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 korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle bought at Wegmans in Niagara Falls NY

A- Slightly hazy dark copper pour with a finger width, short lived white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Honey up front, grains and a light earthy aroma. Coriander and a touch of bananas. There is a touch of butter?? Hard to put my finger on it, best description I can come up with.

T- Sweet honey and cereal. Bananas and coriander. The hops are floral and slightly muddled. There is a touch of salt and a spiciness from the yeast. It's a little all over the place, but it isn't offensive, just busy.

M- Light bodied, decent carbonation.

O- I really didn't know what to expect with this one. I mean the second you say "beer brewed with salt" my mind races to over done salt rimmed glass *BLECH* this isn't like that, it's there but subtle. Although from what I hear a traditional Gose is more salt forward than this "consumer friendly" version. (895 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 VncentLIFE
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been intrigued for a while, and finally pulled the trigger.

Pour is translucent orange. Initial small head fades to a ring. Hm the smell. Interesting smell for sure. Not really sure what to make of it. Im getting some earthy stuff, and a hint of saltiness.

Interesting taste for sure. I mean its undercarbonated and feels salty. Its the strangest thing when my tongue feels like I just ate the bottom of the potato chip bag (loads of salt). Earthy malt backbone tries to take over, but I cant get over the salty feeling.

Maybe its the style, but Im not feeling it here. Its interesting for sure, and the saltiness is a welcome surprise. (639 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 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 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 MoreThanWine
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" off-white head of medium lifespan. The body is a lovely slightly hazed golden orange. The mild smell is malt, coriander, and if salt has an actual smell I think I do get that, too. Taste is mild and mirrors the smell, and the salt expresses in the medium long finish. All in all I found this quite enjoyable though it's certainly not a powerhouse. From a marketing standpoint, I don't see why this beer is nicknamed "The Lost Beer", because coriander and salt as well as the hops and malts used are by no means lost ingredients omitted from contemporary beer. (573 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 jondeelee
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Verloren opens with a very witbier-like nose in many aspects, being full of bananas and bread, but with far more spice notes than found in most witbiers. The coriander adds a peppery note, and the fruit esters include orange, pear, apple, and melon. Hops add a touch of citrus, mainly lemon, with small additions of grapefruit. Brown sugars rest beneath, along with hints of vanilla. There’s also a touch of sourdough bread here. As a whole, the nose is certainly one of the more intriguing in Sam Adams’ lineup, bringing together a mélange of aromas that very nicely play off of each other. The banana and sourdough (though the latter is quite faint) are particularly nice.

On the tongue, the beer opens sweet and fruity, with huge fruit esters such as berry, orange, banana, and melon immediately present. A nice spice backing, including pepper and coriander, adds pizzazz and nuance. The salt that was used in brewing does bring a slight saltiness to the beer, but I can’t honestly say I would have been able to figure out what was causing it had I not known of the ingredient—in other words, the beer is by no means salty, but instead, the salt acts as a subtle amplifier of other flavors. There are also touches of toast crust and very light sourdough, as well as lemon and faint grapefruit from the hops. The aftertaste is more bitter and plant-like than the main mouthful, many of the sugars having died off, but enough remain to not make this overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer, and certainly intriguing. The witbier and coriander notes, when combined with lovely fruit esters and breads, strike a nice balance and work well together. I did find the flavors ever-so-slightly watery, which was especially present after several sips were taken in a row and the flavors diminished somewhat. But this is a still a very nice addition to Adams’ Limited Release series. (1,938 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 confer
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I've never had a Gose before this is hard to rate.
It looks and smells like a unfiltered American wheat ale. Gold and hazy with a soft looking head.
Smell is all wheat.
Taste is mostly orange. I'm not tasting the salt. The wheat does add to the crisp taste.
Feel is also like an American wheat ale but a bit more creamy.
Not a bad beer, but now I must try another Gose to compare. (383 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at BevMo a while ago.

Appearance- amber color, nice head but dissipates quickly

Smell- citrus, spices

Taste- citrus, spices, very nice flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. It was my first gose and I was impressed. (274 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-brown light colored body, pretty clear.

Pleasant dryish nose, with that kinda note that I can't quite place. Kinda floral.

Lightish with some corny malt and an interesting fresh-sushi type note (which I think is the souring plus coriander). Weird, but works pretty well. Light and refreshing.

Bright and relatively crisp.

Nice gose, I actually quite like it, and not as expensive as others. Good way to get exposed to the style. (441 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, the color is a rich, slightly hazy medium gold, and a nice two finger high, white creamy head, that leaves good lacing.
I smell wheat, coriander and honey flavors.
Tasting the beer, I was surprised by the honey presence up front, which was held in check by the more spicy coriander notes. Wheat flavors make the rest. The smooth feel, almost flat feel, I suspect is created by the salt.
Interesting beer, and it seems to fit the style, yet I am used to a little more carbonation in this beer style. (527 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours cloudy golden orange with an off-white head. There are plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom and side of the glass. The quantity of bubbles rising from the bottom decreases after the initial pour. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some sticky lacing on the side of the glass. Bright orange fills the nose along with coriander, malt, and hops. It has that classic, inviting wheat ale smell. Coriander, orange peel, malt, and hops blend well to create a tasty brew. If I hadn't seen salt listed as an ingredient, I might not have been looking for it. As it stands, there is a mild saltiness. The flavors are well balanced. The aftertaste is not strong. The body is medium with adequate carbonation. It is clean and refreshing with a dry finish. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer that is an interesting addition to the Samuel Adams lineup. (903 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured this Gose from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy orange color, produced a huge white creamy head, excellent retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted grain, spicy coriander and lemon citrus. Medium bodied, a foundation of malted grain followed by spicy coriander, butter, and lemon citrus. I was a little disappointed with the flavor, a bit to heavy on the thick buttery taste- I feel it overshadowed the coriander, toasted malt and citrus a bit. Glad I sampled but not a Ale that I would seek out again. (553 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Golden amber color with a slight haze, not quite clear. About three fingers of white head that lasted sveral minutes leaving some mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light smelling, sweet smells. Citrus and maybe pineapple?? Smell was hard to detect, it was not a overpowering smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: I would say it is a medium bodied, heading towards a full bodied. It is smooth but thicker feeling, almost sticky. Taste was good, sweet with maybe some wheat in the backround. Slaty, but not too bad.

Overall: Glad I tried this beer, it was worth the experiance and was quite enjoyable. How ever I would like to try a few more Gose before saying too much. This was my second one, and I hear this style is making a comeback. (780 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first "gose." Here "gose" (haha, not funny):

Batch No. 1:

Into my stange:

A: cloudy golden and gives a one finger white foamy head that dies fairly quickly to a half finger. Minimal lacing lasts for about ten seconds before sliding into the body. No carbonation is seen rising due to a cloudy body.

S: coriander up front with some buttery malty/caramel thing going on, interesting.

T: sharp and salty bringing back the coriander and that buttery malty/caramel thing.

M: medium to heavy with nothing sharp on the tongue.

O: since this is my first gose, I'm not quite sure what to say about how to compares to other "goses," but this is at least do-able for me, average at best, and would probably only seek again on tap or growler just to get a fresher look at this one. (787 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 rfbenavi80
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle kept at fridge temp. Poured into a Nonic Pint.
No bottle dating, but it does say Batch No. 1 on the back.
An aggressive pour.

A- Pours a slightly hazy deep golden almost orange color with 4 fingers of thick, soapy off white head that is receding slowly and does not appear to be lacing much.

S- Not exactly the most aromatic beer. Some mild earthy aromas, mixed with grains. Some spice notes.

T- Hmmmm. Kind of sweet. Very interesting, hard to put your finger on an exact flavor. There is some lemony citrus, a hint of salt, and various spices. Unique, with the sweet/salty lemon flavor.

M- On the high side of medium body. Moderate amount of carbonation.

O- This one seems pretty easy to drink. Glad I tried it, but not willing to front the 7 bucks for another bottle. It's great that Sam Adams has taken the time to look back through time and revive a long lost style, hats off to them. Keep the obscure styles coming, I will try them all. (955 characters)

Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely with medium carbonation. Hazy dark golden appearance. Aroma is dominated by wheat and malt, with detectable coriander.

The wheat and the malt are the dominant flavors, with slight saltiness and moderate sweetness. As the glass warms, I am picking up subtle caramel notes and increasing saltiness. Mouthfeel is very nice; drinking this beer feels good.

The Verloren occupies a pleasant place somewhere between a weizen and an Octoberfest/harvest ale.

Overall a very good but not great beer, I would definitely buy again for friends that are not beer nerds. This is a huge step up from adjunct lager dreck, but highly accessible for the non-adventurous quaffer. (678 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 Vixie
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not really sure what this style is supposed to look like, but this is a decent looking beer. Pours a nice golden color with a full white head that lingers a bit.

Smell is mainly malt with a hint of yeast.

Starts out a bit malty with a hint of yeast. Has a spicy back end to it, likely the coriander.

Nice solid feel to it.

This is my first experience with this style. I have to say, I like it. It goes down nice and easy, and is an interesting mix of flavors. The touch of spice at the end makes this one stand out a bit. Very much worth a try. (548 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 rinhaak
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am anything but an expert on Gose. In addition to Verloren, I have only had the Leipziger Gose that is more or less the standard for the style (or so I've been led to think). So in reviewing this, I have only the one other beer to offer up as comparison.

What struck me when I drank my first Gose (the Leipziger), is that I was drinking a thoroughly unique beer style. It was light, refreshing, fruity, and a bit sour.

However, when I drink Verloren, I am struck with none of those things. The beer is a little heavy, and actually seems a little higher than the listed 6% listed ABV. There is some mild fruitiness in the mouth, but it really just serves to make the beer a little cloying. And it really wasn't terribly refreshing either.

That said, Verloren isn't a bad beer. It's quite malty and earthy, grass and plum flavors, and it pours a lovely amber with a full head. The salt is definitely present in the flavor, which lends a mineral nature to the beer.

Overall not something I would seek out again, but I commend Sam Adams for giving it a try. (1,061 characters)

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