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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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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Cool 1 pint .9fl oz bottle, just wish I had the glass on the bottle to pour it into! Pours instead into my tulip glass a somewhat murky dark orange with a half inch of arid white head. Aromas begin with light, somewhat bready wheat and citrus tones. Coriander is there with some underlying spiciness. Slightly yeasty with a saltwater edge. Interesting stuff.

First sip brings a nice bready wheat maltiness upfront followed by a lemony, citric flavor. A nice coriander spiciness works in with the yeast and brings a somewhat earthy flavor. The brew is a touch acidic. It flows down with a faint saltwater character that adds an interesting twist to the beer.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, goes down almost too easily. This beer is a nice change of pace and quite refreshing. I could see myself drinking buckets of this on a hot summer day. A style that I wouldn't mind seeing explored a bit more often. Track yourself down some of this and give it a shot!

08-10-2006 03:42:42 | More by orbitalr0x
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mjc410

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Slightly hazy dark yellow, touched by brown. Large and lazy particles float about. A fairly strong pour doesn't raise much of a head perhaps 2 fingers at max. It quickly recedes to a glass ring. Doesn't leave much lacing, but suds instead slide down the glass, leaving a ring at the original beer level. Has an aroma of a Belgian strong dark, very fruity in the nose. Also very sweet and slightly flowery. Maybe has a hint of wheat twang. First sip: like taking a draught of beer after coming from a swim at the shore, with spray still fresh on your lips. The salt is quite a shock for the uninitiated. It's hard for me to get a handle on the other flavors, since the salt takes over once it hits the back of your mouth. This is a very sweet and smooth wheat ale, it seems. Not too much wheat twang, either. I think the salt might be unsettling my stomach. I will attempt to review this for the style, and that demands salt, but I don't much like it, so I will take away points here. This might be a real nice drinker without the salt. The mouthfeel is made of a fairly full body, but with low carbonation it lends it a smooth mouthfeel. Again, drinkability suffers because I don't much like this, but I will try to seek the other Gose listed to see how it compares.

08-05-2006 19:20:45 | More by mjc410
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

This is a 500 mL bottle of Gose served in an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a deep golden yellow color with a small ring of head.

Smell: The ale has a light spice aroma that complements a strong malt base.

Taste: The ale has a bicuity malt sweetness that is balanced by spices. The coriander is noticeable, the salt is not here.

Mouthfeel: The spices are subdued, allowing the malt to shine with just a hint of help.

Drinkability: A low abv and firm spicy flavor make this beer a winner.

07-29-2006 00:14:40 | More by akorsak
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured dark gold with a thick white bubbly head that soon almost completely vanished to a wisp.
The smell was thin - a touch of coriander and hints of other spices.
The taste was of coriander, and eventually some citrusy lemon and orange crept in, but remained fairly subdued. It was a bit watery. The salt was hardly noticeable, until a bite in the feel on the tongue.
The feel, overall, was thin - the salt gave a drying effect.
A curious drink - something a bit unique - but nothing that I, personally, was impressed with, or that I was particularly craving more of when I was finished.

07-27-2006 21:50:53 | More by jwc215
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

From the bottle at Sunset Cantina in Boston, Ma. Poured into a tulip glass the beer was a hazy and cloudy light orange. Very bubbly, and a thick but fluffy 2 finger head formed, slightly reduced, and setteled around a finger for the sample. Some carbonation sticking to the glass as well.

Citrusy and wheaty nose. Similiar to a hefeweizen. Orange and corriander are present, some slight lemon and grass. Slightly tart.

Taste has a mild citrus tartness to it that is balanced by a firmer, malty wheat base. Slightly spicy and salty but the flavors seem to meld well. Orange and corriander are on the palate and the beer finishes a little more tart that it started, and slightly dry.

Medium-light body, crisp and very carbonated. As noted, a little dry in the finish.

An interesting style and good beer. Another good summer quencher alla Berliner Weissebier; but not nearly as tart and more robust balanced flavors.

07-18-2006 15:21:32 | More by Sycodrummer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Mineral salts and coriander, like seltzer and a Quebec style spiced beer. Really woke up the taste buds, and went with food. Needed much water after. Very foamy head, light copper coloured body. Middle grainy mouthfeel.I had to try this style, thanks for sending jpm30.

07-16-2006 04:01:28 | More by Sammy
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -17%

Appearance: Big bubbles rise up through a slightly hazy, apple juicy amber body to form an extremely volatile, airy head.

Smell: Butterscotch, popcorn, light lemony hops. Coriander is exceedingly subtle.

Taste: Very mild and balanced, with a very drying finish (thanks to the salt). Sweet, slightly tangy wheat malts are offset by mild peppery notes (from the coriander) and citric hops. Finish is slightly sweet, corny, and juicy.

Mouthfeel: Light, fizzy, and frothy with a finish that saps the palate of all moisture.

Drinkability: This is interesting, and kind of refreshing in an odd way, but it's not something I'd like to drink every night. Might be an interesting beer to pair with pork or cook bratwurst.

06-24-2006 03:42:44 | More by soulgrowl
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Ego

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1%

available @ oak tree buy rite, edison nj (what isn't ?)

eyes...
very effervescent like seltzer actually, same sound and head action. the head dissipates quickly. sort of a hazy light orange hue, some carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass feeding the miniscule o-ring that remains. not a bad looking beer, not terribly appealing either...

aroma...
rather subtle in it's tones but I suspect this is one to enjoy on a sunny day rather than sticking your nose in it all day expecting to become the joseph smith of beer, the coriander doesn't bowl you over like in some belgian white beers (which I can't stand generally)

taste etc...
you can taste the salt underneath right away.. I am not sure if this is due to the fact that I have a mild sore throat but I noticed it right off the bat. but not to a detriment like swimming in the ocean and coming up too fast, more like the pleasant taste of a hot pretzel @ yankee stadium when the yankees are winning the division yet again (had to get that in there...). the body is light to medium. the salt is definitely soothing my sore throat.. seriously! I barely use ANY slat in my cooking and don't eat in chain restaurants so I am pretty salt sensitive. The coriander balances out what might become saline brashness perfectly here. the carbonation is subtle.. just short of prickly which frankly is dead on for this imo. This is somewhat like a slightly salty toned down wit.. and you know what? it works for me. And at 4.6% this won't kick your ass in the summer.

verdict?
wow.. unimpressive looking and smelling but what a drinker. Definitely going to check this out with BBQ parties this summer.. it would go great by the pool with some steamers and roasted veggies. the salinity works for me like the sourness of belgian beers works for me.

06-11-2006 02:34:34 | More by Ego
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Expectations were low after a friend described it as a 'salt' beer that he was not impressed with. So the saison-looking beer was neither a surprise nor a certainty. The aromas show a light belgian sourness that remained thin and lightly pungent. Tastes much less salty than I expected. Though noticably salted, the dominant flavors were lemon and orange rinds with a belgin souness / tartness. Almost like a light unblended lambic quality. A little vineous, musk, herbal character persists. Flavors never dominate, and whisp away quite airy and cleanly in the finish. The beer is not what I was expecting at all, even though I didn't have many expectations. Nevertheless, a very clean beer.

05-07-2006 22:36:03 | More by BEERchitect
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pjwilson

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

ahhh....the elusive gose, remember reading about this beer back in the day, and now I have a bottle. And the weather is finially getting hot out. so here we go.

appearance: poured into my old school flare glass, produces an awsome looking beer. a little less cloudy than an average hefe, and with a huge head. there is lots of carbination, but also a few black specs..hmmm. the head holds a long time. nice

smell: lemony zest, smelling more like a wit than a hefe. needs to warm

taste: first sips are very cold, yet still full of flavor. i'm tasting a hint of sour lemon rinds, coriander, and fantastic sweet malts. the salt is dectable by myself but is nice and subtle. again, closer to a wit than a hefe, but this is not a wit. i approve. the second pour was just a hair less good as the yeast covered up some of the spice, but some may like that more.

mouthfeel: the high carbination lifts the beer right off of the tounge, belgium like lite mouthfeel

drinkability: very good, although one 500 ml bottle seems like enough, due to the very high carbination and the salt.

a very nice german beer. i will add leipzig on the list of places to visit next trip to europe. Will an american brewer dare try to brew a gose...?

04-18-2006 21:29:26 | More by pjwilson
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shbobdb

Indiana

2.42/5  rDev -37.8%

If you choose to buy this beer, I hope you are not ambivalent about the taste of corriander. Whoa! It is all over this brew.

I was very excited to try this revived, controversial style. I can see why it died. Just to declare bias, this is my first Gose. Right now, that makes sense, since there are only two on the database. But who knows what the future might bring?

If you can manage to slice through the corriander, which I am trying very hard to do, the strong wheat base comes through, rather like an American Wheat beer. Pale malts and wheat spiciness.

The salt is nowhere to be seen. Which is unfortunate. If you are going to butcher a beer with excess spices, you may as well clean the old' taste buds off once you're done with that assault.

Not a bad brew. But not a very good one either. Similar to an under-carbonated Wit.

04-09-2006 23:30:41 | More by shbobdb
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a cloudy amber coloration. The head was creamy off white and about three fingers. A steady stream of tiny carbonation rises to the top of the beer.

Smell: The beer has a malted wheat smell. There is a bit of citrus and coriander, as well as, other spices.

Taste: The beer has a nice salty malty wheat taste. There is a spicy bannana and coriander mix to the taste. The beer has a vaguely ferric taste.

Mouthefeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The carbonation gives the beer a good all around lift. The beer has a pretty dry finish. Overall a nice sessionable beer. A very good drinking beer.

04-08-2006 13:30:42 | More by nlmartin
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

500ml bottle as pictured. Thanks to MABZ for the trade!

Pours a cloudy dark orange-amber with a three-finger head that quickly fades, but is sustained by constant streams of fine bubbles. I love the looks of an unfiltered beer! Lots of lacing.


Smell of wheat, light malt, lots of cardamom and coriander. A back note of grass and lemon-pepper.

Taste is like a spiced Hefeweizen: light on the hops, medium on the malt, and plenty of wheaten white-bread note, with a pleasant taste of the spices. The bottle says it's brewed with salt, but it's almost undetectable except in the aftertaste. Really a nice taste: a bit of yeastiness is notable (possibly an aspect of the salt?) reminiscent of "Brezn," the Bavarian style of that large semi-soft German pretzel.

Excellent mouthfeel. Much fuller than I expected from a 4.6% beer. The unfiltered essence comes through: nice and round.

Eminently drinkable. So easy on the palate and the tum-tum. This is a drink-it-all night kind of beer.

Wow! Very surprising. Why there isn't more of this around I don't know -- it's really very good. Get some if you can.

03-31-2006 04:32:47 | More by ColoradoBobs
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bearrunner44

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%

Appearance: Very cloudy. The colors range from light gold to burnt orange when the glass is held up to the light. There isn't much head, but that's mostly due to an overly gentle pour.

Smell: Sour apple and spice. The spice is tight and powder-smooth. The sour apple flavor washes around inconspicuously beneath the spice.

Taste: Vague, soft, sour apple flavor washes over the taste buds. The coriander provides slightly nutty, cinnamon-like overtones. The coriander flavor ties the beer together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and substantial. The carbonation is perfect. It gives a slight burn without being too harsh.

Verdict: This is a great "small" beer. The ABV is only 4.6%, but it never feels light on body or flavor. It's a sublime, effortlessly drinkable brew.

03-23-2006 07:06:53 | More by bearrunner44
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AltBock

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%

1pt .9fl oz. bottle with a picture of this man in 19th century clothing holding a pilsner glass filled with yellow beer and with a head of foam about to overflow the glass. The other hand is either wiping away excess beer from his lips, getting something out of his moustache, or he's sneezing. The only info on the bottle, is that it's brewed with spices, coriander, and salt. No date of the back or front.

Appearnace: When poured into a weizen glass, the beer was this light hazy brownish/orange color with a 2 finger head of white foam. The head of foam dissipated fairly fast leaving very little lace and rigns around the glass. I also spotted some spices or salt sediment on the side and bottom of the glass.

Smell: I noticed up front a huge helping a salt in the aroma with very little fruits (coriander) and other spices in the background. Just what I would expect from a beer brewed with salt, but I really didn't care for the massive aroma of salt up front.

Taste: Salty up front, but not too overpowering like the aroma. After the salt was some coriander and some other fruits, wheat, very little hops, and the end, the salt taste shows up again. Again, just what I would expect the taste would be from a beer brewed with salt and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Light, not too filling, carbonated, and a slight salt aftertaste in the back of your mouth.

Drinkability: Overall a good beer and a interesting style that I'm glad I tried at least once. Would I buy it again, probably not. I really don't care for salty beer.

03-22-2006 19:57:35 | More by AltBock
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Leipziger Gose is best served at cool cellar temps (40-45F) in a traditional becher, mug or tumbler. This one pours up frothy & spritzy with a tall whitish head that envelops the hazy, golden-peach colored body. The sharp aroma is zesty with hints of fruit (e.g. apple skins, lemon zest & apricots/sand plums), bread dough and wheat berries. There's also an interesting earthiness & herbalness (e.g. cilantro, lemon grass, tarragon, etc...) that adds to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off slightly bready with some sweet toasty notes that gives way to the underlying bitterness from the Hallertauer & Perle hops and some earthiness. There's just a hint of lactic tang & mineral saltiness in the crisp, dry sourish finish. This medium-light bodied specialty is quite quaffable and a good choice for quenching one's thirst. Try pairing this one with your favorite salty nuts or a fresh baked pretzel with tangy stone-ground mustard.

PROST! Beertracker

03-21-2006 07:35:08 | More by Beertracker
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LuckySevens82

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

500ml bottle served in a Stone Old Guardian glass (no, the irony of this is not lost on me).
Pours a slightly hazy tarnished golden color with a strong white head and a pretty decent amount of lace.
Soft wheaty smells, spices, a bit of underlying hops. Somewhat muted aroma, but I can deal with it.
Taste is just wonderful. Somewhat sharp wheat notes begin followed by coriander and just a hint of hop bitterness. A slight sweetness penetrates the spicy flavors of this beer. The end is a sharp, salty flavor that just hits the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is excellent, a very easy drinking beer for sure.
Overall, I could say that this would be my go-to beer for those hot summer days were it not so darn hard to find and just a bit above my threshold for session beers as far as price is concerned. Nevertheless, I could easily drink a bunch of this beer in a session with no problems at all. This is the kind of beer that makes me happy to advocate.

03-19-2006 02:04:33 | More by LuckySevens82
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%

Appears a transparant gold with streams of carbonation pumping up to the top with a mild white collar and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, flowers, and wheat with a touch of pepper and coriander.
Mouthfeel is dry and lightly carbonated.

02-24-2006 22:12:23 | More by weeare138
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Hazy butternut-pumpkin with a dust storm of powdery yeast in suspended animation. Within several minutes of the initial pour there are no more visible bubbles. However, the cap is stiff enough to remain at two fingers for a good, long while. Despite the fact that a few large splotches end up on the glass, there's much more glass visible than lace.

The nose has a wheaty tang and features a whiff of floral, slightly spicy hops. I can't say that I appreciate the coriander, though. Other than being different and interesting, to some extent anyway, the aroma isn't all that special. Both socks are still firmly on my feet.

After tasting... my socks haven't budged. Gose has a soft, wheaty underbelly, along with a modestly acidic, lemony, unripe apple tang and a semi-firm hop bitterness. Coriander is now apparent, but is on the mild side. This is one subtle beer. To be fair, it does become a bit more bold as the ounces pass. Whether that's due to warming or because most of the 'good stuff' was at the bottom of the bottle, I couldn't say.

I don't know that I would have noticed the salt without knowing it was there. It doesn't intrude and really isn't even appreciated at all until a mild saline bite on the finish. I thought that I'd like the 'added salt' quality of this beer... and I do. The mouthfeel is serviceable: light-medium, smooth, softly carbonated. In other words, an appropriate match for the rest of the beer's attributes.

This is my first gose (not that the world is crawling with them) so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I did, however, expect something more aggressive with respect to both coriander and salt. It's my understanding that this is another one of those odd German beers to which people occasionally add flavored and colored syrups. If I was in charge at Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei, I'd eliminate the need to add anything to the beer by simply making it goser.

01-27-2006 20:39:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours a light head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing behind. It has a dark brown to gold appearance that looks fairly clear and crisp. The smell reminds me of as sweet bock bier. It's very fruity like apple and berry coupled with a hoppy smell. This bier is salty, the first bier I have ever had that is bitter and salty. Slightly spiced with salty flavors and hops.

01-23-2006 20:54:35 | More by Erdinger2003
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that barely hangs around but leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Whole wheat bread, tart green apples, salt water and

Taste: Starts out rather tart and lemony, with the coriander and salt flavors starting to kick in at mid-palate; the salty aspects build to the finish and linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate degree of carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinary and unusual; has some similarities to a witbier but much more interesting

12-21-2005 00:41:43 | More by brentk56
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Sampled on-tap at the Sunset in Boston.

This gose poured a cloudy, yellow color with creamy, white foam that persisted a while but slowly settled, leaving a film coating the glass. The smell was floral with a touch of coriander and a light malt aroma. The taste was lightly sour with the flavor of wheat malt and coriander, very much like a witbier. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with light body and good carbonation. The lightly tart taste lingered. This was a very refreshing brew, though it seems to taste slightly differently each time I have it. Proabably a delicate beer.

12-20-2005 06:09:59 | More by UncleJimbo
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Dispensed from the tall stubby with a dark peach hued pour containing a few scattered rising bubbles to meet a spumescent frothy tan head cap that held its ground to a 1/2" thickness

Aroma is certainly spicy, but I would not have guesed the coriander if it weren't for the label. Salt? Hmmm...wouldn't have guessed that either. 0 for 2. Scents are a quizzical doughy pepper lemon, along the lines of a Belgian yeast perhaps. Not strong. An almost pretzel like quality. A chin rubber no doubt.

First swigs: Some blend of tart and cani sugar. A slight lemon peel citrus pucker. Still looking but not finding the salt directly. Half on the tongue and half in the mind. Mostly a doughy slight pecan flavor. With a whisper of citrus lime. Nearly towards the completion, the sdium aspects are certainly pronounced. No more imagination. Reality has set in. Salty and pale.

Feel is soft and spongy. Slightly chewy with quite a soft feel. An interesting beer to drink, but drinkability is limited to the tartness and filling carbonation. If my tongue, and imagination serve me correctly, there is a lingering dryness associated with the saline aspect.

Last swigs: Feel is the key word! Fuzzy tickle! Quirky, yet respectable soft pretzel sizzler. This reminds me of how some folks talk of sprinkling salt onto the old style lagers. Gose first caught my attention when Michael Jackson's book mentioned a version.

Beer is good. Happy brackish beering.

11-20-2005 06:11:29 | More by blitheringidiot
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stof0048

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a Lindeman's Lambic glass as I did not possess the precise glassware for this beer (though the Lindeman's glass is quite close). Pours with relatively little head and lots of carbonation.

Appearance: Thin white head, lots of lacing, cloudy orange/gold color and bubbles galor.

Smell: Smells lemony, a bit hoppy, but the overall scent of the beer is very light.

Taste: Taste is great, it definitely has taste but is not overpowering. A very nice lemon taste with a bit of spice. Nicely balanced with hops. This beer has a nice pizazz, not common.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is very light, floats over the tongue with a rush of bubbles.

Drinkability: This is a beer that could easily be a staple. Not horribly expensive for an import and very good beer for the price... got this one from my father who paid $3.99. Great beer and would recommend to anyone.

11-09-2005 06:44:38 | More by stof0048
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +26.7%

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with a billowing white head. The aroma is of banana and coriander; like a really big witbier. The taste is of banana and coriander. It walks the fine line of being mellow while still being flavorful. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter the medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have ever had. It is sad that this style is so overlooked by American brewers.

11-09-2005 00:32:56 | More by KarlHungus
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
87 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.