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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

176 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012)
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1.83/5  rDev -44.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
1.89/5  rDev -42.9%
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-

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1.9/5  rDev -42.6%
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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2/5  rDev -39.6%

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2.23/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of Beerlover
2.35/5  rDev -29%
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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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.88/5  rDev -13%
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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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.