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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 66
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of mikeyv35
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 04/30/2011
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glass: Goose Island Chalice
*Thanks AgentZero!

Pours a light golden straw in color w/ a delicate white 1/2 finger head, that leaves quickly dissipating lacing. Aromas of fresh cut hay/wheat, a touch of caramel, biscuit, floral bouquet, and spices(coriander). The flavor was light caramel sweetness up front, followed by acidic citrus and rose water, finishing w/ a very subtle sea salt. This is not like anything I have tasted before! Thin bodied w/ great flavors that hang on the palate. Pretty sessionable style once you acquire a taste for it as I now have.

Overall, this brew has made me fall in love with this obscure German style. What better brew to do it than the one from the German town that started it all.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at memphis taproom. Sweet!

A- comes my way from one of my favorite tenders in the bus with a nice big fingers of bright white head that settles very quickly to leave a mirror finish. Hazy sunset yellow orange in color.

S- slightly tart, hits of pale malts with that brine thing going on that always keeps you on your toes. Its like an ocean breeze and its real good.

T- crisp green apple and a hit of pale malts that roll into that signature briney flair. Its an odd flavor combination but it works so damn well.

M- a tick less then medium in body with a bright effervesant carb that foams things up and really keeps things super refreshing.

O- I'm not an expert on this style but this is a great beer and as easy drinking and enjoyable as I've had in a long time.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very light hazy straw color into a tulip.

Nose is interesting, sort of light bready wheat, lemon and clove.

Very light malt and delicate mouthfeel with tight carbonation. Can identify the coriander and grassy herbs. Reminiscent of a flavored seltzer or light ginger beer in spiciness.

Overall very crisp and clean dryness I found enjoyable. An interesting one, and I'm glad I tried it. Perhaps a good accompaniment to a citrusy summer dessert?

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty crazy beer, I've had Scott Smith's Here it Gose Again...East End brewed gose. This will be my first German brewed authentic version, pours a deep yellow orange golden cloudy color with a bright white head. Label calls it a beer brewed with coriander and salt. Fine lacing left behind between sips beautiful looking brew. Aroma at first was bit sulfurous with a brisk wind of sea salt and lemon peel citrus blends with coriander spice. Flavor is impressive, really unique great tasting beer I'm glad I finally gave this a try. Every time I had seen it before it was in a crazy shaped flip top bottle with a pretty high price tag. This 11.2 oz brown bottle for 3 something a bottle seemed much more fair for never having a real version of this stuff. Spicy coriander flows with tart lemon flavor perfect German wheat beer with a hint of salt, not salty you can more or less get the mineral aspect. Mouthfeel is light bodied super effervescent CO2 on the high end. Really interesting unique beer that I will be revisiting in the future...excellent stuff.

Photo of Trilogy31
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden wheat with a quickly dissipating foam cap. Nose up front is wheaty, salty ocean spray, and sour lemon. Second nosing reveals more sea salt with clove and coriander - interesting stuff similar to a hefe minus the ocean. Taste is an interesting mix of sour red fruits, wheat, lemon, yeast spice. The finish reveals briny sea notes and a puckering sourness. Never had the style but this is a very unique beer that i thoroughly enjoyed and would drink more often if it was less than $5 for a 12oz bottle.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours pale cloudy yellow, with a finger or so of white head that leaves no lacing.
S: have a sharp slightly sour aroma. Lightly sweet wheat malt along with yeast.
T/M: has got to be the strangest mouth feel of any beer I've ever had, not a bad thing. The added salt makes my mouth water for more after each sip. A little wheat malt sweetness. Doesn't seem salty but has a mineral flavor to it.
O: I like the feeling of this and would like to try more in this style.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of lionchow
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow, with a thin white head.

Aroma of mild citrus, and slight yeasty funk.

Taste is very unique and interesting - dry, mildly briney, citrusy, with a faint malty sweetness, and mild tartness and earthiness.

Moutfeel is interesting with the dry, tart, salty flavors/sensations combining in an interesting way.

Very unique and enjoyable.

Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy pale yellow, like a pale wheat beer mixed with smog. Its hazy enough to glow when held to light like some weird lightbulb, but it isn't altogether opaque or anything. 1.5 fingers of tight, sterling white head sit on top. I can't imagine that this beer looks anything short of good for the style.

The aroma begins by approximating a Berliner Weiss, only less overtly sour. It's got a whole healthy dose of spritzy, lemony, zippy, tangy wheat. It has this curious white grape component going on that I like. It smells a bit like a short mead with the combination of spices and slightly-sour fruit smells. There's a musty yeast aroma too, like homemade bread.

I really like how this beer tastes. Imagine a Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer (or somesuch reasonably hoppy American Pale Wheat Ale), then add some coriander, then add Sprite. Later, have it finish with a refreshing slightly sour note, and an interesting salty note! Goze: the Gatorade of beers! It's refreshing in the same way that Gatorade is. Thanks goes to the salt in addition to the light, cohesive weissbier flavors.

Lepziger Goze is as spritzy as my description of its flavor makes it seem. Active, refreshing carbonation. Medium bodied for a wheat beer. Finishes clean. Nothing to complain about. Overall impression? This is an extremely refreshing beer. I'd kill for this to be available in cheap six packs. Kill.

Photo of DaveHS
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours hazy light orange/straw color with a small foamy white head. Reduces quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

S-The same delicate earthy sourness I associate with a Berliner Weisse. Some muted lemon tartness.

T/M-A refreshing burst of hefeweizen-esque clove and banana up front, fading into a mildly slick earthy yeast. The finish is lemony and yeasty, with a short, sharp note of salt right on the back end. Light bodied with refreshing, moderate carbonation.

O-A unique and interesting beer that everyone should try once. I could actually see drinking this pretty regularly, as it is refreshing and has a lot going on for such a light style.

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.

Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale lemon color with a 1 finger head with fair retention and little lacing. The aroma has lemon, coriander, yeast, and wheat.

The taste is much like the aroma. Lemon, coriander, yeast, and wheat. The flavor has a mineral taste to it, with a bit of tartness from the lactic acid. This is a beer made with salt, but I can honestly say it is not salty.

Light and refreshing, light to medium carbonation, easy to drink, and finishes dry. This would be a nice beer to have on a hot summer day.

Photo of THECPJ
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with 1 finger white head

smell: wheat, honey, citrus,

taste: smooth, hint of citrus fruits,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, clean,

drinkability: overall a nice crisp clean beer. would be enjoyed on a hot summers day.



Photo of cooch69
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gose pours a bright and hazy yellow orange with a small tight head atop.

Tropical nose with coconut's and bananas. A slight rubbery nose to itas well.

This brew is really acidic upon tasting, a little tart on the palate as well but more acidity than anything. A sharp whiplash of coriander followed by nice tropical flavor's (bananas and coconuts). There once again is a little bit of a medicinal and rubbery taste upfront on this beer but the complexities in this are amazing for that of such a low alcohol beer that they are pretty well melted in.

Vibrant carbonation and crisp with a lower medium body this beer seems like more of a summer chill out beer than anything else.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy hay.
S: Grapefruit. Coriander. Funk.
T: Tart. ~lemony. Coriander sweetness.
M: Medium carbonated. Light body. Finishes dry.
O: Reminiscent of Berliner Weisse. Refreshing tartness. Great summer drink. One could say that it the the German Saison.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, crisp golden color with a decent sized, light, foamy, whispy, white head. Decent retention that settles into a nice creamy thin lace.

S - Interesting aroma with plenty of lemon, some spice and herb aroma, and a touch of salt. Wheat provides a backbone to the aroma. Definitely has a tart/sour fruit (apple) aroma.

T - Interesting taste as well. Like the nose there is plenty of lemon juice and salty flavors. Some spiced flavors as well, especially coriander. Has a slight wheaty flavor toward the finish. Has a definite tartness similar to apple, grape, and of course lemon. Refreshing and really interesting. Definite tart/funk aspect dominates.

M - Lighter body with a small amount of carbonation. Very slick and smooth feel.

D - Finished the bottle, but that is all I would really want. While it has a certain refreshing taste to it, I would only really want one.

Notes: My first gose. Interesting flavors to say the least. I liked this beer, but it isn't really my cup of tea for something I would want regularly.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Southampton Double White glass.

Pours a clear golden/straw, with a big stark white head. Head of about two and a half fingers drops slowly to about an eigth of an inch of foam. Decent lacing.

Aroma of salt and coriander, wheat. No hop aroma. Grainy malt makes the barest of appearences.

First sip is of wheat, coriander, citrusy, almost sour tang. Lemons. Firm carbonic bite. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a slickness from the salt. Strong prickle from the carbonation. Very refreshing beer, this would make a great summer thirst quencher.

Overall, fantastic beer. Low in alcohol, flavors are not aggressive or over the top. Very easy drinking beer. Quite enjoyable. Outstanding example of the style.

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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy very light straw yellow/orange color with a fluffy white head. Very delicate aroma of lemon, grass, and orange. The taste is nice and light. Slightly sweet beginning with an underlying lemon sweetness flavor. Really no bitterness at all. I imagine this would be a great summertime beer but I guess it works in the middle of winter in MN. No lace on the glass. Not bad.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A sharp aroma of malt, grain, and coriander.

T: Tasted basically like it smelled: malt and grain up front with a hint of coriander in the finish. Oddly, this beer gets better and more flavorful as you go along.

M: A generally well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is the first Gose I've ever tried so I don't have anything to compare it to. Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable, drinkable beer.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Off tap this beer was a cloudy, almost opaque, golden-yellow color. The head was one finger of off-white foam that retained itself stubbornly as a slim collar. The aroma was spicy and zesty with a nice fresh note of wheat. The flavors, impressed me. Straight up. I was hit first by the wheat malt and strong citrusy tang. Upon examining it further I concluded it was definitely fresh wheat malt and kumquats. Tart and orange/lemon-like. In the middle lemon appeared along with some booze and finally there was a refreshing, semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body light/med and the carbonation perfect. The citrus/wheat-twang/booze combination gave it an effect similar to lemonade. I found it highly refreshing and could no doubt see myself enjoying this greatly on a hot summer day.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served outta this weird ass bottle, into pint glass. Review from notes, consumed mid-sept. 2010.

A- Bright lemony yellow beer with a fizzy, active head that settles without much fanfare. Some spotty lacing.

S- Nose is a bit musty, fruity, and hard to pin down.

T- Interesting. Light citric fruit tartness, a bit earthy and metallic falvors that are fleeting, and some more musty notes with a bit of coarse salt. Not nearly as 'shocking' to the tongue as a berliner weiss.

M- Light, prickly, bubbly, and refreshing.

D- This one threw me for a loop but I'm seriously groovin' on it. Not sure if it's 'to style' (my guess is it is) but this is a damn fine beer. Price tag sucks but I'll buy it again, wait until the weather heats up for a nice refreshing drink.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a difference between draft and bottled versions. Had two of these tonight, and could have had two more.

12 oz. tulip, a half inch of white foam on top, hazy goldenrod color. Visible streams of carbonation.

Light wheat and minerals, trace lemon and lactic yogurt tartness.

What first struck me was the body of the beer, the first sip was like a heavy well water from the salty minerality, but every subsequent sip was spritzy and light, once my palate acclimated. It was crisp, tart, and very refreshing, like a Berliner Weisse, but a bit more tame. Dusty wheat and lemon notes came through, with a savory spicy quality due to the salt. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. Reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca or Bam to a degree. This would be the perfect summer quencher in half liter format.

Do yourself a favor and try this on draft if you've only tried the bottled version, it's truly a night and day difference.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Crown Liquors, downtown Indianapolis. Obviously this is my first experience with the style. I dont really know what to expect from this, but I expect it to be interesting.

A- Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass. The head is quite large. Its comprised of loose bubbles of varying sizes. It doesnt have good retention though, it sort of taunts you, telling you it will have crazy retention and lacing. Then, just as you turn your back, all traces of foam are gone.

The body of the beer looks pretty thin, but obscured by clouds of bottle conditioning yeast. Its a pasty amber gold color with traces of sea foam green and witbier white when held to the light.

S- The aroma is quite unique but it doesnt venture far from the German ale neck of the woods. Its very herbal, and so far I would compare this to a Saison. Its closest thing to a German Saison. Aside from herbs and spices the next big aroma is coriander. There is a tartness like that found in Berliners. The tartness is nicely complimented by apple and pear. The rest of the aroma is very salty. Goses do have salt added to them and this one makes that obvious.

T- The front is tart, approaching sour with an unripe fruit and salt and vinegar combination. Coriander then dominates henceforth with a familiar creamy type of spice. It is this coriander spice that remains in the aftertaste beyond the tartness, leaving the same sort of aftertaste as many Witbiers.

M- Very sharp on the tip of the tongue but things settle down nicely as it moves across the mouth. It has a nice, dry finish. Very quenching.

D- This is a very nice, interesting and unusual German sessioner. This would suit me just fine on a warm bier garten day.

If I can be allowed to call this beer the ambassador of the style, I would best describe Gose as a cross between a wit and Berliner Weisse. With its herbal spice and propensity towards a tart, dry mouthfeel it could be considered the Saison of Leipzig.

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.