Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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4.39/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-17-2014 16:51:10 | More by LambicPentameter
4.41/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 23:27:43 | More by BradC
4.36/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
02-11-2014 22:10:29 | More by BeeGinner
3.79/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours a relatively cloudy golden orange with a thin halo of white head around the perimeter. The nose is definitely light and sweet, spice forward with a touch of saline and funk lingering in the background (accented when warmed). A dull coriander is present in the taste, but it's more difficult to detect comparatively. There is definitely more grain sweetness as well. However, no flavor is particularly overpowering and all blend nicely. The beer's mouthfeel is slightly tart, semi-sweet, spicy, light bodied and effervescent, with minimal funk or booze. This is a very easy drinking gose, but out of my price range for a repeat.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2014 00:11:35 | More by ThePorterSorter
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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