Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Well damnit if I'm not glad I bought this last bottle at Eagle Provisions when it was there.
Pours a clouded amber gold. Nose is yeasty and citrus. Flavor is yeasty, slightly wheat-y and leaves a long citric flavor on the tongue. It seems like a cross between a Belgian brew and a German. Quite interesting really. Definite spice influence, though I have to admit that my palate for spices is immature, so I cant pick them out as I should be able to. On the mouth it is low in carbonation but slightly thick in ingredients. Extremely drinkable. Like I said, this was the last bottle to be had where I bought it. If you see it, go for it.
12-30-2007 22:04:44 | More by RblWthACoz
2.13/5 rDev -45.4%
I found a bottle of this at a local German deli and decided to give it a shot, having no previous knowledge of the brew.
Upon opening the bottle I was greeted with a black muck around the inside of the neck, and an odor resembling that of a poor tequila. I figured since it was bottle brewed this was normal. I poured it into a tall glass and observed very little head. I tried a small sip, it was kind of a weird taste, elements of a heff in that it had a very lemony taste. I couldn't taste the coriander as I can with something like a Blue Moon White beer.
Overall I wasn't impressed, it just didn't have a good complex, taste, or feel. I wouldn't drink this again.
12-23-2007 17:58:25 | More by ibeplato
3.88/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours deep copper with a nice white head. The beer was bottle conditioned so there are a few floaties in the glass. The aromas off of this one are a bit funky, but give way to that of the ocean, cranberry, and sour cherries. The flavor is crisp and tart with hints of the sour cherries. The finish is quick and dry. A very nice brew, its too bad there are not more examples of this style out there.
12-21-2007 06:43:30 | More by HopGoblin
1.8/5 rDev -53.8%
12 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: It's a lively bright yellow pale color with a fizzy head, to the tune of a little over a finger's worth.
S: Distinct aroma of human armpit. Not stellar. Maybe faint spices in there as well (probably the coriander). There is also a tangy apple-cider smell.
T: It tastes worse than it smells. It actually tastes not unlike Busch Light. The coriander and salt are quite evident. The finish is a tangy, tart, hard cider kind of dryness. It tastes like a mixture of light beer, cider, and seltzer water.
M: The mouthfeel is incredibly thin and fizzy. I just can't shake the sensation that I'm drinking seltzer.
D: If you can get over the taste and smell, this would probably be fairly drinkable.
12-16-2007 03:39:56 | More by Boppar
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
got this guy from the winking lizard's world tour. my first for the style
it pours a hazy gold and is very vibrantly carbonated. this maintains a robust white head for some time. the bubblage emits heavy coriander scents when each cell bursts. it's got a distinct wheatiness to it, as well; i would have identified this as a wit by scent alone. it's a nice aroma, though unremarkable (how many german beers are otherwise?). i catch perhaps only a suggestion of the acid from the aroma. it's there, but not strongly
this acidic character asserts itself more when i take a sip. dry, wheaty with a lemony zing at the finish
11-30-2007 02:12:39 | More by bruachan
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
11-12-2007 05:40:50 | More by ElGordo
3.9/5 rDev 0%
I've had this on tap and from a bottle in the U.S., but finally got to try it from the source in Leipzig. Ja woll!
A- Pours a honey-like golden color, cloudy, with a rocky ivory head.
S- Smell is equal parts salt and coriander, with slight clove and banana notes not unlike a hefeweizen.
T- A noticeable but not strong lactic tang hits you up front. Beyond the sourness you get a clean wheat flavor with a touch of steamed veggies (DMS). As this dissipates, you're left with more lactic tang and some coriander with just a touch of salt. No noticeable hop flavor or aroma and little bitterness.
M- Not as effervescent as a hefeweizen, but close.
D- This is a refreshing beer you could drink all evening.
Overall: I tried this beer the day after visiting Ohne Bedenken, the other Gosebrauerei in Leipzig. It's hard not to compare the two, and if you were to place the beers on a spectrum with Berliner Weisse being on one end and Hefeweizen being on the other, this was definitely on the Hefeweizen side while Ohne Bedenken was on the Berliner Weisse side. Between the lactic acid, salt and coriander, this is definitely a more complex beer than a Hefeweizen, but it is similar in its refreshing character. If you've never had a Gose before, try this one before Ohne Bedenken, as it is more toned-down. That being said, once you've had Gose this one may come off as a bit too pedestrian compared to its counterpart at Ohne Bedenken. Of course, if you're in the U.S., this is likely to be the only exemplar of the style you can find, and I would strongly advise you to give it a try. A wonderful style for anyone who loves the variety of beer.
11-11-2007 18:17:09 | More by Windigstadt
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
This oddity of a beer (for me, at least) arrived at Beaumont Market a couple weeks ago; had to pick one up and give it a try. Little information on the front label besides: 11.2 fl. oz., 4.6% alc/vol and "Beer Brewed with Spice". Back label has some general tasting notes, added by the importer I guess. Poured to my new Kulmbacher stange, also courtesy of Beaumont Market...
A: Unsure of how to dispense this unfiltered, bottle-conditioned ale, so I did what I usually do and swirled/poured the last couple yeast-filled ounces. Went into the glass a little fast and the fast-rising mountain of fluffy whiteness did crest the rim. Little lost, will be more careful. 4-fingers of head took several minutes to recede to a 1/4" of dense cream. Liquid is cloudy and bready/honey golden - looks quite 'hefeweizen-ish'. In stronger light, an abundant carbonation can be seen through the haze. I can't judge it against any others of the style, but I do feel it's a very attractive brew.
S: Musty yeast rises, slightly tart. This glass, tall and slender does a nice job of concentrating aroma; I like it already. Apple, tangy peach, herbal hops, grass/hay and a spritz of coriander.
T: Doughy, yeasty bread, sprinkled with herbs and an intriguingly mouthwatering briny saltiness. Fruit is concentrated in the apricot/tart apple/sour grape area with a twist of lemon, but all are subtle and iare offset by the rich breadiness. Finishes with a thicker but sweeter yeastiness, more floral and honey-like, with a fleeting sugariness. For such a 'small' beer, this has a wonderful flavor profile.
M: Clear, crisp mouthfeel, finishing with a modest dryness that includes more grassy herbs and tartness. Carbonation makes the mouthfeel medium, but the body seems lighter. Lots of gas in the gut is an after-effect, but these burps are damn tasty. Thirst-quenching, too.
D: Really no idea what to expect from this one, other than a vague recommendation that it would be 'kinda like a berliner-weisse'. Well, liking that style a good deal boded weel for this Gose, and it did not disappoint. Quite tasty, amazingly easy to drink (gone in 5 or 6 sizable sips). This is one I'm glad to have tried, will recommend, and will look forward to having again.
11-03-2007 22:20:50 | More by msubulldog25
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
A Poured a nice somewhat hazy golden amber. A large three inch or so head formed on the top and this gradually faded and left behind a about an inch of foam which lasted pretty much until the session was over. A decent amount of side glass lasce was present, nothing extraordinary, but never the less decent enough looking. Ample carbonation could be seen rippling towards the top of the glass from below and this stayed well until the last drop. Overall more then decent looking.
S The aroma was light, well balanced and intresting but light enough that you knew this was not anything heavy. The backbone of the smell was a nice grainey, grassy malted smell, which was very light and fresh. This was then balanced out nicely by almost a bitter or sour grape like aroma. This started to surprise me as I was picking up all kinds of fruit like esthers in the smell and made for a very unique expierence so far. I was not fully expecting it to have that kind of aroma coming off it it so this was starting to look good.
T The flavor profile followed the aroma very tightly. Lots of grains and cereal like flavors, but very light, none of that musty bread like flavor. Lots of yeast like taste as well, and a nice fresh grass like mix in there. Now once you process all of that this odd, fruity, sort of sour like grape thing starts to come out again. It was very unique and I am guessing that is where this style comes from. It was not anything heavy by any means, but rather was quite light and pleasant. The overall flavor was very light and did not come off as too heavy at all. It was like a pilsner with a kick almost. Very nice and definitely different.
M Lots of carbonation and a very light feel truly made this one a winner. It had a very crisp, clean and light feel to it. The carbonation hung arounf till the very end and this always helps to really push the flavors out there and give you a good overall expirence. Now this definatly had the feel of a good dinner brew, or even a summer day brew, however there was a little bit more to it and it had a bit more of a fullness then you would have thought.
D Very nice as you would expect. Very low ABV, light feel, and nice light flavors always make for something that will come off high here. It was a good drinker and you could easily have more then one. The extra little punches to the flavor served to keep it from getting boring in any way. Overall very nice and definitely worth the price of admission.
Overall a good brew. I had wanted to try this because I love new styles and this was apparently the only one in its style. That struck me as odd, so I have been actively seeking it out. I am now very glad that I did because it was a wonderful light brew that really brought a little something different to the table. I would easily buy it if I ever saw it in a store, it was just that good. Try it if you can find it, it should not disappoint.
10-04-2007 00:20:28 | More by mikesgroove
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
Was pleased to see an example of this style available at a store near me. Pours a somewhat murky orange coloration, with white heading that holds up well. Smell has some light fruit, and a somewhat metallic quality to it. Taste starts off with a bit of tartness, followed by a wheat presence and then ending with a metallic twang. Reminds me somewhat of how some white wines taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium. As far as drinkability goes, this is a brew that grows on you bit by bit with each sip. An interesting German ale. One that I might not drink all the time, but one that I am sure I will visit again. Cheers
09-28-2007 02:43:20 | More by jamie2dope
3.13/5 rDev -19.7%
Appearance of this relative rairity is Peachy, with a ¼ head and impressive architecture of vertical-creeping bubbles. Brown blobs of outgoing yeasters are observed. Nice sculptures pre-sip.
Nose is subtle and slight. Reminds me of a helles, actually. Salt, leaning towards oxidization. Soft rainwater. Not catching any coriander.
Taste is dry as the proverbial bone: nearly no sweetness at all. Lightly oxidated flavors. Definite salt, beginning and end. Otherwise seems appropriately German. Too much for my virgin-to-the-style tastebuds, perhaps.
Seems pleasing enough to consume, but not sure Ill be back.
08-21-2007 03:13:19 | More by GreenWBush
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale yellow body filled with dark floaties and a topped by a thinning white head.
Smell: Lightly tart lemon wheat aroma that has, for me, only a mild coriander presence, but a good bit of saltiness to it, like standing near the ocean.
Taste: Wheat base imparting a gentle sweetness rounded out by soft citrus notes and a light spicing of coriander. Both the salt and the lactic qualities present themselves in the dry, lasting finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: I am totally powerless to resist it's refreshing uniqueness. Everyone wins when they play Duck, Duck, Gose.
08-19-2007 17:35:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Gose pours a golden yellow color with a white head from an oddly shaped, long necked, 750 ml brown bottle with silkscreened art and a flip top cap that popped nicely when opened. There is a nice, light citrusy aroma and a touch of coriander. There is a very citrusy flavor that stands out the most to me. There is a touch of wheat in the end. Flavorful and a nice summer beer. I'm surprised more variants of this style aren't available.
08-12-2007 00:08:46 | More by Drew966
3.55/5 rDev -9%
16.9oz bottle. Hazy orange-golden with a moderate off-white head. Really nice spice, lemon, yeast, earth, caramel and honey aroma. Flavor is a bit disappointing based on the aroma. Malt, spice, yeast and orange up front, with a dry, lactic finish. Yeasty and thin bodied. Really unique.
06-26-2007 01:11:23 | More by krkearney
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
Presentation- poured from a 16.9 oz brown bottle without freshness date into a stange glass
A - A hazy pale color similar to sunbrewed tea with a thin white head that leaves lace of compact bubbles
S - A wheaty spiced ale scent with a slight mineral quality I am guessing is a result ofadded salt since I have never tasted a Gose before. I swirled the yeast residing on the bottom of the bottle and poured it into the ale, which gave a more weizen/wit essencwith more of the salt and spice taste. Decent fruity esters and light tropical aromas become noticeable.
M - Lightly effervescent with a tangy fruity sourness. Full and creamy feel with lighty sea salt aftertaste.
T - Much as I expected the taste of coriander gives wit-like impressions while the cloudy yeast and effervescence akin to a weizen. Nice ale fruitiness and honey-like sweetness followed by a dash of salt and a mineral flavor this pleasing and tasty.
D - A unique wheat ale which is sessionable and easy to drink with a variety of snacks. I chose aged gouda but this is a great ale for summer all by itself.
06-17-2007 05:41:34 | More by Slatetank
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
First, and only Gose that Ill have this was a decent beer but I cant see sitting down and quaffing several of these critters. Salt beer? Was that a black ring of salt and yeast on the bottle bottom?
Good pour slight hazy and light copper with a wimpy tan head, which did leave a nice lace ring or two.
Soured bread in the aroma. But the taste whoo, a menagerie of flavors, doughy and malty, with a hint of orange. But that salt adds a sea bass aspect to the mixture.
Thin and watery body, it has carbonation but still feels flat. The 4.6% is no problem to drink almost like a sour British pale ale, but one that has fish swimming in it.
06-15-2007 12:59:26 | More by Vancer
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a hazy golden amber color, quite a head that dissipates to just a frothy covering.
Aroma was somewhat light, earthy, with wheatlike characteristics - hints of cloves and banana. Pleasant.
Initially light in flavor, a bit grainy, followed by a pronounced tart/sour flavor and a lingering salty flavor; the salty finish is pronounced but not unpleasant or overwhelming, it is actually quite nicely balanced with the malt, earth, and fruity flavors.
Fairly light and smooth; crisp finish. A thirst quencher.
Quite a unique and surprising beer, fairly well done.
06-03-2007 19:45:51 | More by jmc44
4/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-25-2007 01:55:27 | More by plaid75
3.43/5 rDev -12.1%
Split a bottle of this brew with Stopper. Poured into a snifter at room tem. The beer is a clear copper hues with .5 cm fluffy bleached white head that fades to a thin surface layer quickly. Aroma is grainy and fairly lagery. First sip reveals an average body with fine fizzy carbonation, lite to average texture. Flavor is kind of funky with white grap and mild vinegar notes mixing with some lactic sourness. Is this beer past prime? Not sure. No hint of alcohol or any hop presence to speak of. Fairly drinkable, but tough to decide if I like the beer or not. Definitely unique.
05-21-2007 01:44:36 | More by sulldaddy
3.63/5 rDev -6.9%
Finally found a smaller bottle of this.
Poured a light muddy brown color, a nice shade of dunkel weizen.
One finger of head holds steady with bubbles actively rising. some spotty lacing.
Aroma- wheat, tart, yeasty.
Mouthfeel- slightly tart, yeasty, sweet. Again, this reminds me of Natty's Dunkel-Weizen. A froth on the palate releases some hop bitterness. I get a little of the salt on the finish-coriander is faint and is lost in the yeast for me. Beer is very tasy. I was expecting something more complex but I am not disappointed.
05-15-2007 12:05:26 | More by ByTor2112
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
,This beer was the total surprise of our last tasting party as it won "favorite beer" of the 10 different brews that were submitted for tasting. Though there were "bigger" beers and variety of styles, I believe Gose impressed the 30 odd tasters (graduating novices to beer geeks) present since it was so unique and satisfiying. Unlike the bottle shown, our bottles were beautiful long neck flasks with a porcelin & rubber stopper and a painted label on the lower section. Such an impressive container, we had to raffle them off since everybody wanted an empty! On to the important stuff...
Appearance: Hazy, with a golden almost copper hue. Especially nice when held to the sunlight to enhance the deepness of the copper tone. Head poured strong and held for a reasonable time before settling into a thin creamy layer.
Smell: A nose tickler, with some familiar scents of clove, apple and banana, but there is something else there a musky, earthy aroma that urges you to taste the nectar.
Taste: A true winner. Crisp, tart, bubbly, and such a surprise to those of us that no idea what to expect from this unique style. Although not a witbier it seemed similar in ways, it was a real palate pleaser and very refreshing in contrast to the many powerful contestants we'd be tasting that day.
Mouthfeel: A little grainy, but overall the crispness and tartness cleaned and energized the palate after a healthy quaff.
Drinkability: Wonderful, indeed. Once this beer was poured and tasted, everyone was asking for a second taste and soon the supply was gone faster than any other entry. Everyone agreed this beer was great to drink and could easily spend the afternoon quaffing Gose. Kudos to Beer Advocate member, JewelsVern, who searched out this wonderful beer and brought it to our annual tasting.
05-12-2007 03:12:09 | More by BarrelBrother
4.55/5 rDev +16.7%
I was really excited to try this, as it's such a rare and resurrected style. Heck, Gose could be the new Wit. Also, I love a bit of diversity in the excellent but conservative beer expanse that is Germany. I'll bet ten Euros that 9.7 out of 10 Germans have never heard of this style.
Light brown with gold highlights. Opaque and obviously unfiltered. Medium fluffy white head that subsides to leave good lacing.
Aroma is a bit "yeasty" not in the German wheat style (melanoidins, phenols) but more like the earthiness of a Saison. Some coriander is apparent, but very subdued. Notes of honey. No hops in nose.
There is a hint of hop flavor, that is perfectly balanced by the faint tang of lactobacillus sourness. Malt character is fairly restrained and there is only a bit of residual sweetness. Dark wildflower honey flavors predominate, and I mean that in a good way.
Very drinkable. Excellent mouthfeel. Great substance for a beer of this gravity. No astringency from spices. Slightly sweet finish. Very refreshing and what Germans would call "sueffig" i.e. sessionable, quaffable, etc. Carbonation is medium-high, similar to Koelsch. If I didn't know there was salt in this, I wouldn't suspect it.
I really, really like this. This is a style that deserves to catch on a bit. Way more so than Alt and Koelsch, which are way overrated in the context of the U.S. craft brew scene. I also really appreciate a bit of sourness, an attribute that seems to have disappeared from most Wits in the last five years, or so.
Bottle was purchased at State Line (Elkton, MD) and served up in my Pinkus Alt glass, which is like a double-scale Koelsch Stange. While I was glad to find it (in apparently excellent condition), sadly German session beers don't really make sense at $3 a pop.
05-10-2007 03:22:26 | More by goonster
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
bottle poured into a Schneider weisen glass.
A: being a german wheat beer I assumed I should throw the yeast in. Im not sure if that was such a good idea. Sludgy brown, lots of floaties, appearance score suffers.
S: Familiar German wheat aromas yet strangely distant. Apples, really light banana, pastry dough, a little husky.
T/M: Soft up front, barely ripe green apples, wheat, grain, then a flash of the lactic acid. Unique and strange, just a touch of tart with a fair amount of acidity. Lemon, and even hints of butterscotch. Surprisingly and refreshingly light on the coriander. Salt shows on the finish and dries. Creamy in the mouth but lacking some body.
D: Very high. Low ABV, light body, interesting = quaffable.
Fine print: I know nothing of this style as this is the first Ive ever had so hard to pick accurate numbers for the beer stylistically. That being said, very cool and Id gladly pick up again. Cheers.
04-15-2007 00:40:26 | More by kaimcm
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
03-27-2007 00:05:54 | More by Phatz
4.6/5 rDev +17.9%
I simply adore this beer. I picked up just one bottle of it at Discount in Milwaukee a couple of days ago. Im kicking myself now for not getting more. Time to harass Maduro into getting a barrel I think
This was my first Gose so Im not reviewing it within the confines of the style, just as a standalone brew.
Appearance: Bright and beautiful orange copper with a thick dollup of white cream that lasts for a really long time. Carbonation streams are beautiful and keep small amounts of yeast and herbs suspended. As I empty my weizen glass and go back to the bottle for more I get a generous pour of yeast, turning the brew light brown and completely cloudy (it was initially totally transparent).
Nose: Musty earth, herbaceous in the extreme, wheaty, slightly funky. There is lemon and lime in there. Just hints of funk. Awesome! Coriander and hay.
Taste: Comes on like a hefeweizen mixed with an amber, all fruity wheat and caramel and then bam, pow, slam, funk. Lemons and grapefruit rinds coated in that sour sugar at the bottom of a bag of sour patch kids hit you upside the palate. Pepper dries it all out and the coriander keeps it sweet enough to be balanced. A lot of this is reminding me of lambic but unlike lambic, this beer has a really solid, deeply earthy base. This is a full beer, a mans beer, a German beer. It just manages to have some interesting funkiness to it too.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice creaminess that balances out the funkiness.
Drinkability: I could session this for sure.
03-26-2007 13:46:24 | More by DaPeculierDane
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.