Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Reviews: 454
Hads: 899
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 70
Gots: 59 | 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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Photo of negroobserver
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance... Light yellow. A bit cloudy. Remeniscent of a haefeweizen.

Smell... Citrusy. Light saltiness, like an ocean breeze. Hops.

Taste... Light sourness. A bit of salt, which is very complementary like a chocolate dipped pretzel. Citrus or lemon flavors.

Mouthfeel... Light, a bit watery. Refreshing.

Overall... A very nice beer. My first salted beer, which I really loved. It kind of reminds me of a better version of a Corona with salt and lime. Excellent stuff.

Grade: A- (486 characters)

Photo of byrd
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gose pours with a large bubbly head requiring a slow pour in order to control it. The head is fairly sticky, and piles pretty high above the rim of the glass. When it finally recedes, it sticks to the sides of the glass, and forms a thick lace that stays for the life of the glass. There’s a great aroma, and lots of it. The aroma is citrusy with lots of lemony notes as well as some yeast and slight spice notes. Can’t really smell any salt that is typically mentioned with the style. The color is a nice slightly hazy amber. The start is slightly smooth but the tartness kicks in quickly with carbonation that adds some additional bite. Malts add some graininess to this brew and are subtle throughout this brew. Along with the tart up front palate are citrus notes, namely lemon. Spice notes are fairly subdued, but noticeable (I probably would have missed specifically naming the coriander if the bottle didn’t mention it). The saltiness seems to become more apparent towards the end. The finish is crisp and dry, again with some tart lemon notes. Definitely heffe-ish but not quite. Still, a refreshing summer brew. (1,123 characters)

Photo of deg
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle, which I poured into a glass. I didn't decant to try and remove the yeast, I swirled the yeast just like a hefeweizen and added it to the glass. The spicy taste and the saltiness came right out when I drank the beer. I liked the taste. Very little hop bitterness. I found it easy to drink, but the saltiness might get to some folks. (347 characters)

Photo of Reverand
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of WMBierguy
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my first Gose. I have nothing to compare it to, and I have no idea how old this particular bottle of beer was. It poured a cloudly brown similar to an Alt-style beer, with a pure white head about half an inch thick. The initial taste was strange, and a bit unpleasant. The saltiness of the beer created a bicarbonate like flavor, punctuated in the middle by a dull metallic taste. Not a good start. A strange thing happened as I was drinking this beer: the taste steadily improved. As the beer warmed, it lost its metallic taste, and flavors other than the salt became noticable. By the time I finished, I was sorry to see it go. I'm definately going to give this style another try the next time I find it. (715 characters)

Photo of BierManVA
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Pat of (PatandDavid) for providing me with this fine bier while I attended the EBF this past weekend!

My research tells me that this is a wheat bier but brewed with corriander and salt. The salt is definately present, especially after swallowing. The taste is very crisp and similar to some other unfiltered Hefeweizen's. This bier pours nicely and is very enjoyable. A trip to Leipzig would certainly find me searching for one of these fresh local brews.

I would call this a must for anyone who enjoys wheat biers.

John (546 characters)

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

11.2oz bottle

A-Hazy light gold. Huge white head.

S-lemon and corriander. No hop aroma. citrus ester.

T-Lots of corriander. Slightly tart, kinda like sweet lemon juice. Slight cinnamon. Low pils like malt.

M-Fairly sweet, carbonation feels lower than it looked. No alcohol warmth. Beer stays on the palate too long IMO.

D-Nice summer beer. Lots of corriander and tart lemon flavors. Could be a bit drier. (413 characters)

Photo of ggilman
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for a sour beer, and found this on tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor Maine. Giant pour in a huge glass beer mug.

Light, hazy wheat colored beer with a thin head of tight bubbles. You pick up the lactic acid in the nose, as well as a bitter lemon rind. Very sour, with a hit of the wheat in the background as it lingered. Not an overpowering wheat presence, which I was glad to find. Clean, crisp & refreshing.

This wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but glad I tried it, and I'd order it again. Nice mouthfeel, nice sourness, and nice warming alcohol content.

Perfect for a brisk October weekend, and a bargain at $4. (642 characters)

Photo of Jwaks
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving : half litre bottle like the one in the picture

My first gose, this should be an interesting experience.

This hard to find brew pours with ease revealing a hazy pale golden body with ehough carbonation to form a respectable finger thick airy white head. Showing its emphemeral quality, the head quickly settles into a thin ring leaving minute traces of lace behind.

A bouquet redolent of light bread, earthy spices, citrus peel, salt water and ground wheat wafts from the glass.

With characteristics very close to a hefe and a witte, this throws a tasty dash of bready malt and spicy wheat upon entry building toward a fuller mid palate with refreshing citrus zest, sour fruit esters and a bit of earthy spice. Everything ties together on a clean finish with a bit of yease and a touch of salt.

Mouthfeel is near average, a bit more body and flavor concentration would be welcome. Damn this is very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall, this was a great first experience drinking a gose. Awesome!

Cheers! (1,039 characters)

Photo of gosurfobx
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at my parents house, I bought it two years prior for them and they never drank it. I'm told it never left the fridge. Lets see if its still good.
Poured from the traditional looking long necked bottle into a pilsner glass. Appears hazy and forms a frothy head that slowly sinks down to a stable one finger sized head. Smell is wheat and citrus. First sip, tastes like typical wheat beer with a background fruity tartness. After a couple more sips the tartness becomes more pronoucned. Its almost strawberry like. As I drink more the strawberry tartness becomes more of a acid citrus tangy-ness and becomes more pronounced in the flavor profiles. Near the end of the glass the tangy-ness has gone to full on sour. The mouth is light with little carbination.
Overall this is a very good beer. The price tag would keep it off my casual drinking list. Will buy again for a special occasion. (902 characters)

Photo of BeerTaster
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance pale yellow with haze huge white head that went down quickly and left a nice lace around the edge. Smell sour and acidic come to mind. Taste much the same as the smell a little like a lambic. Mouthfeel light in body high in carbonation. Drinkability is good I could have one or two of these on a warm summer day not the best on a cold NY night. (354 characters)

Photo of Atricapilla
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been wanting to try this for some time and lo and behold it was a new arrival at Zeno's. Tried this in a small goblet.

Appearance was a cloudy yellow with a slight orange tint. Head was a nice frothy white. Aromas was a mixture of coriander, wine and wheat. The taste was comple; strong tones of wheat, with a bit of saline, lemon and coriander. A slightly sour finish followed.

Felt like I could drink several of these, but decided to try something else new... (469 characters)

Photo of PGD120
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle Poured into tulip

Appearance: golden cloudy color with a white 1 finger head. Not much lacing

Aroma: some biscuit malt. Funky yeast. Coriander

Taste: matches the aroma with a little salty flavor at the end. Not like eating salt. But balances it nicely.

Moithfeel: medium light bodied

Overall: very nice example of a gose. Very tasty and refreshing (367 characters)

Photo of grandq
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw-to-apricot with a very quickly disappearing white head. Scents of lemon, orange zest, and coriander. Much of the same appears on the tongue, with some slightly sour/sharp twinge that calls to mind salt and margarita meeting at the rim of a glass. Finshes off a little like a SweeTart. Feels a touch thicker than the average wheat based beer. Refreshing and not at all cloying in spite of the rather intense fruitiness. A nice summer brew I'd take over the standard weiss. (490 characters)

Photo of kaimcm
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a Schneider weisen glass.

A: being a german wheat beer I assumed I should throw the yeast in. Im not sure if that was such a good idea. Sludgy brown, lots of floaties, appearance score suffers.

S: Familiar German wheat aromas yet strangely distant. Apples, really light banana, pastry dough, a little husky.

T/M: Soft up front, barely ripe green apples, wheat, grain, then a flash of the lactic acid. Unique and strange, just a touch of tart with a fair amount of acidity. Lemon, and even hints of butterscotch. Surprisingly and refreshingly light on the coriander. Salt shows on the finish and dries. Creamy in the mouth but lacking some body.

D: Very high. Low ABV, light body, interesting = quaffable.

Fine print: I know nothing of this style as this is the first Ive ever had so hard to pick accurate numbers for the beer stylistically. That being said, very cool and Id gladly pick up again. Cheers. (938 characters)

Photo of schultzi22
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/22/11 out of a tulip.

A: Very lightly colored with a thin layer of head.
N: The nose is pleasant and bread aromas dominate.
T: Flavors of nutmeg, pine and lemon. A very limited bitterness keeps this beer bright and easy to drink. The salt I was expecting to taste is absent.
M: The mouthfeel is matched well with its ABV and style.
O: This beer is very flavorful for its alcohol content, and tastes great on this hot day. I am newly interested in trying other beers of this style. (487 characters)

Photo of jmc44
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber color, quite a head that dissipates to just a frothy covering.

Aroma was somewhat light, earthy, with wheatlike characteristics - hints of cloves and banana. Pleasant.

Initially light in flavor, a bit grainy, followed by a pronounced tart/sour flavor and a lingering salty flavor; the salty finish is pronounced but not unpleasant or overwhelming, it is actually quite nicely balanced with the malt, earth, and fruity flavors.

Fairly light and smooth; crisp finish. A thirst quencher.

Quite a unique and surprising beer, fairly well done. (576 characters)

Photo of germanbeer1
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking Gose demands an acquired taste for nearly spicy beer. I had this one from the traditional glass bottle which has a thin neck and then a fat base. The aroma is certainly the spiciest that I have ever tried which is unique for a German beer. There is also some fruitiness as well. There aren't many outstanding East German beers which is why I appreciated Gose, and also for it's daring taste. Worth a try. (413 characters)

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent specialty beer from the Saxon area of Germany. It pours burnt orange, cloudy, medium white head that dissipates rapidly, there is decent carbonation and some lacings. It has myriad of taste that comingle in the mouth, these include lactic, floral, grains, fruits, and wheat. It has no bite or edge, foes down easy, but is pretty filling. (358 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Gose for me. Expected more coriander. Appearance looked like a standard lager but very little head, no lace. Decent golden color with a lot of carbonation action. As mentioned didn't pick up any coriander in the aroma (and taste). The salt was not noticeable in the flavor but found in the aftertaste. Similar to the salt-flavor-aftertaste you get after sipping a margarita. The mouthfeel was originally very lively but I didn't pound the beer and after sitting 10 min or so, it quickly came across almost flat. It was refreshing at first, then became more interesting than sessionable. I don't have any other Gose reference so I attempted to be fair in evaluating. (671 characters)

Photo of Windigstadt
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap and from a bottle in the U.S., but finally got to try it from the source in Leipzig. Ja woll!

A- Pours a honey-like golden color, cloudy, with a rocky ivory head.
S- Smell is equal parts salt and coriander, with slight clove and banana notes not unlike a hefeweizen.
T- A noticeable but not strong lactic tang hits you up front. Beyond the sourness you get a clean wheat flavor with a touch of steamed veggies (DMS). As this dissipates, you're left with more lactic tang and some coriander with just a touch of salt. No noticeable hop flavor or aroma and little bitterness.
M- Not as effervescent as a hefeweizen, but close.
D- This is a refreshing beer you could drink all evening.

Overall: I tried this beer the day after visiting Ohne Bedenken, the other Gosebrauerei in Leipzig. It's hard not to compare the two, and if you were to place the beers on a spectrum with Berliner Weisse being on one end and Hefeweizen being on the other, this was definitely on the Hefeweizen side while Ohne Bedenken was on the Berliner Weisse side. Between the lactic acid, salt and coriander, this is definitely a more complex beer than a Hefeweizen, but it is similar in its refreshing character. If you've never had a Gose before, try this one before Ohne Bedenken, as it is more toned-down. That being said, once you've had Gose this one may come off as a bit too pedestrian compared to its counterpart at Ohne Bedenken. Of course, if you're in the U.S., this is likely to be the only exemplar of the style you can find, and I would strongly advise you to give it a try. A wonderful style for anyone who loves the variety of beer. (1,643 characters)

Photo of PrinceDarren
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells like salty dirty dishwater. Tastes the same.

I tried this on tap at Pauls Bavarian Lodge in Lisle. As rare and as unique as this is, I had to try it. I've never had a Gose before, so I am not able to rate this within the style, but my understanding is that this is the benchmark Gose by which all others are compared.

As I mentioned above, the aroma resembles dirty dishwater with some saltiness. It also tastes pretty watery with a mild-moderate amount of sourness up front. There isn't much more exciting flavors to note.

It is a light beverage, and as such, is fairly easy to drink (for a sour anyway). Unfortunately, there just isn't much more to it than that. (674 characters)

Photo of Afterburner
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange, slightly darker than your standard hefeweizen. Puts out a huge, rocky, off-white head that takes its time to retire.

Smell: Cloves, coriander, pear, malt. Smells a lot like my first batch of homebrew.

Taste: Interesting. This beer has very little actual flavor. The flavor certainly isn't as complex as the aroma. The beginning is faintly tart and citrusy, but much less so than a hefeweizen. Since adding salt to beer is a tradition in certain spots of Louisiana, I'm familiar with the flavor of salted beer, and this beer has that flavor. I can't really taste the coriander, nor do I taste anything in the way of malt or hops. And it has absolutely no finish whatsoever. It reminds me of nothing so much as Michelob Dry.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is weak. I feel like I'm drinking water. There's simply no body here to speak of.

Drinkability: It's certainly a chuggable beer. I'll give it that. (949 characters)

Photo of lionchow
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow, with a thin white head.

Aroma of mild citrus, and slight yeasty funk.

Taste is very unique and interesting - dry, mildly briney, citrusy, with a faint malty sweetness, and mild tartness and earthiness.

Moutfeel is interesting with the dry, tart, salty flavors/sensations combining in an interesting way.

Very unique and enjoyable. (356 characters)

Photo of melagnus
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Fl. Oz. 4.6% ABV
SRM: Yellow 3
A: Hazy golden color. Sediment chunks float quickly to the bottom. Haziness in the glass with white head that diminishes fairly quickly.
S: Sour acidic nodes come to fruition quick upon first whiff. Earthy nodes also travel up the nose, though not sure I would say barnyard-esq. Slight fruit smell coming over the top of it all, but not too noticeable.
T: Sour and acidity balances well across the palate with malty sweet fruits. Cherries seem to have been the choice for this brew.
M: Light in body and tartness is also very mild. The balance seems to be spot-on with this beer. Temperatures around 50˚F seem to be a good balance between flavor and refreshment.
C: Great beer! In comparison to a traditional Kriek, this beer definitely has the balance I prefer, though this doesn't mean the Kriek is/was poor. Definitely more in line with a Berliner Weißbier. The floaties in the beer also add a cool effect to the experience and leaves no doubt to the fact that this is unfiltered and bottle conditioned! Prost! (1,058 characters)

Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
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