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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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88
very good

803 Ratings
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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 68
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This original Leipzig beer specialty lends us the name for our brewery. Gose is a regional beer specialty that was brought to Saxony-Anhalt in the year 1738. Originally Gose comes from Goslar, a small town in Lower Saxony, and the river “Gose” in this town. This beer specialty has a refreshing, slightly sour taste and is ideal for quenching your thirst. Gose is brewed with the additional ingredients lactic acid, cilantro, and salt. Gose is a top-fermented beer with 4.5% ABV and 10.8% wort. You can enjoy it in different variations.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Frozensoul327, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to try a new style, so here goes:

Pours into a stange a golden yellow with a thick white head and huge sheets of sticky lace. Quite a bit of carbonation flowing straight up throughout the glass, looking nice.

Smell is interesting, there's a light tartness, some wheat and coriander, and
a slight yeasty scent. A little bit of lemon and citrus fruit in the nose as well.

Flavor is certainly unique: a refreshing little wheat and coriander flavor that holds a bit of lemon, but also a slight saltiness that increases as the beer warms. It sounds fairly unappetizing, but it's quite nice and obviously makes you want to take another sip. The finish is dry with some lingering salt and yeast flavors.

Overall: Wow, this is different from anything I've ever had. It's got some nice muted weizen characteristics and incorporates them beautifully in with the little spicy saltiness.

whartontallboy, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, my first beer from the style, and it is the top beer in the style!

Appearance: Hazy gold body, nice off-white head, about 3/4" of head.

Smell: Smell is spicy, with coriander and sweet malt, slightly toasted.

Taste: Well, interesting. Yeasty, tangy, coriander is there, salt adds another dimension to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Not a lot of carbonation, but it works well with the sharpness of the flavor.

Drinkability: Easily the best I have had from the style. And the worst.

TastyTaste, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured off the tap at Dilly Deli in Cincinnati as a hefty sampler. Poured a beautiful pale yellow that was slightly hazy, but had a tremendous thick white head that lasted forever. Wheaty aroma with some twang in the background. The flavor begins with strong wheat, with some yeasty coriander. Finishes with tartness from the addition of the lactic acid. Didn't really get the salt profile that I read about, but there were some citrus hints as well. A lot more heavy on the mouth than expected from the looks of it. Drinkable, but not my favorite style.

Dithyramb, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I saw this beer at work last night when I was dusting bottles and I just had to take one home with me. This is a very interesting style, though I don't quite think it is for me.

The beer pours to a dark golden color with a slight haze and a lot of carbonation. Forms a nice thick head that sticks around through the whole glass.

The smell is the most weird part about this beer. Has a very odd spiciness to it along with some earthy and musty wheat malt aromas.

The taste is good, but could be way more refreshing without the odd assortment of spices that overtake the wheat malt. Also has a bit of a tartness to it, though not overpowering the sweetness and spiciness. There is maybe a very subtle hint of some noble hops in the finish, but the spicing covers it up to the point of obscurity. The bottle says coriander and salt, and both are easy to pick out, but it seems there are plenty of others.

The mouthfeel is sharp and has a bite to it. Surprisingly quite full in body. I am glad I had the opportunity to drink this, but it lacks the high drinkability of most wheat beers, thus this beer seems to be lacking it's place in my beer food pyramid.

neonbrown82, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from quite possibly the most beautiful bottle I have ever bought. Teardrop shaped 750 that is silk screened and has a flip top. No dates. Poured into a wezen.

Loud pop when opened, a bit of a gusher, but it subsided before I uttered my second curse. Pale, hazed gold with a tall white head that is rocky and leaves lumpy lace as it goes.

Smells of malted wheat, coriander and ocean. Nicely balanced.

Wheat comes up first, but is gently cleared nudged aside by the coriander and dry hops followed by a palate clearing dose of kosher salt. The salt, hop, and spice combination work really well and give it an almost lemon like character. This would do well paired with roasted pork, or even by itself as an afternoon drink during summer.

The mouth has the feel of a good pale wheat, but with a little kick from the salt/spice/herb combo that is accented by the carbonation. This has session beer written all over it.

ypsifly, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of Reverand
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't what to think with a beer whose ingredients include coriander and salt. But was I surprised by this. Gose poured to a nice amber colored with a fizzy head that vanished in a instant. A nice spicey nose with a hint of wheat. At first taste you get hit with the spices and the salt comes in on thru the backdoor. It was like coming out of the ocean and getting a mouthfull of sea water. But have no fear the salt taste goes away within seconds. Overall an awesome beer and certainly one to try.

Reverand, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This was a real summer quencher. Poured hazy sunshine yellow from the tall porcelain stoppered flasche. Aroma was fruity and lemony with hints of spice and floral notes. Head was creamy white and lingered leaving some lacing on the glass. Taste was acidic even lemony, hints of spice and traces of saltiness that this style is noted for having. an overriding sour taste was just the thing to take the edge off of a hazy, hot and humid Saturday.

Citadel82, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a light amber, clear beer with a one finger, fizzy, fast dissipating head when I first poured it out. However, when I poured the rest of the bottle after drinking some, the hazy sediment came into play, clouding the brew and making a three finger head that spilled over the top of the glass. Fortunately I was able to recover most of it.

Aroma was of wheat malt, with a touch of spiciness and a faint hint of roasted malt in the background.

Taste was very interesting... I could taste wheat malt, faint green tea, and club soda, like a wheat beer spritzer. The salt was present in the aftertaste... kind of like when you gargle with salt water, that flatness that you get afterwards. Mild, overall.

Mouthfeel was light and very good for the flavor.

Drinkability was good, if you want something light and goes down easy.

connecticutpoet, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange colored brew.

Smell is light sweet wheat malt and citrus. There are some other fruity scents here but they are all jumbled together in a juicy fruit type of scent. Odors of tea are in here too. Can't smell any salt but I live 5 miles from the ocean and I am sure it is a scent I tune out without thinking about it. Banana and clove scents show up after a bit like a Hefe weizen.

Taste is fruity and mild up front with mild wheat malt and banana bread to start. Taste gets tart after a bit. Low but detectable hop bittering in the finish. Very estery but more like the British ale version than the German wheat beer version. Lots of roasted marshmallow flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable brew, I can't understand why it isn't made by more breweries. Hard to describe, think of wheat beer Gatorade. I would consider this for everyday use if only an American brewery made it. Alaskan brewing has shown mastery at making Altbier maybe they should try Gose?

Zorro, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure I reviewed this one at one point, but apparantly i'm mistaken. This is a rare beer as only a handful of breweries in one region of German even make it anymore! Anyway it's now widely available in the states, and although it is quite pricey ir is definately a nice taste experience. This is a light gold, off-white brew with a big head of white foam that dies quickly and leaves almost no lacing on my glass. Aromas are all coriander, and citrus, just like a classic wit or wheat, but it is spicy as well and it does not have a strong hefe-y sort of flavor to it. Taste is salty/sour and spicy with the nice wit notes in the mix as well. No real fruity banana or German yeasty esters show their head though! Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the finish is dry, drinkability is pretty nice. A real "one-of-a-kind" brew that I quite like, but don't drink often...It will be cool to sup this one in Germany at the source soon...

francisweizen, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at a homebrew club meeting. Interesting. The salt, coriander and wheat are indeed all in there. Kind of horsey and sour, with a definite lactic quality. I guess it's a beer that's exactly as advertised! Salt gives it a softened water taste. Then it finishes with a little sweetness. Not to my personal taste, but a pleasure to have discovered this.

DrunkMcDermott, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of dwvarner77
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, yeasty, light copper color with a quarter inch of slightly off-white head that resides mostly at the perimiter. Nose is of wheat, sweet and spicy, somewhat orange, subtle not strong.
Taste upfront is wheat and a bit of orange; there's a hint of bitterness, and the salt is evident to me in the aftertaste. There's certainly more there that I'm not capturing in the description, but I'm failing to find the appropriate words.
Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, but not sticky or offensive. Pretty crisp on the finish.
Very interesting style; haven't had anything like it before, still trying to wrap my mind around it. Certainly worth a try.

dwvarner77, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of horndecker
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There's no "best before" date anywhere, so I've no idea how long this bottles been sitting on the store shelf. Seems ok though.

Brassy golden color with a decent head, a bit of suds linger.

The aromas are of bitter herbs, citrus, ashes and pepper, spinach. A little bit musty. Odd. As it warms things get a bit more pronounced, but no less confusing.

And it gets stranger, as advertised. The first sip brings a big mineral wash, salty and seltzery. (Alka-Seltzer comes to mind) Behind that is mellow grain and wheat. It's tart and acidic, sometimes sudsy, occasionally impersonating a Berliner Weiss, but then the salt intervenes again. Flashes of different fruit and vegetal flavors whizz by. And you know, once you accept and embrace the salt, it's quite a brew.

It finishes dry, almost dusty, probably an impression caused by the salt, which lasts through the aftertaste.

I liked the look of it and the taste of it, but never came to an agreeement with the smell of it. Still, I will certainly try this again, with the expectation that there's more to appreciate.

horndecker, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-a-liter bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy orange color with two fingers of head. There is a nice amount of lacing present. The smell is fruity and salty, a weird combo. Orange peel mixed with sea salt comes to mind. The taste has lots of citrus as well. Lime and orange take over, with some saltiness on the finish. Even a little peppery spice. The body is fairly thick and strong. The drinkability is good too. Thanks to Kev for introducing me to this style of beer.

SheepNutz, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of shippos
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy opaque orange witha a lot of carbonation released after pouring, lots of bubble action forming a dense white head.
fruity nose with corriander very reminescent of a wit style aroma although a bit under played on the some of the spice. good mouthfeel, nice refreshing wheat character...mixed style sort of...cross between a hefe and wit. clean aftertaste with just a hint of sourness in the finish.

shippos, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A salt beer? Hmm. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that has good retention and leaves a small amount of lacing. The aroma is a little sour with something else that gives it a sharp edge. The flavor has a citrus thing going on, but then has a strange salty drying sensation at the end. Light body. I didn't enjoy this one much. Just not my thing.

clvand0, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/12/05- Purchased at Wine Exchange of Sonoma.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with no dating. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- A bit of a cloudy golden pour, a large on the creamy side foamy head and above average lacing. At least 1/2 inch of head was left throughout the entire beer.

Smell- A touch of corriander as well as a bit of a black olive scent. Maybe some kind of vegatable scent as well. Interesting, but not bad.

Taste- Was prepared to not like this one because of the "salt" factor. But, was I ever suprised. Tastes like a combo between a pils, hefe and get this...a flanders type ale? It has the nice wheat and corriander which makes you think weizen, and the light metallic twinge and bit of grain that says pils and I guess because of the salt, it creates a tad bit of sourness you might find in a flanders. All rolled into one it really works.

Mouthfeel- Lighter carbonation than expected, very smooth, clean and crisp as well.

Drinkability- This is a great summer beer. So easy to drink and one of the most refreshing beers I have had. The price was a bit steep ($4.50 I think), but it was worth it. I'm wishing I snagged another couple of these. Damn!

GClarkage, May 13, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. The brew poured a dirty straw color with a 1.5 finger head that stuck around very well. The nose was slight lemoney tart with a bit of graineyness in there that was slightly offensive to me. The flavor was better than the nose. Grainey, slightly orangey and raisiney with a salty finish after swallowing the brew. Better than the nose told me. The feel was moderate with a moderate carbonation. I like the saltyness on the finish. Very unique twist to a brew. Overall, I think I will have to visit this one again. I have a second bottle that will definately help make my mind up. I didn't find this to be anything overly special, but something inside me says that it should be.

Editing. I'm chosing to edit the review as opposed to add a new one as I don't think the first bottle was as ok as it could be.

Nice 3 finger head that falls slowly to a very healthy coat. Hazy orange color. Nose is pretty nice. A lot going on in there. I get lemon-spritzed banans most prevalent. The flavor is still not as impressive as I would hope. I get a saltyness initially, moving to a grainey flavor, but not harsh, and finishing a light fig or raisin. The feel is a solid moderate with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability is a little better than I gave it before. It is a well rounded beer. I'd get it when looking for something different. Bumping it to a solid 4 all around

kmpitz2, May 08, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This gem appeared on the shelves of Moscow's premiere supermarket when I was there the other day. 750 ml bottle with resealable pop-top and a long tall neck that makes the whole thing as tall as a wine bottle, with an oval shaped body that looks like a decanter. The happy German is still on the label. Salt and coriander are listed as ingredients (presumably dodging the purity law by calling the product a beer-specialty, rather than a beer). Best before 3/29/06, I opened it on 5/1/05 - Happy May Day.

Pours a hazy pale gold under a thick one finger white head that has lots of body but doesn't stay very long. A few spots and strings of lace cling to the glass. Distinct spicey nose, with the coriander mixing pleasantly with the citrus of a usual German weizen. The mouth is highly carbonated and fairly light. There is a definite tanginess here, like a weizen, but somehow sweeter. The coriander is not overpowering, but is definitely present. There is a slight saltiness in the finish, rather like mild perspiration. The sweet fruitiness is a touch like lemonade, or perhaps a Berliner Weisse. Certainly an interesting brew, although I can't say I would want more than one glass under most circumstances.

Globetrotter, May 01, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ahhhh the mysterious style of Gose...

I feel fortunate to say that there are about 3 stores within ten minutes of me that carry this on a regular basis (let me rephrase...it is probably never restocked since its first shipment). The bottle has a jovial german man who seems to be happy about something. This poured out a hazy straw color with a nice sticky head forming right away. There was a good amount of spontaneous carbonation running all through the glass. The aroma was delicate and floral doughy presence. Small traces of spices popped through as well. The taste is definately different than anything I have had before. I would't say it is an unfamiliar taste in the sense of other Wiezen styles, but the saltiness is an unfamiliar touch. Apparently the use of salt in this style of beer traces back to some real old-school brewing practices that are not so common anymore. The salt aspect is not what I was expecting. It is much more subtle than table salt, but it lingers enough to know it is major piece of this brew. The salt and corriander leave my mouth very dry, but refeshed. I can say that this not a style of beer that I am crazy about, but it is a very unique beer that I feel honored to have tried. This is true old-school German brewing.

ALESwhatCURESya, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really unique beer, which always scores points in my book. Pours a light yellow orange amber color with a poofy white head. Smells spicy and dusty. Those scents are even more pronounced in the taste, which is pretty complex. Nice herbal hop taste with lots of complex spicy backgrounds. The use of corriander and salt is definately apparent, and in my opinion pretty interesting. This beer also has a pretty apparent funky taste as found in Belgian styles, a good surprise I wasn't expecting. Really nice and smooth mouthfeel makes this beer particularly refreshing and a pleasure to drink. If you want something out of the ordinary go pick up a bottle of this stuff. The dude on the front of the bottle looks like he's having a blast.

twelvsies, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint .9 fl oz served in a pilsner glass

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

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

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

M- Thick mouth with light carbonated mouthfeel

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

rhoadsrage, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very cloudy amber, nice color. Gentle 1cm white head, no carbonation apparent. Wild aroma, salty hops with a little matchstick, faint malt and lemony hints. A bit empty body-wise, it tastes rather meaty, vegetal, mineral, all over a tart background a bit like sour bread and rhubarb. Sour and Salty ain’t no friends. Light body, light carbonation. Bleh, hopefully the other gose defends this style better, because this one is one of those select few that deserves twice more points for the appearance than taste.

Rastacouere, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

cokes, Jan 05, 2005
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.