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Portsmouth Gose | Portsmouth Brewery

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87
very good
36 Reviews
Portsmouth GosePortsmouth Gose
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
portsmouthbrewery.com

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
16 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 06-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 74
Photo of joepais
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lets say that I review this one because it probably will be the only one I ever see of the style.

The glass came to me with a minimal head that disappeared quickly. It was a murky hazy yellowish brown it reminded me of swamp water. Another interesting note on the appearance was you could see salt settled at the bottom of the glass after a while.

I am extremely sensitive to the hefe yeast strain Portsmouth uses so I just get the bananas and bubble gum coming from the glass most time this time I did however get a hint of coriander as well. The flavor was kind of unique to me almost bizarre. salty, sour, bananas I think would qualify as that. Again this is the first of the style I have tried and I will say I haven't met a beer I didn't like but ...it certainty a unique style. With a medium feel to it and light carbonation.

I hate to say it but it was a one and done for me. I do appreciated the chance at trying the style thanks guys

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Photo of steve8robin
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in the cooler at the brewery. Seasonal release, so let's try...

A: Murky banana yellow with slight hints of gold. A small thin white head that quickly fades. Decent.

S: Hints of malt and bready banana upfront with not much else going on. Kind of thin here. Blah.

T: Very light and refreshing. Kind of watery bready malt with a slight hint of bitter hop far on the backend. Kind of like a high end Bud. Ok.

M: Very light and crisp. Does not leave any noticeable tastes on the palate. Good for the style.

D: Goes down very easy. This one is definitely an easier brew to handle. Good.

All in all, this was an ok brew. A decent summer sipper if you get the chance to try. I'd recommend hunting down only if you're a fan of the Gose style. Otherwise, don't bother unless you have access to the brewery.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/23/2011

Bottle shared by Stawn, thanks!

A: Cloudy yellow with a small white head.

S: Coriander, lots of coriander, with grainy malt and lemon. A little lemon peel.

T: Lots of coriander with notes of grain and a little salt. I get some lemon and a little vanilla. Coriander bomb.

M: Upper light body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Far too much coriander.

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Photo of drocpsu
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this for the first time after randomly picking up a bottle from the brewery store. Poured it into a tulip glass.

A - Color was a pale yellow, akin to a pale ale. Had a very small white head that quickly dissipated, leaving essentially no lacing on the glass.

S - Smell was sweet, with some citrus and banana notes. Almost reminded me a bit of a belgian style beer, although not nearly to the same level of sweetness.

T - I didn't realize this was a wheat beer when I bought it, but it was immediately noticeable upon the first sip. Taste was wheaty with some lemon sweetness and then had a bit of a funky zing aftertaste. Light body and was fairly carbonated.

Overall, this was a refreshing beer to have while sitting outside on my deck in the middle of the summer. It didn't blow me away, but I'd probably try it again or others in the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this rarity from CooperEllis... Thanks a ton John for an Epic Trade!! Shared with the Boise peeps over the weekend.

Nice rocky head.. descent lacing atop a hazy golden brew.

Nose immediately strikes me as pretty fruity... very reminiscent of a BPA.

Same flavor profile as the nose... hints of apple and pear... a bit flimsy with some minor spiciness... salt seems to be an afterthought, but it is present and does help tie things together.

Body is light with a sorta spritzy carbonation.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3.5

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Photo of jsanford
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a huge fluffy white head that looks like whipped egg whites. Fantastic retention, leaves a ton of soapy lacing on the glass.
S - Bready malt, sour apples, fresh-cut hay, lemon, and barnyard "funk". Nice nose, slightly tart and lactic.
T - Tart apple, lemon peel, sourdough bread, hay, coriander, and a definite copper-penny oxidized flavor. I'm not sure if this weird flavor is common to a Gose, but it's not particularly bad, just weird. There's a slight saltiness that's also interesting.
M - Crisp, thin body with sharp carbonation. Surprisingly refreshing.
D - I had no problem with the bottle, but this certainly isn't a beginner beer. If you like a good Berliner Weisse, keep an eye out for this one.

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Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/golden color with a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Light and crisp, some fruity notes along with a mild herbal quality. Slightly sweet, the fruit dominates the smell.

Taste: Very light and crisp with some bready malt. The fruit from the smell doesn't really show up here. There is a very mild herbal taste with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This one could have used a little bit more flavor. The herbal notes weren't strong enough. Nice and refreshing, but I'm not sure I'd have it again.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick white head that recedes quickly without leaving lacing.

S: Wheat and maybe a touch of coriander.

T: Bready, wheaty malt with the faintest touch of coriander (or am I imagining the coriander?). A very delicate saltiness at first that builds to an less pleasant level as I drink more. It turns a bit bitter (from the salt) towards the end and leaves my lips feeling like I've been swimming in the ocean.

M: Light and dry.

O: This bottle is maybe two months old, and maybe that affects the taste. I find the salt a little overwhelming, although the beer would probably be quite good with food. Alone, I didn't much care for it after the first few sips, but that would probably be the case for me with any gose.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy light gold with a small head. Nose is some grainy wheat sourness, lemon. Mouth is really grainy, bright wheat, sour mash, lemon, salt. Soft and grainy. Soft in the mouth. Apparently Portsmouth was the only brewery in the U.S. to make this style until a few years ago. Nice enough, nothing really exceptional but finely done.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the brewery.

Cloudy in appearance with a nice cream looking off white head. Nice simple light gold body. Looks perfectly good.

Muted in smell but a nice simple light lemon sour.

Taste is very berlinerweisse in style but a little more fun. Simple lemon but also a feel of prickly schapps. I don't find this in the palate particularly tout or sour, but also brings a more breadier punch on the swallow. Texture is nicely light/medium bodied with just a good carbonation.

Overall this was alright for me for my first Gose style, I'll have to try more of this style sometime.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this bomber with me. Poured into a matching Portsmouth snifter, this brew appears a clear golden color with a white frothy head. There is some yellowish coloration around the sides and a light swirl revives a finger of head.

The smell is fruity with almost a bubblegum candy sweetness. There is a very light note of apple vinegar and some minerals (sea salt?) The taste gets progressively more salty with every sip but never gets overbearing. Some minor fruit accents are evident a bit like apple blended with the previously described candy bubblegum notes.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is seemingly no alcohol inclusion throughout. This was fairly easy drinking with the salt addition really coming out as it warms. I have not had a ton of Gose offering but of the ones I've tried, this one had the best saltiness factor but lacked a little bit in overall depth.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky, barely translucent soft banana-yellow with a bubbly one finger bright white head. Head drops to a ring leaving scant amounts of lace.

Scent is lemon and grain with a soft yeasty tang.

Taste is lemon, grainy wheat, fresh bread, slight yeasty funk and a dry salty finish. Like eating a salted sourdough pretzel. There are similarities to a hefeweizen - the yeast tang and the lemons - as well as similarities to a saison. Coriander. Tartness. A very light sourness.

Mouth is both crisp and creamy with dry puckering finish.

This is a magnificent hot weather session brew with enough complexity to maintain my interest.

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Photo of HosP
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this style. Poured 22oz into pint glass.

A- Pours straw yellow. Very slight haze. Lots of carbonating bubbles. Fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S- Smells a little musky throughout. Sweetness starts to come through with some citrus and lemon notes. Maybe a bit of spice at the end.

T- Lemon, citrus flavors up front. Sweet with a wheat undertone to it. Seems to have a little bit of funk taste mixed in somewhere. Does have a bit of a salt taste at the very end but is pretty mild.

M- Light body. Lots of carbonation. Get a mild salty aftertaste.

O- Very interesting style. Lots of good flavors with a weird salt taste thrown in. Still everything blends nicely for a good drink. Very refreshing for sure.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the source
Pours a lightly hazy deep straw color with a huge bubbly white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of spiced bread with some earth salty hints and some yeast derived phenols. Salty spicy bread with hints of lemon and a bit of spicy earthy yeast character. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Might be a bit salty for my tastes, but it sure did disappear rather quickly.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Nearly clear (yeast is probably handing around the bottom of the bottle) golden yellow body under a fizzy white head. Not a whole lot of retention.

S: Nice citrus freshness and zest mixed with some light tropical fruit hints, wheat malt very apparent.

T: Wheat, lemon like zest, earthy yeast. Very well balanced.

M/D: Crisp mouthfeel, relatively low carbonation. Good drinkability, great beer for a hot day.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In an imperial pint glass the beer was a hazy lemon color with a thick white head and a lot of lace.
Aroma a little faint, some fruit and sweet malt.
Taste came through better. Banana, a little lemon, and a hint of spice in the finish'
Very enjoyable on a hot summer day. Good session beer.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up from the brewery, opened after some months aging into goblet:

A: Quite nice hazy light-golden orange color with a substantial , creamy, lasting head. It's quite a good-looking beer.

S: Light wheaty citrus smell, pleasant. Not too funky.

T: Significant green apple sour taste on the wheat, with some spice there as well. More lemony on the finish, with some slightly dry hop bitterness, but the tart green apple dominates.

M: Medium body, mostly creamy with some slight dry carbonation.

D: A highly drinkable, yet supremely funky beer. Not much of a hop kick to speak of, perhaps only contributing to a touch of the dryness. This beer is unlike any other I've had, and I think the apple funk that they add covers up the usual unpleasant funk bad wheat beers all too commonly exhibit.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into a couple of glasses.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of bright white foamy head. This maintains a light looking frothiness, which leaves back a gentle cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells of spice, fruit, crisp wheat, and some more herbal accents.

The taste opens up a bit more, with a crisp snap of wheat, fruity green apple, spices, and an underlying salt-like mineral feel, which picks up considerably as this warms. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sharp on the tongue, with a smooth firm creaminess to it that rides along the back. This feels just right.

This was a pretty solid take on a Gose, with an interesting flavor profile that was much more quenching feeling and drinkable then you would think at first. I’ve had a couple of these now and I will continue to seek more out. It’s definitely a style that has my attention.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin halo of white foam. The nose is yeasty, but sweet. The taste is similar to a saison, but different. There is a lot of yeast, but it's balanced by all the beer has going on. It's slightly tart, salty, and a slight B.O., but well balanced by the fruit from the yeast and sweetness from the malt. Very drinkable, summery ale and it completely hits the spot. There is NO bitterness, but it still balances out nicely. Great beer to grab a togo bottle of.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks cam for the gose tasting!

A. Pours a hazy yellow with a fizzy white cap that leaves no residual lacing.

S. I get a bit of the coriander (aided by smelling some coriander on the side).

T. I get most of the salt on the tail, but it's not overwhelming. A bit of that spice there as well.

M. Thin body with nice light carbonation.

D. Nice, light, and crisp. Much better than I was expecting for the style.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the brewpub - figured I should do the low ABV beer with a long drive ahead of me. Served in a pint glass.

A - Looks like...gose? A finger of eggshell foam dissipates to a thin cap and leaves a few fingers of lace. Milky straw color. Looks like the few other examples of the style I've tried.

S - Banana, salty yeast, sourdough bread. Not a huge nose here, but accurate for the style.

T - The taste is bigger, with more crackery pale malt sweetness. Finishes slightly yeasty, salty, and sour in the back of the throat. Surprisingly refreshing on a hot summer day.

M - Crisp, refreshing, and not too thin (even with the low ABV). Nice zesty but soft carbonation. Residual feel is a bit slimy.

D - I drank this down pretty fast, and if I were loitering at Portsmouth and not driving to Syracuse I would gladly have had another. The low ABV and refreshing texture make it a good session option.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear yellow colour. Lots of white head. Smells spicy and a touch yeasty. I think i can actually detect the coriander on the nose. Tastes yeasty and spicy. I thi this is more interesting than the ccb Gose but there is a light fruity characteristic that comes through that's more intigrated than the leipziger. Light, feels lighter than the ccb Gose. Still quite refreshing. This really seems like a clone of the leipzigerr Gose. When sipped side by side with the trasditional German brew. Maybe a touch saltier

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. A big thanks goes out to Brewedwakening.

Appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lactic, tart, apples, malts

taste: very nice tart apples, bready,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: very nice beer. glad I finally got to try something from Portsmouth and Gose is a very similar style to my favorite which is Berliner Weiss.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of slentz
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Portsmouth brewpub when I was there this summer. Shared with Kiddynamite920. Poured at 50 degrees into Allagash tulips. First Gose we have ever had so we don't have much to compare this to.

A: Pour down the center of the glass produces a half to 2/3 finger head that dissipates to a thing ring that stays forever, with very tight bubbles. I love blondes. A bit cloudy golden straw color. Lots of carbonation, no true lacing a bit of legs on it but not much
4.5

S: Smells of citrus, (lemons, oranges.) A little musty funk, grassy, wheaty, coriander, salty like the ocean...picking up some belgian notes. 3.5

T: A tad sweet....reminds me of a wheat beer with a little lemon..orange. ....this is definitely different than most other styles. Very subtle style ... very tasty. Again picking up a little Belgian style flavor.... 4.0

M: High carbonation; prickly on the tongue, not oily, goes down very easily and refreshing. 4.0

O: We really enjoyed this and finished the bomber in about 10 minutes. Its really easy to drink. Glad we got to try this one. 4.5

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Photo of Philmagnifico
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gose was a pleasant hazy yellow in the glass. Decent head that dissipated a tad on the quick side but still left a nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

The coriander used left a prominent mark on the aroma along with a sweet and sour air. No real noticeable hops profile.

The initial sip was dominated by salt that quickly integrated itself into the remaining sweet-sour and zesty coriander flavors. Just a tiny tinge of bitterness from any hops...barely noticeable.

The heft of the body was average but the beer seemed to coat my mouth letting its flavors linger nicely.

Gose was quite refreshing and even invigorating. Very drinkable. It was a delightful surprise and seems an excellent choice for a summer beer.

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