Key Lime Pie Gose
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Key Lime Pie GoseKey Lime Pie Gose
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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #11
ABV:
4%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,237
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.51%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
521
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
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Summer
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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Key Lime Pie GoseKey Lime Pie Gose
Notes: Gose brewed with salt and coriander and infused with the delicious flavors of key lime pie.
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Photo of REVZEB
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold with some cloudiness and wispy white lace. Key lime powerfully fills the aromas, with slight wheat, sea salt, and coriander. Taste is exactly the same, key lime carries the load before the finish, refreshing. Feels like their other goses, lighter with some lingering saltiness and tartness. Beach beer anyone?

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can dated April 2019 from Scrooges (SC; $1.70).
Pours slightly hazy, amber colored, with a decent white head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma: Tart citrus, lime and light bread.
The flavor largely follows but with a more pronounced and clear lime note. Moderately tart and salty for style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can courtesy of nc41. Thanks Dale!

Pours a hazy yellow gold, small short lived head of foam.

Smells tart. Lemon lime citrus, bready malt, salt, more fruit that I have a hard time identifying.

Lemon lime up front, some bready notes, sour apples, grapes, finishes strong with the lemon lime. A real flavour burster. Salt is kinda subtle.

The mouthfeel for a 4.0% abv beer is very satisfying.

Pretty darned good!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a faint haziness. Just a faint amount of off white sporadically on the top. The aroma is of hefty dose of sea salt. I’m tasting a blend of sea salt and a nice lime finish. The mouth is highly salinic and has a cooling sensation to the mouth.

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Photo of RhysD
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolutely love this sour beer. Definitely my favorite one to pick when you’ve been working in the sun all day. Very crisp and refreshing in every sip. I wish they sold 6 packs of these!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from @Dragginballs76 and his generosity during NBS BIF #8
Rich pale yellow body that's just mildly cloudy. Nice white head doesn't really want to stick around so it retires to a pretty galactic pattern and little more as I can watch the bubbles pop once they hit the surface.

Nose is lime oil right off the bat. Oily key lime, just like it says. Blossoms as it warms.

Flavour is tart key lime leading in, then like a double clutch kind of thing... it recedes momentarily before doubling back down and giving the cheeks a little puckering flutter. The little receding point feels like it should have something in there... but it's just the two waves of lime then the salinity/lactic character.

Thicker bodied than the lemon/cucumber sibling and a slightly drier finish.

I enjoy this as well, but it pales in comparison to its more limited sibling. Thanks Mike for sending this one along!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into White Elm glass.

Hazy golden color with a thin foamy ring of head.

Pleasant fruity kitchen cleaner on the nose with a bent towards key lime zest, slight bread, slight saltwater.

Flavor is utterly delicious. Tons of great key lime buzzing on the tongue with a backline of pastry crust, bready pilsner malt, lemon peel, clove, and salt. Tart finish.

Feel is crisp and buzzing with a nice creaminess. Crisp finish.

Overall a very enjoyable Gose, one of the best. Would definitely buy if I were in SC.

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Photo of beertunes
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to nc41 for this one, from NBS BIF #8. 12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy medium yellow color that produced 1/2 inch of white head that had good retention and just the lightest bit of lacing.

A tart scent greets the nose, with just a hint of lime. On the tongue though, the lime really pops in a bright way. I didn't get any pie crust or meringue aspects though ;) .

The body was light and crisp, and had a very dry finish. Drinkability was great, i could easily knock back a bunch of these during a summer cookout. Overall, a very nice brew, a must hit if you like tart and fruity brews.

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Photo of Spiceepicklez
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice soft golden hue, with some slight haziness to it. Little lacking in the smell department, but still contains tons of great lime flavour. Taste is a solid WOW. Incredibly tart and bright with all that lovely citrus sourness. Feel is carbonated and fresh as one could possibly imagine. Solid Sour!

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Photo of IronLover
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a short, bright white, soapy foam with moderate retention. Fresh citrus lime and light wheat malt aromas. Medium light bodied with medium high carbonation. Lime flavors and essence last throughout. Wheat malt flavors on the front end followed by pleasant, refreshing tartness and sea salt. Finished dry and crisp with light wheat and lime notes. Incredibly crisp and dry with a great balance between tart and salty. Lime flavor is fresh and is present from beginning to end. Fantastic.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've wanted to try this for a while now. Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a wine glass this beer yields a straw color and hazy beer underneath a quickly dissolving white crown. The crown went from about a finger width to audibly fizzing down to nothing within one minute. The smell is huge, ripe and refreshing lime! Almost burns the nose from the tanginess. The taste brings a puckering acidic and tangy lime and slowly and slightly turns into a tamed sweetness that is fighting to get through the puckering sour. I love the sour aspect of this beer and what they did with the lime but I do expect more sweetness when I hear key lime pie. Overall, it's crisp and refreshing while providing a puckering sourness and a huge lime.

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Photo of jkblr
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz canned 5/21/18 (43 days ago) poured into a stemless wine glass at fridge temp 4% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy in a color close to grapefruit juice. The head is off white and disappears quickly leaving only a few small bubbles. The aroma is sour and citrusy. The taste is sour at first, transitioning to a lightly salty key lime flavor. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, good. I'm not a big fan of the style, but had to try this while I was in SC.

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Photo of woemad
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can courtesy of Dragginballs76. My first from Westbrook or South Carolina. Canned April 5, 2018.

Poured into a White Bluffs shaker pint glass, this was a hazy, honeyish color. Initially, there was a decent sized off white head, but it dropped quickly, although a thin foam collar remained.

Aroma not unlike a citrus soda, although with less sweetness.

Sweetly citrusy up front, but with a balancing tartness keeping it from being cloying and insipid. I swear there's a bit of graham cracker flavor midway through; I suppose that's the pie's crust! Dry and crisp at the swallow. Salinity is limited to balancing out the sweetness and is otherwise more unobtrusive than in some other goses I have had. It does linger on the tongue a little bit afterwards.

Fairly light bodied, with a crisp, dry mouthfeel that is both quenching and thirst inducing at the same time.

Really enjoyed this. Goses are one of my favorite warm weather beers, although this is being consumed on a cooler than average late morning this July 1. I could drink this all day. Thanks, Michael!

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Photo of EMH73
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold color with a decently retained half inch white head that left little lacing. Smells like lime juice with a hint of sweetness. Tastes of lime, lime zest, lactose sweetness, salt, crackers and moderately sour . Light bodied, medium carbonation, tart, sour and refreshing. Pairs great with Mexican food.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Quite hazy light gold, with good carbonation and a half-finger of white head that lasts pretty well.

S: Key lime juice and lactic tart. Citric acid that makes the mouth water a bit even smelling it, plus cracker and a mild wheat grain to the malt. Not husky almost at all though. A bit of saltiness which, with the citric acid, starts to remind you of a margarita but not in a bad way. A nice appealing aroma, though perhaps not overly complex. Not much if anything in the way of funk.

T: Key limes and sour lemons, lactic tart and citric acid. The salinity is noticeable – more than some in style – but not overdone and balanced by the citrus flavors. Cracker and wheat malts again. More heavily tart but not burning lime at the swallow and into the hang, eventually leaving just a lingering salt on the tongue and lips.

M: A light body. A good amount of carbonation sensation but less than some in style, and less than I expected based on the appearance. Low alcohol, but again more than some in style.

O: Well – it’s certainly an American take on the style. Ratchet everything up to 11 and run with it. But the sour isn’t quite overdone, though it toes the line for the style. The salinity is balanced by the fruit. No husk in the malt flavors. I’ll quibble with the name – it definitely tastes like a key lime. But there’s nothing “pie” about it – nothing particularly to approximate crust or meringue or whipped cream (depending on your preference). I think it’s probably a better beer for eschewing these things – I sure didn’t care for Funky Buddha’s lemon meringue disaster. But I think they should have left “Pie” out of the name, and just said key lime gose. Very enjoyable, and would be a great one to have on the beach.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy, almost opaque gold with a small foamy white head. Medium-poor retention. A thin ring remains, but leaves no lacing.

S: Bright lime zest, limeade powder, lemon peel, lime candy, cracker, a faint salinity.

T: Limeade, fresh lime zest, lemon zest, key lime pie yogurt, cracker, light saltiness. Medium-light acidity, moderate sourness. Crisp.

F: Light, but not watery. Well carbonated. Super refreshing.

O: A delicious and tasty gose. I love it.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy golden orange with a medium white head that goes away quickly. Has a light lemon lime smell. Taste is super sour very tart lemon taste. Easy to picker up on this one.

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Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Yet another beer courtesy of the more than generous, Wilson! Thanks, dude. Westbrook's Key Lime Gose is apricot orange with a good amount of haze running throughout. It's bright, though, glowing when backlit like a glass of fire. The white foam is soft and silky growing to a finger in height on the pour before audibly fizzing down to a skimming. It's a good looking beverage.

The nose is straight up key lime. That sharp, tart bite that's so common in the fruit. There's a sturdy backing of damp, twangy wheat that brings with it some backbone. It has a bit of that artificial Sprite sharpness going on but it's oddly complimentary. Coriander? I could see that I suppose. The nose is fairly one dimensional but it gets you salivating.

The flavor profile steps it up from the nose even. The key lime is bright but not as sharp. There is certainly a saltiness from front to back, nice background component. There's a touch of wheaty twang but there's much more of a buttery, flaky, graham crackery crust element that really pulls the whole "key lime pie" thing together. It's vibrant and tart and refreshing.

The body sits right where it ought to. It's light and bubbly. Quick moving with a moderate tartness really grabbing the sides of the tongue. It's wet but dries up pretty quick after the swallow, enough so that you want another drink immediately. This is a quenching, incredibly easy drinking beer.

Key Lime Pie is another good beer from Westbrook, one of my favorites I'd have to say. It's summer in a can. It's also dessert in a can, minus the sweetness. It's amazing how much they nailed the pie aspect. Excellent. Thanks, Wil.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow body without any head.

Smell of lime, lemon and other citrus.

Nice lime flavour with a perfect tartness, hints of salt

Oh so drinkable stuff we've got here

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Photo of kitch
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml can, canned on 6th September 2017. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left no lacing.

Aroma: Tart lime, lemon and salt.

Taste: Tart, lightly sour, lime, lime juice and salt with hints of biscuit and wheat in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, zingy, light to medium bodied with prickly high carbonation.

Overall: It’s key lime pie as advertised with nice lime flavours that make it refreshing to drink.

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Photo of Buck89
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. A hazy golden color with a modest white head. Pungent aromas of key limes, some coriander, and lemon. No off flavors. The taste was as expected with a tart key lime flavor. I didn't get much in the way of coriander or other notes. The saltiness was moderate IMO and tasted nice with the lime. Well done.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Buck89 for this brew.

12 oz. Can
Canned On: 09/06/17

Poured into a Trillium glass a nice cloudy golden pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small creamy white head, which also leaves some nice little sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of key lime, tart. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of key lime, tart/sour. Medium body, ABV hidden nicely with this one. Overall, a nice little tasty brew. Thanks John!

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Photo of Phineasco
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow, hazy, with large 3 inch head that recedes quickly. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Lime, pie crust, passion fruit, and salt.
Taste: Tart, lime, pie crust, and salt.
Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.
Overall: A very nice gose from Westbrook.

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Photo of Nkloos
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is as good as it gets when it comes to a sour. You can taste the key lime custard as well as the pie crust. Overall, just simply amazing. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a wheat ale glass. Canned August 8th 2017.

Simple and opaque bodied, with a good unfiltered pale straw to dark chestnut color, which seems like quite a color difference. Head is frothy big at four very controlled fingers, even almost creamy looking. Settles down nicely but not too quickly.

Aroma smells like straight up Rose's lime cordial. Not particularly zesty, but with a decent lime quality. Not much sensing malt depth or salinity. Hints a good lacto quality though, nearly bursting with green herbs and tangy mouthwatering pucker sensations.

Palate provides a light pucker but not much else. Washing grains almost powdery, with quite a good tartness of lime sour. A decent but muted salty finish almost coming off like a dry kosher flavor. Not much depth to this, and even more muted lime than what the nose seems to hint at.

A decent tart quality, but seems to miss out on the malt depth. Additional lime character is unfortunately not adding much more zing to this either.

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Key Lime Pie Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 521 ratings