Schell's Goosetown Gose - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 207
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 6.04%
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.

31 IBU
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Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (629 characters)

Photo of lwillitz
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of suspect
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (1,036 characters)

Photo of LukeH
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My first ever Gose
Bottleneck reads
082313
016760

A= Pours a totally translucent yellow color with a great two fingers of white head and some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Smells light and sort of fruity. I suppose there is a little saltyness to it as well as a wheaty aroma with some corriander in it. The smell is somewhat subtle.

T= This beer tastes strange. There is initially a nice "fruity" nose for what that is worth. It's got a big wheat flavor as well as an odd saltyness that I've never gotten in a beer likely because this is my first gose. It's not totally odd. This isn't a lot of heavy flavors going on but more subtle. The saltyness makes it taste almost slick and slimey. It truely tastes like ocean air with the subtleties of the flavors.

M= Slick if that makes sense. I don't know if I've had a beer with a mouth like this. Feels like salt water in your mouth I guess.

O= This beer is odd to say the least. Then again it is a characteristic of the style. That being said I don't think it's bad. It actually is sort of fun. Close your eyes and your breathing sea air in the middle of Minnesota. I likely won't buy more but I'll enjoy the rest of this six pack for sure. (1,204 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,278 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a HUGE, dense, white head that collapses nicely, leaving lacing all over the glass. Aroma of wheat and citrus. Wonderful, golden color. Starts off with a bright citrus flavor with malt in the background as the coriander comes through, with the salt really enhancing the coriander flavor well. The malt starts to come in near the end (again, enhanced nicely by the salt) as it lingers into a great wheat finish with the lemon melding nicely.
Of course, it has that velvety smoothness we can expect from Schell's.

Overall, I really, really like this. It's similar to an excellent wit, but the lemon is a nice addition, and the salt makes a real appreciable difference in the flavor dynamics.
This is definitely the most enjoyable Gose I've had up to this point.
PERFECT for summer! (786 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,268 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold to light amber color, with a one finger foamy white head, with good retention and spotty lacing. Smells like wheat, citrus, , coriander, and some salt.

The taste has citrus, coriander, wheat, and some salt. Lightly sweet, with little bitterness. Very nicely made and subtle.Good combination of flavors.

Light bodied, above average carbonation, and very smooth and easy to drink. Very refreshing. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day. (470 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This offering from Shell's is brewed in the classic Gose style, with coriander and salt. it pours from the bottle a dark yellow to golden color with a thin cap of foam. That ring is quite persistent, being constantly replenished with the rising carbonation. The bready, wheat-like aroma mixes with just a hint of caramel. Spice opens the nasal passages, but it isn't distinct enough to identify. For a wheat beer, this thing is easy going on the palate. The extensive carbonation helps ameliorate the chewiness of the wheat. The malt and wheat flavors make the front end pleasantly malty. A slight touch of coriander rises toward the end. The palate is dried out a bit, presumably from the salt. A balance, clean brew. Now if only summer, or spring for that matter, would arrive...maybe by May 1. (796 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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! (1,238 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Schell's:

We are excited to announce our new seasonal beer - Schell’s Goosetown available from April through September! Schell’s Goosetown is named after a neighborhood located across the tracks and down by the Minnesota River in New Ulm, where mostly Catholic German-Bohemian immigrants began settling in the late 1800s. These immigrants kept and raised gaggles of geese, which wandered freely throughout the neighborhood and fed along the banks of the river.
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.

Stats:
IBU's: 31
ABV: 5.2%
Malts: Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt, Dark Wheat Malt
Hops: Smaragd Hops
Spices: Coriander and Salt

Yet another new offering from Schell's. So fun having these guys whipping up rare styles of beer that are not limited releases. Kudos!

Has the appearance of a pilsner. Pale straw yellow with a thin white head.

The nose is wheaty, straw, light earthy and grassy hops.

Very light and extremely refreshing flavor. Lightly wheaty and grainy with a touch of grassy hops, getting hints of the coriander and the salt is noticeable throughout and more so in the finish. A light aftertaste of grain, grass and salt. Very clean.

Carbonation is low and soft. The palate is left dried out in large part to the salt I would guess and the body is light.

Only the second gose I have ever had and I like this one much better than the first one I tried. Extremely refreshing beer that would absolutely be sessionable especially in the middle of a humid MN summer. My favorite part of the the beer is the mild salt character. Really different and adds to the refreshment. Very fun beer to try. (2,189 characters)

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Schell's Goosetown Gose from August Schell Brewing Company
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