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Gösser - Brau Union Österreich AG

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172 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 17.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brau Union Österreich AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-17-2001

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Ratings: 172 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pale yellow beer left virtually no head. Smelt of faint hops and grain. Taste was very light compared to other euro pale lagers. Subtle hops and malts were noted. A bit thin on the palate, but overall a smooth, easy drinking beer. would certainly have this on a hot summers day.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz European style green bottle. Freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: Pale/straw yellow with a slight haze. Pours a foamy white patchy head that settles to a patchy sticky cream lace.

Smell: Delicate noble hops in the aroma with light notes of sulfur (that definitive import lager "skunk" smell), faint esters and sweet tea.

Taste: Light on the palate, yet there's a definite fullness to this brew which is pronounced by its creamy mouthfeel. A malt sweetness of dextrin blends with very faint aniseed and smooth lemon rind-like hop flavours that peak to a mildly crisp bite. Light grain and metallic notes are also present. Some interesting esters pull-thru and linger to the end along with some hops. The brew finishes slightly dry.

Notes: Found this at the bottom of the shelves at my local ghetto package store. Came in a 12-pack box. To my surprise Gösser turned out to be a very nice alternative (to the US norm) lager. Very enjoyable and flavourful. Great all around knock-em-back beer.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clean with a decent white head. Good hoppiness. Very crisp and clean tasting. Tends to be a little skunky. Light in body, but big in flavor. Goes down smooth and lingers with a spritzy lemon-like taste. Overall, I recommend this beer. Serve at a medium temperature. A good summer beer to drink outside.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(There are apparently two beers on BA named Goesser with identical pictures and all, so I'm going with this one because the brewery name is the same as on the can)

"Austria's Finest Beer." We shall see.

Poured into a lager glass. Medium golden, lots of visible carbonation. A 1/2 inch of foamy head quicky and completely dissolved. No lacing.

Nose is corn, white wine, hops, a bit of straw.

Not bad for a Euro lager. Slightly sweet, with a better than average malt character.

Medium body, decent carbonation, slightly creamy.

As far as Euro "umlaut" lager is concerned, this one ain't bad. I just really wish brewers would stop throwing around the "best beer" or "finest beer" moniker on their labels, cause this one sure isn't. Still, a highly drinkable lager, and a decent summer brew.

Photo of ADR
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and pale yellow color, decent 1/2 inch head of foam. Partial comma-like lacing in a standard pint glass. Acidic aroma, slight sufur skunk, and a sense of hops somewhat like milkweed. Light body, a bit too overcarbonated for my tastes. Malts are straightforward, slight skunk and a tea-like hop impression balance adequately and dry the finish somewhat. Not awful or great, could be an OK session brew...

Photo of Miha
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rastaman
1.6/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pretty thin and horrible, too fizzy aswell. Yellow appearance, with fizzy mineral water head, no aroma, and pretty close to noe flavour, perhaps a bit of malt in there, but too bland in my books.

Photo of tux_alin
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml can. Seems like this comes from a different brewery than the Gösser I had about a half decade ago.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent rocky shoreline grotto lace around the glass as it hastily sinks away.

It smells of bready, grainy pale malt, a certain corn grit astringency, mealy chewing gum, faint sour drupe fruit, a touch of gasohol fumes, and weak earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more grainy, kind of doughy pale malt, with the same cheap adjunct side player from the nose, muddled red apple skin and bruised pear fruit notes, ethereal petrol, and moderately skunky leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite low and unobtrusive, barely a frothy tic manifesting when you're looking for it, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a subtly growing creaminess as it warms. It finishes on the sweet side, the supposed all-malt bill protesting just a little too much, while the timid noble hops punch out after their 30-hour work week.

Not a bad version of the style, the off-flavours kept to a minimum, while the pale malts and underwhelming hops carry on in one of the better national lager campaigns to be found on this green earth of ours. Small praise, yeah, but y'all know it to be true.

Photo of mintjellie
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very pale straw gold and crystal clear. 2-3 fingers of quickly diminishing head leaving no lace behind.

Grainy cereal aroma and grassy hops, both very faint. This almost doesn't have a scent, it's so tame.

Tastes faintly of grassy hops, mild bitterness, cereal, and an unpleasant acidity.

Light bodied with spritzy carbonation. Thin and watery. It's not a drain pour, but I wont be having it again.

Photo of KristijanG
2.6/5  rDev -18%

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of pmcadamis
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A three finger snow white head graces the top of this golden brew, and a good amount of wet lace is left on the glass. the head shows good retention, and it gets rocky on it's way down to a finger cap. Looks pretty good!

S - I thought that this was a German pils when I bought it, and now I see (rather, smell) why it isn't one. This is more malty and less hoppy on the nose than a pils, and the lack of Saaz spice is what makes the distinction apparent. This isn't very assertive, but it smells very fresh and clean, like a Springtime thunderstorm.

T - This is not bad, just boring. It's lightly fruity and a bit sharp, but there isn't much going on. Like the nose, it is very fresh and clean on the palate, and I gotta give it points for that.

M - This is light bodied without being watery, and the prickly carbonation and dry finish make this a very refreshing brew.

D - Not bad at all. Could be a very nice session lager, or a good beer to woo your BMC friends away from the macro crap lagers that are prevalent in the states. Euro lagers are never really mind blowing, but they are light years ahead of our domestic shit-lagers.

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4.5/5  rDev +42%

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4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of ElGordo
2.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color topped by a small, tight white head that dissipates after only a few minutes. Aroma of slightly skunked adjunct malt is evident as soon as the cap is popped - light notes of moderately bitter pops and pilsner malt, but mainly skunk. Palate is a balance between mildly sweet adjunct malt and some slightly skunked hops. Mouthfeel is typical of a Euro lager - light and a touch creamy. I suppose I could put a few of these back, but it's not exactly a memorable experience.

Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with a white colored head that leaves sporadic lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma definitely has that familiar skunked smell from a lot of imported lagers in green bottles with some sulfer with some grain and hints of spicy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is light bodied with some malt and some mildly crisp hops at the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent creaminess that adds to the body a little bit.

D- This is an interesting enough beer that would be pretty easy to throw a few of them back in one session.This is definitely a little more interesting than your average Euro Lager, but not something that I would go out and purchase again. Worth a try

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.08/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved the attractive bottle on this beer;

this had me thinking pale eurolager all teh way; mine was not skunked, it was chilled. Immediately you notice the fullness of rich creamy malt. the clean palate was and the subtle bitter grainy after taste.

I was quite impressed, if this is the beer of austria, it can't be so bad!

Photo of Hristos
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of jackndan
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gosser: This is an Austrian import that seems very popular in my area, and is virtually always on sale. It is sold in green bottles, and has a similar aroma to other Euro-lagers, with that faint skunk aroma. However, the taste is much lighter and refreshing than a Heineken, for example, and went down very, very well. This is a smooth beer that is worth a look.

Photo of Gmann
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a nice and fluffy white head that so far has left a wall of lacing on the glass. The smell is faint and grainy, has that Euro green bottle skunk smell. The taste is of light grassy noble hops, grainy malt, and a metallic skunk taste. The feel is watery and dull, doesn't really have that crisp taste of a lager. A typical Euro lager sample probably a notch above the mainstream Euro lagers. Easy drinking, good for summer weather.

Photo of shbobdb
2.67/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a delicate style that a brewer either nails . . . or absolutely fails at.

In the case of Goesser, I would say that they failed. Grolsch and Carlsberg manage to put their own little spin on the Euro-lager style, adding that extra edge that makes them wonderfully drinkable. And let's not get started at how the Germans and Czechs do lighter beers.

So . . . what is good about this beer? Well, it is delicate and drinkable. It lacks many of the flaws that I see in American macro-lagers, while still trying to be as close to water as possible.

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Gösser from Brau Union Österreich AG
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