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Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the tradition of the artisan brewers of Leipzig, this rare wheat beer is called Gose, pronounced 'gose-uh'. This style was extinct twice in Germany, but is today enjoying a revival in Leipzig and here in North America. Dry, tart, citrusy and deliciously refreshing on a hot summer’s day!

Added by ericj551 on 08-21-2013

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 69
Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
2.57/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just became a fan of Gose's after hating on them for a long time. I like em sour and slightly salty. Opposite of this wicked salty and wheat, hardly even tart, let alone sour. Fail.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a well made, incredibly interesting beer. It is dry like a cider, but still full of complexity. It pours with a substantial puffy head, a beautiful straw color. The nose is spiced wheat with a bit of gnarly yeast thrown in. The body and flavor are a highlight - dry, wheat malt with white pepper notes. It finishes clean and would extra refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Shadman
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another west coast brewer from Canada that I've heard good things about..

Hazy pale straw colour, nice white frothy head and really cool carbonation bubbles...cus that matters.
Was expecting immediate sourness instead got a nice fruitiness and mild breadlike aromas. Dry feel with the salt and sour quite understated. Sweet malts taste like sweet bre?ads with a slightly bitter finish.

I think uber reviewer biboergosum nailed it when he stated it "Overall, a tasty and mostly engaging effort to recreate another archaic German style, and without trying to get that New World smear of bravado all over it. If super salty, sour beer is your thing then you're gonna be disappointed. I was expecting that and found a very tasty brew that I'd try again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light hazy yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of light tart notes is refreshing and pleasant. Taste is also dominated by tart notes with hints of salt. Body is light with good carbonation. Refreshing and pleasant but maybe a tad one-dimensional.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and the colour of wheat or straw. Fluffy head that's slow to dissipate.
Smells of Wheat, sponge toffee, a hint of lemon.
Taste is acidic, on the sweeter side, very mild bitterness.

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Photo of Yardsale
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cool liquid the colour of hazy wheat fields on the Saskatchewan prairies with foamy top that just sticks to the side of the glass like bright, sticky spring snow. Gentle wisps of wheaty banana and lemons gently dance in a mildly musty room. It's very gentle. Lemon-lime drizzled banana bread with a touch of salt washes over the mouth. It transitions into a peppery tartness. Tiny bubbles and and ever so slightly slick feel with a mild salty, herbal finish that fades from memory like an uneventful childhood.

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Photo of leaddog
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - leafy hops, citrus, orange/lemon, salty aromas, coriander, wheat malts

Taste - Leafy hops, citrus, wheat and coriander all with a pleasant sea salt overtone. Tartness and saltiness are kept to a palatable level.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry with a lingering tartness and saltiness.

Overall - A spot on Gose. The flavours are spot on and kept to a palatable level (not overly salty or sour). The only criticisms is the appearance.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, the latest offering from a brewery that has been a long-time want for we beer nerd Albertans. Nice pronunciation aid built right into the name here!

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with three flabby fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and sort of bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent eroding limestone wall lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.

It smells of mildly tart lemon and lime citrus, grainy pale malt, a salty crackery breadiness, pink cotton candy dregs, wet banana chips, a muddled spiciness (maybe some black pepper, maybe some coriander), loitering yeast, and a tame herbal grassiness. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, more lightly salted white crackers, mixed citrus and banana fruit bowl esters, timid yeast, pepped-up coriander and rainbow peppercorns, and a testy leafy, grassy, and herbal hop bitterness.

The bubbles are present and accounted for, yet not much more than a small frothy din echoes through my palate, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops here not of the ungentlemanly ilk. It finishes fairly dry, the malty graininess laying down and taking a siesta while the more acerbic essences gear up for more playtime.

Overall, a tasty and mostly engaging effort to recreate another archaic German style, and without trying to get that New World smear of bravado all over it. Not as tart or salty as the few other instances of gose(uhs) that I've yet sampled, but that's all right, I can still see kicking back in the waning summer evening sunshine on a still outdoor wooden table, lazily putting this one back - mit Freunden, ja?

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Photo of constantine_272
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful unfiltered golden. My glass was a bit too small for the beer so the foam raised up above the glass rim and still held its shape. Smelled of lemon and.wheat. Tasted similarly with more fresh green tea leaves and wheat stackers. Finishes medium to lightly dry with a salty finish. Nice and refreshing lite gose.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Serving: 650 mL bottle poured into a 0.3 L tulip glass (bottle "06.23.14").

Appearance: Cloudy, pale straw yellow color with billowing, bubbly white head (Champagne-like). Dense lacing coats the glass.

Smell: Light, clean malt (crackers), bright citrus (lemon), yeast and slight funk.

Taste: Wheat and yeast with banana. Spice and savory salt come to the forefront as it warms. Salt and tartness hints towards lemon-lime Gatorade at times. Gentle bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with saltiness adding to fullness of body; lively carbonation.

Overall: A crisp, tart and refreshing brew with some nice funk and spice notes.

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Photo of papat444
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this one.

Poured from a 650ml bottle, bottled 09.13.13.

Body is a light yellow color, huge billowing head with excellent retention and clumps of foam on the sides. Aroma is a crisp, clear citrus. Flavor is more on the light side with lemon hints and mild tartness. Has a herb-like presence to it as well. Found it a bit tame compared to other versions i`ve had.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 3/10/13, big cheers towards Rutager for the bottle

A cloudy pale golden yellow with plenty of bubbles feeding a massive loose, soapy bone white head has great retention leaving lots of random lace

S coriander, clove, lemon, banana, dry cereals and a little bubblegum, I get just a little forest floor and wet leaves, not quite funk and the yeast plays a part

T I get the salt in the mouth, grainy, spiced but slightly less fruity notes but banana comes out a little stronger

M very foamy and airy, needs a few swirls to bring down the bubbles light bodied and crisp, cereal and spice lingers on the finish

O refreshing and easy to drink, I'm wishing I had a hot day to go with this one would work well under the sun

took 4 years to try a Gose and this is my second in as many months, strange that the only ones I've come across have been seasonal brews from BC and Alberta, I look forward to trying some German classics

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/2" white head over cloudy straw coloured liquid.

S: Lemon peel, salt, yeast and grass.

T: Coriander, wheat, slight taste of salt, sweet cereal grains, pears, apples, lemongrass and a hard water finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The best of the style that I have had yet. I wouldn't exactly buy it again, but it is a great example of the style.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Driftwood Brewery 'Gose-uh' @ 5.0% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is a pale gold from the bottle to a hazy gold in the glass with a big white head that is leaving a big lace along the weizen glass
S-wow a lot of citrus(orange/melon rind) and other sweet fruits
T-sweet and tangy on the palate , tough swallow , eww
MF-big carbonation , medium to full bodied , the back of my mouth is not happy
Ov-first time trying the style 'Gose' , not sure if it will be my last , as there aren't alot of beers to compare it to or a style I would recommend , more like , it could/should become extinct again
prost LampertLand

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: yellow (light coloured apple juice), almost transparent
S: nice full sourdough yeast; green apple or green pear;
T: juicy tang balanced with a distinct and noticeable "saltiness" (as per the style). Not crisp or even high sour notes. Like a salted lime or pineapple. I had a hard time describing the taste until I read about the style's common saltiness -- and boy is it there in this beer. And as it warms it becomes even more obvious and for me unpleasant.
M: full-bodied, low carbonation
O: I'd like to try this style again but from a different brewer just to see where it can go. Interesting but not really appealing.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazy pale straight colour with 2 fingers of white head. Traces of fine carbonation continue to rise to the top long after the pour.

S: Cream of wheat with sweet pale malts and lemon peel. Hints of spices, tart apples and bananas in the background.

T: The taste has 3 distinct phases. Starts of with spicy belgian yeasts with bananas. Middle notes of tart apples and coriander and finishes dry and minerally.

M: Light to medium bodied and dry.

O: Mineral characteristics together with a very balanced sweet and tartness profile make this beer very refreshing and drinkable. My only wish was that this came out earlier in the summer - it is the perfect patio beer.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours a hazy light lemon yellow colour. Notes of bright herbs, spice and lemon. Smells fresh and refreshing. Taste is slightly sour with notes of tart pineapple. The salt added it to it shows up as a sort of a savory/minerally note in the background. Definitely detectable, but not distracting. It adds a nice balance and makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dig this style when it's done well. Really cool to see one of the better local breweries putting out a gose!

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with two+ fingers of frothy white head.

Smell. Spicy and fruity belgian yeast, coriander and a bit of banana, just a hint of lemons and lactic sourness.

Taste. Belgian yeast with a nice tartness going on, a bit of coriander, light saltiness.

Mouthfeel. Below-medium body, smooth below-medium carbonation.

Overall. A nice tasting beer but personally I'd prefer a little more sourness. Maybe the lacto bugs will help that out with a little more time.

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Photo of ericj551
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Driftwood Gose-uh pours a very hazy yellow with a nice dense head. Sweet wheat malt and corriander fill the nose, just a hint perfumey. The flavor is surprisingly sweet, with some nice light wheat character. The coriander is noticable in the flavor, and there is just a tinge of a light, tartness in the finish to balance out the sweetness. The sourness comes through just a little bit in the finish, and there is no bitterness perceived. I don't really get the saltiness at all, but that is probably a good thing.

Overall a really refreshing, interesting beer, although not quite as sour as I had expected. Being my first non-homebrew gose, I don't have much to compare it to.

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Driftwood Gose-uh from Driftwood Brewery
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