Gose | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#1,354
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
2,600
Liked:
2,365
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
11.78%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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402
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Trade:
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Ratings: 2,600 |  Reviews: 332
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best gose I have had. Sweet and spicy coriander. Thanks for sharing, Doug K. Light golden colour, sea salt was refreshing and apparently more healthy. Full mouthfeel, assertive carbonation. A great complement to the other sour beers of the day.
Review 6300.

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Photo of acurtis
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a very pale yellow color... almost an off milky white color with a decent looking white head on top. The lacing is thin along with the retention on this . The smell of the beer is grainy with some citric acid sourness and a touch of mineral-like saltiness. The taste is pretty tart upfront. not much of the malt comes through until the finish where the salt also shines a bit. The mouthfeel is very light, very crisp and refreshing. Overall it's an exceptional example of the style. I'm not big on the more sour Gose's but this one worked for me. Definitely worth trying.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ginger Man, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light amounts of sour flavors along with hints of salt.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a bit of tartness and has a nearly moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink for the style. It has just enough sourness with little if any saltiness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Where Gose biers are disappearing from the German beer scene, it seems that American microbrewers are infatuated with the style. The sour and salty tones of the beers are wrapped withing a blanket of wheat for varying levels of sourness and maltiness. However, Westbrook seems to have captured the essence of Goze to near perfection!

Its appearance does little to captivate any confidence- its dull golden hue is cloudy and dense. Its bubbles quickly dissipates and leaves the beer looking murky and sill, and without any real lacing charter. I admit: its quite an ugly duckling.

But the beer livens up after that- its musty bread tones speak of dough, yeast, must and earth. Hghly grainy, the tones are soft, even as lemon and lime tartness try to intervene.

And then we have the beer's taste where everything explodes! The beer is no longer a characterful wheat beer but is now a fortified Sour Ale! Its taste is strikingly of limes. But an earthier taste emerges that is almond-like, bready,marzipan- toasty, and lighly of sea brine. Those savory and salty tones merge with a highly drinkable salt water taffy tone that extends to its earthen straw and hay-like finish.

With its carbonation finishing early, the beer's texture is all about its full layout of wheat that coats the palate evenly and its acidity that quickly cuts through it. This all leads to a sour finish of clean and crisp lime-like bitterness and an echo of bread.

Westbrook's Gose is as close to the style descriptors as I have ever found in the style. Perhaps many will want a drier and less malty taste and texture, I rather like the balance here as I appreciate all things "Berlin" in one beer!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I acquired this in a trade. Expectations could not be higher given this beer's reputation as more or less the best beer in the style. Canned 06/27/14. 12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label art and design and standard pull-tab served cold into a Jester King goblet. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

4% ABV. Reviewed live as a gose per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White in colour. Fizzy and active. Thin and light. Retention is bad - maybe a minute at best. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. A fuller longer-lasting head would be ideal. There's definite room for improvement here.

BODY: Murky cloudy orange-peach with yellow hues. Average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible, but its murkiness suggests it's unfiltered.

Has a raw overall appearance, evoking honey. It's healthy looking, but isn't great or a stand-out in the style. It looks as most gosebiere do. Not unique or special.

AROMA: A great combination of lime, sea salt, coriander seed, and fresh wheat. Hints of clove honey and floral hop notes, with a dab of nectar. Light lactic sourness. Subtle lemon tartness and twang. Sourdough bread. Sour mashing is evident here, but it's not as "wild" or bacterial as I hoped for. Sourness seems to be maybe a 3-4 out of 10 in terms of intensity. The wheat is lovely, though, and the yeast attenuation seems perfect; this evokes the perfect level of sweetness for the style.

It could be fresher, more tart, and more sour, but all of the core gose components are there. It's an inviting aroma of above average strength, but I wouldn't call it mouthwatering. It just seems like a well-brewed gose.

TASTE: A well-balanced gose build comprised of well-attuned lime, fantastic sea salt notes and accompanying brine, a faint lemon twang, mild (think 3/10 in terms of intensity) lactic sourness, sourdough yeast, and ever-so-subtle coriander seed. Perhaps cilantro as well. The hopping is mild - just a bit of floral and nectary character. There's a kiss of clove honey.

I'd like it more tart and more sour, but the sea salt is perfect - and that's the key to a good gose. The complementary lime note pairs with the sea salt wonderfully, and is a much more apt choice than lemon. The overall balance is stellar, but I do think there's room for improvement to the build. That said, I really like this beer. I'm just not blown away the way I expected to be given its reputation.

TEXTURE: Tart and smacky on the palate, with a luscious refreshing feel and a teasing push-pull of coarse dry roughness and quenching smoothness - depending on which bit of the structure you focus on. Ultimately, the finish leaves the palate dry, which naturally encourages the drinker's next sip. In this manner, I find my glass quickly disappearing.

OVERALL: It's incredibly drinkable, though the dryness does start to detract after a bit. Is this one of the best beers I've had in the style? Sure. Is it a world-class beer?

...I can imagine a more complex gose, with even more intricacy and subtlety. Perhaps such a gose just hasn't been brewed yet, but in any case I can't claim this a world-class offering. I'll really enjoy finishing this glass, and would happily snatch it up by the 6-pack, but there're noticeable flaws and opportunities for improvement.

This certainly makes me curious to review Westbrook's other offerings. Seems like quite a quality brewery.

Low B

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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 brentk56
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a wispy head that leaves quiite a few strands of lace

Smell: Toasted wheat bread, lactic sour tones, coriander and salt

Taste: Lactic sourness from the outset, with lime and salt elements building into the middle; the coriander comes through, after the swallow, but the overall effect is puckery, sour, salty and slightly funky

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and though it is a bit more lactic than other examples of the style I have tasted; that is to its benefit

Thanks, Jlang2012, for the chance to re-visit

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Can: Poured a light yellowish color Gose with a nice pure white foamy head. Aroma of tart notes with light salty notes also discernable. Taste is a mxi between some tart and sour notes with a salty finish and limited coriander notes. Body is light with good carbonation. I had really high expectation considering all the noise this one is making but I thought it was an OK version of the style at the end of the day.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91% out of 100 with 2,600 ratings
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