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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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88
very good

814 Ratings
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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 69
Gots: 32 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of botham
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a rusty gold color with three fingers of light tan head that remains for a couple minutes. no lacings.

aroma is lightly malty, with a bit of a sour base, along with a subtle salty feel that is dulled by a light spiced character. a unique mix of flavors, along with a nicely concentrated profile.

taste is thin in profile, with a lightly sour character and a base of salty caramel malts. the taste does not do the aroma justice in richness or breadth of flavors. a very light smoked flavor comes through after finishing, giving the brew a bit of body in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a thin and watery texture and a light bite from the mildly sour character. finishes thin with residual salt and light spice.

drinkability is decent. this is a unique brew, that could use more richness on the palate. the aroma is unique and nicely concentrated, along with a taste that falls short of anything special.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Wobbly
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

Of all the readily available examples of gose where I live, this is one of my favorites. I have had better ones while in Germany, but I cannot seem to find those here. This is a very typical gose and thus a good starter for those unfamiliar with this complex and challenging style. It may just be me, but I feel that the American Wild Ale sub-style has as much, if not more, in common with a German Gose (and Berliner Weiss, for that matter) as it does with Flemish style red and brown sours.

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

Poured a clear golden color, then towards the end I dumped the yeast and it became really hazy. It poured with a thick three finger white head on top with decent retention and no lacing.

Aroma holds citrusy lemon notes, a litte sourness, and some tangy yeast.

Taste is nice. Zesty lemon, some herbal notes, the combination almost reminds me of a lemon cough drop. Almost, but much better. Also a little corriander and saltiness.

Mouthfeel is thin, but carbonation is spot on making for a refreshing beer. I could see this being a great spring or summer beer when you want that light and easy refreshing beer on a hot day.

Drinkability is high as it is easy to drink and good flavor and low alcohol make it even easier. A very sessionable brew.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- thick picturesque eggshell colored active foam fizzes away while leaving little specks of lace behind. particles and swirls of yeast float around float amid the tiny rising bubbles and dark blobs of presumably yeast sit on the bottom. colors relative to different lighting are ridiculous: against a white light its pale yellow, like a witbier, and against an incandescent it's a tangerine apricot and hazy nonetheless. head settles to a thick disk and pretty much stays that way. since this is my first gose, i guess it looks pretty good.

S- some banana, some soft coriander that's neither pungent nor weak, and a definite lactic tartness bordering on lemony. pale barley and wheat are evident, but yeast, spice, and sourness dominate this one.

T- the bottle suggests notes of plum, which pretty much hits it right on the money. lactic acid introduces itself immediately with a very fruity presence like unripe red plum, sour cherries, and sauerkraut. not at sharp as a berlinerweiss, instead mellow and pleasant, fading quickly into a clean pale grain taste. coriander gets sort of mixed in with the lactic acid dulling it out which is fine by me cuz i'm not a big fan of spice in beer. dried parsley, white bread, apple skin, and very faint hay like hops are also in the mix as a noticeable saltiness takes over near the finish. it's not so much in your face, but a light liquid saltiness like sea salt or even sea water. similar to putting salt on a green apple like i did as a kid. aftertaste is of light apple, wheat and some salt. flavor is complex and well balanced and the little bit of salt makes it damn near exceptional.

MF- very light and crisp and ultimately refreshing. tight bottle conditioned carbonation gives it an almost belgian feel and underlying apple juice consistency. very clean on the palate, and the salt may attribute to this, lending an almost savory quality to an otherwise fruity beer, and squeegeeing away the other flavors.

D- a real sleeper in my fridge, i had no idea gose would be this appealing. perfect for warm weather, clean and thirst quenching, i only wish i had a bigger bottle.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into stange glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours with a pretty impressive, effervescent white head, over top of an almost completely clear golden body and very little carbonation present.

Aromas are quite nice, dominated by a light lemon-citrus, and plenty of herbal and floral presence. Wheat malt in there, too.

Mouthfeel and flavor greet you with a tangy, tart citrus sharpness, well-rounded with a wheaty, bready smoothness. Some grassy, and leathery mustiness come thru in the middle. Light touch of spices, including the advertised corriander are in the finish. Great carbonation level.

Huge on the drinkability meter. This was fresh, crisp, and flowed so easily. I could go through 10 of these on a long summer afternoon.

Photo of samie85
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber color with 1/8 inch of white head that dissipates to an outer ring of the glass.

Smells of sweet and bready malt notes with a hint of herbal spice.

Very interesting flavor profile... starts off almost like a flanders red; kind of sour, vinegary note that fades into a crisp, clean malty and vaguely bitter finish.

Thin bodied with effervescent carbonation and a drying finish.

This is one easy drinking beer. It begs to be drank quickly the way it finishes on the palate. I wish I had a few more of these to session on the rest of the night.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of marburg
4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up at Putnam's shop... The label says that it's brewed with salt, and, man, I believe it. Great, intriguing flavors...

A lemon zest character is one of the predominant, fragrant aromas that arise from the glass. Strong floral smell. As it warms, it has in the nose a sort of muted sugar sweetness that reminds me of saltwater taffy. The tangy flavor smacks of citric acid and suits the light body well. So it seems to start off as a simple refresher, but a very textured mid-palate leads to an almost-salty flavor that masks any big finish and lingers for minutes afterwards. If you even think of serving this at refrigerator temperature, smack yourself around a little bit. The aromas and flavors are too interesting to subdue.

Photo of Murrhey
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of geexploitation
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold, with limited yeasty cloudiness and a sea foam head that sticks to the beer and the glass like glue. Aromas of sharp coriander, wheats, and, yes, just a touch of saltiness. Smells like a Belgian witbier with a sharper edge. Sharp spiciness, full carbonation, then turning sour with lemony citrus notes. And that's about it. Not too much depth here, but the aromas and flavors that are here are unique. Refreshing, acidic mouthfeel that leaves the palate refreshed. Easy to drink (with a low ABV) as well. Very interesting, unique beer... not sure if it's stupendous enough to justify the price, unfortunately.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drseamus
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There was a bunch of junk in the bottle, but a careful pour yields a crystal clear golden body with a nice thick pure white head. There is a bunch of visible carbonation rising up. It is really a picturesque beer.

S: Light malt aroma with wheat. No real hop aroma.

T: Nice tartness from the lactic acid rides on top of a wheaty malt base. Very refreshing. I can't detect any salt at all.

M: Nice and medium bodied but the carbonation adds a nice effect and seems to make it lighter.

D: Not bad at all. Would make a great summer beer.

Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy pale yellow, like a pale wheat beer mixed with smog. Its hazy enough to glow when held to light like some weird lightbulb, but it isn't altogether opaque or anything. 1.5 fingers of tight, sterling white head sit on top. I can't imagine that this beer looks anything short of good for the style.

The aroma begins by approximating a Berliner Weiss, only less overtly sour. It's got a whole healthy dose of spritzy, lemony, zippy, tangy wheat. It has this curious white grape component going on that I like. It smells a bit like a short mead with the combination of spices and slightly-sour fruit smells. There's a musty yeast aroma too, like homemade bread.

I really like how this beer tastes. Imagine a Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer (or somesuch reasonably hoppy American Pale Wheat Ale), then add some coriander, then add Sprite. Later, have it finish with a refreshing slightly sour note, and an interesting salty note! Goze: the Gatorade of beers! It's refreshing in the same way that Gatorade is. Thanks goes to the salt in addition to the light, cohesive weissbier flavors.

Lepziger Goze is as spritzy as my description of its flavor makes it seem. Active, refreshing carbonation. Medium bodied for a wheat beer. Finishes clean. Nothing to complain about. Overall impression? This is an extremely refreshing beer. I'd kill for this to be available in cheap six packs. Kill.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of neenerzig
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
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 cbl2
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/10/2007 $3.59 500 mL 4.60% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear light brown with bits of dark sediment bobbling about on the intense carbonation. A nice fluffy white head, one inch deep, rests upon the top.

Aroma:

Brewed with coriander and salt, I am picking up notes of chocolate, a touch of sourness and the aforementioned salt, as if near the seashore.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

My first gose, here goes…(no pun intended). Smooth though weak mouthfeel is followed by a sweet wheat sensation with a touch of chocolate. Lacking the spicyness that should be present due to the coriander. There is a faint touch of saltiness, but not enough to provide the promised "sharpness from the addition of salt" according to style.

I'm glad I got to experience this (my 85th style), but this offering seems to lack substance, with the flavors not really coming together, nor the salt/coriander combo stepping forward enough to express themselves.

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.