Gose | Westbrook Brewing Co.

2,572 Ratings
no score
Send samples

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.


Added by mrandypandy on 05-06-2012

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,572 |  Reviews: 325
Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

 553 characters

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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.

 165 characters

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of LoveStout
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dar482
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a hazy golden straw color with a white head and champagne like carbonation. Very rich and bright colored.

The aroma is delicious. Tons of lemon, tartness, a bit of bready malt.

The flavor follows with that citric tartness, along with some vinegar sourness. A gentle hint of biscuity malt in the back. Tons of lemon zest and then just that pop from salt. Do not expect the beverage to be salty, but think about throwing salt in a Blood Mary, margarita, watermelon, or lemon. With those, you do not get a salty flavor, but a "pop" that accentuates flavors and balances sweetness. It makes more complexity.

This beer reminds me a lot of Berliner weisse. I do love the gentle tartness, and the balance from the salt. An almost perfect summer beer.

 768 characters

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tommy5
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding example of my favorite hot weather style- the fact that it's in cans for summer fun is a plus. Like a good Gose, this beer is sharply tart, and just salty enough to really taste it and whet the palate for more. While it is spiced with coriander, I could use a bit more of that for balance and to round out the finish. This can be a polarizing style- it's certainly not for everyone, but if you want a well put together Gose on the sharper side that's sour and refreshing, look no further.

 503 characters

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from 12oz can into my Trim Tab Brewing pint glass.

Appearance: thickly cloudy yellow-gold hue with a quickly-dissipating head. That cloudiness is just amazing.

Smell: sweet and tart with a light fruitiness and a light funkiness. The tartness and the fruitiness combine to create kind of a lemony aroma. I quite like it indeed.

Taste: very tart up front with a nice wheaty character at the end. Saltiness is low but is definitely there. I think that after a whole can I'm going to appreciate the somewhat low salt level.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light carbonation that is more refreshingly fizzy than creamy. Good for the style.

Overall: this is an incredibly drinkable beer. I would love to have this available in my area for hot days, tailgating and camping. Great stuff.

 799 characters

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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!

 1,529 characters

Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,572 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More