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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

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4.12
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33.98%
 
 
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Photo of kell50
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Let me start off with a disclaimer. I had never had a Gose (pronounced Gose-uh) before and I'm not really sure how to grade this one appropriately.

6 pack purchased at Green's in Myrtle Beach, SC.

A- Super murky, clouded yellowish color. Slight carbonation created a crisp, bubbly head. The beer looked creamy as it was being poured from the can.

S - Funk. Salt. Musty wheat. Lemons. Crazy blend of aromas. Not super appealing, I must admit, but I'm trying to go in with an open mind.

T - Sour/tart/funk/citrus the whole way down. Followed by the addition of salt on the back end. It's quite sour and interestingly quite refreshing, with that briny finish adding another dimension to this beer.

M - This beer was quite creamy with a medium amount of carbonation. Even with the unusual ingredients/flavors it's very drinkable.

O - Probably one of the most unique beers I've ever tasted. Who would of thought a salty, sour wheat beer would be so damn drinkable. Definitely a beer to seek out. Gotta tip my hat to Westbrook Brewing Co. for taking a stab at this style.

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Photo of JayQue
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised at how good this beer was. Not so surprised to see how highly it was rated. Picked it up on a trip to Charleston. Poured into an Aventinus Weizen glass, a hazy straw yellow color. Small white head, fades fast. Not much lacing. Aroma is impressive: salty, citrusy (lemon) with wheat bitterness and some spicing (coriander). Taste is even better. Strong salty and spicy flavor, bitterness from the wheat. This is a pretty authentic take on the style...mild hefe flavors and the salt predominate. So many US Gose have gimmicky flavors added. Mouthfeel is exceptional tart, salty, refreshing...just right!!!! A very good take on the style.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dogdoc for sending this can! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a CCB pint glass.

A: Very hazy - almost to the point of opacity - dark, dull yellow. Thin white head, low visible carbonation.

S: Tart, lactic and acidic, lemon, wheat, grass, mild funk and sulfur.

T: Tart, wheat with just a bit of grainy character, mild salinity and sulfur for style, lactic, lemon and orange citrus, wet hay and barnyard. After the swallow, there's some fading tartness and mild graininess.

M: Light bubbly body (despite the appearance), and no alcohol to speak of.

O: This is really, really tasty. It takes the degree of haziness beyond the level of what the available guidelines suggest in my opinion. But outside of that, it's extremely well-done. Recommended for everyone to try - a good example of a polarizing style.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 DIM
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: Hazy pale straw color; poured with a short lived, fizzy head.

s: Lemony lactic tartness... and more lemony lactic tartness. Maybe some coriander and wet grains.

t: Very different from Leipziger, my only other gose experience. Lots of puckering, lactic tartness that is vaguely lemony. The salt comes through, not sure about the coriander.

m: A bit heavy and fairly still.

o: Kind of one dimensional, but what a dimension!

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Photo of Chaney
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Give to me by the ever generous "Huzubendah."

Poured into a Port City glass.

A: Ridiculously cloudy orange, with an Alka-Seltzer-esque quality to it. No head really.
S: Sweet tarts, very mild at that.
T: Totally awesome sour component. Can't believe this doesn't have wild yeast in it.
M: Drying after a mere sip. Great stuff.
O: If someone were to give this to me sight unseen, I'da tagged it as an American Wild.

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Photo of jsanford
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a very cloudy yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving just a tiny stream of bubbles.
S - Wonderful aromas of tart lemon juice, lactic acid, wheat, and a definite mineral component. Really nice blend of the tartness and the crisp, dry wheat.
T - Oh yeah, this is right up my alley. More tart lactic acid, slightly puckering lemon juice, and crisp wheat with a moderate salty mineral finish. Super drinkable and superbly balanced between the sour lemon yogurt flavor, the just-right sea salt, and the almost-creamy toasted wheat backbone.
M - Smooth and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. So quenching, this reminds me of a lemon Gatorade (in a very good way).
O - Another phenomenal take on a obscure style from Westbrook. I cannot say how pleased I am to have a brewery that puts out products like this so close to my home. Keep up the great work!

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Photo of Roguer
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very small head, fizzy, quickly fading. No lacing. Brew is a murky orange/yellow.

Tangy and sour aroma; citrus meets sour milk meets hay. If that sounds unpleasant, it's misleading; it's a very inviting aroma.

Flavor is an excellent match of wheat and hay, lemons and oranges, coriander and grass, and a slightly funky, slightly sour, very tart edge. Slightly milky. The salt doesn't stand out as overpowering, but it's certainly very salty for a beer.

Light and crisp feel, very active, slight sting. Very drinkable. Oily retention balanced against a slight pucker on the aftertaste. Refreshing.

The can doesn't lie; this is a delicious, light, refreshing beer. Definitely would make a fantastic summer quencher.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Light yellow, copper, not much of a head or lacing.

Smell - Wheat, some sour funk, lemon, grapes, a little citric note.

Taste - First sip is sour mixed with wheat, some fruits and salt. Lemon along with some grapes is also picked up. Flavor is very much like lemonade with tartness.

Mouthfeel - Tart/sour nails tongue. Palate gets some wheat, lemon and salt. Aftertaste is tart/sour, salty and lemon.

Overall - Nicely done. Balance of sour/wheat/fruits makes this enjoyable. Has the bite that gose beers are famous for but the other aspects are able to come out. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip. Thanks to mikeincharleston for the trade!

Pours with a bright goldenrod body that displays a substantial haze. Head is eggshell-white in color and thin, but well retained. Aroma is full of coriander and wheat, with other grainy malts in the background. A hint of sea salt graces the nostrils, but it's quite subtle. Slightly nutty aroma as well (someone at the tasting mentioned almonds?).

Flavor matches the aroma, but adds a delicious layer of bright tartness that puckers the sides of the mouth and tongue. Lots of wheat, coriander, and citrus. Could use a hint more saltiness, though, but it's a minor nit-pick. Mouthfeel is crisp and juicy with a perfect carbonation level. Love the sourness, and it finishes dry and clean. I could have easily downed the entire bomber of Westbrook Gose without batting an eye, but I'm glad I could share it with friends. Delicious stuff!

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

No date stamped on bottom of can at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of spice and salt
Head small (3 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to irregular ring and layer
Lacing poor – a few medium islands with varying sized bubbles
Body light yellow, cloudy
Flavor tart and salty with an odd spicyness and a little citrus. No malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation.

I was surprised to see coriander as an ingredient. I’m most familiar with this in various Belgium-styled ales but the flavor and aroma here are very different. This is a very refreshing and tasty brew.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich light golden hued with exceptional cloudiness. Head was minimal and entirely dissipates. Aroma is slightly sour and a touch salty with just a trace of citrus. Mouthfeel is salty,very bitter and heavily carbonated. The flavor is slightly sour with a citrus like component and very salty. The coriander is used gently and because of it it blends well with the citrus and saltiness.

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Photo of spoony
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

From a 12 oz can (dated June 24, 2014) into a pokal glass.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of white head. The foam fades quickly to a cap then a film then nothing. It leaves no lacing. The beer is very murky, but bright in color like dry straw. I can see a few bubbles in the murk.

S-The aroma is tart and lactic. I smell lemon, lime, orange juice, and somewhat briny salt. Wheat flavors are tart and lactic, but a bit of doughy bread softens things up and the beer does not smell overly acidic.

T-The taste is nearly identical to the smell with citrus tartness (lemon and lime especially) and salt being pretty powerful. The wheat flavors are lactic, but not overly funky, and there is a slightly doughy base to the that balances the sour flavor out. Buried beneath the tart flavors is a bit of spice and some dried grassy flavor.

M-The beer is pretty light in body, though not terribly light for the style. Carbonation is spritzy and the beer is very easy to drink.

O-Although this beer may be too strong on the salt to be called "authentic," the salt certainly makes it tasty and thirst-quenching. Indeed, the salt is strong, but I did not find it overpowering or annoying, and I could see drinking a few of these on a hot day. The mouthfeel is also perfectly matched to the flavor and style of the beer. A very solid effort.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured can dated 7/10/14 into New Belgium glass

A-Pours hazy yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipates.

S-The aroma is very wheaty with hints of coriander and lemon.

T-The taste is a wonderful balance of sourness and wheat with the perfect amount of saltiness to accompany this refreshing brew.

M-Mouthfeel has well balanced and medium carbonation. Nice sour finish.

O-My first Westbrook ale and most definitely not my last.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The label pretty much takes care of it. Sour, salty, delicious. Don't know what you need me for. It's a great cloudy lemony color. I could drink this all day. You get a little lemony citrus on the nose, but dive right in and drink this up. It's delicious. The tartness is restrained and maybe properly as the salt just amps the flavors up a bit. Great beer.

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Photo of JasonR1975
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first review - as well as my first Gose. Received in a trade as a last minute replacement for a local IPA

A - completely to style, a swampy and murky, but vibrant yellow

S - Yikes, gym socks rinsed with squeezed limes

T - The tartness hits first, a soured lemon/lime, almost like one of those sweet tart candies. Mid taste is drying, and very lemony almost like a shandy and salty. Completely weird, but not offputting at all. Finished with a mouth watering saltiness, but still tart...

M - The tartness just puckers your palate, and leaves your mouth watering...for another drink of this. Just awesome.

O - I gave it a 3.75 - I'm warming to the style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Chimay goblet

A- pours a gross looking yellow, very cloudy, with no head at all but some wisps of white on the top. Well, it IS a sour...

S- lemon, funk, a little bit of a saltwater aroma, socks. Love it.

T- light lemon, large funk. The salt aspect of the beer also comes through and adds a savory component to it, quenching my thirst yet making me want more...

M- light bodied, refreshing, and keeps me wanting more.

O- holy crap is this a phenomenal beer. A canned, refreshing sour? Sign me up!

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Photo of jshusc
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a polarizing beer. If you like it, you love it. If you don't like it, you hate it. Has caused my wife to give one of the funnier bad beer faces I've ever seen. But I love it. Poured into a snifter for this review.

A: A cloudy, orange gold color with thin 3/4 inch head. The cloudiness of the brew tricks the palate a bit and leads to the seawater comparison.

S: Love the sour smell of this beer. Just punches you right in the face and nothing subtle about it.

T: Sour on the front, salt on the back. This beer is not thirst quenching by any means, but it does leave you wanting to crack the next can.

M: Salty, heavy on the tongue. Quite carbonated. Must be swallowed and not linger too long or it is a bit numbing.

O: This beer is so unique that it deserves style points if nothing else. Really enjoyed it and kudos to westbrook for going "out there" and bringing back a great offering.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can tasted 8 March 2015.

Pours an almost clear pale golden light yellow. Two fingers of white head, good retention, okay lacing.

Smell is nicely balanced. I get some sour, slightly lemony.

Taste is a little grainy, and saltier than I'd like. Finishes rounded and warm, maltier and fuller than I want. Needs sharpening.

Feel has the same issues as the taste. Heavier than it ought to be.

Overall, a nice beer. Taste is a little too sweet and too salty for me, not as sour as I'd like it to be. Also a bit full for the style.

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Photo of SebD
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance: It has a beautiful hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of wheat malts, some tart lemon, coriander and some sea salt.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some tart lemons upfront, wheat malts, some coriander, citrus and a touch of salt.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Can

Canned: 4/1/14

Wil handed me a couple of these the other day because he knows this beer is like crack to me. Thanks, dude! Westbrook’s Gose isn’t much to behold. A swirl of the can on my part produces a hazy, to the extreme, golden bodied beer with some sunrise orange highlights when backlit. The fizzy white head crackles down to a thin skim in a short amount of time without leaving much lacing in its wake.

The nose is bright, sour orange upfront with a healthy dose of minerals from what I’m assuming is hard water used in the brewing process. A wheaty tang pops up in the middle with vibrant lemon acidity toward the back. Coriander adds a soft citric, herbal character that’s icing on the cake. Instant salivation.

The flavor profile isn’t far from what the nose suggested. Sour orange runs front to back but loses intensity as it goes. The acidic wheat is vibrant throughout with a squeeze of lemon while the coriander adds more citric depth. Coriander becomes more pronounced with warmth adding a touch of florals. The minerality runs middle to end with the sensation of hard water. Salt kicks in on the finish and leaves behind the savory salty/umami kick under the tongue and on the cheeks after each swallow. So very good.

A light body keeps this beer drinking while the carbonation keeps it active. Soft acidity lingers while the salt dries out the finish and keeps that kick long after each drink. On a hot summer day I don’t think I would reach for any beer over this one. It’s purely quenching.

Westbrook Gose is just a flat out awesome beer. It’s savory but quenching. Acidic with a mineral kick. I feel like I’m getting my daily essentials while drinking this beer. It’s a perfect summer drinker. Thanks again, Wil! Keep ‘em coming.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanx Cam for splitting a 12oz can. Unknown brewery to me, somewhat highly rated gose in a can, cool.

A - Uber-murky peach color. Small white head turns to a ring quickly.

S - Quite faint, really just kind of bread/wheat feel, orange creamsicle, light fruits. Pears. Light tartness/saltiness.

T - Wow, pretty sour for a gose, definitely very different/more intense than the smell. Apple, lemon and pear noticeable, it is salty but really just big-time sourness. Spice/coriander. Baked bread with some yeasty and grainy tones.

M - Very good flavor for 4% for sure. Medium-low carbonation with somewhat of a watery body, but still overall impressive considering the ABV.

O - Definitely not what I've come to know as a traditional gose but very enjoyable and refreshing. Nice puckering sourness that could compete with some gueuze and lambics while delivering solid+unique flavor and good breadiness.

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Photo of JDV
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from michaeljstraub in trade. Thank you!! Pours an attractive hazy yellow gold color. Smell is mainly wheat with a hint of tartness and lemon like brightness peaking through. Taste is significantly tart, then wheaty and I’m not certain I pick out any saltiness. Body is full, and prickly carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel and very drinkable and refreshing. This is actually quite sour and very enjoyable.

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