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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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 hansavijaticar
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had it alongside Leipziger Gose of Bayerisches Bahnhof in Ohne Bedenken in Leipzig. This one is slightly more complex and agressive, sourer and saltier, the other one is more refreshing. Nice beer, but for me the style is much less exciting than, for example, geueze or witbier. Similar to Berliner Weisse. Interesting, unique, must-try for beer geeks - yes, but if that would be the only available beer style out there, I'd drink much more water and wine, for sure.

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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 wedge
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange, slight haziness, and a small white head that lasts for the duration as a ring of bubbles. Fragent tart smell: lemony citrus, apples, flowers, fresh wheat, and brine. Flavor is very light...slight lacto start, green apple tartness, salt, lemon, berries, and grain. Light and quite drying. Nice balance between all the elements.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is light gold...head is small, white, and tightly foamy. Aroma has a hefeweizen like lemony twang with floral, light spice, and fresh salty cereal grains. Taste is clean, lemony, slightly tart, lightly salted, floral, a little soapy, and white bread dough. Dry through the finish, but otherwise fluid and fluffy. Nice Gose indeed...

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam. Just about zero lacing.

S- Lactic acid aroma with some bready malt and an extra yeasty element I can't quite pin down.

T- Very mildly tart with notes of lemon, grapefruit and apple. Signs of oxidation but nothing too detrimental.

M- Slightly dry with medium-low carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Eh. It might be more true to style than Westbrook Gose, but still not as enjoyable for me.

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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 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 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 BWED
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 L bottle poured into a craft tumbler

A- Hazy. Brownish-yellow. Some yeast suspends in the body. White head fizzles out pretty quickly.

S- Bready malt. Some citrus. Lacto tang.

T- Malt is bready again. The citrus is lemon, and that nice extra lacto zip. I like the malt forwardness to this. Not too tangy.

M- The tartness is still the big player in this. Finish is wet and smooth though. Just that nice little lip pucker.

O- I really love the malt-to-tang ratio in this one. Tang is still on top, but the bready malt character mellows and balances it out.

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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 KFBR392
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a finger of bubbly white head. Murky body that is orange with some tints of red. Lots of active carbonation continued to regenerate the head.

Smell: Wheat, some medium bodied fruits, and some light spices greet the drinker. Salt and lime mesh well on the body. There is an earthy, almost dusty aroma that lingers throughout.

Taste: Light tart lemons and a pleasant wheat body are picked up right away. Saltiness, dried fruits, and figs open up on the body. Tartness shows up again on the back end but is well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good wheat base with balanced salt and tartness. Carbonation isn't as bright on the mouthfeel as other Gose I've had but is still noticeable.

Overall: A great benchmark for the style, isn't overly tart or malt forward. You get both aspects without one drowning the other out. I would definitely buy more of this in the future when I'm looking for a Gose fix.

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Photo of brother_rat
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was at a local beer place, and surprised to find this chilling in the cooler. Just the perfect beer for a hot sticky day.

Poured a wonderful, clear, filtered bright gold. A bit of a head, but that faded fast, with no lacing. Very appetizing. 3.75/5

Solid, if light, nose. Malty, sweet, with more of a wet wheat aroma, with a hint of the tart flavor. 3.5/5

Great, bracing taste. A shock of tart, but not overly citrusy, nor overly like underripe fruit. Some goses go too hard with the citrus, but that can be overpowering; here, it's balanced so well that it tastes very bright. On the back end, the salty undertones come through. Just delicious 4.25/5

The tartness and the saltiness really brighten the palate. A nice sip leaves your mouth watering for another. What's better than that? 4.25/5

I can't say that it's perfect for every occasion, or for volume, but it's a perfect situation choice for a hot summer day. The tartness and the saltiness open the tastebuds, and besides it's just a delicious beer. The fiancee really liked it as well--her first gose--and said it was more refreshing than a shandy and tasted much better. 4.25/5

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Photo of KYGunner
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When I watched it poured I commented on how light and watery it appeared. A light bronze coloring it was capped by a thin fizzy foam.

The nose is starchy with a wheat malt. There is a touch of fruit like apples but it's light.

The flavor is so much better than the other aspects were revealing. The taste is bold Apple cider, sweet pear, Sweet Tarts candy and a layer of starchy wheat. I did not detect any saltiness but the fruit and sour combination was quite exceptional.

The feel was substantial enough but it didn't have a lot of tanginess. Moderately carbonated it was very easy to drink.

I may have missed the salty qualities that the style should have, and a judge might deduct points, but the overall flavor is very nice.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and tart, the brew smells like tart fruit (citrus, apple), wheat, peaches, and some salty herbalness. It tastes like lemon/lemon peel, wheat, earthy herbalness, salt, tart peaches, and tart apples. Moutfheel/body is light/medium, it's tart and refreshing with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, good thing for me I bought 2 bottles! $5.79 a bottle.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden colour. Thin white head.

S - Mild funk and citrus. Getting some malt on the nose as well.

T - Citrus up front then coriander and and salt. Cannot taste the alcohol at all. Enjoying this on a hot summer day, it is a very refreshing beer.

M - Very smooth, crisp, and slightly puckering.

O - Great beer. I really enjoy how different this style of beer is.

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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 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 babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear light amber with quick fading white head. Nectarine, lactic with some herbal oakiness and white wine notes. Taste: wheat cracker, lactic with some stone fruit sweetness and tart red grapes, mildly oaky again. Light bodied, building delicate carbonation. Really tasty.

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

A: deep golden body, hazy/cloudy; stiff center-pour kicked up a couple of fingers of crystalline white bubbly foam that slimmed down to a white collar and slim caps I drank

S: salty ocean breezes , lemony tart crispness, fresh grains and flowery fields

T: wheaty lemon and citric pith, saline accents on the mild sourness, hints of lactic acid, fresh herbs and spices like coriander and thyme (I'm probably reaching here, but you get the idea)

M: smooth and crisp at the same time, refreshing and tart, light-to-medium weight, fuzzy carbonation and tingle

O: I'm no Gose expert, but I'm gonna go out on a limb here and predict this is a pretty accurate take on the traditional style - simpler and subtler than Westbrook's Gose, for example, and maybe not as appealing to a more "Americanized" palate, but I found it delightful.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly dark in color, copper, but very clear and well-carbonated. Foamy head and sticky lace. 5

Tart and salty but with biscuity caramel. Smells great. 4.25

Tart and tastes like a marzen maybe, with toasty, biscuity malt and a strong floral and lightly lemony flavor. Very nice medley of flavors. 4

Mellow tartness with a toasty and biscuity malt feel and a definitively lager-like finish. Floral and salty notes linger. 4

This one has some great character to it and manages to stand out without any added ingredients or anything else. Great.

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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 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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Döllnitzer Ritterguts Gose from Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf GmbH
3.95 out of 5 based on 473 ratings.
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