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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%


Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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Beerlover

Minnesota

2.35/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

reviewed from notes 10/23/12

Unfiltered in appearance, grapefruit pink in color with thin bubbly light pinkish white head, smells fruity sweet and sour. medium in carbonation...taste is very odd...not sure what hibiscus tastes like but probably this...? has a rotten fruit aftertaste that is pretty nasty. not really sour at all like I was hoping. taste kind of bland and flat...lame.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:44:58 | More by Beerlover
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beepill

California

2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Had on-tap at Jupiter in Berkeley, CA. Served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - A beautiful reddish amber opaque body, when held to the sky. Had barely a head, which quickly formed a slight ring around the rim.

S - I dont know if it was because there was piping hot sausage pizza on my plate, or the wrong glassware for a gose, but I could not smell very much out of the glass. I got very faint floral and cranberry-esque hints. Marionberry, where art thou?

T - Bitter cranberry juice mixed with a brown ale past its prime is the best way I can describe it. Tartness is present but lacking. No salt or lactic acid taste whatsoever.

M - Very light bodied and light carbonation. Would be easy to drink if it did not taste so aweful.

O - Wow, what a downer. It looked beautiful, but taste was extremely lacking. I almost feel like this was not a gose. It was slightly tart, but lacked the salt and lactic flavor I was looking for in a gose. It also lacked a distinct marionberry flavor and tasted more like old cranberries, and I only got hibiscus in the scent, not the flavors. I would not buy again, nor would I recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 19:21:53 | More by beepill
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TruePerception

California

3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Widmer's Marionberry Hibiscus Gose: 5.5% ABV, Appearance: deep red, almost purple, lot of grey and black sediment floating throughout; Smell: floral, almost potpourri, sour berry backing, salt; Taste/Mouthfeel: pilsner-ish, salty, light acidity, slight berry flavor (dry); refreshing, pretty good

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 08:13:33 | More by TruePerception
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Arrives a reddish color, not unlike a blood orange, with an poofy white head. Retention not so great, drops to a ring pretty quickly and leave no lace.
Smell is fruity with some malt note and just a whiff of the hibiscus present.
Taste has less balance. The fruit and its acidity are there, the hibiscus is, not surprisingly, nigh on impossible to find. Malt is there, though.
A good bit under medium bodied with a light effervescence . Acidic and drying after the swallow, the fruit note lingers nicely. Decent but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 02:45:27 | More by PorterLambic
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, date stamped on label of Mar 28 13. Served in a stange glass, the beer pours a slightly reddish/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, and there wasn't much lacing at all. The brew smells like marionberries, flowers (which I assume is from the hibiscus), and wheat. It tastes like marionberries, wheat, and a bit of floralness (once again, from the hibiscus). Moutfheel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a decent enough brew, although I'm not sure if I would call this a gose or not. Regardless, it wasn't bad at all. $8.49 a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 00:38:31 | More by bluejacket74
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours a hazy watermelon red with a finger of bubbly head.

Smell- marionberry, coriander, orange peel, hint of floral notes.

Taste- Tart marionberries, coriander, orange peel and hint of floral notes. There is no saltiness. Finishes with tart berries.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- A nice, crisp gose. Would have liked to see the salt aspect for the style but still enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 00:56:02 | More by leaddog
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kojevergas

Texas

1.89/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Bottled June 4th 2012. "Ale brewed with coriander and marionberries and hibiscus added." 5.5% ABV confirmed. Expectations are low; the brewery puts out largely mediocre offerings and I can't see them pulling off a style like gose well. Though the concept does intrigue me. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded pry-off cap acquired at a local SoCal bottle shop and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of white colour with pinkish hues. Thin and weak. No creaminess or frothiness at all. Recedes fully within 30 seconds; pathetic - especially for the merely average ABV. Zero lacing.

Body colour is equally underwhelming; a dull murky red-orange. Nontransparent; largely nontranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Pretty unappealing, style considered or not. I'm not looking forward to this.

Sm: Coriander, artificial fruity syrup notes, berries, crackery malts, salt (when I look for it), hibiscus and floral notes, and very light tartness/sourness. Syrupy koolaid-esque fruit is dominant. Clean malts and generic barley. By no means an attractive aroma. Definitely needs more of the sourness, tartness, and salt character. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. An unappealing aroma of average strength.

T: Nice berry notes clash unfavorably with the artificial fruit syrup/extract. Tame floral hops. Hibiscus, sure. Not finding much coriander or cilantro. Like tartness is a highlight, but there's really no sourness here. A bit of estery zest on the finish. Not finding any salt either; I'm unconvinced they even used any. Or maybe they just oversweetened it so much the salt got deeply buried. That's not how this style is made, Widmer. Not gestalt, but it's not imbalanced per se. Kind of thrown together, but it's cohesive enough. Zero complexity or subtlety. Uninspired and boring. As pedestrian a gose as has ever been brewed. Why make this? None of of the key characteristics of the style are present. Akin to brewing an IPA that isn't hoppy.

Below average flavour intensity. Depth of flavour is horrid. Flavour duration is roughly average.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A highlight is the smacky crispness right on the finish. Overcarbonated. Somewhat syrupy, yet still somehow watery - the worst of both worlds. Entirely too thick, overwhelming the flavour profile and preventing full flavour delivery. Poor presence on the palate. Feels artificial. Sticky and sugary. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all, nor does it fall within style conventions. Poor execution.

Dr: Redolent of an extract homebrew berliner weisse. Nothing about this beer champions the style; indeed it seems brewed with a disregard for what makes the style appealing in the first place. A poor offering from Widmer. Uninspired, bland, and boring. I definitely wouldn't get this again and the price point is unwarranted given the lack of quality. That said, it's downable and you could cook with this. Alcohol is also decently hidden. This one is best avoided; it may well be Widmer's worst beer - and that's saying a lot.

D-

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:29:16 | More by kojevergas
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at The Foundry in Kansas City as a 6 oz sample pour.

Appearance - Body is magenta and rose colored, with some translucence. Head is about a half-finger thick and creamy, with a light pink tinge to it. Dissipates after awhile, but I was surprised at how long it stuck around.

Smell - Pretty generic with some faint wheaty characteristics as well as bland notes of floral and a hint of tart, but barely. Not very aromatic at all.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste is forgettable. There is a tiny bit of tartness, but it's almost nonexistent. Taking a bigger swallow at once brings out a little more of the tartness, but that's about it. The hibiscus element is almost completely lost. Some generic fruity undertones as well, but the primary taste I get is watery.

Mouthfeel - Light but pleasant carbonation and light bodied. Again, the beer seemed watery.

Overall, I have no idea how to rate this "to style". This is the third time I've tried a gose, and each time has been different than the previous, the first tasted like a salty, tart hefeweizen, the second was more like a really sour berliner weisse, and this one is like a boring fruit beer. This is easily the worst of the three and I won't be having it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 15:36:04 | More by LambicPentameter
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Marionberry Hibicus Gose pours a bright blood red color, with a very small head. Their is a sweet fruity aroma from the marionberries. The taste has a nice subtle sweetness, strong marionberry flavors, and hints of coriander. Easy to drink, but slightly watery, and could benefit from some higher levels of carbonation. Overall its a good beer, tastes more of a fruit style then a Gose however.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:14:30 | More by vette2006c5r
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured minimal head on a cloudy, bright red colored body.
The aroma was pleasant and flowery. The marionberry and coriander came through too.
The taste gave a hit of the Gose sour, which was rounded out by the berry sweetness.
The texture was crisp with moderate carbonation.
An interesting beer and worth trying at least once.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 04:39:54 | More by Fatehunter
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constantine_272

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright purplish ruby red. Little head. Mostly white foam. A little too much like juice or Hawaiian punch.

S: Black cherry predominantly. Slightly sour smelling.

T: Slight straw flavors with light floral and rose notes. The dry notes shift to raspberry and blackberry notes which finishes with a sweet and sour tanginess. There's a hint of greasiness that could have been balanced out a little better by a bit more sourness or bitterness.

M: Light and thin. It finishes well with the short lingering of tanginess.

O: I've had a couple of these over the last year and, while it isn't my favorite, it always leaves me wanting another. I like the style and its crisp and refreshing. It's not for everyone, if you like the sour beers you might like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:11:40 | More by constantine_272
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an odd Kool-Aid/fruit punch red with little pink champagne-style bubbles and pretty well no lace. But appearances aren't everything.

Nose is tart berries -- very appealing, actually.

Taste is pleasantly tart, but not sweet. The hibiscus adds a floral tinge, and the coriander imparts a lightly spicy hint towards the finish, but overall the flavor is marionberry. It's a little sour, and a nicely light session beer that breaks the mold a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 03:32:11 | More by secondtooth
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dar482

New York

4.59/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sick beer. Unfiltered wheat beer so it has this deep beautiful red color. It comes off sour at first and hits you with a huge fruit note. Virtually no hops flavor so it actually disguises itself as a beer pretty well. Therefore, not for picky hop heads or those not into sours or fruit beers. On the other hand, perfect for people into fruitier things. So drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2013 20:45:00 | More by dar482
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep pink to reddish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, coriander, and a fruity to tart berries. In the taste, starts dry to a cranberry juice cocktail flavor to dry end. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness to clean aftertaste. Note really sure what marionberry should taste like, but quite cranberry like.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 14:55:30 | More by OWSLEY069
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snaotheus

Washington

1.9/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

I'll be honest. When I poured this into my glass, and it began glowing angry pink at me, I uttered, "Yikes." This does not look very appealing. I don't find pink beer attractive. Aside from that, it pours with a large, coarse head that fades fast. Fairly translucent, only a little active carbonation. Smell is berries and yeast.

Taste is like unsweetened soda. This doesn't even taste like beer. This just tastes bad.

Mouthfeel is flat and smooth. Overall, I'm not a fan at all, and I think I'm going to dump this out.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 04:08:26 | More by snaotheus
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CHickman

New York

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy reddish pink, a rose champagne-like color with a foamy 1 finger light purple colored head that faded quickly leaving basically no lace, dissipating like all the bubbles in the head were popping at a super fast speed; a very different looking beer that was fun to watch settle.

Smells like flowers, Sweet Tart candy, grape soda, sweet malt, caramel, berries and light yeast; an odd nose that is funky, sweet and biscuity at the same time. The fruity sweetness is nice and soft, like blueberry or raspberry were added; must be the marionberry aroma.

Tastes very sweet like candy and berries up front, followed by yeast, biscuit, grains, flowers, brown sugar, tart citrus fruit and then some funk and berries. Hard to nail down any specific flavors, but somehow this works as a nice light, refreshing fruity beer. It's almost like a wine cooler but has just enough beer elements to make it a possible session brew.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, with light fizzy carbonation, a light airy body and a slightly tart finish that shows sour berry notes and fades on the clean side.

Overall it was good, and surprisingly enjoyable. It looked weird, smelled kind of off and tasted like a wine cooler, yet came together and worked. It's hard to pinpoint the reasons why it worked, but to me it did so I'd have this beer again. Not too familiar with marionberry, hibiscus, or the Gose style for that matter, but I was able to overlook the sweetness and enjoy this interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 03:33:11 | More by CHickman
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at dunderbaks of tampa for a cut rate three dollar price tag. Served in a goblet.

Pours medium dark red, with some foam. Nose is a light fruitiness. Some cherry. Taste is an extremely faint cherry lead. Somewhat watery. There is an almost vegetable quality to the taste - earthy carrots buried in there. Minor carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Overall a decent beer but not remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 01:53:35 | More by KTCamm
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a murky ruby-red color with no head or lace, almost pours more like fruit juice. Not very beery looking but great color.

S- some red berries and flowers, dry crackers, and a bit of tangy tomato

T- sweet berries, hibiscus and coriander, finishes tangy and acidic with a bit if vegetable juice flavor

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy finish, a bit like carbonated juice

O- this is an interesting style, my first sample. The fruity-acidic element works pretty well together. Would like to try more of the Gose style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:11:37 | More by Treyliff
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ehammond1


3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, Alucard4!

A dark pink and light purple in the glass with very small, almost no, head. This leaves the glass clean on its way down.

A sweet, sugary, and floral aroma. There's definite berry character and what I suppose is the hibiscus. A bit of a salt character as well. Enjoyable and appropriate, especially for the style.

The flavor too is sweet and floral with decent berry character and a definite saline character. Very easy drinking.

Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:34:52 | More by ehammond1
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem. $2.49 Poured into a goblet, rhubarb stalk red with a small off whte head that goes fast. Fruity berry aromas with some spice..nice really Ricj raspberry/marionberry flavour with a bitter slightly saltiness underneath,spice after taste. Very dry finish but a nice mouthfeel. Hard to judge this one other than i enjoyed, but one 12 oz serving would be enough at a time

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 17:26:29 | More by Reidrover
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aasher

Indiana

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've wanted to try this one for awhile. This Marionberry Gose pours a rose reddish pink in color with light carbonation that dies off quickly. The nose is light with some berry and floral characteristics but no typical Gose wheat or salt water. The flavors too, light berry and some hibiscus character. It is lightly tart, but its slight. If anything, there is more sweet berry than I anticipated. It is very light in body with little carbonation. It's approachable but nothing really impressive. This could be used as a good gateway to get girls into craft.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:25:04 | More by aasher
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ngeunit1

California

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-red with a thin finger of frothy reddish head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a little lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat, tart and sweet berries, farmhouse smells, coriander, and a touch of lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet and tart berries with some wheat, grains, and coriander. Through the middle, some funky farmhouse flavors come through with some sourness and a bit of acidity. The finish is a mix of sweet berries, wheat, tartness and funkiness, acidity, and sourness.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart, sour, and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice overall balance with some good berry flavor, tartness, and acidity.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 04:15:22 | More by ngeunit1
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metter98

New York

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light garnet in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high pink head that gradually died down but left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of marionberries (which smell like blackberries) in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some tart flavors of marionberries along with some hints of hibiscus and salt.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very interesting beer for the style and something that is very easy to drink. The addition of marionberries and hibiscus really helps make the beer easy to drink, akin to putting fruit syrup in a Berliner Weissbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:47:31 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque slightly murky ruby to rose red in color with some orange/copper highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall fizzy pink head (like soda) that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film near the center of the of the glass and a thin ring at the edges if the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the smell of this beer is pretty mild - there are notes of tartness and berries at first but it fades pretty quickly. Very light herbal notes.

T: The beer starts out with a light flavor of wheat and berries (tart, then lightly sweet) then there are herbal flavors. There is also a light flavor of salt and some hibiscus in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness and light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Right off the bat, from the appearance, you can tell this beer contains both hibiscus and berries. There is a pleasant amount of tartness but overall this flavors in this beer are rather subtle. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 22:33:19 | More by dbrauneis
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

LOOK: Muddled rose colored brew, bubbly faintly pink head

SMELL: Crackers, flour, coriander, floral, fruity, slightly herbal

TASTE: Tart, slick, medium bodied, fresh wild berries, salt, coriander, tart hibiscus, slight alcoholic warmth, modest hopping, a bit chewy, biscuity, nutty yeast, floral semi-dry finish

You have to hand it to them for coming up with a brew like this, old world style meets extreme brewing. I think the level of tartness works here though it would have come across better if the beer was dryer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 02:06:00 | More by Jason
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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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