I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. It was canned on 6/16/14 and cost $3.20 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Gold hue over a hazy body. Plenty of initial carbonation,
but settles down quickly. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which
completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Slightly mild nose with distinct sour candy scent and a hint of lemon.
Taste: Everyone loves sours, but up until recently it was only the
really expensive, rare, high alcohol sour beers that were en vogue. Now
sessionable sours like Berlinner Weise and Gose are all the rage. That’s
okay, because they’re easier to come by and actually quite affordable;
Westbrook Gose being a good example of what I mean. This might be best
described as alcoholic lemonade (authentic, homemade, hand-squeezed
lemonade – not that mass-produced stuff that’s just a chemical
cocktail). The palette is simplistic and repetitive in that there’s
pretty much only two flavor characters here: a tartness with a slight
lemony taste and a sourness like candy. Nothing in the way of genuine
malt or hop character, though those traits aren’t meant to stand out
anyway. The salt presence accentuates the tartness – there’s no
astringency like that of sea water.
Drinkability: It’s nice to see low ABV beers that are truly refreshing
like Westbrook Gose come in cans, as this is the kind of beer you can
enjoy straight from the container without missing out on much of the
experience. This is a very easy beer to drink as the mouthfeel is thin
and crisp, but never becomes flat. The tartness and sourness are not
challenging to get past (especially when enjoyed cold). At only 4% ABV
this is an ideal session beer for summer.