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
Ratings:
2,590
Reviews:
328
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.89%
 
 
Wants:
399
Gots:
488
For Trade:
57
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Photo of Cobratrooper
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scaba
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of italianstallion
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nforeman
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love it!

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Photo of tharper178
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bonannophone
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirt286
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Straight pour from a 12oz can to an oversized wineglass (Tired Hands stemware); the July 28, 2015 canning date printed in black ink on the underside of the can puts this one at just under two months old (“1279-1281 07/28/15 11:52”). It’s been refrigerated for about 48 hours, so it’s had time to settle and even out. I’m not sure if I’m missing much for being about two months old, but generally I don’t think of sours as deteriorating nearly as quickly as other (especially hop-forward) beers. The rest of this six-pack has tasted just fine over the last two weeks, anyway :-)

Appearance (3.75): This certainly is a frothy, active bugger: three and a half fingers of snow-white, crackling foam rise off of the pour, capping a glowing orange-gold body that’s nicely hazy throughout, but allows shadows to pass. The head doesn’t last too long, fading down to a crackly film on the surface of the beer and leaving essentially no lacing at all. Par for the course stylistically speaking, I’d say, but I really like how thick the head was.

Smell (4.5): The aroma is mainly tangy, bright lactic acid—lime juice, plain greek yogurt, green apple, fresh-cut grass—bolstered by . . . jeez, not much. Common crackers, white flour, baking soda biscuits. Smells like sunshine.

Taste (4.0): Bitter lemon juice, a little limeade sweetness, and then a whole lot of lemon zest. A more subtle, somewhat spicy but citrusy flavor indicates the place of the coriander here, and it becomes much more obvious as it warms up. The salt in this beer serves mostly to balance out the bracing tartness of the lactic acid, enhancing the earthiness of the coriander and adding some—you guessed it—saltiness. It’s actually rather salty, now that I think about it, but it’s not distracting or unpleasant. The malt body is almost non-existant here: a bready base that mostly just stays out of the way. Suits the style, but this one puts a lot of spin on the classic elements.

Mouthfeel (5.0): This is easily the best part of the beer: dry and tart on the front of the palate, the juicy midsection of the beer washes in with a perfectly average amount of moderately coarse carbonation and a quenching, just-shy-of-middle-weight body. The finish is all tart lemonade, perfectly dry and begging for more. Insanely easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): This is a beer that meets all of its style characteristics, but puts a little extra mustard on its most distinctive elements. It’s very “American” in that regard, which is a slippery slope—especially when it comes to styles that don’t have as much historical precedent in our country as, say, the (D)IPA. That said, Westbrook did a very nice job in keeping this beer drinkable and not too over the top. Without a doubt, this is a must-buy for fans of the style.

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Photo of That_Turtle
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Richter525
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seamus
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SveNss0N
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a wine glass.

Appearance
Straw yellow with a short white head that fizzles out quickly. Slightly hazy with light carbonation. A galaxy of yeast swirls around at the end of the pour.

Nose
Granny smith apple, lemon, and slight Lacto.

Taste
Fresh squeezed lemon aid, granny smith apple, and tangy wheat. Slight caramel maltiness with a touch of sea salt. Medium-light Lacto tartness.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, tart, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing.

Overall
This is a good Gose that is more complex than most.

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Photo of DraftDaddy
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of addiwilliams
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polopaul20
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Hazy straw yellow color, tall fizzy head that disappears quickly. Tart aroma that follows through in the taste. This is not a mild Gose, the lemony tartness is bold, but there is enough sweetness and salt in the finish to tame it so it ends up being very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, good for the style. Highly carbonated but goes down silky smooth with faint tartness and salt lingering. Very good for this style.

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Photo of themind
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating for the style, this is the best Gose I have had to date. More drinkable then Anderson Valley.

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

Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best gose I've had yet. Beautiful unfiltered straw yellow. The smell is tart and acidic. The taste is a slight sweetness upfront before your hit by an almost puckering tartness which lasts until a salty aftertaste hits on the finish. Great example of the style.

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Photo of Magery
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gose from Westbrook Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 2,590 ratings.
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