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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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BA SCORE
87
very good

753 Ratings
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Ratings: 753
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 65
Gots: 26 | 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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goonster

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +17%

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
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kaimcm

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

03-27-2007 00:05:54 | More by Phatz
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

03-26-2007 13:46:24 | More by DaPeculierDane
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

03-11-2007 12:00:52 | More by kimcgolf
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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…

03-09-2007 01:25:23 | More by biergeniesser
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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….

03-03-2007 00:28:09 | More by Stubbie1
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Jwaks

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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!

02-16-2007 22:13:43 | More by Jwaks
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MrHurmateeowish

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

02-16-2007 02:53:35 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%

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.

02-13-2007 01:50:16 | More by mmmbeer
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cbl2

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

02-11-2007 00:01:18 | More by cbl2
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

02-02-2007 23:22:33 | More by AlexJ
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2.85/5  rDev -26.7%

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.

01-31-2007 21:29:58 | More by
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

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

01-21-2007 21:53:30 | More by russpowell
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

01-20-2007 01:10:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

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

01-14-2007 16:03:54 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Only time I've tried a beer of this style, whatever a gose is.
Hazy orange bodywith a ncie cream head. Smells of sweet malts and spices. Yeasty tasting with some orange and other fruits. Didn't mix well with the other beers I tried that night. Worth picking up some more, at least of the style.

12-13-2006 03:40:16 | More by Backer2004
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%

Saw this on display at the local fine beer and wine store and couldn't wait to try this unique and rare style. If you are trying this brew, read the wikipedia entry about the style...it's quite interesting.

A - This bottle with the happy German wiping the foam from his mustash is very cool, and informs us that it is brewed with coriander and salt. The brew itself is a dirty brown, almost green shade and very cloudy with a small abount of floaties near the bottom. The three finger head is lush and relatively long lasting. Lots of creamy lace coats the glass.

S - Very hefewiezen-like in aroma, but with a sea-breeze salty scent. Smells sweet and creamy, but lively and green at the same time.

T - Unique weizen-like taste with a firm saltine cracker malt and a very salty flavor that is actually really damn good! The coriander lends an acidic biterness that is very different from the two predominating sources of bitterness in beer (that is, hops or roasty stout malt).

M - Light and creamy with an acidic sting that you can feel on the back of your tongue. Very salty...makes me cluck my tongue. Extremely unique mouthfeel.

D - Outstanding. This may be a favorite sessioner! I hope that more breweries start brewing this style....I love it!

11-28-2006 19:22:04 | More by pmcadamis
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dherling

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

Murky light brown color, slight orange hue. Small, very slight off white head. Smells a tad like sea air to me, with a slight honey note. The taste is like a very watered down butterscotch, with honey, tiny little bit of maple syrup, but not much. Finishes clean, decent mouthfeel with a tiny bit of carbonation.

10-27-2006 03:36:46 | More by dherling
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from a very interestingly shaped 25oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium [got larger as it got warmer] white head that had large bubbles. Head dissipated relatively quickly. Not much lacing. Lots of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is sweet, light hops, and somewhat dusty.

Taste is of wheat, spices, light salt, light hops and somewhat grassy. Smooth and dry.

Mouthfeel is very cleansing, spritzy. Light bodied. Very nice on the tongue.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Could definitely drink several of these. Quite refreshing. Seemed to go nicely with the sausage, cheese and crackers I was eating.

10-12-2006 18:18:19 | More by atigerlife
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours hazy gold, with limited yeasty cloudiness and a sea foam head that sticks to the beer and the glass like glue. Aromas of sharp coriander, wheats, and, yes, just a touch of saltiness. Smells like a Belgian witbier with a sharper edge. Sharp spiciness, full carbonation, then turning sour with lemony citrus notes. And that's about it. Not too much depth here, but the aromas and flavors that are here are unique. Refreshing, acidic mouthfeel that leaves the palate refreshed. Easy to drink (with a low ABV) as well. Very interesting, unique beer... not sure if it's stupendous enough to justify the price, unfortunately.

09-29-2006 00:49:24 | More by geexploitation
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

A cloudy golden yellow beer. Has a huge bright white head with some lace. There is a light fruity peach like aroma. With a spicey background and a hint of corn. The head had a distinct salty taste that preceded the beer taste. Some, albeit a light version, of the usual flavors, clove and banana notes. But the acidic body ends up dominating the flavor. different, nice not fabulous

09-07-2006 19:58:52 | More by ybnorml
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WMBierguy

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

This was my first Gose. I have nothing to compare it to, and I have no idea how old this particular bottle of beer was. It poured a cloudly brown similar to an Alt-style beer, with a pure white head about half an inch thick. The initial taste was strange, and a bit unpleasant. The saltiness of the beer created a bicarbonate like flavor, punctuated in the middle by a dull metallic taste. Not a good start. A strange thing happened as I was drinking this beer: the taste steadily improved. As the beer warmed, it lost its metallic taste, and flavors other than the salt became noticable. By the time I finished, I was sorry to see it go. I'm definately going to give this style another try the next time I find it.

08-30-2006 23:57:18 | More by WMBierguy
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

This beer pours a faintly foggy peach and strawberry with a thin creamy head.

Smells of sweet nuts and honey with a little peanut butter and tart cherry.

Tastes of a light pale lager with a honey sweetness and a huge sour coriander and lime with a touch of plumb skin at the end. I’m also digging the salt in the finish. It’s like eating pretzels while I drink my beer.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and silky but with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This is an interesting style for sure and I’m pretty sure I like it.

08-23-2006 22:02:43 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Litterbean

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

At first it pours a clear light red with a big head. After the yeast is swirled in, it becomes a brownish cloudy concoction.

Gose has a light crispy smell which reminds me of the grainy smell of some lagers. In addition, there is the light scent of coriander and whichever other spices were used. Fairly pleasant.

Taste is mostly coriander but its not dominated by it. The wheat malt taste is there in full force, while light hints of bananas also make an appearance accompanied by a slight sour lemony flavor. There's a unique bite of salt at the end. Interesting beer and very cool.

08-16-2006 03:24:17 | More by Litterbean
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
87 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.