Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Sour - Gose
Ranked #12
Ranked #3,932
4.16 | pDev: 11.78%
Apr 03, 2022
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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Photo of dcat151
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dcat151

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
4.28 by darktronica from Indiana on Feb 12, 2022
4.21 by Meddwol from Michigan on Nov 26, 2021
Photo of teromous
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

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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4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jlindros from Massachusetts

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
4.5 by TheDoak from Florida on Jun 12, 2021
4.32 by Hoptometrist from Ohio on Jun 09, 2021
4.25 by sd123 from Georgia on May 13, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

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
Photo of HarlotBronte
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

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. Absolutely perfect example of a gose.

Apr 17, 2021
4.5 by David19457 from New Jersey on Mar 22, 2021
4.21 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
3.94 by Aewachiw from Maryland on Dec 08, 2020
4 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Aug 18, 2020
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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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4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by biiru_ojisan from Japan

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
3.79 by desint from Belgium on Jun 07, 2020
4.3 by bendukes86 from South Carolina on May 18, 2020
Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

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
Photo of GarrettB
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

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
Photo of k1ng0j
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by k1ng0j

A simple gose but not lacking in flavor. It has a nice saltines but enough sweet to balance it out.

Feb 27, 2020
4 by GreatStoutman from Texas on Nov 07, 2019
Photo of Buck89
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Buck89 from Tennessee

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
Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

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
4.1 by Chasecrandell from New York on Jun 25, 2019
Photo of Reef
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Reef from South Carolina

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
3.9 by NAGamecock from South Carolina on Jun 12, 2019
Photo of mkh012
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mkh012 from Colorado

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
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BeerDawgs from Georgia

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
3.95 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 29, 2019
4.34 by KiwiBrent from New York on Apr 14, 2019
4.34 by jdell15 from Arkansas on Mar 08, 2019
Photo of hoptheology
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

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
4.15 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jan 15, 2019
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by osheamatth from New York

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
Photo of VoodooBear
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

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
Photo of schrader52
2.48/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
by schrader52 from South Carolina

My first Gose. I get the distinct feeling I'm drinking V8 from a can. It would be great in a beer bloody Mary.

Dec 05, 2018
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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
Photo of BBThunderbolt
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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
4.28 by hoponit from New York on Oct 31, 2018
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