Margarita Gose
Cigar City Brewing

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #94
Ranked #6,170
4.05 | pDev: 11.36%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
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Notes: Throw on your Hawaiian shirt and your lederhosen and meet Cigar City Brewing at the intersection of traditional German brewing and tropical relaxation. We've taken our German-style Gose, an ancient style of moderate alcohol beer brewed with salt, and given it the coastal treatment by adding orange peel and lime essence to create the perfect warm weather ale.
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better cocktail beers I have had. Cloudy dirty blond pour, fizzy white foam cap. Smells of sour lime, orange zest, and salted wheat. If I close my eyes I could get to margarita without ice, eyes open I taste a sour lime, lemon, orange, and rose petal gose with salt and great yet light handed wheat underlying. Feel is light, sneaky sour, has a great wheat backbone, but doesn't have the rich complexity of the great goses. That being said that was not the vision, and fits perfectly into a crushable margarita mocktail beer. Goes great with tacos

Nov 07, 2020
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Roguer for this one, from a LIF box during NBS BIF #12. 12oz can (dated 7/31/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a hazy dark yellow color, with 1/2 inch of white head that immediately dissipated and left no lacing.

The aroma had a subdued tartness, with just a hint of fruit.

Both the tartness and fruit were brighter on the tongue, with the fruit lingering at the back end.

The body was light, crisp, smooth, and had a dry finish.

Drinkability was good, I could easily see crushing a bunch of these during the warm weather.

Overall, a nice little brew. Worth trying if you see it.

Oct 19, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Stone Tavern in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly golden yellow color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like tart limes, slight funk, and lemon acidity.

This is definitely tasty, but it's very light. I don't really get any orange peel, but there's enough tart lime funkiness to keep this interesting. It doesn't really strike me as margarita-like, though, just a lightly fruity gose.

This is light bodied, and very drinkable, with a good drinkability.

This is much lighter and more basic than I would've expected, but I still enjoyed it.

Oct 12, 2020
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Jonoesh5 from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who doesn't love margaritas? Straightforward concept that could've been kitschy, but Cigar City does it again. Lime and orange flavor with a salty aftertaste. SUPER refreshing and creamy. I've had other goses that are real funky and sour, but this one balances sour with ale very well. I found my new summer beer.

Oct 12, 2020
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Roguer from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent head production from a very turbulent pour; unsurprisingly, the foam quickly fades to absolute nothing. Body is quite hazy and looks almost flat.

Slightly musty and milky nose, along with pale grains, honey, lime, and salt.

Sharply sour on the palate - astonishingly sour for a gose. Nice salty middle; lime is more prevalent on the back third. It doesn't quite remind me of a margarita, and the added citrus doesn't completely take over, adding to a solid gose base quite nicely.

Sep 07, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has short retention

S- toasted wheat, lime, orange, some acidic tartness

T- just a hint of tartness up front, followed by notes of lime juice, wheat and some lactic acidic notes. The finish is clean with more lime and a hint of tartness lingering

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a big foamy finish

O- light, refreshing and just enough tartness

Sep 04, 2020
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark yellow with a ittle bit of wispy head.

Smell is tart with notes of lime and tequila, with a hint of salt.

Taste is crisp and tart with notes of lime, tequila and a hint of peach. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, a bit creamy, well carbonated.

Overalll, a nice, refreshing gose.

Aug 28, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Currently #78 in the Top Rated Gose beers list.

12 fl oz pull-tab can nabbed at a beer store in New Orleans, LA as a single.

"Ale brewed with Orange, Lime, and Salt." 4.2% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Clear yellow body. Fizzy white head that dies within 10 seconds. Seems well carbonated but it's not much to look at.

AROMA: Briny salt. Dried lime peel. Citrus juice. Scintilla of pickle juice. I don't find any of the orange at all, to be honest.

Doesn't scream wheat or coriander, either. But it seems nice, though to be fair it doesn't really evoke margarita...there's no sugariness.

TASTE: Lactobacillus sourness, subdued saltiness, obvious acidity with some lactic twang and smackiness to the mouthfeel, citrus, dried lime/lime peel, brine.

Doesn't taste like margarita. Doesn't have any overt orange flavour (which is actually a good thing methinks). Doesn't have any coriander flavour. Wheat malt is faint at best.

Balanced, enjoyable, and drinkable, but I wouldn't call it a top tier gose or fruited gose despite its high drinkability and quenching refreshing taste.

OVERALL: If the goal was to brew a beer that mimicked and evoked a margarita, then they failed. But it's a damned refreshing gose and it's one of the better beers I've had from Cigar City since the Oskar Blues merger brought them down a few notches. Absolutely worth trying at its more than fair price.

Low B (3.52) / GOOD

Aug 22, 2020
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teromous from Virginia

2.99/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED05/21/20 @15:54 244 34314"

Appearance: The beer has a dull orange-brown body that is hazy. It has a short white fizzy head that instantly disappears. No head retention or lacing.

Aroma: It has a slightly doughy aroma with a hint of lime.

Taste: There is a light tartness to the beer with a bit of a raspberry character. Towards the middle it tastes a bit like undercooked bread. Aftertaste is sourdough.

Mouthfeel: It is tart and medium bodied in fullness and texture. It doesn't linger too long on the palate. Good carbonation.

Overall: It is a decent Gose. The can states that this is a "margarita-inspired ale" and while the beer is quite tasty it doesn't taste any more like a margarita than a standard Gose. The can also states that this was made with "orange peel, lime and salt." The orange peel really didn't come through but the lime did. I would drink it again and recommend it but don't expect a margarita from this.

Jul 25, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a tulip pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy straw yellow with a small off-white head and some extra yeast at the bottom of the can. Aroma and flavor are lime first and foremost with some orange and perhaps a hint of salt. Moderately sour with a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Overall it's very good for what it tries to be and would be great at the beach.

Jun 23, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned March 20th 2020.

Pours a straw yellow with a small and quickly disappearing head of foam.

Smells of lime and orange zest with a good degree of tartness.

Getting some salt with the lime and orange zest. Tartness level is very comfortable. Really really good.

Light bodied but flavours last through the finish nicely.

Excellent Gose!

May 26, 2020
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can from a 4-pack purchased at the LCBO; dated Feb 29 2020 and served well chilled.

Pours golden-yellow with some chill-haze; I wasn't particularly gentle with the pour, yet I could barely get any head out of this one. Barren surface - not much of a looker, but in all honesty I have always considered this one of the most visually dull styles, and this one is not much uglier than most. Hints of doughy wheat grain on the nose, along with hints of brine and citrus peel.

It's a tasty gose, with the added (citrusy) frills complementing the salty, sour base beer very effectively. I'm getting more lime than orange, with a gritty, crackery wheat malt backbone followed up by a tart, salty finish. Not particularly complex, but at 4.2% I feel like complexity is not what they were going for - it's a hot weather thirst-quencher, first and foremost, with the whole 'craft beer' aspect being secondary. Light in body, with the carbonation imparting a decent bite, giving it a crisp, refreshing feel in the mouth. Ridiculously drinkable - if the weather had been nicer this past weekend, I would've finished the pack off already.

Final Grade: 4.0, an A-. Cigar City's Margarita Gose is a novelty brew, sure... but it's a very well done one, with its various ingredients having been combined in just the right proportions - the salt, the lime, the wheat malts and the sourness are all right where they need to be, with the end result having some cross-market appeal to non-beer drinkers. It's certainly not traditional, and I wouldn't necessarily call this an amazing gose - a good one, sure, perhaps even great. It does what it sets out to do - i.e. a gose x margarita cross - with ninja-like precision, and kudos to them for accomplishing that.

May 20, 2020
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GC2020 from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of 12oz cans at The City in Seabrook NH. It's great to see Cigar City in New England. For all the Tom Brady fans going down to Tampa, their brewery is about 5 minutes from the stadium.

Well refrigerated, poured into a pint glass. Golden color, a bit cloudy, with a small white head that disappears quickly.
Not much of an aroma. What's there smells citrusy with a tiny bit of salt. I didn't buy it to smell it, I bought it to drink it. Here goes....
Lots of lime and subtle saltiness, very pleasing. Doesn't quite make my mouth pucker but comes close. Nice lime & salt aftertaste, especially on the tongue. Just a bit of carbonation thrown in that feels right.

I can see making this one of my go-to session beers, for those times I want a lazy spring or summer day, outside with the smell of freshly mown grass in the air. This is refreshing and tasty, easy on the tummy. I'll be buying more.

May 17, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 4/24/2020.
Poured from a 12oz can into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is a somewhat cloudy gold with 1 finger of white head. Retention is low and leaves no cap. 3.5
The aroma is medium in strength and has notes of lime and salt. 3.5
The taste is medium-high in strength with flavors of lime, minerals, and a little salt. There isn't much to it. 3.75
The feel is medium-low in thickness, and the carbonation level is a little below medium. 3.75
Overall, it would be refreshing outdoors on a hot Texas day. It's good but simple. It's unlikely that I'll buy it again. 3.5

Apr 30, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thick collar; very little lacing;

S: fresh lime and salt;

T: slightly tart lime juice up front; the tartness builds through the finish; a bit of salt toward the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: this does a nice job mimicking a margarita;

Apr 20, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head of foam. It smelled of lime, salt and wheat. Salty taste with lime, lemon and a hint of sweetness.

Apr 02, 2020
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent yellow/golden with a fast receding bubbly head. Smell is muted, mild funk, almost a strange mild turpentine. Taste is predominately lemon with some salt,with the addition of some sour apple. Feels crisp, a little puckering,well carbonated,finishes dry. Overall a very good representation

Mar 18, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & slightly hazy honey color with a fast-falling cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Lime, a little strawberry, fades as this warms

T: Follows the nose, saltyness & dryness up front. Plenty of lime & saltyness as this warms. Finishes salty, dry & limey

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Good take on the style, plenty drinkable, certainly tastes as advertised

Mar 11, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Straw in color with a small head. Smells of grain, fruit and the smell also let's you know it's a sour. Taste includes grain, lemon and lime. Pretty sour hit with this one, levels out a little after the first couple of sips.

Mar 05, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somewhat hazy gold with one finger head which disappears characteristically quickly. I get sweet, slightly toasty pale malt on the nose, with soft lime and coriander. A bit of German hop character I think. The lime is evident in the flavor from start to finish, with light malt in the background. Very slight sweetness. Pretty high salinity, kind of high tartness. Light to medium-light mouthfeel.

Feb 28, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/16/20

Lightly hazy orangey-gold, with 2-finger quickly-dissipating white head. Rather substantial head, given the 4.2% abv.

Smell is fresh lime zest, a fresh-ocean-breeze scent ,i.e., typical gose, occasional hints of orange rind, and......maybe it's imagination........some flashes of a solvent-like aroma, that I'd swear was tequila if I was trying this blind. Smells wonderful in any event. (if you like lime , & I do ;) )

Taste is fresh lime, but somewhat smooth and rounded. Assuming that is the influence of oranges and malt. The perfect amount of lime , to my taste. The sourness (not tartness) is slightly jammy, and high-side-of-medium. More than average, but less than the most sour goses that come to mind. Some light bitterness towards finish , and then a bit of saltiness appears, and lingers, after finish.

Feel is medium-light, barely oily, with light, soft carbonation tingle. The usually mucilaginous feel appears on the tongue & back of palate , after finish.

Overall, a great take on gose . Just got a single to try, but will be going back for more. I hope this will be availble during the heat (we hope ;) ) of summer.

Feb 23, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Drank from a 12 ounce can.

Appearance: very light honey in color, no head, no lacing.

Smell: Carbonation, seltzer, syrup.

Taste: tart, hard lemonade, sweet, smooth.

Mouth Feel: medium-high carbonated, thin, smooth.

Tastes like a hard lemonade with a hint of beer. I bet my daughters would like this. Not my style. I would not purchase again.

Feb 11, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep straw (which clears some as the brew warms), producing a finger of mineral water effervescent, rapidly diminishing, white head that leaves no trace of surface cap, collar or lace behind as it recedes Aroma has a low bready malt and no hop profile with acidic hints of orange zest, lime and maybe a hint of coriander but that may be influenced by my knowledge of the style. Taste opens with salinity and lactic acid sourness persisting far into the sip; lime forward the tartness overpowers the orange and faint fruit hints; it cleans in the dry finish. Aftertaste is a thin salty, lemon-lime and Granny Smith apple. Briny throughout. I can't detect the thin coriander of the nose in the mouth. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation that rapidly dissipates as the brew warms, puckering, mouthwatering, crisp, prickly & dry. Very much like Westbrook's original Gose in that it is too tart and a little too salty for my taste.

Feb 02, 2020
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazed transparent gold with a small white head. The head dissipates quickly away to a thin ring. No lacing.

Smells of lime zest, salt and sourness. I could swear I smell tequila, too, but maybe my mind is filling in blanks.

Tastes of lime zest, lime juice, pineapple, tequila, lemon, cracker malt, green apple skin, and sea salt. Crisp and clean. Lightly sour.

Jan 19, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Brewing "Margarita Gose"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED10/31/19 @13:36244 6574", and sampled on 01/16/20
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Hazy deep golden body beneath a short head of white that fades readily and then leaves no lacing behind (this is common for sour beers).
Smell: Limited aroma of malt and minerals.
Taste: Brightly acidic with the flavor of lime and a balancing and then drying salt in the finish. Some orange appears and then lingers. The only thing missing here is the flavor of tequila and some additional sugar.
Feel: Light bodied and crisp with a delicate zestiness on the tongue in conjunction with the acidity that's already there.
Overall: Interesting and very refreshing. Remarkably easy to drink if you don't mind acidity.
Review #6,901

Jan 16, 2020
Margarita Gose from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 195 ratings