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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 180
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 32.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

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Photo of woodychandler
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am trying to reduce some of the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody and especially by focusing on styles other than my usual AIPAs and DIPAs. If nothing else, it has been interesting what has surfaced from the depths.

From the bottle: "Goseanna!"; "Perfecting the Art of Tart".

I Pop!ped the cap and utilized a gentle pour since this beer had some age and I did not want to disturb the lees. I certainly poured pretty enough, with a finger of pink head that looked like fresh-spun cotton candy before it fell to wisps. Color was a pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a pronounced berry sweetness, kind of like Mixed Fruit jelly. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was salty and sweet, but not very sour or tart. I have been saying all along that I am not really big on sours and tart beers, so this was more to my liking. I found it interesting that I went from extremely tart and salty to much less so. Had I known, I might have gone the opposite direction, but this was okay by me. The finish was semi-dry and again, more my speed. This certainly was not a traditional Gose, but I liked it as the anomaly this evening. It finished with a light salty-fruitiness that really has to be tried to understand.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. It pours hazy pink under a 1” pinkish white foam collar. The aromas are all berry. There is light malt on the palate but berries dominate and in the background some light tartness to balance and a dash of salt. In the background there is a flavor vaguely similar to rose hips that is probably hibiscus. The gose tartness and salt keep this from becoming a high school date beer.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

aged unintentially for about 2 years. Oops.

Looks kinda neat in the glass. Like Cherry or raspberry cider. Nice glowy burnt orange/red. Possibly like Hibiscus. Might be reading into the label too much though.

Smells like nothing. Well, not nothing, just some very faint unripened berries. Cranberries maybe. Marionberries? What are those?

Tastes like Fizzy tea soda. Like one would get at a chinese garden at the tea hut. fun for the kids!

Feel is like tea.

Don't want to repeat this fresh. Cannot imagine any impact would be had here.

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Photo of Beerlover
2.42/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of beepill
2.26/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.74/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.92/5  rDev -42.5%
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.


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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +36.8%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  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.

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Photo of snaotheus
1.99/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.


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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of aasher
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.