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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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 476
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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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 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 OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium golden orange with a foamy white head. No lace. This beer isn't perfectly clear, but has a slight haze.

I get a mild tart note and some sweet wheat. A little lean.

Nice and tart up front. Sourness stays on the palate and clears to a wheat malt. Now that's nice. I know this is brewed with alt, and I get it. It is also brewed with coriander. Trying to find it, not happening. FInish is slightly yeasty but is real wheat. Lovely transition.

Lighter bodied, bubbles rising.

This is wonderful. Tough to make a comparison as this is a style that is just hard to find. Overall, highly drinkable and enjoyable if you are one who likes sours.

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Photo of acevenom
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours golden with a thick white head and lots of visible tiny bubbles. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving little splotches of lacing on the side of the glass. There is only the slightest bit of haze in the beer. There are aromas of lemon, barley and wheat malt, and a slight tartness from the lactic acid. The saltiness comes through in the flavor, which combines well with the tartness of the lactic acid. There's the wheat and barley malt flavors as well as the lemon. The body is light with moderate carbonation. There's some tartness in the aftertaste and this beer is very drinkable. This is a very good beer.

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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 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 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 falloutsnow
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought from Leipzig by NZ, much thanks!
2011 bottling (01:25A2109), best by 03.2013
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Being only my second gose, I will admit that I'm not terribly sure how to rate this beer. I enjoyed my first gose, and this one as well. This gose was different in flavor composition, but equally mild in some places, assertive in others. It was lacking the coriander component of the exported Bayerischer gose, but had a stronger lactic component. Overall, I found this entirely drinkable and enjoyable, just right for a warm summer's day.

Pours a 2cm head of clean white bubbles, mostly small in size, that has fairly poor retention, but falls to a constant cap atop the body, about 0.2cm in height. Head leaves some solid lacing (large, long streaks and spots) along sides of glass with each sip. Body is a semi-transparent mid-darkness orange color with yellowish highlights, light brightens the orange color and makes the yellow really burst out. Carbonation is visible and very active.

Aroma is of modest lactic acid, faintly of sliced meyer lemons, and some distinct saltiness that is surprisingly bold. Adding sediment increases the saltiness to fairly high and undesirable levels.

Opens with some wheat malt, salt, and very mild lactic notes, spreading to a bit more sweetness, fruity esters, and continued salt and lactic characters. Back of palate continues to pick up fruity esters, mild tartness, and a bit of wheat malt. Aftertaste is of lingering graininess with a bit of sweetness and sourness in the background; kind of reminiscent of a not-overly-sugary breakfast cereal in slightly soured milk. That sounds unappealing, whereas this tastes appealing.

Beer is medium-light to light bodied, with medium to high levels of carbonation for the heft. This makes the beer quite propulsive on the palate, slightly prickly, but generally a fast sipper. The salt adds to the drying effect of the beer itself, making this quite dry, with a bit of stickiness on the mouth after each sip.

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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.


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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 harrymel
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Leipzig, Germany at the Biergarten where it's served. Was going to the brewery, but they don't have a tasting room/garten.

A: Golden ale with a single finger of fine and near whipped quality foam of whiteness which falls over several minutes to a sheet of the same. Spotty and loose lacing. Hazy, as expected.

S: Bread, a little intense in the nose than anticipated. Pretty empty, but when smelled, reminiscent of a fresh ocean breeze (salinity is evident). Warming and earthy, the nose is really nice when I get it (but I'm surrounded by about five burning cigarettes, so I can't take away much on the points here).

T: Nicely tart, woody, earthy and yeasty. The earthiness is of sand and wheat and salt. This is fun, and I think better than Bayischer Banhof's version at the other end of town. A little more tart, a little better on the salt approach (these guys add salt after boil vs. Bayerschif who adds during boil).

M: Thin with fine and ticklish carbonation. Finish is a bit warm, very surprised in this given the lower ABV. Dry finish as well.

O: Good. The only thing missing here is a hint of coriander to help fully round this one out. I think a blend of the two Gose's from the region would be a good drink. This one is preferred though.

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Photo of atis
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow fizzy with small white head that soon fades. Aroma is funk citrus, becomes a bit spicy when warming up.

Taste begins with wheaty lactic acidic bite, hints of citrus, green apples, slowly drying finish and light sourish citrus aftertaste. Some salty residue remains on the lips at the end of the glass. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation.

Very pleasant and refreshing Gose, although I would have preferred more of funky goodness.

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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 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 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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Photo of velkyal
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light golden colour with a thin white head, which disappeared rather quickly.

The nose was really unusual, spicy like a wheat beer, laced with citrus fruit, in particular oranges and also a distinct smell of sour milk.

In terms of taste, again there was a citrusy twang, but like the flavour you get with soluble vitamin tablets, like minerals. The thing I found surprising was just how salty it tasted, almost as though the beer had been made with sea water.

Certainly a very interesting beer, but not one I could imagine drinking regularly.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Gose and it is an interesting style indeed.

The colour is a cloudy hazy gold withminimal nead.

The smell is sour and slightly spicey and herbal. There is some wheat breadiness in the background

The taste is sour upfront but a refreshing kind of sour with some faint herbal spiceiness. There is a citrussy aftertaste as if of Lemons.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing

Drink again

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

(From notes)

A - Light clear yellow color; poured with pretty thin white head

S - Olives, lemon, citrus; overall fairly mild but pleasant

T - Taste very much mirrors the aroma; salty; olives; lemony; very savory

M - Lightish; tight bubbly carbonation

D - Decent drinking, but I don't think I could do too much of this brew at a time, but nice and interesting

Overall, an interesting and unique style, much less brew. Worth a look if you can find it.

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Photo of kappldav123
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle looks good, but I don't like this old man on the front label. Fine sourish-spicy aroma. Tastes really good, I think a mix between Berliner Weisse and a hefeweizen - a little bit sourish with woody notes, but also fruity like lemon and apricot. Very refreshing. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of stcules
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old gold color, limpid. Not so white foam, quite creamy.
In the smell the saltiness is very strong, on a malty base. No perceptible coriander.
At the taste the saltines is again very intense, and quite aggressive. Very dry.
In the back, you can feel some coriander, and also some other spices (orange peel).
A very peculiar style.
Drinkable and pleasant.

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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 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 Raymond69
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A style I haven't previously tried.

Pours a slightly golden cloudy color. Not much of a head. Carbonation is apparent.

I don't get much from smelling this beer but a slight grassy note.

Taste is tart , somewhat fruity. No hop or malt presence. Not tasting the salt or coriander.

Mouthfeel is thin, somewhat dry.

Overall and easy drinking beer I'd have again.

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