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Gozu - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%


Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: djrn2 on 11-02-2013)
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz tulip on tap at the brewery

A: very hazy, pale straw yellow, sliver of white head, no real lacing

S: salty, tart, sweet fruit

T: wheat, tart, sweet fruit, sweet citrus, degree of sourness is pretty big, a bit puckering at times. Delicious

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, crisp mouth feel, refreshing , great drinkability

O: Overall, pretty awesome. I love the Gose, and the fruit addition adds a nice touch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 22:15:40 | More by zac16125
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick fizzy, off-white head into a tulip glass that disappeared quickly. the body was a hazy straw golden color.
s - juicy aroma with some breadiness.
t - much juicier tasting than gose and the wheat comes through more.
m - medium, bubbly.
o - not as tart or salty as their gose and as stated above much juicier. delicious beer but i prefer gose as it is saltier and more tart to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:29:30 | More by GPHarris
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated of 12/18/13 poured into a pint glass...

A - Yellow as the sun in color, frothy white head with moderate lace retention

S - Straight lemons up in here. So tart with a little wheat mixed in

T - Lemonade! Salt, coriander, and wheat are generously involved here. Absolutely puckering. Some lime juice as well, grassy.

M - Thin feel, mild carbonation, biting down the palate

O - This is an excellent Gose. Very very tart but seems to temper as it warms. One of my favorites I've ever had of the style, bravo

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 20:37:55 | More by rjp217
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet. Acquired as a generous extra in a trade with dbrelsfo, thank you!!

A- Pours a hazy, dull lemonade-colored body with a fizzy white head that reduces quickly and doesn't leave any lacing or retention.

S- Lots of lemon juice, lime juice, a citrusy aroma that I'm assuming is gozu, lemon zest, some wheat and malt.

T- Sour lactic acid, lemon juice, tart citrus, some spice, slightly salty on the follow through. Subtle malty/bready on the aftertaste. The sourness is not like that of a wild ale, which have a funkier flavor.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing, highly carbonated.

A very nice change of pace from the higher ABV beers that I've been drinking. I like it, the refreshing citrus is nicely balanced and not too overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:21:19 | More by gcamparone
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanx RocketCityVol.

Bottled: 12/18/13.

Into a weizen.

A: hazy somewhat golden/orange colored body with a half fingered white foamy head that dies within several minutes

S: strong tart/sour aromas coming out with a decent lemon/orange

T: strong lemon up front to combine with a sour, tart, somewhat saltiness (and that what's saves it); as it all combines for a decent salty somewhat tart/sour refreshing aftertaste, no finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation seems good for the style and for me as its not too harsh

O: good Gose that I would have again, thanx for the opportunity RocketCityVol

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:44:14 | More by BeerKangaroo
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really bright lemony citrus nose on the beer that pours a hazy straw color with wispy head. Tastes exactly like Gose with Yuzu juice. Very refreshing to have a beer deliver on what you expect from it. The beer is also refreshing in general. It's pretty tart from the yuzu juice but not a sour/funkiness from a wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 15:31:10 | More by PHBoiler
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WTKeene

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated December 2013 into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: A gentle pour, but next to no head. What was there dissipated quickly. The beer itself is a milky and hazy white/yellow, fading to a pale orange around the edges.

Smell: Tart, floral citrus. Hints of apricot and wheat come through as well. The slightest bit of salinity is peeking out as well.

Taste: Lots of Yuzu. Very floral, with hints of lemon peel backing up the Yuzu. Typical wheat sourness, and a salted cracker malt background. Reminds me quite a bit of Art #14 from Night Shift, even though that's brewed with Pluots. Very sessionable for a sour though. Refreshing tartness, not mouth-puckering by any means. This is absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation that doesn't go overboard at all. Rather thin, not much in the way of linger, except perhaps for a slight saltiness.

Overall: Westbrook really knows what they're doing here. This is a delicious beer by any standard. Would love to get more, I was thrilled to receive this as an IP extra but would happily have traded for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:18:28 | More by WTKeene
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

strange but I guess I never reviewed Goze, or it got lost in a crash perhaps. Anyways thanks to rudzud for sharing this one.

Pours a big creamy foamy 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, decent lacing, hazy milky orange pale color.

Nose is really interesting, orange cream aroma with little fruit that's like orange and lemon and kumquat combined, with an interesting coriander note in the background and hint of salt, mild tart note and little malt.

Taste stats with a nice sour note, good tartness with little citrus, little orange and lemon too, actually quite lemony, with little coriander spice note and hint of salt. Mild sour wheat flavor with more toasty wheat. Finish is dry and lots of cracked wheat cracker, little salt, little coriander, nice tartness and little acidic bite.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, little acidic bite and tartness.

Overall pretty nice. Good tartness with interesting fruity citrus, and spices, nice wheat, pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:54:41 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Received this in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Very, very hazy salt water brownish lemon hue that is pale. This just looks salty..haha! Thin one finger white head faded almost immediately to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Now this is fun! Definitely get the sea salt and light coriander and then get whammed in the face by very strong yuzu citrus juice. I love, love yuzu citrus and this nose delivers tenfold. Salty, sour, light cracker malts and faint wheat....tickle me excited!

T - Taste is tons of yuzu citrus up front, bright and fleshy, before things drop to a more generic tart sourness. Light salt and strong wheat comes in big time and lingers in the aftertaste with more light citrus coming back as well. I like the upfront start with how damn citrusy it is, not quite as salty as I thought it would be. Man this is delicious!

M - Mouthfeel is nice and brightly carbonated, very, very refreshing.

O- Overall I really, really enjoyed this beer. The yuzu is so well utilized here. Just awesome. Could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:18:45 | More by rudzud
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Heavily hazed, dirtied yellow body with a thin, dissipating, white head. Nil lacing.

Smell: Sourish, briny nose with a touch of sourdough, wheat, and spoiled lemons that presents just a slightly fruitier quality than its predecessor.

Taste: Slight, muddled graininess, damp straw, and the sourdough with a vein of cream of wheat underneath the staunch, salty, lactic flavors. Jarring jolt of lemon juice bursts onto the scene soon, as with the original, but more of a defined, authentic fruitiness. The coriander remains rather subtle beneath the peppier elements. Still rather salty. Remains sour and tart on the salty, minerally, saliva-rushing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Medium-plus.

Overall: Skanky and tart, but deliciously, even refreshingly so. Can you imagine? Can y-- Well, you can probably imagine, but yeah. Skanky and tart!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 20:22:27 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap

A - Hazy yellow with a hint of orange and a small white head

S - Salt, tart orange, light sweettarts and vinegar.

T - Tart vinegar, saltwater, light wheat presence, grapefruit and orange peel. Finish is a light tart citrus and slightly bitter grapefruit.

M - Thick, chewy beer with a tartness that lingers on in the finish

O - A good tart gose that isn't as salty as the regular as the fruit tempers down the in your face saltiness of Gose but adds adds an additional complexity that you don't get in the original. It also softens the flavors in the original which makes this one more approachable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2014 17:32:13 | More by jeonseh
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw capped by three fingers of foam; a few strings of lacing are left behind

Smell: The salt and coriander tones come through with great force, backed up by the wheat bread and yozu

Taste: Lemony and tart, from the outset, with the wheat bread, salt and coriander building; by mid-palate, the yozu flavor adds an additional citrusy boost; while the other flavors don't yield one iota, the salt and coriander really linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat creamy, with a spritzy dose of carbonation and a puckering feel on the finish

Overall: Just a delightful beer to drink; I love both the Gose and the Gozu

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:05:16 | More by brentk56
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced "Gose-uh"), a traditional German sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. But this time, we decided to citrus-it-up and throw some ultra-tart Yuzu juice into the mix!" Brewed in the style of a Gose with Yuzu juice added. A one time experimental release that is a recipe variation on Westbrook's highly popular Gose beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a white frothed foam head of a light fluffy consistency over a pale lemon body with a dense haziness. Carbonation is light and mild. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Having this beer aside from the standard Gose accentuates the differences, but up front expect strong tart citrus aromas, between grapefruits and lemons in strength and acidity, incredibly potent and forward. Mild cracker malt and fluffy wheat pale in comparison. It's impressive that the addition of Yuzu juice makes such a striking difference, and seems to pair fine with the remaining ingredients. 4

(Taste) The yuzu blends more seamlessly with the coriander and salt in the flavor, moderately intensifying the acidity and tartness of the beer with a near lemon puckering tartness, not to mention a milder cucumber juiciness. The yuzu comes along nearly grapefruit-like, but overall a bit more herbal and tea-like, very pleasant. The malt body is fair by comparison and the wheat body is not nearly as forward as the yuzu but the malt finishes with a lightly salted toasted pretzel bread body that lingers enjoyably for quite some time. Some mild pepper and coriander generate a tingling effervescence that accent the remaining ingredients elegantly. Very enjoyable. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Light, slick, mildly fluffy and very tart. Carbonation accents the acidity with soft frothiness, keeps light and accessible. Body is medium+ for the style, light-medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low, shadowed completely by the acidity that this beer brings. Balance is tart/sour over sweet over bitter. 4.5

(Overall) It's difficult to say if Gozu tops Gose, but easy to admit that they are both fantastic beers. Don't dismiss Gozu as a simple spin on a craft beer cult favorite. Yuzu does quite a bit more than flavor up this beer, adding complexity to the acidity for an even sourer beer than the original recipe. Yuzu manages a nice place between acidic citrus of lemons and juicy grapefruit for a favorable balance and original spin. Combined with sea salt and coriander, this is one fairly flavorful beer to experience, and I would recommend not missing out on this one. 4.25

Westbrook Brewing Company's
Gozu
4.3/5.00

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 03:07:22 | More by Jadjunk
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coriswrasse

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a bottle inside some old maple syrup vessels that retain head and keep aroma in. This beer is awesome. I could sit at the beach and consume it all day. Front end is salty and a little coriander. Appearence is light with tons of head. Clarity is perfect. A basic gose taste leads into some light sour notes and a mild acidic back end. Nose is awesome Gose with slight sour horse blacket notes; could be a little stronger but perfection is there in subtle amounts. Excellent lasting carbonation throughout. Really can't say enough about this.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 13:41:58 | More by coriswrasse
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dar482

New York

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a pale straw color.

The aroma has an incredible sour tartness, lemon, that citrus tropical yuzu, some breadiness and funkiness.

The flavor follows with a sour citrus and yuzu flavor. Then there’s a gentle bready malt. The finish hits of an aggressive saltiness. Almost like a margarita.

A well made gose with an interesting twist.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 04:28:36 | More by dar482
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Riedel tulip glass.

Appearance is cloudy yellow. Thick off-white head froths up at first, but fades quickly to a thin layer of fizz. I'm not really sure how to-style the appearance is, as the only other gose I've had is Westbrook's regular one, but, to be honest, it looks kind of gross. :)

Smell is mostly tart with a bit of citrus. The tartness is really the only thing I can get out of the smell.

Flavor is nice and tart, much less tart than the regular gose, which makes it much more easy-drinking, in a good way. Feels kind of salty on my toungue, although there's not much actual salt flavor, if that makes sense. The swallow is where the yuzu and the coriander really come out. Swallow tastes just like fresh mandarins (and, presumably yuzu, but I haven't actually eaten that particular fruit before). Aftertaste is wonderfully citrusy and sweet and... meaty. I never know how to describe the flavor of coriander, but meaty-sweet is the best I can come up with.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly - a perfect foil to the flavor!

If they put this in 6-packs I would buy it all the time! Really nicely refreshing - every sip makes my mouth beg for another one!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 04:19:05 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I thought I'd like this beer more than I did, since I'm a big fan of Gose as a style, and their Gose in particular. I also really like the flavor of yuzu, and thought, for instance, that it added a nice twist to New Belgium's version with yuzu of their Berliner Weiss. Here, though, I don't think the yuzu adds anything, and in fact probably detracts from the base beer's nice hit of salt and subtle coriander. You do get some citrus, but it's not zingy in itself or particularly pronounced, it just slightly mutes everything else. I guess some may like the Gose toned down a bit, but I'd prefer the base beer in all its glory.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:18:09 | More by Georgiabeer
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 6.99. Bottled 12/18/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours hazy pale straw with one finger white head that quickly recedes without leaving much lace.

Aromas of sour mash, faint lemon, bread and a little hay.

Puckering tartness of sour citrus, watered down lemonade (not in a bad way), mild orange or grapefruit (possibly yuzu?), bready malt and saltines. Quite refreshing.

Fairly light body with plenty of lively carbonation. Lingering citrusy, tart sweet finish.

It's hard to say if I prefer this over Westbrook's standard Gose. I enjoy Gozu's citrus sweetness but miss Gose's saltiness. No matter- this is another great brew from Westbrook and well worth investigation.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:33:08 | More by ThickNStout
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a well hazed straw yellow hue. Glowing body with a brighter creamy white head atop. Mellow layer stays as a thicker ring, ok lacing. Aromas are salty and tart, lemon meets bready malts, gentle salt and straw. Tart citrus, gentle bread and grass. Initial is firmly sour up front, lemony and yuzu elements make this a bit puckering. Middle quickly shows lactic life and straw meet salt, flaked wheat and gentle dough. Cleaner light body is quite drinkable, sourness really quite nice. Backend is tart, a touch salty but really that lactic and citrus fruit vibe really provide some synergy. Sour and quite crushable. Finish is tart, a bit slick and citric acidity.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 13:22:13 | More by jbaker67
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Zach136

Georgia

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle in 13oz belgian snifter

A - Light straw, minimal head, zero lacing

S - Sour tuna fish and cleaning solution. In a good way. I promise.

T - The dose of Yuzu somehow managed to mellow out the majority of Gose's salt and take the edge off its puckering sourness. A touch of sweetness comes through as well. Lemonade like sweet/sour combo.

M - Dry, light, refreshing.

O - It's like a toned down Gose, great still but I prefer the base

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 05:38:31 | More by Zach136
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOD 10/23/13. Hazy golden pour with very little head and lacing. The nose is slightly sour citrus against a slight mineral background. Light medium body, low carbonation level but an almost slick mouthfeel. Quite an interesting taste that is a nice balance of sour, citrus and salt. Yuzu juice yields a nice tartness that carries beyond the smooth finish. Another very well crafted ale from Westbrook and a new take on an old style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:25:03 | More by tillmac62
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

best gose I think ive ever had. its their standard gose (if there is such a thing these days), with yuzu juice added. yuzu being an Asian grapefruit type of citrus, bitter and acidic, a perfect additive for a beer like this. pale white wheat color to this, hazy and carbonated like soda pop. the nose is soft wheat malt, citric acid, a hint of herbal roundness, and a lemony funk from the yeast. salt is minimal in taste, but gives it body and a mineral flavor, while the yuzu is profoundly bitter, and with the coriander reminds me of fresca soda, a very similar flavor profile, minus the fake sugar of course. tart finish, almost soured, more so than any other gose ive had. fuller body for its color, effervescent carbonation, and a flavor profile that is incredibly unique and lasts a long time on my palate after the swallow. a genius beer in terms of conception and execution. something memorable here, the best incarnation of the style ive seen, and a beer I hope to drink again. highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 17:02:33 | More by StonedTrippin
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 22oz bottle, dated 23 Oct. 2013, into a snifter.

Appearance: cloudy, golden yellow. A thin head leaves a good bit of lacing

Smell: lemon, yuzu(?), other citrus, and a touch of malt.

Taste: wow! hints the front of the tongue with a momentary sweet and fruity flavor, but this is quickly followed by strong sour flavor. Lemony and quite sour, but not like the puckering sourness of an actual lemon. Lightly salty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; nicely carbonated.

Overall: Better, and perhaps less challenging, than their regular Gose. Loads of well-crafted flavor in a low ABV brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 00:37:49 | More by chinchill
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber bottled 10/23/13 into a snifter

pale yellow color, light head. smell is massive on orange and citrus! taste is like the regular gose but instead of the saltiness it has the orange citrus ness. really good. berliner Weiss feel. light bodied with mild carbonation

overall this is great...not as good as the original but Damn close.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:01:46 | More by Axnjxn
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.19/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Unlabeled 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale body. No real head. Lifeless.

Smell - Citrus fruit. Kinda funky and grainy.

Taste - Fruity. Citrus. Faint salt. Some funkiness too. Deep flavor, which is odd.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body, moderate sourness.

Overall - Somehow Westbrook ruined their Gose. It's not terrible, but I had high expectations.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 02:43:59 | More by Alieniloquium
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Gozu from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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