Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 7.54%
Wants: 350
Gots: 43 | FT: 6
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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 Seanniek91
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of lateralundertow
4.76/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber bottle into 3 10oz Tired Hands glasses.
Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a 2 finger fizzy head that lingers unlike the base beer.
Striking tart yet full of brett fruitiness on the nose. Hops are present as well.
The dry hopping adds a little bitterness and lemon zest to the already salty Westbrook Gose. Incredibly fruity and tart.
This is by far the nicest gose style beer I have tried.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle in to a Westbrook snifter (pretty proper). Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, fruit, salt, citrus, mango, and lemon zest. The flavor was of sweet malt, lemon, citrus, salt, tropical fruit, sour, tart, and citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an awesome brew. Alright, I will be the first to admit that I am typically brutal on most beers when I review them and am always honest about how I truly feel about them. Being a HUGE fan of this base beer and having tried Gozu when it was out, I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this one the most out of the series. The citra hops added to this one took it to a whole new level. The funk aspect gets a little lost in the saltiness going on but I'm okay with that. This is excellently balanced which make it rather easy to crush. Hoping this shows up on a growler station near me as I need more of this. Make sure you do the same! Tick.

Photo of KYGunner
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Photo of n2185
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with great lacing.

S: sour lemon candy dominates the nose with a bit of funky barnyard aroma as well. There are some sweeter notes underneath along with tart fruits.

T: salty and sour lemon candy dominate here as well. Musty hay and barnyard flavors come through along with tart fruits. The finish is clean, dry, and slightly bready.

M: light body with medium carbonation, this beer is dry and drinkable.

O: a delicious and refreshing beer overall. Not terribly complex, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Bob at Curran's tasting.

Pours a very hazy golden orange/yellow, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells like lemons, oranges, pineapple, tart fruit, some salt, and lactic acid.

The taste is similar. Honestly, this blows Westbrook's regular Gose out of the water. The addition of Citra and Amarillo hops give this one an even more naturally fruity element. Funky and tart all the way through, with lots of juicy citrus flavors- orange, peach, pineapple- both sweet and sour flavors on these. A bit of salt, as per the original, and some slight hop bitterness. The bitterness is infinitesimal due to the strong tart fruit flavors. This is amazing.

Light bodied, tart and crisp mouthfeel, insanely drinkable despite the huge flavors.

This one is amazing, Stillwater's remixes, the one's I've tried, are all really cool beers.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%

Superb sour flavors with bold hops that don't overshadow the star feature (sourness). Quite a tasty and easy drinking brew.

Photo of rlee1390
4.6/5  rDev +2%

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.

Photo of Etan
4.05/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Pours a hazy orange-ish yellow with a nice spongy white head.

S: Smells really citrusy and rindish, with a nice amount of grapefruity acidity.

T: Taste brings moderate lacto sourness, lemon, lightly sweet wheat, some citrusy/earthy/leafy hoppiness, a hint of pineapple-y brett, clean malt and more lacto in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with light carbonation. Pretty dry but there's some heft from the wheat.

O: Really tasty beer. The combination of different acids from the hops and brett/lacto gives it an almost acetic quality, although not overbearing.

Photo of Ri0
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A - A hazy golden straw color with two finger white head. Nice retention and some lacing.

S - Starts off with a pungent and sour aroma. Lemons, lemonade, Brett, cider vinegar. Hops add some grapefruit/citrus, also floral notes. Very nice sour aroma with minimal saline detected.

T - It is quite tart and almost sour with lemons, lemonade, lime, cider vinegar. Again the hops are revealed and bring in grapefruit and some slight floral and bitterness. Brett is definitely in there, but no real funk. The saline is minimal.

M - Light and crisp with excellent carbonation.

O - This is even better than WB Gose. It is more sour and less salty.

Photo of gatornation
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a slight hazed yellow color with a brilliant white head with some lacing and fresh 1 finger head thru out
S-lemon and yeast a sour aroma salt bread some citrus
T-tart start with sour patch lemon flavors bursting then some light cracker meal a touch of citrus hops wheat and slight musty taste
M-Tart crisp and sour with slight hops medium carbonation slightly acidic
O-Highly drinkable nice delicious blend of taste and traits

Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of zookerman182
5/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute perfection.
Sour, pineapple juice, lemon zest, yogurt.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.57/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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 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.

Photo of Tone
4.63/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle opened on 7.12.14

Very tart, wheat, corn, spices. Very nice.

Photo of avalon07
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a dull yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, fluffy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A strong, aroma of citrus, malt, and some other sweet elements.

T: Like the aroma, the flavor is rich with citrus, some tropical fruit (mango especially), malt, and bit of hops. A good combination of sweet and sour. Not your typical gose flavor (the amount of fruit is a good tip off of this), but very tasty nonetheless.

M: Lots of carbonation here, with a fairly sour finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is one of the most unusual goses you're likely to come across, but don't let that stop you. It's a complex, easy to like, drinkable beer.

Photo of dar482
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With collaborations-a-plenty in the craft beer marketplace, every once in a while, one will actually be an improvement over anything that each brewery could simply do alone, rather than one just being weird. That happens as the collaborative minds of Stillwater and Westbrook clang together.

Its hazy canary-yellow color is a prelude to its sharply acidic tone that defines the beer. But first, its underpinnings of bready pilsner and wheat take hold in a thin cracker-like taste. But that's all short-lived as the sweet and tart flavors grow rapidly and provide a "lemon drop" type of candied tanginess.

But tangy turns to full-out sourness as the powdered sugar sweetness dissolves quickly, leaving the taste of dried lemon and lime to carry a cork-like musty earthiness across the middle. Its palate-stripping vinous acidity is accompanied by the characteristically mineral and salt fullness. Together, a notion of sweat and tin elevate the beer's sourness and enliven its yogurt-like lactic tartness.

Its finish is highly crisp, clean and decidedly piquant; leaving the palate refreshed with an afterglow of fleeting lemon tartness. After a brief delay, an echo of dry wheat revisits the palate deep in aftertaste.

Though many of the classic gose are long gone, comparisons to American attempts are few and far between. But with recent brewing advancements in place, Gose Gone Wild doesn't only compare favorably, it likely surpasses many of them in quality and crispness.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Devman171
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
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

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is hazed pale yellow with a good bit of white head and some larger bubbles. Nose is quite hoppy, lots of citrus and citra hops with a light tinge of salt and a dose of acidity. Taste is similar, tons of citra hop, a bit of acidity and moderate grain presence. Lots of citrusy flavors and just a hint of saltiness. Lighter carb with a juicy finish.

Photo of stewart124
4.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
100 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.