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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 266
Hads: 2,302
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 388
Gots: 398 | FT: 61
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%

Received as an extra in a trade.

A- Murky golden with a light, white head of about 1 finger that quickly dissipates. True to style here. 4

S- Funk and acidity. Raw and untamed. Hints of lemon and coriander. Some herbal notes mixed in here. Moderate intensity. 4

T/M- Here we go. Salty, sour goodness. Starts sweet, goes sour, finishes crisp and clean, then a healthy does of salt in the aftertaste. Where this thing really impresses me is the feel. More full and creamy than you would expect at 4%. I can really dig it. 4.25

O- Right there with Gose Gone Wild as my favorite in the style. Maybe a slight edge to GGW, but still a really impressive gose here.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, pale straw. Very cloudy. Well-carbonated, though flattens noticeably as it sits in glass. Developed a head that quickly disappeared, leaving a thin rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Spotty, foamy lacing down the side of the glass. Smells of some sour fruit. Is that tamarind? Tamarind possibly. Tastes like fermented, extra pulpy lemonade. Sour. Tart, like a granny smith. Tanniny, puckery finish. Lingering sourness. Mouthfeel is light, almost no coating. The can says “salty” which I get on the initial taste, but less and less so as the glass goes on. Also little to no coriander. Did I mention sour though?

Seems like it would be nice on a hot day.

This is my first gose, so I’m unsure how to score it. But it is interesting as all get out, far more than most wheat beers. After this I would like to try more!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is as fantastic as you have heard. Pours cloudy and very pale yellow with a scant head of perfectly white foam that falls fast and leaves fleeting lace. Nose is tart with citrus and something sour. A bit of wheat and sweetness and a some earthy coriander. The nose is like a kind of perfume. It's hard to describe. The taste is outrageously good. All the tartness of lemon, the brightness of the lemon peel, the earthiness of the coriander. The crisp and dry wheat malt. Rather than an outright taste of salt, there is a saline aspect in the composition of the palate. it is at once complex yet simple. It's refreshing and has an underlying sweetness that is subtle. It's dry and while it's not salty the saltiness contributes to the overall mouthfeel and texture of the beer. It's thirst quenching, it's aromatic , it is an instant favorite.

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Photo of wolfpac255
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Never had tried this style before but was pleasantly surprised. First sip I can taste the salt but that washes away very quickly with strong lemon notes to a nice strong sour/tart finish.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: into a stange, dirty straw-colored and hazy body, capped with a slim cap of white head, leaving not a trace behind...

S: lots of citrus and wet grain, slightly herbal - sharp and salty, like ocean water and wheat

T: super tart and salty - as advertised, and as expected for the style - wheaty grain is subtle in the background, accents of floral and citric coriander spice

M: crisp, tart and salty; light body, brisk and tingly

O: great flavors and feel in what I understand to be a good representation of the style, certainly a great introduction to the Gose, as this is a very refreshing and highly drinkable beer

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Photo of GPHarris
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the j.clyde in birmingham, al...

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left good lacing throughout. the body was a hazy straw gold.
s - floral hops with some lemon citrus aromas with a hint of spice and funk.
t - fruity hops, some wheat with a lot of tanginess to go with the salt water.
m - bubbly, lively carbonation.
o - i haven't much experience with goses (this is my 2nd) but this one is delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best gose I've had yet. Beautiful unfiltered straw yellow. The smell is tart and acidic. The taste is a slight sweetness upfront before your hit by an almost puckering tartness which lasts until a salty aftertaste hits on the finish. Great example of the style.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 3/2015:
Pours hazy white-yellow with bubbly white head that grows pretty high before settling down to a half finger, lasting.
Nose is lemon sour with a decent pop of salinity. Maybe some peach or sour apple behind the powerful main scents.

Taste is lemony sour, hint of vinegar, some sour apple and near the end of the bite, a little plain yogurt tang. About the time the sour is fading out, the salty part of the beer grabs my tongue. Very crisp and clean base, I almost think I could get a little more feel from the wheat.

Definitely a classic, about more on the sour side of the style, based on the other offerings I've had. Will grab more each time I have a chance.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So Lurkaholic just gives me this, my #1 want the other day. Well let me tell you, his generosity is only exceeded by his handsomeness. Thanks buddy!! I will have to remember to ask you for more of your awesome beer in the future.

Appearance. Pours a very hazy honey-gold with a thin white head that fades quickly.

Smell. Lemon and other sour citrus juices, some sweet grainy wheat and a little bit briny.

Taste. Nice lime juice sourness, light grainy wheat with just a touch of sweetness, maybe a little musty funk there as well. Nice.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very nice, crisp and pleasant, completely crushable. Thanks again Tom!!!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lemon and orange, some slight tartness and mild salt notes.

T-Starts with a mild citrus not, a little tart and then the finish has some salt. Earthy notes are there as well. As it warms it becomes more sour.

M-Medium to light in body, crisp dry finish with the lingering salt.

O-A solid gose, worth the try. This style definitely needs to make a comeback. Better as it warms the sour and the salt start tasting a lot better.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a Czechvar flute. Canned on 7/24/13, so a couple months old. Acquired in a trade. Thanks beerbyrd!

A - Very cloudy light orange. Looks like a mimosa. Eggshell head dissipates very fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Orange, lemon, salt.

T - sour orange, lemon, a slight light biscuit flavor. Has a salty finish, that really amplifies the flavors.

M - Deceptive. Has a medium mouthfeel, but the light, brisk carbonation makes it feel lighter than that. Very refreshing.

O - Great beer. It looked like a mimosa and kinda tasted like one also. Had that margarita with the salt rim taste. Very well done.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, pale, yellow-maize coloring with a halo of white filmy head and a slow flow of carbonation throughout. Aromas of tangy sweet white grapes, salt, toasted grains, subtle buttery notes, and white wine characteristics. Flavors are crisp and tart forward, with a blast of sour right behind. White grapes, sea salt, and tannins on a subtle toast backbone. The body is light, but full at the same time. Tart and salty aftertaste, which dries you out slightly, begging you to drink more. Dry, clean, crisp finish. Unbelievable drinkability on this beer. Fantastic!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, dated 8/20/2013 on the bottom. Says drink within 90 days. Since I'm drinking this today, 10/10/2013, that makes it almost exactly 90 days. Oops. Poured into an unlabeled snifter.

Review #230.

Pours a very, very hazy golden-straw body. Comes with a very fluffy 2cm white head that dissipates into pretty much nothing.. leaving what looks like unfiltered orange juice. No lacing. Not a very pretty beer by any means.

Smells quite weird to be honest. It smells like grapefruit juice but with a little bit of earthy funk. Not quite full-blown horse blanket or gym socks like in Bruxelles sours, but there is definitely a funk presence there. And more than just a bit of apple cider vinegar acidity in the smell. I am really digging it but it is not a full blown intense etc nose... it's rather mild yet intriguing.

Now this is what I'm talkin' about. Pretty complex beer. Initial grapefruit sweetness transitions into a funky, acerbic acidity that is fairly sour, but not über mouthpuckeringly so. I would say this acidity is like sea water in that I'm thinking there is a little bit of salt but its somewhat subtle. I actually just took out a shaker of sea salt to compare and it tastes quite similar to this aspect of the palate. Finishes with a nice mixture of salt and funk.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth and extremely easy to drink. Not heavy on the palate, leaves just a trace of earthiness and salt. Very sessionable at 4% ABV.

I wish I had a case of this. While its kind of ugly looking, its very easy to drink, super flavourful and leaves me feeling quite satisfied even though this is a 4% session beer. This is putting the Gose style on the list for me and I am looking forward to seeking out more examples of this bygone style.

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Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a stange... (canned 8/5/13) -

A: Light, cloudy straw-gold; a strong pour yields a massive head of snow white foam; a few specks and strands of crusty lace are left on the glass.

S: Salt; wheat; light grain aroma; unique.

T: Quite tart; light bread crust / wheat flavors in there, but it's pretty tart from start to finish. Wow.

M: Light-medium body; lower carbonation than expected; the tart taste almost creates a dry finish.

O: A nice, refreshing beer; I don't think I could have more than two of these in one sitting, but nonetheless it's an enjoyable, drinkable brew.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. No date as far as I can tell.

A: Beautiful cloudy bright golden color. Tons of haze. Nice lacing and retention. I think I'm drooling.

S: Sour, funky lemon. Maybe a little wheat, or maybe it's just my imagination.

T: Way more intense than what I was expecting. Super sour. A tinge of salt on the end. Very nice.

M: Moderate amounts of carbonation. Salt makes it a little interesting.

O: If I could get this all of the time, I think it'd be a regular purchase. Especially during the warmer months. Great beer.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into an oversized tulip.
Pours a light straw color with minimal bubbly head.
Nice tangy aromas.
Tastes nice and sour, salty and some sweetness. Very flavorful.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp.
Overall, this is a nice delicious gose, a touch sweet.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Cumbre Weizen glass:

A- Cloudy, golden blonde. 1/2 inch to an inch of head.

S- Enticing. Tart, citrusy notes and a strong presence of salt.

T- A lot going on here. Tartness, salt, wheatiness, citrus, and a nutty back end.

M- Highly carbonated, but smooth on the palate, easy-drinking. Could easily be a summer pounder for the frat boy set.

O- A unique approach to the style with the tartness and citrus, but this brings out a strong character and makes the beer unmistakeable. It's both a complex beer to sip slowly and analyze and smooth sipper for summer afternoons. Just outstanding like most Westbrook goods.

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Photo of MagicJeff
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a tulip

A: Murky off tan color. As someone else noted, the colors are distributed differently in appearance. Get some lacing, not much.

S: Smells pleasantly sour. Green apples, like a very tart apple pie filling almost. Lemon zest too.

Taste: Interested to see everyone's take on how the salt works. For me, it is an afterthought--a pronounced aftertaste that ties everything together. Tart apples and lemons with some funky hay, with a salty/lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Bought a sixer last week; this is my last one. For the first 3 beers, every 3rd sip had this pretty unpleasant aftertaste of wet hay (in a bad way). I think it had more so to do with me getting used to this style of beer. My last two have been phenomenal and especially refreshing in this Jawjuh heat.

O- Once accustomed to how this thing drinks, it is very enjoyable. An ideal summer beer--refreshing and low ABV. Definitely try this one if you find it--pretty solid value too. Good stuff.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/23/14, poured into a pint glass

A- pours extra cloudy and hazy straw-yellow with some orange hue, small fizzy white head that look like spade, reduces quickly, leaving nothing behind but a white fizzy ring around the edge

S- wheat and toasted cracker-malt aroma, followed by some berry-like fruitiness and coriander, also picking up some cereal grains

T- wheat and coriander up front, lactic sourness kicks in mid-palate, quickly followed by a salty dry finish with a toasted malt linger

M- medium body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a sour & salty bone dry finish

O- this was definitely unlike any beer I've had, the play on saltiness and sourness leaves you wanting more on every dry finish. I'd love to get more of this

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Photo of KFBR392
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: pours with two fingers of bubbly head which quickly dissipated to nil. The color is a darker straw yellow that is completely cloudy. Minimal active carbonation.

Smell: Salt and dried fruits on the front. Coriander warms after the front with a light, lingering funk hanging around. Biscuity malts win out on the back end with some well placed tropical fruits popping through. Saltiness carries throughout the aroma.

Taste: An easy wheat front is quickly overtaken by a balanced combination of salt and sour. Waves of funk and salt continue to splash over the palate and are unrelenting. Touches of fruit and straw pick up on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Palate is left dry which really allows wheat, fruit, and funky flavors to shine through. Carbonation is low but fitting.

Overall: Been looking forward to this beer for a long time. Super tasty and levels of complexity that many other Gose do not have. I could crush this all day long.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy light orange color. Lots of head that recedes quickly.

Aroma reminds me of a tart apples and salt.

Taste is exactly as described. Sour and salty. Slight sweetness but finishes dry. The most sour, assertive gose I have had yet.

Light crisp mouthfeel.

Great summer seasonal.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has become my lawnmower beer of choice.

If your a big fan of traditional Gose be prepared for an enjoyable departure. I truly enjoy the fact that the carbonation is higher and the tartness tarter. The only reason that I did not rank it higher was because of the fact that it was so different from it's style roots.

a full 5 on the crushable scale!

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.