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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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Reviews: 47
Hads: 435
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 8.09%
Wants: 8
Gots: 55 | FT: 6
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 kkleu357
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

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 Efeswasmy1st
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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 morimech
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have passed over this beer for years but decided to buy a 6-pack now that Toppling Goliath is newly in MN. Not much happening in the pour. Clear golden color with minimal head and just a little spotty lacing. Not as actively carbonated as I would expect in a light lager. Bready malt with light noble hop aroma. Flavor is a clean, light lager flavor of the malt and minimal hop flavor with low hop bitterness. Carbonation unsurprisingly is a little low and lifeless.

Maybe this example of the beer is not the best representation of this beer being Brewhub brewed. I can think of 5 local, cheaper, packaged light lagers I would purchase over this. Tried it once, no need to purchase again. (691 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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 TheSSG
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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 Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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 birchstick
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (719 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Pintofbrown
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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? (534 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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. (552 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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)

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Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.