Original Ritterguts Gose (Ritterguts Gose Gmbh)

Style: Gose

4.2% ABV

DSCN4604Brewer’s Note (translated): “It is a light beer with Developing at the top. Most of the other beers do it on the bottom. But essentially we use lactic acid, with makes the Gose very refreshing. Some spices give the special character. Of course it tastes completely different and clients should expect somewhat very new. They have to get accustomed, may be not with the first glass, but surely with the second!”

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The beer’s label is old school, and very German, with an old, Victorian man in a top hat drinking from a tall glass with a weird bottle behind it (traditional gose bottle?).  The colors are drab, and very early 20th century, and the text is very old and proper, making it a little hard to read, though it does give the beer a fancy feel.  The label on the neck is pretty and bright, by contrast.  There is a little cluttering going on throughout the labels, but overall it is quite open for an older label design.  The label is worthy of scrapbooking for its uniqueness and for its older looking qualities, it is not worthy of the shelf, however.

DSCN4600The 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.

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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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2 thoughts on “Original Ritterguts Gose (Ritterguts Gose Gmbh)

    1. Bogies/Alexanders in Beverly, MA right past the Stop & Shop should have a few left. Just head in and ask the fellows behind the desk, as they are all knowledgeable chaps and actually introduced me to the beer.

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