Gosé, pronounced “gose-uh”
Average ABV size: 4 to 5
By: Matt Marsiglia
July 10, 2017
A beer known as a Gosé is a summer delicious treat that hailed from Germany over 1,000 years ago–the exact year is unknown.
Regardless, the gosé style beer went mainstream in the American craft beer scene two years ago with mixed emotions from the craft beer community–myself included. Thrillist even wrote an article on why Gosé were killing craft beer. Even the few beers I tried were not quite for me at the time–the salt added to the beer threw my palate off.
But, today, brewers have enhanced their skills, and breweries around the country are diving into this old European beer. Of course, it took Louisiana a couple of years to join the Gose scene, but the beers being brewed would be the perfect summer style for your beer fridge.
What exactly is a Gosé style of beer?
A Gosé is an obscure wheat beer that has both a sour and salty flavor profile. It’s known to be light, refreshing & crisp. This is the perfect beer for the following Louisiana activities:
- After a long, humid run
- Lounging poolside
- First beer after mowing the lawn
- Crawfish boil
- Walking down Magazine St. (non-locals, walking with an open can of beer is legal anywhere in the city)
I think you get the point.
For the technical jargon nerds, here’s the description from the Beer Advocate site:
“An old German beer style from Leipzig, Gose is an unfiltered wheat beer made with 50-60% malted wheat, which creates a cloudy yellow color and provides a refreshing crispness and twang. A Gose will have a low hop bitterness and a complementary dryness and spice from the use of ground coriander seeds and a sharpness from the addition of salt. Like Berliner Weisse beers, a Gose will sometimes be laced with various flavored and colored syrups. This is to balance out the addition of lactic acid that is added to the boil.”
Here are five brewed in Louisiana to give a try next time you are at a local grocery or brewery.
Five Local Gosé
Urban South Cucumber Lime Gosé
This one is hands down one of the best Gosé beers I have tried. Westbrook Brewing out of Mt. Pleasant, SC, has long been known to have one of the better Gose in the beer market, and this beer style is just as good. Only available at the brewery as a “pilot” batch, get your hands on this one soon.
Although the batch was considered to be just a pilot, due to the popularity and feedback, it’s likely Urban South will make this beer again in the near future.
Abita To Gose
Abita’s first ever gosé beer was born earlier this year.
From Abita’s Instagram page:
“Brewed with the spirit of New Orleans’ to-go cup culture, our To-Gose is all about kicking back and bringing good times to any situation. To-Gose is our refreshing take on the traditional Gose style. It’s perfect for Summer with hints of lime, coriander, and sea salt.”
You can see where this beer is available by clicking here.
Great Raft Lime Gose
Great Raft, ranked the #1 brewery in the state by Thrillist, released their first Gose on June 1, 2017. See the press release here. This beer has yet to make it to the New Orleans market yet, but stay tuned for it.
Tin Roof Gosé with the Flow
Tin Roof out of Baton Rouge, LA, released their gosé before others in Louisiana by brewing one in 2016. The Ale Runner, a beer blogger out of Baton Rouge, gives his thoughts on the beer:
“I’ve really been on a gosé kick of late, given the really hot summer we’ve been having here in Baton Rouge so far. The style is very refreshing, and drinks easy, but also chock full of flavor while typically coming in at a sessionable ABV.”
Check out his full article here, and you can pick-up Tin Roof’s Gosé at your local grocer.
Parleaux Here Gose Nothing
ABV: 5.2% ABV
Parleaux Beer Lab just opened in June 2017, but they are already putting out some great brews. Their rendition of a Gosé is a perfect example. Taken from the Parleaux Instagram account: “A tart and refreshing brew made with German pilsner and wheat malt, fresh ginger, fresh lime zest, Himalayan pink salt, and Indian coriander. A super solid sensory ride for greasy #NOLA summer daze.”
We agree this is a damn good Gosé, and the only way to taste it is at the source. Be sure to try this beer out next time you are in the Bywater.
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