Review: Freigeist Geisterzug Rhubarb Gose

Review of Freigiest Geisterzug Rhubarb Gose from Freigeist Bierkultur in Germany.

Beer Type: Gose  ABV: 5.2%  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “Based on Freigeist’s ancient spruced Gose recipe, Geisterzug Rhubarb feature all the complexity, funkiness, and body of the of the original but go one step further by adding tart & flavorful real fruit & vegetable during fermentation.  The resultant brews are incredibly lively, characterful, and thirst-quenching.”

The Reality: This beer pours a light cloudy color with the sour tart scent. The flavor is full of tart sour bite with plenty of rhubarb notes but not a ton of “funk”, and there is a faint savory salty tone that shows itself as the tartness subsides. Finishes dry with mineral qualities and the aftertaste has a green apple tang to it. I would agree that this beer is “incredibly lively and thirst-quenching”.

Final Verdict: You never really now how tart or sour a gose beer is going to be until you try it, it’s just the way that style is. This can confound sour beer lovers because sometimes they’re pleased and sometimes disappointed, but in this case I think they will be pleased. The sour qualities are aggressive, and this probably results from the addition of the rhubarb, which has a pretty tart bite in its raw state. It’s a great mix with the subtle salty mineral characteristics you’d expect in a gose, and the dry tangy finish is a mouth-watering delight. If the brewers ever decide to get crazy and do a really aged version of this beer, may I suggest calling it “Rhubarb McLanahan Gose”, as long as they blanch the rhubarb first.