Freigeist / Bayerischer Bahnhof 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.

Added by popery on 11-30-2012

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not tart, not salty, not tasty

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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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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3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemmed wine goblet at The Trappist Provisions in Berkley, Ca.

Note: Served as the Freigeist Geisterzug Gose, brewed in conjunction with Bayerischner Bahnhof.

Appearance: Very pleasing, dense, stark-white head characteristic of wheat beers. Has moderate retention and boils down to a very pleasing, even layer of residual foam. Unfiltered brew, a sunny orange through the middle and golden yellow towards the edges.

Smell: Banana-like esthers on the front-end with a touch of coriander and earthy wheat. I also get something else, maybe peach or other summer fruit?

Taste: Definite taste of coriander and mineral-savoriness of salt. Malt profile is low with a subtle spiciness on the back end. No detectable hop bitterness, this brew opens up with coriander again on the finish. Definite phenolic taste from the yeast - a bit of banana fading to spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied - likely my mouth's reaction to the saltiness.

Overall: Not my cup of tea. As a disclaimer, I am not that familiar with the range of the gose style. I've had a few (mostly American-ized) and I didn't enjoy the Geisterzug as much as the others I've had - that being said I'm far from an expert on the style. This brew was much saltier than I would have liked and I didn't really get the any notes of spruce either in the aroma or taste. I'd be interested in revisting this beer at a later date but for now I'll assume its a bit over my head.

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