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 LambicPentameter
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade from BA ThickNStout. Excited to try it, as I've been curious about this one since I first started trying the Gose style. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with a bottling date of April 2014 stamped on the bottom. Poured into a 16 oz can-shaped glass from Free State Brewing--seemed fitting, since the beer comes in a can.

Appearance - Pour yields a finger of fizzy white foam that dissipates practically before I can even set the glass down, leaving a tiny ringlet of fizz around the edge of the glass and surface liquid that is otherwise unblemished with head. The body is a murky sunglow yellow with a warmish twinge to it that suggests an orangish tint where the murkiness creates a shadow in the liquid. There is no lacing whatsoever.

Smell - Some salty brine and lemon juice are the predominant characteristics, with just a faint note from the wheaty base. I also get a slightly perfume-like element, presumably from the addition of coriander. There is a healthy acidity permeating the overall aroma.

Taste - Very sour, with citrus zest, lemon juice and lactic acidity all coming to the forefront. Salt gives a slight impression of margarita mix, but only hints at it--nothing overt. Baking wheat bread is hidden in the background, and again, the coriander provides a hint of sweet earthy spice to add some depth to this otherwise predominantly sour beer.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium bodied with low carbonation and a high puckering factor on the mouth that lends to a dry finish.

Overall, I can see why people like this beer, especially by virtue of the fact that it's a summer-friendly beer that comes in cans. If I could go to the store and grab a sixer of this on the way to the beach or ballgame, it would be a no brainer. That said, there are a couple of beers in the style that I like a little better, just because the overall beer is a little more subtly done; of course those don't come in cans, and are a bit pricey, since they have to traverse the Atlantic to hit store shelves. If you have access to this beer and like brews with sour components, don't hesitate to grab this one.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Hazy straw yellow color, tall fizzy head that disappears quickly. Tart aroma that follows through in the taste. This is not a mild Gose, the lemony tartness is bold, but there is enough sweetness and salt in the finish to tame it so it ends up being very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, good for the style. Highly carbonated but goes down silky smooth with faint tartness and salt lingering. Very good for this style.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So, this beer had been sitting relatively still in my fridge for about a month before I opened it. I cracked open the 12 ounce can and a sudden burst of froth bubbled up to a small dome out of the can, teetering on the edge, thankfully not spilling over. I then poured it gently into a huge Belgian tulip, and it quickly filled, top to bottom, with white foam--no visible beer whatsoever. After it settled, the body was a hazy gold-yellow.

Smell is lactic meringue, salt, lemon-orange and honey.

Taste is really delicate. Herbal, lemon, apple juice, and maybe some dragonfruit. All out nicely balanced.

Soft and slightly tangy, not nearly as acidic as the Key Lime version, which is a good thing. Both are tasty beers, but I think I like this one better just due to the excellent execution.

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Photo of twage04
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a slight haze. Little aroma, some salt and our detectable. Taste is overwhelmingly salty, the tartness is hard to detect. Some fruit, crisp and refreshing. I'd pick otra vez over this for an easier drinker. Fine for what it is but not something i'd drink every day if only because of the lack of balance leaning towards salt.

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Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, undated, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a super hazy and cloudy apricot color, hues of orange and copper with a thick, fizzy finger of white head, that vanishes immediately and leaves no film nor lace, a vigorous swirl of the glass yields nothing. The aroma is citrusy and sour, light vinegar, a bit of wildflower with a nice sea salt finish. The flavors match well, big lemon zest sourness, light grapefruit tartness behind it, mild vinegar, wildflower, pale grain with a crisp and assertive salty bite that linger really well. The mouthfeel is nice, plenty of liveliness, lighter body, coats the mouth well, finishes easily with a nice puckery sensation.

Verdict: A delicious Gose from Westbrook, one of the most sour examples of the style and perhaps less salty, but delicious nonetheless. One of the more refreshing beers I've tried this summer, I could easily run through a case of this with ease, definitely a great warm weather beer.

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Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. weird....smells like a sour barbeque.... can you imagine that? yes, sour. yes, salty... interesting, very interesting... hazy light yellow, sour aroma, bbq-remember? easy to drink-VERY easy to drink, kind of sour but goes down easily. not tasting the wheat or coriander.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks a lot like an IPA with a golden orange color. Exceptionally tart, even for the style. Salt comes through quite nicely. Citrus is prevalent as well.

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Photo of garuda
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy bright gold. White head is a little spritzy, little retention and lacing. Kind of expecting this for the style.

S/T - Salty, lemony citrus, finishing tart with notes of hay, yeast. Tartness builds through the drink but is not too prevalent. Smell has a little funk to it.

M - Light body, high carbonation, yet stays smooth, with a building tartness. Refreshing.

O - The only one I've had of the style, but it seems like it hits the mark across the board. Wish we start getting this in my home market. Great summertime beer.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/6/15. DE

Pours light yellow with a fizzy white head. The smell of sour smacks you so much you literally have to pull back.

The taste is a sour bomb with a huge hit of salt. Over the top is the only word that comes to mind. I do like this but it's a tongue curler. It's pretty much a sour jolly rancher I'm a beer.

Overall it's an aggressive take on this style. Its definitely over the top but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of SFNC
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a minimal head that disappears completely! No lacing, nothing. Smell is faint, but sharp. Citrus like lemon, lime or grapefruit. Taste is excellent, mouth puckering sour but with a slightly sweet balance. There is very little carbonation and the finish is moderately dry. Overall, very good and the best Gose that i have tried to date.

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Photo of Etan
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of Knifestyles.

A: Bright, brackish dark yellow with a small white head.

S: Smells very citrusy with some earthy/hard water/saline notes, a bit of wheat.

T: Mineral, moderate citrusy acidity, a bit of herb, sweet clean wheat, more lactic sourness.

M: Almost bone-dry with that gum-clinging acidity, although it's not too strong. Creamy body.

O: Really nice gose, well balanced without softening on the acidity.

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Photo of bigaltemple
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Charleston Beer Exchange. From notes.

A - They nailed the appearance! Cloudy, pale, off-yellow in color. Thin, bubbly white cap disappears very quickly.

S - Very assertive sourness with subtle grain and spicing.

T/M - Extremely tart and salty. Light coriander. Saltiness makes you immediately want another sip. Great carbonation, very prickly.

O - Highly enjoyable brew! So glad I was able to get at least something from Westbrook.

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Photo of Fattmatt73
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Absolutely fantastic beer, sour and salty and deliciouse. Doesn't have the best nose, kind of smells like sweat. Tart somewhat salty taste is refreshing. Medium body and high carbonation give it a crisp mouthfeel. Only beer of this style I've ever had, but I really enjoy it.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a stange. The can said there would be a date on the bottom but there's not.
A: Hazy light yellow with a one-finger head
S: Lemon, wheat and spice
T: Lemon/wheat/spice again. Distinctly sour with a bit of salt making it mouthwatering/refreshing
M: Light-bodied, the sour notes leave a lingering finish
O: Crisp and refreshing. Perhaps a bit simple but very enjoyable to drink

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Photo of lemmy187
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not typically a huge fan of the style, but this is quite enjoyable. Looks like unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Nose is full of salinity, citrus, wheat, with a hint of the coriander. Taste is well balanced between the salt, spice, cracker, and lemon notes. Well done.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great can of gose here, i wish this was available out here all summer long. one of the better american incarnations ive seen, a little higher in salt than most, it really works. some cloudiness to the light copper colored beer, and a solid inch of long lasting white foam on top. it smells great, lots of sourness, and lots of coriander giving it an herbal element that jives nicely with the mineral content of the salt. the salt also gives it a lot of body for a low alcohol wheat based brew, its frothy and sudsy and robust in feel. the taste is balanced really, with a flavorful wheat malt and a nice coriander presence, but i dont get such an herbal hit as i do from the smell. the salt rounds out the finish, i mean, its not salty at all, but its earthy and clean, quick finishing and refreshing. it somehow feels nutritious, good for me, i dont know, one can was not nearly enough. i may have enjoyed the citrus hit of the the gozu more, but this is downright awesome with just enough lactic tartness to make it unique. lovely.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Trappist Westveteren XII Trappist glass
From: Beer Advocate’s SteveB24
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 7, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 7, 2015
Misc.: Canned on Oct. 21, 2014

Thanks Steve!

Poured a golden, straw, murky color with two fingers of white, rocky head. Minimal foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention, although I assume that would be the same with all the Gose’s. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled coriander, lemon, orange zest, 7-Up soda, lime, green apple, green grape and faint milk. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted sour citrusy fruit in green grape, kiwi and green apple. Also coriander, orange, cantaloupe, tropical notes faint sour milk and citrusy soda. Unknown spiciness as well. (Taste - 4.25)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, sour finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was my first Gose, but it was a damn good one. Really liked it. (Overall - 4.00)

4.04 | 90 | A-

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Photo of kitch
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fermentoren, Copenhagen, into a Fermentoren wine glass.

Appearance: It was a clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving only sparse light lacing.

Aroma: Sour, tart, grape and white wine.

Taste: What you smell is what you taste. Salty, sour, tart, grape and white wine.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: It was very refreshing and great to drink outdoors on a hot summer day.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm on a gose drinking mission and this is yet another one. As far as Gose goes, this is one of the better ones, very lactic forward, nice and strong. Not too salty.

Beer served in a snifter, thanks Michael. Beer is yellow and dirty looking with a thin white head of small bubbles, no retention, no lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is lactic acid, all the way.

Beer is medium to light in body and really creamy, strong, mildly salty interesting. Almost no yeast comes through at all. I still like the Upright one better but this one is quite good.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to TheSevenDuffs for an amazing box that including this Gose.

A: In all ways it looks like an unfiltered fresh pressed apple juice, a murky dark straw colour with just a slight ring of off white head circles the glass. No lacing.

S: Crisp and tart with apple and pear. As advertised its salty, with a slight sweet maltiness like a salted caramel. Background wheatiness with subtle hints of a lactic acid which reminds me of pancakes at breakfast.

T: Tart apples and pears, lemon juice and wheat with a brine saltiness on the finish. Not picking up any coriander however that doesn't take away from the complexity of the flavours.

M: Light to medium body with active carbonation. Bright and crisp.

O: Clean, crisp and refreshing, this is an exceptional Gose that is a perfect summer beer. Happy to see this style making a comeback.

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Photo of Idrankitall
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 5-7-14 drank on 7-30-14 in tulip glass

A: Hazy straw color with effervescent quick dissipating white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Probably where this beer shines the most is in the smell. Straw, wheat, lemon, coriander, and sour malt all shine. The aroma is balanced and inviting.

T: Dry and crisp with the lemon and salt shinning. There is a sweetness to the tart on the back, overall well balanced but lacking in depth.

M: Dry and well carbonated, not much thickness. As is expected in a Gose.

O: A great beer, not the best Gose ever but definitely worth buying. If given the opportunity I would have again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Oliver's in Albany, enjoyed from the can in a cervoise chilled.

The color is pale golden with haze and white head that rises and falls to a ring of beading with spotty lace. The smell has lemon and zest odor with light wheat which has a light toasted and slight salty hint with mineral and light earthy aroma. The feel is very good with moderately light body and lots of sour in the feel with medium high carbonation and citrus tanginess with saltiness not out of balance and linger tart texure that leaves the palate dry.

The flavor is very citrus and tangy with zesty bright wheat and fruity yeast w/ slight salted lemon aspect with mild wheat flavor which is dominated by the sour elements from the yeast. There is also an earthy quality toward the end with more sour and salt lingering after the swallow. Overall this is great a lot more sour than traditional versions but a solid take on the style and refreshing - very good worthy of a try if you like sour wheats.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

light sour note, wheat malt quality. tart, effervescence in the nose. turbid dark straw color. pours with generous head that falls quickly to zero head. sharply sour, lactic/acidic, a light cereal note in the finish. dry. really refreshing. the salt and spice are done very subtly. you can perceive a touch of salinity/mineral taste in the middle to finish.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: tart lemon lime dry fruit salt.
Taste: a really nice tart lemon upfront followed in the middle of the mouth with a nice saltiness lime green apple finishes with vinegar more salt and a slight spice.
Feel: light to medium body really dry in the finish. Really refreshing
Overall: a nice tartness that is balanced out with a good amount of salt. Really tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to taster glass at The Funky Buddha Lounger on 6/2/12
*From notes

A: Palest of pale yellow. Cloudy. Minor head and no lacing or collar.

S: Like a fresh lemon shandy with a bite.

T: Tart, dry and salty. Certainly saliter then Leipziger's Gose. There's an organic, tart bite on the mid. The coriander is faint and shows on the finish.

M: The feel is light, slightly sharp and extremely refreshing. If you're looking for the quintessential lawnmower beer, look no further.

O: A great Gose. Not as well balanced as Leipziger's, yet just as elegant. This also well outclasses the new mass-market Sam Adams Gose. Having a saliter edge to this one really enhances the beer's refreshing side, and makes for a beer I'd reach often for if I had access to it. Easily recommended.

Note to ALL brewer(ies): Make more Gose's!

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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