Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose - Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 42
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Reedbrew
2.44/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing. Had heard great things about this but it's very flat, poor carbonation, very little flavor or depth. Mainly just a mildly sour flat mildly salted beer.

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Photo of silverking
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- cloudy gold with a very short lived white head. No lacing. Looks like a wheat beer, but once again, no head.

S- lemon, yeast... Really light. I get some cider-like notes, along with a really strange yeast funk. It almost reminds me of bakers yeast.

T- salty pizza dough with a light topping of lemon juice. Really really weird. The finish has very strong yeast notes.

M- light, refreshing. It finishes clean. This would be nice on a very hot day.

O- glad I tried it, but I probably wouldn't buy it again. I really wanted to love this beer, but it's just not for me.

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Photo of smcolw
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Large bubble head to start and it dies to absolutely no bubbles within a minute. No bubbles mean no lace. The color is yellow-gold with a bit of a haze.

Soured pale malt is the predominant smell.

Quite tart, almost within the family of lambics but without the lingering aftertaste. Not nearly as flat as the initial appearance, but the carbonation is still well below my expectations. The body is on the thin side--reminds me of apple juice. Frankly, this is a bit disappointing.

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Photo of stcules
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old gold color, limpid. Not so white foam, quite creamy.
In the smell the saltiness is very strong, on a malty base. No perceptible coriander.
At the taste the saltines is again very intense, and quite aggressive. Very dry.
In the back, you can feel some coriander, and also some other spices (orange peel).
A very peculiar style.
Drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of FlandersNed
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16.9 oz bottle. Hazy gold tone with some yeast sedimentation chunks (says to lightly shake bottle before opening to mix in yeast) - quick white foam. Lightly fruity & salty. A bit smooth & bland and not as tart as many. Picked up sour milk hints. Medium+ body and moderate- carbonation. Bottle says its brewed by Ritterguts Gose in Borna/Saxony, Germany.

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Photo of Mikus
3.26/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am definitely spoiled by the more 'in your face' Gose versions, though I would imagine that this is closer to the classic take. Subdued coriander and barely noticeable salt. More akin to a witte than what I am accustomed to in a Gose (Westbrook, AV). This is even far more subdued than Jammer. That being said, the slight acidity, balance and light refreshing mouthfeel should be considered in the Gose conversation. Glad I tried it, but would personally reach for something more pungent next time. Cheers!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught at Ohne Bedenken in Leipzig, Germany. Serving vessel was a half litre generic glass. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average.

A: Pours a three finger head of poor thickness, without any cream, and of poor retention. Colour is a hazy cloudy copper-orange.

Sm: A very delicate light aroma of light sourness. It's alright.

T: Not as sour as the other gosen I've tried. The lactic acidity does come through, although it's more present on the open and in the body than on the climax or finish. The sourness is largely on the climax but feels held back and restrained. It seems like a somewhat weak rendering of the original recipe. Even the salt isn't particularly notable. Lemon esters are the only esters I detect. Fairly complex. Balanced for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but just the right amount. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Pricey by German standards, and not particularly brilliant. Certainly worth a try to experience a restrained form of the style. Not a beer you'd have often, but it would make for a nice occasional gose.


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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of velkyal
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light golden colour with a thin white head, which disappeared rather quickly.

The nose was really unusual, spicy like a wheat beer, laced with citrus fruit, in particular oranges and also a distinct smell of sour milk.

In terms of taste, again there was a citrusy twang, but like the flavour you get with soluble vitamin tablets, like minerals. The thing I found surprising was just how salty it tasted, almost as though the beer had been made with sea water.

Certainly a very interesting beer, but not one I could imagine drinking regularly.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half litre bottle into a glass.
Vaguely hazy orange. No head.
It smells herbal spicy and almost(!) sour.
It's savory and salty and sour, but also oddly mild. Enjoyable, but not overwhelming.
A solid gose, but perhaps not an experience I'm keen to repeat.

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Photo of mverity
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of lagrin
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500mL bottle poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass.

Dark straw in color. Initially poured with a nice, fluffy white head that persisted for a few minutes then subsided into a thin blanket of white foam. Mild but persistent stream of small carbonation bubbles.

Imagine standing up to you knees in ocean surf, at night, with a glass of wit in your hand. Smelling this beer brings me back to that experience. In other words, an overlying briny aroma mingled with coriander with a wisp of dried seaweed. Slight fruitiness in the background.

First impression is a typical wheat beer profile with undertones of hay (or dried seaweed). After the first swallow coriander rises from its briny berth. When the coriander taste subsides, there is a mild fruity afteraftertaste (peaches and pears?). Mild and balanced hop profile with sight piney undertones. In the end, there is dryness.

Body of beer in commensurate with its aroma and flavor profile. Feels similar to a heffeweisen.

Not hard to drink but does not go down as easily as a wit or heffeweisen. Every sip reveals new flavor nuisances but this complexity becomes cloying after a while.

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Photo of selecter70
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of steveh
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Excited to find this beer locally because I don't think I've ever seen it before, let alone tried it.

Full disclosure up front -- I'm not a big sour beer fan, but I was pleasantly surprised by August Schell's Gose, so my mind is open.

A -- Hazy gold with a dense, off-white head that fades fast to nil.

S -- Nose of bready maltiness and light sulfur. Wheat malt becomes more prominent with warming.

T -- Tart, sour saltiness right up front that that blends quickly to a straightforward citric, lactic sourness. There are hints of breadiness back, but the dominance of flavor is sourness. A blend of tart citrus & saltiness linger at the back of the throat in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft up front to light astringency in the finish. Body is light-medium.

O -- My overall impressions are reminiscent of first samplings of Gueuze. While this beer may be the hallmark of the style, and sourness may be something that's being rediscovered by today's beer drinkers, this beer may as well be pickle juice to me. Since I tried my first Gueuze almost 20 years ago, and I still can't enjoy the similar character, I don't think I can ever develop a palate for the flavors.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head on top that faded quickly. There is no retention or lacing on this one. The smell has the lactic acid coming through strong with some subtle wheat but not much coriander. The taste of the beer has a dominant tart flavor up front with a soft wheat finish. The slat and coriander are very subtle. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, nice carbonation and drinkable. Overall I feel the lactic acid is a little too much on this beer. Perhaps it's just me. Either way it's always fun to try these types of beers to see how they differ. Worth trying.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Leipzig, Germany at the Biergarten where it's served. Was going to the brewery, but they don't have a tasting room/garten.

A: Golden ale with a single finger of fine and near whipped quality foam of whiteness which falls over several minutes to a sheet of the same. Spotty and loose lacing. Hazy, as expected.

S: Bread, a little intense in the nose than anticipated. Pretty empty, but when smelled, reminiscent of a fresh ocean breeze (salinity is evident). Warming and earthy, the nose is really nice when I get it (but I'm surrounded by about five burning cigarettes, so I can't take away much on the points here).

T: Nicely tart, woody, earthy and yeasty. The earthiness is of sand and wheat and salt. This is fun, and I think better than Bayischer Banhof's version at the other end of town. A little more tart, a little better on the salt approach (these guys add salt after boil vs. Bayerschif who adds during boil).

M: Thin with fine and ticklish carbonation. Finish is a bit warm, very surprised in this given the lower ABV. Dry finish as well.

O: Good. The only thing missing here is a hint of coriander to help fully round this one out. I think a blend of the two Gose's from the region would be a good drink. This one is preferred though.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Tørst in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of gentle carbonation and hints of soft golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of briny/salty wheat with some light notes of lemon citrus and sourness.

T: Upfront this beer is tart with a light amount of brininess and some notes of slightly sour wheat. There are some notes of light fruit (white grape) and lemon citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Not as refreshing or complex as others examples of the style, so it would not be one of the first Gose beers that I would reach for. Easy enough to drink but just not quite as interesting as others.

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Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose from Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH
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