Verloren | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 04-17-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
416
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
15.54%
 
 
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27
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21
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Verloren Gose

The appearance is as I'd expect it to be with a hazy, deep-golden body beneath a frothy head of off-white. The head retention was pretty good, and it left some nice lacing behind.

In the aroma it offers a surprisingly full, honey-like graininess. It's obviously from the Munich malts, and I think a hint of yeasty fruitiness is then leading me to think of honey. The aroma of coriander seed is present as well, and there's a suggestion of some other spice and pepper to boot (not that I'm suggesting any has been added). I almost feel like there are some phenols that shouldn't be present, but they're not bold... must be from a special yeast. Mildly fruity. Somewhat hoppy with a touch of leafiness and some grassiness. Overall grainy and pleasant. It makes me think of a field of bailed hay at the end of summer.

The flavor is wider, although the honey-accented wheat maltiness remains, just a little more balanced. It's a touch fruity, and just slightly sour - but then there's also a healthy dose of pepper that's followed by a bit of saltiness in the finish, and, dare I say it, a hint of smokiness from the phenols. It's not all that bitter, although there is a firmness to the bitterness that is there. But it doesn't really need a lot of bitterness as the coriander lends so much pepperiness and spicy-grassy character. (Ahh, it just occurred to me that the spicy-grassiness is a combination of the coriander and the Saaz hops, and perhaps a hint of alcohol as well). It finishes dry, spicy, salty, grassy, and then lightly smoky with its slightly sweet and nutty maltiness winding its way through at different times depending on how clean your palate is with each sip.

In the mouth it's fuller than I'd have expected, displaying a distinctly dextrinous edge. The brisk carbonation displayed at the outset softens to leave it seeming medium-full in body.; and, of course, quite a bit smoother across the palate.

Overall it's an interesting beer, if not quite impressive. It's very nicely complex; and it changes its character readily as you progress through the glass. Worth trying.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a hazy light amber body with a good half inch of khaki-colored head. Smells sweet and fruity. Sweet ripe banana, apple, lemon, and caramel comprise a pleasant balanced flavor. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Delicious with sweet and sour balanced.

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Photo of bmwats
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a stange.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Craters unevenly and slowly. Fair spider web lacing remains. Head renews fully with each pour.

S: Wheat, hay, and orange. Maybe a bit of fresh tea leaf in there, too.

T: Tastes like it smells. Light wheaty body with a hint of orange bitters.

M: Crisp, but has an almost seemingly thick and syrupy texture. All of the flavors are light, and balanced. The light bittersweet finish hangs on the palette.

D: Not much resistance. Refreshing and nothing off-putting.

Atmosphere is good. Deep coloration, with a nice bubbly head, and a little lacing. Nose is wheaty with some orange citrus notes. Flavor is of wheat base enhanced with just the slightest bit of orange. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been itching to try more goses, and there just aren't that many around. So when Sam Adams released one, figured I ought to try it. Tasted 30 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours golden-yellow, clear. Half-finger of white head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity in a way that I wasn't expecting, like apple juice, and mostly lacking sour character. Fruit juice, with just a faint touch of sour, and definitely more sweet than sour. Odd.

Taste is a mix of lightly sour and mild hop bitterness. I don't like the combination they make. Muddy, with a mishmash of flavors, none of which really resonate with me.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, fine, unremarkable.

A pretty mediocre gose. I've only had one or two others, but they were both way beyond this. It's just meh. An in-between beer, with almost none of the characteristics I want from a gose. None of the salt, and very low sour that's dominated by other flavors.

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Lincolnman
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of BanrionMAB
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of DNofBN
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of dunix
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1; 22 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a huge white head. Nice retention and lacing..beautiful lacing actually. Awesome looking gose.

Nose is salty biscuits with a typical SA yeastiness. Lemons and lime peels persist.

Taste is lemony biscuits with a sharp lime peel. I can taste the salt, but it is nowhere near the tastiness of the other gose's I have had. This one is bleh....something different but not right...so not to style! No bueno

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Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of MarkSmithVT
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Gotta give it up for Sam for continuing to roll out some new takes on offbeat styles. This attempt at a gose pours a lightly hazy sunset golden-straw topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises white bread, soap, lemon rind (the waxy outermost part of the rind), light coriander, and a kiss of baby's breath. The taste unfortunately brings in more of the same, with the soap really coming forth as the frontrunner. I get hardly any citrus character, and whatever spice notes are there are meek at best, busy being consumed by the soapy bread enveloping them. Needless to say, the whole experience is unpleasant, leaving a bad taste in my mouth (literally, for once). The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is a pretty insipid gose, one that doesn't come close to exhibiting any of the characteristics of the style. All of the top four Google Translate definitions of Verloren apply here: Something was definitely "lost" in translation, the effort comes across as "wasted" and retrospectively potentially "doomed" to failure, and I am "forlorn" after having partaken of it.

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Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Verloren
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Style: Gose
ABV: 6.00 %

LOOK: Pours a deep golden color, soapy white head and plenty of lace. Mostly clear, but a later pour had a small cloudiness. Active carbonation rising to the top, looks like a typical pale lager that would suit the gose style.

SMELL: Savory bread, coriander, malt sweetness and mild hops are all available in the aroma. Intriguing and smelling very beer like.

TASTE: Lagery and bready flavors, with a very small tartness, and a hint of coriander. With added sodium, there is a layer of savory flavor, but for the most part salt is undetectable. Mostly just a mildly sweet and tart spiced lager. For 6% the alcohol is well disguised.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, lingering drying spice.

OVERALL: An enjoyable beer. Tasted with a friend, we both detected the coriander, and really thought this beer was well made. I enjoyed the tartness and subtleness of the spice/salt combination. A bit less lactic than my favorites of the style, this is still worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first "gose." Here "gose" (haha, not funny):

Batch No. 1:

Into my stange:

A: cloudy golden and gives a one finger white foamy head that dies fairly quickly to a half finger. Minimal lacing lasts for about ten seconds before sliding into the body. No carbonation is seen rising due to a cloudy body.

S: coriander up front with some buttery malty/caramel thing going on, interesting.

T: sharp and salty bringing back the coriander and that buttery malty/caramel thing.

M: medium to heavy with nothing sharp on the tongue.

O: since this is my first gose, I'm not quite sure what to say about how to compares to other "goses," but this is at least do-able for me, average at best, and would probably only seek again on tap or growler just to get a fresher look at this one.

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Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt. 6 fl. oz. poured into a globe. Can’t find a bottle date.

A: Cloudy golden with a fairly quick dissipating one finger white head. Above average lacing.

S: Very interesting. Heavy coriander. Some fruity Belgian qualities. A little buttery caramel (diacetyl?). Beyond that, the aromas are familiar but really difficult for me to put a finger on.

T: Nothing too sharp. Some butteriness. Lots of fresh coriander and orange peel. Pretty smooth overall. I guess there's a small amount of saltiness, but nothing more than I might normally notice.

M: Full flavored and interesting. Body is medium to full. Much fuller bodied than most other coriander “summer beers” that I’m used to. Carb is minimal.

O: Assuming this is an accurate example, I can see why this style hasn’t taken off. It has the summer flavor that appeals to many (not me), but is fairly heavy to drink and lacks the scrubbing bubbles that people ordinarily associate with warm weather refreshment.

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Photo of Wamesit
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an orange-straw, mild haze. Very thick smooth white head that slowly gives way to clumpy lacing.

S - Coriander. Munich malts. Noble hops. The Ocean.

T - Coriander. Sweet malts. Fruit. Munich malt. Way, way in the finish through to the aftertaste almost a marshmallow sweetness.

M - Light-medium. Soft.

O - A really simple (at first glance and taste) beer that is uniquely drinkable. Softer than one might imagine.

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Verloren from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.54 out of 5 based on 416 ratings.
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