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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose | Braustelle

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Brewed by:
Braustelle
Germany | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Based on a recipe dating back at least six hundred years, this is Freigeist’s quirky version of the nearly-extinct traditional sour beer of Leipzig. “Geisterzug” (“Ghost Train”) spruced gose is unusually complex, funky, and full-bodied, the perfect modern-day medieval German ale.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a mostly clear medium yellow-gold with a minimal head.

S: Spruce and juniper notes, with a mild sweatiness and some German Kölsch ale notes.

T: Very mild spruce and juniper, with understated tartness and a mild salinity. Quite dry, with some mild cracker-like malt, light wheat and slight citrusy acidity. Dry, but slightly off-putting spruce-like finish.

F: Light bodied with very moderate carbonation. Seems appropriately thin, but inappropriately undercabonated.

Thoughts: Highly drinkable and light, but ultimately lacking in character and the spruce quality happens to be a bit off-putting. The base recipe for this actually has the makings of a nice dry kölsch-gose hybrid, but in its current iteration with the spruce it simply doesn’t come together as well as one would like. I wouldn’t steer someone away from this beer, but I wouldn’t really recommend it either.

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Geisterzug ("Ghost Train") looks ugly but it must be good for your health: brewed with Lactobacillus (an essential, helpful digestive bacteria) and spruce (loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients), it also packs a ton of fiber and protein as evidenced by the deep, hazy complexion and dense marbling of sediment.

You'd expect eyebrow raising from a spruce-flavoured Gose, but this aroma really fails to excite. It's also fair to assume a great deal of distinctive, unusual flavour but this lives up to expectations about as much as 'Speed 2: Cruise Control'. The nose reveals a little more with warmth but still...

Fortunately the taste is about as exciting and action-packed as the Keeanu Reeves and Denis Hopper original. Pop quiz hot shot: what do you get when you combine a spritzy, saline mouthfeel with a pinch of zestful coriander spice, a high portion of malted wheat, and cooling, minty, evergreen spruce notes?

Answer: a kick-ass flavour. This Gose is disappointing in some regards, but taste is not one of them. That being said, most consumers will likely expect something a lot more tart and funky; this isn't convincingly either of those things, relatively speaking. It would have to be to earn a higher rating.

Freigeist is a phenomenal brewery but, it must be said, Geisterzug is not their strongest offering. For such a distinctive style and intentionally off-kilter recipe, it's actually a pretty humdrum beer. Nevertheless, be it known that this brewery doesn't only uphold German brewing traditions, they enhance and normally excel at them.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Fluffy white topped booming head, easily clocking in at three fingers tall. Very good retention, with a flat creamy top and big soapy appearance as it sticks around. Real nice body color, deep brass orange, with lemon and gold highlights all up and down. Just the nice right amount of carbonation, slyly sparse but also very fine in places. Real nice looking brew.

Pine notes quite forward on first aroma. Dry earthy notes, a faint tinge of lemon but quite buried. Doesn't quite hint at gose character, particularly on the malt angle, but it's an intriguing smell if a bit one dimensional for the brew.

Palate seems to work a different angle. Pine rich and dryness hit the mid palate with a slightly wet body. Not much chewy depth but some faint bakery notes come in, but with a hint of peppery finish. Dry pine aftertaste that lingers. Mild twinge of salt slightly and a touch of bakery dough malt kicks in just a little.

A decent tasting brew but the added spruce is really throwing the classic gose flavors off and burying them. Drinkable at least.

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Photo of Premo88
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz. bottle poured into weizenglass

L: flat yellow, hints of gold, mostly clear, lackluster head of soapy bubbles, 1/3-inch tall and disappearing quickly, no sticking or lacing, keeps a slight collar, almost no activity in glass

S: sour and funky off head, but as soon as the head dissipates, it smells like a traditional German helles lager or Dortmunder, fruity and bread malty, apricots ... and clean; then the sour grain comes back, maybe a pinch of salt; at times, that funky aroma is strong ... like a towel soaked in the bay and left out to dry but is still just a bit wet; some kind of spice or herb ... not oregano or rosemary but something like it, really pungent dried parsley (?) or dried basil

T: mix of bread malt and slightly salty grain, giving it a sweet flavor throughout the swallow; an earthy flavor, almost bitter, also shows up midswallow; very tame lemons, like a lemon wedge that's been in a glass of iced tea for 20 minutes; the lemons become a bit more tart with each swallow, but it's still balanced by some kind of sweetness (malt? wheat?); dried aspirin powder ... chalky, earthy bitter ... not overpowering

F: not bad considering how flat it looks during the pour ... very light, borderline watery

O: a bit disappointing compared to the handful of great American-made goses I've found, yet I wonder if this one isn't more traditionally correct to style? the first whiff seemed very promising, for it truly had a brett-induced (or some kind of) sourness that hit like an American wild ale ... super funky, but that aroma disappeared for awhile before coming back in a milder form, and it doesn't show up much in the flavor; still, the beer does have that faintly salty tart sting of a good gose, and even if this beer is a C- or C compared to my favorite goses, it's a fun C- or C to drink -- I'd even consider trying this again just as a change-up

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poor pour. I had to really dump it into the glass with some aggression to produce any sort of head, which wound up thin, wispy, and short-lived. Body is appropriately hazy and a pleasantly pale gold. It smells... like a gose. Sulfuric, heavy on the coriander, floral-earthy like dandelion or dark honey, and a little bit citric, calling to mind a honey-drizzled grapefruit or a saltydog. Good, but what's missing is the spruce, which is really quite disappointing.

Tastes of honey, digestive biscuits, preserved lemon, and dank, with a nice salty snap... and no spruce? Oddly sweet and one-dimensional. It's tasty but missing something, something that the spruce probably was meant to provide. Slightly mineral/metallic in a 'tap water from an old Midwestern house' kind of way, with a spritzy, filling yet bone-dry mouthfeel that calls to mind those white wines that aren't quite sparkly enough to be called sparkling.

Disappointing, especially considering how good their quince version was (which really nailed the rosy, poached-pear flavor of quince – shame I didn't take the time to review it). Possible food pairings: Manchego, käsekrainer, roast chicken, baked fish, hummus.

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Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

served chilled out of bomber

A: pours a cloudy light gold with an off white head.
S: spruce, light citrus, and malty sweetness. ester heavy.
T: citrus zest, biscuit malt sweetness, and slightly herbal/earthy. clove notes mingling with the spruce make for the interesting bitter aspects of this brew. very different from other brews I've had in the style, mostly in the subdued nature of the sourness/tartness present, but still maintains a bit of that saline character you'd expect.
F: medium/light carbonation and a medium body (actually pretty heavy for the style). dry finish. light sour and saline remains on the palate.


Bottomline (aka personal opinion time):
excellent. very enjoyable and sessional example of the style, and weird enough to set itself apart. light on the saline character and sour/tart levels for the style, but that's not a bad thing in my book. the subdued nature of those two standards for the style allows this brew to show off some funky pairings of flavor with the spruce, clove, wheat and citrus swirling into the bready malted sweetness. good for those new to the style trying to ease into the salty/saline aspect of the brew and for those looking to see just how funky a gose can get without feeling like you're sipping on nose spray.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach color with off-white head. Aroma has wheat, yeast esters and spruce. Also a bit of orange, similar to a witbier. Taste is also closer to a witbier than a gose. No tartness at all, just wheat, cloves, spruce and some herbal bitterness. Body is on the light side but also really smooth. Not bad but it doesn't taste like a gose, more like a resiny witbier.

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Photo of drmeto
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a cloudy golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-spicy (clove),white bread,grassy,lemon,salt
T:
-spruce needles,clove,white bread,lemon zest,raspberries,faint salt
-finishes dry
-medium,piney bitterniss
-low sourness for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
O:
Nice Gose,couldve been a bit more sour.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, coriander, spruce, pepper, clove, sea salt, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, salt/spice, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart/tangy lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, coriander, spruce, pepper, clove, sea salt, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/piney bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, coriander, spruce, pepper, clove, sea salt, cracker, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, salt/spice, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spice/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, dry, fairly sticky, and lightly saline/bready/acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a damn nice spruce spiced Gose style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy/spicy yeast, salt/spice, and bready malt flavors; with a very smooth and crisp to drink with the very well balanced mouthfeel. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a tiny shimmer of haze and very limited effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly wheaty malt with a dash of nice fruitiness. Not overly sour, but nice.

Taste: a little bit of funk and a dash of sourness as well as a rather sweet malty base. Saltiness is moderate and comes out with subsequent sips. There's maybe a hint of spruce but it definitely doesn't jump out at me. There's something about the sweetness of the malt that's just a little too much for me, but otherwise decent.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: drinkable and refreshing. Kind of a weird malt character and maybe a hint heavy on the salt, but otherwise an interesting gose that is worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of aleigator
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a completely hazed, orange-yellow color, with a fizzy, white head.

Spruces are well integrated into the the nose, adding a very herbal, earth supported spiciness to the nose, which is otherwise defined by dried lemon peel, a faint whiff of orange and a pleasant milk acidity. Fruits and spruces blend surprisingly well together, creating an intriguing nose.

Has a lively, slightly metallic carbonation, while developing enough body to remain tasty while being utmost refreshing.

Tastes of salty dough bread, wrapped up by a bright tartness, accentuated by even more refreshing fruits. Spruces add a pleasant herbal flavor to the taste, providing scented wood, earth and actually easy detectable pine needles themselves, which create a very unique flavor profile, due to the supporting fruits. Finishes with peppery clove among salt and fermented, sour orange peel, tied together by the bubbly carbonation.

Convinces by its creative blend between herbal, and fruity qualities, topped of by a pleasant, salty tartness. This results in a truly refreshing beer, which packs more flavor than your typical session beer, also convincing due to its thoughtful receipe, which could let you drink this during colder days as well.

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Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of a hint of pine, wheat, sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, wheat, slight yeast, and pale malt. Overall, disappointing beer. The tartness is missing, the complexity is lacking, and the pine is too subtle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light gold in color with moderate haziness. A trace of dark white covers a third of the rim of the glass. Aroma is of wheat and sea salt. The taste is light wheat and a trace of sea salt. The sourness note makes it's presence known a bit more as the beer warms. The body is honestly a touch flat and watery. Had Anderson Valley the Kimee, The Yink, and the Holy Gose and that was much more vibrant and flavorful.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 500 mL bottle at 49 degrees into a weizen
Aroma of wet grain (faint), slight odor of conifers
Head stabilizes at a large 8 cm (aggressive pour), diminishes to 3 mm white creamy layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body straw, hazy, some effervescence
Flavor very subdued, only slightly sour; saltiness is not noted in the initial pour but becomes more evident in the second half, as does the spruce. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Svingjo
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a slightly translucent golden straw colour with a thin white head. The nose presents with a strong citrusy lemon. There is some yeast and malt on the edges of the smell. The taste has a lemony tartness up front. There is a bit of grass and saltiness on the ends of the flavour. The mouthfeel is very active, but the carbonation quickly dissipates.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a Ritterguts Gose glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a couple inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, saltiness, and some bready/wheat malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of fruitiness noticeable. But it's mostly salty with some tartness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, It's easy to drink and is also well carbonated. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind trying it again in the future. $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of mwave
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Gose, lemony and salty with a great foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly. A nice hazy yellow with a very smooth mouth feel. Small bubble, tart finish. Would definitely buy and drink again. A super refreshing and lively brew.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(purchased at State Line, no freshness dates on label - poured into a teku glass)

L: bright yellow liquid, significant haze... bright white foam that slowly dissipates, all but disappearing eventually... no sediment in the bottle

S: first impression is that it smells 'hoppy': lemon skin, orange flesh, and some pine in the background... maybe a hint of finely-ground black pepper

T: first sip: tart, vaguely lemon rather bold fruitiness with a shortbread chaser... tangy, grassy finish and a mellowly salty aftertaste... nothing overtly 'spruce' here either... shortbread malt flavor flares up slightly on the tail end, but gives way to lemon oil and fresh grass in the aftertaste... perhaps a touch of bubblegum and a delicately acidic character lingering

F: moderately light up front - doesn't pack a ton of carbonation - maybe why it feels a bit heavier than it actually is... wet-feathery soft flow... finishes fairly weightless, not leaving behind much residual material

O: for something that seems a tad old, it's still very nice, somewhat moreish... something about it reminds me more of a Belgian wit than an ale of German extraction... another one I'd love to try baby-fresh

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Photo of deg
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured the beer into a regular hefeweizen glass. Cloudy once I poured the yeast into the beer. The head is white and thick. The smell is grassy, not what I expected from a spruced gose. The taste on the other hand, is just what expect and great. It's got the saltiness I expect, and a little something extra which I think is the spruce. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shared bottle at the RBWG-2015.
Hazy unappealing yellow color with a decent head.
Odd floral - tart funky aroma. Add is common with sours the flavor is much more appealing.
Moderately tart.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly form the bottom of the glass and faint pale + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that reduces to a mottled large patch of medium thick film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of wheat and lemon citrus with just a hint of tartness/sourness.

T: Light to moderate flavors of briny, slightly sour wheat with a light flavor of lemon citrus.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink since both the sourness and the brininess of this beer are not as intense as some of the others in the style. Sessionable and it would be excellent on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of endovelico
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

This zippy light-honey colored offering, is quite literally bursting with a fragrant layering of peach, mango and spring flowers. Focused and refined where the residual sweetness is playing off the lemony tartness and traditional salinity. Refreshing and elegant overall even if rather hollow and short.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%

Ready for a refreshing one? Sure. Here's a half-liter of gose. On to the beer:

Like a sandy blonde color and topped with a half-inch of creamy head before dropping to a thin lace. The aroma offers a small twist to the usual gose. In addition to a kiss of salt and tart, there's a note of spruce as well which gives the aroma additional depth.

The fist split second is a bitter and sour combination, wich thankfully is relieved to something that's a little more interesting. There a tasteless acidic note which doesn't know which direction to go. A touch of salt and a surprisingly very bready base. With a perfumy spruce in the background, I don't know if I love this gose or hate it. I do like that breadiness though, and it brings a note of honey blossoms too, plus the aftertaste it leaves is more than pleasant.

It's refreshing in a weird way, but it's not like a kolsch or helles lager on a hot day. Different, to say the least.

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Photo of UndatedSeapiece
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Look: Cloudy, lemon yellow, medium head that dissipates fast
Nose: Faint smell, can't quite put my finger on it
Taste: Slightly thin, sour, salty, a little more carbonation than usual

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Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%

Reeks of bready malt, but luckily there's some lime and sharp peach and grapefruit in the flavor to add complexity. Floral notes are a nice complement.

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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
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