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Amsterdam / Great Lakes Maverick & Gose | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A German medieval-origin Gose beer aged four-months in Ontario Chardonnay barrels.

Added by jrenihan on 06-21-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 21
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Photo of BGDrock
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pale, hazy gold, like fresh squeezed pineapple juice; egg white head has big suds and good retention; very active carbonation

Aroma: smoky, like tart, mouldy fruit; apple, pear

Taste & Mouthfeel: light in body, sizzling carbonation; starts refreshing with pear, peach, nectarine notes, which is followed with mild and very dry hop bitterness and finally a sense of coal dust from the mould flavour; there's a strong hit of that at the start too - perks up the tastebuds; didn't identify lemon, but once I'm tipped off by the label it clicks - it's actually a strong presence

Overall: refreshing, with a good variety of flavour, but carbonation is a bit much; very unique, don't see much of this around, possibly with good reason, definitely an acquired taste (which is fine if you're up for experimentation

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light coriander notes with wheat malt and light salty notes. Taste is also dominated by wheat malt with light coriander and some light salty notes are also perceptible. Body is light with great carbonation. There is some citrus and tart notes but not in an overwhelming way. Very enjoyable summer beer with some complexity.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed Sept/12. Batch 001. 5.9% ABV. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent pale straw yellow with a thin layer of white head.

S - Funk/tart notes evident right away with the salt also coming through. Lemon, bread and yeast esters also evident.

T - A big salt profile up front is followed by funk, hay, yeast esters, clove and lemon flavours. Some light oaky notes are also present. This beer is tart and funky, yet very refreshing and easy drinking.

M - Medium body, dry. Light carbonation.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Session 99, into a tulip. A collaboration berliner weiss (with Mike Lackey of Great Lakes), aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Hazy yellow, with a white head. Moderate retention and some lace. Nose has soft white wine and grape notes, wheat, apple flesh, light spicing and warm salt water. Taste has a bit of spice, wheat, sweet salt water, bready with more white wine character. Perhaps a shred of oak, sweetness is brought forward from many different angles it seems. Medium mouthfeel, but carbonation is quite low for my liking. Some great ideas and interesting flavours, but they don't come together for me.

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Photo of uno99
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

So few reviews for this? Surprising! My first ever Gose, and I'm really enjoying it.

Appearance: looks a bit like a guezue actually. Quite pale, a little cloudy but still clear, and not much head or bubbles or... anything. This may be "to style" but to me it doesn't look appealing.

Smell: A bit of everything here. A little sweet, a little spicy, a little funky, and yeah even a little salty. seems nicely balanced, very interesting and very inviting.

Taste: A lot going on here but very balanced I think. Hops come through in the flavour towards the finish. Since its my first time with the style, I'll take the opportunity to try to describe it to somone else who hasent had it before... Its sort of like a cross between a standard wheat beer and a geueze with a bit of salt tossed in. Lingering finish is actually quite oakey.

Mouthfeel: a bit slick and wet feeling (thanks to the salt?). would prefer it to be a bit drier I suppose.

Overall: I think this is a good beer and a worthy experience. Well done GLB and Amsterdam

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bryden's.

Beer is cloudy golden with a large white head. Good retention.

Bready malt in the smell, along with green grape, yeast and a slightly tart strawberry scent. Perhaps lactobacillus.

Taste is quite unusual. Crisp wheat, banana. Somewhat sour, tart fruit, some strawberry. The effect of the chardonnay barrel is clear, gives an interesting twist to the rest of the beer. Reminiscent of a biere de champagne.

Medium bodied, bready, high carbonation.

Overall, very enjoyable and quite unusual!

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Photo of KevinSP
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of JMBSH
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy straw with a very small head that recedes quickly. Tonnes of thick sediment left in the bottle - I'm surprised it isn't hazier. Fruity, spicy aromas in the nose with a soft saltiness in the back. Salt is much more present in the taste. Its a very new flavor profile for me. It's quite subtle however and doesn't overshadow the fruity, apricot, mango, yoghurty tartness and other flavors. A soapyness and a bit of diactytl show with warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low carbonation level. The finish is dry and salty with a light hop bitterness, and some more fruity yeast and malt flavors. Very complex.

This is only the second Gose I've tried and it's good. I'm not sure I'd session a beer with salt flavor like this, but its got a lot more going on than that. Lots of fruity and tart flavors. Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Some men serve a term in prison, work out a ton, and come out bigger and buffer. It's almost as if all this beer did during its 4 months spent in Chardonnay barrels was work on the shininess of its complexion; you wouldn't think it could develop such a tan in such dark confines. But it has, and it sparkles a clear, lustrous golden and shows strong bubbling (though no head).

In case non-Leipzig natives were wondering, Gose is a regional German specialty ale that is brewed with salt, ground coriander and partially fermented with lactic acid. The spice, salt and bacteria-induced tartness are generally prevalent, as they are in this bouquet. It smells unique, effervescent and enticing, like as weissbier with a little extra panache.

If the aroma didn't do it, the taste will certainly capture your attention. Crisp wheat notes are predominate, though it's the tart lime, lemon and green apple notes that are of real interest. The coriander is appreciated too and compliments the beer's citrusy character. A general herbal quality also flatters the graininess of the wheat. The barrel really did meld everything together.

Brewing Gose is not like working the kitchen at TGIFs - too much salt *is* possible. The palate isn't accustomed to tasting salt in beer and hence is rather sensitive to it; this is an instance where a little really does go a long way. Fortunately these brewers exercised proper discretion. Salt is appreciated but doesn't dry out the effervescence. Actually, it could even use more.

Salt, lactic acid and wine barrels are all in the Danger Zone as far as brewers are concerned - a lot can easily go wrong dealing with such risky business. But, like the characters after whom this beer is named, these guys are good. Here's hoping, however, that this Gose doesn't die but rather comes back to life next spring and every spring after as a regular seasonal offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of peensteen
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy blonde colour, ring of white head with a bit of lace hanging around. Smell is wheaty and malty, a fair bit of fruity scents, apples, light sweetness comes through with a bit of salt water as well. Taste is sweet at first and then salty, some fruti and oak, lightly tart but finishes with salty water and it pretty overpowering. Almost no carbonation, feels like it was killed by the barrel, light feel. While this was interesting I didn't find it all that enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Amsterdam / Great Lakes Maverick & Gose from Great Lakes Brewery
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