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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Reviews: 458
Hads: 922
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 75
Gots: 65 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The story of Liepzig's ghost beer coming back from the dead is probably more interesting than the beer itself, although it's subtle tartness and dryness from the addition of salt do give it a really unique, refreshing quality. It pours easily enough, giving rise to a full head of thin, creamy white lace that holds exceptionally well and leaves thick, long-lasting rings of lace about the glass. Very fine, effervescent bubbles can be seen rising quickly to the surface, and it basically resembles any well-made hefe-weizen. Coriander is evident in the nose along with a touch of weizen-type yeast characteristic (apple and subtle phenolics). In the mouth it's tiny bubbles lend a gentle caresses as its light body passes smoothly away with a delicate creaminess. Wheat malt appears first on the palate, followed by some dark fruitiness (similar to that of a hefe-weizen, but there's no banana except for a very soft note in the aftertaste) and a splash of tartness; followed by a mild coriander flavor and some herbal hops at the swallow. Seemingly out of nowhere, salt springs forth... drying, tangy?, and oddly refreshing!!! It's not as bold in flavor as a traditional Bavarian hefe-weizen, but it's unique characteristics, less-sweet flavor, and slightly lower alcohol may give it a bit more drinkability. If you like hefe-weizens and tart (or lightly tart) beers, then this is a must try!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/12/05- Purchased at Wine Exchange of Sonoma.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- A bit of a cloudy golden pour, a large on the creamy side foamy head and above average lacing. At least 1/2 inch of head was left throughout the entire beer.

Smell- A touch of corriander as well as a bit of a black olive scent. Maybe some kind of vegatable scent as well. Interesting, but not bad.

Taste- Was prepared to not like this one because of the "salt" factor. But, was I ever suprised. Tastes like a combo between a pils, hefe and get this...a flanders type ale? It has the nice wheat and corriander which makes you think weizen, and the light metallic twinge and bit of grain that says pils and I guess because of the salt, it creates a tad bit of sourness you might find in a flanders. All rolled into one it really works.

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonation than expected, very smooth, clean and crisp as well.

Drinkability- This is a great summer beer. So easy to drink and one of the most refreshing beers I have had. The price was a bit steep ($4.50 I think), but it was worth it. I'm wishing I snagged another couple of these. Damn!

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Photo of BradC
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Hefe glass head that quickly faded and no lacing. Light golden color, no cloudiness.

Smells slightly sour, acidic, lemony

Taste is refreshing and complex. Some spice up front, definitely pick up on the wheat aspect and then a tart sour finish.

Easy drinking, light body with moderate carbonation.

First time trying this style and I like it. Different and definitely something that would be thirst quenching come summertime.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station with a hearty bowl of chili. Poured into a classic pilsner glass with no flare at the top--straight, tapered sides.

Appearance - Body is a hazy, dirty golden yellow color, reminiscent of maize in hue. Near the top of the body, there is a bit of shadowy area, like the area right beneath a storm cloud. The shadows are generated by a thick, frothy head that reminds me of the topping on a lemon meringue pie, about two-fingers thick. It remains longer than I'm willing to wait to start drinking, and once I have a few sips, it dissipates to a rim of foam and film, with substantial sheets of lacing on the parts of the glass that I didn't drink out of.

Smell - A soft blend of slightly-tart wheat and sourdough, along with a gentle spiciness like coriander and faint flower petals. There is also a faint soapy like aroma that I can only imagine comes from the cilantro. Nothing is overpowering here, and the most predominant note are the grains, along with a bit of raw breadiness from the yeast.

Taste - So refreshing, with notes of watered-down lemon juice and a saltiness that evokes a well-seasoned steak--you don't actually taste the salt, but know it's there by how it amplifies the other natural flavors. It all comes together to compliment the round wheat base. The aftertaste is tart, with just a tiny bit of twinge to tickle the tastebuds that sense sour flavors. I have to say, this is probably one of the better "entry level" sour beers I've had, because it's not so acidic to scare off anyone who is not accustomed to those flavor profiles in their beer, but you get that tart characteristic without the sweetness that often accompanies some other sour styles, like Flanders Oud Bruin or Flanders Red.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and light bodied, with moderate, but gentle carbonation. Aftertaste is clean and just a touch saline.

Overall, I've not had many of the Gose style--this would be my fourth ever, and the first that is from the country where the style originated. I've read that the style in Germany can be extremely sour, almost like a Gueuze, and this one was certainly not that. But I definitely appreciate the subtle complexity that is going on here. I'm of the opinion that this is the best in style (from a style that I've admittedly had limited exposure to). I can see myself buying bottles of this in the future to have in the summer.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The look of this beer is light golden in color, with a wet and greasy feel to the head, a frothy foam that swirls around the tulip shaped glass.

The smell is citrus yeast, and changes through out the tasting.

The first impression is that this is too citrusy, lemonade-like, tart, but there is a wonderful "slide down your throat" mouthfeel.

The saltiness is apparent in the finish, along with a bready-yeasty aftertaste that give the whole tart experience balance.

This is a way under-rated beer that should come in six packs and be sold on every corner.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really unique beer, which always scores points in my book. Pours a light yellow orange amber color with a poofy white head. Smells spicy and dusty. Those scents are even more pronounced in the taste, which is pretty complex. Nice herbal hop taste with lots of complex spicy backgrounds. The use of corriander and salt is definately apparent, and in my opinion pretty interesting. This beer also has a pretty apparent funky taste as found in Belgian styles, a good surprise I wasn't expecting. Really nice and smooth mouthfeel makes this beer particularly refreshing and a pleasure to drink. If you want something out of the ordinary go pick up a bottle of this stuff. The dude on the front of the bottle looks like he's having a blast.

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Photo of BeeGinner
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Track 84, Warwick RI on the advice of Phil (a customer) and Donna, the tender. My first gose.

A: cloudy orange with a small head that disappeared almost immediately; no lacing

S: definitely fruity; description mentioned coriander, salt and pine needles, but none of those were evident by aroma

T: different than what I usually like. Definitely a wheat beer like taste, with almost a sourness to it. Very easy to drink

M: some carbonating, but not too much. Hit different parts of the tongue.

O: a refreshing pour that I would enjoy during warmer months. Pricey, but worth it over any of the others similar. Glad for the recommendation of a fellow customer.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Pat of (PatandDavid) for providing me with this fine bier while I attended the EBF this past weekend!

My research tells me that this is a wheat bier but brewed with corriander and salt. The salt is definately present, especially after swallowing. The taste is very crisp and similar to some other unfiltered Hefeweizen's. This bier pours nicely and is very enjoyable. A trip to Leipzig would certainly find me searching for one of these fresh local brews.

I would call this a must for anyone who enjoys wheat biers.


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Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Of all the readily available examples of gose where I live, this is one of my favorites. I have had better ones while in Germany, but I cannot seem to find those here. This is a very typical gose and thus a good starter for those unfamiliar with this complex and challenging style. It may just be me, but I feel that the American Wild Ale sub-style has as much, if not more, in common with a German Gose (and Berliner Weiss, for that matter) as it does with Flemish style red and brown sours.

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Photo of seand
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow amber color, with a large amount of bubbly white foam. The head dies down but a thin solid blanket retains over the surface.

S: Light with sweet fruit notes. A little like a dry cider, but with a touch of light fruity vinous notes reminiscent of prosecco. There's a yeasty undertone to remind you that this is in fact beer.

T: Sweet, light, with nice fruity touches, but quite a nice flavor. It's kind of somewhere in the middle of a pale ale, hefeweizen, and prosecco.

M: Fairly light body, medium carbonation.

Overall I think this beer is great; it's a perfect hot summer day beer. It's light, crisp, refreshing, and low in alcohol, yet flavorful and interesting, albeit in a total different way than a big imperial stout. I wish it was readily available in 6 packs like so many other beers that do a much worse job of trying to fill the same role.

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Photo of dwaz
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz. Pours a glowing yellow color with small white head, looks like a glass of sunshine and smells of a sweet, citrus lemongrass. Intial taste of slight honey and corriander, then a solid lemon flavor, not too overpowering though. Great summer beer, not too heavy, could drink all day under the hot sun.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Trumer Pils stange glass. Body is a slightly hazy golden color, topped by a huge fluffy white head that takes several minutes to subside. Aroma of clean wheat and malt, along with some tangy coriander spice and a bit of light citrus. Palate is light and crisp up front, a refreshing blend of wheat and light lemony citrus flavor. A puckering sourness emerges on the swallow, as does the coriander spice and a mild hoppy bitterness that continues through on the finish. A lemony tartness lingers long after the beer has left the mouth.
Body is light, crisp, and occasionally a tad foamy, but just about perfect for conveying the unique blend of flavors. This is quite tasty and refreshing - I imagine it would be a nice change of pace from a hefeweizen as a thirst quencher on a hot summer day. I'll definitely be buying more of this.

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Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What an absolutely unique beer. It has some sweet elements and a unique spice bill. extremely refreshing and sessionable

Appearance: pours a hazed yellow orange color with a huge white head. Four fingers in my Stange glass. light spotty lacing here and there as well.

Smell: Some moderate sweetness with unique spice in the nose. Yeast and coriander I presume with some form of hop.

Taste: I really enjoyed this though it is unlike anything I have ever had before. It has a apple like fruit element with a touch of tart sour, and a sharpness on the cheeks. I think it is like apricots with salt on them. Odd yes, but quite tasty. The aftertaste is short and dry with a dry element. The burp is salty and the blue corn ships and bean dip made a perfect snack.

Mouthfeel: smooth and juicy with dry spices and yeast flavors coating the cheeks.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of session beer. very easy drinkable approachable low ABV beer. I recommend giving this unique style a try.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- thick picturesque eggshell colored active foam fizzes away while leaving little specks of lace behind. particles and swirls of yeast float around float amid the tiny rising bubbles and dark blobs of presumably yeast sit on the bottom. colors relative to different lighting are ridiculous: against a white light its pale yellow, like a witbier, and against an incandescent it's a tangerine apricot and hazy nonetheless. head settles to a thick disk and pretty much stays that way. since this is my first gose, i guess it looks pretty good.

S- some banana, some soft coriander that's neither pungent nor weak, and a definite lactic tartness bordering on lemony. pale barley and wheat are evident, but yeast, spice, and sourness dominate this one.

T- the bottle suggests notes of plum, which pretty much hits it right on the money. lactic acid introduces itself immediately with a very fruity presence like unripe red plum, sour cherries, and sauerkraut. not at sharp as a berlinerweiss, instead mellow and pleasant, fading quickly into a clean pale grain taste. coriander gets sort of mixed in with the lactic acid dulling it out which is fine by me cuz i'm not a big fan of spice in beer. dried parsley, white bread, apple skin, and very faint hay like hops are also in the mix as a noticeable saltiness takes over near the finish. it's not so much in your face, but a light liquid saltiness like sea salt or even sea water. similar to putting salt on a green apple like i did as a kid. aftertaste is of light apple, wheat and some salt. flavor is complex and well balanced and the little bit of salt makes it damn near exceptional.

MF- very light and crisp and ultimately refreshing. tight bottle conditioned carbonation gives it an almost belgian feel and underlying apple juice consistency. very clean on the palate, and the salt may attribute to this, lending an almost savory quality to an otherwise fruity beer, and squeegeeing away the other flavors.

D- a real sleeper in my fridge, i had no idea gose would be this appealing. perfect for warm weather, clean and thirst quenching, i only wish i had a bigger bottle.

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Photo of necoadam
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'll be honest, I was a little scared about the salt part of this beer, but this was pretty good. Poured out a dark orange/golden color with a nice amount of carbonation in this beer. A good quarter inch stays with you the entire time. Smell consisted of coriander mostly, but cloves and soft fruit was in there as well which mellowed out the sharp coriander. Taste was half witte/half hefe. The cloves and coriander blend in together and the banana flavors balance it out, and then the salt hits in the aftertaste, but it's quite pleasent. It finishes wet in a way, but the salt makes you want to drink more and more, which I was amazed on how it did that to me. So Gose it is, pick some of this stuff up. A good shake up for the summer months instead of all those witte's and hefe's.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer at a local beer shop. It was kind of expensive so it took me a couple of times before I pulled the trigger. I'm so glad I did. Not only is it the only bottle Gose beer I've seen in the country, this beer is amazing. Run out. Stop reading, buy and drink this beer.
This beer is light yellow and clear. It pours with a serious head but it falls away to almost nothing really quick. There is steady carbonation, small bubbles. I'm drinking this out of a Radeberger pilsner flute, the best vessel I could find. The smell is interesting. Spice, I can't quite put my finger on it, corridander maybe. The taste, its amazing, lactic sourness, sweetness, spice comes through. This beer is so refreshing. My wife loves it as well. Its a great drink, all around. Well done. Why are you still reading? Go get it!

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Photo of Premo88
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: yellow, cloudy (but looks like it will clear), pushes up a pretty big head of white foam, maybe 1.5 inches tall; no stick/lace; indeed, it magically clears to crystal ... beautiful brew

S: musty ... almost farmhouse ale barnyard musty, but a bit cleaner; as it warms a little, takes on a thick grain/salt smell that's fantastic, unique -- it's a little like blue crabs or baitfish, something from a saltwater bay; coriander shows through as it warms (and if you give it a good swirl)

T: slightly tart (lime) grain ... like a perfect grainy lager grain with some surprising and fantastic sweetness (from the malt? wheat?) and only a slight hint of spice from the coriander; perhaps a pinch of cilantro, but in general the tart lime-grain flavor dominates; finishing sweetness is wonderful ... very understated but enough to balance the tart note; grain is mostly wheat bread

F: perfect ... light, well-carbonated, easy going down but not too thin

O: an absolute treat and a beer I'd drink by the gallon if I could get it easily ... wow is it good! the tart/coriander notes are fully in check with a slight saltiness and a lot of wheat grain. this beer explains why

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Erdinger glass from one of the most unique bottles I have seen...not the one pictured here.

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, bright golden yellow in color, murky

Smell: banana, wheat, and some funk

Taste: wheat, some lemon, clove, orange, and funk

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, light body, sweet, and crisp, medium/high carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting wheaty beer. This beer is incredibly subtle and soft in its flavors. I could sip on several of these and do want it again. Would be really interested to try this on tap.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up while returning from the Jersey shore. Seemed a good time to go for a rather obscure style.

A: Hazy blonde, like a nice unfiltered hefe. At the very end, it drops a few sizeable chunks of yeast which brown it up just the slightest bit.
Nice forming head that doesn't leave much for lace, but has a decent retention.

S + T: A pleasant fruitiness, with a hint of lemon citrus and a very soft saltiness. It ends up just slightly tart tasting and quite nice.

M + D: Crisp, refreshing and yet it has a bit of a moderate body - not too light feeling at all. A wonderful dryness follows, and I'm always a sucker for that. An enjoyable and unique beer. I'd actively seek it out again, and it would make for a wonderful session choice.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, my first beer from the style, and it is the top beer in the style!

Appearance: Hazy gold body, nice off-white head, about 3/4" of head.

Smell: Smell is spicy, with coriander and sweet malt, slightly toasted.

Taste: Well, interesting. Yeasty, tangy, coriander is there, salt adds another dimension to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation, but it works well with the sharpness of the flavor.

Drinkability: Easily the best I have had from the style. And the worst.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Was served in a tall pilsener glass. The body was a hazy pale yellow with lots of persistent coarse bubble trains. The head was rocky, white and well-retained... slowly giving way to some nice lacing.

S- Barnyard and sour aromas dominate the nose... horseblanket, straw and some lactic notes. I was anticipating a whiff of corriander, but I'm not getting any...

T- As anticipated, I'm getting the moderate flavors of straw, horseblanket and lactic sourness... but the sour notes are stronger than expected. A swirl in the mouth reveals some slightly soapy lemongrass notes. The salinity comes in the finish along with a TINY hint of corriander. Just lovely!

M- Light bodied overall... slightly oily mouthfeel with surprisingly soft carbonation (carbonation appeared to be coarse when observed from the glass).

D- This is a wonderfully drinkable beer that bridges a gap between a berliner weisse and a wild flemish ale. None of the flavors or aromas seem overpowering, and the ABV makes it quite sessionable. What a treat to have on draft!

NOTE: This was sampled at Max's in Baltimore. They had three kegs available, and my sample was taken from keg #3 of 3. I have been told that each keg has tasted differently- which makes my review somewhat less relevant to the overall assessment of this beer. It seems that someone can easily get a 'good' glass of this beer, and next door someone might get a 'bad' glass...

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's, thanks to a stranger who bought me this!

Mildly hazy yellow-orange with a thin white head. Retention is decent, and there's patchy lace too. On the nose, this is fabulous. Savory with salt and coriander, coupled with a mild tartness, this is just so refreshing! Fresh cut cilantro comes to mind as I drink this light bodied beer. Mildly tart with a combination of lemony and lactic sourness. The tartness really opens to palate to the combination of the salt and coriander, this works wonderfully! Mildly wheaty/bready, this is excellent. Dry and mildly tart on the finish, this is an exceptionally drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at my parents house, I bought it two years prior for them and they never drank it. I'm told it never left the fridge. Lets see if its still good.
Poured from the traditional looking long necked bottle into a pilsner glass. Appears hazy and forms a frothy head that slowly sinks down to a stable one finger sized head. Smell is wheat and citrus. First sip, tastes like typical wheat beer with a background fruity tartness. After a couple more sips the tartness becomes more pronoucned. Its almost strawberry like. As I drink more the strawberry tartness becomes more of a acid citrus tangy-ness and becomes more pronounced in the flavor profiles. Near the end of the glass the tangy-ness has gone to full on sour. The mouth is light with little carbination.
Overall this is a very good beer. The price tag would keep it off my casual drinking list. Will buy again for a special occasion.

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Photo of schultzi22
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/22/11 out of a tulip.

A: Very lightly colored with a thin layer of head.
N: The nose is pleasant and bread aromas dominate.
T: Flavors of nutmeg, pine and lemon. A very limited bitterness keeps this beer bright and easy to drink. The salt I was expecting to taste is absent.
M: The mouthfeel is matched well with its ABV and style.
O: This beer is very flavorful for its alcohol content, and tastes great on this hot day. I am newly interested in trying other beers of this style.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my first Gose, and seemingly the most available, so I'm gonna make the most of it...

A - this gose pours a hazy, cloudy with plenty of busy carbonation, crowned by a thin cream colored head that rings the glass rather quickly

S - the aroma is a malt/yeast blend thats more than just layered, they are battling in the bouquet, both are of grand quality as well, and lurking in the background is a slight nondescript spice

T - the taste mirrors the aroma, nice thick almost bread yeast flavor with great roasted characteristics, with some slightly fruity (apple) esthers

M&D - the beer, this style is incredibly drinkable. a smooth and easy flavor combined with a low-ish ABV lead to that. you could easily make this a session beer

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Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.