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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose | Braustelle

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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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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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 BRB1978
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Krafty34
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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 GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of gibgink
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not tart, not salty, not tasty

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of B_G
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A big head results from the pour, about three fingers thick, pale white and fluffy. The beer is cloudy, a golden color with a blonde haze. There's steady carbonation and the occasional big bubble surging upwards.

On the nose I get wheaty sweetness and malt first, even some clove like a hefeweizen, and subtle hints of spruce. I don't detect any coriander or salt, as I would have expected.

Things get more interesting with the taste. The beer starts off like a hefeweizen, sweet, wheaty and spiced (I'm struggling to connect this with clove or spruce), before becoming more tart with a hint of salt. I get more spruce closer to the finish, so it must be clove I detect initially.

The beer has a light quality to it, yet still retains a good body. It has an effervescent feel on the tongue, some bubbliness from the carbonation and yeast. There's only a slight tartness and a dry effect that comes with the taste of salt.

This beer's very interesting to me. I find it enjoyable, but just like the sour wheat ale I had recently, not sour to the American tongue. There are a medley of flavors within and I enjoy them, but I do find that this beer to closely resembles a hefeweizen rather than boldly proclaiming itself a gose. I suppose I'd like a little more explosiveness from the salt and spices. Typical American.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of greenmtn1111
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This gose pours a very pale orange, semi-transparent at first but then turns cloudy from the sediment in the bottle. Starts out with a nice big white head, about three fingers worth. No lacing, but good retention all the way down. Smells of lemon, hay, coriander, and just a little bit funky. Overall, not much aroma. It's funky when it first goes in the mouth..doesn't come across as tart but there's definitely an acidic quality to it. There's lemon, orange, more coriander, just a hint of salt and no bitterness at all. As the beer warms the coniferous notes come to life and reminds me of a mountain forest which is amazing. This gose drinks very easily and is a refreshing beer. It's pretty unique but good for anytime of the year.

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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 riotontheroad
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Leftofthedial
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikefuski17
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisMoonlife
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MGibbons
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Denzo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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