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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Marionberry Hibiscus GoseMarionberry Hibiscus Gose

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 04-23-2012

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 181
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light garnet in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high pink head that gradually died down but left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of marionberries (which smell like blackberries) in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some tart flavors of marionberries along with some hints of hibiscus and salt.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very interesting beer for the style and something that is very easy to drink. The addition of marionberries and hibiscus really helps make the beer easy to drink, akin to putting fruit syrup in a Berliner Weissbier.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque slightly murky ruby to rose red in color with some orange/copper highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall fizzy pink head (like soda) that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film near the center of the of the glass and a thin ring at the edges if the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the smell of this beer is pretty mild - there are notes of tartness and berries at first but it fades pretty quickly. Very light herbal notes.

T: The beer starts out with a light flavor of wheat and berries (tart, then lightly sweet) then there are herbal flavors. There is also a light flavor of salt and some hibiscus in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness and light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Right off the bat, from the appearance, you can tell this beer contains both hibiscus and berries. There is a pleasant amount of tartness but overall this flavors in this beer are rather subtle. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

LOOK: Muddled rose colored brew, bubbly faintly pink head

SMELL: Crackers, flour, coriander, floral, fruity, slightly herbal

TASTE: Tart, slick, medium bodied, fresh wild berries, salt, coriander, tart hibiscus, slight alcoholic warmth, modest hopping, a bit chewy, biscuity, nutty yeast, floral semi-dry finish

You have to hand it to them for coming up with a brew like this, old world style meets extreme brewing. I think the level of tartness works here though it would have come across better if the beer was dryer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Fairly dark orangish red with thick white head that does not last.

Smell: Berries, wheat, salt and coriander.

Taste: Balanced wheat and berries at first, with some coriander and salt on the slightly tart finish. Overall, quite well balanced. Maybe too balanced, as it is almost too subtle and nothing really stands out.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body. Dry, tart, salty finish.

Overall: Refreshing but a little too subdued. This would be a good beer to introduce more mainstream drinkers to the concept that some beers can be tart.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.62/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Half a finger pink head, no retention in the middle and only a vestigial one on the edges. Rose colored body with no clarity. Looks cider-like, and not at all like a beer.

S- Marionberry, some floral smells and a thick wheat odor. Pungent yeast smells as well. All in all it is fairly unremarkable in aroma.

T- A bit sour, some late sweetness. Unfiltered wheat backbone. Pretty tasteless notwithstanding the sour kick at first sip.

M- Cloudy, thicker sort of feel. Finishes dry.

O- Not very impressive. Interesting ingredients, but under-realized.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Marionberry Hibiscus Gose in a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale red color, cloudy with a frothy pinkish-white head. It looks like that kids drink Hawaiian Punch with a head.

The smell is fairly faint, but definitely a fruity berry aroma.

Taste is also very berry, with bit of a fruit and cereal flavor up front, with a sweet wet berry flavored finish.

Mouthfeel is wet and clean. A good thirst quencher.

Overall more of a fruit punch and a beer I think. My forst Gose and from what I have read about the style it is true to it. Unfiltered wheat ale with a berry syrup to balance the acidic quality of the wheat ale. It's OK, but not an everyday sort of brew.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Also never had a Gose before so this should be interesting.

A Pours a bright red topped off with a thin white head.

S Banana, bubblegum with a hint of some sweet fruit which I assume is the marionberry

T More banana, bubblegum and marionberry. Also a slight tartness.

M Light body with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall this is an alright beer, nothing special about it that makes you want to drink more of it. Might be a good hot day beer though.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a berry purple red with a fizzy short head. Poor retention, no lace. Interesting colour.

S: Lots of berry fruit (marionberry I'm assuming) with hints of winter spice.

T: Sweet berry fruit, some light yeasty character, hint of salt, fairly one-dimensional.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, some biting carbonation. Fleeting.

O: A solid fruit beer. Really it's just the nice berry flavour, blind I'd never know this was a gose, it doesn't offer much in the way of style.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
1.93/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- pours an almost pink with hardly any head. this is sadly the best part of this beer.

S- corriander and wheat meet the nose. Hibiscus is also here... i don't know what a marionberry is but i'm not getting any fruit here at all.

T- tastes nothing like it smells. Starts with tart berries which quickly are overtaken by salt, pollen and vinegar. Yuck.

M-this is thin and watery. nothing much to say.

O- I've had a few other Gose beers before and though they aren't really my thing, this fruity more mainstream take on them sounded good to me... Boy was i wrong. This beer really misses the mark in every way for me. I'm probably going to pour the rest of this bomber down the drain.

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Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy red colored beer with a small pink colored head.

Smells sour with a strong berry scent. Not sure what a Marionberry smells like but there is some melon scent to this too.

Starts out sour tastes more like wine than beer. Sour berries with Hibiscus flower. No real hop flavor, just a fruit wine flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall I can think of 100 fruit beers better than this one. If I want a winey beer DFH Red &White is better not to mention the Raspberry rocket fuel called Fort. No repeat sale on this one.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. I'm excited to see a relatively locally made craft gose!

Appearance: amber-pink hue with a finger of fizzy light-pink foam which dissipates rapidly. I admit this is not great, but I feel like a hibiscus beer should be mega red like this. I like it.

Smell: light wheat and berry aroma which is a bit understated. There's a touch of banana in there which lends a tropical fruit feeling to the whole works. Not super gose-ey, but I like it.

Taste: nicely tart flavor with a good jolt of the berries and a little bit of wheat character. Salt is mild and appears on the backend. I kind of like it, but I feel like it needs to be more ... something. Tarter, saltier, fruitier, wheatier; perhaps just more of everything.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big dose of carbonation. Froths up quickly in the mouth, but then dissipates into nothing. Refreshing and tingly, but not really creamy. Still, it suits this beer.

Overall: I love the bizarre experimentation that this beer represents. I think it has flaws, but it is refreshing and certainly drinkable. On a hot enough day, I'd have this again.

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Photo of nach0king
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first ever Gose! Was lucky to get it as there were only two bottles left in the store when I got there on Friday night. Poured half the bottle into a pint glass.

A: This is purely on personal preference but purple beers scare me. I know that this style is often fruit-flavored so often has fruit colors, and I am a huge fan of Widmer so I know there'll be no funny business, but this just doesn't look... right. Head disappeared within seconds, minimal lacing. Looks like flat soda.

S: Like a jam factory where all the workers have been drinking - which is to say, it smells like fun. Some sourness on the nose but not much.

T: When reading about this style I'd stuck on the words 'sour' and 'salt', but there's a lot more going on here. Very fruity, very floral, then some maltiness at the end - with the salt and sourness just notes in a chord, rather than overpowering the whole thing. I was eager to try this but not sure I'd like this: thankfully I love it. The only thing I'd say is that it's very, very slightly too sweet for me, but I can't call that a defect as I assume that's just part of the style when they add fruits to it.

M: Although it looks flat it's tingly, and there's a little bit of creaminess as well, as if you're drinking an Italian soda.

An enjoyable, if somewhat specialized brew. Wouldn't be first on my list to buy again but I'll be trying other Goses (Gosen?) on the strength of this.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a reddish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An odd, but somewhat underplayed aroma of fruit, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of fruit (presumably the marionberries), spices (coriander), malt, and the saltiness common in goses. Kind of an odd flavor here: At first it's like a fruit beer, then in the finish it's like a gose. Not bad, but it doesn't mesh perfectly.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth (and salty) finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Basically an experimental beer that's kind of hit and miss. Not undrinkable, but there are better examples of a gose out there.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a large globe glass. Pours a hazed ruby with a half inch of pinkish tinted foam. Moderate retention but solid carbonation allowing for an easily maintained surface cap with a quick spin.

Aroma of wheat and a touch of yeast. Just a hint of berry and a slight tartness are integrated with the wheatiness.

Taste brings forth the berry and coriander up front, a touch of apparent salinity on the close and a lingering fruitiness after. No hop bite though a touch of hops is offered on the aroma, quite smooth and drinkable. Light in body, touch of salty tartness though not tart by any means. Interesting entree to the style though likely a bit of an outlier..

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Photo of nick76
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is floral and tart from berries as well as slightly funky. The appearance is raspberry. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall I want to like this beer because the concept is so cool but it is just not that good. It's is just too weird.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/8/12.

Pours a murky, turbid raspberry color with a 1/2 inch foamy light red head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is somewhat tart and sour with some sour berry and hibiscus aromas. Interestingly enough, the smells actually seem to disappear as the beer warms. Taste is slightly tart with sour berry and hibiscus flavors up front followed by grain and spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a somewhat crisp and slightly acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I can see being a good introduction to sours for beginners but to me it's not worth revisiting.

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Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Arrgh! Yet ANOTHER hated 22. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured an opaque reddish-amber (with the emphasis on RED) color with just under a half-inch of white head (that had a bit of a reddish tint as well) that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

There was some of the Marrionberry in the aroma, but not an overpowering amount, along with an underlying sweetness and a mild tartness. On the tongue the berries were subtle (which, honestly, I was a bit disappointed in. I love marrionberries!), a subdued spiciness, that mild tartness, and, maybe, just a hint of the salt that's expected of the style.

The body was very good, light, but still substantial, but not heavy or cloying. The beer had good carbonation that carried the flavors across the tongue easily. Drinkability was very good, this was a rare case where if I had another 22, I would have opened it immediately (which goes to show my point, if brewers would put these brews into sixers instead of 22s, I could have had 3-4 and still had some left over). Overall, in my limited experience with the Gose style, this wasn't really a typical example, but was still quite enjoyable. No aspect of this beer dominated, but the beer was very well combined. I enjoyed this beer much more than the number shows. It's a must try if you see it. I'll be grabbing another bottle or two.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

A ruby grapefruit orange comes out and hits the body with some mix of red and tomato and grapefruit colors, cloudy. Some nice rising carbonation but that pink head is throwing me which settles nicely into a good puck and collar.

Nose is fairly wet and fruity, sweet smelling, as if they dunked syrup into this per style. Not much salinity, but reminds me of red fruits such as cherry although toned down. Not much malt chewy wheat sense.

Tastes is interesting, but lacking the qualities of a Gose. This tastes like drinking grapefruit juice with it's classic bitterness and not from hop. Salinity isn't really anywhere to be found and it doesn't even seem that dry. At 5.5 abv the brew feels heavy for the style but without a dense wheat body to go with it. Carbonation doesn't come off as crisp or lively.

Overall it's an ok drinking brew but not what I am in the mood for. This isn't my thing, and this is not what I want when I want a gose.

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Photo of vkv822
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip pint

Pours a hazy, rosey red with a light pink foamy head.

Nose is of wheat, with the coriander coming through as well as floral notes.

Strong wheat presence, lighter notes of floral and lightly sweet berry.

Near medium, average body for the style, though it does seem a tad light at times.

Easy drinking, with some unique characteristics, though fairly subtle overall.

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Photo of shand
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint!

Hey, it's pink! Even the head is pink! Very hazy, and the head doesn't last for long at all. The color is really a stunner though. The aroma is fruity and slightly sour, with some wheat and coriander. The taste is very nice, it's got an excellent tart, realistic fruitiness over a wheat base. I've never had marionberries, but they probably taste good! There's a nice floral aftertaste as well that mingles very nicely with the wheat. I also taste a bit of the saltiness on the finish. It's not overpowering, and if you're not looking for it, you won't notice it. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is great.

Overall, this is just a really fun and different beer, and one of the better fruit beers I've had in quite some time. And it's in four-packs for relatively cheap too!

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, New Belgium Globe.

A: Fairly pink color, cloudy, with a white head that has a pink tint to it. Very little lacing.

S: To me, its very Belgian...spices and coriander, hints of grassy notes and funk, and a definite berry note right up front. Still subtle and subdued, not overly acidic or fruity or sweet even.

T: Crisp...watery raspberry, some malty notes, spice...more of a grassy earthiness and dirty funk, I think the hibiscus is coming through as it warms but its faint...just a bit tart.

MF: Crisp and watery, clean finish with a bit of dryness which lets you know its a Gose.

O: Really not impressive, berry notes are subdued and the flavors and aromas are very light. Maybe thats what its supposed to be (I'm no Gose expert), so if you like these kinds of beers this may be supremely drinkable come summertime.

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Photo of mactrail
3.91/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful rosy color in the Leffe chalice. Excellent sudsy mouthfeel with lots of champagne bubbles. Interesting aroma of red guavas. Nice lacing in the glass.

Very restrained, even elegant. The other two Goses I've tasted have been so acidic they were virtually undrinkable. The acidity here is more like a Belgian fruity beer. Barely a wild taste, and not much yeast. A cousin to Morte Subite who went to finishing school. Just a little wheaty taste, a scratchy bitter twang, and a tartness of plum skins. Nice berry flavor and a touch of herb tea.

I'm totally charmed by this stuff. If it's not anything like the ancient style, it's what I like about the World Beer movement. Take inspiration and make it drinkable. They could make another version without the training wheels, though. Another of the user-friendly oddball beers from Widmer.

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Photo of Docer
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- Cloudy ruby red brew. Reminds me of their old Widberry brew from back in the day. Not much head to speak of but a quickly fizzling white fluff that leaves a thin spotty island behind, and a small ring resting in the glass.

Smell: (2.5)

- The primary aroma is wheat. Wheat malt is heavy, bready, and grainy. Kind of salty as stated too. Sitting far in the background are some currants and herbal aromas, but this doesn't smell much like many of the Goses' I've had.

Taste: (3.5)

- There are some nice tart flavors with this brew. At least in flavor, this beer inches towards a nice gose. Tart and funky wheat malts, slightly salty, and a subtle herbal and grassy flare to compliment the funk. Very light currants and blackberry compliment the salts and wheat.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)

- This is a bubbly and well carbonated brew. I would think it shouldn't be as carbonated, but a little more light in the bubbly department, and heavier in the body. This beer kind of 'Gose' the other way. It's a touch thin, and bubbly. It does have an herbal drying character to it, as well as a parching salty touch.

Overall: (2.5)

- Kind of a bland attempt at a Gose. It's got wheat, brewing salts, and a touch of funk, but it isn't quite there. Certainly a style of beer that shouldn't be done in large batches and with any brewers house yeast or fermentation style. This is strictly a style all in its own, and should be brewed as such. It wasn't tart enough for me, funky enough, nor did it have the fruit I was expecting after seeing its color. Want a good Gose? Hit up Upright or Breakside. Or better yet, grab a nice Berliner Weisse and add a little marionberry syrup to it.

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Photo of Glibber
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was crazy about New Belgians Frambozen years ago, and when they finally brought it back to my area, I did not really like it anymore.
This beer captures everything I liked. Despite the off white head that is gone in a flash, and the red color, the beer is light, carbinated, and refreshing. No hops at all, and a light sour- light lemons. Great mouthfeel and taste.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these now with Inflatablechair and SAS... Still not convinced this should be in the "Gose" category.

Pours with a short lasting pinkish head.... no real lacing or cap... the brew is glowing red.

Nose shows bunches of berries and floral notes.. good coriander.

Tart berry... hibiscus tea notes ... coriander and good pale maltiness.. I don't know if I get "salt" other than maybe it helps push other flavors forward...

Interesting brew given the price$$... I will definitely buy again and again until it is gone...

Is it a traditional "gose", NO. But still it is damn fun.


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Marionberry Hibiscus Gose from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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