We hope to be able to teach you something new about your favorite pours and encourage you to try new ones with this series exploring different beer styles. Cheers!
Gose (pronounced GOH-zeh)
Overall Taste: A tart, lightly bittered wheat beer with noticeable but restrained salt and coriander character. Goses are refreshing, with a dry finish, high carbonation, and bright flavors.
This style originated in the German town of Goslar on the Gose River. Production of Goses declined significantly after WWII, but has seen a revival recently, and is often used as a base for fruited sour beers. Compared to a Berliner Weisse, the perceived acidity and sour-ness will not be as intense. Coriander aroma can be similar to a Belgian Witbier.
If you like a Belgian Witbier or an American Wheat Ale, and are open to something a little more tart, this is the beer for you. On the other hand, if you prefer sours, but are looking for something on the mild end of the sour spectrum, a Gose is a good choice.
Beyond the Beer
Featured Beer: The Bruery Goses Are Red
Details: This beer, which you can find at City Works and Old Town Pour Houses, is a stylish, funky, crisp, and tart gose ale inspired by the soft sweetness of rose wine. The refreshing wheat-based ale begins with some of the qualities you’d expect from a gose, including coriander spicing and a light saltiness to complement the tartness imparted by our house cultures. But the story doesn’t end there – it builds in complexity, thanks to time spent in an oak foeder and the addition of Syrah grapes, which impart a refreshing character and color. This is a rose – and a gose – by any other name.
Brewery: The Bruery is an award-winning brewery from Placentia, CA led by Master Cicerone Patrick Rue.
The Brew-ru Says…
“Flavor is most important. Does the ingredient improve the beer, or make the experience dramatically different than the base beer alone? If so, we’re excited.” – Master Cicerone Patrick Rue on brewing with unique ingredients.
Wheat’s Up With That?
Q: What effect does brewing with Wheat have on beer? (keep scrolling to check your answer)
A: In comparison to barley, which is the most commonly used grain in beer, wheat has higher protein levels which contribute to foam stability and mouthfeel. This means that the beer will have a better, longer-lasting head, and fuller sensation in the drinker’s mouth.