Portsmouth Gose - Portsmouth Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

36 Reviews
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Reviews: 36
Hads: 74
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 38
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-11-2010

16 IBU
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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 74
Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the source
Pours a lightly hazy deep straw color with a huge bubbly white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of spiced bread with some earth salty hints and some yeast derived phenols. Salty spicy bread with hints of lemon and a bit of spicy earthy yeast character. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Might be a bit salty for my tastes, but it sure did disappear rather quickly. (414 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer pours a pale golden straw. The head is white and lasts quite a while.

Smell:
A strong scent of coriander but not overwhelming. A smell of what appears to be pare with an undercurrent of orange exists.

Taste:
Delicious. The coriander dominates most of the pallet but it doesn't destroy it and works well the orange flavor and slight hop taste. Additionally, the salt does wonders for the aftertaste. Regarding the salt, as the beer warms, the salt becomes more noticeable and compliments the coriander very well.

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied bordering on medium bodied with very little carbonation that is almost unnoticeable. The beer itself feels very smooth and goes down quickly.

Overall:
A damn fine Gose. I can't help but feel refreshed after finishing the growler at the end of a very hot day. My only criticism is that I have to go all the way during early summer to NH to get it. (907 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin halo of white foam. The nose is yeasty, but sweet. The taste is similar to a saison, but different. There is a lot of yeast, but it's balanced by all the beer has going on. It's slightly tart, salty, and a slight B.O., but well balanced by the fruit from the yeast and sweetness from the malt. Very drinkable, summery ale and it completely hits the spot. There is NO bitterness, but it still balances out nicely. Great beer to grab a togo bottle of. (497 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a couple of glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright white foamy head. This maintains a light looking frothiness, which leaves back a gentle cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells of spice, fruit, crisp wheat, and some more herbal accents.

The taste opens up a bit more, with a crisp snap of wheat, fruity green apple, spices, and an underlying salt-like mineral feel, which picks up considerably as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, with a smooth firm creaminess to it that rides along the back. This feels just right.

This was a pretty solid take on a Gose, with an interesting flavor profile that was much more quenching feeling and drinkable then you would think at first. I’ve had a couple of these now and I will continue to seek more out. It’s definitely a style that has my attention. (875 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this bomber with me. Poured into a matching Portsmouth snifter, this brew appears a clear golden color with a white frothy head. There is some yellowish coloration around the sides and a light swirl revives a finger of head.

The smell is fruity with almost a bubblegum candy sweetness. There is a very light note of apple vinegar and some minerals (sea salt?) The taste gets progressively more salty with every sip but never gets overbearing. Some minor fruit accents are evident a bit like apple blended with the previously described candy bubblegum notes.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion throughout. This was fairly easy drinking with the salt addition really coming out as it warms. I have not had a ton of Gose offering but of the ones I've tried, this one had the best saltiness factor but lacked a little bit in overall depth. (940 characters)

Photo of HosP
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this style. Poured 22oz into pint glass.

A- Pours straw yellow. Very slight haze. Lots of carbonating bubbles. Fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smells a little musky throughout. Sweetness starts to come through with some citrus and lemon notes. Maybe a bit of spice at the end.

T- Lemon, citrus flavors up front. Sweet with a wheat undertone to it. Seems to have a little bit of funk taste mixed in somewhere. Does have a bit of a salt taste at the very end but is pretty mild.

M- Light body. Lots of carbonation. Get a mild salty aftertaste.

O- Very interesting style. Lots of good flavors with a weird salt taste thrown in. Still everything blends nicely for a good drink. Very refreshing for sure. (752 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/golden color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Light and crisp, some fruity notes along with a mild herbal quality. Slightly sweet, the fruit dominates the smell.

Taste: Very light and crisp with some bready malt. The fruit from the smell doesn't really show up here. There is a very mild herbal taste with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This one could have used a little bit more flavor. The herbal notes weren't strong enough. Nice and refreshing, but I'm not sure I'd have it again. (732 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Gose is a rather rare German style of beer, similar to other Weissbiers, which focus on a large portion of wheat; how- ever, a standout difference is the addition of spices and salt. Portsmouth’s starts with a cloudy yellow straw body and creamy lacing, and a wheaty nose with green banana, sweet herbal notes and a dusting of spice. Crisp up front, creamy mouthfeel beneath. Light bodied. Big smack of lemon bite, sweet malts, soft coriander and an underlying saltiness. Mild green apple, too. Fairly dry overall, but really dries up in the finish. Moreish. Delicious. Insanely drink- able. One of the best examples of the style we’ve had to date. (712 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick white head that recedes quickly without leaving lacing.

S: Wheat and maybe a touch of coriander.

T: Bready, wheaty malt with the faintest touch of coriander (or am I imagining the coriander?). A very delicate saltiness at first that builds to an less pleasant level as I drink more. It turns a bit bitter (from the salt) towards the end and leaves my lips feeling like I've been swimming in the ocean.

M: Light and dry.

O: This bottle is maybe two months old, and maybe that affects the taste. I find the salt a little overwhelming, although the beer would probably be quite good with food. Alone, I didn't much care for it after the first few sips, but that would probably be the case for me with any gose. (723 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber picked up on a trip to NH, into a pint glass.

Pours a medium to dark bronze - just looks like a combination of light and dark together. Some white foam, settles down to just a ring around the outside. Citrus smell. Wheaty. Lemon scented. Light clean taste. Citrus overtones and throughout.

Nice style (new for me) easy drinking beer. (359 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/23/2011

Bottle shared by Stawn, thanks!

A: Cloudy yellow with a small white head.

S: Coriander, lots of coriander, with grainy malt and lemon. A little lemon peel.

T: Lots of coriander with notes of grain and a little salt. I get some lemon and a little vanilla. Coriander bomb.

M: Upper light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Far too much coriander. (367 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks cam for the gose tasting!

A. Pours a hazy yellow with a fizzy white cap that leaves no residual lacing.

S. I get a bit of the coriander (aided by smelling some coriander on the side).

T. I get most of the salt on the tail, but it's not overwhelming. A bit of that spice there as well.

M. Thin body with nice light carbonation.

D. Nice, light, and crisp. Much better than I was expecting for the style. (413 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cam. Thanks for the sharing

A - brilliant golden straw body. Minimal white foam

S - very light and clean. Just light

T - floral and a touch salty. Dry and some general fruit sweetness. Touch of spice

M - dryish and thin. Light with a bit of lingering

O - pretty good I'd say. Pretty enjoyable (297 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear yellow colour. Lots of white head. Smells spicy and a touch yeasty. I think i can actually detect the coriander on the nose. Tastes yeasty and spicy. I thi this is more interesting than the ccb Gose but there is a light fruity characteristic that comes through that's more intigrated than the leipziger. Light, feels lighter than the ccb Gose. Still quite refreshing. This really seems like a clone of the leipzigerr Gose. When sipped side by side with the trasditional German brew. Maybe a touch saltier (525 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery—served into a pint glass
Appearance: minimal head, moderate carbonation, bright golden yellow in color, murky

Smell: lemon wheat, and a bit of saltiness

Taste: wheat and lemon combine nicely with a hint of salt at the end

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet, medium carbonation

Overall: I was really looking forward to trying this and was not disappointed. This may be the best beer I have had from Portsmouth that I have seen on their menu multiple times. Nice, light, and wheaty. This is super sessionable. It holds true to the gose style and tastes noticeably different then other wheat beers. (621 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Nearly clear (yeast is probably handing around the bottom of the bottle) golden yellow body under a fizzy white head. Not a whole lot of retention.

S: Nice citrus freshness and zest mixed with some light tropical fruit hints, wheat malt very apparent.

T: Wheat, lemon like zest, earthy yeast. Very well balanced.

M/D: Crisp mouthfeel, relatively low carbonation. Good drinkability, great beer for a hot day. (428 characters)

Photo of slentz
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Portsmouth brewpub when I was there this summer. Shared with Kiddynamite920. Poured at 50 degrees into Allagash tulips. First Gose we have ever had so we don't have much to compare this to.

A: Pour down the center of the glass produces a half to 2/3 finger head that dissipates to a thing ring that stays forever, with very tight bubbles. I love blondes. A bit cloudy golden straw color. Lots of carbonation, no true lacing a bit of legs on it but not much
4.5

S: Smells of citrus, (lemons, oranges.) A little musty funk, grassy, wheaty, coriander, salty like the ocean...picking up some belgian notes. 3.5

T: A tad sweet....reminds me of a wheat beer with a little lemon..orange. ....this is definitely different than most other styles. Very subtle style ... very tasty. Again picking up a little Belgian style flavor.... 4.0

M: High carbonation; prickly on the tongue, not oily, goes down very easily and refreshing. 4.0

O: We really enjoyed this and finished the bomber in about 10 minutes. Its really easy to drink. Glad we got to try this one. 4.5 (1,079 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Brewpub: This one was served in a 20th Anniversary flute. It was a cloudy, light yellow color. There was a small white head that left a little lacing. Nice nose to it. Wheat, coriander and lemon notes. Even a faint whiff of sea salt. Interesting flavor. Very dry, but not bitter. Wheat, spices and citrus. Some earthiness also. This is really different and nice! (373 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at the brewery August 2011.

The beer color is pale yellow and it's slightly veiled. The head is white and sticks well to the glass. The aroma presents notes of lime and citrus. Some grassy notes too. Taste is similar. More lime and citrusy. Carbonation is present in the mouth. Medium body. Nice and refreshing. A very good summer beer. A true session beer too. Taste and refreshing. Nice. Love it. (413 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. A big thanks goes out to Brewedwakening.

Appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lactic, tart, apples, malts

taste: very nice tart apples, bready,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: very nice beer. glad I finally got to try something from Portsmouth and Gose is a very similar style to my favorite which is Berliner Weiss.

Cheers,
The CPJ (409 characters)

Photo of drocpsu
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this for the first time after randomly picking up a bottle from the brewery store. Poured it into a tulip glass.

A - Color was a pale yellow, akin to a pale ale. Had a very small white head that quickly dissipated, leaving essentially no lacing on the glass.

S - Smell was sweet, with some citrus and banana notes. Almost reminded me a bit of a belgian style beer, although not nearly to the same level of sweetness.

T - I didn't realize this was a wheat beer when I bought it, but it was immediately noticeable upon the first sip. Taste was wheaty with some lemon sweetness and then had a bit of a funky zing aftertaste. Light body and was fairly carbonated.

Overall, this was a refreshing beer to have while sitting outside on my deck in the middle of the summer. It didn't blow me away, but I'd probably try it again or others in the style. (854 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy light gold with a small head. Nose is some grainy wheat sourness, lemon. Mouth is really grainy, bright wheat, sour mash, lemon, salt. Soft and grainy. Soft in the mouth. Apparently Portsmouth was the only brewery in the U.S. to make this style until a few years ago. Nice enough, nothing really exceptional but finely done. (362 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Cloudy in appearance with a nice cream looking off white head. Nice simple light gold body. Looks perfectly good.

Muted in smell but a nice simple light lemon sour.

Taste is very berlinerweisse in style but a little more fun. Simple lemon but also a feel of prickly schapps. I don't find this in the palate particularly tout or sour, but also brings a more breadier punch on the swallow. Texture is nicely light/medium bodied with just a good carbonation.

Overall this was alright for me for my first Gose style, I'll have to try more of this style sometime. (592 characters)

Photo of sethmeister
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky, barely translucent soft banana-yellow with a bubbly one finger bright white head. Head drops to a ring leaving scant amounts of lace.

Scent is lemon and grain with a soft yeasty tang.

Taste is lemon, grainy wheat, fresh bread, slight yeasty funk and a dry salty finish. Like eating a salted sourdough pretzel. There are similarities to a hefeweizen - the yeast tang and the lemons - as well as similarities to a saison. Coriander. Tartness. A very light sourness.

Mouth is both crisp and creamy with dry puckering finish.

This is a magnificent hot weather session brew with enough complexity to maintain my interest. (627 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that looks like whipped egg whites. Fantastic retention, leaves a ton of soapy lacing on the glass.
S - Bready malt, sour apples, fresh-cut hay, lemon, and barnyard "funk". Nice nose, slightly tart and lactic.
T - Tart apple, lemon peel, sourdough bread, hay, coriander, and a definite copper-penny oxidized flavor. I'm not sure if this weird flavor is common to a Gose, but it's not particularly bad, just weird. There's a slight saltiness that's also interesting.
M - Crisp, thin body with sharp carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing.
D - I had no problem with the bottle, but this certainly isn't a beginner beer. If you like a good Berliner Weisse, keep an eye out for this one. (741 characters)

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