East End Session #13 - Gose
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   ABV: -
Here it gose again! This beer falls squarely into the "Something Weird" category. It's a "Gose" (rhymes with "blows"), and that means it's a sour wheat beer brewed with salt and tiny bit of spice. This should not to be confused with a Geuze (rhymes with "booze"), in that it's more like a very sour version of a Belgian Witte beer, but with different yeast and possibly different spices, and lower in alcohol, and even more sour than a Berliner Wiesse. Okay, so it's nothing like a Witte Beer. But the flavor is only part of the weird, this time the mash will sit in the tank for three days to develop a nice big fat sourness. Then I'll run it off to the boil and send it to the fermenter. Ultimately, some of this will go into swing-top bottles, and we'll have some on draft... and some will go to Marzoni's. Yes, the best part of this brew though is that it's a collaborative effort here with Bill Kroft at Marzoni's... collabo-brew? We're doing the Gose together at East End, we've employed the buddy system this week, because you never know what might happen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Growler courtesy of beerman6686. Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of coriander, some citrus, spicy, hints of mineral water. Tastes salty with some tartness, touches of spice, dry malt. Mouthfeel is full with a tangy finish. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Draft at brewery. Poured hazy pale gold in color with large white head. Aroma of wheat, citrus, and a little sour. Taste of a little citrus fruit, coriander, wheat, spices, and mildly tangy or sour. Quite drinkable brew that is a little funky. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Thanks to Naka for sharing. Cloudy orange body with a thin white head. Smells like eggs! Also has hints of some hay, grape, salt, lemon, lime and bubblegum. Super smooth wheat taste with a salty, herbal, dry finish. Interesting, clean, crisp, and refreshing. Chocolate, cocoa, and vanilla ice cream as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Growler pour courtesy of Naka. Pours urine yellow and hazy with rimming white head. Nose is egg, slight banana and clove. taste is crisp and lemon with mild salt, some sour and citrus. Dry finish. Complex-ish. Very tasty. Mildly watery. Decent mouthfeeth. Tasty "weird beer".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4186) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2008
From growler. Has aromas that go from a watery Belgian witbier to a mild ale to a gueuze. Wheaty, with light sweet herbal and jasmine notes, a bit of citrus, but then also some fruity tang and some funky yeast and cheese. Although I donít think itís possible to smell salt, there is a distinctive aroma that makes you think thereís salt in there - maybe a chloride smell? Anyway, itís a good aroma overall - very pleasant if not a bit funky. Hazy pale amber-golden body, with very little head that dissipates quickly in any event - not a heady style, I guess. Light bodied, salty, with light to medium carbonation. Starts with a nice wheaty sweet character, with a bit of mild bubblegum powder and yeasty bitterness. Reminiscent of East End Witte in the start, but then the light sourness and salty taste kicks in, leaving you with a mild acidic character, carbonic gaseousness, and a citrusy tang. Finish is fairly smooth after that, and you finish with a mild chalky bitterness and sweet-salty wheat taste. This is a very refreshing beer, and, along with the Lichtenhainer, is another eye-opening treat from Scott & Bill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Growler from East End. Pours a clear orange golden color with a small fizzy head that disappears quickly. The aroma has a lot of the wheat. A clove banana with some strange egg-y citrus too. A lot going on. The flavor starts off pretty sour. Very citrus-y with some peach and vanilla notes. The salinity in it is pretty noticable, but not overpowering. A nice overall fruity flavor. I think it improves as it warms a bit. Not a whole lot of body, but this makes it REALLY easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6323) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2008
POurs a cloudy yellow color with a tiny white head. Aroma is of dough, vinegar, and some malt. Flavor is unique, perfumy but at the same time very tart and basic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3234) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Another great beer by East End. On tap at Bocktown. Nice floral aroma with a hint of spice and yeast. Pour was a nice swirling light medium gold with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste was nice and mild. Roses, yeast and some earth are dominant with a nice near sour aftertaste. Leaves a film of tartness on the throat. Great beer, Scott!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheap (5307) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Poured from an East End growler that was filled yesterday. The bottle had a layer of gunk on the bottom of the bottle. Very attractive bouquet. Color of a very good hazy wheat beer, perhaps light beige for lack of a better description. Even tho this stuff is hazy, it has continuous streams of carbonation readily visible. No head. Taste is mild and pleasing, however, it lacks the amount of sourness I was somehow expecting. But I must say, there is an interesting mild tartness about it. I also detect a tad of saltiness, as if it had a tad of seawater in it! No bitterness what so ever can be detected in this gentleman of a brew. Fun and friendly, goes down way too easy. Good tingly carbonation but not at all over the top in fizziness. Finish? What finish? Oh, blast the growler is empty! I really like lower alky session brews and Scott at East End is the king of session brews, good job, once again, my friend! Simply lovely!

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