Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.04/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
Serving type: can
06-10-2014 15:08:13 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.18/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Tasted On: 07-23-2014
Freshness: Canned on 04-24-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Liquor Express, Huntsville AL
A: Honey-colored, semi-clear beer. The white head starts tall, but fades quickly leaving no lacing in the glass.
A: Smells have both salty and sour notes, with fruity citrus from lemon peel.
T: Taste is first up very mouth-puckering, like a good lemonade. The salt adds an interesting and complimentary effect.
M: Light in body with a high amount of carbonation. The finish has sour flavors but also a little sweetness.
O: This style always throws me for a curve with its sour and salt aspects, but proves itself to be an excellent summer thirst quencher.
Serving type: can
07-24-2014 04:54:19 | More by sommersb
Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,235 ratings.