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Average: 4.41 | pDev: 8.39%

Reviews: 138 | Ratings: 1,114

Leipzig Gose | 4.60% ABV

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
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Notes: Rotating availibility. It's no secret that we like to party, and sometimes it gets wild. So we took the Westbrook's refreshing Gose and cranked up the volume a bit, adding a massive dose of citra & amarillo hops, then fermented it with various strains of brettanomyces... Go Westbrook, it's your birthday, get funky!!
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Photo of buschbeer
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 PT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a sour glass

This beer pours a brilliant pale yellow. The head is fleeting and leaves no trace of its existence.

The smell is tart citrus with some dank basement funk aroma.

The taste follows the smell. It starts with tart citrus. Funk is in the finish and aftertaste along with a citrus tang.

It is nice to have a nice, clean, traditional version of this style instead of the trendy imperial, fruit slushy versions. This is very well crafted and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw yellow in color and plenty hazy with a quarter inch of dishwater white on top. The aroma is of pale wheat, faint coriander, and even fainter sea salt. I'm tasting a very well balanced lightly tart flavor of faint peach to citrus with pale wheat and a dose of sea salt. The mouth is moderately carbonated and effervescent.

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Photo of corby112
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vey cloudy brIght golden yellow color with banana/lemon juice edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic steaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with funky, bretty yeast countered by luscious juicy tropical/citrus fruit notes and subtle briny salt. Melon, grapefruit, peach, candied fruit and pineapple along with bready yeast, musty brett and salt. The nose is out of control on this beer. Really nice blend of juicy tropical/citrus fruit sweetness, musty funk and briny salinity. Really juicy as it opens up with hints of crushed candy nerds, melon, lychee and pear.

Medium body with soft carbonation, crisp puckering sourness, a boat load of juicy tropical/citrus fruit sweetness, dry brett, musty funk and delicate briny salt in the finish. Juicy fruit sweetness with hints of lemonade, pineapple, melon and citric acidity, tart lychee, grapefruit and lemon juice. Mineraly in the finish which leaves me salivating for more. Very complex, decent tartness without being harsh or tough to drink. Well balanced with a perfect amount of delicate salt and prominent juicy hop sweetness making it very easy to drink. One of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow color with a quickly dissipating foamy/bubbly head. No lacing. The aroma starts off with some sweet pulpy to tart lemon flavor. Delicate sour-ed wheat base shows its face slightly into some lime. Salinity level seems good. The flavor takes the previously mentioned flavors to combine nicely - sour to tart, slight sweet pulpy underneath. Lime/resin backbone slides into the aftertaste and on into the finish in a sour/tart sort of way. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a sly sessionable sour/salty trait to it. Balancing puckering refreshing sort of hit on my tongue. Carbonation feels good for what it is. Overall, really nice gose that I would have again.

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Photo of Aulani
2.47/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I bought this based on its #1 ranking for MD beers. That ranking is in my opinion underserved.
The look is similar to a Mello Yellow with little to no head.
The smell honestly is similar to urine
The taste is good for a sour
I don't know what feel is, when I figure it out I will rate more appropriately.
Overall it is not bad for a sour, but it does not deserve the #1 ranking. Any other beer in the top 10 would be better.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A huge sparkling white foam fills the Sempli Stange before settling at 3 inches and leaving tons of thick webbing over a pale straw beer (SRM 3-4).

This beer showcases floral hops with spruce. Also present is lime, while slight warming brings out modest yet distinct funkiness. This beer transitions from earthy to fresh and light.

Tartness dominates in a delicate way. Lime leads a tangy sweetness with neither overwhelming. The middle drifts towards lemonade while a salty brine is prevalent upon exhaling. This Gose has a dramatic progression as the subtleties slowly come into focus, accentuating a mildly tart and bitter finish.

The body is light and airy with a linen texture. Slight alcohol is higher than anticipated. Carbonation is soft and prickly.

This collaboration produced subtle, humble and intellectual beer which can be enjoyed with lively conversation or tranquil solitude. I imagine it would pair well with a flakey fish fry and know it is quite good with popcorn.

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Photo of Rufus1
3.57/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly pale lemonade color with a hint of gold. As usual poured into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. Three fingers of foamy head that slowly settles into an eighth inch steady coat on top the beer. Some nice lacing.

Honesty the smell began as dog crap. Seriously. This is a funky smelling brew. Thankfully after the first sip it became unnoticeable. Tart. Sour. Pickles and associated brine. Touch of sulfur? Lactic acid?

The palate is struck with with onslaught tart, sour, more lactic acid. Almost salty. Pickles again. Lemon.

Light body. Lots of carbonation. Goes down easy.

Not my style but hats off to Stillwater for a fine example of an excellent gose.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Clear, very light straw. The head is a tight creamy white, with surprising retention for a gose, with rings of lacing.

S: Lemon and salty ocean spray, hints of seaweed, but there's a tart pineapple juiciness, a little bit of guava, passion fruit, very sharp tart salinity, even leaning towards dill pickle.

T: A huge punch of lemon peel and lemon juice upfront, along with guava, passion fruit, orange peel, lime, even a little mint. The malt is practically non-existent, a touch of cracker. Then there's a hint of grass, along with some salt and a puckering lacto tartness, that finishes incredibly clean and refreshing.

F: Light but not watery, with a full carbonation that feels prickly and champagne-like.

O: A really good gose with tons of juicy and hoppy flavors. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of smithnwong
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice head which has staying power.
Lightly funky aroma but nothing special.
Easy to drink. Crisp and light mouth feel.
Salty with a definite lemon/orange flavor. Yeasty finish.
Nice gose.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.07/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pale yellow, excited carbonation & head. Aroma features some classic attributes of the style - i.e., tart wheat - but there faint hints of a rubber / band aid which I am guessing comes from the Brett. It doesn't overwhelm or ruin the nose, but it is noticeable. Taste is along the same line (tart citrus, lemon, lime, wheat) though the pinch of hops adds a nice touch. Again, that faint but acute "funk" note creeps in just below the surface, and just really takes away from an otherwise good beer. When I dive into a refreshing gose on a summer day the last thing i want to taste on the backend is band aid.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.47/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Look: Pours a light pink color with a half finger head of white foam. Excellent lacing. The head retains nicely and refuses to fizzle away.

Aroma: Faint. Slightly sour. Nondescript notes of tart wheat and citrus.

Taste: Straightforward. Tart and slightly salty. Upfront sour notes of lemon and tangy blood orange complemented by salt. It finishes on flavors of toasted bread, sour wheat and savory apple cider. Some off-putting metallic notes here and there, it's not all too distracting but it's indicative of a beer that's been sitting on the shelves for too long.

Feel: Crisp and thirst quenching. Light body with moderate carbonation. Not overtly salty or sour.

Overall: Shame on Stillwater for not printing a born on date on the bottle. There's no way for me to tell, other than by going off of what I smell and taste, if whether or not this beer is past it's prime.

In my opinion, it's slightly old, and I don't like to review old beers, but since theres no born on date on the bottle, I just have to assume this is the way Stillwater intends for this beer to taste and smell. Not a bad Gose, but not my favorite. Still I'm willing to try this again if I can find it fresh.

Rating: [B-] Nice. 3.47/5

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Photo of BJB13
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a hazy pale yellow topped with 2 fingers of white bubble bath like head. The nose isn't pronounced enough for me to really break down. I like what I smell but will have to leave it at fruity and tart, kind of a citric acid aroma. Taste is tart, tart, tart and sour! I do get a bit of lemon flavor but definitely tangy and dry. I found it light and refreshing at first but the tartness seemed to dominate after about 4 or 5 ounces.

I have tried hard to remain objective for this review but I wouldn't put much stock in it. Gose is not my thing. It may be a simple ph issue with my body chemistry. I have found the few that I've tried overpoweringly tart.

I wanted to give this one a go because it is local and well regarded.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed bright yellow color with a white soapy head and some lacing going on.
Floral and a bit of stinky funk in the aroma.
The taste has a nice tartness, citrus and intense sour lemon candy come to mind. The bugs have done their job here and really sour out the beer. There is a light hoppy floral aroma as well as taste.
Light bodied and well carbonated, this gose finishes with a light tartness and savory note.
Overall, for being an American made gose this is pretty impressive. Has all the savory and sour notes found in this style. Tasty.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stem, obvs). I’m not aware of any freshness or dating information present on this bottle, unfortunately, but I purchased a four-pack the first time I saw it on the shelf in my area. I understand it’s a new arrival for us, so I’d like to think that this is as fresh of a bottle as I could reasonably acquire. It’s been refrigerated for several days now.

Appearance (4.0): About two fingers of thin, crackly foam rise off of the pour, capping a pale, slightly peachy straw-colored body. It’s got delicate undertones and quite a pretty hue, if you ask me. Huh. The body is hazy AF, too. Not a lot of retention, with the head dying down fairly quickly and leaving almost no lacing that lasts. More or less par for the course, for style, but the color tickles me for some reason.

Smell (3.75): A soft mixture of pillowy wheat, restrained lactic tones (lemony acidity), a touch of sweet orange flesh, and an odd, fruity phenol with a touch yogurty funk underneath. I like what’s going on here quite a bit, but it’s too soft and understated for my taste.

Taste (4.0): Sour, and seriously funky. In a very good way. The sour and funk kind of play off of each other: at first you think it’s just sour as hell, with cutting lemon zest and yogurty tang, but then you sort some phenolic, at times medicinal and peppery brett tones that add up to a fair amount of funk. Unmalted wheat offers a starchy, bready background that conjures up unsalted oyster crackers, pain de campagne crust, and floury baking soda biscuits. Lactic acid comes through again and again with a lemon-driven, tart clarity, corralling a middle layer of earthy, peppery, medicinal funk filled out by that dry, light, starchy malt base. This is a real funky beer, that’s for sure.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Carbonation is full and lush, with a soft feel that fizzles away eagerly; it’s a perfect match for the light, soft, dry but far from parching body that weighs in somewhat below medium. The acid dries up almost all traces of the body, emphasizing the starchiness of that unmalted wheat. It’s all quite good for a gose, though the brett leaves a lingering funk well past the wash out.

Overall (4.0): Overall I’d say this is a very good gose that’s neither particularly helped nor hurt by the brett component. I’m curious to know if this bottle wasn’t very fresh at all, and a real freshie would show off other aspects of the beer (like, where’s the dry-hopping here? Am I missing it?) . . . Still, I like this as a drinkable sour ale. So happy to see beers like this in four-packs!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow body with orange highlights, white head is full and extremely persistent, though rocky. The lacing is extensive and ropy.

S - Acidity, lemon curd, yogurt. Fairly quiet, but one of the best smelling Goses I've had.

T - Full range of lemon and citrus-like acidity, a tang of sour yogurt, an herbaceous aspect, and a very mild close.

M - So clean and pleasant. Slightly tart, but not puckering.

O - Tinkering with a Gose might not sound like a good idea, but this one delivers on all cylinders. So happy to it a try.

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Photo of drtth
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a slightly hazed light yellow color with a 2" fluffy white head that recedes slowly leaving scattered patches of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping both cleans the side of the glass and leaves behind some tiny speckles of lacing. Even halfway through the beer there is still some foam on the surface of the liquid, but by the end of the beer all the foam and carbonation have disappeared.

The aromas include a faint musty smell that has some lemon, salt water and cracker all mingled in.

The flavors include some tart citrus (lemon-lime) riding on a backbone some cracker and sweetness from the malt that is lighly salted. (Almost like a low sodium Saltine Cracker.) There's also a faint earthy funkiness that pokes it's head up once in a while.

The mouth feel is on the light side and slightly prickly and clean with the moderate small bubbled carbonation that lasts for much of the beer. The finish begins as the tartness and sweetness turn slightly dry with the tartness moving to the back of the palate while the sweetness simply disappears. The other flavors also soon fade leaving behind the lightly salted pucker-up tart feeling that takes a fairly long time to disappear.

Overall I'd say this beer shows well compared to the other Goses I've tried and seems quite well made. It goes down easily and is enjoyable to drink. I certainly would be willing to have it again. But that said, I'm not fond enough of tart beers to make a special effort, pay a lot, or go out of my way to find another bottle.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/9/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a light yellowish gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very tart with lemon, other citrus fruits and light malts.

T: The taste starts out very tart with flavors of citrus and brettanomyces. Then a thin malt character breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a pale straw color with a big white head.

Smell - The nose gives the impression of sour lime and citrus hops.

Taste - At the front, I detect dry lime that clings to the roof of the mouth. There is little salt, but I do detect slight citric hops. The lime lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is big, and seems to sweep away any sweetness.

Overall - I wanted to like this more. It comes off more as a Berliner with lime.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale, slightly hazy pea color, with thin foamy head. Nice heavy dose of yeast with a little lemon on the nose. Sour from beginning to end on taste. Lemon with a bit of tart and sweet with some flavors of bread and a touch of funk. Tartness lingers. Mouth feel - crisp and dry to go with the sour. Very refreshing.

I am pretty much of a noob when it comes to Goses and sours in general, but having an unseasonably warm fall day, and this is scratching the itch. This would not be an every day beer for me, but definitely a tasty trea when the mood calls.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very light straw color, very little head, slightly hazy. Smell has a bit of a funk, and lemons. Taste is Highly acidic, wheat, lemon juice. Tangy, tart and dry

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. It seems like the additional hops boost the retention of the head nicely, and also gives a good density. Plenty of lacing sticks to the glass, also surprising for a gose.

The hop profile seems to be very prevalent on the nose, bringing nice tropical fruit and citrus qualities. Letting it open up will reveal some of the brett funk, and it's surprisingly nuanced for such a young beer. Another notable aspect (for the wrong reasons) is the lack of salinity - it seems like the hops and brett have muted this aspect. However, the aroma does reveal some wheat malts. It's less of a gose and more of a brett IPA to me, but at least it nails being the latter quite well.

On the palate, it seems like the tartness is very subtle. Tropical and citrusy hop flavors open it up in conjunction with a light salinity. giving way to plenty of brett funk. There's no lacto in this one, but the brett gives a nice sourness in the midtaste. It finishes with touches of coriander, wheat, and tobacco. Overall, this beer seems more complex and balanced in comparison to what the aroma suggested.

While it feels very light, the texture is a bit chalky due to the wild yeast. It's not endlessly drinkable, but that's only due to the relative depth of flavor. It goes down easily enough due to the borderline intense carbonation.

This is a gose for lambic/gueuze drinkers, plain and simple. It has a different type of sourness (and funk, frankly), but is still a satisfying brew taking the style guidelines into consideration. Actually, it might be more satisfying depending on what one is looking for. It's not a masterpiece of the style (there are some goses with standard ol' lacto that I find even more satisfying), but I'll definitely get this again because of its aging potential.

3.78/5: A damn good gose, and an even better brett IPA

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy straw color. Huge bright white soapy head. Great retention, and it seems to be easily agitated the whole way.

Smells acidic and yeasty with some citrus, brine water, and light cracker like grains.

Very acidic and tart tasting up front. There is some lemon, salt, slightly funky yeast, a touch of pithy grapefruit. Stays very mouth puckering tart throughout.

Body is crisp and zesty and leaves a soft feel. Not as easy drinking as a lot of other Goses though for some reason.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellowish burnt orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus, sour fruits, funk especially in the taste, oranges and Brett. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation.
Overall a very good gose; funkier than most.

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Photo of peensteen
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed pale golden colour ring of whit head, no lace. Smell has a bit of lemon lime with a light salinity, mildly funky and fruity, slight citrusy notes throughout. Taste is tart and lemony, some salt but lots of funky, sour flavours, dry throughout, quick fruity finish, quite nice and very drinkable. Medium-high carbonation with a light-medium body. Really nice and drinks scary fast, refreshing and flavourful and could be drank without end on a hot day.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The best gose I have had. This one is fantastic The citra hops are pretty forward. Along with the hoppy sour notes it does have a salty character. Best thing about this beer is that it is brewed about 20 miles from. #Drinklocal

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