryness, mouth watering acidity.

Overall- What an interesting beer! very sour and drinkable with a nice blend of sour citrus, herbaceous hops, and brett funk.

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Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
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