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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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1,286 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 283
Gots: 199 | FT: 37
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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LambicPentameter

Kansas

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
More User Reviews:
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Idrankitall

California

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 5-7-14 drank on 7-30-14 in tulip glass

A: Hazy straw color with effervescent quick dissipating white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Probably where this beer shines the most is in the smell. Straw, wheat, lemon, coriander, and sour malt all shine. The aroma is balanced and inviting.

T: Dry and crisp with the lemon and salt shinning. There is a sweetness to the tart on the back, overall well balanced but lacking in depth.

M: Dry and well carbonated, not much thickness. As is expected in a Gose.

O: A great beer, not the best Gose ever but definitely worth buying. If given the opportunity I would have again.

Serving type: can

08-02-2014 05:06:58 | More by Idrankitall
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spham

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

08-02-2014 02:49:49 | More by spham
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Viperman1316

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-02-2014 02:08:58 | More by Viperman1316
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Can_has_beer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-01-2014 23:55:57 | More by Can_has_beer
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Rage-83


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-01-2014 21:35:45 | More by Rage-83
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linnymtu

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really shouldn't rate a beer in a category I probably don't like. This was my first Gose beer and I don't care for sour/wild ales either. I went easy on it (could've rated it a 1.00 to my tastes).

The sour and saltiness dominates big time. So if this is something your tastes buds crave, then this one is for you.

Serving type: can

08-01-2014 19:22:45 | More by linnymtu
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psdriscoll

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-01-2014 15:35:14 | More by psdriscoll
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EConnOG

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-01-2014 15:04:31 | More by EConnOG
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sachie23

New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-01-2014 13:40:31 | More by sachie23
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c-rum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

08-01-2014 01:00:43 | More by c-rum
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bushdere

Florida

5/5  rDev +19.6%

08-01-2014 00:31:25 | More by bushdere
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Stork_Brewz13

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-01-2014 00:19:24 | More by Stork_Brewz13
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been truly excited to get ahold of this beer, especially after making my way through a case of Anderson Valley’s recent canned Gose. I poured this into a chalice hazed light yellow peach color going on with a highly carbonated white head which dissipates almost as quickly as it forms.

Aroma is super tart, breathe of sea salt, spices are mild but evident coriander additions, the can art is great and Sour-Salty-Delicious is a great three word summary of this beer. Vibrant bright summer beer that I could approach anytime.

Flavor I’m glad there is a revival for this style, a few years ago local brewer Scott Smith at East End Brewing put out “Here it Gose Again”…I recall being blown away by the salty sweet tart wheat base with the spiced coriander notes. I’m glad to see more brewers doing it now this version is simply put, excellent. Strong tart refreshing qualities, almost biting in to a lemon tart…flash of salt comes across with the spicy coriander notes it’s a simple yet refreshing new combination of flavors that will bring most wheat beer haters toward the light. Especially if you already graduated into sour ales, this is sour light compared to some of the wild ales, but it’s unique and fun to drink.

Mouthfeel bone dry finish tart lingering notes with coriander lightly sprinkled in for some bitterness, there might be 5 IBUs total. The salty brine flavor really adds to the dryness of the mouthfeel, the mineral notes clean the palate up a good bit. Carbonation is light enough to let the tartness/salt combo due it’s thing on the palate.

Overall, I hope to see wider distribution of Westbrook even though I understand they are producing enough beer to satisfy their home state and limited distribution in their area. I’m excited to get to travel back to the Carolinas, to gain more access to their beers. Plus some of their contracted dark beers that I get on a limited basis in Ohio from Evil Twin.

Serving type: can

07-31-2014 19:53:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-31-2014 19:47:44 | More by ahbithwabm
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Mipper

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-31-2014 00:05:38 | More by Mipper
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.3%

07-30-2014 23:05:14 | More by CosmoHopHead
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wafers

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-30-2014 22:37:13 | More by wafers
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jsurfs82

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-30-2014 21:49:52 | More by jsurfs82
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Jdotswizz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-30-2014 17:34:20 | More by Jdotswizz
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Danielr26

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-30-2014 01:44:30 | More by Danielr26
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sundot

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-30-2014 00:30:13 | More by sundot
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No date stamped on bottom of can at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spice and salt
Head small (3 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to irregular ring and layer
Lacing poor – a few medium islands with varying sized bubbles
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor tart and salty with an odd spicyness and a little citrus. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation.

I was surprised to see coriander as an ingredient. I’m most familiar with this in various Belgium-styled ales but the flavor and aroma here are very different. This is a very refreshing and tasty brew.

Serving type: can

07-29-2014 20:57:57 | More by Ozzylizard
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Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-29-2014 18:46:03 | More by AmericaGWShark
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rb106098

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

07-29-2014 15:17:54 | More by rb106098
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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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