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Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose | Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH

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Döllnitzer Ritterguts GoseDöllnitzer Ritterguts Gose

Brewed by:
Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-12-2003

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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 469
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +14.9%
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 +0.3%
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 -6.3%
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 -5.1%
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 beergoot
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -7.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +13.9%
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 +5.1%
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 -19%
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 -11.4%
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 +4.1%
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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Photo of oldn00b
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks fantastic, slight hazy to a mostly clear gold.

Nose is very light, slightly lacking in oomph. Pick up a bit of funk but not much else.

Flavor is fantastic - great amount of salt and sour. Herbs are a bit buried but that works for me.

It is a bit on the watery side. I don't mind the light body. Finish is a bit longer than expected with the sour hanging around the longest. Really nice Gose - nice to try a German one finally.

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Photo of steveh
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 mL capped bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. No identifiable date.

A: Hazy, pale golden yellow body. 1 finger white head that quickly fizzles to a layer of coarse bubbles.

S: Coriander and salt. Cracker. Lemon. A touch of noble hops. Honey as it warms. Nicely inviting and with a certain sophistication.

T: A pleasant tartness with a mild salinity opens. Pale malts swell and balances things out with a touch of grainy sweetness. A hint of hops brings things to a reasonably dry close. No alcohol presence. Clean aftertaste.

M: Light to moderate carbonation with a light body. True to style. Refreshing.

O: Well balanced with a tasteful sour and salt presence. Quality malt notes. Top notch Gose.


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Photo of Mikus
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am definitely spoiled by the more 'in your face' Gose versions, though I would imagine that this is closer to the classic take. Subdued coriander and barely noticeable salt. More akin to a witte than what I am accustomed to in a Gose (Westbrook, AV). This is even far more subdued than Jammer. That being said, the slight acidity, balance and light refreshing mouthfeel should be considered in the Gose conversation. Glad I tried it, but would personally reach for something more pungent next time. Cheers!

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Photo of Reedbrew
2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Disappointing. Had heard great things about this but it's very flat, poor carbonation, very little flavor or depth. Mainly just a mildly sour flat mildly salted beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 16.9 oz. bottle into my seidel stange glass, this beer pours a slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden color with lots of streams of bubbles continuously rising to the top of the glass. Has a huge head that is about an inch and a half thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/4 of an inch about 5 minutes after being poured. Not too much lacing here. Aroma wise there is a nice hint of citrus, tart coriander, along with some biscuity malt and a bit of musky funk. Has a bit of a tart, musky funk, wheat taste upfront followed by lemony citrus and salty notes. Rounded out with hints of white grape and green apple tartness. A very nice and complex flavor profile that is quite well balanced. Has a mainly crisp, yet smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a slightly dry aftertaste. Easy to drink in the best possible way.



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Photo of AppaZappa
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, pours straw gold w/ slight haze. 1/2 inch head fades, nice lacing on glass. Active carbonation. Smell is wheat, funk, coriander, & citrus. Taste is salt, coriander and citrus, fades to malt and white grape. Clean and very balanced. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and effervescent with a dry finish. Very refreshing. If you've gotten on the gose train try it-very nice without being over the top.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new one to me, a recent import from the Shelton Brothers, "a Leipzig tradition since 1738", "sour German beer brewed with salt & spice".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice crisp clear golden body, with about a finger of white head that falls to a ring rather quickly. Head retention was much weaker than expected. Just a touch cloudy; no sedimentation visible.

S - The aroma comes off mostly floral - coriander steals the show here. Other light spicing / clove / bubblegum aromas are in there, but weak.

T - The taste follows the nose - much more grainy & floral than salty / sour. There is an initial pucker, but it fades almost too quickly. Grainy & papery, with some malty adjunct corn / cardboard water sort of taste in there. Floral coriander / clove / spice is distinct, and not overdone. It's good, but I was hoping for more sour.

M - The feel is crisp & spritzy. Dry, papery, & grainy on the finish. Beckons the palate for another sip.

Overall, traditional, to be sure, but not my favorite take on the style at all. Glad to have tried the classic, but it was a bit too bland in comparison to some of the more far-out examples of a Gose that are available nowadays.

Ritterguts Original Gose -----4/5.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it poured a slightly hazy off yellow with a small head. Tartness comes through immediately on the tongue and makes this a refresher!

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had only a few examples of the style so I figured today would be a good day to revisit it while getting the grill out for the first time this year.Pours into a cylinder a hazed orange tinged light golden with a nice looking white head atop.Toasted grain and slightly metallic in the nose along with some lemon zest.A healthy dose of lemon/lactic brings some sourness to the palate,with me not being a fan of anything very sour it kinda turned me off a little,toasted grain and the hint of salt/brine in the finish.I know the gose is becoming a fashionable style right now but it's not my thing,this is a good example though and I tried to rate accordingly.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint .9 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at about 45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep burnished straw gold, like good natural apple cider, and forms a couple fingers of bright white head with good retention. There's enough carbonation visible streaming through the glass to raise global mean temperature by .01 degree C.

Smell: Pale biscuity malt meets sea salt air and mild musty mildew funk. Some hints of tart citrus waft through the aroma as well.

Taste: The flavor profile opens with a rush of salt and funk, which fades to let biscuit and tart lemon-orange citrus through. There's a faint touch of white grape and underripe green apple as well, and the finish leaves the citric tartness lingering beside the mildew funk and salt.

Mouthfeel: Light and quite bubbly, this nails the "refreshing beer" feel.

Overall: I can see why this is one of the beers generally recommended as a staple example of the style. This is a nice, well-executed gose, not too overdone on the salt or sour aspects, with a pleasant depth of character. Will repeat.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Euler stange. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat and light citric tartness, a hint of coriander. Flavor is light wheat, citrus, mild lactic tartness, hint of coriander and salt; interesting light lemon tartness in the finish at the edges of the tongue. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. A really nice example of the style, with all flavors handled lightly, but nicely balanced. The tartness is well supported by the wheat body. Both coriander and salt are deftly integrated. I'm not a sour beer fan, but found this nicely made, lightly tart beer to be refreshing and tasty.

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