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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 2,294
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 35.77%
Wants: 388
Gots: 395 | FT: 61
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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Reviews: 265 | Hads: 2,294
Photo of zdk9
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Honeymoon Beer Review #1
A- Pours very cloudy yellow. A popping finger of head is bleached white. It disapears almost instantly. Lacking good glassware I'm using a white wine glass for this, which probably isn't doing wonders for the head, although it does work well with the aroma i think.

S- Light lemon and orange. There's notes of old wood that are appealing- like an old hardwood table at your grandparents house. Maybe some old weathered leather. Some spice- coriander and poppyseeds and maybe vanilla.

T- A little citrusy. Mostly more general, almost vinegary sourness. The leather and wood flavors as well as the spice come with the taste. Reminds me somewhat of a plain kombucha, but nothing huge going on here.

M- Quite tart and refreshing. The sourness doesn't cling to the mouth or make me pucker too much, but the flavor lasts for more than a few seconds. It's a little more syrupy/sticky sweet than I would expect but that's ok. I'd also expect a little more carbonation- this is on the pale lager/ale side of things rather than an effervescent wheat beer. I can't decide if that would be more refreshing that way or just overwhelming and sharp when combined with the sourness.

O- The best gose I've had (though hard to recall too many others). It's refreshing, not overpowering. Depending on your tolerance of sour beers you could take a few of these.

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Photo of NCMonte
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Gose representation. Awesome light tart beer, as others have mentioned great for summer time events, if you like the style, and I do. Would never hesitate to purchase this given the opportunity again. Fantastic.

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Photo of BLANK
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemonade with salt substituted for sugar.
Easy to drink and swallow (malt). Fighting a puckerface followed by a grassy aftertaste, occasionally spice (coriander, I'm assuming). Sourness is always there - you don't just "get used to it".
Good refreshing summer drink, as long as you keep it cold. As it warms up, the saltiness comes through more and it becomes almost...pungent. I will drink again for sure.

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Cloudy Yellow color, decent head that fades quickly
S- Sour, lemon
T/F- Tart, sea salt is present
O- First sour and it was very good. Leaves you puckered after each drink. I enjoyed it and would again.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can tasted 8 March 2015.

Pours an almost clear pale golden light yellow. Two fingers of white head, good retention, okay lacing.

Smell is nicely balanced. I get some sour, slightly lemony.

Taste is a little grainy, and saltier than I'd like. Finishes rounded and warm, maltier and fuller than I want. Needs sharpening.

Feel has the same issues as the taste. Heavier than it ought to be.

Overall, a nice beer. Taste is a little too sweet and too salty for me, not as sour as I'd like it to be. Also a bit full for the style.

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Photo of WoostaBia
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra salty, sour middle, bone dry finish. The salt takes over and a bit overbearing. Glad I tried it. Wish the sourness was more pronounced than the saltiness.

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can into a pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy, bright yellow with about 1 finger of white foam, which quickly fades down into nothing. Tons of carbonation. Sour and tart on the nose with notes of straw, pepper, and lemon. Very light weight, and incredibly crisp and clean mouthfeel. Very tart taste, with notes of sea salt, lemon, wheat, malt, and coriander. Finishes dry, yet sticky, and leaves your face puckering after its gone.

Overall, very interesting, and a great beer for those who like a bit of tartness. This thing tastes like a lemon rolled in sea salt. Quite refreshing, though, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although this American-style gose is both cloudier and saltier than Anderson Valley's Gose (which I feel is the best produced in the Western United States), it is still the best Gose in America next to Anderson Valley's Blood Orange Gose.

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Photo of tomfneph
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow from a can dated 4/23/15. Very fresh. Thanks to Brian, owner of The Village Idiot, in Lexington, KY. Smells of citrus, spice, and the sea. The taste is lemon and lime, quite tart, balanced by the after taste of salt. The mouthfeel is surprisingly cool and refreshing. This is a great summer beer. I will definitely pick up some more on my next trip to Charleston.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly transparent yellow with a foamy white head which quickly disappeared.

The smell is lemon,lime, orange, coriander and pepper.

The taste is sour lemon, apple, orange, salt, coriander and pepper.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Easy drinking.

Overall a very tasty beer. Sour and almost cider like.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From can dated July 10 2014. Not sure what this tastes like when fresh but I'd like to try one and compare. Certainly refreshing, perfect for a 90 degree day.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BOD 4/9/15. Pours a hazy light amber (golden). Normal head volume, poor lacing and retention.

Slightly subdued nose of lime/lemon, coriander hints and a slight sourness over a mild saline background.

Light medium body with a smooth texture plus a nice chewy graininess from the wheat. Slightly below normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice rolling prickly effervescence going into the finish.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, rather complex and well balanced. It begins with a lime flavored tartness that takes on a subtle sourness. These flavors are always present, but fade slightly in the middle allowing a bit of coriander to be noted over a wheat and biscuit background. Where the middle ends, the salinity begins. Underneath the lime is a mild sea water aspect that becomes most evident in the finish bringing a masterful balance to the tart and sour predominance. The finish is a slow fade of these flavors.

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Photo of SFNC
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a minimal head that disappears completely! No lacing, nothing. Smell is faint, but sharp. Citrus like lemon, lime or grapefruit. Taste is excellent, mouth puckering sour but with a slightly sweet balance. There is very little carbonation and the finish is moderately dry. Overall, very good and the best Gose that i have tried to date.

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Photo of scbeerman
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all, a pet peeve about goses and almost any beer that's not a standard ale or lager - if you know going in that a beer is sour and salty and that this doesn't suit your palate, why give it a terrible review when you aren't familiar with how the style should taste? Anyway...
A: cloudy golden color, pours two fingers of fizzy white head which quickly dissipates to nothing.
S: wheat, sour lemon juice
T: Nice and tart. Initially get a hint of wheat and coriander followed by tart lemon juice with a finish of wheat and light salt. Refreshing
F: almost like a lemon soda - fizzy and highly carbonated. Light and slightly astringent and very refreshing
O: good example of the style; great beer for summer with low alcohol and good carbonation. The perfect lawnmower beer

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Photo of Yourahoser
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had sours but I'm a newbie to goses. This was sour for sure but had the salt backbone to balance. Very very citrusy in a raw lemon or lime kind of way. Overall a really nice beer. Would definitely buy in summer.

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Photo of Jimboice
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tart and Salty with a foamy head. Could not finish one first go round. Went for another a couple days later and it grew on me. Enjoyed the second time. Would not more than one at a time, but enjoyable

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Photo of angelmonster
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden body. Head is 1/5th an inch, white and dissipated quickly. Lacing wasn't great either.

Smell is of mandarin orange juice, lemon concentrate, light straw malt. Hops aren't apparent, neither is alcohol. Aromas are big on fruit.

Taste is big on citrus: Lemon/lime/mandarin orange, doused in fine salt. This is what a corona with lime dreams it could taste like. Pale wheaty malt sweetens the puckering fruit. Hops and alcohol are almost non existent.

Mouthfeel is very light and somewhat astringent. Carbonation is high, head froth left too soon.

Overall great refreshing beer for a hot day. Sour, salty, hints of sweetness, really satisfies the palate. Just wish the head was present for the mouthfeel, thats the only real flaw to this Gose.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great flavor. But for this style I want drinkability. The tartness and saltiness is a little over done and it detracts from the sessionable qualities it has. Still very good, But I'll go with Lost Nation's or Rising Tide's.

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Photo of Stezz420
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well this is my 1st gose thanks to @hazedandconfused and i should've tried this style way more sooner! I enjoy the sour type beers so this one is great!

Very blonde and golden colored. Can't even see through this one, very hazy!

Smells like orange juice, lemonade, and sweet tarts.

Almost tastes like very sour orange juice or lemonade, I really dig it!

I swear this beer feels like im drinking lemonade!

Overall this beer was amazing, I need to try more of this style for sure!!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with thin white head that disappeared quickly. Funky fruit nose. Pucker up salty/sour "LemonHead" goodness. Lite with a zesty lemon tongue. More please?

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Photo of Drift
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gose is something different. To my wife it tastes like alchoholic salted water.

It took me awhile to get use to it. It tickles your palate with a salty sensation. Not overly strong on the sour side, but its different. As it warms up the natural sweetness of the beer starts to be forward. I'm glad i tried it. As for me I wont go out of my way to grab it.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, pale straw. Very cloudy. Well-carbonated, though flattens noticeably as it sits in glass. Developed a head that quickly disappeared, leaving a thin rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Spotty, foamy lacing down the side of the glass. Smells of some sour fruit. Is that tamarind? Tamarind possibly. Tastes like fermented, extra pulpy lemonade. Sour. Tart, like a granny smith. Tanniny, puckery finish. Lingering sourness. Mouthfeel is light, almost no coating. The can says “salty” which I get on the initial taste, but less and less so as the glass goes on. Also little to no coriander. Did I mention sour though?

Seems like it would be nice on a hot day.

This is my first gose, so I’m unsure how to score it. But it is interesting as all get out, far more than most wheat beers. After this I would like to try more!

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque straw (which clears some as the brew warms), producing 2+ fingers of mineral water effervescent, somewhat lasting, frothy, white head that leaves a surface collar & a few motes & strings of lacing. Aroma has a low malt & no hop profile & offers little other than brine, tartness & is (if memory serves from chemistry classes long ago) marked by an acidic sensation in the nostrils. Taste opens with ocean water salinity & lactic acid sourness, persisting far into the sip & almost overpowering faint hints of wheat, green apples, lemon & lime in a peppery, clean, crisp, dry finish. Aftertaste is a much more potent salty lemon, lime & tart green apple version of Anderson Valley\'s The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose. Salty throughout. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation that rapidly dissipates as the brew warms, puckering, mouthwatering, crisp, prickly & dry. This style is often brewed with coriander however I pick up no coriander hints at all.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding! As with most Gose not much to look at but interesting smell and outstanding flavor, perfect mix of salty and sour in my opinion. Nice carbonation and pop on the tongue extremely clean and remarkably refreshing. Extremely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hmmm... how does one rate a Gose if they have no basis for comparison? Well, I'm certainly going to try! Sours have never been my thing, but I've heard so much about this one in particular that I felt it would be a crime not to give it a try. With Westbrook in my backyard, and their stable of stellar beers, it had to live up to the hype, right? Sort of. Right from the start, the appearance is quite unappealing. Ugly even. Pours from the can in to a fluted pilsner glass with a cloudy, golden-yellow hue and a little transparency. Zero head. I wouldn't even know this is carbonated based upon the appearance. I hate to say this, but is looks like concentrated urine. The aroma is on par. Intense sour scents and perhaps a little lemon citrus are buried under a dirty urinal cake fragrance. Pretty gross really. Surprisingly, the taste completely transcends the other attributes. Fruity lemon-zinging tartness clears a path for a lingering grain flavor that imparts a little sweetness. The aftertaste reminds me a little of smarties candy, but with an obvious sour note. If you've ever enjoyed sour patch kids, this may be your beer. The body is thin & light, with a nice watery texture. Absolutely minimal carbonation. Just enough to give it a hint of effervescence. Surprisingly quenching, which invites the next curious gulp. One of the intriguing elements of this experience is that the sourness washes away pretty quickly, leaving behind a little residual saltiness. Then the salinity makes you feel compelled to take another drink. While this is certainly not for everybody, I have to imagine that the target audience agrees that Westbrook executed this one very well. If anything, this one got me curious to see what other Gose offerings are like. Isn't that the point of craft beer? To expand your horizons? Mission accomplished Westbrook.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.