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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4.75/5  rDev +26%

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4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated: This is Freigeist's version of a gose. I'm revisiting it after having tried more versions of the style.
I like how it appears in my glass, a white straw golden in color
There's a briney aroma with juniper undertones
The flavor has a pleasing minerality. Some coriander and a hint of wheat collaborate with juniper berries. Crisp and slightly tart. I like it.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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

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4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth for a gose. I got some stone fruit flavors to accompany the sourness. Very refreshing.

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4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pelican Brewery shaker pint, Freigeist Geisterzug (Ghost Train) is hazy straw yellow with a small white head leaving very faint lace.

Smell is soft grainy cereals. Light phenols.

Taste is lightly salted and tart, clean wheat flavors, very light graininess. The label says this is a "spruced gose". I assumed they meant spruce tips (pine needles), but I'm not getting any of that.

Mouthfeel is slippery, medium light.

Drinkability is high, a refreshing, balanced, mild gose. This is made to quench, not to ponder. Cranking up the lacto and salt might be more exciting, but not nearly as drinkable. I was expecting it to be more extreme, but it is nevertheless very well done.

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4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Row 34 accompanied by a varierty of local oysters.

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