Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Reviews: 454
Hads: 899
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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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 beveragecaptain
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.5 liter bottle. Pours a hazy yellowish brown color. The large foamy head lasts a long time, and there are nice clumps of lace on the side of my .5 liter weissbier glass. The aroma is fruit (lemon and apple), yeast, spices, and a little funk. The flavor is fruity, much like tart apples. There is a malty wheat flavor, and little hop flavor or bitterness. The balance comes from the salt. There is a coriandor flavor, but it is not as strong as in many spiced Belgian beers. Very crisp and refreshing. This beer tasted weird to me at first, but the more I drank, the more I loved it. I could drink this stuff all the time. (622 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle, in a weizen glass. I wish I had a gose glass, but without one, one of my many weizen glasses will work.

Appearance: Light orange-amber appearance, very turbid and cloudy. Small head.

Aroma: Witbier-like: coriander and wheat aroma.

Flavor/Body: Good deal of wheat flavor, and weizen-like clovey phenols rise up after a moment. Some fruitiness, but not identifiable as to what fruit. Finish is acidic, and salt is lightly detectable. Body is medium-light, leading to a very quaffable beer.

This is only the 2nd bottle I've had of this very distinctive beer (bought off the internet, as it's not distributed here). The first time, a couple years back, I thought I tasted the salt a lot more than I do now. I think this would be a perfect beer with some semi-soft cheeses (like Chimay's wonderful cheeses). (833 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy amber-gold, topped with a huge four finger marshmallowy white head. Leaves rings of lacing with interconnecting webs.
Coriander strong in the aroma, and the salt is stronger than I thought it would be - more of a kosher or sea salt type than a table salt, flowers, a bit grainy, wheat and a touch of citrus.
Spicy and fruity taste, bread and dried apricots. Salty "briny" aftertaste.
Light-medium bodied, I was a bit at a loss as I had no experience to compare this one against. (503 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 rousee
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I could be wrong but this makes me think East Germany. It pours a slightly murky tan khaki color. Apricot peachfuzz-like tint too which leaves very little head and is 1mm within seconds.

Smell is extremely dry, grainy, mustardy, and ocean-like. Very curious and unusual.
Taste is as described on the label : nice german golden beer with salt and coriander. I have been to many a brewpub with beers that have flavors added like salt and coriander and they would ALL be well served to learn from these guys. Very little lace and a nice dry,salty finish. I saw this brewery makes at least one other beer. I woul bet my arm that it is also excellent.

The mouthfeel is also extremely unusual and great. Salty puckerish feeling with a pleasant numbness. Fabulous!!

Drinkability is not applicable. This is a 1-2 beer max and it isn't attempting to be anything else.

Edit: I found out that it is from E. Germany after my guess. There must be a ton of beers from East Germany that are excellent but very difficult to obtain ( in the US) even to this day. (1,059 characters)

Photo of bditty187
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, coppery-gold in hue, there is a steady stream of bubbles racing towards the white head. In a variation of a Pilsner glass the head reached an apex of two very bubbly fingers. The head retention was very good, it took awhile before it started to fade, it still had good height and a tight cap lasted the entire consumption. While the color is “ordinary,” the big & rocky head makes this a lovely looking beer. Subsequent lacing was patchy. The nose is airy but not empty. The main fragrance, while lacking in potency, is obviously spicy-salty with a sharp earthy twang at the back. Lemony notes too, some brief hints of metal. The nose doesn’t say much beyond this; however while I can’t describe the smell it does trigger my mind to think “hops.” Even though the potency is lacking, the constant, repeated whisper is unique. The bouquet is more intriguing than inviting. Regardless, it is drinking time. The palate is amazingly refreshing. It took about four sips before I anointed this the most refreshing beer I have ever had. Move over Dortmunder, Hefeweizen, or Pale Ale… Gose has won my heart! The flavors are crisp and to the point, only the earthiness is wide and found throughout. Upfront is a mild blast of salty-spice and lemony flavors. In the middle was a sweet-saltiness that made my mouth water. Interestingly by the finish the beer turned dry. While this beer is largely clean there is an odd but enduring aftertaste, it is sweet & earthy but salty & tart all mixed in one sensation. I’m impressed. I can easily see why some would not enjoy this beer; it strikes some very unique cords. They just happen to the correct notes with me. The relatively lively carbonation works perfectly with the flavor profile. Not to mention the low abv. The mouthfeel is very pleasant. Medium/medium-light in body but it is perfect for this beer. It is easy to drink, I could session with this beer, effortlessly. I found it quirky and fun, of course finding more bottles might be a chore. I bought my sample in Burnsville, MN for $4.19. I really dug it, and I can’t imagine how wonderful this would be fresh! Recommended. (2,136 characters)

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy golden color with deep hues of dark amber colors throughout. A firm white head about an inch high forms and laces the glass quiet nicely. Aromas are a bit spicy, with a slight coriander and peppery notes, but then move to more wheaty lemony citrus like aromas. Smells pretty damn good. Initially this beer hits up front with a nice wheaty like flavor that quickly moves towards a more citrus lemony flavor. In the middle there is a dry briney sort of flavor with just the slightest hint of salt, which just tingles on the tongue because of the delightful carbonation. There a nice yeastie like flavor that also makes its way into the mix. This beer finishes sweet and zesty, with a nice crisp carbonation and just a bit of spice, that leaves the tongue just wondering "what the hell happened here" of course in a good way that is. This beer is delitefully light bodied with a zesty sort of carbonation that just feels great on the pallate. Overall this beer and its style is fantastic and a nice change of pace from some of the other beers I've been trying lately. (1,082 characters)

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

Pours a clear copper color, it is well carbonated which supports a tan head. The aroma is of grain-wheat with notes of lemon and some light spice notes. To me this has a clean appetizing aroma. The beer is sweet up front with a lightly sour finish. The sourness seems to be both a combination of the wheat used and the yeast/ bugs used, though it is quite light and in almost not there when compared to some of the other sour beers of the world. This beer is light and refreshing, a perfect beer for this hot July night. There almost seems to be a smoky note in the finish, perhaps this is all that is left of the coriander. The beer itself is non-descriptly spicy. I have a feeling that this light beer is showing its age a bit, while still quite enjoyable, it was not as pronounced in its uniqueness as the brewing process would suggest. (839 characters)

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

Nice. Quite salty, spicy and citric. Some cloves. Lightly tart and acidic. Mouthcovering palate, while not being to heavy, left me wanting more after every sip. NIce dry, light, yet palate covering, everything seemed to be in its right place. Cool bottle too. Great beer. Thanks Per. (283 characters)

Photo of necoadam
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'll be honest, I was a little scared about the salt part of this beer, but this was pretty good. Poured out a dark orange/golden color with a nice amount of carbonation in this beer. A good quarter inch stays with you the entire time. Smell consisted of coriander mostly, but cloves and soft fruit was in there as well which mellowed out the sharp coriander. Taste was half witte/half hefe. The cloves and coriander blend in together and the banana flavors balance it out, and then the salt hits in the aftertaste, but it's quite pleasent. It finishes wet in a way, but the salt makes you want to drink more and more, which I was amazed on how it did that to me. So Gose it is, pick some of this stuff up. A good shake up for the summer months instead of all those witte's and hefe's. (785 characters)

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

I had this beer on tap at Redbones but I am actually reviewing the bottled version. Hazy orange-yellow in color with a big fluffy white head. In the smell, I do pick up the saltyness and coriandor. Also some yeasty notes. After the first sip, there isn't as much flavor as I expected. Very dry and refreshing with more of the coriandor coming through. I also pick up some citrus and floral notes. Not as "spicy" as I expected but very well balanced. A great summer time refreshing beer.

Doesn't this beer break some kind of purity law or something? (551 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The story of Liepzig's ghost beer coming back from the dead is probably more interesting than the beer itself, although it's subtle tartness and dryness from the addition of salt do give it a really unique, refreshing quality. It pours easily enough, giving rise to a full head of thin, creamy white lace that holds exceptionally well and leaves thick, long-lasting rings of lace about the glass. Very fine, effervescent bubbles can be seen rising quickly to the surface, and it basically resembles any well-made hefe-weizen. Coriander is evident in the nose along with a touch of weizen-type yeast characteristic (apple and subtle phenolics). In the mouth it's tiny bubbles lend a gentle caresses as its light body passes smoothly away with a delicate creaminess. Wheat malt appears first on the palate, followed by some dark fruitiness (similar to that of a hefe-weizen, but there's no banana except for a very soft note in the aftertaste) and a splash of tartness; followed by a mild coriander flavor and some herbal hops at the swallow. Seemingly out of nowhere, salt springs forth... drying, tangy?, and oddly refreshing!!! It's not as bold in flavor as a traditional Bavarian hefe-weizen, but it's unique characteristics, less-sweet flavor, and slightly lower alcohol may give it a bit more drinkability. If you like hefe-weizens and tart (or lightly tart) beers, then this is a must try! (1,394 characters)

Photo of Imbiber
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle bought at Thrifty/American, Brooklyn. Orange-brown and very cloudy, the aroma is faintly spicy with a whiff of ocean air. Flavour is an interesting mix of malt, spice (coriander) with an underlying saltiness. Salt comes through a bit more prominently towards the finish, but it doesn't overwhelm the beer.

Unusual and very enjoyable; a beer to do interesting food pairing experiments with. (406 characters)

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

Looks like homeade ginger beer with its refreshing, hazy, caramel orange color. The beer pours a nice, sponge like, off white head that starts a t two fingers and retreats to a solid one, throughout. The aromas are of (who'd a thunk it) spicy corriander and sea salt. This begs for a hot pretzel with mustard. The beer is medium bodied and creamy in the mouth. A very refreshing drink that shows best quite cold. An intriguing element of savory from the salt adds local color to the beer. Perhaps the salt is so you keep on drinking? Brilliant glass of suds. (558 characters)

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

7-01-04
The beer poured a hazy pale golden color with a slight rose and a small compact white and well lasting head.

The aroma was coriander and clove with an earthiness.

The flavor was only slightly metallic with a saltiness and understated spiciness.

The finish is dry with just a slight coriander flavor lasting into the aftertaste. The body is medium.

I've given this particular beer a fair shake and just cannot see what all the fuss is about. My first bottle must have been a slight bit off, so I am rating this second one and the scores represented are for it and not the first bottle. Still nothing to write home about. Perhaps the other example of the style is much better.

16.9 ounce bottle purchased at Asheville Wine Market for $2.99.


12-24-03 - 3.3 overall score...
(4.5, 4.0, 2.5, 3.5, and 2.5 respectively)
Beer poured a golden rose color with a large persistent off white head. The aroma is coriander, clove, and slight cinnamon. The flavor is metallic and lasting. The beer is definitely wheat with winey metallic flavors and a finish of metal. The body is medium-full.

Exact same bottle as in the picture. The bottle says brewed with coriander and salt. (1,198 characters)

Photo of xgrigorix
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter brown bottle, no dates.

Rusty orange colour. Chill haze is evident during the pour, becomes quite cloudy & opaque once the sediment hits the glass. Thin tight white cap of foam.

Coriander leaps right out, along with some lemony aromas.

Delicate lemony citrus notes are followed by a strong spicy coriander flavour. This is balanced by a pleasant sour twang that lingers on the tongue. Hard, mineral driven finish. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Very unique & interesting. (496 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer came is a 0.5 liter brown bottle with label that looked like a blast from the past. The beer, when poured into an imperial pint glass, displayed extremely fizzy carbonation and a body that was yellow with a cloud of brown yeast that would not let any light pass through. I guess if a Hefeweizen is cloudy, this one is like an oncoming storm. The aroma was sweet and malty with some lambic like funkiness thrown in. The taste is very light with the yeast tasting very spicy with orange peel and clove that overpowered most other flavors except a note of sourness that reminded me of a lambic once again. I could not really detect much coriander, but the salt was evident in the way the beer dried up my mouth after each sip. This is a very unique taste that is somewhat of a cross between a witbier and a lambic. The downfall of this beer is a watered down empty mouthfeel, which is a bit odd considering the body is not very lightweight. I picked up mine at Green’s on Cheshire Bridge Road. In my opinion worth a try, as there is nothing else quite like it. (1,067 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 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 merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Hazy amber color. Nose is not distinguishable. Starts on the yeasty side, finishes with some tartness, reminds me of a wheat. $3.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.
Update: 1-12-2007 - $13.99 for 750ml bottle from Tulley's Beer and wine Wells, Me. (370 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a rather clear light amber. Several fingers of dense white head flare, then settle slowly into a lumpy pillow of foam. Drippy blankets of lacing texture the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, the earthiness of grain is almost instantly outdone by an astringent, yeasty sourness. A rounded and indistinct spice character carries along a mild toasted grain note to the finish.

Upon sipping, an understated grain sweetness juts its chin, then draws it back in to allow an almost lemony tartness to pucker the inside of the cheeks. Drifting into the middle is a baked dough essence reminiscent of, yes, I'll say it...hard pretzels. Blended spice notes, dominated by coriander, wrap around each other at the finish. Overall, the tart flavor signature makes you sit up and take notice in a good way.

A touch shy of medium bodied, the savory elements lay pleasingly on the palate and linger after the liquid has drained away.

Nothing here really leaps out, but there are nuamnces enough to keep your interest. Each element carries a pleasant signature, and they merge nicely into a balance that yields a unique result. If it suits your tastes, with its spicy identity, then it's quite drinkable, and I found it just so. A year ago I'd likely have turned up my nose at this, but my preferences have shifted to the point where I find this something I can truly enjoy. It makes me wonder what new and wonderful changes another year will bring. (1,458 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darkish yellow with a huge fluffy head. The head looks like a science experiment gone awry. Smell was hefe with a twist. I got apples, bananas, orange, spice, and ocean air. The taste was also unexpectedly good.. It was like a normal wheat beer with added components. The spices were notable and made the beer have a wit like edge to it. However the salt was what added the most. It added a briney dry finish. It was almost like adding beer to your mouth while eating a nice salty oyster. It was refreshing and drying at the same time. Mouthfeel was nice. went down smooth as silk.. One could drink a lot of these, if not for the salt.. After a couple I did find the salt was not making my tummy too happy. and later I did feel a bit parched.. But that is a small price to pay for a tasty brew. Much better than the other Gose I have had. (846 characters)

Photo of Afterburner
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange, slightly darker than your standard hefeweizen. Puts out a huge, rocky, off-white head that takes its time to retire.

Smell: Cloves, coriander, pear, malt. Smells a lot like my first batch of homebrew.

Taste: Interesting. This beer has very little actual flavor. The flavor certainly isn't as complex as the aroma. The beginning is faintly tart and citrusy, but much less so than a hefeweizen. Since adding salt to beer is a tradition in certain spots of Louisiana, I'm familiar with the flavor of salted beer, and this beer has that flavor. I can't really taste the coriander, nor do I taste anything in the way of malt or hops. And it has absolutely no finish whatsoever. It reminds me of nothing so much as Michelob Dry.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is weak. I feel like I'm drinking water. There's simply no body here to speak of.

Drinkability: It's certainly a chuggable beer. I'll give it that. (949 characters)

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88 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.