Anniversary Ale XVIII - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Anniversary Ale XVIIIAnniversary Ale XVIII

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very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Uanof on 04-20-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with fresh ground coriander, Crystal salt, and puréed whole limes.
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Photo of TownDunkel
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A session strenght sour in a can? Yes please.

Pours medium yellow with a redish tinge. Soured fruit notes with no hoppiness in the nose. Taste is wonderful. Light sour with a bit of lime and spice to back it up. Finished pretty dry. High carbonation which is a bit different but works for it. Overall a great Saturday afternoon six pack.

Photo of goochpunch
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Pours out a hazy brass with no head. Smells largely of grain and lime. Lime and salt are the big flavors here. Lightly tart and a bit sweet. Grainy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a tad flat and lightbodied. Overall, this is OK in the can. Way better on tap, but I'm rating this based on the can example. On tap it seemed to be drier, tarter, and saltier (all better in my opinion).

Photo of blue-dream
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A great Gose Looks yellowish, smells of limes,taste limes and salt, great mouthfeel.
Overall this is a great Goes I'm glad a friend sent me a few.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz can pours a hazed yellow with a soda-esque bubbly white head. Fades fast to nothingness, unsurprising with salt and lime.

Luckily, Real Ale took a modest approach with the coriander and the lime and salty wheat compete for the dominating aroma. Definitely a little different than most other goses out there.

Its not much on the sour end of things, unfortunately. Those hoping for something as tasty as Westbrook's offering will be left wanting, but there are some enjoyable flavors to be found here, mostly the soft wheat, salt and lime. The coriander I could do without in this beer and oddly, I find this better on the cooler side as opposed to cellar temp. Good enough to go back for repeat sixer purchases, but still leaves me dreaming of having Westbrook Gose in a PICC line.

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw colored pour with a minimal head white head that fades quickly and medium carbonation. Aroma has hints of lemon and lime. Fruity with a citrus/lemon/lime flavor that has nice tart edge. Very light and dry beer that finishes slightly sour.

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

A: bright pale gold. Not much lacing.

S: lemon zest and sweetness.

T: more of a wheat aspect to this than expected (never had a gose). Lemon punch, some tartness, orange, wet hay, and funk.

M: medium light and wheaty.

O: not disappointed but probably will not buy again due to my slight distaste of wheat beers.

Photo of randeezy74
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Pours very pale yellow, maybe a hint of green in there? Small, quickly disappearing head.

S: Lots of lime, spice.

T: Lime, coriander, wheat malt, hint of tartness, plus a little salt kick.

M: Light, carbonated, goes down easy.

O: Definitely different from the other Gose I've tried, Westbrook. I think I like Westbrook better, it was a little bit more tart, but this is really nice. Got this as a single, planning on buying a sixer next time I hit the store.

Photo of champ103
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ugh, not sure if I have ever changed my opinion on a beer so quickly. The last few times I have had this around town has been almost completely different than my first try. Seems more like a slightly tart Radler with lime juice. Tart lime and citrus, with a bit of salty sweetness up front that finishes dry. Not bad, very refreshing and can drink all day in the summer. Though went from a really unique to meh in about a month for me.

On tap at D&T in Houston. According to their menu, this is 4.4% ABV.

A: Pours a hazed orange/yellow color. A minimal white head forms, and recedes. Light lace is left behind.
S: A tart, slightly acidic aroma with a great fruity note. Citrus, orange, and lemon. Simple, but really nice.
T: A pronounced saltiness up front, which quickly fades to that great tart and acidic bite. The fruity notes are really amazing here. Juicy orange and citrus. Excellent.
M/D: A light body that is perfectly effervescent. Crisp, but smooth at the same time. Fairly dry as well. So easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this, and I wish I could get much more.

Certainly not a brother to Saint Arnold Boiler Room, but a close cousin. Both, are great examples of hard to make unique styles. Highly recommended.

Photo of GreatBloomer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A perfect beach drink.

Photo of JDV
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a white head. Smell is lemony, citrusy, acidic and fresh. Taste is wheat, tart lemon and perhaps salt? Smooth, creamy body with medium carbonation. Refreshing and unique. Like a salted Berliner Weisse, or a margarita meets a pilsner. Wish it were a touch prickllier with the carbonation, but still very nice.

Can had more lime flavor and a bit less tartness. Perfect carbonation on the cans. Overall, a great summer refresher.

Photo of Premo88
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into pub glass (wide stick)
(from August 2014)

L: yellow murky with white head, some stick and lace

S: salty grain with spices, clove and coriander; citrus ... lemon-lime, lime

T: lime grain ... the lime overpowers all else, but there is some salinity in it, occassionaly a grain note

F: fantastic ... super easy to drink but still full, loads of carbonation

O: it's like a *good* Bud Light Lime ... that's not a slap or slam because: 1. I don't have a problem with Bud Light Lime; it does what it sets out to do; and 2. it's a good gose underneath the coriander and lime; it's hard to taste it because the lime especially overpowers the rest of the brew, but I would be VERY interested in drinking a Real Ale-made gose brewed straight up.

(I drank about a case of this this summer and forgot to review it ... or even take good notes! what a dummy)

Photo of Stevedore
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, best by 10/14/2014, poured into an unlabeled snifter 7/25/2014.

A- Hazy dark yellow body, half finger white head that is very short-lived. Very placid looking brew. No lacing to speak of. Essentially average in terms of appearance.

S- Lime juice, a bit of salt, wheat and pale malt. Smells sort of like a margarita, but of course you can't miss the fact that it's a beer, if that makes sense.

F- Heavy on the lime, touch of salt, a bit of sweet wheat bread flavour. A little bit of a vegetal cilantro-like flavour on the finish. Not particularly tart, just more of a lime flavour than anything else.

M- Medium in body, on the thinner side. Lacking a bit of carbonation here. Refreshing, heavy on the lime+cilantro on the backend.

O- Interesting take on the Gose, let's call it a Tex-Mex version of the German style given that it has a heavy lime flavour with a little bit of cilantro. Not my favorite Gose as it's not as tart as Westbrook's version, but it does have a bit more in common with Leipzeiger's version than Westbrook's.

Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

The perfect style of beer for the Texas summer. Light in color and body, the limes are apparent in both the aroma and the flavor. The salt hits about middle to slightly after. Malt is very unpronounced and shows up toward the finish. Hard to tell if the coriander has any influence as the lime predominates.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden beer with little to no head. Smells like lime, a little stale. Taste is very light and limey like a Mexican lager with a lime in it, the lime really shines through definitely not in the background. Body is very light and clean. Its a refreshing pool side drinker, nothing extremely special, but super sessionable and great for outside.

Anniversary Ale XVIII from Real Ale Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.