Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose
Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH

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Leipzig Gose
Ranked #106
Ranked #5,562
4.02 | pDev: 9.2%
Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH
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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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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 495
Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +4.2%
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 -4.2%
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 stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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 -2%
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 ajm5108
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Crumpetsnbeer
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +10.2%
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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Photo of VoxRationis
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a no more than one finger, off white head, no appreciable retention or lacing.
S: Tangy. Aromas of sea salt, lemon, and spice.
T: Tart. Lemon, honey, sea salt, and coriander. No appreciable bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with remarkable early, but limited late carbonation.
O: Enjoyable, very drinkable Gose.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear medium gold producing barely 1.5 fingers of eggshell, short-lived, mineral water foamy head that leaves no lace. Aroma is clean, dry wheat & pilsner malts, bready, white wine vinous with hints of tart fruits, brine & very thin coriander. Taste opens with wheat, pilsner malt, lactic acid sourness & a pleasant hint of coriander, the malts diminish greatly at midsip, being overtaken by more intense coriander & tart fruit especially green apple & the addition of brine a yeast funk. Aftertaste is a short-lived wheat, coriander, briney lemon, lime & tart green apple. Easier to drink than most American versions I have tried due to less lactic acid sourness & salt. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation that rapidly dissipates as this crisp brew warms, mouth watering & dry with a slight prickle. A traditional & very drinkable representative of the style.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma has wheat, honey and lemon. Taste follows with a light lemon tartness but also an underlying honey like flavor. Body is on the lighter side and has a crisp carbonation. Really classic, well made gose.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle that was a Father's Day gift from my daughter who knows what I like to drink. Medium-strong sour with a pleasant salty-sweet finish. Reminds me of eating Granny Smith apples or Macintosh apples with salt. A refreshing, light sour with low ABV that I will not hesitate to drink again.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Rotting orange, head that dissipates quickly
S: Rotting meat, wet rag, salty bread, not a pleasant smell
T: A tart citrus salty treat. Much different than the smell, strong lemon and coriander notes. Pleasant taste
F: Smooth, medium carbonation, feels nice
O: A funky beer that is worth the try as long as you get past the smell

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Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So, I've wanted to try this beer since seeing it in an old Micheal Jackson book. It's an interesting style....cloudy, with a thin head and a tart nose. Sea air, fruit, and flowers. The taste is unique....salt is notable, but so is a bit of wheat twang, some lactic sourness, and underlying fruit and bread. Interesting and wonderful to explore.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This gose pours a slightly opaque pear color with a high amount of carbonation and a basically non-existent head. The smell is yeasty and vaguely champagne-like with some serious fruitiness. The flavor is quite fruity and tart with elements of grape, green apple, citrus, and a slight hint of salt as it warms. The finish is semi-dry and quite refreshing. I have actually never had a gose before this one, since I am not usually a huge fan of fruit beers, so I don’t really have anything to compare this with. It is really a lot more like a champagne or white wine than any other beer I’ve ever had, but at 4.7% it is certainly lighter on the alcohol. Supposedly it is a “salt beer”, but I don’t really get too much of a brine like quality from it. Maybe the fruitiness just overwhelms most of salt flavor for me. This beer is well rated, but I feel as though I don’t totally understand or fully appreciate the style. If I was really in the mood for a beer I wouldn’t immediately go for this since it entirely lacks any malt or hop character that are usually detectable to varying degrees in basically every other beer style I have had. I luckily enough picked a really hot summer day to drink this though and I think it is a really nice, refreshing drink to have at such a time.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Listed in the "1001," the reviewer tells a great story of how this regional style to Leipzig (the second largest city in East Germany) was nearly killed by Communism. But as that regime was collapsing in the late 1980s, the gose was revived. (An interesting parallel to American home-brewing and, then, craft brewing making a statement in the shadow the behemoths.) Anyway in 2014, this was my first gose and was a strange experience that, I'm glad to say, I have matured beyond. I now enjoy gose as a sour delicacy. And much like Berlin's sour wheat style, I enjoying both more when smoothed with a syrup. (So, I am not yet a true sour devotee.)

But Dollnitzer's gose has no syrup. It is in the straight-up tradition and, hence, finishes dry despite its attack of fresh lemons. I may not have Ritterguts gose for a fourth time, but I will continue enjoying the style it has inspired.

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Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw colored body clouded with yeast; initial foamy white head that quickly disappears. Fruity, slightly lemon-like aroma. Tangy, sour flavor; mild cereal grain taste. Medium-heavy body; smooth; crisp and acidic.

A most interesting beer that delivers a nice sour, puckering quality to your taste buds. Very citrus-like, kind of a cross-between lemon and grapefruit flavor, maybe some fresh pineapple. The lack of any head is my only major complaint, but that cosmetic takes nothing away from this sharp, twangy delight.

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Photo of drmeto
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy straw golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-almost no carbonation visible
-finishes very dry
-medium to high sourness for the style
-low carbonation
-light body
Good traditional Gose.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Great label on bottle. Old man in top hat and black coat smoking a cigar. Year 1738 mentioned. A nice robust head once poured, had to settle the pour down a bit to keep from overflowing. Dissipated very quickly. Almost no head after two minutes. No lacing on glass.
S: A familiar medicinal, fairly wine-like smell. Sour too.
T: Has the expected sour/salt combo going on. A bit of smooth, rounded out-ness in the background. Pretty mild compared to some of the US goses I've had.
F: Rated down some since pretty flat and thin.
O: Was excited to see an actual German gose in the liquor store. Seems odd to me that this traditionally German style of beer is absolutely dominated by US craft brewers. This a nice, straight forward version of the style. Recommend trying if you can find.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am truly a sucker for a Gose, and this has it dialed in. Perfect sour-salt balance. Very drinkable, but punchy enough to stand up favorably against any U.S. version I've had. Must find again.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin rind of lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, berry, wheat, bread dough, coriander, sea salt, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy/acidic yeast, sea salt/spice, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, berry, wheat, bread dough, coriander, sea salt, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light-moderate tart/saline/spicy finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, green apple, white grape, berry, wheat, bready dough, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/acidic yeast, sea salt/spice, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/acidic/saline balanced finish and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly acidic/saline mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an excellent gose style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy/acidic yeast, salt/spice, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of FlandersNed
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

16.9 oz bottle. Hazy gold tone with some yeast sedimentation chunks (says to lightly shake bottle before opening to mix in yeast) - quick white foam. Lightly fruity & salty. A bit smooth & bland and not as tart as many. Picked up sour milk hints. Medium+ body and moderate- carbonation. Bottle says its brewed by Ritterguts Gose in Borna/Saxony, Germany.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half litre bottle into a glass.
Vaguely hazy orange. No head.
It smells herbal spicy and almost(!) sour.
It's savory and salty and sour, but also oddly mild. Enjoyable, but not overwhelming.
A solid gose, but perhaps not an experience I'm keen to repeat.

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Photo of lewk556
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours as a slightly hazy gold without much head.

Smell is not particularly strong, but is very characteristic of the style.

Immediate sour brine favor dominates. No real competing flavors but doesn't feel lacking because of it.

Smooth, with light carbonation.

I really enjoyed it. Not in your face, but not tame either.

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