Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Ranked #12
Ranked #4,014
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Apr 15, 2023
May 06, 2012
Notes: 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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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Brief Review:

O: Shout out to my good friend from work for picking this up on a recent trip. Been wanting to try this for a very long time (8+ years) and just never got a chance. Gose has become very popularized in the meantime, so going to this now is wild. Very traditional here, more tart than I was expecting. Pretty smooth and drinkable still. Drinks way bigger than the 4%, which is nice. Great classic beer here, happy to see it's still appreciated.

Recommendation: It's never too late to try Westbrook Gose for the first time! Definitely a classic.
Apr 15, 2023
Rated: 4.24 by jchanley from Illinois

Apr 07, 2023
Rated: 3.94 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Canning date stamped on can bottom is '09/09/22'.
Cloudy, golden amber colored body. Brief fizzy head, but surface remains very active. No lacing.
Aroma is sour fruit and spice.
Taste is sour with a fruity flavor. Has a coriander spice note. Salt is expressed as the dryness resulting in the mouth.
Medium mouth feel, with minor puckering. Very active carbonation.
Saltiness is rather minimal, and does not deposit on the lips. Solid sour and spiced beer.
Oct 18, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Jun 14, 2022
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Rated by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Best Gose I have ever had.
May 26, 2022
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Reviewed by dcat151 from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Golden, slightly hazy with some head that quickly dissipates. Nose is sour with some citrus. Light mouthfeel with a good dose of sour up front followed by a decent amount of carbonation. Overall, a light very nice gose. Great on a warm day.
Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by darktronica from Indiana

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Meddwol from Michigan

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
It is difficult to read the bottom, but it appears to say: "07/25/21 06:17 01/26/21 06:17"

Appearance: The body is a light gold color that is very hazy. It has a medium-sized white head that fizzes out pretty quickly to a short cap. No retention or lacing.

Aroma: It has a souring lemon aroma.

Taste: There is a light lemon flavor up front with a hint of tart raspberry. On the middle of the palate a light note of coriander and wheat comes through.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium tartness and no perceivable bitterness. The body is on the upper edge of light. Carbonation is good.

Overall: As a whole the beer is enjoyable and the highlight is the flavor, which has a very classic Gose character. The can states that this is a "Sour wheat ale brewed with coriander and sea salt." The coriander comes through in the flavor which is nice, and it is well balanced in strength. I could drink it again. I would recommend it. This would be a great beer to drink at a seafood boil.
Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
No can date
Pours a light fizzy almost 1 finger head with med retention, very hazy light sunrise yellow-orange color

Nose brings nice doughy wheat, a little creamy, raw sour dough bread dough, tart ness with some yogurt lacto creamy funk, tart lemony notes, hint of coriander and spice, general yuzu-like citrus thing as well

Taste starts quite sour and tart with fair acidity up front, more creamy lacto funk, tart citrus with a little lemony note and more of that tropical-like citrus like yuzu or hand of Buddha, light coriander spice in the background and hint of salt on the back end, fair wheat but less than I expected, little doughy sour dough like, fair flemmy finish with more acidity and bit more salt

Mouth is med to lighter bod, a bit creamy, quite tart with fair acidity, med frothy carb

Overall nice gose, right up the top for an American gose as I have come to expect from Westbrook, nitpicking would have liked a bit more wheat and dough on the taste, but otherwise it's very nice, really like that crazy citrusy character as well, and REAAAAAALY happy they teach people how to pronounce it on the can, rather than perpetuate the incorrect way to pronounce, like stupid "Brian Gose Dancing"
Aug 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by TheDoak from Florida

Jun 12, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by Hoptometrist from Ohio

Jun 09, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by sd123 from Georgia

May 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Rerate, 355 ml can, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger.ABV is 4%. Very cloudy straw colour. Pours very fizzy with a small white head that dies out instantly. Aroma of wheat, coriander, citrus and salty sea. Very lemony and sour flavour with fruit salt and moderate notes of coriander. Very refreshing. Original rating: Shared 355 ml can, from Vaaland, Bryne. Cloudy pale yellow colour, moderate white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus and salty sea. The flavour is distinctly citrussy / lemony, with a little sea salt in the background.
May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This is the best gose (and one of my favorite beers overall). I created this BeerAdvocate account just to review.

Looks and smells like what you’d expect from a gose.

Taste is phenomenal— classic and a perfect representation of the style. Better than Anderson Valley, which is also wonderful.

Thin mouthfeel with a tart, refreshing taste that leaves you wanting more.

My only issue with this beer is that it isn’t distributed in my area. Otherwise, I’d always have it in my fridge. Absolutely perfect example of a gose.
Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by David19457 from New Jersey

Mar 22, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by Aewachiw from Maryland

Dec 08, 2020
Rated: 4 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Aug 18, 2020
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Finally, time to review another legendary beer that I didn't come across until Summer 2020. Thanks to the old lady in the skies for hooking this one up.

Pours a light but bright golden color, good clarity, 2/3" white head. Aroma hit all the expectation, salinity, coriander, wheat, check. Nice and tight.

Taste, man, this might even be better than Anderson Valley's. Both top tier gose. Light bodied wheat and barley, crisp carbonation, all the salt and coriander notes without domination from either one. Its enjoyable, summer in a can. While there are plenty of lemon notes, there is practically no acidity to it. Great softball beer. Excellent dry finish. If there is anything that isn't "traditional" it is a little more sour than what might have been normal back in the day, but this is completely nailing so many things that a gose should. I would buy this by the case if on shelves near me. The 6 pack I got was crushed in no time. Truly a leader in style in which no gose is better, perhaps one or two share the throne, but is gose is definitely king.
Aug 03, 2020
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Reviewed by biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy pale gold with a creamy white head.

That just smells so refreshing. Lemon-lime. Salty, buttered bread. Hints of coriander.

Wow. So nice. Buttered saltine crackers with a very tart, citrus-esque bite.Lovely coriander notes in the finish. It is really quite sour, so you really need to be into that to enjoy this. Finishes dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is unnoticeable.

Overall, very nice. The only downside to this beer is the import prices I have to pay for it in Japan. This would be an excellent post hike or skiing beer.
Aug 03, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by desint from Belgium

Jun 07, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

May 18, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Just about a perfect gose. Hazy sunshine color with a sizzling white head, and funky tart aromas With a hint of coriander that leads to a perfectly balanced taste with that funky tart balanced by a significant salty component and that hint of coriander.

Truly a delight to drink. Westbrook is the real deal, IMHO.
Apr 17, 2020
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
January 10th, 2016 - This is probably the tastiest canned gose I've ever had, and the descriptors on the can - sour, salty, delicious - are easily verified. A nice, blonder looking ale, this has a nice smell of tangerine, lemon peel, white grape juice, coriander, and white pepper. I mostly appreciate that it doesn't smell candied, which many sour beers do when introducing fruit flavors. On the tongue it has a healthy saltine pucker, and a nice sourness to go alongside it, highlighting the lemon flavor but also something more bitter, like yuzu or grapefruit. And there on the finish is a hit of coriander, wrapping up the gose's characteristics nicely.
Mar 23, 2020
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Rated by k1ng0j

4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A simple gose but not lacking in flavor. It has a nice saltines but enough sweet to balance it out.
Feb 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by GreatStoutman from Texas

Nov 07, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Finally had a chance to try this classic American take on the style. It did not disappoint. Refreshingly tart with just enough salt to balance the sourness. Clean tasting with lemon and wheat flavor. Light bodied but quite flavorful. Outstanding and worthy of its reputation.
Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
The appearance is a hazy translucent straw yellow with two fingers worth of stark white head. Aroma is salinity with some lime. Translates perfectly to the taste. Very crisp and refreshing with a little pucker. Mouthfeel is light and prickly. Overall this stuff is awesome for the style.
Jul 21, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by Chasecrandell from New York

Jun 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed on a 90 degree after trimming the hedges

Hazy translucent golden color, one finger of head, quickly dissipating but with a stream of carbonation continuing to surface.
Lemon, sour pineapple, seashore aromas
Salt, lemon, yeast, sourdough, coriander flavors
Bracingly sour, dry finish
I like the fruit variants, but buy this more often. Great southern summertime beer.
Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by NAGamecock from South Carolina

Jun 12, 2019
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 3 weeks ago.

Pours medium-hazy orange with a fizzy white head.

The nose is lemon-lime, salt, bread, and bandaid.

The taste is lemon-lime, saltine cracker, white grape, and apple. Tart and full-flavored.

The mouthfeel is medium for the ABV.

Overall, good. Complex for 4%
May 20, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - Golden with no clarity. Lots of fizzy bubbles. No head or lacing

S - Salt, sourness, and lemon

T - Tart! Breadiness, Lemon, Acidic, and salty

F - Light body and lots of carbonation. Sizzles.

O - A great gose. Perfect on a hot day
May 11, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 29, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by KiwiBrent from New York

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by jdell15 from Arkansas

Mar 08, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz can into Ommegang snifter.

Hazy golden color with a thin fluffy ring of head.

Aromas of bready and grassy malt, salt, lemon drops, and sour gummi worms.

Flavors of lime salt, rich bready malts, key lime zest, sour gummi worm, lemon peel, and slight coriander.

Feel is a little under carbonated but the zing is still there and still remains exciting on the palate. Slight drying puckering finish.

Overall a good standard textbook example of the Gose beer. Probably a must if you are trying to decipher what a Gose should be.
Feb 24, 2019
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