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Schell's Goosetown Gose - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Goosetown GoseSchell's Goosetown Gose

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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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.

31 IBU
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Photo of joe1510
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of LukeH
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light golden, appeared just slightly less carbonated than a typical AAL.

S: Saltwater, faint wheat and fruitiness

T: To me, this mostly just tastes of a lager (albeit a decent one) with a dash of salt. There is a slight, subtle fruitiness if I really search for it but I'm not getting any coriander.

M: Light bodied, some carbonation. The salt is drying.

This is my first gose, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. The predominant characteristic about this beer is it's saltiness. Very drinkable, nothing unpleasant or offensive about this one, but nothing particularly interesting, either. Goes down very refreshing, but left my mouth really dry--I had to drink a full glass of water afterwards.

Photo of bsp77
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Light, surprisingly clear gold with thin white head.

Smell: Lemon, wheat, salt and coriander.

Taste: Nice mix of citrus (mostly lemon) and wheat forms the core of this beer. The finish has salt and coriander, with a heavier emphasis on salt.

Feel: Light to medium body with moderately high carbonation. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Refreshing as hell. Not as much complexity as hoped for, but better than the typical American Wheat style. This would be easy to consume all day with no complaints.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottle code of 082413.

Appearance: Pours a bright and crisp looking golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A wheat and malt driven aroma with nice scents of citrus and spice. Wheat grains and pale malts with hints of biscuit, cracker, straw, caramel, and yeast. Solid hints of coriander spice. Citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon zest. Subtle mineral like hints from the salt. Light hint of earthy and grassy hops in the background. A solid wheat driven aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a wheat grain driven aroma with some citrus and spices. Bready pale malts with notes of wheat, cereal grains, biscuit, straw, cracker, yeast, and a slight caramel note. Zesty taste of coriander spice. Citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and some peach. Notes of the salt come through in the back end. Also some light notes of earthy grassy hops. A pretty nice light wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and clean. Very smooth and finishes dry.

Overall:A pretty nice warm weather wheat driven beer. Nice notes of coriander and citrus.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light golden color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Some lacing is left down the glass.

I smell mostly wheat malt. A little grass and citrus but overall a rather timid aroma.

If I did not know better, I would say this is a plain pale wheat ale. Not getting much coriander, tartness, or esters. There is some salt in the finish which is pleasant and gives this beer a unique, refreshing element.

A light beer body. Nice carbonation that makes this beer really easy to consume.

Sure was not as special as I was hoping. Offers clean wheat flavor but I wanted more uniqueness of a gose.

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold with plentiful trails of carbonation visible. Fluffy dollop of white foam on top that forms a convex dome above the rim of the glass, and slowly settles, leaving behind a halo of intricate lacing around the rim. Lasting coverage on the surface with a floating mass of larger bubbles in the center.

Aroma is pleasant but vague, light yeast and coriander essence that is barely there, but overall it conveys a general sense of freshness.

Taste is crisp and clean, not especially tart, only slightly astringent, with some lingering notes of lemon zest, coriander, and wheat. Finishes dry and clean. Body is light, there's a supple feel from the salt addition, but it's not present in the taste. This is a refreshing and simple beer, restrained but still uniquely flavorful.

Not a bad Gose, for me it comes in behind Leipziger, Moonlight, and Off Color Troublesome, but it's a solid intro to the style.

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of CraigP83
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of pweis909
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.91/5  rDev -18%
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!

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.19/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into thick chunky lacinv that sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is of banana, clove, coriander and salt. It is a pleasant aroma, however, I would prefer it to be slightly more pronounced. The taste crisp and sharp like a gose is supposed to be. There is a nice wheaty twang, and a saltiness that dries the beer out enough that I want to take another sip. However, the nice banana and clove notes that are present in the aroma, are not to be found in the taste, and that is a shame. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture. Oddly, there is a plethora of vigorous carbonation visible in the beer, but it doesn't drink as though it is as highly carbonated as it appears to be. Overall, I like this beer quite a bit. I can see how it might be improved, but I'm also guessing that it will taste much better when the weather gets hotter.

Photo of Humulus85
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Gose! Leave it to Schells to put out another obscure German style brew!

Pours a pilsner clear straw yellow. Leaves me wondering why they filtered this. Two fingers of white head displays moderate retention.

The nose is nice and light. Pale wheat, a bit of lactic reminiscent of a Berliner, some mild spice.

Starts off with tons of wheat, some spice and a strange but pleasant salinity, very subdued tartness, hints of lemon zest, maybe some grassiness, zero bitterness. Finishes clean and dry.

Very light in body, again pilsner like. Finishes slightly on the dry side, likely from the salt, as there is very little bitterness. A medium level almost Belgian style carbonation.

Overall this is a pleasant and refreshing offering from one of MNs great breweries. Will be great when the warm weather actually arrives. I still wonder why they filtered this, I think it may be losing a bit of complexity without the risidual yeast, like having a filtered hefe. I was also a bit disappointed by the lack of lactic in the taste, it was there in the nose. While I can't say I'll be buying a ton of this, I will be looking forward to a couple sixers over those humid summer weekends. Unique and refreshing, reccomended to all. Cheers!

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My observation is that beer is moving pretty darn well - so congrats to Schell's for putting out a really enjoyable summer beer.
Poured into a reidel wiezen glass (can't get much better than that).
Nice full white head moderate density. This very much appears to be filted as it is brilliantly clear nice gold/yellow.
A nice wheat character at first and as it opens up it shows bits of corriander, citrus, lactic and melding into a nice soft aroma.
Nice fruit flavors and fruit tartness, a blending of smooth wheat and pale malt and the really enjoyable finish of the salt that lays nicely on the finish. Just enough tartness to make it refreshing and drying but not to any excess.
Moderately light body and on the full side for carbonation. Holds a reasonably smooth quality.
This is such a great summer beer. All the thirst quenching attributes of an Am. lager, but so much more interesting in aroma and especially flavor. Not too big, but big enough to get flavor and body.
I am no expert on this style, but I really like this beer.

Photo of zeledonia
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted 13 June 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-light golden color, very clear. No visible carbonation, and only about 1/2 finger of white head. Looks, hmm, unrefreshing, a little too dark, a little too flat...

Smell is almost crisp, almost clean, but mostly light malty. Corny sweet, light. Blah.

Taste is almost really good. There's a twinkle in the latter part of the taste, a touch of salt, a touch of contrast. But there's not enough of it to satisfy me.

Feel is okay, with medium-light body and almost enough carbonation. A little heavier than I'd like, and a little flatter.

A pretty bland beer. I haven't had many goses, but this drinks like a slightly sweet light lager, or something similar and "easy-drinking". I can't figure out what it's trying to be, and what it is doesn't do much for me. Not something I'd go for again.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Gose? Easy drinking and pleasant but I'm not sure about that.

Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle courtesy of olympuszymurgus into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Enjoyed on my deck on an 80 degree night.

A: Crystal clear perfect golden color. Many bubbles rise up from all over the bottom of the glass to the top. Relatively soft pour leads to a towering fizzy white head that causes me to slow my roll and pour gently to fit the entire bottle. Some lacing clings to the glass but it's hot and condensation fights the lacing for real estate.

S: Grain-forward brew with notes of coriander and some clove-y wheat aromas as well. Very similar to a hefeweisen but a bit toned down and no banana. Very nice smell.

T: Same as the nose but a lot more complex. Malted wheat makes such a neat flavor and it's one that I find myself enjoying very much on this warm evening.

M: Crisp, sharp finish. I feel like the salt makes it even dryer but I didn't pick up any in the taste so I may just be looking for it here. Regardless, plenty of zing in the carbonation and enough of a mouth coat to cause to reach for the glass to take another significant swig.

O: A wonderful beer. Could see myself drinking many of these at a biergarden out of 64oz mugs. Very nice beer, would certainly stash a bunch for the summer.

Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 15SEP13

Light gold with a solid cap of dense white foam. Smells of coriander, salt, lemon pith, some grain and a little banana and clove. Flavor is nice and floral from the start, some gardenia, sweet honeydew and sweet pear. Some grain and banana. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a wet finish. Nice beer, not quite the gose I'm used to, but nice.

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Schell's Goosetown Gose from August Schell Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.