Gösser - Brau Union Österreich AG

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews by ghisty:
Photo of ghisty
3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance: can pour, into pint glass, flat bottomed, ..a deeper gold than some beers from similar brewers, nice head retention, just right amount of carb.
smell: light, hoppy note, fresh, grassy notes near the halfway mark, hard to smell thru the inch of foamy everlasting head.
taste: starts off decently sharp, quickly levels itself to a malt, and has various finishes depending on its temperature, ranging from slick when its warm, to very crisp on the colder side, great tasting beer for a cheaper import. has almost a pilsner finish. somewhat dry. but still refreshing.grains become more present as it warms to room
mouthfeel: snappy. very much like hieneken or becks, but with similar qualities to a stella, minus the corny sappy flavour iam not so fond of.
overall: very good. not one to be bragged about , but definatly on my regular go-to list
its easy drinking, and almost the perfect session beer, maybe a bit too foamy if anything
but that really depends on the pour i suppose. seems almost drafty. i enjoy this beer enough to choose it over numerous more pricey offerings. at under 4 bucks a tall can i could drink these all day. not the "finest beer from austria" as the can claims..but id say its a reasonable attempt for the cost. ..overall..get 3 and drink them on a hot day..see for yourself. its good stuff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +4.4%
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 -7.9%
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 rastaman
1.6/5  rDev -49.7%
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 biboergosum
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 -18.9%
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 pmcadamis
2.83/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +9.4%
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 +28.3%
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 jackndan
3.7/5  rDev +16.4%
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 -3.8%
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 -16%
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.

Photo of Richter35
4.34/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Blue-branded pilsner glass. Poured a massive-thick head that vanished within a couple of minutes. Some lacing on the glass as I drink. Looks much like a Labatt Blue, but this is where the similarities end...

Smell is above average, with a huge hops presence and some wheat.

Taste is spectacular. Smooth...delicate even. A lot of hop bitterness, but very well balanced. Little aftertaste, which is impressive for a European lager. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is carbonated, but this is to be expected considering the style of beer. Very smooth and clean.

Drinkability is awesome. Sip it, chug it, whatever...this beer will accomodate any drinking style.

Being a fan of darker, fuller-bodied beers, I've been reluctant to try new lagers recently. This one has opened my eyes to what a lager should be. Interesting, light hearted... but not boring. Smell and taste are both refreshing, to say the least. It's a perfect summer beer.

It paired perfectly with some delicious homemade cheesy bread. I imagine it would be great with almost any other food. I would recommend this beer to anyone I know, as it far exceeded my expectations.

Photo of bierman2000
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looks nice but the taste and the smell are undesireable. Straw color with little body and a bitter aftertaste. Not a good Austrian beer, a weak lager and not a great representation of Austrian brewing. It is good on a hot day when it is served very cold, but for the price should be avoided and a wheat or abbey tripel could be more enticing.

Photo of hotstuff
2.52/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, the head was very small sized, white and it contained fine-sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was clear and there was very little carbonation present.The hue was yellow and there was no lacing.The nose was malty and the flavor was bitter, hoppy, tangy and it had an aftertaste that lingered.The mouthfeel was tingly and light-medium bodied.I was not real impressed with this beer.

Photo of PaF
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had it in a restaurant in Vienna. Wasn't impressed.

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale gold color with a 1 inch head. Aroma is fairly mild. There is a light bitterness but not a lot of flavor from this beer. Feels watery and bitter in mouth. Drinkability is good, it goes down smooth. Overall a mediocore brew.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I poured this fairly hard and was impressed with the thick creamy white head that came about, but is disappears rather quickly but not 100%....settling into a layer over the liquid. It is a very slightly hazy beer, grassy in color. Some sticky lacing clings to my mug. Not a bad looking beer at all.

S- Overall mild aroma, with some graininess, a bit of a skunked smell....although it's not very prominent, some sweet malt and some yeast. It is reasonably clean smelling.

T- Primarily the same as it smells, with the malt and yeast coming forefront. There is some clean grain flavor with little in terms of hopped bitterness. My only disappointment is with a bit of a metallic flavor that sticks to my palate. Overall a decent tasting lager.

M- The body is closer to medium than watery, and feels somewhat sticky. The carbonation isn't too heavy and has a somewhat buttery feel. It leaves a nice, soothing coating on the palate. A decent mouthfeel!

D- I like this beer...it isn't the most refreshing beer out there, due to a thicker body than what is typical and is a flavorful beer overall. The alcohol is well hidden. It's clean and would be a good session beer but might change up after 2 or 3. A nice Austrian brew!

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass
A – Massive white head did leave lacing on top of a pale straw yellow crystal clear brew 3.5
S – Mild hop aroma 3
T – Pale malts and a citrus zest dominate with mild bread and grass notes 3
M – For such a light beer the body is more moderate than light with a surprising creaminess 3.5
O – Not a lot here… a refreshing highly drinkable brew and a decent beer, but if this is “Austria’s Finest Beer” I’m won’t be going to Austria anytime soon 3

Photo of evlu1441
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is quite a pale lager. It has a typical light golden colour, with a thin head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is quite typical as well. Faint, grainy, and crisp. Not a lot going on.

The flavour is quite light too, but also fairly bitter. Faint maltiness and quite a bit of hops. It also tastes a little bit adjuncty.

Overall, this is a pretty average beer. It is drinkable, but not special for any reason.

Photo of metter98
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Although this beer came in a green bottle, no traces of skunk are present in the smell. Instead, the smell has light aromas of sweet malts and apples.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of sweet bready malts and apple juice. Although no bitterness is detectable, the underlying hops help keep the malts in check.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might seem to be somewhat bland, but it's extremely drinkable and doesn't have any off-flavors or skunk. The fruity aromas and flavors seem to be a little unusual for a lager (as opposed to an ale) and might be a byproduct of the Austrian water. Overall, I thought that this beer wasn't that bad compared to others in the style.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.59/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the finest looking lagers I have ever come across, if only this were the norm of the style. Poured from a green 500 ml can it was love at first sight. Crisp clear light golden in colour, massive carbonation action, and a thick foamy white head capping it off like something I'd expect to find on top of a well poured Kilkenny or Caffrey's. It leaves a good half inch cap most of the way down the glass, and leaves a thick trail of lacing.

The aroma is subdued, mild traces of metallic graininess, very faint herbal hops.

Flavour is light and crisp, mild biscuit up from which moves to a grainy metallic taste, all shepherded by the grassy, light hops.

The mouthfeel is full but finishes very crisp, very quenching. This is great stuff, I think I found a new favorite pils. It would definitely make a great session lager. A fine example of the style, and it's quite a looker too.

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Gösser from Brau Union Österreich AG
74 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.