Gozu | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

best gose I think ive ever had. its their standard gose (if there is such a thing these days), with yuzu juice added. yuzu being an Asian grapefruit type of citrus, bitter and acidic, a perfect additive for a beer like this. pale white wheat color to this, hazy and carbonated like soda pop. the nose is soft wheat malt, citric acid, a hint of herbal roundness, and a lemony funk from the yeast. salt is minimal in taste, but gives it body and a mineral flavor, while the yuzu is profoundly bitter, and with the coriander reminds me of fresca soda, a very similar flavor profile, minus the fake sugar of course. tart finish, almost soured, more so than any other gose ive had. fuller body for its color, effervescent carbonation, and a flavor profile that is incredibly unique and lasts a long time on my palate after the swallow. a genius beer in terms of conception and execution. something memorable here, the best incarnation of the style ive seen, and a beer I hope to drink again. highly recommended.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Siding as much with berlinerweiss and fruited Belgian sours as it does with the salty gose, the high tartness, sharp acidity and rich mineral character offers much reward and equally as much challenge.

Bright in its deep straw pour, the common wheaty haze masks any brilliant clarity. Its unfiltered character pushes an abundance of carbonation to the rim, nearly billowing with champagne like streams and popping. High tartness tingles the nose with dried lime, crabapple, grapefruit and green apple. Zesty flavors spring from the tongue, leaving behind a terse bread and slim sweetness.

Upon the middle, any bread or sweet tastes are short-lived as the ale prefers a bracing acidity in any absence of meaningful body or sweet balance. Those high citrus flavors take full command and offer a mineral character that's as much of iron as it is of salt.

Complete dryness overtakes the finish as the ale closes with a snap. Elements of citrus peel, soft perfume and sour white grapes give its waning moments a convincing champagne character, if not for the linger of wheat that returns in echoes.

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Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw capped by three fingers of foam; a few strings of lacing are left behind

Smell: The salt and coriander tones come through with great force, backed up by the wheat bread and yozu

Taste: Lemony and tart, from the outset, with the wheat bread, salt and coriander building; by mid-palate, the yozu flavor adds an additional citrusy boost; while the other flavors don't yield one iota, the salt and coriander really linger into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat creamy, with a spritzy dose of carbonation and a puckering feel on the finish

Overall: Just a delightful beer to drink; I love both the Gose and the Gozu

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

strange but I guess I never reviewed Goze, or it got lost in a crash perhaps. Anyways thanks to rudzud for sharing this one.

Pours a big creamy foamy 1 finger head that fades fairly slowly, decent lacing, hazy milky orange pale color.

Nose is really interesting, orange cream aroma with little fruit that's like orange and lemon and kumquat combined, with an interesting coriander note in the background and hint of salt, mild tart note and little malt.

Taste stats with a nice sour note, good tartness with little citrus, little orange and lemon too, actually quite lemony, with little coriander spice note and hint of salt. Mild sour wheat flavor with more toasty wheat. Finish is dry and lots of cracked wheat cracker, little salt, little coriander, nice tartness and little acidic bite.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, little acidic bite and tartness.

Overall pretty nice. Good tartness with interesting fruity citrus, and spices, nice wheat, pretty tasty.

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Photo of chinchill
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 22oz bottle, dated 23 Oct. 2013, into a snifter.

Appearance: cloudy, golden yellow. A thin head leaves a good bit of lacing

Smell: lemon, yuzu(?), other citrus, and a touch of malt.

Taste: wow! hints the front of the tongue with a momentary sweet and fruity flavor, but this is quickly followed by strong sour flavor. Lemony and quite sour, but not like the puckering sourness of an actual lemon. Lightly salty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body; nicely carbonated.

Overall: Better, and perhaps less challenging, than their regular Gose. Loads of well-crafted flavor in a low ABV brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Heavily hazed, dirtied yellow body with a thin, dissipating, white head. Nil lacing.

Smell: Sourish, briny nose with a touch of sourdough, wheat, and spoiled lemons that presents just a slightly fruitier quality than its predecessor.

Taste: Slight, muddled graininess, damp straw, and the sourdough with a vein of cream of wheat underneath the staunch, salty, lactic flavors. Jarring jolt of lemon juice bursts onto the scene soon, as with the original, but more of a defined, authentic fruitiness. The coriander remains rather subtle beneath the peppier elements. Still rather salty. Remains sour and tart on the salty, minerally, saliva-rushing finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Medium-plus.

Overall: Skanky and tart, but deliciously, even refreshingly so. Can you imagine? Can y-- Well, you can probably imagine, but yeah. Skanky and tart!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.19/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Unlabeled 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale body. No real head. Lifeless.

Smell - Citrus fruit. Kinda funky and grainy.

Taste - Fruity. Citrus. Faint salt. Some funkiness too. Deep flavor, which is odd.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation. Medium body, moderate sourness.

Overall - Somehow Westbrook ruined their Gose. It's not terrible, but I had high expectations.

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Photo of dvmin98
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Glarus glass

Appearance is a golden yellow. A small amount of head that turns into a bit of lacing

Smell is citrusy and malty.

Taste is a nice sour flavor with citrus mixed in. An awesome malty backbone that lingers for a bit. Fantastic

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Not overly harsh. You can tell its only 4%

Overall, their regular Gose was my favorite until this came along. This takes the regular Gose to a new level. By far my favorite Westbrook offering.

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Photo of dar482
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a pale straw color.

The aroma has an incredible sour tartness, lemon, that citrus tropical yuzu, some breadiness and funkiness.

The flavor follows with a sour citrus and yuzu flavor. Then there’s a gentle bready malt. The finish hits of an aggressive saltiness. Almost like a margarita.

A well made gose with an interesting twist.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I thought I'd like this beer more than I did, since I'm a big fan of Gose as a style, and their Gose in particular. I also really like the flavor of yuzu, and thought, for instance, that it added a nice twist to New Belgium's version with yuzu of their Berliner Weiss. Here, though, I don't think the yuzu adds anything, and in fact probably detracts from the base beer's nice hit of salt and subtle coriander. You do get some citrus, but it's not zingy in itself or particularly pronounced, it just slightly mutes everything else. I guess some may like the Gose toned down a bit, but I'd prefer the base beer in all its glory.

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Photo of rudzud
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Very, very hazy salt water brownish lemon hue that is pale. This just looks salty..haha! Thin one finger white head faded almost immediately to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Now this is fun! Definitely get the sea salt and light coriander and then get whammed in the face by very strong yuzu citrus juice. I love, love yuzu citrus and this nose delivers tenfold. Salty, sour, light cracker malts and faint wheat....tickle me excited!

T - Taste is tons of yuzu citrus up front, bright and fleshy, before things drop to a more generic tart sourness. Light salt and strong wheat comes in big time and lingers in the aftertaste with more light citrus coming back as well. I like the upfront start with how damn citrusy it is, not quite as salty as I thought it would be. Man this is delicious!

M - Mouthfeel is nice and brightly carbonated, very, very refreshing.

O- Overall I really, really enjoyed this beer. The yuzu is so well utilized here. Just awesome. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a well hazed straw yellow hue. Glowing body with a brighter creamy white head atop. Mellow layer stays as a thicker ring, ok lacing. Aromas are salty and tart, lemon meets bready malts, gentle salt and straw. Tart citrus, gentle bread and grass. Initial is firmly sour up front, lemony and yuzu elements make this a bit puckering. Middle quickly shows lactic life and straw meet salt, flaked wheat and gentle dough. Cleaner light body is quite drinkable, sourness really quite nice. Backend is tart, a touch salty but really that lactic and citrus fruit vibe really provide some synergy. Sour and quite crushable. Finish is tart, a bit slick and citric acidity.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass from a growler filled at Westbrook.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of surface foam. No lacing.

S- Smells like the Gose with an extra citrusy kick reminding one of mandarin orange.

T- Tastes like the Gose but the yuzu really drives home the citrus flavors bringing more of a grapefuit characteristic to the table. There's still that weak wheat aftertaste that I get out of the original Gose but the yuzu does a good job of covering that up mostly. Incredibly drinkable.

M- Just the right amount of tartness with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- Definitely an improvement over the original since I like a bit more sweetness in my beers. Honestly, this is the only incarnation of a Gose I truly enjoy.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber bottled 10/23/13 into a snifter

pale yellow color, light head. smell is massive on orange and citrus! taste is like the regular gose but instead of the saltiness it has the orange citrus ness. really good. berliner Weiss feel. light bodied with mild carbonation

overall this is great...not as good as the original but Damn close.

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Photo of rjp217
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated of 12/18/13 poured into a pint glass...

A - Yellow as the sun in color, frothy white head with moderate lace retention

S - Straight lemons up in here. So tart with a little wheat mixed in

T - Lemonade! Salt, coriander, and wheat are generously involved here. Absolutely puckering. Some lime juice as well, grassy.

M - Thin feel, mild carbonation, biting down the palate

O - This is an excellent Gose. Very very tart but seems to temper as it warms. One of my favorites I've ever had of the style, bravo

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to 2000drafts for sending me a 2nd box of extras...just insanity. enjoyed the other day from a westbrook snifter...reviewed from notes. pours a really murky cloudy orange yellow. cloudier than the gose. nose is sweet n sour and salty with a bit of a fruity tartness that you don't find in the gose. taste matches the nose. a bit more full than gose and less salty/sour, but along the lines of gose with a twist. super refreshing and great warm weather beer. wish i could find this locally.

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Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle in 13oz belgian snifter

A - Light straw, minimal head, zero lacing

S - Sour tuna fish and cleaning solution. In a good way. I promise.

T - The dose of Yuzu somehow managed to mellow out the majority of Gose's salt and take the edge off its puckering sourness. A touch of sweetness comes through as well. Lemonade like sweet/sour combo.

M - Dry, light, refreshing.

O - It's like a toned down Gose, great still but I prefer the base

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is golden yellow with lots of tight white head. Nose has a fairly bright citrus, light salt, faint wheat, white pepper. Flavor has a lot of juice and citrus to it, gets a little oily from the juice, moderate acidity, lighter body, assertive carb.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed dull apricot color with a half finger white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: The citrus and the saltiness in here hit you pretty hard right away. Tons of sweet lemon, salt, limestone, margarita mix, lime syrup and some umami. Can't say I've ever smelled a beer like this before. I really like it.

T: The initial taste is like licking a lemon that's been dipped in salt. Cocktail sauce, light crackery malt, citrus peel, tangerine and some sour pink grapefruit. Finish gives just a touch of wheat and a lingering salty lemon twang. Intensely sour and salty at the same time with a drying finish that leaves you wanting a lot more. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 6.99. Bottled 12/18/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours hazy pale straw with one finger white head that quickly recedes without leaving much lace.

Aromas of sour mash, faint lemon, bread and a little hay.

Puckering tartness of sour citrus, watered down lemonade (not in a bad way), mild orange or grapefruit (possibly yuzu?), bready malt and saltines. Quite refreshing.

Fairly light body with plenty of lively carbonation. Lingering citrusy, tart sweet finish.

It's hard to say if I prefer this over Westbrook's standard Gose. I enjoy Gozu's citrus sweetness but miss Gose's saltiness. No matter- this is another great brew from Westbrook and well worth investigation.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really bright lemony citrus nose on the beer that pours a hazy straw color with wispy head. Tastes exactly like Gose with Yuzu juice. Very refreshing to have a beer deliver on what you expect from it. The beer is also refreshing in general. It's pretty tart from the yuzu juice but not a sour/funkiness from a wild ale.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced "Gose-uh"), a traditional German sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. But this time, we decided to citrus-it-up and throw some ultra-tart Yuzu juice into the mix!" Brewed in the style of a Gose with Yuzu juice added. A one time experimental release that is a recipe variation on Westbrook's highly popular Gose beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a white frothed foam head of a light fluffy consistency over a pale lemon body with a dense haziness. Carbonation is light and mild. Retention is above average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Having this beer aside from the standard Gose accentuates the differences, but up front expect strong tart citrus aromas, between grapefruits and lemons in strength and acidity, incredibly potent and forward. Mild cracker malt and fluffy wheat pale in comparison. It's impressive that the addition of Yuzu juice makes such a striking difference, and seems to pair fine with the remaining ingredients. 4

(Taste) The yuzu blends more seamlessly with the coriander and salt in the flavor, moderately intensifying the acidity and tartness of the beer with a near lemon puckering tartness, not to mention a milder cucumber juiciness. The yuzu comes along nearly grapefruit-like, but overall a bit more herbal and tea-like, very pleasant. The malt body is fair by comparison and the wheat body is not nearly as forward as the yuzu but the malt finishes with a lightly salted toasted pretzel bread body that lingers enjoyably for quite some time. Some mild pepper and coriander generate a tingling effervescence that accent the remaining ingredients elegantly. Very enjoyable. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Light, slick, mildly fluffy and very tart. Carbonation accents the acidity with soft frothiness, keeps light and accessible. Body is medium+ for the style, light-medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low, shadowed completely by the acidity that this beer brings. Balance is tart/sour over sweet over bitter. 4.5

(Overall) It's difficult to say if Gozu tops Gose, but easy to admit that they are both fantastic beers. Don't dismiss Gozu as a simple spin on a craft beer cult favorite. Yuzu does quite a bit more than flavor up this beer, adding complexity to the acidity for an even sourer beer than the original recipe. Yuzu manages a nice place between acidic citrus of lemons and juicy grapefruit for a favorable balance and original spin. Combined with sea salt and coriander, this is one fairly flavorful beer to experience, and I would recommend not missing out on this one. 4.25

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Photo of zac16125
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz tulip on tap at the brewery

A: very hazy, pale straw yellow, sliver of white head, no real lacing

S: salty, tart, sweet fruit

T: wheat, tart, sweet fruit, sweet citrus, degree of sourness is pretty big, a bit puckering at times. Delicious

M/D: medium body, carbonation on the heavier side, crisp mouth feel, refreshing , great drinkability

O: Overall, pretty awesome. I love the Gose, and the fruit addition adds a nice touch.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance - The beer poured a golden color with a bubbly white head.

Aroma - It would be easy to describe the aroma as salted crackers. One detects the salt and breadiness in the aroma.

Taste - My initial impression is salty sour fruit. On detects the salt, but there is more fruitiness than the regular gose. The malt create a biscuit impression with acts as a backbone to the sour in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is not overly aggressive, but it is noticeable. The sour lingers, even with the carbonation.

Overall - I like this beer and need more. I do think I might like regular Westbrook gose better though.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated December 2013 into a Prairie Teku glass.

Appearance: A gentle pour, but next to no head. What was there dissipated quickly. The beer itself is a milky and hazy white/yellow, fading to a pale orange around the edges.

Smell: Tart, floral citrus. Hints of apricot and wheat come through as well. The slightest bit of salinity is peeking out as well.

Taste: Lots of Yuzu. Very floral, with hints of lemon peel backing up the Yuzu. Typical wheat sourness, and a salted cracker malt background. Reminds me quite a bit of Art #14 from Night Shift, even though that's brewed with Pluots. Very sessionable for a sour though. Refreshing tartness, not mouth-puckering by any means. This is absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation that doesn't go overboard at all. Rather thin, not much in the way of linger, except perhaps for a slight saltiness.

Overall: Westbrook really knows what they're doing here. This is a delicious beer by any standard. Would love to get more, I was thrilled to receive this as an IP extra but would happily have traded for it.

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