Verloren - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 409
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 6.16%
Wants: 27
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-17-2012

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Photo of Urk1127
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.25

Sat in my local store for over a year before I bought it I know because it always interested me not knowing the style. It smelled like soy sauce. Tasted of bad minerals dry salty aftertaste but from coriander taste not literal salt although it is brewed with it. If fresh I'd like to try the style again. But this maybe from sitting and aging was a drain pour (359 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"A link to the ales of Saxony that had all but vanished, Gose is a peculiar yet captivating brew. With a base of an unfiltered wheat ale, it's vivid and refreshing yet also has a softness to it. The flavor is brought to life by an unexpected touch of salt for a mineral quality, and coriander for a peppery spice. The result is an unusual and delicate brew that's full of flavors to discover." Brewed in the style of a German Gose. Available as a rotating Small batch series release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Samuel Adams sensory pint glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Verloren pours a crisp foamy pastel white head over a moderately hazy golden amber body. Retention is above average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Cereal wheat, biscuity and grainy crystal malt, a touch of effervescent peppery spice, muted coriander and a relatively low perceived acidity for the style. Balance appears to be quite sweet and the body heavier than normal. Potency is medium. 3.25

(Taste) Chewy cereal wheat and bready, biscuity caramel with a soft husk graininess. Perceivably little acidity and very little saltiness too, Verloren is a largely malt-driven Gose although it's on the far edge of the Gose spectrum from my experiences with the style. It could be said that this beer should not be malt driven, but at least significantly balanced by the tart and salty edge of salt and funk, if not very light and highly quaffable. Finishes clean and short with a touch of grainy malt and musty spice. 3

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, softly chewy and medium dry. Carbonation is moderate generating a medium frothiness and soft crispness. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is sweet and bready over salty, sourness, tart and funk. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters to note. 3.5

(Overall) My wavering confidence in the quality of the Samuel Adams small batch series continues to diminish as these former seldomly brewed styles aren't commonly brewed to traditional or even guideline standards. Verloren has a flavorful and potent blend of German malts and wheat, both of which drive the beer for the most part, as the other expected flavors in a Gose are shallow to absent in Verloren. Salt and coriander spice are in very short supply, and there is no tartness nor sour character to be found in this beer. This is easily one of the poorest representations of what should be a truly well balanced and highly enjoyable beer. It's drinkable, but there are far superior modern examples of excellent Gose beers by Anderson Valley and Westbrook that have emerged in the past two years that I strongly recommend over Verloren. 3.25

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Photo of Tilly
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Copper colour, hazy. White foam head that dissipated quickly. Caramel orange malty aroma. Sloe plum, peppery, berry, spices, lemon back. Not a bad beer for SA. Worth tasting. (174 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Not much hints at this being a Gose as it has a deep copper hue and a thick foam. Hints of white wine, lemon lime, coriander, honey and molasses on the nose. The flavor is very malty, with some dried dark fruit. The coriander is more evident in the finish as I taste some lemon lime soda water as well. Perhaps a little salty, this seems to miss the Gose mark but I find it good to drink. (388 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep copper with an unusual orange/pink hue. Off white foam dissipates quickly to a small sticky ring that left sticky foam dots. Lightly carbonated.

S: Slight hop with orange rind. Alcohol. Sweet and salty. With a hint of strawberry. Mild malt and caramel. My wife said it smelled like pee... I disagree.

T: Sweet. Only mildy tangy from restrained hop. Some smoothe mellow malt and caramel flavored grain. Slight strawberry, watermelon and cherry flavor with a juicy mouthwatering feeling. Finishes slightly sweet but with mild tanginess and saltiness.

M: Thin. Thirst quenching and refreshing. Finishes fast. Very clean and smooth. Almost no dryness.

O: Not quite what I expect for a gose, but still quite tasty. It hits some of the qualities, but its very mellow; I could have used a little more risk here. Still, one of the more enjoyable beers from Sam I've had. (874 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

gose, one of those really rare styles.. salt in beer?? man was I skeptical before I tried the style, it is actually weirdly refreshing, so let's see how sammy adams version stacks up

eyes...
nice full finger of white foam, a whispering audio component, light orange clean hue with a good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass, near perfect lacing as this clings beautifully to the glass with a simple tilt and as you consume... nice

nose...
slightly dry and musty, the coriander is the star here - it is out front just like chuck schumer and any news cameras within a 15 mile radius, the hops lend a tender herbal aroma, the malt is detectable and lies underneath bathed in a subtle sweetness, smells on point for the style

taste etc...
the coriander is very up front here, the salt shines in the aftertaste especially when the hops run their course, it has that dry marshmellow-ish tone like weistephaner but not as strong (and tempered by the strong coriander), it has a hardier body than the other couple of gose I have tried, the carbonation is right where it should be - kind of just fluffy enough but not interfering in any way

verdict?
a little too heavy and not enough salt, I never thought I would type that about a beer... to me, sometimes a style is a certain way for a certain reason, so I think putting your own twist on a gose might not be the best direction. this does not come off as refreshing as the other goes beers I have had, it is worth a try for the sheer novelty if you have never had salt in your beer (1,537 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour at first glance can be mistaken for a Pilsner, except for being a shade darker, and with more bubbles. As ordinary as the pour looked, the way the beer smelled was anything but. Even from an arm's length, there was a sour, floral, and mineralized smell coming from the glass, which intensified when brought nearer. This was clearly not an ordinary Pilsner. The taste stayed true to the style, but was lighter than others of the type I've had, which sadly has been only a couple. This was a bit more tame in acidity and salt, and little sweeter. Not a bad taste at all, mind you, just not all that it should be. Light and crisp on the palette, but again softer, and lacking that Gose edge. I don't mind having had this bottle, and it is certainly different than Sam Adams typical fare, but I much prefer the real German bottle, or that fantastic recreation by Westbrook more. (883 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a stange.

A - Pours a hazy orange marmalade color, with a fluffy three-finger white head. Ringlets of sticky lacing.

S - Powerful aroma of fruit, butterscotch, sour mash, caramel, and a bit of metallic mineral.

T - Sadly doesn't match the nose, as not much caramel or butterscotch is present. Sweet and sour at the same time, with notes of mandarin orange, pear, apple, lemon, and lime. Some clove and lots of coriander. There IS a tiny bit of malt sweetness lurking underneath but you have to look for it. Mineral element in the nose present in the salty finish. ABV of only 6% somehow detectable in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and carbonated, but with an extremely oily feel. Kind of odd.

O - Cant say I'm a big fan of this style. The fruity sweet & sour element with the saltiness was just a little too weird to me for this beer to be truly enjoyable. Not a repeat buy. However, kudos to Sam Adams for the attempt at making this style more available. (992 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been holding onto a bottle of this in my cellar for quite awhile now and I finally decided it was time to crack this one open tonight. Poured into one of my stange glasses, this beer pours a slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden color with a nice fluffy white head that is about an inch or so thick when first poured that eventually settles to a very nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and a very nice surface coating of foam at the top of the beer. Very good lacing here too. Aromas of wheat, spice such as coriander, and musty, minerally, earthy yeast and malt round this beer out smell wise. Tastewise this beer has a big wheat profile up front followed with some subtle toasted caramel malt sweetness that gives way to the coriander and rounds out with a nice mineral-esque hint of salt that linger on the back of the tongue and coats the inside of the mouth. Ends with just a bit of a sour note that to me is reminiscent of a good Lambic or wild ale. No discernible hop flavors to be found here. Really interesting and tasty variety of flavors that compliment each other very well here! Has a somewhat crispy, yet mostly smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Perhaps I would have liked this beer better if I had enjoyed it fresh, but this was pretty good and I hope to be able to find it again. Worth a try for sure!

Eric (1,393 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Last bottle in the cooler at a questionable store... Label reads batch 1, this very well may be from spring 2012.

Hazy orange body, rising carbonation visible. Compact head of white foam, floating island of skim in the center. Nice ring of lace around the edges after the first sip. Retention is ok.

Aromas of lemon soda, coriander, and oxidized malt, sadly.

Taste is lemony and vaguely tart with dull papery oxidation creeping in the aftertaste.
Some clear notes of wheat and coriander still present, as well as the odd lemon soda taste. Light bodied and still somewhat drinkable. Even though it's old there's still signs of life. Would try again if fresh. (662 characters)

Photo of speter
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into nonic.

A: Pours a deep copper/golden color with ample fluffy, off-white head that slowly fades, but persisted until the end.

S: Very biscuity, with a hint of marmalade and honey.

T: Very malty and rather like a buttered biscuit. There was a decided lack of the trademark lactic acid sourness of the style, however. Were this not labeled as a gose, it would score higher. (And if I were being more pedantic and keeping solely to style, it would score lower.)

M: Full-bodied and quite creamy.

O: Overall, this is a rather unique and nice beer, but I don't think it's a very good example of a gose. (625 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into weizen glass.

A - Pours a dark cloudy golden amber with 2-3 fingers of off white head.

S - Smells of lemon, wheat, and a general slight sourness

T - The taste is mainly lemon and wheat, with no bitterness to speak of. The saltiness is slight and on the back end. Adding a bit of salt brings out some of the citrus flavors.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate carbonation.

O - My first beer of this style, and I didn't really know what to expect. Overall I quite enjoyed it; the saltiness aspect was interesting. I think Sam Adams did a good job on this. (586 characters)

Photo of BeerEngineer
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

General - Early morning beer out here on the west coast for football. Enjoyed it out of my New Belgium glass.

Appearance - A shade between amber and gold, the SRM is around a 15 but seems to almost glow. Very nice! Head is a light white and fluffy, it diminishes pretty quickly.

Aroma - There is a light maltiness to this beer, with a hint of sourness.

Taste - It reminds me of a lightly soured sour beer. Pretty interesting actually, there is a spice in this that I can't put my finger on, it's different, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel - It feels like it coats the mouth with a film, moderate carbonation.

Overall - Well it's unique I'll say that much. Not exactly my style but it's something that's different and unique. If you're a beer geek and want to try something different this is a good one to pick up because they are normally a good price (I got mine at Costco of all places) and it's something different. I don't think that I'll be getting another one of these but that's ok. (992 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston.

Moderate head which dies to rim bubbles. No lace. Cloudy with golden color.

Fruity with a touch of caramel.

Sweet flavor up front. Good fruit and mild spice. The body is medium with a slightly elevated carbonation. The aftertaste reminds me of plum. Short lived. (311 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark gold with a nice head and good lacing.

Smell is of rotting citrus fruit at first and buttery bread later.

Taste is reminiscent of a buttered biscuit up front followed by honey with a salty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick, almost creamy with low carbonation.

Certainly a taste different from anything I've tasted before. Not really a style I prefer but, it seems well crafted and I can appreciate how others would enjoy it. (438 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weisen glass.

Appearance: Comes off a pale amber color, little darker than most amber colored beers. Head is straight white and thick coming off almost two finger's length.

Smell: Smell like honey and citrus. A little sour note makes you think of lemon.

Taste: something different that I do t think I experienced before but it feels like I'm drinking a meal. Like bread and salt, best way I can put it. Little malts here and there.

Mouth: Body feels heavy, slightly sticky but incredibly smooth.

Overall: not a bad brew at all, I don't think I would go crazy looking for it at my local beer spot but I got this in a Sam Adams variety pack and hit the spot watching a little Sunday football. Salud! (719 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1pt, 6oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a stange. Reviewed live in high elevation Kalispell, Mont.

A- One-finger white head with clear, medium sized bubbles. Rapidly eroding. Light golden color with nice carbonation.

S- Very citrusy. Oranges and lemon with distinct saltiness. Coriander and other brewing spices that make it fragrant.

T- Slightly salty, but very citrusy. Heavy with orange and lemon. Interesting flavor.

M- Bubbly and medium-bodied.

O- Very OK. Has nice flavoring going on. (513 characters)

Photo of scvance
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy straw gold color with a thin, quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is mild, alcohol, pepper, and malt. The taste is interesting, briny up front, yeasty, slightly sour, not nearly like some other gose I've tried. Fades to a slight bitter finish and ends with a hint of sulfur and alcohol. The mouthfeel is rather thick, highly carbonated with a very dry finish. Overall, this beer is rather unimpressive compared to the expected style. I doubt I will be having this one again. (539 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cloudy orange with a small white head.

The smell is lemon, coriander and slightly sweet malts.

The taste is sweet malts through out, slightly spicy, coriander and pepper finishing a little salty.

The mouthfeel is pretty light with medium to high carbonation.

This was my first beer of this style and I thought it was very good. A very delicate and fairly complex beer. (385 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy apricot body with a thin film of white foam that pushes to a thick ring after a few sips. There are strands of microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The slight plastic note leads to a coriander floral hint in the finish. The aroma is pretty clean otherwise.

T- The slightly fruity crisp clean flavor has a slight sweetness and coriander hint to the finish with just a faint saltiness.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish with no alcohol heat.

O- The clean and crisp beer is not overly dry and the fruity character with the coriander add some depth and the salt qualities remain in the background. This very drinkable but the coriander might need other support to make this really sessionable. (785 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.67/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a one pint six ounce undated bottle. bottle states "enjoy now or age it to develop rich and unique flavors." From the Small Batch Collection.

Scent is spicy and floral, a bit musty.
Pours a hazy deep blood-orange with off white head. Head does not last nor is there lacing.
Taste is of sweet malt, bread and coriander with a hint of date or apricot. Very pleasing and drinkable! In fact, the more I sip the better I like it! (430 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruddy brown with two solid inches of foam. The wheat bill comes through in the nose along with corriander and some earthy yeast. Some mineral character. Full bodied with a heavy dose of wheat. The subtle fruit character leads to some mineral aspect toward the end. Spices follows; coriander, cloves rounded out be apricot. The tang hangs on past the end to leave the palate thirsty once again. (410 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: a medium amber with good clarity. The head is off-white made of fine bubbles with decent retention.

S: A moderate spicy and slightly lemony hops aroma with a medium amount of peach and orange fruity esters. There is some low malt sweetness aroma.

T: There is a medium malt sweetness with a bit of caramel like character. A medium-strong fruit flavor that seems yeast derived being mostly oranges and a bit pithy with a medium-low hops bitterness. The balance is somewhat bitter. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of hops bitterness and orange peel.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a lot of weight on the palate from the salt. There is a medium strong level of carbonation.

O: A fruit and somewhat malty beer like oranges mixed with a bit of the peel some caramel and light bit of spice. Not a bad beer at all defiantly off the beaten path and worth the try. (873 characters)

Photo of Roger55
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Wheat, salt, some butter like smell.

Taste: Wheat, bits of Salt and fairly refreshing.

Overall: I think this a good beer, I've had this beer before fresh and it's even better, with the clove and salt really showing their stuff.but as it is now it's an okay beer. It is perfect for the summer heat, however! (315 characters)

Photo of artdob
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initial nice head but very quickly subsides.

Nose has coconut flakes in a big way. Continues to the palate, though the taste seems to lean more towards water than full bodied flavor. Perhaps some mild bell pepper along the way. Bit of sourness post finish.

Most compelling part of this beer to me is the nose and that unique coconut profile. (343 characters)

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Verloren from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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