Hertl Gurken Gose
Brewery: Braumaufaktur Hertl
Color: unfiltered amber
Head: effervescent, dissipating
Nose: strong pickle
Body: light, low carbonation
Palate: strong pickle, hint of coriander and sea salt
Finish: slight pickle but otherwise fairly clean
Served: from a bottle bought at the brewery
Impression: Stopped by the brewery on the way out of Schlüsselfeld, where we had spent the evening to visit Scheubel’s Stern-Bräu. So, this was a bit of an afterthought and didn’t have a lot of expectations. Well, I did go hoping for an IPA but the brewer was out of theirs and this Gose looked like the most interesting alternative. Sadly, the tasting room wasn’t open so had to be content with buying a bottle and was happy the brewer’s father opened up the beer store on a holiday morning for us. I’m a big fan of Gose and have had it a few times in Leipzig. It’s a bit of an acquired taste and is huge now at small breweries in the States. Must say, I haven’t been overly impressed with their efforts to combine the style with other flavors so was skeptical of this one. That said, my wife loves pickles so had to get a couple. It’s always a bit off-putting when a beer loses its head immediately but right from the first whiff of pickle, this Gose was a winner. It had quite a pickle flavor to boot but it was nonetheless refreshing and enjoyable. The addition of coriander and sea salt were unmistakable but in a nice way. It’s not something you could drink a lot of (despite it only being 3.5%), but as an aperitif, it really does the job.
Something tells me I’ll catch some flack for this review. It appears not many people like it and I must preface this with we love pickles and salty things so if that doesn’t sound good to you, by all means this might not be the best choice for your beer money.