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Style: Gose
Style Information
Gose is a German wheat beer that was first brewed in the 1700s in the town of Goslar, Germany. It is also known as a traditional style in Leipzig, Germany. It is a top-fermented, "pre-lager" beer style.

Interestingly, the beer has seemingly "disappeared" from beer menus for periods of time. Most notably, at the end of World War II, the last remaining brewery that made the style was closed in 1945. The story got even more interesting in 1949, when the last person assumed to know how to make it (Friedrich Wurzler) opened a brewery bearing his name in Leipzig. Before he died in the late 1950s, he handed the recipe down to his step-son (Guido Pfinster). Due to limited demand, when Pfinster died in 1966 production of Gose at the brewery stopped, presumably forever. The style was revived in the 1980s by Lothar Goldhahn, and production resumed in 1986. It briefly disappeared again in 1988, but today a handful of brewers make examples of the style.

From Wikipedia:

"Gose beers are brewed with at least 50% of the grain bill being malted wheat. Because of the use of coriander and salt, Gose does not comply to the Reinheitsgebot. It is allowed an exemption from the rules on the grounds of being a regional speciality. It acquires its characteristic sourness through the addition of lactic acid bacteria after the boil.

The beers typically have a moderate alcohol content of 4 to 5% ABV. Dominant flavors in Gose include a lemon tartness, a herbal characteristic, and a strong saltiness (the result of either local water sources or added salt). Gose beers typically do not have prominent hop bitterness, flavors, or aroma.

Gose is not to be confused with Gueuze, an equally unusual though wholly different beer style brewed in the Brussels region of Belgium. Both Gose and Gueuze do, however, belong to the same family of sour wheat beers which were once brewed across Northern Germany and the Low Countries. Other beers of this family are Belgian Witbier, Berliner Weisse, Grätzer (or Grodziskie) and Broyhan. The latter two, like most of the German varieties, are now extinct."

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Top Consumed Gose
1. Gose by Westbrook Brewing30
2. Gose by Surly Brewing Company29
3. Highway 128 Blood Orange Gose by Anderson Valley Brewing Company26
4. The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose by Anderson Valley Brewing Company26
5. Troublesome by Off Color Brewing26
6. Otra Vez by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.13
7. Goosetown by August Schell Brewing Co., Inc.12
8. Wild Sour Series - Here GOSE Nothin' by DESTIHL Brew Works (Normal, IL)10
9. Leipziger Gose by Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof6
10. Brombeere by Odell Brewing Company4

Top Reviews Gose
 BeerAvg Score
1. Highway 128 Blood Orange Gose by Anderson Valley Brewing Company84
2. The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose by Anderson Valley Brewing Company82
3. 26.2 by Titletown Brewing Company80
4. Seaglass Session Ale by Night Shift Brewing, Inc80
5. Leipziger Gose by Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof78
6. Verloren by Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)78
7. Troublesome by Off Color Brewing76
8. Goosetown by August Schell Brewing Co., Inc.76
9. Mas Agave by Founders Brewing Company74
10. Old Pro by Union Craft Brewing66