Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)

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European Pale Lager
Ranked #79
Ranked #47,847
3.18 | pDev: 16.98%
Brauerei Göss (Brau Union)
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Reviews by Todd:
Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz European style green bottle. Freshness date clearly marked.

Appearance: Pale/straw yellow with a slight haze. Pours a foamy white patchy head that settles to a patchy sticky cream lace.

Smell: Delicate noble hops in the aroma with light notes of sulfur (that definitive import lager "skunk" smell), faint esters and sweet tea.

Taste: Light on the palate, yet there's a definite fullness to this brew which is pronounced by its creamy mouthfeel. A malt sweetness of dextrin blends with very faint aniseed and smooth lemon rind-like hop flavours that peak to a mildly crisp bite. Light grain and metallic notes are also present. Some interesting esters pull-thru and linger to the end along with some hops. The brew finishes slightly dry.

Notes: Found this at the bottom of the shelves at my local ghetto package store. Came in a 12-pack box. To my surprise Gösser turned out to be a very nice alternative (to the US norm) lager. Very enjoyable and flavourful. Great all around knock-em-back beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of evlu1441
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is quite a pale lager. It has a typical light golden colour, with a thin head that leaves a little bit of lacing.

The aroma is quite typical as well. Faint, grainy, and crisp. Not a lot going on.

The flavour is quite light too, but also fairly bitter. Faint maltiness and quite a bit of hops. It also tastes a little bit adjuncty.

Overall, this is a pretty average beer. It is drinkable, but not special for any reason.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale clear straw gold color with a good sized foamy and creamy white head. Good retention with decent lacing left over.

S - Faint floral and grassy hops with a fair amount of grainy malt as well.

T - Fairly light taste with a fair amount of sweet grainy/cereal malt taste that is accompanied by a faint grassy and floral taste. Those hop flavors don't really provide a bitterness though. After drinking it for a while, there is a slight bready malt finish.

M - Light with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and a bit fizzy, but a little watery.

D - Decently refreshing beer that is pretty easy to drink, but not one that has me necessarily reaching for another.

Notes: A decent beer for when you want just something easy and inoffensive to drink. Refreshing pilsener, but a bit too thin and not enough flavor to really be good.

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Photo of stcules
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow-greenish color. Average white head.
The smell is malty, a touch of vienna, too. Maybe some corn? A little too heavy. Pratically no hop.
Standard taste, not characterized at all. Few things to say about his brew. Too banal. Hell like.
Body, aftertaste. Boh. Too banal, nothing to say.

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Photo of Richter35
4.34/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Blue-branded pilsner glass. Poured a massive-thick head that vanished within a couple of minutes. Some lacing on the glass as I drink. Looks much like a Labatt Blue, but this is where the similarities end...

Smell is above average, with a huge hops presence and some wheat.

Taste is spectacular. Smooth...delicate even. A lot of hop bitterness, but very well balanced. Little aftertaste, which is impressive for a European lager. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is carbonated, but this is to be expected considering the style of beer. Very smooth and clean.

Drinkability is awesome. Sip it, chug it, whatever...this beer will accomodate any drinking style.

Being a fan of darker, fuller-bodied beers, I've been reluctant to try new lagers recently. This one has opened my eyes to what a lager should be. Interesting, light hearted... but not boring. Smell and taste are both refreshing, to say the least. It's a perfect summer beer.

It paired perfectly with some delicious homemade cheesy bread. I imagine it would be great with almost any other food. I would recommend this beer to anyone I know, as it far exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of stirgy
3.94/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was served as Gosser Blonde.

A very pale beer with a yellow murky body and a thin head that dissolved away quickly. The aroma gives off some sweet and sour citrus grains. The taste is light, yet very flavorful, with a citrus tang and clean finish. Light caramelized malt sweetness with a touch of nuttiness comes through. Alcohol and harsh bitters stay hidden throughout. Also detected a sour tang on the tongue. Pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of Vonstein15
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of slitherySOB
2.27/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My grandfather was a farmer. Beside his crops was one large field/meadow, where he grew nothing. It was pretty much dead long, dead grains and grass, with an apple tree in the middle. The colour of this beer reminded me alot of that field. Yellow/brown, with a minimal head which quickly disipated to nothing. I'm tempted to give the appearance a three, because of the sudden feeling of nostalgia. However, it's not worth a three. I'm giving it a two. Smells very weak. Mild malts, something a bit candylike, and metal. If I get the opportunity, I'd like to try this beer on draft or bottle, to ensure that metal smell is not from the can. Doubt that it is, but one never knows. Tastes pretty much like most mast produced lagers. Light malts, bit metallic on the back of the tongue. No real bitterness. And still that candy sweetness. Not sure what candy, though. Far too carbonated mouthfeel. Feels like Pepsi. Hmm... Overall, I think I'd rather have a Canadian produced macro lager than this. This has no real redeeming qualities, except for that brief flashback.

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Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of Popsinc
2.3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml green can with white text. Poirs a very pale yellow with a tiny white head. Plenty of active carbonation that disappears quickly. It looks like gingerale or applejuice once it settles. The nose is boring and unappealing. Very, very mild hoppiness in the nose. The taste is similarily bland. Little distinsct flavours here. A very generic, standard lager. I would probably never buy this beer again.

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Photo of brandonld23
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of canucklehead
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another eurocan in BC but at least this beer meets the (is it better than Becks test?). The taste is fresh and reasonably hoppy making for a enjoyable beer. I would buy this again when I have a hankering for a pils. The can does ensure freshness.

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Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Globetrotter
2.71/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in a Vienna supermarket, the brown half liter bottle sports a tapered neck and a green and yellow label featuring a coat of arms above the label. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 6/30/07, I opened it on 2/6/07.

Pours a clear pale gold under a one finger white head that fades slowly to film and collar, leaving a fairly decent amount of lace. The nose is grainy, with a hint of musty socks. The mouth is light and fairly well-carbonated. The opening is fairly sweet, of bread and raw grain. The hops are a bit too metallic, leaving a rusty impression on the palette that lasts well into the aftertaste. The overall impression is raw, somehow unpolished. It needs more malt, and a different style of hops. Not impressed.

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Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent that is clean and without skunkiness. The taste is good. It has a light pale malt flavor with some graininess and a smooth breadlike finish. It goes down easy and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good pale lager. It's light and highly drinkable. It lacks a little complexity, but it driniks well.

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Photo of jonb5
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle.

A: Golden, clear, small fast fading head, fairly lively looking.

S: Subtle Saaz, enough said.

T: Subtle sweetness from the malt is balanced out by hints of sour dough.

M: Smooth, low carbonation, slightly sticky texture.

O: A cross between a Munich Helles and a Czech Pilsner, slightly forgettable but I wouldn’t refuse another if offered one.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.45/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellowish brew with a medium head that stayed in teh glass for a while. Sweet and very light beer. This is good for hot summer days under the sun. I don't think there is a need to drink this more then once...

This review was based on the 500ml can version sold in Canada.

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Photo of joecast
3.29/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours with a strong grassy/hay aroma at first, followed by a malt background.
clear gold color forming no head. a slight stir produces a smallish lace just covering the beer.
light hoppy flavor with a decent finishing bitterness. fairly straighforward.
doesnt leave much of an impression, but nothing really bad about it.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear yellow colour with a fairly large size frothy/rocky white coloured head. There is an average to above average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the glass. The head lasted for a short while before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, a grassiness, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly watery. Most of the flavour is made up of breads/grains and corn. There is also a slight grassiness and a little bit of a skunkiness. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter bready aftertaste.

Drink - Just another average euro beer.. nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.32/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Radegast in NYC.

Pours a clear golden. Topped by a fluffy, bright white head that fades to a film leaving trails of lace. The aroma is light. There's a hint of graininess and perhaps a bit of peppery yeast.

Malty sweetness throughout. Light citric character with some pepperiness and a light grassy finish that hints at bitterness. Light-bodied, moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkable, but it falls a bit flat overall. Perhaps a bit more carbonation would help brighten things up.

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Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one poured a light yellow that showed a tinge of orange. The head was white, moderate, and retentive.

Smell – There is a nice grain aroma that starts out the nose, but it gets a bit funky if you keep smelling it. The grain turns a bit rotten and a light sweetness that reminds me of puke opens up.

Taste – This one turns almost creamed corny at the taste. There might even be a bit of rice flavor in there.

Mouthfeel – This just fails to struggle away from light-bodied. It’s a lot flatter than I anticipated as well, making this lager a well-rounded disappointment.

Drinkability – Well, it wasn’t skunked, but it wasn’t very drinkable, either. Let’s leave this lager down under from whence it came and change the name to Grösser.

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Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Although the bottle I got from my fellow homebrew club member's basement was dated "Best by 3/01," it still bore up in pretty good shape. A sudsy head over the usual straw body. I can taste a little of the Dortmunder style here; certainly a little more malty sweetness than an American beer, without being sugary, and a hint of German hops. To paraphrase their own slogan; Nicht so “Gut” as a DAB, “Besser” than a Beck's.

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Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 306 ratings