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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 2,295
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 35.77%
Wants: 388
Gots: 396 | 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 bark
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale yellow, the liquid is clear. The finger thick white head quickly sinks down leaving no lacing.

The smell is salty with some spices and floral notes. It is a bit sour and somewhat perfumed. Hints of ripe apricots and elderflowers.

The taste is fresh ans salty with herbal and floral notes. Some wheat sourness, more like a hefeweizen than a lambic. Butterscotch and sour fruit candy. The long aftertaste is fruity with some salt and tart hints of metal. The finish is salty with some dried fruits.

The carbonation is medium strong, the large bubbles very short-lived. The liquid is light and tart.

A pleasant and unusual beer, really enjoyable.

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Photo of BrownNut
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first gose. Surprisingly sour at first, but as with some of the other sour styles lately, it quickly grew on me as I had more sips. So, points for pucker, tastefully done.

I was most worried about the salt - that just sounds like a bad idea. But it really didn't manifest that much. It was more like just a pinch of it for accent, and it only really showed up in the finish. Nice, I say.

I can't really remember what coriander tastes like but I didn't notice a particularly characteristic spice flavor note so maybe they had a light touch with it.

There was one part I had a hard time with and which makes me think I might not want to finish the sixpack. There was a flavor element in there alongside the good ones that was just... weird. And alien in a beer. It tasted like the smell of a particular something produced by the body that I will not discuss, and which is an association that was hard for me to avoid thinking about as I drank it. I don't want to talk about that anymore, but this beer would score substantially higher without it. Can't seem to get around it.

There was another unwelcome flavor note in the finish and aftertaste - namely cheapo college light lager. What's that doing in there?! I don't get how the initial taste and the midpalate could be so much about the clean tart citrusy sourness and then devolve to that stale, backwashy Milwaukee's Best Light flavor right at the end. The good news is that the cure for that aftertaste is to take another sip and get that nice sour freshness to wipe it away... until that one devolves too. Point is the can goes fast. I'll try this again and see if my experience changes.

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Photo of Mojo
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can -> Highland Brewing Company Snifter

I honestly have no idea how to review this one properly and objectively since this is the first beer of this style I have ever tried. And while I did not care for it at all, it would be unfair to give it a low mark, due to purely subjective factors.

A - pours up a pale hazy straw with a small head that vanishes immediately with no retention and no lacing.

S - lemon rind, wheat and bread

T - If I'm being honest it tastes a lot like a dill pickle to me. It is also salty, sour, and tangy with a big sour bomb finish.

M - considering there is only 4% alcohol and not much head, I was surprised the mouthfeel wasn't thin. Carbonation was better than expected based on the appearance.

O - Westbrook is a great brewery. I've loved everything I've had from them so far. This one though I didn't like, but since this was my first gose, I choose to believe it is a good representative of the style.

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Photo of Dr_Farts
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a good introduction to the gose genre. Now is it a good gose? Yes, but man is it intense. Heavily dosed with sea salt and lemon, it's a fun beer, for sure.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque straw (which clears some as the brew warms), producing 2+ fingers of mineral water effervescent, somewhat lasting, frothy, white head that leaves a surface collar & a few motes & strings of lacing. Aroma has a low malt & no hop profile & offers little other than brine, tartness & is (if memory serves from chemistry classes long ago) marked by an acidic sensation in the nostrils. Taste opens with ocean water salinity & lactic acid sourness, persisting far into the sip & almost overpowering faint hints of wheat, green apples, lemon & lime in a peppery, clean, crisp, dry finish. Aftertaste is a much more potent salty lemon, lime & tart green apple version of Anderson Valley\'s The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose. Salty throughout. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation that rapidly dissipates as the brew warms, puckering, mouthwatering, crisp, prickly & dry. This style is often brewed with coriander however I pick up no coriander hints at all.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pale hazy yellow with a moderate white head that settles quickly.

S: Aromas of citrus, grain and a biscuity funk.

T: Wow is that tart. Reminds me of lemonheads candy, hint of wheat on the finish with a touch of salt.

M: Light body with decent carbonation. Acidic with a dry finish and oddly refreshing.

O: This was the first time trying a Gose and probably wont be the last.

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Photo of KVNBGRY
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Murky, amber color. A bit lighter around the edges. Tiny head at first, that completely disappeared to nothing. Very flat murky looking beer.

Aroma -Subtle malts, a bit of soft lactic.

Taste - Grainy, salty, slight lemon tartness. A bit of lingering wheat, and lactic..

Mouthfeel - Prickly, effervescent, acidic, medium mouthfeel

Overall - This is a great canned offering from Westbrook.

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Photo of dutesanch
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Received via trade, crisp, sour, and very refreshing. The saltiness is not as present as I was fearing. The light nature of this beer makes it very easy to drink and the sour/tart nature keeps you from drinking too fast allowing the beer to be savored one drink at a time. Big thanks to AW for sending me a can as an extra in a trade!

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Photo of Jimboice
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart and Salty with a foamy head. Could not finish one first go round. Went for another a couple days later and it grew on me. Enjoyed the second time. Would not more than one at a time, but enjoyable

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Photo of Jonada
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned on 4/24/2014. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow with 2 fingers of a white head that fizzled away instantly. Body is incredibly hazy and just barely translucent.

Smell: Lemon, green apple, wheat, lacto, floral and slightly briney.

Taste: Tart and salty on the palate right away with a light sweetness as well. Flavors are tart citrus, green apple, white grape, brine. Not getting much coriander other than the slightest hint in the finish and aftertaste (but that could just be in my head since I was looking for it).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium fine carbonation. No alcohol presence. Finishes tart and salty.

Overall: A weird style for sure, and I'm not sure it's one that I'm a fan of. The beer is good, but I'm not sure the saltiness actually improves anything.

For the sake of objectivity, my ratings are probably (just slightly) higher than my personal enjoyment of the beer. That said, I did enjoy it and I'm glad that I got a chance to try what's regarded as one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a weizen glass. Hazy gold with a bright white head that sadly fizzes away to nothing in no time flat. Plenty of carbonation is visible bubbling up through the body, though.

Smells of salty sea air with light notes of coriander and vague sweetness. Just enough malt sweetness to keep the salty/lemon juice combo from becoming completely puckering. Crisp and clean finish with light grain and coriander flavors. Overall a very solid stab at the style. The folks at Westbrook certainly aren't shy about variety, and as with this Gose, the results are generally positive. Well done.

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Photo of scvance
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy gold color with a large white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very subtle, citrusy and yeasty. Taste is very interesting, this is the first beer I've had of this style. Very sour, that fades to a briny salty, sweet finish. There is some slight sulfur character in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is quite good. Medium-high carbonation along with the sourness makes the beer very refreshing and crisp. Definitely glad I picked this one up to try. I always enjoy trying a new style whenever possible. I would definitely drink this again. Needless to say, if you don't like sours, you won't enjoy this, however I would suggest you give it a try because I found it's an acquired taste.

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Photo of dowen17
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy yellow. Two finger white head.

On the nose is salt, some lemon, wheat. Almost smells like a pretzel.

Taste is very tart. Sour and salty. Some lemon and spice. Very interesting. This is the first Gose I've tried.

Mouthfeel is very very nice. Perfectly carbonated.

This is a good beer. Surprised me at first because I've never had this style of beer. But it's good.

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Photo of biggred1
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Matt for this-

Milky, cloudy blonde with no head to speak of. Lemon juice, clove and coriander aroma. Refreshing and acidic with salted lemon and wheat beer flavors. Tart and salty. Puckering and light bodied. A nice little brew that would be nice on a hot day.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 4/9/15. Pours a hazy light amber (golden). Normal head volume, poor lacing and retention.

Slightly subdued nose of lime/lemon, coriander hints and a slight sourness over a mild saline background.

Light medium body with a smooth texture plus a nice chewy graininess from the wheat. Slightly below normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice rolling prickly effervescence going into the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, rather complex and well balanced. It begins with a lime flavored tartness that takes on a subtle sourness. These flavors are always present, but fade slightly in the middle allowing a bit of coriander to be noted over a wheat and biscuit background. Where the middle ends, the salinity begins. Underneath the lime is a mild sea water aspect that becomes most evident in the finish bringing a masterful balance to the tart and sour predominance. The finish is a slow fade of these flavors.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanx Cam for splitting a 12oz can. Unknown brewery to me, somewhat highly rated gose in a can, cool.

A - Uber-murky peach color. Small white head turns to a ring quickly.

S - Quite faint, really just kind of bread/wheat feel, orange creamsicle, light fruits. Pears. Light tartness/saltiness.

T - Wow, pretty sour for a gose, definitely very different/more intense than the smell. Apple, lemon and pear noticeable, it is salty but really just big-time sourness. Spice/coriander. Baked bread with some yeasty and grainy tones.

M - Very good flavor for 4% for sure. Medium-low carbonation with somewhat of a watery body, but still overall impressive considering the ABV.

O - Definitely not what I've come to know as a traditional gose but very enjoyable and refreshing. Nice puckering sourness that could compete with some gueuze and lambics while delivering solid+unique flavor and good breadiness.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all, a pet peeve about goses and almost any beer that's not a standard ale or lager - if you know going in that a beer is sour and salty and that this doesn't suit your palate, why give it a terrible review when you aren't familiar with how the style should taste? Anyway...
A: cloudy golden color, pours two fingers of fizzy white head which quickly dissipates to nothing.
S: wheat, sour lemon juice
T: Nice and tart. Initially get a hint of wheat and coriander followed by tart lemon juice with a finish of wheat and light salt. Refreshing
F: almost like a lemon soda - fizzy and highly carbonated. Light and slightly astringent and very refreshing
O: good example of the style; great beer for summer with low alcohol and good carbonation. The perfect lawnmower beer

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Photo of clayrock81
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange with minimal head that left no lace. A sour spell with mild spice but I'm not picking up much else. The beer is enjoyable and a little better than the aroma; the balance is there so it is not too sour or tart; some citric tastes and spice and there beer is smooth and is easy to drink. I have not had too many beers of this style but this one is light and enjoyable..

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best gose I have had. Sweet and spicy coriander. Thanks for sharing, Doug K. Light golden colour, sea salt was refreshing and apparently more healthy. Full mouthfeel, assertive carbonation. A great complement to the other sour beers of the day.
Review 6300.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Despite the bright yellow/orange display the body was beautifully hazy. The he as d poured thick and foamy.

The aromas here are a touch offensive but then interesting and fruity. A salty, almost sweaty scent comes a touch before the orchard pear and Apple.

The flavor is absent the salty and full of juicy orchard fruits. Apple wine, pear, smidge of vinegar and barnyard air pass the tongue.

The feel is sour and tangy, light and thin but with a lot of carbonation air to fill the mouth.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can tasted 8 March 2015.

Pours an almost clear pale golden light yellow. Two fingers of white head, good retention, okay lacing.

Smell is nicely balanced. I get some sour, slightly lemony.

Taste is a little grainy, and saltier than I'd like. Finishes rounded and warm, maltier and fuller than I want. Needs sharpening.

Feel has the same issues as the taste. Heavier than it ought to be.

Overall, a nice beer. Taste is a little too sweet and too salty for me, not as sour as I'd like it to be. Also a bit full for the style.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of zdk9
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honeymoon Beer Review #1
A- Pours very cloudy yellow. A popping finger of head is bleached white. It disapears almost instantly. Lacking good glassware I'm using a white wine glass for this, which probably isn't doing wonders for the head, although it does work well with the aroma i think.

S- Light lemon and orange. There's notes of old wood that are appealing- like an old hardwood table at your grandparents house. Maybe some old weathered leather. Some spice- coriander and poppyseeds and maybe vanilla.

T- A little citrusy. Mostly more general, almost vinegary sourness. The leather and wood flavors as well as the spice come with the taste. Reminds me somewhat of a plain kombucha, but nothing huge going on here.

M- Quite tart and refreshing. The sourness doesn't cling to the mouth or make me pucker too much, but the flavor lasts for more than a few seconds. It's a little more syrupy/sticky sweet than I would expect but that's ok. I'd also expect a little more carbonation- this is on the pale lager/ale side of things rather than an effervescent wheat beer. I can't decide if that would be more refreshing that way or just overwhelming and sharp when combined with the sourness.

O- The best gose I've had (though hard to recall too many others). It's refreshing, not overpowering. Depending on your tolerance of sour beers you could take a few of these.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a wine glass.

Straw yellow with a short white head that fizzles out quickly. Slightly hazy with light carbonation. A galaxy of yeast swirls around at the end of the pour.

Granny smith apple, lemon, and slight Lacto.

Fresh squeezed lemon aid, granny smith apple, and tangy wheat. Slight caramel maltiness with a touch of sea salt. Medium-light Lacto tartness.

Light bodied, tart, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing.

This is a good Gose that is more complex than most.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From can dated July 10 2014. Not sure what this tastes like when fresh but I'd like to try one and compare. Certainly refreshing, perfect for a 90 degree day.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.