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Golden Gate Gose - Almanac Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

488 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 22
Gots: 66 | FT: 6
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

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Ratings: 488 | Reviews: 50
Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of QuentinCall
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I'm forced to imagine someone at Almanac genuinely appreciates lemon verbena.

Photo of justinbrown
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ ØL 1.17.15. Walnut Creek.
The bit of sea salt is perfect!

Photo of SHODriver
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of jonathanjones27
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of MrBoh
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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?

Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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+

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

Photo of lordofstarside
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of timontheroad
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy gloden yellow, small head that faded to nothing, left no lacing. Smell is citrus, wheat and a bit of funky yeasty aroma. Taste was quite tart, with a bit of bready wheat, finished with a salty, briny tone. Mouthfeel was pretty light, but fitting for the beer, pleasing on the palate. Overall, this is a great refreshing beer.

Photo of mdfb79
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%

From 10/12/14 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending this out to me.

Pours a murky bright golden-yellow color with one finger of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, floral hops, lightly soured fruits, salt, buttered bread, wheat, and earthy notes. Taste is more sour and has more salt. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Tart green apples and candy.

Overall quite good; a lot more sour and tart than I was expecting, but I was very happy with, especially in the taste. The salt definitely comes through in the taste too and I like it a lot. A very good gose I'd definitely buy again.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a seidel.

A- abundant pale white fluffy head and lace. Cloudy gold liquid with blonde hues and heavy carbonation. 4.5

S- Floral, estery, yeasty. Wheat aroma figures prominently. Faint salt and some sweet fruit. 4

T- Wheaty, tart fruit, grassy, herbal. Faint lemon and salt. 3.5

M- Tart, light to medium body, more bitterness than I want from a gose. Crisp finish is nice. 3.5

This could use more salt and less bitterness. Otherwise, not bad.

Photo of Jonada
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber with no freshness date served in a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of an off white soapy head that dissipates to a thin coating and collar. Body is very hazy but translucent, with moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon, coriander, wheat, briney and a hint of white grape.

Taste: Nice high tartness (more tart than actually sour) that carried through the finish, wheat, coriander/spices, clove, some green apple and a very mild salinity.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a somewhat soft, wheat like mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high end of medium.

Overall: Pretty good stuff. This probably has more German wheat beer character than other examples of the style that I've had, though not that that's a bad thing. Worth picking up if you can get it.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance. Pretty clear yellow gold with almost 3 fingers of thick white foam that takes a while to settle.

Smell. Sweet wheat, briny, minerals, light citrus and corriander.

Taste. Tart, lime (maybe key limes) and light floral notes, some crisp wheat without much for sweetness, and a bit of coriander and minerals.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, strong but fairly soft carbonation.

Overall. Interesting and refreshing.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Big white head. Settles quickly, but looks fizzy as hell.

Smell - Mild wheat grain. Slight spice. Light acidity.

Taste - Light stone fruit. Salt. Wheat and a stronger tartness. Has that wheaty sharpness, too.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. High carbonation.

Overall - The wheat is very strong. Good, but not really what I'm looking for in a gose.

Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

large shared bottle.
Cloudy pale golden color.
Moderately funky aroma with a less funky but quite tart flavor and relatively complex flavor.
O: a challenging gose.

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thick collar around the edge, and bits of lacing down the sides of the glass. It becomes cloudier as you start pouring out from near the bottom of the bottle.
S: Light aromas of funkiness and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the funk is replaced by light amounts of sourness and hints of salt are noticeable towards the finish. As the beer warms up, hints of citrus also become noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. A faint amount of tartness is perceptible.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and makes for a pleasant summer beverage with a twist of sourness and funk.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Granville Island sculpted pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light touch of haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a finger of fizzy white foam that dissipated almost immediately. 'Sok.

Smell: light sourness with a light element of wheatiness and coriander. It's not bad, but the volume could maybe be turned up a little on the wheat element.

Taste: sour up front, followed by a slightly plasticy floral element. Saltiness is quite low, but still noticeable. There is a little bit of yeasty banana character at the back, but it doesn't really balance things out. The floral element is what is a bit weird to me, otherwise a pretty solid gose.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty good carbonation and a surprising creaminess considering its low effervescence and head retention.

Overall: pretty drinkable, but the weird plasticy thing in the flavor still bothers me. Worth it if you are interested in goses, otherwise probably a skip.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Big thanks to eyebereej for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into an unmarked tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy, orangish dark gold, with a big white head that fades quickly and a good amount of lively visible carbonation. 3.5/5

S: Pilsner and wheat malts, lemony citric acid and some farmhouse yeast pepperiness. 14/20

T: Light cracker malts, wheat graininess, farmhouse yeast, some black pepper, restrained salt for style, light lactic tartness and lemony citrus. It finishes dry - very attenuated - with some light tartness and salinity. 35/45

M: Light body with great lively carbonation - almost soda-like in character. No alcohol presence to speak of. 9/10

O: Not bad, but this is the first Almanac beer I've been a bit disappointed with. I found this to have a lot of saison character rather than the stated gose. Not much lactic tartness or funky character, and the salinity should be higher with the style. Certainly not objectionable, but with the renaissance this style is experiencing there are several superior examples available. 14.5/20

Estimated final score: 3.68
Calculated final score: 76/100
Old BA score: 3.80

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark gold body, lightly hazed and topped with a half inch white, accumulating head fed by a few fizzing streams of effervescence.

Smell: Pungent lemon verbena is the top note of the aroma, layered over lighter, lesser hints of malted wheat, coriander and sea water.

Taste: Wheat malt with a very thin toasted element and a low, sweet honeyed hint. A salty briny quality is present, but it's light, and obscured (along with the coriander) by the herbal lemon verbena, which, for me, is a wholly unnecessary edition. Very low, very restrained lactic accent. Finishes lemony with an added snaps of lively suds.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Reasonably quaffable and with a subtle lactic edge that's far less aggressive than many of these other goses that are springing up across the country. Still, I'm not sure why they felt the need for the verbena and would welcome its exclusion from future batches.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a shiny gold colour, clear, with small head, visible bubbles, too many commas, in this, sentence. Lace is unimpressive. Like the beer in general.

Smells funky and very Belgian. Hugely phenolic, with notes of coriander, cinnamon and clove. Fennel, aniseed as well. Quite spicy, and quite medicinal. OK.

Taste is quite similar, but more acidic. Lots of spice character with aniseed myrtle, fennel, cloves. Touch of mild acidity midway gives way to surprisingly malty finish, with lots of strong phenols giving cough mixture and nutmeg. Touch of blood orange as well. Intriguing enough, but doesn't really appeal to me flavour-wise.

Quite foamy, bit of bite from that wild fermentation. Not bad.

Not really my cup of foam. Some intrigue but doesn't taste nice enough to quaff down.

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Golden Gate Gose from Almanac Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.