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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 282
Hads: 2,385
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 35.52%
Wants: 384
Gots: 418 | FT: 57
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

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 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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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 orcrist_cleaver
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A: Light goldenrod to buckwheat in color. Slightly hazy from being unfiltered. 1 and a half finger white head, pretty fizzy. Fades quickly no lacing.

S: Pleasantly sour. Tart acidic notes. Bright lemon

M: Really fine carbonation. Crisp starting bite, creamy and smooth body from lacto bacteria, dry in the finish.

T: Nice sharp sourness, some acidity. A little spice character-white peppercorn or coriander. Light pear or lemon. Mouth drying and thirst quenching saltiness. Some earth and definitely some delicate wheat malts.

O: First beer of this style, but regardless it's a good beer if you like session beers, sours, wheats, berliner weisses. A good standard to measure the goses to come.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into small tasting glass. Date of review is 7/05/14, GO AMERICA!

Appearance- Thin dark white head that disappears immediately. Murky pale orange color with high carbonation. I do not know what the style is supposed to look like, but this is pleasant.

Smell- Salty and lemony are the two major scents. I get orange peel as well. This may be a bit weird, but it smells fruity, almost like a fruit roll-up or gushers.

Taste- So much happening in this 4% ABV beer! Just like in the nose I get lemon and salt right away. There is a bready earthiness to this beer as well. Fruitiness is also present with a lingering ocean taste.

Mouthfeel- Sweet, sour, bitter and salty all at once. This is like a Picasso painting in a glass. I have no idea how this is done, but I am very happy that someone knows.

Overall- Just fantastic in every way. This is easily the best tasting low alcohol beer I have ever tried. I could drink about 24 of these in a day and be a happy man.

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Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours slightly hazed and vibrant orange/yellow color. A one finger white head forms that sticks around for a minute, then noisily recedes. Light lace.
S: Salty up front, with cracker like malts. Husky wheat, then finishes tart and fruity. Simple, but excellent.
T: A twang of salt, that quickly gives way to the tart and acidic quality. Zesty orange and lemon rind with some cracker like malts. Simple, but everything works perfectly.
M/D: A light body that has really bright and lively carbonation. Perfectly dry, crisp, and clean. Incredibly refreshing as well. Everything about this just says drink more. Amazing to drink, and a shame the can is gone so quickly.

I have had a few from this style, and this is probably my favorite. Like a slightly salty Berliner. It is perfectly simple and Just all around incredible. I can't recommend this enough.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow cloudy with a brown tinge like an oxidizing pear, tones of bubbles sticking to the inside of the glass as well as lots of fast rising bubbles within. A finger of creamy white head, and I mean it looks like whipped cream, but fades relatively fast.

S: Slight boiled cabbage, offal, light pear like fruitiness, a creamy ripeness, as well as a salty quality like the ocean.

T: My first thoughts, OMG, this is way saltier than I’d imagined and way more puckeringly sour than I’d imagined. Loving it. The boiled cabbage also come in. Lemon juice sour. Green mango sour. The salt is a light briny salt. Also a hit of umami yeast that reminds me of fresh popcorn. Dough in the aftertaste.

M: Medium light body with a ton of fine bubbled spicy carbonation. Dry finish.

O: My first Gose and this one is amazing. I am a fan of sour beers and was not expecting that from this, so it was a huge bonus. I am a fan of Westbrook as well, and look forward to more by them while I’m in South Carolina. Bought in Columbia Whole Foods though I saw it in Greenville Whole Foods as well.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a case of Gose from Charleston Beer Exchange for the July 4th weekend.

A: cloudy yellow with foaming white head. Really like the Westbrook can designs.
S: smells similar to a Berliner Weiss beer like Bells Oarsman. Also get the salt. It's okay.
T/M: very easy drinking; no alcohol bitterness whatsoever. Perfect for hot summer days.
O: delicious and sour; kind of like the beer version of Shock Tarts! And love that it comes in cans.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint...

A. Pours a cloudy, straw gold. A quarter finger of eggshell white head along with some spotty lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

S. Cracked wheat, lemon zest, mild funk and vinegar, hints of salt and spice.

T. Very tart lemon, earthy/herbal notes presumably from the coriander, lactose, wheat, just a suggestion of salt...not nearly as salty as others I've had in this style.

M. Moderate carbonation with the lactose and wheat providing a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Tartness is more pronounced than your average gose, with a good bit of lemony pucker riding through the front and mid. Coriander provides a nice earthy backbone and an interesting counterpoint to the tartness up front.

O. A really nice beer and an interesting take on the style. If you ask me, this more closely resembles a Berliner Weiss, but it's very good all the same. I'm really starting to appreciate the lower ABV styles, and Westbrook's Gose is one of the better low ABV sours out there. Definitely worth your time to seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of DIM
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: Hazy pale straw color; poured with a short lived, fizzy head.

s: Lemony lactic tartness... and more lemony lactic tartness. Maybe some coriander and wet grains.

t: Very different from Leipziger, my only other gose experience. Lots of puckering, lactic tartness that is vaguely lemony. The salt comes through, not sure about the coriander.

m: A bit heavy and fairly still.

o: Kind of one dimensional, but what a dimension!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a snifter. This was thrown in as an extra in a trade. Thanks, Jeff!

A - Pale yellow/orange with a half finger of white head which went away quickly.

S - This is unique. I'd describe it as carbonated lemonade with salt and pepper. It's like the ocean with lemon.

T - Tart and lemony. Salty taste is not off-putting at all. Very refreshing.

M - Lots of carbonation. Pretty light.

O - I haven't had a lot of beers of this style, but man is this good. Fruity and tart with that hint of salty flavor and they all blend nicely.

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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 JDV
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from michaeljstraub in trade. Thank you!! Pours an attractive hazy yellow gold color. Smell is mainly wheat with a hint of tartness and lemon like brightness peaking through. Taste is significantly tart, then wheaty and I’m not certain I pick out any saltiness. Body is full, and prickly carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel and very drinkable and refreshing. This is actually quite sour and very enjoyable.

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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 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 iheartmyTHO
2.9/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I know sour beers are supposed to be all the rage these days. I've only had tastes of various sour beers and this Gose was my first time drinking an entire sour beer.

Not that I think the Gose was awful, I just don't want my beer to taste sour. The beer is refreshing in a weird and unexpected way. I didn't get any bit of saltiness or coriander as described on the can label.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pale hazy yellow with a moderate white head that settles quickly.

S: Aromas of citrus, grain and a biscuity funk.

T: Wow is that tart. Reminds me of lemonheads candy, hint of wheat on the finish with a touch of salt.

M: Light body with decent carbonation. Acidic with a dry finish and oddly refreshing.

O: This was the first time trying a Gose and probably wont be the last.

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Photo of halo3one
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.