GoseMarch 1, 2014
Mount Pleasant, SC
This canned beer is Westbrook Brewing’s interpretation of Gose (pronounced Goes-uh), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1036
AVAILABLE: AL, GA, NY, SC, Denmark
The pucker after my first sip was involuntary. The description written by the brewery’s marketing folks on the can says it’s sour, salty and delicious. Well, there’s your truth in advertising. There is something lemonade-ish about this. Not the powerded stuff in a can, but the real thing, with salt rather than sugar. There are floral notes and this wonderfully dry finish that begs to be followed with another sip. I tend to drink gose in the summer, and now having one in the can means some more variety while enjoying the great outdoors.
- John Holl
I quite like this style for its stellar ability to refresh, so I suppose canning it makes complete sense, even if it does at first seem a little odd. Light sandy-gold and quite hazy, the Westbrook version boasts a dry, forcefully coriander-accented aroma with a slight citrusy tang, and a lemony, moderately salty and tart body that finishes bone dry and a bit evocative of hand-squeezed lemonade. A lovely warm-weather refresher that hits all the right notes.
- Stephen Beaumont
John is the editor of All About Beer Magazine, the host of The Beer Briefing on iHeart Radio, and the author of three books, including The American Craft Beer Cookbook. Find him on Twitter @John_Holl.
Co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Guide (with Tim Webb), Stephen travels the world sampling beer, hosting dinners and tastings, and eating too much airport food.