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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

169 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 6
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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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

bsp77, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

Murrhey, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

RJLarse, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

GRG1313, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of beerandcycling88
2.88/5  rDev -13%

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.

beerandcycling88, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of bluckbeyes
3/5  rDev -9.4%

bluckbeyes, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

Halcyondays, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

bumchilly25, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

JRod1969, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Skunkdrool
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Skunkdrool, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of sunkistxsudafed
1.83/5  rDev -44.7%

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.

sunkistxsudafed, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Zorro, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Colebug
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Colebug, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of FISHMAN63
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

FISHMAN63, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of VanillaHeat
1/5  rDev -69.8%

VanillaHeat, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

flagmantho, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Rando23
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Rando23, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of nach0king
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

nach0king, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
4/5  rDev +20.8%

sludgegnome, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of dominic4beer
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

dominic4beer, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a reddish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An odd, but somewhat underplayed aroma of fruit, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of fruit (presumably the marionberries), spices (coriander), malt, and the saltiness common in goses. Kind of an odd flavor here: At first it's like a fruit beer, then in the finish it's like a gose. Not bad, but it doesn't mesh perfectly.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth (and salty) finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Basically an experimental beer that's kind of hit and miss. Not undrinkable, but there are better examples of a gose out there.

avalon07, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of doughanson78
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

doughanson78, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of fortheunheard
4.5/5  rDev +36%

fortheunheard, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of fishguyac
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

fishguyac, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%

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..

HalfFull, Jun 27, 2012
Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.