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Cascade Summer Gose | Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub

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Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Oregon, United States

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SeeingMeansMore
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Phil-Fresh
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.

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Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of John_M
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...

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Photo of drabmuh
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of tempest
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Kegatron
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DefenCorps
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

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Photo of dar482
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a light white head, spotty lace.

S: Sea air and lemonade, wonderful smell.

T: Lots of lemons, wheat, with some stone fruit mid-palate. Great salty finish that works with the acidity and creates great flavour and complexity.

M: Light-bodied, pleasantly moderate acidity, soft but crisp carbonation.

D: I really haven't had much of this style, but this is a fantastic brew. I don't know why more brewers don't brew Gose.

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Photo of jdense
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got limited experience with this style, and most of that is from this brewery, keep that in mind while reading this review. Served in 16oz goblet. Poured a medium-dark yellow with a short white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was a nice mild wheat scent, with some yeast and spice in the background. Yes, one of the spices was salt. The taste was crisp and sharp, with some yeastiness and a touch of salt.

The body was very good, crisp, clean and refreshing. Drinkability was very good, I've had several of these at a local pub and enjoyed all of them. Overall, a very nice beer, worth trying when you see it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
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.

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Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
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

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Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ControlledBurn
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of womencantsail
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.

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Cascade Summer Gose from Cascade Brewing / Raccoon Lodge & Brewpub
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 87 ratings