WiLD Sour Series: Blueberry Gose
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WiLD Sour Series: Blueberry GoseWiLD Sour Series: Blueberry Gose
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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #247
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,280
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 8.42%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
121
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DESTIHL Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
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  3
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  19
SCORE
88
Very Good
WiLD Sour Series: Blueberry GoseWiLD Sour Series: Blueberry Gose
Notes: Our Leipzig-style gose and blueberries are a combination destined to be together, so we've done that for you with this edition of our gose. The blueberries add another layer of fruity complexity to this sour ale already know for its tart, citrusy qualities while still balanced by the spicy character of coriander and a mineral-mouthfeel from French sea salt.
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Photo of Vetbidder
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Um this is a pink beer, dark pink but pink. It’s smells funky. Flavor isn’t sweet but fruity and fleeting. Hardly any sourness to the flavor but some zippy carbonation rounds out this beer.

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Photo of Lucular
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

5 oz pour on tap. I love fruited goses but this was disappointing. There is a weird bitter/metallic flavor that detracts from the desirable attributes of this beer (blueberry, wheat, tartness). Disappointing. I mean, a blueberry gose ought to be delicious and refreshing and this manages to be neither.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fun pink/red without a lot of head. Fruity blueberry/berry on the nose with salt and lemon. Any coriander is well hidden. Someone compared the blueberry quality to gooey yogurt blueberries and I'll echo that. The blueberry is less evident in the flavor, where it's a light, wheaty malt base with a little citrus and decent salt. Quite tart. Medium-light mouthfeel.

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Photo of KidBeans
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy cranberry color with a thin white foamy head that quickly disappears.

S: Lovely nose of blueberry, raspberry, chocolate.

T: Blueberry, raspberry, a touch of salinity. Didn’t really appreciate much tart character.

M: Light in body.

O: Drinkable and solid beer, though didn’t have the sour quality I was looking for.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can with a date

Average for the series: If you don't know these are some of the best sour beers around (me), and this one falls in the middle of the pack. Medium sour, very tart, red color, acidic, not a ton of fruit flavor here, mostly just the salt as far as the additives go... I love it just based on the series it's apart of, but compared to some of its brothers it's just okay

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Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear burgundy pink pour with 2 fingers of fizzy white head. Falls fast with a modest ring of lacing.

S: Tart and fruity... strong blueberry... milder funk and lemon.

T/F: Just like the nose. Light... tart blueberries and barnyard funk. Lemony citrus and unripened fruits. Light carbonation.

O: A solid blueberry gose. Good flavor... tart without being super sour. Very light and drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy, purple-pink body with less of a head and more of a thin, whitish rind around the top.

Smell: Tart, smooshed berries, lactic acid, sourish wheat and a surprisingly amount of aromatic salinity. Aromatic salinity, baby.

Taste: Sweetish and fruity, though, sadly, its berry component comes across a bit medicinally. Wheat, lactic and lemony with a rather hearty salt addition. Small floral coriander hint. Remains fairly acidic and with a strong saltiness through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation; a little prickly, at times.

Overall: It's your workaday kettle sour. Like clearing through a bag of pretzels solo, you can feel that saltiness for quite some time afterwards on the tongue.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The additional of blueberries doesn't really add much to this beer, that note is very weak and whispy. Goose elements are okay, though it borders on having a lactic quality which I find in a lot of Destihl beers. Okay

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Photo of buckthehog
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you want a beer to have by the pool
Tart, salty, and fruity to make you drool
A blueberry pie with golden crust
Saline topping is a cerveza must
Destihl has created a lip-puckering jewel.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend raved about this forever, decided it was time to dig in. Fantastic deep red color with a slightly pink head that surprisingly lasts compared to other Goses I've had. Lots of lacing. Smells like salt, wheat and subtle hints of blueberries, taste follows with the blueberries showing their worth a bit more and hints of spice joining in. Slightly tart but not overpowering at all. Crisp, highly drinkable with a great lingering berry taste that just keeps bringing me back for more. Mad at myself for only buying a single.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a delightfully intense reddish pink with an inch of faintly pink foam that fades quickly to a thin skein.

Smell is faintly grainy, minerals, berry

Taste is pungent from the first sip. Now here is a sour to savor. Minerals — sea salts and the coriander presence is impressively well done in this gose. What must be the blueberries enter in around the edges of the palate with a faint sweetness and berry fruit that never threatens to overshadow the gose ale but adds complexity. Brilliant.

Mouthfeel is medium the body holds together well with a firm carbonation that goes perfectly with the tartness.

Finish is lingering yoghurt like acidity and salty, with the berry sweetness.

Very good.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a glass...of which type I didn't make note.

A: Purplish or reddish gold, somewhat hazy. A finger of white foamy head fades quickly, and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Lactic tart and underripe berries. Light two-row malts with a moderate husky character. Mild lemony citric acid. This isn't doing a lot for me here.

T: Lactic tart, and a slightly odd Dannon-Yogurt-Mixed-Berry Fruit-on-the-Bottom tart berries. I’ll buy into blueberries, but tastes like raspberries and boysenberries and less cherries as well. They are not overly artificial but tastes like they have that syrupy goo around them. Tart and sweet together. Cracker malts again, less husk than the nose but still there. More tart berries and lemony citric acid near the swallow, and it finishes dry and lactic tart with just a mild salinity on the lips to let you know it’s a gose.

M: Light body, with quite a bit of carbonation sensation overall but still maybe a bit low for style. Minimal alcohol presence.

O: On the first sip, I didn’t really like this one. But it did grow on me. It isn’t funky, and the sour level certainly isn’t going to overwhelm anybody. But it’s a decent fruity tart beer in a can. This might be my second favorite of the "Wild Sour Series" that I've had from these guys (Synchopathic probably the first). They’ve ranged from pretty decent to not particularly good (looking at you, Flanders Red). But this one is tasty enough.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma started with yeast. In time it moved to pick up some tart fruit (including some blueberry) and then the coriander and soft wheat appear.
Head is small, white and short lived. Cloudy amber with hints of red and blue.
Nice. Reasonably crisp and refreshing. Good it of tartness with some astringency and hits of salt on the finish. Carbonation is enough to increase the crispness. Nicer berliner quality with the tart.
Appropriately thin and nicely soft once beyond the carbonation.
I like this. It works well.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear purplish red in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving only a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with notes of sour apples.
T: The taste follows the smell and is somewhat sour with flavors of blueberries and hints of apples and grapes. Bits of saltiness are also noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very drinkable and has some refreshing properties. I liked how it was neither overly sour nor salty.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Blackop555
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours purpleish pink. Foamy, short, white head that fades fast.

Smells tart Citrus, blackberry, tartberry and light malts.

Taste lemon and blueberry, light tart fruit, citrus peel, light bready malt, hints of grassy and a hint of salt. Finishes dry with a blueberry linger and light funk. Lighter body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of tone77
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A thanks to the reigning champion of canned beers, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with pink highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very sour. Taste is sour, salty, some hints of blueberries, desert like in it's dryness. Feels medium/light bodied and very dry in the mouth and overall is a one and done for me.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright berry pink filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles crowned by a 3" white cap with a pink tint

S: blueberry dominates with spice, lemon and sour, doughy aromas

T: Tartness on the tongue between lemon and Johnathan Apple tart with the blueberry and doughy bread flavors softening it slightly. Salt and coriander are noticeable but mild.

F: The body is light and highly carbonated

O: This is an interesting, refreshing and well balanced beer

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich pink/purple with very mild head that fades fast and no lacing. Smells very light, blueberry, citrus, sour. The taste is very nice, not over the top sour but its there with a beautiful blueberry flavor and a light salty bite on the back end. I am not a big sour person but this is perfect, very easy to consume, very flavorful, and excellent for long day outside in heat, pretty good stuff.

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Photo of beerguy04
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with pink hues and a white head. Has a fruity and tart smell. Taste is a nice blueberry tart. Light sour, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is nice and refreshing. Overall, a very good summer beer.

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Photo of GermanAggie
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draft
I hate sours but this was a star, strong kumbutcha like tartness on the front fades to a smooth fruity finish. The head is a brilliant pink and the body a beautiful deep red. Would highly recommend although it may overpower some drinkers pallets

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am breaking out my box of Crayola crayons for New Colorful Beer Sunday (Week 646), drinking & reviewing some CANned beers with colors in their names. I had stocked my reefer with CANs for the 4th of CANuly & since I did not run through all of them as planned + I do not want to pull them out since they are already chilled, only one option remains - DRINK 'EM!

I remain a big fan of Destihl & their willingness to really test the boundaries by putting tart & sour beers in CANs, which is the final frontier. When The CANQuest (tm) began, the big Qs were bottle (CAN)-conditioned beers & tarts/sours. We have now seen all of them, so with the exception of BPAs, I think that the worries are behind us.

From the CAN: "Support Flavor * Boycott Bland (tm)"; "Our Leipzig-style Gose and blueberries are a combination destined to be together, so we've done that for you with this edition of our Gose. The blueberries add another layer of fruity complexity in this sour ale already known for its tart, citrusy qualities while still balanced by the spicy character of coriander and a mineral mouthfeel from French sea salt. Cheers."; "Unfiltered[,] Indigenous Wild[,] Kettle Sour Ale".

The Crack! provided me with an unexpected spritz across my fingers, thanks to it being a brimful craft CAN. Having taken note of the fact that it is "Unfiltered", this paved the way for an inverted Glug. OMFG, the color was gorgeous! I wound up with two-plus fingers of foamy, rocky head that resembled fresh-spun pink cotton CANdy, but it did not last. Man, I could smell the sea salt even as I poured! In case you were unaware, I am a retired U.S. Navy Storekeeper with over eight of my fifteen years spent on sea duty. I love getting underway & smelling the salty air & once you experience it, you will not forget it. Raising the glass to my shnozz, I got a blast of its CANponents: sea salt, blueberries & coriander, all in abundance! Mmmm. My mouth puckered slightly in response. Color was ... someone else said fuchsia, but I am going to up the ante & say magenta (SRM = N/A). Mouthfeel was medium. Taste gave a misnomer to its name - this was not "Sour", but it was intensely tart! My mouth puckered unbidden as I savored the many flavors. Blueberry was joined by lemon and when coupled with coriander and sea salt, it was attention getting. Tart, fruity, spicy & salty, all at once and unrelenting in its intensity. Phew. Finish was intensely dry and very refreshing. The blueberry flavor lingered in my throat while the lemony tartness and saltiness refused to leave my lips. Boy, was this something! That said, as a hophead, one would do it for me. I applaud this series, especially in CANs, but I remain not a fan. YMMV.

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Photo of dcotom
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce can into a chalice. Pretty fuchsia color, with an evanescent white head that leaves no lacing. Light in body, very refreshing. The blueberry flavors do not overpower in this, but provide a pleasant complement to the gose tartness and salinity. Dry, crisp finish, perfect for a summer day. Another excellent offering from the Wild Sour series.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/18/2017. Pours slightly hazy pinkish orange/amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/sour/tangy blueberry, blackberry, berry skin, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, red grape, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light lacto funk/pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, blueberries, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour/tangy blueberry, blackberry, berry skin, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, red grape, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light lacto funk/pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate fruit/lactic tartness; light yeast spiciness and fruit tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy blueberry, blackberry, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, red grape, coriander, sea salt, hay, straw, wheat, cracker, biscuit dough, light lacto funk/pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blueberries, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering sourness after the finish. Moderate dryness from acidity and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic/saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a great fruited gose style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blueberries, salt/spice, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the balanced lactic/acidic/drying finish. Perfect balance between the fruit and classic Gose style flavors; with nice malt presence to balance the acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours the color of blueberry juice with a very modest head that fades to a ringlet; a few dribbles of lace

Smell: Salty tones, wheat bread and more citrus/blackberry than blueberry

Taste: Blackberry and funk, with building salt tones; increasing funk and saltiness, through the middle, and a puckery finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not sure what happened to the blueberries but I otherwise enjoyed the beer

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish orange with a thin layer of foam that fades to a broken skim in under a minute.
Smells metallic and minerally, like well water from a drinking fountain. Something missing. Blueberry.
Some sour berry flavor, very fleeting and ephemeral, lacto in the background. Simple and bone dry.
Light bodied and crisp, with a flavor that lasts a couple seconds at most. Pretty acidic and one-dimensional sourness.
Overall it was ok to try, but just another simple kettle-soured gose with not much complexity to hold interest.
When they came out with these can designs, the first thing I thought of was Lik-m-aid Fun Dip candy flavors.

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WiLD Sour Series: Blueberry Gose from DESTIHL Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 121 ratings