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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396 Ratings
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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of thetravelguy01
3.37/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice easy drinking lager! Great price.

Photo of MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of alphagnome
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 emerge077
3.78/5  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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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 yamar68
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of st9647v3
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is basically a Yuengling Lager

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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 FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of Etan
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Ri0
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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!

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  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

Photo of jwc215
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Mersh
2.82/5  rDev -23.8%
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 jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of BIll_Currie
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
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 KarlHungus
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  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.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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