Original Ritterguts Gose
Ritterguts 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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BobbyOlson from Michigan

2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

May 11, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +5%

Americans seem confused. They seem to think that the traditional salt beer of northern Germany are sour, as brewers attach themselves to full-blown berlinerweiss instead. But with is soft tangy acidity and saline fullness, they should sit back and let Dollnitzer brewers show them how it's done.

Its cloudy translucence and canary hues layer into the glass with both a bready and champagne-like layering. As a cottony-white head constructs, the nose is greeted with bread, cookie dough and candied lemon drop. With its playful tartness and sprite acidity looming, the initial taste is creamy, fully wheated and medium-sweet.

Upon the middle, the bready texture and candied sweetness pull apart, paving the way for the tartness of green apple, under-ripened berry, white grape, lemon and lime to tether through the quickly dissolving malt character. The fullness that only salt can provide follow closely behind and offer its delicate brine with no residually mineral character to interfere.

Piquant acidity wisps away quickly while ensuring a high rate of refreshment and drinkability while its soft saltiness lingers to highlight echoes of bread dough in aftertaste. Otherwise a light bodied ale, the taste of brine that clings on tightly to the mouth gives the ale an impression of fullness that has a bit more staying power on the palate than expected.

Oct 20, 2014
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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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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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suckaj from Florida

2.69/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Disgusting, not the Gose style I'm used to, tastes like dirty socks

Mar 09, 2015
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uturn from Florida

4/5  rDev 0%

Apr 03, 2014
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

May 19, 2013
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khargro2 from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 13, 2018
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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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steveh from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Excited to find this beer locally because I don't think I've ever seen it before, let alone tried it.

Full disclosure up front -- I'm not a big sour beer fan, but I was pleasantly surprised by August Schell's Gose, so my mind is open.

A -- Hazy gold with a dense, off-white head that fades fast to nil.

S -- Nose of bready maltiness and light sulfur. Wheat malt becomes more prominent with warming.

T -- Tart, sour saltiness right up front that that blends quickly to a straightforward citric, lactic sourness. There are hints of breadiness back, but the dominance of flavor is sourness. A blend of tart citrus & saltiness linger at the back of the throat in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft up front to light astringency in the finish. Body is light-medium.

O -- My overall impressions are reminiscent of first samplings of Gueuze. While this beer may be the hallmark of the style, and sourness may be something that's being rediscovered by today's beer drinkers, this beer may as well be pickle juice to me. Since I tried my first Gueuze almost 20 years ago, and I still can't enjoy the similar character, I don't think I can ever develop a palate for the flavors.

Jul 10, 2015
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AnthemOfTheSun from Nebraska

4/5  rDev 0%

Sep 30, 2013
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jwat from Pennsylvania

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

Nov 16, 2018
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WynnO from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Dec 05, 2013
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TargaFlorio from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

May 06, 2014
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tastybeer from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is light gold...head is small, white, and tightly foamy. Aroma has a hefeweizen like lemony twang with floral, light spice, and fresh salty cereal grains. Taste is clean, lemony, slightly tart, lightly salted, floral, a little soapy, and white bread dough. Dry through the finish, but otherwise fluid and fluffy. Nice Gose indeed...

Dec 11, 2014
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EigenBeer from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 21, 2015
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bark from Sweden

4/5  rDev 0%

Jan 11, 2014
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incubuscience from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Sep 02, 2013
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Davit from California

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 23, 2018
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wedge from North Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slight haziness, and a small white head that lasts for the duration as a ring of bubbles. Fragent tart smell: lemony citrus, apples, flowers, fresh wheat, and brine. Flavor is very light...slight lacto start, green apple tartness, salt, lemon, berries, and grain. Light and quite drying. Nice balance between all the elements.

Dec 11, 2014
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KFBR392 from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a finger of bubbly white head. Murky body that is orange with some tints of red. Lots of active carbonation continued to regenerate the head.

Smell: Wheat, some medium bodied fruits, and some light spices greet the drinker. Salt and lime mesh well on the body. There is an earthy, almost dusty aroma that lingers throughout.

Taste: Light tart lemons and a pleasant wheat body are picked up right away. Saltiness, dried fruits, and figs open up on the body. Tartness shows up again on the back end but is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good wheat base with balanced salt and tartness. Carbonation isn't as bright on the mouthfeel as other Gose I've had but is still noticeable.

Overall: A great benchmark for the style, isn't overly tart or malt forward. You get both aspects without one drowning the other out. I would definitely buy more of this in the future when I'm looking for a Gose fix.

Aug 06, 2014
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smcolw from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Large bubble head to start and it dies to absolutely no bubbles within a minute. No bubbles mean no lace. The color is yellow-gold with a bit of a haze.

Soured pale malt is the predominant smell.

Quite tart, almost within the family of lambics but without the lingering aftertaste. Not nearly as flat as the initial appearance, but the carbonation is still well below my expectations. The body is on the thin side--reminds me of apple juice. Frankly, this is a bit disappointing.

Apr 05, 2014
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Liquoric3 from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Oct 03, 2013
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lagrin from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

May 06, 2006
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2GOOFY from California

4/5  rDev 0%

Jun 08, 2014
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