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 Donkster46
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Fantastic, pours cloudy like juice. Lemony smell and a bit of a tart and salty taste. Low ABV I could drink this all day long. Unfortunately not available in my area, because I would consume a case a week.

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Photo of Stezz420
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well this is my 1st gose thanks to @hazedandconfused and i should've tried this style way more sooner! I enjoy the sour type beers so this one is great!

Very blonde and golden colored. Can't even see through this one, very hazy!

Smells like orange juice, lemonade, and sweet tarts.

Almost tastes like very sour orange juice or lemonade, I really dig it!

I swear this beer feels like im drinking lemonade!

Overall this beer was amazing, I need to try more of this style for sure!!

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Photo of tbdkev
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours turbid golden yellow with a tall, frothy head. The aroma is candy-like, with wheat and hints of lime. The flavor profile follows suit. The salty and sour elements compliment each other wonderfully. Lime flavors dominate the palate on the initial taste, with the saltiness lingering toward the back of the tongue. The saltiness also accentuates "tongue-smacking" that occurs with the sour flavors. Regarding the mouthfeel, the carbonation is just right for the flavor profile. Honestly, it's hard to drink this beer one sip at a time--it's that good. It's perfect for the summer.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours a hazy yellow, sticky white head and lacing.
S - Smells tart, with a salty breadyness to it. Very interesting.
T - Delicious. Light citric sourness, wheat, and a touch of salt in the finish.
M - Good carbonation, smooth and just all out refreshing.
O - A winner from start to finish. Just the right balance of salty and sour, and no element overpowers the other. I have limited experience with the style, but this is by far the best. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Netdigger2
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Every aspect of this beer is unlike any beer I have ever had.

It pours out hazy yellow, with the swirling bubbles you see in ocean water. 1" white head with mild retention

The smell is lemon zest, hay, straw, wheat, lemongrass.

The flavor is sour lemons, light saline saltiness, lactic acid, wheat, sourdough bread.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with great, refreshing carbonation.

Overall, amazing beer. Salt is light enough to keep it refreshing, sourness is absolutely perfect for this beer.


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Photo of Maximus_Prime
4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- 12oz can poured into snifter. Golden amber in color and produced about 1/2 inch head.

S- citrus and slight spice come off the nose initially and once it warmed up sour funk reminiscent of a flemish sour.

T- tart and salty meet together and had a grapefruit baby. Very refreshing with a touch of coriander spice.

M- medium bodied with a yeasty wheaty finish. Could use a touch more of carbonation imo but went down very easy.

O- one of the best gose's ive had. It portrayed the traditional style but added a good amoint of tart citrus to the finish. The fact it comes in a can gives it an added bonus keeping that sunlight out and having a low abv at 4% is perfect for an all day sipper on a hot summer day.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Although this American-style gose is both cloudier and saltier than Anderson Valley's Gose (which I feel is the best produced in the Western United States), it is still the best Gose in America next to Anderson Valley's Blood Orange Gose.

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Photo of alk3kenny
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yellow and super hazy appearance would have given this a 5 but head was kinda quick to disappear. Nose is of clove and tart wheat very nice... wow flavor is really great sour, salt prepare for the tartness for sure. Nothing to sweeten this beer out and a nice bready, biscuit character rounds out on the back of the tongue. If you like that really sour punch on the tongue this is awesome. Will buy more and more.

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Photo of jsanford
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving just a tiny stream of bubbles.
S - Wonderful aromas of tart lemon juice, lactic acid, wheat, and a definite mineral component. Really nice blend of the tartness and the crisp, dry wheat.
T - Oh yeah, this is right up my alley. More tart lactic acid, slightly puckering lemon juice, and crisp wheat with a moderate salty mineral finish. Super drinkable and superbly balanced between the sour lemon yogurt flavor, the just-right sea salt, and the almost-creamy toasted wheat backbone.
M - Smooth and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. So quenching, this reminds me of a lemon Gatorade (in a very good way).
O - Another phenomenal take on a obscure style from Westbrook. I cannot say how pleased I am to have a brewery that puts out products like this so close to my home. Keep up the great work!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The elusive Westbrook Gose has finally found its way into my glass. Found it at Market Commons Piggly Wiggly in Myrtle Beach.

My expecpectations were somewhat reserved since I figured people in SC and GA that are rating Westbrook so well haven't been had much exposure to many other Goses out there. I'm wrong. This is the best Gose I've ever had. It's amazing. Perfectly sour/salty and even smells good (every other Gose has smelled bad but I've overlooked that. If you like the Gose style you must try this one.

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Photo of ISO1600
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Omg, so happy about this beer.
The ONLY flaw I feel is worth noting, and this is even debatable, is this is sooooooo acidic. I love how tart it is, makes your whole body pucker, but after 2 or 3 you are looking for the zantac. I still love it though.

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Photo of sepharious
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't like to gush about beers. But Westbrook is a brewery, that in my mind, has proven their commitment to producing beers of exceptional quality. And while I have partaken of several of their offerings (and thoroughly enjoyed them) the Gose stands out as a truly world-class beverage. Light, crisp, citrusy, sour, salty, and delicious; this beer was crafted for kids who loved sour candies and then grew up. It is bright and refreshing without completely overpowering the palate, despite the intense flavor. It has a very light mouthfeel, much like a skim or 1% milk, but the flavor asserts itself onto your tastebuds and then vanishes leaving a memory of tart salty goodness that lingers for a moment and then is gone. Drink it and prepare to be amazed.

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Photo of hoodoyoubelongto
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Can in New Belgium chalice. This beer is the tits. A sour in cans that is reasonably priced and easily found in my area is fantastic. This beer hits you with its aroma upon pouring it into the glass, redolent of salt and coriander. The color is hazy and almost straw colored. The taste is sour and salty and absolutely perfect for a Lowcountry afternoon. HIghest recommendation I could offer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can pours an uber-hazed gold color with a fizzy white head. No lace and fades rapidly, typical of a gose.

Nose is nicely tart with definite notes of salt. Kinda smells like a 7-up. Little bit of grainy malt.

Taste is delightfully sour with a nice little salty twang, like a salt-rimmed berliner! If there has ever been a beer made for chugging this is it, even this brief review will not outlast these 12 ounces. The malt is light and crackery with the carbonation wonderfully scrubbing. This is delicious, a perma-want for me, I would never, ever turn one of these down. My favorite gose of all-time, definitely more sour than any others I have had.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding! As with most Gose not much to look at but interesting smell and outstanding flavor, perfect mix of salty and sour in my opinion. Nice carbonation and pop on the tongue extremely clean and remarkably refreshing. Extremely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BrianJohnson
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very hazy, light almost yellow. Nice white 1/2 inch head. Not a lot of lacing as you drink it. Very impressive at first taste. I don't think I've ever had a Gose, but I'm a huge fan of sours, and this one is right up there. Sour, salty, and amazingly refreshing. I am a huge fan of this beer and will definitely keep it stocked in my collection.

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Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a hazy golden straw color with a white head and champagne like carbonation. Very rich and bright colored.

The aroma is delicious. Tons of lemon, tartness, a bit of bready malt.

The flavor follows with that citric tartness, along with some vinegar sourness. A gentle hint of biscuity malt in the back. Tons of lemon zest and then just that pop from salt. Do not expect the beverage to be salty, but think about throwing salt in a Blood Mary, margarita, watermelon, or lemon. With those, you do not get a salty flavor, but a "pop" that accentuates flavors and balances sweetness. It makes more complexity.

This beer reminds me a lot of Berliner weisse. I do love the gentle tartness, and the balance from the salt. An almost perfect summer beer.

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Photo of ecmoon3
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


This years batch is a wee more tart and the salt can be tasted a little more. Still outstanding. Oh, did I mention that they are selling it in cans now. I think that I said someting about that last year.

May 2012

Poured into a pilsner style glass. The head didnot last as long as a cola head from the soda fountain and no legs. That's ok because the taste buds weren't looking at the glass Had a nice cloudy appearance. Could smell a little tartness.

The taste was very refreshing with a good sour taste. I could not detect any salt flavor, which is fine with me. Carbonation was perfect. Not a beer for a sour beginner. It can easily be drank on the beach.

This is the best beer that I have had from Westbrookand would love to see it in cans or 12oz bottles. If you are a sour drinker this is a don't miss beer. I look forward to consuming more over the rest of the summer.

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Photo of JDV
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from michaeljstraub in trade. Thank you!! Pours an attractive hazy yellow gold color. Smell is mainly wheat with a hint of tartness and lemon like brightness peaking through. Taste is significantly tart, then wheaty and I’m not certain I pick out any saltiness. Body is full, and prickly carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel and very drinkable and refreshing. This is actually quite sour and very enjoyable.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

's Bier des Tages: Westbrook Brewing (Mt. Pleasant, SC): "Gose":our aroma. Hazy, straw color. Oh! Starts with a great fruitiness, lots of sour, and malt behind it. Moves into a more pronounced sourness, then the salt comes through with coriander. As this diminishes, there is a nice, lovely wave of malt.

This is stunning. Everything I like about the style. This one is markedly more salty than others, but that works very well.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label pretty much takes care of it. Sour, salty, delicious. Don't know what you need me for. It's a great cloudy lemony color. I could drink this all day. You get a little lemony citrus on the nose, but dive right in and drink this up. It's delicious. The tartness is restrained and maybe properly as the salt just amps the flavors up a bit. Great beer.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


A - Dark, straw color beer with a thick look about it as not much gets through it. Rocky white head sits on top

S - Salty, tart lemon, wheat, sour green apple and lactic acid. Reminds me of a berliner with a good salty presence that keeps reminding you its a gose. As it warms up the nose becomes stronger and more sour

T - Really tart up front with lemon and white vinegar. There is a strong lactic acid as well. As it continues you, there is a good bite from the salt as well. The wheat makes itself known near the finish as the tartness settles down. The finish is salty and sweet and reminds me slightly of a salted caramel.

M - Low carbonation and definitely a thick beer. The finish leaves a slightly salty presence that lingers on the tongue as if you just drank salt water.

O - This is an amazing beer that really surprises you with how big it is and how much flavor it has despite being only 4%. In the year where sour wheat beers like Gose and Berliners are making a comeback, this one really stands out.

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Photo of LiMbTwIsTeR
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

New to the style? Take two sips. One to shock your pallet, and the next to decide if you like it. Most will either love or hate this beer. I don't expect many people to find it just "ok".

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a case of Gose from Charleston Beer Exchange for the July 4th weekend.

A: cloudy yellow with foaming white head. Really like the Westbrook can designs.
S: smells similar to a Berliner Weiss beer like Bells Oarsman. Also get the salt. It's okay.
T/M: very easy drinking; no alcohol bitterness whatsoever. Perfect for hot summer days.
O: delicious and sour; kind of like the beer version of Shock Tarts! And love that it comes in cans.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - a light golden straw like color with a thick white foamy head. A white bubbly champagne like ring stick around but without the bubbles floating to the surface.

S - hints of lemon with a sour funk. Some nice yeasty malts in there too giving it a small bread aroma as well.

T - lemon zest with a pinch of sea salt. It reminds me of a margarita without the sweetness factor. It's a sea salty, lemon zesty sour funk bomb.

M - highly carbonated with a sour tang that quick vacates once consumed.

O - a great beer. A nice twist on a refreshing brew. Highly recommended.

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