Category Archives: Gose

Mountain Culture ‘Daily Dose’ Passionfruit Gose


90367825_1330375033813305_3825905593957220352_o“Our Gose displays a restrained acidity, subtle salinity thanks to some Himalayan rock salt and a Kanye’s-ego worth of fresh passionfruit. It pours out a hazy, almost fluro yellow moments before tropical fruits drift to your senses. Take your daily dose and enjoy the trip.”

Glassware: Tulip.

Appearance: Hazy pastel golden orange with a wispy white overlay. It’s that hazy that if this were a NEIPA we’d be licking our lips in anticipation.

Aroma: Fresh passion fruit comes off instantly. We can really detect the pink Himalayan rock salt as well. Also getting much more subtle hints of honeydew melon, gentle farmyard funk and freshly cut grass. The salinity really develops as it settles. Very refreshing…pairs beautifully on this warm and humid Sydney arvo!

Flavour: Much like the nose but with a more pronounced saltiness. The passion fruit actually plays 2nd fiddle (personally we’d rather it the other way around – like the aroma!). Very delicate hints of melon and sea water with a kind of dry, briney finish which lingers on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light on, mineraly texture. Nice fine carbonation. Traditionally light ABV (4.7%).

Overall: Gotta hand it to them here…there’s that much salt in it that after each sip we’re coming back quicker as the salt is making us more and more thirsty! Selling beer 101. Look, it ain’t bad we’d have loved to see the passion fruit come through a bit more in flavour but hey…can’t win em all.

Green Beacon ‘7 Bells’ Passionfruit Gose


50514931_1019999104850901_8228944407542366208_n“Vibrant passionfruit flavour with a refreshingly tart finish.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Pale yellow with the slightest orange tint. No head whatsoever although a constant stream of co2 surges to the surface.

Aroma: Smells bloody amazing. The passionfruit absolutely pops! The subtle undertones of mildly salty water, orange berocca, tangy mandarin and Kirk’s Pasito is hitting the spot on this 30+ degree afternoon. It smells that good we’re jumping straight in for a taste.

Flavour: Don’t think we’ve ever had a beer so scull-worthy! If we didn’t know any better we’d believe it’s a passionfruit flavoured soft drink. It’s got refreshing passionfruit tartness, tangy orange, light salinity and just a touch of sweetness to balance it all out. It begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel: Light and salty with a certain minerality. Vibrant, spritzy co2 and only weighing in at 4.2% AbV…reassuring its ridiculous session ability.

Overall: Move over Pasito and Passiona there’s a new can on the block! Dead set this is Green Beacons best beer. What a cracker!

Beerfarm ‘Asam Boi’ Gose (Salted Plum Sour)


48413989_1005843906266421_6547743265557315584_n“True collaborations take the very best of those involved to create something very special. Looking for a true taste of Asia, our friends and collaborators at Smith Street Taps in Singapore suggested the unique sweet and salty character of Asam boi or salted plums to mix with our kettle-soured Berlinner Weiss. The resulting beer is a true taste of Asia in an Australian made beer. A redolent deep orange with a dense rocky head, sweet complex aroma and an evocative and intriguing sugary, sweet, salty, fruity and sour palate. Perfect for a humid Singapore afternoon.”

Glassware: Tumbler.

Appearance: Tiger orange with a mild haze. It forms a thumb of translucent head which allows the colour of the beer to influence it a bit. Laced well.

Aroma: The tart, salty and mildly sour characteristics of the Asam Boi (dried plums) fill the nose instantly. It’s then followed by a dry and almost powdered sugar-like sweetness which balances it right out. There’s also a subtle fusion of other fruits like mandarin, key lime and blood orange which gives amazing depth and uniqueness to it.

Flavour: It transitions from the nose exceptionally well. It’s like every taste of the flavour wheel is covered….sweet, salty, sour, fruity, tart. Even umami gets a run. It’s unbelievable. The way it progresses from sweet in to sour and fruity and then in to salty and savoury must be tried to be believed.

Mouthfeel: Light, salty, mineraly texture. Lightly sparkling co2. Super refreshing and insanely palatable on this hot summer arvo.

Overall: Very unique beer. As it’s quite complex and full flavoured one appears to be enough. But not only is it delicious it’s also acting as a brilliant palate cleanser as well! Fantastic drop.

Doctors Orders ‘Electrolyte Serum’ Gose


image“In 2010 Doctors orders commercially re-birthed the Gose beer style in Australia. Over the years we’ve been playing around and this version has been the most exclusive and highly acclaimed. This tart German wheat beer includes coriander, salt and rhubarb.”

Poured into a shaker glass we see a slightly hazy straw/hay like colour with plenty of small carbonation. A massive velvety white 25mm head thick like a cloud that retains beautifully like a German beer. Plenty of solid lacing clinging to the glass. Aromas out of the can are wheat malts, bready sourdough, vegetable hops, grass/hay, lemon. First sip is a stronger version of the aroma. A good swish around the mouth gives that tart hit on the palate which subsides fairly quickly. More flavours of lemon tang, light coriander, sourdough yeast, german wheats, and that salt like flavour that lingers on the back palate..imagine you have been in the ocean and that flavour of sea salt that makes you want to skull water. Carbonation is low and the body is low also allowing a decent swig of brew each time. We note the Alc vol here of 4% and this backs up with each sip. It’s very drinkable. Smooth and washes down effortlessly. We have to admit though, we are struggling to sample the rhubarb. We don’t get a heck of sweetness. We were expecting that earthy richness that rhubarb elicits when cooked but maybe the vegetable like flavour is the rhubarb. Either way it’s a nice smooth smashable drop. We love the name as its apt. You can imagine drinking this and thinking it’s good for you. This with Mexican would be a treat.

Hop Nation ‘The Punch’ Mango Gose


17553773_666678826849599_4411184995494447034_n“THIS ISN’T YOUR NANNA’S PUNCH. A beer made for Summer – our Mango Gose is incredibly refreshing, mouth-watering and a little out there.BEER PROFILE: Showing off a refreshing citrus acidity and a hint of saline smoothness, lifted mango notes and passionfruit pop from the glass. Drink it by the punch bowl. Unfined and unfiltered, THE PUNCH pours slightly hazy in the glass with a dark lemon colour. 4.0% ABV.”

Served in a snifter glass. Super cloudy, mustard yellow pour with a fizzy two finger head. Rapid reduction, peeling back to a ring with hardly any lace.
Big impression of mango juice emanating out of the glass. Not really a great deal of anything else unfortunately. Hints of tropical punch and a subtle salinity do creep in but it’s mild. It is a little creamy as well…kind of reminds us of mango weiss bars in the process. Refreshing and fruity, sure, but it’s all just a bit meh.
The texture is somewhat mineraly with a decent carbonation in support. Getting a soft, sour acidity initially, easing in to a smooth accommodating finish.
The flavour is where it lost us. Upfront we get this completely weird straw-like flavour that tastes like hay. Thank goodness the juicy mango arrives but as it does the salty notes somewhat detract from its sweetness. Again, hints of mango creep in as that bloody straw flavour rounds it out.
What a strange beer. We’ll concede that we aren’t experts on the style but we’ve had much more enjoyable versions than this. It’s also very one dimensional so we don’t even want to know what it would be like without the mango. Sheesh. Never again.

Bacchus Brewing Co. Peanut Brittle Gose


14568223_579330132251136_4321783244005863186_n“Peanut Brittle Gose – 500ml (Alc 4.9%). Gose is an ancient style of soured German Wheat Beer typically brewed with Coriander & Sea Salt. We’ve stayed true to the original recipe but then added our own Peanut Brittle twist. A heady aroma of sweet buttery toffee & roasted peanuts follows through into the taste, where the lactic saltiness of the Gose cuts through & balances the sweetness beautifully. Peoples Choice winner GABS 2016”

Served in an English pint. The appearance offers an attractive crimson hue with a short fizzy head that disappears almost instantly. Needless to say there isn’t a great deal of lace being shed. On the nose we get the expected saltiness initially, kind of hints at sea water at times. It’s not until the beer starts to warm that the super sweet and simply divine aromas of the caramelized peanut brittle begin to take shape. Such an odd mix but the salty notes blend exceptionally well with the moreish and syrupy peanut brittle. The combination of the two result in this indulgent salted caramel ice cream character that is just heaven for the olfactory’s. The texture of the beer is silky smooth but with an interesting salinity that provides a tingling sensation on the tongue and lips while the Co2 gives it a nice lift and adds a crucial effervescence to the overall feel. The front palate sees all the action as this marriage of saltiness and super sweet peanut brittle is brought alive with a spritzy carbonation. The salinity coerces the saliva glands to fill the mouth through the mid as the delicious flavours of peanut brittle and salted caramel endure through the finish and well in to the back end. It’s exactly how we remember it! After revisiting this beer it only serves as a confirmation that it earned the GABS 2016 people’s choice award by right. It’s so damn tasty, crafty and incredibly addictive. Top shelf stuff.

Magic Rock Brewing ‘Salty Kiss’ Gooseberry Gose


13680499_540366486147501_5782365914992391475_n“Time for our third new beer of the year, and continuing a theme from our Bavarian Pils, ‘Dancing Bear’ we are brewing another traditional German beer style, but one which will be relatively unknown to many UK beer drinkers. When Alex Barlow from All Beer asked us if we’d like to host his friend and Danish master brewer Anders Kissmeyer at our brewery for a brew recently, we jumped at the opportunity to make new friends and learn from Ander’s experience. f you’re not familar with him, Anders has worked in brewing for many years, learning his trade at Carlsberg and after taking inspiration from the fledgling US craft beer scene going on to found one of the first modern Danish craft breweries ‘Nørrebro Bryghus’ in the early 90’s. Anders now travels the world collaborating with brewers under the name ‘Kissmeyer beer’.”

As the Gose is part of the weizen family we served it in to a weizen glass. The hazy amber pour whips up a rocky two finger head which slowly dissipates and settles to a decent overlay with some healthy lace trailing it down. Getting plenty of fruity notes on the nose initially. Gooseberry is obviously the dominant scent but there are certainly hints of citrus, passionfruit and ripened berries in support. A slight saltiness does come through, a little briney at times but it does fuse well in to the grainy wheat malt and musty yeast characters nicely. All very subtle and delicate but aromatic in its own right. The texture of the beer in the mouth is mineraly with a light and disappointingly thin body. A touch of saltiness on the lips but it’s quite weak and pedestrian. Not getting a great deal of sourness or acidity for that matter. Maybe a soft citrus tartness pairing with a sea water saltiness upfront. Although it’s not sour the palate does produce a fair bit of soapy saliva through the mid as hints of a fruity hop bitterness leads in to an ultimately short, musty finish with a subtle saltiness rounding out. Maybe we just don’t have the palate for this style but to us it’s just lackluster, watery and insipid. Other than the salty texture and feature fruit there’s nothing exciting happening. On the other hand, it’s super sessional and light in ABV (4.1%) so if that’s what you’re after then go for it. Otherwise, move on.

Willie the boatman ‘Old Salty’ Gose


imageGueuze/Gose isn’t a style you will see us drinking a lot of but our trip to Willie the boatman last weekend may change that. As they are sour beers the brewers would usually pair a glass of their Gose with a shot of schnapps to offset the sourness with sweetness….but….unfortunately they were fresh out so it was subbed with a piece of apple marshmallow which was just as effective.

Served in a flute glass the pale straw-golden pour offers a slight haziness with nice, active streams of carbonation. The short white head takes about thirty seconds to completely disappear leaving no head whatsoever. A vigorous twirl of the glass struggled to form any head but it definitely awoke the aromas with a sweet and super refreshing combination of honey and lemon with some light florals flowing through. There is a really nice, clean mineraly scent in here too, kind of reminds us of salt baths. We also pick up a faint hint of funk, banana lollies, coriander and limestone in the background too. Delicate yet very aromatic on the nose. In the mouth it’s light on with a slight metallic texture. Mildly carbonated with mild-medium body. Our first sip yields a subtle lemon tartness with just a touch of funk that develops a savoury saltiness through the mid. A touch of honey/malty sweetness carries forward and finishes dry and salty with reasonable length. 5% ABV is about on par for this style. In summary this is quite a nice beer that drinks easily and the balance between sweet and sour has been executed well. Decent offering.