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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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275 Reviews
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Reviews: 275
Hads: 2,336
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 35.52%
Wants: 384
Gots: 402 | FT: 62
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 ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a stange.
The appearance was a light yellow color with fast rising carbonation to fill a rapidly dissipating two finger-ed white head. Lacing just slid right on into the beer.
The smell had a sour grapefruit and lemon leading into a tart wheaty saltiness. Light coriander rounds out the aroma exceptional.
The taste balanced all of the previously mentioned flavors to blend in a superior fashion. Light lemon to salty aftertaste builds into a quick dry and semi-wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about light on the body with a clean dry rounded sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good - light.
Overall, really nice beer all around, pretty sure I'd pound the crap out of a sixer on a hot Summer's day if I lived in the distro of this. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of -Rick
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy yellow color. An acidic smell to it, lemon, grass, sea salt. The taste is so refreshing. Quite tart and very salty. A crisp and dry finish to this beer. One of the best American Gose style beers out there!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I have been winnowing down the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody for a couple of weeks at the expense of The CANQuest (tm), but since I have been drinking anything and everything but AIPAs and DIPAs, it seemed prudent to branch out even further.

From the CAN: "This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced 'goes-uh'), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback."

The Crack! unleashed a bit of a gusher, causing me to have to employ a much gentler pour that I would have liked. Part of the excitement of CANs is the inverted Glug, but I could not chance it with all of the foam that I was seeing. It all worked out, since I ended up with two-plus fingers of foamy, bone-white head that fizzled into wisps. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was more salty than spicy or tart and so the Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus came by for a taste. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Speaking of taste, this was very salty, but not terribly sour, making it much more to my liking. The finish was bone-dry and I really got a citrusy tartness out of it. Phew! It was like an onslaught of dry beers all of a sudden.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pale/straw yellow color, hazed, 3 finger white head, good amount of carb.
Smell - Sour/tart, wheat, citrusy, white grapes, funk, lacto, salt
Taste - Like squeezing a fresh lemon right in your mouth! Super sour/tart, earthy, salty, white grape sourness, wheat

Overall - Over takes Lost Nation's Gose as my favorite of the style. Very much enjoyed drinking this.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this beer while at the rooftop bar overlooking Fort Sumter in Charleston Saturday afternoon.... I've been wanting to try this for quite some time and when I saw it was available, I jumped at it... Not disappointed at all... Maybe the best summer ale I've had? A little sour, a little salty, eminently poundable with its low ABV.... Uber refreshing... Is surprised at how much so... I had heard the hype about this beer and I'm a believer... It was as good as advertised for sure... Everything just seemed to work so well together...

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden in color with a huge frothy white head. Cans have been overflowing when opened, not from disturbance more from the huge carbonation I'd imagine.
Smell is some cereal grain, lemon, acidity and a hint of orange.
Taste is big tart lemon and a hint of salt and crackery malt.
Way tart for a gose, not particularly to style. Don't get much coriander (not complaining here, tastes like soap to me) and only a hint of salt. Not very balanced. Tasty beer as a sour, but too tart to even be all that refreshing for my palate.

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

A - Pours a straw yellow color with a massive rocky, white head and heavy carbonation.

S - Wheat, straw, and tart sour white grapes dominate the nose.

T - Follows the nose with a tart and puckering white sour grape finish that sucks the spit off your palate initially before causing the entire mouth to water before it eventually dries out the mouth. Lingering white grape tartness that's borderline puckering.

M - Medium body with very active carbonation, lingering puckering tartness.

O - Didn't think I would enjoy this beer/style but it's quite good!

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Becoming a fan of the style, definitely will look forward to more Gose next summer. G Had in can, fresh. Definitely a good beer, very refreshing and tasty, but not sure it was necessarily better then Sixpoint Jammer (was / should be easier to find) and Lost Nation was every bit as good.

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

Tart, refreshing, salty, tangy, slightly spicy, this is a great beer. Once you get past the initial sourness it becomes a thirst quenching Monster. I can see why this style is in a revival. This is one of my new summer go to beers.

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

Straight pour from a 12oz can to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware); the July 28, 2015 canning date printed in black ink on the underside of the can puts this one at just under two months old (“1279-1281 07/28/15 11:52”). It’s been refrigerated for about 48 hours, so it’s had time to settle and even out. I’m not sure if I’m missing much for being about two months old, but generally I don’t think of sours as deteriorating nearly as quickly as other (especially hop-forward) beers. The rest of this six-pack has tasted just fine over the last two weeks, anyway :-)

Appearance (3.75): This certainly is a frothy, active bugger: three and a half fingers of snow-white, crackling foam rise off of the pour, capping a glowing orange-gold body that’s nicely hazy throughout, but allows shadows to pass. The head doesn’t last too long, fading down to a crackly film on the surface of the beer and leaving essentially no lacing at all. Par for the course stylistically speaking, I’d say, but I really like how thick the head was.

Smell (4.5): The aroma is mainly tangy, bright lactic acid—lime juice, plain greek yogurt, green apple, fresh-cut grass—bolstered by . . . jeez, not much. Common crackers, white flour, baking soda biscuits. Smells like sunshine.

Taste (4.0): Bitter lemon juice, a little limeade sweetness, and then a whole lot of lemon zest. A more subtle, somewhat spicy but citrusy flavor indicates the place of the coriander here, and it becomes much more obvious as it warms up. The salt in this beer serves mostly to balance out the bracing tartness of the lactic acid, enhancing the earthiness of the coriander and adding some—you guessed it—saltiness. It’s actually rather salty, now that I think about it, but it’s not distracting or unpleasant. The malt body is almost non-existant here: a bready base that mostly just stays out of the way. Suits the style, but this one puts a lot of spin on the classic elements.

Mouthfeel (5.0): This is easily the best part of the beer: dry and tart on the front of the palate, the juicy midsection of the beer washes in with a perfectly average amount of moderately coarse carbonation and a quenching, just-shy-of-middle-weight body. The finish is all tart lemonade, perfectly dry and begging for more. Insanely easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): This is a beer that meets all of its style characteristics, but puts a little extra mustard on its most distinctive elements. It’s very “American” in that regard, which is a slippery slope—especially when it comes to styles that don’t have as much historical precedent in our country as, say, the (D)IPA. That said, Westbrook did a very nice job in keeping this beer drinkable and not too over the top. Without a doubt, this is a must-buy for fans of the style.

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

12 oz can. Hazy straw yellow color, tall fizzy head that disappears quickly. Tart aroma that follows through in the taste. This is not a mild Gose, the lemony tartness is bold, but there is enough sweetness and salt in the finish to tame it so it ends up being very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, good for the style. Highly carbonated but goes down silky smooth with faint tartness and salt lingering. Very good for this style.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best gose I've had yet. Beautiful unfiltered straw yellow. The smell is tart and acidic. The taste is a slight sweetness upfront before your hit by an almost puckering tartness which lasts until a salty aftertaste hits on the finish. Great example of the style.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip
(A)- Hazed pale yellow in color. Good froth and retention
(S)- Light lemon meets sea salt and some light wheated cereal grains. Almost slightly funk at the end
(T)- A good tartness meets light salt and wheated grains. Subtle lemon rind
(M)- Good crisp carbonation level meets a nicely light yet flavorful and crisp mouthfeel. Lightly tart and salted
(O)- Crisp and refreshing with just the right level of tartness. If I had easier access to this, I would crush it in summertime. Easily one of the better ones in the style for my tastes

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

9/6/15. DE

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

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

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

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Photo of Srs5768
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This American interpretation of the Gose style -- which admittedly I'd never had prior to Westbrook's version -- is super salty, sour and delicious. Have heard many say that this is not actually what Gose is supposed to taste like, but it doesn't matter when a beer is this satisfyingly great.

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Photo of VT9091
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gose; not my last. "Sour, Salty, and Delicious" pretty much covers it. Quite the palate refresher. Odd yellowy color. Salty but not briney. One is quite good and probably my session limit.

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Photo of Greybeard
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

A kind co-worker gave me a can of this to sample. Said it was highly rated on BA. "Sour and Salty," most definitely. But delicious? No.

Looks good and pours with minimal head, but the first sip reminds me of the the tapwater at Myrtle Beach: nasty. It tastes more like somebody poured salt and a little bit of lemon juice into a cheap Chardonnay. I just don't get the claim that this is delicious beer.

Yes, I drank it, the whole can. It was a gift, after all, and I wanted to give it a chance. But I would never buy one of these, there are too many good beers out there to waste money on brackish brew.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big fan of this - great American Gose.

Pours gold with a bit of haze. Thin fizzy head forms and immediately retreats.

Nose is light, crisp with a hint of the sour.

Flavor is as described - light body with a nice level of sour, salt prevalent most on the finish. Very nice and amazing for the price.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had heard others describe this as the "best Gose around" so I was admittedly a little disappointed when I finally got to try this beer.

It's salty and enjoyable with little else. A good beer to drink i the summer or with a meal.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is still the best Gose out there in my opinion. It has just the right balance of salt and sourness with nearly perfect carbonation. This is the epitome of a go to summer beer for refreshment.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in Fort Mill

Pours a slightly hazed & effervescent straw color with a pinky of eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent, okay head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, wheatyness, lemon rinds

T: Sourness, dryness, tartness, & saltyness up front. Saltyness & tartness, lemons as this warms. Finishes tart, salty, & citrusy & very refreshing

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, acidic

Drinks too easy, a good a take on the style as I've had. Would buy this all the time if I could

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Photo of uvachief
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into a brandy snifter. NO head. Pours a golden lemon color that is barely opaque. Smells of lemons and wheat. Also smell sea salt almost. First sip is exactly what a gose should taste like: sour and salty. However, it is not over the top but it is salty and sour. This is a traditional sour salty wheat beer. Goes well with about anything but particularly spicy food. Slammed one with some BBQed baby back ribs and it went down quickly. Really interesting beer. Try if you have not. Good one!

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Photo of inkman15
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy golden/straw colored with fizzy, thin white head that dissipates fairly quick. Noticeably high carbonation.

Aroma: tangy lacto and salt over a bready/wheaty malt base. Makes the back of my mouth salivate in anticipation of the sourness to come

Taste: puckering sour hits you first and then melds with salt before ending with some lemony/orange citrus notes and wheat.

Mouthfeel: The sourness and salt will hit the back of your tongue immediately. Thin body and moderately high carbonation. Leaves a tangy aftertaste in your mouth.

Overall: Gose is a widely varied style and I'm often disappointed with tame interpretation. For me, if you want a Gose, this is how you do it - lots of lacto and lots of salt. Very refreshing and crushable.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.