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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.17%
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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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-02-2013 00:10:37 | More by Hessian257
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bholby87

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-30-2013 05:47:06 | More by bholby87
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Drknight

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-18-2013 20:57:17 | More by Drknight
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bernat1971

Washington

3/5  rDev -9.6%

09-15-2013 10:26:13 | More by bernat1971
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

09-14-2013 07:13:15 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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beepill

California

2.23/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 19:21:53 | More by beepill
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tbone1384

Wyoming

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-06-2013 23:54:10 | More by tbone1384
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -9.6%

09-04-2013 18:01:08 | More by Kelp
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ScottStache

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

09-03-2013 20:06:49 | More by ScottStache
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TruePerception

California

3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 08:13:33 | More by TruePerception
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +13%

08-28-2013 15:01:45 | More by GraduatedCashew
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 02:45:27 | More by PorterLambic
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 00:38:31 | More by bluejacket74
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -9.6%

08-11-2013 19:24:01 | More by Hopstout
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 00:56:02 | More by leaddog
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kojevergas

Texas

1.89/5  rDev -43.1%
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-

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:29:16 | More by kojevergas
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +13%

08-02-2013 14:23:11 | More by krome
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

07-23-2013 04:51:14 | More by Rhettroactive
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gueuzegossage

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-19-2013 15:11:48 | More by gueuzegossage
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ystazi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

07-18-2013 23:57:13 | More by ystazi
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +13%

07-10-2013 16:07:23 | More by jklecko2
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GratefulEdd

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-10-2013 14:33:15 | More by GratefulEdd
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riemster

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-04-2013 08:19:49 | More by riemster
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2013 15:36:04 | More by LambicPentameter
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 03:14:30 | More by vette2006c5r
Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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