Marionberry Hibiscus Gose - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
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

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-23-2012

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Ratings: 177 | Reviews: 49
Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  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.

Photo of constantine_272
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.57/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of snaotheus
1.99/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Enjoyable.

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Photo of aasher
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Fairly dark orangish red with thick whiteheadhat does not last.

Smell: Berries, wheat, salt and coriander.

Taste: Balanced wheat and berries at first, with some coriander and salt on the slightly tart finish. Overall, quite well balanced. Maybe too balanced, as it is almost too subtle and nothing really stands out.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body. Dry, tart, salty finish.

Overall: Refreshing but a little too subdued. This would be a good beer to introduce more mainstream drinkers to the concept that some beers can be tart.

Photo of Murrhey
2.62/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of beerandcycling88
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of sunkistxsudafed
1.93/5  rDev -41.7%
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 Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I'm excited to see a relatively locally made craft gose!

Appearance: amber-pink hue with a finger of fizzy light-pink foam which dissipates rapidly. I admit this is not great, but I feel like a hibiscus beer should be mega red like this. I like it.

Smell: light wheat and berry aroma which is a bit understated. There's a touch of banana in there which lends a tropical fruit feeling to the whole works. Not super gose-ey, but I like it.

Taste: nicely tart flavor with a good jolt of the berries and a little bit of wheat character. Salt is mild and appears on the backend. I kind of like it, but I feel like it needs to be more ... something. Tarter, saltier, fruitier, wheatier; perhaps just more of everything.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big dose of carbonation. Froths up quickly in the mouth, but then dissipates into nothing. Refreshing and tingly, but not really creamy. Still, it suits this beer.

Overall: I love the bizarre experimentation that this beer represents. I think it has flaws, but it is refreshing and certainly drinkable. On a hot enough day, I'd have this again.

Photo of nach0king
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first ever Gose! Was lucky to get it as there were only two bottles left in the store when I got there on Friday night. Poured half the bottle into a pint glass.

A: This is purely on personal preference but purple beers scare me. I know that this style is often fruit-flavored so often has fruit colors, and I am a huge fan of Widmer so I know there'll be no funny business, but this just doesn't look... right. Head disappeared within seconds, minimal lacing. Looks like flat soda.

S: Like a jam factory where all the workers have been drinking - which is to say, it smells like fun. Some sourness on the nose but not much.

T: When reading about this style I'd stuck on the words 'sour' and 'salt', but there's a lot more going on here. Very fruity, very floral, then some maltiness at the end - with the salt and sourness just notes in a chord, rather than overpowering the whole thing. I was eager to try this but not sure I'd like this: thankfully I love it. The only thing I'd say is that it's very, very slightly too sweet for me, but I can't call that a defect as I assume that's just part of the style when they add fruits to it.

M: Although it looks flat it's tingly, and there's a little bit of creaminess as well, as if you're drinking an Italian soda.

An enjoyable, if somewhat specialized brew. Wouldn't be first on my list to buy again but I'll be trying other Goses (Gosen?) on the strength of this.

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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.