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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-26-2003

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +15.4%
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 +3.9%
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 +5.4%
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 +4.1%
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 -0.8%
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 +17%
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 +8%
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 +10.5%
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 -1.8%
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%
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 +7.5%
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 -6.7%
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 +12.9%
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%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now what in the world is THIS suppose to be, a witbier brewed with sea water, then mixed with a Berliner Weiss? I guess I'll have to find out. 330 ml longneck, on to the beer:

Looks like a kristalweizen. It's golden blonde in color, clean bodied, carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The head is big and airy, slowly going down. The coriander is big in the nose, with a fresh sqeeze of orange. Refreshing! I even got that little note of that sea salt.

It's a little sour. A little lemon pucker. And with a little orange (I'm guessing that's the coriander). You really taste the tang that the salt provides on the sides of your palate. I really enjoy the curveball that the salt adds to this beer. In fact, I think NYC officials would try to ban this, given the anti-salt crusade they're on. Sour orange? This is thought provoking. Wait, if this is brewed with salt, does that mean this brew violates the Reinheitsgebot?

Dear American craft brewers, start brewing with salt! What a great beer, and what a style I've discovered here. Now, get me another bottle!

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Photo of cvaypai
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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 vacax
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow golden with a smaller white head that sticks around a while. The aroma has lemons, coriander, some saltiness, and white grapes. Appreciate how the coriander is not overpowering, which it easily can be. The flavor has white grape juice, some appreciable tartness, then the finish develops some coriander spice notes and light malts. Light bodied with a prickly refreshing carbonation. I really dig this brew, light, refreshing, fruity and tart. I would drink this often if it weren't for a prohibitive price tag!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle into stange glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours with a pretty impressive, effervescent white head, over top of an almost completely clear golden body and very little carbonation present.

Aromas are quite nice, dominated by a light lemon-citrus, and plenty of herbal and floral presence. Wheat malt in there, too.

Mouthfeel and flavor greet you with a tangy, tart citrus sharpness, well-rounded with a wheaty, bready smoothness. Some grassy, and leathery mustiness come thru in the middle. Light touch of spices, including the advertised corriander are in the finish. Great carbonation level.

Huge on the drinkability meter. This was fresh, crisp, and flowed so easily. I could go through 10 of these on a long summer afternoon.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The look of this beer is light golden in color, with a wet and greasy feel to the head, a frothy foam that swirls around the tulip shaped glass.

The smell is citrus yeast, and changes through out the tasting.

The first impression is that this is too citrusy, lemonade-like, tart, but there is a wonderful "slide down your throat" mouthfeel.

The saltiness is apparent in the finish, along with a bready-yeasty aftertaste that give the whole tart experience balance.

This is a way under-rated beer that should come in six packs and be sold on every corner.

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Photo of Atricapilla
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been wanting to try this for some time and lo and behold it was a new arrival at Zeno's. Tried this in a small goblet.

Appearance was a cloudy yellow with a slight orange tint. Head was a nice frothy white. Aromas was a mixture of coriander, wine and wheat. The taste was comple; strong tones of wheat, with a bit of saline, lemon and coriander. A slightly sour finish followed.

Felt like I could drink several of these, but decided to try something else new...

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Photo of Lars3
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I lived in Germany for over a year and never came into contact with a single Gose, and now 2 years later I finally have the chance to have one.

This beer is great, I have no idea why it almost went extinct in Germany after the second World War. It is easy to drink and so different than the usual German beer.

The appearance was of golden straw with a billowing white head that went on for days.

The smell was slightly grassy, but the smell of the spices and the salt shone through. The salt was what did it for me. I tire quickly of overly sweet beers (and food). I've always had a salt-tooth and this sates it quite nicely. I've salted other beers before to see what it would be like, but this was the first beer I've had that was brewed with salt... and I loved it.

The mouthfeel was thin, but highly carbonated. Almost like a Lindemans, but without the overly sweet syrupy flavor.

At only 4.5% abv you could drink these all day. Which I plan to do once it warms up around here. It was under $4 for a .33L bottle, which isn't great, but is cheep enough to have a few on a day and not feel like you're breaking the bank.

I look forward to drinking more of this particular beer, and other Goses in general.

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Leipziger Gose from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,004 ratings