Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 69
Gots: 33 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003)
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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had at vintage and rare beer tasting at the Funky Buddha Lounge.

Pours a bright yellow/gold color. Very carbonated.

Smell is like a sour apple champagne.

Taste is a nice mix of fruit and herbs. Lemon, apple and coriander are apparent.

Overall, this was crip, tasty and refreshing. A wonderfully light and airy brew with still a ton of complex flavor. Great for a hot summer day or a 75 degree night in February as was the case this time.

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

11.2 oz bottle. Thanks to hwwty4 for the opportunity to try this beer and knock out the German ales. I now feel complete as a 50% German. Lets do this. Served up in a beautiful Weihenstephan Weizen glass.

A: This beer pours a pretty vibrant, dark yellow color that has a bit of brown hues at the top and the bottom of the pour. The pour doesn't yield a whole bunch of head, but it does retain a white ring for most of the drinking experience. This beer does have a ton of haze and swirling debris going on in here. The haze also has some chunkiness to it. Lots of carbonation activity is constantly pushing that haze around creating some really nice swirl. The color and haze are pretty impressive.

S: Smell is a whole bunch of wheat goodness. The wheat is sweet with just a nice touch of banana coming out. That sweetness is cut with some savory with a nice, fizzing salt smell coming out. This is an interesting and very pleasant aroma coming out of this brew.

T: Taste is interesting and I am torn. The wheat is pretty sweet and earthy. Then comes that expected banana flavor from the wheat beer. All of that is expected but then that salty flavor comes in. I can't tell if this is a good thing or a bad thing. It is just strange to combine salt with banana. Its an almost medicinal salt water treatment type of flavor. There is also a touch of green apple in there hiddin in the saltiness. Still, it is enjoyable. I was torn between a 3.5 and a 4 for this beer.

M: Feel is light and the carbonation is high. This beer has a great crispness to it that makes this beer greatly refreshing. ABV is low so its not even noticable. Aftertaste is mostly just a slight saltiness that really lingers in the mouth.

D: This beer and style really has a nice and easy drinking thing going for it. The flavor is a bit strange and it takes some getting used to, but I dig it. Just has that nice touch of sweet and savory goin for it, and then it has that medicinal flavor. I am pretty sure if you drink this when you have a sore throat . . . CURED! Great beer and I dig the style. Look forward to tracking down more of these.

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

A: Pours a cloudy gold with massive white head.

S: Complex. There's definitely some citrus and other fruits in there, but also a resounding floral perfume: lilacs, orchids... lavender, maybe? Like an air freshener.

T: Oranges, lemons, and yeast are definitely present, with coriander not too far behind. There's a very strong yeasty character that contributes to a powerful sourness, but which rounds out nicely. Do I even detect a faint cinnamon in there?

M: Light as a feather, and finishes dry and tart.

D: Drinkable in the same way that water with lemons is drinkable. I could probably go for some heavier fare though.

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

Huh. Well, that's a funny beer. It's sour and subtle. I can't say that I particularly love anything about it, but it's a fairly unique beer in my experience. The predominant flavor is yogurt of the Berliner Weisse variety of yogurt flavors. The spices are subtle with coriander coming through strongest. There are some fruit notes to the beer, some apricot, some plums. The sourness is light and not very strong. The feel is a touch watery. I think that I would prefer it a bit colder, not that I'd like the flavor diminished but it would help the feel. Okay beer probably won't seek it out again.

Photo of Viggo
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, picked up at Merchants in Detroit.

Pours a hazy golden amber, kind of muddy looking, thick white head forms, tight bubbles, slowly settles down to a thin ring and layer, some lace spots. Smell is neat, some sweetness, honey, oats, banana, light fruit, some saltiness, orange peel, almost witbier like, light spice, pretty interesting. Taste is interesting, very light on flavour, almost a tea and salt combination, almost jasmine, salt, slightly vegetal, acidic finish, some spice, but slightly watery, vinegar/brine. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Saltiness feels a bit funny, but otherwise I could see this being refreshing in the summer.

Photo of trafordboy
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You look at it and you'd just assume it was a hefeweizen if you didn't know better. The cloudy orange-dark-tan body topped by a large, lumpy, long-lasting white cloud of a head fill the requirements of good looking hefeweizens. The aroma then throws you for a loop. That distinctive coriander scent doesn't belong here if this was a hefeweizen. Plus, it's missing much of the banana/bubblegum esters of a good hefeweizen, although a slight phenolic notes makes this smell much like you'd expect from a witbier. On the first sip, I noticed a sour twang that toned down drastically in further sips. The coriander makes for a nice bit of character in the flavor and the salt really shows itself mostly in meshing with the backend bitterness, but I'll qualify that with the fact that I'm a salt fiend, so my salt threshhold may be a little high. There's something missing though. It lacks the bold wheatiness or the creamy mouthfeel of a good hefeweizen. It's still a very unique, drinkable beer.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into stange.

Bottle lists ABV at 4.6%.

A - Slightly cloudy straw yellow in color. About an inch and a half of white head rises somewhat slowly and takes forever to disappear; a testament to how much wheat is in this beer. Lots of bubble activity with some of the biggest bubbles I've ever seen rising from the bottom. Minimal, spotty lacing. One of the most unique beers I've seen.

S - Wow, this smells very different from anything I've encountered, and I love it. There is a top note of something very perfumey and flowery, but it's obvious these aromas aren't imposed by hops; orange flower water immediately comes to mind. Coriander makes an appearance and blends beautifully with rich, tangy, citrusy wheat malt.

T - This stuff keeps getting better. The citrus of the wheat hits first with just the right amount of tangy-ness. The coriander creeps in adding another layer of flavor to the wheat but it's role is largely secondary. Mid palate the perfume-like quality comes in full force, again reminiscent of the effect that orange flower water has on a cocktail. Late palate the coriander takes center stage, and the addition of salt becomes most obvious as the once tart wheat malt takes on a brine-y flavor. Finish is quite clean with just a hint of something between orange peel and lemon juice.

M - Light bodied but sturdy. Carbonation is moderate to low. Part of me things this could be improved with a bit more effervesence, but I'm not entirely sure. Nothing here detracts from the beer however.

D - A great beer that I could drink every day. Superbly balanced and highly unique. Refreshing and low in alcohol; this is a tough beer to beat in terms of drinkability. Take a witbier and a Berliner-weisse, and Leipziger Gose would be the child. Though this is my first time trying a gose, I would not hesitate to buy more if it were available. I do hope to see more beers of this style in the future, as this is an extraordinary beverage.

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

Bottle from Winking Lizard. This brew is a cloudy yellow-gold color with a thick white head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and yeast. Medium-bodied with a tart fruity character, and flavors of yeast and spices along with mildly sweet wheat. The finish is fruity and leaves a tart citrus aftertaste. Decent overall.

Photo of germanbeer1
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking Gose demands an acquired taste for nearly spicy beer. I had this one from the traditional glass bottle which has a thin neck and then a fat base. The aroma is certainly the spiciest that I have ever tried which is unique for a German beer. There is also some fruitiness as well. There aren't many outstanding East German beers which is why I appreciated Gose, and also for it's daring taste. Worth a try.

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

Bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer.

Poured a medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of spices, lightly fruity, and wheaty. Tastes of the same fruitiness, wheat, spices and had a light saltiness as well.

Notes from 02/24/06.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, my 1st Gose thanks to Liquid Solutions,

A: Pours a relatively clear yellow with a nice colour, big puffy white head at first that dies down pretty quickly.

S: Lemon juice and lactic acid.

T: Interesting flavour, it tastes a lot like a Berliner Weisse mixed with salt. The salt is evident, but it doesn't take over the brew. Full lemon and light orange are present as well.

M: Light and fizzy carbonation, but has a nice body from the acidity.

D: A unique brew, I'm glad I finally got to try something from this style. Pricey, but worth a go.

Photo of hwwty4
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exbeastiefan2k for bringing this back for me from Darkness day.

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my Triple Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a honey brown with a big eggshell white head and left just an intermittent lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet honey, with banana, clove, and just a hint of pectic tartness. The flavor is wheat malts, crisp green apples, just a lightly mild funky tartness and a salty mixture that sticks to your teeth. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean and slightly dry. This would be a wonderful drink on a hot day.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- thick picturesque eggshell colored active foam fizzes away while leaving little specks of lace behind. particles and swirls of yeast float around float amid the tiny rising bubbles and dark blobs of presumably yeast sit on the bottom. colors relative to different lighting are ridiculous: against a white light its pale yellow, like a witbier, and against an incandescent it's a tangerine apricot and hazy nonetheless. head settles to a thick disk and pretty much stays that way. since this is my first gose, i guess it looks pretty good.

S- some banana, some soft coriander that's neither pungent nor weak, and a definite lactic tartness bordering on lemony. pale barley and wheat are evident, but yeast, spice, and sourness dominate this one.

T- the bottle suggests notes of plum, which pretty much hits it right on the money. lactic acid introduces itself immediately with a very fruity presence like unripe red plum, sour cherries, and sauerkraut. not at sharp as a berlinerweiss, instead mellow and pleasant, fading quickly into a clean pale grain taste. coriander gets sort of mixed in with the lactic acid dulling it out which is fine by me cuz i'm not a big fan of spice in beer. dried parsley, white bread, apple skin, and very faint hay like hops are also in the mix as a noticeable saltiness takes over near the finish. it's not so much in your face, but a light liquid saltiness like sea salt or even sea water. similar to putting salt on a green apple like i did as a kid. aftertaste is of light apple, wheat and some salt. flavor is complex and well balanced and the little bit of salt makes it damn near exceptional.

MF- very light and crisp and ultimately refreshing. tight bottle conditioned carbonation gives it an almost belgian feel and underlying apple juice consistency. very clean on the palate, and the salt may attribute to this, lending an almost savory quality to an otherwise fruity beer, and squeegeeing away the other flavors.

D- a real sleeper in my fridge, i had no idea gose would be this appealing. perfect for warm weather, clean and thirst quenching, i only wish i had a bigger bottle.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small bottle into Alpine mug...

Cloudy lemon-honey body with small amount of yeastie floaters that slipped past the goalie. Head is yeast-colored white and dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Significant lemon citrus sour quality backed with bright yeast and wheat electricity. Hop silage scent emerges with warmth. Quite potent and also soothing.

Huge lemon/citrus sourness on the light wheat-yeast malt backbone - so sour that it's almost soapy at first but that makes a quick exit. Light mild brett-ish sour feel. Quite thirst-quenching.

Tight sourness quenches the thirst nicely with solid unobtrusive malt. Finish is swift but solid.

Clean and drinks well for such a puckering offering. Enjoyable change of pace.

Photo of Damian
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 Pint .9 Fl. Oz bottle purchased at Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA
Served in a hefeweizen glass

The beer poured a clear, copperish-amber color with a tight, bright white, three-finger head. After the yeast was poured into the glass (not sure if I was supposed to do this) the beer turned a cloudy, ruddy, reddish-brown. Black specks (spices?) collected in the bottom of the liquid. Odd shaped blocks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was surprisingly fragrant and complex. Rich, fruity, bready and yeasty. Sweet and phenolic in a dunkel weizen-like sort of way. Spicy and boozy. As the beer sat, the aroma became mustier and earthier.

The taste was quite different from the aroma. Tart, wheaty and lemony up front with a touch of sweetness and saltiness. Earthy and spicy in the center. The finish was semi-sweet/tart and citric. Snappy, clean, dry and a touch bitter. Initially, the overall flavor profile was rather thin. As the beer warmed however, it became deeper, darker and spicier.

The mouthfeel was lighter bodied with an above average amount of carbonation.

This was a really interesting, light and refreshing beer. Definitely a nice change from the typical warm weather brew.

Photo of csmiley
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light gold to pale straw color. Head is white and creamy topping out at about half inch. Retention is good. A healthy dose of lace is left in the glass.

S - Aroma is hard to describe. Some herbs and spice is immediately noticeable. Pepper and oregano kind of stand out. Grain and bread dough show up midway and remain throughout.

T - Some tart lemon starts this one out. This disappears quickly to reveal a smooth malty presence. Bread flavor is mild. Some grain and hay come in toward the end. Not bad.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation. Finish is clean and sweet.

D - Drinkability is good. This one is fairly light and refreshing throughout. Several could easily be consumed in one session. I can see this one being very good on a hot summer day. But alas, it is October and there is a chill in the air. This is my first exposure to the gose style and has piqued my interest to try more. Will I have this one again? Probably not.

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of brdc
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks grandq for this one.

Hazy, colored somewhere between a bright yellow and orange, with a nice, thick white head, that shows a decent retention but not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is citric fruits, but not very prominent or complex. Coriander there somewhere, but not a lot more.
Taste is better than the aroma suggested, a nice acidi and citric twang, lemons, fresh oranges, some coriander; at times feels like a maltier and more acidic wheat beer.
Another interesting summer option, but unfortunately, like most summer beers, IMHO well short of great.

Photo of Dizzy
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy straw color, some cloudiness

s- some lactic acid, grainy aroma

t - some tartness which balances malts, not as tart as Berliner Weiss, dry finish, hops not prominant

m - medium bodied

d - makes me thirsty, the salt keeps it from being refreshing

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a very clear, light golden color. There are a few decent sized chunks of sediment floating around. That's about the only thing that kicks this thing to average. It's very fizzy and yields a large two and a half finger, white head. Retention was pretty good, but lacing was very light and spotty.

Smell: The nose is predominantly earthy and grainy. It is a little spicy and features some orange peel and corriander. There are some hops there, but they're not strong and smell mostly floral. There's a slight yeasty presence there. It's a decent smelling beer, but not great. Suffice it to say it's above average.

Taste: The earthy/grainy flavor really does predominate over all other flavors. There's a few things that make it interesting, primarily the addition of spices and salt. The salt flavor is distinct. There's definitely some orange peel and corriander, but they're not exactly strong. They play a subtle, complementary role. It is somewhat tart, which I wasn't expecting. Hops are there and simply add to this beer's earthy, floral taste. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Finishes grassy and a somewhat salty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, but really pushing medium. For what it is, the feel is pretty impressive. Much better than it probably should be. Carbonation is relatively low and it holds together well. It's really pretty smooth. Drinkability is above average, but no better. Truth be told, it's just not interesting enough to warrant more.

Gose is not exactly the interesting beer I'd hoped it would be. I'm not exactly sure what could improve this beer. It's my first experience with a Gose, so I don't have much to compare it to. At the end of the day, it's an above average beer that I probably wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle

Pale and hazy yellow in color. Fluffy white foam head that falls away quite quickly.

Smells light spice and sweet fruit.

Taste is a crisp and sour beginning sweet/tart dry tangy aftertaste.

it is a crisp refreshing beer though I don't see myself drinking it often.

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

Appearance: Hazy pale gold in color with an inch of foam that lasts for a few minutes before settling to a crown.

Smell: Salty and herbal with a faint backbone of wheat. There's a bit of sourness in there as well, though the saltiness is more prevalent.

Taste & mouthfeel: Salty and tart, mildly acidic, with a dry malt backing. Coriander is up front as well, lending further depth to the flavor. What an odd combination this is - but it somehow works. The body is light and the finish is dry and fairly clean, with a hint of tang from the salt lingering on the tongue.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, no date stamp that I could find, but it had slept in my fridge for the last 3 months.

A quarter inch of wispy white head rises then retreats over a genuinely straw-colored brew. Just a tiny touch of haze. Erratic, large, & violent carbonation rises & shoots to the top. It looks very refreshing.

It honestly smells just like an everyday kolsh to me, just with more fruitiness to it. The malt gives my nose a granular sugar sweetness, but it doesn't seem caramelized.

So tasty, yet so clean. A sugary, lemon-lime soda-ish fizz hits first, followed by a funnel of salt, sugar, & zest, that lays into some dry grain, & ends in a fruity/sour dry finish. A little warmer, & the coriander comes through, but I personally like it colder.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Plentiful, but soft carbonation, with just about no weight to the actual beer.

I want to give this a 5 for drinkability, but this beer is just so ridiculously expensive & hard to come by.

A great beer.

Photo of EPICAC
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a few bottles at Radegast in NYC.

Pours a lightly hazed golden. The fluffy, white head fades to an asymmetric film. The aroma is quite strong. There's almost an acidic fruitiness in the aroma, but it balances towards sweeteness. Notes of citrus, honey and coriander. Smells absolutely delicious.

The taste is mild overall, but still complex and flavorful. There's a sharp citric character that gives a nice tartness, but doesn't overpower. Sweet, but not cloying malts and some neutral graininess throughout. The finish is a bit salty. Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. There's a bit of a bite to this beer.

This is my first experience with Gose, and I have to say that I'm a big fan. Very flavorful and a bit of a departure from other beers.

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.