Kirsch Gose
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Kirsch GoseKirsch Gose
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Style:
Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #413
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,958
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
211
Ratings:
1,136
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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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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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Fairly clear pink-grapefruit color with a finger and a half of dense white head. Slight funk in the aroma, sort of on the light side, with a little doughiness in the background. Not loving the taste. The tartness and salt are in there, but there's almost an oniony flavor. Is that what cherries taste like? Can't say I've had a cherry gose before, but plenty of krieks, cherry stouts -- this ain't right. I love Victory and I like the syle. Disappointed to say this misses the mark.

Apr 18, 2015
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fmccormi from California

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a pry-off 12oz bottle to a short snifter; this has a freshness date of August 23, 2015 printed in white ink next to the bar code in the top-right corner of the label (“ENJOY BY 23 AUG 2015 0637P”). I’m guessing that gives this a bottling date of March 23 of this year, which would make this beer about two and a half weeks old.

Appearance (4.0): The beer pours out a crystal-clear, almost fruit punch-colored body, a nice berry color with orange undertones. The head is crackly, two fingers thick, and fades rapidly with the same berry-colored hue tinting its foam. This is a really pretty beer, and the foam leaves light arcs just above the collar as the body recedes. Looks like a gose, but with a gorgeous, berry-colored body.

Smell (3.75): A mix of tart and sweet cherry juice—and thank fucking god, not the artificial cherry flavor you get in beers like Sam Adams’ Cherry Wheat—blended with light, pale malt and a well-balanced lacto tartness. The acidic fruit and bacteria aromas blend pretty seamlessly, which is nice.

Taste (3.75): Moderate cherry sweetness is bolstered by lacto tartness, which is pretty restrained, making for a tasteful but relatively tame sour backbone. The malt acts as a canvass for the fruit and lacto, offering a a pale, bready base that supports but stays out of the way of the added fruit and bacterial tartness. The salty counterpoint flew under my radar at first, because it’s mixed in so well, but once I noticed it, it really started to show more clearly. It’s dry, overall, in spite of the cherry sweetness, and finishes with an even balance of sweet and sour. This is extremely well put-together, but there’s no single quality that begs for attention.

Mouthfeel (4.5): This feels incredibly smooth, with great, finely-wrought carbonation that’s partly creamy and partly prickly. The body is solidly medium/almost medium-full feeling, in spite of the lightness of the carbonation and ABV, but it’s easy to drink and absolutely satisfying. I don’t know how Victory does it, but as usual, the mouthfeel and drinkability is completely out of the park.

Overall (4.0): This beer is a gose, with all of its characteristic parts and notes, executed with taste and precision, with the addition of natural cherry—not too much, and not too sweet or too tart. Like a lot of other Victory beers, the basic beer and its style are beautifully constructed and executed . . . except it’s not any punchier or more remarkable than any other really solid gose in any one regard. It’s just balanced, tasteful, and very, very tasty.

Apr 11, 2015
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pink-ish red (very similar in color to a rosé wine) in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and minimal amounts of garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy pink-ish white head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sour wheat, briny saltiness, and sour cherry.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sour wheat. That is followed by a moderate amount of brininess. Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of sour cherry which gives an overall light to moderate amount of sourness to the beer which lingers through the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a light amount of acidic prickliness.

O: Light, refreshing, and extremely easy to drink. Definitely a beer that I plan on grabbing again as it would be great for a hot summer day.

Apr 23, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a twelve ounce glass into a snifter.

Impressive color all around on this beer. Gorgeous rosé-like body, perfect clarity under a foamy pale white head that's tinged by pink and red. This beer begs to get drank. 5

Salty and mineral-heavy on the nose with a tart fruit note. A sweet banana smoothie quality emanates from within, sweet and a touch malty and also a hint of yogurt. The fruit is somewhat cherry-like, but also seems a bit like strawberry. I notice a slight resemblance to the coconut aroma in sunscreen. 4.25

Cherry flavor comes in lovely on the palate, somewhat subtle, earthy and similar to cherry juice. It still has a smoothie quality in the blend of fruit, banana and yogurt tartness and a coconut flavor finishes things out along with a dose of salt. 4.25

I'll say smoothie again---this beer is tart, dry as all hell, but also has a slight bit of juiciness. The body shows some malt and almost feels medium, but it drinks way lighter and easier. 4.25

Love this brew. Great blend of flavors, great feel and aroma, this beer does it all around.

Apr 27, 2015
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ceidson1047

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Gose is quite astonishing really. Slightly tart on the tongue yet smoothly refreshing on a hot summer day or night or whenever you feel like having a glass.

Jun 10, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/23/2015. Pours lightly hazy reddish orange color with a 1 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of tart cherry, lemon, lime, green apple, wheat, cracker, coriander, sea salt, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tart cherry, pale malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and salt/spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big tart cherry, lemon, lime, green apple, wheat, cracker, coriander, sea salt, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness and light-moderate salinity on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, lemon, lime, green apple, wheat, cracker, coriander, sea salt, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic robustness, complexity, and balance of tart cherry, pale malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and spice/salt flavors; with an awesome malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly acidic, and lightly saline mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an awesome fruited gose style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of tart cherry, pale malt, fruity/acidic yeast, and salt/spice flavors; with a very smooth and crisp to drink with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

May 29, 2015
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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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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the mere notion of fruit beer becomes increasingly suspect among the craft beer contingency- and understandably so because of the over-syruped character that many have taken, its refreshing (literally and figuratively) that Victory brewers choose the underlayment of northern German gose for the platform of cherry.

Its alluring and glowing mauve canvas casts forth a spirited white head that's full of lather and sprite. As the nose hovers, it catches those high cherry overtones, but does so with a acidic reaction and a whiff of fresh baking bread. And as the malt sweetness and the tangy fruit tread on the tongue, a yin and yang upstart is created.

The middle opens up its acidic roots and introduce flavors of lime, crabapple, lemon and sour white grape underneath the cherry forefront. The rounded and confident taste takes a step up with the rise of saline for a fuller and brighter taste. And while the ale trends deeply onto the palate, an earthy taste of rose wine and sandalwood come to mind.

And while the cherry-centric ale takes on a medium-light texture, its finish trends dry, tart, acidic, and classically refreshing. While the cherry flavor may have started strong and over wrought, the taste balances to near perfection as the sour influences take control and the sweeter impressions have dissolved.

Apr 21, 2015
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear pink color. The head is three fingers high and also pink in shade. I like looking at the frothy texture and impressive lacing down the sides of the glass, but retention isn't very good. Put it like this, I can literally watch the beer's head fade quite easily. (3.5)

Smell: I get a bit of cherries at first, but only a bit. This seems to be dominated by lactic stank (the good kind of lactic stank, not the dirty diaper kind). I'm a bit let down by both the lack of palpable salt and the touch of cardboard, but otherwise this is a nice aroma. (3.25)

Taste: At first, a nice wave of lactic sourness envelops the palate, before quickly being replaced by cherry sweetness. The finish is just like cherry pie, for better or worse. While it lacks depth, it would be really damn good on a hot day. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Like many fruit beers, it gets quite sweet on the palate - in fact, too sweet. Luckily, the initial tartness helps counteract it enough so that it doesn't cloy as badly as it could. Respectable carbonation also helps, natch. (3.5)

Overall: A cherry gose? Strange. And it WORKS. In fairness, I'm growing to be a sucker for the style (far more than Berliner Weissbiers, that's for sure), but this is still done well. If the sweetness was toned down about 10-15%, this would be completely killer - regardless, it's a really good hot weather beer. (3.75)

3.62/5: A victory for fruit beerdom

Apr 28, 2015
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BKotch from Texas

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

May 10, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 8/23/15.

Pours a hazy light red with a foamy reddish-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, cherry juice, and salt aromas. Taste is much the same with sour cherry juice, cherry, salt, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is light, refreshing, and super easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Apr 21, 2015
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MrBoh from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 21, 2015
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N_Overholt from Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 30, 2015
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MrMeerbill

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Gose really good beer

May 09, 2015
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yemenmocha from Arizona

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 10, 2015
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dertyd from California

4.94/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jul 11, 2016
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Farnswurth from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Jul 18, 2015
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2ellas from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 06, 2016
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bigredraj from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apr 20, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Victory "Kirsch Gose"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY 23 AUG 2016"
$9.49/4-pk @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

This has to be the easiest beer I've ever reviewed.

It's everything a gose is supposed to be: slightly funky and tart but mainly clean, slightly salty, gently wheaty - and also slightly cherish. It's got a beautiful pink tint to it, and it's surprisingly clear. It's refreshing and easy to drink, but also slightly funky giving it some interesting character. A great spring and summer beer!

Apr 19, 2015
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mdaschaf from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 05, 2015
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Haze from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 01, 2016
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WiscoTerr from Colorado

3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Apr 21, 2015
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Stoneberger from South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is hands-down one of the best sour beers in the country. Pairs well with food. Very versatile beer with great drinkability.

May 11, 2015
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WanderingFool from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 11, 2015
Kirsch Gose from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1136 ratings