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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Gose |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

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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 sunkistxsudafed
1.93/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- pours an almost pink with hardly any head. this is sadly the best part of this beer.

S- corriander and wheat meet the nose. Hibiscus is also here... i don't know what a marionberry is but i'm not getting any fruit here at all.

T- tastes nothing like it smells. Starts with tart berries which quickly are overtaken by salt, pollen and vinegar. Yuck.

M-this is thin and watery. nothing much to say.

O- I've had a few other Gose beers before and though they aren't really my thing, this fruity more mainstream take on them sounded good to me... Boy was i wrong. This beer really misses the mark in every way for me. I'm probably going to pour the rest of this bomber down the drain.

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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 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 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 Murrhey
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger pink head, no retention in the middle and only a vestigial one on the edges. Rose colored body with no clarity. Looks cider-like, and not at all like a beer.

S- Marionberry, some floral smells and a thick wheat odor. Pungent yeast smells as well. All in all it is fairly unremarkable in aroma.

T- A bit sour, some late sweetness. Unfiltered wheat backbone. Pretty tasteless notwithstanding the sour kick at first sip.

M- Cloudy, thicker sort of feel. Finishes dry.

O- Not very impressive. Interesting ingredients, but under-realized.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Also never had a Gose before so this should be interesting.

A Pours a bright red topped off with a thin white head.

S Banana, bubblegum with a hint of some sweet fruit which I assume is the marionberry

T More banana, bubblegum and marionberry. Also a slight tartness.

M Light body with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall this is an alright beer, nothing special about it that makes you want to drink more of it. Might be a good hot day beer though.

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Photo of Docer
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- Cloudy ruby red brew. Reminds me of their old Widberry brew from back in the day. Not much head to speak of but a quickly fizzling white fluff that leaves a thin spotty island behind, and a small ring resting in the glass.

Smell: (2.5)

- The primary aroma is wheat. Wheat malt is heavy, bready, and grainy. Kind of salty as stated too. Sitting far in the background are some currants and herbal aromas, but this doesn't smell much like many of the Goses' I've had.

Taste: (3.5)

- There are some nice tart flavors with this brew. At least in flavor, this beer inches towards a nice gose. Tart and funky wheat malts, slightly salty, and a subtle herbal and grassy flare to compliment the funk. Very light currants and blackberry compliment the salts and wheat.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)

- This is a bubbly and well carbonated brew. I would think it shouldn't be as carbonated, but a little more light in the bubbly department, and heavier in the body. This beer kind of 'Gose' the other way. It's a touch thin, and bubbly. It does have an herbal drying character to it, as well as a parching salty touch.

Overall: (2.5)

- Kind of a bland attempt at a Gose. It's got wheat, brewing salts, and a touch of funk, but it isn't quite there. Certainly a style of beer that shouldn't be done in large batches and with any brewers house yeast or fermentation style. This is strictly a style all in its own, and should be brewed as such. It wasn't tart enough for me, funky enough, nor did it have the fruit I was expecting after seeing its color. Want a good Gose? Hit up Upright or Breakside. Or better yet, grab a nice Berliner Weisse and add a little marionberry syrup to it.

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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 Scotchboy
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, New Belgium Globe.

A: Fairly pink color, cloudy, with a white head that has a pink tint to it. Very little lacing.

S: To me, its very Belgian...spices and coriander, hints of grassy notes and funk, and a definite berry note right up front. Still subtle and subdued, not overly acidic or fruity or sweet even.

T: Crisp...watery raspberry, some malty notes, spice...more of a grassy earthiness and dirty funk, I think the hibiscus is coming through as it warms but its faint...just a bit tart.

MF: Crisp and watery, clean finish with a bit of dryness which lets you know its a Gose.

O: Really not impressive, berry notes are subdued and the flavors and aromas are very light. Maybe thats what its supposed to be (I'm no Gose expert), so if you like these kinds of beers this may be supremely drinkable come summertime.

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Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy red colored beer with a small pink colored head.

Smells sour with a strong berry scent. Not sure what a Marionberry smells like but there is some melon scent to this too.

Starts out sour tastes more like wine than beer. Sour berries with Hibiscus flower. No real hop flavor, just a fruit wine flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I can think of 100 fruit beers better than this one. If I want a winey beer DFH Red &White is better not to mention the Raspberry rocket fuel called Fort. No repeat sale on this one.

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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 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 nick76
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is floral and tart from berries as well as slightly funky. The appearance is raspberry. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall I want to like this beer because the concept is so cool but it is just not that good. It's is just too weird.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a large globe glass. Pours a hazed ruby with a half inch of pinkish tinted foam. Moderate retention but solid carbonation allowing for an easily maintained surface cap with a quick spin.

Aroma of wheat and a touch of yeast. Just a hint of berry and a slight tartness are integrated with the wheatiness.

Taste brings forth the berry and coriander up front, a touch of apparent salinity on the close and a lingering fruitiness after. No hop bite though a touch of hops is offered on the aroma, quite smooth and drinkable. Light in body, touch of salty tartness though not tart by any means. Interesting entree to the style though likely a bit of an outlier..

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a berry purple red with a fizzy short head. Poor retention, no lace. Interesting colour.

S: Lots of berry fruit (marionberry I'm assuming) with hints of winter spice.

T: Sweet berry fruit, some light yeasty character, hint of salt, fairly one-dimensional.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, some biting carbonation. Fleeting.

O: A solid fruit beer. Really it's just the nice berry flavour, blind I'd never know this was a gose, it doesn't offer much in the way of style.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A ruby grapefruit orange comes out and hits the body with some mix of red and tomato and grapefruit colors, cloudy. Some nice rising carbonation but that pink head is throwing me which settles nicely into a good puck and collar.

Nose is fairly wet and fruity, sweet smelling, as if they dunked syrup into this per style. Not much salinity, but reminds me of red fruits such as cherry although toned down. Not much malt chewy wheat sense.

Tastes is interesting, but lacking the qualities of a Gose. This tastes like drinking grapefruit juice with it's classic bitterness and not from hop. Salinity isn't really anywhere to be found and it doesn't even seem that dry. At 5.5 abv the brew feels heavy for the style but without a dense wheat body to go with it. Carbonation doesn't come off as crisp or lively.

Overall it's an ok drinking brew but not what I am in the mood for. This isn't my thing, and this is not what I want when I want a gose.

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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 harrymel
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this since they announced their intent to brew it. Bottled 07MAY12

From the label: Marionberry Hibiscus Gose: Ale brewed with coriander and with marionberries and hibiscus added.

Pours a lovely dark mauve with little clarity and a solid sheet of light, pretty pink foam. The beer is very good looking, I don't usually say that, but it's a looker! The hibiscus comes out up front in the nose followed by the marionberries with a slight tart character. Coriander is evident and shouldn't be here. Flavor is nice and cultured - good use of the salt here as it simply tames the sharpness the berries bring. Some grassy, woody flavors along with a continuation of the coriander burden. There is also a remaining strength of hibiscus. The body is fairly full and carb is restrained leaving a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I'd tone down the hibiscus, and let the berries shine a little more. The salinity is spot on, but there should also be a bit of tartness. Not the best attempt, but I'm glad to see a big name getting into the style!

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrgh! Yet ANOTHER hated 22. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured an opaque reddish-amber (with the emphasis on RED) color with just under a half-inch of white head (that had a bit of a reddish tint as well) that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

There was some of the Marrionberry in the aroma, but not an overpowering amount, along with an underlying sweetness and a mild tartness. On the tongue the berries were subtle (which, honestly, I was a bit disappointed in. I love marrionberries!), a subdued spiciness, that mild tartness, and, maybe, just a hint of the salt that's expected of the style.

The body was very good, light, but still substantial, but not heavy or cloying. The beer had good carbonation that carried the flavors across the tongue easily. Drinkability was very good, this was a rare case where if I had another 22, I would have opened it immediately (which goes to show my point, if brewers would put these brews into sixers instead of 22s, I could have had 3-4 and still had some left over). Overall, in my limited experience with the Gose style, this wasn't really a typical example, but was still quite enjoyable. No aspect of this beer dominated, but the beer was very well combined. I enjoyed this beer much more than the number shows. It's a must try if you see it. I'll be grabbing another bottle or two.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/8/12.

Pours a murky, turbid raspberry color with a 1/2 inch foamy light red head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is somewhat tart and sour with some sour berry and hibiscus aromas. Interestingly enough, the smells actually seem to disappear as the beer warms. Taste is slightly tart with sour berry and hibiscus flavors up front followed by grain and spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I can see being a good introduction to sours for beginners but to me it's not worth revisiting.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Marionberry Hibiscus Gose in a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale red color, cloudy with a frothy pinkish-white head. It looks like that kids drink Hawaiian Punch with a head.

The smell is fairly faint, but definitely a fruity berry aroma.

Taste is also very berry, with bit of a fruit and cereal flavor up front, with a sweet wet berry flavored finish.

Mouthfeel is wet and clean. A good thirst quencher.

Overall more of a fruit punch and a beer I think. My forst Gose and from what I have read about the style it is true to it. Unfiltered wheat ale with a berry syrup to balance the acidic quality of the wheat ale. It's OK, but not an everyday sort of brew.

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Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.