Kirsch Gose
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #184
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,799
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
207
Ratings:
1,129
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Spring
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Kirsch GoseKirsch Gose
Notes: A bold and bright step outside the norm, the flavors of a unique, old world German brewing process excite your senses with the sharp and sweet burst of fresh cherries. Effervescent and sublime, this session ale has an enticing cherry-fruit character. European tradition and American ingenuity come together in the truest sense as you Taste Victory in Kirsch Gose.

Pours a ruby to light red with white foam. Aroma of fresh sour cherries with flavors of tartness, intense rounded cherry character, and a refreshing salty character. Crisp carbonation and light body are both combined into a thirst quencher.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by 8/29/16"; drank 6/1/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque ruby red appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small white head; strong lace.

Honeyed wheat & sweet cherry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Honeyed wheat & candle wax flavors up front; tart cherry notes on the finish.

The sweet & sour aspects clash a bit, but this was at least flavor-forward. Good.

Apr 28, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, enjoy by 14 Jul 2018... decanted into a fat tulip)

L: crystal-clear, pinkish tawny liquid; tall crest of bubbly white foam on the pour, slowly collapsing into a bubbly collar... leaves a good bit of webby lacing

S: coriander, lemon and grapefruit zest, soft note of cherry... delicate malts, vague pine note?... cherry ginger ale overtone

T: flavorful, fruity pop up front, with a spicy tart hum remaining on the tip of the tongue, lightly saline aftertaste... cherry stone builds on the palate, coriander hangs in the back a little... moreish

F: light bodied, cut and dry, with a soft effervescence... front of the tongue gets some tiny acidic pins & needles, poking long after each sip, but fading in intensity along the way

O: not something I would normally gravitate towards, but I found a lone bottle in a fridge at the store, figured why not?... despite the beer being past it's prime, it's still damn tasty

Dec 17, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Pinkish red, just barely hazy – this is almost completely clear. Forms a big two-finger very light pink head that fades after a few minutes. A good amount of active carbonation.

S: Not huge here. Light lactic tart, mild feety funk, and sour cherries. Some fruity yeast esters – apple and pears mostly. Some light cracker malts, and there’s some salinity as well.

T: Tart cherries and less cherry candy. Light lactic tart and citric acid. Fruity as well – lemons and apples again. Some very pale cracker malts in the background. The cherry flavor dissolves quickly into those other fruits, with more lactic tart swelling up as well as some savoriness. Then this finishes with lingering dry tart and fruitiness.

M: Light body. Carbonation just a little less than average. Fairly low alcohol but as it's a little noticeable it's a bit high for style.

O: Not bad, but ultimately forgettable. The cherry flavors aren’t overly artificial, but there’s a candied aspect that diminishes the fresh and juicy impression. The mild funk on the nose was essentially completely lacking on the palate as well. It's not particularly tart, not particularly salty. It’s like they tried to stay middle of the road and just missed out on emphasizing any one of those that probably would have had me liking this more.

Nov 03, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. complicated code toward the bottom of the bottle. a clear bottled on date would be more helpful.

hazy dull reddish orange body. small white head dissipating to a thick ring and covering, leaving decent lacing.

slightly musty cherry aroma.

salty, fruity, faintly spice taste. the combination is nicely balanced and quite pleasant. even a little floral.

mouth is between medium and full. finish is slightly dry and salty. there is also a very faint curdled taste which fortunately doesn't last long.

overall, a pretty pleasing and refreshing. well balanced. will have to pick up some for the hotter summer months. it should really hit the spot then.

Apr 29, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color slightly hazy ruby, head is made up of fine bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick and then dissipates to a top with some lacing.

Smell is lightly tart, then some wheat and light funk.

Taste follows, with tart cherry flavor, some light wheat, and low level saltiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, moderately carbonated, just enough fullness to notice the salty component.

Overall a great spin on the gose style with the added sour cherry.

Apr 28, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent chablis color with a a thumb+ of pink-ish head. Very nice lacing & head retention

S: A little tart cherry

T: Cherry, a touch of dryness, some pair, a little salt & coriander. More saltyness & cherry as this warms, Finishes salty with tart cherry, plus a hint of lime

MF: Light/medium body, fairly firm carbonation

Very drinkable, flavorful & approachable take on the style. This would be a stable in the Summer if availible

Apr 08, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – one finger head over a clear amber body.

Aroma – Sour cherry, woody, a little hit of hard cider.

Taste – Cherry, a little cidery, crystal and pale malts, somewhat tart but not overly sour.

Mouthfeel – Puckering but good.

Overall – a nice gose, a solid example of the style.

Jan 13, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale red-copper with a thin creamy film and a thicker collar.

Smell is muted of cherry and some salty cucumber.

Taste is lightly tart of red cherry with lightly salty toasted malt and hints of watermelon and cucumber, finishing dry with a light slick body and minimal soft fizz.

Jan 03, 2018
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated July 2017. Poured into ale glass.

L: Beer is a mostly clear light garnet. 2F+ head, good retention, leaves lots of lacing and a cap and ring.

S: Sour cherries, kirsch yeast, sea air.

T: Basically follows nose. Light wheat malt in between cherries and brine.

F: Light bodied, well-carbonated. Crisp and refreshing and only slightly tart. Good balance and construction.

Nice little Gose variation and a great summer drink.

Sep 20, 2017
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Zorro from California

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy pink colored ale with a small pinkish-white head.

Smells of toasted grain and scorched sugars and most strongly of cherries. Lesser scents of berry and tartness. Faint whiff of tropical fruit, mainly passion fruit.

Starts out salty and sweet and tart. Taste of sour cherry. Little bit of a passion fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tart refreshing beer for a hot day.

Sep 12, 2017
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ThePold from Virginia

4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now here we have a good cherry bomb of a gose. Bottle was undated. Not much of a head, which is fine, and dissipate to a strange almost yeast like covering of white. But the color of the head before it goes is off white pink. Beer is also distinctly pinkish. And it tastes tart like it should. Not something you'd drink in winter, but a great refreshing summer tart one.

Aug 19, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a stange, thinking it is a true gose. The appearance was a nice looking hazy pink color with a tight little white foamy head that concaved to leave a sticky glaze of lacing wrapping all around the glass. The smell had a sweet to tart to bitter cherry blend encompassing a light lemon citrus blend. The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors to blend nicely into a wheat base and to lead to a sweet cherry to salty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a very good sessionability. I could probably pound this all day. The saltiness strolls across my tongue stealthily and brings in the light wheat to dry things out a bit. Overall, I say this was a pretty good gose, everything seems to fit for the style and I dig the cherry twist. Authentic cherry flavor fulfills and rounds it all out nicely.

Jun 27, 2017
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

L--light red/deep pink. One finger of white head that faded quickly and left some nice lacing.

S--Cherries are definitely there. Has an appetizing, sweet aroma.

T--Tart cherry is predominant

F--Quenching and refreshing. Fizzy.

O--Another quality offering from Victory.

Jun 21, 2017
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soccrgump from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6-29-15
A: Pours deep pink/red, lots of carbonation, very small head, not even half finger
S: Sour cherry, very faint smells
T: Sour cherry, pink grapefruit
M: Very carbonated, like a champagne

Jun 07, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pink color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of salt, strong floral, wheat, pale malt, hint of hops, hint of spice, and citrus. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong tartness. Tastes of salt, strong floral, wheat, pale malt, hint of hops, hint of spice, and citrus. Overall, average appearance and feel, but good aroma, body, but very tart for a Gose.

May 31, 2017
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BeerSeeker8675309 from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A cherry beer that actually has cherry flavors without being overly sweet or too tart. This was our favorite beer at the Beermerica Festival in Orlando!

May 21, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into an 11 OZ tulip glass. The appearance is a semi-clear reddish color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is floral with some sour citrus. The taste matches the nose.

May 15, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a pink hue that looks dark pink, almost red in the glass. Topped by a creamy light pink head that boasts uncharacterstically long retention for a gose, and thus provides superb rings of lacing.
The nose offers sweet cherries with a soft lactic tartness. The cherries smelled smoked and tangy and almost artificial, but not chemical-like or astringent. There's a nice salinity punctuating the bright cherry tartness.
On the palate, the cherries steal the show. Up front, they're nice and tart; sour cherries, cherry skin, with some lactic acid. Tastes like cherry yogurt. You get a tiny bit of this ghost-like cracker malt presence in the middle, along with a hint of coriander and earthiness. Then you get the touch of salinity, which makes the mouth water and excites the taste buds for the finish, which actually gets sweeter. It's a sweet cherry note that borders on strawberry and raspberry, leaning toward strawberry and cherry jam. Then it finishes lightly tart again, lightly dry, and crisp and clean with some straw.
The mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium, but with a solid carbonation that pushes it along quickly and feels almost creamy.

This might be the best cherry gose I've had thus far. It's not the sour or the most sweet cherry beer in the world, but the complexity of cherry flavor plus sheer drinkability is incredible.

Apr 30, 2017
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BikenBeerTwo from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid sour. Not too strong on the sour but adequate for the sour fans. This would be great beer to have after mowing the lawn or on a hot summer evening. I'll be stocking the fridge with these all summer.

Apr 20, 2017
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pinkish orange in color with good clarity. Poured with a short, creamy, light pink foam with good retention. Medium light wheat malt aroma with faint cherry notes. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with tangy, effervescent carbonation a creamy smoothness through the middle. Wheat malt flavors up front quickly followed by medium high tart cherry with peppery notes beneath. No hop flavors or aromas. Tartness peaks through the middle and slowly fades to the end. Finished with a tart cherry flavor followed by salty dryness. Crisp and refreshing. Very drinkable. Pleasant tart cherry flavor and color.

Mar 19, 2017
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ocelot2500 from Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear blush color with a tight, white head that leaves little buts of lacing.

Smells of cherries and a bit of grain.

Tastes of the cherries layered with grain and tartness. Cherries lead off before some syrupy sweetness adds in. Grainy malt comes next. Tart notes come through with some lemon. A bit of salt before a tart finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nicely done gose. The cherry is featured but not overwhelming.

Mar 19, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/2/17...pours pinkish orange light white foam ring. Cherry malt nose. Fruity. Sharp tart taste, puckering. Sour cherry comes through. Long lasting, like a jolly rancher. Smooth mouthfeel, really tart.

Feb 05, 2017
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sokol_1993 from California

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Reddish yellow. Very lively with a lot of bubbling. Little head, but long lacing around.
Smell: cherry smell, some maltiness.
Taste: Tart, full of cherry taste. There is some discernible cinnamon, and a lot of maltiness at the end that lingered around.
Feel: light body, quite refreshing. Tart and malty aftertaste blends in each other.

My first foray into gose, and it's a nice one! Will recommend it and have it again.

Oct 18, 2016
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There's more of a cherry aroma than full-on flavor here, but it's still a tasty and interesting gose. Hits the sweet, sour, and salty attributes equally and in a restrained manner. Definitely worth one drink, might be too intense for me to want a second too soon though.

Sep 29, 2016
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carmitrey from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now, I'm new to writing reviews for beers and I haven't tasted a lot, but my experience with this beer in particular was pretty amazing.

Look: A beautiful light amberish color with a decent sized white foam head that dissipates rather quickly, but seems to add to the taste and overall experience. Left a few froth lines down the glass as it was consumed.

Smell: Smells like a cider with some slight notes of fruit. Mostly light salty, but not amazing not horrible. Smell to me doesn't really matter anyways.

Taste: The beginning sip almost resembles drinking a margarita with salt, but soon after swallowing, the hints of cherry and that lemon lime beer salt I use to eat til my tongue bled when I was a kid really comes through. The salt in my opinion tastes very good in this beer and I don't think it's overdone as a few people on here have been noting.

Feel: Feels great after the first went down pretty quickly because of how smooth it is to drink. Very very VERY refreshing on a hot day, but make sure you make this beer ICE COLD.

Overall, I would buy and drink this beer again. The price point was pretty decent. I picked up a 4 pack for $10 as the liquor store near by. Time to try something else :)

Sep 10, 2016
Kirsch Gose from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1129 ratings