Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer
Martin House Brewing Company

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From:
Martin House Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Style:
Gose
Ranked #196
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
76
Ranked #29,267
Avg:
3.26 | pDev: 30.06%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
45
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 10, 2023
Added:
Aug 12, 2019
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  1
SCORE
76
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Notes: Gose with Pickle Juice.
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Rated by Try-em-all from Missouri

2.57/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Nice try, appreciate the effort, won't be drinking again unless there is juice left in the bottom of the pickle jar.
Jan 10, 2023
 
Rated: 4.3 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.19 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Dec 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.28 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Oct 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Ouray420

2.17/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Just wanted to reiterate the warnings others have offered. This tastes like pure pickle brine. I love pickle brine, but 12 fluid ounces of the stuff simply feels unhealthy. The flavor is enjoyable to sip, but it is only for people who actually drink pickle brine in large quantities. I enjoyed the novelty, but I won’t be buying it again.
Sep 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Aug 31, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer was golden in appearance with an aggressive stream of carbonation.

Smell - It was like opening a jar of pickles. The nose was huge.

Taste - To be clear, you have to expect a high dose of pickles in this beer. It tasted as though the brewers poured high concentrated pickle brine into an otherwise light beer. It was nicely tart and almost overpowering with pickle. Somehow, I kind of liked it.

Mouthfeel - The body was light like the base beer, with a strong stream of carbonation.

Overall - It is not for everybody, but I liked it.
Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by AustinKnight from Texas

4.88/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This beer is dill-icious. I first tried it on tap the month it was released, and my fridge has had a can in it every day since it was canned.

If you don’t like pickle juice, don’t review it, because you won’t like it. If you say you like pickle juice, you most likely will enjoy it, but you better really like pickle juice and not just say that (it surprises many). It really does taste like pickle juice. I can’t stress that enough. It’s pickle juice beer. You should really like pickle juice, or better yet, LOVE pickle juice. I’ve tried many pickle beers and they fail in comparison to this OG. It looks like pickle juice, smells like pickle juice, and tastes like pickle juice. Remember that, and you’ll be in salty, briney, heaven.
Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz can from Tavour. Golden pour, head fizzles out, lively carbonation. Aroma is dill, cucumber and brine. Taste is salty, cucumber, dill. Creamy feel.
Jun 12, 2022
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Rated by tonystanhope from Florida

1/5  rDev -69.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
No, no, no. This is pickle juice. Straight pickle juice. Might be useful as a Jameson chaser or for brining chicken, but that's about it.
Jun 02, 2022
 
Rated: 2.15 by UriahC00k from Texas

May 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Australia

2.21/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75
12 fl oz can:

Butyric acid drags this one way way down, lending it a vaguely vomit redolent flavour. What should be a refreshingly acidic smacky sour ends up tasting vomit-y and off-putting.

Swing and a miss from Martin House.

D / NOT RECOMMENDED
May 10, 2022
 
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

2.65/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger fizzy, finely pored white head that receded quickly to a very thin collar; no lacing;

S: dill pickles;

T: there's an off-putting sourness that overwhelms the dill pickle part of the flavor;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: the sourness made it undrinkable;
Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

2.7/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Definitely a weird funky beer that I’ve never had before. Yellow green color with a white head. Nose of you guessed it - pickle juice and taste of pickles and carbs.
Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

1.19/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Thanks to Ozzylizard for this one from his NBS BIF #14 boxes. 12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a cloudy dark yellow color with under a half-inch of white head that had low-moderate retention and no lacing.

OK, low expectations going forward. This just sounds like a bad idea. The kind of thing one can do, but maybe not a thing one should do.

The scent was just like sticking your nose into a 5-gallon bucket of pickles. no beer scent at all. Oh fuck, same on the tongue. just drink some fucking pickle juice with a shot of vodka.

The body was light-medium, smooth-ish, but had a very pickle-y finish that lingered far too long.

Drinkability was near impossible, but I choked it down. Literally.

Overall, these brewers must have been dropped on their heads. Avoid.
Nov 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Mortarforker from Texas

Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Review 1657
Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer
Martin House
Date: 18 May 2021
I first heard about this infamous beer pickle beer this summer. I knew I needed to seek this holy grail out. From what I was told, runners in Texas would enjoy this beer after a long race. I have consumed several of these beers, and they are tasty. I do not think many appreciate the fact they blended pickle juice and beer into a cohesive element. I poured the beer into a pokal glass at 44 degrees. A frothy and airy two-fingered white head was created from the pour. The quick dissipation left no lacing of the glass. The color charts around SRM 4, pale straw with golden yellow hues. Lots of carbonation bubbles are visible within the beer. Some cloudiness is visible too within the beer.

The aromas are pickle juice brine and toasted crackers. The pickle juice aromas are aromatic and not allowing me to nose past them.
The pickle juice is present and the dominating flavor. Working my palate past the pickle flavor, I get a pleasant toasted cracker and a hint of floral.

The mouthfeel is salty and sour.

The body is light, has medium carbonation, and has a long finish.

My expectations were met, a beer with pickle juice combined with a beer. I was sure I was not going to detect any of the gose flavors. The beer is dominated by pickle; it is an assertive flavor. I am surprised that I was unable to perceive or taste much else. Personally, I love this beer and would drink it all the time.
Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 2.66 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.81/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is a bit hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of sour dill pickle brine are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but has stronger flavors of sour dill pickles and notes of saltiness in the finish from the underlying gose.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit briny on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes more like pickle brine than a gose so if you're not a big fan of sour dill pickles then you probably won't be a big fan of this beer.

Serving type: can
Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 1.69 by StoutSnob40 from California

Aug 14, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
12 oz. Can poured into pint glass
Look: 1 1/2 finger that disappeared quickly. No lacing. Color is that a pickle brine, no carbonation.
Smell: Strong pickle aroma, slight maltiness
Taste: Strong pickle flavor, like drinking pickle brine with a beer aftertaste. A bit salty.
Feel: Just lays there, no carbonation, coats tongue
Overall: Interesting flavor. Not something drink every day but it was an experience.
Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sour, salty, spicy and earthy, there's something about pickles that appeal to so many. So when makers of sour ale see some commonalities forming between their beers and the briny nature of pickles, their wheels get 'a spinnin'.

Martin House caters to that curiosity while teaming up with Best Maid pickle company for a lightly cloudy but illuminous golden straw colored ale with a frothy white but short-lived cap. As a hint of the pickle brine creates a peculiar aroma, but the nose is mostly floral, fruit, cidery and winey. Early sweetness registers to the tastebuds like sourdough, light taffy and honeysuckle.

But the focus quickly shifts to the pickle and in a big way. A very strong flavor of dill and other spices and flavorings that are common to pickle brine hits the middle palate with a deeply savory, rounded and pickling spice blend that blends in perfectly with the strong salinity to follow. Without the vegetal nature of actual cucumbers, there's a fruitiness of lime, lemon, green apple, gooseberry, white grape and fresh basil that comes instead. Low on bitterness, the sourness wins in the end but balanced by a juicy and mouthwatering balance of saltwater.

Medium bodied but somehow made to feel fuller by the saltiness, the Sour Pickle Beer finishes both sour and salty to satisfy the savory sensors while the ale rolls into a quick afterglow of pickle brine and citrusy sourness for a highly thirst quenching but off-clean session.
Jun 22, 2021
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Rated by LXIXME from New Mexico

3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I'll pass on any more pickle beers.
May 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by WickedBeer from Alabama

May 11, 2021
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Rated by wac9 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Taste like pickles on rye
Apr 12, 2021
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Rated by Mald25 from Texas

4.3/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
LOVED IT! Took me several home & tried them out and jeez they are good!
Apr 08, 2021
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Reviewed by enragedwalrus from Texas

2.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2
I love Best Maid dill pickles. I love sour beers. I do not like this beer.

It is absolutely vile. Where I was a expecting a gose with a slight picklely after taste, I got a can of alcoholic pickle juice.

Can you drink an entire can of straight pickle juice? Then this is probably for you. If not, then I would suggest staying away from this unless it's just for pure novelty. While they succeeded in creating a beer that tastes just like best maid dill pickle juice, I do not find it drinkable at all, and that's what my ratings are based on.

Look: Slightly golden
Smell: Exactly like Best Maid pickle juice
Taste: Salty, garlicky, vinegary, extremely sour with no beer taste.
Feel: Very lightly carbonated, hard puckers
Apr 06, 2021
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Reviewed by HardTarget from Texas

3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Aroma: Vinegar and salt, and a lot of pickle juice.

Appearance: Thin golden glass, good clarity, no head.

Taste: Pickle juice, tons of salt, vinegar, no malt, no beer tastes, just pickle juice.

Mouthfeel: Puckers, low carbonation, light body.

Overall: Do you like pickles? Do you, like them a lot? We then, this beer is for you. You can have mine, pickles are ok, but this is a bit of a gimmick beer. They nailed the pickle aspect, just not the beer aspect.
Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Can. Cloudy pale yellow. White head.

This tastes like pickle juice. If you like dill pickles, this is delicious. Mouth watering actually. I really enjoyed it. Salty, zesty, crisp, and has a sour twang in the finish.
Mar 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Sippinonsomedunkel from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Absolutely creative. No taste of alcohol at all which isn’t necessarily good or bad. Straight up pickle juice with a nice after fizz. As a sour lover I’m into it but would probably not choose to drink very often. You have to give Martin House their props I’ve seen my friend on Instagram drinking this beer more than anything else over the past year. Going to try it in a red beer next. 82/100
Jan 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Cashbail from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
This probably isn’t for everyone... but if you love sour pickles or drinking the pickle juice from the bottle, this is for you. Tastes like the juice from some delicious half-sour deli pickles. The nice fresh ones that need to be kept cold. Sour, salty and amazing. Would be great on a sweaty summer day.
Jan 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.51 by dielzubro from Texas

Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

1.59/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
Can thanks to Frijoless.
That said what the actual fuck.
Who is the target audience for salty pickle juice???
The hobo from Dodgeball that drinks his own urine?
Undrinkable.
Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by TedHead from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a slightly green golden with a white head that dissipates quickly. It smells like a jar of pickles with dill and garlic coming forward. It's got a clausen pickle like flavor with a very well complimenting sour kick. It goes down smoothly and overall if you like pickles and sours you're definitely going to like this. It's worth a try if you ever see it.
Dec 16, 2020
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Rated by UkyoRellik from Texas

1.22/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
It tastes like pickles.
Dec 03, 2020
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Reviewed by AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Look, you bought it, it said pickle beer, now you're drinking it. Don't act shocked or surprised that it tastes like sour, salty dill pickles, because that's exactly what it tastes like. End of story. Problem, solution. It's as pickle as they get.
Nov 29, 2020
 
Rated: 1.5 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Oct 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Tlboo from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
I hate beer, this stuff is unbelievably fabulous!! I love pickles and pickle juice and that is the taste you get! No beer taste at all! Love love love this beer if only I could find some! Every place is sold out! More please!!!
Aug 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Aug 02, 2020
Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer from Martin House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 79 ratings