Lost Nation Brewing

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #39
Ranked #5,751
4.04 | pDev: 10.4%
Lost Nation Brewing
Vermont, United States
Notes: A traditional German beer style that was all but extinct 30 years ago. An amazingly refreshing beer brewed with coriander and sea salt. The tart, dry finish combined with the hint of salt and citrus leaves your palate craving another sip.
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cdpowers from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I used to really love this beer and call it one of my favorites. Several years latter, however, I'm finding it a bit lackluster, though still an enjoyable beer, especially at the end of a sunny work day.

Tuesday at 10:00 PM
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy pale yellow with a thin wispy head and no lacing.

S: A beautiful complex of grain, citrus, and hay. A slight sulfurous note is there, reminds me of kala namak.

T/M: Very crisp, tart, salty, and a big malty flavor. Some mild funkiness as well, it all blends well and results in a super refreshing flavor.

Overall: A very tasty brew, my main beer that I have enjoyed for the past three or four months. I will be drinking a lot of it this summer.

Mar 03, 2021
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at some restaurant in downtown Burlington in October 2019.

Pours a cloudy yellow with 1/2" white head, looks similar to a good looking hefeweizen. Aroma smacks of all the traditional gose notes: big time coriander and salt push over a salinity laden tartness.

Taste is quite nice, I think there is prolly a tad more coriander than I prefer, but if there is any style of beer I can handle a greater magnitude of coriander in (compared to say a hefeweizen since that style was mentioned earlier) it would be a gose, so this is still plenty good despite that aspect of my palate desires. Still hits refreshing. Also a higher than average amount of saltiness, but I mean, that is why you brought gose to the dance is it not?

Its not like that is all there is to the beer, there is a little bit of a grapefruit like bitterness and residual taste/mouth feel to it. I liked it, can't remember what I had for dinner, but this paired just fine with it (I also had a SNPA bc old habits die hard) .

May 15, 2020
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farrago from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin white head without much retention, the yellow liquid more gauzy than hazy. Sour nose of grains, grapefruit, the sea salt more present than the coriander, a brief lactic note, not much fruit presence. Medium to full-bodied, tart but not all that biting and arguably smoother than could be expected. Really salty here, pushes everything to the background. Lemon to white grapefruit citrus, maybe some star fruit or nectarine. Given its weight easy to drink albeit the more you sip the drier the palate becomes. Nicely done.

Jun 19, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16-oz. can (11/29/18) needed a hard pour to reach a half finger of white soapy froth with short retention and sliding spots of lace. Pale straw color, cloudy and semi-opaque.
Tart and sharply sour smell of wet wheat and faint sour milk.
The taste begins sour with low bitterness, coriander replaces hops, light saltiness.
Wheaty malt smooths out the middle. Tangy citrus is rushed along by latent carbonation.
The semi-dry finish lasts, a bit more salty and bitter. Sourness, salt and spice linger a while.
Light bodied, plenty of carbonation in reserve. Refreshing easy drinker, semi-smooth.
At 1st I was put off by the looks and smell, however this beer matches style guideline so well. The more I drink this beer the more I enjoy, last of the 4-pack.

Mar 09, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a can dated 9/10/18.

Yellow color with white head. Drank directly from the can in Alchemist tradition.

Excellent and very drinkable Gose. Tastes of spice (coriander) as well as some saltiness.

Overall super good beer and very drinkable.

Dec 08, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

16oz can, undated, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass. Enjoyed on 7.28.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, light haze with a very tall and fizzy white head that has minimal retention and yields no lace. The aroma is decent, lightly salty with a touch of citrus, strong pilsner malt with a bit of spice and mineral water. The flavors are unimpressive, very bland, light citrus, light salinity, hardly any tartness to speak of, stronger spice that reads more like a witbier with some assertive yeasty esters and a mineral water laden finish. The mouthfeel is fine, light body, crisp and bubbly that coats well with a dry finish.

Verdict: A poor Gose. About as bland as it gets, nothing really pops other than a heavy use of coriander and stale malt. It's crushable, drinks more like a weird pilsner witbier hybrid that is nice in the summer sun, but as far as a Gose goes, pretty poor outing.

Jan 17, 2018
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woemad from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can with a masssive dent in the top. According to the stamp on the rim of the bottom of the can, this was canned on May 28, 2017. Received courtesy of bl00.

Poured into a shaker pint glass, this was about 90% bone white foam. Letting it settle for a few minutes netted about 1/3 of a glass of beer from all that foam. After that, things poured much better, though restraint was still called for. Hazy lemon yellow in color, with a sticky, sudsy white head.

Salt and coriander up front in the nose.

While the taste is much like the nose, it's fairly easy drinking, with a relatively crisp mouthfeel. This is pleasingly tart and spicy, yet laid back enough for sessioning. If this were a local option, I'd keep it in mind for those outdoor grill gatherings of summer. Thanks, Dan!

Dec 14, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is cloudy and creamy pale yellow with almost 2 fingers of white head.

Smell is mainly sour wheat and a touch of citrus.

Taste is a little surprising. More salty than tart with a little citrus kick at the end.

Feel is on point with moderately high carbonation and kind of dances across ones palette.

Overall a nice beer just a little bit caught off guard. The saltiness overpowers the tartness and I wasn't ready for that. This is a very well done gose , I just prefer mine with a little more tartness to them. As always grateful for the opportunity.

Jun 21, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a stange. The appearance was a hazy burnt yellow color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. Light speckled carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Barely any lacing was left in the wake of the head. The smell started off with a crisp refreshing blend of sour wheat to sweet citrus grabbing my nose and punching it with a fairly sharp orange rind. The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors to combine and add a light dose of salt to taste. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation comes across restrained but good. Overall, I say this was a pretty nice crisp refreshing gose that I would have again.

Jun 11, 2017
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Jshbrown40 from Maine

3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

opague yellow to orange look.
mild funk smell with brigth lemon/orange and spice
tastes follows the smell, mild sweet/sour citrus with somefunk to it, and sea salt balanced with corriander.
well carbonated, the salt and sourness adds a little puckering on the tastebuds, light and brite over-all.
Overall, this is a fantastic hot weather beer: beach, boat, post lawn mowing or sports. Its easily crushable and a low ABV means you can have several without consequence. This is a great beer to break into sours, as it opens the door, but doesn't pummel you with sour and/or funk, but does give a polite introduction to both.

Jun 01, 2017
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L -- Murky yellow. Aerated pour produces a two-finger white head that dissipates quickly to nothing. No lacing. Highly effervescent
S -- Grain, briny sulfur, lemon. Very mild
T -- Sea salt takes center stage, made more refreshing by hints of lemon, coriander, tarragon, cranberry, and wheat
F -- The high carbonation and mild flavors make for a refreshing mouthfeel. Not too watery thanks to the saltiness
O -- This is a great summer outdoors brew. If you pace yourself and drink it instead of water, it can be just as hydrating.


May 21, 2017
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Flower and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweet/sour citrus with hints of cloves, apples, and wheat.

Overall: Good beer, drinks like a cider with a similar finish.

Jan 22, 2017
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dadplusbeer from New York

4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can

L- good head, didn't diminish quickly, slightly cloudy decent lacing

S- salty, lemon, light spice

T- salty and lively carbonation do most of the heavy lifting on this one. lemon and coriander come in to play later and lightly.

F- light, salt, easy.

O- super easy drinking summer beer. saltiness is strong but not overpowering. didn't get knocked over with it though. this is a solid beer, def going in the rotation.

Jan 10, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

2.82/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to stillmatic2232 for this 16 oz. can, a welcome diversion from the parade of IPAs, stouts, & barleywines…wow, that sounds whiney. Let’s drink.

The pour is a yellow that turns flat faster than the tire on a 1980 Pinto (personal experience - I knew where every ’free air’ sign in St. Paul was). Salt is the only thing that touches the nose, but even that is faint & weak.

Lost Nation Gose is meek. The saltiness that defines the style is less than mild, & further diluted by the coriander & a slight sourness. Citrus? Dry. Drinkable.

Neither a good beer for the style nor overall. Sub-mediocre.

Dec 11, 2016
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perogi from New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this on a trip up to Burlington, VT at the Farmhouse. I've only had this beer at tributary brewing in Maine and after an initial "wtf did I just put in my mouth", I grew to love it.

This version of it is extremely drinkable - sour balanced by salt. Give it a try

Nov 05, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: pale/dull yellow with a film if head
S: tart salt water.
T: lemon tartness but nothing crazy. Like water lemonade.
F: very drinkable and smooth
O: nothing crazy here, move on.

Oct 02, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

From Zombier. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 2x12-13. Very refreshing, with the sea touch, the tartness and some bitterness very well tied. Probably the best gose Ive taken so far. Pretty yellowish colour, but not foam quickly dissapears

Sep 15, 2016
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hgw605 from Vermont

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can picked up today.
L: Semi hazy golden peach.
S: Tart. Lacto. Sulfur.
T: Soft acidic salinity. Sulfuric. even after letting sit.
F: good.
O: Medium thin body. one of my favorite Gose when it is on. Maybe my pallet is of or maybe it i inconsistent.

Sep 14, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours pale golden with slight haze, thin fizzy head fades quickly, no lacing. Mild tart lemony aroma. Taste full of citrusy lemon, touch of coriander, nice salty finish. Tart like a gose should be but not overly. Semi soft feel with a crisp dry finish. Tasty one here.

Sep 11, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can reveals a very hazy pale gold like color, a slightly aggressive pour yielding a high moderate head.
In the nose, a strong briny and tart aroma stands out. Further in, the aroma mellows and reveals sweet malt.
For sure this brew is sour with a touch of herbs (coriander) as associated with the style. However, there is a nice citrusy sweetness that balances things out. The sweetness then gradually gives way to a dryness that makes the brew super drinkable.
Medium light, tart and refreshing. Overall, a pretty solid Gose.

Sep 10, 2016
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Im4jojo from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this from a can into a Tulip glass. Upon opening the can, I got the aroma of skunk. This almost turned me off, and I thought "it must be because it was brewed with sea water," then I reread the label: it was brewed with SEA SALT. There's a difference, there!
I'm glad I gave this beer a chance. A hazy blond with natural carbonation, there was little to the head or legs. Slightly tart, maybe a bit grapefruitish. In the fading of a sip, I could taste the coriander. I continued to enjoy this beer to the last sip, but I felt like something was missing . . . not quite sure what, but I know it had to do with taste. Maybe better in a bottle? Will definitely drink again despite this.

Aug 22, 2016
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snilsen13 from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours flat, slightly cloudy and has a pale gold color - it looks not so tasty. However, the smell has the expected funk and while not too powerful, it is on target if we're comparing this to authentic European gose. The flavor is also not too powerful - mainly tartness paired with mild funky flavors. It is very prickly, which is complementary to the tartness, but there the element of the sea salt which smoothens out the prickliness with a soft finish. Overall, this is easy drinking and satisfying. I like it overall more than the parts. The commercial description is solid.

Aug 17, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In the current craft beer climate its hard to tell the difference between the traditional northern German sour ale. Gose and Berlinerweiss intertwine into a homogenous flavor that rarely differentiates from each other. But with keen attention given to history, tradition and regional customs, the brewers at Lost Nation give us a rare glimpse into the world of Gose in its unadulterated form.

Hazy gold and casting a dainty white foamy cap, the beer leaps right out wits bright citrus, grain, bread, herb and a kiss of the sea. Its juicy grain and malt flavors have a light yeastiness of sourdough and fresh baking bread. Its sweetness is medium-short and extends gently onto the middle palate.

The taste explosion then happens as the sweetness relaxes and the sourness builds. Unleashing the bright and refreshing taste of orange, lemon and green apple, the brisk lactic sourness is slightly wine-like with white grape and moderate acidity adding to the mix. Zesty carbonation keeps the beer's perfumy charm balancing the earthiness of burlap while the beer's saline fullness adds a hint of robustness to the finishing flavor.

Medium-light in body, the beer's wheat, grain and salt addition keeps a sense of fullness while the racy effervescence, mild minty alcohol and moderate sourness trends dry, crisp and refreshing. The beer echoes with damp hay, cellar and sea brine in a short, snappy aftertaste.

Jul 26, 2016
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy/hazy straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades down to pretty much nothing

S: Lots of wheat, some salinity, a bit of fruitiness and spices. Light on the coriander. Solid

T: Follows the nose. Lightly tart to start, with notes of the wheat and fruity notes. Salinity is nice and picks up slightly towards the finish. Spiciness and light coriander also pick up towards the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid take on a fairly vague style that is incredibly easy to drink and perfect for hot summer days. Could easily kill a 4-pack over the course of an outdoors day. Definitely worth checking out

Jul 19, 2016
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