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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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697 Ratings
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Ratings: 697
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 66
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website

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.

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Photo of cooch69


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gose pours a bright and hazy yellow orange with a small tight head atop.

Tropical nose with coconut's and bananas. A slight rubbery nose to itas well.

This brew is really acidic upon tasting, a little tart on the palate as well but more acidity than anything. A sharp whiplash of coriander followed by nice tropical flavor's (bananas and coconuts). There once again is a little bit of a medicinal and rubbery taste upfront on this beer but the complexities in this are amazing for that of such a low alcohol beer that they are pretty well melted in.

Vibrant carbonation and crisp with a lower medium body this beer seems like more of a summer chill out beer than anything else.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 04:04:11 | More by cooch69
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy hay.
S: Grapefruit. Coriander. Funk.
T: Tart. ~lemony. Coriander sweetness.
M: Medium carbonated. Light body. Finishes dry.
O: Reminiscent of Berliner Weisse. Refreshing tartness. Great summer drink. One could say that it the the German Saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 22:33:11 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Photo of FreshHawk


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light, crisp golden color with a decent sized, light, foamy, whispy, white head. Decent retention that settles into a nice creamy thin lace.

S - Interesting aroma with plenty of lemon, some spice and herb aroma, and a touch of salt. Wheat provides a backbone to the aroma. Definitely has a tart/sour fruit (apple) aroma.

T - Interesting taste as well. Like the nose there is plenty of lemon juice and salty flavors. Some spiced flavors as well, especially coriander. Has a slight wheaty flavor toward the finish. Has a definite tartness similar to apple, grape, and of course lemon. Refreshing and really interesting. Definite tart/funk aspect dominates.

M - Lighter body with a small amount of carbonation. Very slick and smooth feel.

D - Finished the bottle, but that is all I would really want. While it has a certain refreshing taste to it, I would only really want one.

Notes: My first gose. Interesting flavors to say the least. I liked this beer, but it isn't really my cup of tea for something I would want regularly.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:29:12 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Southampton Double White glass.

Pours a clear golden/straw, with a big stark white head. Head of about two and a half fingers drops slowly to about an eigth of an inch of foam. Decent lacing.

Aroma of salt and coriander, wheat. No hop aroma. Grainy malt makes the barest of appearences.

First sip is of wheat, coriander, citrusy, almost sour tang. Lemons. Firm carbonic bite. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, with a slickness from the salt. Strong prickle from the carbonation. Very refreshing beer, this would make a great summer thirst quencher.

Overall, fantastic beer. Low in alcohol, flavors are not aggressive or over the top. Very easy drinking beer. Quite enjoyable. Outstanding example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 23:09:41 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of corby112


2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

Pours a murky, golden yellowish mustard brown color with a one finger foam white head. Decent retention, fading into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

The aroma of this beer has quite a bit going on. Hints of citrus peel, wheat, bread, spice, earthy and lemon juice.

Soft carbonation with sweet citrus flavor up front followed by a spicy and earthy presence mid palate and an odd salty dry finish. Hints of lemon zest, clove, salt and slight hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 02:41:19 | More by corby112
Photo of kbutler1


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

Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a slightly cloudy very light straw yellow/orange color with a fluffy white head. Very delicate aroma of lemon, grass, and orange. The taste is nice and light. Slightly sweet beginning with an underlying lemon sweetness flavor. Really no bitterness at all. I imagine this would be a great summertime beer but I guess it works in the middle of winter in MN. No lace on the glass. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:15:30 | More by kbutler1
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A sharp aroma of malt, grain, and coriander.

T: Tasted basically like it smelled: malt and grain up front with a hint of coriander in the finish. Oddly, this beer gets better and more flavorful as you go along.

M: A generally well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: This is the first Gose I've ever tried so I don't have anything to compare it to. Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 13:35:09 | More by avalon07
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2010 16:45:45 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served outta this weird ass bottle, into pint glass. Review from notes, consumed mid-sept. 2010.

A- Bright lemony yellow beer with a fizzy, active head that settles without much fanfare. Some spotty lacing.

S- Nose is a bit musty, fruity, and hard to pin down.

T- Interesting. Light citric fruit tartness, a bit earthy and metallic falvors that are fleeting, and some more musty notes with a bit of coarse salt. Not nearly as 'shocking' to the tongue as a berliner weiss.

M- Light, prickly, bubbly, and refreshing.

D- This one threw me for a loop but I'm seriously groovin' on it. Not sure if it's 'to style' (my guess is it is) but this is a damn fine beer. Price tag sucks but I'll buy it again, wait until the weather heats up for a nice refreshing drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 16:55:06 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of emerge077


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

Wow, what a difference between draft and bottled versions. Had two of these tonight, and could have had two more.

12 oz. tulip, a half inch of white foam on top, hazy goldenrod color. Visible streams of carbonation.

Light wheat and minerals, trace lemon and lactic yogurt tartness.

What first struck me was the body of the beer, the first sip was like a heavy well water from the salty minerality, but every subsequent sip was spritzy and light, once my palate acclimated. It was crisp, tart, and very refreshing, like a Berliner Weisse, but a bit more tame. Dusty wheat and lemon notes came through, with a savory spicy quality due to the salt. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. Reminds me of Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca or Bam to a degree. This would be the perfect summer quencher in half liter format.

Do yourself a favor and try this on draft if you've only tried the bottled version, it's truly a night and day difference.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 03:37:21 | More by emerge077
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 08:38:47 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of MbpBugeye


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

Picked this one up at Crown Liquors, downtown Indianapolis. Obviously this is my first experience with the style. I dont really know what to expect from this, but I expect it to be interesting.

A- Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass. The head is quite large. Its comprised of loose bubbles of varying sizes. It doesnt have good retention though, it sort of taunts you, telling you it will have crazy retention and lacing. Then, just as you turn your back, all traces of foam are gone.

The body of the beer looks pretty thin, but obscured by clouds of bottle conditioning yeast. Its a pasty amber gold color with traces of sea foam green and witbier white when held to the light.

S- The aroma is quite unique but it doesnt venture far from the German ale neck of the woods. Its very herbal, and so far I would compare this to a Saison. Its closest thing to a German Saison. Aside from herbs and spices the next big aroma is coriander. There is a tartness like that found in Berliners. The tartness is nicely complimented by apple and pear. The rest of the aroma is very salty. Goses do have salt added to them and this one makes that obvious.

T- The front is tart, approaching sour with an unripe fruit and salt and vinegar combination. Coriander then dominates henceforth with a familiar creamy type of spice. It is this coriander spice that remains in the aftertaste beyond the tartness, leaving the same sort of aftertaste as many Witbiers.

M- Very sharp on the tip of the tongue but things settle down nicely as it moves across the mouth. It has a nice, dry finish. Very quenching.

D- This is a very nice, interesting and unusual German sessioner. This would suit me just fine on a warm bier garten day.

If I can be allowed to call this beer the ambassador of the style, I would best describe Gose as a cross between a wit and Berliner Weisse. With its herbal spice and propensity towards a tart, dry mouthfeel it could be considered the Saison of Leipzig.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:50:33 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of OneDropSoup


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

Picked up a bottle last February at Vintage Estate in Boardman, OH. Only had an example of the style once before (East End's), & had to try another myself.

I'm sure there's a more official name for the kind of bottle, but it was banjo-shaped. Poured into a tulip pint: Golden-orange body, transparent but a little hazy with brassy highlights. Thin white head that drops to a thin collar. A few strands of nucleation.

Smells very much like a mild, semi-dry cider -- apple, a little pear, very subtle vinegar tartness.

Taste is...hmmm, interesting. The tartness of a cider but with the center kind of scooped out, I'm expecting a sweetness that never comes. Slight coriander in the aftertaste, dryness like champagne. As it warms, a character not unlike a dubble emerges toward the finish: some grape & doughy yeast character. Pretty different taste overall, enjoyable.

Sparkling feel despite what appears to be low carbonation. Tartness around the edges, dry finish & aftertaste.

This one is interesting, different, even from the other example I'd had. Tasty & fairly refreshing. May be the novelty of it, but I really enjoyed this. Not at all what I expected. Not a game-changer, but I also like the fact that I can reseal the swing-top bottle easily, save some for later.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 00:25:36 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of drpimento


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

This is pretty good beer. Not really good - pretty good. Upon opening there was an immediate scent of caramel malt in the air. Poured with a fizzy, cream colored head that rapidly faded, lots of little bubble trails, and no lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is that caramel malt, plus yeast, a little spice, fresh bread dough, fresh baked cookies. Flavor is good, not real deep, like the aroma, just tart enough, and a little salt at the end. Good body and great carbonation. Finish is of medium length although the salt lingers longer. Session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 03:27:09 | More by drpimento
Photo of rtepiak


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

as for style its like the kristalweiss of the berliner weiss world. Has a nose like a berliner and an initial tart but the feel is crisper. And i nice lager like feel. Nose is of subtle tart lactose and apple malt. The malt carries like that of the sour apple and the mild sweet of a good german lager. Very jean feel. Fantastic and oh how i wish i could have a regular supply to have as a relaxation beer. The lack of creamy wheat malt gives a drinkablity of few sour beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 06:26:03 | More by rtepiak
Photo of foogerd

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:00:19 | More by foogerd
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 18:17:13 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Natural510


2.35/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

500ml bottle, no dating

Pours what appears to be murky brown but actually a pinkish rose when held to light, with small amount of sediment floating in glass (from partial pour). Minimal head, but lacing sticks around for the duration.

Unique scent which is immediately fruity, mainly of tart cherries, but I can detect the saltiness after a good spell.

Salty, bitter, metallic. Wheat comes through after a few initial sips. Best flavor description I can garner is tonic water with added salty.

Crisp but full in body. One of its highlights.

Drinkability? You will either enjoy this for what it is, or absolutely hate it. Me, I had to add syrup halfway through, just to finish it. Besides the flavor, it made my stomach queasy with every sip.
As much as I love every other beer style from the great nation of Germany, I think this one needs to go by the wayside.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 10:14:06 | More by Natural510
Photo of sholland119


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

A-Pours a cloudy, hazy pale gold with a frothy white head and aggressive carbonation.

S-Bready malt, black pepper and some light spiciness.

T-Crisp and lemony, nicely tart, a bit salty in the background, biscuit malt. Nice.

M-Crisp and dry, fizzy carbonation.

D-A very good food beer, this paired very well with our tiilapia and shrimp.


Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 13:19:09 | More by sholland119
Photo of dauss


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

Presentation: Very ornate 750ml swing top bottle, something akin to a bottle of fine cognac. The silk screened logo on the front with some stickers on the neck and over the swing top. No freshness mark or anything.

Appearance: Nice golden straw color. Slightly hazy from the yeast. A lively beer, with the carbonation exploding when it hits the glass. A white foam head forms easily with excellent retention and lacing. 4.6% ABV.

Aroma: Nice malty aroma with a touch of acidity and a very faint aroma of coriander.

Taste: The mild acidity comes up first, with the slightly sweet malt body shining through with a floral coriander flavor in the middle, before fading to a tart and dry finish. The salinity is perceptible but it lends more of a mineral and metallic quality rather than salty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer. The heavy carbonation makes it quite refreshing.

Notes: I've been looking for the original for quite some time and here it is. The acidity is refreshing and the salinity adds an extra dimension of flavor. It is a great beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 22:04:23 | More by dauss
Photo of hedonist91

New York

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

My first Gose!

a-looks like a hef wiithout the head, it leaves quickly, but hey, what do i know, it's my first gose. Appropriate? Sure! Unfiltered, cloudy.

s-smells salty and sour. True to style as far as I know, saw a recipe with straight up sea salt in it, and with the lactobacillus, it makes sense. you might find some orange in it, but it could be brain-association with corainder, which is present as well.

t-slightly sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Hints of orange peel, coriander, and the salt is definitely present.

m-medium in body, medium in mouthfeel, crisp, but not super clean-very very very refreshing, drinking this bad boy in 90 degree living room, and it's a f-ing treat!

d-slug it! the salt def is a plus. i know a bunch of mexican dudes that do salt and lime with their coronas, it sort of reminds me of how that tastes, but without the corona, of course.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:33:45 | More by hedonist91
Photo of metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 16:41:51 | More by metter98
Photo of deapokid


4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 19:29:40 | More by deapokid
Photo of WorldWideStout


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooh a new style!

A: Poured straight down the middle into a weizen glass. Straw yellow body with a hint of orange. Initial pour is about four-fifths head, and it's about the coolest head I've ever seen. Thick, frothy, and rather reminiscent of milk, the bubbles race downwards for several minutes afterwards as the head recedes. Eventually settles at about a finger-width, not leaving much lacing.

S: Oranges and lemons mainly. This is probably just the appearance influencing me, but I swear I smell a little lactose, with a little salt in the background.

T: Starts off with a light lemon sourness that recedes but lurks in the background throughout the sip. In the middle I get the orange and coriander, followed closely by some enjoyable saltiness which lasts through the end of the sip. Not much of an aftertaste.

D: Well-carbonated, but not too heavily, resulting in a nice soft, round mouthfeel.

D: A little expensive to drink too many in one sitting, but it wouldn't be a chore in the slightest.

A refreshing, very balanced brew. The saltiness added another level to this beer, not only in terms of complexity, but in drinkability as well. Cool.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 02:16:50 | More by WorldWideStout
Photo of unclejimbay


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

Leipziger Gose
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Style: Gose
ABV: 4.50 %

Thanks to Grassrotts Market in Jacksonville, FL for this rare find, 7/10/2010.

Appearance is pale golden haze with a cloudy witbier character. Short foam cap & short if any retention.
Smells as a slightly tart wheat beer with hints of lemony citrus. Smooth and mellow coriander. A complex various scents dashed with maybe a whisper of a salty wheat marsh surrounded by lemon trees.
Tastes as it smells with a nice light Hefeweizen/Witbier hybrid type character. I get maybe a hint of salt, but it's not shouting at you or anything. Mellow wheat/yeast/lacto? tartness followed by well done spice support.
Light in body, high in carbonation.

This was my first Gose to date, and it exceeded my expectations. Close to Hefeweizens and Wits, but I can see where the lacto and salt can really make this style it's own. I will keep my eyes peeled for future examples.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 17:07:52 | More by unclejimbay
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 697 ratings.