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
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Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website

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 BeerTruth
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tpd975 for hooking me up with this new style.

1 pint 9.4 fl oz. swingtop bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a somewhat cloudy golden hue with a fluffy three finger bright white head that dies down to a thin layer of foam. Lacing is pretty non-existant with a fair amount of bubbles racing to the top. Smell is very fresh and clean consisting of lemon, fresh cut grass, and some wheat. A bit of pepper and spice tickle the nose as well. Light and refreshing smell overall. Taste is very much the same beginning with lemongrass, apple, and hay followed by sweet wheat. Slight citrus hops midway with a mild salty bread flavor. Aftertaste is slightly dry and sweet with a touch of honey. Light and crisp body with a slick feel. Very refreshing beer, one that would be perfect on a hot summer day while bbq'ing. I'd drink this over a hefe anyday. Thanks a ton Greg for continuously hooking me up with amazing beers. I look forward to our future trades again and again :)

Photo of botham
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a rusty gold color with three fingers of light tan head that remains for a couple minutes. no lacings.

aroma is lightly malty, with a bit of a sour base, along with a subtle salty feel that is dulled by a light spiced character. a unique mix of flavors, along with a nicely concentrated profile.

taste is thin in profile, with a lightly sour character and a base of salty caramel malts. the taste does not do the aroma justice in richness or breadth of flavors. a very light smoked flavor comes through after finishing, giving the brew a bit of body in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a thin and watery texture and a light bite from the mildly sour character. finishes thin with residual salt and light spice.

drinkability is decent. this is a unique brew, that could use more richness on the palate. the aroma is unique and nicely concentrated, along with a taste that falls short of anything special.

Photo of grandq
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw-to-apricot with a very quickly disappearing white head. Scents of lemon, orange zest, and coriander. Much of the same appears on the tongue, with some slightly sour/sharp twinge that calls to mind salt and margarita meeting at the rim of a glass. Finshes off a little like a SweeTart. Feels a touch thicker than the average wheat based beer. Refreshing and not at all cloying in spite of the rather intense fruitiness. A nice summer brew I'd take over the standard weiss.

Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $3.99...
"Beer Brewed With Spice" on the side logo...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, murky, dark-yellow-colored-hue with a minimal head, obvious sediment, and a small amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Peculiar smell replete with yeast, slight wheat, citrus, and coriander...
Salty, and dry taste replete with wheat, coriander, lemons, citrus, and slight grapefruit... As the ingredients listed on the bottle include "salt", you can definitely hint at that essence along with various nuances of citrus...
Slightly watered-down mouthfeel with a pretty good level of drinkability due to the very modest alcohol percentage...
Different and unique...
Worth a try...

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, spices, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste hits with a sharp spiciness up front along with complimentary flavors of wheat and some fruit. The hops presence is mild and the malt character is thin, but they provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, it's my first beer in this style and I enjoyed it. It's a very good lighter beer to drink for a while.

Photo of czfreeman
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

THis intersesting style of a bier pours out super carbonated, very murky. A yeasty, thick mustard-grain color. The beers holds a three finger head leaving good lacing for about two minutes. The aromas are summery, lemons,barley grains, corander, much like a Belgian wit.Effervescent, light mouthfeel tart lemony flavors, spicy corianders, bitter oranges. The flavors left at the corners of my toungue is actually quite salty, making another sip after sip come easily. It is very interesting to drink something as unique as this, personally I prefer a good Wit or Hefe, but the flavor profile matched exactly the description. A very true representation of the style. It only tastes better fresh in Berlin!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper/mustard yellow color exhibits a small-ish head and some nice trails of thick lace.

Aroma is kafir lime leaves, a hint of spice that I may not have called coriander if I hadn't known it, something somewhere between anise and bubblegum...with the yeast imparting an aroma similar to an orthodox Belgian saison. Clearly an interesting and unique aroma, something I'd probably interpret differently if I had another tomorrow.

Was a tough call whether to drink this straight without waking the sediment, or to swirl-and-pour. I tried both, swirling and pouring in the last half of the bottle. Only difference from the notes below was that adding sediment gives a mustier feel, with a more pronounced apple character. Still as dry and tart as without. So...the purist tasting went like this: Mellow maltiness, crisp, soda cracker-like taste; something reminiscent of ginger ale; coriander must be what's giving a tart nip at the back of the sip and the salt provides a sharp pucker long after the sip ends. Lightly metallic bitterness in the dry, clean finish. Interesting flavors from interesting ingredients.

This has an appealing mineral vibe, and its dryness of texture/flavor, as well as the yeast character, makes it drink much like a Belgian saison, although there are clearly differences. As much as I enjoy it, its sharp/tart/dry elements wouldn't have me returning that often. Now...how exactly does this comply with the Reinheitsgebot? I thought the use of things like coriander and salt in any German beer was strictly verboten...

Photo of Jmamay22
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Gose.

The beer pours a shade lighter than copper. The numerous carbonation bubbles rise to create an egg shell colored head that settles to a quarter inch in depth. Very rocky and foamy in content. No lacing.

Smells strongly of wheat with a slight lemon zest background. The scent comes off as neither faint nor strong, but stands moderate.

The salt is surely evident and cuts through the wheat and hides the lemon character I found pleasing in the nose. The salt and wheat battle for supremacy, but eventually the salt loses out and remains as a lingering aftertaste on the edges of my tongue.

The mouthfeel is light and fairly thin making it more drinkable, but the aforementioned salt taste results in thoughts of drinking beer brine, which I imagine would be displeasing. It is possible that this style simply creates a dissonance with my palate. I'll have to search out another as confirmation or try this again down the road. As a gose novice this is not what I would describe as an enjoyable tasting beer, but its fringe qualities are.

Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Gose.

A: Copper-bronze (becomes murky brown from sediment) with a fluffy/creamy off-white head, little retention, initially some lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, cotton-candy, minerals & spicing.

T: Cider, bready malt, caramel/toffee, light spicing, slight tartness.
Plenty of flavour for its weight.

M: Creamy & smooth with a crisp, dry finish. Slight acidity.

D: A nice drinker.

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

I got this in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours from 16.9 oz bottle a cloudy orange brown with a good 2 finger head of foam. Bottle conditioned? Yep. No doubt about it. It has some nice sticky lacing too.

The smell is all spicy with a ton of coriander hitting my nose. I also get a good dose of lemon citrus.

The taste is first spicy from the coriander but I am also getting a good earthy malt and bready flavour along with a touch of funk that compliments the spice nicely. The finish has a slight sourness to it and that's working for me.

Pretty light bodied and the carbonation is also on the light side...man, this is a really tasty and oh so drinkable & sessionable brew. I love it!

Btw, I *just* poured the last of the bottle and took another sip and I'm just getting a smidgeon of malty sweetness that I didn't notice before. Another added treat to an already most enjoyable brew. Thanks again, Alan!

Photo of Goliath
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color, then towards the end I dumped the yeast and it became really hazy. It poured with a thick three finger white head on top with decent retention and no lacing.

Aroma holds citrusy lemon notes, a litte sourness, and some tangy yeast.

Taste is nice. Zesty lemon, some herbal notes, the combination almost reminds me of a lemon cough drop. Almost, but much better. Also a little corriander and saltiness.

Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation is spot on making for a refreshing beer. I could see this being a great spring or summer beer when you want that light and easy refreshing beer on a hot day.

Drinkability is high as it is easy to drink and good flavor and low alcohol make it even easier. A very sessionable brew.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus rind, fruit loops cereal, pineapple. It's very floral & perfumy.

Looks: Hazy golden/yellow. Big white head, with average head retention, and no lace.

Taste: Like none other. It tastes sour & salty. Some fruitiness, definately some lemon flavour. A tiny hint of coriander was there.

Mouthfeel: Very small bubbles, low CO2. Medium bodied. Creamy.

Overall, I think this was a great Beer. However, it was over-priced (almost $18.00 at Sam's in Chicago). I should mention that it came in a different bottle from the one shown in the picture, but definitely the same Beer.

Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice hazy golden brown color with a nice fluffy white head that dissipated into some chunk lacing. The smell is of buttery malt and pepper, a noticable creamy funk (definitely the coriander and white pepper spices). The taste is of light coriander and white pepper. There is a bready malt that carries the salt flavor to the back of the brew. There is a noticable lemony citrus sourness to this brew. The feel is of a moderate bready malt and light to prickly carbonation. A nice bready malt brew with a kick of spice and salt to give this a unique flavor

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Gose tasting so take it with a grain of salt.

Pours an appealing orange with streams of big fast moving bubbles and some floculated white matter meandering here and there. The foamy ivory head recedes to a centimetre then lasts the whole glass. A smattering of lacing sticks to the glass. Zesty coriander, lightly salted crackers and cloves make up the aroma. The taste reveals tangy wheat malt, wet grains, lemon, salt and light coriander. Phenolic flavors and a medicinal, powdery, aspirin feel show as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is light and somewhat puckering from the salt. Hops are very light throughout, with salt trumping bitterness in the finish.

I was expecting some sourness but it didnt materialize. The salt was a little distracting, but then Im not a fan of salty foods so it may not be for others. Id like to try another brand of Gose.

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

Apperance pale yellow with haze huge white head that went down quickly and left a nice lace around the edge. Smell sour and acidic come to mind. Taste much the same as the smell a little like a lambic. Mouthfeel light in body high in carbonation. Drinkability is good I could have one or two of these on a warm summer day not the best on a cold NY night.

Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There was a bunch of junk in the bottle, but a careful pour yields a crystal clear golden body with a nice thick pure white head. There is a bunch of visible carbonation rising up. It is really a picturesque beer.

S: Light malt aroma with wheat. No real hop aroma.

T: Nice tartness from the lactic acid rides on top of a wheaty malt base. Very refreshing. I can't detect any salt at all.

M: Nice and medium bodied but the carbonation adds a nice effect and seems to make it lighter.

D: Not bad at all. Would make a great summer beer.

Photo of Mitchster
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

$3.99 for a 11.2 oz bottle at Merchants. 4.6% ABV. Brewed with water, wheat malt, barley malts, hops, yeast, coriander and salt. Bottle conditioned. Poured with the majority of the yeast left in the bottle. Pours to a hazy medium golden with a slight tan accent, forming a medium-sized fine white head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is intense and rewarding with coriander and that's about it. Mouthfeel is kinda tart with a soda-like acidity, a certain roundness from the coriander and yeast, and a medium-light body. Effervescent on the tongue, but not exploding. The taste is predominant with coriander, a touch of lemon rind and phenols, then a bit of soda water, soda cracker, and more coriander in the finish. I'm not really picking up on the salt, but there is a definite mineral quality here, mostly calcium. Oddly nough, belches have a "meaty" taste to them, kinda like chicken. Adding the yeast definitely enhanced the acidity and the coriander.

I like this brew. It's pretty tasty and goes down OK. The acidity might be a bit tiring after a few, but I guess that's why the traditionalists add syrup. As I'm getting near the bottom of the bottle, I'm getting a little tired of it. I imagine it would be mighty delicious with some thrown in.

Photo of rallison
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy pale yellow with a 2 finger white head.

S: Salt and coriander.

T: Coriander and salt are the prominent flavors. Nice and dry with a bit of tartness. Refreshing. The salt isn't my favorite here, but it is growing on me. I'm glad to have a second bottle to see if it continues growing on me.

M & D: Crisp and relatively light, leading to very good drinkability.

Overall, recommended. A very interesting, almost extinct style. Lots of flavor given the ABV as well. You may not like the salt, but hopefully you'll appreciate its uniqueness.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well damnit if I’'m not glad I bought this last bottle at Eagle Provisions when it was there.

Pours a clouded amber gold. Nose is yeasty and citrus. Flavor is yeasty, slightly wheat-y and leaves a long citric flavor on the tongue. It seems like a cross between a Belgian brew and a German. Quite interesting really. Definite spice influence, though I have to admit that my palate for spices is immature, so I can’t pick them out as I should be able to. On the mouth it is low in carbonation but slightly thick in ingredients. Extremely drinkable. Like I said, this was the last bottle to be had where I bought it. If you see it, go for it.

Photo of ibeplato
2.13/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I found a bottle of this at a local German deli and decided to give it a shot, having no previous knowledge of the brew.

Upon opening the bottle I was greeted with a black muck around the inside of the neck, and an odor resembling that of a poor tequila. I figured since it was bottle brewed this was normal. I poured it into a tall glass and observed very little head. I tried a small sip, it was kind of a weird taste, elements of a heff in that it had a very lemony taste. I couldn't taste the coriander as I can with something like a Blue Moon White beer.

Overall I wasn't impressed, it just didn't have a good complex, taste, or feel. I wouldn't drink this again.

Photo of HopGoblin
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours deep copper with a nice white head. The beer was bottle conditioned so there are a few floaties in the glass. The aromas off of this one are a bit funky, but give way to that of the ocean, cranberry, and sour cherries. The flavor is crisp and tart with hints of the sour cherries. The finish is quick and dry. A very nice brew, its too bad there are not more examples of this style out there.

Photo of Boppar
1.8/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: It's a lively bright yellow pale color with a fizzy head, to the tune of a little over a finger's worth.

S: Distinct aroma of human armpit. Not stellar. Maybe faint spices in there as well (probably the coriander). There is also a tangy apple-cider smell.

T: It tastes worse than it smells. It actually tastes not unlike Busch Light. The coriander and salt are quite evident. The finish is a tangy, tart, hard cider kind of dryness. It tastes like a mixture of light beer, cider, and seltzer water.

M: The mouthfeel is incredibly thin and fizzy. I just can't shake the sensation that I'm drinking seltzer.

D: If you can get over the taste and smell, this would probably be fairly drinkable.

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

got this guy from the winking lizard's world tour. my first for the style

it pours a hazy gold and is very vibrantly carbonated. this maintains a robust white head for some time. the bubblage emits heavy coriander scents when each cell bursts. it's got a distinct wheatiness to it, as well; i would have identified this as a wit by scent alone. it's a nice aroma, though unremarkable (how many german beers are otherwise?). i catch perhaps only a suggestion of the acid from the aroma. it's there, but not strongly

this acidic character asserts itself more when i take a sip. dry, wheaty with a lemony zing at the finish

Photo of ElGordo
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Trumer Pils stange glass. Body is a slightly hazy golden color, topped by a huge fluffy white head that takes several minutes to subside. Aroma of clean wheat and malt, along with some tangy coriander spice and a bit of light citrus. Palate is light and crisp up front, a refreshing blend of wheat and light lemony citrus flavor. A puckering sourness emerges on the swallow, as does the coriander spice and a mild hoppy bitterness that continues through on the finish. A lemony tartness lingers long after the beer has left the mouth.
Body is light, crisp, and occasionally a tad foamy, but just about perfect for conveying the unique blend of flavors. This is quite tasty and refreshing - I imagine it would be a nice change of pace from a hefeweizen as a thirst quencher on a hot summer day. I'll definitely be buying more of this.

Photo of Windigstadt
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap and from a bottle in the U.S., but finally got to try it from the source in Leipzig. Ja woll!

A- Pours a honey-like golden color, cloudy, with a rocky ivory head.
S- Smell is equal parts salt and coriander, with slight clove and banana notes not unlike a hefeweizen.
T- A noticeable but not strong lactic tang hits you up front. Beyond the sourness you get a clean wheat flavor with a touch of steamed veggies (DMS). As this dissipates, you're left with more lactic tang and some coriander with just a touch of salt. No noticeable hop flavor or aroma and little bitterness.
M- Not as effervescent as a hefeweizen, but close.
D- This is a refreshing beer you could drink all evening.

Overall: I tried this beer the day after visiting Ohne Bedenken, the other Gosebrauerei in Leipzig. It's hard not to compare the two, and if you were to place the beers on a spectrum with Berliner Weisse being on one end and Hefeweizen being on the other, this was definitely on the Hefeweizen side while Ohne Bedenken was on the Berliner Weisse side. Between the lactic acid, salt and coriander, this is definitely a more complex beer than a Hefeweizen, but it is similar in its refreshing character. If you've never had a Gose before, try this one before Ohne Bedenken, as it is more toned-down. That being said, once you've had Gose this one may come off as a bit too pedestrian compared to its counterpart at Ohne Bedenken. Of course, if you're in the U.S., this is likely to be the only exemplar of the style you can find, and I would strongly advise you to give it a try. A wonderful style for anyone who loves the variety of beer.

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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