Goseator | Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

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Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Tequilla barrels for six months.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 10-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.41/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1

12.7 fl oz green glass (come on!) bottle with green standard pressure cap acquired at K&L wine in Hollywood and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; this sounds terrible - "Double-Bock Ale Brewed with Spice and Matured in Tequila Oak Barrels". 8.5% ABV confirmed. Ingredients include coriander and salt. Product of Germany. I've been to this brewery before; that was the first place I tried Gose.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 5+ finger beige colour head of fair cream, fair thickness, and good (5+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a transparent translucent vibrant pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing.

Sm: Lime, salt, pale malts, tequila, cilantro. Sweet Jesus that aroma is terrible. Like, fuck, that is unappealing. Fairly strong. What have I gotten myself into?

T: Salt. Tequila. Lime. It isn't great, but all the notes are genuine; they don't feel like artificial lime syrup or anything like that. I don't get any oak. Pale malts. Light funkiness. Boy, this is really bad. Some alcohol comes through. I don't get any yeast. Not at all balanced. Poorly built. I kind of want to vomit just drinking it. Bleh. I don't like this at all. I don't mind a good gose, but this is abhorrent.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation. Decent thickness. Poor palate presence.

Dr: Man, this is bad. I'm gonna power through and avoid drain-pouring it, but it's really testing me. Hot damn. Not at all recommended. Please avoid at all costs. The worst beer I've had since Black Crown. I wanted to love this, but damn is it terrible. Maybe worth cooking with. Ugh. Really hard to drink.


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Photo of DavidHume
1.57/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Possibly the worst beer that I've ever had. If you like vomit, rancid grapefruit, and cheap tequila, this beer is for you!

Pours pale gold, with a bright white head. Aromas of rotting grapefruit, cheap tequila, vomit, and rubbing alcohol abound. The flavor starts off with a nice wave of sourness, followed by vomit, wood, cheap tequila, and artificial citrus. It honestly made me gag.

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Photo of mlazzaro
1.58/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

375ml poured into Duvel tulip.
White frothy head. Hazed yellow body. Average carbonation level.

The smell is absolutely horrendous. Carbonated oaky tequila. Unbearable.

This is one of the few beer I literally can not physically drink. The smell is so off putting I kind of gag when I go to sip it. The tiniest sip is revolting. It tastes like if you made a Gose beer out of the water used to clean a tequila barrel.

I pureed it down the drain. Everyone else forced themselves to drink it.

Thankfully this sample was gifted to me. Looks are about all the beer has going for it. Quite expensive and discussing. Kind of a gimmicky beer with the salt of the Gose mixed with the tequila barrel. "Grossator"

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Photo of JohnGalt1
1.89/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

An unfortunate/expensive choice from Bittercreek (Draft from the '15 FunkFest)... I knew better.. Why did I bite? Tickers gone tick. :-)

Fairly clear amber brew... Nose is agave and perfumy oak... Stewed fruit... Terrible. Flavor is the same but with an unexpected hot garbage wretch in the middle.. thick apricot and caramel malt with agave and bad tequila.. Thick with little carbonation triggers my gag reflex just thinking about it..

No redeeming qualities.


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Photo of catwoman
2.16/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

It unfortunately had zero carbonation. I did taste it and tried to drink a bit as I paid $12.95 for this 11.2 oz bottle. It was lighter bodied than a typical dopplebock, there was an aroma that did remind me of tequila. Without carbonation however it was not drinkable.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.39/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From 12/29/12 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one. 375ml bottle.

a - Pours a hazy deep yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nail polish, tequila, salt, spice, yeast, some oak, and some peppers. Not good; smells a little bit like solvent and tequila with light fruit and salt.

t - Tastes of tequila, oak, bread, salt, spices, peppers, yeast, some fruit, and something weird like mint or floral notes. Worse than the nose, alcohol/solvent is stronger.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Heat from the tequila; not very good.

o - Overall I thought this one was pretty gross. A tequila/alcoholic mess with peppers and spice to it too, no reason to seek this one out other than the novelty of a tequila BA gose.

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Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12.7 oz. green bottle with a green cap and a plain small white label. The label just has the brewery's usual label of a German man with a Pilsner glass full of beer while he's sneezing Batman style. Right below that is where they tell you that it's a Doppelbock aged in Tequila barrels. The only other stuff on the label is the mandatory US info.

I poured this barrel aged Doppelbock into a non discreet Pilsner glass. Out of the bottle came a muddy water brown/orange like colored beer. From the looks of the beer, it looks like the brewery drained a swamp and put the left over water in the bottle. If it wasn't for the 1/4 of an inch paper white head of foam, I would have thought that this was swamp water. This head of foam had acceptable retention that left behind a good sized string of rings along the side. This beer isn't eye candy. Hopefully it doesn't taste like it looks.

If you know what a good Doppelbock smells like, take that idea and throw it out the window. This beer smells nothing like that. If wasn't an offensive smell. It was just weird and not in a good way. It had an aroma that reminded me of orange juice. It was on the citrusy side. Behind the orange juice was a dash of salt, a splash of spearmint, a subtle hint of oak, and a gentle whiff of tequila. I thought the tequila would take over the aroma and run with it. Not this bottle. Too citrusy and weird for my nose.

This is one of those beers where it tasted like it smelled. There wasn't much of a difference between the two. Up front was the citrus. It didn't taste like orange juice. Following the citrus flavor was a pinch of salt and a soft taste of oak and tequila. Like a tidal wave, in comes the yeast. The yeast was the one that took over this beer. I thought the tequila would rise up and take some control, but ultimately it was the yeast that took over. Not enough Doppelbock flavors or tequila for that matter. More tequila and salt would have done this beer a little justice.

Despite this beer clocking in at a somewhat high 10.5% ABV (according to the label), this was a medium bodied beer with yeast/citrus heavy aftertaste. This beer does mask the aftertaste. I'll give them that one.

I wasted a good deal of money on this weak Doppelbock. Even if this beer was labeled correctly as a Gose, it's still weak and overpriced. This is something I wouldn't waste money on again and I strongly suggest that you don't either. Don't be fooled by the aged in tequila barrels. Tequila isn't my beverage of choice, but I wish it made more of an appearance in this beer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful orange-gold color with extra nice white fizzy head. Aroma is earthy with hints of agave. The aging in tequila barrels really comes through in this one. Nice Gose, just a touch to grassy for me...

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Photo of SteveTheDog
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was skeptical but I enjoy trying tequila-inspired fill-in-the-blanks.

It poured well with a nice head and did in fact remind me of Cuervo at first glance. I can't say there was much of a smell to it, but the taste is fantastic. It has hints of the tequila and oak but it was a little sweeter than I was expecting which was a nice surprise and reminded me a little more of an effervescent tequila sunrise. I enjoyed this beer and if I can get another, I will, maybe try it with a splash of grenadine too. I know, sounds like heresy. Probably is.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle generously shared by Chris. Thanks for taking one for the team! Served in a taster glass.

A - White foam quickly settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and minimal lacing. Lightly hazed orange body.

S - Loads of oak and tequila, with light notes of salt, and perhaps a touch of malt from the base beer. Very much barrel-dominated here, so you're enjoyment will depend on how much you like tequila. It's a little rough, but I didn't mind it.

T - The taste has a tiny bit more beer flavor to it, with some mild grain notes, some tangy lactic sourness, tequila, salt, and a bit less oak intensity. It's strange, but oddly refreshing in a mixed drink kind of way. Someone suggested it'd be nice with a slice of lime, which I'd concur with.

M - Slightly grainy medium body, some some tannic oak in the finish. Medium body, with lower carbonation. A tad watery, but not much overt alcohol heat to go with the spirit aroma and flavor.

D - Very strange beer. It's more successful than I anticipated. That being said, not something I could drink in large quantities; it took a half-dozen of us to drink the 375ml bottle. The concept wasn't terrible here (unlike, say, Tequila Black Hole), but I still haven't had an all tequila barrel-aged beer that was particularly great.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color Gose with a huge off-white head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of salt and light coriander notes with light Tequila and agave notes with a light citrusy finish. Taste is way saltier then I had anticipated with less Tequila notes then I was expecting. Coriander is quite subtle with a finish that brings out the lime and agave notes. Body is quite full with strong carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I must admit that this beer is a unique experience that I enjoyed somewhat but don’t necessarily need to repeat on a regular basis.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one kind of came out of nowhere but I'm glad i got a bottle to try. This beer poured out as a deep golden color with a slight haze to it. The head was white while it lasted. The retention is very minimal and so is the lacing... virtually nothing left behind. The smell is much bigger than the non-barrel aged version. The aroma is a bit like eucalyptus to me, it's potent on the nose for sure. There is some wooden elements as well... it's smells kind of medicinal/herbal. Hard to place really. The taste of the beer gives off a sweetness followed up by the saltiness and like other have mentioned on here there is a bit of lime coming through as well. In the finish there is some softer grain flavors and wood. The mouthfeel is oily, decent carbonation and actually gives off some boozy heat as well. Overall it was nice to try but I would stick with the original version of this beer. The barrel aging is interesting but I don't believe the beer benefits from it much.

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Photo of qchic
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07-05-15--*had on draft--menu listed 10.5% ABV

Was not a big hit for the table. Too heavy on the tequila to display the refreshing gose qualities.

08-02-15--on draft, ABV listed: 9.0%

This one aged in aquavit barrel...better than the tequila version, still too sweet, not enough salt

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a slightly murky yellow with a foamy bone colored head that fades to nothing. No lacing on on the drink down. Smell is of malt, salt, jalapeno, wood, tequila, and mint dental floss. Taste is much the same with a salty, spice, and herbal finish on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is definitely unique and interesting.

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Photo of safaricook
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I found this at the Bierkoning in Amsterdam. It is the first Gose that I ever found there. With my newly found love of gose, I had to buy this. I liked the refreshing salty and sour taste of the same breweries original gose. Of course from this here is to expect something completely different. I am well aware that the "ator" ending is used for rather strong malty beers in Germany. Furthermore, Tequila barrel aging, wtf! I do not think I will like it, but let's bring it on.
Poured this in my current favourite Brasserie Thiriez tall tulip.

Nice offwhite fine bubbled foam of a few fingers that reduces to a delicate thin layer and then vanishes leaving only a slightly murky orangebrown body with some fine bubbles.

Smell is mainly Tequila and oak, slightly salty and some malts pushing through.

Taste is pleasantly sour, way milder than an oude geuze and even a flemish red. Sourness starts out citrussy and moves to salty sourness in the aftertaste that has more of a lactic acid flavor. Oak is defintely there and some malt as well but the latter rather faintly.

Feel is a bit thin, foaming carbonation as you swallow and creamy foam saves the day here.

I am really surprised that I like this. It is not an easy one but it is very different and rather brave and I appreciate that a lot. Again as with the regular Gose, saltiness is not overpowering but you rather have to go looking for it. The Tequila and oak flavor is nothing I would have invited into this beer, but it works somehow. For me this beer is very well balanced against all odds of letting tequila, salt and oak particpate. To sum it up: Interesting!

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The aroma is slightly musty and has light to moderate aromas of oak, tequila and salt. If you close your eyes it almost smells like a margarita, except for the oak.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of oak along with notes of tequila and hints of salt. The tequila gets a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be quite enjoyable because it blended all of the flavors well together. It also hides the alcohol rather well, which is surprising since a gose is usually a light-bodied beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much of a smell, but the taste is that of a barrel aged tequila with a touch of lime and toasted malt. Not much gose to speak of but for a faint bit of salt. Really not much dopplebock either. I do like the taste. This one makes for a nice summer sipper, but I am not sure if I would get it again with the high price point.

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at Laschet's.
Strange gose doppelbock hybrid in tequila barrels.
Murky dark brown, lasting foam and surface coverage miraculously. No lace but that's to be expected.

Intense honey aroma, not far off from Polish mead.

Taste is a little jarring, maybe too complex for it's own good. Barrel is noticeable, sweet agave honey segues into toasted dry oak, a little slick from the agave, tart lemon. Full bodied and boozy. Low to medium carbonation. Overall an unusual, imperfect beer that can be appreciated with an open mind.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4/5  rDev +23.1%

poured from 2012 bottle. Not a lot of carbonation, but the coriander/salt of the gose blended quite nicely with the tequila barrel. Heard from the person who shared this with me that a previous bottle was not good and was a drain pour, so if you have some still cellared, it's time to go back and check again.

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Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and golden. The first pour was quite clear, so I assume I just kicked up some sediment. The head puffs up a whole bunch of fine white bubbles quickly, and it mostly dissipates just about as quickly. The aroma is a fascinating mix of sweet, herbal tequila notes, pale malt sweetness, brine, coriander and lacto sourness. Personally, I quite like the agave sweetness, and if that's not your thing, this probably isn't the beer for you. The tequila barrel is a bit stronger than the other flavors in the aroma, but it's bright and friendly. There's nice oak in the mix, as well. The taste starts off with some simply sweet malt flavor, nice and fresh. Yogurty lacto sourness and coriander follow. The beer finishes with salt and more of that bright, pleasant tequila barrel. The aftertaste is citrusy tequila barrel and that gose salty sourness. There's a citrus cider-ish quality to the beer. I quite enjoy both the tequila barrel and the double strength gose flavors and find them and the sum total rather interesting, but I can definitely understand opposing views on that topic. Mouthfeel is pretty clean and crisp. Prickly carbonation. Not seeing much love for this beer, but I quite like it. The bright, sweet tequila flavor is probably the star of the show, and that's not going to be a universally appealing flavor. At any rate, it's definitely a top five tequila barrel-aged imperial gose in my book.

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Photo of KentMills
4.13/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is the strangest beer I've had in a long time. The sourness of the gose combines with the tequila barrel in such a bizarre way I could swear I tasted something sweet like vanilla or light chocolate. Maybe it's from the oak. I didn't detect and alcohol burn. I wouldn't drink this one all night, but it was definitely fun to try! Give it a go, if you come across it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: no head really on a hazy golden orange body.

S: the tequila is very evident in this one. Lime notes or maybe I just can't smell tequila without thinking lime. Lots of toasted/burnt aromas, almost like a campfire. Woody

T: after a few sips the sour base beer is better appreciated which is actually really good. Tropical fruits, mostly lemon and lime with the tequila represented in just the right amount, especially towards the finish.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall:talk about unique. Very complex. This one grows on you as you drink it and its actually pretty damn good. Got to try this one.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, dark golden body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Spicy vanilla, toasted oak, pepper, toffee, and bready malt.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front, which is quickly washed away by lemony tartness. Pepper and lemon in the middle with a finish of citrus, juniper, and toasty woodiness that is the only real flavor note of tequila that I get.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is... different. The description on the bottle sounded like it might not be good, but surely promised to be interesting. As it turns out it is both. The strong, mildly sour base beer works shockingly well with the tequila barrel character and makes for a beer that is better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of Skippy11
4.49/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I personally love gose style beers. This one is a nice one, though not as good as I was hoping. It's got that saltiness that I was looking for but that agave doesn't fulfill the taste I was hoping for. That said, it's not a bad brew. It's just not as gose as one would hope for.

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