Beer Styles 201: Gose
While the pronunciation of the name leaves you sounding a little like Homer Simpson “duh”…the taste is like no other beer style you’ve had.
By Justin Beerber on Nov. 26, 2016
Style Name: Gose pronouned Gose-uh as in goes plus “uh”
Substyle Region: Originated in Goslar, Germany, but is now associated with Leipzig
Appearance: Dark pale to light amber. After pouring, the brew develops a tall, slightly off-white, lacey, and substantial head, which stems from the high protein content of the wheat.
Flavor & Aroma: Sour and salty tasting ale. Its nose is mild and subdued, with no hop notes, and just a whiff of spicy coriander.
Palate & Mouthfeel: There is no upfront bitterness that is saved for the finish. The middle is dominated by an almost sour spiciness overlaid by a complex array of banana, green apple, dried apricot, zest, and coriander. These tastes make the hops in the brew almost imperceptible. The finish is crisp, dry, almost mouth-puckering, and very refreshing. The brew has a medium, pétillant-style effervescence and a medium mouthfeel.
Food Pairings: This distinct beer requires a distinct-tasting food pair like seafoods, such as a filet of blue fish, a morsel of smoked salmon, or a plate of oysters on the half-shell.
Comments: Gose is made of more than half malted wheat and the rest malted barley as well as salted water. Because Gose is spiced with coriander, in addition to hops, a spice that is technically forbidden by the German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot). It required an exception be made for Gose to reclaim its former glory after German reunification. in 1989.
Serving Suggestion: “Gose is usually drunk straight up in a cylindrical glass, but it may also be served, like Berliner Weisse, with a shot of raspberry or woodruff-flavored syrup. Because of the lack of residual sweetness and the strong salinity in the finish, the sugary syrup gives the beer a much smoother aftertaste. In the last century, Gose was also often fortified with a shot of clear caraway schnapps. Though this custom has since fallen out of favor, fortifying half a liter of Gose with a shot of modern aquavit, for instance, turns the beer into a splendid drink for washing down assertively-flavored foods.” – German Beer Institute
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