Friday, November 29, 2013

Ritterguts Gose

The Original Ritterguts Gose has been a Leipzig tradition since 1738. Gose is a traditional German beer from Leipzig and nearby Goslar (whence the name) that is brewed with coriander and salt, and also uses a lactic (sour) fermentation and bottle conditioning. This one is 4.2% ABV. 

The beer pours clear, a combination of dark golden and very light copper and amber. There is an inch of pure white and fizzy head, quick to bubble away. The aroma is malty, touch of tart sourness, light coriander spice, grassy, tangy. The taste follows the aromas, with the tartness being lip-smacking, ending dry and spiced. It is medium bodied with a zippy and tingling carbonation. Between the sour, salt, spice and carbonation, it stings the mouth. Old school beer with a great old school picture.

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