Gose | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States | website

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 WesMantooth
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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 SomethingClever
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into snifter no canned on date

A: Hazy dirty straw color head is fairly big small bubbled and creamy looking. Head doesn't stick around long

S: Smells salty, slightly vinnegary, and a little bit of a hay funk.

T: Nice and tart with a slight sweet light wheat taste and a good dose of saltiness, ends fairly sour and dry.

M: Very light, crisp, and dry. The beer invites another sip because of the dryness.

O: One of the more sour Gose style beers I have had, but it does not suffer for it. This beer has the nice mid body sweetness and wheat finish that characterize this style and a great dose of saltiness. If there is anything negative at all about this beer it is how dry it is, it finishes almost puckeringly dry.

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A really solid gose that is enjoyable and refreshing. I really like the design of these cans and the beer inside is just as impressive. It has a medium tart taste with no lingering aftertaste.

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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 dweinshi
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into Teku. Hazy yellow color with thin head. While I didn't pick up specifically on the salt and coriander this beer was refreshing and tart. This is only the second sour I have tried and for that reason will revisit once I learn the category better. I truly enjoyed this offering and will be seeking it out again.

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Photo of DevWand
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much follows the 'notes/ commercial description ' section word for word. Very impressed by the interpretation of the style...Great beer for a hot summers day.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/21/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruity/lactic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, peach, pineapple, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/sourness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from acidity; that lightly increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic/saline, and fairly bready/creamy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero alcohol warming as expected of 4%. Overall this is an excellent gose! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; even with the higher acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of thepenguin
3.29/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a clear light gold with a head that dissipates extremely quickly, leaving no trace of foam.

S: Sweaty and acrid, but smells more or less like a gose is supposed to smell. Certainly on the sour side for the style. A bit yeasty.

T: Bracingly sour. Tons of Granny Smith apple and vinegar-like puckering tartness with practically no malt to speak of. Some salt in there, emerging more late in the finish after the tartness passes by, but this beer is really tilted towards the sourness. Not an easy one to drink.

F: Light body with medium carbonation and a gritty, acidic feel.

Thoughts: Goses should be effortless to drink but that requires some sort of balance – I find this one to be more of a chore due to its unforgiving acrid sourness. Unfortunatley this beer requires a chaser of water.

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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 OrangeMen
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a pale straw, yellow color. Crystal clear transparency. Thin head which dissipates quite rapidly...to nothing.

Aroma- Tart, sour, pale malts. Salty, cucumber type smell. Bright citrus zest and spice.

Taste- Salty, sour, super crisp and wheaty malts. Touch of vegetal and citrus. Spicy sourness.

Feel- Crisp and extremely refreshing. Slightly mouth puckering. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Love the balance of sour and spice, just so drinkable and refreshing. This is one of the best for a warm summer day.

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Photo of TLWalsh
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This seems a bit dark for a gose, but who cares? The aroma has a large amount of lacto funk (rather than a big tartness), and lesser amounts of lemon and lime. It shows a little depth as it opens up. And then it hits my palate - so much sourness. In a good way, of course. Some salinity and coriander shows up on the back end, but this is all about the sour Warheads attack. I really fell the acid going down the esophagus, not do I find this one very deep. It knows what it wants to do, and I respect it for that. It lacks the nuance of other goses, but I'll go after it again if I want something both really tart and relatively inexpensive.

3.31/5: Not nuanced or elegant, just really fuckin' sour

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Photo of BWED
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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 thatche2
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Grindelvasdrum
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +7.5%
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 -1.7%
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 Dopen993
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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 -4.6%
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 +4.6%
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 +1.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -0.7%
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 -2.4%
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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