Leipziger Gose
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Style:
Leipzig Gose
Ranked #240
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,787
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.48%
Reviews:
479
Ratings:
1,011
From:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: This original Leipzig beer specialty lends us the name for our brewery. Gose is a regional beer specialty that was brought to Saxony-Anhalt in the year 1738. Originally Gose comes from Goslar, a small town in Lower Saxony, and the river “Gose” in this town. This beer specialty has a refreshing, slightly sour taste and is ideal for quenching your thirst. Gose is brewed with the additional ingredients lactic acid, cilantro, and salt. Gose is a top-fermented beer with 4.5% ABV and 10.8% wort. You can enjoy it in different variations.
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Photo of jrc1093
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No 'best before' date present

Pours a golden burnt orange body topped with a thick, fluffy head of bright white foam; decent retention leaves spotty strands of soapy lacing along with a dense, frothy collar.

Aromas of spicy orange zest and sourdough bread offer a refreshing heft softened by earthy salinity and hints of coriander, with light herbs and peppery spice to close.

Taste opens with coriander and peppery cracker, with dense, earthy salinity and herbal touches along the mid-palate; light orange/lemon zest fading into the swallow.

Mouthfeel has a light-medium body with moderate-high carbonation and excellent effervescence along the palate; crisp and quenching while drying steadily through the finish.

There’s a quiet depth to this ~4.5% brew revealing itself at a steady, quenching pace; notes are subtle but rather detailed, and leave me enjoying each sip. Very understandably a standard for the style.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light gold, straw coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smell is mildly tart with notes of citrus and coriander. Taste follows the nose, with a very mild sourness and citrus notes. There's also a light herbal grassiness and mild spiciness to this, mainly coriander. Finishes mildly tart, with a very light saltiness. Light body with medium/lively carbonation.

The sourness is much milder here than I'm used to from other Gose beers. This is a very light, crisp and mildly tart summer beer, very refreshing.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Label has ABV as 4.6%, No bottling date found on bottle or label.
Poured from brown 11.2oz bottle into glass.
Cloudy, straw colored body. Minimal white head settles to bubble fed ring and thin cap. No lacing.
Aroma is different from the taste. Smell is mainly from the coriander seed (slightly tart), but also has a burnt toast aspect.
Taste is classic gose's slightly lemon/lime tartness. There is also the sensation that a salted liquid provides, kind of sharp.
Mouth feel is medium, with good carbonation. Dry finish. The salt is not perceived on the lips.
Totally a summer quencher, and true to style. Would be a good candidate for adding flavored syrups.

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Photo of Nass
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's sort of soury tasting and a little salty. It's different for sure, but I am not too privy to this style I guess. It's not my thing, so I can see why this is not a popular beer style. It's worth a try if you have not had an authentic gose style of beer yet. Cheers! C

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Photo of jwhancher
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A classic Gose. Picked up a single bottle at the Foodery bottle shop in Center City Philly. Pours a cloudy straw gold color with white head that fades quickly. Moderately strong coriander aroma with bready wheat and floral notes. Lemon persists in the nose. Tastes initially sweet with light tartness and lemon flavor. Bready malts give flavors of freshly baked white bread. Aftertaste is tart & refreshing. Easy drinking. Overall, an excellent beer and not overly tart like the Americanized versions.

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

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, pear, red/green apple, white grape, melon, coriander, white pepper, citrus zest, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, salt, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, pear, red/green apple, white grape, melon, coriander, white pepper, citrus zest, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tartness and mild herbal/grassy/peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, pear, red/green apple, white grape, melon, coriander, white pepper, citrus zest, sea salt, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, grass, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, salt, and pale malt notes; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from tartness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly acidic, and lightly sticky/saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is an excellent gose! All around great fruity/acidic yeast, coriander, salt, and pale malt notes; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/drying finish. I knew this was not going to be that sour, but the amount of coriander presence was surprising(but not overwhelming). Not overly salty, just the right amount. The classic German ones are always quite a bit different than the American versions. Very well balanced all around flavors, and very flavorful for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellow orange in color with big 3" head.

Smell: fruit and tart citrus aroma.

Taste: mild malt profile, tart green grapes, lemon zest, some light sour fruitiness, spices, and soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throoughout with a dry finish.

Overall: a nice representation of the style.

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

From an 11.2oz bottle with no date.

It pours a cloudy dark straw color initially with a large white sudsy cap. It disappeared fairly quick into nothing but beer. I noticed a lot of sediment on the bottom of the bottle and remembered one of the other German brewed ones recommendeding gently shaking it before pouring. After swirling around and dumping what was left, it became a much cloudier, and darker gold that almost matches the color in the label.

It smells very strongly of wheat and coriander, with the later being most prominent. There is also an earthy mineral water aroma along with a touch of an herb and a very subtle sourness.

It tastes much like it smells, only with a little more depth probably. A lot of wheat grain, especially in the aftertaste, coriander spice, a bit of sourness that is on the level of an average lemonade, and what tastes like a small dash of basil or rosemary, but is probably cilantro since I read of that being a traditional ingredient.

The label did describe the salt level being just below what humans can taste. That is interesting because you want to swear you can, but I think it is just because you know its there. Even if nobody told you the style, the softness gives it away. I could see this being described as flat, but it seems to be consistent with traditional German version too from my experience.

They claim that it is easy drinking. I wouldn't disagree. Hard to review it before it's gone. Once again, (good or bad) Jammer is the only American verison I would compare to this. It is in no way intensely sour, and the flavors are very balanced.

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Photo of DragonsMilk
2.62/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Poured horizontally into a tulip glass the stuff foamed over like crazy with only half of an 11.2 oz bottle poured but after it settled down it was a Hazy Pale, Light orange, nice looking with a continuous half finger head throughout.

Smell: Neither pleasant or offensive but if I didn't know what it was I would not drink it.

Taste: Sour, slight mineral, average

Feel: light/medium, didn't notice the extreme carbonation that was in the glass to affect the feel too much, more foam up than refreshing tingle.

Overall: Its a pain in the ass to pour and wait for the foam to go down, it is refreshing with a pleasant taste of sour but nothing "wow" about it. At $4.99 an 11.2oz bottle I won't buy it again.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled
Pours a hazy almost honey like body with big foaming white head that retreats but keeps the surface covered
Salted honey aroma
Tangy honey and wheat flavour

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

Best gose I've tried so far. Very well balanced, not too sour like other american-made goses; a little bit salty, hints of coriander, and perfect carbonation. Love it.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My favorite Gose to date. A Father's day gift from my daughter, it is a very yeasty, cloudy sour ale with hints of coriander, butterscotch and brown bread with a salty finish. A great summer beer.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a nice, creamy 1 finger head which dissipates quickly, over a somewhat hazy straw gold body,
S: general dryness and tartness, immediate coriander immediate lemon but not citrus generally just lemon, with some coercion a hint of the brininess comes out and a more assertive grain note
T: not overly sour though it is a bit tart, very mild and pleasant, a very warm touch of sweet malt here, I sense a lot of unattenuated sugar and cereal grains
M: dry but not overly so
O: this is a very pleasant and inoffensive beer, it is not brash enough to be particularly memorable but I would drink it again if available, I think it goes without saying that this is much more balanced than its american counterpart and in some ways is better for it though it leaves less of an impression (positive or negative)

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

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

This beer is gold in color with pale yellow highlights. An aggressive pour yields several inches of white head that quickly recedes to a skim on top that leaves very little lacing.

The smell is loaded with coriander. I get a little lemon, too.

The taste is mildly tart with coriander.

Thin mouthfeel

This is a refreshing afternoon beer. I am drinking it before mowing the lawn, but I am sure it would just a good after.

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

Aroma of fresh fruity coriander. Fruity pebbles, sea spray, herbs, and flour. Lightly sweet and bready. White wine like. Bready malts come out more with each whiff. Graham cracker, lightly toasted bread, biscuits, cheerios.

Pours slightly hazy golden yellow. Thin white head. Some retention, little lacing.

Fruity pebbles upfront leading to crackery malts. Lightly tart. Surprisingly hardy malt character. Wheat forward. Cereal grains. Green apples, a touch candy-like, but not too sweet. Coriander is the leading flavor complimented well with fruity esters from the yeast and light acidity.

Medium light body with medium carbonation. A slight slickness, but fairly crisp. Acidity keeps sweet coriander in check. Dry finish.

Fresh and fruity, I could imagine this as a great food beer. Sushi maybe. Less tart than most American versions, but in a certain way more complex than some.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow, low tart aroma and flavor, complimented with an easy light to medium feel. Saltiness is fairly faint compared to other classic Gose's. A great intro to the style. Cheers!

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Photo of hosehead83
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold in color, with a bright white airy head of foam.
Aroma-Faint grain and pale malt
Taste-Subtle coriander, pale malt,faintly sour and briny. Very refreshing brew.

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Photo of dd43
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this gose, it feels like a style benchmark to me. I have to think in terms of bjcp style guidelines this would pretty much nail it. Salt addition is very well done, not mouth puckering like some of the newer American varieties that have come along, it's just a hint to make this super refreshing. The coriander is similarly restrained, you notice a whiff of it in the nose but it really isn't a coriander flavored beer in the strict sense. Mouthfeel is crisp, between the salt and the carbonation level plus the relatively light malt base. Definite grassiness in the flavor, and some light breadiness as well. There's a sensation of lime juice in the way this drinks, perhaps owing to the tart finish. This is an easy beer to recommend to anyone that wants to learn what a gose is all about.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 1/9/15. Comes in a heavy 330ml (11.2 ounce). 4.6% ABV. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage tulip glass.

bBew pours a clear golden-yellow in color with a good 3-finger foamy white head. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped which is different from the pour. Aroma is of some grains with some lemon zest I am guessing that is slightly sour. Taste is close to the nose with some tartness with a hint of coriander and very light salt. No bitterness or harsh aftertaste at all. Lighter-bodied with lower carbonation. Crisp and clean. I like this brew style as this is the 3rd one I have had, from different breweries.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly cloudy yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grains and coriander. The taste is spiced grain that is lightly tart. An excellent gose.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Glad to finally try this well known representative of the style.

Looks a little flat and boring and lemony.

Smells nice, fresh, and sour.

Taste was underwhelming. Not sour enough for me, but there is a definite subtlety that I can appreciate as far as both salt and sour notes go.

Yes, this is very thirst quenching. It's nice. I like it.

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Photo of Premo88
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: yellow, cloudy (but looks like it will clear), pushes up a pretty big head of white foam, maybe 1.5 inches tall; no stick/lace; indeed, it magically clears to crystal ... beautiful brew

S: musty ... almost farmhouse ale barnyard musty, but a bit cleaner; as it warms a little, takes on a thick grain/salt smell that's fantastic, unique -- it's a little like blue crabs or baitfish, something from a saltwater bay; coriander shows through as it warms (and if you give it a good swirl)

T: slightly tart (lime) grain ... like a perfect grainy lager grain with some surprising and fantastic sweetness (from the malt? wheat?) and only a slight hint of spice from the coriander; perhaps a pinch of cilantro, but in general the tart lime-grain flavor dominates; finishing sweetness is wonderful ... very understated but enough to balance the tart note; grain is mostly wheat bread

F: perfect ... light, well-carbonated, easy going down but not too thin

O: an absolute treat and a beer I'd drink by the gallon if I could get it easily ... wow is it good! the tart/coriander notes are fully in check with a slight saltiness and a lot of wheat grain. this beer explains why

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Photo of Radome
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

L - Medium straw color; slightly hazy. Light sediment in the bottom of the bottle. White head made of extremely fine bubbles; recedes to mainly a ring on the glass and some wisps.

S - Light bready malt with a faint lemon zest. Maybe a faint brine aroma, or it might be my imagination since I know these beers are salty. There is a light yeast fruitiness and a tiny hint of barnyard funk. Overall the aromas are similar to a funky Belgian saison.

T - Initial flavor is a light lemon tartness, followed by bready malt, although the tart flavor continues. Late in the palate is a light yeast fruitiness. The finish is dry with a hint of salt.

F - Thin body. Low carbonation. Very light hops bitterness. No alcohol presence.

O - The lemon tartness and light body make this a very refreshing beer, but it still has lots of interesting characteristics that develop as you sip it. Very nice.

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Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale yellow, slightly hazy with a lovely pure white head on top.

S: Crisp with some light malts as well as salt. Slight spice note in the finish.

T: Tart and crisp, with a decent amount of tartness. There is a barely perceptible salt flavor in the beginning, but the crisp tartness quickly takes over. The finish has a touch of spice. Quite a lovely beer.

M: Light in body with high carbonation. It makes for a very drinkable and refreshing brew.

O: Overall tasty.. Not nearly as salty as the American versions I have tried. refreshing and interesting.

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Photo of fx20736
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

hazy lemon yellow, white head. Aroma is soft, salty and herbal. Like drinking a pretzel-soft wheat and salt plus a light tartness. Mouthfeel is a little prickly. This is a unique, tasty, fun and interesting beer.

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