Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Reviews: 454
Hads: 898
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 70
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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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: 454 | Hads: 898
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. (593 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this brew with Stopper. Poured into a snifter at room tem. The beer is a clear copper hues with .5 cm fluffy bleached white head that fades to a thin surface layer quickly. Aroma is grainy and fairly lagery. First sip reveals an average body with fine fizzy carbonation, lite to average texture. Flavor is kind of funky with white grap and mild vinegar notes mixing with some lactic sourness. Is this beer past prime? Not sure. No hint of alcohol or any hop presence to speak of. Fairly drinkable, but tough to decide if I like the beer or not. Definitely unique. (581 characters)

Photo of germanbeer1
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking Gose demands an acquired taste for nearly spicy beer. I had this one from the traditional glass bottle which has a thin neck and then a fat base. The aroma is certainly the spiciest that I have ever tried which is unique for a German beer. There is also some fruitiness as well. There aren't many outstanding East German beers which is why I appreciated Gose, and also for it's daring taste. Worth a try. (413 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus flute.

A: Hazy, pale golden

S: Mild lemony smell; some malt; not much going on

T: Mild sour and tartness; very little salt

M: Not overly carbonated, but a fair amount; a bit tangy

O: Nothing like I'm used to in the regards to Gose. Westbrook has perfected it in my opinion. This wasn't bad, but not great compared to what I've had. This could have been a bit old, as it was sitting in the cooler at my local haunt for several months. May revisit this with a fresh bottle. (515 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Opaque light-gold color with chunks of yeast floating around. Small, fizzy white head. Aroma is briny and tart with lemons, wheat, and bruised crabapple. Flavor is muted and refreshing. Rather wheaty with a light citric tartness, a whisper of spiced apple cider, and aspiriny coriander reminiscent of Hoegaarden. Watery and drinkable. (374 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light tan, golden with nice retentive white head.

Aroma: Yeasty breadlike smell is formost in the aroma. Not too much depth in the smell.

Taste: Hints of sour. Light spicing evident in the middle of the tongue. Finish is mostly plain. Bland finish. Mouthfeel somewhat light.

Notes: Not too exciting. Would be nice on a warm day. Theres just not much depth, and the mouthfeel is slightly lacking. (416 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle

Pale and hazy yellow in color. Fluffy white foam head that falls away quite quickly.

Smells light spice and sweet fruit.

Taste is a crisp and sour beginning sweet/tart dry tangy aftertaste.

it is a crisp refreshing beer though I don't see myself drinking it often. (298 characters)

Photo of Tobe
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden hue with a thin white head. The head while nice quickly dissipated.

This beer has a very earthy aroma. The hops are pleasant and there seems to be an undertone of salt. Some spice like coriander can be detected as well as some citrus.

The flavor is light with a faint sourness, again there is that citrus similar to the aroma. Tart, pleasing beer berry refreshing taste and easily enjoyed during the summer months. The finish is clean with no real after taste. Highly recommendable beer. (522 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this once before but don't really recall it.

It's hazy gold with a reluctant white head.

Soft coriander nose. A bit of an oceanic quality with fruit and citrus. Like a wheat beer that isn't quite sure of its origin.

A hint of tartness quickly flows int sweet malt, apricot and raisin, and coriander.

A light bodied, low alcohol, unique refresher. Not something I'll be craving often, but unique regardless. (419 characters)

Photo of trafordboy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | 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. (992 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed deep golden appearance. Orange luminates from the beer as well. The one finger off-white head has good retention. Lace is droopy, but decent enough. Aroma's nice. Spicy and herbal. Earthy. Malty. The taste is interesting. Very earthy. Like dirt to an extent. Has a bit of a farmyard presence to it. Malts are sturdy enough. Hops add just a little bitterness. Rock salt is sprinkled on top. The carbonation is a little high. And the body is about medium or a little better. Interesting brew. My first Gose. Not one I'd need to return to anytime soon though. (562 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Winking Lizard. This brew is a cloudy yellow-gold color with a thick white head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and yeast. Medium-bodied with a tart fruity character, and flavors of yeast and spices along with mildly sweet wheat. The finish is fruity and leaves a tart citrus aftertaste. Decent overall. (351 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy butternut-pumpkin with a dust storm of powdery yeast in suspended animation. Within several minutes of the initial pour there are no more visible bubbles. However, the cap is stiff enough to remain at two fingers for a good, long while. Despite the fact that a few large splotches end up on the glass, there's much more glass visible than lace.

The nose has a wheaty tang and features a whiff of floral, slightly spicy hops. I can't say that I appreciate the coriander, though. Other than being different and interesting, to some extent anyway, the aroma isn't all that special. Both socks are still firmly on my feet.

After tasting... my socks haven't budged. Gose has a soft, wheaty underbelly, along with a modestly acidic, lemony, unripe apple tang and a semi-firm hop bitterness. Coriander is now apparent, but is on the mild side. This is one subtle beer. To be fair, it does become a bit more bold as the ounces pass. Whether that's due to warming or because most of the 'good stuff' was at the bottom of the bottle, I couldn't say.

I don't know that I would have noticed the salt without knowing it was there. It doesn't intrude and really isn't even appreciated at all until a mild saline bite on the finish. I thought that I'd like the 'added salt' quality of this beer... and I do. The mouthfeel is serviceable: light-medium, smooth, softly carbonated. In other words, an appropriate match for the rest of the beer's attributes.

This is my first gose (not that the world is crawling with them) so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I did, however, expect something more aggressive with respect to both coriander and salt. It's my understanding that this is another one of those odd German beers to which people occasionally add flavored and colored syrups. If I was in charge at Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei, I'd eliminate the need to add anything to the beer by simply making it goser. (1,905 characters)

Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huh. Well, that's a funny beer. It's sour and subtle. I can't say that I particularly love anything about it, but it's a fairly unique beer in my experience. The predominant flavor is yogurt of the Berliner Weisse variety of yogurt flavors. The spices are subtle with coriander coming through strongest. There are some fruit notes to the beer, some apricot, some plums. The sourness is light and not very strong. The feel is a touch watery. I think that I would prefer it a bit colder, not that I'd like the flavor diminished but it would help the feel. Okay beer probably won't seek it out again. (597 characters)

Photo of csmiley
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light gold to pale straw color. Head is white and creamy topping out at about half inch. Retention is good. A healthy dose of lace is left in the glass.

S - Aroma is hard to describe. Some herbs and spice is immediately noticeable. Pepper and oregano kind of stand out. Grain and bread dough show up midway and remain throughout.

T - Some tart lemon starts this one out. This disappears quickly to reveal a smooth malty presence. Bread flavor is mild. Some grain and hay come in toward the end. Not bad.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation. Finish is clean and sweet.

D - Drinkability is good. This one is fairly light and refreshing throughout. Several could easily be consumed in one session. I can see this one being very good on a hot summer day. But alas, it is October and there is a chill in the air. This is my first exposure to the gose style and has piqued my interest to try more. Will I have this one again? Probably not. (956 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a very clear, light golden color. There are a few decent sized chunks of sediment floating around. That's about the only thing that kicks this thing to average. It's very fizzy and yields a large two and a half finger, white head. Retention was pretty good, but lacing was very light and spotty.

Smell: The nose is predominantly earthy and grainy. It is a little spicy and features some orange peel and corriander. There are some hops there, but they're not strong and smell mostly floral. There's a slight yeasty presence there. It's a decent smelling beer, but not great. Suffice it to say it's above average.

Taste: The earthy/grainy flavor really does predominate over all other flavors. There's a few things that make it interesting, primarily the addition of spices and salt. The salt flavor is distinct. There's definitely some orange peel and corriander, but they're not exactly strong. They play a subtle, complementary role. It is somewhat tart, which I wasn't expecting. Hops are there and simply add to this beer's earthy, floral taste. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Finishes grassy and a somewhat salty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, but really pushing medium. For what it is, the feel is pretty impressive. Much better than it probably should be. Carbonation is relatively low and it holds together well. It's really pretty smooth. Drinkability is above average, but no better. Truth be told, it's just not interesting enough to warrant more.

Gose is not exactly the interesting beer I'd hoped it would be. I'm not exactly sure what could improve this beer. It's my first experience with a Gose, so I don't have much to compare it to. At the end of the day, it's an above average beer that I probably wouldn't seek out again. (1,781 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Lemon drop body. Great stiff peaked egg white head that lasts

S-ocean, some band aid, as it warms there are some plums

T-definitely lemon flavor throughout, tart taste,

M-medium/full with a dry finish

D-I don't really know how I would rate this regarding drinkability. It certainly expands the borders of flavor for me and in a positive way. I just don't know if this is my choice for any particular reason. Its worth a try and enjoyable if you let it get a little bit warm. The fruit esters come out then. (565 characters)

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz bottle

S: Coriander/moss yogurt with a touch of funky stomach acid. Past-its-prime lemon and orange, lightly salted. Soured bread. Intensity of the sour is moderate and clean.

T: Straightforward coriander hits first along with smooth, moderate sourness and significant breadiness. You don't notice the saltiness at first, but after a few sips a definite salty note comes through adding freshness and roundness. The middle dries out a bit with more salt and a light lemon tang accentuated by a mild bite from the carbonation. Hints at funky noble rot, but its light. The sour character is a nice smooth lactic sour that is moderately intense. Finish lingers with the salt really coming through alongside lemon acidity and a mouthcoating of fresh herbs.

Note: Nice and refreshing and I like that you can taste the malt. The coriander isn't my style, but it does add character. Its hard to score this since this is the only Gose I've come across. (970 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. Best-by May 24, 2013.

A- Three-finger cream-colored head. Retains the head for about two minutes. Relatively quick-eroding. Body is a very lightly colored golden , clarity is extremely high, as is carbonation. I think this is the first kind of gose I've had, so not sure how to compare it to that style. Unimpressive otherwise.

S- Wheat, semi-sour notes and a maritime semblance in the nose as well. Salty and sour? How odd. Little bit of funk, that's for sure. Pleasant.

T- Sweet and salty. Sour too. This is such an odd combination of tastes. Berries, seawater, coriander, lemon. Almost like a shandy? I rather enjoy it.

M- High and tight. Such an odd feel.

O- For the first real example of the style, it makes me intrigued with what else is part of this. Tasty, salty and so very tight in feel. (900 characters)

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Light yellow-gold with brilliant clarity and a decent sized white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Perfumy, floral, and slight celery notes from the coriander. Light citric tartness is perceptible, along with a sea salt/ocean smell. Light bready malt. Interesting.

Flavor-Zingy tart lemon burst up front, probably from a bit of lactic acid. The tartness quickly dissipates, leaving a mixture of floral coriander and salt water in the mid palate. Due to the salt, the character is not exactly minerally, but actually tastes reminiscent of a mouthful of ocean water. Finishes with a bland bready malt character with a residual salty flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is enriched by acid and salt. Slight prickle on the tongue from the initial acidity.

An interesting beer to say the least. I wouldn't exactly say I like it, but I imagine this is what a Gose is supposed to be like. I also imagine this is perhaps why Goses are no longer in vogue. Worth trying, but I doubt I'll seek it out in the future. (1,095 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of light sweet fruity esters, some light grassy notes. Taste is a sweet and salted sourness, some yeast with some light fruity notes. Palate is medium body with light carbonation. Finish is a sweet salted sourness with some yeast and light fruity notes. Taste like it was fermented on a bed of sea salt. Surprisingly I was able to finish drinking this brew as the flavor grows on you. Overall an ok and interesting brew. (474 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first gose. Poured out to a slightly hazy brass color with a tiny bubbled white foam head. Medium high level of carbonation. Some notes of lace were present. Aroma of sea salt, wheat and grain, and sweet bread. Taste was quite light and mild, with overtones of mild orange, grain and malt. Some traces of yeast and corn. Slight tartness toward the finish, and overall rather dry. Mouthfeel was decent, but far from special. Carbonation lit the tastbuds up with hints of flavor that never really made it to fruition. Average drinkability. This isn't a bad beer, but reminded more of a well made American Macro. Worth a try. (625 characters)

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

On tap at Bayischer Banhof Brewery in Leipzig, Germany. Beautiful day surrounded by new friends.

A: Orange to off-gold with hazy clarity. Two fingers of white foam sticks around throughout. Nice rope like lacing.

S: Farmy funk is faint but present. Soil, straw and just hints of sour lemon and a bit of a pretzel smell (grains with the salt).

T: Nice and refreshing. Good salinity helps open this up. Wheat, soil and sour are subdued but really pleasant. The coriander is very nutty and eloquent.

M: Thin body with creamy feel and moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: Very refreshing beer. This differs from the Dolenitzer in two ways: adding salt DURING the boil, and adding coriander. When you taste them side by side, you can tell the differences. I think a blend of the two would actually make the best of the two, but at this time, I believe the Dolenitzer takes the prize for now. (902 characters)

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 (382 characters)

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

Dispensed from the tall stubby with a dark peach hued pour containing a few scattered rising bubbles to meet a spumescent frothy tan head cap that held its ground to a 1/2" thickness

Aroma is certainly spicy, but I would not have guesed the coriander if it weren't for the label. Salt? Hmmm...wouldn't have guessed that either. 0 for 2. Scents are a quizzical doughy pepper lemon, along the lines of a Belgian yeast perhaps. Not strong. An almost pretzel like quality. A chin rubber no doubt.

First swigs: Some blend of tart and cani sugar. A slight lemon peel citrus pucker. Still looking but not finding the salt directly. Half on the tongue and half in the mind. Mostly a doughy slight pecan flavor. With a whisper of citrus lime. Nearly towards the completion, the sdium aspects are certainly pronounced. No more imagination. Reality has set in. Salty and pale.

Feel is soft and spongy. Slightly chewy with quite a soft feel. An interesting beer to drink, but drinkability is limited to the tartness and filling carbonation. If my tongue, and imagination serve me correctly, there is a lingering dryness associated with the saline aspect.

Last swigs: Feel is the key word! Fuzzy tickle! Quirky, yet respectable soft pretzel sizzler. This reminds me of how some folks talk of sprinkling salt onto the old style lagers. Gose first caught my attention when Michael Jackson's book mentioned a version.

Beer is good. Happy brackish beering. (1,456 characters)

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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