Freigeist / Bayerischer Bahnhof Geisterzug Gose | Braustelle

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Braustelle
Germany
braustelle.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
273
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with some lacing but poor retention on a slightly hazy straw colored body.

S: not much to the aroma. mostly grains, pine sol/spruce, sour citrus.

T: not as much spruce as expected from the name or the aroma. a little salty with tart generic citrus and grains.

M: light body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: very bland and simple. I cant get a feel for this genre. I always expect them to be more tart whereas this one is very mild.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly salty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a real oddity here, a spruced gose. possible the lightest colored and flavored beer ever. it pours almost perfectly clear, lighter than a Berliner, with a couple inches of white head. its so clear I can watch tv through it, unabated. the nose is light as anything, a touch of wheat malt and minerals, not spruce at all. the flavor has a slight lemon kick to it, and is fairly dialed down on the salt content, compared to some other german gose beers ive had he privilege of trying. the wheat malt appears to be cut with water in a 50 percent mix, and I only get a little spruce when I really focus. maybe its a mind game and its not there at all. maybe im tasting what I want to taste. who knows, this beer is so light on flavor its impossible to tell, although I don't dislike it at all. ultra light feel, too much so really, but it is refreshing for the style, since there isn't too much salt in the finish drying me out. carbonation is ample. overall a beer that just didn't have a lot of flavor to it, a stronger or more concentrated version would be welcomed here.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque pale orange, seems to glow a little in the light. Sturdy layer of white foam on the surface, and a thin skim remains. Random bits of lace stay in the glass.

Smell is pretty nondescript at first, softly wheaty, mild yeast. Plain and simple.

Smooth feel, lightly astringent though I wouldn't really call it tart. Very mild coriander, supple wheat, light apple ester from the yeast. Creamy and light bodied. Light papery oxidation note, not too distracting. This seems very traditional, simple but easy to drink. Not especially tart or salty though, and not picking up much if any spruce in this bottle.

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

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
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 nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, straw colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - An aroma of coriander, clove, and anise.

T - Lightly tart wheat up front with some coriander in the middle. Finishes with light clove and more tart wheat.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is less tart than I expected and the spruce is also fairly light. Drinkable but I'm not all that excited by it.

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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 ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

By now, I've had several goses, but this may be the first one I've had that is actually German. Served in a Ommegang chalice, this was one attractive beer, cloudy, pale yellow, with a small but thick layer of white head, that retained until the end, and left some streaks of lacing on the glass when swirled. Aroma was a bit muted, notes of toasted wheat and light citrus. Taste of salted sourdough bread, lemon pith, slightly lactic. Probably wouldn't have stood up great on its own, but paired with some authentic kartoffelpuffer, it was drinking just fine. Smooth mouthfeel, light-medium body, soft carbonation, quite good overall.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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Freigeist / Bayerischer Bahnhof Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
3.77 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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