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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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very good

829 Ratings
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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 68
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website
Germany

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 illidurit
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Opaque light-gold color with chunks of yeast floating around. Small, fizzy white head. Aroma is briny and tart with lemons, wheat, and bruised crabapple. Flavor is muted and refreshing. Rather wheaty with a light citric tartness, a whisper of spiced apple cider, and aspiriny coriander reminiscent of Hoegaarden. Watery and drinkable.

Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to John-Peter for bringing over a bottle of this brew. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Ridiculous foam that dissolves rather quickly and leaves negligible lacing. Slightly hazed golden straw color with an insane amount of bubbles rising to the top.

S - Salt, lacto sour, yeast, banana, coriander, lemon - it's like a spiced Berliner weiss. Really strong smell on this one. This is a really unique, and I don't have any other stylistic examples to compare it to.

T - The taste is much smoother, with lots of sweet banana, and tropical fruit. Malting the wheat takes out a lot of the sharpness, so there's only a little twang, and there's a touch of sour lemon to the flavor. Reminds me a little of Eric's Ale in a weird way.

M - Light, with surprisngly low carbonation (must go into the ridiculous foam), and a dry finish that leaves that too much candy feeling.

D - If the smell weren't so twangy this would be even more drinkable. Low alcohol and carbonation - very refreshing.

I'd highly recommend this for anyone who's into Berliner Weiss or peach lambic.

Photo of lehkost
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seeing as this is the only Gose I have tried, it is hard for me to give a fair review, at least within the confines of the style.

I am a huge fan of sour ales, and this beer allowed me a perspective on how different they can be from your Flanders varieties and even from Berliner Weisse.

This beer has an aesthetically pleasing appearance, hazy and somewhere between a straw and a gold color.

Coriander and lemon on the nose, but remarkably, no lemon in the beer.

A great deal of citrus in the flavor, coriander as well. Not much in the way of malt or yeast detectable on the palate. Slight sourness persists after it's left the mouth, but nothing over the top.

Barring its prohibitive cost, this would make a wonderful summer session ale for me.

Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy golden appearance. Almost white head, some little bubbles on the sides.
At the smell the coriander is strong, and also the saltiness is present. For sure, something very peculiar. Very fresh, too.
At the taste the saltiness is well present. It is still a very refreshing and thirst-quenching beer. Again coriander, in the taste too.
Again, it is for sure a peculiar beer, but also an interesting new.
Again saltiness and coriander in the aftertaste. Light body.

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

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x and ybnorml for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight soury. The taste is pretty nice, better than I expected, malty, with some yeast, tangy, slight lemon/grapefruit. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one, glad to have the bigger bottle of this brew still left.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, courtesy of and split w/ dkachur - thanks!! Poured into a small brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a light, crisp, transparent golden/yellow-bodied beer, capped by a fizzy, fast-fading white head - retention is nil. The effervescence is crisp, relatively small, and very, very fast and plentiful. There's also an incredibly thin but nonetheless noticeable collar of white, foamy lace.

Aroma: Strong notes of apple, pear, and lime (though it may just be the addition of the salt), a few stone fruit notes, and some pale, intermingling sweetness. It's an interesting combination, reminding me somewhat of a margarita for some reason (salt and citrus, probably). Also, a faint backing vegetal presence.

Taste: Interesting. A definite tart presence, but also a wholesome, sweet, soft, underlying honey-like presence. A noticeable salty kick as well. Notes of green apple, cherry, some kind of leafy green something or another, lemon and lime. A slight nutty note? It's, on the whole, very citrusy, very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy + lemon/lime = reminiscent of sprite!? Odd. The body is relatively thin, highly carbonated, and works well with the tart, light array of flavors.

Drinkability: Well, that was weird. Dunno if this is a style/beer I could have too often, but it does seem like it would have its place and time. The abv% is low, the flavors light and fairly refreshing ... I'll give it a hesitant recommendation, especially if you're lookin' to knock out a style!

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

11.2 Fl. Oz. 4.6% ABV
SRM: Yellow 3
A: Hazy golden color. Sediment chunks float quickly to the bottom. Haziness in the glass with white head that diminishes fairly quickly.
S: Sour acidic nodes come to fruition quick upon first whiff. Earthy nodes also travel up the nose, though not sure I would say barnyard-esq. Slight fruit smell coming over the top of it all, but not too noticeable.
T: Sour and acidity balances well across the palate with malty sweet fruits. Cherries seem to have been the choice for this brew.
M: Light in body and tartness is also very mild. The balance seems to be spot-on with this beer. Temperatures around 50˚F seem to be a good balance between flavor and refreshment.
C: Great beer! In comparison to a traditional Kriek, this beer definitely has the balance I prefer, though this doesn't mean the Kriek is/was poor. Definitely more in line with a Berliner Weißbier. The floaties in the beer also add a cool effect to the experience and leaves no doubt to the fact that this is unfiltered and bottle conditioned! Prost!

Photo of Proteus93
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up while returning from the Jersey shore. Seemed a good time to go for a rather obscure style.

A: Hazy blonde, like a nice unfiltered hefe. At the very end, it drops a few sizeable chunks of yeast which brown it up just the slightest bit.
Nice forming head that doesn't leave much for lace, but has a decent retention.

S + T: A pleasant fruitiness, with a hint of lemon citrus and a very soft saltiness. It ends up just slightly tart tasting and quite nice.

M + D: Crisp, refreshing and yet it has a bit of a moderate body - not too light feeling at all. A wonderful dryness follows, and I'm always a sucker for that. An enjoyable and unique beer. I'd actively seek it out again, and it would make for a wonderful session choice.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small 11.2oz (or smaller?) bottle. no date found.

poured into sam adams glass. all sediment swirled in.

cloudy, light, peach iced tea color. 1-finger head fades to thin wispy layer. only one thin ring of lace at the top ever formed.

light aromas of apple juice with hint of peach. whiff of vinegar, trace of coriander.

flavorwise, the very mild tartness blends into subtle apple fruitiness and faint malt note. almost undetectable bitterness. tartness peaks near the end, where the salt melds into a refreshing, crisp quality. all a bit watery however.

feel is also slightly watery, but surprisingly smooth, with a lively, spritzy carbonation.

i don't really have any other reference point, but this was interesting and enjoyable. that said, absolutely not worth the price as a regular drinking beer. since this is probably the only one you can ever get your hands on in the states, try it once just to check this off your list of beer styles and move on...

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

A - Hazy golden color with thick white head that recedes to a thin white line leaving thin lacing.

S - Fruity and yeasty with Saison-like qualities.

T - Mild fruitiness, yeast and mineral flavors with sweet tones and notes of apricot in the finish.

B - The body is light with crisp, lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

Great session brew alternative. It's like a Saison Light.

Photo of Cresant
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz. light brown bottle into a stange. No date. Careful to keep the sediment in the bottle (and there was a lot). The body was only slightly murky. Larger carbonation bubbles rise to create a huge soapy looking white head. Faint lacing remained.

Smell was very 7-Up like. Lemony. A touch of wet basement. No real character of coriander is evident to me.

Taste was sour/tart. Very refreshing and drinkable. Salt and minerals. Mild fruity sweetness. There was flavor and texture of the wheat.

Mouthfeel was medium in body. Smoothness from the wheat. This is my first gose. I like the style based on this one.

Photo of jneiswender
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Lemon drop body. Great stiff peaked egg white head that lasts

S-ocean, some band aid, as it warms there are some plums

T-definitely lemon flavor throughout, tart taste,

M-medium/full with a dry finish

D-I don't really know how I would rate this regarding drinkability. It certainly expands the borders of flavor for me and in a positive way. I just don't know if this is my choice for any particular reason. Its worth a try and enjoyable if you let it get a little bit warm. The fruit esters come out then.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.92/5  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
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
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
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.