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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Samuel Adams continues to expand their Small Batch Series in 2012. On the schedule is Verloren, and gose. There arenít a lot of U.S. brewers making a gose, especially a brewery as large as Boston Beer. Thatís probably why they dubbed it ďVerlorenĒ or ďlostĒ beer . (Itís Dutch.) The style originated in Goselar, Germany in the 18th century. Gose became very popular the adjacent city of Leipzig, Germany due to a lot of local breweries brewing the style. Gose all but died out during WWII due to brewery closings. Expect this beer to have a touch of sourness, with notes of lemon & salt. A link to the ales of Saxony that had all but vanished, Gose is a peculiar yet captivating brew. With a base of an unfiltered wheat ale, itís vivid and refreshing yet also has a softness to it. The flavor is brought to life by an unexpected touch of salt for a mineral quality, and coriander for a peppery spice. The result is an unusual and delicate brew thatís full of flavors to discover. Batch #1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cybercat (4028) - Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Malty aroma has firm fruity and yeasty notes. It pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, off-white head. Flavor has a malty core with subtle notes of apple and banana and a hoppy, but not bitter, undertone. Or is that coriander? I get a touch of that. Salt? Well, a teeny bit of salt. Salt in beer? Thatís the most unheard-of thing Iíve ever heard. Ha ha. (Or tasted.) OK, enough being a wisenheimer. Smooth texture has firm body and a fair bit of fizz, leaving a rather persistent tingle on the lips and tongue. I hope that Samuel Adams keeps us this series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2606) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle. An interesting brew from this collection. Wheat, lemon , spice and bread.Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6949) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle. Hazy orange gold with a dense off white head. Beautiful lacing. Wheaty malty base, with a citric hint and a very slightly salty finish. Subtle, balanced, and actually quite refreshing. Sam Adams has hits and misses, and continues growing bigger than anyone probably ever expected. But itís nice to see them staying true to their craft brewing roots and brewing wacky styles like Gose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3950) - - JUN 24, 2012
bottle. hazy gold with a large, fluffy, white head. strong vanilla cake mix aroma. medium-full bodied and creamy palate. flavor is yeasty and malty with vanilla. not really salty or spicy. missing the salty, tart twang but a tasty beer anyhow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Medium Body. Good malt base with a lemon flavor. There is a spiciness that has the flavor of aster.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (1056) - Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Pours hazy orange with a large sizzling off-white head. Smells of caramel and a touch of spice. Taste is sweet with a bit of pepper notes and a slight mineral taste. Medium-bodied with a wet texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Samuel Adams Verloren finishes with a bit of bitterness and mineral kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2012
It poured a hazy orange/amber color with a white head. The aroma was notes of coriander, lemon peel and some pepper. The taste was wheat bread, pepper and a hint of light salt. A very good Gose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1899) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 43į. Color is a bright gold with a very slight haze. Carbonation is good producing a nice soft white head. Aroma is slightly sweet with honey and melon. It has a medium body with an almost creamy mouth feel. Flavor has a hint of peach, honey, lemon zest and white pepper. After taste has a mild sourness giving a nice dry feel as the honey lingers. Overall its a good brew, smooth, slightly sweet and just easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Batch 1. 22oz bottle. Yellow label, owl pic. Dark orange color. Thick, eggshell colored head of creamy. Aroma of fruit punch and simple fermented malts. Flavors include pale malts, nice coriander, subtle fruitiness from the coriander seed, and very distant salt taste. Its a heavy bodied session. The body of this beer couldnít be more perfect. Low ABV, heavy bodied?? Perhaps the salt addition added a complexity that acts like a hearty mineral content to harden the beer. Finishes like an English Pale with a bit of funk, and with salt. So far, my favorite of these Batch 1 brews. I love the uniqueness! (3372)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (4501) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle for $6.00 at Garyís Beverage, Portsmouth, NH. Used a mug. Showed a clear amber / gold with steady carbonation. Unfiltered, uh?? Nice head retention, staying until the last drop. Bready yeasty aroma. Flavor is wheat, lemon zest and a touch of peppery spice. I do get a taste of salt after the sip. Leading to a dry, salty mouthfeel. This is a nice attempt at a beer that most American breweries donít do but if Iím buying another SA small batch; it wouldnít be this one.

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