Old Pro Gose | Union Craft Brewing Company

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Old Pro GoseOld Pro Gose

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 08-11-2012

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Photo of michealbigboyhubbard
1.68/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

My boys and I tried a can of Old Pro and the consensus was not good! The first swig of Old Pro Gose was like a holocaust on my taste buds. Not sure how anyone gets pleasure from drinking it, however some get enjoyment from watching Honey Boo Boo!!!!

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.83/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Church Key last night. This smelled and tasted nothing like John's review right below mine, but given that it was deemed fine for the finest beer bar in DC, I'm going ahead and reviewing it.

The beer looks gorgeous. Light yellow, dense, white head, excellent lacing, all hallmarks of a good beer. The nose, OTOH, is awful. It smells like the material used in diapers to soak up pee, and slightly used to boot. I get no salt, no coriander, no funk. The palate is also just way, way off. Downright terrible, this also does taste like a peed-in diaper. Light in body and moderately carbonated, I guess the feel is decent for the style, but boy, is this gross. Four of us couldn't finish a 4oz pour.

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Photo of tone77
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A shout out to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of salty pretzels. Taste is not so good, sour lemons and salt, not to my liking at all. Feels sour and medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but I won't have a need to drink this one again.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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 smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a tall wheat ale glass.

Very pale lemon body, unfiltered with a minimal amount of carbonation but just enough, with a gray colored edge to it. Head is only about a finger tall, bright white and a foamy soapy consistency. Dissolves slowly but eventually to a thin bubbled collar, and then to nothing.

Good hints of tart lemon, but also some wonder bread cheap flour, and a hint of brine. The salty character is a little bit on the sweat angle slightly in the aroma department, not the greatest but not horrible. Lots of good malt depth if a bit flour dry strangely.

Palate comes a little bit too light and thin. Lots of fruit juice and tangy lemon qualities but very wet and watery body. Hinted malt quality really missing with not a lot of density or bakery quality or thickness. Flattened pineapple juice like finish which comes off a bit strange. Tartness a bit too high and sharp as well, coming off more like old fruit juice than beer. Strangely not that much salty either.

Relatively alright and drinkable, but also kind of forgettable.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a fairly light gold color with pretty decent head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, as I pick up clove, orange candy and some light cookie dough. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and just seems a bit odd. There is considerable orange juice citrus on the palate, coupled with the cookie dough flavor. Despite the modest sweetness, the finish is generally dry, with a hint of sour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a wash of orange juice and light sour at the end.

Not bad, and God knows it's nice to see more gose being made here on the East Coast. However, I'm not sure this is one beer I'll be ordering again any time soon.

Tried side by side with the new gose from Flying Dog and, well, this beer didn't fare well by comparison.

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Photo of dalizzie
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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 orangebison
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy and pale yellow, similar to one of the lighter German hefeweizens. Lots of lemon in the aroma, with just a hint of cider-y funkiness. Taste is layers on layers of sourness and tartness: lemon juice and zest, green apple, white grape juice, white wine. Taste sort of separates into a smooth, lemonade-y base flavor with a bright, sharp tartness riding over top. Light-to-medium carbonation, with a light prickle, and a long, white-wine-like finish. Salt has a subtle, ocean-like presence; not much noticeable coriander at all. Brighter, bolder and sharper than the Old World versions I've had, but refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of mynie
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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 jmasher85
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As gose-y a gose as you're gose-ing to get! I love the can art, and the description of the Old Pro reminds me of a few characters I saw growing up on the Jersey shore. Anyway, the smell is a bit citrusy and sour, with a good helping of vinegar. The first sip is a wave of salt on the front of my tongue which quickly dissipates into the sour, bubbly brine of a beer. Besides salt and vinegar, and both flavors are very present with neither being overwhelming, there's a bit of dry wine flavor, like a brut champagne or just a very dry pinot grigio. Almost no aftertaste besides a bit of sour brett flavor, which doesn't last too long an encourages more sips. Not an everyday kinda beer for me, but a good example of a style which I consider a nice occasional treat.

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Photo of PolhillS
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I sampled a pint on tap at the Union Craft Brewing tap room in Baltimore, MD. The beer was especially fresh. It poured a muddled (not really translucent) orange color with a medium sized (well under an inch) airy head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma was fresh of oranges, coriander, and some lemon in the way of a saison or farmhouse ale.

Taste was good, fresh, refreshing, recently brewed. Again, similar to a farmhouse brew with more robust fruit flavors. Not salty, but flavorful, almost as if the salt had the affect of a seasoning to bring out the fruit flavors, while not really bringing a salty flavor to the beer. Very thirst quenching (is this a contradiction for a salt beer?).

Good mouthfeel, not thin, but not too thick. You could smack your lips to get a better feel for the taste. Heavier on the palate than a farmhouse ale.

Overall, a good session beer, something that could be sipped after work outside, or while sitting outside during a warm late summer or early fall afternoon. I would have it again, particularly on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much thanks Caneron for this cam. New brewery for me - Union Craft Baltimore, welcome to Union Street Easthampton.

A - 12oz can poured to a pint glass. Very pale and hazy straw-colored beer with slow-rising bubbles and a big white head that fizzes down quickly to a full cap. A thin ring and some lace is left by the end.

S - Smell to me is pretty much straight-up salty sour lemons. Some light funk and a touch of grapefruit, with some big bread crust tones and coming through eventually.

T - Big ol tartness, straight suckin' on a lemon level of puckering. And some wheat. Kinda minerally.

M - Light but ample, carbonation a bit on the low side, very puckering and drying. Definitely kind of a slow sipper, but the sour punch is pretty nice, and big for 4.2%.

O - It's pretty one-note to me for the taste, but it's really quite a note - a nice pure shocking lemony sour that instantly gets you salivating. I prefer my gose more balanced+drinkable for something on the more straight sour side this was nice.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade...AND IT'S GONE! Retention is really bad here. No lacing sticks to the glass, either. (2.25)

Smell: This definitely takes on a lactic tone, with a touch of salt and a bigger touch of coriander also coming through. While it gets slightly apple-esque, it smells extremely savory in general. Weird, but I'll be damned if I don't like it. (3.75)

Taste: Opens up big-time with lactic tartness. Also, this seems to have more coriander than other examples of the style. Wheat malt ties everything together, and helps support the salty back end. What can I say? I'm the target market for this beer, and I approve wholeheartedly of the taste. (4)

Mouthfeel: Full in body to start (for 4.2%, natch), it quickly dries out with its salty/sour one-two punch. It feels more substantial than the alcohol would suggest, yet goes down just as easily as something so small should. Carbonation is decently powerful. (4)

Overall: Yep. This could be a go-to session beer for yours truly, simply because I love the salty and sour qualities of it - it has more than usual for a gose, all while retaining its balance. I'm glad I got a 6-pack of this, that's for sure... (4)

3.84/5: More good goses are not a bad thing at all

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Photo of VincentFrey
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being a gose, there is no real definitive style guidelines to appearance and aroma. I enjoy them, you might not. Expect a cloudy yellow, almost urine like pour, with hints of lactic acid and wheat in the nose. No reason to dwell there, since a Gose could mean many different things to many different folks beside German influence, vaguely wheaty, slighty sour salt beer.

Taste is incredible. Yes, it's a salt beer. The salt actually evens out the lactic acid pretty well, and while still getting a sour taste it isn't the palate ruiner some sours can be. I could drink pint after pint of this, particularly at the low ABV.

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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Kurmaraja
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow, decent head. Smell has a lacto, wheaty, lemon an orange, some floral notes, a bit of wet sock funk / must. Taste dials back the wet sock and delivers the citrus, some hay and grain. A bit muddy in the finish but still a really nice gose.

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Photo of illpass78
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little tasting glass on tap at Perfect Pour in Howard County, Maryland.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw with some foam.

Aroma: A little funk, a little wheat and some lemon.

Taste: Hello, salt. This is tasty, salty, tart little number. Flavors of lemon and lime, too.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light, in an appealing way.

Overall: Nicely executed gose from these Charm City brewdogs. Would have a pint for sure.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Dirtyhands
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have had some batch variation with this one.

When its good, expect a good bit of lactic acid followed by bites of ripe citrus with heaps of salt. Very tasty and I'm so very happy I took the time to try this Gose again.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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 JLaw55
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First I tried this one on Cask and it was not good. Then I had it on tap at another bar, and loved it!

This one is crisp and sour, with a nice puckering tartness of peach and nectarines. There is a fair amount of salt that is quite prominent and really makes the tart and sour flavors pop. This one is quite drinkable for the style and definitely worth revisiting.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Murky orange yellow, one finger bone white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Tart oranges, lemon zest.

T: Same as aroma, but add salt (just the right amount).

M: Could use a bit more carbonation at the end of sips, but I like the somewhat milky feel, and the bubbles don't overpower at the start.

O: A delightful gose. Could be more complex, but it's flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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 maximum12
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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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