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Leipziger Gose | Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Germany | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003

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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally my first Gose! I freaked when I saw this sitting on the shelf at a store that I hadn't been to in about three months. It poured a murky, muddied dark yellow with an orange aspect to it with a frothy one finger white head. The head dissipated within a minute or two and laced the glass. It smelled pretty salty and featured yeast, citrus, and clove like aromas. The salt hit initially then calmed down. The flavors are definitely interesting. It's primarily yeast with citrus fruits, cloves, banana, and light sodium. It has this odd effect on your tongue. The initial salt dried mine out and then it made my mouth water as the fruits hit. It reminded me of when you walk out of the ocean and you didn't get all of the salt water off of your lips. Normally I'd think that was odd but this is pretty flavorful. It drinks medium in body and is pretty smooth. It tingles the palate. I find this to be pretty drinkable. It's essentially a solid, heavier wheat beer with citrus fruits with a touch of salt. Thank god I finally got to try this style. I may have to go after some others.

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Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is light sweet wheat malt and citrus. There are some other fruity scents here but they are all jumbled together in a juicy fruit type of scent. Odors of tea are in here too. Can't smell any salt but I live 5 miles from the ocean and I am sure it is a scent I tune out without thinking about it. Banana and clove scents show up after a bit like a Hefe weizen.

Taste is fruity and mild up front with mild wheat malt and banana bread to start. Taste gets tart after a bit. Low but detectable hop bittering in the finish. Very estery but more like the British ale version than the German wheat beer version. Lots of roasted marshmallow flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew, I can't understand why it isn't made by more breweries. Hard to describe, think of wheat beer Gatorade. I would consider this for everyday use if only an American brewery made it. Alaskan brewing has shown mastery at making Altbier maybe they should try Gose?

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Photo of biegaman
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured it into a (German-made!) straight, tall, cylindrical beer glass as instructed, but that failed to accomplish any of the tall, lacy, substantial head that should generate from a beer with such a high concentration of wheat malt. Still, it looks more than an alright with its golden colour and faint lime smear, stream of constant bubbles and pure clarity.

This bouquet is as aromatic as a summer day is long and it has a wonderfully fragrant, almost perfumy coriander spiciness. It isn't "spicy", per se, as it is far too softened and savory to agitate the senses; rather it calms and elates them. If you're capable of prying your nose from that delightful coriander, you might also notice a sour, lemony acidity.

It took one sip for me to wish I had bought multiples rather than just one single bottle. A beer like this is designed and intended to be drank in succession. It is perhaps one of the most refreshing styles of beer I've tried and - despite (or perhaps precisely for) being a tad acidic and, well, yes, salty - it is a style destined for mainstream, mass popularity.

As in a Berliner Weiss, the beer is less notable for its flavour - which is plainly but cleanly malty, kind of herbaceous and with perhaps a hint of tropical fruitiness - than it is its mouthfeel, which is very dry, light and quenching, defined by a lactic acid bacteria and a coarse saltiness. It is only mildly sour (not puckering), but strongly saline tasting.

I wish I could be more descriptive about what I'm tasting; it's frustrating to not be able to accurately or fully put into words the experience. When it comes down to it, this strikes as very much the German variation of a witbier: less flowery and more down to business (in other words: drinking!). While it is ale, it has the cleanness and quaffability of a lager.

According to the history books, we almost lost Gose as a style shortly after WW2 - yet another reason to hate communism. This is a deliciously refreshing, notably unique and, I'm sure, widely appealing style of beer that I can't believe more breweries haven't tried to emulate. Tell your friends, tell your family, run out in the street in your underwear and start screaming - do whatever it takes to get others to try this style. I'd be surprised if they don't like it.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky medium burnt copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy wheat aroma with a good estery yeast.

The taste was robust and husky with a substantial grainy wheat and mineral twang. Some sweetness and a dry and almost bitter finish.

The mouthfeel was light, yet chewy with an astringent wheat finish.

Overall a very nice experience. An interesting style that is hard to come by in these parts. Very drinkable and suprisingly complex.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a revelationj this beer is on-tap. I'd had it a couple of times in the bottle before, and while I thought it was interesting and pretty good, it didn't really grab me as a style or a beer. Once I had it on tap this summer at the Brick Store Pub, I just couldn't stop drinking it. It seems that at least every other time I would go to the pub I would order one of these, and it just kept getting better and better, particularly if it were hot outside. The bottles are also quite expensive, so this is relatively a much better deal. So refreshing, and the touch of salt an loads of coriander eventually made it addictive for me. Something just seemed to click with this beer on draft. Pours a super carbonated pale yellow with a very white fluffy head. Smells very slightly sour, with a hint of lemon and green apple and spicy with fresh wheat and you can smell a slight salty tang. Tastes very, very refreshing. Lots of coriander and some crisp wheat up front, and then the salty tang is quite noticeable against a background of light citrusy sourness and tannic, salty bitterness. This part of the beer is reminiscent of a salting crabapples that I remember doing as a child in the south. The salt, corander, citrus, and bitterness fronted by the spicy wheat just works- some type of alchemy is surely at work here. Thirst quenching in the mouth, with the slightest bit of prickliness, and perfectly refreshing. My new favorite summer beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their recent German festival.

The beer pours a light golden color with OK head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light tartness and saurkraut. Flavors for the most part replicate the nose, except the tartness really dominates this beer. However, it's actually pretty nice, as there's almost what I would call a "brightness" to the tart flavor profile. Mouthfeel is very light, but with a mouthwatering component. Drinkability is exceptional, and I'm sure this beer would be just excellent on a warm summer day.

Nothing spectacular here, but still, this is a very easy to drink and appreciate beer... the sort of thing one could easily drink all day without doing too much harm. Nice.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a weizen glass. My bottle indicates 4.6% ABV rather than the above-noted 4.5%.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a nice haze and plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of creamy ivory foam which seems to have pretty good staying power. A nice looking beer.

Smell: light, wheaty aroma with a little bit of an interesting spice character to it. It's a little hard to pick out exactly what's there, as the intensity of the aroma is quite low. Still, rather nice.

Taste: quite interesting; this beer has a nice wheaty flavor and is quite tart. Some citrusy spice is there, perhaps coriander. It's not strongly flavored, but it is interesting and quite refreshing indeed. I like this beer a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. There's a little bit of creaminess, but the astringency of the lactic acid (while delicious) seems to be bringing the mouthfeel down a notch.

Drinkability: as I said, this is quite tasty and refreshing. The tartness isn't overdone and it makes the overall experience extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First ever Gose. Pale, hazy yellow body, not much in the way of a head or lacing. Very mild aroma, mostly lemony, with a touch of grainy, cracker malt. Vague peppery spiciness.

Flavor is also pretty mild, but nice, clean, a little tart, quite lemony, with a trace of the coriander and a bit of saltiness at the back of the tongue. Some moderate graininess and a very restrained sweetness.

Thinnish body with good carbonation. Crisp, dry, clean, and refreshing. Not super exciting or flavorful but a nice accompaniment to pizza to be sure. Would love to try more examples of this style but they are sadly quite difficult to find. This one was certainly nothing earthshattering, enjoyable yes, but not as interesting as a good Berliner Weiss.

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Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparant gold with streams of carbonation pumping up to the top with a mild white collar and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, flowers, and wheat with a touch of pepper and coriander.
Mouthfeel is dry and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My very first Gose! Terribly exciting, even though I don't have anything to compare it against. Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, where Dave was quite excited about it. Brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a hazed lemony colour, rather like a hefeweizen, but probably lighter than the usual German hef. Fine white head that stays as a clean and clinging film to the top of the glass. Minimal body and lacing, but it looks tasty.

Nose is crisp and lightly spicy, giving a slight acidic resonance to everything else. Characters of olives, seaweed, sawdust, green apple peel and even a touch of noble hops (imagine that!). Perhaps not as weird as it might have been on the nose (indeed, there's a touch of the Kristalweizen to it), but solid enough.

Taste is more odd, with a crisp acidity and light body that immediately reminds me of a Berliner Weisse. While it doesn't have the true funky finish, or the depth of sourness, it has the very crisp lightness. Salt comes forward on the back, giving a weird way to wash out the palate. Not a huge amount of character overall, but I like that even though it's light, the characters it has are unusual.

A very dry but crisp and unusual beer. Surprisingly moreish.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Hazy amber color. Nose is not distinguishable. Starts on the yeasty side, finishes with some tartness, reminds me of a wheat. $3.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.
Update: 1-12-2007 - $13.99 for 750ml bottle from Tulley's Beer and wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of corby112
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

Pours a murky, golden yellowish mustard brown color with a one finger foam white head. Decent retention, fading into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

The aroma of this beer has quite a bit going on. Hints of citrus peel, wheat, bread, spice, earthy and lemon juice.

Soft carbonation with sweet citrus flavor up front followed by a spicy and earthy presence mid palate and an odd salty dry finish. Hints of lemon zest, clove, salt and slight hops.

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Gose.

A: Copper-bronze (becomes murky brown from sediment) with a fluffy/creamy off-white head, little retention, initially some lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, cotton-candy, minerals & spicing.

T: Cider, bready malt, caramel/toffee, light spicing, slight tartness.
Plenty of flavour for its weight.

M: Creamy & smooth with a crisp, dry finish. Slight acidity.

D: A nice drinker.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus flute.

A: Hazy, pale golden

S: Mild lemony smell; some malt; not much going on

T: Mild sour and tartness; very little salt

M: Not overly carbonated, but a fair amount; a bit tangy

O: Nothing like I'm used to in the regards to Gose. Westbrook has perfected it in my opinion. This wasn't bad, but not great compared to what I've had. This could have been a bit old, as it was sitting in the cooler at my local haunt for several months. May revisit this with a fresh bottle.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a crazy shaped bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

A: It looks like a bubbly wheat beer. A bit cloudy and muddled. A good pour yields a minor .25 finger head.

S: Gefilte fish, with loads of salty wheat and whats comes across as seeded rye bread.

T: The salt hits upon contact and adds a refreshing quality to what is a delicious beer. The coriander reveals itself on the mid, and meshes with a German earth-like quality. The finish is a bit bready and grassy.

M: Extremely bubbly and very well put together.

O: What a great find. Leipziger's Gose is splendid drinking and if it wasn't so gosh darn expensive, something I could session night after night. Really, cases of this stuff would stock my fridge in mid-July.

As it stands though, this is a wonderful treat, and a style I hope to have more of sooner rather then later.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a shaker.

pours a very pale yellow with an inch or so head. no lacing. smell is big on lemon and coriander, it smells like the ocean. taste is complex, tad of tartness, lemon grass, yeasty and salty. very dry finish. quite excellent. lighter side of medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall this is very unique and enjoyable. definitely recommended.

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Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this a while back at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark straw yellow with a fizzy half a finger head that fades to leave a thin white halo.

S - No real hops in this per say, lots of malty sweetness, some cloves, and some salt. Some light lemon like citrus too.

T - Weird, drinks almost like one of those lemon "beers" that are 3.2% from Italy or something like that. Fizzy lemony malty sweet water. The salt, not diggin it. I mean, the flavours arent bad, slightly sour lemons, but ehh.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Its a bit thin but it is after all 4.6%. Good and refreshing.

O - Overall I wasnt a huge fan of this style. The flavors arent bad its just not my thing. Its is drinkable and not nearly as bad as I thought it would be but I really wont buy it again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light, solid body with a two-finger head that sticks around and leaves some lacings. A sharp citric smell hit my nose first, and there are hints of spices like clove. Reminded me of a wit in the smell dept. Smooth and medium-bodied, orange and lemon peel seem to be the main things I taste, giving it a somewhat sour and tart feeling. It is also a little veggie-like and a little grassy, like a mix between a hefe and a pils or a cheap, adjunt filled American macro. Also some spices and hints of hops and finishes slick. I don't know, I've never had a Gose before and it was a good beer, but my overall feeling is that it is like a hefe with a more pronounced sour fruit/tartness to it. I'd have this again but I am not going to actively seek out more beers made in this style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours from 16.9 oz bottle a cloudy orange brown with a good 2 finger head of foam. Bottle conditioned? Yep. No doubt about it. It has some nice sticky lacing too.

The smell is all spicy with a ton of coriander hitting my nose. I also get a good dose of lemon citrus.

The taste is first spicy from the coriander but I am also getting a good earthy malt and bready flavour along with a touch of funk that compliments the spice nicely. The finish has a slight sourness to it and that's working for me.

Pretty light bodied and the carbonation is also on the light side...man, this is a really tasty and oh so drinkable & sessionable brew. I love it!

Btw, I *just* poured the last of the bottle and took another sip and I'm just getting a smidgeon of malty sweetness that I didn't notice before. Another added treat to an already most enjoyable brew. Thanks again, Alan!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold with a 1” white foam collar that quickly descends to a thick film.
S: Fruity, cidery aroma
T: Lemony tanginess balanced by light malt, salt and coriander.
F: Light, tart and highly carbonated.
O: A very drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, refreshing, citrusy. Not too much salt or sourness. Westbrook Gose, this is not. Much more traditional.........................................

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Photo of sweemzander
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

(A)- Pours a hazy pale goldenrod color that produced a nice cap of white froth. Decent retention.

(S)- A lively light yet crisp lemony tartness meets a subtle coriander-like salty spice to it. Ever so slight mild earthiness.

(T)- I really like the level of crisp lemony tartness this has. It quickly flows into a subtle salty spice element in the middle. Finishes dry with more of that lemony tartness again.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Light, crisp, and mildly tart. The essential beer for summertime in my opinion.

(O)- I have not had alot of experience with Gose yet, but I am thoroughly enjoying this one! I am really surprised this does not have a higher rating on this site. It is beautifully balanced and thrist quenchingly crisp. The perfect summertime beer.

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