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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: 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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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
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | 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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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of alexk307
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of 01001111
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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