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Beer – #948 – Piha Beer – Salt Water Gose

Piha Beer – Salt Water Gose. This was a swap/gift from a twitter chap, Keith,who also makes a nice line in scented candles.  but  because he’d brought the all of the cans and left none for anyone took pity on me, so brilliant,  I’ve got a couple of cans to try, having tried and failed.  Plus you all know how much I like a Gose :-).

perfect as you stretch out

Craft beer in a 330ml cans that is 4.7% ABV and 141 calories a serve size, this can is 1.2 standard drinks of a beer in NZ.

Brewed by Piha Beer in the style that is: Grodziskie/Gose/Lichtenhainer and that happened in Piha, New Zealand

Piha, it’s windy and surfy

Tart, refreshing and just a little salty, like licking your lips after your first mean bomb off the rocks.

Our Salt Water Gose is perfect as you stretch out after a hard day’s relaxing

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Gose, the new black, the thinking mans sour beer perhaps, they’ve become quite common, might of course be easier than cultivating your own brett strain to add salt water to achieve much the same, said the man with no experience in these things.

Aroma to me is more like a pear than anything, then it’s vague metallic too.

Pour is very light pale yellow with a small film head. Aroma still has that pear note, which is very intriguing.

The taste is lightweight but really consistent, low tartness, low bitterness, sweet enough, perhaps over sweet really, and quite cautious. I can see why this would appeal but it really isn’t setting any benchmark in the style.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 6 of its things from the thing. It’s not a lot more than average, and it’s not going to set the world alight. It could be quite a good entry lever beer into the style but that’s not really the start point you need,  Lacks any real flavour of any real thing, lacks real tartness, and sourness perhaps and it is just too safe.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? I got it as a gift! I love gifts. Thanks Keith.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, because it was a gift, however it’s not brilliant.
  • Would I have another? I have two, so I am having one more.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? No not as a stand out beer, yes if they’d never had one and were being a bit snobbish about beers.

Music for this:  ” Ride ” with  ” Weather Diaries”  #NowPlaying on Spotify

This is Shoegaze, a genre that is is having a bit of a resurgence after fading away a bit. Ride are a British rock band that formed in 1988 in Oxford, England, consisting of Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Laurence “Loz” Colbert, and Steve Queralt.


Sour wheat beers were common in many parts of medieval and early Industrial Europe. Two styles – lambic and Berliner weisse – survived, but many others did not. Gose and Lichtenhainer are historic styles of sour wheat beer. Grodzisk is sometimes tart, sometimes not. Gose is seasoned with salt, Grodziskie and Lichtenhainer contain smoked malt. Historical sources are mixed about Lichtenhainer containing wheat, so modern interpretations may vary. Grätzer is an alternative name for Grodziskie. All three will be relatively low alcohol, with a strong wheat character, but will be distinct from classic examples of Berliner Weisse or lambic. As all we have are historical recreations, substantial differences may exist between interpretations





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