Portsmouth Gose | Portsmouth Brewery

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86
very good
74 Ratings
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
Ratings:
74
Reviews:
36
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 36
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 hopsbreath
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I officially traded for this beer with CooperEllis and also received a bottle each in random boxes of beer from zimmerbloke and mjn5036. So thanks guys. I wanted a bottle of beer that only 1 person had listed as a got on this site and promptly received 3 bottles. Cascade and Upright both brew representations of the style that I really enjoyed so this was a natural want as soon as I found out about it.

The pour yields an opaque marigold yellow with a huge half snifter salt white head. Clumpy lacing on the glass. Oh yeah...thanks to CooperEllis and mjn5036 for each sending me a Portsmouth snifter so my wife and I now have a matching pair.

What a great fresh aroma! Smell is lemon juice, citrus zest, freshly cut hay, and mushrooms.

Taste is saison like. Lightly tart lemon, a touch of sour, and damp earth is where I draw that comparison from. The salty aftertaste reminds me that this is indeed a Gose.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with scrubbing prickly taste removing bubbles. Thin and finishes clean.

Extraordinarily drinkable! I liked this a lot and wish to see more of the style. Good job Portsmouth. Make sure to keep brewing this style and I will be sure to keep tracking it down!

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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 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 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 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 MrDanno96
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Came to the table in a normal pint glass. The liquid within was a hazy, pale yellow colored capped by a thin white ring of head. Very little lacing.

S: Aromas of orange, lemon peel, a little coriander, and the typical banana/bubblegum heffe yeast esters.

T: More of the same in the flavor: good amount of citrus, some subtle spice, and banana esters. Lots of lemon flavor comes through in the finish.

M: Light bodied; crisp and refreshing.

S: A nice beer for a summer day. I didn't really find this representation of the "gose" style to be any different from most other wheat beers I've had, but it was still good. It went well with the Alehosue muscles!

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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 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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Portsmouth Gose from Portsmouth Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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