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 MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Crown Liquors, downtown Indianapolis. Obviously this is my first experience with the style. I dont really know what to expect from this, but I expect it to be interesting.

A- Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass. The head is quite large. Its comprised of loose bubbles of varying sizes. It doesnt have good retention though, it sort of taunts you, telling you it will have crazy retention and lacing. Then, just as you turn your back, all traces of foam are gone.

The body of the beer looks pretty thin, but obscured by clouds of bottle conditioning yeast. Its a pasty amber gold color with traces of sea foam green and witbier white when held to the light.

S- The aroma is quite unique but it doesnt venture far from the German ale neck of the woods. Its very herbal, and so far I would compare this to a Saison. Its closest thing to a German Saison. Aside from herbs and spices the next big aroma is coriander. There is a tartness like that found in Berliners. The tartness is nicely complimented by apple and pear. The rest of the aroma is very salty. Goses do have salt added to them and this one makes that obvious.

T- The front is tart, approaching sour with an unripe fruit and salt and vinegar combination. Coriander then dominates henceforth with a familiar creamy type of spice. It is this coriander spice that remains in the aftertaste beyond the tartness, leaving the same sort of aftertaste as many Witbiers.

M- Very sharp on the tip of the tongue but things settle down nicely as it moves across the mouth. It has a nice, dry finish. Very quenching.

D- This is a very nice, interesting and unusual German sessioner. This would suit me just fine on a warm bier garten day.

If I can be allowed to call this beer the ambassador of the style, I would best describe Gose as a cross between a wit and Berliner Weisse. With its herbal spice and propensity towards a tart, dry mouthfeel it could be considered the Saison of Leipzig.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle last February at Vintage Estate in Boardman, OH. Only had an example of the style once before (East End's), & had to try another myself.

I'm sure there's a more official name for the kind of bottle, but it was banjo-shaped. Poured into a tulip pint: Golden-orange body, transparent but a little hazy with brassy highlights. Thin white head that drops to a thin collar. A few strands of nucleation.

Smells very much like a mild, semi-dry cider -- apple, a little pear, very subtle vinegar tartness.

Taste is...hmmm, interesting. The tartness of a cider but with the center kind of scooped out, I'm expecting a sweetness that never comes. Slight coriander in the aftertaste, dryness like champagne. As it warms, a character not unlike a dubble emerges toward the finish: some grape & doughy yeast character. Pretty different taste overall, enjoyable.

Sparkling feel despite what appears to be low carbonation. Tartness around the edges, dry finish & aftertaste.

This one is interesting, different, even from the other example I'd had. Tasty & fairly refreshing. May be the novelty of it, but I really enjoyed this. Not at all what I expected. Not a game-changer, but I also like the fact that I can reseal the swing-top bottle easily, save some for later.

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty good beer. Not really good - pretty good. Upon opening there was an immediate scent of caramel malt in the air. Poured with a fizzy, cream colored head that rapidly faded, lots of little bubble trails, and no lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber. Aroma is that caramel malt, plus yeast, a little spice, fresh bread dough, fresh baked cookies. Flavor is good, not real deep, like the aroma, just tart enough, and a little salt at the end. Good body and great carbonation. Finish is of medium length although the salt lingers longer. Session beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as for style its like the kristalweiss of the berliner weiss world. Has a nose like a berliner and an initial tart but the feel is crisper. And i nice lager like feel. Nose is of subtle tart lactose and apple malt. The malt carries like that of the sour apple and the mild sweet of a good german lager. Very jean feel. Fantastic and oh how i wish i could have a regular supply to have as a relaxation beer. The lack of creamy wheat malt gives a drinkablity of few sour beers.

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Photo of foogerd
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dull murky yellow with a white head which dissipated
S-malty with lemon zest and light spices
T- now it starts to get interesting, theres all sorts of spices going on here with a bready wheat foundation light peppery notes definitely a coriander finish some orange peel a bit tart at the end,pretty tasty.
M- high carbonation gives this a refreshing edge
D- low abv tasty and complex. very drinkable

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a weizen glass. My bottle indicates 4.6% ABV rather than the above-noted 4.5%.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a nice haze and plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of creamy ivory foam which seems to have pretty good staying power. A nice looking beer.

Smell: light, wheaty aroma with a little bit of an interesting spice character to it. It's a little hard to pick out exactly what's there, as the intensity of the aroma is quite low. Still, rather nice.

Taste: quite interesting; this beer has a nice wheaty flavor and is quite tart. Some citrusy spice is there, perhaps coriander. It's not strongly flavored, but it is interesting and quite refreshing indeed. I like this beer a lot.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. There's a little bit of creaminess, but the astringency of the lactic acid (while delicious) seems to be bringing the mouthfeel down a notch.

Drinkability: as I said, this is quite tasty and refreshing. The tartness isn't overdone and it makes the overall experience extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of Natural510
2.45/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

500ml bottle, no dating

Pours what appears to be murky brown but actually a pinkish rose when held to light, with small amount of sediment floating in glass (from partial pour). Minimal head, but lacing sticks around for the duration.

Unique scent which is immediately fruity, mainly of tart cherries, but I can detect the saltiness after a good spell.

Salty, bitter, metallic. Wheat comes through after a few initial sips. Best flavor description I can garner is tonic water with added salty.

Crisp but full in body. One of its highlights.

Drinkability? You will either enjoy this for what it is, or absolutely hate it. Me, I had to add syrup halfway through, just to finish it. Besides the flavor, it made my stomach queasy with every sip.
As much as I love every other beer style from the great nation of Germany, I think this one needs to go by the wayside.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy, hazy pale gold with a frothy white head and aggressive carbonation.

S-Bready malt, black pepper and some light spiciness.

T-Crisp and lemony, nicely tart, a bit salty in the background, biscuit malt. Nice.

M-Crisp and dry, fizzy carbonation.

D-A very good food beer, this paired very well with our tiilapia and shrimp.


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Photo of dauss
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Very ornate 750ml swing top bottle, something akin to a bottle of fine cognac. The silk screened logo on the front with some stickers on the neck and over the swing top. No freshness mark or anything.

Appearance: Nice golden straw color. Slightly hazy from the yeast. A lively beer, with the carbonation exploding when it hits the glass. A white foam head forms easily with excellent retention and lacing. 4.6% ABV.

Aroma: Nice malty aroma with a touch of acidity and a very faint aroma of coriander.

Taste: The mild acidity comes up first, with the slightly sweet malt body shining through with a floral coriander flavor in the middle, before fading to a tart and dry finish. The salinity is perceptible but it lends more of a mineral and metallic quality rather than salty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied beer. The heavy carbonation makes it quite refreshing.

Notes: I've been looking for the original for quite some time and here it is. The acidity is refreshing and the salinity adds an extra dimension of flavor. It is a great beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of hedonist91
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Gose!

a-looks like a hef wiithout the head, it leaves quickly, but hey, what do i know, it's my first gose. Appropriate? Sure! Unfiltered, cloudy.

s-smells salty and sour. True to style as far as I know, saw a recipe with straight up sea salt in it, and with the lactobacillus, it makes sense. you might find some orange in it, but it could be brain-association with corainder, which is present as well.

t-slightly sour, but not overwhelmingly so. Hints of orange peel, coriander, and the salt is definitely present.

m-medium in body, medium in mouthfeel, crisp, but not super clean-very very very refreshing, drinking this bad boy in 90 degree living room, and it's a f-ing treat!

d-slug it! the salt def is a plus. i know a bunch of mexican dudes that do salt and lime with their coronas, it sort of reminds me of how that tastes, but without the corona, of course.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy yellow in color into a weizen glass with a half finger high white head that has good retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is slightly sour; there are aromas of yeast and spices in the nose.
T: There are flavors of lemons, spices and wheat in the overall taste, which is also slightly sour.
M: It feels light-bodied and rather tart on the palate. There's a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quite refreshing. It's definitely a sessionable beer during the summer months.

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Photo of deapokid
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with light carbonation and a firm head. My glass definitely sports a nice coating of lace and this brew looks light and refreshing.

Smell is quite sour and crisp, accompanied by wheaty aromas (banana) and a little ground pepper. The sting of lemon juice is also somewhere in there. Overall, an enticing aroma that's perfect for summer.

Taste is thin and sour, but with a nice backing of wheat smoothness and body. The prominent lactic acid adds some sweetness. The flavor profile is crisp and clean with a slight lemony character, mild dryness and a nice tart bite in the conclusion.

Flavor lingers in the mouth far after each sip has been taken. Although the liquid is thin, it doesn't skimp on the body.

Session worthy doesn't even begin to describe how easy this beer is to take down. Another great German style that could definitely fit in well with sour beer fanatics.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ooh a new style!

A: Poured straight down the middle into a weizen glass. Straw yellow body with a hint of orange. Initial pour is about four-fifths head, and it's about the coolest head I've ever seen. Thick, frothy, and rather reminiscent of milk, the bubbles race downwards for several minutes afterwards as the head recedes. Eventually settles at about a finger-width, not leaving much lacing.

S: Oranges and lemons mainly. This is probably just the appearance influencing me, but I swear I smell a little lactose, with a little salt in the background.

T: Starts off with a light lemon sourness that recedes but lurks in the background throughout the sip. In the middle I get the orange and coriander, followed closely by some enjoyable saltiness which lasts through the end of the sip. Not much of an aftertaste.

D: Well-carbonated, but not too heavily, resulting in a nice soft, round mouthfeel.

D: A little expensive to drink too many in one sitting, but it wouldn't be a chore in the slightest.

A refreshing, very balanced brew. The saltiness added another level to this beer, not only in terms of complexity, but in drinkability as well. Cool.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leipziger Gose
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Style: Gose
ABV: 4.50 %

Thanks to Grassrotts Market in Jacksonville, FL for this rare find, 7/10/2010.

Appearance is pale golden haze with a cloudy witbier character. Short foam cap & short if any retention.
Smells as a slightly tart wheat beer with hints of lemony citrus. Smooth and mellow coriander. A complex various scents dashed with maybe a whisper of a salty wheat marsh surrounded by lemon trees.
Tastes as it smells with a nice light Hefeweizen/Witbier hybrid type character. I get maybe a hint of salt, but it's not shouting at you or anything. Mellow wheat/yeast/lacto? tartness followed by well done spice support.
Light in body, high in carbonation.

This was my first Gose to date, and it exceeded my expectations. Close to Hefeweizens and Wits, but I can see where the lacto and salt can really make this style it's own. I will keep my eyes peeled for future examples.

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Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a decorative and ornate 750ml collector's bottle into a pint glass. Acquired in a trade with everetends (thanks Gilly).

A= This beer poured a cloudy pale gold color with a 1" snopw white head. The head actually stood quite a while before settling by about half.

S= At first pour this beer didn't smell good at all, with some odd musty-tart-wheat odors. However after a couple minutes of breathing in the glass, this smelled pretty terrific, with a light fruity lemon scent, coriander, and sweet grain. No hops to speak of.

T= Started with a three-way battle between lemon/fruity sweetness, a tart yeasty quality, and salt. The salt really helped to balance this and give it a bright flavor. Finished with some wheat twang and an aftertaste of light tartness.

MF= Light bodied with a bit of a spritzy, tight bubbled carbonation level.

D= At 4.5% and with this flavor profile, this is a very drinkabke and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of wheat, slight tart malt, pale hops, citrus (lemon), slight pale malt, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of lemon, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, and hint of wheat. I've never had a Gose before, but this seems to fit the description pretty well.

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

copied the following from my review of this beer last August in living social (Facebook):

Got this in specialty bottle of 0.75 l content at Abe's Cold Beer Store in Bethlehem, paid 18.00 $. This is the right drink for a very hot August night. So we had it last night.

Basically, it is like salty wheat beer. And we liked it! You know, you do need to fill up on salt on hot days like these, as you sweat your salt out. So this makes sense.

It is really very refreshing! Yeast is present, carbonation is not high. But the salt gives you the illusion of a high carbonation! Very interesting indeed!

This kind of beer (Gose) actually predates the Reinheitsgebot of 1516 by 300 years, so it has additional ingredients besides water, barley (malt) and hops: wheat and and coriander. And salt!

Originally from the (poor) small miners' town of Goslar, brewers moved to the much wealthier Leipzig in the rich upper-saxon kingdom during the middle ages. There it developped and became famous as a local specialty, although it had really been invented in Goslar centuries before.

I have recently tried a belgian "Geuze", which must be a belgian attempt to make their own version of this style. The Gose survived for almost 1.000 years, until after the war the communists took over East Germany. The brewery was not considered special, and eventually in the 1960s it was abandoned.

Only recently this brew has been revived again, and I am so glad this happened!
It reminds me a bit of a similar case, the Wismarer Mumme. Similar story: single guy is reviving an exstinct medieval beer, brewing and selling it in his own pub and restaurant.

Thank you for this beer, we really liked it!

Of course it is too expensive for a regular summer beer, but for a summer special occasion this is just right. As long as it is hot, you will find it refreshing! (If this would be drunken in colder wheather, it might not have the same effect. But all beers are seasonal, despite what Americans think...)

UPDATE: now it is available in small bottles (333 ml), we found them last week in Abe's store for 4.25 $ each. The historical bottle (750 ml content) was not seen at all. Good that we kept ours from last year!

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

Cloudy light yellow body with a thin white cap. The aroma is of tart wheat and sea salt. The flavor starts with wheat cracker, tart lemon, sea salt and just a touch of spicy coriander on the back end. The finish is just a kiss of citrus tartness. Crisp, lively body. As easy drinking and refreshing as I could ask for.

I love the way the tartness and salt play off each other. The Coriander just adds an extra depth to the beer. If a beer could be brewed similar to this and released in a responsibly priced 6pk...damn! Money in the bank. Until then, this appears to be the only commercially available Gose available in a bottle in the US. For now...

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Erdinger glass from one of the most unique bottles I have seen...not the one pictured here.

Appearance: one inch head, high carbonation, bright golden yellow in color, murky

Smell: banana, wheat, and some funk

Taste: wheat, some lemon, clove, orange, and funk

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, light body, sweet, and crisp, medium/high carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting wheaty beer. This beer is incredibly subtle and soft in its flavors. I could sip on several of these and do want it again. Would be really interested to try this on tap.

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Photo of Naugros
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky amber with perhaps a tinge of green. The black things (the coriander, I guess) floating in the beer look like pieces of black pepper. I did not have a stange to pour this into, so I used a weizen glass and poured it aggressively to see how the head would stand. It formed quickly and thickly (about 4 fingers) and maintained about 1/2 inch throughout the rest of the tasting.

The nose has a yeasty herbal scent with some accents of lime and ginger baked into a cracker. Odd, I know, but the impression I get.

This tastes like someone salted an orange. This may be unpleasant to some tasters, but I enjoy the uniqueness...this is not something you taste every day. The hops are only slightly present and lend a little leafy green flavor in the wash.

The coriander is continuously circulated by the carbonation and it is impossible to get some in your mouth. To be expected, but not desirable. Other than that, the wash is clean with very little aftertaste.

I've always wanted to try a gose...and now I have. I'm not sure if I'd go out of my way to get another bottle of this, but I would not turn it down. However, I'd love to find a biergarten in Liepzig and have a few of these.

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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 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 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 voteforgoat
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- pours with a thick white head. beer is clear and golden, about the color of a Duvel. foam dissipates fairly quickly.

smell - smells like grapes, lychee or pineapple..like those japanese gummy candies. very fruity.

t - very fruity, slightly tart. not very salty. Reminds me of belgian wit beers. tastes like grapes or pineapple a little bit.

d - very refreshing, a great summer beer. it would interesting to drink a gose that was also hoppier.

I was expecting something more extreme, but it's crisp, refreshing and def. has sourness to it. As I drink more I can feel the sourness more. Would love this on tap at a bar.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joe for sending me this one. A style that I've been looking to try for quite some time.

A: A very pale golden yellow color with some light haze and a large white head.

S: An interesting mix of sweet malts, honey, sweet fruits, a hint of spice, salt, and a touch of lactic acid. Interesting to say the least.

T: The saltiness is more upfront when it comes to the flavor of the beer. That said, there is still a substantial sweet honey-like component that goes well with the light tartness.

M: Fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation, somewhat refreshing, despite the saltiness.

D: A really interesting combination of flavors here. I enjoyed it, but I don't know how much of this stuff I could drink--plus, these seem to be hard to find around here.

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Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
3.9 out of 5 based on 986 ratings.
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