chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, RBESG, August 2005. Thought I’d lost my notes for this one as I was reduced to using scraps of paper after my notebook was full, but I’ve just found where I put them. This is weird stuff. The sharp, lemony lambic-like character is interesting, but marry that to an underlying hefeweizen type vibe, throw in some spices and things get very odd indeed. Can’t say I picked up any added salt, which is probably just as well. Interesting and unique. Glad I got the chance to try it.
EithCubes (4729) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap from the source. Cloudy orange/golden pour with lively fizz and a two-inch soapy head. Strong aroma, wheat and coriander especially. This one tastes a little sweeter and much less sour than the Döllnitzer Ritterguts brewed by Bauer. Big distinction in the taste, however, is the salt! A major player here, really the first salty beer I’ve had, establishes itself in the dry finish and lasts, makes me thirstier, each gulp makes me want to drink more, just like after finishing a bag of pretzels. Coriander comes through, too, but it’s light. This is smooth and nice, but its crosstown rival just has so much more sourness, is so much more challenging. Interesting aftertaste, though, and a good brew on this warm summery day.
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Hazy orange colour with a fluffy white foam. Yeasty and wheaty also slightly salty aroma with notes of citrus. Slightly sweet and lactic flavour, wheat-malty taste with citrus; light bodied, lively carbonated; sweet and sour, slightly salty finish with coriander spice.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - APR 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ridiculous bottle. One day I will find out why it’s in a ridiculous bottle. Anyway, this has got to be one of the coolest beers I have ever had. Amazingly refreshing, the salt was very nice. Poured out a clearish golden hue with a fluffy white head that dissapated to a gossamer cover on top. Lively , natural carbonation and a wonderful bouqet. Coriander spice and some sour-dough bread right up front. The beer is amazingly balanced with the salty acidic entry leading into a refreshing creamy texture that allows the spice and lactic elements to re-immerge and culminate with a clean finish. Wonderful with grilled fish and saffron rice. I will certainly buy more for this summer.
pivnizub (8745) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 11, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (750 ml): Hazy, orangey coloured, creamy white head; distinctive fruity nose (citrous), yeast hardly detectable, some traces of wheat malt;slightly sweetish-sour flavour, some lactic acidity detectable; mild fruity-sourish-sweetish finish with a robust touch of coriander in the aftertaste. Good and pleasant.........!
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with DougShoemaker, Radek, "R" and others - courtesy of "R". Poured cloudy gold with a large fizzy white head. Aroma of off-dry sparkling wine, slight funky-sour, with bitter spices (cardomon), apricot, grapefruit, lemon, banana and ash. Flavour of those tart fruits and dry wheat, spices, and tart cider/wine. Dry, fizzy and slightly sticky mouthfeel - a nice change of pace beer - great with the soft aromatic cheese.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appears a transparant gold with streams of carbonation pumping up to the top with a mild white collar and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, flowers, and wheat with a touch of pepper and coriander.
Mouthfeel is dry and lightly carbonated.
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared courtesy of dickinsonbeer. Poured a medium golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of spices, lightly fruity, and wheaty. Tastes of the same with a light saltiness as well.
TomDecapolis (4437) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to dickinsonbeer. Pours a translucent golden amber with an average white lacing head. Aroma was lightly spiced and grassy. Flavor kind of light, a bit sweet and maybe a little sour.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Gose (pronounced gozaah), is a wheat beer that is brewed with coriander and salt. What makes this beer so interesting, and unique is the fact that it does not follow the Reinheitsgebot or German Beer Purity Law of 1516. According to the Reinheistsgebot, only water, malts, hops, and yeast can be used in the brewing of beer. So how is it that gose can be brewed with coriander and salt? There are parts of Germany that never fully embraced the Reinheitsgebot, and continued to brew local styles. Because of their tradition and history, beers like gose were given a pass if you will, were allowed to be brewed as they always were.
If you find yourself in Leipzig, and you love beer, then you must try Bayerischer Banhof Leipziger Gose. And what better place to try it than at the source itself? I did just that, when I visited the Gasthof and Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Banhof of Leipzig, Germany. This brewery/brewpub is located in what was a beautiful old train station, and the atmosphere, food, and of course the beer, are truly exceptional. This is a wonderful place to visit for lunch, dinner, or just to relax in the gosebierstub for a few beers. Banhof brews a number of styles, but gose bier is their specialty, and signature brew. Gose is a rare and world class beer, and it was well worth the trip to Leipzig to try this one at source.
Leipziger Gose pours to a murky and hazy deep golden color with a tall and rocky white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic with lots of spicy coriander aromas, and tangy citrus aroma. The palate is firm, with some good flavors of tart and quenching wheat malt,citrus lemon flavor, and peppery hints of coriander. Leipziger Gose finishes with more tart and quenching flavors up front, then ends with a very salty finish that lingers.
This is such a refreshing, and delicious wheat beer that is very unique. I really enjoy the saltiness in this beer, it adds to the refreshing quality of this brew. At 5.2% abv it is the type of beer you can drink a few of, and one you will want to drink a few of. At the brewpub they serve it in a traditional gose bier glass, and it was the perfect beer to match with a lunch of local meats, sausages, and cheeses. I also tried a gose bier laced with Allasch which is an almond liqueur, and it made of any outstanding digestif. Great anytime, this beer like hefeweizen would also make the perfect aperitif, or summer thirst quencher. This beer is also available on the US market, retailing for about $3.50 a 1/2 liter bottle, so you don’t have to venture all the way to Leipzig, but any beer lover worth his salt in gose, really should some day.