Golden Gate Gose - Almanac Beer Co.

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Golden Gate GoseGolden Gate Gose

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526 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 526
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 70 | FT: 4
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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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with no dating to be found on the bottle or label to indicate bottling or freshness date. Poured into a classic weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow color, with apple cider hued shadows and sunny highlights. Atop the body sits a bone white three finger head that looks like meringue if you were to eat the caramelized brown part off the top. The foam remains for a few minutes before dissipating to a remnant of film on the surface of the liquid and leaves sparse, soapy looking lace that's not for long.

Smell - A pretty gentle blend of the profiles I would expect from a gose, with the saltiness taking a back seat to--or really playing nice with--the soft wheat and generic citrus from the coriander. There is also a pretty distinct aroma of lemon zest, which I can only imagine comes from the inclusion of lemon verbena, an ingredient not usually found in the style.

Taste - Mix of citrus and whole grain crackers as well as a nice round wheaty characteristic that comes across like a more acidic hefeweizen. There is also some faint brine, but not nearly as aggressive as I'd expected. Instead, the salt seems to kick up the intensity of the coriander and lemon verbana, making it bright and quite quaffable.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a slightly salty finish on the tongue.

Overall, a really tasty beer that, while I'm not sure how traditional it is, I don't really care. It was entirely too easy to down this entire 750 mL bottle. The salt is enough of an addition to separate this beer from a more classic wheat beer, but not so much that it overpowers the elements at play. I wish this was easily obtained in my neck of the woods, because I could see myself buying this regularly, especially in warmer weather. A perfect porch beer.

Smell -

More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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+

Photo of Beerswag
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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 chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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 timontheroad
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ONovoMexicano
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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 TheSixthRing
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger width white head.Fair retention, resulting in little patches of suds across the surface. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Slightly sour notes with grainy undertones.

taste - Wow, a punch in the mouth undetected by the nose. A direct tartness delivered with green apple, lemon and sour cherry, backed by slight grainy notes that hit by mid-taste, and all mellows into the finish, especially a nice, mellow lemony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and drinkable, but nothing too remarkable.

Overall - I'm not too familiar with goses, but this sure seemed like a friendly welcome wagon into the style. Nice and punchy without becoming too cloyingly sour. Fair balance. Would definitely try again, and a style I'll try to explore sometime in the future.

Photo of kmbeer
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Loved this for the style. Super refreshing and tart and totally drinkable.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

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 Rutager
4/5  rDev +7%

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 smakawhat
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale (weizen) glass.

A great aggressive looking wheat bursting beer of the pour. Good fluffy and bright white chugging head out of the bottle, nice slow pour even just makes a sudsy but controlled fist full tall head. Body color is real nice. Deep dark brass, darker orange towards the top with light chestnut brown colors. Huge amounts of carbonation just going on and on. True great looker here.

Good classic nose. Chewy wheat body, a large sense of coriander and a hint of lemon and brine. Big toasted white bread notes and thickness, airy, almost crackling. Real nice.

Great friggin palate. For a wheat beer, they somehow made this thick but incredibly juicy. Huge lemon juiced palate. Thick palate feel and wonderful wheat density. Carbonation is large, slightly mineral, but doesn't weaken the depth which is real impressive. Salt character comes more with a brine sense, than in the palates actual taste.

Overall just a great gose, could just pound these back all day and night.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Provisions in Orange, CA.

First impression was pretty rough; smelled and had hints of Blue Moon: no mami. Raul ain't pumped on that at all.

Digging through...

It's ok. It still has those witbier qualities, but it's ok, I guess. Those nasty Blue Moon qualities have dissipated a bit as it warmed, but...

I wouldn't order it again.

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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 SHODriver
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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 rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head and well carbonated.

S-Salty dog. Along with wheat and lemon. There is a slight grass note and mild tartness.

T-Starts salty followed up with wheat and lemon, other fruity flavors are there. Slight grass and a milt tart note to balance it out.

M-Lighter and nicely carbonated.

O-One of the few and better goses I've had. The salt worked well with the tartness.

Photo of mwilbur
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly white head. Good retention.
S: Mild mineral funk, sweet herbal grass (coriander and lemon verbena), barnyard mustiness, white pepper, and salt. Nicely complex.
T: Peach, soft mineral funk, herbal notes (coriander, mint, and lemon verbena), salt, and white pepper. Note quite up to the aroma and the salt note was a detractor for me.
M: Light body. Soft and lightly sweet. Salty with an herbal astringency. Mild tart note too.
D: An interesting take on the style. Not the best example for my tastes (salty). I do like the overall construction of the brew.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with an initial 1/4-inch thick white head which fades to the rim leaving spots of lace.

N: Wheat with some straw/hay, herbal and spicy notes.

T: Yeasty, sour wheat and corriander.

M: Light body and carbonation. Finishes slightly sour and wheaty with a faint minerality.

O: Light and refreshing. Gose well with food.

Photo of rdickey
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy medium gold into my tulip, with a small fine off-white head that drops pretty quickly to a single layer on top of the beer.

Smell: The nose is definitely interesting, and there seems to be a lot going on. Big herbal notes dominate, but there’s also coriander and salt (which is unusual for me but I understand typical for the style), citrus and a little pepper. I really don’t know what’s coming next.

Taste: Fantastic. I get more of the citrus in the mouth than I did in the nose, and the pepper is also a little more prominent, giving it a saison-like feel. The citrus, herbs, coriander and salt remain, but what I wasn’t expecting was the moderate tartness, which really wraps it up nicely.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and low ABV leave this one light and easy in the mouth.

Drinkability: Very high; it’s almost a perfect summer quencher. I wasn’t familiar at all with this style prior to tasting this one, but I’m going to do my best to remedy that problem as soon as possible.

Photo of Celtics17
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big yeast in this sour tasting gose. Some lemon coming through, slight spice as well. Very bready without question. Not a big sour beer, not very puckering. But a good overall sour beer. It doesn't lack taste, just not as big as I wanted the sour to be..

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.17.14

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a fluffy off-white head with good retention.

S - Floral, sweet honey, citrusy.

T - Sweet floral, citrus tart, honey, corriander. Very nice.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Sweet and welcoming. A touch tart and sweeter, but very tasty.

Photo of justinbrown
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
4/5  rDev +7%
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 scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

A: Pours a fairly clear pale straw color with a huge, bubbly, airy, bright white head that faded into a thin film and collar.
S: Bright and salty notes of pale malts, straw, and sea salt. Faint notes of stone fruits and golden fruits come through as well.
T: Follows the nose with a touch more fruit coming through. I get notes of peach, apricot, straw, crackery malt, and black pepper. The finish is noticeably salty, and the aftertaste has notes of green apple, earth grainy wheat, and slight lemon.
M: Medium body, splashy carbonation, semi-crisp and dry mouthfeel. A bit heavier and greasier than I would have liked. Faint acidity.
O: Smooth and refreshing. Not overly tart, not overly salty. Could be drier, but delicious flavor.

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber color with a modest head and plenty of streaming bubbles in the narrow Kölsch cylinder. Aromas of cucumber, winter squash, and grain with a whiff of acidity. Some malty body with prickly carbonation and a zingy tart finish.

Salty and tart but not sour. This has a persistent malty richness that goes well with the crazy yeast and lactic business. Even a touch of sweetness that goes well with the acidic edge. Brewer says this is made with lemon verbena and coriander. Some herbal bitterness to finish.

If you wanted to try a Gose with some user-friendly drinkability, this would be one to try. I also liked the Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer, though I was one of the few, apparently. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine on Adams Ave.

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Golden Gate Gose from Almanac Beer Co.
84 out of 100 based on 526 ratings.