Old Pro
Union Craft Brewing Company

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #159
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,392
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
311
From:
Union Craft Brewing Company
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  20
Gots
  64
SCORE
89
Very Good
Old ProOld Pro
Notes: A dash of salt. A touch of tart. That’s what makes this unique German-style wheat beer a seasoned professional at serious summer thirst quenching. With its glowing golden color, peach & citrus nose followed by a prickly mouthfeel that leaves a gentle tartness and a dash of salt on the palate, the Old Pro never fails to bring you back for another sip.

BITTERNESS (IBU): 10
COLOR: Straw/pale – Gold
MALT: Wheat, Pils, Acidulated
ADJUNCTS: Salt, Coriander Seed
YEAST: Lactobacillus, German Ale
Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 311 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BJB13
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a Pilsner glass.
Canned 2/25/20

L: Pale straw and slightly cloudy with slowly rising bubbles and a three plus finger white fluffy head that eventually dissipates to just a ring.
S: Salty sour lemon with some sour dough and a little horse blanket.
T: Starting tart, dry and lemon-like. Salt and a little sweaty funk show in the middle and move to a quick tangy finish. The sourness is restrained and I can't detect any hop bitterness.
F: Light and effervescent with medium-high carbonation, very dry and only light astringency.
O: Brite and zesty with a manageable tart/sour profile. Easy drinking and refreshing, maybe a good place to start if you are new to Gose or other sours.

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a tulip

Look: A cloudy, pale yellow. Pours with a small white cap of foam that dissipates quickly into a ring on top of the liquid.
Smell: I get a faint whiff of cracker-like malt before the sour lemon aroma totally overpowers everything else.
Taste: Exactly like the nose, crackery malt followed by lots of tart lemon flavor. Lingering salty/sour finish.
Feel: Light/thin bodied with light carbonation and tiny bubbles.
Overall: So refreshing on a hot day, heavy on the sour citrus and with a finish that leaves you wanting to keep on sippin'.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from fridge temp. Beautiful golden yellow with little carbonation. Nose is really interesting. Salty, lemon, sour, earthy, orange peel. Taste is a quick burst of sour, a touch of tart, and a salty finish. The lemon notes really come through. Getting some wheat and a slight medicine taste. Definitely a dry finish. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy yellowish color nice bubbly white head not much lacing.

Aroma - Lots of lemon, tart sour aroma.

Taste - Great flavor, lemon/lime salt nice bite on the finish almost puckers the mouth.

Feel - Light bodied good carbonation prickly dry finish.

Overall - Great Gose wonderful flavors.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned March 24 according to the ink on the bottom of this 12oz vessel.

It is a very milky, unfiltered pale straw color with a fizzy white head that almost disappeared before I could take a picture of it.

As much as I love a Gose, I run into this occasionally with the aroma. Unfortunately, it smells very much like vomit. It is very sour with a lot of lactic acid, some salt, and a little lemon. I hate when this happens because it is really hard to overcome, but I tend to be pretty sensitive to it.

There is a puckering sour lemon and acidity up front with a touch of spicy corriander, follwed by some sea salt that seems to tame it a little. The wheat is very subtle. Barley noticeable to me.

The body is not nearly as carbonated as I would have guessed and had that signature soft feel.

I like the seemingly traditional approach, and having only tried American versions it may be more representative of the style than I scoring towards. This one is certainly drinkable overall, but seems pretty unbalanced toward the sour end to me. Some more wheat grains would probably help quite a bit, and letting it warm up seems to help.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into speigelau IPA glass canned on 3/24

A: murky bright yellow tan body with little to no head.

S: very tart smelling, lemony, coriander, grainy, and salty

T: nice refreshing tartness finishing with some coriander and wheat with some nice saltiness on the finish.

M: clean refreshing makes your mouth water with the light saltiness and tartness

O: this is a good gose it's refreshing salty and sour with some nice wheat and coriander mixed in.

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one is weird for me because the look and smell were not that appealing, but the taste and feel were great. I'm pretty new to sour beers and this not sure how they should look and smell in general so take my rating with a grain of salt.

I do know that the taste and feel of this beer are awesome and I want this again for sure.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours as a really hazy straw with a quickly dispersing white head. Aromas of lime, green apple, and coriander. First taste impression is, wow, really astringent and sour. Lots of wheat flavors, slight malt, and zero hops. Light body, little carbonation, and an acquired taste.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from oline73. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/8/2016. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of bit sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, green apple, white grape, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast. salt/spice, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, green apple, white grape, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderate tart/sourness and light peppery spice on the finish; with lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, grapefruit, green apple, white grape, sea salt, coriander, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/sourness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from sourness/acidity, and lightly puckering. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, acidic/saline, and fairly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is an excellent Gose! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; even with the higher amount of acidity and sourness for the style. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow with a massive, overly carbonated eggshell head that doesn't stick around for very long, but completely disappears. A minor line of lace marks the highest level, and in the body, visible bubbles rise from the bottom.

Smell is salty lemon, milky and lactic, with a unique floral and seaweed mix. Grape and hay come forward before too long.

Taste is lemonade, salty lime, light lactic acid, with grape-apple juice and hay as it warms. Not leaving too much of an impression either way.

Tart and tingly in the back of the throat, and crisp.

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Photo of allswells
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer! I live in Baltimore and first tried this beer at a local pub where it was being served on draft. It's been making leeway the past few months and I couldn't be happier!

Look: The head fades very quickly, a very hazy beer.
Smell: Very tart, strong lemon smell
Taste: Pretty solid on the taste! It opens as a pretty tart beer, with strong notes of lemon. This Gose has a nice dose of salt, which contrasts the tartness very nicely. The aftertaste is very, very wheaty, which I love in a beer.
Feel: Incredibly light, about as light as your typical lemonade, and just as refreshing too.

All in all, I'm absolutely in love with this beer and impressed by how well the tart, salty and wheat flavors mesh.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

WHAT a great Gose! I think it compares favorably to the Leipzig (Germany--i.e. original) versions--less biting than Westbrook (the original US Gose). Appearance could use some work--as the head disappears nearly as fast as a soft drink...(unlike any German beer). Aroma is briney and tart, quite a bit like the ocean. Taste is perfectly balanced between the salt and the tart....EXACTLY as a Gose needs to be. HIGHLY recommended!!!

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice gose pour. Very hazy yellow with a nice, white head.

Smells tart and grainy. The same cereal-y grain bill that seems to be in every Union brew, along with straight up lemon juice. It's okay, absolutely fine for an American iteration of the style, but not nearly up to snuff with the best German versions, or even one of the more adventurous and/or well balanced American ones.

Tastes.. it smells. Lemony, thirst-quenching, but pretty one-note. Sour up front, sour in the back, and then a tiny bit of salt in the finish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, golden-yellow coloring with a halo of white head. Aromas of toasted grains, lemon zest, sea salt, white grape must, and a cracker backbone. Flavors are salty and tart forward, with a blend of lemon and grape, and a solid acidity on the back end of the palate. Light, smooth, and crisp body, with a salty and fruit tart aftertaste. The finish is smooth, clean, and crisp.

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Photo of gibgink
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra, shared on 6/5/16. Pours like a home made lemonade, ending up a fairly transparent yellow in the glass. Citrus on the nose. Very nice lemony flavor that is slightly tart. Taste lingers in the mouth for a while before eventually turning into a slight wheat like aftertaste. Very nice gose. A bit under rated in my opinion.

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Photo of dalizzie
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can.

(L) The color is light straw. Slightly hazy. Fizzy white head dissolved quick.
(A) Smell is tart lemon. Slight salt. Neither super strong.
(T) Taste is tart lemon, way more than smell. Puckering but balanced. Mineral aftertaste. More on the tart than sour.
(F) Light and refreshing. Dry at the end.

Kind of reminds me of spiked fizzy lemonade.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with a 1 finger white head. Head vanishes quickly and leaves almost no lacing behind.

Aroma is tart lemon, salt, and lacto. Light malt and gooseberry.

Taste is strong on the lemon but not as tart as the nose. Salt is quite light. Cracker-y wheat malt. Lacto, sour apple, and green grape.

Light body with crisp carbonation. Mild tartness and salt that kinda comes and goes. Light lingering fruitiness.

Nice beer overall but I'd like a bit more tartness. Perfect for a hot day.

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Photo of braker649er
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not always a gose fan, but I loved this one. I feel goses can overdo the saltiness, but this was subtle on that. There was a flavor progression: after the punch of tartness, a touch of fruit, then salt. Very good.

L - golden straw, clear, thin lacing
S - saltines and sour
T - great tartness and crisp progression as above
F - refreshing tang on the tongue
O - opened my mind about gose. Simple and solid.

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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, sample from the brewery.

Pale and clear, decent looking lace on top. Crackers, tartness, and faint salt in the nose. Semi-puckering tartness, just enough crispness, and a complimenting salt note on the palate. Well done throughout, a bit high on the tartness but it works perfect here.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pale hazy yellow, fizzy white head disappears quickly. Lemony tart Gose aroma. Taste is light and lemony, puckering tartness, earthy bitter finish. Mild salt barely detectable. Thin but smooth mineraly mouthfeel. Flavorful gose, refreshing brew.

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Photo of maximum12
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Lucular for this colorful 12 oz. can. I haven’t had a gose in a while & looking for something to break up all the dark & heavy. This fit’s the bill.

Pours like a white wine: light, nearly colorless, & after only a minute or two it could pass for a non-carbonated adult beverage. Smells just like Tamarack State Beach in Carlsbad, CA without the pleasing visuals.

Old Pro should have found a way to get a Morton’s sponsorship on that can somehow. Saltier than my fourteen year old eyeing her jobs list, the tang of sea air in the back of the throat dominates here, as it should. Anything else is a sideshow: mineral water, mild acidity. Sharp, quaffable.

And extremely simple, but that’s no knock here. Single-celled beers seldom work, but this one does. Very good.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler one day after pour:
Pours a light pale yellow, barely hazy, with a finger or so of head. The head slowly fades, some sparse coverage midway through the beer. Eventually completely leaves.

Nose is lemony citrus and saltiness and fairly strong. It almost comes across as lemon pledge with the salt adding a light mineral note that just combines in a strange way.

Taste is fruity tart - citrus lemon, lime up front. This gets combined with a cirtus rind/zest bitterness (moreso than sour) and an ever so light tangy note of sour milk. The salt comes in mid taste to combine with the tart notes, and grows as a component of the flavor, as the sour notes fade.

Feel is amazing in this pour. Lively carbonation that lifts the beer and accents the sour notes so well. The carbonation doesn't add any prickliness, which is mildly surprising - in a very good way. Light and refreshing, and the citrus and salt notes wash away pretty well in the end.

A very enjoyable Gose. Tart enough without causing your cheeks to implode into your mouth. Salt definitely comes out, and the feel is refreshingly light and refreshing.

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Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best Goses I have had despite the low-ish rating. Don't hesitate to try this one out, it is essentially a more complex Westbrook Gose with less sea salt. Pure money.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

nice to see this style really now firmly entrenched in the american brewing repertoire, its cought on like wildfire, and rightly so. this is my first from union, and its a really good one. lots of body for the style, and also a ton of carbonation, its the beer drinkers session beer, and it really does work. i think its quite light on the lacto side. tangy for sure, but only minimally acidic. i dont get a whole lot of saltiness, none really, i think its contributes to the body more than anything, and perhaps the earthy vibe this beer has on the whole. its neat to see them canning this, i think the world needs more canned gose of this quality. if it was distributed in colorado i would buy it for sure. its less intensely flavored than the now common westbrook example, but i think its proportionally just as good, a little easier drinking (if you can imagine) because of fantastic carbonation and infinite dryness. increasingly sour as it warms, but never anything but entirely inviting. top notch american example of the style, and underrated on here i reckon.

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Photo of zoober911
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - A pale yellow pour and with a white foam head. Falls back to line the walls of the glass like a group of boys to scared to ask a girl to dance at prom.

S - stealing this from Westbrook...sour salty delicious. Actually smells pretty damn similar to Westbrooks' Gose.

T - Taste is a m a z i n g. Love me some Gose. Tart, with a light salt to it. Very pleasant.

F - Carb is on point. For the most part as expected, but maybe a bit softer than other Gose options.

O - I would buy this by the boat load if I could. It was an awesome extra from a super cool BA! Union Craft has got this on lock down!

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Old Pro from Union Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 311 ratings