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08/02/2016 06:00 EDT

Why Gose Is The Only Beer You Should Be Drinking This Summer

Bottoms up!

Summer drinking is usually associated with super light lagers. They are refreshing, no doubt, but there’s one beer style that is even more thirst-quenching and suitable for this warm season ― with a much more interesting flavor, too. It’s a German beer style that dates back 1,000 years and it goes by the name of Gose. 

Gose ― pronounced like goes with an “uh” at the end ― is an ancient wheat beer style with a sour finish that hails from Goslar, Germany. Though it’s no longer brewed in Goslar, Gose owes its salty flavor to the high salinity of the river Gose, which was originally used to brew the beer.

There’s one more flavor note that makes this beer the choice for summer drinking: it’s coriander. Coriander is not a spice you often find in beer, but we have to tell you it is a good one. It adds a bright flavor to an already crisp beer that pairs together to make the perfect warm-weather drink.

Between the natural tanginess that results from this beer’s brewing process, the salt and the coriander, this beer has a fresh taste and mouth-puckering effect that is downright addictive. We’ve rounded up six of our favorites for you below ― in order of good to downright amazing ― to get you started on your Gose adventure.

  • 1Sixpoint: Jammer
    Sixpoint: Jammer
    Sixpoint
    Jammer is made for those who really, really like coriander. It is extra salty and extra spiced. 
  • 2Victory: Kirsch Gose
    Victory: Kirsch Gose
    Victory
    Sharp, sweet cherry flavors meld beautifully with the sour taste of gose. The pink color of this brew is also perfect for summer drinking.
  • 3Anderson Valley: The Kimmy, The Yink & The Holy Gose
    Anderson Valley: The Kimmy, The Yink & The Holy Gose
    Anderson Valley
    A classic gose flavor, this beer is what you want to be drinking on a hot summer day. It's sour, but not tart, and is not too heavy on the wheat flavor.
  • 4Real Ale's Gose
    Real Ale's Gose
    Real Ale
    Smooth, yet tart; citrusy and bright; loaded with lime. The addition of citrus juice makes this a go-to option during the warm months ahead.
  • 5Boulevard Brewing: Hibiscus Gose
    Boulevard Brewing: Hibiscus Gose
    Boulevard Brewing
    Hibiscus is the pairing that Gose has always needed. It adds a smooth sweetness to the coriander-spiced beer that we just love.
  • 6Second Self: Maverick & Gose
    Second Self: Maverick & Gose
    Second Self
    Yes, yes, yes. This beer is it. Not only does it come packaged in a beautifully designed can, but it is a perfectly well-balanced Gose. Fruity and sour, salty and sweet -- one sip of this beer and all others will be forgotten.