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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,008
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 327
Gots: 316 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mrandypandy on 05-06-2012

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
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I acquired this in a trade. Expectations could not be higher given this beer's reputation as more or less the best beer in the style. Canned 06/27/14. 12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label art and design and standard pull-tab served cold into a Jester King goblet. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

4% ABV. Reviewed live as a gose per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White in colour. Fizzy and active. Thin and light. Retention is bad - maybe a minute at best. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. A fuller longer-lasting head would be ideal. There's definite room for improvement here.

BODY: Murky cloudy orange-peach with yellow hues. Average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible, but its murkiness suggests it's unfiltered.

Has a raw overall appearance, evoking honey. It's healthy looking, but isn't great or a stand-out in the style. It looks as most gosebiere do. Not unique or special.

AROMA: A great combination of lime, sea salt, coriander seed, and fresh wheat. Hints of clove honey and floral hop notes, with a dab of nectar. Light lactic sourness. Subtle lemon tartness and twang. Sourdough bread. Sour mashing is evident here, but it's not as "wild" or bacterial as I hoped for. Sourness seems to be maybe a 3-4 out of 10 in terms of intensity. The wheat is lovely, though, and the yeast attenuation seems perfect; this evokes the perfect level of sweetness for the style.

It could be fresher, more tart, and more sour, but all of the core gose components are there. It's an inviting aroma of above average strength, but I wouldn't call it mouthwatering. It just seems like a well-brewed gose.

TASTE: A well-balanced gose build comprised of well-attuned lime, fantastic sea salt notes and accompanying brine, a faint lemon twang, mild (think 3/10 in terms of intensity) lactic sourness, sourdough yeast, and ever-so-subtle coriander seed. Perhaps cilantro as well. The hopping is mild - just a bit of floral and nectary character. There's a kiss of clove honey.

I'd like it more tart and more sour, but the sea salt is perfect - and that's the key to a good gose. The complementary lime note pairs with the sea salt wonderfully, and is a much more apt choice than lemon. The overall balance is stellar, but I do think there's room for improvement to the build. That said, I really like this beer. I'm just not blown away the way I expected to be given its reputation.

TEXTURE: Tart and smacky on the palate, with a luscious refreshing feel and a teasing push-pull of coarse dry roughness and quenching smoothness - depending on which bit of the structure you focus on. Ultimately, the finish leaves the palate dry, which naturally encourages the drinker's next sip. In this manner, I find my glass quickly disappearing.

OVERALL: It's incredibly drinkable, though the dryness does start to detract after a bit. Is this one of the best beers I've had in the style? Sure. Is it a world-class beer?

...I can imagine a more complex gose, with even more intricacy and subtlety. Perhaps such a gose just hasn't been brewed yet, but in any case I can't claim this a world-class offering. I'll really enjoy finishing this glass, and would happily snatch it up by the 6-pack, but there're noticeable flaws and opportunities for improvement.

This certainly makes me curious to review Westbrook's other offerings. Seems like quite a quality brewery.

Low B

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (canned on 6/16/14, 725/726)

It seems that I missed the best by date (9/14/14) by 64 days.

A: Muddy, brackish dirty blonde brine. Nice bit of finger-head on the pour.
S: Salty seawater, with some tart funk on side.
T: Salty, like moist sea salt. Good and solid gose. An excellent base to build off of, as shown by Gozu and Gose Gone Wild.
M: Tiny bit of rough carbonation.
O: It kind of sucks that my introduction to Westbrook's Gose came in the form of its variants first. I had the Gozu first, which was much complex with the full flavor of the Yuzu in it. Then, I had the Gose Gone Wild, which was brought by its maker to a bottleshare. The GGW is much more tart and more akin to a classic sour. This is great, but really kind of pales in comparison to its brethren.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm... how does one rate a Gose if they have no basis for comparison? Well, I'm certainly going to try! Sours have never been my thing, but I've heard so much about this one in particular that I felt it would be a crime not to give it a try. With Westbrook in my backyard, and their stable of stellar beers, it had to live up to the hype, right? Sort of. Right from the start, the appearance is quite unappealing. Ugly even. Pours from the can in to a fluted pilsner glass with a cloudy, golden-yellow hue and a little transparency. Zero head. I wouldn't even know this is carbonated based upon the appearance. I hate to say this, but is looks like concentrated urine. The aroma is on par. Intense sour scents and perhaps a little lemon citrus are buried under a dirty urinal cake fragrance. Pretty gross really. Surprisingly, the taste completely transcends the other attributes. Fruity lemon-zinging tartness clears a path for a lingering grain flavor that imparts a little sweetness. The aftertaste reminds me a little of smarties candy, but with an obvious sour note. If you've ever enjoyed sour patch kids, this may be your beer. The body is thin & light, with a nice watery texture. Absolutely minimal carbonation. Just enough to give it a hint of effervescence. Surprisingly quenching, which invites the next curious gulp. One of the intriguing elements of this experience is that the sourness washes away pretty quickly, leaving behind a little residual saltiness. Then the salinity makes you feel compelled to take another drink. While this is certainly not for everybody, I have to imagine that the target audience agrees that Westbrook executed this one very well. If anything, this one got me curious to see what other Gose offerings are like. Isn't that the point of craft beer? To expand your horizons? Mission accomplished Westbrook.

Photo of LiMbTwIsTeR
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

New to the style? Take two sips. One to shock your pallet, and the next to decide if you like it. Most will either love or hate this beer. I don't expect many people to find it just "ok".

Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

07/23/14 on the bottom of the can (maybe I shouldn't have let this one sit around so long)

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange. Small and very fizzy light tan head. Head fizzes out like soda in just a matter of two seconds. Zero lacing or any sort of head retention.

S: Wheaty with some coriander I think? Very witbier-esque except there is a notable tartness to it. Lemon peel I'd say.

T: Huh. Pretty much as described. Wheaty initially with that coriander (again, like a witbier) but immediately turns sour in the middle with a nice tart lemon peel. Not super salty but I get a bit of it in the finish. Flavors are big, bold and in your face. Some of the strongest flavors I've ever had in a 4% brew.

M: Light body but smooth. Quite sour, giving it a refreshing kick.

O: Interesting brew. Lots of sour citrus backed by the smoothness of the wheat. Drinkability is fairly good, though it's a little TOO sour to be truly sessionable, IMO. It is quite crisp and refreshing though, one of the best in that regards. Very nice example of the style, perhaps the best I've had (not that there's too many of them out there).

Photo of MalibuKenny
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

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into my La Fin Du monde snifter
A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Slight head quickly disipates. No lacing.

S: Lemony wheaty smell.

T: An interesting combination of sour and saltiness. The two flavors play off of each other in an interesting manner. With each sip I am not sure if I like it yet I want more.
M: A lingering tartness and a little salty taste on the tongue leave you wanting another sip
O: I never had anything like thi before. While I wouldn't drink this every day, I am thouroughly enjoying it. Everyone should try this beer at least once.

Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy hazy yellow.

Lemon citrus. Acidic. Vinegar. Coriander and salt. Yeasty. Tart.

Light bodied easy to drink. So much flavor.

Photo of rawfish
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw body with very little initial head that fades to nothingness. Can't say it is a very attractive beer but on par for most sours.

Sour mash that has a distinct apple and lemon fruitiness to it. Noticeable amounts of coriander and complex spice over the barely detectable grains. Some must and dough in there. I enjoy that the aroma is not overly grainy.

Wow what a trip, straw and sourdough grains are very tightly integrated with a lemon and dampered lime and apple fruit and lactic tartness. A dusting of mustiness and softening meringue. The sea salt balance is absolutely perfect adding an element of complexity that also reduces tartness.

Not grainy at all is my take from this, medium body and very well balanced. Carbonation is active but not overbearing. I would prefer that this be a bit more dry since the tartness is smoothed over. Very drinkable.

Gone too soon, a refreshing and balanced gose that doesn't come off as grainy or watery. Probably the best version of this style currently available in the states.

Photo of oldbizmark
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my favorite canned gose. delicious and refreshing. an everyday beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can , canned 11/07/14

Clouded, light and dull lemon/orange, off white quality loose head, high collar and thicker film. Leaves nice scattered way up high lacing'

Mild sniff of orange.

Fresh and flavorful, with loads of bright orange and biting sour lemon notes.

Well worth a try

Photo of frenchblood21
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into small tasting glass. Date of review is 7/05/14, GO AMERICA!

Appearance- Thin dark white head that disappears immediately. Murky pale orange color with high carbonation. I do not know what the style is supposed to look like, but this is pleasant.

Smell- Salty and lemony are the two major scents. I get orange peel as well. This may be a bit weird, but it smells fruity, almost like a fruit roll-up or gushers.

Taste- So much happening in this 4% ABV beer! Just like in the nose I get lemon and salt right away. There is a bready earthiness to this beer as well. Fruitiness is also present with a lingering ocean taste.

Mouthfeel- Sweet, sour, bitter and salty all at once. This is like a Picasso painting in a glass. I have no idea how this is done, but I am very happy that someone knows.

Overall- Just fantastic in every way. This is easily the best tasting low alcohol beer I have ever tried. I could drink about 24 of these in a day and be a happy man.

Photo of JC333
3.1/5  rDev -25.5%

Appearance is cloudy yellow, very little head - dropped down quickly.

I am NOT a fan of the aroma. I am looking and hoping for coriander but all I am getting is a sour funk up my nostrils.

Taste is better than I expected from initial whiff. Lots of sour lemon with a salty finish. I am also sensing the coriander on the back end.

Only my second ever gose so I rate as a newbie. Better as it warms up and my palette gets used to the tartness that is ever so present.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first gose...

Poured into stange; cloudy to the point of opacity, like unfiltered grapefruit juice.
Smells like a sour; tart citrus, dry.
Tastes very tart and refreshing, very sour.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp.
Overall, I love this beer style. Sour, dry, crisp and refreshing, I could drink these all night. I don't know enough about the style to tell whether this particular one is good or bad, but all I know is overall they're delicious.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can dated 24 July 2013 served in a pint glass.
Doesn't look very good, being a murky yellow brown that had no head after a few minutes.

Also does not smell appealing, but the flavor is actually rather good. The nose is definitely tart but still did not prepare me for the extremely tart flavor; about half as tart as lemon, perhaps. Quite salty, even for style. Unfortunate touch of vinegar.

O: very tart and interesting beer with one of the more extreme divergences I've encountered between smell and taste.

Photo of 01001111
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow with a head that rapidly disappears.

S: Peaches, salt, a faint lemon zest and, for lack of a better term, mildew.

T: Plums, lemons, with a sweet, salted-cracker finish.

M: Crisp and mildly tart but with a medium body.

O: Best Gose I've had so far. If I were the kind of person to have a session, this would be a prime sessionable choice.

Photo of jeonseh
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Can

A - Dark, straw color beer with a thick look about it as not much gets through it. Rocky white head sits on top

S - Salty, tart lemon, wheat, sour green apple and lactic acid. Reminds me of a berliner with a good salty presence that keeps reminding you its a gose. As it warms up the nose becomes stronger and more sour

T - Really tart up front with lemon and white vinegar. There is a strong lactic acid as well. As it continues you, there is a good bite from the salt as well. The wheat makes itself known near the finish as the tartness settles down. The finish is salty and sweet and reminds me slightly of a salted caramel.

M - Low carbonation and definitely a thick beer. The finish leaves a slightly salty presence that lingers on the tongue as if you just drank salt water.

O - This is an amazing beer that really surprises you with how big it is and how much flavor it has despite being only 4%. In the year where sour wheat beers like Gose and Berliners are making a comeback, this one really stands out.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz can poured into a weizen glass.

A: Very cloudy orange with a thing white fluffy head.

S: Banana, coriander, lemon, salt / brine.

T: Salty / briny, sour fruit, wheat, coriander.

M: Medium and dry

O: Disclaimer (I love salt). Very interesting beer very much worth drinking. Nice sour fruit with course mineral salt and pretzel dough on the back end. I would drink this for days.

Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pale yellow color, this beer is very thick and almost dull in appearance. It looks like a lemon soda; it sounds like it too, as what little white head it starts with audibly fizzes away. Very little lingers on the edges, and some vigor does bring it back now and then.
The smell brings lots of juicy tanginess under the wheat, the dryness accentuating the acidic notes. Either lemon or lime bring in the sour, and a soft spiciness speaks to the coriander, which creeps in quietly and shows itself in the periphery.
Tons of flavor comes out on the tongue, the sourness hard but not overwhelming, combining well with the equally strong tartness. It's distinctly lime, here. The coriander, still soft, comes gently into the middle, and the salt is just a sneaky presence underneath to add to the effect this beer has in causing the mouth to water (not figuratively, though that too).
Acidic and dry, the wheat gives it some softness and a dryness to keep it from scraping the tongue too hard. It does meet the claim of being refreshing, as the body does lean light, but it's got that puckering sourness to it as well.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 2,008 ratings.