Tuesday, August 20th 2013
(Westbrook Brewing Company)
Westbrook Brewing began canning their Gose for the first time earlier this summer. By doing so, the South Carolina brewer became the first brewery in the world (that we know of anyways) that has canned this unique German-style. We've been looking forward to trying this one for awhile so lets get to it...
From the Westbrook Brewing site:
"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."
Here we go...
Pour - pale brown and orange, a bit milky, actually looks like a glass of peach nectar. Slight fizzy head that quickly fades. Certainly not a beer to be judged on looks alone.
Aroma - sour! Pale wheat malt, cereal grains, lemon juice, red grapefruit, and corn. Very unique aromas here. This certainly has an aroma that is unlike most other beers.
Taste - a wave of bitterness hits the tongue right away and then...sour, sour, sour. This is followed by a slight bit of grainy sweetness and then the saltiness. If you've had sour beers before this might remind you a bit of those without any funkiness. Its got some very sharp citrus notes, some graininess, and plenty of puckering power as well as noticeable salinity. Drinking this nice and chilled on a warm summer night is quite refreshing - not unlike a witbier or a Berliner weissbier.
Overall - Westbrook's Gose comes at you with a combination of sour, sweet, and salt that once you've had a few sips you're either going to totally enjoy it or perhaps go looking for a chaser. We're hoping you did some homework on the style before cracking open a can. If you did, perhaps this is a style of beer that you'll enjoy. We sure did.
Note - the reverse of Westbrook's Gose can features an image of the unique bottle shape traditionally used to package gose. The elongated neck was meant to trap foam produced during bottle fermentation. At least on German brewer still uses bottles of this shape. For more on this historic style of beer go HERE!
Posted by Russ
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