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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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BA SCORE
88
very good

762 Ratings
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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 64
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.50% ABV

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.

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Photo of Drew966
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.

Drew966, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of krkearney
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.

krkearney, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
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.

Slatetank, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Vancer
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

First, and only Gose that I’ll have – this was a decent beer but I can’t 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.

Vancer, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of jmc44
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.

jmc44, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, May 25, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
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.

sulldaddy, May 21, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
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.

ByTor2112, May 15, 2007
Photo of BarrelBrother
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.

BarrelBrother, May 12, 2007
Photo of goonster
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.

goonster, May 10, 2007
Photo of kaimcm
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.

kaimcm, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Phatz
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
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. I’m kicking myself now for not getting more. Time to harass Maduro into getting a barrel I think…

This was my first Gose so I’m 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 man’s 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.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

A very strange beer that seemed to be a little of several styles mixed together. It is called a wheat in its commerical description, and it had a slightly doughy aroma and hazy golden color of wheats. However, I also detected the citrusy aroma and hazy orangeish color found in Pale Ales. The flavor was a salty mixture of these styles, and the palate resembled a slightly muted version of the sour-sweet finish of Flemish Sours.

An odd combination, but actually a pretty good beer.

kimcgolf, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of biergeniesser
4/5  rDev +2.6%

This .5l bottle of Gose from the Bayerischer Bahnhof Gosebrauerei poured hazy amber orange and produced a thick, fluffy white head which lingered for a while. Slight yeast sediment was present from the bottle conditioning. Many tiny bubbles evolved from the bottom of the glass throughout.

A sour, lactic aroma dominates. Hints of wheat and bready malt are evident. A slight lemony citrus character is also evident, perhaps a manifestation of the coriander.

This beer has a very complex, yet balanced flavor. A slight sour lactic/citric flavor is most notable, with a hint of horsey “wild fermentation” character in the background. As in the aroma wheat and bready malt notes are evident along with the slightest hint of coriander. More savory than sweet, perhaps the salt lends a bit to the flavor and not just to the palate fullness of this beer.

A light bodied yet full palated beer. The slight sourness coupled with the moderately high carbonation and dry finish serves to cleanse the mouth, preparing it to taste the complexity of the flavor of this beer to the last drop.

Certainly worth a try if you can find it. This Gose would be well suited to enjoyment on warm spring or summer day. If only there were more, readily available examples of this relict style…

biergeniesser, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Stubbie1
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A beer with amber color, a bit hazy at that, slightly off white head, decent size but short lasting. A persistent ring of lace on the top of the beer lasts to the last drop is gone. A little hint of wheat on the nose, yeast and something a bit fruity? Maybe the coriander? The mouthfeel is a bit thin to start them builds up. The taste is light and sweet to start, a tad fruity, then bitter midway through and dry on the finish. Very “Weissen Bierish” in flavor to start but the coriander and salt makes this a bit different.

Overall enjoyable. I think I would enjoy this more on a warm summers eve. It is refreshing (I think) and light on the pallet, easy to drink. Only 3 different types of this beer listed on BA, shame….

Stubbie1, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

Serving : half litre bottle like the one in the picture

My first gose, this should be an interesting experience.

This hard to find brew pours with ease revealing a hazy pale golden body with ehough carbonation to form a respectable finger thick airy white head. Showing its emphemeral quality, the head quickly settles into a thin ring leaving minute traces of lace behind.

A bouquet redolent of light bread, earthy spices, citrus peel, salt water and ground wheat wafts from the glass.

With characteristics very close to a hefe and a witte, this throws a tasty dash of bready malt and spicy wheat upon entry building toward a fuller mid palate with refreshing citrus zest, sour fruit esters and a bit of earthy spice. Everything ties together on a clean finish with a bit of yease and a touch of salt.

Mouthfeel is near average, a bit more body and flavor concentration would be welcome. Damn this is very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall, this was a great first experience drinking a gose. Awesome!

Cheers!

Jwaks, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Bizarr-looking brown bottle from Florian's. Gusher of a bottle! Wow this beer is tough to pour.. anyway... Bright yellow slightly hazy translucent body with a couple of inches of white head that dissipate over not too long, leaving a little lacing. Smells sweet, citrusy, yeasty, fruity, pithy, and spicy. Pith, yeast and spice characterize the flavor, Somewhat sour. Kind of aqueous in both flavor and mouthfeel. Cleaner finish. Light-bodied. The sourness hurts the drinkability somewhat. Unlike any other beer I've ever had... Similar to a witbier or maybe some Unibroue. A funky unique beer that takes a little getting used to, but grows on you after a while. Glad to have tried it.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

Half-liter German bottle brought home from the Capital Ale House in Richmond - brewed with coriander and salt, and bottle-conditioned. It pours into the weizen glass a fairly clear toasted amber hue (a bit darker after pouring the lees) with high, quickly-rising carbonation leading up to a finger of white head that reduces to a quarter inch and leaves decent lacing. I smell papaya or mango at first (surprisingly tropical I thought, although it is my first gose) but I also discover notes of tart or nutty wheat and light hops. It is quite mild on the palate, almost watery, but definitely unique, with light oxidation (paper or cardboard?), some tartness, a mild bitterness, and hints of peppery coriander and salt on top of a light, tingly body that leaves a fleeting finish. Definitely an interesting style, but I wish the flavors were more pronounced as the wheat was light and I could barely taste the spices, but this perhaps increases the drinkability.

mmmbeer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of cbl2
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

2/10/2007 $3.59 500 mL 4.60% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear light brown with bits of dark sediment bobbling about on the intense carbonation. A nice fluffy white head, one inch deep, rests upon the top.

Aroma:

Brewed with coriander and salt, I am picking up notes of chocolate, a touch of sourness and the aforementioned salt, as if near the seashore.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

My first gose, here goes…(no pun intended). Smooth though weak mouthfeel is followed by a sweet wheat sensation with a touch of chocolate. Lacking the spicyness that should be present due to the coriander. There is a faint touch of saltiness, but not enough to provide the promised "sharpness from the addition of salt" according to style.

I'm glad I got to experience this (my 85th style), but this offering seems to lack substance, with the flavors not really coming together, nor the salt/coriander combo stepping forward enough to express themselves.

cbl2, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of AlexJ
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Gose...a challenge to review due to the fact that there are only 3 known examples here on BA and one has only 1 review. My Gose cherry is popped.

From the attractively silk-screened teardrop 750ml, this expensive ($16) elixer pours a well hazed peachy/yellowish with a mighty, craggy, fluffy white head that sadly is gone after about 5 minutes. Light whisps of lace are left in my Brooklyn Weiss glass (it's the closest looking thing I have to what the guy on the bottle is holding.).

The aroma is tart, yet soft and fruity with plenty of wheat and lemony tang. The coriander is distinct and meshes well with the soft salinity and mineral notes.

The flavor is surprisingly light. A burst of crisp wheat and lemony tart citrus is balanced by notes of coriander, bubblegum, and fuzzy apricot. The addition of salt comes across as light seabreeze inhaled while standing in a garden. It doesn't taste "salty", but has a tangy minerality. Very interesting beer here, it blends elements of a Witte, Hefe Weizen, and Berliner Weiss while remaining very distinctive as a style.

Body and mouthfeel are both light and airy. Mouthfeel is almost fluffy with a very refreshing and thirst quenching drinkability. The 750 disappears quickly due to the low abv of 4.6. The world's most expensive lawnmower beer.

AlexJ, Feb 02, 2007
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2.85/5  rDev -26.9%

16oz. bottle

Clear, golden color. Large, rocky, off-white head.

Aroma was of salt, juniper berries, apples and coriander.

Taste was very salty at first, a bit too much. This mellowed as you drank (or you got used to it). Crackery malt character. Bit of pepper and spice at the finish.

Light bodied. Light to medium in carbonation. Fairly refreshing. I was surprised by that after the initial saltiness.

Gald I tried it, but won't be back. I like salt, just not in my beer. This is one of those struggles where the brewer did exactly what they intended (so I read), but it just doesn't work for my taste.

, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a very effervescent bronze with 4 fingers of off white head. Gets a little opague towards the bottom of the bottle. Good head retention & lacing

S:Yeasty & peppery up front

T: Whear tartness quickly overwhelmed by yeasty taste, pepper & coriander. Some earthy breadyness in the middle. I'm getting the salt taste along with a little lemonin the back of the throat. I get a little carboard & dryness as this continues to warm. Finishes fruitty with grainyness & spices & quenching

MF: Light bodied with low carbonation

Drinks okay, this minus the cardboardy taste is pretty much how I rember this tasting the one time I had this in Germany. Worth a try, not to my tastes. I'm never really impressed with most rustic biers unless they are loaded with heft & flavor. This is what it is

russpowell, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

My first and only gose beer, purchased from Whole Foods for $3. The beer was completely translucent hazy orange with almost no head. The aroma was sour and hinted at wheat, the flavor was odd but good. The bottle states it's brewed with coriander and salt, I didn't detect either. Nice to have tried but now I must move on.

TurdFurgison, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

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

sinstaineddemon, Jan 14, 2007
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