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Verloren - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 411
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 26.27%
Wants: 27
Gots: 21 | 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 bwarbiany
2.27/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So there are a few things I've managed to glean about Gose. It should be tart -- traditionally due to spontaneous fermentation, and later due to lactobacillus or addition of lactic acid. It should have a least some salt characteristic, sources vary whether that was due to the brewing water or due to additions, but there should be at the very least a hint of salinity on the tongue.

I bought this beer because I was tremendously excited that Sam Adams was going to try a Gose. Especially since my kegs of the homebrewed variety are gone, I thought it might be nice that Sam Adams was bringing this style back to the public. Basically everyone who ever tasted my Gose was a fan, and so if SA brewed a good example, it could catch on and the style might be revived commercially here in the US.

Sadly, they've missed the mark, badly. I don't pick up a hint of tartness in this beer. Not a hint. I don't think they even attempted to get any sourness in it at all. Second, I don't pick up any salt. None.

To me, this tastes like an American Wheat beer with a dash of coriander added. Nowhere near what Gose should be. (This isn't to say that it's not a well-brewed American Wheat w/ coriander, but that it's just simply not a Gose.)

I'm sad I bought three bottles of this.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.4/5  rDev -32.2%
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

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Photo of kojevergas
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served from a 1 pint .6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap into a conical pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; I didn't even like the gose I tried in Leipzig.

A: Pours a 4.5 finger head of beige colour, fair cream and thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Salts, yeast, clean malts, biscuit, dough, and pasta-ey notes. Strange but weirdly welcoming. An average strength aroma.

T: Sea salt, clean malts, sour-esque notes like wild bacteria, clean barley, background pale vaguely floral hopping, lactic notes, and wheat. Strange, but fairly enjoyable. Imbalanced. The salt makes the climax weird.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with needed coarseness throughout. A bit too thick and somewhat syrupy, like the slick liquid left in a brandy glass. Viscous I guess. Carbonation is off.

Dr: Drinkable but strange. Far from Sam Adams' best beer. I don't care much for it. A strange beer in a strange style. Will I ever like gose beers?


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Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Gotta give it up for Sam for continuing to roll out some new takes on offbeat styles. This attempt at a gose pours a lightly hazy sunset golden-straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises white bread, soap, lemon rind (the waxy outermost part of the rind), light coriander, and a kiss of baby's breath. The taste unfortunately brings in more of the same, with the soap really coming forth as the frontrunner. I get hardly any citrus character, and whatever spice notes are there are meek at best, busy being consumed by the soapy bread enveloping them. Needless to say, the whole experience is unpleasant, leaving a bad taste in my mouth (literally, for once). The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty insipid gose, one that doesn't come close to exhibiting any of the characteristics of the style. All of the top four Google Translate definitions of Verloren apply here: Something was definitely "lost" in translation, the effort comes across as "wasted" and retrospectively potentially "doomed" to failure, and I am "forlorn" after having partaken of it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cellar temp bottle split with Stopper. Pouring into a snifter.
The beer pours a clear copper hue with thin tightly packed bleached white head.

Aroma is grainy malt and some sweet fruit with white grapes the most dominant scent I can detect. I do get a bit of mild orange as well.

First sip reveals an average to light body with fine spacious carbonation. Flavor is caramel and fruit with orange and white grape again. Overall the flavor is very mild similar to the nose.
No flaws in the beer but the brew is average at best, certainly not very memorable.

I am disappointed as there arent many examples of this style readily available and this one just didnt make me want to try others.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In my pint glass this beer was a bright copper color with a small white head.

It had a grassy, outdoorsy aroma. There was a bit of spice in the aroma. It was rather bland.

A heavy dose of coriander in the taste. Some wheat. The spice was way too heavy.

Not too pleasant mouthfeel. I thought it had a very metallic aftertaste.

This gose was for the birds.

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Photo of mactrail
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pretty orangey amber in the big globe. Nice foam and lacing along the glass. Fairly spritzy on the tongue. Light mouthfeel with a little slickness. Vague aroma with a touch of spice.

There is not much to say about this stuff. Faint medicinal taste. It tastes like there is something other than hops in the slight bitterness. A touch of fruit. The coriander is about the only identifiable taste. It starts out like a really anemic Saison, but lacks the Belgian flavors. Only a hint of acididy and a shadow of huckleberry pie.

From all the delicious Longshot homebrew recipes, I'd say Boston Beer could make anything. This one is just not worth making. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
2.87/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Poured into my slender pint glass with a body between amber and golden. A nice big creamy white head forms and has great retention, awesome pillow cloud formations atop the beer. Tons of lace forms immediately and persists throughout.

S- Mostly like a tame German style yeast with notes of light fruits, banana, clove and bread. Some spice mixed in there too.

T- Main flavor of orange/lemon peel, coriander and spiced lemon dessert that somehow tastes watered down, maybe because it is in beer form. Bread, spiced raisin and some caramel malt besides that.

MF- Watery body with lower carbonation that I expected. Fairly sweet but not much bitterness at all.

Spiced citrus with big notes of zest and coriander. I feel like the balance of the flavors isn't where it should be and the mouthfeel throws things off more. Really good looking beer and bottle though.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been itching to try more goses, and there just aren't that many around. So when Sam Adams released one, figured I ought to try it. Tasted 30 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours golden-yellow, clear. Half-finger of white head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity in a way that I wasn't expecting, like apple juice, and mostly lacking sour character. Fruit juice, with just a faint touch of sour, and definitely more sweet than sour. Odd.

Taste is a mix of lightly sour and mild hop bitterness. I don't like the combination they make. Muddy, with a mishmash of flavors, none of which really resonate with me.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, fine, unremarkable.

A pretty mediocre gose. I've only had one or two others, but they were both way beyond this. It's just meh. An in-between beer, with almost none of the characteristics I want from a gose. None of the salt, and very low sour that's dominated by other flavors.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy Orange hue with a massive sticky head that slowly crawls down the glass.

Very soapy nose. Not much else. Touch of coriander and wheat.

Very interesting beer. Definitely a brininess to it. Lots of coriander. Touch of wheatiness. Slightly sour. Some soapy flavors. There's a certain rustic quality along with a certain fruit flavor I can't seem to pin down. Medium in body and carbonation. Very unique and not bad at all.

Finish does build up a certain soapiness though

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Photo of Mitchster
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$6.79 for a 22oz bottle. 9 SRM, OG=14.09, 6.0%ABV, 188 Calories/12oz, 15IBU.
Brewed with Samuel Adams two-row pale malt blend, Munich, malted and unmalted wheat, Coriander and salt. Hopped with Saaz Noble hops. Fermented with Samuel Adams ale yeast.

Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a soft white creamy head with average retention and average lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.25. Aroma of coriander and faint saaz. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium light body. Taste opens with the coriander, followed by a delicate spicy hop flavor, followed by some crackery malt middle, a mild well-balanced bitterness, and a mineral finish, although you can't taste the salt as much as feel it. No perceptible off-flavors.

This is a quite average brew. Reminds me of Bell's Oberon mixed with Blue Moon. A gose should be more interesting than this. This is very pedestrian, and I'm wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a thin but really creamy tan head. Great retention.

S: Wet hay, coriander, some faint wheat, salt and maybe some orange rind.

T: Grainy and toasty. Definitely way heavy for a Gose. Some faint coriander and wheat with some biscuity malt undertones. A bit bready on the finish.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cold into a pint glass.

Verloren is a hazy pale amber color with thick fizzy head. It settles quickly and leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is sweet and slightly floral, probably from the coriander.

Flavor is initially pleasant but isn't so much towards the end. There is a lemon cake sweetness up front with a hint of coriander. Then I get the saltiness and I don't totally enjoy it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Salty and a little slick going down.

Overall it's interesting to try this unusual style but I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a somewhat hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, solid lace.

S: Citrus, some wheat malt, coriander, somewhat yeasty.

T: Coriander and bready wheaty malt. Some light salt flavour at the end, but it's hard to get to. Hopping is very light.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, salty aftertaste at point.

O: Not as good as other goses I've had in the past, Casacade springs to mind. The salt and uniqueness of this style really doesn't come out with this effort. Not a bad beer and drinkable, but I just wanted something more interesting.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. poured into a globe. Can’t find a bottle date.

A: Cloudy golden with a fairly quick dissipating one finger white head. Above average lacing.

S: Very interesting. Heavy coriander. Some fruity Belgian qualities. A little buttery caramel (diacetyl?). Beyond that, the aromas are familiar but really difficult for me to put a finger on.

T: Nothing too sharp. Some butteriness. Lots of fresh coriander and orange peel. Pretty smooth overall. I guess there's a small amount of saltiness, but nothing more than I might normally notice.

M: Full flavored and interesting. Body is medium to full. Much fuller bodied than most other coriander “summer beers” that I’m used to. Carb is minimal.

O: Assuming this is an accurate example, I can see why this style hasn’t taken off. It has the summer flavor that appeals to many (not me), but is fairly heavy to drink and lacks the scrubbing bubbles that people ordinarily associate with warm weather refreshment.

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Photo of artdob
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazed light amber with a thin head.

The smell is of saltwater with coriander and yeast. It has a "Sam Adams" house aroma with a bready wheat tang.

The taste is of coriander with soapy sea water. Some Saaz hops come through to "save" it from being spicy soap ocean spray. Some lemon tartness comes through as it progresses.

It is pretty creamy. Fairly smooth, though too salty and becoming too soapy.

An "interesting" brew. It's a rare style...It doesn't quite compete with the original from what I remember (been awhile since I had the original.) It has some flaws, but worth checking out as a novelty.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Boston Beer Company's
Verloren Gose

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Photo of warnerry
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a mostly clear orange/ brown liquid with one finger of off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves only scant lacing.

S - Huge whiff of coriander, followed by wheat bread, a touch of lemon and some mineral aroma.

T - Has elements of a witbier, mostly the coriander and wheat, but then clearly goes in a different direction with the subtle mineral flavor, and a slughtly soapy flavor. Also a touch of lemon throughout. Pretty good and interesting, but not a style I would want very often.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a spicy dry finish.

O - My first gose. Has some good things going on, but at the same time doesn't make me want to seek out others in the style.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thin, clinging white mousse.

S: Aromas of sea salt, coriander, and wheat immediately hit the nose, backed by scents of honey, grass, and straw.

T: Notes of beeswax, honey, wheat, cream, grass, straw, lemon, salt, and coriander wash across the palate. The finish is dominated by coriander and salt notes with just a subtle trace of grassy hop flavor lingering in the background.

M: Very light in body, waxy, and filmy. Decidedly off-dry with spritzy carbonation. The odd texture makes this beer difficult to drink.

O: I've never had an authentic German gose, so I can't really determine how closely Verloren follows in the footsteps of traditional examples of the style. I'm assuming it doesn't though, as I've been led to believe that a gose is generally tart and salty. Verloren, though, is predominantly sweet, spicy, and waxy. Odd, with an unappealing texture that makes it very difficult to drink. I doubt I'll revisit this one.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear gold with 4 fingers of fluffy white head. Light carbonation and some nice webbed lacing.

N: The nose is very subtle. Light spices of coriander and perhaps white pepper. Lemon peel and wheat bread.

T: Light on the palate. Wheat, lemon peel, mineral water and traces of hay are upfront. This is followed by some rich caramel, white bread, white pepper, notes of grassy hops and perhaps a tad of banana. The mineral (salt) quality comes out in the finish and is more pleasant that you'd initially think. There's also hints of coriander and tangerine to go along with it.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, smooth and semi-sticky.

O: This is my first Gose so I don't have anything to compare it to. Has a lot of rich caramel with a mineral water quality. Wheat, lemon and banana are there. Shows obvious German wheat beer characteristics. How Verloren tastes; think Weizenbock mixed with an Americanized Saison with a dash of salt for good measure. Props to Sam Adams for brewing an obscure style at such a great price.

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Photo of scvance
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. No freshness date that I could find. First time having this particular style, so take that into account when reading my review.

Appearance - A very attractive looking beer. Pours a hazy orange with amber and gold highlights. The head isn't terribly substantial (maybe between a half and a full finger) and it dissipates to a thin film on the top of the beer fairly quickly. The foam was VERY reminiscent of soap suds in the bottom of the bottle as I swirled to make sure I captured any sediment.

Smell - Reminds me of a Hefeweizen, which I suppose makes sense, given that this is an German-style, unfiltered wheat beer at it's core. Notes of lemon zest, spice, coriander, some white pepper. I really like the smell of this beer, truth be told.

Taste - This is the first component that hasn't really appealed to me. The front of the taste again imparts the essence of Hefeweizen, but the flavor is a bit more diluted, with the finish dropping off quickly to an almost watery finish. Notes of wheat, coriander again, and right before the flavors fade, a hint of that added depth of flavor from the salt. Honestly, I was afraid the salt would have a negative impact on the flavor profile, but now I'm thinking it needs more of it to set off the roundness of the wheat base. Taste needs some refinement to make this beer go from decent to outstanding.

Mouthfeel - A bit soapy, especially after the flavors fade. Has some body to it at first, but again seems to just evaporate. Like the taste, this component needs a bit of work.

Overall, a respectable beer. Not at all a bad choice, but I wouldn't buy it again without some assurance that the imbalances of the flavor profile and mouthfeel had been corrected. At the very least, it got me eager to try other versions of the Gose style. Now the trick will be finding some.

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Verloren from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.