Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 2,291
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 387
Gots: 397 | FT: 62
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Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mrandypandy on 05-06-2012

This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced “Gose-uh”), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz can to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware); the July 28, 2015 canning date printed in black ink on the underside of the can puts this one at just under two months old (“1279-1281 07/28/15 11:52”). It’s been refrigerated for about 48 hours, so it’s had time to settle and even out. I’m not sure if I’m missing much for being about two months old, but generally I don’t think of sours as deteriorating nearly as quickly as other (especially hop-forward) beers. The rest of this six-pack has tasted just fine over the last two weeks, anyway :-)

Appearance (3.75): This certainly is a frothy, active bugger: three and a half fingers of snow-white, crackling foam rise off of the pour, capping a glowing orange-gold body that’s nicely hazy throughout, but allows shadows to pass. The head doesn’t last too long, fading down to a crackly film on the surface of the beer and leaving essentially no lacing at all. Par for the course stylistically speaking, I’d say, but I really like how thick the head was.

Smell (4.5): The aroma is mainly tangy, bright lactic acid—lime juice, plain greek yogurt, green apple, fresh-cut grass—bolstered by . . . jeez, not much. Common crackers, white flour, baking soda biscuits. Smells like sunshine.

Taste (4.0): Bitter lemon juice, a little limeade sweetness, and then a whole lot of lemon zest. A more subtle, somewhat spicy but citrusy flavor indicates the place of the coriander here, and it becomes much more obvious as it warms up. The salt in this beer serves mostly to balance out the bracing tartness of the lactic acid, enhancing the earthiness of the coriander and adding some—you guessed it—saltiness. It’s actually rather salty, now that I think about it, but it’s not distracting or unpleasant. The malt body is almost non-existant here: a bready base that mostly just stays out of the way. Suits the style, but this one puts a lot of spin on the classic elements.

Mouthfeel (5.0): This is easily the best part of the beer: dry and tart on the front of the palate, the juicy midsection of the beer washes in with a perfectly average amount of moderately coarse carbonation and a quenching, just-shy-of-middle-weight body. The finish is all tart lemonade, perfectly dry and begging for more. Insanely easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): This is a beer that meets all of its style characteristics, but puts a little extra mustard on its most distinctive elements. It’s very “American” in that regard, which is a slippery slope—especially when it comes to styles that don’t have as much historical precedent in our country as, say, the (D)IPA. That said, Westbrook did a very nice job in keeping this beer drinkable and not too over the top. Without a doubt, this is a must-buy for fans of the style.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a wine glass.

Straw yellow with a short white head that fizzles out quickly. Slightly hazy with light carbonation. A galaxy of yeast swirls around at the end of the pour.

Granny smith apple, lemon, and slight Lacto.

Fresh squeezed lemon aid, granny smith apple, and tangy wheat. Slight caramel maltiness with a touch of sea salt. Medium-light Lacto tartness.

Light bodied, tart, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing.

This is a good Gose that is more complex than most.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Hazy straw yellow color, tall fizzy head that disappears quickly. Tart aroma that follows through in the taste. This is not a mild Gose, the lemony tartness is bold, but there is enough sweetness and salt in the finish to tame it so it ends up being very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, good for the style. Highly carbonated but goes down silky smooth with faint tartness and salt lingering. Very good for this style.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best gose I've had yet. Beautiful unfiltered straw yellow. The smell is tart and acidic. The taste is a slight sweetness upfront before your hit by an almost puckering tartness which lasts until a salty aftertaste hits on the finish. Great example of the style.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip
(A)- Hazed pale yellow in color. Good froth and retention
(S)- Light lemon meets sea salt and some light wheated cereal grains. Almost slightly funk at the end
(T)- A good tartness meets light salt and wheated grains. Subtle lemon rind
(M)- Good crisp carbonation level meets a nicely light yet flavorful and crisp mouthfeel. Lightly tart and salted
(O)- Crisp and refreshing with just the right level of tartness. If I had easier access to this, I would crush it in summertime. Easily one of the better ones in the style for my tastes

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Photo of sjones5045
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/6/15. DE

Pours light yellow with a fizzy white head. The smell of sour smacks you so much you literally have to pull back.

The taste is a sour bomb with a huge hit of salt. Over the top is the only word that comes to mind. I do like this but it's a tongue curler. It's pretty much a sour jolly rancher I'm a beer.

Overall it's an aggressive take on this style. Its definitely over the top but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Srs5768
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This American interpretation of the Gose style -- which admittedly I'd never had prior to Westbrook's version -- is super salty, sour and delicious. Have heard many say that this is not actually what Gose is supposed to taste like, but it doesn't matter when a beer is this satisfyingly great.

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Photo of VT9091
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gose; not my last. "Sour, Salty, and Delicious" pretty much covers it. Quite the palate refresher. Odd yellowy color. Salty but not briney. One is quite good and probably my session limit.

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Photo of Greybeard
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

A kind co-worker gave me a can of this to sample. Said it was highly rated on BA. "Sour and Salty," most definitely. But delicious? No.

Looks good and pours with minimal head, but the first sip reminds me of the the tapwater at Myrtle Beach: nasty. It tastes more like somebody poured salt and a little bit of lemon juice into a cheap Chardonnay. I just don't get the claim that this is delicious beer.

Yes, I drank it, the whole can. It was a gift, after all, and I wanted to give it a chance. But I would never buy one of these, there are too many good beers out there to waste money on brackish brew.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this - great American Gose.

Pours gold with a bit of haze. Thin fizzy head forms and immediately retreats.

Nose is light, crisp with a hint of the sour.

Flavor is as described - light body with a nice level of sour, salt prevalent most on the finish. Very nice and amazing for the price.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard others describe this as the "best Gose around" so I was admittedly a little disappointed when I finally got to try this beer.

It's salty and enjoyable with little else. A good beer to drink i the summer or with a meal.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is still the best Gose out there in my opinion. It has just the right balance of salt and sourness with nearly perfect carbonation. This is the epitome of a go to summer beer for refreshment.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in Fort Mill

Pours a slightly hazed & effervescent straw color with a pinky of eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent, okay head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, wheatyness, lemon rinds

T: Sourness, dryness, tartness, & saltyness up front. Saltyness & tartness, lemons as this warms. Finishes tart, salty, & citrusy & very refreshing

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, acidic

Drinks too easy, a good a take on the style as I've had. Would buy this all the time if I could

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Photo of uvachief
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a brandy snifter. NO head. Pours a golden lemon color that is barely opaque. Smells of lemons and wheat. Also smell sea salt almost. First sip is exactly what a gose should taste like: sour and salty. However, it is not over the top but it is salty and sour. This is a traditional sour salty wheat beer. Goes well with about anything but particularly spicy food. Slammed one with some BBQed baby back ribs and it went down quickly. Really interesting beer. Try if you have not. Good one!

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Photo of inkman15
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy golden/straw colored with fizzy, thin white head that dissipates fairly quick. Noticeably high carbonation.

Aroma: tangy lacto and salt over a bready/wheaty malt base. Makes the back of my mouth salivate in anticipation of the sourness to come

Taste: puckering sour hits you first and then melds with salt before ending with some lemony/orange citrus notes and wheat.

Mouthfeel: The sourness and salt will hit the back of your tongue immediately. Thin body and moderately high carbonation. Leaves a tangy aftertaste in your mouth.

Overall: Gose is a widely varied style and I'm often disappointed with tame interpretation. For me, if you want a Gose, this is how you do it - lots of lacto and lots of salt. Very refreshing and crushable.

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Photo of popery
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is straw yellow and glowy in the light. The head is fizzy and white, and it dissipates quickly. The liquid is very cloudy. The aroma is full of citrus and yogurty lacto sourness. Tangerine, lime, a little bit of malt sweetness and plenty of yogurt. Mild spicing. A little bit of brine. Kinda wish both of those flavors were turned up. Mildly to moderately sour. Lots more citrus. A bit more salt. Coriander still quite mild. Full on the palate but still quite light. Fairly effervescent. Very refreshing. Really great hot weather beer.

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Photo of Velocicraftor
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazy salty and sour for just a 4% and you taste the sour even more than you smell it. My can poured deep yellow and the head disappeared almost immediately which I assume is from the amount of salt. Overall impressive sour. New pool beer for the summer.

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Photo of wolfpac255
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Never had tried this style before but was pleasantly surprised. First sip I can taste the salt but that washes away very quickly with strong lemon notes to a nice strong sour/tart finish.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it in can before on tap at brewery. The can was ridiculously salty but must have been the can because on tap at the brewery was a well balanced beer. Walked away with 48 cans and a 64oz growler fill. Will be shared with friends back home for what made it though the vacation :)

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Photo of KSOZE
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I hated Goses. Tried this. Was wrong. Perfectly tart/sour without tasting like stomach acid (Anderson Valley Holy Gose). Not too salty. Perfect amount of coriander. Great summer beer.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow color. Little head that faded to nothing after about a minute. Tart lemony, briney aroma, with a whiff of wheat. The flavor is huge, starting out very tart and citrusy, moving to salty to and just a touch of something resembling sweetness. Nice fairly thin mouthfeel, but certainly not watery. Great carbonation. Overall, superb beer, one of the best of its style.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

's Bier des Tages: Westbrook Brewing (Mt. Pleasant, SC): "Gose":our aroma. Hazy, straw color. Oh! Starts with a great fruitiness, lots of sour, and malt behind it. Moves into a more pronounced sourness, then the salt comes through with coriander. As this diminishes, there is a nice, lovely wave of malt.

This is stunning. Everything I like about the style. This one is markedly more salty than others, but that works very well.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm sure this is a very traditional interpretation of the style, but it is one of the few Gose beers I'm just not over the moon about. It's salty, tart, but (in my opinion) not particularly refreshing. It's still a highly drinkable and sessionable beer, but nothing I would go out of my way to buy (again).

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Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight from the can. Sue me. Smells like straight lemon juice and salt. Taste follows suit. Wow. I'm surprised how sour this thing is. And only 4% abv. Easily the best session beer. Period.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 3/2015:
Pours hazy white-yellow with bubbly white head that grows pretty high before settling down to a half finger, lasting.
Nose is lemon sour with a decent pop of salinity. Maybe some peach or sour apple behind the powerful main scents.

Taste is lemony sour, hint of vinegar, some sour apple and near the end of the bite, a little plain yogurt tang. About the time the sour is fading out, the salty part of the beer grabs my tongue. Very crisp and clean base, I almost think I could get a little more feel from the wheat.

Definitely a classic, about more on the sour side of the style, based on the other offerings I've had. Will grab more each time I have a chance.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.