Upright Brewing Company

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #99
Ranked #11,186
3.97 | pDev: 10.83%
Upright Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: Based on an obscure centuries old German style that incorporates salt and coriander into a distinctly tart wheat beer with a dry champagne like finish. 2010 World Beer Cup Bronze medal winner.

Malts: pilsener, wheat, organic caramel
Hops: hallertauer mittelfrüh
Also: coriander, salt
Yeast: French saison

1st Release - January 2010
2nd Release - April 2011
Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 193 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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indesertum from New York

4.71/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

How the hell is this beer only an 88. If beer advocate did ratings by style this would be a solid 100 in style

Tasting from draft. Beer is unfiltered and hazy. Head is pillowy and off white

Smells clean like a gose. A little coriander but barely (only gave a 4 because goses aren't generally aromatic)

Love love love the texture on this. The lack of filtration adds this nice creamy almost velvety texture that you don't see in traditional goses.

Acid is incredibly well balanced but just enough that it's still distinictly American in style. Sugar is just enough. That hint of salt makes your mouth salivate and makes the beer brighter. Has a nice soft white peach in the background. The coriander is thoughtful and so subtle that I feel like most people would taste it and think it's familiar but not be able to pinpoint what they're tasting. I don't taste a lot of orange peel like another reviewer but it does remind me of Cointreau

This is not an in your face beer. Uniquely American but European in aim. I think this is my top two all time favorite gose after Westbrook but they're very different from each other. Westbrook is more traditional in aim and cleaner with a more watery texture. The salt in the Westbrook gose is also much more prominent which is not very traditional. This is maybe a top 10 all time favorite beer.

Mar 30, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

3/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear golde color with minimal head. Lots of light fruit and coriander, big on the coriander, not much tartness at all. Very light bodied as well. Finishes dry though.

Nov 15, 2014
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zac16125 from South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -4%

750mL bottle into a Teku
no bottling dates

Thanks to KevSal for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours a completely opaque, pale apricot color with 2.5 fingers width of slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves essentially no lacing. 3.75

S: Lots of citrus with orange peel and lemon-lime. A fair amount of floral notes, coriander, and subtle wheat characters. Nothing in the aroma to indicate a tart/sour component. 3.75

T: Tons of citrus, a big orange character, coriander, subtle wheat characters. Some lactic acidity, but otherwise no real sour/tart or salty notes. One of the most orange-heavy beers I think Ive ever had. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, heavy carbonation which is appropriate, drinkability is pretty good but its pretty filling. 4

O: Overall, its a pretty enjoyable beer, but nothing special. I havent had many Gose's, but comparing to the one I drink frequently Westbrook Gose, its clearly not in the same league. Worth trying though for sure, and a nice low ABV beer to enjoy on this NFL Sunday. 3.75

Overall: 3.81

Sep 14, 2014
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KFBR392 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a darker orange color. Half a finger of head on the pour which settled in to the edges of the glass. Above average active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Salt and lime jump out right away. Well done tartness hits the drinker hard with pleasant wheat additions on the body. There is some pepper and earth on the back end with continuing tartness dominating.

Taste: Bright carbonation and saltiness pulls you in. Full bodied tart fruits, creamy wheat, and some spices open up on the body and really open up. There is some earth and tobacco on the back end which seem unique for a Gose but I certainly don't mind.

Mouthfeel: The tartness isn't overdone with wheat making a potent body. Carbonation is bright yet fitting.

Overall: Really unique Gose but super enjoyable. Earthy back end really sets it apart. Tartness is present yet not overdone. Upright isn't afraid to be different and this is another great example.

Jul 23, 2014
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MeisterSmudge from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml my wife brought back from Portland. Served chilled in a Hoegaarden jam jar glass.

A - Golden hazy body with a thin bright white head that fades quickly.

S - Coriander dominates the nose. Hints of pear, peach, and a just a slight band-aide/medicinal character.

T - Slight tartness with the coriander and salt in perfect balance. Dry finish with stone fruit, spice, and a little saltiness lingering on the palate. I would like this to be just slightly more tart and the coriander dialed back a little bit.

M - Light body, lively and well carbonated. Tart, but not puckering. A little bit tannic with a slight chalky feel.

O - A very fun and well made beer. Light and refreshing with subtle complexities. Given the opportunity, I could easily drink several liters of this.

Jul 22, 2014
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FoundueVoodoo for this one.

Poured from a 750ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Appearance: Hazy gold body, massive foam, gushed a bit, spidery lacing with spotted remnants.

Smell: Sea salt, herbs, lemon citrus.

Taste: Very strong wheat profile, low salt, reminds me more of a typical German weizen with banana bread and lemon flavor, bit of sour-bitter twinge at the end differentiates but not enough,

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, good fell throughout despite regular ABV.

Overall: Good but not different enough to stand out IMO.

Oct 26, 2013
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bishopdc0 from Maine

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shared a bottle with my wife.

Pale yellow with large bubbles
The aroma is of pale malts and wheat
The flavor is of a wheat beer slight spice but mostly pale. The flavor is almost of a very pale fame house ale. The coriander brings in a Belgian white taste and the salt is very faint.

Not for me my wife loved it.

Aug 22, 2013
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FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear pale honey with champagne like carbonation racing up from the bottom of the glass. 3-4 fingers of white billowy head with an abundance of lacing.

S: Strong wheat aromas together with tart apples, cardamom and dry minerals.

T: Upfront notes of dry tart apples and wheat with middle sweet highlights of butterscotch. Finishes with dry with notes of minerals.

M : Mouthfeel is clean and dry with highly active carbonation.

O: Clean and refreshing this is the perfect accompaniment to any summertime meal.

Jul 29, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky orange yellow with tightly beaded champagne carbonation. Fluffy head of white foam, every small pour billows right up to the rim of the glass. Sticky froth forms a collar around the edges of the glass. Good surface coverage.

Minerally, grainy wheat in the aroma, clean and simple.

Flavors of wheat, coriander, salt, cheese rind, definitely a smooth savory feel from the noticeable salt addition. Slight tang, but not really tart. Smooth supple feel, light but with a moreish savory quality. Very quenching and drinkable, but it could use a little more zip. True to style, and worth a try.

Jun 06, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split

Dope label - don't have much for traditional german glassware, so hill farmstead stemware will have to do. Hazy urine-orange body, foamy white head with basically no lace. Bread, lemon, honey, corriander, salty mineral-y finish. Not a style I'm in love with, but a nice representation.

Jun 01, 2013
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ccrida from Oregon

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draught at Baileys. Slightly hazy gold with a small white collar.

Smell is lightly fruity, clean. I expected more pungency from the coriander.

Taste has a hint of saltiness. Very little pucker. Clean cereal grains, abrupt finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, fairly light-bodied.

Drinkability is good, a quenching goose, but not very flavorful. Worth trying, not necessarily seeking out.

May 01, 2013
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this is my new review #1800. Bottle from Belmont Station. The label is particularly gorgeous, nicely done, guys.

A clear golden yellow with a dense, white head that falls off to a thin ring rapidly, leaving little lacing, this is a nice looking beer. The nose is great. A delicate blend of coriander and wheat, with a touch of acidity. The coriander character is super fresh and fragrant. The malt adds a touch of honey. Salt character is minimal (but really, when was the last time you smelled salt in anything?). Faintly floral as well. Excellent.

The palate is fantastic. Bready malts with a little honey livened up by wheaty acidity and piquant coriander and just a touch of salt, this is great! There's a bit of slickness of the palate not unlike oats as well, which lends an unctuousness to the palate. Mildly lemony along with some valencia orange on the mid-palate, this beer dries out on the finish, leaving a blend of honey, coriander and a touch of salt. While light in body, this does have a bit of slickness/oiliness that is, eh, unique, but pardonable given the whole experience. Carbonation is medium-high.

Ultimately, this gose is under-salted, under-spiced and lacks in funk and acidity, but manages to stand up on its own feet simply because it is supremely well-crafted. Highly recommended.

Apr 22, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden color. A big frothy white head rests atop holding strong from constantly rising bubbles to the surface. A swirl releases a froth back to the surface and patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aromatics primarily consist of a lemony essence similar to coriander mixed with some minerals. A bit of fruity quality and an earthy salt addition is noted in the nose before even sipping the brew.

The taste is lemony with a wheat inclusion. Quite savory with salt that is mellow with hints of pear and lemon zest upfront. Some clove and wheat with spice and minor alcohol tingle are noted across the back before the mineral inclusion takes over.

This is a light bodied brew with a tingly effervescent level of carbonation. It is like a savory witbier with a dirty little mineral addition. It was ok but not what I was hoping for or expecting from this brewery that I hold to high regard. This was not something I would buy again.

Feb 06, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light beige color ale with a super huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of light salty notes with coriander and solid Belgian style malt base. Taste is also dominated by a huge Belgian-style malt backbone with some medium coriander notes and some subtle notes of salt. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and super enjoyable. Looking forward to trying more beers from this brewer.

Nov 23, 2012
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange/yellow color. Produced a giant fluffy head of pure white froth. Good retention and lacing too.

(S)- A light and crisp grassy grain, lemon, and subtle spice on the nose.

(T)- Similar to the smell in some ways. A huge crisp bite to it with subtle spice, lemon, and wheat.

(M)- A really nice crisp carbonation level and a refreshing feel. Light and clean with subtle spice.

(O)- Light, crisp, clean, and damn refreshing and very easy to enjoy. A perfect beer for summertime. This was my first venture in the Gose style and I look forward to trying more of them if they are like this!

Sep 26, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured golden with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, fruit, salt, wheat, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, sour, salt, earth, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly great brew. Gose, you say? Let's do this! I had heard good things about this brew so I was quite happy to see it make an appearance at our tasting. I had heard correct as this was a really well done brew in all aspects. Wish there was a little more carbonation though. The flavor and aroma were almost perfect in my opinion. All the right notes for the style and none of the drawbacks. The saltiness was there in both but it didn't pound your face into submission and leave your palate screaming for mercy which was very nice. The sour/tart note definitely helped to pull this one off. A really well done brew by Upright that I would love to have more of in the future. Thanks so much for sharing this one Morgan as it is currently my favorite from this style!

Sep 04, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the August 2012 Baltimore BA get together. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with a layer of white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Light and crisp. I'm getting some white grapes along with herbs.

Taste: This is a really light beer. Mild herbs and a hint of salt. Some citrus in the background, but definitely not dominant. The finish is rather herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I would have this one again. Light and crisp. Enough salt to taste it, but it didn't dominate all the other flavors.

Aug 26, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spice. Taste is much the same with the spices lingering on the palate after 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 but not something I would really go for again.

Jul 24, 2012
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brokensail from California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. Tart lemon on the nose with lemon zest and a subtle saltiness. Some straw, bread, and lots of yeast on the nose, too. Really pleasant aroma. The flavor is just as enjoyable. A bit more tart than other examples of the style that I’ve tried. Mild coriander and salt notes with lots of lemon zest, yeast, and cracker malts. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Jul 16, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Carleton (SpdKilz)!

A - Pours a golden amber color, light white head, wisps.

S - Wheat, bready, light salt, apricots, yeast funk, light spice. A nice mix and match of notes going on here, and that keeps me both interested and intrigued.

T - Light citrus tartness, light salt, yeast, funk, toasted malts. A little more tart then I'm use to for a Gose, but hey, who doesn't like a little tartness every now and then? I think it works well. Finish is coriander and light tart/sourness.

M - Light body, light carbonation, dry finish.

O - Really cool beer from Upright that I enjoyed. Lots of different things going on between the nose and palate that kept me thinking more and more about what I was getting out of it. Would like to have this again for sure to see if anything has changed down the road.

Jun 07, 2012
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DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC)

3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: 1/8" white head over murky amber liquid.

S: Salt water, yeast and sour funk.

T: Wheat, sour funk, salt, yeast and coriander.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Funky but not the most drinkable. Its my first of the style, though, so maybe the style just isn't for me.

May 24, 2012
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Treebs from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle served in a Portsmouth snifter. Bottle shared by Carleton (SpdKilz).

A: Pours a hazy gold color with some amped up carbonation giving way to a thick airy head. It recedes to a thick ring and leaves some sticky lace.

S: Large yeasty notes with some light fruity esters and a hint of salt on the backend.

T: The briny salt is up front, but it gives way to some yeasty bubblegum, light fruity esters and some more saltiness. There is a slight alcohol twinge on the finish.

M: Medium to light bodied bodied with some nice carbonation and a salty finish.

O: My first tango with a gose went pretty well, but I can see this style being hit or miss. I really like the briny salt character of the style and hopefully I can try some similar ones in the future.

May 16, 2012
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brystmar from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the second batch. I'm not super familiar with the style, so here goes...

Cloudy, musty, straw-colored body. Tons of head fizzes to life upon pouring but disappears quickly. Nose holds wheat, citrus, coriander, earthy yeast.

Wheat base is apparent in the flavor, bringing a sweet malty foundation. Salt and citrus balance nicely. Nearly full-bodied.

A tasty little brew from Upright.

May 08, 2012
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popery from California

3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours pale yellow and cloudy with a big white head. The head is pretty fizzy and fades to nothing quickly. The aroma is subdued, particularly in terms of the characteristic gose elements. It's mostly wheat spice and malt sweetness. There's some mild coriander spicing and a touch of lactic acid in the mix. Maybe, a little lemon but less than I expect and want in the style. The taste is similar. It tastes like their witbier with a little bit of gose blended in. There's a little bit of salt and lactic sourness, but this is a very mild version of the style. It's moderately dry, though I'd call it relatively sweet for the style. It's quite clean. Too clean, really. Mouthfeel is light and clean. Little to no pucker. Overall, it's a decent enough beer, though a touch boring. I just can't help feeling disappointed, since I like the spice, salt and sour of the style.

May 04, 2012
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trxxpaxxs from New York

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to libbey for this bottle...

A: Pours a fantastic cloudy yellow straw with hues of orange throughout. There is about a half finger of pure white head that settles quickly into a ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is wheaty and sweet. There are notes of orange, slight clove, slight banana, and malt. However, there is a wonderful subtle bite that cuts through, making this beer smell really fresh and clean.

T: It starts out fizzy and salty. As the initial carbonation fades the mild citrus and fruit notes start to come alive. And yet, the saltiness of the beer never seems to really fade away. There is spice to this beer that is hidden within the sweet wheat, but you always know it's there.

M: Light bodied beer. It starts out with a blast of big carbonated fizz, and believe it or not, this beer subtly decrescendos towards the finish. It's always light, fluffy, and carbed. All is does is slightly fade as the beer moves down the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The only other gose I've had was the one from Portsmouth. Upright's seems more like a saison than a gose, but I still really enjoyed it. The beer was salty, but not as intense as I would have expected it to be.

Apr 17, 2012
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 193 ratings