Ritterguts Gose | Brauerei Reichenbrand GmbH & Co. KG

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Ritterguts GoseRitterguts Gose

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Brauerei Reichenbrand GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Leipzig Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BenBreeg on 10-26-2015

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Reviews by thehyperduck:
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4.23/5  rDev +9%
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 Snowcrash000
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -2.8%
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 aquazr1
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with no head or lacing. Nose is a little funky and the taste light funk and salt. Haven't tasted one like this before. Interesting but wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours straw gold with a slight haze. A 1/2 “ white head quickly dissipates to a thin film. S: Bread, spice and some light citrusy tartness. T: Tart, lemony, salt and a little metallic. The salt and tartness are medium high, the malt is low, the hop flavors and bitterness are low. Has a lingering tart, metallic, salty aftertaste with light fruit and bread crumbs. F: Medium light body and medium high carbonation. O: A decent, refreshing Gose.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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 brother_rebus
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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 KensWorld
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kate_Amos
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MGibbons
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hanyuu
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweenz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of Sabtos
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy, looking like a Tree House IPA, with hues of orange-yellow and a finger of fluffy white carbonation.

Smell is oceanic lemon and taste is light, quaffable salted lemon with a surprising note of Pez.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tanyakaya
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dddddddd
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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