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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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1,789 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,789
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 295
Gots: 278 | FT: 43
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.

5 IBU

(Beer added by: mrandypandy on 05-06-2012)
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade from BA ThickNStout. Excited to try it, as I've been curious about this one since I first started trying the Gose style. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with a bottling date of April 2014 stamped on the bottom. Poured into a 16 oz can-shaped glass from Free State Brewing--seemed fitting, since the beer comes in a can.

Appearance - Pour yields a finger of fizzy white foam that dissipates practically before I can even set the glass down, leaving a tiny ringlet of fizz around the edge of the glass and surface liquid that is otherwise unblemished with head. The body is a murky sunglow yellow with a warmish twinge to it that suggests an orangish tint where the murkiness creates a shadow in the liquid. There is no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Some salty brine and lemon juice are the predominant characteristics, with just a faint note from the wheaty base. I also get a slightly perfume-like element, presumably from the addition of coriander. There is a healthy acidity permeating the overall aroma.

Taste - Very sour, with citrus zest, lemon juice and lactic acidity all coming to the forefront. Salt gives a slight impression of margarita mix, but only hints at it--nothing overt. Baking wheat bread is hidden in the background, and again, the coriander provides a hint of sweet earthy spice to add some depth to this otherwise predominantly sour beer.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with low carbonation and a high puckering factor on the mouth that lends to a dry finish.

Overall, I can see why people like this beer, especially by virtue of the fact that it's a summer-friendly beer that comes in cans. If I could go to the store and grab a sixer of this on the way to the beach or ballgame, it would be a no brainer. That said, there are a couple of beers in the style that I like a little better, just because the overall beer is a little more subtly done; of course those don't come in cans, and are a bit pricey, since they have to traverse the Atlantic to hit store shelves. If you have access to this beer and like brews with sour components, don't hesitate to grab this one.

LambicPentameter, Jun 10, 2014
More User Reviews:
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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
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ginger Man, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light amounts of sour flavors along with hints of salt.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a bit of tartness and has a nearly moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink for the style. It has just enough sourness with little if any saltiness.

metter98, Jun 14, 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DanGeo, Jul 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tectactoe, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

MadScientist, Mar 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

CavemanRamblin, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SanFranJake, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Krafty34, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

SkiBum22, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

RebeccaMB, May 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ben7773, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

lateralundertow, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TheAdamConners, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

joel66, Jul 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DaftPatrick, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jamato3000, Oct 26, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +14.4%

Afroman, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Todd, Jul 17, 2014
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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%

Jared14, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

barhoc11, Oct 17, 2014
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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,789 ratings.