Saturday, June 9

Beer Review: Widmer Bros. Brewing Marionberry Hibiscus Gose


"Oregon- Gose- Widmer is taking on the Gose beer, a style that hails from Leipzig, Germany with 50% of its ingredients coming from wheat malts. Gose beers also have a heavy salt presence. This Widmer Gose has an incredible flavor due to its sweet marionberries!"

5.5% ABV

Appearance: (3.5)
- Cloudy ruby red brew. Reminds me of their old Widberry brew from back in the day. Not much head to speak of but a quickly fizzling white fluff that leaves a thin spotty island behind, and a small ring resting in the glass.

Smell: (2.5)
- The primary aroma is wheat. Wheat malt is heavy, bready, and grainy. Kind of salty as stated too. Sitting far in the background are some currants and herbal aromas, but this doesn't smell much like many of the Goses' I've had.

Taste: (3.5)
- There are some nice tart flavors with this brew. At least in flavor, this beer inches towards a nice gose. Tart and funky wheat malts, slightly salty, and a subtle herbal and grassy flare to compliment the funk. Very light currants and blackberry compliment the salts and wheat.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- This is a bubbly and well carbonated brew. I would think it shouldn't be as carbonated, but a little more light in the bubbly department, and heavier in the body. This beer kind of 'Gose' the other way. It's a touch thin, and bubbly. It does have an herbal drying character to it, as well as a parching salty touch.

Overall: (2.5)
- Kind of a bland attempt at a Gose. It's got wheat, brewing salts, and a touch of funk, but it isn't quite there. Certainly a style of beer that shouldn't be done in large batches and with any brewers house yeast or fermentation style. This is strictly a style all in its own, and should be brewed as such. It wasn't tart enough for me, funky enough, nor did it have the fruit I was expecting after seeing its color. Want a good Gose? Hit up Upright or Breakside. Or better yet, grab a nice Berliner Weisse and add a little marionberry syrup to it.

3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)
(Sadly I broke my Widmer tulip that they so graciously gave to me. Sad times, and must have been an omen. This is a freshly washed Beermongers festival glass. The bubbles in the base are from only water droplets.)

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