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Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone WildStillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild
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Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!!

Added by thagr81us on 05-18-2014

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Photo of tbryan5
3.87/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky yellow with minimal head.
S- Tart with some lemon zest.
T- A slightly citrusy tartness and mildly salty.
M- Medium carbonation and light body.
D- Its a superior gose. Just not my style...

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Photo of bobv
3.38/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, I don't like Westbrook Gose either.
Damn this is a frickin' mess of lemon, lactose acid and weird brett.
Brewed and bottled at Crazy Mountain, Denver, Co.
Check please!

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Photo of Chrisbaggz
1.68/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've had a few Gose beers. I expect them to be sour and acidic. But this beer - holy mother of god! I wanted to love it as it is the highest rated Maryland beer. I really did. But this tastes a lot like a cheap wheat beer cut with about 90% lemon juice. I think I got a stomach ulcer after drinking half of the bomber. I was going to throw the remaining stuff in my yard but was afraid it would kill the grass! They say there are Citra and centennial hops in there - my two favorite hop varieties. Sadly this lemon juice cocktail does allow them to be noticed.

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Photo of anteatr23
4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden and clear with a one finger head. Smells of booze, grass, sweetness and a little funk. Taste is sharp puckering sour, saltiness, brett, lemon and citrus, some farmhouse yeast. Leaves a fair tingle in your mouth from the carbonation and everything else going on. Wow, this is a gose done right.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No apparent bottling date. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours a very pale straw yellow with a little over two fingers of sparkling white head. A thin veneer remains along with a modest fluffy colkar that leaves some large swaths of lace.

Aromas of spoiled wheat grain, bright tropical citrus hops, saltines. Interesting and more than a little pleasant.

Flavors are a crazy mixture of semi sour, salty, funky and dull citrus. Gently soured wheat, lemonade, a slight earthy funk, flaked kosher salt, pineapple, mild tropical citrus hops. So many disparate but somehow complementary flavors come together here.

Light, easy body with vibrant carbonation. Moderately tart, salty and pleasantly hoppy finish.

After passing this by several times over the past couple years I'm happy to have given Gose Gone Wild a try. Gose is not a preferred style of mine but this is far and away the best I've tried.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy opaque straw color with a frothy white foam head. Smells like funky lychee flesh, salt, tropical mango, musty guava, passionfruit, damp papaya, grainy wheat, and light grassy pine. Tastes like tart sour lemon citrus, passionfruit, salt, lychee flesh, guava, mild mango and peach, grainy wheat, with some earthy grass and floral pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really nice and extremely drinkable gose.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw yellow with a light pure white head. Aroma is tart, salty and grassy. Flavor is tart and salty while still light crisp and redressing. Has a note of coriander took it on the back end. This drinks light and clean and overall this is pretty delicious.

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Photo of zimm421
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bubbly, coudy straw yellow with a small white head. The nose is slightly citrusy, wheat and a touch of funk. The taste is tart up front with lemon and orange, followed by wheat and a hint of brett. The finish is fruity and a bit funky. The mouthfeel is bubbly, light bodied and crisp. Overall, it's an improvement upon an already great beer. The brett adds awesome fruitiness and hints of funk, and the dry hopping adds another enjoyable depth of flavor.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy pale straw body with a thick, fluffy bone-white head. Aroma is doughy bread, lemon, grass and hay. Flavor is very lemony up front, hints of hay and bread. Salty towards the end with a very refreshing taste. Feel is medium to high carbonation, light and crisp on he finish. Really nice refreshing gose. Not overly sour or salty and very nice to drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very cloudy medium lemon yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and moderate straw yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger thick fizzy sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange and tropical/guava hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of barnyard brett funkiness and a hint of lemon citrus.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sour wheat with a light to moderate amount of brett barnyard funkiness. That is followed by light flavors of lemon citrus and moderate flavors of citrus/orange + tropical/guava hops which impart a light amount of bitterness. Overall there is a light lingering tartness and funkiness for this beer.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: There is a nice amount of complexity to the flavor and aroma from the funky brett and hop additions. Really easy to drink and quite refreshing. Very enjoyable and I could easily have a couple of glasses of this, especially on a hot summer day here in NC.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 served cold in a teku

Very pale yellow with a small white head. Smells super tropical and funky from the Brett and dry hopping. Mango, citrus, peach and apricot. Taste follows the nose well. Still very fruity, dry and delicious. Not too sour or tart but just enough to let you know it's there. Not as salty as other Gose I've tried. A very nice example of an American take on a classic style.

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Photo of T_Hass
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Finally tracked it down at Maltitude in Columbus. The beer pours a hazy yellow. The salt flavor is subtle but there is a big lemon flavor with a somewhat tart kick but finishes quite dry. As Kramer once said "Its very Refreshing" and at $8.50 a bomber I wish it was more readily available so I could crush these all summer. On a side note I'd love to see a dry hopped version of this.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2nd release
22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear bright straw color with a two-finger foamy white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, constant carbonation bubbles shooting to the top

S- cat piss up front, pure cat piss. Beyond that, medium notes of barnyard funk, with some lemon peel, ripe pear, dried hay & peach. Lactic acid, candied fruit and mint on the close

T- light and fruity up front with flavors of ripe melon, pear, peach & candied lemon peel. Mid-palate starts to bring in some lactic sour notes, along with flavors of dried hay and barnyard funk. The finish is bone dry with a linger of lemon and a hint of salt

M- light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- a nice variation of an already awesome gose, I still prefer regular WB Gose, though

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Photo of vfgccp
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - bright opaque lemonade body. A finger of white head holds on with nice retention and great lace.

S - Sweet blood orange, cantaloupe, lemon, and grass.

T - Delicious tart apricot, wheat, straw, and a touch of salt. Balanced with bright, herbal, bitter hops and lemon.

M - Smooth, medium frame with nice carbonation.

O - Softly salty with a delicious tart apricot lemon body.

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Photo of chinchill
2.87/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Shared bomber bottle.
Mildly fruity and very funky aroma partially carries over to the fruity and moderately funky flavor. Salt level not too high. Medium body and carbonation.

Overall wild gose; too funky for me.

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Photo of cbutova
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- Bomber into a pint glass pours with a very hazy, almost murky appearance. The body is golden and a large creamy white head rises up to about two fingers with good retention. Small ring remains and lacing remains in a few webs and sheets.

S- Pungent aroma rises out of the bottle immediately after opening, this one has some strength on the nose for sure. The Brett is the difference maker and boy is it in a good way. Brett dropping tropical fruit funk in the foreground with the bacterial lactic acid tones. Some stone fruit hops blend into the Brett.

T- Moderately sour and that really suits the rest of the flavor profile as a sour bomb might drown out some of the very interesting tropical and stone fruit tones developed by Brett and hops. Lemon, dank minty herbs, pineapple, salt, spiciness and some general funk.

MF- Light bodied but a shade towards medium overall thickness with a crisp and smooth feel on the palate. Texture provided by frothy and creamy feels and it ends on the high tart/mild sour border.

Perhaps the best Gose I have ever had. Westbrook's classic is well a classic and this honestly improves on it for me. The Brett and hops compliment each other like spaghetti and meatball and you are left in a sour tropical fruit paradise.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely nose on this one. The dry-hopping comes shining through, with bright citrus fruits. That's mixed into a Bretty background, a bit funky. Some lacto peeking out as well. The combo is very lime-like. Flavour is similar and also very good, but not as immediately captivating. Lots of citrus, particularly lime, lightly tart, with crisp wheat, a touch of salt and a bit of a Brett finish. The salt is very light, which is nice, as salt is always the part of a gose that turns me off. Super drinkable and incredibly refreshing. A winner.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 22oz bottle. Pours a hazy straw yellow with 3 finger white head. This beer smells totally unlike a Gose, nice hoppy aromas. The taste is unlike any other sour beer I've tried. Extremely complex. Very hop forward when cold but as it warms the tart sour starts to come out. Taste like fresh squeezed grapefruit. Also tart lemonade comes to mind, Awesome! I had this side by side with Westbrooks Gose and there are hardly any similarities. I will definitely seek this out again if I can find it. 4.80

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding gose that comes strong with a muscular tart and salty profile. Pours an autumn gold with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of wheat, grain, lemon peel, orange rind, pine needles and that barnyard hay. Taste follows right behind with a big tartness, bitter hop oils, brett-funk and a salt-lick ending. Based on my experience with this style, this strikes me as the American IPA equivalent of gose - big flavor profile, juicy, mouth-watering with an unmistakable imbalance. This is a beer that isn't for those looking to get their feet wet with the style - it's too big.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like pulpy, hazy, carbonated lemonade.

Also smells like fresh squeezed lemonade, plus musty, medicinal notes and a nice dose of juicy southern hemisphere hops and pine. Smells absolutely intoxicating.

Palate brings candied lemon, mint and herbs, funky bretty earth. A little hop bite that really cleans up the finish. Very tart, but stops just short of being sour. It's never watery despite the relatively low ABV.

Overall, a stellar beer that sort of defies categorization. Definitely more wild ale than gose. The more I drink the more I'm reminded of the Lemonheads from childhood, albeit cut with a little salinity.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a taster. Very interesting brew with different waves of flavor from the dry hopping and brett, along with an underlying tartness. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First Gose ever.

Just an awesome summer beer. It tastes like a sugarless lemonade. Just the right amount of lemon tartness, salt, carbonation, etc.

Must try.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just wow.

LOOK (4.75) - This thing pours like straight pineapple juice, hazy straw-colored fluid with a foamy, white head that lingers at about half a finger, even leaving a decent amount of lacing. Very, very nice.

SMELL (4.25) - Not much really going on here, very lemon-juicy, especially after sitting a moment, but fresh from the pour you also get a fairly strong amarillo hop character and an interestingly Belgian-smelling yeast note.

TASTE (5.0) - Incredible. Incredibly complex, tart orange, grapefruit, green tea from the hops, lemon juice from the souring process, pineapple from the brett, just awesome. I was expecting it to be good, but, damn, this exceeded my wildest expectations.

FEEL (4.5) - Lots of carbonation, but so, so fine, it becomes almost as creamy as a DIPA. Medium bodied??

OVERALL (4.75) - I tend NOT to like goses, but it's a style that, on occasion, I have appreciated a lot, so when I heard about this one I knew, someday, I'd really like to give it a try. Very glad I did. One of my favorite beers of all time. If only I could get a 4pk of this once a month or more often even. It's amazing. If you like IPAs or saisons, but don't like goses, you'll probably still really dig this one. But if you do like goses, and you haven't tried this one yet, what are you waiting for, cough up the money dollars and get this in your mouth. Nearly perfect beer experience from one of the my favorite all-time brewers.

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Photo of wellsnb
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer feels like three different styles combined: the dry hopping makes this smell like a pale ale, the Brett makes this drink like a farmhouse ale, and the tartness is all Berliner. Not getting much salt or coriander, but still a great beer. Wish they released this in the summer.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My bottle was crazy funky off the nose for the first few minutes -- I mean, we're talking straight diaper-level stuff, really unappealing. Luckily, with a little time, those cleaned up, leaving a lightly tart, lightly citrusy nose, peaks of grainy malt sneaking through. Palate was really nice, better when decanted than with the dregs mixed in, a really pleasing citrusy profile mixing in with tartness and just enough funk to make things interesting. As another reviewer said, this is definitely better than WB gose, which I find to get a little over the top with the sour/salt/funk combo.

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Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
95 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.