Today tasting of unusual beer. Here is the famous Gose from the famous Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof.
About the history of the style gose I wrote on the occasion of review the beer Salty Kiss from Magic Rock Brewery.
I think that it is worth look into that post and recall characteristics of this style and events connected with that beer.
Now, let me just quote its definition.
Gose is a top-fermented beer, where at least half of the grist is wheat malt.
Fermentation is accomplished by yeasts and lactic acid bacteria. It is seasoned with coriander and hops. The water, which is used to brew this style is slightly salty. While the characteristic for gose is a sour taste.
Gose style, after a period of great popularity, virtually disappeared. There were times that the beer was not brewed anywhere in the world. There were attempts to its reactivation – with varying degrees of success.
Until after 1989, began to appear more widely craft breweries specializing in the production of this beer – especially in and around Leipzig.
Today, this style becoming more and more popular and gose is brewed worldwide.
In Leipzig gose style was very popular from the very beginning of its creation.
Here was reborn the tradition of brewing this beer and no wonder that one of the most famous gose currently comes from Leipzig brewery.
The full name of the brewery as referred is: Gasthaus und Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof.
Bahnhof, or railway station; in the logo of brewery bears a stylized drawing of a locomotive (“beers locomotive”, you can say). Is that brewery has something to do with the railways?
Well, it turns out that so.
Bayerischer Bahnhof is one of Leipzig’s landmarks. It was built in 1842 and is the oldest preserved head rail station in the world.
And just that historic place is the seat of the famous brewery.
The brewery is famous and reputable, but the story of its creation dates back to 2000, so it is a relatively young plant.
The place was beautifully adapted to the needs of the brewery and visitors. There are several stylish halls, a beer garden, and of course beers.
It is a craft brewery, perfectly integrated into the environment, with an annual production of up to 2,000 hectoliters. 90% of the production is consumed by the visiting guests.
It is worth to visit the website Gasthaus und Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof, where, among others, we have the opportunity of a virtual tour around the facility.
All beers from offer of the brewery are unfiltered.
SCHAFFNER (conductor) – pils beer, 5,0% ABV, 11,8°P
KUPPLER (operator) – dark wheat beer, 5,2% ABV, 12,5°P
HEIZER (stoker) – schwarzbier, 5,3% ABV, 12,8°P
In addition to these it is of course the most famous – Gose.
Beer is brewed according to the style, but sometimes also available in many different variations (using different varieties of hops, aged in barrels, gose-bock, etc.).
For sale Gose is offered in a beautiful stylish bottle 750ml (referring with its shape to the traditional, historical gose bottle) and in a smaller, contemporary-shaped bottle 330ml.
In front of me a small bottle of chilled famous beer from Leipzig and already full of emotion I get down to tasting.
Name: GOSE (Gose, alc. 4,6% ABV, 10,8°P)
|At the bottom of the bottle yeast sediment – the beer is unfiltered.
Colour of beer is golden-amber.
It is opalescent (I tried to pour without sediment, as not to be cloudy).
Foam white, low, rapidly falling.
Visible large saturation.
|The distinct aroma of coriander, a little lemon.
There are also touches of wheat, slightly mineral and yeast.
|The taste is a combination of dry, sour and tart.
There is acidity of lemon juice, is herbal tartness.
We have a taste of coriander, is present also the sweetness of the wheat, yeast note.
Lack of bitterness: it replaces by the tartness of citrus and herbs.
Finish combines these flavours, and at the end we feel the salt – salty taste softly marks its presence.
Beer pretty much saturated. Extremely refreshing.
Gose from Leipzig is an amazing beer. This is the essence of this style and its pattern. Beer is very well balanced – all the flavours are included in perfect proportions.
Aromas of lemon and coriander with a touch of mineral.
The taste is a combination of sour lemon, bitter herbs, coriander. Their dryness sweetens a little accent of wheat, malt.
There is no bitterness, is sour-tart finish with a pinch of salt. Beer is highly saturated.
Crisp, dry taste and high carbonation makes Gose a very refreshing drink. At moments reminiscent of white sparkling wine, and at times – witbier. This liquor is very original and extremely tasty.