Green Zebra Gose | Founders Brewing Company

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Each year we brew a beer to benefit ArtPrize, the world’s largest art competition held annually in our hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. This year’s beer is Green Zebra. Subtly sour and a little sweet, this ale is a refreshing take on a nearly extinct German style, gose. Watermelon is the highlight of this lightly-hopped treat and gives it a hint of satisfying juiciness. The soft mouthfeel and dry finish comes courtesy of the addition of sea salt, a traditional gose ingredient.


Added by TastyIsBeer on 10-23-2016

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#13,667
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
468
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

it blows my mind that this beer got so much positive attention, i just dont think its great from a gose standpoint, and whether or not you like watermelon in your beer, the base of this just isnt fantastic on its own i dont reckon, and the fruit doesnt make it so. that said, its better than almost any other watermelon sour i have ever had, although the bar is quite low (save a couple of solid exceptions). as a gose, i think the souring part is a little messy here, its not so dry and clean, and there is a faint hint of sweat in there a long with the citrusy lacto elements. the watermelon comes through pretty natural in nose and taste, its sweet though, which for me at least defeats some of the built in refreshment of gose in general, and especially in this one. the salt is mild but cool, and the wheat base has some character which i like. i get just a little bitterness to finish, not acidic but tangy, and on the edge of having too much fruit, the very edge. its summery and a sour that should have wide appeal even beyond the wild and sour crowd, but a more compelling base gose (drier, cleaner, and more carbonated) would make this a better beer in my opinion.

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Photo of acurtis
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving only a narrow collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Faint aromas of green apples and watermelon are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having a bit stronger of flavors of watermelon along with a light amount of sourness and faint hints of green apples and limes.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This gose is easy to drink and doesn't seem to be as sour compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

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Photo of nmann08
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/21/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart watermelon, jolly ranchers, lemon, lime, green apple, berries, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, light lacto funk/herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, watermelon, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart watermelon, jolly ranchers, lemon, lime, green apple, berries, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, light lacto funk/herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness; light yeast spiciness, fruit tang, and herbal bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/juicy watermelon, jolly ranchers, lemon, lime, green apple, berries, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, light lacto funk/herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, watermelon, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from tartness and fruit tang. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/acidic, and lightly saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is an excellent gose! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, watermelon, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mellowly lactic/tangy finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Really great balance between the watermelon and fruity/Lacto yeast. On the sweeter/less acidic side for the style; but still has adequate tartness. What I really loved about this is the fact that the watermelon flavors didn't have the usual cucumber vibe going on; but it did not feel that artificial either. A very enjoyable offering, and nice style example.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Luscious watermelon is the focus of this ludicrously refreshing gose, complementing the sharp salt and subtle coriander wonderfully.

Sticky yet approachable and never too candy-like. The watermelon feels authentic; this is the opposite of those syrupy watermelon extract-based beers you usually get whenever a beer is advertised as being brewed with watermelon.

One of the better fruited gosenbiere I've tried; this is up there with Anderson Valley's expressions of the style and bests many traditional German examples. Lovely work from Founders.

B (3.54) / GOOD

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To benefit the local arts scene in Michigan, Founders Brewing brings a truly summery taste to the craft beer contingency with roots in the sour and salty ale of northern Germany but with the uniqueness of watermelon fruit additions. The result is a perfect blend of what's traditional and what's artful.

Green Zebra (that's a phrase that I never though I would write) pours an unassuming pale golden color with only a hint of haze. As a light and fluffy head builds on the beer, its aromas are captivating with fruity melon, a tinge of sourness and the briskness of grain, must and sea air. Its taste is delicate with sourdough, whole wheat and a simplistic sweetness of hard candy.

As the jolly rancher sweetness begins to fade, the sourness intensifies and brings with it the tartness of dry cider, white wine, gooseberry and kiwi. While the watermelon fruit flavor is paramount in taste, its effect are moderate as it blends in with the other, more natural, fruit impressions quite seamlessly. A taste of brine and delicate perfume round out the session with a gentle salinity that serves to brighten the taste and to provide roundness to the session.

Lightly musty and trailing with a hint of burlap, the medium bodied sour ale retains a soft pillow of sourdough and saltwater taffy that balances the moderate sourness even in its quick finish of earthen brine and radiant watermelon. Crisp, refreshing and highly quaffable, the beer trends cleaner than traditional gose but certainly not a fruity as many on the current market. Founders shows tremendous restraint for a truly artful expression on the palate.

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Photo of Boone757
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of watermelon, tartness and hints of sea salt. Very tart flavor with lemon, watermelon and saltiness.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost clear light orange color with a bit of foam. Aroma is fruity and mineral with some red apple notes. Taste has a nice fermented red apple sweetness, a bit tart and briney too. Medium body with medium plus carbonation. Doesn't really taste like watermelon but overall it's a nice gose.

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Photo of smithj4
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Brewing Co. "Green Zebra"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED ON: 07.17.17..." and sampled on 08.14.17

Look: Slightly hazy yellow gold body beneath a short head of bright white that drops readily to just a thin collar and leaves little lacing behind.
Smell: Clean. Like citric acid and sugar with some light watermelon including the cut rind. Very much like powdered sour candy.
Taste: Very much as the aroma suggests with a little bit more watermelon flavor, but not much, and some other fruits (orange, lime/lemon, cherry). It's tart but not overdone, and well-balanced against the sweetish malt. Some salt is clear in the finish and stays on your lips. Low level bitterness. Dry, mildly acidic finish with lingering fruitiness.
Feel: Light-medium in body and gently crisp, but still sharp with acidity.
Overall: Surprisingly fruity and interesting, and very nicely balanced - not nearly as sharp and tangy as some gosebiers tend to be. Quite refreshing and exciting. Worth trying.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Green Zebra Gose from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 468 ratings