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Levadura | Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
stillwater-artisanal.com

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oaxacan-style gose sour ale brewed with salt, agave, & lime.

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Ranking:
#17,023
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
50
pDev:
8.74%
 
 
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1
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Reviews by DamienArk:
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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L-Crisp slightly hazy straw golden color with a small glass hugging head.
S-Green apple, lime, candied apple and wheat. I believe I get some citrusy hops as well. Mellowed.
T-An overall pretty run of the mill taste for a gose. Tart flavor, crisp presence, notes of lime. I do like the lime flavor opposed to lemon. A little watery unfortunately, though..
F- I'm not really digging this. A bit flat, way less crisp of a mouthfeel then I expected. Mid bodied.
O-I'd say this is a decent swing at the style. I might have gotten a bad batch... I think it's a bit ehh, but overall it's decent enough for a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

While I have truly been enjoying my foray into CANs today in the furtherance of The CANQuest (tm), I feel as though I need to shift gears, even if just for a little while. Think - fewer hops, lower ABV.

From the CAN: "OaxaCAN-style Gose Sour Ale brewed with Salt, Agave & Lime".

You CAN bet that I did some in-CAN agitation before I Crack!ed the vent open! Any time that I have a wheat-based beer ready to go, I like to ensure that it is as cloudy as it was intended to be. Following the Crack!, even my new fave glass could not handle the onslaught of an inverted Glug, so I simply went heavy-handed, instead. This resulted in two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head that quickly reverted to wisps, leaving no trace of their presence. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was very reminiscent of Boulevard's Tequila Barrel Lime Gose from earlier in the week. Salt, lime, wheat in a blender, er, CAN & ready for me to try. Mmm. I stand by my assertion that Goses are "Tarts" & NOT "Sours", despite what it reads on the CAN. Wheat usually imparts a slight tartness & the inclusion of salt & lime only enhances that tartness, but it does not render the beer sour. I am still not a CANvert to outright sours, but I enjoy these Goses & I CAN tolerate the Berliner Weisses. This beer was very much akin to the Boulevard entry. The salt & lime did not get lost in the mélange & worked together to create a slightly tart, kinda salty, but very refreshing beer! Man, licking my lightly-pursed lips, I could taste a shot of tequila. Mmm. For many years, I eschewed hard liquor, having had one too many bad experiences. Now, I find myself really delving into Rye Whisky with forays into vodka & rum. Loads of micro-distillers now does not hurt my interest. Back to the beer. Today was Day 1 of 4 as we head into a crippling heat wave. Some woman was in the parking lot across from my back yard sobbing uncontrollably earlier & it looks to just get more brutal from here. I mention this because this beer was just so refreshing in the face of the heat & humidity. The finish was lightly dry & the salt & lime simply lingered. Man, on a scorcher like today, this hit the spot! Any other day? Your guess.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull Gold in color with a fingernail of eggshell around the rim and three quarters of the top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of salt, lactobacilius, as well as lemon and lime. I'm tasting well balanced lactic acid and salt with hints of lemon and lime. The mouth is very dense due the the salt, as well as crisp and dry.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of salt, wheat, slight pale malt, floral notes, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of salt, wheat, slight pale malt, floral notes, citrus hops, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, average Gose appearance, good body, floral and salt dominate, tartness doesn't seem traditional but works well.

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Photo of golf4collet
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a can of Stillwater's Levadura last week for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. This beer caught my eye when I was looking for some new beers to try and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a tall 16ox can into a teku.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design and it's a little eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy yellow color that took on more of pale yellow color when held to the light and it had almost two fingers worth of fizzy and slightly creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind, This is a pretty nice looking beer, it's what I would expect from the style.

S_ The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the agave being the first to show up and it's shows up just enough to be noticeable and that goes into a musty and cardboard like aroma. Up next comes a nice and noticeable lime aroma with a little bit of a salty like aroma to it. Towards the end comes the malts which are on the lighter side and they impart some pale malt, grainy, doughy and sweet malt like aroma. This beer has a decent aroma, I could go without the cardboard and musty aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the agave still being the first to show up and it's just like how it was in the aroma. Up next comes that same musty aspect that I got in the aroma, but there's doesn't seem to be much cardboard this time and that goes into the lime which imparts a little more of juicy lime and limeade like flavors that goes into int a nice salty flavor. Towards the end comes the malts which hardly show up and they are even lighter than they were in the aroma. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium sourness with a lime, salt and musty like aftertaste. This is a decent beer, but that musty aspect holds it back.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, a little refreshing, not overly sour, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, it was going in the right direction till I got to those musty aspects and to me that really held this beer back. This beer had ok drinkability, one is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, to me those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the musty flavors that aren't good and they hold this beer back. I don't think I would buy this beer again and I would only recommend it if your looking for a beer that's a little on the musty side. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer and I think there's a good amount of room for improvement. It's one of my least favorite Stillwater beer and it's pretty close to being an average example of the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/2/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, coriander, citrus zest, sea salt, peppercorn, agave, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, lime, agave, salt, spices, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, coriander, citrus zest, sea salt, peppercorn, agave, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/coriander spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, red/green apple, coriander, citrus zest, sea salt, peppercorn, agave, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, lime, agave, salt, spices, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a delicious gose! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, lime, agave, salt, spices, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly lactic/drying finish. Very flavorful for the ABV, never watery feeling. A lot lighter bodied, and not as lactic as expected; but it just makes it that much more drinkable. Well rounded Lacto complexity, and very well balanced between all flavors. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of cdub70085
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paresis
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DBosco
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

and the stillwater beers continue to come fast and furious! this one is a mexican styled german style, which i think is sort of hilarious, i mean, how different can you get culturally, yet through this beer, they fuse pretty well. salt, agave, and lime in here. im not sure how much the agave adds to this supremely pale straw colored and frothy brew. if its agave syrup as a sweetener, they fermented it down enough that it cant be appreciated, its near dry and there wasnt a lot of agave flavor here. if they used some kind of raw agave, they should have used more of it, this might have been a little fleshy and floral and vegetal, but hard to say agave specifically. i suspect it was a syrup as a gravity spike in the place of grain, this is insanely light and minimal on the malt side of things, so thats the most likely story. this seems a little saltier than most and a little less sour, yet really clean on the lacto side, which is kind of nice. the limes are fresh and subtle, a fine enhancement and refresher, and with the high carbonation, dry back end, and minimal body, this is a pounder, and we did exactly that with it. good stuff, not as different as i wanted it to be with these ingredients, but mighty fun to slam on. more summer than fall for sure...

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Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Green Session. Aroma is yeasty, mineral and salty with tart fruit notes. Taste has passionfruit and other tart fruit notes. Dry, mineral, light, effervescent and easy drinking.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 02 October 2017 into pint glass. Pours a pale gold color with a fizzy head that dissipates rapidly. Initial impression is sharp, salty, lime-and apple-flavor with a hint of bready malt. Mouthfeel is mdeium-light, clean, and refreshing. I was a little concerned about the carbonation but it's quite complementary to the tartness. Finish is dry and smooth, with a lingering lime flavor.
I'm not a fan of sours, so my ratings may reflect a personal bias.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Levadura from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 50 ratings