In the case of this blog, the status of Guru is self-proclaimed. Even given that hubris, some modesty reveals that this site is more precisely that of the American Craft Beer Guru.
Exposure to great beer surely has no need to be limited to one's domestic borders. So, a joyous effort is being made to expand such horizons. Thus, today's review is of Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle.
Should we retain but one thing from today's shared learning, let it be this: Besides similarity in name (and, perhaps color), these two styles are markedly different.
So, let us consider what the Freigeist Geisterzug Gose is not: Namely, a Gueuze.
A Gueuze is Belgian. The beer of this review is German, and a niche German style at that.
While the names of these styles may be easily confused, the flavor profiles of Gueuze and this particular Gose, at least, are not. A Gueuze is a lambic of particular type; a combination of young and old lambics. And, thus, boldly sour. Gose is certainly not sour. And, frankly, far from bold.
So what is a Gose? Well, a German beer featuring the surprising component of malted wheat. This style's roots are firmly planted in Leipzig.
This particular Gose was brewed “with spruce tips,” and served to your reviewer in a tulip.
The Freigeist Geisterzug Gose, while hazy, was relatively light in color, though more orange than the hue of wheat. It produced little to no head, and left an equally trivial amount of lacing.
The aroma was elusive, but influenced most by the mineral quality of the Gose’s water content.
Like the aroma, the taste, aftertaste, and mouthfeel of the Freigeist Geisterzug Gose were also very mild. Truly, this beer was an exercise in subtlety. Whereas this may serve to disappoint in other cases, it matched expectations well here.
This Gose should not be described as underwhelming. Better would be refined.
This beer, while light and airy, carried itself well. It avoided the feeling of cheapness. Contrasting this to the American lite lager, the Gose has the esteem of royalty. This is a beer worthy of respect amongst bigger, more audacious styles.
Delicate aspects of the Freigeist Geisterzug Gose benefited from the beer opening. As it sat, features of the flavor profile became more prevalent.
The roof of the mouth was softly tingled by a dry vinous bite. Some brininess was balanced well by a satisfying lemony trait. An appealing (but as in all aspects: mild) cereal character was present throughout.
It wouldn't be wrong to categorize the Freigeist Geisterzug Gose as a bit watery. With some research completed after, and retrospect applied, this attribute was hardly deserving of complaint. On a sweltering day, as it was during the present review, this beer would be a wonderful, adequately refreshing choice.
And that very water, indigenous only to the place of this beer's birth, provided a slightly salty note that, like this beer in general, was delightfully restrained.
The Freigeist Geisterzug Gose was, in a word, “pleasant.” With no experience with others from the style to compare, however, TheCraftBeerGuru.com cannot credibly rate nor recommend this beer. But can say with honesty, that it was thoroughly enjoyed.
It certainly encourages continued exploration of great beers beyond this country's confines. If all appeal as well as the Gose, what a wondrous journey this shall be!