Ritterguts Gose

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Sour - Gose
Ranked #178
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3.91 | pDev: 8.44%
Ritterguts Gose
Very Good
Notes: Inspired by an historical Märzen-Gose—stronger and darker than a standard gose—Bärentöter is in fact an entirely new creation. This harmoniously complex brew is produced using an opulent decoction mash-malt mixture, with additions of coriander, salt, orange peel, and a touch of cinnamon. The world’s premier sour bock undergoes a lactic acid fermentation, lending an elegant sourness to its salty malt body and layers of fruity & spicy aromatics.

*Bärentöter”(“Bear Slayer”) was the name of a rifle owned by a 19th century fictional German gunman of the Wild West, Old Shatterhand. No, really. We suggested a cool name with umlauts and there it was…
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drmeto from Germany

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a cloudy copper with a small, quickly dissipating,foamy,grey-ish head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose + sweet,sour,salty,red wine,bready
-Finishes dry
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
-slight alcohol noticable
A pretty nice Gose Bock

Dec 10, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

No bottling date

Pours a darker ruddy orange-amber body topped with a creamy few fingers of tan head; good retention fades steadily to a fluffy collar, paper-thin cap, and minimal-no lacing.

Aroma brings a healthy medley of orange peel, raisin, fig, dried caramel, green apple, and concord grape intertwining throughout; a touch of salinity brings a savory quality to a bouquet dominant in dark fruits.

Taste welcomes a soft, borderline muted oaky acidity before a familiar dosage of dark fruits (fig, raisin, cherry skins) comes into play; bits of caramel, green apple, and earthy spice coming through on the mid-palate, with a light cocoa dusting lingering into the finish.

Mouthfeel presents a medium-light body while a minimal spritzy carbonation remains steady along the palate; minor, evenly-distributed acidity fades toward the back end, leaving a bone-dry texture toward the close, almost to the point of flattening.

A gose-bock hybrid; an attempt at ingenuity I can get behind. The aroma is pleasing, definitely leaning overall in style toward a bock, while the rest of the beer just doesn't come together as I might have hoped. Muddled, inconsistent, and hardly defined; the end product is just ok, with plenty of room to refine and improve.

Nov 12, 2019
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applestash from California

3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Unusual brew. I love the ritterguts original gose; it's easily my favorite gose and I'll fight the bayerischer banhoff fans to the death. Naturally, I was very curious to try the "bock" version. Little boozier, little darker, sounds great!

Sadly, this beer doesn't do it for me. Poured from a 500ml undated bottle on 10/24/19 into a 10oz nonic glass. Color is a reddish murky caramel. Aroma of tootsie roll pops. Yes, a grape tootsie roll pop. Suddenly I was a child again, with a mouth full of post-grape tootsie roll pop saliva. It would be that association that ruined the beer for me. The taste followed the aroma; the same Ritterguts gose structure with its wonderful sweetness to elevate the salt, spices, and acidity. In the Barentoter version, though, the sweetness takes over and becomes an artificial candy kind of flavor that overwhelms the experience for me. It's decidedly a winter brew, and the warm snap we're currently experiencing in my area doesn't help my estimation of the merits of this beer, but even in the proper climatic context I'm not sure I could shake that weird artificial grape candy association. I love the savory herbaceous quality of the ritterguts original; this is an unwelcome departure.

Oct 25, 2019
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Viaduck from California

4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very lovely pink/orange-burnt orange color & a much bigger head than expected based on other reviews. Very pretty aroma, cinnamon, caramel & malt. Moderately salty, slightly less tartness with a hint of bitter. Flavors if salted apple, lime, caramel, malted grain & a little smokeyness (or smockyness for you Where’s the cinnamon? No alcohol detected. Feel is medium thin. I’m a little disappointed in the flavor but still very enjoyable.

May 04, 2019
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KooVee from Finland

4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark golden, quickly vanishing finegrained foam.

Aroma of salt-enhanced lime, a bit of fruitiness, just a little sweetness. Quite unique for a beer, really, even for a gose (usually the blend of aromas is much less subtle and does not impose itself as forcefully from the first whiff), although if you have ever drunk cheap tequila with lime and salt, the association is inescapable. The alcohol is completely missing, though. Even though this is strong for the style and above the taste threshold for alcohol (6.6%).

Taste fills the palate with even more lime, although it is wrapped in a smooth tartness that moves via a round saltiness to a minimal spiciness. Label claims coriander (as per gose style) and more exotic cinnamon. Also orange peel, I guess inspired by witbier. Cinnamon I just cannot detect at all, the others maybe. Of course it means the spicing has been successful and subtle. There are citrus notes, a bit of bitterness and a whiff of exotic aroma.

Feel is perfectly balanced.

Overall, a delightfully appetizing modern stronger version of a revived style with a bit of twist in spicing that is not obvious.

Dec 25, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Look: A rough pour brings up a thick head of creamy off-white foam atop a very hazy copper colored body. Being a sour beer the head will steadily fade to nothing and no lacing will be left behind but it will put up a fight.

Smell: Malty, caramelish, and delicately spicy. Fruity like a tart red apple. Slightly smoky like burnt plastic - that seems to have been a passing note though, perhaps due to the yeast struggling because of age or condition.

Taste: As the aroma suggests, it's malty and caramelish, and not as tart as their "original Ritterguts Gose". There's plenty of apple, soft apple, regular apple, and tart apple and maybe a little bit of soft red berry as well. The salt seems a bit more limited as well but perhaps that's just because there's more malt there covering it up. There's not a lot of bitterness, and there's just a touch of floral and herbal hops in the far back. Still, it has a mostly dry finish.

Feel: It's medium leaning towards medium-full in body with a dextrinous edge, maybe even medium-full in body, and gently smooth with a soft, gently effervescent carbonation.

Overall: This is a wonderful cold-weather version of a gosebier, and the only one I know of. The apple-like fruitiness and salt and caramelish malt mix really well. It's expensive but at least with this one you get some alcohol for it at 6.6% abv versus their original at 4.7%. Well worth trying.

Review# 6,271

Oct 02, 2018
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review: 0,5l bottle of Ritterguts Barentoter, a German Sour Gose Bock: 6.6% ABV

The "beer brewed with spices" as it says on the bottle. This one is the Gose Bock version of the classic Gose style.  

Barentoter, as far as my German goes, means "bear killer" auf Deutsch.

One thing about these Gose beers is that you can't get a head from them. There is a good bit of carbonation for sure, all bubbling away but it just wont settle down to form a head at all. No real problem as the colour of the beer is nice. A lovely deep and dark amber colour, which I love.

On the nose I get the Gose trademark smell, the salt and the coriander. 

Loving the taste, is like a fruit juice, very sweet and tasty, love it. Getting the orange flavours which are very prominent. Very nice mouthfuls. Can also get the salt and the coriander. Spices too.

More sweet than sour me thinks, and not the most typical of bocks I have tasted. Perhaps the salt has a calming effect on it?

Very smooth. And all the complex flavours are very well balanced, and so easy to drink, with the alcohol very well hidden and no bitterness in the beer. 

Liking these Gose's a lot, will definitely pick some more up in time. So easy to drink and I can appreciate the new style.

Jul 18, 2018
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TheSSG from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, light tan head. Sweet, tart aroma is fruity. Chill haze, burnt umber color; almost a slightly hazy bock color. Starts with a biscuity maltiness and a hit of sweet, toasted malt, then lactic acid sourness. As it warms, cinnamon comes through. The sourness subsides, transitioning back into sweet, toasted malt. The finish is lingering toasted malt, blended with a hint of sweet malt and lactic acid. If you let this linger on the palate, the cinnamon comes through, making for a lovely finish.

I actually really like this. I saw a "Gose-bock," and I was intrigued. This is not only an excellent Gose, but it's a great bock - not unexpected from a German brewery, though. This surpassed my expectations.

Mar 15, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sour mash are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a light to moderate amount of sourness with notes of orange juice, coriander, and sea salt.
M: It feels light- to medium and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting gose—it's a little heavier in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 04, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, orange-tan in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is sour apple, dark wheaty, doughy bread, and moderate salt. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet and slightly salty. Makes for an interesting and tasty take on a gose. A unique beer that I will have again.

Nov 25, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gentle to moderate pour yields a huge light tan head over a deep amber body with little to no lacing. After more than a few minutes the head is almost completely gone. Nose of light malt, biscuit , and very slight citrus. Taste of sour apple, slight malt, even slighter salt, and a tart berry finish. Nice feel on this, very refreshing, and overall a very unique experience not to be missed!

Aug 25, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a blushing peach-zinfandel body with very small head retention.

Nose is of salt, light mineral, and the honey-sweetness of medium dark malts. Not very loud.

Sour characters come out first, reminding me of jawbreakers, then a slight dark malt character arrives, imparting rye bread crusts and turning the profile into somewhat of a sour cherry coke-like thing. It's unique.

Feel sticks to the palate beautifully and leaves a coating of cough syrup-thickness but it's oh so welcome.

Overall, if you haven't tried it, do it. Really great execution here.

Jan 15, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with beige head. Aroma is somehow fruity and salty. Taste follows with tart fruits and a bit of salty pickle juice, overall like pickled fruits. Medium to light body and carbonation. Quite tasty, not overly tart, fruity... nice one.

Nov 16, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Staying within the confines of German brewing tradition, a dark and sour ale emerges. Somewhat incestuous with gose fermentae and spice but with the malty soul of bockbier, a yin of bright fruitiness is met with a yang of savory maltiness. Complex or complicate? You make the call!

Rusty brown and moderately hazy, the frothy beer leads with toast and pepper, and with a tingle of apple cider underneath. Citrus and stone fruit follow while the taste of toasted savoriness, steely caramel and dark fruit greet the early palate.

The middle shows a sharp decline of sweetness and savoriness but a nutty, toasty and peppery taste begins to bloom. Above that resides the classic gose- lime, crabapple and gooseberry provide a sharp and clean citrus taste with the rounded salinity of sea brine, radiant orange peel and a spicy tinge of cinnamon and peppery balsa.

Light crisp and retaining a hint of savory, a finish of clean citrusy and cidery sourness washes the palate with refreshment, laying a memory of raisin, pepper and toasty on the aftertaste.

Nov 10, 2016
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