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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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274 Reviews
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Reviews: 274
Hads: 2,334
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 384
Gots: 403 | 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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Reviews: 274 | Hads: 2,334
Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a quickly receding cream colored head.

S: Tart wheat, a lot of salt, coriander, hay and some brine.

T: Umami is a good descriptor here. Sharply tart and salty upfront. A touch of a lactic twang with a backend of light wheat and coriander. Fades into sea salt and just a hint of citrus. Lemon is in there somewhere. Ridiculously refreshing and a fantastic take on the style.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%

From a selection of beers bought back from SC. Canned date of 7/1/14. First experience with this style

Poured into a pint glass, head disappeared quickly leaving a fizzy dark yellow hazy body. Taste was tart, very salty and a bit sour. Didn't pick up the corriander much. A dry puckering finish. I enjoyed this more when down in the heat of the south. Wasn't as refreshing back in the PA late summer.

My issues with this beer, and it may just be that I dont overly care for the style was that although it's only 4.0abv, It was a sipping beer, perhaps due to the saltiness. The other problem was that despite rinsing thoroughly with water and wiping off my lips, I found it near impossible to get rid of the saltiness, rendering the next beer I had slightly salty as well. Seems like this is a one and done last beer of the day for me.

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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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from 12oz can into my Trim Tab Brewing pint glass.

Appearance: thickly cloudy yellow-gold hue with a quickly-dissipating head. That cloudiness is just amazing.

Smell: sweet and tart with a light fruitiness and a light funkiness. The tartness and the fruitiness combine to create kind of a lemony aroma. I quite like it indeed.

Taste: very tart up front with a nice wheaty character at the end. Saltiness is low but is definitely there. I think that after a whole can I'm going to appreciate the somewhat low salt level.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light carbonation that is more refreshingly fizzy than creamy. Good for the style.

Overall: this is an incredibly drinkable beer. I would love to have this available in my area for hot days, tailgating and camping. Great stuff.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4/5  rDev -2.7%

A: cloudy river water, yellow and murky

S: pineapple, green apple

T: Tart pineapple, a hint of salt that smoothes out the tartness of the pineapple. Green sour apple aftertaste

M: slight carbonation, leaves a sweet tart after taste lingering in your mouth for a few seconds

O: The first time I had this beer was the first time I had a Gose. I love this beer. Very sour and tart but salinity balances. Are with spiedie chicken, old bay shrimp and asparagus on the grill and it was delicious.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Pours a murky gold with little to no head. The smell, is simply put, kind of off putting. The taste starts off sour, then finishes in a way that's like drinking sweat. Mouthfeel is midrange, the carbonation is on the low side, and it has sense of being thick in a coating sort of way. I had the amped up version of this (Artisanal) on draft and that it was tasty and explosive. The aftertaste, smell, look, and finish need some work on this one.

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Photo of FLima
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow whitish color with a thin white head.
Strong aroma with salty, lacto and sour funky notes.
Flavor with acid notes of effervescent C vitamin, some salt (not as much as indicated by the nose) and lots of lime. Hints of sulfur. Dry aftertaste.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Gose with a bold tart flavor, lemony refreshing and not heavy on salt, just right. Very good brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -2.7%


Rich hooked this 12oz can up a while back, finally getting around to enjoying it tonight... Thanks Rich!! Pours a hazy light orange with a virtually nonexistent head and no lacing... Nose is sharp coriander and lemony wheat with a definite briny element... with warmth a sorta yeasty/doughy element comes up and out of the glass. Flavor is surprisingly tart.. bright lemony lacto... the sour notes blow out most of the coriander except on the finish when it rebounds with a light saltiness... Much more sour than any standard Berliner I have had in a while and doesn’t have as much salt/coriander as the AV Gose... The body is light/medium and punctuated a bit by the residual wheat malt.. Drinkability is very high for the one (maybe a 2nd) can, but my stomach couldn’t handle much more in a session.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pour is hazy pale golden in color with a fairly tight white head. Nose is citrus with a hint of lemon and strong sea salt. Decent grain presence Taste is fairly sour with moderate carb and lighter body. Brighter tart lemon with plenty of salt and a fair bit of malt personality.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of wvsabbath
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light yellow, copper, not much of a head or lacing.

Smell - Wheat, some sour funk, lemon, grapes, a little citric note.

Taste - First sip is sour mixed with wheat, some fruits and salt. Lemon along with some grapes is also picked up. Flavor is very much like lemonade with tartness.

Mouthfeel - Tart/sour nails tongue. Palate gets some wheat, lemon and salt. Aftertaste is tart/sour, salty and lemon.

Overall - Nicely done. Balance of sour/wheat/fruits makes this enjoyable. Has the bite that gose beers are famous for but the other aspects are able to come out. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first gose...

Poured into stange; cloudy to the point of opacity, like unfiltered grapefruit juice.
Smells like a sour; tart citrus, dry.
Tastes very tart and refreshing, very sour.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp.
Overall, I love this beer style. Sour, dry, crisp and refreshing, I could drink these all night. I don't know enough about the style to tell whether this particular one is good or bad, but all I know is overall they're delicious.

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Photo of jhartley
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Formed a huge fluffy white head that broke apart quickly never to be seen again.
Dark golden almost apple juice looking body. Kind of looks like golden ocean water when held up to the sunlight, like when the waves ebb and swirl the sand.
Smells sour and the coriander comes out prominently as well.
You really get that sour tartness right away! It's almost like sour pear juice, that sounds bad, but it isn't! I can't necessarily pick out the addition of salt, other than the dryness it imparts. Reminds me a little bit of Bell's Oarsman.
Really refreshing on a hot day, the dryness on the end really makes you want to go back for more.
Overall a decent brew that drinks so easy it should be illegal! Can certainly see buying a ton of this! If I had a 6 pack of this it wouldn't last too long.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured can dated 7/10/14 into New Belgium glass

A-Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S-The aroma is very wheaty with hints of coriander and lemon.

T-The taste is a wonderful balance of sourness and wheat with the perfect amount of saltiness to accompany this refreshing brew.

M-Mouthfeel has well balanced and medium carbonation. Nice sour finish.

O-My first Westbrook ale and most definitely not my last.

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Photo of Idrankitall
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 5-7-14 drank on 7-30-14 in tulip glass

A: Hazy straw color with effervescent quick dissipating white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Probably where this beer shines the most is in the smell. Straw, wheat, lemon, coriander, and sour malt all shine. The aroma is balanced and inviting.

T: Dry and crisp with the lemon and salt shinning. There is a sweetness to the tart on the back, overall well balanced but lacking in depth.

M: Dry and well carbonated, not much thickness. As is expected in a Gose.

O: A great beer, not the best Gose ever but definitely worth buying. If given the opportunity I would have again.

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Photo of linnymtu
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I really shouldn't rate a beer in a category I probably don't like. This was my first Gose beer and I don't care for sour/wild ales either. I went easy on it (could've rated it a 1.00 to my tastes).

The sour and saltiness dominates big time. So if this is something your tastes buds crave, then this one is for you.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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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 sommersb
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 07-23-2014
Freshness: Canned on 04-24-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Liquor Express, Huntsville AL

A: Honey-colored, semi-clear beer. The white head starts tall, but fades quickly leaving no lacing in the glass.

A: Smells have both salty and sour notes, with fruity citrus from lemon peel.

T: Taste is first up very mouth-puckering, like a good lemonade. The salt adds an interesting and complimentary effect.

M: Light in body with a high amount of carbonation. The finish has sour flavors but also a little sweetness.

O: This style always throws me for a curve with its sour and salt aspects, but proves itself to be an excellent summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of tbdkev
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours turbid golden yellow with a tall, frothy head. The aroma is candy-like, with wheat and hints of lime. The flavor profile follows suit. The salty and sour elements compliment each other wonderfully. Lime flavors dominate the palate on the initial taste, with the saltiness lingering toward the back of the tongue. The saltiness also accentuates "tongue-smacking" that occurs with the sour flavors. Regarding the mouthfeel, the carbonation is just right for the flavor profile. Honestly, it's hard to drink this beer one sip at a time--it's that good. It's perfect for the summer.

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Photo of wedge
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy gold-tinted yellow color with a quickly fading head. Tart, wheaty aroma...sourdough, lemon/lime, and just a whiff of coriander. Intensely sour from the start, acidic and crisp. Lemon and lime juices and salt brings to mind refreshing pool-side beverages. Fairly light and puckering, leaving the gums dry. Not sure I've ever had a Gose quite this sour. Refreshing!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow with minimal head, no light passage. Nose comprises of bready wheat and lemon zest with hints of tangy lactobacillus. The taste is where this beer shines. Starts with tangy tartness followed by huge notes of candied lemon and lemon zest. This is quickly followed by a dash of sea salt and a grainy wheat to finish. The finish is clean and balanced. A ton of flavor is jam packed into this 4% brew and this shows me how incredibly tasty a gose can be. I can see why people scoop up cases at a time of this, hopefully this somehow finds it's way into Chicago's distribution.

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Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, undated, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a super hazy and cloudy apricot color, hues of orange and copper with a thick, fizzy finger of white head, that vanishes immediately and leaves no film nor lace, a vigorous swirl of the glass yields nothing. The aroma is citrusy and sour, light vinegar, a bit of wildflower with a nice sea salt finish. The flavors match well, big lemon zest sourness, light grapefruit tartness behind it, mild vinegar, wildflower, pale grain with a crisp and assertive salty bite that linger really well. The mouthfeel is nice, plenty of liveliness, lighter body, coats the mouth well, finishes easily with a nice puckery sensation.

Verdict: A delicious Gose from Westbrook, one of the most sour examples of the style and perhaps less salty, but delicious nonetheless. One of the more refreshing beers I've tried this summer, I could easily run through a case of this with ease, definitely a great warm weather beer.

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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 gcamparone
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. Purchased in Myrtle Beach this past weekend, canned 3 weeks ago on 6/16/14.

A - Pours a dull, hazy yellow-orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces to a layer of foam to leave spotty lacing.

S - Hard to explain.. I've drank multiple cases of this beer and I still can't exactly put my finger on the specific aromas/tastes, you just have to try it! I definitely get lemon juice, citrus rind, some spices, light malt, bready.

T - Perfectly tart, borderline sour, definitely salty upfront.. like yellow gatorade. The follow through has subtle pale malt notes, coriander and clove, and a subtle fruitiness.

M - Crisp, refreshing, light, and easy to drink. The shining point of this beer.

I call this the perfect session beer. If you're into sours, you'll like this as a drinkable brew that you can drink a lot of to get your sour fix, as opposed to having to crack open expensive bombers. Not traditionally funky-sour, but definitely different and definitely good.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.