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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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1,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 293
Gots: 273 | FT: 41
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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Reviews by BrownNut:
Photo of BrownNut
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first gose. Surprisingly sour at first, but as with some of the other sour styles lately, it quickly grew on me as I had more sips. So, points for pucker, tastefully done.

I was most worried about the salt - that just sounds like a bad idea. But it really didn't manifest that much. It was more like just a pinch of it for accent, and it only really showed up in the finish. Nice, I say.

I can't really remember what coriander tastes like but I didn't notice a particularly characteristic spice flavor note so maybe they had a light touch with it.

There was one part I had a hard time with and which makes me think I might not want to finish the sixpack. There was a flavor element in there alongside the good ones that was just... weird. And alien in a beer. It tasted like the smell of a particular something produced by the body that I will not discuss, and which is an association that was hard for me to avoid thinking about as I drank it. I don't want to talk about that anymore, but this beer would score substantially higher without it. Can't seem to get around it.

There was another unwelcome flavor note in the finish and aftertaste - namely cheapo college light lager. What's that doing in there?! I don't get how the initial taste and the midpalate could be so much about the clean tart citrusy sourness and then devolve to that stale, backwashy Milwaukee's Best Light flavor right at the end. The good news is that the cure for that aftertaste is to take another sip and get that nice sour freshness to wipe it away... until that one devolves too. Point is the can goes fast. I'll try this again and see if my experience changes.

BrownNut, Aug 09, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

BEERchitect, Oct 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Light, crisp, at 4% ABV I can pretty much drink a six pack in one sitting of a Netflix movie

MalibuKenny, Aug 22, 2014
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jose_alehouseSD, Sep 08, 2014
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Ben7773, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.76/5  rDev +14.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden orange with a big fizzy white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is tart lemon, salt and wheat malts.

The flavor is tart and sweet lemon with some salt in the background. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid gose with lots of tart sour lemon and some salt.

Beaver13, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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