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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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very good

767 Ratings
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Ratings: 767
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 67
Gots: 27 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003)
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Photo of steorn
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bright golden beer with a pure white head .very well carbonated,very lively.
The nose of this one reminds me of a wit with a little salt note added.fairly thin mouthfeel here.
At first taste its sweet with coriander present then it finishes quickly with a dry saltiness.By midway through the glass the saltiness is more forward.
I imagine this beer would go well with food,maybe chips or cheese? An interesting effort but probably not one I would go out of my way to find.

steorn, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky pale copper hue. Pitted, frothy vanilla white head leaves spotty, sparse lace. Spicy, sharp clove and herbal coriander dominate the aroma, but are offset by mellow, ripe banana esters. Mild lemony, citric tartness. Slight papery oxidation notes prevent vibrancy. Pronounced clove lends a mild medicinal note upfront. Grainy wheat tartness comprises the dominant malt character, and is accompanied by a parching dryness provided by mild, pure salinity. Simple, breezy banana esters provides token girth. Appropriately lightly bittered due to the paltry residual sweetness. Musty, nutty suspended yeast undertone. Phenol augments as the beer breathes, and approaches rubbery in nature. Well attenuated, with a brisk, thinnish mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering suggestion of clove studded salted, preserved lemon. A strange brew, with unbalanced elements of a wit and hefeweizen. Maybe I just missed the orange peel, or the overt salinity overshadowed it. Tasty, but rough around the edges. I'd very much like to try more of this obscure style.

marc77, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy light orange color, looks like a hefeweizen, has a huge creamy head that clings to my glass. Aroma is that of a hefeweizen, spicy wheat smell. Taste like wheat and mild spice, I can't really taste coriander yet it is a bit salty. Light bodied with a kind of a watery mouthfeel, finishes a bit sour, very drinkable and not bad, but not sure if I would buy this again.

maxpower, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pint .9oz. bottle.

I had never had a 'gose' style beer before and thanks to The Long Beach Bum in a trade I now have. I must say right off the top that I enjoyed it.

It poured a hazy burnt amber. A nice white frothy bubbly head. Rows of lace down the glass. The head never left. It shrunk but stuck with the drink. Very nice. The scents are very musty. First musty wet grain. Then there is some deep citrus. Oranges and lemon. The coriander peeks through and the scents add a very dry salt at the end.

Flavors are tangy and fruity. A sweet malt. The coriander appears at its leisure. Some real tangy and citrusy fruit. A dry rind flavor is here. A damp wheat and grain flavor is in the background. Very fruity and spicy. Some mild pepper. At the end the salt becomes prominent. It is very dry and leaves a strong after taste.

The mouthfeel is very inviting. Crisp and dry. Carbonation is felt throughout. A very refreshing beer. It does leave a dry puckering feeling across the mouth. One could drink a few in a session. Also this one would go well on a hot day or with a snack served at room temperature or right out of the refrigerator. Cheese or crackers and hummus. Maybe even some vegetables or cold cuts. A real anytime beer.

Thanks LBB for something different.

Rumrunner, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first "gose" ever...didn't even know what one was until I bought this bottle. Okay, so "gose" it is!
Appearance: cloudy pale orange color, with a thick, creamy white head. Nice, attractive.
Aroma: spicy, yet soft, with whiffs of fresh sea-foam like I'm detected in weizens, big with spice, and citrus, and so far I'm geared up for something like a hefe or a wit...
Taste: unusual! Dry, and mellow, with an initial sourness. Not at all like I was expecting after that nose, way too flat on the palate. Rather light-bodied, cool and mild, with a very soft finish. I think I can actually taste the salt, too, I get the merest taste of salt, without it being too salty.
Very drinkable, this, very, very, although I liked it, but it couldn't love it. I needed more of a kick in the flavor for that.
An intriguing style, rarely encountered, and quite easy to appreciate. If I'm ever in the mood for a mellow, dry brew that won't go and blow my mind, gose it is!

feloniousmonk, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'd wanted to try this style of beer for quite some time, and was pleased to finally get a chance. The appearance of the beer is truly amazing: a towering, everlasting, rocky, white head tops a coppery-caramel colored liquid. The head is phenomenal. Very slight haze in the beer. Coriander is distinct in the aroma along with a mix of esters. First taste is at once sweet and sour. Salt comes through in the hind-taste. It becomes more pronounced as you drink more of the beer, causing a mouth-puckering and unexpected reaction. I don't think I would enjoy beer after beer of this style, yet it's strangely refreshing.

Suds, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: My bottle looks just like the one in the picture. A half litre that drew me immediately as soon as I saw it – at last, the infamous Gose Style beer – and a chance to try it. Described as Brewed with Coriander and Salt.

Appearance: Clear amber gold body with a decent sized 3” white head that has a tint of beige. The mottled surface of the head collapses and leaves a thick sticky ring of lacing, akin to one of those markers that shows the level of the record village flood from 100 years ago. Throw in a few streamers and this really looks the business. A beauty.

Nose: Pungent, musty smells, almost like a sweaty salted beef mixed with freshly cut slices of lemons, limes & oranges. The Coriander is also there – and discernable. Farmyard aspects give a spicy cultured odor to this beer. Wow.

Taste: The best part for me – funky, extremely funky but in a very appealing way. Starts with a sour malt entrance, some spices rise to the middle, salty ending. As it warms lemon, grapefruits & orange rind all lend a freshly acidic twang; whilst the peppery nature of the beer balances this perfectly, all the time the spices, including but not limited to coriander, add a feisty lambic-like nature to the middle. Quiet amazing. All this and just 4.6%. This is most certainly new territory for me tonight.

Mouthfeel: Like a solid Pale Ale – it drinks very well and quenches the thirst easily, but it goes that extra yard, it tingles the tongue with a spritzy, randomly located pin pricks and it also teases the cheeks with dryness, and some farmyard funkiness at times that induces salivation after swallowing, just like a draft fresh lambic often does. Holy Shite this is so cool.

Drinkability: 'Gose' down *extremely* well – sorry couldn’t resist it. This is a quaffer for sure – I most certainly could drink this all night, especially with some good Cheese and Pickles. Damn, this would be THE beer to drink with an English Ploughman’s Lunch.

Overall: Never had anything like this, looks are deceptive; it easily could pass for a Pale Ale after the head settles. Certainly unique, which often means weird or freaky, but this is just different and a damn fine drinking beer that I really took to. Hmmm, I
may, I mean I must get some more of this.

Highly Recommended. Trad. Lambics fan will love it.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt, 9 fl oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Murky honey colored liquid with a huge and thick offwhite head. Bubbles can be seen in the liquid. Eventually the head settles down to a film, but only after a good 5 minutes. No lacing, but the foam does cling to the side of the glass as you sip. Aspirations of lace, shall we say?

Smell: A helluva lot like a wit in some aspects. Sour lemons and coriander with a hint of clove on the nose. Big yeasty presence, too.

Taste: Sour lemon with sweet, bready malt. Some faint banana esters on the finish. Mildly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Quite light bodied and very palate cleansing. Good carbonation.

Drinkability: A pastiche of other, more familiar, beer styles. A healthy dose of wit, a sizable portion of hefe, and a dash of gueuze (I wonder if there is a similar etymology here). A great beer for food, especially bratwurst and other German delicacies. I suspect I'll be having a few of these next summer during grilling season.

ManekiNeko, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You look at it and you'd just assume it was a hefeweizen if you didn't know better. The cloudy orange-dark-tan body topped by a large, lumpy, long-lasting white cloud of a head fill the requirements of good looking hefeweizens. The aroma then throws you for a loop. That distinctive coriander scent doesn't belong here if this was a hefeweizen. Plus, it's missing much of the banana/bubblegum esters of a good hefeweizen, although a slight phenolic notes makes this smell much like you'd expect from a witbier. On the first sip, I noticed a sour twang that toned down drastically in further sips. The coriander makes for a nice bit of character in the flavor and the salt really shows itself mostly in meshing with the backend bitterness, but I'll qualify that with the fact that I'm a salt fiend, so my salt threshhold may be a little high. There's something missing though. It lacks the bold wheatiness or the creamy mouthfeel of a good hefeweizen. It's still a very unique, drinkable beer.

aracauna, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of byrd
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gose pours with a large bubbly head requiring a slow pour in order to control it. The head is fairly sticky, and piles pretty high above the rim of the glass. When it finally recedes, it sticks to the sides of the glass, and forms a thick lace that stays for the life of the glass. There’s a great aroma, and lots of it. The aroma is citrusy with lots of lemony notes as well as some yeast and slight spice notes. Can’t really smell any salt that is typically mentioned with the style. The color is a nice slightly hazy amber. The start is slightly smooth but the tartness kicks in quickly with carbonation that adds some additional bite. Malts add some graininess to this brew and are subtle throughout this brew. Along with the tart up front palate are citrus notes, namely lemon. Spice notes are fairly subdued, but noticeable (I probably would have missed specifically naming the coriander if the bottle didn’t mention it). The saltiness seems to become more apparent towards the end. The finish is crisp and dry, again with some tart lemon notes. Definitely heffe-ish but not quite. Still, a refreshing summer brew.

byrd, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
4.9/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beauty pours a gorgeous dark cloudy copper color with swirling yeast dregs and a grandiose crown of a head that is creamy and rocky. Fantastic lacing that lasts the entire beer. Salty yeast and wheat aromas with hints of vanilla, banana, pepper, and coriander, definitely can smell the coriander. Taste is smooth and full of sweet wheat beer esters (banana, cloves, touch of vanilla) then the salty/pepper flavor comes through in the middle and adds a dryness and mineral content, then finally the finish is bready and yeasty. Amazing! I could best describe this beer as a combination of a superb Hefeweizen with the best components of a Wit beer added. Awesome. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had.

chaduvel, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thin gold color typical of a german wheat beer - with yeast poured in it browns out quite heavily to a very earthy orange color. Had a huge pillowy head, soft and fluffy, exploding up to six inches full and was unbelievably well-retained. Calmed to a nice slice with a crown on top, aided by lots of carbonation underneath. Bit after bit of stain was left, often very thick. Just watching this beer is enough in itself.

Smelled of cloves, banana, salt, and coriander, with simple and straightforward tones to all of them. Full of full scents, simply. Tasted of a citrus base with notes of coriander and salt swirling about the palette. Had the great firm feel of a good weizen, producing a solid malt backbone, as well as the slightly sweetened sour flavor of a weizen, too. Though, the salt makes this sour more complex – moderately comparable to the more complex and nuanced sour of fine gueuzes. Yeast gives adds a great piece to balance the mix: earthy and almost roasty. Short finish starts off with the wet and refreshing taste of a wheat beer and then gets dried out by the salt; an interesting combination that works well. Also, I had a strong banana tasting burp, which for me is a good sign in a wheat beer.

In sum, a solid tasting hefe-weizen with small but sizable untraditional additions. One of the true great finds in the world of beer.

nomad, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer was served to me a cloudy ochre yellow, with a thick, yet dissipating white head. Good lacework down the side of the glass, and good head retention, although it thinned out a bit.
Aroma is sweet and malty, with a slightly popcorny quality. Light herbal quality, sort of like a witbier (coriander?), with a slight estery paint thinner feel as it warms up. Mild banana. A little bit like a hefeweisen, in the esteriness, although not as pronounced. Sort of salty, in that acidic way. Very odd. Unfamiliar and very interesting.
Flavor is a slightly corny maliness, with a strange sourness right up front. The flavor changes to a sort of hefeweisen, almost belgian candi sweetness at the end of the sip, then 180's back into a sour, dry, strange flavor, that somehow reminds me of going to the ocean. I can't place the flavor, but that's the mental picture i got when trying to come up with the flavor. Weird lemony flavor in the finish, actually quite pleasant, with a touch of yeasty breadiness. A slight peppery feel in the finish. The beer finishes very dry, with almost no aftertaste.
This was my first experience with gose. I really have no idea what the beer is, besides a hard to find german style. Very odd, but definitely an experience, and not unpleasant at that.

UnionMade, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of sponberg
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Welcome to another edition of "I Could Drink This Beer All Day!" Today's guest beer... Leipziger Gose!!

Cloudy gold with w hite fluffy head. The aroma was neat as hell - coriander with a backdrop of estery wheat. Mmm...

The glass is too small. I don't care if you're holding a liter maas of it - the glass is too small. Starts with a slightly tart, lemony background under a wheat malt and coriander blanket with some banana esters thrown in. Some slight saltiness, but since I just finished a KUL (with an aftertaste like Alka-Seltzer) it seemed a bit subdued over what I was expecting. Very creamy mouthfeel with somewhat light body. Finishes as it starts - lemon, coriander, wheat malt and esters, dash of salt. Damned drinkable.

PintofAle nailed it - like a cross between a wit and a hefeweiss. A friend of mine said it tasted like a Rotbusser (obscure German wheat/oat ale) with coriander added. If you see this - try it. Excellent brew.

sponberg, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up at Putnam's shop... The label says that it's brewed with salt, and, man, I believe it. Great, intriguing flavors...

A lemon zest character is one of the predominant, fragrant aromas that arise from the glass. Strong floral smell. As it warms, it has in the nose a sort of muted sugar sweetness that reminds me of saltwater taffy. The tangy flavor smacks of citric acid and suits the light body well. So it seems to start off as a simple refresher, but a very textured mid-palate leads to an almost-salty flavor that masks any big finish and lingers for minutes afterwards. If you even think of serving this at refrigerator temperature, smack yourself around a little bit. The aromas and flavors are too interesting to subdue.

marburg, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, Nice beer. Awesome to try something new, and then have it be a brand new beer to our shores, a new style.

A beautiful cloudy light orange when poured. Lovely head, and lace left through-out the glass. Very fresh floral aroma.

Full bodied, perfect carbonation. A bit sweet, but definitely in a twist off the wit style. What I found was a slightly tart apple like flavor in the finish and also thought the finish was slightly dry. Could have sworn I picked up on a bit of the salt used in this beer in the aftertaste.

This is not your typical German beer. I really enjoyed it, it reminded me slightly of Allagash white. One I would recommend to anyone, especially a fellow BA.

PatandDavid, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I grew up on "well" water. We had two taps: one straight from the well and one that ran through "softener." This tastes like pure softener. Not "salty," rather, vaguely mineral and sandy in texture that gives the flavor a broad, fluffy texture to stand on.
The flavor is deliciously dry, with easy, sour orange acidity, damp concrete, and a grassy, branchy herbal snap on the finish. The color is a rich, cloudy brown/orange.
Another beer of ethereal quality from B. United.

putnam, Jul 09, 2003
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Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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