Freigeist / Bayerischer Bahnhof Geisterzug Gose | Braustelle

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Freigeist / Bayerischer Bahnhof Geisterzug GoseFreigeist / Bayerischer Bahnhof Geisterzug Gose

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Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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.

Added by popery on 11-30-2012

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pkalix
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick four fingers head with good retention.
Mild salty aroma with notes of coriander, lemony and lacto sourness, pine and bread.
Distinct flavor with notes of coriander, a bit of sea, lots of pomegranate, pear, soap, wheat, plums and dough. Maybe the spruce was overdone. Dry aftertaste and a low bitterness and finishing just a bit acid.
Light body with slightly effervescent carbonation.
Easy to drink Gose; more elegant than intense. I would tune down the spruce, but this might have been their proposal to differentiate from the crowd.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aufie
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of haggadah
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcmchew
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnBender
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thepenguin
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Kuges
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -4.8%
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 KAP72
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -28.9%
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 MiamiWeiss
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dental
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patlee3324
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dahart
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of imnodoctorbut
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
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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