A cross-cultural constant is that water, whether it comes from the Colorado, the Ganges or the Seine, can just get so -- I don’t know -- boring? That’s why beer has been a favorite beverage since the heyday of Ancient Egypt, and why -- somewhere between then and now -- some creative beer drinkers in Liepzig and Goseler, Germany decided to add to the usual hops, barley, yeast and water two interesting ingredients: coriander and salt. The result was "Gosebier," which became hugely popular, especially in Liepzig. It also became popular to add different fruit and nut-flavored extractions to this tart, refreshing and somewhat acidic wheat beer. Raspberry and almond-flavored Gosebier joined the plain version at tables all over Germany, and there was much rejoicing. Unfortunately, Gosebier was literally knocked out of existence around the year 1516 with the amalgamation of Eastern Europe and the adoption of the German Purity Law, which demanded that beer only be brewed using variations on its four base ingredients. History seems to illustrate that even basic good beer can get boring, and eventually the desire for different flavors overtook the German purity law. Gosebier began to make a comeback. Just as this unique beer was regaining popularity, however, the Communist Party took over East Germany. People had a helluva lot more to worry about than, "what neat, fun ingredients we can throw into our bier now?" Four Peaks is glad to report that, since the dissolution of Communism in that part of the world, Gosebier has certainly made its comeback in Liepzig and even in Goseler -- and that it has finally arrived at our brewery. Brewmaster Andy Ingram -- who was the source for all of this information -- describes the Four Peaks Gosebier as a combination of a Belgian white beer (wittbier) and a Berliner wheat (weisse) beer. "The Gosebier is a wheat beer with a mild spiciness from coriander and a tartness from yeast and lactic acid," said Ingram. "It’s refreshing. Many people can get turned off by the idea of adding salt," he said, "but in this case, the addition of salt in just the right quantity does what salt is supposed to do -- enhance the flavors of the beer and give it a big, round mouth-feel." The upcoming beer dinner in March will also feature the three different, traditional Gosebiers as part of the dessert course: raspberry, almond liquer-flavored and regular. Four Peaks Gosebier, which is on tap now at the brewery, weighs in at a light, drinkable 4% alc./vol. Ahh . . . just in time for Spring drinking. Prost!
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow with a thick, white, creamy head and thick lacing.
Nice rich fruity aroma of lemmon and bananas, citrus and oranges.
Nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. easy drinking beer. Would of had another but I was more into the chicken wings than anything else.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Tempe. Aroma was that of a freash lemon dishwash soap on the nose. Cloudy yellow body with white creamy head. Head almost looked like wax on top of pint glass. Most lacing seen on a glass from a beer with lower alcohol content. Flavor was like citrus juice more towards lemon and a mild bittering. Easy on the palate good refreshing brew before a lunch.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 poured a muddy gold color with a frothy insanely creamy head. great retention and lacing on the glass. the aroma is notably lemony with hints of yeasty bread, earthy funk, banana-like fruits, dried herbs and spices. the flavor is lemony but not overly tart. rather, crisp and dry with notes of coriander, black pepper-esque spiciness and light yeast. it is certainly not salty but it is tasted and felt. full bodied with a rich creamy texture and an incredible chewy mouth feel. it’s almost like a melted milk shake. but, at the same time it is very crisp and almost parching...
daddyslick (36) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is sadly only brewed about once every other year. This beer tastes very much like a Hoegaarden that has a lot of coriander added to it. You can definitely taste the unmalted wheat’s semi-sweet flavor, almost vanilla like in nature. A delicious beer that goes great with everthing they have to offer on the menu
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 Draft at the brewpub (Tempe location). The commercial description leaves the style somewhat open to interpretation, but, I think it best fits into the ’Traditional Ale’ designation. Poured a murky yellow orange color. Head was thick, tenacious, and creamy. Almost foam rubber-ish thick. The retention and lacing were excellent. About as good looking as a beer can be. Aroma was of strong yeasty bread dough, citrus, and coriander. Very wit-like. The flavor was also most reminiscent of a wit with distinct citrus (especially orange/lemon), and yeasty bread dough. There was also a hint of sour peach. Both subdued acidity and delicate sweetness intermingled on the tongue. I also occasionally detected what tasted like a bit of cinnamon. Pretty tasty beer and well suited for Arizona’s climate.
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