Leipziger Gose | Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Brewed by:
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Germany
bayerischer-bahnhof.de

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

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469
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965
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
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Photo of mlazzaro
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Just showed up on the shelf. "fresh"

Mild carbonation. Murky blonde color. White head, tiny bubbles but won't hold. Smells spicy and of yeasty. lightly acidic smelling.

There is kind of a grapefruit-raspberry flavor, most likely coming from the coriander or yeast. - very interesting. Flavors in general are very unique (this is my first Gose). Salt content is surprisingly pleasant. body is medium-thick. Acidic but not tart on the tongue. I so-so like the flavor, but I find it's very refreshing.

Would like to try straight from the source.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a crazy shaped bottle to Portsmouth glass on 3/10/12
*From notes

A: It looks like a bubbly wheat beer. A bit cloudy and muddled. A good pour yields a minor .25 finger head.

S: Gefilte fish, with loads of salty wheat and whats comes across as seeded rye bread.

T: The salt hits upon contact and adds a refreshing quality to what is a delicious beer. The coriander reveals itself on the mid, and meshes with a German earth-like quality. The finish is a bit bready and grassy.

M: Extremely bubbly and very well put together.

O: What a great find. Leipziger's Gose is splendid drinking and if it wasn't so gosh darn expensive, something I could session night after night. Really, cases of this stuff would stock my fridge in mid-July.

As it stands though, this is a wonderful treat, and a style I hope to have more of sooner rather then later.

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Photo of billab914
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this the other night. I believe this is my first of the style. It poured cloudy and pale, golden yellow in color. A thin white head barely covered the top.

In the aroma the wheat malt is definitely present with some sweeter, bready flavors. I get some salt and citrusy spice to it as well. Interesting but pretty refreshing aroma.

The salt is very apparent in the taste giving it a dry, saltiness throughout. I get a citrusy, coriander presence to it as well as more sweeter, wheat malts. Salt gave it a surprisingly refreshing quality when combined with the coriander citrus.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being high. Overall it was a very interesting and pretty good tasting beer. I thought the saltiness added a interesting and somewhat refreshing component to it. The citrus flavors worked well for it as well. I liked it.

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Photo of samie85
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear amber color with 1/8 inch of white head that dissipates to an outer ring of the glass.

Smells of sweet and bready malt notes with a hint of herbal spice.

Very interesting flavor profile... starts off almost like a flanders red; kind of sour, vinegary note that fades into a crisp, clean malty and vaguely bitter finish.

Thin bodied with effervescent carbonation and a drying finish.

This is one easy drinking beer. It begs to be drank quickly the way it finishes on the palate. I wish I had a few more of these to session on the rest of the night.

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

This is my first gose and it has a very interesting smell right off the bat, its like seriously salty tortilla chips, then wheat and citrus. Color is bright yellow-orange and completely hazy. Flavor has a bit of salt and the back end and mostly wheat crackers up front. Quite the interesting beer but I wouldn't say its tart at all, citrus yes but not tart in the least.

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Photo of Samp01
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of light sweet fruity esters, some light grassy notes. Taste is a sweet and salted sourness, some yeast with some light fruity notes. Palate is medium body with light carbonation. Finish is a sweet salted sourness with some yeast and light fruity notes. Taste like it was fermented on a bed of sea salt. Surprisingly I was able to finish drinking this brew as the flavor grows on you. Overall an ok and interesting brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy light gold with some visible sediment in it. The head was foamy and white, about a finger in height and quickly dissipated. The beer did exhibit some small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of bready malts, a little floral, and a little lemon.

T: A little lemony with hints of tartness/sourness but very refreshing and with an apricot finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, a slight tingle on the tongue from the acidity.

O: Very refreshing and something that would be wonderful on that first warm day of spring, enjoyed outside. I really enjoyed the beer and would love to see more offerings available in this style.

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Photo of DIM
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Looks like a hefe; except I couldn't coax much of a head out of this one.

s: Twangy wheat, mineral water, and some spice; coriander I suppose.

t: I tasted minerals that are vaguely salty and slightly sour wheat.

m: Big and chewy like a hefe, but a bit more still.

o: This wasn't bad but now I know why this isn't a more popular style.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Stiegl stange, with its subtle, vertical curve, brandishes a clear, light amber beer with pervasive carbonation and a big, puffy, white head that lasts a long while. Sadly, there is no reportable lacing.

The aroma is simple, with straw, caramel and light floral notes.

Lemon, with a light, earthy tang, is followed by light sweetness, coriander, and pepper. Following on a theme, the lingering finish is light and soft.

Well carbonated, medium body and velvet texture.

A very refreshing beer. Makes for a welcome alternate to the easy session beers of summer.

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Photo of plfahey
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Light yellow-gold with brilliant clarity and a decent sized white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Perfumy, floral, and slight celery notes from the coriander. Light citric tartness is perceptible, along with a sea salt/ocean smell. Light bready malt. Interesting.

Flavor-Zingy tart lemon burst up front, probably from a bit of lactic acid. The tartness quickly dissipates, leaving a mixture of floral coriander and salt water in the mid palate. Due to the salt, the character is not exactly minerally, but actually tastes reminiscent of a mouthful of ocean water. Finishes with a bland bready malt character with a residual salty flavor.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is enriched by acid and salt. Slight prickle on the tongue from the initial acidity.

An interesting beer to say the least. I wouldn't exactly say I like it, but I imagine this is what a Gose is supposed to be like. I also imagine this is perhaps why Goses are no longer in vogue. Worth trying, but I doubt I'll seek it out in the future.

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

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Getting my Gose-UH on.. oh yeah.

A foamy large head of about three fingers which falls at a good clip, slightly off white in color, stryofoam looking. Body is cloudy gold looking with faint dark muddy brown edges. Cola like bubbles stick to the sides, and some faint rising carbonation.

Nose is a good bit of chewy malt wheat, very faint clean lemon, even slight briny sense.

Taste is interesting. Clean refreshing lemon light sense, almost soda like, but a refreshing light tangy feel. Very light bodied but with a playful apricot finish.

Overall quite a refreshing drink, bordering on apricot soda, and malt refreshment. Quite nice.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught at Bayrischer Bahnhof. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight (but nice) cream, average retention, and white colour. Colour is a hazy cloudy nontransparent orange-dirty brown colour. Appealing. A bit reminiscient of a hefeweizen, but "dirtier".

Sm: Hints of dirty esters. Sourness; maybe funk. Light and musty. Not great.

T: Souring estery hop climax. The open and body are comprised primarily of merely clean barley. The pinnacle is the souring hop climax; the finish carries those that linger. Simple, but a welcome change from mindless German pilseners. It's not quite balanced, but the climax is adequately emphasized.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the sourness. A bit too wet, actually. Leaves a dry aftereffect that I'm not too fond of. Doesn't quite match the flavours of the body.

Dr: I don't really know the style well (this is me first beer in the style), but the emphasis seems to be on adequate presentation of the sourness. Belgian sours sure do this better, and this feels simple in comparison. I look forward to trying more beers in the style. Its low ABV never shows, not that you'd expect it to.

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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 Brent
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first chance to sample this style, and I was interested to see how the use of salt would work. The salt was reserved, adding more of a sharp tangyness than actual salinity. Moderately tart, with some coriander in the background. Mouthfeel was lean and wheaty. I can see this as an excellent hot-weather quencher.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at ChurchKey in DC on tap

This has to be the blandest of hazy yellows I have ever seen. A small white head sits on top. Decent retention. No lacing. The nose is a little barny, otherwise does not have too much going on. The palate is a tart-plosion to begin, followed by a blast of salt, and finishes with a solid chewy wheat body. The tart, salt, and light body makes this highly quaffable. The lacto is delicious and easy drinking. Finish is tart and dry.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was include a few months back in one of the Healthy Spirits Beer of the Month club assortments. This will mark my first Gose and I'm excited to try it!

Pouring into a Fruh kolsch stange, it's somewhat hazy with a fizzy white head that didn't retain well (could be dirty glass). Very active, visible stream of carbonation persists.

Prevalent saltine cracker grainy nose, slightly herbal.

Wheat, cracker grain forward in the palette, as expected. Mild hint of peppery spice. Ever-so-gently tart. Low bitterness and hop flavor.

Light in body with a moderate high/high level of brisk bubbles.

Overall a refreshing beer that loaded up on the crockery grain qualities and subtly spiced. Will be looking to try other versions of this style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just a slight cap of foam in the tulip. Hazy, dull golden color. Tart and reminds me of a Berliner Weissbier. The sharp taste fades a little into some mellower malt. A hint of fruit like pears and a very tart apple. Touch of hoppy bitterness. Like it was carefully fermented past any hint of residual sugar to a dose of vinegar. Rather clean, unfunky taste without any off flavors. Nose is slight beer, slight vinegar. Overall effect is not very drinkable but might be fine with sweet sausage and peppers.

Well, the mystery is whether this is a better than average Gose. I'm definitely on the lookout for some domestic versions of this wild style.

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

Pours a fairly clear yellow colour. Lots of white head. Smells spicy and a touch yeasty. I think i can actually detect the coriander on the nose. Tastes yeasty and spicy. I thi this is more interesting than the ccb Gose but there is a light fruity characteristic that comes through that's a bit odd. Light, feels lighter than the ccb Gose. Still quite refreshing

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

Thanks cam dude

A - clear yellowish body decent white foam

S - dry, sweet vanillaish, that's about it

T - citrus and dryness. Grape sweetness. No salt that I can tell. Quite dry.

M - smooth and dry and A bit thin.

O - kinda weird and a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first gose.... Served on tap at bad apple.

A: hazy yellow appearance, translucent, minimal head and no retention, decent lacing

S: nose is floral with strong notes of orange, lemon, and a touch of biscuit, smells crisp

T: starts off with notes of whet and coriander followed by a swift tartness, the tartness is all citric, kinda like biting into to a lemon. Finish is all lemon. Reminiscent of a Berliner weisse.. Nice balance.

Mf: high carbonation, light body, crisp and refreshing

O: well my first gose was definitely a positive experience, it's like a wheat beer with a tart finish, very refreshing

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

Appearance - hazy yellow with a nice little cap of froth.

Smell - sweet wheat and lemon.

Taste - Light bodied with strong carbonation and a nice soft mouthfeel. A touch of wheat sweetness, but not as much as in a wheat beer. The wheat is balanced by a lactic sourness that is fruity and lemon zesty wit a very subtle saltiness.

This is a very drinkable sour beer, and not unlike a German variation on Geueze.

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Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Farmers' Cabinet served in a sort of hex-shaped pint glass. This brew appears a cloudy straw yellow color with a finger plus of white froth. The cap retains fairly well. As it slowly recedes, it leaves spots and finger-like patterns of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell if this brew comes across minorly salty with a bit of a mineral feel to the aroma. More smells seem to be more and more like Berliner weisse with a mild lacto character mixed with lemon and a sweet smell of cereal grains and wheat. There is a fruited quality that comes out towards the backend.

The taste is tart and lemony with a hint if seasalt imparting some minor mineral flavoring. Some fruit like lemon zest and flesh mixes with cereal grain character providing a nice sweetness to counteract the overall tart character of the brew. Faint notes of coriander play in the background with some lemon oily character and a touch of orange.

This is a super easy drinking brew that is tart and refreshing. A modest level of carbonation provides a nice tingle on the tongue. This is light bodied and an awesome take on the style. The alcohol is well hidden for nearly 5%. I haven't had many Gose offerings but this one is by far my favorite to date. Subtle salt addition with pleasant tartness. Very similar to the Berliner weisse style but with a bit of a twist.

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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 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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