Schell's Goosetown Gose - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 04-05-2013

Schell's Goosetown is our interpretation of a traditional, German-style Gose. The beer pours clear, golden orange in color, with a thick white foam head. It has a bright lemon zest and coriander aroma with a slight saltiness reminiscent of a cool ocean breeze. A refreshingly light and citrusy tartness greets your palate, backed by a bready, wheat malt character and a touch of coriander spice. Lighter bodied, yet full flavored with a lively carbonation that gives the beer a crisp, dry finish. A uniquely refreshing session beer, perfectly suited for a warm summer day from the August Schell Brewing Company.

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Photo of rickymo2
2.12/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Excited to see a MN brewery take on a gose style. Ultimately missed the mark, to my palate. Too bland on all the gose flavors - barely hints of salt and coriander, not sour, hint of tartness. A nose to match. None of that sizzly mouth feel I've come to expect. Closer to a light, almost shandy style if it had more citrus. (322 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very slightly-hazy pale golden in color, topped with an appealing off-white head.

Nose is malty... biscuity and bready malts combined with a touch of mineral quality and salinity. Also lightly "metallic." Nothing in the way of hops as we know them today... but maybe a hint of a German hopping rate. ;)

Very sweet and herbal all on the same first sip. Tropical fruit (light pineapple) and ripe pear, with some bubblegum hitched to the backend.


Salinity is really less of an issue than I recall it being in the likes of the e.g. Leipziger Gose (the only brand I've tried up 'til now), so this really s an approachable take on the style. Very neutral yeast profile.

Even with a nice degree of of scrubbing carbonation, Goosetown really coats the mouth and palate, and has more body than I recall from the first six-pack of bottles (or was it the sampler?) that I tried upon the introduction of the brand.

Gose is a style which was initially very unique to me, so it will take me a while to appreciate the various renditions and interpretations, but this one is very approachable, and a good thirst quencher. (1,118 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden sunset color. Smell is lacking, slight saltwater odor otherwise smells like an adjunct lager. Modest floral taste finishes with salty taste. Slightly sour, very under-rated, Excellent summer brew and a very favorable cost. (229 characters)

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +9.9%

OLD REVIEW FROM NOTES:

The beer is a lightly hopped, adjunct-free barely and wheat lager brewed with coriander an just a hint of salt. It’s lightly sour, lightly salty meant to evoke an ocean breeze. That’s nice.

I’ve only had one other gose, so I can’t really say how good this is for the style. It’s damned enjoyable, though. Normally I think “refreshing” is a rather lazy adjective to use in describing a beer, like when female houseguests mindlessly refer to my bedroom as “Kafkaesque,” even though my furnishings evoke none of the subtle humor of Kafka’s work. This beer, however, is refreshing as hell. Because it’s like sitting next to the goddamn ocean. (685 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Sampling right now on 11/3/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden-amber in color with about a 1/2 finger white head that settles down to just the sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. The aroma is mostly of wheat and spice. Bit more going on with the taste as this is a 'Ale brewed with coriander and salt' and you can taste both of those ingredients. Goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Never had this style of brew but I like it. Lighter+ bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, a good brew! (606 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.53/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This one pours a bright gold with a hint of amber. The head is an egg-shell white with fine bubbles that fell to a film.

Smells of citrus zest and musky malt liquor.

Doesn't taste as heavy as it smells, thankfully, with a slightly bready, slightly fruity malt backbone that fades to a hint of citrus that gets lost in a CO2 sting. Cant' seem to detect any salt here whatsoever.

Feels a bit big, with a medium body that gets swollen by the carbonation.

It's "drinkable", but not entirely desirable. (513 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

The beer has a lemony spicy nose with white bread. It pours clear orange tinted gold under a 1” foam cap. A light salty palate with some biscuit leads to a tart, refreshing finish. Light body with medium carbonation. (218 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz Can
$7.49 4-Pack
Hayward CO-OP, Hayward, WI

Goosetown Gose has fairly recently come to cans. Bright, freshly polished golden body absolutely glows and shows excellent clarity. Tiny carbonation swirls to the surface in large groups to keep the rich, pure white head frothy. The creamy foam forms a tall cap and remains throughout the entire drink. Sheet lacing lingers before slowly falling back into the body.

Wheat. Check. Coriander. Check. Wheaty twang is in the foreground, a little dusty and not quite as acidic or bold as other versions of the style. Coriander adds both a citric and herbal component, a touch of lemon and a touch of cilantro. A quick swirl of the glass opens the lemon up and is met with bright orange notes as well. The wheat is a touch mild but overall it smells appetizing.

The dusty, muddled character from the nose translates into the aroma as well. Husked wheat starts off and flows through the finish while growing slightly on the finish. It doesn't quite have that pop or acidity as others of the style. Coriander is softer on the nose, bringing the same qualities but not the same brightness as the nose. Salt is minimal at best and while I can feel it on the inside of my lip I can't exactly taste it. Good, not great.

The mouthfeel is spot on. Plush and velvety with a nicely weighted body that rolls through soft and sluggishly, as it should. Salt adds a touch of zest along the sides of the tongue. The drinkability is off the charts with a great thirst quenching quality. Can't have just one.

Overall, well, it's not as good or exciting as others of the style. The wheat is a little soft, it doesn't quite have that zing. The coriander is a little muted as well. With that said, this is a good beer. I would drink this any day over the likes of most other Oberon-esque beers out there. If this was available in my area I would by it every now and then over the warmer months. Worth a try. (1,935 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A very dark brown bronze body color, with some clarity, and lots of pinhead rising bubbles. Head is a fluffy top, if a bit sunken like and adjunct, and a complimenting simple two finger white head. Some good staying power, but this is really dark for a gose it seems, but a solid looking beer.

Aroma seems to not be doing much. Very subtle nose, and a sense of sweet caramel. Some faint lemon a bit, not too much brine going on. Otherwise kind of neutral and small.

Palate comes fairliy easily. Lots of malt driven sweetness on this. Mild brown sugar sweetness and a nice sweet coating that isn't too thick. Some slight mix of toast and soft aromas, and a good surprising mix of toffee and caramel. Minimal tart and hint of lemon on this as well, with a good decent feel.

It's a very tasty brew, but it reminds me nothing of a gose whatsoever. It's actually a very decent sweet malted brew, with a refreshing body, but has none of the lemon, brine, or wheaty chew I look for in this style. But it is a beer I could easily drink again. Very hard to score this one, as it doesn't really fit the style, but is a decent drinkable beer. (1,194 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Full disclosure: I have only read style descriptions of this style and have never been driven to try a Gose. But this was a generous gift from friends and I feel obligated to give it a try.

A -- Pours a clear, deep golden color with a sudsy white head that settles slowly and I can actually hear bubbling down at arm's length.

S -- Light bready malts up front with some mild, somewhat sour citrus back and hints of DMS.

T -- Nice breadiness up front that blends into a mild coriander flavor with wheat malt and an odd touch of bubblegum in the backbone. Finish is tart and a little astringent.

M -- The mouthfeel is soft and spritzy to dry with a light-medium body. The finish becomes astringent as the drink goes down, but doesn't stunt the palate.

O -- Not as close to its Belgian cousin, Gueuze, as I expected and a rather pleasant drinker. I can see this being a very enjoyable quencher on a hot summer day. (916 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Final round of the sampler six pack I got for my birthday from one of my good friends. Shout out to Jamie (if you even read these things :-))

Schell is a good brewer and this is a good opportunity to find out what styles I am really into. Lets see how the Gose does on my palate.

Appearance - pours a beautiful, beautiful head that lingers around. Color is golden peach-honey and appears medium bodied.

Smell - Fresh, fruity floral hop aroma. Fresh Baked sourdough bread. Biscuity malts. Little bit of penny. Wheat.

Taste - down the hatch... Wow. Surprisingly smooth and tasty. (I'm still trying to wash the Pilsner 30th off my palate which was a total crapfest.) Coriander and salt is what it says on the bottle, which makes sense. A low hop bitterness that comes quickly and leaves politely and right on time with a watery orange blossom floral flavor replacing it. Nice character. Great flavor. Kinda like pineapple juice. Tastes like everything you dream of.

Mouthfeel - pleasantly carbonated but not overly so. Smooth and articulate. I enjoy this, very much.

Overall - a fantastic beer with lots of happy flavor and beautiful notes and appearance. The Goosetown Gose is one of the most refreshing yet tasty beers that has ever graced my tongue. A Winner, absolutely. (1,279 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a fluted Petrus glass a relatively clear but bubbly medium-gold. Thick creamy white head which quickly drops to a healthy-sized cap. Thin splotches of lacing.

Very zesty aroma; coriander and lemon peel. Cracked grain and wheat with a spicy floral hoppiness.

Lemon zest and toasted wheat bread are the dominant flavors. Slightly salty, but not as much as some beers of the style. Coriander is definitely noticable, and the finish is bitter, but in a way that pushes on astringent as much as sour.

Light-medium bodied and well-carbonated. Tannic-like astringent finish leaves the mouth dry and unrefreshed.

Overall, this is pretty meh. It's a relatively bland example with a bad mouthfeel. It's not awful, but there are better Goses (is that a word?) out there. (777 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden straw color. White soapy head recedes to little lacing.

Aroma slightly salty and wheaty. Nice enough.

Wheaty flavor. Small amount of saltiness. Nice for a summer day but would like more tartness and more salt.

Medium mouthfeel.

Very good summer beer. But would like more from it. (296 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden. A thin white creamy head leaves lacing.

The smell is mild, but pleasant - wheat/grain with a touch of honey and a hint of coriander.

The taste is of a honey-like grainy sweetness. Wheat gives a mild sour-like tang balance. A touch of coriander is present. It is sweet with just a hint of sour and spice. Light-bodied, but creamy, it has a soft, clean smooth finish.

A nice, easy-drinking sweet-leaning thirst quencher! (435 characters)

Photo of EZ054098
4.56/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite beer at the moment. Goosetown has a malty, citrus taste. Very, very refreshing. No hint of bitterness, perfect for a summer day, yard work companion. It is extremely hard to have just one. Pleasant aftertaste, probably because of the salt. I am no expert, but I know what I like and it is Goosetown. A very enjoyable experience and I have stocked my beer fridge full of Goosetown. (409 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of KWMiles pours a clear gold color with a small white head. Not much for retention and lace.

Nose is like Ocean Water slushy from Sonic with some coriander. Which is a good thing...

Taste is light and grainy with a hint of salt and a moderate amount of witbier spice. Its pretty tame overall and I could definitely use a bit more yeastiness and/or tartness. But nonetheless, it is a pretty tasty beer that I wouldnt mind drinking a sixer at a tailgate with ease. (487 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Euler stange. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention from active carbonation and nice lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt and a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is mild with wheat and light lemon with a hint of salt and coriander. Light bodied with pleasant carbonation. A quite tame gose, closer in character to a light hefeweizen, but the salt and coriander elements of gose are present, if very attenuated. Probably not a good introduction to the style, but a pleasant drinking light wheat beer with a bit of character from the gose ingredients. (594 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours out a clear copper colour with a thin pure white head with a bit of stickiness. lightly malty with an underlying coriander spice in the nose. definite salt water hints with an ever so slight muddled hop note. on the tongue it provides an airy and salty lemon-like flavour, with subtle spice from the coriander and a noticeable earthy hop bitterness. it has a refreshing quality to it. the body is light and the mouthfeel is on the watery side with a slight sharpness from the salt added. drinkability is nice...i had a few of these during this past summer and thought they were a pretty nice summer quencher. i also think that this beer pairs well with some salty snacks and a warm outdoor patio.

overall, not having any experience with the gose style, that this was a fair offering from Schell's. it made a nice quencher after shoveling some snow, as it did this past summer after a day of yardwork. i'll be revisiting this next summer for sure...but i wonder how long it will remain in the year round line up. (1,018 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip; thanks to mnbearsfan for this interesting-sounding extra.

A: Pours a brilliant, crystal-clear orange-amber body under two inches of fine white head. Retention is decent, lacing good. Extremely attractive.

S: Rather understated, with some bready wheat malt alongside faint lemony citrus and just a hint of salt - I doubt I would have even noticed this last element if I weren't looking for it based on the style and description. Nothing offensive, but it's not terribly Gose-like, either.

T: Significantly better here, with crisp citrus alongside dry crackery malt; coriander spice and a faintly salty twang on the dry finish. Quite refreshing.

M: Lively medium body. Soft and effervescent. Great.

O: Really enjoyable beer, but not as distinctive as I was hoping for; not a hint of tartness, which is something I've enjoyed in both the classic Leipziger Gose and some of the saltier American takes on the style. I really love the way the salt isn't overdone in this beer, but I could have used more flavor in other departments. Certainly worth drinking, but if you're expecting something out there based on the style you'll probably be disappointed.

Cheers! (1,194 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown longneck 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a foamy white head that fades quickly but leaves a little sticky lacing behind. Nothing to special about the appearance.

Smell: Malt, spices and some light hops. Very minimal aroma.

Taste: An interesting flavor of lemony citrus with a slight salty finish. Tastes better when it is very cold, as the salt gets more prominent as the beer warms. Otherwise just a malty amber style beer with a lot of malt. The lemony citrus flavor is a nice touch. Not a fan of the saltiness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a style I like very much, but I appreciate the effort to bring a style like this to the masses. I would like to try it on tap or from a cask to see if it changes the flavor profile a little. (854 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Goosetown Gose pours a copper color with very little head, no lacing. There is a sweet crisp malty aroma, but its rather weak. The taste has a nice crisp malty backbone, with hints of lemon and wheat. Flavors are present even though its a lighter beer, but its rather easy to drink. Overall a decent refreshing beer. (316 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, coriander and some sweeter spices. In the taste, sweet cinnamon, coriander and sweet orange, and a touch malty. A spice bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry light spice in the aftertaste. A bit sweet but light in flavor, eh! (308 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have zero experience with the gose style. I've read about it, but I am not consulting those sources to see if I find this beer "to style." I'm just basing my review on whether I like the beer.
I do.

The appearance is clear and golden. I would guess that an authentic gose should be cloudy? So this it the kristal version. It pours with a billowy white head, but that disappeared pretty quickly.

The aroma comes across as bready, with something of a hefeweizen character that permeated my senses quickly and was less obvious after that. I cannot decide if some of the spice character I perceive is coriander or if it is all yeast derived (e.g., as a hefe). It seems subtly different than a hefe to me.

Initially, the hefeweizen character came through in the tastes, as well as some sweetness the malt. The saltiness is present in the finish and on the lips. As I become more familiar with the beer, the salt character seems more persistent. Always there to acknowledge, but never in an obtrusive way in my opinion. As I drain the beer, the sweetness starts to be a little candy-like and slightly cloying

This is a pleasant beer. I find it interesting enough to savor slowly. I only picked up one bottle as part of a mix pack; I am not sure I would want to drink two in a row because of the sweetenss, although I think the sweetness and slariness could be interesting in combinations with foods. I am remembering that goses are typically sour, and maybe that would help this beer. Or maybe even a grist that leaves the beer a bit dryer.
EDIT: Ah yes! Gose has lacto sourness, which is lacking here. But I still like it and am not readjusting scores. I suppose if I tried to score it to style, taste would be docked for this reason. (1,737 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Best by 2013-08-31
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

A summer-ready, fairly light and decidedly less tart interpretation of a gose, Schell's Goosetown is still a drinkable and pleasant version, if not exactly authentic. Straightforward and simple, drinking a six-pack of this would be no problem as there's no risk of burning-out the palate. Schell's should be encouraged to continuing the pursuit of making affordable, delicious, traditional and semi-traditional styles available in well-priced six-packs. If this were locally available, I'd probably add it to the rotation of wheat beers, as there are not any locally available or affordable gose beers in town.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of clean, white foam, made up primarily of small, densely packed bubbles, with a few larger ones on top. The result is a fairly frothy mass with a swiss-cheese like top. The head has average retention, lasting slightly over a minute, falling to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass, no islands of foam in the center. Lacing is present, though minimal, a few dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a pale golden orange color, with light bringing out bright yellow gold hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, small in number and moderately vigorous in activity.

Aroma of strong coriander presence and lemon peel, with a backdrop of mild wheat.

Flavor is predominantly of wheat bread, somewhat sweet, tangy coriander, and light lemon with an occasional hint of saltwater in the mix. Front of palate picks up coriander, lemon peel, light saline solution, and bread-like wheat. Mid-palate of strong coriander, milder lemon peel, and brown-crusty wheat bread. Back of palate notes strong coriander, lemon peel, some salt water, and light wheat malt. Lingering aftertaste of slight graininess, wheat bread, and residual coriander.

Beer is light in body with medium-high levels of carbonation that situate the mouthfeel at the border of being fizzy, but never into that territory. The result is a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that eventually turns foamy and smooth as it moves across the palate. Closes dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate. (2,225 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Color is a clear bright copper orange. White head. Decent retention.

Flavor profile is very light. it has some citrus and spice flavor to it. Not too tart. It has a bready malt backbone. A bit of wheat. It has a salty flavor to it. Very light all around.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied.

Overall, this beer just wasn't for me. It was light, but just was odd. I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get myself to (even after a 12 pack). (449 characters)

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Schell's Goosetown Gose from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.