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Leipziger Gose

mrgreenbeenz | Feb 16, 201506:09 PM

After a lot of gose drinking this year (mostly American or Belgian), I decided to beam up to the mothership and try a Leipziger Gose. Had the one from Bayerischer Bahnhof. Jesus Christ, this was the most compelling thing I've drank in a long time.

For those who may not know, Gose is a style named after the Gose river in Saxony and the adjacent town of Goslar. It has an exemption from the reinheitsgebot because it traditionally contains coriander and salt. As a well-drunk drinker of brews I had come to associate the gose style with Belgian brewing (typically spelled gueze) and was somewhat surprised that it originated in the dark forests of mittel-Europa.

The sourness is less pronounced than in other goses and there's a bit more of a lemony berliner-weisse taste. As stated on the label, the salt amount is calibrated to be just below the level were you are aware of it. Restraint marks every component of this beer and the result is a truly lovely, immensely drinkable beer.

The only downside is it runs $5 a bottle retail. Worth every penny, but a bit high to drink the four to five bottles a day I now find myself thirsting after.

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