Gozu - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 145
Gots: 37 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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: 385 | Reviews: 35
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 dvmin98
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Glarus glass

Appearance is a golden yellow. A small amount of head that turns into a bit of lacing

Smell is citrusy and malty.

Taste is a nice sour flavor with citrus mixed in. An awesome malty backbone that lingers for a bit. Fantastic

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Not overly harsh. You can tell its only 4%

Overall, their regular Gose was my favorite until this came along. This takes the regular Gose to a new level. By far my favorite Westbrook offering.

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Gozu from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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