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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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275 Reviews
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Reviews: 275
Hads: 2,335
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 35.52%
Wants: 384
Gots: 402 | 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: 2,335
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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Photo of bubseymour
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The elusive Westbrook Gose has finally found its way into my glass. Found it at Market Commons Piggly Wiggly in Myrtle Beach.

My expecpectations were somewhat reserved since I figured people in SC and GA that are rating Westbrook so well haven't been had much exposure to many other Goses out there. I'm wrong. This is the best Gose I've ever had. It's amazing. Perfectly sour/salty and even smells good (every other Gose has smelled bad but I've overlooked that. If you like the Gose style you must try this one.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s SteveB24
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 7, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 7, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 21, 2014

Thanks Steve!

Poured a golden, straw, murky color with two fingers of white, rocky head. Minimal foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention, although I assume that would be the same with all the Gose’s. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled coriander, lemon, orange zest, 7-Up soda, lime, green apple, green grape and faint milk. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted sour citrusy fruit in green grape, kiwi and green apple. Also coriander, orange, cantaloupe, tropical notes faint sour milk and citrusy soda. Unknown spiciness as well. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, sour finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was my first Gose, but it was a damn good one. Really liked it. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very small head, fizzy, quickly fading. No lacing. Brew is a murky orange/yellow.

Tangy and sour aroma; citrus meets sour milk meets hay. If that sounds unpleasant, it's misleading; it's a very inviting aroma.

Flavor is an excellent match of wheat and hay, lemons and oranges, coriander and grass, and a slightly funky, slightly sour, very tart edge. Slightly milky. The salt doesn't stand out as overpowering, but it's certainly very salty for a beer.

Light and crisp feel, very active, slight sting. Very drinkable. Oily retention balanced against a slight pucker on the aftertaste. Refreshing.

The can doesn't lie; this is a delicious, light, refreshing beer. Definitely would make a fantastic summer quencher.

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Photo of ISO1600
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Omg, so happy about this beer.
The ONLY flaw I feel is worth noting, and this is even debatable, is this is sooooooo acidic. I love how tart it is, makes your whole body pucker, but after 2 or 3 you are looking for the zantac. I still love it though.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks a lot like an IPA with a golden orange color. Exceptionally tart, even for the style. Salt comes through quite nicely. Citrus is prevalent as well.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into my La Fin Du monde snifter
A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Slight head quickly disipates. No lacing.

S: Lemony wheaty smell.

T: An interesting combination of sour and saltiness. The two flavors play off of each other in an interesting manner. With each sip I am not sure if I like it yet I want more.
M: A lingering tartness and a little salty taste on the tongue leave you wanting another sip
O: I never had anything like thi before. While I wouldn't drink this every day, I am thouroughly enjoying it. Everyone should try this beer at least once.

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Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

07/23/14 on the bottom of the can (maybe I shouldn't have let this one sit around so long)

A: Pours a cloudy pale orange. Small and very fizzy light tan head. Head fizzes out like soda in just a matter of two seconds. Zero lacing or any sort of head retention.

S: Wheaty with some coriander I think? Very witbier-esque except there is a notable tartness to it. Lemon peel I'd say.

T: Huh. Pretty much as described. Wheaty initially with that coriander (again, like a witbier) but immediately turns sour in the middle with a nice tart lemon peel. Not super salty but I get a bit of it in the finish. Flavors are big, bold and in your face. Some of the strongest flavors I've ever had in a 4% brew.

M: Light body but smooth. Quite sour, giving it a refreshing kick.

O: Interesting brew. Lots of sour citrus backed by the smoothness of the wheat. Drinkability is fairly good, though it's a little TOO sour to be truly sessionable, IMO. It is quite crisp and refreshing though, one of the best in that regards. Very nice example of the style, perhaps the best I've had (not that there's too many of them out there).

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Photo of Dr_Farts
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a good introduction to the gose genre. Now is it a good gose? Yes, but man is it intense. Heavily dosed with sea salt and lemon, it's a fun beer, for sure.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured can into weiss glass huge 3 finger head fluffy white head. Beer is darker yellow and cloudy

Smell - a bit weak, can get some lactic acidity

Taste - Sour and salty as advertised! Little bit of sweetness is quickly crushed by the tartness
Saltiness lingers

Feel - lighter body and medium carb. dry finish for sure

Overall - Very Enjoyable brew. I'm fairly new to the style but have to go with this as my fave

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Photo of FriedSlug
2.3/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Found myself in South Carolina looking at the many offerings from Westbrook. The Gose had high ratings and was a beer style I haven't had so decided to try it.

Unfortunately I was not a fan of this beer. It was cloudy and did not have much carbonation. The smell to me was vinegar and musty herbs. The taste was like a turned cider that was poured over a salt block. I drank two to make certain that my palate was exposed and acclimated to the beer but the last swallow was only marginally better than the first.

So it seems my first experience with this style of beer will probably be my last but I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of LiMbTwIsTeR
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

New to the style? Take two sips. One to shock your pallet, and the next to decide if you like it. Most will either love or hate this beer. I don't expect many people to find it just "ok".

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Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can , canned 11/07/14

Clouded, light and dull lemon/orange, off white quality loose head, high collar and thicker film. Leaves nice scattered way up high lacing'

Mild sniff of orange.

Fresh and flavorful, with loads of bright orange and biting sour lemon notes.

Well worth a try

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Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like Gose, it was my newly discovered accidental style of the year. I finally had the opportunity to try this one and it was a pleasant change of pace from all the bold dark beers I have been drinking this winter/late fall.

Appearance: Gose's are not all that attractive in this respect. Hazy yellow decent amount of head. Traditional look to the color.

Aroma: Not too much of the funkiness that some of these have, it does have a bit of the rancid wheat thing going on. Not really strong in that department, lemon zest and hard cider in the nose.

Taste: A little funkiness, but pretty mild. Lemon and salt, some green apple cider notes and finishes really clean.

Overall: Probably the best Gose I have had. I look forward to drinking a lot more of this style in the new year to come, especially in the warmer months!

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky golden amber color with a fluffy white head. The head dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is excellent, filled with citrus fruit, coriander spice, and sea salt. The taste follows suit but lactic sourness dominates. Overall, it's light bodied, very dry and refreshing.

I haven't had many beers in this style to compare this one with, but if you put this side by side with Anderson Valley's The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose, I don't think I would be able to tell the difference. Made an excellent pairing with a Thai yellow curry dish. The citrus in the beer really goes nicely with the bright flavors of the curry and the sourness cuts right through the spice.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a pilsener glass (thanks Joe!). Pours a dull, milky yellow with a sizzling quarter inch bright white head the immediately disperses. Nose expresses citric acid, a light yeasty quality and a hint of brine. Taste follows nose - pleasantly tart, citrusy and salty. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, effervescent carbonation and a mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Probably only the third Gose I've ever tried. Reminds me of a salty Belinner-Weisse. Very refreshing - I'd love to have access to this during the warm weather.

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