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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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88
very good

815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 69
Gots: 33 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This original Leipzig beer specialty lends us the name for our brewery. Gose is a regional beer specialty that was brought to Saxony-Anhalt in the year 1738. Originally Gose comes from Goslar, a small town in Lower Saxony, and the river “Gose” in this town. This beer specialty has a refreshing, slightly sour taste and is ideal for quenching your thirst. Gose is brewed with the additional ingredients lactic acid, cilantro, and salt. Gose is a top-fermented beer with 4.5% ABV and 10.8% wort. You can enjoy it in different variations.

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

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

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

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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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!

Photo of dherling
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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

Photo of WMBierguy
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mjc410
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

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.

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

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ego
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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

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...?

Photo of shbobdb
2.42/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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

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.

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.