Leipziger Gose | Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Germany | website

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
469
Ratings:
965
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
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83
Gots:
79
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Photo of Wadsey
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leipziger Gose

Served in an old fashioned glass. 

A: Pours hazy gold with medium white head that disappears immediately. Medium-high effervescence. 

S: Toasted grain, wheat tang, coriander, peppery and somewhat flowery. 

T: A bit of sweetness up front, followed by toasted grain, wheat tang and then a light tartness. The beer then turns spicy, with coriander, pepper and sea salt. The saltiness may be more of a sensation, but I definitely taste it. Pleasant finish in which spiciness mellows and a note of orange blossoms, which I had missed, makes an appearance. 

M: Light body and medium-high carbonation make for a lively mouthfeel. Salty sensation and drying. 

O: I expected Leipziger Gose to taste like the hypertension in a bottle that is Bruery's Salt of the Earth. Not so. Leipziger Gose acts more like a Berliner Weisse with a spicy twist. Very good drinkability and complexity. More goses, please!

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Photo of chaduvel
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beauty pours a gorgeous dark cloudy copper color with swirling yeast dregs and a grandiose crown of a head that is creamy and rocky. Fantastic lacing that lasts the entire beer. Salty yeast and wheat aromas with hints of vanilla, banana, pepper, and coriander, definitely can smell the coriander. Taste is smooth and full of sweet wheat beer esters (banana, cloves, touch of vanilla) then the salty/pepper flavor comes through in the middle and adds a dryness and mineral content, then finally the finish is bready and yeasty. Amazing! I could best describe this beer as a combination of a superb Hefeweizen with the best components of a Wit beer added. Awesome. Easily one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Dizzy
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy straw color, some cloudiness

s- some lactic acid, grainy aroma

t - some tartness which balances malts, not as tart as Berliner Weiss, dry finish, hops not prominant

m - medium bodied

d - makes me thirsty, the salt keeps it from being refreshing

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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 jwjon1
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Didn't know what to expect with this one, but glad to have found this style. I keep coming back to lime perrier every time I sip it: it literally tastes like sparkling mineral water with citrus. I can see how describing a beer as "tastes like water" would be alarming to most BA's... and I'd put myself in that camp as well... but this is indeed the best description I can come up with for this beer. And I love it! This is not mouth puckering sour, or even really sour for that matter at all, rather very slightly acidic--and again--like adding a splash of lime to your drink. The lively carbonation and thirst quenching citrus mineral water aspect of this beer makes for an extremely drinkable brew. This is a beer that non-beer drinkers could likely enjoy. Likewise, if you can't enjoy a beer void of clearly distinguishable hops, malts, alcohol, or any other dominating flavor profile (okay... the wheat is noticeable), you might not enjoy this one either.

I'd love to drink this daily over the summer, but the rarity equates to a hefty price tag. This is clearly NOT a beer with a high quality to price ratio.

The larger bottle was sold in a uniquely shaped, long-necked flip top bottle, which I understand to be the traditional Gose bottle. That said, it's unique shape is a pain to store, and would be even worse to ship in a trade. Too bad.

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Photo of deg
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle, which I poured into a glass. I didn't decant to try and remove the yeast, I swirled the yeast just like a hefeweizen and added it to the glass. The spicy taste and the saltiness came right out when I drank the beer. I liked the taste. Very little hop bitterness. I found it easy to drink, but the saltiness might get to some folks.

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Photo of mattbk
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, light, medium carbonation, some head retention.
S- Spicy, maybe slightly sour, not a strong aroma, seems like this will be refreshing.
T- Slightly sour, slightly spicy, slightly salty. Not very much more of anything than anything else, over all very clean in fact. Nice lacto tangy finish, perhaps this is the best description: clean, slightly sour. Hard to pick out spices, I'd guess coriander. Again, not a flavor bomb, but nice. No maltiness or sweetness to speak of. A well balanced beer.
M-Medium body, the carbonation is a bit zippy, adds to the drinkability and makes the beer more refreshing.
O- Really easy drinking beer, well made, I like the balance and slight sourness. Not overwhelmingly flavorful, but this is the right beer in certain circumstances, namely in warmer weather, paired with some nice cheeses.

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Photo of itsscience
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a tulip with a hazy gold color and 2 fingers of white head that retained well. Smelling it, I got a big clean springtime flower garden scent with sweet lemon candy, rock salt, and white pepper. It has a light wheat taste with a pop of tanginess and rose petal up front. There's a good evolution in the mouth: the saltiness shows up but is kept in check, then it finishes sour. Feels light but silky and effervescent in the mouth.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle bought at Thrifty/American, Brooklyn. Orange-brown and very cloudy, the aroma is faintly spicy with a whiff of ocean air. Flavour is an interesting mix of malt, spice (coriander) with an underlying saltiness. Salt comes through a bit more prominently towards the finish, but it doesn't overwhelm the beer.

Unusual and very enjoyable; a beer to do interesting food pairing experiments with.

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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 BrewSomerville
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus rind, fruit loops cereal, pineapple. It's very floral & perfumy.

Looks: Hazy golden/yellow. Big white head, with average head retention, and no lace.

Taste: Like none other. It tastes sour & salty. Some fruitiness, definately some lemon flavour. A tiny hint of coriander was there.

Mouthfeel: Very small bubbles, low CO2. Medium bodied. Creamy.

Overall, I think this was a great Beer. However, it was over-priced (almost $18.00 at Sam's in Chicago). I should mention that it came in a different bottle from the one shown in the picture, but definitely the same Beer.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very cloudy. The colors range from light gold to burnt orange when the glass is held up to the light. There isn't much head, but that's mostly due to an overly gentle pour.

Smell: Sour apple and spice. The spice is tight and powder-smooth. The sour apple flavor washes around inconspicuously beneath the spice.

Taste: Vague, soft, sour apple flavor washes over the taste buds. The coriander provides slightly nutty, cinnamon-like overtones. The coriander flavor ties the beer together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and substantial. The carbonation is perfect. It gives a slight burn without being too harsh.

Verdict: This is a great "small" beer. The ABV is only 4.6%, but it never feels light on body or flavor. It's a sublime, effortlessly drinkable brew.

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Photo of counselor
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

nice appearance, hazy yellow with a big thick head that had excellent retention and good lacing. There wasn't much of an aroma, somewhat like a fresh bag of potato chips. The taste was dry, kinda salty with a hint of the coriander. The finish was pretty dry. I wasn't too impressed with this beer, thinking the odd ingredients would somehow be more pronounced. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was just an above average macro.

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Photo of Boppar
1.86/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: It's a lively bright yellow pale color with a fizzy head, to the tune of a little over a finger's worth.

S: Distinct aroma of human armpit. Not stellar. Maybe faint spices in there as well (probably the coriander). There is also a tangy apple-cider smell.

T: It tastes worse than it smells. It actually tastes not unlike Busch Light. The coriander and salt are quite evident. The finish is a tangy, tart, hard cider kind of dryness. It tastes like a mixture of light beer, cider, and seltzer water.

M: The mouthfeel is incredibly thin and fizzy. I just can't shake the sensation that I'm drinking seltzer.

D: If you can get over the taste and smell, this would probably be fairly drinkable.

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Photo of bminor7
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz from Beers of the World, Rochester.

I first heard of the Gose in Mosher's Radical Brewing (excellent book). Among the other older styles that were being revived as of late, it sounded interesting...simple, yet unusual.

Appearance is straw yellow, only a little turbid, with a crispy short-lived foam.

The smell reminds me immediately of a low-end Saranac Kolsch or something like that. There is some sour citrus in there. Almost a slight skunk. Somehow it almost smells like a late fall breeze, cool and refreshing. I don't know if that is technically possible.

The taste follows, with a citric acid/sour note in there. The malt and hops are light, almost american macro lager-ish, but no doubts that this is real beer.

Very refreshing mouthfeel. Clean, light, and crisp.

Well, it is an uncommon style at the current time, so no hurt in checking it out. If it was less pricey it could be a very popular alternative to american macro drinkers who would like something a little more.

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Photo of cvaypai
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from notes, in bottles at Titletown Brewery.

Appearance - Poured with a 2 finger creamy and bubbly white head. Extremely pale yellow-orange with a bit of haze to it. Golden with head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Whoa Fruit Loops!. Very fruity and herbal right up front. A bit of tartness. Did I mention this smells like fruit loops? The smell of opening a bag for the first time. Lots of fruit, hard to discern. Wild and spicy.

Taste = This is a new one to me, the salt and wheat come right out. These mix with a fruity, coriander and spicy backend. Tart lemon comes out to play on the end along with a spicy bitterness. A bit of sweet wheat malt comes before the spicy bitterness. The bottle says plums, I can't seem to find it.

Mouthfeel - Maybe a bit over carbonated. Dances all over the tongue, very spritzy but not really effervescent. Very light and a bit of a thin feeling, bitter and tart bite the tongue.

Drinkability - 1 is enough for me, had to try the style. A bit too flowery, herbal and spicy for me, glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of negroobserver
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance... Light yellow. A bit cloudy. Remeniscent of a haefeweizen.

Smell... Citrusy. Light saltiness, like an ocean breeze. Hops.

Taste... Light sourness. A bit of salt, which is very complementary like a chocolate dipped pretzel. Citrus or lemon flavors.

Mouthfeel... Light, a bit watery. Refreshing.

Overall... A very nice beer. My first salted beer, which I really loved. It kind of reminds me of a better version of a Corona with salt and lime. Excellent stuff.

Grade: A-

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Photo of byrd
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gose pours with a large bubbly head requiring a slow pour in order to control it. The head is fairly sticky, and piles pretty high above the rim of the glass. When it finally recedes, it sticks to the sides of the glass, and forms a thick lace that stays for the life of the glass. There’s a great aroma, and lots of it. The aroma is citrusy with lots of lemony notes as well as some yeast and slight spice notes. Can’t really smell any salt that is typically mentioned with the style. The color is a nice slightly hazy amber. The start is slightly smooth but the tartness kicks in quickly with carbonation that adds some additional bite. Malts add some graininess to this brew and are subtle throughout this brew. Along with the tart up front palate are citrus notes, namely lemon. Spice notes are fairly subdued, but noticeable (I probably would have missed specifically naming the coriander if the bottle didn’t mention it). The saltiness seems to become more apparent towards the end. The finish is crisp and dry, again with some tart lemon notes. Definitely heffe-ish but not quite. Still, a refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving : half litre bottle like the one in the picture

My first gose, this should be an interesting experience.

This hard to find brew pours with ease revealing a hazy pale golden body with ehough carbonation to form a respectable finger thick airy white head. Showing its emphemeral quality, the head quickly settles into a thin ring leaving minute traces of lace behind.

A bouquet redolent of light bread, earthy spices, citrus peel, salt water and ground wheat wafts from the glass.

With characteristics very close to a hefe and a witte, this throws a tasty dash of bready malt and spicy wheat upon entry building toward a fuller mid palate with refreshing citrus zest, sour fruit esters and a bit of earthy spice. Everything ties together on a clean finish with a bit of yease and a touch of salt.

Mouthfeel is near average, a bit more body and flavor concentration would be welcome. Damn this is very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall, this was a great first experience drinking a gose. Awesome!

Cheers!

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Photo of Reverand
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't what to think with a beer whose ingredients include coriander and salt. But was I surprised by this. Gose poured to a nice amber colored with a fizzy head that vanished in a instant. A nice spicey nose with a hint of wheat. At first taste you get hit with the spices and the salt comes in on thru the backdoor. It was like coming out of the ocean and getting a mouthfull of sea water. But have no fear the salt taste goes away within seconds. Overall an awesome beer and certainly one to try.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was my first Gose. I have nothing to compare it to, and I have no idea how old this particular bottle of beer was. It poured a cloudly brown similar to an Alt-style beer, with a pure white head about half an inch thick. The initial taste was strange, and a bit unpleasant. The saltiness of the beer created a bicarbonate like flavor, punctuated in the middle by a dull metallic taste. Not a good start. A strange thing happened as I was drinking this beer: the taste steadily improved. As the beer warmed, it lost its metallic taste, and flavors other than the salt became noticable. By the time I finished, I was sorry to see it go. I'm definately going to give this style another try the next time I find it.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to Pat of (PatandDavid) for providing me with this fine bier while I attended the EBF this past weekend!

My research tells me that this is a wheat bier but brewed with corriander and salt. The salt is definately present, especially after swallowing. The taste is very crisp and similar to some other unfiltered Hefeweizen's. This bier pours nicely and is very enjoyable. A trip to Leipzig would certainly find me searching for one of these fresh local brews.

I would call this a must for anyone who enjoys wheat biers.

John

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

A-Hazy light gold. Huge white head.

S-lemon and corriander. No hop aroma. citrus ester.

T-Lots of corriander. Slightly tart, kinda like sweet lemon juice. Slight cinnamon. Low pils like malt.

M-Fairly sweet, carbonation feels lower than it looked. No alcohol warmth. Beer stays on the palate too long IMO.

D-Nice summer beer. Lots of corriander and tart lemon flavors. Could be a bit drier.

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Photo of ggilman
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for a sour beer, and found this on tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor Maine. Giant pour in a huge glass beer mug.

Light, hazy wheat colored beer with a thin head of tight bubbles. You pick up the lactic acid in the nose, as well as a bitter lemon rind. Very sour, with a hit of the wheat in the background as it lingered. Not an overpowering wheat presence, which I was glad to find. Clean, crisp & refreshing.

This wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but glad I tried it, and I'd order it again. Nice mouthfeel, nice sourness, and nice warming alcohol content.

Perfect for a brisk October weekend, and a bargain at $4.

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Photo of gosurfobx
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one at my parents house, I bought it two years prior for them and they never drank it. I'm told it never left the fridge. Lets see if its still good.
Poured from the traditional looking long necked bottle into a pilsner glass. Appears hazy and forms a frothy head that slowly sinks down to a stable one finger sized head. Smell is wheat and citrus. First sip, tastes like typical wheat beer with a background fruity tartness. After a couple more sips the tartness becomes more pronoucned. Its almost strawberry like. As I drink more the strawberry tartness becomes more of a acid citrus tangy-ness and becomes more pronounced in the flavor profiles. Near the end of the glass the tangy-ness has gone to full on sour. The mouth is light with little carbination.
Overall this is a very good beer. The price tag would keep it off my casual drinking list. Will buy again for a special occasion.

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