Archive for the ‘Gose’ Category

Tonight’s selection is another beer that I picked up during a DC trip. Union puts out some solid beers and I’d never tried their gose. Goses have been increasing in popularity every year and they are super-drinkable especially in the Spring and Summer. Let’s crack this open and see how it was.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A dash of salt. A touch of tart. That’s what makes this unique German-style wheat beer a seasoned professional at serious summer thirst quenching. With its glowing golden color, peach & citrus nose followed by a prickly mouthfeel that leaves a gentle tartness and a dash of salt on the palate, the Old Pro never fails to bring you back for another sip.”

Random: This beer came in at 10 IBUs.

The beer poured with a three finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly cloudy and bright yellow. I couldn’t see much carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was tart with lemon juice and lemon zest. The taste had significant tartness and lemon balm. It had some citrus segments, specifically lemon and lime. There was a light salinity to it as well. The body was on the lighter side with generous carbonation. The finish was quick with tartness. A can of this ran me $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This was a solid gose that I would have no qualms about bringing to a barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


Awhile back, Val and I took my parents to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square for a concert. Before we went there, we stopped at Victory for a late lunch and this was the first beer that I had.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to, “Kiwifruit (often abbreviated as kiwi) or Chinese gooseberry is the edible berries of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia. The most common cultivar group of kiwifruit (‘Hayward’) is oval, about the size of a large hen’s egg (5–8 cm or 2.0–3.1 in) in length and 4.5–5.5 cm (1.8–2.2 in or in diameter). It has a fibrous, dull greenish-brown skin and bright green or golden flesh with rows of tiny, black, edible seeds. The fruit has a soft texture and a sweet but unique flavor. It is a commercial crop in several countries, such as China, Italy, New Zealand, Chile, Greece, and France.”

Random: The Kennett Square brewpub is perfectly done and the food is amazing.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of very thick, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was very clear and yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lime juice and brine. I didn’t pick up any kiwi in the nose. The taste had a significant amount of salinity, along with lemon and lime juice, which made for a nice balance between sour and salty. There was some kiwi to it, but it was in the background. The body was on the lighter side and the carbonation was significant, but pleasant. It had a quick and citrusy finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot and it paired well with wings.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Avery El Gose

Posted: January 21, 2018 in Avery Brewing Company, Gose, Reviews

Avery was one of the breweries that we visited while we were in Colorado. The tap-room was really nice and each bar in the brewery had different selections, which was very cool. Given that we went during GABF week, it wasn’t even that crowded. They also had a restaurant that had really good food. I had a chicken sandwich with collard greens while I was there and it was amazing.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A timeless, traditional tart gose (goes-uh) with its zesty and salty disposition is brightened by a tangy citrus twist. A bier for every día!”

Random: This is a year round offering from Avery.

This beer poured with a three finger, slightly off-white head. It took awhile to dissipated, but only left limited lacing on the glass. The body was cloudy and straw-yellow in color. The smell was relatively mild. I picked up notes of wheat, lemon and orange segments. The taste had a bit more complexity to it. The start of the sip was big notes of citrus. I got lemons, orange segments and freshly squeezed lime juice. The salt did not come out until the end of the sip. There was some wheat as well, but it was muted. The body was on the watery side with plentiful carbonation. It had a quick finish with citrus and salt. The can was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I thought this was a decent gose and I wouldn’t refuse one if it was handed to me, but I’ve definitely had better examples of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Westbrook Gose

Posted: August 24, 2017 in Gose, Reviews, Westbrook Brewing Co.

This was a brewery that I visited last year and although I really enjoy their beers, the tap room was a bit boring. It didn’t have many rare beers on tap and the room itself didn’t have much character. At least they had cornhole to play outside, although when I went to the brewery, it was way too hot to even think of going outside. Anyways, let’s talk about this beer.


ABV: 4.0%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced ‘Gose-uh’), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback.”

Random: This was first released in April of 2012.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a big crown on top of the cloudy, bright yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some sourness with white vinegar, grain and salinity. The taste was really flavorful for the ABV. It had some lemon along with white vinegar and a touch of pilsner malt. The body was incredibly light, without being watery. It had a lot of carbonation as well. The finish was lengthy with tartness and white grapes and a dash of sea salt. A can of this cost me $2.99, which came to $.25 per ounce. This beer had so much flavor while being incredibly light. This is a new go-to beer for me.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

This is the first beer that I’ve gotten to try from Toolbox. I’m not sure if they got distribution recently, but let’s see how it was.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the, “”Enter: Toolbox Brewing. Based out of North County San Diego, Toolbox Brewing opened in September of 2014 with a modest list of beers spanning a wide variety of styles, including wild and farmhouse ales. Eventually those beers grew to become so popular that six months later, on the cusp of their first bottle release, they officially became the first (and only) brewery in San Diego County to go 100% wild. Co-owned by Amanda Elder and Spencer Peters, with hometown homebrew hero Peter Perrecone captaining brewing operations, their lineup of regular beers on tap now consists entirely of ales brewed with wild yeasts and bacteria—those scary-sounding bugs mentioned above. The result is a regularly-rotating tap that consists entirely of funky farmhouse ales and tart wild ales. Their claim to fame is their fruited series of sours, in which they add incredible amounts of fruit to a base sour blonde ale with incredible results.

Random: “Timber Creek Lodge” is another trashy show on Bravo, but I can’t stop watching it.

The beer poured with less than a quarter finger and was pure white. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was ever so slightly cloudy with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of fresh lime juice with some fresh citrus segments and wheat as well. The taste a bit more depth. I picked up notes of clementine, lime juice and orange with lemon. There was a hint of tropical fruit as well. It had significant salinity and was decently tart. It had a lot of bright flavors, which paired well with the light body and a lot of carbonation. The finish was very quick with lime. A bottle of this was expensive at $15, which came to $.89 per ounce. I enjoyed this beer a lot. It was a perfect summer beer that you should try to get your hands on.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

So, I’m off for the rest of the week before I start my new job. It’s really rainy here and I got an oil change this morning. I also got Val’s watch a new battery and am trying to take a stain out of the marble tile in the bathroom downstairs. I also did the dishes and have a load of laundry going. Val has already yelled at to me relax, which I seemingly have any issue doing. So, I’ve parked myself on the couch to bang out a few reviews.


ABV: 4%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This tart and salty ale smells of fresh lemon rind and coastal sea breeze. Wheat malts give this beer flavors of freshly baked bread and coriander.”

Random: If not for anything else, this beer gets points for the punny name.

This beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow in color. There was a lot of carbonation that was visible in the body. The nose had sea salt and coriander up front with lemon zest. The first thing that struck me was that it wasn’t nearly tart enough for the style. It did have the sea salt and coriander not, but just needed that tartness. The body was heavier than normal for the style with high carbonation. It had a quick and unremarkable finish. A can of this was $1.37, which came $.11 per ounce, which was really affordable, but just needed more tartness. There are many other goses on the shelf that I would reach for before this one.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

No matter what time of year I crack open a gose, it reminds me of barbecues and warm weather. It’s almost Spring time, which means that I need to start planting. We planted bulbs last fall, so I’m hoping they start to bloom. I think some of the deer and squirrels dug some of them up, but I’ll just have to plant more again this Fall.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Gose

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A traditional German style beer brewed with sea salt and coriander. Tart and refreshing, our Gose is sure to blow any picnic out of the water….melon.”

Random: This beer uses white wheat and pilsner malts.

The brew poured with a one finger, thin, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a surprisingly clear, straw yellow color. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was sour with watermelon rind and sea salt. I also picked up wheat. The taste had a lot of sea salt, which took some time to get used to. After that, it went into notes of watermelon extract, watermelon rind and lemon juice. The flavors were a bit disjointed. The body was very light and had lots of carbonation. It had a surprisingly lengthy finish with the same sea salt and watermelon rind. This beer was easy to throw back because it was so thin, but it needed a bit more refining to become a go-to for me, even at $1.83 a can ($.15 per ounce).

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0