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Dorothy's New World Lager - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Dorothy's New World LagerDorothy's New World Lager

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.32%

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:
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

(Beer added by: daledeee on 11-22-2010)
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Photo of zeledonia


3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 1 March 2014.

Pours a hazy pale sunny yellow. One finger of white head, decent retention, okay lacing. A sparse column of bubbles rising up.

Smell is faintly grainy with the corny sweetness typical of many pale lagers. But it's varied and pleasant, with subtle depth and delicately rounded edges.

Taste is really nice. Starts out with thin grains and a light syrupy sweetness, then drifts slowly towards a clean finish. Could use a bit of bitter to balance it, as it is at times overly sweet. But I like it.

Feel is good. Medium-light body, low fizzy carbonation. Could use some more buzz as a contrast to the sweetness.

I'm not a huge fan of pale lagers. But this one is far better than most. It's bright, flavorful, and clean. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:29:43 | More by zeledonia
Photo of alphagnome


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden hue, crowned with a rather dismal head that fades to a small ring within seconds of pouring. Nice, steady streams of carbonation gracefully drift upward.

Sweet, fresh grains fill the nose with a light lemon tinge. Simple, but very nice.

Just as sweet and simple as the aroma. Light, grassy hop bite right up front hits briefly before fresh, lightly toasted biscuits and lemon zest trickle in. Light doughy character and table sugar round off the finish with a tasty, sweet aftertaste.

Light body - Clean, crisp, perfectly carbonated, and highly refreshing.

This being my first encounter with this style, I wasn't sure what to expect. That said, the end of my only bottle had me wishing I had purchased more. It's delicious! Incredibly refreshing and easy to drink make this inoffensive beer a must have!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:00:00 | More by alphagnome
Photo of gatornation


3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy burnt golden color with an off white head with little lacing but a fresh collar
S- malts with light citrus hops a cereal grain smell
T-sweet malts with light grapefruit hops a German lager taste
M- Sweet and creamy smooth with malts
O- if you like lagers well done .. and i do.. then this one is great for the style

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 01:21:19 | More by gatornation
Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a darker yellow in color with a tiny white head that dissipates quickly. A nice looking beer. Smell is quite refreshing as I haven't had a lager for quite some time. I can smell a little sweet malts and maybe some hops in there that add to the sweetness but seem complimentary. Nothing strong in the nose here. Pretty tame as expected. Taste is of sweet malts, toned down hops to balance. I get a real buttery taste to the beer which is unique and surprising. Mouthfeel is thin as one would expect. Overall this is a pretty decent lager. The taste is quite unique with the buttery notes and was a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 22:42:06 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

what can you say here, just an all out excellent lager. its hazy and darker than just blonde, maybe light buttery in color, with a viscous white froth of head daily aroused. the nose is bread and cereal grain heavy, definitely robust compared to most. what i like about this the most is that is so flavorful while being distinctly american. it doesn't rely on german malts or czech hops to make it flavorful and interesting, it moves well beyond that, but it still falls nicely into the style guidelines while doing something very different. cereal grain flavor, lots of body, and a gently citrus hop note from about the middle onward. clean finish, lager yeast is richer than most, just such a layered and well done beer, especially for a lager. i could drink this continuously. fuller bodied, lush in feel, refreshing enough but thats not the point here. a great lager, world class in my opinion. well hopped, flavorful, grainy, clean, full.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:53:50 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of hardy008


3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a one finger foamy white head, with very good retention and lacing. (after I poured the last of the beer into the glass, it turned cloudy). The aroma has sweet malt, with yeast and crackers.

Has a sweet malty taste with crackers and bready grains. Has light grassy hop bitterness. Nicely balanced, but not extraordinary.

Light to medium bodied with light carbonation, and a sweet malty aftertaste. You can tell when you drink this beer that it is well made, but there is nothing that jumps out and grabs your attention either. I am glad I had the chance to try this though.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 02:43:35 | More by hardy008
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company Dorothy's New World Lager. "Live Beer, Please Keep Refrigerated." Hand Crafted in Decorah, Iowa. 5.5% alc. by Vol.

Clouded, golden hued, with a bit of snow white head, that starts as something, but ends small and slight.

Aroma: Clean and malty, slightly sweet, certain cereal notes.

Taste: More clean, and plenty crisp. Snappy. Light bodied, lightly malty. A neat little blessing of hops. Just enough. And plenty of yeast to keep my tongue tantalized. I may have said it before, but I'll say it again: I'll always like an unfiltered lager more than a filtered one. Kellerbier, zwickel, whatever you want to call them, they give the flavor filtered lagers don't. Tasty stuff. Good beer, and you can drink it. Nice one, Dorothy.

Hey, wait's the label say? "Named after our founder's grandmother, Dorothy's is our "classic beauty." She is easy going, mild in body and clean in taste. Each sip charms the senses with distinct flavor and refreshing simplicity. Just like Grandma Dorothy, our unfiltered flagship lager is forever dear to our hearts."

Aw…so sweet. Grandma Dorothy would surely be proud.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 03:54:00 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of jlindros


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mmulebarn (Reddit and BA) for this one.

pours a light fizzy head that pretty quickly, light lacing, semi clear slight hazy lemony straw yellow color.

Nose is quite lager like, a very big doughy malt, fresh raw sour dough and grainy, a big lager yeast aroma, a mild straw and cracker, a nice fruity quality from the yeast, a bit of a grassy hop, lemongrass too, a bit of a cereal too, almost like fruity pebbles.

Taste starts with more malts, again the grainy cracker malt, juicy and toasty at the same time. Bready and doughy, again a bit of raw dough but not as much as the nose. A light fluffy marshmallowy dough malt, with little straw. Lager is light, little fruity with little lemongrass again. Hops eventually make their presence known, little grassy and hint spicy. Finish is dry and mild to fair bitterness, bit crisp too, little lemon cake dough lingering, more fruity lager notes, and plenty of doughy malt flavor with hint sticky. As it warms, a little earthy mineral rock sulfur note comes through.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft feeling with lighter but decent carb.

Overall not bad, lots of flavor for a light lager, lots of dough and cracker, straw, etc, and plenty of lager yeast notes but not super crisp like the beer wants to be a big imperial lager but stays soft and light. Enjoyable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:57:07 | More by jlindros
Photo of jbaker67


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

Bottle from Omensetter. Pours a mostly clear, pale golden with a medium white head. Aroma is grainy, malty, a little citrus, no hop presence at all. Taste is medium sweet, maybe slightly bitter, a little fruity. Finish lightly sweet, a hint of bitterness. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. There isn’t a lot going on here but it’s solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 12:10:18 | More by jbaker67
Photo of Etan


4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head.

S: Aroma brings fresh grain, lightly acidic hop note.

T: Biscuity, fleeting note of orange peel, doughy yeast, light grassy note.

M: Light-bodied with creamy carbonation. Really nailed the mouthfeel on this one.

O: This beer is a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 00:18:20 | More by Etan
Photo of ncketchum


4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Tyranena snifter, split with my dad over some thanksgiving turkey

A - pours an impressive hazy amber, darker and fuller looking than I would expect from the style, pure white head, fades to a slight ring

S - smell is light lemony hops but primarily biscuity and bready

T - light cracker and biscuit with hints of grapefruit and lemon in the finish

M - clean, crisp, smooth and refreshing

O - a very good lager, more complexities from hops than most lagers. My second offering from TG, and another solid brew

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:32:51 | More by ncketchum
Photo of mjpolzin


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think Lagers by their nature have a ceiling with which you can only rank them so high. They are designed to be easy drinking beers for the masses. (or at least that is my perception of them) I will always buy Topping Goliath beers and support one of my favorite breweries even if it is just a lager.

One of the interesting things about this beer was it's strange light yellow, pale, almost cloudy color. It looked very similar to PseduoSue and I wonder if this look is one common thread in some of the TG beers. The smell was of very faint bread and malts. The taste was similar but with more of these characteristics coming through. The hops weren't hardly noticeable but what I did get was very well integrated in the beer.

Not a great beer but solid and since it was a TG brew, I would take it over other lager offerings.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:21:31 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of birchstick


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at a bottle shop in Madison, WI.

A - pours a clear, pale yellow color with a somewhat creamy head that leaves a modicum of lacing down the side of the glass

S - aroma is a bit faint - I am getting mostly cereal malts and not much else

T - this beer starts off with grain, cereal, and bready malts that hold fast through most of the palate. A small amount of grassy hops come through on the end, but the malts steal the show. Although a big one-dimensional, the malt bill on this beer is pretty solid.

M - creamy and full bodied, really nice body

D - overall, this is a really nicely put together lager / california common. At $5.99 a bomber it's good, but I don't think I would revisit it...maybe on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 23:22:07 | More by birchstick
Photo of KarlHungus


3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of foam. The aroma is of bread, faint toffee, honey and floral hops. It is on the lighter side, but it is still very pleasant. The taste has all the elements of the aroma, but with a little more power. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I would drink again, but won't seek out again.

Serving type: growler

07-07-2013 19:56:10 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of yamar68


3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I can't turn down a beer from Toppling Goliath, no matter the ratings.

Very clean looking. Pale straw golden body with a slight finger of paper white head.

Strong pils aroma... sweet grains, creamed corn, yeasty twang... pretty standard pale lager profile on the nose.

Palate follows the nose... doughy malt flavors, moderate bitter hop contribution... it's like a rich pilsner. Deceivingly light.

Glad to try it. Won't be seeking this one out again though.

Serving type: growler

06-21-2013 22:41:54 | More by yamar68
Photo of ZAP


4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler purchased about 50 hours ago filled at Casonova's in Hudson....still perfectly carbonated..

A-Bright golden colored....hazy...nice fluffy white head..

S-Hay...grains....not real assertive on the nose..

T-Loaded with flavor....very bready and sweet with some light lemony citrus notes....does not remind me of a California Common at all but more like a Kellerbier...I can't keep this in my glass it is so tasty...

M-Perfect....rounded and smooth....perfect weight...not watery at all but not heavy....

O-One of my favorite easy drinking beers of all-time. A keg of this at a summer pool party would be perfect. I could drink this every day for the rest of my life. I really, really like this one.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2013 23:34:52 | More by ZAP
Photo of emerge077


3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from Coffee Grounds, review from written notes.

Light haze, color is a bright pale gold, thin layer of frothy white foam on the surface.
Suspended micro particles of yeast visible in the light.

Clean aroma of yeast and crackery pils malt.

Flavor is mild, light bready malt notes, crisp with a very low level bitterness. Light bodied and it finishes dry and clean. Easily drinkable and deceptively simple. Pretty much how a macro should taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 04:21:55 | More by emerge077
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kyle for this one. Just right for a muggy, hot spring day. 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse, 1 finger white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear pale lemon that reveals ample carbonation. Minimal lace. Average.

Nose is lightly malty with some grains. Sweet. Minimally aromatic but pretty refreshing.

Opens sweet with a big malty body. Some graininess in the middle with just the slightest touch of hop bite at the end. Finishes with some corn and grain. Same sweetness in the aftertaste. Solid for the style.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly, light, and refreshing in the mouth and goes down quenching and aggressive. Finishes slightly messy with a filmy, slightly lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

A simple beer overall but given the right moment, there's nothing better. Not much to think about. Just quenching, enjoyable, and very very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:11:53 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of Ri0


4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a brilliant light golden color that is hazy. Bright white pillowy 1 finger head that doesn't last long. Very little lacing on my Duvel Tulip.

S - Hints of lemon, grass, floral, and faint bread.

T - Follows the nose. Light and bready with faint wheat. Hints of the lemon and maybe apple give a tangyness, providing a bit of balance to the sweetness. The taste of this Lager is incredible, best I have had.

M - So light and crisp with good carbonation. Leaves a nice tang on the finish.

D - All around great refreshing lager. Light and crisp. I don't normally drink Lagers, but I will have more of this as it will be great to have during hot summer days. Well done TG!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:54:26 | More by Ri0
Photo of grandbeerdaily


4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong all white head with a pale yellow hue that its bright. Good bubbles and light lacing.

Light smooth crisp smell. Of base malt. Lacks complexity but has a refreshing smell that its indicative of the taste.

Smooth mouth feel makes a very drinkable beer.very light on the tongue. The flavor its simple pale light malts provide a sweet breaddy taste. The yeast Esters are present and noticeable and reminds me of a classic American lager. The hops are absent. A little coriander, maybe, and a little undetermined spice.

Worth a try but not something to brag about

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2012 02:14:12 | More by grandbeerdaily
Photo of Efeswasmy1st

3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bodega Brew Pub - hosted beer tasting, poured into 4 oz glass.

Appearance is light pale yellow with little head.

Aroma is some grass, yeast?

Taste is light and sweet.

Palate ended with slight sour and a nice fizz.

Easy to drink, above average lager.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 23:04:23 | More by Efeswasmy1st
Photo of bashiba


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouredd a clean yellow,with a light white head.
The smell is light and clean with a touch of grassy hops.

The flavor is clean with light bit of lemony and grassy hops, a touch of light bready grain.

Light and zippy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Easy to drink and no real flaws, but nothing compelling about it either.

Serving type: growler

02-26-2012 15:51:03 | More by bashiba
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App- Golden straw body, it has some carbonation coming up through the glass. I didn't see the pour, but when it came to the table it had only a slight white film as a cap.

Smell- There is a solid biscuit malt smell, maybe even caramel malt, it is pretty sweet. There is a hop background here, citrus in nature and crisp like lemon.

Taste- That is a good drink. Plenty of biscuit malt back bone with plenty of wheat too. The hops seem more floral in the finish than the citrus in the nose. Again that sweet malt comes out after the hops have had their moment. It really reminds me of an ESB more than a steam offering.

Mouth feel- Dorothy is really smooth and medium bodied.

Overall- It certainly is more Fuller’s than Anchor Steam, but the sweet malt compliments this beer very well. If you see it, go for it, as is the case with anything Toppling Goliath makes.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 15:46:55 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of FreshHawk


4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear, light gold color with a thin, foamy, light, white head. Leaves only the faintest lace.

S - Nice, clean, bready, cracker and grainy aroma. Pretty simple but enjoyable. Very faint apple and lemon nose along with some honey sweetness.

T - Follows the nose. Dominated by bready, grainy, and sweet cracker like malt. Very clean and crisp. Mid sip brings about a hint of the lemon and green apple, providing a bit of balance to the sweetness.

M - Light body with a nice level of carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

D - Pretty much what I want from a good lager. Light, refreshing, and crisp. Nice bready malt with a nice balance to it. Very easy to drink.

Notes: On tap at The Sanctuary. Very enjoyable lager that is fresh, crisp and refreshing. Pretty simple but it has a subtle complexity and balance. Very nice on a summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 01:41:25 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of daledeee


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap because I liked their website.

Poured from the tap with a beautiful white head and the usual clear yellow body.

Nose was not very distinctive but a fresh smell is always good! Some hints of grain.

Taste had a nice mild hops taste and hints of grain. A little spice as well. One of the best lagers I have had.

Mouth feel was nice due to the head that just never went away. Drinkability was well...easy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 02:12:24 | More by daledeee
Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.