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Gose | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

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

Added by mrandypandy on 05-06-2012

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Reviews: 292 | Ratings: 2,431
Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. weird....smells like a sour barbeque.... can you imagine that? yes, sour. yes, salty... interesting, very interesting... hazy light yellow, sour aroma, bbq-remember? easy to drink-VERY easy to drink, kind of sour but goes down easily. not tasting the wheat or coriander.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks a lot like an IPA with a golden orange color. Exceptionally tart, even for the style. Salt comes through quite nicely. Citrus is prevalent as well.

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Photo of garuda
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy bright gold. White head is a little spritzy, little retention and lacing. Kind of expecting this for the style.

S/T - Salty, lemony citrus, finishing tart with notes of hay, yeast. Tartness builds through the drink but is not too prevalent. Smell has a little funk to it.

M - Light body, high carbonation, yet stays smooth, with a building tartness. Refreshing.

O - The only one I've had of the style, but it seems like it hits the mark across the board. Wish we start getting this in my home market. Great summertime beer.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/6/15. DE

Pours light yellow with a fizzy white head. The smell of sour smacks you so much you literally have to pull back.

The taste is a sour bomb with a huge hit of salt. Over the top is the only word that comes to mind. I do like this but it's a tongue curler. It's pretty much a sour jolly rancher I'm a beer.

Overall it's an aggressive take on this style. Its definitely over the top but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of SFNC
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a minimal head that disappears completely! No lacing, nothing. Smell is faint, but sharp. Citrus like lemon, lime or grapefruit. Taste is excellent, mouth puckering sour but with a slightly sweet balance. There is very little carbonation and the finish is moderately dry. Overall, very good and the best Gose that i have tried to date.

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Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Knifestyles.

A: Bright, brackish dark yellow with a small white head.

S: Smells very citrusy with some earthy/hard water/saline notes, a bit of wheat.

T: Mineral, moderate citrusy acidity, a bit of herb, sweet clean wheat, more lactic sourness.

M: Almost bone-dry with that gum-clinging acidity, although it's not too strong. Creamy body.

O: Really nice gose, well balanced without softening on the acidity.

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Charleston Beer Exchange. From notes.

A - They nailed the appearance! Cloudy, pale, off-yellow in color. Thin, bubbly white cap disappears very quickly.

S - Very assertive sourness with subtle grain and spicing.

T/M - Extremely tart and salty. Light coriander. Saltiness makes you immediately want another sip. Great carbonation, very prickly.

O - Highly enjoyable brew! So glad I was able to get at least something from Westbrook.

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Photo of Fattmatt73
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Absolutely fantastic beer, sour and salty and deliciouse. Doesn't have the best nose, kind of smells like sweat. Tart somewhat salty taste is refreshing. Medium body and high carbonation give it a crisp mouthfeel. Only beer of this style I've ever had, but I really enjoy it.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a stange. The can said there would be a date on the bottom but there's not.
A: Hazy light yellow with a one-finger head
S: Lemon, wheat and spice
T: Lemon/wheat/spice again. Distinctly sour with a bit of salt making it mouthwatering/refreshing
M: Light-bodied, the sour notes leave a lingering finish
O: Crisp and refreshing. Perhaps a bit simple but very enjoyable to drink

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Photo of lemmy187
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not typically a huge fan of the style, but this is quite enjoyable. Looks like unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Nose is full of salinity, citrus, wheat, with a hint of the coriander. Taste is well balanced between the salt, spice, cracker, and lemon notes. Well done.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great can of gose here, i wish this was available out here all summer long. one of the better american incarnations ive seen, a little higher in salt than most, it really works. some cloudiness to the light copper colored beer, and a solid inch of long lasting white foam on top. it smells great, lots of sourness, and lots of coriander giving it an herbal element that jives nicely with the mineral content of the salt. the salt also gives it a lot of body for a low alcohol wheat based brew, its frothy and sudsy and robust in feel. the taste is balanced really, with a flavorful wheat malt and a nice coriander presence, but i dont get such an herbal hit as i do from the smell. the salt rounds out the finish, i mean, its not salty at all, but its earthy and clean, quick finishing and refreshing. it somehow feels nutritious, good for me, i dont know, one can was not nearly enough. i may have enjoyed the citrus hit of the the gozu more, but this is downright awesome with just enough lactic tartness to make it unique. lovely.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s SteveB24
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 7, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 7, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 21, 2014

Thanks Steve!

Poured a golden, straw, murky color with two fingers of white, rocky head. Minimal foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention, although I assume that would be the same with all the Gose’s. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled coriander, lemon, orange zest, 7-Up soda, lime, green apple, green grape and faint milk. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted sour citrusy fruit in green grape, kiwi and green apple. Also coriander, orange, cantaloupe, tropical notes faint sour milk and citrusy soda. Unknown spiciness as well. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, sour finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was my first Gose, but it was a damn good one. Really liked it. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm on a gose drinking mission and this is yet another one. As far as Gose goes, this is one of the better ones, very lactic forward, nice and strong. Not too salty.

Beer served in a snifter, thanks Michael. Beer is yellow and dirty looking with a thin white head of small bubbles, no retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is lactic acid, all the way.

Beer is medium to light in body and really creamy, strong, mildly salty interesting. Almost no yeast comes through at all. I still like the Upright one better but this one is quite good.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for an amazing box that including this Gose.

A: In all ways it looks like an unfiltered fresh pressed apple juice, a murky dark straw colour with just a slight ring of off white head circles the glass. No lacing.

S: Crisp and tart with apple and pear. As advertised its salty, with a slight sweet maltiness like a salted caramel. Background wheatiness with subtle hints of a lactic acid which reminds me of pancakes at breakfast.

T: Tart apples and pears, lemon juice and wheat with a brine saltiness on the finish. Not picking up any coriander however that doesn't take away from the complexity of the flavours.

M: Light to medium body with active carbonation. Bright and crisp.

O: Clean, crisp and refreshing, this is an exceptional Gose that is a perfect summer beer. Happy to see this style making a comeback.

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Photo of Idrankitall
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Oliver's in Albany, enjoyed from the can in a cervoise chilled.

The color is pale golden with haze and white head that rises and falls to a ring of beading with spotty lace. The smell has lemon and zest odor with light wheat which has a light toasted and slight salty hint with mineral and light earthy aroma. The feel is very good with moderately light body and lots of sour in the feel with medium high carbonation and citrus tanginess with saltiness not out of balance and linger tart texure that leaves the palate dry.

The flavor is very citrus and tangy with zesty bright wheat and fruity yeast w/ slight salted lemon aspect with mild wheat flavor which is dominated by the sour elements from the yeast. There is also an earthy quality toward the end with more sour and salt lingering after the swallow. Overall this is great a lot more sour than traditional versions but a solid take on the style and refreshing - very good worthy of a try if you like sour wheats.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

light sour note, wheat malt quality. tart, effervescence in the nose. turbid dark straw color. pours with generous head that falls quickly to zero head. sharply sour, lactic/acidic, a light cereal note in the finish. dry. really refreshing. the salt and spice are done very subtly. you can perceive a touch of salinity/mineral taste in the middle to finish.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to taster glass at The Funky Buddha Lounger on 6/2/12
*From notes

A: Palest of pale yellow. Cloudy. Minor head and no lacing or collar.

S: Like a fresh lemon shandy with a bite.

T: Tart, dry and salty. Certainly saliter then Leipziger's Gose. There's an organic, tart bite on the mid. The coriander is faint and shows on the finish.

M: The feel is light, slightly sharp and extremely refreshing. If you're looking for the quintessential lawnmower beer, look no further.

O: A great Gose. Not as well balanced as Leipziger's, yet just as elegant. This also well outclasses the new mass-market Sam Adams Gose. Having a saliter edge to this one really enhances the beer's refreshing side, and makes for a beer I'd reach often for if I had access to it. Easily recommended.

Note to ALL brewer(ies): Make more Gose's!

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Photo of floridadrift
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Lemonade with white head
S: Citrus, salt
T: Same as nose, lots of limey citrus sourness and lots of salt, well balanced
F: Watery, easy to drink
O: I've had this many times, world class Gose.

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Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook Tulip. Bottled 4/23/13 and enjoyed 7/20/13. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle.

A: Pours a light yellowish color with a chilled haze to it. A thin white head forms on the pour and fizzles quickl to a thin ring. Trace amounts of splotchy lace are left down the glass.

S: Slightly acidic in nature with a lot of sweet cracked wheat and lemon grass. A little tart lemon pith and bitterness as well.

T: Same as the nose, but much more complex. Light citrus acidity with some light lemon grass. Sweet cracked wheat and with a hint of white bread. Nice salinity that causes a dryness at the back of the throat on the finish.

M: Light bodied witha nice medium soft carbonation. Dangerously drinkable with a slightly tart and salty finish.

O: A delicious Gose. I really enjoyed this one. Nicely balanced with a high drinkability. I'm interested in trying the cans that will be fresher than the bottle.

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Photo of Myotus
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard (accidently) at 47°F from a 12oz can (canned on 20Oct15) into a Weizen glass. Consumed on 31Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with 6 fingers worth of white foam that dies completely after 2 minutes. Straw yellow in color with a mild amount of cloudiness. Rising bubble are medium in size and subtle in quantity. And since there is no head, there is also no lacing.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat are backed by mild aromas of lemony zest and coriander along with subtle tart aromas from the lactobacillus and aromas of salt.
TASTE: Strong wheat flavors and lactobacillic tartness first strike the palate and are immediately balanced by strong coriander flavors. Strong flavors of lemony zest and mild flavors of salt enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finsihes extremely crisp.
NOTE: An incredibly well-balanced Gose. There is really nothing more to say.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6-pack - 12 ounce cans - $11.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Heavily hazed, dirtied yellow body with a medium-high, airy head that steadily retreats. Nominal lacing.

Smell: Sourish, briny nose with a touch of sourdough, wheat, and spoiled lemons.

Taste: Slight, muddled graininess, damp straw, and the sourdough with a vein of cream of wheat underneath the staunch, salty, lactic flavors. Jarring jolt of lemon juice bursts onto the scene soon. The coriander remains rather subtle beneath the peppier elements. Still rather salty. Remains sour on the salty, minerally finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Medium-plus.

Overall: Skanky, but deliciously, even refreshingly so. Can you imagine? Can y-- Well, you can probably imagine, but yeah. Skanky!

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Photo of Brenden
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of n2185
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of white head that almost completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: Sour fruit dominates here. Lemons, tart cherries, saltwater, and some yeasty notes toward the finish.

T: A big kick of sour and salt here as well, like a salty lemonade. The finish is tart and dry, leaving a puckering aftertaste.

M: Light body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is light and drinkable. The tartness saves it from being watery.

O: An enjoyable and great session beer. It's simple, but very unique and tasty.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Acidic aroma combines with a musty saltiness similar to seafoam blowing through the wind. There's also a slight fruity sweetness and some wheat. Hint of vinegar.

T- Moderately sour and smooth with the salt adding some variety of flavor. The wheat tries to push its way through but the yeast and salt are ultimately the winners.

M- The most interesting part of the beer. First, the lactic acid causes a pucker as it usually does and then the salt continues this same reaction while finishing things off which causes the tongue to recoil, salivate and crave more. Medium-low carbonation and a light body. Eventually, the saltiness causes the afterfeel to be incredibly dry.

O- I've only had a couple of goses in the past but this is the only one that's been truly memorable. At first, I didn't think I could drink something like this all the time but now I'm thinking I might've been wrong.

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