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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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BA SCORE
88
very good

806 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 806
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 68
Gots: 31 | 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 Stubbie1
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer with amber color, a bit hazy at that, slightly off white head, decent size but short lasting. A persistent ring of lace on the top of the beer lasts to the last drop is gone. A little hint of wheat on the nose, yeast and something a bit fruity? Maybe the coriander? The mouthfeel is a bit thin to start them builds up. The taste is light and sweet to start, a tad fruity, then bitter midway through and dry on the finish. Very “Weissen Bierish” in flavor to start but the coriander and salt makes this a bit different.

Overall enjoyable. I think I would enjoy this more on a warm summers eve. It is refreshing (I think) and light on the pallet, easy to drink. Only 3 different types of this beer listed on BA, shame….

Stubbie1, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy hay color gose with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of seas alt with coriander is really nice with light lemony notes also discernable. Taste is a very good balanced mix between a solid malt backbone with great notes of sea salt and lemony finish with light Brett notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Well balanced gose and kind of what I had in mind for the style even thought I don’t often have the chance to taste it.

Phyl21ca, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of LubricatedWisdom76
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with an authentic Gose style beer so the ratings are more along the lines of personal preference than any comparison.

Interesting salt, citrus, and spice/pepper aroma. The flavor has a lot of complexity for a lower strength and easy drinking beer.

Flavor is full of lemon citrus with some delightful tangy spice and some pronounced funky sourness. The lactic sourness compliments the natural flavors from the yeast, wheat, and coriander beautifully. The salt is definitely tangible in there somewhere.

Fans of saison and wit styles would love this beer. Very interesting, I would definitely try more in the style.

LubricatedWisdom76, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of KeefD
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden yellow color with a decent sized white head that fell quickly with no lacing. Predominate aroma is orange followed by wheat and a light acidity. Flavor is very interesting and unique. This is my first Gose, so I didn't know what to completely expect, but I'm actually digging the light saltiness in the background. Flavor lightly tart, but it's not on the same level as a Berliner Weiss, there plenty of coriander it's followed by a crisp wheat twang and some more citrus qualities that were present in the nose. Very orangey, and I like it. Crisp, light body, refreshing. Interesting stuff. Doesn't taste a whole lot different than other German wheats, except the addition of salt, which really isn't overly-present. But it was pretty good, and I'm glad I had the chance to try this style.

KeefD, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of foogerd
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dull murky yellow with a white head which dissipated
S-malty with lemon zest and light spices
T- now it starts to get interesting, theres all sorts of spices going on here with a bready wheat foundation light peppery notes definitely a coriander finish some orange peel a bit tart at the end,pretty tasty.
M- high carbonation gives this a refreshing edge
D- low abv tasty and complex. very drinkable

foogerd, Sep 07, 2010
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 flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a weizen glass. My bottle indicates 4.6% ABV rather than the above-noted 4.5%.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a nice haze and plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of creamy ivory foam which seems to have pretty good staying power. A nice looking beer.

Smell: light, wheaty aroma with a little bit of an interesting spice character to it. It's a little hard to pick out exactly what's there, as the intensity of the aroma is quite low. Still, rather nice.

Taste: quite interesting; this beer has a nice wheaty flavor and is quite tart. Some citrusy spice is there, perhaps coriander. It's not strongly flavored, but it is interesting and quite refreshing indeed. I like this beer a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. There's a little bit of creaminess, but the astringency of the lactic acid (while delicious) seems to be bringing the mouthfeel down a notch.

Drinkability: as I said, this is quite tasty and refreshing. The tartness isn't overdone and it makes the overall experience extremely enjoyable.

flagmantho, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of waughbrew
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach with yellow highloghts, large head with amazing retention and stickiness- it forms walls of lace. Big coriander aroma with accompanying orange citrus. Tastes much like a good wit with a bit of hefeweizen and salt. It is pretty dry with peppery spicy hops. Strong phenolics with some banana esters. A definite mineral quality from the salt. Started with tingly high carbonation but ended with a pretty creamy feel. Overall very nice, although the salty dry finish started to annoy me after a while.

So it gose.

waughbrew, Jan 11, 2004
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.

BrewSomerville, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale yellow body filled with dark floaties and a topped by a thinning white head.

Smell: Lightly tart lemon wheat aroma that has, for me, only a mild coriander presence, but a good bit of saltiness to it, like standing near the ocean.

Taste: Wheat base imparting a gentle sweetness rounded out by soft citrus notes and a light spicing of coriander. Both the salt and the lactic qualities present themselves in the dry, lasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I am totally powerless to resist it's refreshing uniqueness. Everyone wins when they play Duck, Duck, Gose.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle that appears identical to the picture here. Pours a mostly clear, burnt orange body, with active carbonation evincing a mass rush of tiny bubbles to the surface. Two finger, ivory head has lots of perserverence, and leaves considerable patches of lace down the glass.

Aroma is malty, spicy, and reveals a note of ocean seawater.

Mouthfeel borders on exceptional. Spritzy carbonation and a light body are highlighted by a clean, ocean saltwater zing.

Taste is, surprisingly, subdued. There is a tingly character all the way down, from the mild spiciness and clean, ocean saltwater background. The coriander is difficult to identify, but a mild spiciness is evident throughout. Solid malt backbone keeps everything in check. None of the flavors jump up and overwhelm the palate. This is just a new and interesting style(for me) that is very quaffable, and pleasant.

Excellent drinkability. I'm surprised that this style is not more common. Clean and light bodied enough to drink several of these in a sitting, if on an unlimited budget.

merlin48, May 21, 2004
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...

dsa7783, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Hirter stange.

Pours a very hazy lemon straw with a fairly thick white foamy head that disappears almost entirely after a minute or so. The smell is heavy on the lemon, with dashes of cracked pepper, salt, and very subtle hops. The taste generally follows the nose, with the coriander hiking up the lemony flavor, pushing the pepper to the back, and nearly drowning out the hops' bitterness. In the end, a general saltiness coming through on the back and sides of the tongue. This overall fruitiness and spiciness makes for a pretty distinctive tasting. That, coupled with a generously medium body and low ABV, makes for a nicely drinkable brew.

TMoney2591, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Exciting dive into a new style; this one was given to me blind so I had no idea what I was drinking.

Pale straw colour, nice and opaque. Head is white, nice and creamy with pleasant clingy lace, just a thin crown. Really rather pleasant.

Smells very rank, but in a good way. Massive earthy, rubbery funk with acid of a citric nature, organic grain notes with a touch of livestock feed, wet hay and some really pleasant and piquant spice notes, including star anise and coriander. Great.

Taste is a bit of a letdown, but still not bad at all. Lots of wheat character with tart, raw wheat notes, some citric character that comes through on the mid and lingers towards the back but is unsupported by malt so ends up being a tad insipid. Slight tangerine twist to it, hints of yellow capsicum, rice vinegar and maybe some coriander. Decent palate, not amazing though.

Decently full and smooth, bit of drying texture towards the back. Quite nice.

Good drinkin' beer, nice and flavoursome but it pulls back in the important areas to make it quaffable. Salt is not detectable - all the more power for it.

laituegonflable, May 27, 2011
Photo of mevett89
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: somewhat cloudy straw gold with a small white head.

Aroma: citrus (lemon, orange) and a bit of spice.

Taste: tart, refreshing and delicious. Sweet with some spice.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

Overall: quite a refreshing and tasty brew. Sweet up front followed with some spice and a tart end. I really liked it!

mevett89, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of saintwarrick
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy pale straw gold pour, a lot like a good hefe. Head builds pretty fast before disappearing, this is definitely the funkier cousin of the hefeweizen. Taste is very smooth with a nice sour kick. A miz netween the refreshing hefe and the sour Berlinner weiss. This beer is still very smooth, but the sharp sourness really makes it stick. Really need to have this on a nice summer day. This was my first try for the style, but this beer left more than a good impression. A must-try for sour lovers.

saintwarrick, Oct 26, 2010
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.

drseamus, Jan 30, 2008
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 falloutsnow
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

A pour, with swirling to capture any yeast, produces a somewhat cloudy body, pale yellow in color. Carbonation is just barely visible when looking inwards. The head is fairly close to white, just off-white, holds for about a minute, and recedes to practically nothing afterwards. No noticeable lacing.

Fairly light nose profile, with hints of malt, coriander, a little fruit ester, and subdued yeastiness present. Could be a bit more expressive.

Taste is more forward than scent, with bread-like malt sweetness opening, quickly subtended by coriander, citrus rind, and mild lactic tartness. Salt is barely perceptible to me. Perhaps stretching it, I also pull some very faint, light plum in this as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, perhaps going to light-medium. Carbonation is fairly high, but this moves the beer along the palate quite nicely, fizzing while doing so. Finish is dry, leading to anticipation of next sip. Definitely not a slow-sipper, this is a very sessionable brew if desired.

This was a good, unique and fairly refreshing beer that I could certainly drink more of. Just wish the bottle was more affordable, or better yet, that there was a local brewery producing this style for summer.

falloutsnow, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From what little I know this looks like what I expect: a pale to medium yellow beer that's heavily hazed. A white head shows some staying power despite its small stature, also leaving more than moderate patching on the walls of the glass.
It smells more like a sour Saison than anything. It's lightly sour and slightly spicy with an earthier Belgian yeast note and some citrus peel.
It's mildly salty but certainly on the lighter side. It's gently acidic and quite lemony all around, juice as well as pithy, bitter peel. The coriander is somewhat more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma and works with the earthy aspect well.
It's light-bodied and refreshing, lightly crisp and almost fluffy.

Brenden, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz served in a pilsner glass

A-crystal clear orange golden color with a big billowy off-white head and lots of strong carbonation

S- bready aroma with hits of honey and coriander and pils malt. Some very faint plastic or chemical hints.

T- sweet light maltyness with a spicy clove aftertaste with a hint of banana/wheat. A slight saltwater taste hangs in the back of my throat, but it is more pleasant that painful. No hop presents in any part of the tasting.

M- Thick mouth with light carbonated mouthfeel

D- This is a very unique smooth beer. It has a good pale malt taste with a nice spicy finish. Very nice for a summer quafting beer. Nothing to shock the tastebuds but a good solid beer.

rhoadsrage, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a somewhat cloudy straw/golden color with a huge white head upon pouring. This reduced to a thin layer on top with some foamy lacing left on the glass. Carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Lots of wheat and grain on the aroma with some light grass and a little bit of lemon. There is an ever so slight funk as well.

T: Slightly sour and sweet with a little bit of spice up front. The wheat is certainly present with some light fruit, lemon is present. I got a slight saltiness.

M: Pretty light with high carbonation, rather crisp with a clean mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable, slightly tart, slightly sweet. Hope to have more Gose in the future.

mdaschaf, May 28, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance... Light yellow. A bit cloudy. Remeniscent of a haefeweizen.

Smell... Citrusy. Light saltiness, like an ocean breeze. Hops.

Taste... Light sourness. A bit of salt, which is very complementary like a chocolate dipped pretzel. Citrus or lemon flavors.

Mouthfeel... Light, a bit watery. Refreshing.

Overall... A very nice beer. My first salted beer, which I really loved. It kind of reminds me of a better version of a Corona with salt and lime. Excellent stuff.

Grade: A-

negroobserver, Sep 08, 2011
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.

Windigstadt, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy yellow in color into a weizen glass with a half finger high white head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is slightly sour; there are aromas of yeast and spices in the nose.
T: There are flavors of lemons, spices and wheat in the overall taste, which is also slightly sour.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate. There's a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. It's definitely a sessionable beer during the summer months.

metter98, Jul 31, 2010
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 806 ratings.