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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%

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

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.


(Beer added by: mrandypandy on 05-06-2012)
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Photo of CassinoNorth

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 2/28/14, poured into a tulip.

Initial aggressive pour yields a huge fluffy soapy head on top of a soapy white head. Retains a 2 finger head for 5 minutes before dissipating to a small ring around the edges with no lacing whatsoever. Super cloudy, spot on for the ancient style. Well done Westbrook.

Aroma is of freshly squeezed lemons over ocean water and thrown into some wild yeast. Ever so slight but it kinda has hints of adjunct lager in it. This is a huge smack in the face for someone who's never had a gose in his life.

Taste is right along with the aroma, salty, slightly sour, receding to more salt. Not overly salty though, balance is key here. Medium bodied and slightly below average carbonation.

This is a perfect summer beer at 4% actually falls into the session category. I can see myself drinking this all summer long.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 02:56:37 | More by CassinoNorth
Photo of hoppytobehere


4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. No date as far as I can tell.

A: Beautiful cloudy bright golden color. Tons of haze. Nice lacing and retention. I think I'm drooling.

S: Sour, funky lemon. Maybe a little wheat, or maybe it's just my imagination.

T: Way more intense than what I was expecting. Super sour. A tinge of salt on the end. Very nice.

M: Moderate amounts of carbonation. Salt makes it a little interesting.

O: If I could get this all of the time, I think it'd be a regular purchase. Especially during the warmer months. Great beer.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 00:42:28 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of gueuzedreg


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New to the style, so nothing to compare with

A- Murky light honey, lemonade look. Pours big head with good retention down to medium lacing white fluffy in color. No legs

S- Very tart, lemon, salty. Puckering sour.

T- Nice salty lemon taste that is not overbearing at all. I like the style so far. Balanced in all directions.

M- thin, but probably like the style. Medium carb follows

O- This was my first gose, so I was excited to try it! I like it!

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 00:22:55 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of alaimoa


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never had this style before but wanted to give it a whirl. It's insanely unique and awesome. Pours like pineapple juice and smells like coriander crusted sour patch kids which is not overly pleasant.
Taste is out of this world for a 4% sipper. Tart pineapple, lime salts like the ring of a margarita glass. Feel is less than average carb and a step above juice, finish is crisp and dry

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 21:59:16 | More by alaimoa
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 02/28/14.

A: Pours an opaque light yellowish gold with a dense two finger white head on top. Leaves some nice lacing behind as the head slowly dissipates. Too cloudy to see any carbonation.

S: Interesting aroma going on here, can tell this is going to be a sour and funky. The sour wheat dominates most of the aroma and blends with the yeast. Farmhouse attributes are heavy in this too.

T: Quite a unique and very tasty beer. Initially there is a tart flavor that is soon overtaken with a rich wheat malt backbone. The salitiness is light just giving it a bit more of a thirst quenching quality. Wheat qualities are very good.

M: Light to medium body with a crisp finish. Average carbonation. A bit puckering at first with the sour notes in this one.

Overall this is a beer you need to try to understand the flavor profile. I've had a good range of sours but this is still unique. Pick it up if your looking for an adventure.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 18:44:02 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Ri0


4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz can into snifter. Dated 9/9/13.

A - Extremely cloudy with a pale yellow coloring and thin 1 finger white head. Retention is minimal and no lacing.

S - Lemons, fresh lemons, fresh lemonade, with some ocean saltiness. Yes, there is a slight bit of funk, but nothing over the top.

T - Your palate is punched with sour lemons and then kicked with sea salt. It is sour, salty, then sour again.

M - Mouthfeel is clean, refreshing and packs a sour punch. Very easy drinking.

O - This is fantastic. With all the breweries in WI moving into sours, I'm going to need to convince one to brew a Gose. Can says to drink within 90 days and this is just over 180 and tastes terrific. This is super enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 18:32:03 | More by Ri0
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4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice very, very hazy golden lemon hue that just looks salty. Solid appearance.

S - Bright aromas of light sour almost funk. Tart lemons, very tart, light coriander, faint salt, really really citrus packed.

T - Taste is loads of wheat up front and then nice tart lemons and grapefruit. Faint coriander. The salt is surprisingly prominent, especially on the finish. This is quite traditional with loads upon loads of tart lemons.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and refreshing. Very easy drinking.

O - Overall, Its hard to say if I liked Westbrook's Gose or Gozu more. I think Gozu had a ton more citrus, but, this Gose is more traditional and salty. Either way, both are really nice.

Serving type: can

03-11-2014 20:53:55 | More by rudzud
Photo of Maximus_Prime


4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- 12oz can poured into snifter. Golden amber in color and produced about 1/2 inch head.

S- citrus and slight spice come off the nose initially and once it warmed up sour funk reminiscent of a flemish sour.

T- tart and salty meet together and had a grapefruit baby. Very refreshing with a touch of coriander spice.

M- medium bodied with a yeasty wheaty finish. Could use a touch more of carbonation imo but went down very easy.

O- one of the best gose's ive had. It portrayed the traditional style but added a good amoint of tart citrus to the finish. The fact it comes in a can gives it an added bonus keeping that sunlight out and having a low abv at 4% is perfect for an all day sipper on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 14:00:26 | More by Maximus_Prime
Photo of srandycarter


3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy pineapple juice, small head leaves fast to ring, no lace. Lots of chunky stuff at the bottom third of glass.

S - Funky and tart. Nice aroma.

T - Nice mix. A little saltier than I would normally like, but the sour and the funk are nice. Some champagne quality to it too. Nice interpretation.

M - Good carb, sharp tartness, light bodied.

D - I like one, but I don't think it is something I would session, despite the low ABV.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 05:24:36 | More by srandycarter
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great can of gose here, i wish this was available out here all summer long. one of the better american incarnations ive seen, a little higher in salt than most, it really works. some cloudiness to the light copper colored beer, and a solid inch of long lasting white foam on top. it smells great, lots of sourness, and lots of coriander giving it an herbal element that jives nicely with the mineral content of the salt. the salt also gives it a lot of body for a low alcohol wheat based brew, its frothy and sudsy and robust in feel. the taste is balanced really, with a flavorful wheat malt and a nice coriander presence, but i dont get such an herbal hit as i do from the smell. the salt rounds out the finish, i mean, its not salty at all, but its earthy and clean, quick finishing and refreshing. it somehow feels nutritious, good for me, i dont know, one can was not nearly enough. i may have enjoyed the citrus hit of the the gozu more, but this is downright awesome with just enough lactic tartness to make it unique. lovely.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 17:58:41 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Jadjunk


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced 'goes-uh'), a traditional German-style wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback." Brewed in the style of a Gose. At one time a limited release, Westbrook's Gose has made a return to 6 packs in cans on a rotating schedule.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a gold-tinged white head of a crisp fizz, slightly frothy consistency over a mild amber, moderately hazy body. Carbonation is light and varied. Retention is low and lacing does not stick. 3

(Smell) Pale malts with a light drizzle of honey esters amongst a fluffy wheat body. A fairly mellow sourness in the aroma creates some balance where balance may not have been expected. Slightly bitter and salty, slightly vinegar-like, the sourness both confounds the aroma and compliments it. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The aroma significantly understates the presence of salty and sour in this beer. Up front, very tart and sour overtones amidst a pale wheat malt base, finishing with a noticeable contrast to a touch of mildly sweet syrup and bready body on the finish, almost graham-cracker like. Balance is largely in favor of sour over sweet over bitter. Despite the aforementioned differences between this beer and most other light beer styles, it is incredibly tasty and very highly sessionable. I haven't had a Gose quite hit the mark like this one does. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, tart. Carbonation adds some fluffiness and compliments the bite of the flavor. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low to none. There is great balance to behold in this beer. The combination of salt and coriander makes for a perky contrast with the malt, but doesn't dry out the flavor nor hinder drinkability. The texture overall is lively but not upsettingly so. 4.5

(Overall) Gose beer makes a great summer alternative beer to more common styles, but I can find good reason to seek this beer out regardless of the season. In my opinion, it's a fantastic representative of the style, as there is no shortage of sourness and tartness in the flavor and texture, and the malt flavor provides enough substance to round it out and keep things interesting, yet drinkable. I hope that this beer finds status as a year-round amongst Westbrook's lineup, as it rivals even well-known German recipes of this style. 4.25

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 02:41:20 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of ArdyExfor


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very murky yellow golden. Little to no head. Minimal lacing

S: Tart funky lac to sourness. Slight sour citrus notes. Salty.

T: Very tart. A little more tart than I like for the style but still bearable. Salt definitely comes through with a hint of malt and sour citrus.

M: Medium mouth feel. Medium-high carbonation.

O: Enjoying this in Jan. I could see myself enjoying it more on a hot summer day. Nonetheless very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 02:55:14 | More by ArdyExfor
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding example of my favorite hot weather style- the fact that it's in cans for summer fun is a plus. Like a good Gose, this beer is sharply tart, and just salty enough to really taste it and whet the palate for more. While it is spiced with coriander, I could use a bit more of that for balance and to round out the finish. This can be a polarizing style- it's certainly not for everyone, but if you want a well put together Gose on the sharper side that's sour and refreshing, look no further.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 15:39:11 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Franziskaner


3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich light golden hued with exceptional cloudiness. Head was minimal and entirely dissipates. Aroma is slightly sour and a touch salty with just a trace of citrus. Mouthfeel is salty,very bitter and heavily carbonated. The flavor is slightly sour with a citrus like component and very salty. The coriander is used gently and because of it it blends well with the citrus and saltiness.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 05:25:02 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of APBT91

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

this is the first I've had of this style and I did not like it. I'm writing this so my rating does not discourage anyone from trying this since it has a lot of good reviews and I know many people that like this beer. I think this is just not the style for me right now.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 14:43:10 | More by APBT91
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a wispy head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Toasted wheat bread, lactic sour tones, coriander and salt

Taste: Lactic sourness from the outset, with lime and salt elements building into the middle; the coriander comes through, after the swallow, but the overall effect is puckery, sour, salty and slightly funky

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and though it is a bit more lactic than other examples of the style I have tasted, that is to its benefit

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 21:41:52 | More by brentk56
Photo of bark


3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale yellow, the liquid is clear. The finger thick white head quickly sinks down leaving no lacing.

The smell is salty with some spices and floral notes. It is a bit sour and somewhat perfumed. Hints of ripe apricots and elderflowers.

The taste is fresh ans salty with herbal and floral notes. Some wheat sourness, more like a hefeweizen than a lambic. Butterscotch and sour fruit candy. The long aftertaste is fruity with some salt and tart hints of metal. The finish is salty with some dried fruits.

The carbonation is medium strong, the large bubbles very short-lived. The liquid is light and tart.

A pleasant and unusual beer, really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 17:37:11 | More by bark
Photo of PHBoiler


4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label pretty much takes care of it. Sour, salty, delicious. Don't know what you need me for. It's a great cloudy lemony color. I could drink this all day. You get a little lemony citrus on the nose, but dive right in and drink this up. It's delicious. The tartness is restrained and maybe properly as the salt just amps the flavors up a bit. Great beer.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 16:40:10 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of biggred1


3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Matt for this-

Milky, cloudy blonde with no head to speak of. Lemon juice, clove and coriander aroma. Refreshing and acidic with salted lemon and wheat beer flavors. Tart and salty. Puckering and light bodied. A nice little brew that would be nice on a hot day.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 02:16:26 | More by biggred1
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3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Adam. Thanks man! Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a one finger white head that recedes quickly. Aroma is heavy sour and salt as the can says, lemon peel, interesting. Flavor is like a tart lemonade with some salt added. A bit of wheat and dirty finish lingering. Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Crisp finish. I like that Westbrook decided to make something different. Not bad, and definitely a change up from the norm. Tangy for sure.

Serving type: can

11-26-2013 00:19:51 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of stakem


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thabks to JISurfer for the hookup! 12oz can poured into a matching westbrook snifter. The brew appears a clouded light golden color almost like a blended pineapple/orange juice. A white cap fades down to a thin penline of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is pleasant with a spice of lemony coriander that blends in to the lemony lactic almost yogurt notes that are also present. It almost has that lemon pledge to candy quality found sometimes in witbiers that gives way to a sweet cereal grain wheaty aspect.

The flavor is tart and lemony with yogurt and some grain inclusion like wheat giving a sort of cereal impression that turns to something almost spoiled and corn-like but without getting off-putting. Mid-palate the brew is like sharp greek yogurt that gets abruptly contrasted by a saline solution.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty much sensory overload but balanced freaking beautifully. Tart, yet sweet and fresh with grain but also salty and savory. This is no question the best gose I have had. It has a very mild spoiled grain to funk touch but all the pleasant qualities trump that minor gripe. Wow, need more of this. Thanks Josh!

Serving type: can

11-19-2013 14:31:41 | More by stakem
Photo of vonnegut21

New York

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold, cloudy and murky. Minimal head.

S: Lactic sourness, seawater, citrus.

T: Nice mild tartness. Citrusy and a bit sweet. Briny salinity follows, slightly enhancing the flavors.

M: Crisp and puckering. Leaves you wanting another sip.

O: A really nice interpretation of the style. Super drinkable and very much along the lines of a Berliner, really leaves you wanting more. Can't wait to try this one come summer.

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 02:21:42 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Acidic aroma combines with a musty saltiness similar to seafoam blowing through the wind. There's also a slight fruity sweetness and some wheat. Hint of vinegar.

T- Moderately sour and smooth with the salt adding some variety of flavor. The wheat tries to push its way through but the yeast and salt are ultimately the winners.

M- The most interesting part of the beer. First, the lactic acid causes a pucker as it usually does and then the salt continues this same reaction while finishing things off which causes the tongue to recoil, salivate and crave more. Medium-low carbonation and a light body. Eventually, the saltiness causes the afterfeel to be incredibly dry.

O- I've only had a couple of goses in the past but this is the only one that's been truly memorable. At first, I didn't think I could drink something like this all the time but now I'm thinking I might've been wrong.

Serving type: can

11-17-2013 02:16:51 | More by Immortale25
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doh, last one as I was diggin' these!
Thanx Damian74Shensky!

Stamped on the bottom of the can, 9/19/13:

Previously, the first one I had out of the can, the second one was poured into a stange and now, this one is into a weizen:

A: hazy golden yellow colored body with a one a half finger white foamy head that dies within about a minute, some light ringy lacing clings just a little bit

S: lemon, light wheat, and coriander combined and coming through in a sour and somewhat tart sort of way

T: mainly sour and tart lemon, backed up nicely by the wheat and coriander, however, the salt adds some nice flavoring that complements nicely (I like it), sour lemon aftertaste, no finish

M: light in body, fairly sessionable, carbonation seems to be fairly harsh, but nothing that seems to be bad (I think this is supposed to be this way, but have had only two Goses before this)

O: I would say this is good for the style but I haven't had too many of these and I realize I need to try ones from Germany just to gauge this. For me, I would definitely have this again, as there's a refreshing element well worth having on a hot summer's day while fishin' on a pier in South Carolina (that's if I was remotely close)

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 21:41:28 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of falloutsnow


3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Trade with jshusc, thanks!
Date: Canned 2013-09-19
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Westbrook's gose is definitely more tart and less velvety in mouthfeel than its brethren in Leipzig, a bit "bigger" in spice and citrus flavors as well. This holds nothing against it, though, as all the components are well within the range of acceptable values for my palate: nothing is harsh, cloying, or overly anything. Very tasty, and while not Cantillon or anything in terms of sour complexity, this would be a beer I'd happily enjoy throughout the year if it were locally available.

Pours a 1cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is about average at one minute, the foam fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is present, modest, a steady batch of dots cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a medium golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (50-60% opacity) body, moderate in number, but fairly high in vigor.

Aroma of soured wheat mash with salt, coriander, and lemon and lime juice. Fruity, yet tempered by the acidity: enjoyable overall. Reminds me a bit of Local Option's Schmetterling Gose without the harsh stomach-acid-meets-margarita that that one offered.

Front of palate picks up tart lemon and lime with soured grains, and coriander. Mid-palate of soured wheat mash with lemon and lime tartness, salt, and coriander (in that order of intensity). Back of palate finds mild graininess, milder acidic tartness (lactobacillus and lemon citric-like), some salt, and simple lemon juice flavor. Aftertaste of salty graininess, slightly dry and pretzel-like, with hints of lemon in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy (1/5), foamy (2/5), and then smooth (2/5) mouthfeel. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness coating the palate and lips.

Serving type: can

11-12-2013 08:08:09 | More by falloutsnow
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