Dorothy's New World Lager - Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 415
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 8
Gots: 45 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA.

Crystal clear pale golden body with an inch of bone white head. Bubbles slowly ascend to the surface. Outstanding appearance. The aroma offers pale malt, bread, grain, and a light fruity note. Clean, refreshing, simple. Light in body. Solid. (287 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellowish golden color with a moderate white head. Quickly recedes, leaving no lacing.

Aroma of bready malts and lemon rind. A lot of yeast. Some lighter fruity esters.

Taste follows the nose. Honey and wheatgrass. Some very light fruitiness, orange and lemon. Possibly some caramel?

Light bodied. Plays on the tongue very nicely, coating the tongue in a sweet glaze. Very good to drink on a hot night, but when you have the AC (never thought I'd describe a beer that way).

A solid if unspectacular effort from TG. Wouldn't mind having some of this lying around to straight drink, but if you're looking for something with excellent taste, look elsewhere. (666 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,155 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
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! (376 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.39/5  rDev -11%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,348 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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? (534 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +5%

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. (281 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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. (552 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

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. (176 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed at Apgar CG, Glacier National Park, MT. Full notes taken to phone while out of service area.

A- 22oz bottled pours into a goblet with a bright golden body that has a bit of a haze to it. A frothy white head forms to one finger with decent retention before dissipating to a ring. Bubbly ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Clean and simple just as the bottle suggests. Mild lager yeast character of fresh yeast bread and slight fruity esters. Pale cracked grain sweetness.

T- Pretty much follows the nose as I might suspect in milder brews. Cracker and biscuit malts with a slight sweetness. Yeast contributes apple esters, bread and general light fruits. A light dose of spicy, herbal hops round it all out.

MF- The body is on the light end but has a silky, foamy texture that is key to beefing it up a bit and keeping it out of watery territory. Carbonation overall is at a medium-high level. Just a light hop bitterness on the back end.

Delivers what it says it does. A mild lager that still brings plenty of flavor to the palate and is clean of any off flavors. Nice after having so many IPAs and hop soaked brews. (1,123 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crap, I have to follow Stevedores review. He is such a wanksta, but in a good way

A- Probably lighter that pilsner, Ill go different here, light yellow 45mw light bulb in color. Glow light honey, straw wheat in color. Light head with medium cloud white lacing that has very slow legs.

S- Slight lemon, barley, hay, watery void, but a nice nose for a lager with what we have large scale domestically. There is a sweet smell to this, probably similar to honey.

T- Very well balanced with the barley, lemon and nice amount of smooth carb feel that has to do with the watery carb finish. If this were the Budweiser in ball parks, I would drink it from warm-ups to final call.

M- Very smooth for a lager. Not much carb interruption at all. Somewhat creamy going down. I was cornfused with TG doing a lager, but they have no boundaries.

O- I turn down nothing these guys do. They seem to do either everything right, or throw away everything that isn't up to A standard. Congrats!! (982 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle of the recent delivery. Poured into a gold Toppling Goliath chalice 7/11/2014.

A- Proper glassware and a clear, beautiful straw yellow body that I have come to expect from lagers. So refreshing in appearance, I don't think I even need to drink this to satiate my thirst. Two finger white head that fades fairly quickly into a fairly substantial film that sticks for a while. Some lacing.

S- Freshly baked wheat bread, biscuits drizzled in honey. This smells very much the part of a California Common. Very good display of malt, clean nose albeit not particularly complex. But appealing nonetheless.

F- Just like the nose, but sweeter on the bread side. Wheat bread straight out of the oven, chopped up and served up with a drizzle or two of honey and some yeast- spices, perhaps coriander. For the most part, it fits the style. Not much razzle-dazzle but clean and well-done.

M- Medium in body, well carbonated and very refreshing. No off-flavours are allowing me to just drink this beer as quickly or as slowly as I like. I really enjoy the substantial but soft mouthfeel that Toppling Goliath seems to also deliver with their pale ales.

O- Nothing flashy, but sturdy and very well-done. At $5 a bomber, its still 23 cents an ounce that equates to $16.50 for a six-pack. C'mon TG, start bottling in smal format already! So while this was worth trying the one time, I probably won't be buying this again, at least not for a while. (1,449 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath Dorothy's New World Lager

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served well chilled.

A) Nice looking golden brew with decent clarity and some bubble trails. The head was soapy and maybe half a finger. The head quickly settled to a thin collar. A fair amount of lacing.

S) A nice refreshing scent. I think it's what you'd expect from a well crafted lager. The lightest of toasted grains and malt sweetness. Grassy, with a little floral aroma.

T) A very clean and refreshing flavor. Bready malt, balanced with grassy/herbal hops. I get a little hint of lemon in the taste. Really solid in the flavor department.

M) Looks pretty light in the glass, but easily packs a medium body. The carbonation is lively enough, but this is one smooth drinking lager. So smooth... Finishes clean. Loved the mouthfeel for this lager.

O) Folks just don't get to excited about drinking lagers, but for lager lovers, (try saying that 10 times fast) this one is worth seeking out. I do think this should be available in 6 packs, rather than bombers. (1,066 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly hazy straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of grains and biscuit. Pale malt with hints of bready biscuit, grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. Fairly earthy with some hints of grassy hops. Zesty hints of lemon fruit. A nicely crisp and bready light lager aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, bready, and fairly sweet malt forward taste with good notes of grains and biscuit. Upfront pale malt with notes of grains, biscuit, cereal, wheat, straw, cracker, and lager yeast. Earthy hop background with notes of grass. Citrus fruit notes of lemon. A pretty solid light lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a light pale lager style. Nice crisp grainy malt notes with some light citrus notes. (1,094 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
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.

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

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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! (874 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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 (334 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,136 characters)

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Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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