Cascade Summer Gose
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Sour - Gose
4.11 | pDev: 7.3%
Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: A traditional German, slightly sour, spiced summer wheat beer, this is our take on a twice lost and revived German beer style. It's light and golden with a slightly salty finish.
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of Coriander, which provides huge lemon aroma upfront, followed by some sourness; quite bright.

A: Yellow color that’s quite hazy with strong head retention.

T: Lots of lemon, slightly sweet and quite tart upfront; quite sour not overpowering – but at the same time not restrained with a touch of saltiness detected.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation; sourer than you’d expect from a gose; very refreshing, quite attenuated. No alcohol noticeable.

O: Refreshing and delicious. While sourer than most traditional gose, Cascade’s take is still quite attenuated. My only real knock is on the price. While I support Cascade charging a premium for sours, this particular beer style is rather inexpensive to make and doesn’t require any adjuncts that are overly expensive.

Jul 11, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy straw yellow color.

The aroma has tons of tartness. Lemon peel, lemon juice, a bit of spice.

The flavor follows with that huge lemony tartness in the front. There's then some gentle wheat and bready malt. Finish hits of a drying salt and a fresh spiciness from the corainder added. Barrel character adds some complexity to this beer as well.

Quite tart, compared to Westbrook's take on the style. Personally prefer this.

Jan 21, 2014
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jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with a finger thick head. Aroma is tart citrus with lemon peel and orange, as well as some salty spiciness. Normal body with soft carbonation. Flavour is sour with tart fruity lemon and lemon peel, as well as salt. Finishes of with a long tarty fruitiness ending with notes of sweetly lemon drops

Nov 30, 2013
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tempest from New York

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a glass at the barrel house in Portland after getting sweaty on my bike. Damn this hit the spot. This hazy yellow beer is sour, but not wild. It has a straightforward, almost clean tang. The malts are very mild under the sour, with a subtle bready wheat and toast character. Instead of the banana and spice of normal German wheat, this is big on the tangy grapefruit and lemon zest sour.

Oct 02, 2012
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a footed ale glass at the Bier Stein

A- Poured a very nice and super bright hazy sunshine yellow with a ring of bubbles that stuck around for a while, but no lace

S- Lots of coriander, some lemon, some sourness, a lighter aroma

T- Very very sour, lots of coriander, salt, lemon, and lime.

M- Very dry, effervescent, lighter to medium body, high carbonation

O- Reminds me of a very sour margarita. Lots of lemon, lime, and salt character. One of the most sour beers I have had. Very interesting beer and the first of this style for me. Not something I would get again.

Sep 20, 2012
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NWer from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a 32 oz "growler" at BeerMongers in PDX. Tapped into it next day at home.
Pours flat into my Russian River snifter.
Description is "slightly sour". Are you kidding me? Suck your cheeks into your throat lemony sour!
Love it!
High marks for pushing the envelope for flavor and style.
Not at all a session beer. One and done. But a nice summer drink that beats the hell out of cider or something worse.

Aug 28, 2012
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zeledonia from Washington

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler picked up a week ago at Chuck's Hop Shop (aka Chuck's 85th Street Market) in Seattle. I was buying other beers, and an employee convinced me to taste this. After that, I couldn’t resist buying a growler. Tasted 3 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow. Almost see-through at the edges, but not quite. A thin cap of white head. Not much lacing, but an unusual film of light bubbles on the surface. Hmm...

Smell is a faint lemony aroma. Nice but not super impressive.

Taste is, well, wow. Really nice balance of gentle, mellow sour with light saltiness. Lemon that fades into a slightly sweeter flavor like meyer lemon, before the salt and a bit of spice kick in to provide the perfect balance. Dang, this tasty. Just so elegantly balanced, with the perfect amount of sour, complemented so well by that little salty spicy twinge.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied. Strong tingly up-front carbonation that gradually fades out into a mellow, slightly dry finish.

A fantastic mellow sour. I love this beer, and would drink it all the time if I could. Very tasty, very balanced. One of those beers that you stop and say “Mmm, that’s good.”

Aug 14, 2012
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clody glowing yellow with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, bubbles and lacing

S: Tartness, wheat, salt and citrus. Pretty straightforward

T: Soured apples, lemon, citrus, and atouch of salt. The finish is acidic, clean and dry

M: Light to medium bodied and well carbonated

O: Very good, refreshing

Aug 10, 2012
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harrymel from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04AUG12 review.

Love that this is a "slightly sour" it's like they never traveled to Leipzig and drank the beer. This bitch is way more sour than the native versions I've had.

Diaphonous grainy yellow with off-white, fleeting foam. Nose is briny and sour with some hints of grain, salt, pepper and yeast. The flavor is sour for the style - lemon, grain, hints of triscuits. The finish is a littles saliated and gives off a green olive brine character dominated with lactic tart. Thin and wet. This is a tasty beer, and I purchased a grenade of it, but I wouldn't place it too high among Gose's.

Aug 07, 2012
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grittybrews from Washington

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale, hazy straw yellow with a finger of bright white head. Fairly sour aroma with lots of lemon.

Highish carbonation and a dry, crisp mouthfeel. Great sour apple flavor up front followed by a slightly funky wheat backbone, maybe some clove, and a trace of salt. More lemon on the long, tart finish.

Refreshing and packed with flavor without overdoing the sour elements. Really nice.

Aug 02, 2012
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dgilks from Australia

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale straw colour with a small white head.

Very light citrus aroma with a touch of malt. Interesting.

Mildly malty with a touch of spicy noble hop flavour. Okay.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

An interesting beer. The Gose is different to anything I’ve had. Nice.

Oct 11, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #3 Gose on the beeradvocate Top Beers - Gose list. I was a little disappointed in this Gose, hopefully the others will be better, so far the best has been Upright.

Beer is light amber and mostly clear with only the faintest of hazy, thin lazy head, low carbonation (this may be due to the growler).

Aroma is yeasty and smells mildly fusel. Ut oh.

Beer is light in body and mildly salty, the salt definitely takes a back seat there. The lactobacillus character is low and there is a floral sense to this beer that isn't unpleasant. I don't know what I expected but this beer let me down.

Oct 04, 2011
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mdfb79 from New York

3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/02/11 notes. Thanks to drabmuh for sharing a growler of this one; thanks Matt! Always interedt in new Cascade beers. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of lightly sour fruits and citrus, but not much else. Not bad at all, but not much of an aroma to it.

t - Taste of sour fruits, grain, apples, lemon, citrus, and lightly salty. More sourness and fruit than the nose and a huge step up.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. A little acedic, but pretty nice.

o - Overall I liked this gose. I liked the sourness to it, especially in the taste, and just would have liked a little bit of a stronger nose. Would certainly try it again.

Oct 03, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of drabmuh. Served in a snifter.

Pours a clear golden color with a small white head without much retention and no real lacing. The nose carries a slight cider character with a light bit of malt. The flavor is a tiny bit malty with a very light dosing of salt and a bit of a red-apple character. Mild cider. Light body with good carbonation and a slight dryness. Fairly good, though quite plain.

Oct 02, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer is pale yellow and clear, with minimal head that rapidly fades to nothing, leaving no lacing. The aroma is slightly sour and funky, with notes of citrus. The flavor is a step up from the aroma, with more salt presence. Nice citrus flavors. Slight sourness, but not puckering. The body is fairly thin, with low carbonation. Overall, a tasty beer. I would have this again.

Oct 02, 2011
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub (Portland, OR) on 9/5/11. Served in a teardrop goblet.

Pours a crystal clear slightly coppery gold in the glass, with a thin head of bright-white foam. This maintains some foamy edges and puts up a moderately robust cascade that quickly subsides, not leaving back a whole lot of lacing. The coriander jumps out immediately in the nose, which mingles with a good bit of sweet grains and fruit. There is a gentle grassiness that rides along the back and I’m even picking up a touch of salt as well.

The taste starts with a combination of sweetness and fruit up front, before this spreads out into the mouth with more of a light grassy bitterness. Some tartness creeps in along the back, lingering in a relatively dry finish a bit along, with some trailing spicy coriander character. Like the nose, you have to pay attention, but there is a light saltiness to this, which mostly hangs around with those sweet flavors from the malt and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a lively and crisp carbonation that prickles the mouth with flavors. This has a nice breeziness to it in the mouth.

This was my first shot at trying a Gose and I really liked it. There’s a solid base of flavorful sweetness and spice to this but then the tartness and crispness came in to keep this not only easy drinking but even a bit quenching on the palate as well. This was unique but still very accessible to me. I’m glad that I gave it shot and I’d definitely be willing to check out others like it down the line.

Sep 29, 2011
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brokensail from California

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: The beer pours a pale golden color with a finger of white head.

S: Unlike some the other Goses, I've tried, there is really only a mild salt aroma to it. There is, however, a strong aroma of Fruit Loops cereal which a definite sweetness (and of course fruitiness). A light tartness of lemon and some mild bread and wheat. Maybe a touch earthy.

T: Still a light tartness, but a bit more pronounced than on the aroma. A decent amount of lemon along with the same Fruit Loops character. Some sweet malt and wheat bread with a bit of yeast, salt, and earth.

M: On the light side of medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: I'm not the huge Gose fan, but this was pretty nice and easy to drink.

Sep 12, 2011
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Gobzilla from California

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a transparent yellow with pale yellow highlights ans a thin head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass

S: I. Could definitely sniff out the salt upfront on the nose with hints of grains, lemon citrus, slight Brett and a little acidity.

T: it did have very little salt on the taste but The citrus was more apparent with acidic tart character and a touch of grains.

M: the brew was light in body with a moderate amount of Carbonation which had a citrusy, mild salty, and tart finish.

D: it drank pretty good and was definitely glad to have tried it.

Sep 11, 2011
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to BA Smoked for gifting me with this growler. Really, a freaking growler. Thank you very much Dan, you are awesome.

Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear golden color. About a half finger of white head appears and quickly dissolves. Continuously rising bubbles of carbonation make their way to the surface and formulate a quick dissovling lace across the top. A swirl aggitates some bubbles from solution but a head is never formed like the initial pour. When held up to the light, some fine particulate is noticed swirling around the body between the constantly rising bubbles.

The smell of this brew is quite inviting with an initial lemony essence that is very similar to some berliner weisse offerings. A faint fruity note like pear is evident, cloves and a familiar almost belgian yeast accent fills the nose in a very faint way. A subtle backing of minerals almost like sea salt is noted across the back. When I say sea salt, I mean the smell left on your fingers after eating a bag of salt and vinegar chips only without the vinegar... yeah that probably doesnt make any sense but thats what im thinking.

The taste initial hits like a strange hybrid of hefeweizen meets belgian yeast. Subtle clove spice turns to a fruity pear flavoring mixed with a faint touch of grass and sulfur. There is a fruited flavor throughout the profile that at times tastes like pink bubblegum mixed with young yeast. A mineral taste is present throughout reminiscent of sea salt just like the aroma leads on which leads into a finish that includes a lightly salty touch that creates a savory feel in the mouth which urges you take in more sips. The unusual mixture of flavoring keeps me going back for more. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion outside of the yeasty fruited flavors.

This is a light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Visually it looks like a very effervescent brew but when it hits the mouth it is only lightly bubbly in the mouth, yet bubbly enough to keep it light and refreshing in the mouth and feel. There is seemingly no alcohol impact in this brew, even for a listed 5% abv, I am struggling to accept that it is that. This is a very easily approachable brew and goes down very smooth. I have not had many takes on this style but this one is the best I have had yet. The salt flavoring is there without an awkward feel left in the mouth or being over-done. Give this one a try.

Aug 14, 2011
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrel House.

This beer is a light yellow with a thin, white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. Light coriander with lactic tartnes are the most prominent notes. The coriander character is really fresh and vibrant. Salt is low, thankfullly. The palate opebs crisp, mildly overcarbonated, maybe? Flavors of wheat and coriander are present, this beer is very lightly salted, perfectly so IMO. Drying, crisp, clean and with a lactic finish with lingering coriander, this is excellent stuff. As it warms up, an aroma akin to chopped cilantro stalks appears. All told, an excellent gose, probably the best I've had

Aug 08, 2011
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John_M from Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the barrel room. The summer gose pours a solid gold color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is attractive, showcasing lemon, light honey, light clove, a hint of ginger and light sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with a hint of salt in the finish. This beer is VERY easy drinking, yet there's so much flavor at 5% abv., this beer is just flat out delicious. Drinkability is very high, with the mouthfeel light and refreshing.

An absolutely perfect summer beer. Good stuff...

Jul 26, 2011
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vkv822 from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at The Barrel House.

Pours a clear golden-yellow with a thin, short-lived white head.

The aroma is of wheat, with a light briny, salty finish.

The taste follows the nose, with wheat notes, a light citric and acidic note and a salty finish.

The mouthfeel is medium boded with a crisp, refreshing finish.

A very enjoyable summer beer, matches well with what I've come to expect in a gose.

Jul 17, 2011
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jdense from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex PDX 8.12.2010.

No head, dissipation or lacing to speak of. Clear orange amber body, many small bubbles rising from bottom of the glass. Pretty funky nose, peaches, some other stone fruit I couldn't identify (white nectarines?) and apples, with no noticeable hop aroma. Big ass dose of tart and sour funk in the taste profile, some grassy hops. I do pick up the salt, but its pushed to the back by De Funk. Mouthfeel is medium light, not much effervescence, a bit sticky, with quite a dry finish, a very complex tasting beer. Drinkability is quite high, a good refreshing summer beer. This may be my favorite Cascade Gose so far, very tasty.

Aug 21, 2010
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beagle75 from Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Draft pour into a goblet at the Raccoon Lodge pub.

A: Slightly hazy burnished gold with a membrane-thin white foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Light acidity, assorted bright fruit; mild and clean.

T: Mild sweet and sour begin the taste in tight harmony. Malt coats the palate in the middle, providing a satisfying wheaty roundness into the finish. The finish is quick, crisp, and dry. No bitterness is detectable.

M: Light viscosity, moderate carbonation. This beer exhibits an unusual mineral astringency that leaves a dehydrated feeling in the mouth more than an hour after drinking.

D: Refreshing and complex, this beer is a pleasure that could beguile almost anyone. While not extreme, it is unique enough that it does not immediately lend itself to comparisons with other beers (except perhaps to the Cascade winter gose that I got to sample from a companion's glass). I went to Portland hoping to try the gose at Upright, walked away disappointed that day, but was pleasantly surprised by this beer one day later.

Aug 20, 2010
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gose, on-tap, and it's American made? Let's try it out. On to the beer:

Sparkling yellow in color, the beer leaves just a little lacing on the glass. There's a little lemon in the nose, but I'm getting more raspberry. Despite much salt and little (if any of the added coriandor), Summer Gose tastes great. Very lemony upfron like a lemonade, A little raspberry hits, so now I've got tart raspberry lemonade. Touches of biscuit malt are a pleasant surprise I caught. It's light, and it's extremely refreshing.

With Berliner Weiss catching on to some breweries, will we see more Gose in the future? Cascade's Summer Gose would be a great example to cast and mold, even if it isn't 100% to Leipzig tradition.

Aug 13, 2010
Cascade Summer Gose from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 87 ratings