Gose | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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

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.

5 IBU

Added by mrandypandy on 05-06-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
319
Ratings:
2,551
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
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398
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Reviews: 319 | Ratings: 2,551
Photo of gcamparone
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter. Purchased in Myrtle Beach this past weekend, canned 3 weeks ago on 6/16/14.

A - Pours a dull, hazy yellow-orange body with a 2 finger white head that reduces to a layer of foam to leave spotty lacing.

S - Hard to explain.. I've drank multiple cases of this beer and I still can't exactly put my finger on the specific aromas/tastes, you just have to try it! I definitely get lemon juice, citrus rind, some spices, light malt, bready.

T - Perfectly tart, borderline sour, definitely salty upfront.. like yellow gatorade. The follow through has subtle pale malt notes, coriander and clove, and a subtle fruitiness.

M - Crisp, refreshing, light, and easy to drink. The shining point of this beer.

I call this the perfect session beer. If you're into sours, you'll like this as a drinkable brew that you can drink a lot of to get your sour fix, as opposed to having to crack open expensive bombers. Not traditionally funky-sour, but definitely different and definitely good.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Canned 9/16, poured into a snifter. Gold, yellow, cloudy with one finger of off yellow head. Good retention. Smells of fresh lemon and some tart candy. Mouth feel is fizzy and sharp but exactly what was expected. Taste is salt, sour, lemony goodness with a great balance of tart, salty, sweet and citrus. Dry finish. Yum!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding example of my favorite hot weather style- the fact that it's in cans for summer fun is a plus. Like a good Gose, this beer is sharply tart, and just salty enough to really taste it and whet the palate for more. While it is spiced with coriander, I could use a bit more of that for balance and to round out the finish. This can be a polarizing style- it's certainly not for everyone, but if you want a well put together Gose on the sharper side that's sour and refreshing, look no further.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Wowcoolman. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow with an initial tiny white head which fades quickly leaving trace spotty lace.

N: Floral, musty, lemony, spicy, fruity, and grainy.

T: Salty and tangy with fruit and mild wheat.

M: Lite body and carbonation with some prickly finish. Mildly tart and astringency.

O: Nice and refreshing, light and summery.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour out of a can into my Founder teku glass...

The beer pours an attactive peachy amber color with pretty good head retention and fair lacing. The nose is intriguing. While there's a noticeable sour brett component, there's a fair amount of tropical fruit as well, and it actually blends quite well with the sour component. The flavor component largely replicates the nose, except the sour flavor dominates a bit more on the palate than it did on nose. Still, along with the sour, there's an interesting apple sauce and light tropical fruit component as well, with a hint of salt on the finish.. Mouthfeel actually fairly full, and the beer delivers an impressive amount of flavor, especially for the abv. Drinkabilithy is quite good, and I appreciate the 4% abv.

Very nice beer. We have a number of NW brewers out here that make excellent gose style beers, but none of them are quite like this. Impressive.

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can into a pilsner glass. Pours a cloudy, bright yellow with about 1 finger of white foam, which quickly fades down into nothing. Tons of carbonation. Sour and tart on the nose with notes of straw, pepper, and lemon. Very light weight, and incredibly crisp and clean mouthfeel. Very tart taste, with notes of sea salt, lemon, wheat, malt, and coriander. Finishes dry, yet sticky, and leaves your face puckering after its gone.

Overall, very interesting, and a great beer for those who like a bit of tartness. This thing tastes like a lemon rolled in sea salt. Quite refreshing, though, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some grain and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic finish after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and super drinkable.

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Photo of rawfish
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw body with very little initial head that fades to nothingness. Can't say it is a very attractive beer but on par for most sours.

Sour mash that has a distinct apple and lemon fruitiness to it. Noticeable amounts of coriander and complex spice over the barely detectable grains. Some must and dough in there. I enjoy that the aroma is not overly grainy.

Wow what a trip, straw and sourdough grains are very tightly integrated with a lemon and dampered lime and apple fruit and lactic tartness. A dusting of mustiness and softening meringue. The sea salt balance is absolutely perfect adding an element of complexity that also reduces tartness.

Not grainy at all is my take from this, medium body and very well balanced. Carbonation is active but not overbearing. I would prefer that this be a bit more dry since the tartness is smoothed over. Very drinkable.

Gone too soon, a refreshing and balanced gose that doesn't come off as grainy or watery. Probably the best version of this style currently available in the states.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is light orange and hazy with a half inch of white head that quickly fizzes away to nil. The aroma brings sourness, citrus, funk, earth, salt. Puckering from the onset with salt character immediately following. Light acidity with spritzy carbonation tickling the palate. Sweet tropical fruit, particularly pineapple. Well done.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pale/straw yellow color, hazed, 3 finger white head, good amount of carb.
Smell - Sour/tart, wheat, citrusy, white grapes, funk, lacto, salt
Taste - Like squeezing a fresh lemon right in your mouth! Super sour/tart, earthy, salty, white grape sourness, wheat

Overall - Over takes Lost Nation's Gose as my favorite of the style. Very much enjoyed drinking this.

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Photo of jshusc
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a polarizing beer. If you like it, you love it. If you don't like it, you hate it. Has caused my wife to give one of the funnier bad beer faces I've ever seen. But I love it. Poured into a snifter for this review.

A: A cloudy, orange gold color with thin 3/4 inch head. The cloudiness of the brew tricks the palate a bit and leads to the seawater comparison.

S: Love the sour smell of this beer. Just punches you right in the face and nothing subtle about it.

T: Sour on the front, salt on the back. This beer is not thirst quenching by any means, but it does leave you wanting to crack the next can.

M: Salty, heavy on the tongue. Quite carbonated. Must be swallowed and not linger too long or it is a bit numbing.

O: This beer is so unique that it deserves style points if nothing else. Really enjoyed it and kudos to westbrook for going "out there" and bringing back a great offering.

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

12oz can poured into a snifter. Canned on 02/28/14.

A: Pours an opaque light yellowish gold with a dense two finger white head on top. Leaves some nice lacing behind as the head slowly dissipates. Too cloudy to see any carbonation.

S: Interesting aroma going on here, can tell this is going to be a sour and funky. The sour wheat dominates most of the aroma and blends with the yeast. Farmhouse attributes are heavy in this too.

T: Quite a unique and very tasty beer. Initially there is a tart flavor that is soon overtaken with a rich wheat malt backbone. The salitiness is light just giving it a bit more of a thirst quenching quality. Wheat qualities are very good.

M: Light to medium body with a crisp finish. Average carbonation. A bit puckering at first with the sour notes in this one.

Overall this is a beer you need to try to understand the flavor profile. I've had a good range of sours but this is still unique. Pick it up if your looking for an adventure.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Allen, Mandy, Renee, and Jim for making this one possible!
Can dated 7/24/13. Served in a fluted tulip glass around 45º as suggested.

Hazy pale orange, an initial finger of white foam and a little bit of sudsy, residual spotty lace near the edges. Foam fades fairly quickly, but that's pretty common for the style.

Sour unripe fruit in the aroma, lemon and sourdough starter.

Very sour upfront, acidic and crisp, sour lemon and crabapple notes, light grainy note in the aftertaste. Very dry and puckering finish. Light bodied, very crisp and acidic. As it warms, there's a sharp note of acetic acid, like cider vinegar. Probably why the brewery recommends to drink cold at 45º. Alternately tangy, creamy, and puckeringly sour. Very quenching and probably the most sour Gose i've tried. Had to have another after the first. Great stuff.

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

12 oz can into a brandy snifter. NO head. Pours a golden lemon color that is barely opaque. Smells of lemons and wheat. Also smell sea salt almost. First sip is exactly what a gose should taste like: sour and salty. However, it is not over the top but it is salty and sour. This is a traditional sour salty wheat beer. Goes well with about anything but particularly spicy food. Slammed one with some BBQed baby back ribs and it went down quickly. Really interesting beer. Try if you have not. Good one!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Gose out of a can? What is the craft beer world coming to?

Pours out very clouded golden/orange with a head that falls quickly. Love the sour edge of this. And as the can states, it is salty. Lemon edges on there too. This is a nice beer. Haven't really had a lot of gose in my time, but I'd be perfectly fine with all others tasting like this.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 08/31/13 notes. Bought a bottle of this at Ginger Man in NYC to go, $12.50 for a 22 oz. bottle after the discount, not bad. Bottled on 04/24/13, poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with two inches of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Looks good, as I'd expect.

s - Smells of citrus hops, wheat, sour lemons, sour fruits, and some very light salt. As it warms up a little more spice, pepper, and coriander.

t - Tastes of sour lemons, sour fruits, sale, floral hops, fruity malts, grass, light spices, earthy notes, and citrus hops. Less citrus hops and more sourness and salt. Very nice, small step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall refreshing and pretty easy to drink the whole bottle.

o - Overall a very nice gose, teetering on the berlinerweiss side. The salt is pretty minimal compared to other goses, and the sourness is huge for a gose, those not as vinegary as some wilds. The lightness and light sourness is what reminds me of a berliner. Whatever the style, this is a good beer I'd definitely have again.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never had this style before but wanted to give it a whirl. It's insanely unique and awesome. Pours like pineapple juice and smells like coriander crusted sour patch kids which is not overly pleasant.
Taste is out of this world for a 4% sipper. Tart pineapple, lime salts like the ring of a margarita glass. Feel is less than average carb and a step above juice, finish is crisp and dry

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. can into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

This one actually has a spritzy, briney smell to it! Hints of citrus, lemon zest, wheat and a light saltiness. Flavor is of lemon zest, peppercorn and a citrus tartness enhanced and balanced by a very mellow saltiness. Delicious! The brineyness is barely there but it really enhances the other flavors in this one. Crisp and refreshing on the palate and super drinkable. Aggressive carbonation in the mouth and going down keeps you going back for more. Excellent!

The perfect summer beer. Not great complexity and flavor but that's not what I'm looking for from this. One of the ultimate session brews out there!

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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 Bosoxfan20
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%

Received as an extra in a trade.

A- Murky golden with a light, white head of about 1 finger that quickly dissipates. True to style here. 4

S- Funk and acidity. Raw and untamed. Hints of lemon and coriander. Some herbal notes mixed in here. Moderate intensity. 4

T/M- Here we go. Salty, sour goodness. Starts sweet, goes sour, finishes crisp and clean, then a healthy does of salt in the aftertaste. Where this thing really impresses me is the feel. More full and creamy than you would expect at 4%. I can really dig it. 4.25

O- Right there with Gose Gone Wild as my favorite in the style. Maybe a slight edge to GGW, but still a really impressive gose here.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, pale straw. Very cloudy. Well-carbonated, though flattens noticeably as it sits in glass. Developed a head that quickly disappeared, leaving a thin rim of foam around the edge of the glass. Spotty, foamy lacing down the side of the glass. Smells of some sour fruit. Is that tamarind? Tamarind possibly. Tastes like fermented, extra pulpy lemonade. Sour. Tart, like a granny smith. Tanniny, puckery finish. Lingering sourness. Mouthfeel is light, almost no coating. The can says “salty” which I get on the initial taste, but less and less so as the glass goes on. Also little to no coriander. Did I mention sour though?

Seems like it would be nice on a hot day.

This is my first gose, so I’m unsure how to score it. But it is interesting as all get out, far more than most wheat beers. After this I would like to try more!

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

This is as fantastic as you have heard. Pours cloudy and very pale yellow with a scant head of perfectly white foam that falls fast and leaves fleeting lace. Nose is tart with citrus and something sour. A bit of wheat and sweetness and a some earthy coriander. The nose is like a kind of perfume. It's hard to describe. The taste is outrageously good. All the tartness of lemon, the brightness of the lemon peel, the earthiness of the coriander. The crisp and dry wheat malt. Rather than an outright taste of salt, there is a saline aspect in the composition of the palate. it is at once complex yet simple. It's refreshing and has an underlying sweetness that is subtle. It's dry and while it's not salty the saltiness contributes to the overall mouthfeel and texture of the beer. It's thirst quenching, it's aromatic , it is an instant favorite.

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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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Photo of wolfpac255
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Never had tried this style before but was pleasantly surprised. First sip I can taste the salt but that washes away very quickly with strong lemon notes to a nice strong sour/tart finish.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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