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Portsmouth Gose | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth GosePortsmouth Gose

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
16 IBU

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 74
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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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


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 tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery—served into a pint glass
Appearance: minimal head, moderate carbonation, bright golden yellow in color, murky

Smell: lemon wheat, and a bit of saltiness

Taste: wheat and lemon combine nicely with a hint of salt at the end

Mouthfeel: light body, sweet, medium carbonation

Overall: I was really looking forward to trying this and was not disappointed. This may be the best beer I have had from Portsmouth that I have seen on their menu multiple times. Nice, light, and wheaty. This is super sessionable. It holds true to the gose style and tastes noticeably different then other wheat beers.

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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 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.


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Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber picked up on a trip to NH, into a pint glass.

Pours a medium to dark bronze - just looks like a combination of light and dark together. Some white foam, settles down to just a ring around the outside. Citrus smell. Wheaty. Lemon scented. Light clean taste. Citrus overtones and throughout.

Nice style (new for me) easy drinking beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Gose is a rather rare German style of beer, similar to other Weissbiers, which focus on a large portion of wheat; how- ever, a standout difference is the addition of spices and salt. Portsmouth’s starts with a cloudy yellow straw body and creamy lacing, and a wheaty nose with green banana, sweet herbal notes and a dusting of spice. Crisp up front, creamy mouthfeel beneath. Light bodied. Big smack of lemon bite, sweet malts, soft coriander and an underlying saltiness. Mild green apple, too. Fairly dry overall, but really dries up in the finish. Moreish. Delicious. Insanely drink- able. One of the best examples of the style we’ve had to date.

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Brewpub: This one was served in a 20th Anniversary flute. It was a cloudy, light yellow color. There was a small white head that left a little lacing. Nice nose to it. Wheat, coriander and lemon notes. Even a faint whiff of sea salt. Interesting flavor. Very dry, but not bitter. Wheat, spices and citrus. Some earthiness also. This is really different and nice!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pale golden straw. The head is white and lasts quite a while.

A strong scent of coriander but not overwhelming. A smell of what appears to be pare with an undercurrent of orange exists.

Delicious. The coriander dominates most of the pallet but it doesn't destroy it and works well the orange flavor and slight hop taste. Additionally, the salt does wonders for the aftertaste. Regarding the salt, as the beer warms, the salt becomes more noticeable and compliments the coriander very well.

Light bodied bordering on medium bodied with very little carbonation that is almost unnoticeable. The beer itself feels very smooth and goes down quickly.

A damn fine Gose. I can't help but feel refreshed after finishing the growler at the end of a very hot day. My only criticism is that I have to go all the way during early summer to NH to get it.

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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 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 deltatauhobbit
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brez07 for bringing a fresh growler to the latest SMBDC meeting, this was the first time I've tried a Gose.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a small head that fades fast, not much in the way of lacing.

Smell has a strong wheat aroma, good amount of citrus, banana and other spices.

The taste is quite interesting, I learned beforehand that Gose actually have salt added to the beer, which I could make out faintly in this beer, it's not overly salty but is certainly present, light and crisp and goes down rather easily, the citrus and spice help quite a bit in this beer but aren't overbearing either.

I was told that if you want to drink a beer while exercising that this would be the best style to do it because the salt will balance your electrolytes.

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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 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 Bendurgin
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip. This is the first beer of this style I will ever have. Pretty excited. The body is hazy yellow with about a centimeter of white head on top that reduces to thin lacing. The aroma is like a barnyard with lemon zest. Lost of grain kissed slightly with citrus twang. It's a really nice smell, not complex, but the aromas are very pleasant. Starts nice and tart and mellows to follow through with earthy. grainy flavors. The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and drinkable as the rest, especially at 4.5. I did this, would really like to try more examples of the style.

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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 ZorPrime
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle bought at the brewery August 2011.

The beer color is pale yellow and it's slightly veiled. The head is white and sticks well to the glass. The aroma presents notes of lime and citrus. Some grassy notes too. Taste is similar. More lime and citrusy. Carbonation is present in the mouth. Medium body. Nice and refreshing. A very good summer beer. A true session beer too. Taste and refreshing. Nice. Love it.

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

Cam. Thanks for the sharing

A - brilliant golden straw body. Minimal white foam

S - very light and clean. Just light

T - floral and a touch salty. Dry and some general fruit sweetness. Touch of spice

M - dryish and thin. Light with a bit of lingering

O - pretty good I'd say. Pretty enjoyable

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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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