Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,158
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 362
Gots: 349 | FT: 57
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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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Ratings: 2,158 | Reviews: 287
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some grain and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and super drinkable.

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Chris. Pale blonde. Lightly hazy. Nice and tart. Light wheat. Acidity is great through the finish.

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a very pale yellow color... almost an off milky white color with a decent looking white head on top. The lacing is thin along with the retention on this . The smell of the beer is grainy with some citric acid sourness and a touch of mineral-like saltiness. The taste is pretty tart upfront. not much of the malt comes through until the finish where the salt also shines a bit. The mouthfeel is very light, very crisp and refreshing. Overall it's an exceptional example of the style. I'm not big on the more sour Gose's but this one worked for me. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Can: Poured a light yellowish color Gose with a nice pure white foamy head. Aroma of tart notes with light salty notes also discernable. Taste is a mxi between some tart and sour notes with a salty finish and limited coriander notes. Body is light with good carbonation. I had really high expectation considering all the noise this one is making but I thought it was an OK version of the style at the end of the day.

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Allen, Mandy, Renee, and Jim for making this one possible!
Can dated 7/24/13. Served in a fluted tulip glass around 45º as suggested.

Hazy pale orange, an initial finger of white foam and a little bit of sudsy, residual spotty lace near the edges. Foam fades fairly quickly, but that's pretty common for the style.

Sour unripe fruit in the aroma, lemon and sourdough starter.

Very sour upfront, acidic and crisp, sour lemon and crabapple notes, light grainy note in the aftertaste. Very dry and puckering finish. Light bodied, very crisp and acidic. As it warms, there's a sharp note of acetic acid, like cider vinegar. Probably why the brewery recommends to drink cold at 45º. Alternately tangy, creamy, and puckeringly sour. Very quenching and probably the most sour Gose i've tried. Had to have another after the first. Great stuff.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Wowcoolman. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with an initial tiny white head which fades quickly leaving trace spotty lace.

N: Floral, musty, lemony, spicy, fruity, and grainy.

T: Salty and tangy with fruit and mild wheat.

M: Lite body and carbonation with some prickly finish. Mildly tart and astringency.

O: Nice and refreshing, light and summery.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Gose out of a can? What is the craft beer world coming to?

Pours out very clouded golden/orange with a head that falls quickly. Love the sour edge of this. And as the can states, it is salty. Lemon edges on there too. This is a nice beer. Haven't really had a lot of gose in my time, but I'd be perfectly fine with all others tasting like this.

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been truly excited to get ahold of this beer, especially after making my way through a case of Anderson Valley’s recent canned Gose. I poured this into a chalice hazed light yellow peach color going on with a highly carbonated white head which dissipates almost as quickly as it forms.

Aroma is super tart, breathe of sea salt, spices are mild but evident coriander additions, the can art is great and Sour-Salty-Delicious is a great three word summary of this beer. Vibrant bright summer beer that I could approach anytime.

Flavor I’m glad there is a revival for this style, a few years ago local brewer Scott Smith at East End Brewing put out “Here it Gose Again”…I recall being blown away by the salty sweet tart wheat base with the spiced coriander notes. I’m glad to see more brewers doing it now this version is simply put, excellent. Strong tart refreshing qualities, almost biting in to a lemon tart…flash of salt comes across with the spicy coriander notes it’s a simple yet refreshing new combination of flavors that will bring most wheat beer haters toward the light. Especially if you already graduated into sour ales, this is sour light compared to some of the wild ales, but it’s unique and fun to drink.

Mouthfeel bone dry finish tart lingering notes with coriander lightly sprinkled in for some bitterness, there might be 5 IBUs total. The salty brine flavor really adds to the dryness of the mouthfeel, the mineral notes clean the palate up a good bit. Carbonation is light enough to let the tartness/salt combo due it’s thing on the palate.

Overall, I hope to see wider distribution of Westbrook even though I understand they are producing enough beer to satisfy their home state and limited distribution in their area. I’m excited to get to travel back to the Carolinas, to gain more access to their beers. Plus some of their contracted dark beers that I get on a limited basis in Ohio from Evil Twin.

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I acquired this in a trade. Expectations could not be higher given this beer's reputation as more or less the best beer in the style. Canned 06/27/14. 12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label art and design and standard pull-tab served cold into a Jester King goblet. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

4% ABV. Reviewed live as a gose per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White in colour. Fizzy and active. Thin and light. Retention is bad - maybe a minute at best. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. A fuller longer-lasting head would be ideal. There's definite room for improvement here.

BODY: Murky cloudy orange-peach with yellow hues. Average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible, but its murkiness suggests it's unfiltered.

Has a raw overall appearance, evoking honey. It's healthy looking, but isn't great or a stand-out in the style. It looks as most gosebiere do. Not unique or special.

AROMA: A great combination of lime, sea salt, coriander seed, and fresh wheat. Hints of clove honey and floral hop notes, with a dab of nectar. Light lactic sourness. Subtle lemon tartness and twang. Sourdough bread. Sour mashing is evident here, but it's not as "wild" or bacterial as I hoped for. Sourness seems to be maybe a 3-4 out of 10 in terms of intensity. The wheat is lovely, though, and the yeast attenuation seems perfect; this evokes the perfect level of sweetness for the style.

It could be fresher, more tart, and more sour, but all of the core gose components are there. It's an inviting aroma of above average strength, but I wouldn't call it mouthwatering. It just seems like a well-brewed gose.

TASTE: A well-balanced gose build comprised of well-attuned lime, fantastic sea salt notes and accompanying brine, a faint lemon twang, mild (think 3/10 in terms of intensity) lactic sourness, sourdough yeast, and ever-so-subtle coriander seed. Perhaps cilantro as well. The hopping is mild - just a bit of floral and nectary character. There's a kiss of clove honey.

I'd like it more tart and more sour, but the sea salt is perfect - and that's the key to a good gose. The complementary lime note pairs with the sea salt wonderfully, and is a much more apt choice than lemon. The overall balance is stellar, but I do think there's room for improvement to the build. That said, I really like this beer. I'm just not blown away the way I expected to be given its reputation.

TEXTURE: Tart and smacky on the palate, with a luscious refreshing feel and a teasing push-pull of coarse dry roughness and quenching smoothness - depending on which bit of the structure you focus on. Ultimately, the finish leaves the palate dry, which naturally encourages the drinker's next sip. In this manner, I find my glass quickly disappearing.

OVERALL: It's incredibly drinkable, though the dryness does start to detract after a bit. Is this one of the best beers I've had in the style? Sure. Is it a world-class beer?

...I can imagine a more complex gose, with even more intricacy and subtlety. Perhaps such a gose just hasn't been brewed yet, but in any case I can't claim this a world-class offering. I'll really enjoy finishing this glass, and would happily snatch it up by the 6-pack, but there're noticeable flaws and opportunities for improvement.

This certainly makes me curious to review Westbrook's other offerings. Seems like quite a quality brewery.

Low B

Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 08/31/13 notes. Bought a bottle of this at Ginger Man in NYC to go, $12.50 for a 22 oz. bottle after the discount, not bad. Bottled on 04/24/13, poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with two inches of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Looks good, as I'd expect.

s - Smells of citrus hops, wheat, sour lemons, sour fruits, and some very light salt. As it warms up a little more spice, pepper, and coriander.

t - Tastes of sour lemons, sour fruits, sale, floral hops, fruity malts, grass, light spices, earthy notes, and citrus hops. Less citrus hops and more sourness and salt. Very nice, small step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall refreshing and pretty easy to drink the whole bottle.

o - Overall a very nice gose, teetering on the berlinerweiss side. The salt is pretty minimal compared to other goses, and the sourness is huge for a gose, those not as vinegary as some wilds. The lightness and light sourness is what reminds me of a berliner. Whatever the style, this is a good beer I'd definitely have again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.89/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can dated 24 July 2013 served in a pint glass.
Doesn't look very good, being a murky yellow brown that had no head after a few minutes.

Also does not smell appealing, but the flavor is actually rather good. The nose is definitely tart but still did not prepare me for the extremely tart flavor; about half as tart as lemon, perhaps. Quite salty, even for style. Unfortunate touch of vinegar.

O: very tart and interesting beer with one of the more extreme divergences I've encountered between smell and taste.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at The Gingerman in New York, NY

A: Pours an extremely hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and just a hint of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium to large patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed

S: Light to moderate aromas of tartness/sourness, lemon citrus, wheat, and light amounts of spiciness. There is also a faint amount of saltiness (like ocean air) to the overall smell.

T: Upfront this beer is quite tart but not so tart as to be difficult to drink - there are moderate elements of lemon citrus and wheat present. Just following the initial tartness there is an underlying saltiness along with some slight faint hints of earthiness/spiciness in the background. Overall, very tasty.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with moderate to significant amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Very easy to drink and extremely refreshing, especially on a hot summer afternoon. Definitely a stand out example of the style and one I would gladly have again.

Photo of mothman
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy hazy yellow.

Lemon citrus. Acidic. Vinegar. Coriander and salt. Yeasty. Tart.

Light bodied easy to drink. So much flavor.

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is light orange and hazy with a half inch of white head that quickly fizzes away to nil. The aroma brings sourness, citrus, funk, earth, salt. Puckering from the onset with salt character immediately following. Light acidity with spritzy carbonation tickling the palate. Sweet tropical fruit, particularly pineapple. Well done.

Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can , canned 11/07/14

Clouded, light and dull lemon/orange, off white quality loose head, high collar and thicker film. Leaves nice scattered way up high lacing'

Mild sniff of orange.

Fresh and flavorful, with loads of bright orange and biting sour lemon notes.

Well worth a try

Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a snifter glass at a bottle share. Much thanks to alexk307 for the can!

Real nice looking body. Orb glowing lemon yellow, white fluffy and thick carbonation off the pour, with a good creamy head.

Nose is kind interesting. Mild green like herbality, some nice lemon tartness with a soft bit of acid aroma. Good hint of salt but also a real sweet pink grapefruit quality. Kind of getting some radler like impressions on this. A bit jarring but very unique.

Palate comes off with little malt depth or chew. Slightly weak and watery, with the base aromas really not coming through as much on the palate. Hints of lemon and mild zest, but a little bit fleeting. Not much aftertaste either.

Overall fairly alright but lacking a lot of malt depth that I associate with this, and a bit of an odd ball aroma.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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