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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 2,290
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 386
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 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 Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very small head, fizzy, quickly fading. No lacing. Brew is a murky orange/yellow.

Tangy and sour aroma; citrus meets sour milk meets hay. If that sounds unpleasant, it's misleading; it's a very inviting aroma.

Flavor is an excellent match of wheat and hay, lemons and oranges, coriander and grass, and a slightly funky, slightly sour, very tart edge. Slightly milky. The salt doesn't stand out as overpowering, but it's certainly very salty for a beer.

Light and crisp feel, very active, slight sting. Very drinkable. Oily retention balanced against a slight pucker on the aftertaste. Refreshing.

The can doesn't lie; this is a delicious, light, refreshing beer. Definitely would make a fantastic summer quencher.

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Photo of SebD
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of wheat malts, some tart lemon, coriander and some sea salt.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some tart lemons upfront, wheat malts, some coriander, citrus and a touch of salt.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

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Photo of kell50
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off with a disclaimer. I had never had a Gose (pronounced Gose-uh) before and I'm not really sure how to grade this one appropriately.

6 pack purchased at Green's in Myrtle Beach, SC.

A- Super murky, clouded yellowish color. Slight carbonation created a crisp, bubbly head. The beer looked creamy as it was being poured from the can.

S - Funk. Salt. Musty wheat. Lemons. Crazy blend of aromas. Not super appealing, I must admit, but I'm trying to go in with an open mind.

T - Sour/tart/funk/citrus the whole way down. Followed by the addition of salt on the back end. It's quite sour and interestingly quite refreshing, with that briny finish adding another dimension to this beer.

M - This beer was quite creamy with a medium amount of carbonation. Even with the unusual ingredients/flavors it's very drinkable.

O - Probably one of the most unique beers I've ever tasted. Who would of thought a salty, sour wheat beer would be so damn drinkable. Definitely a beer to seek out. Gotta tip my hat to Westbrook Brewing Co. for taking a stab at this style.

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Photo of spoony
4.15/5  rDev +1%

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.

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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 GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 12oz can purchased at Triangle Wine in Cary, NC.

A - Yellow and quite hazy with a big white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Lemony, floral and slightly grassy.

T - Tart and lemony but not overpowering. Very refreshing. Salty but subtle. Outstanding! And perfect for a warm SC/NC day.

M - Moderate carbonation and consistency with a solid pucker factor.

O - Great beer! And perfect for the local climate.

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Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 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 WoostaBia
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra salty, sour middle, bone dry finish. The salt takes over and a bit overbearing. Glad I tried it. Wish the sourness was more pronounced than the saltiness.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Starts with a big loose and crazy bubbly off-white head. Drops to nothing almost immediately, which has to be a result of the salt. Lively carbonation keeps the beer popping. A hazy pale gold/hay.

Smell: Tart. Loaded with a ton of wheat and the associated twang it offers. Mildly lactic. Malts outside of wheat are very light adding a mild bready sweetness. Some rich ripe peach comes through as it warms. Salt builds through the back. A mildly earthy and grassy hop presence. Coriander gives it a bit more depth. Lemon zest and a touch of something citric. Lactic element rounds out a bit as it warms. Clean and solid.

Taste: Lactic tart edge hits first and aggressive. Lingering lemon zest and lemon juice brightens it up a bit. Some mild pale malt sweetness with some earthy and damp elements. Salt sits on the back of the sip and manages to make subsequent sips bright and clean. Coriander is mild and sits in the middle of the sip before the salt scrubs it out. Some vague crackery elements in the back. Wheat malt is obviously prevalent. Some slight grassy notes. Lactic element builds as it warms and pushes toward being too assertive, but the salt on the finish tempers the whole thing.

Mouthfeel: Light leading to medium body with a moderate to high carbonation. Clean with a solid astringency. Dry in increasing measure.

Overall: Grant unto me a bounteous summer of cans.

This is refreshing and confusing. It's salty and that makes me thirsty...for more of this beer.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a Burley Oak snifter (canned on 6/16/14, 725/726)

It seems that I missed the best by date (9/14/14) by 64 days.

A: Muddy, brackish dirty blonde brine. Nice bit of finger-head on the pour.
S: Salty seawater, with some tart funk on side.
T: Salty, like moist sea salt. Good and solid gose. An excellent base to build off of, as shown by Gozu and Gose Gone Wild.
M: Tiny bit of rough carbonation.
O: It kind of sucks that my introduction to Westbrook's Gose came in the form of its variants first. I had the Gozu first, which was much complex with the full flavor of the Yuzu in it. Then, I had the Gose Gone Wild, which was brought by its maker to a bottleshare. The GGW is much more tart and more akin to a classic sour. This is great, but really kind of pales in comparison to its brethren.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a can of this

Consumed 5/26/14

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold, light tangerine, dark honey color - pours with a medium-sized, white head that fades quickly, somewhat of a collar, leaves a few specs of lacing - definitely good considering the style

Smell: Surprisingly sour with a touch of distinct saltiness - lactic sourness, with some potent musty, damp cellar aromas, yet some of this mustiness seems to be rounded out by the salt - funky with some lemony aromas - pale malts and some wheat in the back - salt only becomes obvious when you swirl it around and really get your nose in it - coriander is also in there, but mostly overpowered by the other aromas

Taste: The description on the can is quite accurate, as this is sour, salty, and delicious - moderate to almost high level of lactic sourness - musty, wet, sourness that finishes with straight-up salt - definitely salty, but it's not extreme, and it works - yeasty, lactic funk, some tart lemon, and more salt - coriander adds some spice/grass flavors - wheat malts at the base - finishes tart and acidic, with some dry salt

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sour and acidic, adequate carbonation, finishes salty

Overall: Nothing says refreshment like a sour and salty beverage

This is my first review for a Gose, and I hope this style continues to become more popular. I don't think of sour and salt as attributes I would want in a "refreshing" drink, but I do believe in beers with unique flavor profiles. Westbook Gose is nicely sour, lightly salty, and extremely interesting. I definitely want to experience this again.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Trade with jshusc, thanks!
Date: Canned 2013-09-19
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Westbrook's gose is definitely more tart and less velvety in mouthfeel than its brethren in Leipzig, a bit "bigger" in spice and citrus flavors as well. This holds nothing against it, though, as all the components are well within the range of acceptable values for my palate: nothing is harsh, cloying, or overly anything. Very tasty, and while not Cantillon or anything in terms of sour complexity, this would be a beer I'd happily enjoy throughout the year if it were locally available.

Pours a 1cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is about average at one minute, the foam fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is present, modest, a steady batch of dots cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a medium golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (50-60% opacity) body, moderate in number, but fairly high in vigor.

Aroma of soured wheat mash with salt, coriander, and lemon and lime juice. Fruity, yet tempered by the acidity: enjoyable overall. Reminds me a bit of Local Option's Schmetterling Gose without the harsh stomach-acid-meets-margarita that that one offered.

Front of palate picks up tart lemon and lime with soured grains, and coriander. Mid-palate of soured wheat mash with lemon and lime tartness, salt, and coriander (in that order of intensity). Back of palate finds mild graininess, milder acidic tartness (lactobacillus and lemon citric-like), some salt, and simple lemon juice flavor. Aftertaste of salty graininess, slightly dry and pretzel-like, with hints of lemon in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy (1/5), foamy (2/5), and then smooth (2/5) mouthfeel. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness coating the palate and lips.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was like liquid gold, pale, yet somehow deep, due to the murkiness of the body. The foam fizzed briefly to for a thin floating head before fading away, and leaving behind a still liquid that looked like raw sugarcane juice. The smell was sour and biting, and somewhat reminiscent of a Lambic. The taste showed off both the sourness and salt, as this tasted more like an unsweetened cider than any other beer I have had before. I have had the German Gose a long time ago, but I hon't recall it being this bold. Very light and refreshing to drink, and the 4% alcohol made it quite easy to drink. The finish was a lingering, puckering sourness. I only picked a single can this time, but I think I will get more, while the days are long, and the summer sun still lurks about.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: into a stange, dirty straw-colored and hazy body, capped with a slim cap of white head, leaving not a trace behind...

S: lots of citrus and wet grain, slightly herbal - sharp and salty, like ocean water and wheat

T: super tart and salty - as advertised, and as expected for the style - wheaty grain is subtle in the background, accents of floral and citric coriander spice

M: crisp, tart and salty; light body, brisk and tingly

O: great flavors and feel in what I understand to be a good representation of the style, certainly a great introduction to the Gose, as this is a very refreshing and highly drinkable beer

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No date stamped on bottom of can at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spice and salt
Head small (3 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to irregular ring and layer
Lacing poor – a few medium islands with varying sized bubbles
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor tart and salty with an odd spicyness and a little citrus. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation.

I was surprised to see coriander as an ingredient. I’m most familiar with this in various Belgium-styled ales but the flavor and aroma here are very different. This is a very refreshing and tasty brew.

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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 Dreadnaught33
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ahalloin for sharing this!

Pours the hazy yellow color with tinges of orange in there. Little ring of head. Looks good.

Smell is interesting and has the signature salty overtone mixed with some funky almost saison type aromas. Little bit of metallic aroma as it opens up unfortunately. The taste follows suit and adds a wheat cereal element very strongly that reminds me of wheaties. Little bit of an elegant tartness like a Sauvignon blanc, and some more aggressive tart light fruits at the back. Somewhat abrupt finish with a juicy feel up front. Not overly carbonated but it makes sense with the flavors.

Overall an interesting and solid example of the style.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is as fantastic as you have heard. Pours cloudy and very pale yellow with a scant head of perfectly white foam that falls fast and leaves fleeting lace. Nose is tart with citrus and something sour. A bit of wheat and sweetness and a some earthy coriander. The nose is like a kind of perfume. It's hard to describe. The taste is outrageously good. All the tartness of lemon, the brightness of the lemon peel, the earthiness of the coriander. The crisp and dry wheat malt. Rather than an outright taste of salt, there is a saline aspect in the composition of the palate. it is at once complex yet simple. It's refreshing and has an underlying sweetness that is subtle. It's dry and while it's not salty the saltiness contributes to the overall mouthfeel and texture of the beer. It's thirst quenching, it's aromatic , it is an instant favorite.

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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 LambicPentameter
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade from BA ThickNStout. Excited to try it, as I've been curious about this one since I first started trying the Gose style. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with a bottling date of April 2014 stamped on the bottom. Poured into a 16 oz can-shaped glass from Free State Brewing--seemed fitting, since the beer comes in a can.

Appearance - Pour yields a finger of fizzy white foam that dissipates practically before I can even set the glass down, leaving a tiny ringlet of fizz around the edge of the glass and surface liquid that is otherwise unblemished with head. The body is a murky sunglow yellow with a warmish twinge to it that suggests an orangish tint where the murkiness creates a shadow in the liquid. There is no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Some salty brine and lemon juice are the predominant characteristics, with just a faint note from the wheaty base. I also get a slightly perfume-like element, presumably from the addition of coriander. There is a healthy acidity permeating the overall aroma.

Taste - Very sour, with citrus zest, lemon juice and lactic acidity all coming to the forefront. Salt gives a slight impression of margarita mix, but only hints at it--nothing overt. Baking wheat bread is hidden in the background, and again, the coriander provides a hint of sweet earthy spice to add some depth to this otherwise predominantly sour beer.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with low carbonation and a high puckering factor on the mouth that lends to a dry finish.

Overall, I can see why people like this beer, especially by virtue of the fact that it's a summer-friendly beer that comes in cans. If I could go to the store and grab a sixer of this on the way to the beach or ballgame, it would be a no brainer. That said, there are a couple of beers in the style that I like a little better, just because the overall beer is a little more subtly done; of course those don't come in cans, and are a bit pricey, since they have to traverse the Atlantic to hit store shelves. If you have access to this beer and like brews with sour components, don't hesitate to grab this one.

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