Gösser - Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 17.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-11-2003

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Reviews by AlexLMS:
Photo of AlexLMS
2.64/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright with a pale golden color. The head is white, kind of low and frothy with an impaired retention.
Aroma: sweet, grainy and very malty. Very distant citrus notes.
Taste: again grains and lots of malts.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: not very long, almost sweet all the way with only a hint of bitterness when it is almost fading.
Overall: very weak on the hops. Missed the bitterness of a good pale lager. Not very refreshing. I looked for the auto-proclaimed sharp tang but could not find it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml green can with white text. Poirs a very pale yellow with a tiny white head. Plenty of active carbonation that disappears quickly. It looks like gingerale or applejuice once it settles. The nose is boring and unappealing. Very, very mild hoppiness in the nose. The taste is similarily bland. Little distinsct flavours here. A very generic, standard lager. I would probably never buy this beer again.

Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one poured a light yellow that showed a tinge of orange. The head was white, moderate, and retentive.

Smell – There is a nice grain aroma that starts out the nose, but it gets a bit funky if you keep smelling it. The grain turns a bit rotten and a light sweetness that reminds me of puke opens up.

Taste – This one turns almost creamed corny at the taste. There might even be a bit of rice flavor in there.

Mouthfeel – This just fails to struggle away from light-bodied. It’s a lot flatter than I anticipated as well, making this lager a well-rounded disappointment.

Drinkability – Well, it wasn’t skunked, but it wasn’t very drinkable, either. Let’s leave this lager down under from whence it came and change the name to Grösser.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased this one from Koppa's Polish Grocer in Milwaukee.

Pale yellow pour, pourus head, bubbles not contained very well. Aroma was forestish.

Minimal effect on the taste buds. Good water, slight hops, malt, alcohol feel to it. Just not much to take away from this beer, too easy to drink, if the price weren't such a gouge. Must be made for the fizzy yellow beer market. Way too expensive for what this beer is.

Photo of biboergosum
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can, amongst all the other Euro-trash aluminum in the local bottleshop.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, foamy, and soapy off-white head, which leaves a mish-mash of layered lace around the glass as it lazily melts away. Some rather active rising carbonation continues to make minor waves long after the pour.

It smells of bready, lightly biscuity pale malt, yeast, dry field honey, a hint of lemon furniture polish, and mildly floral perfumed hops. The taste is gritty bready malt, soft grainy cereal notes, muted citrus pith, and grassy, somewhat weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite understated and seemingly asleep on the job, the body medium-light in weight, and a tad cloying and weirdly prickly where one might expect smoothness. It finishes off-dry, which is strange, because it is neither off nor dry - any potential skunkitude has well wafted off by now, and the weak-ass malt resonates in a soft white grain sweetness.

What we all have here, folks, is a typical Euro-lager, somewhat skanky up front, though not a characteristic duly followed through on, and offset well enough by the tyro malt and bland noble hops. Not really worthy of revisiting, as the country tick is enough for me here.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Although the bottle I got from my fellow homebrew club member's basement was dated "Best by 3/01," it still bore up in pretty good shape. A sudsy head over the usual straw body. I can taste a little of the Dortmunder style here; certainly a little more malty sweetness than an American beer, without being sugary, and a hint of German hops. To paraphrase their own slogan; Nicht so “Gut” as a DAB, “Besser” than a Beck's.

Photo of vanrassel
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a decent, flavourful representative in the Euro lager category — more interesting and less skunky than Heinken, Stella and Beck's, which are so prevalent.

It poured clear gold with a foamy, two-finger head. Spicy hops in the aroma were muted, but detectable and there was some bready malt as well. The taste was a well-balanced between the two flavours, but definitely in the realm of subtle, as opposed to just plain boring. Nice medium body, but the carbonation could have been higher.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a macro-gold with a compact, fizzy micro-bubbly white head that left a broken ring lacing behind. Visible carbonation was feverishly strong through out the entire drink.

S: The nose yielded fresh bright grains, light lemon basil/herbal hopping.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and lemony backed by fresh, crisp pale grains. There was some bright lemon flavors and tartness, hay and herbal hopping found on the finish. Overall the flavor was clean and sharp in flavor with a crisp finish.

M: light, buttery-slick with some lemon basil herbal hopping gracing the tongue upon the swallow. The carbonation felt great in the mouth providing a light and playful tingle.

D: good with a great herbal hopping. Enjoyable per style and could drink a few of these, nothing that will blow your mind but a good one just to throw back and relax to.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellowish brew with a medium head that stayed in teh glass for a while. Sweet and very light beer. This is good for hot summer days under the sun. I don't think there is a need to drink this more then once...

This review was based on the 500ml can version sold in Canada.

Photo of Spikester
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a small white head and decent lacings. Aroma is grassy with some lemon.
Taste is sweet lemony malts with a very slight hop bitterness. Carbonation is spot on and body is just right. A very smooth and subdued flavor profile that makes this a sessionable beer. I don't know if this is Austria finest beer like the label says but it might be the easiest to drink many at one sitting.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow with just a hint of carbonation to hold up a tiny head- it quickly fails at this job. Aroma is malty, faintly sweet, fairly clean, but very weak. Nothing much of hops aromas to speak of.

Flavor is typcial of the style, although this one is milder on the hops, which is a plus. The hops are there in the beer- grassy, a little oily, but not turned and pungent like in the most famous entrants in this style. So I actually prefer it for that reason. But there are still so many better beers out there.

Photo of Amalak
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had at a new beer garden on a rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, but I can't remember the name.
A- It had a yellow color with lots of bubbles and was semi-opaque. Bubbly head with some lacing on top.
S- Wheaty and hoppy scent to it.
T- Some hoppy taste to it but it is really quite plain. It's not bad but it just doesn't do anything. Very average.

Photo of joecast
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours with a strong grassy/hay aroma at first, followed by a malt background.
clear gold color forming no head. a slight stir produces a smallish lace just covering the beer.
light hoppy flavor with a decent finishing bitterness. fairly straighforward.
doesnt leave much of an impression, but nothing really bad about it.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a Vienna supermarket, the brown half liter bottle sports a tapered neck and a green and yellow label featuring a coat of arms above the label. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 6/30/07, I opened it on 2/6/07.

Pours a clear pale gold under a one finger white head that fades slowly to film and collar, leaving a fairly decent amount of lace. The nose is grainy, with a hint of musty socks. The mouth is light and fairly well-carbonated. The opening is fairly sweet, of bread and raw grain. The hops are a bit too metallic, leaving a rusty impression on the palette that lasts well into the aftertaste. The overall impression is raw, somehow unpolished. It needs more malt, and a different style of hops. Not impressed.

Photo of coasterfreak75
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When this beer hit the glass I got my hopes up it looked very carbonated and I was looking foward to a great head, it never happened. To my suprise there was absolutly no head. The smell this beer carried was slightly fruity and the taste was just kind of blah. Maybe it was the bottle I had.

Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Review: Bottle of Gösser Märzen, 5.2%ABV

Gösser Beer with its very distinctive green colour trademark symbolising the state of Styria is the most typical beer you can get all around Austria. Mostly comes in cans abroad.

The appearance is that of a pale golden colour with a bit of a head. The beer has some carbonation and, when it settles, some decent lacing

The aroma for me was quite strong, very metallic with notes of sweet malt and some hops, and a bit of citrus.

The initial taste was very good, sweet malts, and a nice creamy feel on the mouth, The aftertaste was quite bitter and strong, with a very hoppy finish.

Overall the beer had a good mix of flavours, felt like a whole lot was going on, and was very drinkable. Strong enough and did the business. Not a bad beer at all.

Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden yellow with a thick, rich creamy head. Nice lacing sticks. Effervescent bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is of lime, grain, some herbal bitterness.

The taste is of lime, grain, some herbal, grassy bitterness. Malty sweetness balanced by a dry, bitterish finish. Crisp and refreshing.

The feel is a bit rough, but it does hold up a body.

A nice, if not a bit harsh, thirst quencher. A nicely balanced EPL. Not at all skunky and very clean.

Photo of PokerGod
3.31/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance- Bright straw-orange-yellow color, very crisp and clear looking, typical of the stye. But a small head descended into a nice crown of foam on the beer that retained throught. I liked that. Light lacing held to the glass.

Smell- Very Lager, very grain, with possible subtle fruity undertones.

Taste= Nice and flavorful. To me most Euro Lagers tend to be a little boring, but this is nice and refreshing with still remaining a fuller flavor.

Overall- Seems like a decent beer to drink on hot summer day, but nothing stellar here.

Photo of KeefD
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a pale straw yellow color, light foam, no lacing. Skunk supreme in the nose. Tastes like a watered down Heineken. Some bready malts, slight hop bitterness, nothing to call home about. Crisp, easily drinkable if it weren't for all the skunk. Age could be a factor on this bottle. Would not buy again.

Photo of OWSLEY069
1.82/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a faint skunkiness, sweet malt and kind of standard lager like smells. In the taste, a small dryness, a light malt, and actually no real taste at all. A smooth, and light and watery mouthfeel , with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. Thin, no real taste and lack there of aroma.

Photo of PhageLab
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a standard point glass.

A - Pale yellow, transparent, small bit of froth, poor retention, some spotted lacing.

S - Muted hops, mildly grassy.

T - Grass notes are dominant in this pale malt body. Low hop tinge, some earth tones and grain notes, but mostly it tastes like lawn clippings.

M - Crisp, light body, extremely odd aftertaste.

D - Not a bad brew, but a really poor example of a euro pale. Pass this one by, you're not missing anything exciting.

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Euro Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, and slight hop in the finish. Overall, a decent pale lager, but nothing out the norm.

Photo of funkengruven
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a yellow, moderately fizzy liquid with a head that reduces to about 1/4 of an inch on the top with sudsy lacing. Smell is of fresh barley, not bad at all. Taste is decent with little bitterness and a subtle barley malt flavor. Mouthfeel is good, slightly fizzy and quite smooth. Very very drinkable, this too is another brew that would go well in a cooler at a barbecue as a substitute to a typical macro.

Photo of Noxious26
1.86/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can poured in a pilsner glass. Best before date on bottom of the can (07.2006).

Pale gold colour and clear with lots of streams of bubbles. 1/8 white head on the pour quickly disappears.

Aroma is grainy with a light sweetness. Undertones of sour grains and a metallic twang.

Sour grains and metallic througout. Slightly wine like, and a little bit of a solvent taste. Dry finish and the aftertaste is metallic and off-veggie.

Thin and weak mouthfeel and overly carbonated.

The can says this is Austria's finest beer. I certainly hope that isn't the case. Hopefully it's just bravado like "King of Beers". Other than it's appearance (which is average) everything about this beer is bad. I won't be revisiting this one.

Photo of atis
2.28/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer I tasted was produced (or maybe just bottled, no idea really) in Hungary by Soproni.

Appears golden with few carbonation bubbles; large and fluffy head that dissipates very soon, leaving a transparent white layer over the beer, there is quite generous lacing.

Aroma is mostly skunk with lemony malt. In taste sweetish lemon dominates with slightly peppery hops, but there is not much of them. An awful soapy aftertaste.

Overall, the beer was sheer dissapointment, I expected something much better. Maybe the ones from Austria are better.

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Gösser from Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)
72 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.