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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Photo of silverking
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- cloudy gold with a very short lived white head. No lacing. Looks like a wheat beer, but once again, no head.

S- lemon, yeast... Really light. I get some cider-like notes, along with a really strange yeast funk. It almost reminds me of bakers yeast.

T- salty pizza dough with a light topping of lemon juice. Really really weird. The finish has very strong yeast notes.

M- light, refreshing. It finishes clean. This would be nice on a very hot day.

O- glad I tried it, but I probably wouldn't buy it again. I really wanted to love this beer, but it's just not for me.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours two finger of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is fresh baked bread, limes and wet hay.
The taste has a mild lemon bitter beginning and quickly moves to a strong sour and tart flavor.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It has an uncommon taste for today's brews, but it's quite enjoyable.

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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 itsscience
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a two-finger head that's quick to disappear, leaving a ring of white bubbles around the surface. The smell is briny with coriander, wheat, and bread yeast. It tastes of tart lemon, wheat, and bread, and finishes salty. The combination of sour flavors with salty ones is surprisingly pleasant. The body is light and it's very drinkable.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Bought this bottle at Systembolaget, Sweden in march 2014.

Lightly hazy, dark yellow beer with a white, two finger high head.

Nose: Grass, sourness, lemon, spice and hay.

Taste: Tart, malt, citrus, salt and bread.

Light to medium body. Really good and refreshing. I really like this!

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Photo of mverity
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Proof. Pours a clear straw with bubbly white head that faded pretty quickly to nothing. No wisps, collar, anything. Aroma is grassy and dry yeast tartness. Taste is tart throughout, slightl pear fruitiness, and slightly metallic. Light body and low carbonation. Very drinkable though.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml worth of good ol' gose, this has to be one of the all-time great labels in beer I'd say.

Beer is dark pee yellow, white head of about a finger. A thin ring is eventually all that's left behind with some spots of lace.

Though I definitely get the salt/acidity from the nose, I'd say spice is a bit stronger, coriander and a grassy/herbal/straw feel. Grainy and bready malt aroma along with some light sweetness. Kind of reminds me of a saison in a way, but its German-ness is obvious.

Taste brings on more sour salt acidity and lemons, a good amount here that nears tame gueuze territory I'd say. Like the nose, the 'German' elements are really what set it apart though - big grain/bread/wheat presence, herbal+grassy notes all around, a feel similar to a pilsner or helles underneath that biting sourness. Straw, saltine crackers, maybe some green grapes. Nice, crisp and toasty on the finish.

Decent body to it considering the low ABV, with carbonation a little bit on the lower side. Sourness makes this one a bit of a sipper for me.

Though I am pretty inexperienced when it comes to the style, I'd say this is a good amount more sour than the one other I've tried (Lost Nation Gose) - which makes this one a little less refreshing/drinkable, but still a nice interplay of salty&sour and German malt flavor.

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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 charlzm
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed November 3rd, 2013 at Lucky Baldwin's, Old Town Pasadena.

Beer is brought in a frosted tulip. Appears to be a fairly clear, lightly hazy yellow with a fine white head less than a finger tall.

Aromas of lemon, coriander and wheat. Delicate and nuanced.

Flavor is slightly tart and features a very modest wet hay character. "Are you sure this is a gose and not a gueze?" asked the beer nerd. Light and tangy wheat with a citric zing. The characteristic salt that marks this style does not appear on my palate though, since I am eating french fries along with the beer, that's not surprising. Finishes with low but detectable bitterness and the occasional wince from the tartness. Floral notes lurk in the background.

Mouthfeel is light with a tiny spritz of carbonation.

For my first encounter with a gose, things went well.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a slightly hazy straw with a finger of stark white head that retained for some time. Sour apples were present in the nose. The body on this offering is light and cider-like. The flavor is mildly sour with a pleasant dryness on the finish.

This is the first time that I have sampled a beer of this style and I enjoyed it very much. I usually like beers on the heavy end, but this proved to be an interesting change of pace.

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

A-slightly hazy golden amber color with a decent white head and a little lacing

S-wheat, tart lemon,hint of salt, touch of spice

T-wheat, lemon, salt, vinegar, bready malt

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, crisp and tart

O-well-balanced and refreshing Gose

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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 Maxwell
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark, hazy gold with a fizzy, white, soda-pop head that quickly fizzles away. In body the beer is dark, yet translucent, showing murky, cloudy hints of the other side of the glass, along with a healthy torrent of bubbles. No particles can be seen in the beer. On the nose, the beer smells lightly tart and wheaty, like a wheat flake and a subdued Berliner Weisse. Light saline notes also puff upon the tongue, though I don’t think I would detect them if I didn’t know this was a gose. Lemon citrus is light, yet bright on the nose, giving a nice pop and inviting you to drink the beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially tart, nearly puckering, but this mellows into a soft, bready sweetness with just a touch of saltiness, and a deeper earthy sense to suggest that this is a gose. In flavor, the beer begins as sharp lemon-lime citrus, which mellows into sweet lemon, then lemon bread, and then slowly works into a soft, fluffy, wheat flake flavor that finishes soft and comforting on the tongue for a decent amount of time. In the middle of the taste, the earthy and mineral flavors can be distinctly sensed as the lemon citrus dies down. The aftertaste is soft, but distinctly flavored with wheat malt notes. In the mouth, the beer feels fizzy, yet light in body. The carbonation is at soda-levels, with a slightly sharp effervescence that snaps upon the tongue and gives the beer a crispness. The mouth is left wet with acid-canceling saliva on the cheeks and a very soft chalkiness. Overall, this beer is hugely refreshing and very tasty. It’s not quite as salty as I was hoping it would be, but it’s the first old-world gose I’ve tried, so I blame new world interpretations for making me expect big salt. The beer is soft, yet nuanced, like a well-crafted ginger ale with alcohol and deeper citrus flavors. It’s crisp, refreshing, and perfect to slake your thirst in summer. Try this beer.

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Photo of selecter70
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The truth the one ought not drink from the bottle straight, is illustrated here, where one would simply miss out on the complexities of flavor, rendering the simple joy of imbibing this lacking.
From the bottle, it pours a medium golden orange brown with a thin foamy white head. Not much lace clings to the glass and the appearance shows a wheaty haze, but with bright small, champagne-like bubbles rising. There is a slight orange-lemon malty aroma & a crisp but mild tartness, some sweet wheat hefeweis, a little bright lemon soapy snap (coriander) and a nice subtle salt rounding out tongue. A little mild in mouthfeel but refreshing café beer for hot day, especially by the ocean. Great refreshing summer sip for those who like sour beers or are open to variety; very few others are similar.

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Photo of becktone
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Eye: Cloudy copper in color with lazy looking carbonation. Head forms well with a nice one finger soapy looking foam but falls to a thin sheet covering the beer. This one was quite clear before I roused the yeast and poured some of it in the beer.

Nose: As soon as it is in the glass this beer's aroma fills the room. Very strong wheat aroma. Slight tart-like aroma, salt is evident, reminiscent of the way a glass of salt water smells. Getting the coriander as well.

Tongue: Tartness pops upfront. Finish is dry. Short lived flavor profile, it doesn't linger around too long. Lactic acid is evident. This beer isn't salty like I would have thought it would be, then again the only thing I have to compare it to is salt water, or maybe V8. The salt is in there you can taste it, it makes the mouth water a little in the finish begging you to take another sip. Overall this is a crisp and light bodied beer, carbonation is lower than expected. I am a fan of this style, I feel that this beer represents the style well...its the first Gose I've had and I have to say that it looks like it fits the description.

Drinkability: This is one that I'd definitely pick up. It has sparked my interest in the style and I look forward to trying others in this style as well.

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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 cpetrone84
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pour is slightly hazed amber with a filmy white head. The nose has grain notes up front, candied sugar, lemon, light sea salt. Taste is very sour and much more sweet. more lemon and some tangerine. Grain notes are almost gone, salt comes in towards the back of the palate. Light body, very dry assertive carbonated finish.

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

Pour a pale orange. Quite cloudy, though that's not exactly a surprise after following the label's advice to stir up the yeast before pouring. Foamy white head. Decent retention. Lemony lactic-forward aroma. Some coriander and brine. Some nice fruity malt flavors in the background - apricot and blackberry. Taste is lactic tart with some nice spice and fruit flavors and a salty undercurrent. It's quite yogurty lactic. Like unsweetened yogurt mixed with lemon rind. Little to no malt sweetness and absolutely no hop character. Light to medium mouthfeel. There's a little body to the beer, but it's pretty crisp. The lack of malt sweetness makes the beer feel quite clean. Fun beer. Always nice to find a gose. This would be a fun beer to pair with food.

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