Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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4.97/5 rDev +27.4%
I grew up on "well" water. We had two taps: one straight from the well and one that ran through "softener." This tastes like pure softener. Not "salty," rather, vaguely mineral and sandy in texture that gives the flavor a broad, fluffy texture to stand on.
The flavor is deliciously dry, with easy, sour orange acidity, damp concrete, and a grassy, branchy herbal snap on the finish. The color is a rich, cloudy brown/orange.
Another beer of ethereal quality from B. United.
07-09-2003 13:27:11 | More by putnam
4.93/5 rDev +26.4%
This brew pours a cloudy orange color with a billowing white head. The aroma is of banana and coriander; like a really big witbier. The taste is of banana and coriander. It walks the fine line of being mellow while still being flavorful. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter the medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have ever had. It is sad that this style is so overlooked by American brewers.
11-09-2005 00:32:56 | More by KarlHungus
4.9/5 rDev +25.6%
This beauty pours a gorgeous dark cloudy copper color with swirling yeast dregs and a grandiose crown of a head that is creamy and rocky. Fantastic lacing that lasts the entire beer. Salty yeast and wheat aromas with hints of vanilla, banana, pepper, and coriander, definitely can smell the coriander. Taste is smooth and full of sweet wheat beer esters (banana, cloves, touch of vanilla) then the salty/pepper flavor comes through in the middle and adds a dryness and mineral content, then finally the finish is bready and yeasty. Amazing! I could best describe this beer as a combination of a superb Hefeweizen with the best components of a Wit beer added. Awesome. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had.
09-25-2003 15:14:27 | More by chaduvel
4.88/5 rDev +25.1%
Poured from a 750ml bottle into stange.
Bottle lists ABV at 4.6%.
A - Slightly cloudy straw yellow in color. About an inch and a half of white head rises somewhat slowly and takes forever to disappear; a testament to how much wheat is in this beer. Lots of bubble activity with some of the biggest bubbles I've ever seen rising from the bottom. Minimal, spotty lacing. One of the most unique beers I've seen.
S - Wow, this smells very different from anything I've encountered, and I love it. There is a top note of something very perfumey and flowery, but it's obvious these aromas aren't imposed by hops; orange flower water immediately comes to mind. Coriander makes an appearance and blends beautifully with rich, tangy, citrusy wheat malt.
T - This stuff keeps getting better. The citrus of the wheat hits first with just the right amount of tangy-ness. The coriander creeps in adding another layer of flavor to the wheat but it's role is largely secondary. Mid palate the perfume-like quality comes in full force, again reminiscent of the effect that orange flower water has on a cocktail. Late palate the coriander takes center stage, and the addition of salt becomes most obvious as the once tart wheat malt takes on a brine-y flavor. Finish is quite clean with just a hint of something between orange peel and lemon juice.
M - Light bodied but sturdy. Carbonation is moderate to low. Part of me things this could be improved with a bit more effervesence, but I'm not entirely sure. Nothing here detracts from the beer however.
D - A great beer that I could drink every day. Superbly balanced and highly unique. Refreshing and low in alcohol; this is a tough beer to beat in terms of drinkability. Take a witbier and a Berliner-weisse, and Leipziger Gose would be the child. Though this is my first time trying a gose, I would not hesitate to buy more if it were available. I do hope to see more beers of this style in the future, as this is an extraordinary beverage.
12-17-2008 08:42:32 | More by PatrickJR
4.83/5 rDev +23.8%
.5 liter bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish brown color. The large foamy head lasts a long time, and there are nice clumps of lace on the side of my .5 liter weissbier glass. The aroma is fruit (lemon and apple), yeast, spices, and a little funk. The flavor is fruity, much like tart apples. There is a malty wheat flavor, and little hop flavor or bitterness. The balance comes from the salt. There is a coriandor flavor, but it is not as strong as in many spiced Belgian beers. Very crisp and refreshing. This beer tasted weird to me at first, but the more I drank, the more I loved it. I could drink this stuff all the time.
12-20-2004 00:14:29 | More by beveragecaptain
4.83/5 rDev +23.8%
Just picked this up at Putnam's shop... The label says that it's brewed with salt, and, man, I believe it. Great, intriguing flavors...
A lemon zest character is one of the predominant, fragrant aromas that arise from the glass. Strong floral smell. As it warms, it has in the nose a sort of muted sugar sweetness that reminds me of saltwater taffy. The tangy flavor smacks of citric acid and suits the light body well. So it seems to start off as a simple refresher, but a very textured mid-palate leads to an almost-salty flavor that masks any big finish and lingers for minutes afterwards. If you even think of serving this at refrigerator temperature, smack yourself around a little bit. The aromas and flavors are too interesting to subdue.
07-21-2003 01:45:43 | More by marburg
4.8/5 rDev +23.1%
I have had this on tap in Leipzig a few times, and I wonder if it's better in Leipzig--most reviewers here say the salt is in the aftertaste, but I have always found the salt to be close to the front of the taste palate. It's cloudy gold with a two-finger head and smells like sweet seawater mixed with a wheat beer.
I think the taste is a treat--I get the salt/sea/spice/brine at the beginning, and then that gives way to a prickly sweet taste with some apple flavors and a tart wheat backbone, with a bit of the brine and salt again in the finish. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and bright. Truly a one-of-a-kind beer, I would consider moving to Leipzig just so I could have this all the time.
01-11-2010 16:32:44 | More by lstokes
4.68/5 rDev +20%
Welcome to another edition of "I Could Drink This Beer All Day!" Today's guest beer... Leipziger Gose!!
Cloudy gold with w hite fluffy head. The aroma was neat as hell - coriander with a backdrop of estery wheat. Mmm...
The glass is too small. I don't care if you're holding a liter maas of it - the glass is too small. Starts with a slightly tart, lemony background under a wheat malt and coriander blanket with some banana esters thrown in. Some slight saltiness, but since I just finished a KUL (with an aftertaste like Alka-Seltzer) it seemed a bit subdued over what I was expecting. Very creamy mouthfeel with somewhat light body. Finishes as it starts - lemon, coriander, wheat malt and esters, dash of salt. Damned drinkable.
PintofAle nailed it - like a cross between a wit and a hefeweiss. A friend of mine said it tasted like a Rotbusser (obscure German wheat/oat ale) with coriander added. If you see this - try it. Excellent brew.
08-01-2003 19:59:40 | More by sponberg
4.68/5 rDev +20%
Poured into a Southampton Double White glass.
Pours a clear golden/straw, with a big stark white head. Head of about two and a half fingers drops slowly to about an eigth of an inch of foam. Decent lacing.
Aroma of salt and coriander, wheat. No hop aroma. Grainy malt makes the barest of appearences.
First sip is of wheat, coriander, citrusy, almost sour tang. Lemons. Firm carbonic bite. No hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a slickness from the salt. Strong prickle from the carbonation. Very refreshing beer, this would make a great summer thirst quencher.
Overall, fantastic beer. Low in alcohol, flavors are not aggressive or over the top. Very easy drinking beer. Quite enjoyable. Outstanding example of the style.
01-25-2011 23:09:41 | More by JamnesCameron
4.65/5 rDev +19.2%
Saw this on display at the local fine beer and wine store and couldn't wait to try this unique and rare style. If you are trying this brew, read the wikipedia entry about the style...it's quite interesting.
A - This bottle with the happy German wiping the foam from his mustash is very cool, and informs us that it is brewed with coriander and salt. The brew itself is a dirty brown, almost green shade and very cloudy with a small abount of floaties near the bottom. The three finger head is lush and relatively long lasting. Lots of creamy lace coats the glass.
S - Very hefewiezen-like in aroma, but with a sea-breeze salty scent. Smells sweet and creamy, but lively and green at the same time.
T - Unique weizen-like taste with a firm saltine cracker malt and a very salty flavor that is actually really damn good! The coriander lends an acidic biterness that is very different from the two predominating sources of bitterness in beer (that is, hops or roasty stout malt).
M - Light and creamy with an acidic sting that you can feel on the back of your tongue. Very salty...makes me cluck my tongue. Extremely unique mouthfeel.
D - Outstanding. This may be a favorite sessioner! I hope that more breweries start brewing this style....I love it!
11-28-2006 19:22:04 | More by pmcadamis
4.65/5 rDev +19.2%
Had this beer at the brewery in leipzig. It was awesome. Definately something different. A great regional specialty. Having a tough time finding it in the US. Well worth a taste if you havent tried it before. Taste was awesome. Very refreshing. Bought a large bottle at the brewery. Excellent bottled as well.
06-15-2013 00:29:18 | More by coalbaron
4.63/5 rDev +18.7%
Pours a clear gold with a chill haze and a sea foam like head.
Aroma of dry wheat, and once again I must refer to sea foam, as there is a scent of saltwater. Light breadyness also.
Taste is tart, with a mild and palatable sour and definitely a little sodium bicarbonate. Savory and complex on the palate, tart, with mild coriander spice delicately interwoven with some wheat and citrus flavors. Euro pale malt body is there somewhere. Light bodied but with stinging carbonation. Overall, one of the most complex, authentic, and amazing beers I've had of German origin. Could drink this regularly.
10-08-2011 06:38:43 | More by Stinkypuss
4.63/5 rDev +18.7%
I was a little concerned about trying this beer. Everything I read about this beer said that it was salty. I'm not a salt lover so I really wasn't sure if I wanted to put money into this. One night I was feeling lucky so I just figured I'd grab a bottle and split it with a friend of mine. The beer poured out as a golden yellow color with a light amount of haze to it. The smell of the beer had some fresh grainy aromas that filled my nose. The beer smelled pretty good. The taste was not as salty as I expected it to be. In fact I was actually trying to taste the salt and I wasn't really able to. The grains and malts were mostly what I was getting. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Overall this beer is worth trying. I had the opportunity to try it on tap once or twice but I chose not too. All in all It's worth a try.
Upon trying this again I'm seeing this as my favorite Gose, The American versions are getting too sour in my opinion. This brew has the perfect balance of saltiness and sour. I'm amping up my numbers on this because I truly feel this is the best of it's class. Really great stuff and should definitely be tried at some point if you're enjoying this style.
07-19-2011 15:50:09 | More by Knapp85
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.