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Gose, let's talk about it.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by tolar111, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. tolar111

    tolar111 Advocate (675) New York Aug 17, 2008

    Last night I had my first Gose, as I stated in the LNBA thread (or whatever it's called) it was the first time I've ever seen it outside of the extra long neck bottle that Leipziger Gose uses. I would love to grab one of those, but they're always covered in dust. The 12oz bottle of Leipziger I grabbed actually had a best before date on it and tasted fresh.
    I enjoyed it and plan on grabbing a few more. What are your thoughts on the style and are there other brands out there that are worthy?

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  2. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,310) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Verified

    I really enjoy it, but it's just too obscure to have on a regular basis. Had very few small count on one hand, really enjoyable ones, but they of course were all on tap. And many brewers don'ts seem keen on making them often.

    Too bad, great style.
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  3. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Savant (420) Massachusetts Nov 18, 2011 Beer Trader

    I love Gose, and if you can find it, try Ritterguts Gose, it was recently brought over by Shelton Brothers and it adds a slightly smokey sour taste and is really great.
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  4. Etan

    Etan Champion (765) Wisconsin Jul 11, 2011

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  5. dvelcich

    dvelcich Savant (370) Illinois Feb 6, 2008

    The one you had is the definitive beer for it's style. I personally love it, but there are some shit ones out there (looking at you Salt of the Earth). If you can find it, try the Upright Gose. One of the best I've had. Also, John Laffler (former barrel master at Goose Island) is going to be creating what's supposed to be a year round gose offering in six packs when he gets his brewery going which I'm eagerly waiting to try.

    Edit: Beat to the Laffler info.
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  6. Just had Rapp Brewing's Gose in FL this past week. By all means try to trade for a growler of it. Amazing stuff.
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  7. MrDanno96

    MrDanno96 Savant (390) Ohio Aug 26, 2009

    Portsmouth brewery had a dunkel gose on tap when I was there a couple weeks ago. A lot of the characteristics of big Belgian beers I like, but light at the same time. They also had some bottles of it in their gift shop, so it is a trade possibility.

    EDIT: Pretty sure this is what I had: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/596/63902. Not sure why it says retired, I definitely had a dunkel gose there a couple weeks ago.
  8. mjn5036

    mjn5036 Savant (305) New Hampshire Nov 9, 2008 Beer Trader

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  9. jtdolla911

    jtdolla911 Savant (420) Massachusetts Nov 18, 2011 Beer Trader

    Hopefully I can try Upright at some point. But I had no idea Portsmouth made a Gose, I'll have to take a trek up next time they brew it.
  10. smakawhat

    smakawhat Poobah (1,310) Maryland Mar 18, 2008 Verified

    I had Portsmouth's Gose as well, lots of people really dig it, I'd actually like to try it again but it will have to wait for another return trip.

    My favorite I've had to date was one from Farmer's Cabinet, called Marry Me in Goslar.

    Always in the hunt for more Gose hunting! Sounds like I need to be out in the bush with a rifle. Also Leipziger on tap is fantastic stuff.
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  11. lotsaswigs

    lotsaswigs Savant (250) Indiana Jan 24, 2006

    OP, are you able to purchase that bottle in the states? Not too long ago I visited the brewery in Leipzig and was very impressed with all of their beers, though I will say the Gose I had at the brewery in my avatar was bit tastier IMO. Even though this brewery (Brauhaus Goslar) is only a few years old, I'm pretty sure the Gose style (one of the oldest in Germany I believe) originated in the town of Goslar.

    Unfortunately the bottles I brought back from the brewery were only a month from the best by date and were a shell of what I tried fresh as the source. I am very interested to try some other examples, it's definitely a very nice beer when done well.
  12. tolar111

    tolar111 Advocate (675) New York Aug 17, 2008

    Yes, I purchased my bottle locally (upstate NY). My bottle has a best before date of 05/24/13. I plan on grabbing a few more this week, as I stated, I have only seen the traditional bottle in the store in the past and never thought about purchasing because it looked old. I'll check the expiration date on one of those bottles next time. Now I want one of those glasses.

  13. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    I have only had 5 or so and my favorite of the bunch has been the one from Westbrook.
  14. Brokejaw

    Brokejaw Aficionado (175) Iowa Oct 3, 2013

    I've heard a lot about these types of beers recently, and am looking forward to trying them. I really don't know much about these. What's a good baseline gose that really emulates what a gose should be?
  15. I tried a six pack of Westbrook Gose a couple months ago. Be prepared before you try it...when they say it's sour they aren't kidding. Huge puckering sour punch instantly, but then the salt kicks in to balance a bit (it's brewed with sea salt).
    Once I got used to it I liked it. Good change of pace refreshing hot weather brew, and it's only 4% ABV.
  16. herrburgess

    herrburgess Poobah (1,035) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof -- assuming you can find it fresh (which is a BIG assumption). The Westbrook tasted good to me for the first couple of sips, but then quickly overwhelmed my palate with its exaggerated, overdone flavors. The salitiness in an authentic Gose is much more subtle, making those beers very easy-drinking -- almost like a slightly tart/salty (instead of banana/clove-y) Hefeweizen.
  17. Bouleboubier

    Bouleboubier Advocate (595) Pennsylvania Dec 22, 2006 Verified

    I've had the Leipziger (mostly on tap) many times. Pretty tasty. The Ritterguts Gose is another one from Germany that you may find that's not to shabby.

    Whatever you do, though, take caution - the Flying Dog Gose (if it's still available - it might've been a one-off) is/was an "acquired taste". They, being a brewery in MD, decided to put Old Bay crab seasoning in it. Maybe 1 out of every 10 customers I had actually enjoyed it and finished the whole glass. I had one guy one night have 3 of them in a row... Tasted like clams to me.

    Oh, and if you can - I've seen flavored (as in w/ fruits or herbs) goses..... you might want to try a regular gose first to see what it's all about. Such beers I wouldn't consider goses - more like flavored ales in "the style of a gose". Whatever.
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  18. There's a small Baltimore brewery called Union that brews an incredible Gose called Old Pro. I don't even think they have full distribution in MD yet and they only can their Pale Ale and Alt (also phenomenal). It's a seasonal and draft only right now, but I got to try it at a trade show, and it was the best beer I had there. Really, really pungent sour and some brine from the salt.
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  19. megandupe

    megandupe Zealot (85) Colorado Nov 19, 2010

    I have only seen this style 3x: Golden City Brewery, some beer fest, and Westbrook.
    Westbrook's is more tart than it is salty, very refreshing, like lemonade, but ppl either love it or hate it. Awesome to make a shandy with!
  20. craft_shannie

    craft_shannie Savant (465) Indiana Nov 9, 2012 Beer Trader

    just discovered the style this summer - with lost nation's (VT) gose (with and without currants) on tap. it is/was awesome - great balance of tart & salt. perfect summer brew, IMO. picked up Cicso Brewer's Island Reserve, which wasn't as good as lost nation, but still a solid offering.

    I believe this is the style that may have convinced me to brew.
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  21. azorie

    azorie Champion (770) Florida Mar 18, 2006 Verified

    Had a local new brewery here brew and damn fine gose a few months ago. Local small batch only.
  22. I have had Leipziger Gose a couple of times (on draft). I think this beer has an interesting combination of flavors but after drinking one, I have never had the desire to order a second Leipziger Gose.

  23. rgordon

    rgordon Advocate (600) North Carolina Apr 26, 2012 Verified

    Bake a nice chunk of fresh cod with that Leipziger- it's a perfect match!
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  24. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Advocate (705) Florida Jul 15, 2011 Beer Trader

    The only gose I've ever had was a dark gose at a small brewery named Braustelle in Cologne. It tasted like sour citrus juice with a touch of salt. It was pretty good. More people need to dabble in this style.
  25. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poobah (1,010) California Dec 15, 2012 Beer Trader

    The only gose I had, thus far, is from a local brewery, Noble Ale Works. It was good, but I had nothing to compare to. I'm looking forward to trying some Westbrook and Leipziger goses.
  26. truthbrew

    truthbrew Savant (450) Minnesota Oct 31, 2002

    Brokejaw, a local brewery Pour Decisions here in the Twin Cities makes a kick butt Gose named Salinity. If you happen to be in the DSM area, I'll be passing through next Thursday with one in hand. PM me if interested.
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  27. Hefewiseman

    Hefewiseman Savant (450) Florida Sep 6, 2011 Beer Trader

    Westbrook Gose lived up to the hype for me. That stuff is DELICIOUS. Also, Rapp Brewing here in FL makes one that's just as good. Lucky for me it's their flagship beer, so it's always on hand for growlering :D
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  28. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,685) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

  29. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poobah (1,135) New York Aug 25, 2010 Beer Trader

    Great Q, man.
    My only exp. has been Westbrook's Gose (and it was really outstanding), and it seems, based on a few (IMO) well-respected personal opinions, that it is spot-on for the style.
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  30. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    Gose is one part beer one part seawater.
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  31. JISurfer

    JISurfer Poobah (1,110) Hawaii Dec 10, 2002 Beer Trader

    I wasn't a huge fan of the Westbrook Gose initially. Living in Charleston though, it's everywhere, so I gave it a few more trys and it's really grown on me. I now have 4 6ers in my house.
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  32. mikeincharleston

    mikeincharleston Advocate (705) North Carolina May 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    Same here. Having it all the time made it grow on me. Can only have one or two in a sitting but really enjoyable now. My dad on the other hand has been nuts about it since his first sip. I have to bring him a 6er everytime he comes to town. The fact that it kind of smells like sweat has always made me laugh.
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  33. JISurfer

    JISurfer Poobah (1,110) Hawaii Dec 10, 2002 Beer Trader

    The wife loves the stuff too. She's quite finicky about her beers, doesn't like to stray too far outside of hefeweizens or basic lagers, but the Gose is a whole different story. It's basically like her crack. Anytime we go out and it's available, she gets it.
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  34. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    LOL, funny for a basic lager drinker. Salty is right, I've tried it one I'd do so again, but it's kinda beer, kinda seawater, kinda Margarita ish. Props to Westbrook though, they do make waves.
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  35. herrburgess

    herrburgess Poobah (1,035) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Not taking issue with your having enjoyed it, nor with the others' respectability as reviewers, but I would not say Westbrook's Gose is spot-on for the style. I have had Gose in both Leipzig and Goslar, where it is considered to have originated, and those versions are far more subtle in their saltiness and sourness -- which results in a much more drinkable beer...not unlike a slightly tart/salty (instead of banana/clove-y) Hefeweizen, as I mentioned above.
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  36. rgordon

    rgordon Advocate (600) North Carolina Apr 26, 2012 Verified

    Humans are like 98% ancient seawater and 2% crazy organic matter. Hell, a nice gose- just one for me- with the right food that could use a nice citric salty kick is a unique treat. As I responded to JackHorzempa, Leipziger Gose paired with a nice piece of fresh Atlantic cod makes sense of this really strange beer. The salt fades off after 3 months, so freshness is imperative.
  37. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    If I could buy a 6 I would, it is really unique. Didn't like the first taste, but I didn't like bitter beer a long time ago too.
  38. rgordon

    rgordon Advocate (600) North Carolina Apr 26, 2012 Verified

    It would be the last beer that I would have as a first beer Friday PM. Odd and interesting for sure.
  39. nc41

    nc41 Champion (855) North Carolina Sep 25, 2008 Beer Trader

    I think better with food, maybe with Oyster shooters or clams casino, Oyster Rockefeller etc.
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  40. mikeincharleston

    mikeincharleston Advocate (705) North Carolina May 1, 2009 Beer Trader

    I heard in ATL at the brick pub (is that the name) they do gose mimosa with our gose, oj and a drop of champagne. Heard they couldn't make them fast enough. I still want to do gose , tequila and a drop of triple sec or something with a salt rim
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