Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 248
Hads: 2,203
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 372
Gots: 370 | 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.

5 IBU
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Reviews: 248 | Hads: 2,203
Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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!!! (678 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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! (610 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,757 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (987 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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 (770 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%

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. (963 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (1,677 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (354 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Pipeworks Berliner glass.

Pours a hazy, light burnt orange with a 2" white head.

Big sour mash, lots of lemon and some orange.

Sour and tart lemon, sweet pale/wheat malts, light salt.

Very refreshing, tart beer with lots nice lemon favors. I could drink this all day in summer. (313 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold, cloudy and murky. Minimal head.

S: Lactic sourness, seawater, citrus.

T: Nice mild tartness. Citrusy and a bit sweet. Briny salinity follows, slightly enhancing the flavors.

M: Crisp and puckering. Leaves you wanting another sip.

O: A really nice interpretation of the style. Super drinkable and very much along the lines of a Berliner, really leaves you wanting more. Can't wait to try this one come summer. (463 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a hazy yellow orange, with a small half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells very sour and tart, with some lemon aromas.

The taste is similar. There is some definite lemon and orange citrus tastes, which I didn't expect, which is nice. Quite sour and tart, only mildly salty, but doesn't detract from drinkability at all.

Light to medium bodied. Crisp mouthfeel, the tartness lingers on the lips throughout the glass. Medium carbonation.

This is the first Gose I've really liked, which says a lot. (548 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a westbrook snifter.

a - brew poured a transparent straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that was gone quick. i'm not too familiar with the style but have been told that it is similar to a berliner with salt and in appearance, definitely berliner-like.

s - nice lemon and some wheat. some salty zing...almost like smelling a margarita.

t - very nice. lemon tart with saltiness.

m - unbelievably refreshing for this hot summer day. perfectly hitting the spot. prickly carbonation like a berliner but with a tinge of saltiness like a margarita.

o - i was a bit nervous about the style but had heard good things. sour and salty in a beer is a bit intimidating, but this is super tasty and refreshing. really impressive beer. (766 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%

From a 12 oz can (dated June 24, 2014) into a pokal glass.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of white head. The foam fades quickly to a cap then a film then nothing. It leaves no lacing. The beer is very murky, but bright in color like dry straw. I can see a few bubbles in the murk.

S-The aroma is tart and lactic. I smell lemon, lime, orange juice, and somewhat briny salt. Wheat flavors are tart and lactic, but a bit of doughy bread softens things up and the beer does not smell overly acidic.

T-The taste is nearly identical to the smell with citrus tartness (lemon and lime especially) and salt being pretty powerful. The wheat flavors are lactic, but not overly funky, and there is a slightly doughy base to the that balances the sour flavor out. Buried beneath the tart flavors is a bit of spice and some dried grassy flavor.

M-The beer is pretty light in body, though not terribly light for the style. Carbonation is spritzy and the beer is very easy to drink.

O-Although this beer may be too strong on the salt to be called "authentic," the salt certainly makes it tasty and thirst-quenching. Indeed, the salt is strong, but I did not find it overpowering or annoying, and I could see drinking a few of these on a hot day. The mouthfeel is also perfectly matched to the flavor and style of the beer. A very solid effort. (1,343 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a wispy head that leaves quiite a few strands of lace

Smell: Toasted wheat bread, lactic sour tones, coriander and salt

Taste: Lactic sourness from the outset, with lime and salt elements building into the middle; the coriander comes through, after the swallow, but the overall effect is puckery, sour, salty and slightly funky

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and though it is a bit more lactic than other examples of the style I have tasted; that is to its benefit

Thanks, Jlang2012, for the chance to re-visit (614 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Canned: 4/1/14

Wil handed me a couple of these the other day because he knows this beer is like crack to me. Thanks, dude! Westbrook’s Gose isn’t much to behold. A swirl of the can on my part produces a hazy, to the extreme, golden bodied beer with some sunrise orange highlights when backlit. The fizzy white head crackles down to a thin skim in a short amount of time without leaving much lacing in its wake.

The nose is bright, sour orange upfront with a healthy dose of minerals from what I’m assuming is hard water used in the brewing process. A wheaty tang pops up in the middle with vibrant lemon acidity toward the back. Coriander adds a soft citric, herbal character that’s icing on the cake. Instant salivation.

The flavor profile isn’t far from what the nose suggested. Sour orange runs front to back but loses intensity as it goes. The acidic wheat is vibrant throughout with a squeeze of lemon while the coriander adds more citric depth. Coriander becomes more pronounced with warmth adding a touch of florals. The minerality runs middle to end with the sensation of hard water. Salt kicks in on the finish and leaves behind the savory salty/umami kick under the tongue and on the cheeks after each swallow. So very good.

A light body keeps this beer drinking while the carbonation keeps it active. Soft acidity lingers while the salt dries out the finish and keeps that kick long after each drink. On a hot summer day I don’t think I would reach for any beer over this one. It’s purely quenching.

Westbrook Gose is just a flat out awesome beer. It’s savory but quenching. Acidic with a mineral kick. I feel like I’m getting my daily essentials while drinking this beer. It’s a perfect summer drinker. Thanks again, Wil! Keep ‘em coming. (1,787 characters)

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