In my last article regarding German beer I mentioned how regional style dominated Germany for many years, what i neglectedto do was tell you about the regional beer from where I am currently located in Leipzig… Gose.
Brewery In this case the Gose has been produced by the Bayerischer Bahnhof Brewery, itself located in what is considered to be the oldest “Rail Head Station” in the world (don’t ask me what a rail head station is). Bombed during the second world war, and falling within Eastern German territory there was no funds to rebuild the station. Following the reunification of Germany came a plan to restore the station with a restaurant that would house the brewery in question. Beer “Gose is a regional beer specialty that was brought to Saxony-Anhalt in the year 1738. Originally Gose comes from Goslar, a small town in Lower Saxony, and the river “Gose” in this town.” -http://www.bayerischer-bahnhof.de/en/unser-bier/index.html
Walking towards the brewery visible is architecture of several era’s including: pre-20th century, Soviet era, and modern buildings all exist in the immediate area. Contrasted against the relatively ancient restored station/brewery is a new underground metro station adding the existing rail history of the area. Once inside one can see how this building once existed as a train station however the beautiful brewing equipment in the back smashes any notions that it remains a station.
The beer itself is served in a nice spherical glass that taper to the top. The beer pours a vibrant yellow and the is clearly unfiltered. The first flavour is of a light sweet wheat beer, a lemon flavour is present but rather than coming from the hops as i’m used to it seems to emanate from the malts. I’ve been told to expect a salty taste but i fail to recognize anything but a faint saltiness. Overall a sweet light beer that would make a great radler. 4/5