Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 69
Gots: 57 | 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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Ratings: 889 | Reviews: 462
Photo of mevett89
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Photo of YieldToNothing
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into a tulip

nice light yellow color with a head of about an inch. smell doesn't attack you, but it is very pleasant, reminiscent of a tripel...to me, at least.
nice sour flavor, not overwhelming. not really a big taste, but there's enough going on here to enjoy it.
not a mindblowing beer. my first gose, i'd imagine it's a good beginner.

Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  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.

Photo of matjack85
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tried this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 10oz brandy snifter.

The beer poured a cloudy pale gold color with only a ½-finger of white head on top. Head retention was good, but it only left minimal spotty lacing.

The beer smelled yeasty and a bit sour.

Mildly tart and yeasty flavor with a good dose of wheat malt which adds a twang to it. Ground coriander gives it some spiciness, but the expected salty taste wasn't really there and hop bitterness was also non existent.

Very light, close to watery mouthfeel , with low to moderate carbonation.

This was my first gose, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but if this is what they are supposed to taste like, all I can say is that it's very interesting and very different from any other style of beer I've tried, but it won't be a favorite style of mine.

Photo of neenerzig
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into one of my weizen glasses, this beer pours a cloudy, hazy, medium golden color with a decent amount of bubbles rising up tot he surface of the beer from the bottom of the glass and a white head initially over an inch thick when poured that settles to 1/8 of an inch thick about 5 minutes after being poured. Not much lacing, just a slight trace and that's it. Lots of sediment in this beer, I know I poured a fair amount into the glass, and there was still a nice layer sitting at the bottom of the bottle. The head finally settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a fairly decent layer of foam on the beer's surface. Aromas of yeast and sour funk along with the spice notes from coriander. Has a nice sour funk flavor upfront that is not too sour, followed with hints of lemony citrus and the coriander and rounded out with a touch of salt. Quite an interesting flavor profile here, and unlike any I've had in any other beer before. Quite tasty. Has a crisp, yet smooth, light to medium bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation down to the last sip. Easy to drink in the manner that good beer should be. Quite an interesting beer here.

Eric

Photo of Axnjxn
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a shaker.

pours a very pale yellow with an inch or so head. no lacing. smell is big on lemon and coriander, it smells like the ocean. taste is complex, tad of tartness, lemon grass, yeasty and salty. very dry finish. quite excellent. lighter side of medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall this is very unique and enjoyable. definitely recommended.

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Pemmet for grabbing this for me. This should go well on a crazy hot summer day.

Pours a huge fizzy almost 3 finger head that fades semi quickly at first like it's eating itself, then slows as it hits the 2 finger mark, and leaves spotty lacing all around, over a crystal clear honey tan colored beer.

Nose has an almost Belgian wit like aroma, not really the spices although there is a bit of coriander, but the Belgian malt profile, light bready grainy toasty straw like malts, a nice yeast profile with faint touches of esters but not the fruity esters, but eventually turns into that German grainy straw toasted malt beer with a faint hint of salt even.

Taste brings coriander to start, a little floral and almost tea like, with a juicy flowery tea and coriander flavors. Then into malts, soft malts this time around, almost wheat like, little grainy malt character, mostly pale malt. I don't really get the salt at first, but eventually when searching for it I can get a faint hint of it. I can almost swear I get orange zest as well faintly. Finish is not as dry as I expected, a little sticky but somewhat dry, hint of salt here, more lingering floral coriander and touch of almost sweet fruit flavor lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, carb is a bit lighter than I expected.

Overall not bad, I think it's lost something from when it was in Germany, as most of the beers I've had here and while in Germany. It's decent, but I want to try it super fresh sometime. Seems like it's not quite the same beer it should be.

Photo of safaricook
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a goblet in the bar "In de Wilde Man" in Amsterdam

Appearance is a very pale yellow, quite hazy, no carbonation visible, white head of one finger, leaves no lacing.

Smell is of coriander and lemon. Salty, can you smell that? I do not smell the lactic acid/bacteria

Taste is moderately sour with a bitter dry aftertaste. The saltiness also comes towards the end and lingers on the palate demanding more. Nothing overpowering, almost reluctant, very well balanced.

Feel is a refreshing fine carbonation and a moderate body, much more solid than your common witbier.

This is my first Gose and I have been looking forward to this moment for some time. This beer does not disappoint at all. If this style would be more often available, I would say goodbye to often disappointing witbier as a summer treat. Thank you, In de wilde man!

Photo of coalbaron
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer at the brewery in leipzig. It was awesome. Definately something different. A great regional specialty. Having a tough time finding it in the US. Well worth a taste if you havent tried it before. Taste was awesome. Very refreshing. Bought a large bottle at the brewery. Excellent bottled as well.

Photo of mikeg67
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle. Pours hazy-golden with tall, long lasting, white head. Aroma is of wheat malt, spices and some hops. Body is full and smooth. Wheat malt, salt, spices, funky yeast, some sourness and tartness combine on the palate. Finish is long, salty and tart. Nice refreshing brew.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, straw colored with an immense bubbly white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: salty and funky, spice, wild yeasts, sour

T: light flavors of tart lemon with a hint of salt, like a chelada before BMC butchered the idea, tangy and refreshing, light corriander

M: light and bubbly, texture of champagne

O: an excellent refreshing beer and my first review of this style

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle poured into a wine glass. The Leipziger pours a lightly hazed copper in color with a thin white cap. Retention is a bit brief but the pour does keep a surface cap and shows a good carbonation.

Aroma is grainy with a light fruity sweetness and with a well integrated coriander spice amid a pleasant lactic sourness. Quite subtle at times yet expanding with warming.

Taste of crackery grain along with a dose of lemon and honey. Saltiness reveals itself a bit on the close yet more so as a lingering aftertaste which interplays with or gets confused with the lactic factor. Slightly sweet on the finish yet not overly so by any means. Feel is light and slightly salty with a light carbonation. Overall a pleasant experience yet not one to go out of the way for. Slightly sour, slightly sweet, slightly salty and slightly bitter. In that sense it covers it all.

Photo of sommersb
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-18-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-24-2013
Packaging: 330 ml bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Goblet
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Nice sized white head sits on the mostly clear, golden-colored beer.

S: Aromas are light, with spices and orange peel.

T: The taste is tart, with a big note of citrus, specifically oranges. I also get some saltiness as expected, but it is not overly salty.

M: The body is light and the feel has a high degree of carbonation. Finishes with tangy citrus flavors and a hint of salt.

O: Overall an excellent beer, especially for warmer weather in my opinion.

More thanks go to Cameron (TheBishopco) for providing this from my want list!

Photo of Neorebel
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is my second Gose beer experience, and I have to start by saying this is the far better of the two, being an authentic German brew. Leipziger Gose pours a clear gold, with a very fizzy 1"+ sized head. I am not finding lace on the glass once drank, however. The aroma is similar to a European Pils style, but a bit grainier, with the coriander and citrus scents noticeable as well. The taste is much like the aroma, but more full-flavored than one might expect. What's nice is that there's a bit of yeasty funk and sour apple hints in the mix. The salt, a signature of the style, is present, but very subtle, almost giving it a seltzer like mouth feel. This light beer finishes with an extremely crisp bitterness. Overall my recommendation mirrors my overall methods of trying a new style: try the original imports first before the local attempts.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

While i haven't had all that many gose beers, this one seems a bit mild in the saline category

Pours a very light golden with white head that fluffed up fairly way, but stayed down as it drank.

Wheat malt is dominant aroma, but isn't all that powerful. A bit tangy. Soft spices of coriander and white pepper.

The salt is very mild here, and doesn't quite transform the beer from tart to sharp. Coriander and the wheat provide a tingly lemon essence, just shy of sweet.
While a refreshing beer and quite sessionable, it falls a bit short of a summer quencher

Photo of mattbk
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, light, medium carbonation, some head retention.
S- Spicy, maybe slightly sour, not a strong aroma, seems like this will be refreshing.
T- Slightly sour, slightly spicy, slightly salty. Not very much more of anything than anything else, over all very clean in fact. Nice lacto tangy finish, perhaps this is the best description: clean, slightly sour. Hard to pick out spices, I'd guess coriander. Again, not a flavor bomb, but nice. No maltiness or sweetness to speak of. A well balanced beer.
M-Medium body, the carbonation is a bit zippy, adds to the drinkability and makes the beer more refreshing.
O- Really easy drinking beer, well made, I like the balance and slight sourness. Not overwhelmingly flavorful, but this is the right beer in certain circumstances, namely in warmer weather, paired with some nice cheeses.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Birch.

This beer kind of grows on you, but its saltiness is just a little too much. Interesting to say the least. Glad I tried it, but a little too odd for my liking. A little less orange juicy, a little less salty, and it might be a solid beer. But who knows, maybe I'll grow to like this like sours?

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.

Photo of beergoot
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice, light gold body topped with a very dense and creamy white head (almost like cream with dense, very small bubbles); nice cloudiness when the bottom of the bottle gets poured into the glass. Funky aroma combining sweetness with a dank mustiness; old green apples and overly ripe honey dew melon. Sour twang to the taste, reinforcing the green apple flavor; barely perceptible bitterness. Very smooth and delicate feel; crisp, clean, and dry.

Definitely a different tasting beer, and probably the first gose beer I've had. Sour and citric taste (lemon and lime) that has a mild soapy aftertaste; not unpleasant per se, but different. Reminds me somewhat of a smoother hefeweizen but with a definite coriander (or cilantro) character. I'll definitely explore some more offerings in this style even if it wouldn't be near the top of my list in beer styles.

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this goody up over at "Market Cellars," the great store owned by awesome BA "Rhettroactive."

Currently the #13 ranked Gose here on BA.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured a dark, peppery orange color, pretty cloudy, with lots of visible carbonation, and about a 1/2 finger head.

S: Kinda boring, with brown sugar and grains in lager form. A bit of sweetness was added to the mix here with the entrance of the wheat and coriander.

T: While I'm not good at judging this style overall, I'll give it my all: Much more citrusy than I was expecting: orange peel, coriander, and barley. Sorta like a Belgian saison without the Belgian yeast strain.

M: The carbonation was fine, the lacing minimal, and the sweetness... helll, I don't know what I'm supposed to judge, but I enjoyed the mouthfeel okay.

O: Kind of a boring style overall, but I see why it has caught on. It's definitely for those who are turned off by the Belgian funk, yet still was somewhat of that taste profile.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: pale, light amber (peach) and cloudy - voluminous, compact white head - tight foam with staying power, holding a cap until the end, sticks to the glass in sparkly splotches - has a 'rustic' look overall

S: potent, mildly spicy coriander - moderate-to-strong soapy/floral aroma, most prominent feature - a bit of light, biscuity malt comes through, though more would be great to balance - some yeasty tang wells up when the beer is swirled with vigor

T: huge coriander-against-wheat flavor - mild fresh-baked roll flavor, especially in the finish - felt most on the sides of the tongue, a slightly saline or citric-tart woven in, near background - the boldness of the spicing seems to mute out some of the malt, though more, but not much, comes up shortly after each swallow, as well as a touch of grassy-ness

M: has the body (light-medium) and mouthfeel of a dry hefeweizen, with a mellow grainy wash that may just be the carbonation popping across the tastebuds - I want a ever-so-slightly more dextrinous, filling presence, and maybe this would bring more balance, complexity, or just take away some of the bold soapiness...

O: all in all, this is very good - refreshing as hell - it comes across as a hefeweizen with spicing and a pronounced citric (or is it lactic?) acidity - the yeast profile has a familiarity to it....

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.

Photo of Lemke10
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden amber color with lots of bubbles from yeast constantly causing carbon to rise to the top. The aroma has yeast to it giving it that freshly baked bread scent with coriander in the mix. The texture is uniquely thin as I suspect from all the carbonation. With lots of spices in the taste making this an easy, light drinking beer with an overall citrusy quality. This is certainly a different style of beer making, but not one of my favorites.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a lasting head.
Nose shows soft wheat, lemon, brine and lime.
Pretty interesting flavours. Lemon, wheat, lime, salt and vegetal notes. Somehow pleasant though. Very refreshing, with a little acidity.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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.

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.