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Schell's Goosetown Gose - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 04-05-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

stealth, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

bscalt, Aug 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

THECPJ, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

kraticus41, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Miami66
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Miami66, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
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!

OWSLEY069, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Tucquan, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of pweis909
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

pweis909, Jul 24, 2013
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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.

falloutsnow, Jul 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Pacioli1445, Jul 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Bighorn, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
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).

mothman, Jul 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

doucmehu, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

bradner, Jul 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Cooper, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

sgttibbs, Jul 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

Beer4Mike, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy little head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Toasted wheat bread and coriander with a hint of salt

Taste: Toasted wheat bread, up front, with the salt building in the middle, along with a lemony character; the coriander moves to prominence, after the swallow and the finish leaves a lemony touch

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice to see a rare stab at a Gose by a domestic brewer; this is a particularly good example though it doesn't seem to have as much of a salty character as some others; still, I like it just the way it is

brentk56, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

bismarksays, Jul 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

zenwatts, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of lwillitz
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

lwillitz, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

OregonGrown7, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

zeledonia, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

pisomojado8, Jun 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

yanosh, Jun 19, 2013
Schell's Goosetown Gose from August Schell Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.