Gozu - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 144
Gots: 37 | FT: 5
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Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: djrn2 on 11-02-2013

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Ratings: 386 | Reviews: 35
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of jmdellafave
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A little to sour for my liking but overall not bad

Photo of bearfoxwolfdeer
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on-tap at The Griffon in Charleston, SC. This beer is Westbrook's Gose with Yuzu fruit added to it.

A: It poured a hazy golden, orangey-yellow and a white airy two-finger head.

S: The smell of this beer is not my favorite. It's a very citrusy smell, but a sour citrus as opposed to a sweet citrus. The fruity, citrusy Yuzu aroma is extremely prominent (even though I've never smelled a real Yuzu). There was also a malty aroma underneath the sweet fruit and sour Gose.

T: The sourness of the Gose is very prominent right up front. You also quickly get a good taste of the citrusy Yuzu up front. The Yuzu adds a sweetness to the Gose and also another level of sourness other than what the Gose alone offers. I think the fruitiness and sweetness of the Yuzu balances the intense salty sourness of the regular Gose and that's why I like this Gozu a little better than the Gose.

O: This is a very interesting beer. The fruit isn't overpowering and I think it works well with salt and sourness of the Gose. This would be a great summer beer for enjoying by the water.

Photo of GPHarris
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of tillmac62
3.93/5  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.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.06/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Siding as much with berlinerweiss and fruited Belgian sours as it does with the salty gose, the high tartness, sharp acidity and rich mineral character offers much reward and equally as much challenge.

Bright in its deep straw pour, the common wheaty haze masks any brilliant clarity. Its unfiltered character pushes an abundance of carbonation to the rim, nearly billowing with champagne like streams and popping. High tartness tingles the nose with dried lime, crabapple, grapefruit and green apple. Zesty flavors spring from the tongue, leaving behind a terse bread and slim sweetness.

Upon the middle, any bread or sweet tastes are short-lived as the ale prefers a bracing acidity in any absence of meaningful body or sweet balance. Those high citrus flavors take full command and offer a mineral character that's as much of iron as it is of salt.

Complete dryness overtakes the finish as the ale closes with a snap. Elements of citrus peel, soft perfume and sour white grapes give its waning moments a convincing champagne character, if not for the linger of wheat that returns in echoes.

Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  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

Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass from a growler filled at Westbrook.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. No lacing.

S- Smells like the Gose with an extra citrusy kick reminding one of mandarin orange.

T- Tastes like the Gose but the yuzu really drives home the citrus flavors bringing more of a grapefuit characteristic to the table. There's still that weak wheat aftertaste that I get out of the original Gose but the yuzu does a good job of covering that up mostly. Incredibly drinkable.

M- Just the right amount of tartness with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Definitely an improvement over the original since I like a bit more sweetness in my beers. Honestly, this is the only incarnation of a Gose I truly enjoy.

Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewpub. Really funky, really good.

Photo of MarcWP
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Russian River stem.

Appearance is hazy, gritty pale yellow with a small white head that dies to the smallest of bubbly rings around the edge of the glass.

Aroma is much of the standard Gose but with a tropical fruitiness on top. Given this beer is 5 months old not sure if the nose has weakened with time. Lemon, sea water, hints of mango, coriander, and a kiwi or loquat bitter fruitiness in the distance.

The palate delivers what I think is a more drinkable Gose than it's sibling. A fruit juice sweetness balances out the sour nicely while not shutting out the brine like spirit of the beer. I am certain it's less fruity than it probably was fresh as there is a dose of earthy pulp like fruit tannin flavor as well but it's quite the nice companion to the flavor profile as it adds some depth and roundness to the overall experience. Drinking really nice.

Mouthfeel is light with lower carbonation than the standard. I think a bit more bubbly would do this beer some good.

Overall I like this better than the standard Gose. Even at this age. The yuzu fruit juice really adds a tropical like twist to the original and surprisingly possibly some sweetness. Highly crushable, flavorful, and light summer drinker.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%

Appearance - The beer poured a golden color with a bubbly white head.

Aroma - It would be easy to describe the aroma as salted crackers. One detects the salt and breadiness in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression is salty sour fruit. On detects the salt, but there is more fruitiness than the regular gose. The malt create a biscuit impression with acts as a backbone to the sour in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is not overly aggressive, but it is noticeable. The sour lingers, even with the carbonation.

Overall - I like this beer and need more. I do think I might like regular Westbrook gose better though.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
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

Photo of rjp217
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to 2000drafts for sending me a 2nd box of extras...just insanity. enjoyed the other day from a westbrook snifter...reviewed from notes. pours a really murky cloudy orange yellow. cloudier than the gose. nose is sweet n sour and salty with a bit of a fruity tartness that you don't find in the gose. taste matches the nose. a bit more full than gose and less salty/sour, but along the lines of gose with a twist. super refreshing and great warm weather beer. wish i could find this locally.

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Gozu from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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