Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose | Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH

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Döllnitzer Ritterguts GoseDöllnitzer Ritterguts Gose

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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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Photo of lstokes
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Ohne Bedenken in Leipzig and loved it.

It poured nice and cloudy with a beautiful head and smelled very yeasty with a hint of salt--not as wheat-smelling as it should be until you get to the taste, which is delectable. Bites you with lactic acid at the beginning and then mellows out into a good wheat beer (more banana/clove than the Bahnhof variety) with that undercurrent of salt/coriander tang, which dry out the end and leave you wanting more, and more, and more.

I would say this is a little bit more traditional than the Bahnhof variety just because I get more of the strong wheat beer taste here, but honestly I think they're both excellent beers. Everyone should make a trip to Leipzig to try them.

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Photo of Windigstadt
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Ohne Bedenken Gosenschenke in Leipzig...

A- Poured a cloudy golden hue (much like a Hefeweizen) with a stark, rocky white head.
S- Aroma is surprisingly yeasty (like the trub left in the fermenter for you brewers out there) with the wafting smell of sea salt.
T- Assertive lactic acid bite up front, similar to a Berliner Weisse. A citrus-sweet, floral wheat malt profile hangs on your tongue, balancing with the slight flavor of coriander until it gives way to a bitter hop finish with just enough salt to leave the taste on your tongue.
M- Carbonated, but not overly so (not nearly as carbonated as a Hefe, despite the similar appearance).
D- Very refreshing; could drink these all night.

Overall: What an amazing beer. I had tried the Bayerischer Bahnhof Gose on tap in the States, and this put B-Bahnhof to shame. The lactic acid is assertive but not as dominating as it is in a Berliner Weisse. I suppose it can't be if you want the coriander and salt contributions to come through. And while the salt gave it an earthy quality, it never becomes savory. The salt complements the sweetness of the wheat malt and coriander in the same way that you add salt to cookies and other sweets. Overall there are some unique flavors here that all come together to make something unexpected and remarkable. While B-Bahnhof plays it safe, Doellnitzer/Ohne Bedenken goes all the way to make an incredible beer. If you are anywhere near Leipzig you HAVE to stop by Ohne Bedenken or pick up a bottle in a local liquor store/supermarket.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%

Big fan of the style and this one did not let me down. Had it side by side with Lost Nation Gose to compare. This one was slightly more funky but not quite as clean. Great beer that I would love to have again.

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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 Misanthropy_Sipping
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Found in Denver, CO. I don't see many gose beers so this was one I couldn't pass up. Also had the rather interesting old school label with the guy smoking a cigar, wearing a top hat. I like old school.

Pours a rich gold with a flash of a white crisp head that clears away fast, yet still retains a lot of nice lacing that helps keep bubbles around the edge to the glass. Looks just as many good gose I've had before.

Smell is very light, it has that odd malt and lemons and dull spice smell. A bit earthy. Once you smell a goes or two you never forget. I smelled this and immediately knew what it was. Obviously of higher quality than the last few I have had. Doesn't let on of it's sourness.

The taste is great! Has a lot going on and is actually the most sour of all the gose that I've had. There is a fair amount of spice as well. The beer itself whirls through tones of lemonade, lightly toasted malt, and pickles... without the dill...

The mouthfeel is quite nice as well. Very smooth, light, crisp and slightly dry with a pucker of sourness that hits toward the back of the mouth.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Best gose so far to date. The 'sour German beer' comment on the back label is truthful through and though. I'll be looking for this again, no doubt.

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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 TheSSG
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soapy, white head. A sour, yeasty aroma. Turbid, straw color. Starts with a crisp, bright, refreshing citrus flavor with a lot of tartness. Builds into a smooth, maltiness with citrus behind it. Finish is malt, slight sourness, and citrus.

This is excellent. Tart, crisp, refreshing, and delicous.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gose beers are a sort of living fossils of the beer-world, whose origins predate the adoption of the Purity Law by the Northern Germany and found themselves more than once on the verge of extinction. 500 ml, BB date reads March 2011.
Pour into tulip gives birth to a golden body with excellent clarity and substantial, surprisingly well sustained white head producing patches and bands of lace on the glass-sides as it subsides. The mild nose is apple skin aroma, with malted wheat sweetness in the background and a whiff of coriander. The beer is strongly lemony tart on the palate, crispy and dry with a subtle sharpness provided by the addition of salt. Hops are imperceptible but the balance is secured by dryness and salty sharpness. Medium-light bodied with prominent carbonation. Overall, the beer is closely reminiscent of its Berliner Weisse relatives.

In short: An acidic, saline, crisp, dry and very refreshing example of the style that survived the enforcement of the Purity law.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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 mynie
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Pint In West Lafayette, IN. 11 bucks for 16 ounces. Eep. But, you know, I'm a fancy man with fancy tastes...

Pours more filtered-looking that the American goses I've had. I know that the style isn't filtered and that Ritterguts is a prime traditional example of the style, but it just wasn't all that cloudy. Very dark gold, however, with a small white cap.

Smells of tart lacto, big nodes of red cherries. Tastes like cherries up front, corriander and salt near the middle, and it finishes with the sharp esterless-ness you get out of a low-hop european pils. Basically it's like a combination between a good Berliner Weiss and a good continental pilsener, and it's much more balanced than any of the America goses I've drank. Well done.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 500 mL bottle with no dating information that I could find on the label or bottle. Poured into a classic weizen glass.

Appearance - Standard pour yields a single finger of stark white, frothy head, with a few larger bubbles bunching up on one side of the glass where I finished the pour. Retention is pretty good, but obviously nothing like you'd expect from a regular hefeweizen, with the foam receding to a half finger and leaving little to no lacing on the sides of the glass. The body is a hazy blend of straw and lemon yellow hues, with carbonation bubbles building up on the bottom of the glass before drifting lazily to the surface intermittently.

Smell - The presence of tart, lactic acid is the first thing that hits my olfactory nerves, with a pinch of lemon and some salty brine characteristics. Beneath that initial assault is a softer grainy characteristic and just a subtle hint from what I imagine is coriander spice.

Taste - I love how refreshing and tart this is, but not overpoweringly sour. Brine and lemon zest are up front, along with a nice bready wheat component to prevent the acidity from getting carried away. There's also some funk and barnyard element, but it's not enough to overshadow the refreshing tartness.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a tangy feel on the finish.

Overall, a solid take on the style. Could easily be up there with some of my favorites--plenty of tart and salt, but isn't just an overpowering sour bomb. There is actually subtlety of flavor going on here.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Medium gold - darker than most goses - and moderately hazy, with a finger's worth of white fluffy head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Tart citric, mildly funky, with wheat and cracker malts that have minimal grainy character.

T: Tart lemon citric; cracker, wheat and husky pilsner malts, mild salinity, and a bit of barnyard. Finishes dry with lemon citric tartness.

M: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, and essentially no alcohol presence.

O: This is very tasty – an excellent gose, and an examplar of a style that's catching on at long last. Recommended for sure.

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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 smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A real nice dark brass gold body, slightly hazy, and a near bronze color. Head billows up to a very even pinhead three fingers, but has lots of soapy retention and a bright white color. Lots of visible carbonation most of it quite small.

Nose is classic gose goodness. Nice salinity and a sense of ocean spray, matching with a hint of grass and chewy malts. Smelling this makes me salivate. A little bit of fresh lemon comes into play a bit.

Palate is quenching, light, but incredibly rocky and mineraly. Mineraly finish matching with a real nice salt body. Finishes clean with lemon citrus juicy quality. Not much chewy malt density to this though. Playful borderline soda like carbonation particularly on the front of the palate.

Fairly solid gose, almost like very hard water beer or something, I wish it had a little bit more bready malts and chewy sense though in the palate and flavor. I wouldn't pass this up though, great warm weather beer and one to session nicely also.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, dirty straw yellow with a white head. The beer shows active carbonation and a fine, foamy head with plenty of lace. The aroma is funky, earthy, musty, a bit straw like. The flavor is nice with some tartness, wheat, straw, hops and lemon peel. Slightly savory but in no way salty or brine influenced. This beer is perfect for what it is, it has balance, hops, grain and a bit of that sour that beer loves seek. A lovely beer and perfection to style. Would be worth revisiting.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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 larryi86
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml poured poured into a Weizen glass

A- A hazy golden/copper straw color with a two finger white head.

S- Wheat, some bread, tart lemons, coriander, touch of salt, some earthy spices.

T- Sour lemons, a nice dough like maltiness, wheat, touch of lactic acid in the finish, nice earthy spices/herbal notes, touch of salt

M- Smooth, crisp, dry, light body.

O- A tasty beer, I feel that I will be picking this up some more this summer.

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Photo of sleazo
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_pours a hazed straw hue with a thick dense head. Lacing is pretty good

S_slight barnyard must odour with a nice dose of wheat. Mild spiciness

T_slight bit of funk here as well. Mostly though this is dominated by a wheaty tartness. Hops are minimal but provide a nice dryness in the background. Mild spices come through as it warms. Slight mineral quality as well.

M_effervescent and light.

D_My first Gose and I found it very drinkable. Refreshing, tart and sessionable

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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 BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this at Craft beer cellar in Waterbury, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is pale golden with good clarity and visibly carbonated with thick white head comprised of fine beading and lace is scattered. The smell is malty with nice wheat quality which is lightly sweet smelling but more yeast is noted with light tangy odor and a supporting toasted grain quality. The feel is great with moderately light body with creamy texure at first with spritzy sem-high carbonation and mild salted accent w/ dry smooth finish.

The flavor is pretty full of wheat with creamy quality combined with yeast and light salt which supports and doesn't overwhelm with a gentle toastiness in the malt and gentle lemon tanginess which goes with the salt creating an urge to return for repeated sips with that salty berliner type tang you expect. Overall definitely tasty and lovely with delicious wheat and very highly quaffable-one of the best of the style I have had. I appreciate the subtlety -there is not too much going on, very traditional quality yet excellent for the season -a perfect warm weather beer which is quenching and refreshing.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the ØL Beercafe & Bottle Shop, which I (finally!) got to visit the other day. Poured into a 33cl tulip glass.

Pours a pale golden color with slight amber hues at the sides of the glass. Contains a frothy, foamy, sticky looking head that lasts for a good long while during initial consumption, and leaves behind a good deal of cobwebby lacing around the sides of the glass during its dissipation. For a low gravity beer, this is nice - lightened in color, but still slightly viscous (err, perhaps vinous) looking with nice carbonation and streams of bubbles gliding upwards towards the top. I'd imagine that this would be even prettier when poured into a flute glass.

Smells of classic flavors I'd expect to find in a gose, ranging from mild barnyard funkiness to slight lactic and saline characteristics sprawled above a bit of citrus and herbs. Notes of orange, tangerine, and lemon peel immediately came to my nostrils, followed by light white grapes, cane sugar, damp straw, and mild sea brine from the malts and yeast. Definitely a little mustier than the last gose I had, but the saline and citrus notes combined make this a refreshing treat. Definitely mild in some respects, but welcoming.

The flavor is definitely where things take up a notch in showcasing the eccentric qualities of the style, and the result is funky, slightly tart, and saline at the finish. Notes of tangerines and orange blossom, as well as mild lavender immediately open up here, followed by some funky yeasty phenols that resemble damp straw and other rustic, farmhouse elements. The finish is saline and slightly creamy and tart from the lactobacillus, and it becomes progressively noticeable as it warms up, with notes of light sea salt and pepper becoming more noticeable. Everything is cut with a slightly sour finish, which makes the result extremely refreshing. Where's my fried codfish to pair with this? Well carbonated, creamy, and slightly vinous in feel despite the stupidly low ABV. Quite a pleasure to drink.

This is a great example of a gose - far more tart and saline than the Freigeist offering I've had several times, and probably a little bit more authentic as doesn't have any spruce added as a major component to the brewing process. It's not mind blowing, but it doesn't need to be. It's refreshing while holding a unique flavor profile and fills itself with subtle flavors and textures. Recommended for those wanting to try a more sour offering of the style that's German brewed - I would say, for the sake of the beer's freshness, that this must be consumed best on tap.

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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 dar482
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy orange color.

The aroma has lemon lactic, slight metallic, lots of stone fruit for the style, wheat

The flavor follows with a good layering of flavors. Lemon juice, green plum, wheat, a slight biscuity malt character.

A refreshing brew with a medium minus tart quality.

A well rounded gose.

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Photo of speter
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sinfonie in Leipzig.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a three-finger fluffy off-white head in the dedicated "Gose ist gesund" glass.

S: Malt, wheat, corriander, and lactic acid.

T: This is the second Gose I've had, and this one really hits the spot. The salt that is part of the style is apparent really only in the foam, which is to say, at the very first sip. After that, it gets out of the way. The major taste is the tangy sourness of lactic acid, backed up with the spice notes. (You can also have it with fruit syrups if you don't like too heavy a lactic taste---my wife had a strawberry Gose and a raspberry Gose, the latter of which wasn't too bad.)

M: Tangy and briskly carbonated.

D: If you like sour beers, this is a wonderful one.

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