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Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose | Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH

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Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH
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Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-12-2003

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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 459
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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 falloutsnow
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought from Leipzig by NZ, much thanks!
2011 bottling (01:25A2109), best by 03.2013
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Being only my second gose, I will admit that I'm not terribly sure how to rate this beer. I enjoyed my first gose, and this one as well. This gose was different in flavor composition, but equally mild in some places, assertive in others. It was lacking the coriander component of the exported Bayerischer gose, but had a stronger lactic component. Overall, I found this entirely drinkable and enjoyable, just right for a warm summer's day.

Pours a 2cm head of clean white bubbles, mostly small in size, that has fairly poor retention, but falls to a constant cap atop the body, about 0.2cm in height. Head leaves some solid lacing (large, long streaks and spots) along sides of glass with each sip. Body is a semi-transparent mid-darkness orange color with yellowish highlights, light brightens the orange color and makes the yellow really burst out. Carbonation is visible and very active.

Aroma is of modest lactic acid, faintly of sliced meyer lemons, and some distinct saltiness that is surprisingly bold. Adding sediment increases the saltiness to fairly high and undesirable levels.

Opens with some wheat malt, salt, and very mild lactic notes, spreading to a bit more sweetness, fruity esters, and continued salt and lactic characters. Back of palate continues to pick up fruity esters, mild tartness, and a bit of wheat malt. Aftertaste is of lingering graininess with a bit of sweetness and sourness in the background; kind of reminiscent of a not-overly-sugary breakfast cereal in slightly soured milk. That sounds unappealing, whereas this tastes appealing.

Beer is medium-light to light bodied, with medium to high levels of carbonation for the heft. This makes the beer quite propulsive on the palate, slightly prickly, but generally a fast sipper. The salt adds to the drying effect of the beer itself, making this quite dry, with a bit of stickiness on the mouth after each sip.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this obscure beer, Richard.

Pours a pale yellow color with a tall white head. Not like the other examples of Gose that I've had. There is a slight saltiness to the nose, but it's more lactic than expected. Nice lemon peel and a bit of spice (coriander?) to it. Some sweet malt aroma, too. The flavor is a nice mix of sweet and tart with lemon peel and lactic acidity. A subtle salt and spice flavor is present. Really just light and easy to drink.

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Photo of harrymel
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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 atis
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow fizzy with small white head that soon fades. Aroma is funk citrus, becomes a bit spicy when warming up.

Taste begins with wheaty lactic acidic bite, hints of citrus, green apples, slowly drying finish and light sourish citrus aftertaste. Some salty residue remains on the lips at the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation.

Very pleasant and refreshing Gose, although I would have preferred more of funky goodness.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gose beers are a sort of living fossils of the beer-world, whose origins predate the adoption of the Purity Law by the Northern Germany and found themselves more than once on the verge of extinction. 500 ml, BB date reads March 2011.
Pour into tulip gives birth to a golden body with excellent clarity and substantial, surprisingly well sustained white head producing patches and bands of lace on the glass-sides as it subsides. The mild nose is apple skin aroma, with malted wheat sweetness in the background and a whiff of coriander. The beer is strongly lemony tart on the palate, crispy and dry with a subtle sharpness provided by the addition of salt. Hops are imperceptible but the balance is secured by dryness and salty sharpness. Medium-light bodied with prominent carbonation. Overall, the beer is closely reminiscent of its Berliner Weisse relatives.

In short: An acidic, saline, crisp, dry and very refreshing example of the style that survived the enforcement of the Purity law.

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Photo of lstokes
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Ohne Bedenken in Leipzig and loved it.

It poured nice and cloudy with a beautiful head and smelled very yeasty with a hint of salt--not as wheat-smelling as it should be until you get to the taste, which is delectable. Bites you with lactic acid at the beginning and then mellows out into a good wheat beer (more banana/clove than the Bahnhof variety) with that undercurrent of salt/coriander tang, which dry out the end and leave you wanting more, and more, and more.

I would say this is a little bit more traditional than the Bahnhof variety just because I get more of the strong wheat beer taste here, but honestly I think they're both excellent beers. Everyone should make a trip to Leipzig to try them.

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Photo of speter
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sinfonie in Leipzig.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a three-finger fluffy off-white head in the dedicated "Gose ist gesund" glass.

S: Malt, wheat, corriander, and lactic acid.

T: This is the second Gose I've had, and this one really hits the spot. The salt that is part of the style is apparent really only in the foam, which is to say, at the very first sip. After that, it gets out of the way. The major taste is the tangy sourness of lactic acid, backed up with the spice notes. (You can also have it with fruit syrups if you don't like too heavy a lactic taste---my wife had a strawberry Gose and a raspberry Gose, the latter of which wasn't too bad.)

M: Tangy and briskly carbonated.

D: If you like sour beers, this is a wonderful one.

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Photo of velkyal
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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 DerBayer
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Gose and it is an interesting style indeed.

The colour is a cloudy hazy gold withminimal nead.

The smell is sour and slightly spicey and herbal. There is some wheat breadiness in the background

The taste is sour upfront but a refreshing kind of sour with some faint herbal spiceiness. There is a citrussy aftertaste as if of Lemons.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing

Drink again

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Photo of Nickls
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Light clear yellow color; poured with pretty thin white head

S - Olives, lemon, citrus; overall fairly mild but pleasant

T - Taste very much mirrors the aroma; salty; olives; lemony; very savory

M - Lightish; tight bubbly carbonation

D - Decent drinking, but I don't think I could do too much of this brew at a time, but nice and interesting

Overall, an interesting and unique style, much less brew. Worth a look if you can find it.

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Photo of kappldav123
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle looks good, but I don't like this old man on the front label. Fine sourish-spicy aroma. Tastes really good, I think a mix between Berliner Weisse and a hefeweizen - a little bit sourish with woody notes, but also fruity like lemon and apricot. Very refreshing. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of stcules
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
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 sleazo
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_pours a hazed straw hue with a thick dense head. Lacing is pretty good

S_slight barnyard must odour with a nice dose of wheat. Mild spiciness

T_slight bit of funk here as well. Mostly though this is dominated by a wheaty tartness. Hops are minimal but provide a nice dryness in the background. Mild spices come through as it warms. Slight mineral quality as well.

M_effervescent and light.

D_My first Gose and I found it very drinkable. Refreshing, tart and sessionable

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Photo of Windigstadt
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of shroompod
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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 lagrin
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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 far333
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 goodbyeohio
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

nice 750ml bottle in a teardrop type shape with a long neck and flip top, relatively new to the market here in the US

pours a cloudy yellow color.. very bubbly and lagery looking with a small ring of carbonation around the edge of my glass.. not much in the way of head lasts on this beer

wheaty aroma with a definite funk to it. flavor is heavy on coriander and very complex. as suggested, a nice happy spot between a wheat, a wit.. somewhat belgian overall with a unique saltwater aftertaste.. not overwhelming, more complimentary to the wheat than it sounds.

drinkability is very low due to the intensity of flavors.. a sipper and i'd probably max out at a 6 oz. serving. good for something different and always relish the opportunity to try new styles.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found this beer, and got a bonus of it being on sale as "no one wants to drink that crap" Well i dont know why as I didnt find anything wrong with it. It pours maybe a shade or two darker than a normal hefe, but not as dark as a dunkle. Not too much head on this one, might be due to the salt. Smell is also reminicent of a hefe with an added spicy element. Taste is smooth at first with the banana and clove esters usually associated with German wheat beers. However at the end the salt is slightly noticable and drys the beer out in the mouth. I had been told that this beer tasted like licking a salt lick, that is not the case. Carbonation is nice, and this one goes down pretty smoothly. Not sure if i would drink a lot of these in an evening, but one or two with dinner would be fine. I will definately give this a shot again

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Photo of jackndan
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly hoppy smell. Hazy gold with a nice creamy head. Very visibly carbonated with the carbonation lending a tang to the flavor. Almost takes like a belgian triple, but certainly closer to belgian in flavor than any other german beer. Cloves and banana came through along with a nice malt sweetness. Definitely worth checking out if you can find it.

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Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose from Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.