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Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone WildStillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild

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Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
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 -8.8%
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 +1.2%
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 -5.3%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
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 -1.6%
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 -6.5%
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 -12.5%
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 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 -8.3%
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 -1.4%
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 -0.2%
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 +5.1%
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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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a can glass:

Appearance: hazy, straw yellow, with a somewhat dulled, opaque color. Loads of suds on top, with a pure white head that lingers for a minute or two. Bubbles continuously rise as the beer's drunk.

Aroma: light lemon notes, lots of wheat, and lots of tartness. Acetic acid is the main punch here for me.

Taste: following the smell, its got loads of tartness, very little salt/coriander, and lots of lemon-wheat notes. Stays incredibly tart, bordering on puckering for the entire time drinking it. Wheat lends a little bit of earthiness to the flavor profile.

Feel: crisp as hell.

Overall: a damned good gose, with tons of tartness but also lots of nice wheat notes and an uber-crisp and refreshing body.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: Very little head mostly just a small bubbled white film. Body is a bright straw and yellowish white hue with not very good clarity a little hazy.

S: A slight bit of coriander and a little bit of almost a rubber smell. A little bit of lemon and salt.

T: very mild on the tongue and tart, has a little bit of a lemon lime taste and saltiness a lot of acidic bitterness.

M: light dry not as refreshing as some of the Gose I have had.

O: Its ok, not my favorite of the style. It drinks more like a lambic than the Gose beers I have had, and I don't hardly get any salt which is one of the things I like about the style.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—lemons seem to stand out in particular—along with notes of Brett.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste starts off with sour and lemony flavors and has some hints of funk with some bits of saltiness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely refreshing and thirst quenching. It would make for a good selection on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of shleepy
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head with large bubbles that quickly dissipate. Murky, very light color. Sharply herbal, citrusy smell. Nicely sour. Quite light-bodied, as one can imagine. Refreshing.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crystalline gold with a small fizzy head that dies off quickly.

Smell is fantastically bright yet balanced. Some brine, lemon, pear, grape, and a slight, lactic creamy scent, but not full on yogurt. It is a little herbal, like juniper, cedar or even eucalyptus, but overall a very refreshing and mellowing bouquet that has me imagining I'm sitting in the cooling dessert at sunset.

Whoa! Taste is exceptionally tart, turning more acetic than anything. Herbal and cedar elements come through big, altering the lemon-like taste in a way that it is its own unique flavor. This is very champagne-like, yet more fluffy and less tingly and bouncy on the tongue. I also get the taste of lime and grape leaf before I realize ultimately, this is very much like an acetic wine. While it's pretty sour, I conversely get a complex, overwhelming sense of freshness, like fields of organic produce in a glass.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant bright yellow/gold with fluffy one finger white head. Smell is tart, lemon, funk and a hint of tropical fruit. Very lively carbonation, maybe too much. Taste is muted funk, lemon, vinegar. Glad I tried but won't seek out again

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle.

Pale gold, hazy body and a small white head that sticks to the edges of the glass. Love the aroma on this one. Lemon, mint, and lots of funkiness. If you put this in front of me and allowed me to see and smell it without tasting it, I'd probably guess it was a Gueuze. Tart/sour flavor with plenty of acidity. Almost vinegar-like, but not in a bad way. Virtually no sign of malt or hops, the yeast, salt, and spices are front and center. Very refreshing and light bodied yet complex at the same time.

Wow! I'll admit, I'm not usually one for brewery collaborations because they often don't take the time to hone in on recipes but this is phenomenal. My friend and I split a can of Westbrook Gose (which is great on its own) immediately before splitting this bomber, and I can tell you the Gose Gone Wild takes the original Westbrook version places you never thought it could go. Awesome stuff!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours cloudy straw gold color. Taste is tart but with a touch of funk and some hop presence in the finish. The flavors come together well. Mouthfeel is where this brew stood out to me, very soft.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no date:
Pours a lovely light yellow - almost white. The head is definitely white, and thick, foamy (to maybe a tad soapy). Obviously sticky, also, given the lacing.

Nose reminds me a bit of a lemon soap, initially. Further inspection indicated a little bit clearer note of lemon, as well as a little bit of earthy spice from the coriander. Maybe just a hint of funk, as well.

Taste starts off salty, right up front. The lemony note hits next, though it doesn't erase the salinity. The chord is complete as a little earthy spice hits (and brings a bit of that soapiness). Lastly there is a bit of funk that seems to come as the notes combine. No flavors seems to fade, they seem to just get layered upon creating a new experience with each addition.

The beer is light and refreshing in feel, which is good. However, there is a bit of a rubbery feeling on my tongue at the end of each sip.

A nice beer - one that seems a tad less sour than others I have had. It also seems to have a bit more salinity, and the perceived spice seems to play a bigger part. Knowing it has Brettanomyces by the end of this review explains the funk and perhaps that lingering feel I have. I have to admit it took about have a glass to grow on me.

Revisit, on tap:
No head on this pour, but I gave it a bump in nose knowing it's a Brett beer, and not a standard Gose. Getting a bit less salt in this glass, as well, though.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer was a faint hazy orange color. There was a small white head that disappeared quickly.
Lemon aroma, tart. Some floral and earthy hops.
Sour lemon taste. Salty and mineral-like.
Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to my brother for sharing this from a bomber into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip

The color is a hazed golden with thick white head that settles leaving spots of lace with avg size bead. The smell is somewhat lemony with a mineral aroma and slight hint of malt with wild yeast adding that sour scent. The feel is very good with a nice level of sourness and salt which comes in late with medium carbonation and low sweetness as it finishes mostly dry.

The taste is excellent with nice lemony flavor yet not overly tart with slight grainy flavor and yeast adding to the overall flavor with slight earthy element and mild mineral quality coming in as it finishes with a refreshing lactic quality. This is a great Gose -perhaps one of the best I have tried kudos to Stillwater!

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Photo of tbryan5
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky yellow with minimal head.
S- Tart with some lemon zest.
T- A slightly citrusy tartness and mildly salty.
M- Medium carbonation and light body.
D- Its a superior gose. Just not my style...

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Photo of bobv
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sorry, I don't like Westbrook Gose either.
Damn this is a frickin' mess of lemon, lactose acid and weird brett.
Brewed and bottled at Crazy Mountain, Denver, Co.
Check please!

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