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 LittleDon
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and hay colored. Good fluffy head to begins that's gone quickly. Slightly sour aroma, light grain. Tart, lime, clean, with the wheat playing second fiddle to the other components. Medium body and medium to high carbonation. Clean and sour from start to finish.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The Gose was a cloudy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head.

Smell - The beer smells like a wheat beer for the most part, but notes of lemon and salt sneak into the picture.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect lemon but then the saltiness comes in. It is truly amazing as it is salt in liquid form, but it will not give you sodium overload. Toward the back, the sour ntes become more apparent. In a sentence, this is liquid salted wheat with a sour aftertaste. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel runs a little thick like a good wheat beer, leaving a nice sour coating on the tongue.

Overall - I have had the style before. Maybe the beer was not as good. Maybe I was not ready to appreciate the style. One way or another, I love this beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky yellow with minimal head, no light passage. Nose comprises of bready wheat and lemon zest with hints of tangy lactobacillus. The taste is where this beer shines. Starts with tangy tartness followed by huge notes of candied lemon and lemon zest. This is quickly followed by a dash of sea salt and a grainy wheat to finish. The finish is clean and balanced. A ton of flavor is jam packed into this 4% brew and this shows me how incredibly tasty a gose can be. I can see why people scoop up cases at a time of this, hopefully this somehow finds it's way into Chicago's distribution.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like Gose, it was my newly discovered accidental style of the year. I finally had the opportunity to try this one and it was a pleasant change of pace from all the bold dark beers I have been drinking this winter/late fall.

Appearance: Gose's are not all that attractive in this respect. Hazy yellow decent amount of head. Traditional look to the color.

Aroma: Not too much of the funkiness that some of these have, it does have a bit of the rancid wheat thing going on. Not really strong in that department, lemon zest and hard cider in the nose.

Taste: A little funkiness, but pretty mild. Lemon and salt, some green apple cider notes and finishes really clean.

Overall: Probably the best Gose I have had. I look forward to drinking a lot more of this style in the new year to come, especially in the warmer months!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been truly excited to get ahold of this beer, especially after making my way through a case of Anderson Valley’s recent canned Gose. I poured this into a chalice hazed light yellow peach color going on with a highly carbonated white head which dissipates almost as quickly as it forms.

Aroma is super tart, breathe of sea salt, spices are mild but evident coriander additions, the can art is great and Sour-Salty-Delicious is a great three word summary of this beer. Vibrant bright summer beer that I could approach anytime.

Flavor I’m glad there is a revival for this style, a few years ago local brewer Scott Smith at East End Brewing put out “Here it Gose Again”…I recall being blown away by the salty sweet tart wheat base with the spiced coriander notes. I’m glad to see more brewers doing it now this version is simply put, excellent. Strong tart refreshing qualities, almost biting in to a lemon tart…flash of salt comes across with the spicy coriander notes it’s a simple yet refreshing new combination of flavors that will bring most wheat beer haters toward the light. Especially if you already graduated into sour ales, this is sour light compared to some of the wild ales, but it’s unique and fun to drink.

Mouthfeel bone dry finish tart lingering notes with coriander lightly sprinkled in for some bitterness, there might be 5 IBUs total. The salty brine flavor really adds to the dryness of the mouthfeel, the mineral notes clean the palate up a good bit. Carbonation is light enough to let the tartness/salt combo due it’s thing on the palate.

Overall, I hope to see wider distribution of Westbrook even though I understand they are producing enough beer to satisfy their home state and limited distribution in their area. I’m excited to get to travel back to the Carolinas, to gain more access to their beers. Plus some of their contracted dark beers that I get on a limited basis in Ohio from Evil Twin.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in Fort Mill

Pours a slightly hazed & effervescent straw color with a pinky of eggshell colored head. Stays effervescent, okay head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, wheatyness, lemon rinds

T: Sourness, dryness, tartness, & saltyness up front. Saltyness & tartness, lemons as this warms. Finishes tart, salty, & citrusy & very refreshing

MF: Medium body, lively carbonation, acidic

Drinks too easy, a good a take on the style as I've had. Would buy this all the time if I could

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a quickly receding cream colored head.

S: Tart wheat, a lot of salt, coriander, hay and some brine.

T: Umami is a good descriptor here. Sharply tart and salty upfront. A touch of a lactic twang with a backend of light wheat and coriander. Fades into sea salt and just a hint of citrus. Lemon is in there somewhere. Ridiculously refreshing and a fantastic take on the style.

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Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight from the can. Sue me. Smells like straight lemon juice and salt. Taste follows suit. Wow. I'm surprised how sour this thing is. And only 4% abv. Easily the best session beer. Period.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is still the best Gose out there in my opinion. It has just the right balance of salt and sourness with nearly perfect carbonation. This is the epitome of a go to summer beer for refreshment.

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Photo of Chaney
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Give to me by the ever generous "Huzubendah."

Poured into a Port City glass.

A: Ridiculously cloudy orange, with an Alka-Seltzer-esque quality to it. No head really.
S: Sweet tarts, very mild at that.
T: Totally awesome sour component. Can't believe this doesn't have wild yeast in it.
M: Drying after a mere sip. Great stuff.
O: If someone were to give this to me sight unseen, I'da tagged it as an American Wild.

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Photo of BWED
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a tumbler

A- Hazy dark blonde, head is white and dies almost instantly.

S- Coriander, citrus, tangy lacto. A little cidery and saltwater..

T- Super tangy. Citrusy cider, coriander. A tad salty. Very pale malt backbone.

M- Light refreshing. Tangy pucker, just a little dry/salty.

O- Delicious. Westbrook has created the model for the American made Gose. Well done.

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Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours slightly hazed and vibrant orange/yellow color. A one finger white head forms that sticks around for a minute, then noisily recedes. Light lace.
S: Salty up front, with cracker like malts. Husky wheat, then finishes tart and fruity. Simple, but excellent.
T: A twang of salt, that quickly gives way to the tart and acidic quality. Zesty orange and lemon rind with some cracker like malts. Simple, but everything works perfectly.
M/D: A light body that has really bright and lively carbonation. Perfectly dry, crisp, and clean. Incredibly refreshing as well. Everything about this just says drink more. Amazing to drink, and a shame the can is gone so quickly.

I have had a few from this style, and this is probably my favorite. Like a slightly salty Berliner. It is perfectly simple and Just all around incredible. I can't recommend this enough.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw with a quickly fading, fizzy head. One word best describes the aroma - sour! Smells like no other beer I've ever had! Bitter and sour strike the palate front and center followed by spice and salt notes. Finishes sour. Very light bodied with effervescent carbonation make this an extremely drinkable. Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised by ths beer, it was perfect with sushi on a very warm, late summer evening. Great job Westbrook!

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Photo of Ri0
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz can into snifter. Dated 9/9/13.

A - Extremely cloudy with a pale yellow coloring and thin 1 finger white head. Retention is minimal and no lacing.

S - Lemons, fresh lemons, fresh lemonade, with some ocean saltiness. Yes, there is a slight bit of funk, but nothing over the top.

T - Your palate is punched with sour lemons and then kicked with sea salt. It is sour, salty, then sour again.

M - Mouthfeel is clean, refreshing and packs a sour punch. Very easy drinking.

O - This is fantastic. With all the breweries in WI moving into sours, I'm going to need to convince one to brew a Gose. Can says to drink within 90 days and this is just over 180 and tastes terrific. This is super enjoyable.

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Photo of zac16125
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass
Bottled on: 4/24/13

My first experience with Gose.

A: Pours a hazy, pale very light straw color. 1.5 fingers width of bright white head recedes down at a moderate rate. Leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Tart lactic acidity. Sour lemons, along with wheat, hay, and lemongrass. There are even hints of funk. Very nice.

T: Puckeringly sour from the first sip, with a pronounced salty finish. Some sweeter wheat characters lingers in the aftertaste. A bit of coriander spice is in there as well. The flavor layers that are achieved are just flat out impressive. Each sip takes your taste buds through the entire spectrum of flavors; starting sour, building to sweet, then salty on the finish. Wow. Fantastic.

M/D: Medium bodied, but with a heavy carbonation that gives it a nice crisp feel. Drinkability is great. Slightly drying on the finish, and the saltiness makes you eager for the next sip.

O: As I said above, this is my first experience with a Gose, and needless to say I will be back to the style. What an impressive beer. Highly recommend this one!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold with thin white head that disappeared quickly. Funky fruit nose. Pucker up salty/sour "LemonHead" goodness. Lite with a zesty lemon tongue. More please?

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Photo of Velocicraftor
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazy salty and sour for just a 4% and you taste the sour even more than you smell it. My can poured deep yellow and the head disappeared almost immediately which I assume is from the amount of salt. Overall impressive sour. New pool beer for the summer.

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Photo of inkman15
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy golden/straw colored with fizzy, thin white head that dissipates fairly quick. Noticeably high carbonation.

Aroma: tangy lacto and salt over a bready/wheaty malt base. Makes the back of my mouth salivate in anticipation of the sourness to come

Taste: puckering sour hits you first and then melds with salt before ending with some lemony/orange citrus notes and wheat.

Mouthfeel: The sourness and salt will hit the back of your tongue immediately. Thin body and moderately high carbonation. Leaves a tangy aftertaste in your mouth.

Overall: Gose is a widely varied style and I'm often disappointed with tame interpretation. For me, if you want a Gose, this is how you do it - lots of lacto and lots of salt. Very refreshing and crushable.

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Photo of thatche2
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance is bright, light orange/yellow and hazy with one finger thick head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell is floral with sea salt and lemon/lime. Not overly strong but quite nice.

Taste is stronger than the aroma with a strong punch of lime zest citrus flavors. The salt flavors and spice are noticeable as well to add balance. I am also getting a touch of apple and peach on the finish. Sourness is relatively high for a Gose, and the sweetness and bitterness are fairly low.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of refreshing carbonation. Some sourness/tang lingers for a good 5-10 sec.

Overall this is an excellent take on the Gose style. The citrus and salt create a lot of flavor, and the end product is incredibly refreshing while still having good body. I picture drinking this beer by the pool during summer, but I could enjoy this one any time of year.

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Photo of colts9016
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hazy golden pale yellow beer and a good amount of carbonation bubbles. A two-finger head with okay retention. The white head is creamy and foamy with a touch of lacing on the glass.
Coriander, lemon, bready, yeasty, grassy, vinegar, caramel, sea air, and grassy.
Sea Salt, lemon, coriander, herbal, grassy, lemon, acidic, crackers, sour dough, and yeast flavors in the beer.
High carbonation, light body, sourness (not astringent), medium plus finish.
This is one of the best gose I have had so far. It has a wonderful flavor, well balanced and seriously wished I had a 12 pack.

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Photo of 01001111
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow with a head that rapidly disappears.

S: Peaches, salt, a faint lemon zest and, for lack of a better term, mildew.

T: Plums, lemons, with a sweet, salted-cracker finish.

M: Crisp and mildly tart but with a medium body.

O: Best Gose I've had so far. If I were the kind of person to have a session, this would be a prime sessionable choice.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Take a look at the pineapple juice in your buddy's glass, now look at your glass of Gose. Can you tell a difference? It closely resembles pinapple juice with some bubble rising from the bottom. It is an extremely hazy gold with a thick white head that fades.

This smells like leather and funky pineapple, there seems to be a theme here. The pineapple scent lacks the sweetness but has all of the sour, plus the added funk of animal hide.

If there is any pineapple in the flavor, it is only the sour part of the pineapple. In fact, strip a pineapple of all of its sweetness and add some lemon juice, water, a dash of salt, and a spritz of a good Hefeweizen, and you've got yourself something that probably come close to this. It's pretty refreshing.

This stuff is so clean, what a great palate cleanser. There is no lingering film, it isn't syrupy, and there is just enough pucker to keep things exciting without being overwhelming.

Totally good beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip
(A)- Hazed pale yellow in color. Good froth and retention
(S)- Light lemon meets sea salt and some light wheated cereal grains. Almost slightly funk at the end
(T)- A good tartness meets light salt and wheated grains. Subtle lemon rind
(M)- Good crisp carbonation level meets a nicely light yet flavorful and crisp mouthfeel. Lightly tart and salted
(O)- Crisp and refreshing with just the right level of tartness. If I had easier access to this, I would crush it in summertime. Easily one of the better ones in the style for my tastes

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice very, very hazy golden lemon hue that just looks salty. Solid appearance.

S - Bright aromas of light sour almost funk. Tart lemons, very tart, light coriander, faint salt, really really citrus packed.

T - Taste is loads of wheat up front and then nice tart lemons and grapefruit. Faint coriander. The salt is surprisingly prominent, especially on the finish. This is quite traditional with loads upon loads of tart lemons.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and refreshing. Very easy drinking.

O - Overall, Its hard to say if I liked Westbrook's Gose or Gozu more. I think Gozu had a ton more citrus, but, this Gose is more traditional and salty. Either way, both are really nice.

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Photo of alexk307
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a can into a tulip glass.

A: Pours hazy yellow with a straw head that dissipates quickly.

S: I'm not sure what I'm smelling here; I don't quite know what salt "smells" like. Lemons, coriander, wheat.

T: Wow. Hits you initially with a strong blast of sour. The sour falls off quickly and fades to a really pleasant light wheat/malt note. Not picking up any of the salt. Honestly, I'm tasting a lot of things in this beer that I don't really know how to describe or what to attribute to.

M: Lightly carbonated. Refreshing.

O: Incredibly unique and delicious beer. The fact that it comes in six packs for such a low price raises the status of this beer IMO. Satisfies my sour tooth for cheap. Highly recommended.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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