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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 2,249
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 3.41%
Wants: 382
Gots: 388 | FT: 64
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 halo3one
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark yellow, hazy, just a little froth, but quickly dissipates

S - Salty, beachy, malts

T - Tart, sour, bitter, salty

M - Light to medium bodied, tartness leaves short lived aftertaste.

O - Great version of a German classic. I was pleasantly surprised. (260 characters)

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has become my lawnmower beer of choice.

If your a big fan of traditional Gose be prepared for an enjoyable departure. I truly enjoy the fact that the carbonation is higher and the tartness tarter. The only reason that I did not rank it higher was because of the fact that it was so different from it's style roots.

a full 5 on the crushable scale! (354 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for an amazing box that including this Gose.

A: In all ways it looks like an unfiltered fresh pressed apple juice, a murky dark straw colour with just a slight ring of off white head circles the glass. No lacing.

S: Crisp and tart with apple and pear. As advertised its salty, with a slight sweet maltiness like a salted caramel. Background wheatiness with subtle hints of a lactic acid which reminds me of pancakes at breakfast.

T: Tart apples and pears, lemon juice and wheat with a brine saltiness on the finish. Not picking up any coriander however that doesn't take away from the complexity of the flavours.

M: Light to medium body with active carbonation. Bright and crisp.

O: Clean, crisp and refreshing, this is an exceptional Gose that is a perfect summer beer. Happy to see this style making a comeback. (847 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (2,126 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into an oversized tulip.
Pours a light straw color with minimal bubbly head.
Nice tangy aromas.
Tastes nice and sour, salty and some sweetness. Very flavorful.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp.
Overall, this is a nice delicious gose, a touch sweet. (263 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 5/23/14, poured into a pint glass

A- pours extra cloudy and hazy straw-yellow with some orange hue, small fizzy white head that look like spade, reduces quickly, leaving nothing behind but a white fizzy ring around the edge

S- wheat and toasted cracker-malt aroma, followed by some berry-like fruitiness and coriander, also picking up some cereal grains

T- wheat and coriander up front, lactic sourness kicks in mid-palate, quickly followed by a salty dry finish with a toasted malt linger

M- medium body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a sour & salty bone dry finish

O- this was definitely unlike any beer I've had, the play on saltiness and sourness leaves you wanting more on every dry finish. I'd love to get more of this (770 characters)

Photo of alexk307
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A: Pours hazy yellow with a straw head that dissipates quickly.

S: I'm not sure what I'm smelling here; I don't quite know what salt "smells" like. Lemons, coriander, wheat.

T: Wow. Hits you initially with a strong blast of sour. The sour falls off quickly and fades to a really pleasant light wheat/malt note. Not picking up any of the salt. Honestly, I'm tasting a lot of things in this beer that I don't really know how to describe or what to attribute to.

M: Lightly carbonated. Refreshing.

O: Incredibly unique and delicious beer. The fact that it comes in six packs for such a low price raises the status of this beer IMO. Satisfies my sour tooth for cheap. Highly recommended. (726 characters)

Photo of 01001111
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow with a head that rapidly disappears.

S: Peaches, salt, a faint lemon zest and, for lack of a better term, mildew.

T: Plums, lemons, with a sweet, salted-cracker finish.

M: Crisp and mildly tart but with a medium body.

O: Best Gose I've had so far. If I were the kind of person to have a session, this would be a prime sessionable choice. (357 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned on 4/24/2014. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow with 2 fingers of a white head that fizzled away instantly. Body is incredibly hazy and just barely translucent.

Smell: Lemon, green apple, wheat, lacto, floral and slightly briney.

Taste: Tart and salty on the palate right away with a light sweetness as well. Flavors are tart citrus, green apple, white grape, brine. Not getting much coriander other than the slightest hint in the finish and aftertaste (but that could just be in my head since I was looking for it).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium fine carbonation. No alcohol presence. Finishes tart and salty.

Overall: A weird style for sure, and I'm not sure it's one that I'm a fan of. The beer is good, but I'm not sure the saltiness actually improves anything.

For the sake of objectivity, my ratings are probably (just slightly) higher than my personal enjoyment of the beer. That said, I did enjoy it and I'm glad that I got a chance to try what's regarded as one of the better examples of the style. (1,075 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy light orange color. Lots of head that recedes quickly.

Aroma reminds me of a tart apples and salt.

Taste is exactly as described. Sour and salty. Slight sweetness but finishes dry. The most sour, assertive gose I have had yet.

Light crisp mouthfeel.

Great summer seasonal. (292 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Lemon and orange, some slight tartness and mild salt notes.

T-Starts with a mild citrus not, a little tart and then the finish has some salt. Earthy notes are there as well. As it warms it becomes more sour.

M-Medium to light in body, crisp dry finish with the lingering salt.

O-A solid gose, worth the try. This style definitely needs to make a comeback. Better as it warms the sour and the salt start tasting a lot better. (487 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. weird....smells like a sour barbeque.... can you imagine that? yes, sour. yes, salty... interesting, very interesting... hazy light yellow, sour aroma, bbq-remember? easy to drink-VERY easy to drink, kind of sour but goes down easily. not tasting the wheat or coriander. (275 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, pale, yellow-maize coloring with a halo of white filmy head and a slow flow of carbonation throughout. Aromas of tangy sweet white grapes, salt, toasted grains, subtle buttery notes, and white wine characteristics. Flavors are crisp and tart forward, with a blast of sour right behind. White grapes, sea salt, and tannins on a subtle toast backbone. The body is light, but full at the same time. Tart and salty aftertaste, which dries you out slightly, begging you to drink more. Dry, clean, crisp finish. Unbelievable drinkability on this beer. Fantastic! (610 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,619 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a hazy yellow orange, with a small half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells very sour and tart, with some lemon aromas.

The taste is similar. There is some definite lemon and orange citrus tastes, which I didn't expect, which is nice. Quite sour and tart, only mildly salty, but doesn't detract from drinkability at all.

Light to medium bodied. Crisp mouthfeel, the tartness lingers on the lips throughout the glass. Medium carbonation.

This is the first Gose I've really liked, which says a lot. (548 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a teku. This was canned on 02/28/14, so a bit under 3 months ago.

Appearance: Pours gold/light amber and leaves a couple fingers of fluffy white head that lingers around for a while, leaving full lacing.

Smell: Light peppery citrus, salt, grapes, wheat, light coriander.

Taste: Matches the nose pretty well. Green apple, salt, lemon zest, pepper, citrus, coriander.

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, salty body. Interesting feel, fits the style well.

Overall: A very different, interesting beer. Fairly refreshing and very well balanced, this was definitely well brewed. Light sour tones with a generally light flavor. (667 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a mix between a light straw color and a milky white liquid, two fingers of a white head and lots off bubbles, quickly fades to nothing. completely opaque

Smell: tart lacto bacteria. sour green apple skins, wheaty base.

Taste: opens with sour green apple skins, wheat, coriander and a little saltiness at the end.

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing. just a slight tart vinegariness remains.

Overall: Not too familiar with the style but this reminds me a lot of a berliner weisse. the salt and coriander adds a nice touch to the refreshing and sour brew. (566 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The Gose was a cloudy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head.

Smell - The beer smells like a wheat beer for the most part, but notes of lemon and salt sneak into the picture.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect lemon but then the saltiness comes in. It is truly amazing as it is salt in liquid form, but it will not give you sodium overload. Toward the back, the sour ntes become more apparent. In a sentence, this is liquid salted wheat with a sour aftertaste. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel runs a little thick like a good wheat beer, leaving a nice sour coating on the tongue.

Overall - I have had the style before. Maybe the beer was not as good. Maybe I was not ready to appreciate the style. One way or another, I love this beer. (767 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can pours an uber-hazed gold color with a fizzy white head. No lace and fades rapidly, typical of a gose.

Nose is nicely tart with definite notes of salt. Kinda smells like a 7-up. Little bit of grainy malt.

Taste is delightfully sour with a nice little salty twang, like a salt-rimmed berliner! If there has ever been a beer made for chugging this is it, even this brief review will not outlast these 12 ounces. The malt is light and crackery with the carbonation wonderfully scrubbing. This is delicious, a perma-want for me, I would never, ever turn one of these down. My favorite gose of all-time, definitely more sour than any others I have had. (658 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,787 characters)

Photo of MarcWP
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,144 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split 2 nights ago with Chico1985. Reviewed fully during consumption on the table. Big thanks to my cousin for sending this my way.

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for sending this up to me.

A- Poured from the can to two glasses for a tasting with an extremely cloudy pale golden body. A small, creamy white head forms but dies out pretty much immediately, within seconds. No head remains and no lace is deposited to the glass. Murky rotten apple juice appearance almost but a bit paler.

S- Tart light fruits lead the way with wheat and a lemony sourness. I get a tiny bit of floral spiciness from the coriander but it doesn't really do much for me here.

T- Very tart, more so than any other example of the style I have had. Lemony lactic sours coat the palate with notes of wheat, apples, white grapes and coriander spicy floralness beyond that. Definite saltiness here that combines with the acidity to create a unique flavor. Crusty wheat bread comes into play in the back end.

MF- Light bodied with a fair creaminess and high end carbonation that accentuates the tartness nicely. Smooth and crisp with that lingering sourness making me want to take another sip.

Drinkable Gose with a pretty intensely sour feel. Wheat, sour, coriander and salt indeed. Sitting down with a few cans of this in the summer would be nice. (1,321 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz. can purchased at the brewery on a recent trip to Charleston, SC; unknown brewing/canning date; poured into a Mad Fox snifter glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - off-yellow coloration; murky (cannot read or see through); initial frothy white head settles into a 1/4 finger glass lacing that persists throughout drinking; tight white carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass

S: 10/12 - as advertised, getting a mixture of coriander, salt and Berliner weisse-esque (think lacto) character; no hop or alcohol notes

T: 17/20 - the taste matches the nose very nicely...coriander, ripe lemon and other citrus fruits/lemon and lacto; in the middle of the mouth, the sour/acidic aspects start to dominate the flavor profile; finishes dry, refreshing and inviting continued drinking

M: 4/5 - light body, high quaffability, moderate-to-high carbonation

O: 9/10 - gose is a style that I don't recall drinking before this one, and, to me, this tastes like a salty and slightly spicy Berliner weisse or a more tart saison; an excellent sessionable sour that is definitely worth seeking out

TOTAL - 43/50 (1,118 characters)

Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.