Old Pro Gose | Union Craft Brewing Company

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88
very good
43 Reviews
Old Pro GoseOld Pro Gose
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Union Craft Brewing Company
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 08-11-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
261
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.62%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
51
For Trade:
2
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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 brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a modest head that leaves a few strands of lace

Smell: Tangy wheat, tart lemon and a hint of coriander

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with the salty and tangy tones developing right away; lactic lemon and coriander elements build through the middle, with the salty tartness lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit thicker than anticipated, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice example of the style; had some surprisingly bold flavors

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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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 -1%
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 thatoneguymike
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ladies and gents, I have found my new favorite American-style gose. Just deliciously tart and salty, easy to pound without even trying, I just wish that I had asked for more of them in the recent trade.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
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 GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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 tone77
2.76/5  rDev -30.3%
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 John_M
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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 dar482
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy straw color.

The aroma is inviting of sweet lemon peel, green apple, corainder, wheat, a hint of salt.

The flavor is a surprise as it is a medium plus to full tartness up front. Green apple and lemon, surrounded by corainder, a crackery malt and wheat midpalate, then onto lingering Warhead tart and a restrained amount of salt.

A full on tart bomb of a gose, very much like Westbrook. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.83/5  rDev -53.8%
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 cbutova
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can at Pizzeria Paradiso, DC.

A- Colorful can drops a cloudy golden brew into a tumbler with a foamy tall white head. Good retention eventually falling to a small pillow and lace is rare.

S- Heavy lactic bacterial profile with a slight funk leads to a good dose of wheat bread and coriander. Alludes to tartness.

T- Mostly the lemon juice-esque lactic acid bacteria again but it really lends itself well to the wheaty grains, coriander floral spice and salty sea water mineral feel in the aftertaste.

MF- Puffy and creamy consistency to a very light end body that feels like a pillow on the palate. Carbonation is fairly high and it finishes very tart and somewhat salty.

Honestly for me this gives the best of the style a true run for the money (looking at you Westbrook). Very tart with a great lactic profile and salt.

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Photo of maximum12
4.04/5  rDev +2%
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 mynie
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.84/5  rDev -3%
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 garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Many thank larryi86 for this little diddy.
a little fruit at first and then citrus and tart. A slight backing of wheat.
Cloudy yellow with a nice white cap.
Very nice thirst quenching quality with the tart balanced with a nice settling malt/wheat foundation. The tart has a very tasty citrus. The salt isn't clear but I can taste in laying on the tongue.
Kinda' light but appropriate. Bubbly and smooth.
I'd like to get more of this one.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy straw body, fizzy bone-white head that settles quickly into a few bubbles. Aroma is pretty potent for the style. Hints of tartness and sourness, spicy coriander, a dash of lemon and saltwater. Flavor has some tartness , almost like lemon and the corriander comes through adding a bit of toastiness, but there is an aftertaste that is slightly off-putting. You expect some funkiness in a sour/salty beer and this one has it. Mouthfeel is medium-high fizzy carbonation, with a light refreshing feel. Sticky, lingering aftertaste with some tartness. A good take on the style, with that slightly off-putting aftertaste lingering away as I finish the glass. Worth a try.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
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 richj1970
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into shaker pint.

A: Very pale yellow with two finger head with short retention and zero lacing.

S: Tart lemons mixed with salt and coriander. Faint earthy funk lingering around in the back.

T: Lemon juice with a hint of lime. Briny salt and a little coriander.

M: Light and refreshing. Finish is tart and slightly salty.

O: Nice cool down beer on a hot day. Not a normal style for me, but it sure did hit the spot today.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -3%
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 Lucular
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an absolutely refreshing gose, one of my favorites. A little bit more tart than salt, it would be easy to drink 3-4 of these in an afternoon at the beach.

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Photo of jtladner
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised how low the average rating is for this one. Almost passed, but glad my buddy recommended it. Great blend of salt and tart. Super refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of larryi86
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a slim pint glass

A- A hazy golden straw color with a very small with head.

S- Tart lemons, wheat, lacto, touch of salt, come citrus and coriander, very nice smelling.

T- Limes, some lemon, some wheat, hints of salt and coriander.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, dry finish.

O- A very easy drinking gose. Reasonable priced and worth picked up if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of tclipse
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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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