Original Ritterguts Gose
Ritterguts Gose

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Leipzig Gose
Ranked #137
Ranked #6,655
4 | pDev: 9.75%
Ritterguts Gose
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 flagmantho
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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

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Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
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.

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Photo of VABA
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

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
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!

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Photo of cyrenaica
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.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
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.

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Photo of stevoj
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

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Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of pootz
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
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.

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Photo of DragonsMilk
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
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.

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Photo of Evanimal
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!

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Photo of jrenihan
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.

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
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.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic optics - nice carbonation, soft cap, golden straw. One of the traditional Goses - mild lactic tartness, coriander and salt. A teeny bit more spice than I personally prefer, and body seemed weirdly heavy as well, but all around good

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - so this is the 'ur-gose', then?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves but a low berm of sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of overripe red apples, some musty yeastiness, a bit of indistinct grainy malt, salted white crackers, and a further muddled spiciness. The taste is tart lemon juice and apple cider, edgy yeast, ephemeral bready and grainy pale malt, saline solution, a weak peppercorn/coriander spicy note, and some very understated leafy, weedy, and floral noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its swirling frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and actually quite smooth, with a rough airy creaminess settling in as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed fruitiness and wanly lingering malt keeping up appearances.

Overall, this is a pleasantly rendered version of the style, not too tart or spiced-up, and more or less refreshing in its bearing. While not my sort of thing to seek out, I could surely see enjoying this as a replacement for a Euro-soda on some sun-drenched Euro-patio, you know, as part of that whole 'when in Rome' thing.

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Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- murky with a yellow almost copper green aspect. Not much head.
S- lemon grass, citrus good old fashion musky sour kind of quality to it.
T- lemon tangy a little spice almost a bit of apple cider vinegar taste. A lot going on.
M- wish it had a bit more carbonation on the low side. When you first sip it it's almost smooth and flat in the carbonation comes on your tongue. The mouth feel is what I feel like let me down.
I- Not a bad beer at all, the flavor to me is where it shines. Easy drinking, though it's not the best beer in the style that I've had.

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

500ml bottle poured into tulip 11/4/17

A murky and milky stuff with a finger of foam that manages to leave a few partial rings

S lemon, wheat, apple, coriander, honey, yogurt, smells like a waffle topping

T sweet, salty, and sour, with some spice, what's not going on here? cereals, citrus, and some apple cider vinegar, very different from the nose and even better, I wasn't expecting this....

M light bodied with pin prick bubbles, mildly sour, super refreshing, dry finish turns oily somehow, sour brine finish

O I just downed a half liter of this stuff in the 5 minutes it took me too type this, just saying......

I think this is my first classic version of the style and I'm loving it, I could just smash this stuff under a hot Sun, my futures fairly predictable......

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