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Gose - Westbrook Brewing Co.


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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.86%

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.


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Photo of jeff1973


4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a Czechvar flute. Canned on 7/24/13, so a couple months old. Acquired in a trade. Thanks beerbyrd!

A - Very cloudy light orange. Looks like a mimosa. Eggshell head dissipates very fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Orange, lemon, salt.

T - sour orange, lemon, a slight light biscuit flavor. Has a salty finish, that really amplifies the flavors.

M - Deceptive. Has a medium mouthfeel, but the light, brisk carbonation makes it feel lighter than that. Very refreshing.

O - Great beer. It looked like a mimosa and kinda tasted like one also. Had that margarita with the salt rim taste. Very well done.

Serving type: can

09-21-2013 05:09:26 | More by jeff1973
Photo of Jacurdy60


3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy, dull, pale yellow color with almost no head

S-raw bread dough, salty, sour acidic fruits

T-sour fruits and saltiness destroy the palate and finish with a lingering bread dough flavor

MF-light bodied but mellow and smooth

O-my first representation of the style, so I can't exactly review based on style but I am not a fan of Gose's so far

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 23:08:15 | More by Jacurdy60
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Cumbre Weizen glass:

A- Cloudy, golden blonde. 1/2 inch to an inch of head.

S- Enticing. Tart, citrusy notes and a strong presence of salt.

T- A lot going on here. Tartness, salt, wheatiness, citrus, and a nutty back end.

M- Highly carbonated, but smooth on the palate, easy-drinking. Could easily be a summer pounder for the frat boy set.

O- A unique approach to the style with the tartness and citrus, but this brings out a strong character and makes the beer unmistakeable. It's both a complex beer to sip slowly and analyze and smooth sipper for summer afternoons. Just outstanding like most Westbrook goods.

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 04:08:26 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of JohnG190

New York

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw with a quickly fading, fizzy head. One word best describes the aroma - sour! Smells like no other beer I've ever had! Bitter and sour strike the palate front and center followed by spice and salt notes. Finishes sour. Very light bodied with effervescent carbonation make this an extremely drinkable. Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised by ths beer, it was perfect with sushi on a very warm, late summer evening. Great job Westbrook!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 02:02:52 | More by JohnG190
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is light orange and hazy with a half inch of white head that quickly fizzes away to nil. The aroma brings sourness, citrus, funk, earth, salt. Puckering from the onset with salt character immediately following. Light acidity with spritzy carbonation tickling the palate. Sweet tropical fruit, particularly pineapple. Well done.

Serving type: can

09-13-2013 01:16:00 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6-pack - 12 ounce cans - $11.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Heavily hazed, dirtied yellow body with a medium-high, airy head that steadily retreats. Nominal lacing.

Smell: Sourish, briny nose with a touch of sourdough, wheat, and spoiled lemons.

Taste: Slight, muddled graininess, damp straw, and the sourdough with a vein of cream of wheat underneath the staunch, salty, lactic flavors. Jarring jolt of lemon juice bursts onto the scene soon. The coriander remains rather subtle beneath the peppier elements. Still rather salty. Remains sour on the salty, minerally finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Medium-plus.

Overall: Skanky, but deliciously, even refreshingly so. Can you imagine? Can y-- Well, you can probably imagine, but yeah. Skanky!

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 23:34:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Treebs


4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Westbrook Tulip. Bottled 4/23/13 and enjoyed 7/20/13. Thanks to rnorgart for the bottle.

A: Pours a light yellowish color with a chilled haze to it. A thin white head forms on the pour and fizzles quickl to a thin ring. Trace amounts of splotchy lace are left down the glass.

S: Slightly acidic in nature with a lot of sweet cracked wheat and lemon grass. A little tart lemon pith and bitterness as well.

T: Same as the nose, but much more complex. Light citrus acidity with some light lemon grass. Sweet cracked wheat and with a hint of white bread. Nice salinity that causes a dryness at the back of the throat on the finish.

M: Light bodied witha nice medium soft carbonation. Dangerously drinkable with a slightly tart and salty finish.

O: A delicious Gose. I really enjoyed this one. Nicely balanced with a high drinkability. I'm interested in trying the cans that will be fresher than the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 19:40:10 | More by Treebs
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Not really sure what this style should look like. Rather becalmed looking compared to most other brews. Hazy yellow gold. Some white head that disappears.

Aroma, Yeasty citrus to me, some minerally saltiness. Wheaty and corn like malt.

Taste, It is quite puckering up front, straight lemon. Dry but not overyly so. Other things come out much later in the finish. Again minerally salt, and a large hay and wheat grain.

High carbonation compared to what the appearance would lead one to believe. Drinks very easy, light body, but it is VERY tart. Never had the style so I guess this is fine.
Feels "trendy" because of the sourness. Probably wouldn't bother with this style again.

Serving type: can

09-05-2013 01:09:53 | More by Bung
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 08/31/13 notes. Bought a bottle of this at Ginger Man in NYC to go, $12.50 for a 22 oz. bottle after the discount, not bad. Bottled on 04/24/13, poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with two inches of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Looks good, as I'd expect.

s - Smells of citrus hops, wheat, sour lemons, sour fruits, and some very light salt. As it warms up a little more spice, pepper, and coriander.

t - Tastes of sour lemons, sour fruits, sale, floral hops, fruity malts, grass, light spices, earthy notes, and citrus hops. Less citrus hops and more sourness and salt. Very nice, small step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall refreshing and pretty easy to drink the whole bottle.

o - Overall a very nice gose, teetering on the berlinerweiss side. The salt is pretty minimal compared to other goses, and the sourness is huge for a gose, those not as vinegary as some wilds. The lightness and light sourness is what reminds me of a berliner. Whatever the style, this is a good beer I'd definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 18:11:17 | More by mdfb79
Photo of KVNBGRY


3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Murky, amber color. A bit lighter around the edges. Tiny head at first, that completely disappeared to nothing. Very flat murky looking beer.

Aroma -Subtle malts, a bit of soft lactic.

Taste - Grainy, salty, slight lemon tartness. A bit of lingering wheat, and lactic..

Mouthfeel - Prickly, effervescent, acidic, medium mouthfeel

Overall - This is a great canned offering from Westbrook.

Serving type: can

09-03-2013 17:59:15 | More by KVNBGRY
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can dated 24 July 2013 served in a pint glass.
Doesn't look very good, being a murky yellow brown that had no head after a few minutes.

Also does not smell appealing, but the flavor is actually rather good. The nose is definitely tart but still did not prepare me for the extremely tart flavor; about half as tart as lemon, perhaps. Quite salty, even for style. Unfortunate touch of vinegar.

O: very tart and interesting beer with one of the more extreme divergences I've encountered between smell and taste.

Serving type: can

08-31-2013 23:13:16 | More by chinchill
Photo of dowen17


3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy yellow. Two finger white head.

On the nose is salt, some lemon, wheat. Almost smells like a pretzel.

Taste is very tart. Sour and salty. Some lemon and spice. Very interesting. This is the first Gose I've tried.

Mouthfeel is very very nice. Perfectly carbonated.

This is a good beer. Surprised me at first because I've never had this style of beer. But it's good.

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 03:30:07 | More by dowen17
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to egrace for this can of beer!

poured from a can into a beer stien.

canned on 7/24/13

Appearance: hazy and opaque dirty golden yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of dense white head that fizzes away to a thin cap, then eventually no head at all. No lacing at all.

Smell: very lactic. concentrated urine. Extreme saltiness and sourness. Smells like yogert. Briny. Wheat and honey adds sweetness to the beer, that is after you get past all the more extreme smells that are not listed in this sentance.

Taste: Sourdough bread and a decent tartness that tastes exactly like lemon juice. Has a big minerally and unflavored greek yogert presence as well that starts to show itself in the middle of the beer. Its earthy, musty, and sweaty in the middle as well. Very salty with a briny finish that reminds me of sea water. The salt seems to have a way of intensifying the sourness of this beer. This is like no other Gose that I have tasted, just so intense and surprising.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with low carbonation levels. I would still call this beer smooth drinking despite the huge sour and salt content of the flavor profile. I would also consider this beer refreshing as well. It keeps your mouth watering, I guess thats the sour and salt combo found in the beer working in tandem yet again. It actually makes your mouth water.

Overall: Its the most intense beer at 4% abv that I have ever drank. Its not for the faint of heart! That is for sure. It was a really challenging beer for my taste buds that is how intense it was... I look at what I have wrote about the smell and flavors in this beer and think to myself "how can I like these unusual flavors of this beer?" For some reason they do work together in some harmony to make a unique beer.

Serving type: can

08-29-2013 05:04:16 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of jeonseh


4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


A - Dark, straw color beer with a thick look about it as not much gets through it. Rocky white head sits on top

S - Salty, tart lemon, wheat, sour green apple and lactic acid. Reminds me of a berliner with a good salty presence that keeps reminding you its a gose. As it warms up the nose becomes stronger and more sour

T - Really tart up front with lemon and white vinegar. There is a strong lactic acid as well. As it continues you, there is a good bite from the salt as well. The wheat makes itself known near the finish as the tartness settles down. The finish is salty and sweet and reminds me slightly of a salted caramel.

M - Low carbonation and definitely a thick beer. The finish leaves a slightly salty presence that lingers on the tongue as if you just drank salt water.

O - This is an amazing beer that really surprises you with how big it is and how much flavor it has despite being only 4%. In the year where sour wheat beers like Gose and Berliners are making a comeback, this one really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 00:17:20 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: into a stange, dirty straw-colored and hazy body, capped with a slim cap of white head, leaving not a trace behind...

S: lots of citrus and wet grain, slightly herbal - sharp and salty, like ocean water and wheat

T: super tart and salty - as advertised, and as expected for the style - wheaty grain is subtle in the background, accents of floral and citric coriander spice

M: crisp, tart and salty; light body, brisk and tingly

O: great flavors and feel in what I understand to be a good representation of the style, certainly a great introduction to the Gose, as this is a very refreshing and highly drinkable beer

Serving type: can

08-27-2013 19:56:33 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of emerge077


4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Allen, Mandy, Renee, and Jim for making this one possible!
Can dated 7/24/13. Served in a fluted tulip glass around 45º as suggested.

Hazy pale orange, an initial finger of white foam and a little bit of sudsy, residual spotty lace near the edges. Foam fades fairly quickly, but that's pretty common for the style.

Sour unripe fruit in the aroma, lemon and sourdough starter.

Very sour upfront, acidic and crisp, sour lemon and crabapple notes, light grainy note in the aftertaste. Very dry and puckering finish. Light bodied, very crisp and acidic. As it warms, there's a sharp note of acetic acid, like cider vinegar. Probably why the brewery recommends to drink cold at 45º. Alternately tangy, creamy, and puckeringly sour. Very quenching and probably the most sour Gose i've tried. Had to have another after the first. Great stuff.

Serving type: can

08-27-2013 00:47:46 | More by emerge077
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

can into a shaker.

pours a pale yellow with a nice head. smell is huge sour at first followed by massively salty. yes in that order. taste is lemon juice lip puckering sour, wow. it ends very yeasty and salty. love it. light bodied, mild carbonation

overall amazing. if you like super sour!

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 01:34:06 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of hoodoyoubelongto

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can in New Belgium chalice. This beer is the tits. A sour in cans that is reasonably priced and easily found in my area is fantastic. This beer hits you with its aroma upon pouring it into the glass, redolent of salt and coriander. The color is hazy and almost straw colored. The taste is sour and salty and absolutely perfect for a Lowcountry afternoon. HIghest recommendation I could offer.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 01:04:27 | More by hoodoyoubelongto
Photo of inlimbo77


4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz, summer '13 can
Riedel tulip

A: Highly carbonated. Cloudy as hell. Almost light grapefruit juice in color. Like a pale tan, sand like color. Doesn't look that appealing to the eye. Thin layer of white head that quickly. Forms a ring around edges of glass. Some lacing bits.

S: Some light funkiness. Smells of tart fruit. Can almost smell the briny notes. Some of those spice hints, coriander-ish.

T: Very interesting brew. You get that tartness immediately, similar to a Berliner. Then some of that yogurt like sweet lacto character. Adding body. Also, the spice bill comes in here. Finish is where you taste that salt flavor. Lingers with you for a while.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: can

08-19-2013 14:53:09 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of rajendra82


4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color was like liquid gold, pale, yet somehow deep, due to the murkiness of the body. The foam fizzed briefly to for a thin floating head before fading away, and leaving behind a still liquid that looked like raw sugarcane juice. The smell was sour and biting, and somewhat reminiscent of a Lambic. The taste showed off both the sourness and salt, as this tasted more like an unsweetened cider than any other beer I have had before. I have had the German Gose a long time ago, but I hon't recall it being this bold. Very light and refreshing to drink, and the 4% alcohol made it quite easy to drink. The finish was a lingering, puckering sourness. I only picked a single can this time, but I think I will get more, while the days are long, and the summer sun still lurks about.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 03:32:31 | More by rajendra82
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Pipeworks Berliner glass.

Pours a hazy, light burnt orange with a 2" white head.

Big sour mash, lots of lemon and some orange.

Sour and tart lemon, sweet pale/wheat malts, light salt.

Very refreshing, tart beer with lots nice lemon favors. I could drink this all day in summer.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 02:19:53 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy, pale tan and orange body with a bubbly off white head. A little light shines through, but it mainly looks murky.

S- Tart orange, a hint of spices, sort of a sourdough bread aroma.

T- Lots of salt, tons of tingling tartness, hints of wheat, citrus and fresh grass. Middle to the finish has that bready sourdough quality.

M- Slightly coating, tingling and tart.

O- Very interesting beer. Have not had many Gose beers, but this one is by far the most tart and salty.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 01:15:45 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy gold color with a large white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very subtle, citrusy and yeasty. Taste is very interesting, this is the first beer I've had of this style. Very sour, that fades to a briny salty, sweet finish. There is some slight sulfur character in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is quite good. Medium-high carbonation along with the sourness makes the beer very refreshing and crisp. Definitely glad I picked this one up to try. I always enjoy trying a new style whenever possible. I would definitely drink this again. Needless to say, if you don't like sours, you won't enjoy this, however I would suggest you give it a try because I found it's an acquired taste.

Serving type: can

08-14-2013 20:54:55 | More by scvance
Photo of BrownNut


3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my first gose. Surprisingly sour at first, but as with some of the other sour styles lately, it quickly grew on me as I had more sips. So, points for pucker, tastefully done.

I was most worried about the salt - that just sounds like a bad idea. But it really didn't manifest that much. It was more like just a pinch of it for accent, and it only really showed up in the finish. Nice, I say.

I can't really remember what coriander tastes like but I didn't notice a particularly characteristic spice flavor note so maybe they had a light touch with it.

There was one part I had a hard time with and which makes me think I might not want to finish the sixpack. There was a flavor element in there alongside the good ones that was just... weird. And alien in a beer. It tasted like the smell of a particular something produced by the body that I will not discuss, and which is an association that was hard for me to avoid thinking about as I drank it. I don't want to talk about that anymore, but this beer would score substantially higher without it. Can't seem to get around it.

There was another unwelcome flavor note in the finish and aftertaste - namely cheapo college light lager. What's that doing in there?! I don't get how the initial taste and the midpalate could be so much about the clean tart citrusy sourness and then devolve to that stale, backwashy Milwaukee's Best Light flavor right at the end. The good news is that the cure for that aftertaste is to take another sip and get that nice sour freshness to wipe it away... until that one devolves too. Point is the can goes fast. I'll try this again and see if my experience changes.

Serving type: can

08-09-2013 01:01:35 | More by BrownNut
Photo of MagicJeff


4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a tulip

A: Murky off tan color. As someone else noted, the colors are distributed differently in appearance. Get some lacing, not much.

S: Smells pleasantly sour. Green apples, like a very tart apple pie filling almost. Lemon zest too.

Taste: Interested to see everyone's take on how the salt works. For me, it is an afterthought--a pronounced aftertaste that ties everything together. Tart apples and lemons with some funky hay, with a salty/lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Bought a sixer last week; this is my last one. For the first 3 beers, every 3rd sip had this pretty unpleasant aftertaste of wet hay (in a bad way). I think it had more so to do with me getting used to this style of beer. My last two have been phenomenal and especially refreshing in this Jawjuh heat.

O- Once accustomed to how this thing drinks, it is very enjoyable. An ideal summer beer--refreshing and low ABV. Definitely try this one if you find it--pretty solid value too. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

08-08-2013 02:54:48 | More by MagicJeff
Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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