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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:
315
Ratings:
2,532
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
33.98%
 
 
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396
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Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 2,532
Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into glass.
A-A very cloudy golden yellow with orange hues, one finger head, a little lacing.
S-Sweet tarts.
T-Sauerkraut & more sauerkraut. Fortunately I like sauerkraut.
M-Medium body & good level of carbonation.
O-Very easy drinking & refreshing, almost like a salty sport drink.

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Photo of KABC
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are a lover of sour beers, you definitely must try this one. Nice mouthfeel with enough body for this style. Not puckering sour, but just the right amount that lingers on your tongue and you can't wait to reach for that next taste.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Dopen993
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into tulip.

L. Golden orange in color with a fingers worth of head and moderate lacing. Light haze wit a good deal of large sediment floating around.
S. Lots of salinity on the nose, with a small selection of tartness.
T. The tart sour really shines up front. A little salty on the backend. Very tasty
F. Medium carbonation with a lighter mouthfeel.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, this beer looks terrible. There are floating pieces of white stuff, and a lot of them. Looks like semi cloudy apple juice. I drank it anyway and I hope I don't pay for it later. That said, this beer is really tasty. I like the combination of tart flavors with the rest of the beer. Refreshing, nice and tart. Nice aftertaste too. Overall, pretty darn good. I wish I knew what to make of these floaties though.

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Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Westbrook Gose has a slightly anemic yellow colour that appears somewhat neon at odd angles and can sometimes show a faint greenish hue. It's nowhere as cloudy as many examples and it doesn't generate nearly as much of a head (despite very capable looking carbonation).

One can tell what a special style Gose is simply by smelling it. Whether it's the use of salt or some by-product of the Lactobacillus, this aroma has a slight pretzel-note to it and a strongly acidic overlay showcasing lime and grapefruit, as well as a floral/spicy element attributable to the coriander.

If you're trying to follow along and having a hard time conceptualizing that sour, salty, pithy citrus wedge profile, imagine an ultra-premium shot of tequila so flavourful and agreeable it can be drunk by the pint-full. Something this zesty, tart, saline and full of vibrant acidity is a godsend in hot weather.

Westbrook Gose is definitely on the high end of the sourness scale. That puckering quality is enhanced by razor sharp acidity, energetic bubbles and a salty brine that dries out the palate on the finish. Personally, I'm a huge fan of this tongue curdling, semi-caustic mouthfeel, but it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

How such refreshingly tart, wonderfully zestful beers like Gose ever fell out of favor to plain, insipid lagers is beyond my understanding. Thankfully a new generation of craft brewers like Westbrook have revived the style - and to be sure, theirs may be the best one out there. This stuff is fan-frickin-tastic!

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Photo of brewskis
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with three fingers of a bright white head.

Aroma is fresh squeezed lemons, light funk, wheat, salinity, and a spice from the coriander.

Taste tastes like freshly squeezed lemonade with salt added. It sounds odd but it really does work. The salinity and tartness from the lacto are more intense than many other American interpretations of the style. A spice from the coriander comes through mid-palate to accompany the salt, lemon, and light wheat note. A light sweetness and cracker malt come through on the finish to temper the salinity and tartness and smooth out the beer.

High light body. Very crisp, slightly creamy. Cleanly tart, almost puckering.

This is a great interpretation of the Gose style. Extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Myotus
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured hard (accidently) at 47°F from a 12oz can (canned on 20Oct15) into a Weizen glass. Consumed on 31Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with 6 fingers worth of white foam that dies completely after 2 minutes. Straw yellow in color with a mild amount of cloudiness. Rising bubble are medium in size and subtle in quantity. And since there is no head, there is also no lacing.
SMELL: Strong aromas of wheat are backed by mild aromas of lemony zest and coriander along with subtle tart aromas from the lactobacillus and aromas of salt.
TASTE: Strong wheat flavors and lactobacillic tartness first strike the palate and are immediately balanced by strong coriander flavors. Strong flavors of lemony zest and mild flavors of salt enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Goes down rough due to the carbonation. Finsihes extremely crisp.
NOTE: An incredibly well-balanced Gose. There is really nothing more to say.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Lemonade with white head
S: Citrus, salt
T: Same as nose, lots of limey citrus sourness and lots of salt, well balanced
F: Watery, easy to drink
O: I've had this many times, world class Gose.

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Photo of tigg924
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, light gold, with high carbonation and one inch head. Taste is sour mix, salt, and grass. Salty, but not overly so. I prefer German versions better, but this tasty. This will be a staple beer in my fridge in the summer months.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sample at Boise bottle share. The salt really shines through on this gose, Pale golden with sour nose, and sweet sour taste, this is a rally nice light profile beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Waiting to try this for a while. Aroma announces both tartness and balance. I pick up a strong amount of coriander. Much cleaner and nicer to sniff than many Goses. Flavor starts off right and tart. The tangy tartness stays relevant but cools down slightly. Then I get the heavy coriander again. Very light on the salinity. Light bodied. Refreshing. Goes down easy. Wasn't the freshest can so I will be sure to try it again but I liked my first experience.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bad experience with a Gose before (not a style I willingly choose), so when I received this in a trade, I wasn't expecting anything special. I was proven wrong. Love the bittersweet sour flavor on this one (not obnoxious like some of the others). Additionally, the salty flavors were not pronounced, something of which I was grateful. Summerlike beers in December... I won't complain.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Back_in_the_Saddle
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a stange.
The appearance was a light yellow color with fast rising carbonation to fill a rapidly dissipating two finger-ed white head. Lacing just slid right on into the beer.
The smell had a sour grapefruit and lemon leading into a tart wheaty saltiness. Light coriander rounds out the aroma exceptional.
The taste balanced all of the previously mentioned flavors to blend in a superior fashion. Light lemon to salty aftertaste builds into a quick dry and semi-wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about light on the body with a clean dry rounded sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good - light.
Overall, really nice beer all around, pretty sure I'd pound the crap out of a sixer on a hot Summer's day if I lived in the distro of this. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of -Rick
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy yellow color. An acidic smell to it, lemon, grass, sea salt. The taste is so refreshing. Quite tart and very salty. A crisp and dry finish to this beer. One of the best American Gose style beers out there!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I have been winnowing down the bottle backlog here at Chez Woody for a couple of weeks at the expense of The CANQuest (tm), but since I have been drinking anything and everything but AIPAs and DIPAs, it seemed prudent to branch out even further.

From the CAN: "This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced 'goes-uh'), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback."

The Crack! unleashed a bit of a gusher, causing me to have to employ a much gentler pour that I would have liked. Part of the excitement of CANs is the inverted Glug, but I could not chance it with all of the foam that I was seeing. It all worked out, since I ended up with two-plus fingers of foamy, bone-white head that fizzled into wisps. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was more salty than spicy or tart and so the Gelt Gang of Midas, Mammon & Croesus came by for a taste. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Speaking of taste, this was very salty, but not terribly sour, making it much more to my liking. The finish was bone-dry and I really got a citrusy tartness out of it. Phew! It was like an onslaught of dry beers all of a sudden.

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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 Tilley4
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this beer while at the rooftop bar overlooking Fort Sumter in Charleston Saturday afternoon.... I've been wanting to try this for quite some time and when I saw it was available, I jumped at it... Not disappointed at all... Maybe the best summer ale I've had? A little sour, a little salty, eminently poundable with its low ABV.... Uber refreshing... Is surprised at how much so... I had heard the hype about this beer and I'm a believer... It was as good as advertised for sure... Everything just seemed to work so well together...

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Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden in color with a huge frothy white head. Cans have been overflowing when opened, not from disturbance more from the huge carbonation I'd imagine.
Smell is some cereal grain, lemon, acidity and a hint of orange.
Taste is big tart lemon and a hint of salt and crackery malt.
Way tart for a gose, not particularly to style. Don't get much coriander (not complaining here, tastes like soap to me) and only a hint of salt. Not very balanced. Tasty beer as a sour, but too tart to even be all that refreshing for my palate.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a straw yellow color with a massive rocky, white head and heavy carbonation.

S - Wheat, straw, and tart sour white grapes dominate the nose.

T - Follows the nose with a tart and puckering white sour grape finish that sucks the spit off your palate initially before causing the entire mouth to water before it eventually dries out the mouth. Lingering white grape tartness that's borderline puckering.

M - Medium body with very active carbonation, lingering puckering tartness.

O - Didn't think I would enjoy this beer/style but it's quite good!

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Becoming a fan of the style, definitely will look forward to more Gose next summer. G Had in can, fresh. Definitely a good beer, very refreshing and tasty, but not sure it was necessarily better then Sixpoint Jammer (was / should be easier to find) and Lost Nation was every bit as good.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, refreshing, salty, tangy, slightly spicy, this is a great beer. Once you get past the initial sourness it becomes a thirst quenching Monster. I can see why this style is in a revival. This is one of my new summer go to beers.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz can to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware); the July 28, 2015 canning date printed in black ink on the underside of the can puts this one at just under two months old (“1279-1281 07/28/15 11:52”). It’s been refrigerated for about 48 hours, so it’s had time to settle and even out. I’m not sure if I’m missing much for being about two months old, but generally I don’t think of sours as deteriorating nearly as quickly as other (especially hop-forward) beers. The rest of this six-pack has tasted just fine over the last two weeks, anyway :-)

Appearance (3.75): This certainly is a frothy, active bugger: three and a half fingers of snow-white, crackling foam rise off of the pour, capping a glowing orange-gold body that’s nicely hazy throughout, but allows shadows to pass. The head doesn’t last too long, fading down to a crackly film on the surface of the beer and leaving essentially no lacing at all. Par for the course stylistically speaking, I’d say, but I really like how thick the head was.

Smell (4.5): The aroma is mainly tangy, bright lactic acid—lime juice, plain greek yogurt, green apple, fresh-cut grass—bolstered by . . . jeez, not much. Common crackers, white flour, baking soda biscuits. Smells like sunshine.

Taste (4.0): Bitter lemon juice, a little limeade sweetness, and then a whole lot of lemon zest. A more subtle, somewhat spicy but citrusy flavor indicates the place of the coriander here, and it becomes much more obvious as it warms up. The salt in this beer serves mostly to balance out the bracing tartness of the lactic acid, enhancing the earthiness of the coriander and adding some—you guessed it—saltiness. It’s actually rather salty, now that I think about it, but it’s not distracting or unpleasant. The malt body is almost non-existant here: a bready base that mostly just stays out of the way. Suits the style, but this one puts a lot of spin on the classic elements.

Mouthfeel (5.0): This is easily the best part of the beer: dry and tart on the front of the palate, the juicy midsection of the beer washes in with a perfectly average amount of moderately coarse carbonation and a quenching, just-shy-of-middle-weight body. The finish is all tart lemonade, perfectly dry and begging for more. Insanely easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): This is a beer that meets all of its style characteristics, but puts a little extra mustard on its most distinctive elements. It’s very “American” in that regard, which is a slippery slope—especially when it comes to styles that don’t have as much historical precedent in our country as, say, the (D)IPA. That said, Westbrook did a very nice job in keeping this beer drinkable and not too over the top. Without a doubt, this is a must-buy for fans of the style.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a wine glass.

Appearance
Straw yellow with a short white head that fizzles out quickly. Slightly hazy with light carbonation. A galaxy of yeast swirls around at the end of the pour.

Nose
Granny smith apple, lemon, and slight Lacto.

Taste
Fresh squeezed lemon aid, granny smith apple, and tangy wheat. Slight caramel maltiness with a touch of sea salt. Medium-light Lacto tartness.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, tart, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing.

Overall
This is a good Gose that is more complex than most.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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