Freigeist / Bayerischer Bahnhof Geisterzug Gose | Braustelle

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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.

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Photo of elNopalero
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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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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Photo of UndatedSeapiece
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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Photo of ccrida
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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Photo of deg
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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 magictacosinus
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a wine glass as part of the Freigeist Bierkultur tasting flight at Trappist Provisions.

Produces a rather cloudy straw yellow color with a concentrated foamy white head that appears to last a good long while in the glass. Bubbles are rather plentiful in this at first, but they don't last long overall. As it proceeds to warm up, it almost looks like a cloudy Chardonnay from afar, and while not viscous, it does appear thickened enough in nature. Leaves no lacing to speak of. I'm not very experienced with goses, but I'd imagine, in the same realm of great sours, that they should be forgiven for looking this rustic.

The aroma is definitely funky, different stuff - other than some brief notes of dried white raisins and dried lemons, there's an underlying sour and musty flavor no doubt from the healthy amount of lactic acid. There's slight notes of green pepper and flower stems as well, and melded with the funk, the results are pretty mineral-y in the same vein as any great Loire white wine - clay-like with slight notes of wet stones. There's a bit of spices at play here, ranging from baking soda to tree sap, but nothing holds a candle to that funk. Definitely different stuff.

The flavor proves to be even mustier and more mineral-forward - and yet, it works perfectly well in my book. At first there are notes raisins, pine, and tree sap, but eventually, with some time, they envelope into a bouquet of cedar, clay, terracotta, and stones. The coriander is more present here, and the musty notes eventually meld into fruity notes of under-ripe white peaches, as well as other stone fruit. There's notes of dampness, such as wet straw and a little bit of a cavernous, or barnyard-like funk. Definitely long lasting in the aftertaste, but never becomes too excessive or oppressive. Refreshing, crisp, and well carbonated, which compliments the lactic, slightly syrupy texture of the beer. Quite good stuff, in the end.

I believe I had this on tap many months ago, but I remember being enamored with the bright woody, tree sap like flavors that came with the funk. I really hope to find more goses made like this - it's simultaneously crisp and light enough to drink, but the flavor is really complex and all over the place in comparison to your everyday beer, or, hell, your everyday sour. Happy with what this brewery is doing with old, nearly forgotten German styles. This is a good example of what they do well and differently.

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Photo of endovelico
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%

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 aasher
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This spruced Gose pours a light bodied and cloudy light gold in color with a two finger bright white head. The nose is light with moderate German yeast character, light lemon peel, and a touch of spruce. The flavors mimic the nose with light and slowly acidic lemon peel with nice and approachable German yeast and a slight spruce/menthol character that shows its head in the aftertaste. There is just a touch of salt but nothing over the top. It's like drinking a light Hefe on the beach in Florida. The spruce isn't bold but its there in the finish. It drinks light in body and is very sessionable. This would make for a great German session beer for summer. Overall this is probably the best Gose I've had yet. It's a really nice beer for the style.

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Photo of mwave
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's a heck of a big fluffy, rocky white head right m'here. Sits atop a cloudy, bright/light golden body. Looks quite nice. Head settles to a film and small collar

A light wheat beer aroma with citrus, some sweet banana and coriander. A touch of twang in the nose

Flavor is bright and crisp. Some acidity comes through but nothing too much. Hints of that coriander and banana, most though the wheat comes out. Salt is light and could use more to bring in a zip on the end. Quite refreshing although it's a bit filmy on the finish. Would like to see more zip.
Probably good with a salad or grilled veggies

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Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%

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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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +6.1%

As wacky as the craft beer scene seems to be, there's plenty of room to reach into the goodie sack of history and pull out historic styles for as much reinvention as is exploration. Braustelle's traditional "salt" beers are of great testament to this notion.

With its cloudy straw yellow pour, the beer sheds a creamy white froth to cap, retain and lace the session extremely well. Its nose is tangy with a lemon and lime medley but also with earthy wheat, hay, herb and a delicate musken quality for complexity and intrigue.

With its early bready-sweet taste dissolving on the palate, its playfully acidic middle blossoms on the tongue with citrus, white wine and dry apple cider. The beer's classic salty brine rises, but only just enough to ensure a sense of fullness and to brighten the flavors that are already present in the beer.

And with its dry and racy finish, the palate is left refreshed and the thirst is quenched to near perfection- just enough acidity to wash the palate. It trails with a soft mineral quality and faint citrus peel, much like gin-and-tonic refreshers. Echoes of wheat return deep in aftertaste.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 larryi86
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen galss

A - A slightly hazy pale golden color with a dense four finger white head.

S- Tart lemons, some wheat, some coriander, touch of salt, some malt sweetness.

T- Wheat, sweet malts, some tart lemons, some spruce, touch of slat. Wish this was more sour.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- Not a bad Gose, but I have had better. Worth trying, might pock up again.

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Photo of popery
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. I think it's a collaboration with Freigeist Bierkultur, but the label just lists Braustelle Köln, and I have no idea if there's any separation between the two. Anyway, the beer pours a slightly dark shade of yellow, maybe goldenrod. It's quite hazy. The head is white and puffs up nicely, before fading away relatively quickly. It looks a bit fizzy but pretty good for the style. The aroma is a pleasant mix of yogurt, spice, pine, wheat, lemons and floral hops. The spicing is fairly subtle, just a mild, mostly coriander note. The pine isn't strong but definitely adds something over the regular gose. The taste is lightly tart, dry and full. It's quite refreshing. Like the rest of the beer, the salt is subtle and blends well into the other flavors. The spice is a bit more noticeable in the finish. You get a decent hit of coriander, there, probably helped along by the salt. The feel is softly effervescent. Lots of gentle bubbles. Very nice for the beer. This was a fun one. I always like to try interesting beers, and a gose filtered over pine needles is definitely interesting. While it didn't blow me away and the pine needle thing doesn't really seem to contribute a ton, it's still a very nice beer. I wish we saw more of these fun takes on traditional styles.

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Photo of aleigator
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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 drmeto
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of t420o
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freigeist Geisterzug Spruced Gose

A- pour yields a 1-1/2 finger white head with good above average retention. Beer is a nice slightly hazy straw color. Good lacing. 4.5

S- the smell is light and pleasant. Wheat, a nice saltiness, lemon, grainy. Dont really get spruce per se 4

T- very much like the smell with wheat, slight lemon, slightly tart, some saltiness, grain, spruce is faintly present, finishes a tad sweet. Maybe a bit too sweet. 3.75

M- good mouthfeel. Spritzy carbonation ad medium body. 4

O- really enjoyable and pleasant. Very good drinkability. Will have again. 4


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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Bierproeflokaal in de Wildeman, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with faint hints of lemon.
T: The overall taste has a very light bit of sourness along with flavors of wheat as well as hints of lemon and salt.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite quaffable. It's neither very sour nor salty so it is rather easy to drink compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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 MRsojourner
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice hazy blond color with thick white as snow three inch head that leaves a nice lacing.
the aroma is full of minerals and a touch of spice.
the taste is a good balance of slight tartness, lemon rind, and cardamom. the salt is in the distance but comes out more as the beer warms up.
overall this is an incredibly balanced and enjoyable beer. I think it takes all the ingredients and does them all justice by not making any of them more bold than another. I think I would prefer it more tart but that being said I have not had a gose that really nails it with the salt and cardamom

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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 babaracas
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with dense white head, settles to a thin layer; sheet of lace for a few inches down the glass. Smell: grape juice, spice, wheat cracker, citrus and earthy notes Somewhat fruity but no real promise of acid. Taste: interesting... some fruit sweetness (nectarine, grape) into pine and citrus, into snappy lactic + wheat, spice, then finishing semi-dry with residual lemon, a little salt, and lingering herbal note. Not as summertime-crushable as others, but this one packs a good amount of flavor, nice.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Svingjo
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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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