Craft beers have captured the hearts and taste buds of enthusiasts across the globe, with a broad spectrum of flavours, styles, and traditions. Among the various kinds of craft beers, one of the lesser known styles is the Gose.

But what is Gose beer, and why has it become a popular choice among beer aficionados? Let’s take a look at what makes a Gose, a Gose!

The Origins of Gose Beer

Gose beer (pronounced “go-zuh”) is a traditional German beer that traces its roots back to the early 16th century. Named after the Gose River in Lower Saxony, this beer style was first brewed in the town of Goslar, although it later became a signature beer style of Leipzig.

For centuries, Gose beer was nearly forgotten due to the popularity of lagers and the constraints of Germany’s beer purity law, the Reinheitsgebot. However, in the late 20th century, Gose experienced a revival and has since been embraced by the international craft beer community.

What Are The Characteristics of a Gose Beer?

Gose is a top-fermented beer that falls under the category of sour wheat beers. Here are its primary characteristics:

Ingredients

A traditional Gose includes malted barley and wheat, hops, yeast, and two ingredients not often found in beers: coriander and salt. The coriander adds a citrusy, spicy note, while the salt enhances other flavours and contributes to a slightly tart finish.

Taste

A Gose beer is known for its refreshing sourness balanced by a mild herbal character and a hint of saltiness. The taste can range from tangy lemon to a more subdued lactic sourness, depending on the brewing process. Today, you can find a variety of Gose beers infused with fruits such as raspberries, peaches, and cherries, or aged in tequila or bourbon barrels for additional complexity.

Appearance

Gose beers are typically hazy with a pale to golden hue and a moderate white head. The cloudiness is due to the high proportion of wheat used in brewing.

Alcohol Content

A regular Gose beer usually has an alcohol content ranging between 4% and 5% ABV making them relatively light. However, in the world of non-alcoholic beers, it is now possible to get alcohol free Gose beers, at 0.5% ABV or less.

What About Non Alcoholic Gose Beers?

As the popularity of non-alcoholic beverages continues to surge, beer enthusiasts and breweries alike have taken notice, leading to the creation of non-alcoholic (NA) versions of traditional beer styles – including Gose. But how does a non-alcoholic Gose measure up to its alcoholic counterpart, and what should you expect from this alternative option?

Non-alcoholic Gose beers aim to provide the same refreshing sourness, subtle herbal notes, and unique saltiness of traditional Gose beers, but with less than 0.5% ABV. Achieving this balance can be a challenging feat for brewers, but recent advancements in brewing technology have enabled more accurate replication of the original flavours, even without the alcohol.

In terms of taste, non-alcoholic Gose beers can be just as satisfying as their alcoholic counterparts. You can still expect the signature tangy, slightly salty, and herbal profile that defines a Gose. Just as craft brewers experiment with the alcoholic version, you can find NA Gose beers with additions of fruit, spices, or even unique ingredients like seaweed or cucumbers.

Conclusion

So, what is Gose beer?

It’s a unique, centuries-old German beer style, known for its distinct blend of sour, salty, and herbal flavours. Whether you’re a seasoned beer lover or a curious novice, a Gose offers a unique tasting experience that pushes the traditional boundaries of beer. As non-alcoholic beer continues to rise, expect to see more variations of alcohol free Gose beers available to buy!

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