Golden Gate Gose
Almanac Beer Co.

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #321
Ranked #33,565
3.76 | pDev: 10.37%
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our Golden Gate Gose is inspired by the classic wheat beer hailing from Leipzig, Germany. Traditionally brewed with salt and coriander, our tart California-inspried version is brewed with San Francisco Bay sea salt, lemon verbena from Eatwell Farm in Dixon, and coriander grown and dried especially for us by Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz, California. Fermented with our house saison yeast, this delicate and tart beer is a perfect summer refresher. Pair with fresh seafood and sunshine.
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monkist from Hungary

4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a great Gose! Was a bit taken aback by the low score this beer got but reading the reviews, some mentioned the funk they liked about it so I had enough confidence to try it out - not to mention the local ingredients from San Jose, SF and Santa Cruz that were also appealing to me...
Though the taste was not that "extraordinary" or extreme that you might have from other Goses, this was just well balanced. Not too salty, not too sour, not too spicy and so on. BUT THE FEELING! It was just great! All in all, what decides a good beer? Of course all elements come into play but I think that the FEEL is what leaves the biggest remark somehow, as alk the others add up into this one somehow (tell me if I'm wrong). So this gose felt great, had nothing against it whatsoever. Quite apple cider-ish, bit like sour white wine or champagne that went off. Would you need anything more?

Dec 06, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I don't really buy bombers, but my Dad loves paying double the cost per ounce, so naturally he picked this one up. Pours a lightly hazy yellow and gold, 1/3" white bubbled head. Aroma was lacking much of anything, definitely seemed to be lacking salinity or wheat.

Taste wise, it came across more like a blonde ale than anything gose. The tartness, wheat and salinity were just lacking. You don't want the hallmarks of style to be lacking unless you're making something that sucks like a doppelbock or rauchbier (I keeeeed). Notes of coriander could be located. A little bit of lemon when it warms up. So while the beer didn't do anything offensive, I found it to be lacking a little bit in the very things that make a beer a gose. The base was ok, I think more wheat, more tart though is a starting point for improvement.

Apr 11, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at McGillicuddy’s, Williston, VT. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a light transparent yellow color with some carbonation rising at a nice pace. No head and obviously no lacing. The smell started off with lemon, lime, lightly rimmed salt. The "sour-ed" wheat portion is extremely light but really good. The taste was sour through the wheat portion. Saltiness balances appropriately. Lemon and lime come back - slightly bitter yet tart. Nicely structured citrusy aftertaste. Finishes pleasantly balanced between the citrus and salt. On the palate, this one was definitely light bodied which gave it a great sessionability. Since the "sour-ness" is tame enough, the sessionability really becomes spectacular. Overall, if this is canned, I’d want cans for fishing this Summer. Really great gose!

Jun 20, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sour at first sniff, with ample saltiness up front, its right on the money for the style. Mildly hazy golden body with fine carbonation, thin airy head stays put, streaky lacing. Sour, salty, dry finish.

Nov 14, 2016
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JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden and crystal clear, good slow and steady carbonation bubbles rising to form a decent 1 finger head of rocky froth white topping composed of mostly medium sized bubbles. Dissipates at a medium fast rate and leaves behind some light lacing and spotty surface islands of foam.

Aromatics: Salty sea water and sweaty sock funk. Light coriander spice and citrusy notes - lemon and/or lime in particular. Wet and stale wheat chaff and freshly tanned leather - not quite smokey but close.

Taste: Quite refreshing, salty with a lemongrass tartness (not actual lemon). Slightly tangy with grassy and woody flavours. The coriander spice popping in to say hi just as the other flavours are wrapping up the party. Rather simple and straightforward, it doesn’t try to complicate things nor should it.

Feel: Carbonation is fairly subdued, but still has enough of a presence to keep things in the fizzy zone. A middleweight that thins out as it closes in on the finish. Mild earthy linger and the salt does a great job at drying out the palate so that pretty much nothing is left.

Overall: Not a bad goes all-in-all, I’ve only had a few different ones, but this one seems pretty much on par. The differences always seem to present themselves in the salt’s source - and less in the malts and hops.

Pairing : It needs something juicy to help keep the salts from drying up too much. And what can be juicier than a good bbq gourmet hamburger - I’m a 60-40 beef/pork type person myself, occasionally I will go with bison instead of beef. Anyways, in the patty mix I will throw in finely chopped shallot, jalapeño, garlic and habenaro blend, and some sharp cheddar. Due to the saltiness already in the the brew, I will forgo adding Himalayan pink salt and I also will reluctantly resist topping with bacon as I already have a 40% pork in the beef grind. Served on a sweet fresh brioche bun with my usual condiments - red onion, spicy ketchup, mustard, relish, mayo and lettuce. mmm mm!

Oct 01, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly heavier than light aromas of slightly sour/funky wheat with a light aroma of citrus/lemon and hints of briny salt. Just a hint of coriander spice.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sour wheat malts with a light amount of funkiness and light lingering tartness. That is followed by slightly stronger than light flavors of lemon citrus and coriander spice. Light flavors of briny salt towards the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness are present.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and enjoyable though a touch saltier than some of the others in the style. Alcohol is well hidden and I enjoyed the touch of funkiness to this one. Definitely worth grabbing and I could easily have a couple of these in a session.

Jul 27, 2016
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A nice beer to look at, this gose lacks a lot in every other category. Its aroma is not very appealing and is actually kind of a drawback to the beer, and its taste and its aftertaste are both pretty weak.

Jul 25, 2016
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Tilly from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Nice golden amber with a huge bubble Foam. No lacing at all.
A: Yeast, citrus.
T: Lemony, coriander, salty/sweet
M: Well balanced mix of citrus, salt, sweet and spice. Light bodied. Real nice carbonation. Perfect Gose.
O: Not a real fan of Gose, but this is a real nice offering. I'll order another.

Dec 16, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, gold, with one inch head. Smell is toasted wheat. Taste is wheat, banana, and a touch of salt. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Above average, but I tend to like my goses saltier than this. I would not pass over this, but would not rush out for it either.

Dec 12, 2015
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Telcocoffeedad from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cardamom on the finish. I never had this style before. I like the balance that the salt ads. A little bit of sourness. Not a very full body beer. Pretty smooth. Not a lot of hop bitterness.

Dec 04, 2015
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice twist on the classic gose. Smooth wheat malt flavor. Mild tartness. Hint of coriander. Much less sea salt than expected. Subtle orange rind. Moderate body, well carbonated with a grainy texture.

Nov 19, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice gose and fits the style pretty nicely. It isn't as sour or salty as I would have preferred and I didn't pick up on the traditional gose spices like coriander. Overall this drank more like a berliner with some residual saltiness. Still tasty though.

Oct 28, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a massive white colored head.

Smells of soda cracker and fruity sourness and herbal noble hop. Mild coriander scent. Scent is slightly soapy.

Starts out mildly tart and salty with a soda cracker after taste. Gets a little more tart as you drink it. High carbonation levels. Salt and lemon flavors dominate. This would be a great chaser for a tequila shot.

Mouthfeel is good and fairly light as per the beer style.

Overall a spot on for the style Gose. A good beer to reference what Gose is supposed to taste like.

Oct 18, 2015
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 22 fl oz bomber poured into a pint glass. There is a batch number or date or something, but that’s been rubbed off such that unfortunately, its not legible…

Appearance: The beer poured a clear golden colour with a two finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving only some light lacing. NOTE – actually that was until I poured the final 1/8 of the bottle into the glass later on after which it turned a milky haziness which to be honest did not look too good at all.

Aroma: Tart lemon and honey stands out, also some hints of coriander. But occasionally, there was some in my opinion slightly unpleasant smell I can only describe as dank. I can’t really put my finger on why, and it was only occasional, but it was there.

Taste: Much better than the smell, the taste begins tart and sour, mainly crisp apple and lemon. This is followed by some sweetness of honey and vanilla. Then finishes with a nice long lasting salt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: Actually, the taste is quite good and I enjoyed it, but the milky haziness look wasn’t too nice and the occasional dankness smell that appears brings it down a bit for me.

Aug 20, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color. Turbid in appearance. Bright, light, citrus zest, with maybe a bit of brett funk. Not getting any salt. Highly carbonated. Pretty good.

Aug 07, 2015
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BWood from California

3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very little head with small retention around the edges .Not much smell to me. Tasteis average but left me wanting more flavor. I'm just getting into this genre of beer so I don't have to compare to but I feel this is just a average showing .

Jul 29, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at Elizabeth Station into a snifter

a: golden and fairly clear with a thin crown of white head
s: sweetish graininess, faint coriander, fainter tart citrus
t & m: quite pleasant, very nicely balanced....a little lemony and apple tartness and light apricot fruitiness, a little light herbal spice but a little faint to me when it comes to the saltiness. Crisp and satisfying on the finish.

Jul 08, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a clean, clear, pale yellow color out of the tap, there is a quickly fleeting bright white head on-top that leaves minimal spotting/lacing in the glass.

S — Smells of lightly sweet malts and a bit of a sour undertone, pretty one dimensional.

T — Lightly sour and tart, but really sweet compared to others in the style, very mild.

M — Light-Medium bodied, quick fleeting finish.

O — Underwhelming overall, had expected more from this one, just really dialed back.

Jul 07, 2015
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BenwayPHD from California

4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light orange with a two finger head. The nose is exactly what I expect in a gose. It's tart like an unripe apricot with light lemon citrus and the coriander simply peaks out from the corners. The flavor is outstanding. The lemon is in the for front with plenty of salt to waken the experience up. This is one of my new favorite Gose style beers.

Jun 27, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a nice one finger white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of cereal grains, very very faint citrus. this an adjunct lager?

T - Taste is much better than the nose. Lots of cereal grain, little bit of salt. Nice coriander and lemon. I'm missing that wheat note though, instead it's loads of cereal grains. Ehh...

M - Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, tart, refreshing.

O - Overall, this beer was a disappointment for me. I miss the wheat, and the whole adjunct grain thing going on is really a deal breaker.

Serving Type: bottle

Jun 25, 2015
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Beerswag from California

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great concept with the SF Bay sea salt. Medium sour tones, but very sessionable n semi-dry. Pair with SF Bay seafood/cheese, such as Flounder, or Petaluma cheese co. Semi soft cheese.

Jun 15, 2015
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first gose, trying to be not very exalted.
Poured into pint.
Clear golden beer, white head with low retention. Smell of brine, wheat, lemon verbena and coriander, all that was claimed before on a label. Pleasant sour taste with good salty and citrusy hues. Interesting style for a newbie.

Jun 01, 2015
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erconn0r from California

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I liked it. SWMBO thought it was ok. I thought it tasted "winey". Read up, saison yeast give the wine element. Thought it was refreshing & I like not getting bombed... Had the whole tart goes thing going on which I liked & she is getting used to!

May 26, 2015
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw gold with three fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Wheat, coriander, citrus (lemon predominantly), bready malts, hint of spice.

Taste - Starts off with a pleasant hit from the sea salt then goes into the wheat, bready malts, and lemon, all with a pleasant sourness. Then it drifts off into the coriander and spice flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Finishes off dry with a nice effervescence from the bubbles.

Overall - A well executed gose from Almanac. I really enjoyed the sea salt as it brought out the best elements of the other ingredients.

May 18, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bomber at 40 degrees into an almost-stange
Aroma of lemon and coriander
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to irregular 1 – 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, slight haze
Flavor starts slightly sour with a hint of salt, some lemon comes through. Ends slightly sweet. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

May 16, 2015
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