Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +0.5%
Where Gose biers are disappearing from the German beer scene, it seems that American microbrewers are infatuated with the style. The sour and salty tones of the beers are wrapped withing a blanket of wheat for varying levels of sourness and maltiness. However, Westbrook seems to have captured the essence of Goze to near perfection!
Its appearance does little to captivate any confidence- its dull golden hue is cloudy and dense. Its bubbles quickly dissipates and leaves the beer looking murky and sill, and without any real lacing charter. I admit: its quite an ugly duckling.
But the beer livens up after that- its musty bread tones speak of dough, yeast, must and earth. Hghly grainy, the tones are soft, even as lemon and lime tartness try to intervene.
And then we have the beer's taste where everything explodes! The beer is no longer a characterful wheat beer but is now a fortified Sour Ale! Its taste is strikingly of limes. But an earthier taste emerges that is almond-like, bready,marzipan- toasty, and lighly of sea brine. Those savory and salty tones merge with a highly drinkable salt water taffy tone that extends to its earthen straw and hay-like finish.
With its carbonation finishing early, the beer's texture is all about its full layout of wheat that coats the palate evenly and its acidity that quickly cuts through it. This all leads to a sour finish of clean and crisp lime-like bitterness and an echo of bread.
Westbrook's Gose is as close to the style descriptors as I have ever found in the style. Perhaps many will want a drier and less malty taste and texture, I rather like the balance here as I appreciate all things "Berlin" in one beer!
10-09-2013 07:03:50 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -4.3%
Rich hooked this 12oz can up a while back, finally getting around to enjoying it tonight... Thanks Rich!! Pours a hazy light orange with a virtually nonexistent head and no lacing... Nose is sharp coriander and lemony wheat with a definite briny element... with warmth a sorta yeasty/doughy element comes up and out of the glass. Flavor is surprisingly tart.. bright lemony lacto... the sour notes blow out most of the coriander except on the finish when it rebounds with a light saltiness... Much more sour than any standard Berliner I have had in a while and doesn’t have as much salt/coriander as the AV Gose... The body is light/medium and punctuated a bit by the residual wheat malt.. Drinkability is very high for the one (maybe a 2nd) can, but my stomach couldn’t handle much more in a session.
08-19-2014 04:43:26 | More by JohnGalt1
Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,392 ratings.