Gose Original Leipziger Bier Spezialitat
“Die Gose,” as it is referred to on its website, comes in the most unusual bottle – almost like the front of the bottle is actually the back and the back is actually, well, blank. Maybe they just don’t have good graphic designers or maybe it’s on purpose, but it is unique. The minimalist design leads me to believe they must have focused most of their time on the beer – that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s imported from Leipzig, Germany and brewed and bottled by Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerische Bahnhof. The label reads “original bottle fermentation” and indicates that it is brewed with coriander and salt. Coriander is also called cilantro here in the United States and is not the main herb that comes to mind when I’m thinking beer – think Mexican foods and things like salsa. Salt also seems an unusual choice.
The pour is hazy/cloudy and amber/orange in color. It has a nice smell – citrusy – and reminds me a bit of a Hoegaarden. I’m thinking good things about this beer. The first sip leaves you a bit startled – not quite what you expected. The salt taste and aftertaste is a little strong. Another sip, a little too strong. One more sip – something just isn’t right here – I can’t stop thinking of the phrase “saltwater brine” for some reason. It’s like I’m drinking the very thing we use to make pork tenderloins so juicy. That’s not good. It’s a little sour too, yet weak. Hops aren’t noticeable, if there are any. I finish the glass like a good German soldier, but only after a few hours and a little bit of talking myself into it. I do not recommend this beer one bit.
Gose Original Leipziger Bier Spezialitat Rating: 1 out of 10 (?)
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