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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%

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

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.00% ABV

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.


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Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mother Earth strange. Poured a hazy golden straw yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a very minimal amount fairly quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, meringue, lemon zest, citrus, and salt. The flavor was of sweet malt, salt, tart, citrus, lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon rine, and subtle oyster. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I have to be honest that the salt on this one really is the star of the show and makes sure to remind you of this well after each sip as it coats the palate without mercy. I thought it was kind of odd that I picked up on a subtle note of oyster meat on this one on the followthrough. However, it wasn’t too bad. Quite refreshing and an interesting flavor profile to say the least. Definitely worth a try for the true Gose fans and the curious alike.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 11:19:29 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Netdigger2

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Every aspect of this beer is unlike any beer I have ever had.

It pours out hazy yellow, with the swirling bubbles you see in ocean water. 1" white head with mild retention

The smell is lemon zest, hay, straw, wheat, lemongrass.

The flavor is sour lemons, light saline saltiness, lactic acid, wheat, sourdough bread.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with great, refreshing carbonation.

Overall, amazing beer. Salt is light enough to keep it refreshing, sourness is absolutely perfect for this beer.


Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 19:47:46 | More by Netdigger2
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dirty yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: An interesting aroma - spicier than I would have expected - with touches of wheat and malt.

T: Tasted of wheat, malt, a little bit of grain, coriander, and a saltiness in the finish. A very lively, easy to drink, well-balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: A completely likeable, well made, and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 13:37:36 | More by avalon07
Photo of jsanford


4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving just a tiny stream of bubbles.
S - Wonderful aromas of tart lemon juice, lactic acid, wheat, and a definite mineral component. Really nice blend of the tartness and the crisp, dry wheat.
T - Oh yeah, this is right up my alley. More tart lactic acid, slightly puckering lemon juice, and crisp wheat with a moderate salty mineral finish. Super drinkable and superbly balanced between the sour lemon yogurt flavor, the just-right sea salt, and the almost-creamy toasted wheat backbone.
M - Smooth and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. So quenching, this reminds me of a lemon Gatorade (in a very good way).
O - Another phenomenal take on a obscure style from Westbrook. I cannot say how pleased I am to have a brewery that puts out products like this so close to my home. Keep up the great work!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:33:09 | More by jsanford
Photo of ecmoon3

South Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


This years batch is a wee more tart and the salt can be tasted a little more. Still outstanding. Oh, did I mention that they are selling it in cans now. I think that I said someting about that last year.

May 2012

Poured into a pilsner style glass. The head didnot last as long as a cola head from the soda fountain and no legs. That's ok because the taste buds weren't looking at the glass Had a nice cloudy appearance. Could smell a little tartness.

The taste was very refreshing with a good sour taste. I could not detect any salt flavor, which is fine with me. Carbonation was perfect. Not a beer for a sour beginner. It can easily be drank on the beach.

This is the best beer that I have had from Westbrookand would love to see it in cans or 12oz bottles. If you are a sour drinker this is a don't miss beer. I look forward to consuming more over the rest of the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 21:31:07 | More by ecmoon3
Photo of CassinoNorth

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 2/28/14, poured into a tulip.

Initial aggressive pour yields a huge fluffy soapy head on top of a soapy white head. Retains a 2 finger head for 5 minutes before dissipating to a small ring around the edges with no lacing whatsoever. Super cloudy, spot on for the ancient style. Well done Westbrook.

Aroma is of freshly squeezed lemons over ocean water and thrown into some wild yeast. Ever so slight but it kinda has hints of adjunct lager in it. This is a huge smack in the face for someone who's never had a gose in his life.

Taste is right along with the aroma, salty, slightly sour, receding to more salt. Not overly salty though, balance is key here. Medium bodied and slightly below average carbonation.

This is a perfect summer beer at 4% actually falls into the session category. I can see myself drinking this all summer long.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 02:56:37 | More by CassinoNorth
Photo of hoppytobehere


4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 00:42:28 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of gueuzedreg


4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New to the style, so nothing to compare with

A- Murky light honey, lemonade look. Pours big head with good retention down to medium lacing white fluffy in color. No legs

S- Very tart, lemon, salty. Puckering sour.

T- Nice salty lemon taste that is not overbearing at all. I like the style so far. Balanced in all directions.

M- thin, but probably like the style. Medium carb follows

O- This was my first gose, so I was excited to try it! I like it!

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 00:22:55 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of alaimoa


4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never had this style before but wanted to give it a whirl. It's insanely unique and awesome. Pours like pineapple juice and smells like coriander crusted sour patch kids which is not overly pleasant.
Taste is out of this world for a 4% sipper. Tart pineapple, lime salts like the ring of a margarita glass. Feel is less than average carb and a step above juice, finish is crisp and dry

Serving type: can

03-30-2014 21:59:16 | More by alaimoa
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 18:44:02 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Ri0


4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz can into snifter. Dated 9/9/13.

A - Extremely cloudy with a pale yellow coloring and thin 1 finger white head. Retention is minimal and no lacing.

S - Lemons, fresh lemons, fresh lemonade, with some ocean saltiness. Yes, there is a slight bit of funk, but nothing over the top.

T - Your palate is punched with sour lemons and then kicked with sea salt. It is sour, salty, then sour again.

M - Mouthfeel is clean, refreshing and packs a sour punch. Very easy drinking.

O - This is fantastic. With all the breweries in WI moving into sours, I'm going to need to convince one to brew a Gose. Can says to drink within 90 days and this is just over 180 and tastes terrific. This is super enjoyable.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 18:32:03 | More by Ri0
Photo of rudzud


4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice very, very hazy golden lemon hue that just looks salty. Solid appearance.

S - Bright aromas of light sour almost funk. Tart lemons, very tart, light coriander, faint salt, really really citrus packed.

T - Taste is loads of wheat up front and then nice tart lemons and grapefruit. Faint coriander. The salt is surprisingly prominent, especially on the finish. This is quite traditional with loads upon loads of tart lemons.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and refreshing. Very easy drinking.

O - Overall, Its hard to say if I liked Westbrook's Gose or Gozu more. I think Gozu had a ton more citrus, but, this Gose is more traditional and salty. Either way, both are really nice.

Serving type: can

03-11-2014 20:53:55 | More by rudzud
Photo of Maximus_Prime


4.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- 12oz can poured into snifter. Golden amber in color and produced about 1/2 inch head.

S- citrus and slight spice come off the nose initially and once it warmed up sour funk reminiscent of a flemish sour.

T- tart and salty meet together and had a grapefruit baby. Very refreshing with a touch of coriander spice.

M- medium bodied with a yeasty wheaty finish. Could use a touch more of carbonation imo but went down very easy.

O- one of the best gose's ive had. It portrayed the traditional style but added a good amoint of tart citrus to the finish. The fact it comes in a can gives it an added bonus keeping that sunlight out and having a low abv at 4% is perfect for an all day sipper on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 14:00:26 | More by Maximus_Prime
Photo of srandycarter


3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Cloudy pineapple juice, small head leaves fast to ring, no lace. Lots of chunky stuff at the bottom third of glass.

S - Funky and tart. Nice aroma.

T - Nice mix. A little saltier than I would normally like, but the sour and the funk are nice. Some champagne quality to it too. Nice interpretation.

M - Good carb, sharp tartness, light bodied.

D - I like one, but I don't think it is something I would session, despite the low ABV.

Serving type: can

01-30-2014 05:24:36 | More by srandycarter
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 17:58:41 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Jadjunk


4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced 'goes-uh'), a traditional German-style wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback." Brewed in the style of a Gose. At one time a limited release, Westbrook's Gose has made a return to 6 packs in cans on a rotating schedule.

Poured from a 12 oz. can to a pint glass. Served above 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a gold-tinged white head of a crisp fizz, slightly frothy consistency over a mild amber, moderately hazy body. Carbonation is light and varied. Retention is low and lacing does not stick. 3

(Smell) Pale malts with a light drizzle of honey esters amongst a fluffy wheat body. A fairly mellow sourness in the aroma creates some balance where balance may not have been expected. Slightly bitter and salty, slightly vinegar-like, the sourness both confounds the aroma and compliments it. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) The aroma significantly understates the presence of salty and sour in this beer. Up front, very tart and sour overtones amidst a pale wheat malt base, finishing with a noticeable contrast to a touch of mildly sweet syrup and bready body on the finish, almost graham-cracker like. Balance is largely in favor of sour over sweet over bitter. Despite the aforementioned differences between this beer and most other light beer styles, it is incredibly tasty and very highly sessionable. I haven't had a Gose quite hit the mark like this one does. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly chewy, tart. Carbonation adds some fluffiness and compliments the bite of the flavor. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low to none. There is great balance to behold in this beer. The combination of salt and coriander makes for a perky contrast with the malt, but doesn't dry out the flavor nor hinder drinkability. The texture overall is lively but not upsettingly so. 4.5

(Overall) Gose beer makes a great summer alternative beer to more common styles, but I can find good reason to seek this beer out regardless of the season. In my opinion, it's a fantastic representative of the style, as there is no shortage of sourness and tartness in the flavor and texture, and the malt flavor provides enough substance to round it out and keep things interesting, yet drinkable. I hope that this beer finds status as a year-round amongst Westbrook's lineup, as it rivals even well-known German recipes of this style. 4.25

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 02:41:20 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of ArdyExfor


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very murky yellow golden. Little to no head. Minimal lacing

S: Tart funky lac to sourness. Slight sour citrus notes. Salty.

T: Very tart. A little more tart than I like for the style but still bearable. Salt definitely comes through with a hint of malt and sour citrus.

M: Medium mouth feel. Medium-high carbonation.

O: Enjoying this in Jan. I could see myself enjoying it more on a hot summer day. Nonetheless very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 02:55:14 | More by ArdyExfor
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding example of my favorite hot weather style- the fact that it's in cans for summer fun is a plus. Like a good Gose, this beer is sharply tart, and just salty enough to really taste it and whet the palate for more. While it is spiced with coriander, I could use a bit more of that for balance and to round out the finish. This can be a polarizing style- it's certainly not for everyone, but if you want a well put together Gose on the sharper side that's sour and refreshing, look no further.

Serving type: can

01-04-2014 15:39:11 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Franziskaner


3.51/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: can

01-01-2014 05:25:02 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of APBT91

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

this is the first I've had of this style and I did not like it. I'm writing this so my rating does not discourage anyone from trying this since it has a lot of good reviews and I know many people that like this beer. I think this is just not the style for me right now.

Serving type: can

12-30-2013 14:43:10 | More by APBT91
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a wispy head that leaves 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

Serving type: can

12-20-2013 21:41:52 | More by brentk56
Photo of PHBoiler


4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label pretty much takes care of it. Sour, salty, delicious. Don't know what you need me for. It's a great cloudy lemony color. I could drink this all day. You get a little lemony citrus on the nose, but dive right in and drink this up. It's delicious. The tartness is restrained and maybe properly as the salt just amps the flavors up a bit. Great beer.

Serving type: can

12-12-2013 16:40:10 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of biggred1


3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 02:16:26 | More by biggred1
Photo of BMMillsy


3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from Adam. Thanks man! Pours a cloudy light yellow color with a one finger white head that recedes quickly. Aroma is heavy sour and salt as the can says, lemon peel, interesting. Flavor is like a tart lemonade with some salt added. A bit of wheat and dirty finish lingering. Light bodied with medium to high carbonation. Crisp finish. I like that Westbrook decided to make something different. Not bad, and definitely a change up from the norm. Tangy for sure.

Serving type: can

11-26-2013 00:19:51 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of stakem


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thabks to JISurfer for the hookup! 12oz can poured into a matching westbrook snifter. The brew appears a clouded light golden color almost like a blended pineapple/orange juice. A white cap fades down to a thin penline of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is pleasant with a spice of lemony coriander that blends in to the lemony lactic almost yogurt notes that are also present. It almost has that lemon pledge to candy quality found sometimes in witbiers that gives way to a sweet cereal grain wheaty aspect.

The flavor is tart and lemony with yogurt and some grain inclusion like wheat giving a sort of cereal impression that turns to something almost spoiled and corn-like but without getting off-putting. Mid-palate the brew is like sharp greek yogurt that gets abruptly contrasted by a saline solution.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty much sensory overload but balanced freaking beautifully. Tart, yet sweet and fresh with grain but also salty and savory. This is no question the best gose I have had. It has a very mild spoiled grain to funk touch but all the pleasant qualities trump that minor gripe. Wow, need more of this. Thanks Josh!

Serving type: can

11-19-2013 14:31:41 | More by stakem
Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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