Gose | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced “Gose-uh”), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback.


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Photo of colts9016
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy golden pale yellow beer and a good amount of carbonation bubbles. A two-finger head with okay retention. The white head is creamy and foamy with a touch of lacing on the glass.
Coriander, lemon, bready, yeasty, grassy, vinegar, caramel, sea air, and grassy.
Sea Salt, lemon, coriander, herbal, grassy, lemon, acidic, crackers, sour dough, and yeast flavors in the beer.
High carbonation, light body, sourness (not astringent), medium plus finish.
This is one of the best gose I have had so far. It has a wonderful flavor, well balanced and seriously wished I had a 12 pack.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- Straw colored/hazy appearance with a fizzy half finger head that quickly dissipates to a lacy head coming forth. Little to no carbonation visible.
S- Sweet, sour, salty, salt watery? A tart aroma tickles my nose when I inhale. The wheat is also present. Smells awesome, very sophisticated!
T- Very tart/sour right off the bat, great balance of salty-ness. Simple, yet great memorable flavor. Also very wheaty, this beer's flavor follows the nose.
F- Thin, surprisingly fizzy, fresh and crisp.
O- Powerful yet simple. Not complex because it doesn't need to be. This beer pays homage to a style that was once dying. Haven't had many Gose, but I am hooked now because of this beer.

Very, very good! Cheers!

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: semi cloudy light yellow
S: sweet salt water
T: exactly like nose. Sweet salt water, I'm not a fan of the style I guess. Haven't had many gose beers.
F: thin and watery

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If thanks to Goingbrokeonbeer for this
12 oz can, dated 9/12/15, poured into a pint glass

A- A slightly hazy golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Lemons, coriander, wheat, just enough salt.

T- Lemons, touch of lime, wheat, coriander, salt, well balanced.

M- Smooth, light body.

O- A great Gose, taste is pretty traditional for a Gose. Wish I could get this near me!

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Photo of Nicedinosaur
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On this Gose and sour binge this has been the best so far. So much so I buy it out every time I see it in store! It's currently my favorite beer and I always keep an eye out for it! Great simple taste. The second I open it I salivate knowing the taste I am about to get. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Lactose, wheat, and bready malts. Not much else going on, but that's expected.

Taste: Tart, sour, salty, wheaty, bready, a little chewy,

Mouthfeel: Light, tart, pucker, some sourness, a little chewy, light salt, refreshing, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I know it's cold here in New England, but this beer can be drank year round.

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Photo of DoctorMyEye
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can, thanks graydongems

Appearance: clear straw colored with fine lacing after the 1 finger white head quickly faded. Fairly typical for style

Aroma: citrus tart, white wine

Taste: true to the nose, well balanced citrus (lemon, fresh squeezed lime) with refreshing salty finish. Salt is much more evident as it warmed

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, perfect for style

Overall: the popularity is well warranted, benchmark for the style. Clean, refreshing, well balanced beer that is well executed and would be perfect on the beach in lieu of a margarita

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Photo of JayQue
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised at how good this beer was. Not so surprised to see how highly it was rated. Picked it up on a trip to Charleston. Poured into an Aventinus Weizen glass, a hazy straw yellow color. Small white head, fades fast. Not much lacing. Aroma is impressive: salty, citrusy (lemon) with wheat bitterness and some spicing (coriander). Taste is even better. Strong salty and spicy flavor, bitterness from the wheat. This is a pretty authentic take on the style...mild hefe flavors and the salt predominate. So many US Gose have gimmicky flavors added. Mouthfeel is exceptional tart, salty, refreshing...just right!!!! A very good take on the style.

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Photo of seansean95
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: an opaque wheaten gold color. Less than single finger head that dissipates almost immediately.

Smell: very tart almost lemony scent.

Taste: very intense tartness up front almost reminiscent of lemonade. Fades into a nice refreshing sweet aftertaste.

Feel: lightly carbonated, very smooth. Easy drinking beer.

I'm relatively new to the world of goses but I like what I've tasted so far and thus beer embodies everything I've come to expect in a gose. Delicious beer.

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Photo of hophugger
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Average look and smell, nothing to see here. Taste is exceptional with lime, lemon, salt and a great souriness balncing together to bring forth a well-balanced, refreshing beer. Finish, although salty, is very crisp and clean with the perfect amounts of fresh citrus as major players

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this beer had been sitting relatively still in my fridge for about a month before I opened it. I cracked open the 12 ounce can and a sudden burst of froth bubbled up to a small dome out of the can, teetering on the edge, thankfully not spilling over. I then poured it gently into a huge Belgian tulip, and it quickly filled, top to bottom, with white foam--no visible beer whatsoever. After it settled, the body was a hazy gold-yellow.

Smell is lactic meringue, salt, lemon-orange and honey.

Taste is really delicate. Herbal, lemon, apple juice, and maybe some dragonfruit. All out nicely balanced.

Soft and slightly tangy, not nearly as acidic as the Key Lime version, which is a good thing. Both are tasty beers, but I think I like this one better just due to the excellent execution.

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Photo of akolb
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a tart yeasty funk, with some grapefruit and coriander. Taste is very bright: moderate tartness, wheat, lime, salt, Granny Smith apples. One of the better examples of the style out there. Bracingly tart and highly refreshing.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Light golden yellow, mostly transparent, with a thin white wisp for a head. Mild lacing.

S - Strong sour note, lactic, with rich full grain. A hint of lemon.

T - Strong lemon open, a bit of yogurt tang, underlying salt, and a very mild close.

M - A brisk, tart feel, a bit prickly.

O - A nice bright, full-flavored Gose, and lovely.

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Photo of kitch
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fermentoren, Copenhagen, into a Fermentoren wine glass.

Appearance: It was a clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving only sparse light lacing.

Aroma: Sour, tart, grape and white wine.

Taste: What you smell is what you taste. Salty, sour, tart, grape and white wine.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It was very refreshing and great to drink outdoors on a hot summer day.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A faded/non legible date on the bottom of the 12 oz can.

It is a dirty, pale yellow color with a significant, and surprisingly thick, white head.

Smells sour, peppery, and salty. Pretty much like salt and vinegar chips.

Very acidic and sour, but it seems to lighten up as it warms and become more balanced with the saltiness and wheat. Some earthy mineral water like flavor at the end with an amazing grainy aftertaste.

This is probably the best Gose I have had. At least in the amount of wheat/malt flavor that comes through.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into snifter no canned on date

A: Hazy dirty straw color head is fairly big small bubbled and creamy looking. Head doesn't stick around long

S: Smells salty, slightly vinnegary, and a little bit of a hay funk.

T: Nice and tart with a slight sweet light wheat taste and a good dose of saltiness, ends fairly sour and dry.

M: Very light, crisp, and dry. The beer invites another sip because of the dryness.

O: One of the more sour Gose style beers I have had, but it does not suffer for it. This beer has the nice mid body sweetness and wheat finish that characterize this style and a great dose of saltiness. If there is anything negative at all about this beer it is how dry it is, it finishes almost puckeringly dry.

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A really solid gose that is enjoyable and refreshing. I really like the design of these cans and the beer inside is just as impressive. It has a medium tart taste with no lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: tart lemon lime dry fruit salt.
Taste: a really nice tart lemon upfront followed in the middle of the mouth with a nice saltiness lime green apple finishes with vinegar more salt and a slight spice.
Feel: light to medium body really dry in the finish. Really refreshing
Overall: a nice tartness that is balanced out with a good amount of salt. Really tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of dweinshi
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into Teku. Hazy yellow color with thin head. While I didn't pick up specifically on the salt and coriander this beer was refreshing and tart. This is only the second sour I have tried and for that reason will revisit once I learn the category better. I truly enjoyed this offering and will be seeking it out again.

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Photo of DevWand
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much follows the 'notes/ commercial description ' section word for word. Very impressed by the interpretation of the style...Great beer for a hot summers day.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/21/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity; that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic/saline, and fairly bready/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero alcohol warming as expected of 4%. Overall this is an excellent gose! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; even with the higher acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a clear light gold with a head that dissipates extremely quickly, leaving no trace of foam.

S: Sweaty and acrid, but smells more or less like a gose is supposed to smell. Certainly on the sour side for the style. A bit yeasty.

T: Bracingly sour. Tons of Granny Smith apple and vinegar-like puckering tartness with practically no malt to speak of. Some salt in there, emerging more late in the finish after the tartness passes by, but this beer is really tilted towards the sourness. Not an easy one to drink.

F: Light body with medium carbonation and a gritty, acidic feel.

Thoughts: Goses should be effortless to drink but that requires some sort of balance – I find this one to be more of a chore due to its unforgiving acrid sourness. Unfortunatley this beer requires a chaser of water.

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Photo of twage04
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a slight haze. Little aroma, some salt and our detectable. Taste is overwhelmingly salty, the tartness is hard to detect. Some fruit, crisp and refreshing. I'd pick otra vez over this for an easier drinker. Fine for what it is but not something i'd drink every day if only because of the lack of balance leaning towards salt.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a pale straw, yellow color. Crystal clear transparency. Thin head which dissipates quite rapidly...to nothing.

Aroma- Tart, sour, pale malts. Salty, cucumber type smell. Bright citrus zest and spice.

Taste- Salty, sour, super crisp and wheaty malts. Touch of vegetal and citrus. Spicy sourness.

Feel- Crisp and extremely refreshing. Slightly mouth puckering. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Love the balance of sour and spice, just so drinkable and refreshing. This is one of the best for a warm summer day.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright yellow with a thin head that dissipated rapidly. Has a bright lemony aroma. Taste is very citrusy and salty, amazing. Finishes very crisp, a perfect summer refresher.

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