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Gose | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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.

5 IBU

Added by mrandypandy on 05-06-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
2,493
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
34.79%
 
 
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391
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454
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Reviews: 302 | Ratings: 2,493
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can , canned 11/07/14

Clouded, light and dull lemon/orange, off white quality loose head, high collar and thicker film. Leaves nice scattered way up high lacing'

Mild sniff of orange.

Fresh and flavorful, with loads of bright orange and biting sour lemon notes.

Well worth a try

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, pale, yellow-maize coloring with a halo of white filmy head and a slow flow of carbonation throughout. Aromas of tangy sweet white grapes, salt, toasted grains, subtle buttery notes, and white wine characteristics. Flavors are crisp and tart forward, with a blast of sour right behind. White grapes, sea salt, and tannins on a subtle toast backbone. The body is light, but full at the same time. Tart and salty aftertaste, which dries you out slightly, begging you to drink more. Dry, clean, crisp finish. Unbelievable drinkability on this beer. Fantastic!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Rich hooked this 12oz can up a while back, finally getting around to enjoying it tonight... Thanks Rich!! Pours a hazy light orange with a virtually nonexistent head and no lacing... Nose is sharp coriander and lemony wheat with a definite briny element... with warmth a sorta yeasty/doughy element comes up and out of the glass. Flavor is surprisingly tart.. bright lemony lacto... the sour notes blow out most of the coriander except on the finish when it rebounds with a light saltiness... Much more sour than any standard Berliner I have had in a while and doesn’t have as much salt/coriander as the AV Gose... The body is light/medium and punctuated a bit by the residual wheat malt.. Drinkability is very high for the one (maybe a 2nd) can, but my stomach couldn’t handle much more in a session.

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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 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.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour out of a can into my Founder teku glass...

The beer pours an attactive peachy amber color with pretty good head retention and fair lacing. The nose is intriguing. While there's a noticeable sour brett component, there's a fair amount of tropical fruit as well, and it actually blends quite well with the sour component. The flavor component largely replicates the nose, except the sour flavor dominates a bit more on the palate than it did on nose. Still, along with the sour, there's an interesting apple sauce and light tropical fruit component as well, with a hint of salt on the finish.. Mouthfeel actually fairly full, and the beer delivers an impressive amount of flavor, especially for the abv. Drinkabilithy is quite good, and I appreciate the 4% abv.

Very nice beer. We have a number of NW brewers out here that make excellent gose style beers, but none of them are quite like this. Impressive.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at CASK Pub and Kitchen in Pimlico, London.

Pours a peachy, dirty golden colour, so thick with haze it's unbelievable. It looks like nectar. Weight is decent enough. Head forms almost nothing, just a few bubbles clinging to the outside—no lace, no carbonation. It looks extremely freaking weird.

Yep, weird is going to be the by-word here, I can tell. Nose has pear chutney, green-apple skin and funky lemon, slashed with brine. Salt-and-pepper fried squid and olive juice complete the picture. It's vivid and strong, and almost cacophonic. Outstanding.

Tart clingy entry on the palate. Stacks of unripe fruit acidity, leading to a true apple cider vinegar character. Banana and pear juice come through on the mid-palate before the salt wells up on the back, leaving a sharp brine flavour. Aftertaste lingers with salt and vinegar. Feel is light and biting.

This is so intense—it's hard to say really whether I like it or not. In any case it's a riproaring gose. Huge, intense, bigger and more outrageous than any other I've had. Keep it up, guys.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

light sour note, wheat malt quality. tart, effervescence in the nose. turbid dark straw color. pours with generous head that falls quickly to zero head. sharply sour, lactic/acidic, a light cereal note in the finish. dry. really refreshing. the salt and spice are done very subtly. you can perceive a touch of salinity/mineral taste in the middle to finish.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to taster glass at The Funky Buddha Lounger on 6/2/12
*From notes

A: Palest of pale yellow. Cloudy. Minor head and no lacing or collar.

S: Like a fresh lemon shandy with a bite.

T: Tart, dry and salty. Certainly saliter then Leipziger's Gose. There's an organic, tart bite on the mid. The coriander is faint and shows on the finish.

M: The feel is light, slightly sharp and extremely refreshing. If you're looking for the quintessential lawnmower beer, look no further.

O: A great Gose. Not as well balanced as Leipziger's, yet just as elegant. This also well outclasses the new mass-market Sam Adams Gose. Having a saliter edge to this one really enhances the beer's refreshing side, and makes for a beer I'd reach often for if I had access to it. Easily recommended.

Note to ALL brewer(ies): Make more Gose's!

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Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice very, very hazy golden lemon hue that just looks salty. Solid appearance.

S - Bright aromas of light sour almost funk. Tart lemons, very tart, light coriander, faint salt, really really citrus packed.

T - Taste is loads of wheat up front and then nice tart lemons and grapefruit. Faint coriander. The salt is surprisingly prominent, especially on the finish. This is quite traditional with loads upon loads of tart lemons.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and refreshing. Very easy drinking.

O - Overall, Its hard to say if I liked Westbrook's Gose or Gozu more. I think Gozu had a ton more citrus, but, this Gose is more traditional and salty. Either way, both are really nice.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared with stillmatic2232, thanks man!

Pours a hazy yellow orange, with a small half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells very sour and tart, with some lemon aromas.

The taste is similar. There is some definite lemon and orange citrus tastes, which I didn't expect, which is nice. Quite sour and tart, only mildly salty, but doesn't detract from drinkability at all.

Light to medium bodied. Crisp mouthfeel, the tartness lingers on the lips throughout the glass. Medium carbonation.

This is the first Gose I've really liked, which says a lot.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

can into a shaker.

pours a pale yellow with a nice head. smell is huge sour at first followed by massively salty. yes in that order. taste is lemon juice lip puckering sour, wow. it ends very yeasty and salty. love it. light bodied, mild carbonation

overall amazing. if you like super sour!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clearish orange with minimal head that left no lace. A sour spell with mild spice but I'm not picking up much else. The beer is enjoyable and a little better than the aroma; the balance is there so it is not too sour or tart; some citric tastes and spice and there beer is smooth and is easy to drink. I have not had too many beers of this style but this one is light and enjoyable..

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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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 barczar
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is lemony, saline, crackery, and slightly funky. Lemon dominates, but there's some musty character. Flavor is extremely acidic. Citric and acetic acid are huge upfront, though lactic surfaces mid palate, and acetic and citric carry into the finish. One of the more sour examples of the style. Salt weaves throughout, but it's countered by lightly bready malt in the finish. A little too acetic. Wish lactic were less overwhelmed. Couldn't drink more than one.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Acidic aroma combines with a musty saltiness similar to seafoam blowing through the wind. There's also a slight fruity sweetness and some wheat. Hint of vinegar.

T- Moderately sour and smooth with the salt adding some variety of flavor. The wheat tries to push its way through but the yeast and salt are ultimately the winners.

M- The most interesting part of the beer. First, the lactic acid causes a pucker as it usually does and then the salt continues this same reaction while finishing things off which causes the tongue to recoil, salivate and crave more. Medium-low carbonation and a light body. Eventually, the saltiness causes the afterfeel to be incredibly dry.

O- I've only had a couple of goses in the past but this is the only one that's been truly memorable. At first, I didn't think I could drink something like this all the time but now I'm thinking I might've been wrong.

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Photo of bark
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale yellow, the liquid is clear. The finger thick white head quickly sinks down leaving no lacing.

The smell is salty with some spices and floral notes. It is a bit sour and somewhat perfumed. Hints of ripe apricots and elderflowers.

The taste is fresh ans salty with herbal and floral notes. Some wheat sourness, more like a hefeweizen than a lambic. Butterscotch and sour fruit candy. The long aftertaste is fruity with some salt and tart hints of metal. The finish is salty with some dried fruits.

The carbonation is medium strong, the large bubbles very short-lived. The liquid is light and tart.

A pleasant and unusual beer, really enjoyable.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a tulip
(A)- Hazed pale yellow in color. Good froth and retention
(S)- Light lemon meets sea salt and some light wheated cereal grains. Almost slightly funk at the end
(T)- A good tartness meets light salt and wheated grains. Subtle lemon rind
(M)- Good crisp carbonation level meets a nicely light yet flavorful and crisp mouthfeel. Lightly tart and salted
(O)- Crisp and refreshing with just the right level of tartness. If I had easier access to this, I would crush it in summertime. Easily one of the better ones in the style for my tastes

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dirty yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: An interesting aroma - spicier than I would have expected - with touches of wheat and malt.

T: Tasted of wheat, malt, a little bit of grain, coriander, and a saltiness in the finish. A very lively, easy to drink, well-balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp, clean finish. Light-bodied.

O: A completely likeable, well made, and drinkable beer.

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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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Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. Not really sure what this style should look like. Rather becalmed looking compared to most other brews. Hazy yellow gold. Some white head that disappears.

Aroma, Yeasty citrus to me, some minerally saltiness. Wheaty and corn like malt.

Taste, It is quite puckering up front, straight lemon. Dry but not overyly so. Other things come out much later in the finish. Again minerally salt, and a large hay and wheat grain.

High carbonation compared to what the appearance would lead one to believe. Drinks very easy, light body, but it is VERY tart. Never had the style so I guess this is fine.
Feels "trendy" because of the sourness. Probably wouldn't bother with this style again.

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Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.
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