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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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1,702 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,702
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 301
Gots: 263 | FT: 44
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.


(Beer added by: mrandypandy on 05-06-2012)
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Jeffrey2310, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

safaricook, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thabks to JISurfer for the hookup! 12oz can poured into a matching westbrook snifter. The brew appears a clouded light golden color almost like a blended pineapple/orange juice. A white cap fades down to a thin penline of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

The aroma is pleasant with a spice of lemony coriander that blends in to the lemony lactic almost yogurt notes that are also present. It almost has that lemon pledge to candy quality found sometimes in witbiers that gives way to a sweet cereal grain wheaty aspect.

The flavor is tart and lemony with yogurt and some grain inclusion like wheat giving a sort of cereal impression that turns to something almost spoiled and corn-like but without getting off-putting. Mid-palate the brew is like sharp greek yogurt that gets abruptly contrasted by a saline solution.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is pretty much sensory overload but balanced freaking beautifully. Tart, yet sweet and fresh with grain but also salty and savory. This is no question the best gose I have had. It has a very mild spoiled grain to funk touch but all the pleasant qualities trump that minor gripe. Wow, need more of this. Thanks Josh!

stakem, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

AnitaBrewski, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy gold, cloudy and murky. Minimal head.

S: Lactic sourness, seawater, citrus.

T: Nice mild tartness. Citrusy and a bit sweet. Briny salinity follows, slightly enhancing the flavors.

M: Crisp and puckering. Leaves you wanting another sip.

O: A really nice interpretation of the style. Super drinkable and very much along the lines of a Berliner, really leaves you wanting more. Can't wait to try this one come summer.

vonnegut21, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

HumanParaquat, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Acidic aroma combines with a musty saltiness similar to seafoam blowing through the wind. There's also a slight fruity sweetness and some wheat. Hint of vinegar.

T- Moderately sour and smooth with the salt adding some variety of flavor. The wheat tries to push its way through but the yeast and salt are ultimately the winners.

M- The most interesting part of the beer. First, the lactic acid causes a pucker as it usually does and then the salt continues this same reaction while finishing things off which causes the tongue to recoil, salivate and crave more. Medium-low carbonation and a light body. Eventually, the saltiness causes the afterfeel to be incredibly dry.

O- I've only had a couple of goses in the past but this is the only one that's been truly memorable. At first, I didn't think I could drink something like this all the time but now I'm thinking I might've been wrong.

Immortale25, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

maizymouse, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Roger85, Nov 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jacewg, Nov 15, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

MarkyMOD, Nov 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

MarshallBirdhouse, Nov 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.1%

topdown, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Stinger80OH, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From: Trade with jshusc, thanks!
Date: Canned 2013-09-19
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Westbrook's gose is definitely more tart and less velvety in mouthfeel than its brethren in Leipzig, a bit "bigger" in spice and citrus flavors as well. This holds nothing against it, though, as all the components are well within the range of acceptable values for my palate: nothing is harsh, cloying, or overly anything. Very tasty, and while not Cantillon or anything in terms of sour complexity, this would be a beer I'd happily enjoy throughout the year if it were locally available.

Pours a 1cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a fairly frothy appearance. Retention is about average at one minute, the foam fading to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is present, modest, a steady batch of dots cling to the walls of the glass. Body is a medium golden yellow color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (50-60% opacity) body, moderate in number, but fairly high in vigor.

Aroma of soured wheat mash with salt, coriander, and lemon and lime juice. Fruity, yet tempered by the acidity: enjoyable overall. Reminds me a bit of Local Option's Schmetterling Gose without the harsh stomach-acid-meets-margarita that that one offered.

Front of palate picks up tart lemon and lime with soured grains, and coriander. Mid-palate of soured wheat mash with lemon and lime tartness, salt, and coriander (in that order of intensity). Back of palate finds mild graininess, milder acidic tartness (lactobacillus and lemon citric-like), some salt, and simple lemon juice flavor. Aftertaste of salty graininess, slightly dry and pretzel-like, with hints of lemon in the background.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a slightly fizzy (1/5), foamy (2/5), and then smooth (2/5) mouthfeel. Closes quite dry, with moderate stickiness coating the palate and lips.

falloutsnow, Nov 12, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow with two fingers of white head that almost completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: Sour fruit dominates here. Lemons, tart cherries, saltwater, and some yeasty notes toward the finish.

T: A big kick of sour and salt here as well, like a salty lemonade. The finish is tart and dry, leaving a puckering aftertaste.

M: Light body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is light and drinkable. The tartness saves it from being watery.

O: An enjoyable and great session beer. It's simple, but very unique and tasty.

n2185, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

mjw1200, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

PhillyStyle, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with a ice white head and some lacing

S-lemon, yeasty funk, wheat, sour notes

T-lemon, wheat, yeasty funk, grassy, tart, salty finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart

O-great example of the style, refreshing and easy drinking, really enjoyed this

MDDMD, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

InspectorBob, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

BAsbill, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AtlCarl for this one, as I work through the last of the stash from the Deep South. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, dated 4/24/13.

From the bottle drips a liquid that's a slightly cloudy day, with just enough heady clouds to dim a noontime sun. Nose comes on strong, tart Lemon Pledge (in a good, huffing way) with an undertone of light sea salt that gets all the way under my tongue before I even take a sip. Kind of like standing near the ocean & taking a deep breath.

Westbrook Gose bites the hand that grabs the lemon. Tart bordering on mild sour lashes the tongue with hardly any nasal foreshadowing. The edge of a tequila sunrise hits the middle, tart lemon mixed with a healthy dose of salt that really settles into the mouth skin; my wife says it's not a taste but a 'chemical reaction'. That's about right. End is light, refreshing, tart, & makes me immediately want to grab another sip. Good thing this bloke is only 4%.

Westbrook has been hit or miss for me, but this is a solid smash over third. Simple, lovely, & a very good beer.

maximum12, Nov 09, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Gose out of a can? What is the craft beer world coming to?

Pours out very clouded golden/orange with a head that falls quickly. Love the sour edge of this. And as the can states, it is salty. Lemon edges on there too. This is a nice beer. Haven't really had a lot of gose in my time, but I'd be perfectly fine with all others tasting like this.

RblWthACoz, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

jorgerod99, Nov 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Phillyz, Nov 07, 2013
Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,702 ratings.