Gose | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gose is a rarely brewed regional specialty beer from Northern Germany. A slightly sour wheat beer, it's known for hints of coriander and a unique saltiness that is derived from the local water source. As a twist on the original, we add fresh lime juice to our version after fermentation. The result is a delightfully tart and refreshing beer to help you slug it out with even the hottest of Texas summers.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 85
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not sure if the lime is a special edition or an all time time thing in their gose, but the one we had said lime gose right on the can. its a nice beer, maybe a little perfumey and overdone on the lime, but it smells and tastes natural enough, just real intense as they go, far more than an accent flavor but a real driver of the whole thing. still, its real light and refreshing, and one for lime lovers for sure. the salt is nice in here, gives some good balance and body, and seems to cut the lime off right at the moment where it threatens to become too much. i think the lacto sour element is really nice too, super clean and at a similar frequency to the natural acidity of the lime. more zest than juice or flesh to me, but its well assimilated into the wheat malt base, and the floral dry coriander is a nice touch too, well balanced and layered for a lighter beer like this. if they scaled the lime back even 10% this would be a much more drinkable and refreshing beer for me, but i still like it. the quality is high and the flavor is good, a three sip can in the texas summer heat!

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a cloudy yellow. Head is white with little retention and no lacing. Carbonation is abundant.
The nose is very lemony with hints of wheat. Mostly lemon.
Taste is lemon sour and a bit salty with faint grains. Refreshing but one dimensional.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with nice carbonation.

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Photo of Plumbwader
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my favorite all time tubing central Texas rivers beer of all time. They go down so easy. You can get carried away very quickly with this one. Grab as many as you can when you see them because they are seasonal. My only complaint is this Gose makes you gassy. Dont know why but it does every time.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can ("best by 09/02/17") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Hazy, pale, lemon rind yellow with visible effervescence. Brief head of white bubbles and no lace.

Smell: Lime zest; light, grainy bread, and hints of coriander.

Taste: Light wheat bread with plenty of lime juice and pleasant salt - reminiscent of Vietnamese salty lemonade chanh muối or lemon-lime Gatorade.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slightly slick feel and soft but moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very lime forward, but still drinkable and refreshing. Great for a hot, humid Houston summer day, or to chase some tequila.

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Photo of brentk56
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy goldenstraw with a two finger head; as th ehead fades an ocasional spot is left behind

Smell: Lime and peach tones with hints of wheat bread, coriander and salt

Taste: Peach forward with the lime, coriander and a hint salt building, throught the middle; slightly sour, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with low carbonation

Overall: A refreshing beer but not in the top flight for the style; lacks the salt tones of the best

Thanks, Texasfan549, for the opportunity

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear light yellow color with thin white head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma - Just a ton of lime, it reminds me of alka seltzer. Light lemon citrus and a touch of wheat.

Taste - Nice soft tart lime flavor, pretty salty and tart.

Feel - At first it is light and crisp but the finish is soft, really odd but it works.

Overall - Not a bad beer not sure I would think it was a gose but the flavors are nice.

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Photo of puck1225
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a gose fan, but bought some of this after an in-store taste. I like this one. It is the lime taste that sells me on this one. The saltiness is kept at a minimum. Truly refreshing summer beer. I will buy it again!

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Photo of tpgraham
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This a great beach or lawn mowing beer. Light wheat body with bright lime taste that comes across like a margarita. Perfect for hot summer days in Houston.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy pale gold color with an airy head that dissipates quickly.
S: Tart lime aroma, a touch of pepperiness.
T: Very nice flavor, though more a lime-scented American wheat than a Gose. Low on the tart side, but acidic enough to be very refreshing. No bitterness to speak of, no coriander I can taste either, and just a very light touch of salt.
M: Light bodied, very easy drinking.
O: I admit I've drunk the heck out of this, this summer. It's become my favorite session beer, low in alcohol, light and tasty.

Also, my own gose ratings (1-5 scale of intensity, not a rating):
Sourness: 1
Saltiness: 2

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


A: Lots of lime, slightly salty with a light tartness.

A: Golden color, clear with a small white head that has adequate retention with light lacing evident.

T: Lots of lime, light bitterness, mildly salty, with a light lingering tartness.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Alright; easy to drink and an interesting take on a gose to use lime, but the lime is quite strong and almost overpowers the rest of the beer.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The perfect summer libation -
Pours a cloudy light gold with good carbonation and fine soapy effervescence.
Smells of lime and lighter tropical notes, some fruity esters, hint of biscuit and yeast.
Tastes is crisp with light sweet malt and transitions to lime/orange with a salty tinge and astringency that leaves the palate clean.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with light carbonation and clean finish.

Overall, this is my favorite session-able beer on a hot Texas day - thirst quenching and easily quaffable. IMHO, it takes the qualities of a good german wheat beer and the addition of the citrus and salt make for a tasty contrast.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can in trade from blutt59, thanks for the opportunity! Slightly hazy deep yellow with a small bubbly white head that fades quickly. Smells like salty limeade. The flavor is lime and lemony with a hint of spice and lots of saline. I'm missing the lactic tartness that should be here. Decent tasting but not what I was expecting.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I have a running trade with The Mighty JenRay who lives in Houston, TX. She only gets APAs and AIPAs from me, by request, but I get all sorts of CANs from her. This would be one such example, plus it is my approved pic. Not shown is the sudden pooching that took place behind and to the right of the tab! I got scared, so I put it in the reefer to chill, but I was still seeing increased pooching, plus the CAN was rock solid! Eeek.

From the CAN: "Only in Texas"; "Seasonal Release"; "A Texas twist on a German original, brewed with coriander and lime."; "German-Style Wheat Beer"; "Unfiltered - Unpasteurized".

The last may have been the culprit, so when I Crack!ed it open, even a gentle Glug was causing heavy foaming. I just let it run, watching as three-plus fingers of fizzy, bone-white head filled my glass and then dissipated into liquid. I was left with a glassful of cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) beer. Nose smelled like sea spray, like standing on the forecastle (focsle) of a ship in heavy weather and just inhaling. Nothing else like it. Mouthfeel was a bit thin & watery, but very effervescent. The taste was stunning, literally. I have had gose before, so knew to expect a salty tartness, but the coriander and lime brought an all-new dimension to the flavor. Now, it was not just puckering, but it was making my eyes water! Phew. Finish was dry, tart, eminently refreshing, especially on a hot, humid day, but it just was not my bag. Next, I added a splash of grapefruit juice, a new trick taught to this old dog by a young bartender in return for a healthy tip. I pass it on to yinz free of charge. Add just a wee bit initially. Remember, you CAN always add more, but you CANnot subtract any. Even the tiniest amount cuts the tartness considerably. I like Simply Grapefruit myself, but you CAN also try Ocean Spray or even fresh-squeezed. Again, just a dab'll do ya, but you may find that you like more (or even less), but it is definitely worthy of experimentation.

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Photo of Todd
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Peaches, Sour, Lime, Salt

Brewed for the summer, but I'm drinking it in the winter. From the can, a cloudy golden hued beer produces a lace that drops flat quickly. Faint aromas of stone fruits, citrus zest, cracked pepper and some wheat bread. Active and creamy mouthfeel. Peaches. Lots of peaches, and a bit juicy.Real Ale’s seasonal is dry overall with a clean malt profile. A flash of sourness lifts the palate with a smack of lime and salt. Personally, I wouldn't have called this a Gose due to the dominating fruity peach character, but outside of that it's a decent brew if you're looking for liquid peaches.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #108 (January 2016).

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Photo of ranger7
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks hazy off-yellow when poured from the can into my stemmed glass. Smells like a freshly sliced lime. Somewhat sour, light, and with a refreshing lime taste. Not as overpowering as I was expecting. I like it. An excellent Summer drink. Maybe a little one-dimensional.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Price paid : Trade from Ozzylizard (below)

Pours a golden blonde apple juice colored body with lots of effervescent carbonation spiraling to the top like bubbly. The head is short lived and 1 finger, spreading out across the top like pond moss. 60% opacity.

Aroma is of peaches, hibiscus, sour apples, yeast, salt, wheat, lime. Faint aroma like most Gose beers.

Flavor is salt forward, and then bowl peaches, ending on a twinge of sour yeast and a twist of lime.

Feel is light and crisp, very tight.

Overall impressions : This beer isn't terrible, but it's not great either. If I bought a six pack I'd feel ashamed. It was a nice trial, and I'm a sucker for yeast and sours so maybe I'm rating it higher than it should be...but it's crushable and fun, just not poetic or innovative.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep golden color, wit a decent white head, which soon fades to oblivion. There are a few scattered patches of lacing, quite sparse, in all.

Aroma: Odd aroma of salted lime, with a bit of wheat malt.

Taste: The taste opens with tangy wheat malt and lime. AS the taste progresses, the saltiness intensifies. There is a late wag of tangy wheat ad lime rind.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, with just a hint carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A decent, drinkable example of a rare stlyel

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of oceanman907
3.14/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A nice looking beer. Golden cloudy ale with a fuzzy, white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is relatively nonexistent, but a small citrus salty smell, vaguely resembles a margarita. The taste does as well, with a bit of a sour kick, but the beer is pretty non discript, like a really good version of the budwiser lime-a-rita. Overall it is worth trying, and i am enjoying it over the summer quite a bit, but it is not the best of the style and I am questioning the decision to put lime in it because it makes the beer too artificially citrusy, but still worth a try.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can BB 11/18/15 at 50 degrees into shaker
$ 7.99/6 pack at Spec’s
Aroma – none. As the beer warms, coriander starts to come out
Head large (8.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing – none
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor slightly tart, can’t pick up any coriander, hints of salt and lime present, becoming more prominent as the beer warms; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my first Gose. Look was "confused". Pretty gold with some floaters. Right or wrong? Anyhoo the smell was of citrus/lemon/lime. The taste was citrusy. And the salt! I love salt! All my food has extra salt. This was an outstanding beer! Will have as long as it is around. It is a seasonal. All year would be fantastic! Will try others as I find them. Great stuff.

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Photo of donspublic
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy pour into a shaker ping from tap. Minimum head dissipates quickly. Get the lime on the smell. Kill me but first smell reminds me of a budlight lime with salt on the can. Really like the taste of this beer. If you have been drinking bud lite lime, back away and grab this beer. The salt addition helps with the abrupt finish you get from this beer. There is a lingering aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger on but it is nice. Ah perhaps the coriander coming through. Nice beer, wish I would have had this in the beach

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