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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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275 Reviews
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Reviews: 275
Hads: 2,337
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 383
Gots: 405 | 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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Reviews: 275 | Hads: 2,337
Photo of popery
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer is straw yellow and glowy in the light. The head is fizzy and white, and it dissipates quickly. The liquid is very cloudy. The aroma is full of citrus and yogurty lacto sourness. Tangerine, lime, a little bit of malt sweetness and plenty of yogurt. Mild spicing. A little bit of brine. Kinda wish both of those flavors were turned up. Mildly to moderately sour. Lots more citrus. A bit more salt. Coriander still quite mild. Full on the palate but still quite light. Fairly effervescent. Very refreshing. Really great hot weather beer.

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Photo of Velocicraftor
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazy salty and sour for just a 4% and you taste the sour even more than you smell it. My can poured deep yellow and the head disappeared almost immediately which I assume is from the amount of salt. Overall impressive sour. New pool beer for the summer.

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Photo of wolfpac255
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Never had tried this style before but was pleasantly surprised. First sip I can taste the salt but that washes away very quickly with strong lemon notes to a nice strong sour/tart finish.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it in can before on tap at brewery. The can was ridiculously salty but must have been the can because on tap at the brewery was a well balanced beer. Walked away with 48 cans and a 64oz growler fill. Will be shared with friends back home for what made it though the vacation :)

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Photo of KSOZE
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought I hated Goses. Tried this. Was wrong. Perfectly tart/sour without tasting like stomach acid (Anderson Valley Holy Gose). Not too salty. Perfect amount of coriander. Great summer beer.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden yellow color. Little head that faded to nothing after about a minute. Tart lemony, briney aroma, with a whiff of wheat. The flavor is huge, starting out very tart and citrusy, moving to salty to and just a touch of something resembling sweetness. Nice fairly thin mouthfeel, but certainly not watery. Great carbonation. Overall, superb beer, one of the best of its style.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

's Bier des Tages: Westbrook Brewing (Mt. Pleasant, SC): "Gose":our aroma. Hazy, straw color. Oh! Starts with a great fruitiness, lots of sour, and malt behind it. Moves into a more pronounced sourness, then the salt comes through with coriander. As this diminishes, there is a nice, lovely wave of malt.

This is stunning. Everything I like about the style. This one is markedly more salty than others, but that works very well.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm sure this is a very traditional interpretation of the style, but it is one of the few Gose beers I'm just not over the moon about. It's salty, tart, but (in my opinion) not particularly refreshing. It's still a highly drinkable and sessionable beer, but nothing I would go out of my way to buy (again).

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Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight from the can. Sue me. Smells like straight lemon juice and salt. Taste follows suit. Wow. I'm surprised how sour this thing is. And only 4% abv. Easily the best session beer. Period.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 3/2015:
Pours hazy white-yellow with bubbly white head that grows pretty high before settling down to a half finger, lasting.
Nose is lemon sour with a decent pop of salinity. Maybe some peach or sour apple behind the powerful main scents.

Taste is lemony sour, hint of vinegar, some sour apple and near the end of the bite, a little plain yogurt tang. About the time the sour is fading out, the salty part of the beer grabs my tongue. Very crisp and clean base, I almost think I could get a little more feel from the wheat.

Definitely a classic, about more on the sour side of the style, based on the other offerings I've had. Will grab more each time I have a chance.

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