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 Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, whitish-blonde color with a one-finger head into my glass. Never seen this style before so I'm not sure what it should look like.

Aroma is full of herb, plum/raisin and coriander. Much like a witbier but obviously, not quite. A bit of grape can be detected as well.

Taste is a bit sour with wheat, light plum and coriander notes. Feels like of light as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth to a point where it feels like it just disappears towards the back of the throat. Very interesting mouthfeel overall.

Interesting flavors. Low in alcohol and yet, surprisingly refreshing. I would like to see other examples of this style.

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

Quite an interesting experience.

Chubby lil 330ml bottle poured into my Spiegalau tulip. Huge fizzy head drops three fingers of rapidly dissipating head on top of the brew. No retention or lacing to speak of, but it's got a great slightly hazed and pale golden hue to it.

Aroma is vinous and bright, light citric tones but predominantly hints of coriander spice and plum wine.

On the palate this is a delightful revelation, elegant and smooth with a moderate body and a nice minerality (highlighted by reserved, spritzy carbonation). Again a plum wine flavor is highlighted, and the salt is so faint as hardly be noticed, coming through more as a general softening.

The flavor profile is not one that I personally love, but the balance, nuance, and boldness of flavor in such a small beer is astounding. Not just a curiousity, this brew delivers the goods.

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Photo of Travlr
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught served at 42˚
Appearance was bright clear golden with a large white head that disappears rapidly and leaves good lacing.
Smell was almost non-existent, just very slight citrus.
Taste is bubblegum and sour banana, nice slightly bitter finish, long-lasting.
Classic example of a weizen, very drinkable, to be sought after.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at ChurchKey in Washington, DC

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy faint yellow with a white head.

S: Somewhat funky with a bit of saltiness; acidic and a bit of mild fruit-like sweetness.

T: A little bit more funk and acidity comes out in the taste over the smell, but neither is too overpowering. A little bit of coriander spice comes through as well.

M: Light-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable--this is light and fairly low in alcohol, and the uniqueness of the beer keeps me wanting another sip.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: straw colored with a slight haziness
S: yeasty, bready nose
T: really unusual, tart, yeasty, and very drinkable, unique taste all-around with spices
M: very good, easy drinking and would be very good on a warm summer day
D: very drinkable and a great summer beer

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

With one hundred beer styles reviewed there are only three left until I max out, and one of those three is the elusive gose. If you come across this review, you'll probably already know that gose production is ridiculously limited, and only a very small number of breweries have tried their hand at the style. On the basis of my experience with this bottle I'm not sure why that would be the case, as I found it to be a pleasurable and unique drink.

Poured into a traditional weizen glass, this beer does a decent impression of a hefeweizen, with its hazy yellow body, and rapidly rising bone white head. Its the head that actually fascinates me. I've heard of people adding salt to their beer (strange, I know), and that the resulting effect is a crap salty tasting beer and the speedy death of any head. Not so with the leipziger gose - the head is the texture of beaten egg whites, and persists for much of the drink, slowly fading to a thin film for the last few dregs. A few islands of sticky lace are left behind.

The head retention has me questioning whether there is in fact any salt in this beer, and the aroma heightens these doubts. Its hardly like smelling the brine of the Atlantic Ocean, instead, its actually quite a pleasurable aroma that reminds me of a solid Belgian witbier. Fresh coriander mixes in the lemon tones and overlays a refreshingly sharp wheat backbone. Certainly no salt, but not suffering for it. Any doubts you have about the salinity, though, are dispelled as soon as you taste this concoction. A gradual buildup of salt in the mouth causes muscles to contact and the saliva glands to activate. Its as if the whole mouth is gradually condensing itself, and this feeling is unique amongst any beer I've tasted, and could perhaps only be compared to the puckering effects of a sour. Fortunately the light body and steady carbonation don't overpower the senses with a salty onslaught and allow you to appreciate the other flavours. Beyond the salt (which I must note, is subtly handled and well done), the dominant notes are that of a decent Belgian wit mixed with a mild Berliner weiss. Fresh coriander keeps things light, while the lemon and wheat and more at the zingy end of the spectrum, and provide a refreshingly subtle sourness. Underneath this is a lasting toasted malt feel, which helps bulk things up a little.

Quite a unique brew, which I think would be very decent without the salt, but is intriguing for its inclusion. Its a hard to find style, but if you can come across one I'd recommend the purchase. Just drink a big ol' glass of water afterwards!

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

Poured from the cool long neck swing-top bottle into my Gaffel Kölsch glass. Leipziger appears a mildly cloudy pale straw yellow color with a good inch of fluffy bone white head. Nice, lingering foam, leaving some spotty lace in its wake as I sip my way to the bottom of the glass. Nose and flavors consist of citrus notes such as tart lemon peel and zest, salt, light toasted wheat, saltine crackers, coriander, spicy yeast. Light bodied and quite effervescent. Very quenching. I could see this paired with a variety of foods. I'm thinking crackers topped with boneless/skinless sardines packed in olive oil with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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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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Photo of crossovert
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My 300th beer tasted, something special this time. It comes in the best bottle I have seen, although it is a bit pricey at 16.00, if I ever get it again I will just get the pint bottle for 5$ now that I have the collectible bottle.

Pours a beautiful hazed gold, reminiscent of Belgian Witbiers and not exactly the German Hefeweizen. The head is rapidly rising, white, and compact, but it is a good 4 fingers and sticks around for more than 5 minutes, one of the slowest receding heads I have seen.

THe smell is wheaty, with some corriander, sour lemon, and apple scents, not bad, reminiscent of the sour Belgian Wits.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel as the flavor sticks with you after the drink. Up front it is sour with lemon being predominant. Later you get a beadier taste that ends in the very finish with a salty acidic twang with undertones of the malt.

It was better than I was expecting as I am not a fan of sour wheat beers, but this one is not as offensive as most and was decently enjoyable, a small glass is satisfying for me, maybe not the most drinkable brew.

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

A- Was served in a tall pilsener glass. The body was a hazy pale yellow with lots of persistent coarse bubble trains. The head was rocky, white and well-retained... slowly giving way to some nice lacing.

S- Barnyard and sour aromas dominate the nose... horseblanket, straw and some lactic notes. I was anticipating a whiff of corriander, but I'm not getting any...

T- As anticipated, I'm getting the moderate flavors of straw, horseblanket and lactic sourness... but the sour notes are stronger than expected. A swirl in the mouth reveals some slightly soapy lemongrass notes. The salinity comes in the finish along with a TINY hint of corriander. Just lovely!

M- Light bodied overall... slightly oily mouthfeel with surprisingly soft carbonation (carbonation appeared to be coarse when observed from the glass).

D- This is a wonderfully drinkable beer that bridges a gap between a berliner weisse and a wild flemish ale. None of the flavors or aromas seem overpowering, and the ABV makes it quite sessionable. What a treat to have on draft!

NOTE: This was sampled at Max's in Baltimore. They had three kegs available, and my sample was taken from keg #3 of 3. I have been told that each keg has tasted differently- which makes my review somewhat less relevant to the overall assessment of this beer. It seems that someone can easily get a 'good' glass of this beer, and next door someone might get a 'bad' glass...

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

On tap at Max's, thanks to a stranger who bought me this!

Mildly hazy yellow-orange with a thin white head. Retention is decent, and there's patchy lace too. On the nose, this is fabulous. Savory with salt and coriander, coupled with a mild tartness, this is just so refreshing! Fresh cut cilantro comes to mind as I drink this light bodied beer. Mildly tart with a combination of lemony and lactic sourness. The tartness really opens to palate to the combination of the salt and coriander, this works wonderfully! Mildly wheaty/bready, this is excellent. Dry and mildly tart on the finish, this is an exceptionally drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their recent German festival.

The beer pours a light golden color with OK head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light tartness and saurkraut. Flavors for the most part replicate the nose, except the tartness really dominates this beer. However, it's actually pretty nice, as there's almost what I would call a "brightness" to the tart flavor profile. Mouthfeel is very light, but with a mouthwatering component. Drinkability is exceptional, and I'm sure this beer would be just excellent on a warm summer day.

Nothing spectacular here, but still, this is a very easy to drink and appreciate beer... the sort of thing one could easily drink all day without doing too much harm. Nice.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold with dark floaties and a light 1 finger bubbly white head. No real lacing.

Some sour scents, along with yeast and wheat. Nothing spectacular here.

Everything listed in ingredients shows up in the taste. Wheat malt, yeast, coriander, and surprisingly, a seltzer-like saltiness. A little like seltzer mixed with a hefe. There's some watery sourness that I'm just ok with.

Lighter in the mouth, decent carbonation.

Overall, it went down ok, but it wasn't something I really overly enjoyed either. Just ok. A little too watery, a little too salty/tart, and just not enough to make me chase this one again.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap @ Hamiltons. First gose I've had. Poured a hazy, but bright yellow-gold with a fizzy yellow head. Lots of tiny bubbles in the carbonation. Floral aroma, as in, I smell rose bushes. Toasted bread, lemon, and wheat. Popping mouthfeel that enhances the acididy of the beer. Sweet, spiced flavor with a lot of acidity. Tangy wheat and a strange lime/yeast/flower petal taste. Dry crisp finish. It was nice, just impossible to pin down what it was. Interesting, and a good sour.

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Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a hazy orange yellow color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of toasted malts, lemon, and some spices I can't put my finger one but have a slightly sour aroma to them.
T: Tart citrus flavors on top of some slightly sour spices underneath a wheaty malt flavor.
M: Kind of light, sour, and the perfect amount of carbonation.
D: OK, I would probably not have more than 1 of these in a sitting but it was easy to drink that one.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer at a local beer shop. It was kind of expensive so it took me a couple of times before I pulled the trigger. I'm so glad I did. Not only is it the only bottle Gose beer I've seen in the country, this beer is amazing. Run out. Stop reading, buy and drink this beer.
This beer is light yellow and clear. It pours with a serious head but it falls away to almost nothing really quick. There is steady carbonation, small bubbles. I'm drinking this out of a Radeberger pilsner flute, the best vessel I could find. The smell is interesting. Spice, I can't quite put my finger on it, corridander maybe. The taste, its amazing, lactic sourness, sweetness, spice comes through. This beer is so refreshing. My wife loves it as well. Its a great drink, all around. Well done. Why are you still reading? Go get it!

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow hue, with a few fingers of foamy white head, which leaves thin webbed lace as it melts away. It smells of lemon citrus, wheat, and floral, grassy hops. The taste is sour, acidic lemon, sweet wheat grain, and herbal hops. The carbonation is fairly muted, the body a bit thin and oily, and it finishes dry and lemony.

A nicely refreshing, and surprisingly sour fruity beer. Right up my alley.

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Photo of nickfl
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of white head on a slightly hazy, yellow body. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lace.

S - Lively lemon oil aroma, very fresh and unique. Lots of spicy wheat and slightly fruity yeast.

T - Tart wheat with a huge lemon note and a hint of lime. Grainy and puckeringly acidic in the finish but not quite what I would call sour.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry, cider-like finish.

D - An extremely unique and refreshing beer that is very drinkable. The aroma is spectacular, it smells like oil squeezed out of a fresh lemon peel, though the flavor is not quite as good. This one is a must try if you come across it and the style is deserving of the revival is it experiencing.

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

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitdz

A: Cloudy golden yellow.... whispy white head.

S: Delcious, complex blend of citrus fruits and floaral flowers (ha!) with a nice sour yeasty funk.

T: Citrusy (lemon and orange) with a mellow sour yeasty funk. Slight peppery note. Very good, not overpowerng.

M: Light body, dry and tart finnish. Thin.

D: Light yet complex. Nice intro to sours, but not much heavier in flavor than a diet lemony water drink.

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

On tap, served in a pilsner glass. Hazy gold color, thick white head, tiny bit of lacing. Aroma of wheat and citrus. Very tart lemon taste, some malt. Well-balanced. The beer had a real piquancy to it, and was very refreshing on a hot summer day. Will have it again.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special 1pt 9.4fl oz bottle from Wasatch in a recent trade. Very cool swingtop with a long neck on an oval shaped bottle. Very interesting, definitely a good one for the collection. Noted as 4.6% abv on the bottle.

A: Fairly cloudy deep gold, almost an orange color, white head about 1/4 of inch or so, pretty fair retention, not much lacing. Still a nice looking beer.

S: Tangy wheat malts, smells lemony, and maybe even a bit of barnyard funk just barely, not exactly that smell, but somewhat reminiscent of it. Smells quite bready. This smells quite tasty.

T: Quite wheaty and tart, has a definite lemon like quality, really not much bitterness, smooth easy going beer. Very flavorful on a hot day. Quite acidic, this almost has a puckering power. I know the style is known for using salt, but I can't really detect too much. This is an impressive beer. Quite tasty.

M: Slightly sour pucker, and acidic, smooth, light carbonation, and fairly dry. Goes down nice and begs for another sip.

D: This is one of the easiest drinking beers I've ever had. Goes down smooth, and doesn't feel like much, I'm sad I can't get this more readily, because after a long hot day, this would be prime-time. Excellent beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a revelationj this beer is on-tap. I'd had it a couple of times in the bottle before, and while I thought it was interesting and pretty good, it didn't really grab me as a style or a beer. Once I had it on tap this summer at the Brick Store Pub, I just couldn't stop drinking it. It seems that at least every other time I would go to the pub I would order one of these, and it just kept getting better and better, particularly if it were hot outside. The bottles are also quite expensive, so this is relatively a much better deal. So refreshing, and the touch of salt an loads of coriander eventually made it addictive for me. Something just seemed to click with this beer on draft. Pours a super carbonated pale yellow with a very white fluffy head. Smells very slightly sour, with a hint of lemon and green apple and spicy with fresh wheat and you can smell a slight salty tang. Tastes very, very refreshing. Lots of coriander and some crisp wheat up front, and then the salty tang is quite noticeable against a background of light citrusy sourness and tannic, salty bitterness. This part of the beer is reminiscent of a salting crabapples that I remember doing as a child in the south. The salt, corander, citrus, and bitterness fronted by the spicy wheat just works- some type of alchemy is surely at work here. Thirst quenching in the mouth, with the slightest bit of prickliness, and perfectly refreshing. My new favorite summer beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy gold color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with a good amount of grassiness. As it warms a small amount of tart fruit aromas waft out.

Tastes very good. Wheat flavors up front are joined by mildly herbal hops and ends with a slight tartness. I tried to taste any hint of the salt but got nothing.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall this is a tasty beverage. This is my first gose and was fairly impressed. Worth a shot.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philly.

Really nice yellow peach with frothy white head.

Maybe it is because my palate is dull, but I'm not picking much up off of this beer. Its flavors are very muted. I can pick up the salt in it. The guy next to me had a great description of this beer: like a Belgian witbier mixed with a hefeweizen but filtered.

So refreshing, but I was hoping for a deeper flavor profile. Not bad. But I'd rather go with a Berlinner Weisse or hefeweizen.

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

Drank on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz. Pours a glowing yellow color with small white head, looks like a glass of sunshine and smells of a sweet, citrus lemongrass. Intial taste of slight honey and corriander, then a solid lemon flavor, not too overpowering though. Great summer beer, not too heavy, could drink all day under the hot sun.

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