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Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose - Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH

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90
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371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 37
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
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Germany

Style | ABV
Gose |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 07-12-2003

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Ratings: 371 | Reviews: 90
Reviews by Windigstadt:
Photo of Windigstadt
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Ohne Bedenken Gosenschenke in Leipzig...

A- Poured a cloudy golden hue (much like a Hefeweizen) with a stark, rocky white head.
S- Aroma is surprisingly yeasty (like the trub left in the fermenter for you brewers out there) with the wafting smell of sea salt.
T- Assertive lactic acid bite up front, similar to a Berliner Weisse. A citrus-sweet, floral wheat malt profile hangs on your tongue, balancing with the slight flavor of coriander until it gives way to a bitter hop finish with just enough salt to leave the taste on your tongue.
M- Carbonated, but not overly so (not nearly as carbonated as a Hefe, despite the similar appearance).
D- Very refreshing; could drink these all night.

Overall: What an amazing beer. I had tried the Bayerischer Bahnhof Gose on tap in the States, and this put B-Bahnhof to shame. The lactic acid is assertive but not as dominating as it is in a Berliner Weisse. I suppose it can't be if you want the coriander and salt contributions to come through. And while the salt gave it an earthy quality, it never becomes savory. The salt complements the sweetness of the wheat malt and coriander in the same way that you add salt to cookies and other sweets. Overall there are some unique flavors here that all come together to make something unexpected and remarkable. While B-Bahnhof plays it safe, Doellnitzer/Ohne Bedenken goes all the way to make an incredible beer. If you are anywhere near Leipzig you HAVE to stop by Ohne Bedenken or pick up a bottle in a local liquor store/supermarket.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Americans seem confused. They seem to think that the traditional salt beer of northern Germany are sour, as brewers attach themselves to full-blown berlinerweiss instead. But with is soft tangy acidity and saline fullness, they should sit back and let Dollnitzer brewers show them how it's done.

Its cloudy translucence and canary hues layer into the glass with both a bready and champagne-like layering. As a cottony-white head constructs, the nose is greeted with bread, cookie dough and candied lemon drop. With its playful tartness and sprite acidity looming, the initial taste is creamy, fully wheated and medium-sweet.

Upon the middle, the bready texture and candied sweetness pull apart, paving the way for the tartness of green apple, under-ripened berry, white grape, lemon and lime to tether through the quickly dissolving malt character. The fullness that only salt can provide follow closely behind and offer its delicate brine with no residually mineral character to interfere.

Piquant acidity wisps away quickly while ensuring a high rate of refreshment and drinkability while its soft saltiness lingers to highlight echoes of bread dough in aftertaste. Otherwise a light bodied ale, the taste of brine that clings on tightly to the mouth gives the ale an impression of fullness that has a bit more staying power on the palate than expected.

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had only a few examples of the style so I figured today would be a good day to revisit it while getting the grill out for the first time this year.Pours into a cylinder a hazed orange tinged light golden with a nice looking white head atop.Toasted grain and slightly metallic in the nose along with some lemon zest.A healthy dose of lemon/lactic brings some sourness to the palate,with me not being a fan of anything very sour it kinda turned me off a little,toasted grain and the hint of salt/brine in the finish.I know the gose is becoming a fashionable style right now but it's not my thing,this is a good example though and I tried to rate accordingly.

Photo of mverity
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Proof. Pours a clear straw with bubbly white head that faded pretty quickly to nothing. No wisps, collar, anything. Aroma is grassy and dry yeast tartness. Taste is tart throughout, slightl pear fruitiness, and slightly metallic. Light body and low carbonation. Very drinkable though.

Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow grassy color with a thin white head that recedes quickly. Aroma of buttery corn and yeast. Flavor is initially yeasty, but not overpowering. Flavor evolves to corny malt and finishes crisp with zesty lemon and some spice, sorta peppery. Some spicy lemon lingers. Relatively low drinkability due to the yeast/lemon combo that was a bit much for my pallete.

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle.

Aroma: tart and neutral (appeal)

Flavor: about average (for style) levels of sour and salt. Hints of lemon and lemongrass.

O: Not extreme in any way yet distinct.

Photo of tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is light gold...head is small, white, and tightly foamy. Aroma has a hefeweizen like lemony twang with floral, light spice, and fresh salty cereal grains. Taste is clean, lemony, slightly tart, lightly salted, floral, a little soapy, and white bread dough. Dry through the finish, but otherwise fluid and fluffy. Nice Gose indeed...

Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours two finger of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is fresh baked bread, limes and wet hay.
The taste has a mild lemon bitter beginning and quickly moves to a strong sour and tart flavor.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It has an uncommon taste for today's brews, but it's quite enjoyable.

Photo of jackndan
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lepinzer Gose: Gose, which fairly closely rhymes with Jose (as in me and Jose down by the school yard), or so I am told. I had this on tap at the Map Room in Chicago, and it was seven bucks for a relatively small glass. Given the price, and my own internal hype, I expected to be blown away, but I was not. To me it tasted like a dry weiss beer.

It presented like any other weiss beer: cloudy golden color, nice thick head (although not particularly long lasting) and it had a yeasty/banana aroma.

As suggested above the taste was not overwhelming. Had it been presented as another weiss, I’d have thought it was tasty, and different but not so much that it fell outside the broad umbrella of the style. Coriander? Really? I never tasted it. Because I know it was brewed with salt, it was noticeable, and it was the salt that tended to dry out the taste in the end.

This was a very well made beer, unfortunately I’d set my sights on something absolutely unique, and the Gose style was not.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Bottle thanks to Chris. Aged prosciutto and faint fennel seed. Pours coarse with yellow gold and silky float of white. Pepper soaked cascade in pink and green with some cinnamon. Very floral with Christmas potpourri and pumpkin over a salty body. Again, unique. Lemon sour towards the back end, with a remarkably crisp and bright finish. Rather astonishing.

Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When I watched it poured I commented on how light and watery it appeared. A light bronze coloring it was capped by a thin fizzy foam.

The nose is starchy with a wheat malt. There is a touch of fruit like apples but it's light.

The flavor is so much better than the other aspects were revealing. The taste is bold Apple cider, sweet pear, Sweet Tarts candy and a layer of starchy wheat. I did not detect any saltiness but the fruit and sour combination was quite exceptional.

The feel was substantial enough but it didn't have a lot of tanginess. Moderately carbonated it was very easy to drink.

I may have missed the salty qualities that the style should have, and a judge might deduct points, but the overall flavor is very nice.

Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky golden orange with the yeast swirled in, as the back label advises. A finger of foam initially that fades fairly quickly to a thin ring around the edges of the glass

Crisp acidic lemony tartness up front, with a biscuity, doughy grain presence, light minerality from it's moderately salty character. Lightish bodied with low level carbonation, the salt definitely alters the feel a bit. A moderate salinity to this Gose, more salt than most, giving it a creamy, savory feel in addition to it's light tartness. Seems to be a classic representation of the style.

A bit pricey at $10.99 for a 16.9 oz. bottle at Friar Tucks.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like tart fruit (citrus, apple), wheat, peaches, and some salty herbalness. It tastes like lemon/lemon peel, wheat, earthy herbalness, salt, tart peaches, and tart apples. Moutfheel/body is light/medium, it's tart and refreshing with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, good thing for me I bought 2 bottles! $5.79 a bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy hay color gose with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes is pretty dominant with some light salty notes also distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by some salty notes with quite strong tart notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Not bad but not what I was expecting at all. A lot more tart and lactic acid notes then expected with almost no coriander.

Photo of SquizzleBop
4/5  rDev -0.5%

My first sour. really enjoyed it. Best way I can personally describe it is if Mead had a beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A real nice dark brass gold body, slightly hazy, and a near bronze color. Head billows up to a very even pinhead three fingers, but has lots of soapy retention and a bright white color. Lots of visible carbonation most of it quite small.

Nose is classic gose goodness. Nice salinity and a sense of ocean spray, matching with a hint of grass and chewy malts. Smelling this makes me salivate. A little bit of fresh lemon comes into play a bit.

Palate is quenching, light, but incredibly rocky and mineraly. Mineraly finish matching with a real nice salt body. Finishes clean with lemon citrus juicy quality. Not much chewy malt density to this though. Playful borderline soda like carbonation particularly on the front of the palate.

Fairly solid gose, almost like very hard water beer or something, I wish it had a little bit more bready malts and chewy sense though in the palate and flavor. I wouldn't pass this up though, great warm weather beer and one to session nicely also.

Photo of wedge
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slight haziness, and a small white head that lasts for the duration as a ring of bubbles. Fragent tart smell: lemony citrus, apples, flowers, fresh wheat, and brine. Flavor is very light...slight lacto start, green apple tartness, salt, lemon, berries, and grain. Light and quite drying. Nice balance between all the elements.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep golden body, hazy/cloudy; stiff center-pour kicked up a couple of fingers of crystalline white bubbly foam that slimmed down to a white collar and slim caps I drank

S: salty ocean breezes , lemony tart crispness, fresh grains and flowery fields

T: wheaty lemon and citric pith, saline accents on the mild sourness, hints of lactic acid, fresh herbs and spices like coriander and thyme (I'm probably reaching here, but you get the idea)

M: smooth and crisp at the same time, refreshing and tart, light-to-medium weight, fuzzy carbonation and tingle

O: I'm no Gose expert, but I'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict this is a pretty accurate take on the traditional style - simpler and subtler than Westbrook's Gose, for example, and maybe not as appealing to a more "Americanized" palate, but I found it delightful.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Euler stange. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat and light citric tartness, a hint of coriander. Flavor is light wheat, citrus, mild lactic tartness, hint of coriander and salt; interesting light lemon tartness in the finish at the edges of the tongue. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. A really nice example of the style, with all flavors handled lightly, but nicely balanced. The tartness is well supported by the wheat body. Both coriander and salt are deftly integrated. I'm not a sour beer fan, but found this nicely made, lightly tart beer to be refreshing and tasty.

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam. Just about zero lacing.

S- Lactic acid aroma with some bready malt and an extra yeasty element I can't quite pin down.

T- Very mildly tart with notes of lemon, grapefruit and apple. Signs of oxidation but nothing too detrimental.

M- Slightly dry with medium-low carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Eh. It might be more true to style than Westbrook Gose, but still not as enjoyable for me.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Tørst, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose alogn with some hints of apples and lemons.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is somewhat sour and has some hints of salt and lemon citrus along with faint amounts of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A slight bit of tartness is present.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems to lack the complexity of some of the top beers in the style.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new one to me, a recent import from the Shelton Brothers, "a Leipzig tradition since 1738", "sour German beer brewed with salt & spice".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice crisp clear golden body, with about a finger of white head that falls to a ring rather quickly. Head retention was much weaker than expected. Just a touch cloudy; no sedimentation visible.

S - The aroma comes off mostly floral - coriander steals the show here. Other light spicing / clove / bubblegum aromas are in there, but weak.

T - The taste follows the nose - much more grainy & floral than salty / sour. There is an initial pucker, but it fades almost too quickly. Grainy & papery, with some malty adjunct corn / cardboard water sort of taste in there. Floral coriander / clove / spice is distinct, and not overdone. It's good, but I was hoping for more sour.

M - The feel is crisp & spritzy. Dry, papery, & grainy on the finish. Beckons the palate for another sip.

Overall, traditional, to be sure, but not my favorite take on the style at all. Glad to have tried the classic, but it was a bit too bland in comparison to some of the more far-out examples of a Gose that are available nowadays.

Ritterguts Original Gose -----4/5.

Photo of shroompod
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A style I haven't previously tried.

Pours a slightly golden cloudy color. Not much of a head. Carbonation is apparent.

I don't get much from smelling this beer but a slight grassy note.

Taste is tart , somewhat fruity. No hop or malt presence. Not tasting the salt or coriander.

Mouthfeel is thin, somewhat dry.

Overall and easy drinking beer I'd have again.

Photo of selecter70
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The truth the one ought not drink from the bottle straight, is illustrated here, where one would simply miss out on the complexities of flavor, rendering the simple joy of imbibing this lacking.
From the bottle, it pours a medium golden orange brown with a thin foamy white head. Not much lace clings to the glass and the appearance shows a wheaty haze, but with bright small, champagne-like bubbles rising. There is a slight orange-lemon malty aroma & a crisp but mild tartness, some sweet wheat hefeweis, a little bright lemon soapy snap (coriander) and a nice subtle salt rounding out tongue. A little mild in mouthfeel but refreshing café beer for hot day, especially by the ocean. Great refreshing summer sip for those who like sour beers or are open to variety; very few others are similar.

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks! My first gose

Appearance – Slightly hazy light copper colour with a below average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/breads, citrus, light caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it is a tad watery/thin. I can taste grains/bread mixed with tart citric acid and a bit of caramel. There is also a bit of spice - perhaps coriander and the beer ends with a grainy tart aftertaste.

Overall – An interesting beer for sure. Lots of tart sour citrus taste but not over the top and in your face. It comes through at the beginning and the end of each sip. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer again, but I'm glad to have tried.

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Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose from Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH
90 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.