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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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88
very good

815 Ratings
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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 69
Gots: 33 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003)
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Photo of bearrunner44
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very cloudy. The colors range from light gold to burnt orange when the glass is held up to the light. There isn't much head, but that's mostly due to an overly gentle pour.

Smell: Sour apple and spice. The spice is tight and powder-smooth. The sour apple flavor washes around inconspicuously beneath the spice.

Taste: Vague, soft, sour apple flavor washes over the taste buds. The coriander provides slightly nutty, cinnamon-like overtones. The coriander flavor ties the beer together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and substantial. The carbonation is perfect. It gives a slight burn without being too harsh.

Verdict: This is a great "small" beer. The ABV is only 4.6%, but it never feels light on body or flavor. It's a sublime, effortlessly drinkable brew.

Photo of AltBock
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9fl oz. bottle with a picture of this man in 19th century clothing holding a pilsner glass filled with yellow beer and with a head of foam about to overflow the glass. The other hand is either wiping away excess beer from his lips, getting something out of his moustache, or he's sneezing. The only info on the bottle, is that it's brewed with spices, coriander, and salt. No date of the back or front.

Appearnace: When poured into a weizen glass, the beer was this light hazy brownish/orange color with a 2 finger head of white foam. The head of foam dissipated fairly fast leaving very little lace and rigns around the glass. I also spotted some spices or salt sediment on the side and bottom of the glass.

Smell: I noticed up front a huge helping a salt in the aroma with very little fruits (coriander) and other spices in the background. Just what I would expect from a beer brewed with salt, but I really didn't care for the massive aroma of salt up front.

Taste: Salty up front, but not too overpowering like the aroma. After the salt was some coriander and some other fruits, wheat, very little hops, and the end, the salt taste shows up again. Again, just what I would expect the taste would be from a beer brewed with salt and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Light, not too filling, carbonated, and a slight salt aftertaste in the back of your mouth.

Drinkability: Overall a good beer and a interesting style that I'm glad I tried at least once. Would I buy it again, probably not. I really don't care for salty beer.

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

Leipziger Gose is best served at cool cellar temps (40-45F) in a traditional becher, mug or tumbler. This one pours up frothy & spritzy with a tall whitish head that envelops the hazy, golden-peach colored body. The sharp aroma is zesty with hints of fruit (e.g. apple skins, lemon zest & apricots/sand plums), bread dough and wheat berries. There's also an interesting earthiness & herbalness (e.g. cilantro, lemon grass, tarragon, etc...) that adds to the overall complexity. The flavor starts off slightly bready with some sweet toasty notes that gives way to the underlying bitterness from the Hallertauer & Perle hops and some earthiness. There's just a hint of lactic tang & mineral saltiness in the crisp, dry sourish finish. This medium-light bodied specialty is quite quaffable and a good choice for quenching one's thirst. Try pairing this one with your favorite salty nuts or a fresh baked pretzel with tangy stone-ground mustard.

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle served in a Stone Old Guardian glass (no, the irony of this is not lost on me).
Pours a slightly hazy tarnished golden color with a strong white head and a pretty decent amount of lace.
Soft wheaty smells, spices, a bit of underlying hops. Somewhat muted aroma, but I can deal with it.
Taste is just wonderful. Somewhat sharp wheat notes begin followed by coriander and just a hint of hop bitterness. A slight sweetness penetrates the spicy flavors of this beer. The end is a sharp, salty flavor that just hits the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is excellent, a very easy drinking beer for sure.
Overall, I could say that this would be my go-to beer for those hot summer days were it not so darn hard to find and just a bit above my threshold for session beers as far as price is concerned. Nevertheless, I could easily drink a bunch of this beer in a session with no problems at all. This is the kind of beer that makes me happy to advocate.

Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparant gold with streams of carbonation pumping up to the top with a mild white collar and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, flowers, and wheat with a touch of pepper and coriander.
Mouthfeel is dry and lightly carbonated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing behind. It has a dark brown to gold appearance that looks fairly clear and crisp. The smell reminds me of as sweet bock bier. It's very fruity like apple and berry coupled with a hoppy smell. This bier is salty, the first bier I have ever had that is bitter and salty. Slightly spiced with salty flavors and hops.

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that barely hangs around but leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Whole wheat bread, tart green apples, salt water and

Taste: Starts out rather tart and lemony, with the coriander and salt flavors starting to kick in at mid-palate; the salty aspects build to the finish and linger in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate degree of carbonation

Drinkability: Extraordinary and unusual; has some similarities to a witbier but much more interesting

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

Sampled on-tap at the Sunset in Boston.

This gose poured a cloudy, yellow color with creamy, white foam that persisted a while but slowly settled, leaving a film coating the glass. The smell was floral with a touch of coriander and a light malt aroma. The taste was lightly sour with the flavor of wheat malt and coriander, very much like a witbier. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with light body and good carbonation. The lightly tart taste lingered. This was a very refreshing brew, though it seems to taste slightly differently each time I have it. Proabably a delicate beer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beer is good. Happy brackish beering.

Photo of stof0048
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lindeman's Lambic glass as I did not possess the precise glassware for this beer (though the Lindeman's glass is quite close). Pours with relatively little head and lots of carbonation.

Appearance: Thin white head, lots of lacing, cloudy orange/gold color and bubbles galor.

Smell: Smells lemony, a bit hoppy, but the overall scent of the beer is very light.

Taste: Taste is great, it definitely has taste but is not overpowering. A very nice lemon taste with a bit of spice. Nicely balanced with hops. This beer has a nice pizazz, not common.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is very light, floats over the tongue with a rush of bubbles.

Drinkability: This is a beer that could easily be a staple. Not horribly expensive for an import and very good beer for the price... got this one from my father who paid $3.99. Great beer and would recommend to anyone.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with a billowing white head. The aroma is of banana and coriander; like a really big witbier. The taste is of banana and coriander. It walks the fine line of being mellow while still being flavorful. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter the medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is one of the best beers I have ever had. It is sad that this style is so overlooked by American brewers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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...

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.

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.

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.