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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +5.8%

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 -5.6%
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 nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 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 Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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 dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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 smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very white head. As it settles it leaves a ring of lace with many streaks back to the liquid.

Light sourness to the nose. Some pale malt aroma also.

Sweet and tart by equal proportions. Very smooth beer--seems to have an abundance of wheat. Soft on the palate, but not exactly rich. High level of carbonation. I do not detect any "spruce"

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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 smakawhat
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Fluffy white topped booming head, easily clocking in at three fingers tall. Very good retention, with a flat creamy top and big soapy appearance as it sticks around. Real nice body color, deep brass orange, with lemon and gold highlights all up and down. Just the nice right amount of carbonation, slyly sparse but also very fine in places. Real nice looking brew.

Pine notes quite forward on first aroma. Dry earthy notes, a faint tinge of lemon but quite buried. Doesn't quite hint at gose character, particularly on the malt angle, but it's an intriguing smell if a bit one dimensional for the brew.

Palate seems to work a different angle. Pine rich and dryness hit the mid palate with a slightly wet body. Not much chewy depth but some faint bakery notes come in, but with a hint of peppery finish. Dry pine aftertaste that lingers. Mild twinge of salt slightly and a touch of bakery dough malt kicks in just a little.

A decent tasting brew but the added spruce is really throwing the classic gose flavors off and burying them. Drinkable at least.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Tone
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of a hint of pine, wheat, sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, wheat, slight yeast, and pale malt. Overall, disappointing beer. The tartness is missing, the complexity is lacking, and the pine is too subtle.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%

Ready for a refreshing one? Sure. Here's a half-liter of gose. On to the beer:

Like a sandy blonde color and topped with a half-inch of creamy head before dropping to a thin lace. The aroma offers a small twist to the usual gose. In addition to a kiss of salt and tart, there's a note of spruce as well which gives the aroma additional depth.

The fist split second is a bitter and sour combination, wich thankfully is relieved to something that's a little more interesting. There a tasteless acidic note which doesn't know which direction to go. A touch of salt and a surprisingly very bready base. With a perfumy spruce in the background, I don't know if I love this gose or hate it. I do like that breadiness though, and it brings a note of honey blossoms too, plus the aftertaste it leaves is more than pleasant.

It's refreshing in a weird way, but it's not like a kolsch or helles lager on a hot day. Different, to say the least.

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Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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 biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Geisterzug ("Ghost Train") looks ugly but it must be good for your health: brewed with Lactobacillus (an essential, helpful digestive bacteria) and spruce (loaded with vitamin C and other nutrients), it also packs a ton of fiber and protein as evidenced by the deep, hazy complexion and dense marbling of sediment.

You'd expect eyebrow raising from a spruce-flavoured Gose, but this aroma really fails to excite. It's also fair to assume a great deal of distinctive, unusual flavour but this lives up to expectations about as much as 'Speed 2: Cruise Control'. The nose reveals a little more with warmth but still...

Fortunately the taste is about as exciting and action-packed as the Keeanu Reeves and Denis Hopper original. Pop quiz hot shot: what do you get when you combine a spritzy, saline mouthfeel with a pinch of zestful coriander spice, a high portion of malted wheat, and cooling, minty, evergreen spruce notes?

Answer: a kick-ass flavour. This Gose is disappointing in some regards, but taste is not one of them. That being said, most consumers will likely expect something a lot more tart and funky; this isn't convincingly either of those things, relatively speaking. It would have to be to earn a higher rating.

Freigeist is a phenomenal brewery but, it must be said, Geisterzug is not their strongest offering. For such a distinctive style and intentionally off-kilter recipe, it's actually a pretty humdrum beer. Nevertheless, be it known that this brewery doesn't only uphold German brewing traditions, they enhance and normally excel at them.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a medium white head, rocky look, frothy.

S: Notes of salt and sour malt, lactic acid.

T: Definite lactic acid, but with a sweetness I did not expect. Almost a Sprite character to this beer which was intriguing.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, refreshing, soft carbonation.

O: On the sweeter style for a gose, but it's certainly good. This is a style I've found a lot more examples recently, and for that I am quite thankful.

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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 rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice hazy straw hue with a good one finger head that fades fairly quickly leaving a thin blanket.

S - Aroma is a bit faint. Mostly earthy grain with some like citrus notes, pine, and spices.

T - Taste is more of the same. Was told there was spruce in this..where is it?! Some light cloves notes, tart wheat...thats about it.

M - Fairly low carbonation, though it does have a nice dry finish.

O - Overall, let down by this one was expecting more pine or spruce...mostly just sour wheat.

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Photo of barczar
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%

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 bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a Ritterguts Gose glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a couple inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, saltiness, and some bready/wheat malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of fruitiness noticeable. But it's mostly salty with some tartness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, It's easy to drink and is also well carbonated. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind trying it again in the future. $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of ccrida
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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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