Cry Me A River
Driftwood Brewery

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Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
3.89 | pDev: 8.74%
Oct 31, 2019
Aug 21, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly Driftwood Gose-uh

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!
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Straw filtered with moderate carbonation and five fingers of off white head.

Smells of coriander, salt water, and lemon zest.

Taste is sour, fruity slightly sweet with hints of white grape. Slightly salty.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Banff Alberta and I’m drinking it in Redding California October 30, 2019.
Oct 31, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Sep 01, 2018
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Reviewed by WanderingRonin from Canada (AB)

4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Golden yellow in color with a very slight chill haze to it, poured with a half finger of bright white thinnish looking head that had poor retention and left very little, runny lacing.

Aroma is lightly sour lemons and lactic acid with some slightly fruity notes to it.

The front end is a bit more complex then I was expecting, with a more of a fruity quality to it then most Gose's, lightly tart with a fruity orange and lemon zest and maybe some faint hints of berries.

Light bodied almost thin, with a highish amount of carbonation to it, very faint malt presence with light wheat hints to it.

Finish has a ghostly herbal hop hint to it as well as a very faint trace of salt and cilantro on the back-end, leaves a lightly sour and fruity aftertaste on the palate.
Aug 31, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by kelvarnsen from Canada (ON)

Jul 10, 2018
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
At the Irish Times Pub, Victoria, BC
Came as a draft.
Very cloudy golden pour with a snow white head that had average retention.
Aroma: Tart, acedic, a faint lemon scent comes through.
Taste: A bit too sour for me. Tart for sure. Mouthfeel is thin, especially compared to its appearance.
After some adjustment to the palate, I enjoyed the second half of the glass better than the beginning
Jun 07, 2018
Rated: 3.86 by therion72 from Canada (BC)

Apr 16, 2018
Rated: 3.86 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC)

Oct 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Terranosaurus from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Really great beer. I really like nice tart beers. Puckerers. This doesn't pack that sour punch some sour beers do. What it does have is a noticeable, if subdued tartness, and extreme drinkability.

Looks like slightly cloudy pale yellow delight, with loads of bubbles and a thin head. The aroma from all those bubbles is very light. A bit of citrus and yellow grass.

The flavour and body is where this beer comes together. Lots of prickles from all those bubbles add to the slight acidic tartness and lift the crisp citrusy body gently into your mouth. so quaffable and refreshing, with notes of lime and orange, and a bit of coriander, balanced with a suggestion of funk in the background somewhere.

I could drink this all afternoon. Belongs on a beach.
Sep 14, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by GlendonTT from Canada (AB)

Jul 09, 2017
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Reviewed by DaverCS from Arizona

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Really mild with low sourness. A wheat beer- sour hybrid, with an emphasis on
the wheat. I get a blueberry character on the finish of the sip. Moderate
carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Some peach and blackberry on the nose. Good
smelling beer. 78/100.
Jun 30, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Jun 29, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Jun 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from fridge temp. Pours a murky golden yellow with good carbonation (inch of head from slow pour). Nose is not overpowering. I get mostly lemon and orange. Not much hops. Crisp. Taste is interesting. Refreshing. Not hoppy. Almost a bit sweet, but then a slight bitterness on the end. Vanilla, lemon. Very smooth. Overall, a good beer for the style.
Jun 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by CWVegas from Nevada

Jun 03, 2017
Rated: 3.97 by yeaprolly from Washington

Dec 19, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Sep 11, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by mattsander from Canada (AB)

Sep 05, 2016
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Reviewed by JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
“Hear my cries through the mist, gentle sailor,
That your skiff may be tethered unto.
Though the moonlight is pale, and I paler,
In the black river, brack with my tears,
Let my song reach your ears,
Let me reach my availer,
That tomorrow the cries are for you.”

Appearance: Pours a cloudy-haze lemon drop yellow with hints of slightly more golden-amber hues. Tops up with a foamy finger of head with a moderate dissipation leaves a decent surface lace and small tendrils of foam that stick a bit to the sides.

Aromatics: Fluffy yeasty breads and brined lemon come first followed by the subtle spice of the coriander and some soft florals all of which roll in the nostrils nicely.

Taste: The saltiness is actually quite subdued I was expecting it to stand out a bit more but it is actually integrated very nicely it is the first thing you get on the palate but it is not actually “salty”. Some lemony zing mixed with wheat in the middle, and tapers off into a nondescript biscuity flavour.

Mouth: Pretty solid smooth middleweight, carbonation doesn’t play too large a roll as it sits. There is a really tangy and tartness that doesn’t quite approach sour, and it has a fairly abrupt finish with not much left in the linger except a little bit of a raised dough like texture.

Overall: My first Gose, had to read a bit about the style first before I gave it a go. It is a great drinking beer. And the sea salt makes for a very interesting dynamic between the flavours and mouthfeel. I can definitely say I haven’t had anything quite like it before, and look forward to trying the other two Goses I picked up recently to see how they compare.

Pairing: Given that the salty character is probably the key to pairing here, you are looking for something in the starches and/or something with a little fat to it… (a little tangy would be great too) So maybe try classic Chicago style baked pork and beans served in a bread bowl. A good alternative would be a bacon poutine.
Aug 25, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by erjaq from California

Aug 20, 2016
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Reviewed by ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

2.57/5  rDev -33.9%
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.
Aug 12, 2016
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Rated by Josievan from Iowa

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had Sunday, 07/17/16
Jul 26, 2016
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Reviewed by hotmailmsn from Canada (BC)

3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
5% abv, N/A ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - hazy cloudy light golden with one finger head.
S - salt, savory, lime, lemon, lager like, bit tart, banana, berries, stone fruit, maltose, orange candy, tangerine, floral.
T - mild carbonation, light body. opens with saltiness, along with the tartness (lactic?), fruity; then grassy bitterness (coriander?) emerge, sharp and lingering. dry, short lasting.
O - first time try GOSE, interesting beer, refreshing, especially the saltiness. cant imagine how to put the sea salt into the party, would think bit weird but driftwood nails it! not brusque. couldn't say i like it, but definitely worth a try. due to low abv n ibu, its not a sipper, but a good sub for lager, which u can have it all day long. and yes, would be better and more complex if there's more sourness.
Jul 05, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Mar 09, 2016
Rated: 3.57 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Feb 24, 2016
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Feb 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Shadman from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.
Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by imfinished from Canada (BC)

Jan 29, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by Ultrarunner100 from Canada (ON)

Jan 02, 2016
Rated: 3.23 by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

Dec 19, 2015
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
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.
Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Oct 24, 2015
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Reviewed by souvenirs from Canada (BC)

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
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.
Oct 19, 2015
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Reviewed by Yardsale from Canada (SK)

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.
Oct 14, 2015
Rated: 4.55 by Trosevear from Canada (AB)

Oct 01, 2015
Rated: 4.15 by yeastofmyworries from Canada (AB)

Sep 27, 2015
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
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.
Sep 21, 2015
Rated: 4 by headlessparrot from Canada (ON)

Sep 21, 2015
Rated: 3.86 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Sep 19, 2015
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