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Golden Gate Gose - Almanac Beer Co.

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62 Reviews
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Reviews: 62
Hads: 592
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 32.28%
Wants: 24
Gots: 80 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: largadeer on 10-26-2013

Our Golden Gate Gose is inspired by the classic wheat beer hailing from Leipzig, Germany. Traditionally brewed with salt and coriander, our tart California-inspried version is brewed with San Francisco Bay sea salt, lemon verbena from Eatwell Farm in Dixon, and coriander grown and dried especially for us by Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz, California. Fermented with our house saison yeast, this delicate and tart beer is a perfect summer refresher. Pair with fresh seafood and sunshine.
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Photo of bnes09
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice twist on the classic gose. Smooth wheat malt flavor. Mild tartness. Hint of coriander. Much less sea salt than expected. Subtle orange rind. Moderate body, well carbonated with a grainy texture.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice gose and fits the style pretty nicely. It isn't as sour or salty as I would have preferred and I didn't pick up on the traditional gose spices like coriander. Overall this drank more like a berliner with some residual saltiness. Still tasty though.

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Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a massive white colored head.

Smells of soda cracker and fruity sourness and herbal noble hop. Mild coriander scent. Scent is slightly soapy.

Starts out mildly tart and salty with a soda cracker after taste. Gets a little more tart as you drink it. High carbonation levels. Salt and lemon flavors dominate. This would be a great chaser for a tequila shot.

Mouthfeel is good and fairly light as per the beer style.

Overall a spot on for the style Gose. A good beer to reference what Gose is supposed to taste like.

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Photo of kitch
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 22 fl oz bomber poured into a pint glass. There is a batch number or date or something, but that’s been rubbed off such that unfortunately, its not legible…

Appearance: The beer poured a clear golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving only some light lacing. NOTE – actually that was until I poured the final 1/8 of the bottle into the glass later on after which it turned a milky haziness which to be honest did not look too good at all.

Aroma: Tart lemon and honey stands out, also some hints of coriander. But occasionally, there was some in my opinion slightly unpleasant smell I can only describe as dank. I can’t really put my finger on why, and it was only occasional, but it was there.

Taste: Much better than the smell, the taste begins tart and sour, mainly crisp apple and lemon. This is followed by some sweetness of honey and vanilla. Then finishes with a nice long lasting salt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Actually, the taste is quite good and I enjoyed it, but the milky haziness look wasn’t too nice and the occasional dankness smell that appears brings it down a bit for me.

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Photo of BWood
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very little head with small retention around the edges .Not much smell to me. Tasteis average but left me wanting more flavor. I'm just getting into this genre of beer so I don't have to compare to but I feel this is just a average showing .

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Photo of Taybeh
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at Elizabeth Station into a snifter

a: golden and fairly clear with a thin crown of white head
s: sweetish graininess, faint coriander, fainter tart citrus
t & m: quite pleasant, very nicely balanced....a little lemony and apple tartness and light apricot fruitiness, a little light herbal spice but a little faint to me when it comes to the saltiness. Crisp and satisfying on the finish.

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Photo of Moose90
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a clean, clear, pale yellow color out of the tap, there is a quickly fleeting bright white head on-top that leaves minimal spotting/lacing in the glass.

S — Smells of lightly sweet malts and a bit of a sour undertone, pretty one dimensional.

T — Lightly sour and tart, but really sweet compared to others in the style, very mild.

M — Light-Medium bodied, quick fleeting finish.

O — Underwhelming overall, had expected more from this one, just really dialed back.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange with a two finger head. The nose is exactly what I expect in a gose. It's tart like an unripe apricot with light lemon citrus and the coriander simply peaks out from the corners. The flavor is outstanding. The lemon is in the for front with plenty of salt to waken the experience up. This is one of my new favorite Gose style beers.

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Photo of rudzud
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of cereal grains, very very faint citrus. Yeah..uhh..is this an adjunct lager?

T - Taste is much better than the nose. Lots of cereal grain, little bit of salt. Nice coriander and lemon. I'm missing that wheat note though, instead it's loads of cereal grains. Ehh...

M - Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, tart, refreshing.

O - Overall, this beer was a disappointment for me. I miss the wheat, and the whole adjunct grain thing going on is really a deal breaker.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of Beerswag
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great concept with the SF Bay sea salt. Medium sour tones, but very sessionable n semi-dry. Pair with SF Bay seafood/cheese, such as Flounder, or Petaluma cheese co. Semi soft cheese.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first gose, trying to be not very exalted.
Poured into pint.
Clear golden beer, white head with low retention. Smell of brine, wheat, lemon verbena and coriander, all that was claimed before on a label. Pleasant sour taste with good salty and citrusy hues. Interesting style for a newbie.

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Photo of erconn0r
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I liked it. SWMBO thought it was ok. I thought it tasted "winey". Read up, saison yeast give the wine element. Thought it was refreshing & I like not getting bombed... Had the whole tart goes thing going on which I liked & she is getting used to!

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Photo of leaddog
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw gold with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Wheat, coriander, citrus (lemon predominantly), bready malts, hint of spice.

Taste - Starts off with a pleasant hit from the sea salt then goes into the wheat, bready malts, and lemon, all with a pleasant sourness. Then it drifts off into the coriander and spice flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Finishes off dry with a nice effervescence from the bubbles.

Overall - A well executed gose from Almanac. I really enjoyed the sea salt as it brought out the best elements of the other ingredients.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 40 degrees into an almost-stange
Aroma of lemon and coriander
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to irregular 1 – 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, slight haze
Flavor starts slightly sour with a hint of salt, some lemon comes through. Ends slightly sweet. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer different from the other fleet of Almanac beers out there. This one is very drinkable with a subtle tartness to it. Slightly darker than straw in color with a light haze. White head with some fruity tart aromas. Great beet with dinner it doesn't take away flavors or bull its way on your tounge.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a weizen glass to a slightly hazed deep yellow with a three finger dense and rocky head that retains well and leaves minimal lacing
S: smells of wheat, corriander a little lemon zest, some yeasty notes and a little tartness
T: taste is a little lactic tartness, some fruitiness, some wheatiness, slight saltyness, some corriander and lemon zest. swallow is wheat, more tartness, corriander, and some yeastyness
M: this beer is light on the palate with prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: this is a pretty good beer with good flavors and a nice complexity. I don't know how true to style this beer is but this doesn't seem to have any obvious faults and it seems to hit all the marks.

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Photo of jonathanjones27
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Im not super familliar with the style but I feel like all the flavors work very harmoniously. Effervescence dances on the tongue. A very light head that dissipates quickly. The lemon Verbena, salt and corriander all work very nicely together with a very strong wheat finish.

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Photo of MrBoh
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Extremely milky and cloudy strawish yellow. Has a finger of white, frothy head which disappears quickly. It laces all up and down my DFH sniffer, but quickly runs back down. Really is just too milky colored to make it great.

Aroma is full of funk, lemon, and sea salt. Final aroma is stew and nutty dough. Overall it's bright and tart, but sour funky notes are there. Also notes of minty basil soon develops.

Wow. I coughed on the first sip. So much flavor: initially it's a punch in the mouth of funk and dough, followed by tart and dry sea salt, and eventually sour lemons that taste a bit green. Aftertaste is dough and straw filled. It finally balances out, most the tartness and sourness is subdued, leaving a salty, doughy, lemony, and vanillay deliciousness.

This thing is tart, sour, funky and full of carbonation. My mouth can't feel anything at first. I will say, for what it is, it's initially crisp. Eventually it becomes a lighter bodied, chalky and a very dry beer due to the lingering salt.

This beer is in your face, especially for being so light in ABV. It's full of highs, lows and I don't knows. But what I do know is it's interesting enough that the bottle will be gone quickly. That's kind of what counts right?

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Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Poured into a stemless glass 12/16/14.

A- Clear yellow-golden body, one finger white head with decent retention time. No lacing. Medium collar, thin film remains on the beer. It honestly looks like a macro, but it's not a bad thing as it looks fairly refreshing.

S- However, it smells a lot like a rich man's macro. Bready malts, a bit of lemon and coriander, I suppose. But for the most part, it's quite bready with a mineral aroma that's similar to a macro. Not particularly interesting or intense of an aroma which is why I'm grading this one hard.

F- Luckily, the taste aspect, the most important one, is far from being similar to a macro. Crisp green apple tartness that is mild-moderate in terms of intensity, wheat and coriander, finishing off with subtle hints of lime (not lemon) acidity. Solid; I'm not getting much salt here however. I think it would benefit from a bit of salt here. Not as much lemon, at least not as much as I got in the nose.

M- Medium-thinner bodied, a bit lower in carbonation I'd like. Not as crisp as expected although the tartness helps make up for that in some ways. Finish is coriander, spices, a bit of lemon.

O- Decent Gose, however I think it's missing a good bit of salt and tartness. In some cases though, you can make the argument that it's more of a traditional Gose than say, Westbrook's Gose. So there's that for the purists. At the very least, it tastes far more interesting than it smells.

Final score: 3.64

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a very large head than soon disappers, but no carbonation visible. Lacing is minimal, as any lacing slides right down into the beer.

Smell – Lemon, coriander, and wheat.

Taste – Similar to the nose, but the lemon is much stronger/sourer with perhaps a light touch of salt.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, but it feels more carbonated than it is due to the light sourness.

Drinkability – Goes down easy at 5.0%abv. It's a nice beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color and is topped by an inch of foam; the head fades quickly and leaves a few squiggles

Smell: Wheat bread, coriander, lime and brine

Taste: Bready, up front, with developing brine, coriander and lime tones; a touch of green apple, after the swallow, but the finish is distinctly salty

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent Gose and saltier than some I have tasted; I enjoyed the tart lime flavor but found the beer a touch unbalanced

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Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: 22 fl oz brown glass with appealing label art and a branded pry-off pressure cap acquired I think in a trade? I can't remember the trade partner; all apologies.

5% ABV. Reviewed live as a gose per the label. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Four fingers wide. White colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Good retention - about 6 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Clear pale copper of excellent vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible; it's surprisingly clean and clear for a gose - which should be hazy and unfiltered.

Appears well-carbonated. Overall, it's a nice looking American sour but appears too filtered for a gose.

AROMA: Wheat, fruity zest, indistinct fruit - maybe apricots, lemon, coriander, floral and fruity hop notes, pale malts, some tartness, light (i.e. 2/10 in terms of intensity) sourness, some bready malts, clove, Belgian spiciness, and faint sea salt. There's some graininess in there too. And lime. The sweetness/sourness balance seems perfect.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

It's a pleasant aroma of above average strength. Surprisingly fresh.

TASTE: A delightful balance of fruity notes (comprised of both actual lime and lemon citrus zest as well as hoppy fruit notes like apricot), neutral pale malts & wheat, and subtle tartness & sourness. Sourness is mild but apt for the flavour profile - about a 3/10 in intensity, with some complementary sea salt and coriander. It's impeccably put together, and I find it complex for a gose, with ample subtlety. Green ripe apple.

Fresh and enjoyable, with good depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, aptly thick, slightly overcarbonated, refreshing, juicy, and lightly smacky on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy on the palate.

OVERALL: Extremely drinkable; I'll easily down my glass and could go for a second bottle. I'd definitely nab another bottle of this if I saw it in-stores, but I don't know that I'd go out of my way to seek it out. It's a wonderful gose and will impress the discerning drinker. Easily one of (if not the) best beers in the style I've had. The spiciness is perfect. Really well-executed. I definitely prefer this to Westbrook's offering.

Low B+

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Tart lemony nose with light grains. Pours hazy gold under a big white persistent finely bubble foam collar. This highly effervescent beer has a tart, lemony, salty refreshing grainy palate. It starts with a hint of fruity sweetness but the lemony tartness soon rules. There is a faint bitterness on the finish. In the beginning the beer is like drinking a cloud but on the finish a big carbonic burst triggers the pain receptors on your tongue and wipes the palate clean. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz toa snifter

Pours a clear pale gold with two generous fingers of foam. Retention is ridiculously good, which sucks cause there's too much. Strong carbonation coming from everywhere

Smells mostly of Belgian spice, clove, and funk. Behind that is some tart citrus and a touch of salt. No alcohol, sort of one dimensional

Taste is close with the smell. Upfront clove and spice, followed by sour citrus and sea salt. Behind that is a strong after taste of funk and wheat- A bit more complex than the aroma, but nothing too crazy

Feel is as expected, moderate sour with high salt. Alcohol isn't detectable at all, easy to sip

Overall it's not terrible, not great either. Pretty solid for a gose, worth picking up and trying if you see it

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into a snifter. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a white cap that is quick to fade. The smell of this is pretty much dominated by a fresh grainy scent. Not bad but also kinda lacking. The taste is surprisingly sweet with a fresh grain aspect before getting lemony and slightly mineral-filled. Somewhat fruity at times as it opens up. This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. It is easy drinking and fits the bill for the style.

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Golden Gate Gose from Almanac Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.