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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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93
outstanding

1,851 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 297
Gots: 294 | FT: 46
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.

5 IBU

(Beer added by: mrandypandy on 05-06-2012)
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On-tap at CASK Pub and Kitchen in Pimlico, London.

Pours a peachy, dirty golden colour, so thick with haze it's unbelievable. It looks like nectar. Weight is decent enough. Head forms almost nothing, just a few bubbles clinging to the outside—no lace, no carbonation. It looks extremely freaking weird.

Yep, weird is going to be the by-word here, I can tell. Nose has pear chutney, green-apple skin and funky lemon, slashed with brine. Salt-and-pepper fried squid and olive juice complete the picture. It's vivid and strong, and almost cacophonic. Outstanding.

Tart clingy entry on the palate. Stacks of unripe fruit acidity, leading to a true apple cider vinegar character. Banana and pear juice come through on the mid-palate before the salt wells up on the back, leaving a sharp brine flavour. Aftertaste lingers with salt and vinegar. Feel is light and biting.

This is so intense—it's hard to say really whether I like it or not. In any case it's a riproaring gose. Huge, intense, bigger and more outrageous than any other I've had. Keep it up, guys.

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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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Poured into Lost Abbey tumbler.

Appearance is murky yellowish tan with two finger off white head that dissipates to absolutely nothing. Looks almost like slightly filtered apple cider or pear juice.

Aroma is salty like a sea breeze, earthy, with subtle spices of coriander and thyme. Don't get much acidity on the aroma.

The palate bursts with lemon pucker, wheat malt, diluted salt water, with the coriander showing up at the end. Love the lacto presence in this, puckering but refreshing. Saltiness adds a wonderful contrast without distracting from the wheat base and lemon pulp like twang. Also love that the coriander is just shortly present and is as it should be, just a spice to add depth to the main ingredients.

Mouthfeel is light with carbonation on the low side. The lower carbonation is fit for the style in my opinion. It's meant to drink more like a lemonade than a pilsner. Obviously tart and astringent, drys out the mouth.

This is a nice Gose. Best American interpretation I've had for sure. Nice and sour with a great balance between the rest of the components (wheatiness, salt, spice). A great summer thirst quencher.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.