Verloren | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.67/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a one pint six ounce undated bottle. bottle states "enjoy now or age it to develop rich and unique flavors." From the Small Batch Collection.

Scent is spicy and floral, a bit musty.
Pours a hazy deep blood-orange with off white head. Head does not last nor is there lacing.
Taste is of sweet malt, bread and coriander with a hint of date or apricot. Very pleasing and drinkable! In fact, the more I sip the better I like it!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruddy brown with two solid inches of foam. The wheat bill comes through in the nose along with corriander and some earthy yeast. Some mineral character. Full bodied with a heavy dose of wheat. The subtle fruit character leads to some mineral aspect toward the end. Spices follows; coriander, cloves rounded out be apricot. The tang hangs on past the end to leave the palate thirsty once again.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: a medium amber with good clarity. The head is off-white made of fine bubbles with decent retention.

S: A moderate spicy and slightly lemony hops aroma with a medium amount of peach and orange fruity esters. There is some low malt sweetness aroma.

T: There is a medium malt sweetness with a bit of caramel like character. A medium-strong fruit flavor that seems yeast derived being mostly oranges and a bit pithy with a medium-low hops bitterness. The balance is somewhat bitter. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of hops bitterness and orange peel.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a lot of weight on the palate from the salt. There is a medium strong level of carbonation.

O: A fruit and somewhat malty beer like oranges mixed with a bit of the peel some caramel and light bit of spice. Not a bad beer at all defiantly off the beaten path and worth the try.

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Photo of Roger55
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Wheat, salt, some butter like smell.

Taste: Wheat, bits of Salt and fairly refreshing.

Overall: I think this a good beer, I've had this beer before fresh and it's even better, with the clove and salt really showing their stuff.but as it is now it's an okay beer. It is perfect for the summer heat, however!

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Photo of artdob
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initial nice head but very quickly subsides.

Nose has coconut flakes in a big way. Continues to the palate, though the taste seems to lean more towards water than full bodied flavor. Perhaps some mild bell pepper along the way. Bit of sourness post finish.

Most compelling part of this beer to me is the nose and that unique coconut profile.

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Photo of dwren89
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy, golden with reddish-orange hues when held to natural light, a white head that borders between creamy and fizzy, however lacking in size.

Aroma: Definite hints of coriander with a pervasive and biting salty whiff, an exotic aroma that is reminiscent of banana, green apple, and lemon/lime zest.

Taste: Both refreshing and spicy with a fruity finish reminiscent of baked apples and pears with peppery coriander kick and salinic, rather than hoppy or bitter, finish. Delightfully dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and soft on the palate from the unmalted wheat and quite refreshing. Medium bodied, slight carbonation prickle on the finish.

Overall Impression: A nice balance of salt, sweet (fruit), and dryness. This ale is noticeably different from most other weizens or wheat beers because of the salt added, and lack of hop bitterness. The smooth mouthfeel and refreshing fruitiness makes this a great thirst quencher, but the dryness keeps you coming back for swig after swig.

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Photo of HerculesRM
4.48/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A light white head, translucent orange/copper in colour. Smells slightly sweet with coriander and citrus. The flavour is a perfect blend of sweet and bitter: coriander, bitter and sweet orange peel, mild peppers, honey. I can't taste the salt per se, but I can tell it's there by the way it tones down the sweetness in a very pleasing way. Medium mouthfeel, rolls perfectly in the mouth without being heavy.

The Boston Beer Company doesn't sell bad beers. Every offering is well conceived and polished, and Verloren is no exception. Well done, Mr. Koch!

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured this Gose from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy orange color, produced a huge white creamy head, excellent retention and lacing left on the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted grain, spicy coriander and lemon citrus. Medium bodied, a foundation of malted grain followed by spicy coriander, butter, and lemon citrus. I was a little disappointed with the flavor, a bit to heavy on the thick buttery taste- I feel it overshadowed the coriander, toasted malt and citrus a bit. Glad I sampled but not a Ale that I would seek out again.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. No freshness date that I could find. First time having this particular style, so take that into account when reading my review.

Appearance - A very attractive looking beer. Pours a hazy orange with amber and gold highlights. The head isn't terribly substantial (maybe between a half and a full finger) and it dissipates to a thin film on the top of the beer fairly quickly. The foam was VERY reminiscent of soap suds in the bottom of the bottle as I swirled to make sure I captured any sediment.

Smell - Reminds me of a Hefeweizen, which I suppose makes sense, given that this is an German-style, unfiltered wheat beer at it's core. Notes of lemon zest, spice, coriander, some white pepper. I really like the smell of this beer, truth be told.

Taste - This is the first component that hasn't really appealed to me. The front of the taste again imparts the essence of Hefeweizen, but the flavor is a bit more diluted, with the finish dropping off quickly to an almost watery finish. Notes of wheat, coriander again, and right before the flavors fade, a hint of that added depth of flavor from the salt. Honestly, I was afraid the salt would have a negative impact on the flavor profile, but now I'm thinking it needs more of it to set off the roundness of the wheat base. Taste needs some refinement to make this beer go from decent to outstanding.

Mouthfeel - A bit soapy, especially after the flavors fade. Has some body to it at first, but again seems to just evaporate. Like the taste, this component needs a bit of work.

Overall, a respectable beer. Not at all a bad choice, but I wouldn't buy it again without some assurance that the imbalances of the flavor profile and mouthfeel had been corrected. At the very least, it got me eager to try other versions of the Gose style. Now the trick will be finding some.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, one finger head that doesn't last long, no carbonation either.

S-Caramel, molasses, bread and toast. Very malt forward.

T-Interesting. Bread/wheat like a lager/pils. Some caramel and molasses. Spice as well.

M-Light, some carbonation, and somehow a tad creamy.

O-I give SA credit for brewing the style. I'd be interested in seeing what other examples are out there.

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Photo of Curtis
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked this beer at random -have had good experiences with Samuel Adams beers, wanted to try a new one. Poured suprisingly clear. Very light pale color, no haze. Aroma was mild. not much to it, somewhat earthy, not hop stringent in the least. Fouthfeel is average, initial taste is a little tangy, mild malt little hops, what stands out the most is the yeast flavor. Finishes average smooth, not exceptional. Alcohol kick is moderate.

Interesting beer. Good, not exceptional. Would buy again if on sale, but wouldn't specifically seek it out. I don't want to slam it -it was very drinkable and I didn't regret it in the least, just not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Gose.

Yellowy orange with plenty of haze. Big, eager head like an agressively foaming fermenter. Holds up pretty well and leaves a sloppy trail.

Smells like wheat and light must.

Light and fluffy with a definite sawdusty citrus flavor. Interesting mix of dry must, light sweetness and citrus spice.

My first gose and probably my first beer with salt in it. At least on purpose. Since I've never sampled the style before, and have no comparison, I'm assuming it's a good example of style. Because Sam Adams is usually a good example of style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, three finger ivory head constantly renewed by active carbonation. Looks nice. Aroma of wheat, coriander and light orange and sweet malt. Flavor of wheat, light apple, coriander and fruit esters; finishes with light fruit, residual coriander, rather floral and a hint of salt. Light and refreshing. Light bodied as expected from the style. A very nice light flavor progression and combination. Enjoyable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

gose. such an underbrewed and underappreciated style. a rare one here in the usa, and indeed the world over these days. but this is a gem. crystal clear golden amber on the pour, sparkling with bright carbonation and a few fingers of fine white foam. the nose is odd, corriander for sure, toasted lightly, with some wheat malt and a curious but mild yeast strain. the salt of course doesnt have much smell, but it comes in at the end. i taste sweet wheat malt and corriander seeds, and the salt is more of a finishing element, leaving a unique mouthfeel that is somehow both dry and not dry at the same time. i found this to be much less salted and mineral driven than some of the other versions ive had, particularly genuine european versions, but i liked this a lot, and the addition of corriander i thought brought out a lot of flavor complexity. a beer id gladly pay 7 bucks for again.

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Photo of buschbeer
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 ounce bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is orange with amber highlights. Two inches of off-white head sits atop.

S - It smells like orange soap.

T - The coriander is quite obvious. I get lots of orange flavor.

M - Thin

O - My first experience with this style, so I have nothing to compare it to. I liked the beer. It's refreshing.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely with medium carbonation. Hazy dark golden appearance. Aroma is dominated by wheat and malt, with detectable coriander.

The wheat and the malt are the dominant flavors, with slight saltiness and moderate sweetness. As the glass warms, I am picking up subtle caramel notes and increasing saltiness. Mouthfeel is very nice; drinking this beer feels good.

The Verloren occupies a pleasant place somewhere between a weizen and an Octoberfest/harvest ale.

Overall a very good but not great beer, I would definitely buy again for friends that are not beer nerds. This is a huge step up from adjunct lager dreck, but highly accessible for the non-adventurous quaffer.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam which leave a nice lace. Pretty nice!

Smell: a thick wheaty aroma, not unlike a weizenbock, blends decently well with the coriander. The whole concoction is a little bit sickly-sweet, but it's not too bad.

Taste: the malt is kind of Bock-like, but it's not as well executed as it could be. Not bad, just not wonderful. The salt is relatively mild, although perceptible. It's decent, but not a paragon of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a concomitant creaminess. Possibly the best part of this beer.

Overall: this is a decent stab at the style, but a lot of things have to go right to end up with a good Gose. A good try, but it falls a little bit short.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into strange glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a nice two finger just off white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, with big soapy looking bubbles slowly popping over time to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a floral and wheat aroma. The floral nature of the brew has strong sent of lavender and jasmine which melds quite well with the wheat as well as a odd and light salty “sea like” smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet orange citrus, peach and wheat bread flavor. The wheat, peach and citrus remain a base for the beer with the peach and wheat actually getting slightly stronger in flavor as the taste moves on. In the middle of the taste a light spicy and peppery hop flavor come to the tongue. These flavors while present are still quite soft and meld with the soft wheat and citrus flavors well. Some light flowery notes come to the taste at the end, leaving a nice smooth and clean wheat flavor to be left on the tongue when it is all said and done.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. The feel is quite nice for the softer and rather diverse flavors of the brew.

Overall – This is one tasty brew. While I do not have much experience in the gose category and hence do not really have a great perception as of yet what the ideal one tastes like, I very much enjoyed this rather soft yet flavorful and quite drinkable beer. This is definitely one to try if you get a chance.

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Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-21-2012
Freshness: Batch No. 1
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Signature glass
Purchased: Single from Greenwood Spirits, Bowling Green KY

A: Cloudy, orange-yellow brew with an off-white head a couple of fingers high. Shows excellent lacing and a fair amount of retention.

S: Citrus as in oranges and lemons make for tart aromas.

T: Tangy, with orange zest and coriander spices. Reminds me of a witbier. Other flavors include a low level of grassy hops and some salt/mineral notes.

M: Zesty beer with a high amount of carbonation and a medium body. The finish is tangy and spicy; neither bitter nor sweet.

O: Very interesting ale here -- one that you don't see very often. I'm glad to see brewers try to bring some rare styles to light. I thought this gose was tasty and think it would be especially appreciated in warm weather. I don't have any other beers in the style to compare to, but I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange.
6.0% ABV,

I tried packing as many owl references in this review as I could, however blantantly. Enjoy!

A - Poured from the Virgil bottle, carbonation rises carefree through the faintly clouded deep golden beer to a well-formed light ivory head that billows atop the brew, steadily lowering to coat the glass in ridges of rocky foam.

S - Distinct upon first whiff, Samuel Adams Verloren has a subtle sea salt and coriander nose that, paired with light herbal qualities of the Saaz hop, soar nicely over the malty base. Soft wheat and pale malt hold the fort with caramel and Munich sweetness traces finishing the nose out for an interesting, though fitting aroma.

T - Kaepora Gaebora presents coriander; sharp and undeniable in flavor but not so powerful it overlaps everything blindly. Sourdough bread and warmed biscuit draped with caramel drizzles come from pale, Munich, and caramel malts with a drying finish of salt and herbal hop qualities.

M - Medium bodied, the crisp carbonation livens up the feel with a crisp bite aided also by the coriander spice. Lingering on the bone dry finish is moisture-starved flaky biscuit sprinkled with light sea salt and a faint bitter kiss gently blown by the noble hops and a slight tart prickle on the tongue.

O-rly? - The components for a closely-brewed-to-style-beer are there but there's little in the states to compare Verloren to. Fear not, for this beer is brewed very well and tastes the part, all while playing the part to revive a heritage style from Germany. Ya rly, Verloren is a rockin' bottle from Samuel Adams, encouraging consumers to try new and different things!

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Photo of snaotheus
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. To be clear, I think this is my first "gose", so I'm not sure what to go by.

Pours pretty -- clear, brassy-orange, smallish pale head with lots of fast, active carbonation. Smell is mild yeastiness, some bready sweetness, a little vague fruitiness, makes me think of apricots.

Taste is lagery with a little bit of a twist. I get a little tiny bit of saltiness in with the yeast flavor, still more of the breadiness, a slight echo of the apricot note.

Mouthfeel is thickish and smooth.

Overall, it's not bad. I don't know how it compares to other beers of the style, though.

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Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, salt, a touch of sweetness. Taste is just a bit salty for my liking, some spice, easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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