Review: Bayerischer Bahnhof Goseator (Tequila Barrel-Aged)

Review of Bayerischer Bahnhof Goseator (Tequila Barrel-Aged) from Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof in Leipzig, Germany.

Beer Type: Gose  ABV: 8.5%  Tried on draught.

Their Description: (There was actually no commercial description available, so I’m using the one that appeared on the menu where I ordered it). “This is the original Leipziger Gose brewed to double the strength (as a doppel bock) and then aged in tequila oak barrels.”

The Reality: It starts with a malty oak scent that has hints of agave. The up front flavor is a lightly malted woody barrel aged wave that then finishes with a tart salty agave blend that really sneaks up on your taste buds. It finishes dry with a smooth oaky tequila aftertaste. Very complex, lightly carbonated, and a borderline half-sour.

Final Verdict: If it sounds like there is a lot going on in this beer, it’s because there is. When that happens, the results generally only go one of two ways, either all the flavors compete and clash and the beer is terrible, or somehow everything works and the beer is surprisingly great. This is the latter. This actually may be the first beer I ever had that truly has a noticeable flavor from all of the distinct flavor groups. It’s mildly sweet (from the oak aging), it’s got sour tartness, it’s got savory elements from the salt and bitter notes from the tequila, hops and alcohol undertones. Also, the idea of a double strength gose (ABV 8.5%) is brilliant and I don’t know why more breweries aren’t doing it. I’m sure this beer isn’t for everyone, as the flavor palate is superbly unique, but it was for me. I’ve been told that “Goseator” was an extremely limited one-time batch, but that’s just what they want you to believe. I’m sure that somewhere they are assembling a whole team of Goseators to try to bring about the Gosepocolypse, and when the happens, I’ll consider myself prepared.