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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 66
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale yellow shade with big fluffy white pillow as a head. Laces down nicely but the head doesn't stay as impressive as long as it might. Hazy, but not in a bad way; I'm pretty sure this is what this beer is supposed to look like. Definitely didn't turn me off with its looks by any means. Some great smells on it, lemony citrus (probably the coriander), a bit of bread, some malt and yeast. Good mix of smells that seem totally appropriate for the beer's appearance. Up until the taste point, this could be a couple different kinds of beers, but wow. Very unique flavor, citric, tart, and, yes, salty. I don't think you're supposed to taste the salt in these, but there just is no missing it. Feels very full on the mouth, stays lively with carbonation though. Overall, and absolute delight to drink. As it stands, I would only really want one, but on the other hand, I think I could totally get used to it if it was the beer that was all around my town. If you ever get the chance to try this beer and you haven't had it, I would highly recommend availing yourself of the experience.

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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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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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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy apple cider, with a lot suspended yeast chunks. A fizzy off-white head has OK retention, but leaves no lace.

S: Sweet and sour. Sweetness comes from apple. The sourness has a heavy vinegar quality to it. A slight mineral water aroma rounds things out.

T: Light, refreshing and a bit different. A vinegar sourness is the main theme here. There's very little bitterness at work, but there is a light lemon flavor. In the background is a very light biscuit flavor, plus a dash of coriander. Finishes dry, tart and a little salty.

M: The body is light and slightly chewy. Carbonation feels a bit low.

D: I'd never had one of these before, but I had a bit of an idea going in what this would be like. The tart sourness is actually quite refreshing. The low ABV makes it an easy drinker.

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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
87 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.