Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #8
Ranked #1,634
4.21 | pDev: 11.64%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
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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Sigmund from Norway

3.21/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best gose (and my favorite beer). 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.

Apr 17, 2021
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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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biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%
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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GarrettB from Colorado

3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
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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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +1%
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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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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
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Reef from South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +4%
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
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
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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osheamatth from New York

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really well made gose hitting all the rights marks. Nice look with just a hint of haze. Smells like a day at the beach and reveals the tasting notes it’s supposed to: salt, coriander and just a hint of yeast. One of the better traditional gose beers around

Jan 12, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Sensorik glass.

Appearance: The one and a quarter finger head goes away pretty quickly and leaves a thin foam layer behind. There's no lacing pretty much except for some small bubbles that stick around here or there. It's a hazy, dull yellow-orange color.

Smell: There's some lemon and grapefruit peels, coriander and brown sugar with a hint of biscuits in the background. It's not an off smell but the combination of aromas doesn't work that well.

Taste: It's citrus sour at the beginning and and transitions into a slight salty sweetness. The coriander comes in on the aftertaste and becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty light and quite refreshing but a little bit cloying. The carbonation is medium-high.

Overall: There's a lot of elements in the nose and palate that just don't mesh well with each other. On top of that, the beer just doesn't stand out in any particular way. A good beer, but that's pretty much it.

Dec 23, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, 2652-2653, 05/07/18... purchased from room temp shelf... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: foam sizzled out during pour - was pouring rather clear light amber liquid with very slight haze... at the end I dumped in the sediment, creating a thick cloudiness... overall, it looks terrible - as hazy as a NEIPA, but still (carbonation/foam wise)

S: zinging sour acids, lightly briny, grapefruit citrusy, mild muffin wheat note... great potency overall, inviting

T: vibrant grapefruit tart flavor and rather potent but hardly off-putting yogurt-y lactic bite... subtle nutty yeast note at the end of some sips - very faint... coriander slowly builds until it's the dominant note in the aftertaste

F: relative light approach with quick swell of wheaty-acidic viscosity which trails and disappears slowly, giving (and against sluggish carbonation) a bit of a (medium-)thick-ish body... finishes relatively light though, a fair bit of residual lactic slime left behind, but pinched off before the throat

O: obviously I need to try a younger can, and still perhaps care take to decant next time, but the taste is rather good, even for a 6-month-old example kept in dubious care

Nov 17, 2018
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to nc41 for this one from box during NBS BIF #8. 12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color, with a thin cap of white head that had low retention and no lacing.

A slight funk was at the front of the nose, with grain, salt, and a bit of spice in supporting roles. Very similar on the tongue, with the salt being a bit more noticeable.

The body was a wee touch fuller than I expected, but was still smooth, The beer had a finish that started sweeter that caught me a bit off-guard, but really dried out. Drinkability was very nice, i could see having this in my rotation were it local. Overall, a very nice brew, worth your time.

Nov 08, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of salt, slight bacterial funk, honey, wheat, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Leipzig Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable tartness. Tastes of salt, slight bacterial funk, honey, wheat, hint of pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, average appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.

Oct 29, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours amber and cloudy with pale yellow highlights. It is topped with a couple inches of off white head that leaves virtually no lacing.

It has a great sour orange nose. Tart, orange-y, Refreshing.

The taste is tart and salty. The coriander translate to an orange flavor. Dry finish.

Medium bodied with dry mouthfeel

This beer is simple and refreshing as hell. Well done. It is way better than all these fruited kettle sours dominating the landscape.

Sep 15, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

canned 05-07-18

L-The beer pours golden and slightly hazy. The head stands around a finger and a half high. This recedes to a thin ring leaving no lacing.
S-The nose is tart in the fashion that lactobacillus produces. The salt is present as is the wheat malt behind it all.
T- It is a simple yet wonderfully constructed combination of the wheat, the tartness, and finally a solid brininess which helps the beer finish dry.
F-Overall mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Carb is initially prickly but fairly restrained after the initial pour. Drinkablility is very high for something this tart.
O-One of the best Gose I've had. When you make it this well you don't really need fruit additions. Highly recommended.

Aug 05, 2018
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Psychromatic from Alabama

4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is mighty expensive, but it's also mighty good. This was the first Gose I ever tried and I honestly don't mind dropping $3.50 a 12-oz. can, when I'm able.

Forget the look -- the smell (it very definitely smells "of the sea", briny and vegetal) and taste (you KNOW coriander and salt abide in this, as well as a lip-puckering sourness to go with them) are the real show stoppers. It's not a heavy beer in mouthfeel, but it's just right -- not too light, not too heavy. It pours a nice amber, with a decent little head -- but again, we're not here for the look of this thing so much as for the taste and scent, but it's lovely that the appearance is just as nice as what assails the nose and palate so pleasantly!

Jul 16, 2018
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As far as low ABV drinkable sour beers go this is pretty stellar. I don't have a ton of experience with Goses but I can see why this is widely considered the benchmark. Nice tartness, a wheaty body, light salty finish. This goes down really nice. yb

May 16, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/27/17

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden/straw yellow in color with a white, half finger head that devolves quickly into a fairly barren surface with a small island of suds floating centrally and a thin, broken ring of suds encircling the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing; just a few tiny spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is sour and salty with a light spice and wheat undertones.

Taste - Follows the nose. Almost lemony Sourness and salinity upfront and throughout, while a touch of coriander spice comes through as the initial tartness begins to die down. Distant wheat undertone.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with spritzy carbonation. Easy drinker with a crisp, smooth, dry and refreshing finish.

Overall - Classic, tasty Gose. Great example from an American brewery. Balanced and quenchable. If you got the chance, give it a try.

May 16, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I don't get this style. Pours a cloudy medium straw color, minimal head. Sour aroma - dies not smell appetizing. Taste follows nose, I just don't get it. Sour, salty, tart, dirty dishwater flavor. This might be a great interpretation of the style, but again – I don't get it, but I understand how this style was nearly extinct.

12 oz can dated 1/31/18
3 rating (very grnerous rating)

May 04, 2018
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 01/31/18. An unexpected find and was pumped to pick up a 6-pack at Grassroots in Jax. Pours a beautiful hazy golden-yellow with a frothy white head that builds yet also fades quickly. Great nose on this one. Slightly funky with a fruity and wheaty aroma. Flavor is so darn good for the style. Tart, fruity, delicious. You get the salt and coriander which come together so well. Feel is fizzy and refreshing. When you want to show someone what a great Gose should be, this is the beer you have them drink. And you truly don’t appreciate how good it is until you compare it to others of the style. It’s stellar.

Apr 20, 2018
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samlbowles from Virginia

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my new go-to beer whenever I can find it. Great mouthfeel, and a great introduction to the gose style. Nice, foaming head that quickly goes down, and is the perfect blend of sour and salty. I will recommend this beer to everyone.

Apr 04, 2018
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