Dorothy's New World Lager - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Dorothy's New World LagerDorothy's New World Lager

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 43 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: daledeee on 11-22-2010

Our flagship beer was named after our founder’s grandmother and crafted to please her purely classic tastes. Mildly hopped, light in color and body, and clean to the taste, this california common-style lager drinks easy. Each sip charms the senses with distinct flavor and refreshing simplicity, delivering a smooth finish. Dorothy is truly the “Classic Beauty.”

11 IBU
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Ratings: 400 | Reviews: 55
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from a 22 fl oz bottle on July 6, 2015.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Best lager I ever had

Photo of robbmotiwalla
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Might as well be Yuengling...

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

no a big lager fan but this one was damn good

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled May 21st 2015 (318), agreement with Lakeland Florida.

Pale amber body, brass lemon with a bit of shine to it, and a real nice glow. Some very slow rising pinhead carbonation through the body, matching to a very bleach white just slightly taller two finger head. No lacing, minimal retention but a slow fall and simple bubbled collar remains. Solid looking beer with a very impressive body appearance.

Light and toasty malt, a bit of brown bread crust kicks out with a real clean aroma. Very sticky and pasty lager ester sense, with a faint caramel quality in the background just nudging out a little, and a slight fruited hop perhaps. Very nice.

Palate brings a bit of kick and surprise. Quenching classic lager feel with a hint of crisp but also a much maltier body. Hop angle seems just hinting to play, somewhere but hard to pinpoint. Juiced finish with a real fruit cherry and berry aftertaste, biscuit and malt sweetness balancing nicely, a bit of crackling grain meets thick fruit berried juice at the end.

This is a very impressive steam beer take. Excellent stuff.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive clear, light orange with a thin white head. Smells of a sweet, malty bread, maybe a slight citrus fruitiness. The brae nines and malt taste is awesome, just how I like a lager. A very light hop sneaks in. One of the better tasting lagers I've had! The taste continues after drinking. Quite refreshing. This flavorful lager is refreshing. Top notch!

Photo of Bshaw22
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great summer lager. Reminds me of a lot of good new Glarus summer lagers.

Photo of carmike813
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its a lager and they are all so similar i cant discern a difference. Very drinkable and had the haylike taste. Great for a hot summer day.

Photo of Awolter
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not even close to any of their other offerings, but a good lager none the less.

Photo of megamick
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally smooth drinking lager. Poured from a 1 pint bottle, first chance to finally try a TG. Not disappointed & would definitely recommend.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at Hunahpu's Day 2015 at Cigar City Brewery in Tampa

Photo of thetravelguy01
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy drinking lager! Great price.

Photo of TheSSG
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a soft, frothy head. Yeasty aroma with citrus behind it; surprisingly fruity (and wonderful). Hazy straw color. An oddly bitter front end. There is a strong, lingering citrus rind bitterness. There is an orange flavor and a touch of malt behind it.

This is weird, and not necessarily in a good way. Surprisingly bitter, citric, yeasty, with little maltiness. Definitely interesting.

Photo of Mdog
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, huge head.

Smell: Fruity, apple, kind of malt liquor-like, which is a bit of a turn-off.

Taste: Nice mildly sweet and fruity. A little bit of corn. Easy drinking lager beer.

Overall: Picked up a bomber in Wiscoland to continue trying the available TG beers. This is usually on the shelf but I had avoided it due to it being a lager. It is well made, and a pretty solid beer other than the smell leans a bit too much towards malt liquor fusels.

Photo of st9647v3
2.77/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is basically a Yuengling Lager

Photo of jwc215
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clouded (unfiltered) golden with a thin white lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of sweet grain with musty, slightly fruity, yeast.

The taste of sweet grain is balanced by yeast and some mild, non-descript hops.

Sharp carbonation soon settles to make it a smooth drink.

I thought that it was a kellerbier more than a California Common, and it has something macro lager (though it is unfiltered). I think the price point is a bit high for a bomber - I could find beer that is simple and easy-to-drink in a six-pack for just under twice as much. It is easy-to-drink. Wasn't too impressed overall.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking there IPA and APA's i can't drink lighter beers anymore. But it compares well with the style.

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

opened 1, ended going back and getting three more. These things are truly awesome.

Photo of Mersh
2.82/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Maybe just not my style but it didn't really have enough to impress me. Had a very macro taste and feel.

Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a pint glass. No date, but considering the demand for TG I am sure the bottle is quite fresh. Pours a surprisingly clear straw color with a finger of white head which quickly dissipates to a lasting bubbly crown. Thin but retentive lacing.

Definitely malt-forward. Cracker-like and grainy with a sweet almost DMS-like pilsnery aroma. Quite a bit of honey with just a light, floral and grassy hoppiness with a touch of lemon zest. Light fruity esters as it warms.

Flavor follows the nose. Very sweet, very bready. Slightly dry, bitter finish. Honey and bread dough chased by a bit of grassiness. Yeast and hops take a slightly more aggressive stance as the beer warms, but it still remains malt-forward.

Light-medium bodied and highly carbonated. Dry and fairly clean finish.

I have to admit that this wasn't the beer I was expecting. If rating strictly to style, I would be much more harsh because, well... this isn't a California Common. It neither looks, smells, nor tastes like one. More of a keller/zwickel to be honest. After realizing that this wasn't the amber lager I thought I was pouring, it took me a couple minutes to get into it. Alas, once I reset my expectations, this is actually a rather enjoyable beer. Mellow and light but nuanced and reasonably complex with no noticeable flaws and a well-balanced flavor.

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Haven't had much TG stuff. And admittedly I was told this was one of their lesser offerings.

Aroma (3.5): It smells fine. I mean as much as a lager does.
Appearance (4): Nice golden color. A little more golden than most lagers are.
Taste (3): Meh. It is better than Bud Light I suppose. Not much to speak of really.
Palate (3.5): Decent mouthfeel I suppose. Fairly refreshing.

I'm not sure I'd need to get this one again. I like lagers just as much as the next guy, but this was pretty standard. Maybe twas overhyped for me?

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Clear yellow with a brief fizzy head. No retention or lacing.

Mildly fruity and grassy aromas. White grapes.

Clean grassy and white fruit flavors. Lightly hopped.

Crisp, clean, light mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

A simple beer but executed without flaw. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Very light yellow in color. Clear. Forms a somewhat fizzy white head that offers little retention. No lacing. Aroma is mildly fruity with notes of apple, juicy fruit, and grassy hops. Taste is more of the same: mild fruitiness with very light flavors of bread, grassy hops, and just a hint of toast. Very clean tasting. Light bodied, light carbonation, minimal bitterness.
A pretty good beer from a not overly popular style. I figured TG would have went the non-traditional route on this beer, but it appears they chose to be very restrained with it.

Photo of kkleu357
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%

From notes on 2/28/14

Very cloudy light straw colored body. Kind of looks like pee. Very sweet yeasty smelling. Sweet tasting. Kind of a dough flavor. Pretty good for a lager.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Pilsner malt. Mild spicy hop. Malty more than hoppy.

Taste - The slightest bit of an earthy and spicy hop. Pilsner malt lends quite a bit of sweetness. Very little hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Pretty crisp and light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Pretty flavorful for a lager. Very malty though. I'd like a little bit of hop bite.

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Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.