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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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88
very good

457 Reviews
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Reviews: 457
Hads: 909
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 74
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003

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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Reviews: 457 | Hads: 909
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold with a 1” white foam collar that quickly descends to a thick film.
S: Fruity, cidery aroma
T: Lemony tanginess balanced by light malt, salt and coriander.
F: Light, tart and highly carbonated.
O: A very drinkable summer beer. (244 characters)

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent specialty beer from the Saxon area of Germany. It pours burnt orange, cloudy, medium white head that dissipates rapidly, there is decent carbonation and some lacings. It has myriad of taste that comingle in the mouth, these include lactic, floral, grains, fruits, and wheat. It has no bite or edge, foes down easy, but is pretty filling. (358 characters)

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

11.2oz bottle, no date stamp that I could find, but it had slept in my fridge for the last 3 months.

A quarter inch of wispy white head rises then retreats over a genuinely straw-colored brew. Just a tiny touch of haze. Erratic, large, & violent carbonation rises & shoots to the top. It looks very refreshing.

It honestly smells just like an everyday kolsh to me, just with more fruitiness to it. The malt gives my nose a granular sugar sweetness, but it doesn't seem caramelized.

So tasty, yet so clean. A sugary, lemon-lime soda-ish fizz hits first, followed by a funnel of salt, sugar, & zest, that lays into some dry grain, & ends in a fruity/sour dry finish. A little warmer, & the coriander comes through, but I personally like it colder.

Mouthfeel is amazing. Plentiful, but soft carbonation, with just about no weight to the actual beer.

I want to give this a 5 for drinkability, but this beer is just so ridiculously expensive & hard to come by.

A great beer. (975 characters)

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

Appearance: Nice golden yellow, good white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Wheat, bread, lots of light citrus fruit

Taste: Again, some wheat and bread up front, but immediately you get to some very refreshing citrusy flavors. Finishes with a touch of salt and a slightly sour taste

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: Fantastic beer, a style that I usually get when I find it because it is so hard to find! Enjoyed it immensely. (445 characters)

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

Poured form the bottle into a tall stange. This is my first gose, obtained as a current beer of the month offering from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco.

Body is a hazy gold, topped by a white creamy head with moderate retention. Leaves no lacing.

Smells fresh, with light malt, some sugar, and lemony citrus.

This tastes very good, with a nice malt sweetness that is balanced with a mild sourness, mainly citrus. There is a little funk from the yeast in the background. In the finish, there is a bit of spice, tasting like coriander as in a witbier and some ginger and light salt.

Body is light, and the carbonation is lively. This has a a spritziness on the tongue and a very refreshing mouthfeel. Tasting good at 4.6% ABV, this is an eminently drinkable beer. (770 characters)

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. (689 characters)

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

Off tap this beer was a cloudy, almost opaque, golden-yellow color. The head was one finger of off-white foam that retained itself stubbornly as a slim collar. The aroma was spicy and zesty with a nice fresh note of wheat. The flavors, impressed me. Straight up. I was hit first by the wheat malt and strong citrusy tang. Upon examining it further I concluded it was definitely fresh wheat malt and kumquats. Tart and orange/lemon-like. In the middle lemon appeared along with some booze and finally there was a refreshing, semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body light/med and the carbonation perfect. The citrus/wheat-twang/booze combination gave it an effect similar to lemonade. I found it highly refreshing and could no doubt see myself enjoying this greatly on a hot summer day. (796 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy gold. White head. Smells of crackery wheat and bright coriander. Taste is crisp, acidic, citric with fruitiness from the coriander. Salt is very delicate. Much more subtle than US versions. Mouthfeel is smooth with mild prickling carbonation. Awesome beer. Wish this were in 6 packs. (308 characters)

Photo of deapokid
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with light carbonation and a firm head. My glass definitely sports a nice coating of lace and this brew looks light and refreshing.

Smell is quite sour and crisp, accompanied by wheaty aromas (banana) and a little ground pepper. The sting of lemon juice is also somewhere in there. Overall, an enticing aroma that's perfect for summer.

Taste is thin and sour, but with a nice backing of wheat smoothness and body. The prominent lactic acid adds some sweetness. The flavor profile is crisp and clean with a slight lemony character, mild dryness and a nice tart bite in the conclusion.

Flavor lingers in the mouth far after each sip has been taken. Although the liquid is thin, it doesn't skimp on the body.

Session worthy doesn't even begin to describe how easy this beer is to take down. Another great German style that could definitely fit in well with sour beer fanatics. (899 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky pumpkin with a fat round eggshell head.
Nose of cilantro and rust with a backing from lemon rind.
Begins with wavering peach muffin doughiness. Dries as it goes towards lemon rind. Herbal towards the middle with loads of leafy cilantro. Weizen traits later, before a sense of rusty tin and iron arrise, then the salt appears with a lightly acrid bitterness. Rounds out with a continuation from the bitter herbs and lip-lickingly dry from the salt.
A lightness of body and a fully-fluffed creaminess ease this rapidly through the tubes.
This is a beautiful thing. (573 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up at the Fridge in Lancaster PA. Split it with me beer guru. Great beer, not as good as Lost Nation but very good. So easy to drink and had me hurrying to the next drink. The only complaint would be the smell which I did not enjoy. really hope that I can find this again. (284 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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...? (1,238 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight cloudy/murky light orange in color, strings of carbonation rise to the top, a thin, active head. Has a very odd, but receptive nose of salt, coriander, and some outdoor type freshness. Massive twang in the palate, sharp wheaty and malt offerings up front. Lemon zestiness, similar to hefe's, but more crisp and flavorful. Maintains a decent medium body, coriander and some metallic tastings. Stays the same, even as it warms to room temp and beyond, finish is slightly tarty, crisp and creamy, what a superb brew, oh so easy to quaff, and oh so tasty. Here's to you, here's to me, go get the Gose! (604 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at memphis taproom. Sweet!

A- comes my way from one of my favorite tenders in the bus with a nice big fingers of bright white head that settles very quickly to leave a mirror finish. Hazy sunset yellow orange in color.

S- slightly tart, hits of pale malts with that brine thing going on that always keeps you on your toes. Its like an ocean breeze and its real good.

T- crisp green apple and a hit of pale malts that roll into that signature briney flair. Its an odd flavor combination but it works so damn well.

M- a tick less then medium in body with a bright effervesant carb that foams things up and really keeps things super refreshing.

O- I'm not an expert on this style but this is a great beer and as easy drinking and enjoyable as I've had in a long time. (787 characters)

Photo of Dizzy
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy straw color, some cloudiness

s- some lactic acid, grainy aroma

t - some tartness which balances malts, not as tart as Berliner Weiss, dry finish, hops not prominant

m - medium bodied

d - makes me thirsty, the salt keeps it from being refreshing (258 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a revelationj this beer is on-tap. I'd had it a couple of times in the bottle before, and while I thought it was interesting and pretty good, it didn't really grab me as a style or a beer. Once I had it on tap this summer at the Brick Store Pub, I just couldn't stop drinking it. It seems that at least every other time I would go to the pub I would order one of these, and it just kept getting better and better, particularly if it were hot outside. The bottles are also quite expensive, so this is relatively a much better deal. So refreshing, and the touch of salt an loads of coriander eventually made it addictive for me. Something just seemed to click with this beer on draft. Pours a super carbonated pale yellow with a very white fluffy head. Smells very slightly sour, with a hint of lemon and green apple and spicy with fresh wheat and you can smell a slight salty tang. Tastes very, very refreshing. Lots of coriander and some crisp wheat up front, and then the salty tang is quite noticeable against a background of light citrusy sourness and tannic, salty bitterness. This part of the beer is reminiscent of a salting crabapples that I remember doing as a child in the south. The salt, corander, citrus, and bitterness fronted by the spicy wheat just works- some type of alchemy is surely at work here. Thirst quenching in the mouth, with the slightest bit of prickliness, and perfectly refreshing. My new favorite summer beer. (1,445 characters)

Photo of lehkost
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seeing as this is the only Gose I have tried, it is hard for me to give a fair review, at least within the confines of the style.

I am a huge fan of sour ales, and this beer allowed me a perspective on how different they can be from your Flanders varieties and even from Berliner Weisse.

This beer has an aesthetically pleasing appearance, hazy and somewhere between a straw and a gold color.

Coriander and lemon on the nose, but remarkably, no lemon in the beer.

A great deal of citrus in the flavor, coriander as well. Not much in the way of malt or yeast detectable on the palate. Slight sourness persists after it's left the mouth, but nothing over the top.

Barring its prohibitive cost, this would make a wonderful summer session ale for me. (751 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This was a real summer quencher. Poured hazy sunshine yellow from the tall porcelain stoppered flasche. Aroma was fruity and lemony with hints of spice and floral notes. Head was creamy white and lingered leaving some lacing on the glass. Taste was acidic even lemony, hints of spice and traces of saltiness that this style is noted for having. an overriding sour taste was just the thing to take the edge off of a hazy, hot and humid Saturday. (449 characters)

Photo of mikeyv35
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 04/30/2011
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glass: Goose Island Chalice
*Thanks AgentZero!

Pours a light golden straw in color w/ a delicate white 1/2 finger head, that leaves quickly dissipating lacing. Aromas of fresh cut hay/wheat, a touch of caramel, biscuit, floral bouquet, and spices(coriander). The flavor was light caramel sweetness up front, followed by acidic citrus and rose water, finishing w/ a very subtle sea salt. This is not like anything I have tasted before! Thin bodied w/ great flavors that hang on the palate. Pretty sessionable style once you acquire a taste for it as I now have.

Overall, this brew has made me fall in love with this obscure German style. What better brew to do it than the one from the German town that started it all. (772 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

hazy lemon yellow, white head. Aroma is soft, salty and herbal. Like drinking a pretzel-soft wheat and salt plus a light tartness. Mouthfeel is a little prickly. This is a unique, tasty, fun and interesting beer. (212 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now what in the world is THIS suppose to be, a witbier brewed with sea water, then mixed with a Berliner Weiss? I guess I'll have to find out. 330 ml longneck, on to the beer:

Looks like a kristalweizen. It's golden blonde in color, clean bodied, carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The head is big and airy, slowly going down. The coriander is big in the nose, with a fresh sqeeze of orange. Refreshing! I even got that little note of that sea salt.

It's a little sour. A little lemon pucker. And with a little orange (I'm guessing that's the coriander). You really taste the tang that the salt provides on the sides of your palate. I really enjoy the curveball that the salt adds to this beer. In fact, I think NYC officials would try to ban this, given the anti-salt crusade they're on. Sour orange? This is thought provoking. Wait, if this is brewed with salt, does that mean this brew violates the Reinheitsgebot?

Dear American craft brewers, start brewing with salt! What a great beer, and what a style I've discovered here. Now, get me another bottle! (1,066 characters)

Photo of ark57
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as I know this is the only commercial example of Gose available in the US and it is the only one that I have ever tried. With that said, I wish there were more. I would like to see other brewer's versions. It has a slight hazy copper color with a large head. The aroma is delicate and subtle with aromas of citrus and spice. The body is smooth and thin. There are tastes of orange and it reminds me of pretzels from the use of the salt. There is a slight sourness in the refreshing finish. Bring on more Gose! (516 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow golden with a smaller white head that sticks around a while. The aroma has lemons, coriander, some saltiness, and white grapes. Appreciate how the coriander is not overpowering, which it easily can be. The flavor has white grape juice, some appreciable tartness, then the finish develops some coriander spice notes and light malts. Light bodied with a prickly refreshing carbonation. I really dig this brew, light, refreshing, fruity and tart. I would drink this often if it weren't for a prohibitive price tag! (533 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from quite possibly the most beautiful bottle I have ever bought. Teardrop shaped 750 that is silk screened and has a flip top. No dates. Poured into a wezen.

Loud pop when opened, a bit of a gusher, but it subsided before I uttered my second curse. Pale, hazed gold with a tall white head that is rocky and leaves lumpy lace as it goes.

Smells of malted wheat, coriander and ocean. Nicely balanced.

Wheat comes up first, but is gently cleared nudged aside by the coriander and dry hops followed by a palate clearing dose of kosher salt. The salt, hop, and spice combination work really well and give it an almost lemon like character. This would do well paired with roasted pork, or even by itself as an afternoon drink during summer.

The mouth has the feel of a good pale wheat, but with a little kick from the salt/spice/herb combo that is accented by the carbonation. This has session beer written all over it. (933 characters)

Photo of voteforgoat
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- pours with a thick white head. beer is clear and golden, about the color of a Duvel. foam dissipates fairly quickly.

smell - smells like grapes, lychee or pineapple..like those japanese gummy candies. very fruity.

t - very fruity, slightly tart. not very salty. Reminds me of belgian wit beers. tastes like grapes or pineapple a little bit.

d - very refreshing, a great summer beer. it would interesting to drink a gose that was also hoppier.

I was expecting something more extreme, but it's crisp, refreshing and def. has sourness to it. As I drink more I can feel the sourness more. Would love this on tap at a bar. (624 characters)

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.