Sword Play

Gose Civil Society Brewing Co.Commonwealth Brewing Co.


Sword Play, a German-style Gose collaboratively brewed by Civil Society Brewing Co. and Commonwealth Brewing Co.

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Sword Play is a German-style Gose collaboratively brewed by Civil Society Brewing Co. and Commonwealth Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a can.


The ale pours a cloudy straw and is topped by a thick stack of pillowy white foam that persists briefly. The head reduces to a razor-thin head of bubbles and eventually vanishes altogether. Bubbles rise in the glass.


The aroma is bright and tart with a scent of key limes. Wheat bread also appears as the beer warms.


The palate is tart and juicy throughout with flavors of key lime and passionfruit. A taste of sea salt punches the finish while a bready sourdough base ties the palate together.


Its feel is smooth, astringent, and its saltiness is mouthwatering. The body is medium with moderately-high carbonation.


Sword Play has a pleasant aroma and is delightfully tart, refreshing, and easily quaffed. The grain and yeast give the brew a nice body. If anything is amiss, its appearance is good but not great. Regardless, this Gose mixes well with the Florida sun.

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About the Gose

The Gose (pronounced GOH-zeh) style originated during the Middle Ages in the town of Goslar. Production declined following the Second World War but has been revived during the modern craft beer era. Its appearance is hazy with a medium gold color. Puffy white head with excellent retention. Visibly effervescent. Its feel should have a medium body with high carbonation. Being dry and salty lends a mouthwatering quality. Its aroma and palate have a light sourness with noticeable amounts of salt and coriander. Bitterness is all but absent with no hop flavor. Its saltiness should be used with restraint. And its sourness shouldn’t be as intense as found in a Berliner Weisse or a Gueuze.