Schell's Goosetown Gose - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Goosetown GoseSchell's Goosetown Gose

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 adamranders
1.71/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Doesn't fit style at all, no sour to be found. Bland, thin, pale. Very disappointing.

Photo of rickymo2
2.12/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
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 OWSLEY069
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
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 LukeH
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
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 mnbrewery
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am sorry, but this beer doesn't look or taste like a Gose...

Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
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).

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Chaz
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Phocion
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
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 ChopperSmith
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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 lwillitz
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into wheat beer glass

A - 3 fingers of white foam over a transparent body of gold, minimal carbonation bubbles

S - light smell of salt, lemon, and coriander; wheat bread

T - wheat bread seasoned with lemon, salt, and coriander; grassy bitterness in the back with a mildly salty aftertaste

M - light/medium body, average carbonation; a bit lighter than a typical wheat, but rather refreshing

O - Never had a gose before, but this is an ok wheat beer with a fairly simple (but not bad) smell and taste and a light, refreshing feel.

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%

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 Powderhornphil
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twins extra innings! Which means an extra beer for good luck, in Beantown, 5-5. Picked up this single to try it out, since I'll try about anything Schell's puts in a bottle. 12 oz. into the glass.

Pour is Macro Yellow, which is something Crayola really should trademark. The only difference is this one is slightly cloudy, decent carbonation. Despite sucking in enough air to make me belch, I don't get much off the beer nose-wise except a vague ocean sea-water breeze & a bit of wheat. Are there wheat fields close to oceans anywhere? huh.

Goosetown bookmarks the dictionary.com definition of 'interesting'. I can't escape the salt - that Gulf of Mexico reduction zing is just lovely, & mostly on the end, so I'm doing this backwards, as usual; the salt really sticks the back of the throat & stays there, like a good french fry without the grease & potato. Other than the Morton's, there's a slight spicy zest, maybe a touch of wheat, but really, there's not much to this beer. That said, I could drink this until I died of dehydration.

Weirdly appealing, this beer just goes straight for the salt addiction of humanity & forgoes all pretense of being anything else. If the base shone a bit more, this would be a really fine summer session beer; as is, just pretty good.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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 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 falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of steveh
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Mdog
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow-gold, ok head.

Smell: Grassy, coriander.

Taste: Spices hit first, lots of coriander. Mild lemon, not too tart. Moderate sweetness in the middle before a semi-dry finish. I do detect a little saltiness, but probably wouldn't have if I hadn't read the description from the brewery.

Overall: A nice beer, good for summer or spring (if that ever shows up this year). Reminds me very strongly of Belgian witbier due to the coriander. Another solid beer from Schell's.

Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of budgood1
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Schell's Goosetown Gose from August Schell Brewing Company
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