Original Ritterguts Gose
Ritterguts Gose

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Ritterguts Gose
Sour - Gose
Ranked #60
Ranked #12,279
3.97 | pDev: 9.82%
Jan 12, 2022
Jul 12, 2003
Very Good
Original Ritterguts GoseOriginal Ritterguts Gose
Notes: Ritterguts Gose is the oldest existing, most authentic Gose in the world. We still brew this unique beer in the old-fashioned, original way, using genuine Gose yeast, coriander and salt. Ritterguts Gose's refreshing characteristics are developed through a secondary lactic fermentation, which produces a round and harmonious acidity. Its rare, classic open fermentation and long, cold maturation make it exceptionally well-balanced, the way a real Gose was meant to be. Enjoy a taste of the finest Leipzig tradition!
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Photo of REVZEB
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Cloudy amber body, visible carbonation feeds the white head. Standard sour wheat, lemon, orange, and salt in the nose. Taste is a touch more complex with some white grape, green apple and a hint of coriander. Well rounded gose with light tartness, higher carbonation does cut the wheat character a bit. No real weaknesses but doesn't exactly stand out either

Jan 12, 2022
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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this at Sour Fest 2019 at Hops & Pie in Denver.

Was surprised this was a light amber color, expected yellow. 1/3" white head. Aroma was pretty traditional, didn't have caramel like I thought might have been possible looking at the color. Was otherwise just traditional gose lemon like yeast notes, salinity and coriander. Traditional as the kids don't say.

Taste revealed a gose that was traditional unlike a lot of the amped up wild ales that call themselves gose. Drinks much lighter than its appearance. Lotta those lemon notes to the wheat. Has that nice citric acid kick to it. Well carbonated. I'm glad I started early with it, as there was so many great beers that day, almost all of them bigger and more sour. This is like a nice lightly toasted piece of sourdough bread.

If you're gonna drink it, drink it first. Its delicate nuance (salt aside) deserves to go first, otherwise it will prolly taste understated compared to more aggro beers.

Sep 03, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

Thin, dry, and tart. This one reminds us more of a gentle apple cider than a beer. Crushable though, and emblematic of what you typically see from a traditional German sour. Simply delicious.

Sep 01, 2020
3.75 by mtnwesdew from New York on Aug 05, 2020
3.69 by ThinkAgain from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Thanks to a concerted effort on my part, there has been a significant reduction in the Bottle (Gasp!) Backlog here at Chez Woody. The effort continues with this beer.

From the Bottle (!): "Sour German Beer with Salt & Spice"; "World Beer Awards 13 World's Best Gold"; "Enjoy the unique taste and distinctive freshness of Original Ritterguts Gose, which is still brewed in the traditional way. It has been a specialty of the city of Leipzig since 1738."; "Gose is a natural product, brewed with coriander and salt. As the traditional brewing process includes lactic fermentation, as well as bottle conditioning, there is a possibility of yeast sedimentation in the bottle. We recommend gently shaking the bottle to mix the yeast before opening it."; "A Leipzig tradition since 1738".

I have had this bottle hanging around for a while, causing quite a bit of lees to visibly form on the kick/punt, but I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour all the same. Once I had sufficiently charged the awaiting glass & was not seeing any head, I initiated a vigorous in-glass swirl. It was lightly carbonated, but I still did not get any head forming. 8=( Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a pronounced saltiness along with a light peppery spiciness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin & watery, about on par for a Tart/Sour beer. The taste was definitely tart, not sour, with a salty tanginess underlain by the spices. In this bottle, salt was unquestionably king! Finish was tart and dry, as any beer involving spices should be expected to be. It would be a highly refreshing beer on a hot, humid Summer's day or a nice accompaniment to a seafood supper, especially of fish. Mmm. YMMV.

May 07, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice orange with a good amount of white head. The salt comes through on the nose right away. A bit of citrus fruit, and an herbal note. A bit of grass. The taste is awesome. Nice sweet and salty notes. Definitely some wheat, tropical fruit, bitter lemon peel, and some earthy notes. Mouthfeel is dry and light. Overall, this is wonderful.

Apr 26, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip. There are a couple Ritterguts Gose entries here, but this one matches the ABV, so I'll go with this one.

Appearance: clear body with a pale light orange hue and a finger of compact ivory froth. It looks nice; I imagine this is nearly the definition of the style.

Smell: sweet malt with a little bit of a floral aroma and a touch of sourness. Some piece of this combination gives off a hint of spearmint as well; I like it.

Taste: there's a mild sweetness, a good malty flavor, and just the littlest hint of sourness. The salt doesn't come forward as "salty" but simply as a flavor enhancement. I like the simplicity of this beer -- American interpretations often go quite crazy -- and the balance achieved here.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer isn't fancy, but it delivers the Gose goods quite nicely.

Nov 18, 2019
4.18 by ben741 from Canada (ON) on Oct 05, 2019
4.25 by leinie13 from Ohio on Sep 01, 2019
3.78 by nullbort from Canada (ON) on Aug 10, 2019
4.03 by 4ster from Canada (ON) on Jun 18, 2019
3.63 by crobinso from Colorado on May 26, 2019
2.45 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on May 11, 2019
3.46 by Giggy from Michigan on May 11, 2019
3.85 by bluehende from Delaware on Apr 07, 2019
4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Mar 11, 2019
3.85 by goalie35 from Canada (AB) on Jan 14, 2019
4.25 by jwat from Pennsylvania on Nov 16, 2018
4.25 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Oct 22, 2018
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Brauerei Reichenbrand GmbH & Co. KG "Ritterguts Gose"
1Pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle without production codes or freshness dating
$6.99 @ DeDicco & Sons, Brewster, NY

Look: very hazy deep gold/amber beneath a short head of bright white foam. Being a sour beer the head retention and lacing are limited but it holds up OK at the beginning.

Smell: Limited aroma. Fruity with apple and berries over a light bit of malt. There's only a minor suggestion of tartness to it.

Taste: The tartness clearly shows in the flavor but it's far from puckering, it's just medium. Some malt comes through as well, simply grainy and lightly bready, and just a touch of coriander. The salt is restrained as well, and although it's there it doesn't really appear until mid palate once the acidity has settled a bit. There's not a lot of bitterness but it's not needed as the acidity is enough to balance whatever sweetness remains in the malt and it finishes dry with some of the saltiness lingering.

Feel: It's medium bodied with a soft carbonation so as not to enhance the acidic bite.

Overall: The restraint and balance are what make this gosebier shine. A little bit more of any of its components (malt, acidity, salt, coriander, bitterness, carbonation, body) would throw it off slightly and it wouldn't be the perfectly rounded example it is.

Review# 6,270

Oct 02, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Snowcrash000 from Germany

Pours a cloudy, deep gold/pale amber coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smells like a sea breeze, with strong notes of sea salt and spice and hints of biscuity malt and citrus. Taste is a lovely balance of mellow, slightly sweet biscuity, sourdough malt, citric acidity and saltiness, with a hint of coriander, grass, lime, green apple and white grape as well. Finishes with a medium sourness and some citric acidity lingering in the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation.

This is a fantastic, traditional Gose that doesn't hit you over the head with a crazy sourness and is very well-balanced. The sourness isn't even *that* mild though, this definitely packs a certain citric acidity punch and has quite the salty bite to it as well.

Sep 13, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

Appearance - Deep brass, brilliant clarity, sudsy head fades quickly and noisily, effervescent.

nose - doughy, light herbal hop, moderate acetyladehyde, a very faint mixed berry / sweet tart aroma, light pilsner malt sweetness, surprisingly aromatic, hint of lime

Flavor - far milder that US versions. Balance is toward maltiness with bready, sourdough character. Cooked pear and green apple ester coming through. Not really overtly salty or spicy. Sourness comes as firm tang in the finish. Not aggressive at all. Lime peeks out again in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a density that gets cut by medium-high carbonation and the tart tang in the finish.

Overall - Refreshing. I like this a lot more than I thought I would based on heavy-handed American interpretations. Seems like it has a lot of potential for food pairings.

Sep 12, 2018
4 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Sep 03, 2018
Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a light clear amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma had pleasant Salty and spicy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with salty and spicy flavors and a good sourness note
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good balanced Gose beer

Sep 02, 2018
4.25 by mcrawford from Michigan on Aug 31, 2018
3.9 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Aug 28, 2018
4 by Hanyuu from Finland on Aug 05, 2018
3.8 by isaac_barrow from Indiana on Jul 24, 2018
3 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jul 13, 2018
Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

Review: 0,5l bottle of Original Ritterguts Gose, Gose style: 4.7% ABV

Comes in a lovely brown bottle with an interesting old style logo of some old fella messing around with some flasks and beer in a lab, the creative genius behind this beer no doubt.

On pour get a very frothy white headed beer with a lovely looking golden orange colour. 
Head does die and the beer goes all a bit hazy after a while.

A piercing, very fruity smell, very citrusy and I can definitely get the salt aroma. Also got a strong smell of grapes and/or cherries.

Taste is very sweet, wow.
Like a very sweet pop drink with a lot of hops. An interesting style alright.
Very sweet tastes, malty, citrusy, the salt and it is also quite yeasty. But it is quite well balanced considering all the different tastes and flavours contained within the brew. 

Not a bad style, could get into it. 
Kind of like it, for a new style I tried, interesting, would like to try some more to get more of a feel to it. Would never have guessed that salt and coriander would be a suitable mix for a beer. 

The salt taste is very prominent, basically just jumps out at ya and gives you a big slap in the face!

Quite strong too, kind of like an energy drink. I say that as I was buzzing, but that could be the football, Korea just knocked Germany out of the World Cup!!

Will definitely try this beer and style again. Gose beers have a new fan!

Jun 29, 2018
4 by deg from New Hampshire on Jun 09, 2018
3.24 by brother_rebus from Maine on Jun 03, 2018
4 by Davit from California on May 23, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

500ml bottle
4.7% ABV
Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
September 16, 2017
(as Original Ritterguts Gose)
The beer pours a slightly hazed metallic gold colour with a white head that had the retention of a soft-drink. There is plenty of effervescence visible in the glass. The aroma is tart fruit, spices, and yeast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with above average carbonation. The flavour is very tart, with spices and salt thrown in. A better than average gose.

Apr 20, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

A - golden, clear, no activity. Nice white fluffy head that quickly recedes

S - clean, slightly mineral

T - tart, acidic base...very salty with a sweet finish.

M - less dry than American gose,
More sweet and rounded

O - very interesting when compared to modern American takes of the style. Much saltier and sweeter. Very enjoyable.

Apr 10, 2018
3.7 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island on Apr 04, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

First stab at this style, so I’ll use Berliner Weisse and gueuze as references. Also reminiscent of a sour ale. Darker in color than above mentioned styles, aroma of vinegar, cider, and light malt. Taste is cider, malt and hints of the salt used in the process. This a regional specialty, and its own unique style. I’ll go the experts on this one, pretty good stuff

Mar 05, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

Cloudy yellow with no real carbonation, and topped with 3 fingers of fluffy, well retained off white head.

Smells of coriander, pee malt, biscuit, slight salty quality, and a hint of acid.

Sour, dried honey comb, coriander, lemon juice, and biscuit.

Medium, bready body with a huge, foamy carbonation.

Got this in Gravenhurst, drinking in Muskoka Jan 7th, 2018. Really well done classic gose.

Jan 08, 2018
3.82 by Budlum from Maryland on Dec 22, 2017
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