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Samuel Adams continues to expand their Small Batch Series in 2012. On the schedule is Verloren, and gose. There aren’t a lot of U.S. brewers making a gose, especially a brewery as large as Boston Beer. That’s probably why they dubbed it “Verloren” or “lost” beer . (It’s 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, it’s 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 that’s full of flavors to discover. Batch #1

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuedmaster (285) - Vista, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
I don’t get much from the aroma, a slight wheat malt nose with a little spiciness. Pours golden orange with a small head that is gone quick. Nice flavor, kind of sweet and sour with a mineral accent. Fruity and spicy, very crisp and refreshing. Light body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and clean, somewhat sour finish. This is the first gose that I’ve had, would like to explore other brands. I like it as well as witbier, it is similar to that style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4852) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2014
500ml fake me out bomber. Glowing orange body. Thick, steady off-white head. The aroma is nice and true to style, a hint of wheaty funk, salt, lemon. Seems like it is fighting a rugged battle with the Sam Adams base ingredients and wins, kudos to the brewer. Unique, querky. The salt is noticeable, drying out the still present banana wheat tones. Not quite crisp enough to be considered authentic, some medium malts hold it back from that. Enjoyable enough, but doesn’t have a crisp, sharp, clean bite like you might hope for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (3936) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2014
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Pint on tap. Lightly hazy amber with a lasting ring of foam. Mild aroma of toast and a hint of lemon. Mild flavor of toast, lemon and lightly salted gum. Light body has high carbonation and a nice balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2355) - Moving East, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a cloudy golden color and gave a one finger white foamy head that dies fairly quickly to a half finger. Minimal lacing lasts for about ten seconds before sliding into the body. No carbonation is seen rising due to a cloudy body. The smell had some coriander up front with some buttery malty/caramel thing going on, interesting. The taste was sharp and salty bringing back the coriander and that buttery malty/caramel thing. The palate sat about a medium to heavy with nothing sharp on the tongue. Overall, since this is my first gose, I’m not quite sure what to say about how to compares to other "goses," but this is at least do-able for me, average at best, and would probably only seek again on tap or growler just to get a fresher look at this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petkus331 (297) - Redford, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
An aroma of caramel, banana, wheat bread, and a hint of cotton candy. Appearance is orange-copper, nearly no head or lace. Taste is mild; mostly wheat followed by a saltiness I associate with margaritas. Palate is ordinary. Overall, I like this; this is my first "gose," I am intrigued and would like to try more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
firstsip (540) - Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
From bottle. Clear, deep amber. Lingering milimeters of head. Thinnish mouthfeel. Savory nose? Tastes savory; the salt doesn’t seem apparent, and must serve to bring out the savory quality of the yeast. Bready. Very mild caramel in both taste and nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7233) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle, shard with Parksy and Grippitis. Very hazy golden amber. Sweet malty caramel aroma with hints of orange. Caramel backbone with curious flavours of quinine and orange. Not especially yeasty. A little salt in the finish. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ajcanon711 (35) - - FEB 16, 2014
This is a solid beer, but nothing spectacular as far as Goses go. Aroma faint coriander and some salt. Taste and palate are easy and sweet with slight salt at the finish. ---AJ's Approval

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Served at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. Moderate head which dies to rim bubbles. No lace. Cloudy with golden color. Fruity with a touch of caramel. Sweet flavor up front. Good fruit and mild spice. The body is medium with a slightly elevated carbonation. The aftertaste reminds me of plum. Short lived.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rajendra82 (969) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
The pour at first glance can be mistaken for a Pilsner, except for being a shade darker, and with more bubbles. As ordinary as the pour looked, the way the beer smelled was anything but. Even from an arm’s length, there was a sour, floral, and mineralized smell coming from the glass, which intensified when brought nearer. This was clearly not an ordinary Pilsner. The taste stayed true to the style, but was lighter than others of the type I’ve had, which sadly has been only a couple. This was a bit more tame in acidity and salt, and little sweeter. Not a bad taste at all, mind you, just not all that it should be. Light and crisp on the palette, but again softer, and lacking that Gose edge. I don’t mind having had this bottle, and it is certainly different than Sam Adams typical fare, but I much prefer the real German bottle, or that fantastic recreation by Westbrook more.

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