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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 69
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This original Leipzig beer specialty lends us the name for our brewery. Gose is a regional beer specialty that was brought to Saxony-Anhalt in the year 1738. Originally Gose comes from Goslar, a small town in Lower Saxony, and the river “Gose” in this town. This beer specialty has a refreshing, slightly sour taste and is ideal for quenching your thirst. Gose is brewed with the additional ingredients lactic acid, cilantro, and salt. Gose is a top-fermented beer with 4.5% ABV and 10.8% wort. You can enjoy it in different variations.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003)
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Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small 11.2oz (or smaller?) bottle. no date found.

poured into sam adams glass. all sediment swirled in.

cloudy, light, peach iced tea color. 1-finger head fades to thin wispy layer. only one thin ring of lace at the top ever formed.

light aromas of apple juice with hint of peach. whiff of vinegar, trace of coriander.

flavorwise, the very mild tartness blends into subtle apple fruitiness and faint malt note. almost undetectable bitterness. tartness peaks near the end, where the salt melds into a refreshing, crisp quality. all a bit watery however.

feel is also slightly watery, but surprisingly smooth, with a lively, spritzy carbonation.

i don't really have any other reference point, but this was interesting and enjoyable. that said, absolutely not worth the price as a regular drinking beer. since this is probably the only one you can ever get your hands on in the states, try it once just to check this off your list of beer styles and move on...

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With one hundred beer styles reviewed there are only three left until I max out, and one of those three is the elusive gose. If you come across this review, you'll probably already know that gose production is ridiculously limited, and only a very small number of breweries have tried their hand at the style. On the basis of my experience with this bottle I'm not sure why that would be the case, as I found it to be a pleasurable and unique drink.

Poured into a traditional weizen glass, this beer does a decent impression of a hefeweizen, with its hazy yellow body, and rapidly rising bone white head. Its the head that actually fascinates me. I've heard of people adding salt to their beer (strange, I know), and that the resulting effect is a crap salty tasting beer and the speedy death of any head. Not so with the leipziger gose - the head is the texture of beaten egg whites, and persists for much of the drink, slowly fading to a thin film for the last few dregs. A few islands of sticky lace are left behind.

The head retention has me questioning whether there is in fact any salt in this beer, and the aroma heightens these doubts. Its hardly like smelling the brine of the Atlantic Ocean, instead, its actually quite a pleasurable aroma that reminds me of a solid Belgian witbier. Fresh coriander mixes in the lemon tones and overlays a refreshingly sharp wheat backbone. Certainly no salt, but not suffering for it. Any doubts you have about the salinity, though, are dispelled as soon as you taste this concoction. A gradual buildup of salt in the mouth causes muscles to contact and the saliva glands to activate. Its as if the whole mouth is gradually condensing itself, and this feeling is unique amongst any beer I've tasted, and could perhaps only be compared to the puckering effects of a sour. Fortunately the light body and steady carbonation don't overpower the senses with a salty onslaught and allow you to appreciate the other flavours. Beyond the salt (which I must note, is subtly handled and well done), the dominant notes are that of a decent Belgian wit mixed with a mild Berliner weiss. Fresh coriander keeps things light, while the lemon and wheat and more at the zingy end of the spectrum, and provide a refreshingly subtle sourness. Underneath this is a lasting toasted malt feel, which helps bulk things up a little.

Quite a unique brew, which I think would be very decent without the salt, but is intriguing for its inclusion. Its a hard to find style, but if you can come across one I'd recommend the purchase. Just drink a big ol' glass of water afterwards!

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Photo of kaimcm
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a Schneider weisen glass.

A: being a german wheat beer I assumed I should throw the yeast in. Im not sure if that was such a good idea. Sludgy brown, lots of floaties, appearance score suffers.

S: Familiar German wheat aromas yet strangely distant. Apples, really light banana, pastry dough, a little husky.

T/M: Soft up front, barely ripe green apples, wheat, grain, then a flash of the lactic acid. Unique and strange, just a touch of tart with a fair amount of acidity. Lemon, and even hints of butterscotch. Surprisingly and refreshingly light on the coriander. Salt shows on the finish and dries. Creamy in the mouth but lacking some body.

D: Very high. Low ABV, light body, interesting = quaffable.

Fine print: I know nothing of this style as this is the first Ive ever had so hard to pick accurate numbers for the beer stylistically. That being said, very cool and Id gladly pick up again. Cheers.

Photo of jackndan
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gasthaus Gose: From a half liter bottle. Pours as an extremely carbonated, almost Champagne type of head. Tall head dissipates very quickly into large bubbles, and disappears very quickly.

The color is a deep tan, very hazy, although I did swirl up the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is mild, with hint of cloves, bananas, and a little something else that I can’t put my finger on.

The taste is nice, much like a typical Weiss beer (a mild banana taste from the yeast), but a tiny bit different, a little dry, virtually no aftertaste whatsoever, just a bit of residual sweetness. This is no doubt due to the salt in this brew. Very nice, light, extremely easy to drink. A great summer brew.

Photo of BeerTaster
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance pale yellow with haze huge white head that went down quickly and left a nice lace around the edge. Smell sour and acidic come to mind. Taste much the same as the smell a little like a lambic. Mouthfeel light in body high in carbonation. Drinkability is good I could have one or two of these on a warm summer day not the best on a cold NY night.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S: Sweet citrusy aroma and a very spicy character (coriander) are evident on the nose. There is some lemon juice aroma as well.

T: The beer starts off with some sweet character from the spices with a very lemony flavor against a soft wheat palate. Nice spiciness combines with the lactic acid bacteria added during boil to give this a geuze style flavor with a smooth sourness. The beer finishes with a big citrusy lemonade fade that lingers for a few seconds or two.

M: oily and slick on the tongue and goes down smoothly.

D: Great citrusy flavor with a slick palate makes for a thirst quenching summer time beer. Overall a decent good brew and drinkability.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 500 mL bottle of Gose served in an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a deep golden yellow color with a small ring of head.

Smell: The ale has a light spice aroma that complements a strong malt base.

Taste: The ale has a bicuity malt sweetness that is balanced by spices. The coriander is noticeable, the salt is not here.

Mouthfeel: The spices are subdued, allowing the malt to shine with just a hint of help.

Drinkability: A low abv and firm spicy flavor make this beer a winner.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an interesting experience.

Chubby lil 330ml bottle poured into my Spiegalau tulip. Huge fizzy head drops three fingers of rapidly dissipating head on top of the brew. No retention or lacing to speak of, but it's got a great slightly hazed and pale golden hue to it.

Aroma is vinous and bright, light citric tones but predominantly hints of coriander spice and plum wine.

On the palate this is a delightful revelation, elegant and smooth with a moderate body and a nice minerality (highlighted by reserved, spritzy carbonation). Again a plum wine flavor is highlighted, and the salt is so faint as hardly be noticed, coming through more as a general softening.

The flavor profile is not one that I personally love, but the balance, nuance, and boldness of flavor in such a small beer is astounding. Not just a curiousity, this brew delivers the goods.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear very light amber/golden color with just over a finger of white head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: Quite mild, some bready malt sweetness with a mild herbal note.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing. A mild tartness compliments the salt and the coriander very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation is on the high side and the finish is dry.

Overall: Nice and light, I really liked the mild tartness. I would definitely have another.

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.