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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 AltBock
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt .9fl oz. bottle with a picture of this man in 19th century clothing holding a pilsner glass filled with yellow beer and with a head of foam about to overflow the glass. The other hand is either wiping away excess beer from his lips, getting something out of his moustache, or he's sneezing. The only info on the bottle, is that it's brewed with spices, coriander, and salt. No date of the back or front.

Appearnace: When poured into a weizen glass, the beer was this light hazy brownish/orange color with a 2 finger head of white foam. The head of foam dissipated fairly fast leaving very little lace and rigns around the glass. I also spotted some spices or salt sediment on the side and bottom of the glass.

Smell: I noticed up front a huge helping a salt in the aroma with very little fruits (coriander) and other spices in the background. Just what I would expect from a beer brewed with salt, but I really didn't care for the massive aroma of salt up front.

Taste: Salty up front, but not too overpowering like the aroma. After the salt was some coriander and some other fruits, wheat, very little hops, and the end, the salt taste shows up again. Again, just what I would expect the taste would be from a beer brewed with salt and coriander.

Mouthfeel: Light, not too filling, carbonated, and a slight salt aftertaste in the back of your mouth.

Drinkability: Overall a good beer and a interesting style that I'm glad I tried at least once. Would I buy it again, probably not. I really don't care for salty beer.

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Photo of maxpower
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy light orange color, looks like a hefeweizen, has a huge creamy head that clings to my glass. Aroma is that of a hefeweizen, spicy wheat smell. Taste like wheat and mild spice, I can't really taste coriander yet it is a bit salty. Light bodied with a kind of a watery mouthfeel, finishes a bit sour, very drinkable and not bad, but not sure if I would buy this again.

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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 Erdinger2003
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light head that dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing behind. It has a dark brown to gold appearance that looks fairly clear and crisp. The smell reminds me of as sweet bock bier. It's very fruity like apple and berry coupled with a hoppy smell. This bier is salty, the first bier I have ever had that is bitter and salty. Slightly spiced with salty flavors and hops.

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Photo of beergoot
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice, light gold body topped with a very dense and creamy white head (almost like cream with dense, very small bubbles); nice cloudiness when the bottom of the bottle gets poured into the glass. Funky aroma combining sweetness with a dank mustiness; old green apples and overly ripe honey dew melon. Sour twang to the taste, reinforcing the green apple flavor; barely perceptible bitterness. Very smooth and delicate feel; crisp, clean, and dry.

Definitely a different tasting beer, and probably the first gose beer I've had. Sour and citric taste (lemon and lime) that has a mild soapy aftertaste; not unpleasant per se, but different. Reminds me somewhat of a smoother hefeweizen but with a definite coriander (or cilantro) character. I'll definitely explore some more offerings in this style even if it wouldn't be near the top of my list in beer styles.

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Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparant gold with streams of carbonation pumping up to the top with a mild white collar and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, flowers, and wheat with a touch of pepper and coriander.
Mouthfeel is dry and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a lasting head.
Nose shows soft wheat, lemon, brine and lime.
Pretty interesting flavours. Lemon, wheat, lime, salt and vegetal notes. Somehow pleasant though. Very refreshing, with a little acidity.
Could use a bit more carbonation.

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Photo of matjack85
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I tried this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 10oz brandy snifter.

The beer poured a cloudy pale gold color with only a ½-finger of white head on top. Head retention was good, but it only left minimal spotty lacing.

The beer smelled yeasty and a bit sour.

Mildly tart and yeasty flavor with a good dose of wheat malt which adds a twang to it. Ground coriander gives it some spiciness, but the expected salty taste wasn't really there and hop bitterness was also non existent.

Very light, close to watery mouthfeel , with low to moderate carbonation.

This was my first gose, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but if this is what they are supposed to taste like, all I can say is that it's very interesting and very different from any other style of beer I've tried, but it won't be a favorite style of mine.

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Photo of marc77
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky pale copper hue. Pitted, frothy vanilla white head leaves spotty, sparse lace. Spicy, sharp clove and herbal coriander dominate the aroma, but are offset by mellow, ripe banana esters. Mild lemony, citric tartness. Slight papery oxidation notes prevent vibrancy. Pronounced clove lends a mild medicinal note upfront. Grainy wheat tartness comprises the dominant malt character, and is accompanied by a parching dryness provided by mild, pure salinity. Simple, breezy banana esters provides token girth. Appropriately lightly bittered due to the paltry residual sweetness. Musty, nutty suspended yeast undertone. Phenol augments as the beer breathes, and approaches rubbery in nature. Well attenuated, with a brisk, thinnish mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering suggestion of clove studded salted, preserved lemon. A strange brew, with unbalanced elements of a wit and hefeweizen. Maybe I just missed the orange peel, or the overt salinity overshadowed it. Tasty, but rough around the edges. I'd very much like to try more of this obscure style.

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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 THECPJ
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with 1 finger white head

smell: wheat, honey, citrus,

taste: smooth, hint of citrus fruits,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp, clean,

drinkability: overall a nice crisp clean beer. would be enjoyed on a hot summers day.



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Photo of mjc410
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Slightly hazy dark yellow, touched by brown. Large and lazy particles float about. A fairly strong pour doesn't raise much of a head perhaps 2 fingers at max. It quickly recedes to a glass ring. Doesn't leave much lacing, but suds instead slide down the glass, leaving a ring at the original beer level. Has an aroma of a Belgian strong dark, very fruity in the nose. Also very sweet and slightly flowery. Maybe has a hint of wheat twang. First sip: like taking a draught of beer after coming from a swim at the shore, with spray still fresh on your lips. The salt is quite a shock for the uninitiated. It's hard for me to get a handle on the other flavors, since the salt takes over once it hits the back of your mouth. This is a very sweet and smooth wheat ale, it seems. Not too much wheat twang, either. I think the salt might be unsettling my stomach. I will attempt to review this for the style, and that demands salt, but I don't much like it, so I will take away points here. This might be a real nice drinker without the salt. The mouthfeel is made of a fairly full body, but with low carbonation it lends it a smooth mouthfeel. Again, drinkability suffers because I don't much like this, but I will try to seek the other Gose listed to see how it compares.

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

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

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Photo of Cresant
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz. light brown bottle into a stange. No date. Careful to keep the sediment in the bottle (and there was a lot). The body was only slightly murky. Larger carbonation bubbles rise to create a huge soapy looking white head. Faint lacing remained.

Smell was very 7-Up like. Lemony. A touch of wet basement. No real character of coriander is evident to me.

Taste was sour/tart. Very refreshing and drinkable. Salt and minerals. Mild fruity sweetness. There was flavor and texture of the wheat.

Mouthfeel was medium in body. Smoothness from the wheat. This is my first gose. I like the style based on this one.

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Photo of cbl2
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/10/2007 $3.59 500 mL 4.60% No best by date.


Pours a clear light brown with bits of dark sediment bobbling about on the intense carbonation. A nice fluffy white head, one inch deep, rests upon the top.


Brewed with coriander and salt, I am picking up notes of chocolate, a touch of sourness and the aforementioned salt, as if near the seashore.


My first gose, here goes…(no pun intended). Smooth though weak mouthfeel is followed by a sweet wheat sensation with a touch of chocolate. Lacking the spicyness that should be present due to the coriander. There is a faint touch of saltiness, but not enough to provide the promised "sharpness from the addition of salt" according to style.

I'm glad I got to experience this (my 85th style), but this offering seems to lack substance, with the flavors not really coming together, nor the salt/coriander combo stepping forward enough to express themselves.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at a homebrew club meeting. Interesting. The salt, coriander and wheat are indeed all in there. Kind of horsey and sour, with a definite lactic quality. I guess it's a beer that's exactly as advertised! Salt gives it a softened water taste. Then it finishes with a little sweetness. Not to my personal taste, but a pleasure to have discovered this.

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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 mikeg67
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle. Pours hazy-golden with tall, long lasting, white head. Aroma is of wheat malt, spices and some hops. Body is full and smooth. Wheat malt, salt, spices, funky yeast, some sourness and tartness combine on the palate. Finish is long, salty and tart. Nice refreshing brew.

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Photo of Vancer
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First, and only Gose that I’ll have – this was a decent beer but I can’t see sitting down and quaffing several of these critters. Salt beer? Was that a black ring of salt and yeast on the bottle bottom?

Good pour – slight hazy and light copper with a wimpy tan head, which did leave a nice lace ring or two.

Soured bread in the aroma. But the taste – whoo, a menagerie of flavors, doughy and malty, with a hint of orange. But that salt adds a sea bass aspect to the mixture.

Thin and watery body, it has carbonation – but still feels flat. The 4.6% is no problem to drink – almost like a sour British pale ale, but one that has fish swimming in it.

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Photo of Afterburner
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange, slightly darker than your standard hefeweizen. Puts out a huge, rocky, off-white head that takes its time to retire.

Smell: Cloves, coriander, pear, malt. Smells a lot like my first batch of homebrew.

Taste: Interesting. This beer has very little actual flavor. The flavor certainly isn't as complex as the aroma. The beginning is faintly tart and citrusy, but much less so than a hefeweizen. Since adding salt to beer is a tradition in certain spots of Louisiana, I'm familiar with the flavor of salted beer, and this beer has that flavor. I can't really taste the coriander, nor do I taste anything in the way of malt or hops. And it has absolutely no finish whatsoever. It reminds me of nothing so much as Michelob Dry.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is weak. I feel like I'm drinking water. There's simply no body here to speak of.

Drinkability: It's certainly a chuggable beer. I'll give it that.

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Photo of clvand0
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A salt beer? Hmm. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small head that has good retention and leaves a small amount of lacing. The aroma is a little sour with something else that gives it a sharp edge. The flavor has a citrus thing going on, but then has a strange salty drying sensation at the end. Light body. I didn't enjoy this one much. Just not my thing.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Big bubbles rise up through a slightly hazy, apple juicy amber body to form an extremely volatile, airy head.

Smell: Butterscotch, popcorn, light lemony hops. Coriander is exceedingly subtle.

Taste: Very mild and balanced, with a very drying finish (thanks to the salt). Sweet, slightly tangy wheat malts are offset by mild peppery notes (from the coriander) and citric hops. Finish is slightly sweet, corny, and juicy.

Mouthfeel: Light, fizzy, and frothy with a finish that saps the palate of all moisture.

Drinkability: This is interesting, and kind of refreshing in an odd way, but it's not something I'd like to drink every night. Might be an interesting beer to pair with pork or cook bratwurst.

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Photo of bashiba
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dull dark yellow with almost no head.

The smell is very malty and grainy.

The flavor is malt focused and a touch tart, the salt is there, but a mild. Very grainy flaavor and it a bit plain.

The mouthfeel is light and a touch dry.

A pretty average gose.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance of this relative rairity is Peachy, with a ¼” head and impressive architecture of vertical-creeping bubbles. Brown blobs of outgoing yeasters are observed. Nice sculptures pre-sip.

Nose is subtle and slight. Reminds me of a helles, actually. Salt, leaning towards oxidization. Soft rainwater. Not catching any coriander.

Taste is dry as the proverbial bone: nearly no sweetness at all. Lightly oxidated flavors. Definite salt, beginning and end. Otherwise seems appropriately German. Too much for my virgin-to-the-style tastebuds, perhaps.

Seems pleasing enough to consume, but not sure I’ll be back.

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Photo of Jonada
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle with no freshness date poured into a wine glass. 4.6% ABV

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with 1 finger of a white head that dissipates to a thin wispy coating and collar.

Smell: Bread, wheat, apple and a weird grainy funkiness (not a good funkiness)

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with an extremely mild sourness. Flavors are lemon, wheat and mild spice. Slight saltiness comes through in the finish and aftertaste. Flavors are really weak.

Mouthfeel: LIght medium bodied and crisp with medium carbonation. No alcohol detectable.

Overall: Pretty disappointed in this one. An odd aroma and weak flavor profile make this one I won't likely revisit.. Maybe this was a bad/old bottle, but without knowing for sure, I'd have to recommend avoiding this one.

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