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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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BA SCORE
88
very good

742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 66
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website
Germany

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.

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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Short, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $3.99...
"Beer Brewed With Spice" on the side logo...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, murky, dark-yellow-colored-hue with a minimal head, obvious sediment, and a small amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Peculiar smell replete with yeast, slight wheat, citrus, and coriander...
Salty, and dry taste replete with wheat, coriander, lemons, citrus, and slight grapefruit... As the ingredients listed on the bottle include "salt", you can definitely hint at that essence along with various nuances of citrus...
Slightly watered-down mouthfeel with a pretty good level of drinkability due to the very modest alcohol percentage...
Different and unique...
Worth a try...

06-08-2008 21:54:05 | More by dsa7783
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Served in a Hirter stange.

Pours a very hazy lemon straw with a fairly thick white foamy head that disappears almost entirely after a minute or so. The smell is heavy on the lemon, with dashes of cracked pepper, salt, and very subtle hops. The taste generally follows the nose, with the coriander hiking up the lemony flavor, pushing the pepper to the back, and nearly drowning out the hops' bitterness. In the end, a general saltiness coming through on the back and sides of the tongue. This overall fruitiness and spiciness makes for a pretty distinctive tasting. That, coupled with a generously medium body and low ABV, makes for a nicely drinkable brew.

02-13-2010 23:01:56 | More by TMoney2591
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Exciting dive into a new style; this one was given to me blind so I had no idea what I was drinking.

Pale straw colour, nice and opaque. Head is white, nice and creamy with pleasant clingy lace, just a thin crown. Really rather pleasant.

Smells very rank, but in a good way. Massive earthy, rubbery funk with acid of a citric nature, organic grain notes with a touch of livestock feed, wet hay and some really pleasant and piquant spice notes, including star anise and coriander. Great.

Taste is a bit of a letdown, but still not bad at all. Lots of wheat character with tart, raw wheat notes, some citric character that comes through on the mid and lingers towards the back but is unsupported by malt so ends up being a tad insipid. Slight tangerine twist to it, hints of yellow capsicum, rice vinegar and maybe some coriander. Decent palate, not amazing though.

Decently full and smooth, bit of drying texture towards the back. Quite nice.

Good drinkin' beer, nice and flavoursome but it pulls back in the important areas to make it quaffable. Salt is not detectable - all the more power for it.

05-27-2011 01:50:04 | More by laituegonflable
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mevett89

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: somewhat cloudy straw gold with a small white head.

Aroma: citrus (lemon, orange) and a bit of spice.

Taste: tart, refreshing and delicious. Sweet with some spice.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Overall: quite a refreshing and tasty brew. Sweet up front followed with some spice and a tart end. I really liked it!

11-01-2013 21:55:41 | More by mevett89
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Cloudy pale straw gold pour, a lot like a good hefe. Head builds pretty fast before disappearing, this is definitely the funkier cousin of the hefeweizen. Taste is very smooth with a nice sour kick. A miz netween the refreshing hefe and the sour Berlinner weiss. This beer is still very smooth, but the sharp sourness really makes it stick. Really need to have this on a nice summer day. This was my first try for the style, but this beer left more than a good impression. A must-try for sour lovers.

10-26-2010 08:38:47 | More by saintwarrick
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drseamus

New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

A: There was a bunch of junk in the bottle, but a careful pour yields a crystal clear golden body with a nice thick pure white head. There is a bunch of visible carbonation rising up. It is really a picturesque beer.

S: Light malt aroma with wheat. No real hop aroma.

T: Nice tartness from the lactic acid rides on top of a wheaty malt base. Very refreshing. I can't detect any salt at all.

M: Nice and medium bodied but the carbonation adds a nice effect and seems to make it lighter.

D: Not bad at all. Would make a great summer beer.

01-30-2008 04:27:34 | More by drseamus
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

My first "gose" ever...didn't even know what one was until I bought this bottle. Okay, so "gose" it is!
Appearance: cloudy pale orange color, with a thick, creamy white head. Nice, attractive.
Aroma: spicy, yet soft, with whiffs of fresh sea-foam like I'm detected in weizens, big with spice, and citrus, and so far I'm geared up for something like a hefe or a wit...
Taste: unusual! Dry, and mellow, with an initial sourness. Not at all like I was expecting after that nose, way too flat on the palate. Rather light-bodied, cool and mild, with a very soft finish. I think I can actually taste the salt, too, I get the merest taste of salt, without it being too salty.
Very drinkable, this, very, very, although I liked it, but it couldn't love it. I needed more of a kick in the flavor for that.
An intriguing style, rarely encountered, and quite easy to appreciate. If I'm ever in the mood for a mellow, dry brew that won't go and blow my mind, gose it is!

12-10-2003 08:53:03 | More by feloniousmonk
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

A pour, with swirling to capture any yeast, produces a somewhat cloudy body, pale yellow in color. Carbonation is just barely visible when looking inwards. The head is fairly close to white, just off-white, holds for about a minute, and recedes to practically nothing afterwards. No noticeable lacing.

Fairly light nose profile, with hints of malt, coriander, a little fruit ester, and subdued yeastiness present. Could be a bit more expressive.

Taste is more forward than scent, with bread-like malt sweetness opening, quickly subtended by coriander, citrus rind, and mild lactic tartness. Salt is barely perceptible to me. Perhaps stretching it, I also pull some very faint, light plum in this as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, perhaps going to light-medium. Carbonation is fairly high, but this moves the beer along the palate quite nicely, fizzing while doing so. Finish is dry, leading to anticipation of next sip. Definitely not a slow-sipper, this is a very sessionable brew if desired.

This was a good, unique and fairly refreshing beer that I could certainly drink more of. Just wish the bottle was more affordable, or better yet, that there was a local brewery producing this style for summer.

08-30-2011 22:08:10 | More by falloutsnow
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Brenden

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%

From what little I know this looks like what I expect: a pale to medium yellow beer that's heavily hazed. A white head shows some staying power despite its small stature, also leaving more than moderate patching on the walls of the glass.
It smells more like a sour Saison than anything. It's lightly sour and slightly spicy with an earthier Belgian yeast note and some citrus peel.
It's mildly salty but certainly on the lighter side. It's gently acidic and quite lemony all around, juice as well as pithy, bitter peel. The coriander is somewhat more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma and works with the earthy aspect well.
It's light-bodied and refreshing, lightly crisp and almost fluffy.

09-12-2013 19:11:48 | More by Brenden
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev 0%

1 pint .9 fl oz served in a pilsner glass

A-crystal clear orange golden color with a big billowy off-white head and lots of strong carbonation

S- bready aroma with hits of honey and coriander and pils malt. Some very faint plastic or chemical hints.

T- sweet light maltyness with a spicy clove aftertaste with a hint of banana/wheat. A slight saltwater taste hangs in the back of my throat, but it is more pleasant that painful. No hop presents in any part of the tasting.

M- Thick mouth with light carbonated mouthfeel

D- This is a very unique smooth beer. It has a good pale malt taste with a nice spicy finish. Very nice for a summer quafting beer. Nothing to shock the tastebuds but a good solid beer.

02-25-2005 01:13:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.9/5  rDev 0%

A: Poured a somewhat cloudy straw/golden color with a huge white head upon pouring. This reduced to a thin layer on top with some foamy lacing left on the glass. Carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Lots of wheat and grain on the aroma with some light grass and a little bit of lemon. There is an ever so slight funk as well.

T: Slightly sour and sweet with a little bit of spice up front. The wheat is certainly present with some light fruit, lemon is present. I got a slight saltiness.

M: Pretty light with high carbonation, rather crisp with a clean mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable, slightly tart, slightly sweet. Hope to have more Gose in the future.

05-28-2011 00:33:37 | More by mdaschaf
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negroobserver

New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Appearance... Light yellow. A bit cloudy. Remeniscent of a haefeweizen.

Smell... Citrusy. Light saltiness, like an ocean breeze. Hops.

Taste... Light sourness. A bit of salt, which is very complementary like a chocolate dipped pretzel. Citrus or lemon flavors.

Mouthfeel... Light, a bit watery. Refreshing.

Overall... A very nice beer. My first salted beer, which I really loved. It kind of reminds me of a better version of a Corona with salt and lime. Excellent stuff.

Grade: A-

09-08-2011 03:04:57 | More by negroobserver
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Windigstadt

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev 0%

I've had this on tap and from a bottle in the U.S., but finally got to try it from the source in Leipzig. Ja woll!

A- Pours a honey-like golden color, cloudy, with a rocky ivory head.
S- Smell is equal parts salt and coriander, with slight clove and banana notes not unlike a hefeweizen.
T- A noticeable but not strong lactic tang hits you up front. Beyond the sourness you get a clean wheat flavor with a touch of steamed veggies (DMS). As this dissipates, you're left with more lactic tang and some coriander with just a touch of salt. No noticeable hop flavor or aroma and little bitterness.
M- Not as effervescent as a hefeweizen, but close.
D- This is a refreshing beer you could drink all evening.

Overall: I tried this beer the day after visiting Ohne Bedenken, the other Gosebrauerei in Leipzig. It's hard not to compare the two, and if you were to place the beers on a spectrum with Berliner Weisse being on one end and Hefeweizen being on the other, this was definitely on the Hefeweizen side while Ohne Bedenken was on the Berliner Weisse side. Between the lactic acid, salt and coriander, this is definitely a more complex beer than a Hefeweizen, but it is similar in its refreshing character. If you've never had a Gose before, try this one before Ohne Bedenken, as it is more toned-down. That being said, once you've had Gose this one may come off as a bit too pedestrian compared to its counterpart at Ohne Bedenken. Of course, if you're in the U.S., this is likely to be the only exemplar of the style you can find, and I would strongly advise you to give it a try. A wonderful style for anyone who loves the variety of beer.

11-11-2007 18:17:09 | More by Windigstadt
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%

A: The beer poured cloudy yellow in color into a weizen glass with a half finger high white head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is slightly sour; there are aromas of yeast and spices in the nose.
T: There are flavors of lemons, spices and wheat in the overall taste, which is also slightly sour.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate. There's a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. It's definitely a sessionable beer during the summer months.

07-31-2010 16:41:51 | More by metter98
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JayQue

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev 0%

My first Gose, pretty good!! Unusual bottle, 750 ml, rounded bottom like Mateus Rose with a long neck and an enamel stopper as the cap.

Poured a dull straw gold with a big delicate bubbly white head, head retention is better than average, not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is slightly bitter wheat and lemon. Fairly subtle.

Taste is good. Wheat bitterness and lemon zest up front, a slight sourness in the finish. Not as much going on here as a hefeweizen, but a similar light wheat style - great for a hot day.

Mouthfeel nicely carbonated, light but not watery with a nice tartness in the finish.

Overall, a good summer beer for any occasion.

07-23-2011 00:52:17 | More by JayQue
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czfreeman

California

3.9/5  rDev 0%

THis intersesting style of a bier pours out super carbonated, very murky. A yeasty, thick mustard-grain color. The beers holds a three finger head leaving good lacing for about two minutes. The aromas are summery, lemons,barley grains, corander, much like a Belgian wit.Effervescent, light mouthfeel tart lemony flavors, spicy corianders, bitter oranges. The flavors left at the corners of my toungue is actually quite salty, making another sip after sip come easily. It is very interesting to drink something as unique as this, personally I prefer a good Wit or Hefe, but the flavor profile matched exactly the description. A very true representation of the style. It only tastes better fresh in Berlin!

05-21-2008 15:06:48 | More by czfreeman
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Picked this goody up over at "Market Cellars," the great store owned by awesome BA "Rhettroactive."

Currently the #13 ranked Gose here on BA.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a dark, peppery orange color, pretty cloudy, with lots of visible carbonation, and about a 1/2 finger head.

S: Kinda boring, with brown sugar and grains in lager form. A bit of sweetness was added to the mix here with the entrance of the wheat and coriander.

T: While I'm not good at judging this style overall, I'll give it my all: Much more citrusy than I was expecting: orange peel, coriander, and barley. Sorta like a Belgian saison without the Belgian yeast strain.

M: The carbonation was fine, the lacing minimal, and the sweetness... helll, I don't know what I'm supposed to judge, but I enjoyed the mouthfeel okay.

O: Kind of a boring style overall, but I see why it has caught on. It's definitely for those who are turned off by the Belgian funk, yet still was somewhat of that taste profile.

02-05-2013 07:21:51 | More by Chaney
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev 0%

GLASS: Stange
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a pale yellow color that is hazy enough to add a light brown overcast to it. (It reminds me of an unfiltered cider, actually.) It forms a loose, yet very active, head of bubbles which dissipate rapidly, leaving no trace of themselves. Lacing is minimal and mostly slippery.

A light bit of wheat. Mild hint of caramel. Lemon zest. Corriander.
The nose is very mild, actually.

This is like a 'begginers' Berliner Weisse or something. Almost a 'mild sour'. Big wheat backbone with a nice level of tartness over the top of it. Mild spice notes.
It's very interesting and quite tasty.

Medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation level. This helps it maintain a refreshing level of crispness.

Not overpowering, yet interesting. A very nicely refreshing and good tasting beer. Plus, the 4.60%abv lend it to being a good 'session' beer.

03-31-2011 04:00:37 | More by coldmeat23
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billab914

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this the other night. I believe this is my first of the style. It poured cloudy and pale, golden yellow in color. A thin white head barely covered the top.

In the aroma the wheat malt is definitely present with some sweeter, bready flavors. I get some salt and citrusy spice to it as well. Interesting but pretty refreshing aroma.

The salt is very apparent in the taste giving it a dry, saltiness throughout. I get a citrusy, coriander presence to it as well as more sweeter, wheat malts. Salt gave it a surprisingly refreshing quality when combined with the coriander citrus.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being high. Overall it was a very interesting and pretty good tasting beer. I thought the saltiness added a interesting and somewhat refreshing component to it. The citrus flavors worked well for it as well. I liked it.

03-13-2012 19:34:06 | More by billab914
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dwvarner77

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a very hazy, yeasty, light copper color with a quarter inch of slightly off-white head that resides mostly at the perimiter. Nose is of wheat, sweet and spicy, somewhat orange, subtle not strong.
Taste upfront is wheat and a bit of orange; there's a hint of bitterness, and the salt is evident to me in the aftertaste. There's certainly more there that I'm not capturing in the description, but I'm failing to find the appropriate words.
Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, but not sticky or offensive. Pretty crisp on the finish.
Very interesting style; haven't had anything like it before, still trying to wrap my mind around it. Certainly worth a try.

07-03-2005 03:27:35 | More by dwvarner77
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thekanna

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a cloudy gold with massive white head.

S: Complex. There's definitely some citrus and other fruits in there, but also a resounding floral perfume: lilacs, orchids... lavender, maybe? Like an air freshener.

T: Oranges, lemons, and yeast are definitely present, with coriander not too far behind. There's a very strong yeasty character that contributes to a powerful sourness, but which rounds out nicely. Do I even detect a faint cinnamon in there?

M: Light as a feather, and finishes dry and tart.

D: Drinkable in the same way that water with lemons is drinkable. I could probably go for some heavier fare though.

01-22-2009 03:50:49 | More by thekanna
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Small bottle into Alpine mug...

Cloudy lemon-honey body with small amount of yeastie floaters that slipped past the goalie. Head is yeast-colored white and dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Significant lemon citrus sour quality backed with bright yeast and wheat electricity. Hop silage scent emerges with warmth. Quite potent and also soothing.

Huge lemon/citrus sourness on the light wheat-yeast malt backbone - so sour that it's almost soapy at first but that makes a quick exit. Light mild brett-ish sour feel. Quite thirst-quenching.

Tight sourness quenches the thirst nicely with solid unobtrusive malt. Finish is swift but solid.

Clean and drinks well for such a puckering offering. Enjoyable change of pace.

10-27-2008 23:03:54 | More by IBUnit63
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

This was a light amber, clear beer with a one finger, fizzy, fast dissipating head when I first poured it out. However, when I poured the rest of the bottle after drinking some, the hazy sediment came into play, clouding the brew and making a three finger head that spilled over the top of the glass. Fortunately I was able to recover most of it.

Aroma was of wheat malt, with a touch of spiciness and a faint hint of roasted malt in the background.

Taste was very interesting... I could taste wheat malt, faint green tea, and club soda, like a wheat beer spritzer. The salt was present in the aftertaste... kind of like when you gargle with salt water, that flatness that you get afterwards. Mild, overall.

Mouthfeel was light and very good for the flavor.

Drinkability was good, if you want something light and goes down easy.

07-27-2005 02:24:06 | More by connecticutpoet
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HopGoblin

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours deep copper with a nice white head. The beer was bottle conditioned so there are a few floaties in the glass. The aromas off of this one are a bit funky, but give way to that of the ocean, cranberry, and sour cherries. The flavor is crisp and tart with hints of the sour cherries. The finish is quick and dry. A very nice brew, its too bad there are not more examples of this style out there.

12-21-2007 06:43:30 | More by HopGoblin
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

Expectations were low after a friend described it as a 'salt' beer that he was not impressed with. So the saison-looking beer was neither a surprise nor a certainty. The aromas show a light belgian sourness that remained thin and lightly pungent. Tastes much less salty than I expected. Though noticably salted, the dominant flavors were lemon and orange rinds with a belgin souness / tartness. Almost like a light unblended lambic quality. A little vineous, musk, herbal character persists. Flavors never dominate, and whisp away quite airy and cleanly in the finish. The beer is not what I was expecting at all, even though I didn't have many expectations. Nevertheless, a very clean beer.

05-07-2006 22:36:03 | More by BEERchitect
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.