Leipziger Gose | Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Leipziger GoseLeipziger Gose

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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 EmperorBevis
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 +0.8%
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 +16.2%
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 -12.3%
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 buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +7.2%
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
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 +3.6%
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 +5.9%
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 +7.9%
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 +15.4%
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%
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 +10.5%
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 +10%
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 -1.8%
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 +13.6%
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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Photo of Myotus
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle (it has a "best before" on the bottle with no date after it) into a stange. Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter's worth within 30 seconds. Bubbles are mild once head settles. A very cloudy yellow/brown/orange (hurray for Fall colors). Has strong salt, yeast, and sour malt aromas that combine with mild pepper, lemon peel, and coriander aromas. Taste reciprocated the smell as all flavors enter simultaneously in the same intensity to their respected aromas with the exception of salt, which is the very initial taste. Full bodied, highly carbonated, with a subtly dry but crisp finish.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Home 6/21/15

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy white head that doesn't last all that long.

The smell is a bit faint sour and some fruitiness that comes through. It's ok, but it's actually closer to a plain old generic beer smell than anything special.

The taste is light and refreshing. The saltiness and sourness is much more off in the distance than it's american counterparts. Still quite enjoyable. If this was more accessible and available in 6 pks I could see myself having more.

Overall, I enjoy it for it's simple style and the light refreshing taste. Pretty good and worth a try.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. Fizzy white head that recedes leaving a small ring of lacing around the edge. Visible carbonation.

Aroma leads with funk. Tangy, citrus flavors, with notes of pepper wheat, and yeast.

Taste is very refreshing. Salty, sweet, very tangy, just like the aroma. Some apple notes as well, with a mix of green and red apple. Has an apple juice kind of flavor to it. No alcohol at all whatsoever. A little bit of sourness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light. Crisp and refreshing. Ridiculously easy to drink. I could drink about 12 of these in one sitting. No hint of alcohol to slow you down.

Overall, this one doesn't do it for me. Tastes too much like apple juice and not enough like beer. Not a bad taste, but not what I'm looking for in a beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time last night up at the Cloverleaf Tavern. Even though it's hard to find, I enjoy this style because of how smooth it can be and for the recessed alcohol. Not often that I find a beer that's a session and has a good flavor profile to it but that was the case here, as the bottle correctly stated that there was just enough salt in here to taste without overpowering everything else. By looks alone, this appeared to be a Hefeweizen due to the sediment that was at the bottom of the bottle.

Good pour to this as the beer came out golden, opaque, and left soapy bubbles that came down the side of my glass after swirling this around. Not a big head (but what was present defiantly lasted for a while) and not a lot of carbonation to be seen even though I could certainly taste the bubbles in this. Sourness, coriander, and some salt were in the taste as the wheat, light pepper, and funk came in underneath it. The salt gave this a heavier taste than I anticipated as if this was made with mineral water or was an Icelandic beer but I think the wheat really saved the day here, especially after swirling it out of the bottle at the end. Was this because this beer was German or just particular to this one Gose? My answer was not to be found during my time with this.

I"m sure there was alcohol in here somewhere but I never found it and like the attempt to get to the center of the Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop, the world may never know. Beers don't come around like this very often and combined with the interesting label on the 11.2 oz bottle that I was handed at the bar, I knew that I was lucky to have this for my "one off" required to earn my PhD there. I wish more Gose beers were available since this was proof that lighter isn't always weaker. A must-have for anyone looking to kick back and just enjoy beer without any hops, booze, or strength coming into play.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Refreshing and tart, this beer is awesome. Last time I ordered one (on tap at Lively Brewing) I learned it was brewed with salt, and it was noticeable and wonderful (but not something my unsophisticated palette noticed before). A beer style that I'd like to explore some more.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received in a tulip from tap.

4.0 A: Murky medium orange color. Two fingers frothy white head. Retention is decent with spotty lacing.

3.75 S: Lots of pepper with a salty tanginess. Strong neutral wheat. Touch of lemon fruitiness.

3.75 T: Salt dominates the taste, but it isn't overpowering. It mixes well with peppery yeast. Stronger lemon than the nose. Hint of clove underneath.

4.0 M: Medium body. Pleasantly creamy with good moderate carbonation.

3.75 D: Very good for a hard to find style.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had to buy it just for the crazy bottle. Pours a slightly hazy solar yellow with an average off-white head. Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a subtle undertone of citrus, average but still inviting. Flavor - hey, not too shabby; wheat, sour citrus and yeast notes, rather tart. Texture, though is rather thin and lacking in fizz. Unfortunately, the presentation is the best part about this beer; still, it’s worthy of a try. Maybe it’s better on-tap or in a smaller bottle.

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Photo of PGD120
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle Poured into tulip

Appearance: golden cloudy color with a white 1 finger head. Not much lacing

Aroma: some biscuit malt. Funky yeast. Coriander

Taste: matches the aroma with a little salty flavor at the end. Not like eating salt. But balances it nicely.

Moithfeel: medium light bodied

Overall: very nice example of a gose. Very tasty and refreshing

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy gold with a 1” white foam collar that quickly descends to a thick film.
S: Fruity, cidery aroma
T: Lemony tanginess balanced by light malt, salt and coriander.
F: Light, tart and highly carbonated.
O: A very drinkable summer beer.

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