Original Ritterguts Gose
Ritterguts Gose

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Sour - Gose
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4 | pDev: 9.75%
Ritterguts Gose
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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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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Beersnake1 from California

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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flagmantho from Washington

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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cyrenaica from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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stevoj from Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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patre_tim from Thailand

3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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pootz from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1/2 liter Bottle racked 3 months ago - decants a lightly hazed pale straw colored ale with a puffy 3 finger cap which reduces quickly to a lasting surface lace. Aromas are complex but demure - tart, bready smells, coriander and some salt with a woodsy-musty-funky tone - magnificent! Soft mouth feel, light bodied, tart-salty-bready character. The Flavor is directly to style profile - dusty biscuity malts are met with salty-tart-spicy notes - these flavors balance without the detection of hops - finish is long dry, sour and lightly bitter riding on a corriander under tone. Absolutely refreshing, tart dry summer drink - world class - the benchmark other Gose brewers will be judged by.

Oct 31, 2017
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic version of the style. Perfectly balanced with tart flavors, some salt and the coriander. Extremely refreshing, but with depth of flavor as well. A delight.

Sep 25, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 16.9 oz bottle. Can't find any kind of date, but there was no dust on this one at a fairly busy store, so probably not all that old.

It is a very dark gold, to almost orange-brown, and cloudy with a thick bright white foam that settles fairly quickly into a fine film like ring.

It is pretty neutral smelling. A little bit of wheat grain, and an ever so slightly sour fruit. Really, it smells like applesauce.

I love the flavor. A little lactic/vinegar acid and wheat flour/bread up front, some tart red apple, a musty, almost wood like note, then coriander and salt toward the end with a sneaky, building sourness. A very nice lingering taste of everything. Nothing in your face. Just a great balance.

It has a very soft, and fluffy feel and is very smooth with hardly any bite from the sourness. If it weren't for the very flat, almost uncarbonated aspect I would be much higher here.

If you are looking for something that just jumps out of the glass like a Westbrook, look elsewhere. This is a much tamer, more sublte Gose.

Sep 18, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fills a Stiegl stemmed stange with an almost clear (SRM 4) yellow gold beer. A one-inch creamy white head lasts throughout the session, continuously rebuilt by occasional carbonation. Slight lacing clings to the glass while warmth completely clears the beer.

The aroma opens with tart apple followed by light lime and coriander. There is lilac in the background. Aside from the tartness, these are all rather delicate.

The flavor is lightly tart with slight sweetness. Lime gives way to hints of sourdough and coriander. The finish is quick and mild against a modest brine.

A soft, slick texture is lifted by light carbonation. The body is light to medium with no alcohol.

This is a nice drinking beer, well suited for a cold, rainy spring afternoon and casual conversation.

Sep 17, 2017
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DragonsMilk from Kentucky

2.56/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look: Hazy, Very Light Orange, Fingernail head

Smell: Sour

Taste: Sour

Feel: Flat, Tart, Watery

Overall: Pleasant but middle of the Road, I'm not detecting any of the spice mentioned on the label. Poor carbonation. Disappointing, at the price of $5.99 a pint I wont buy again.

Sep 10, 2017
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very well-balanced gose.
Hazy amber, moderate white head and retention.
Smell & taste - sourish, coriander, salt, malts.
Light-body, prickly carbonation, very refreshing.

Aug 17, 2017
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Evanimal from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On the nose you just get a sour smell, no other notes of anything. But the taste makes up for it. Full mouth experience. Treat your taste buds with this beer!

Jul 11, 2017
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gose is a difficult style for me, as I don't care for the salt. The salt is quite evident here, but it is really well-crafted. Coriander and light sourness, with crisp wheat. Very refreshing.

Jul 09, 2017
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thomasdidymus55 from Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

L... cloudy alot of sediment in this one. Needs to be shaken lightly before opening.
T...apple wine...salty...sour mash..no strong hops.
F...fine carbonation... zesty.
O... is this a black zebra with white stripes or a white zebra with black stripes?; I didn't like the price and this one ain't my drink. Definitely more wine tasting than beer.

Jun 25, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Mar 2018 and served well chilled in a weizen glass. This is the first authentic German-brewed gose that I've had the chance to try, and I'm pretty excited about it.

Pours a foggy, translucent pale golden-yellow colour, capped off with roughly an inch of soapy, sparkling white foam. Over the next 3-4 minutes, it is steadily reduced to a frothy collar and a few patches of bubbly foam, with minimal lace production. The nose is straightforward, with gritty, grainy pale wheat malts, acidic lemon zest and coriander overlapping with hints of briny ocean water and floral hops.

A solid gose; not puckeringly sour, or particularly salty. Crackery wheat malt sweetness and gritty grains underlie notes of lemon juice, lemon zest and green apples. Tart and moderately acidic, with subtle hints of sea salt and (especially) coriander ramping up on the approach to the finish, which is grassy and floral. This is followed up with a mildly sour, saline aftertaste which includes one last flash of gritty wheat husk flavour. Light in body, with zippy, assertive carbonation that results in a prickly, lively feel on the palate. Extremely thirst-quenching and very easy to gulp back.

Final Grade: 4.23, an A-. Ritterguts Gose claims to be the oldest extant gose brand currently on the market. I don't know if that's entirely accurate, but it was enough to pique my curiosity and prompted me to grab a few bottles - and I definitely don't regret the purchase, because this is a fantastically refreshing light sour wheat ale. The acidity isn't too puckering, and the amount of salt is just about perfect, IMO - this would be an ideal "introductory" gose, for those who are interested in trying a traditional example of this style (but may not be accustomed to sour/salty beer). Ontario BAs, take note - grab a few bottles while they're fresh and in stock.

Jun 21, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $3.65 CDN. Review from notes.

Appearance - Mostly clear with some haze. Golden yellowy color that appears near snot green in some lights. Finger and change of medium lived white head.

Smell - Smells tart with some wheat, citrus and coriander. Really nice interplay between the aromas. Balanced as hell.

Taste - Tart, with light hints of sweetness and a subtle bubblegum thing going on. Of course this is after the standard tartness, light citrus and corainder with just the right amount of salt. A very good summer beer.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and light with a tart finish and slight drying effects.

Overall - Would like to say that this is probably a standard bearer of goses. It may not be the best on the market, but if it is better, you've created something pretty wonderful if it's about the same it's a very good gose and if it's worse, it could still be a pretty decent beer.

Jun 19, 2017
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