Leipziger Gose | Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 4000qtrap
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz bottle

S: Coriander/moss yogurt with a touch of funky stomach acid. Past-its-prime lemon and orange, lightly salted. Soured bread. Intensity of the sour is moderate and clean.

T: Straightforward coriander hits first along with smooth, moderate sourness and significant breadiness. You don't notice the saltiness at first, but after a few sips a definite salty note comes through adding freshness and roundness. The middle dries out a bit with more salt and a light lemon tang accentuated by a mild bite from the carbonation. Hints at funky noble rot, but its light. The sour character is a nice smooth lactic sour that is moderately intense. Finish lingers with the salt really coming through alongside lemon acidity and a mouthcoating of fresh herbs.

Note: Nice and refreshing and I like that you can taste the malt. The coriander isn't my style, but it does add character. Its hard to score this since this is the only Gose I've come across.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a weizen glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. Best-by May 24, 2013.

A- Three-finger cream-colored head. Retains the head for about two minutes. Relatively quick-eroding. Body is a very lightly colored golden , clarity is extremely high, as is carbonation. I think this is the first kind of gose I've had, so not sure how to compare it to that style. Unimpressive otherwise.

S- Wheat, semi-sour notes and a maritime semblance in the nose as well. Salty and sour? How odd. Little bit of funk, that's for sure. Pleasant.

T- Sweet and salty. Sour too. This is such an odd combination of tastes. Berries, seawater, coriander, lemon. Almost like a shandy? I rather enjoy it.

M- High and tight. Such an odd feel.

O- For the first real example of the style, it makes me intrigued with what else is part of this. Tasty, salty and so very tight in feel.

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Photo of csmiley
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light gold to pale straw color. Head is white and creamy topping out at about half inch. Retention is good. A healthy dose of lace is left in the glass.

S - Aroma is hard to describe. Some herbs and spice is immediately noticeable. Pepper and oregano kind of stand out. Grain and bread dough show up midway and remain throughout.

T - Some tart lemon starts this one out. This disappears quickly to reveal a smooth malty presence. Bread flavor is mild. Some grain and hay come in toward the end. Not bad.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation. Finish is clean and sweet.

D - Drinkability is good. This one is fairly light and refreshing throughout. Several could easily be consumed in one session. I can see this one being very good on a hot summer day. But alas, it is October and there is a chill in the air. This is my first exposure to the gose style and has piqued my interest to try more. Will I have this one again? Probably not.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this once before but don't really recall it.

It's hazy gold with a reluctant white head.

Soft coriander nose. A bit of an oceanic quality with fruit and citrus. Like a wheat beer that isn't quite sure of its origin.

A hint of tartness quickly flows int sweet malt, apricot and raisin, and coriander.

A light bodied, low alcohol, unique refresher. Not something I'll be craving often, but unique regardless.

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Photo of trafordboy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

You look at it and you'd just assume it was a hefeweizen if you didn't know better. The cloudy orange-dark-tan body topped by a large, lumpy, long-lasting white cloud of a head fill the requirements of good looking hefeweizens. The aroma then throws you for a loop. That distinctive coriander scent doesn't belong here if this was a hefeweizen. Plus, it's missing much of the banana/bubblegum esters of a good hefeweizen, although a slight phenolic notes makes this smell much like you'd expect from a witbier. On the first sip, I noticed a sour twang that toned down drastically in further sips. The coriander makes for a nice bit of character in the flavor and the salt really shows itself mostly in meshing with the backend bitterness, but I'll qualify that with the fact that I'm a salt fiend, so my salt threshhold may be a little high. There's something missing though. It lacks the bold wheatiness or the creamy mouthfeel of a good hefeweizen. It's still a very unique, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, refreshing, citrusy. Not too much salt or sourness. Westbrook Gose, this is not. Much more traditional.........................................

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Photo of Bighuge
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed deep golden appearance. Orange luminates from the beer as well. The one finger off-white head has good retention. Lace is droopy, but decent enough. Aroma's nice. Spicy and herbal. Earthy. Malty. The taste is interesting. Very earthy. Like dirt to an extent. Has a bit of a farmyard presence to it. Malts are sturdy enough. Hops add just a little bitterness. Rock salt is sprinkled on top. The carbonation is a little high. And the body is about medium or a little better. Interesting brew. My first Gose. Not one I'd need to return to anytime soon though.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Winking Lizard. This brew is a cloudy yellow-gold color with a thick white head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and yeast. Medium-bodied with a tart fruity character, and flavors of yeast and spices along with mildly sweet wheat. The finish is fruity and leaves a tart citrus aftertaste. Decent overall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy butternut-pumpkin with a dust storm of powdery yeast in suspended animation. Within several minutes of the initial pour there are no more visible bubbles. However, the cap is stiff enough to remain at two fingers for a good, long while. Despite the fact that a few large splotches end up on the glass, there's much more glass visible than lace.

The nose has a wheaty tang and features a whiff of floral, slightly spicy hops. I can't say that I appreciate the coriander, though. Other than being different and interesting, to some extent anyway, the aroma isn't all that special. Both socks are still firmly on my feet.

After tasting... my socks haven't budged. Gose has a soft, wheaty underbelly, along with a modestly acidic, lemony, unripe apple tang and a semi-firm hop bitterness. Coriander is now apparent, but is on the mild side. This is one subtle beer. To be fair, it does become a bit more bold as the ounces pass. Whether that's due to warming or because most of the 'good stuff' was at the bottom of the bottle, I couldn't say.

I don't know that I would have noticed the salt without knowing it was there. It doesn't intrude and really isn't even appreciated at all until a mild saline bite on the finish. I thought that I'd like the 'added salt' quality of this beer... and I do. The mouthfeel is serviceable: light-medium, smooth, softly carbonated. In other words, an appropriate match for the rest of the beer's attributes.

This is my first gose (not that the world is crawling with them) so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I did, however, expect something more aggressive with respect to both coriander and salt. It's my understanding that this is another one of those odd German beers to which people occasionally add flavored and colored syrups. If I was in charge at Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei, I'd eliminate the need to add anything to the beer by simply making it goser.

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Photo of popery
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huh. Well, that's a funny beer. It's sour and subtle. I can't say that I particularly love anything about it, but it's a fairly unique beer in my experience. The predominant flavor is yogurt of the Berliner Weisse variety of yogurt flavors. The spices are subtle with coriander coming through strongest. There are some fruit notes to the beer, some apricot, some plums. The sourness is light and not very strong. The feel is a touch watery. I think that I would prefer it a bit colder, not that I'd like the flavor diminished but it would help the feel. Okay beer probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of beerinator
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light tan, golden with nice retentive white head.

Aroma: Yeasty breadlike smell is formost in the aroma. Not too much depth in the smell.

Taste: Hints of sour. Light spicing evident in the middle of the tongue. Finish is mostly plain. Bland finish. Mouthfeel somewhat light.

Notes: Not too exciting. Would be nice on a warm day. Theres just not much depth, and the mouthfeel is slightly lacking.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle

Pale and hazy yellow in color. Fluffy white foam head that falls away quite quickly.

Smells light spice and sweet fruit.

Taste is a crisp and sour beginning sweet/tart dry tangy aftertaste.

it is a crisp refreshing beer though I don't see myself drinking it often.

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Photo of Tobe
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy golden hue with a thin white head. The head while nice quickly dissipated.

This beer has a very earthy aroma. The hops are pleasant and there seems to be an undertone of salt. Some spice like coriander can be detected as well as some citrus.

The flavor is light with a faint sourness, again there is that citrus similar to the aroma. Tart, pleasing beer berry refreshing taste and easily enjoyed during the summer months. The finish is clean with no real after taste. Highly recommendable beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus flute.

A: Hazy, pale golden

S: Mild lemony smell; some malt; not much going on

T: Mild sour and tartness; very little salt

M: Not overly carbonated, but a fair amount; a bit tangy

O: Nothing like I'm used to in the regards to Gose. Westbrook has perfected it in my opinion. This wasn't bad, but not great compared to what I've had. This could have been a bit old, as it was sitting in the cooler at my local haunt for several months. May revisit this with a fresh bottle.

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Photo of illidurit
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Opaque light-gold color with chunks of yeast floating around. Small, fizzy white head. Aroma is briny and tart with lemons, wheat, and bruised crabapple. Flavor is muted and refreshing. Rather wheaty with a light citric tartness, a whisper of spiced apple cider, and aspiriny coriander reminiscent of Hoegaarden. Watery and drinkable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark gold with a thick white bubbly head that soon almost completely vanished to a wisp.
The smell was thin - a touch of coriander and hints of other spices.
The taste was of coriander, and eventually some citrusy lemon and orange crept in, but remained fairly subdued. It was a bit watery. The salt was hardly noticeable, until a bite in the feel on the tongue.
The feel, overall, was thin - the salt gave a drying effect.
A curious drink - something a bit unique - but nothing that I, personally, was impressed with, or that I was particularly craving more of when I was finished.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this brew with Stopper. Poured into a snifter at room tem. The beer is a clear copper hues with .5 cm fluffy bleached white head that fades to a thin surface layer quickly. Aroma is grainy and fairly lagery. First sip reveals an average body with fine fizzy carbonation, lite to average texture. Flavor is kind of funky with white grap and mild vinegar notes mixing with some lactic sourness. Is this beer past prime? Not sure. No hint of alcohol or any hop presence to speak of. Fairly drinkable, but tough to decide if I like the beer or not. Definitely unique.

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Photo of germanbeer1
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking Gose demands an acquired taste for nearly spicy beer. I had this one from the traditional glass bottle which has a thin neck and then a fat base. The aroma is certainly the spiciest that I have ever tried which is unique for a German beer. There is also some fruitiness as well. There aren't many outstanding East German beers which is why I appreciated Gose, and also for it's daring taste. Worth a try.

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Photo of papat444
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Three fingers of white head that goes to a thin ring before disappearing. Body is very hazy and the color of overripe bananas.

Smell: Lemon, banana, salt and a bit bready.

Taste: Definitely has that salt edge which is balanced but gives it a unique flavor. Refreshing with citrus, dough and herbs.

Mouthfeel: Lively and spritzy but it doesn't seem to hold quite together.

Overall: Interesting and different. Difficult to describe but it ended up being ok.

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Photo of hopdog
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer.

Poured a medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of spices, lightly fruity, and wheaty. Tastes of the same fruitiness, wheat, spices and had a light saltiness as well.

Notes from 02/24/06.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Hazy amber color. Nose is not distinguishable. Starts on the yeasty side, finishes with some tartness, reminds me of a wheat. $3.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.
Update: 1-12-2007 - $13.99 for 750ml bottle from Tulley's Beer and wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

While i haven't had all that many gose beers, this one seems a bit mild in the saline category

Pours a very light golden with white head that fluffed up fairly way, but stayed down as it drank.

Wheat malt is dominant aroma, but isn't all that powerful. A bit tangy. Soft spices of coriander and white pepper.

The salt is very mild here, and doesn't quite transform the beer from tart to sharp. Coriander and the wheat provide a tingly lemon essence, just shy of sweet.
While a refreshing beer and quite sessionable, it falls a bit short of a summer quencher

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Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this a while back at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear dark straw yellow with a fizzy half a finger head that fades to leave a thin white halo.

S - No real hops in this per say, lots of malty sweetness, some cloves, and some salt. Some light lemon like citrus too.

T - Weird, drinks almost like one of those lemon "beers" that are 3.2% from Italy or something like that. Fizzy lemony malty sweet water. The salt, not diggin it. I mean, the flavours arent bad, slightly sour lemons, but ehh.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Its a bit thin but it is after all 4.6%. Good and refreshing.

O - Overall I wasnt a huge fan of this style. The flavors arent bad its just not my thing. Its is drinkable and not nearly as bad as I thought it would be but I really wont buy it again.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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 nrbw23
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a really thin white head. Head is gone in a second and no lacing is left behind.

S- Smell is light spices, lemon and grains or straw.

T- Nothing terrible and pretty simple. Follows the nose really well. A bit of a sour hit from the lemon, a touch of light spice and grainy.

M- Light in body with a good amount of carbonation.

O- A good change of pace bier. Something I couldn't drink really often but pretty nice.

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