20 June 2020

Lime Gose Beer (Fuller's) By @SpectreUK

Lime Gose Beer (Fuller's)

I have been a glutton for beer in the past, but now I'm keeping my weight down I only have two or three beers a week. I write about at least one of those beers, but this Lime Gose is the second beer I'm writing about this week. I must be a glutton for punishment, as it's also the second sour beer I've tried this week. I didn't like the last one at all. For some reason someone had decided to add cucumber in the brewing, so not only was it sour, it also tasted weirdly like I'd expect pond slime to taste like.

The last time I tried a Gose beer was around two years ago. It's not that I don't like them per se, it's more that I haven't seen many around. I mentioned back then that "a Gose is a German style top fermented sour wheat beer." I don't think I've ever quoted one of my own blogs before, so there's a first! This Lime Gose is another first, I suppose. Produced by Fuller's, at 4% volume this Lime Gose was brewed with lime concentrate, lemon peel, crushed coriander seeds, and Lactobacillus.

This Lime Gose is supposed to be a tart refreshing beer to be drank on a hot summer's day. Well, it is summer, but it has been raining almost nonstop all week. I'm hoping that I can find some sunshine in this beer. Saaz hops were used in the brewing with acidulated, lager, and wheat malts in keeping with a traditional Gose.

There was indeed a citrusy sour aroma on opening the beer. After drinking the pond slime sour beer the other day, I'm sure you'll excuse me for more than a little apprehension here… There was definitely sunshine in the colour of this light straw coloured beer, but I couldn't get passed that tart lemon and lime smell as it fizzed and bucked into my waiting beer mug.

On taste this is another obviously sour beer, after all, it says it on the front of the can. However, the sour flavours of the malts are almost immediately balanced by the lime and lemon flavours that complement the sourness with a tart flavour. This tartness is mixed almost daintily with the bitterness from the almost earthy, herbal spicy Saaz hops, of which took my tastebuds into the aftertaste. I shouldn't be so surprised that I liked this beer, but after my trial with the cucumber pond slime concoction the other day, I really thought that I was totally off sour beers. Cheers!

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