Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose | Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH

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Brewed by:
Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 07-12-2003

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104
Ratings:
468
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
20.25%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Best by 8/2012.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight sourness on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very unique beer, even for the already unique gose style, which I keep hearing pronounced differently, but that's another matter. the pour is cloudy and pale, underwhelming to say the least, but the nose is really inspiring. it smells like a funky wheat beer, almost like a saison, as there is plenty of interesting yeast and some lemony funk, but its also sour I think. a sour gose? hmmmm. the taste does confirm a touch of sourness to this, really different. the salt isn't as intense as in some versions of the style, which is fine with me, its just enough to dry up the finish and keep you asking what the hell this beer is. super different. the wheat malt and the sourness make a clever combination unlike anything ive ever tried. it got too much for me after a bit, and im glad I had help with the bottle. nice feel, well carbonated and a very light body. I think I would like this best as a summer beer. there is so much going on here between the salt and the sour, crank up the alcohol and itd be more like a cocktail than a beer, but its very inventive, and apparently quite traditional at the same time. id recommend this only to the adventurous beer drinker.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy golden color with a foamy white head on top that faded quickly. There is no retention or lacing on this one. The smell has the lactic acid coming through strong with some subtle wheat but not much coriander. The taste of the beer has a dominant tart flavor up front with a soft wheat finish. The slat and coriander are very subtle. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied, nice carbonation and drinkable. Overall I feel the lactic acid is a little too much on this beer. Perhaps it's just me. Either way it's always fun to try these types of beers to see how they differ. Worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Tørst, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of a finger high white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose alogn with some hints of apples and lemons.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is somewhat sour and has some hints of salt and lemon citrus along with faint amounts of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A slight bit of tartness is present.
O: This beer is easy to drink but seems to lack the complexity of some of the top beers in the style.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy hay color gose with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tart notes is pretty dominant with some light salty notes also distinguishable. Taste is also dominated by some salty notes with quite strong tart notes. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Not bad but not what I was expecting at all. A lot more tart and lactic acid notes then expected with almost no coriander.

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Murky golden orange with the yeast swirled in, as the back label advises. A finger of foam initially that fades fairly quickly to a thin ring around the edges of the glass

Crisp acidic lemony tartness up front, with a biscuity, doughy grain presence, light minerality from it's moderately salty character. Lightish bodied with low level carbonation, the salt definitely alters the feel a bit. A moderate salinity to this Gose, more salt than most, giving it a creamy, savory feel in addition to it's light tartness. Seems to be a classic representation of the style.

A bit pricey at $10.99 for a 16.9 oz. bottle at Friar Tucks.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught at Ohne Bedenken in Leipzig, Germany. Serving vessel was a half litre generic glass. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average.

A: Pours a three finger head of poor thickness, without any cream, and of poor retention. Colour is a hazy cloudy copper-orange.

Sm: A very delicate light aroma of light sourness. It's alright.

T: Not as sour as the other gosen I've tried. The lactic acidity does come through, although it's more present on the open and in the body than on the climax or finish. The sourness is largely on the climax but feels held back and restrained. It seems like a somewhat weak rendering of the original recipe. Even the salt isn't particularly notable. Lemon esters are the only esters I detect. Fairly complex. Balanced for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but just the right amount. Complements the flavours of the body.

Dr: Pricey by German standards, and not particularly brilliant. Certainly worth a try to experience a restrained form of the style. Not a beer you'd have often, but it would make for a nice occasional gose.

B-

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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 jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tim for sharing this.

Light fizzy head, clear straw color.

Most bready yeasty dough, light crisp lager like, German pilsner malts, straw grassy.

Taste light tart, sour straw, bread dough, light yeasty, little salt, straw, wet hay, clean crisp and dry finish.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, Dec carb

Overall an interesting beer, well done gose, very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle.

Aroma: tart and neutral (appeal)

Flavor: about average (for style) levels of sour and salt. Hints of lemon and lemongrass.

O: Not extreme in any way yet distinct.

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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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this obscure beer, Richard.

Pours a pale yellow color with a tall white head. Not like the other examples of Gose that I've had. There is a slight saltiness to the nose, but it's more lactic than expected. Nice lemon peel and a bit of spice (coriander?) to it. Some sweet malt aroma, too. The flavor is a nice mix of sweet and tart with lemon peel and lactic acidity. A subtle salt and spice flavor is present. Really just light and easy to drink.

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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 dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Tørst in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with very light amounts of gentle carbonation and hints of soft golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of briny/salty wheat with some light notes of lemon citrus and sourness.

T: Upfront this beer is tart with a light amount of brininess and some notes of slightly sour wheat. There are some notes of light fruit (white grape) and lemon citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Not as refreshing or complex as others examples of the style, so it would not be one of the first Gose beers that I would reach for. Easy enough to drink but just not quite as interesting as others.

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Photo of smcolw
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Large bubble head to start and it dies to absolutely no bubbles within a minute. No bubbles mean no lace. The color is yellow-gold with a bit of a haze.

Soured pale malt is the predominant smell.

Quite tart, almost within the family of lambics but without the lingering aftertaste. Not nearly as flat as the initial appearance, but the carbonation is still well below my expectations. The body is on the thin side--reminds me of apple juice. Frankly, this is a bit disappointing.

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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 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 DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's no place like gose, there's no place like gose. I see a 500 ml bottle at a store, and I just grab it. On to the beer:

Bronzed orange in color with an inch of head which is initially formed. Bubbly lace rings around the glass and visible small bubbles run from bottom to top of the beer. The aroma of lactic acid, tart lemon, and kiss of sea salt right from the ocean sets the table of taste. Besides the tart lemon and salt associated with the gose, there's something else about this one. It tastes like a part of Munich found its way into the beer, highlighted by nutty yeast and breadiness found in its helles lagers. It tastes almost like a tart helles. A pinch of salt and tartness linger in the aftertaste. Not surprisingly, its light bodied and paired with uplifting carbonation.

Yes, I do like it. Too bad I can't order this by the liter.

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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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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 Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a somewhat hazy yellow orange with a fizzy white head leaving some light notes of spotty lace.

S: Lemon, lactic acid and bread, though not particularly aromatic.

T: Lots of delicious lactic acid and that classic salt flavour. Hints of sauerkraut, but overall pretty clean. Great tangy aftertaste, very tasty.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, long aftertaste, medium acid.

O: A very good gose, a bit pricey at close to $6.50 for the pint, but you don't see this style too often.

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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 spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle received in trade with Phyl21ca - thanks! My first gose

Appearance – Slightly hazy light copper colour with a below average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/breads, citrus, light caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it is a tad watery/thin. I can taste grains/bread mixed with tart citric acid and a bit of caramel. There is also a bit of spice - perhaps coriander and the beer ends with a grainy tart aftertaste.

Overall – An interesting beer for sure. Lots of tart sour citrus taste but not over the top and in your face. It comes through at the beginning and the end of each sip. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer again, but I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with a foamy cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving hints of lacing.

Grain and light citrus are accented by floral and earthy hop notes and light toast. There's a saline quality evident. Lactic acid emerges as it warms.

Flavor is decidedly citrusy at the base, with puckeringly tart, lemony acid giving way to wheat and lightly toasted malt mid palate. The finish is a bit dry. The acidic character becomes more pronounced and more lactic late.

Body is a touch full, or the sharp acidic flavor gives that impression, with fleeting spritzy carbonation.

Far more tart than anticipated, this reads more like a sour than other examples I've tried, and is likely the most authentic. Somewhat one note, but I like that note.

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