Gosenschenke "Ohne Bedenken"
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Reviews by Hobbz:
4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
A classic pub in any event... though a pinnacle as a representative of an old-time Gosenschenke (Gose dispensary).
9/22/04 (Wed): Sometimes one has to thank the beer-Gods for plans gone awry. A rail delay resulted in an easy decision: Overnighting at the trains next main stop Leipzig.
I always knew a return visit here was in order but not planned on in 2004, since I wanted any next stay here to cover at least two nights.
So, after a relatively long stint at the very fine Bayerischer Bahnhof restaurant/brew-pub cheerfully engulfing many a fine cylinder of fresh, house-brewed draft Gose, my brother and I cabbed our way from the south-central of Leipzig a bit to the north-west corner of town and to a rendezvous much anticipated by reputation and hopefully befitting of an evening-ending sojourn. At least thered be more Gose...and of a different brewer, at that: Döllnitzer Rittergus Gose.
For a Wednesday eve, this place was absolutely packed with a wide range of local folk (no tourists I could tell, at least in Leipzig in September) old and young, standing and sitting but all seemingly smiling and chatting away noisily. Our thirst setting in, before getting a great look at the interior or even stepping nearer a barman, we were directed by a floorman downstairs suggesting tersely but fittingly that we should try our luck below. So down a small, ageless wrought-iron spiral case we stepped into the basement area which was quite comfy with an archway or two and recessed areas. Not too large, there were perhaps three or four standing tables through the floor area, with two or so large tables in one back area to the left of the stairs and additional seating around the walls of the other area to the right. Off to the left-front stood a bar. I should think it fit for 30 or so guests. This evening, we made perhaps 14 & 15.
I quickly noticed the Gose tap and we ordered contently and stepped back to an open table (they do serve a wide range of alcohol and I noticed about half the folks sipped Gose not too bad). As I glanced at the new offering in my glass, I noticed that it looked a bit lighter in body and color than the aforementioned Gose. There was also a bit less foam atop as it was poured (at least this night). Its taste was also rather different. A nice variance within a style. The Döllnitzer version to me had less a coriander and salt flavor (especially in the foam profile) with just a bit more sourness, yet smooth with less yeast-wheat bite. (I would love to arrange a tasting side by side in reverse order). One thing I happened on that struck me quite literally on the taste-buds was how bizarre just sucking in the foam portion was as a taste experience... Total bitterness and salt. Whew. Very unique a thing.
As we departed a couple hours and several beers later, the upstairs area had cleared a bit and I did walk around the corner to peek into the beer-garden area, aptly closed as it was. What I did see looked like the place to be with pleasant weather. I did not, however, discover if there were other rooms upstairs or even on this ground level besides the main room which seemed rather small for the amount of folks drawn in. Interesting that this is gem of a PUB in Germany quite distinct from a beer hall.
Edit, 02/2013: After lucky returns on two occasions, upping the ratings a bit on service & food. Very convival atmosphere the times I've been.
01-10-2005 06:04:02 | More by Hobbz
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4.34/5 rDev -3.3%
Excellent place to experience both Dollnitzer gose and Gosebraueri Bayern Bahnhof gose, as well as other beers/cocktails. Beautiful historic-looking tavern with lots of dark oak and gose memorabilia on the walls. Very comfortable and chock full of character. Expansive outdoor Biergarden, with covered porch seating in one area, large trees, and an outdoor bar. You can get the two main regional goses, both are delicious. Brewed with pale wheat, coriander, salt, and lactobacillus it's like a Berliner Weiss - wit hybrid, sour but quaffable. They also have an array of syrups that can be added, such as raspberry, mango, strawberry...I recommend getting it straight but if you do get a syrup ask for a SMALL amount, or you will be drinking a very sweet fruit drink with no gose character.
My food on both nights I visited Ohne Bedanke ("Without Concern") was really good. The description on the menu for the vegetarian 'crouton vegetable' dish is hard to decipher, it sounds as though croutons are predominant (they are not predominant but they are so good you wish they were)....As I recall it was like grilled veggies with Parmesan cheese and homemade croutons. Just take my word it was an absolutely delicious meal. As is the old wives' style herring. Of course there are many meat dishes too. The menu descriptions don't do justice to how good my food was, and an excellent value. If you are looking for a real Leipzig gose tavern experience, with character and historic charm, tasty and well prepared food, and nice people, this is the place. Memorable and highly recommended!
08-10-2014 19:50:10 | More by catwoman
4.58/5 rDev +2%
All I can say is, if you go to Leipzig, you HAVE to go to Ohne Bedenken. The place is rather small (I would estimate six tables), all aged wood with rustic aluminum Gose ads on the walls. It's a good thing we got there early, as every table was reserved for later in the evening. Our waiter was super nice, teaching us about Gose (in English, thankfully) and explaining that for a Gose you don't say "Prost!" (traditionally "cheers" in German) but "Goseana!" (like "Hosanna!"). The beer was amazing. Quite tart, almost as strong as a Berliner Weisse. The salt was indeed assertive, but not too much. It really balanced well with the sourness of the lactic acid, giving it an earthy, mineral-like quality more so than a brothy or sweaty taste. The beer also had a very yeasty aroma, and I was surprised to find the coriander quite subdued. Overall, an incredible beer that I hope I have a chance to try again soon. Like Berliner Weisse, many people mix their Gose with various syrups to make cocktails. Leah decided to try a banana Gose and I must admit it was very good as well. The sourness of the lactic acid and mineral bite of the salt really meshed with the banana, and I generally don't like sweet drinks or banana-flavored food or drink. Pretty amazing overall.
As far as the food was concerned, it stood out nearly as much as the Gose. We both started out with a wonderful cream and potato soup. I had a small ham hock with roast potatoes and sauerkraut for my main entree, and Leah had Gose-stewed roast with red cabbage and what I guess I would describe as potato balls (sort of like dumplings but made from grated potato). Really great stuff... some of the best traditional food Germany has to offer.
The service was wonderful. Our server spoke great English, but was also willing to humor me and converse pretend my third-semester German was actually understandable. The only warning I'll give is that most of the tables are reserved on weekend nights, so either get there for an early dinner (like we did) or make a reservation.
Overall, if you visit Leipzig and DON'T stop here, you are a Dummkopf.
03-02-2008 17:28:03 | More by Windigstadt
Gosenschenke "Ohne Bedenken" in Leipzig, Germany
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.