What’s 1,000 years old is new again as the gose style is seizing its moment in the sun.
A gose (pronounced goes-uh) is a low-ABV German beer style made with malted wheat and spiced with coriander. It dates back to the 10th century, when it took its name from the Goslar River. That river also happens to be the source of the style’s signature salinity.
Today hundreds of breweries across the U.S. are putting their own spin on the classic style. While coriander and salt are ever-present, there is no shortage of wild ingredients being used to spice up the millennium old recipe. From chili peppers to key limes, the creativity is off the charts.
See what happens when Germany makes an exception to the Reinheitsgebot? Magic. You wouldn’t have these ten amazing goses to try if not for the Germans keeping the style alive all these years.
This isn’t just my go-to gose. It’s my go-to beer. Troublesome is a blend of 80% wheat beer and 20% bacteria-brewed happy acid bath. Complexity is king, and Off Color definitely knows how to play the game of thrones.Link
Chinook hops and a double dose of resin result in a pine aroma that lives up to the Super Spruce name. If gin and beer had a baby, this would be it. And it’s a delicious baby at that. Note: Do drink beer. Don’t eat babies.Link
Punny names are all too common in the beer world, but this one gets a bit of a pass since it’s probably the only Wham! reference you’ll find on the shelves. Thankfully the lemon tartness and kick of ginger help this gose absolutely live up to George Michael’s expectations.Link
Goses might be the only thing trendier than salted-caramel, so it’s only logical that they combine forces. Salt is a must in a gose, but the addition of caramel and vanilla is as delicious as it is unique.Link
Perennial unleashed a full array of citrus for this beer with oranges, lemons and limes all making the cut. It’s more tart than most, and that wonderful acidity lingers long after the beer is gone.Link
The Wild Sour Series combines mixed culture fermentation with kettle souring in a single beer, making it a truly unique take on the traditional gose. Even better, Here Gose Nothin’ can be bought as individual cans at Trader Joe’s so there’s no reason not to try it.Link
One can only hope that naming beers after movies is the next big things in brewing. Out with the hop puns and in with the Top Guns!Link