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Leipziger Gose - Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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88
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785 Ratings
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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 67
Gots: 28 | 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 InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2.6%

InspectorBob, May 27, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My recent willingness to depart from The CANQuest (TM) to try some bottled beers for a while has led me to this beer, which I had frankly wanted to try for some time. Prosit!

From the bottle: "Leipziger Gose is unfiltered and bottle-conditioned. Its flavor and taste profile are quite complex with pleasant notes of coriander on the palate. The salt level is calculated to be present and tangible but just below the level at which humans can actually "taste" salt. The Gose style is named after the town of "Goslar," the historic origin of the style. Likewise, Goslar is named after the river "Gose."

Friends, I hate to break it to yinz, but thanks to so many exposures to Minhas products, I am more and less than human. I have been partially subsumed into becoming a Cyberman, but only partially. That, plus given all of my underway time in the Navy, I am one salty dog, so if I can taste salt in this beer, it is because I am no longer human.

The pour revealed what I thought was initially going to be a Greg Koch special - a fizzy yellow beer until I caught some. unexpected lees and it turned cloudy on me. I had a finger of rocky bone-white head with very good retention in the creeping humidity this evening. Color went from a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity to a hazy orangish-yellow in just a millisecond. Depending on how clear you want your beer, a gentle pour may be in order. The nose had a pronounced peppery odor, thanks to the coriander, but I could swear that I also caught some salt spray in there. Salt & pepper - what a novel concept! Mouthfeel was full and brisk and it tasted like the lemon pepper seasoning that I like to put on fish. To say that the finish was dry would be like saying that the "Mona Lisa" is a painting. This was alum dry! You could pour this on electronic components in lieu of dessicant in terms of its dryness. Arid Extra Dry had nothing on how dry this beer finished. I think that I would now like to drink a beer.

woodychandler, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

Pours a murky, golden yellowish mustard brown color with a one finger foam white head. Decent retention, fading into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

The aroma of this beer has quite a bit going on. Hints of citrus peel, wheat, bread, spice, earthy and lemon juice.

Soft carbonation with sweet citrus flavor up front followed by a spicy and earthy presence mid palate and an odd salty dry finish. Hints of lemon zest, clove, salt and slight hops.

corby112, Jan 19, 2011
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.

weeare138, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Farmers' Cabinet served in a sort of hex-shaped pint glass. This brew appears a cloudy straw yellow color with a finger plus of white froth. The cap retains fairly well. As it slowly recedes, it leaves spots and finger-like patterns of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell if this brew comes across minorly salty with a bit of a mineral feel to the aroma. More smells seem to be more and more like Berliner weisse with a mild lacto character mixed with lemon and a sweet smell of cereal grains and wheat. There is a fruited quality that comes out towards the backend.

The taste is tart and lemony with a hint if seasalt imparting some minor mineral flavoring. Some fruit like lemon zest and flesh mixes with cereal grain character providing a nice sweetness to counteract the overall tart character of the brew. Faint notes of coriander play in the background with some lemon oily character and a touch of orange.

This is a super easy drinking brew that is tart and refreshing. A modest level of carbonation provides a nice tingle on the tongue. This is light bodied and an awesome take on the style. The alcohol is well hidden for nearly 5%. I haven't had many Gose offerings but this one is by far my favorite to date. Subtle salt addition with pleasant tartness. Very similar to the Berliner weisse style but with a bit of a twist.

stakem, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My very first Gose! Terribly exciting, even though I don't have anything to compare it against. Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, where Dave was quite excited about it. Brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a hazed lemony colour, rather like a hefeweizen, but probably lighter than the usual German hef. Fine white head that stays as a clean and clinging film to the top of the glass. Minimal body and lacing, but it looks tasty.

Nose is crisp and lightly spicy, giving a slight acidic resonance to everything else. Characters of olives, seaweed, sawdust, green apple peel and even a touch of noble hops (imagine that!). Perhaps not as weird as it might have been on the nose (indeed, there's a touch of the Kristalweizen to it), but solid enough.

Taste is more odd, with a crisp acidity and light body that immediately reminds me of a Berliner Weisse. While it doesn't have the true funky finish, or the depth of sourness, it has the very crisp lightness. Salt comes forward on the back, giving a weird way to wash out the palate. Not a huge amount of character overall, but I like that even though it's light, the characters it has are unusual.

A very dry but crisp and unusual beer. Surprisingly moreish.

lacqueredmouse, May 26, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy light gold with some visible sediment in it. The head was foamy and white, about a finger in height and quickly dissipated. The beer did exhibit some small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of bready malts, a little floral, and a little lemon.

T: A little lemony with hints of tartness/sourness but very refreshing and with an apricot finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, a slight tingle on the tongue from the acidity.

O: Very refreshing and something that would be wonderful on that first warm day of spring, enjoyed outside. I really enjoyed the beer and would love to see more offerings available in this style.

dbrauneis, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a revelationj this beer is on-tap. I'd had it a couple of times in the bottle before, and while I thought it was interesting and pretty good, it didn't really grab me as a style or a beer. Once I had it on tap this summer at the Brick Store Pub, I just couldn't stop drinking it. It seems that at least every other time I would go to the pub I would order one of these, and it just kept getting better and better, particularly if it were hot outside. The bottles are also quite expensive, so this is relatively a much better deal. So refreshing, and the touch of salt an loads of coriander eventually made it addictive for me. Something just seemed to click with this beer on draft. Pours a super carbonated pale yellow with a very white fluffy head. Smells very slightly sour, with a hint of lemon and green apple and spicy with fresh wheat and you can smell a slight salty tang. Tastes very, very refreshing. Lots of coriander and some crisp wheat up front, and then the salty tang is quite noticeable against a background of light citrusy sourness and tannic, salty bitterness. This part of the beer is reminiscent of a salting crabapples that I remember doing as a child in the south. The salt, corander, citrus, and bitterness fronted by the spicy wheat just works- some type of alchemy is surely at work here. Thirst quenching in the mouth, with the slightest bit of prickliness, and perfectly refreshing. My new favorite summer beer.

Georgiabeer, Jul 31, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

duceswild, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 500 mL bottle of Gose served in an Ommegang Witte glass. The ale is cold.

Appearance: The ale has a deep golden yellow color with a small ring of head.

Smell: The ale has a light spice aroma that complements a strong malt base.

Taste: The ale has a bicuity malt sweetness that is balanced by spices. The coriander is noticeable, the salt is not here.

Mouthfeel: The spices are subdued, allowing the malt to shine with just a hint of help.

Drinkability: A low abv and firm spicy flavor make this beer a winner.

akorsak, Jul 29, 2006
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 DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now what in the world is THIS suppose to be, a witbier brewed with sea water, then mixed with a Berliner Weiss? I guess I'll have to find out. 330 ml longneck, on to the beer:

Looks like a kristalweizen. It's golden blonde in color, clean bodied, carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The head is big and airy, slowly going down. The coriander is big in the nose, with a fresh sqeeze of orange. Refreshing! I even got that little note of that sea salt.

It's a little sour. A little lemon pucker. And with a little orange (I'm guessing that's the coriander). You really taste the tang that the salt provides on the sides of your palate. I really enjoy the curveball that the salt adds to this beer. In fact, I think NYC officials would try to ban this, given the anti-salt crusade they're on. Sour orange? This is thought provoking. Wait, if this is brewed with salt, does that mean this brew violates the Reinheitsgebot?

Dear American craft brewers, start brewing with salt! What a great beer, and what a style I've discovered here. Now, get me another bottle!

DoubleJ, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Memphis Taproom.

In a pint, L. Gose looks honey gloden with a shade of off bronze mixed in. A nice inch of slightly tight off white foam with ok retention and minimal stick.

Smell is on the lactic side, reminds me of a Berliner Weisee and it's possible that a gose is just a extention of the BW style. Sea salt and a touch of wheat plus some apple.

Taste is spot on tasty, pretty tart and mixing in with the wheat leaves for a earthy middle finished off by the sea salt, not exactly sure what it brings but I taste it and dig it.

Spritzy on the tounge and light in body and refreshing as hell.

I would drink this till the cows came home. A refreshing drink meant for summer and low alcohol for the long hall.

BARFLYB, Apr 30, 2011
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 jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Hazy amber color. Nose is not distinguishable. Starts on the yeasty side, finishes with some tartness, reminds me of a wheat. $3.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.
Update: 1-12-2007 - $13.99 for 750ml bottle from Tulley's Beer and wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, May 16, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

afsdan, May 28, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Leipziger Gose

Pours a clear gold with a chill haze and a sea foam like head.
Aroma of dry wheat, and once again I must refer to sea foam, as there is a scent of saltwater. Light breadyness also.
Taste is tart, with a mild and palatable sour and definitely a little sodium bicarbonate. Savory and complex on the palate, tart, with mild coriander spice delicately interwoven with some wheat and citrus flavors. Euro pale malt body is there somewhere. Light bodied but with stinging carbonation. Overall, one of the most complex, authentic, and amazing beers I've had of German origin. Could drink this regularly.

Stinkypuss, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Mebuzzard, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tai4ji2x and ybnorml for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a very nice hazy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, slight soury. The taste is pretty nice, better than I expected, malty, with some yeast, tangy, slight lemon/grapefruit. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one, glad to have the bigger bottle of this brew still left.

Wasatch, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2.6%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a somewhat cloudy straw/golden color with a huge white head upon pouring. This reduced to a thin layer on top with some foamy lacing left on the glass. Carbonation bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Lots of wheat and grain on the aroma with some light grass and a little bit of lemon. There is an ever so slight funk as well.

T: Slightly sour and sweet with a little bit of spice up front. The wheat is certainly present with some light fruit, lemon is present. I got a slight saltiness.

M: Pretty light with high carbonation, rather crisp with a clean mouthfeel and a slightly dry finish.

O: Very enjoyable, slightly tart, slightly sweet. Hope to have more Gose in the future.

mdaschaf, May 28, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Getting my Gose-UH on.. oh yeah.

A foamy large head of about three fingers which falls at a good clip, slightly off white in color, stryofoam looking. Body is cloudy gold looking with faint dark muddy brown edges. Cola like bubbles stick to the sides, and some faint rising carbonation.

Nose is a good bit of chewy malt wheat, very faint clean lemon, even slight briny sense.

Taste is interesting. Clean refreshing lemon light sense, almost soda like, but a refreshing light tangy feel. Very light bodied but with a playful apricot finish.

Overall quite a refreshing drink, bordering on apricot soda, and malt refreshment. Quite nice.

smakawhat, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their recent German festival.

The beer pours a light golden color with OK head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light tartness and saurkraut. Flavors for the most part replicate the nose, except the tartness really dominates this beer. However, it's actually pretty nice, as there's almost what I would call a "brightness" to the tart flavor profile. Mouthfeel is very light, but with a mouthwatering component. Drinkability is exceptional, and I'm sure this beer would be just excellent on a warm summer day.

Nothing spectacular here, but still, this is a very easy to drink and appreciate beer... the sort of thing one could easily drink all day without doing too much harm. Nice.

John_M, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured it into a (German-made!) straight, tall, cylindrical beer glass as instructed, but that failed to accomplish any of the tall, lacy, substantial head that should generate from a beer with such a high concentration of wheat malt. Still, it looks more than an alright with its golden colour and faint lime smear, stream of constant bubbles and pure clarity.

This bouquet is as aromatic as a summer day is long and it has a wonderfully fragrant, almost perfumy coriander spiciness. It isn't "spicy", per se, as it is far too softened and savory to agitate the senses; rather it calms and elates them. If you're capable of prying your nose from that delightful coriander, you might also notice a sour, lemony acidity.

It took one sip for me to wish I had bought multiples rather than just one single bottle. A beer like this is designed and intended to be drank in succession. It is perhaps one of the most refreshing styles of beer I've tried and - despite (or perhaps precisely for) being a tad acidic and, well, yes, salty - it is a style destined for mainstream, mass popularity.

As in a Berliner Weiss, the beer is less notable for its flavour - which is plainly but cleanly malty, kind of herbaceous and with perhaps a hint of tropical fruitiness - than it is its mouthfeel, which is very dry, light and quenching, defined by a lactic acid bacteria and a coarse saltiness. It is only mildly sour (not puckering), but strongly saline tasting.

I wish I could be more descriptive about what I'm tasting; it's frustrating to not be able to accurately or fully put into words the experience. When it comes down to it, this strikes as very much the German variation of a witbier: less flowery and more down to business (in other words: drinking!). While it is ale, it has the cleanness and quaffability of a lager.

According to the history books, we almost lost Gose as a style shortly after WW2 - yet another reason to hate communism. This is a deliciously refreshing, notably unique and, I'm sure, widely appealing style of beer that I can't believe more breweries haven't tried to emulate. Tell your friends, tell your family, run out in the street in your underwear and start screaming - do whatever it takes to get others to try this style. I'd be surprised if they don't like it.

biegaman, May 20, 2011
Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
88 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.