What type of beer is Henry Gose Lightly
This is a Gose.
Gose beers are all the rage these days. They originate from Goslar in Germany. A typical Gose will have at least 50% of its grain as malted wheat.
Dominant flavours in gose include a lemon sourness, a herbal characteristic, and a strong saltiness (the result of either local water sources or added salt).
About half of the Gose on the market also has the addition of fruit. The usually acidic fruit goes well with the acidic gose.
A gose is sour by using Lactobacillus bacteria which converts sugar to organic acids.
This isn’t a fruit Gose so all the flavour will be from the other ingredients and acids flowing about.
Henry Gose Lightly includes…
- Barley Malt
- Wheat malt
- Coriander 0.3%
- Salt 0.3%
- Mikkellenis yeast
I hate the green coriander in foods but this brewed coriander will just add some citrus and sourness. Salt isn’t something you see in a beer ingredient often but a gose is supposed to be a bit salty so it is hardly surprising.
The mikkellenis yeast is an interesting one. It is their own particular yeast with apparently converts basically no sugar to alcohol but does add a distinctive, passionfruit type flavour and acidity.
So they are including a lot of acid. If you have ever ate a bit of passionfruit puree you will know it can make your mouth suck into a black hole. How will they counter this?
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My my, that is quite some carbs and sugar for a non alcoholic beer, resulting in one of the highest calories/100ml scores out there.
Im guessing it is going to need every bit of that sugar to make it drinkable.
Mikkeller have their own unique style of drawing people which works well for brands. On this can we have Henry Gose, actively sweat drinking the beer. Is that a good sign? Or is this a thirst quenching beer for when you are sweating. We will soon see
The beer is a very pale colour but head lasts longer than basically all non alcoholic beers
Hmm, it certainly does not smell like a beer. I can smell salt and some acidic tones which are hard to place. It doesn’t smell pleasant to me.
I know this is the style of gose but it is once again with Mikkeller, nearly undrinkable. Some of their other fruit beer gose at least strongly taste of that citrus fruit whereas this just has a strange mouth suckingly acid taste with a nasty lingering salty finish.
People must buy and like this or they wouldn’t be selling it. I suppose I have bought it but I will certainly not be buying another one.
I can still taste salt a minute after my last sip
I actually don’t want to drink any more to come up with anything new to say about it. This isn’t enjoyable to me at all.
This is pointless to me. I just can’t fathom drinking this for pleasure.
2/10 – Nope nope and nope again. Kill it with fire. It is actually so bad it is worth buying just to experience it!
Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page
Where to buy?
You can buy directly from Mikkeller at their website
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Is Henry Gose Lightly gluten free?
It does not appear that this beer is gluten free
I have an entire article on non alcoholic beers and gluten if you want more information.
Is Henry Gose Lightly vegan?
Henry Gose Lightly is vegan according to Mikkeller.
For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers may or may not be and how to check.
Nope nope and nope again. Kill it with fire. It is actually so bad it is worth buying just to experience it!