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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: 51
Hads: 453
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 8
Gots: 62 | FT: 7
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 Wer34truh
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A big head with some staying power. A lot of carbonation, with a rapid ascension to the top. Looks the bit with a beautiful golden, but opaque, color.

There is quite a bit of floral/grassy aftertaste to this, some subtle notes of malt. However, until the aftertaste this tastes very much like a regular 'boring' lager. Quite sweet. I don't feel like there is a lot to this.

I've looked at some of the reviews here, and even the highest reviews acknowledge that this is a a fairly simple and drinkable lager. If that's what you are looking for, this is a pretty solid beer. But it won't wow you.

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Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hops, hint of alcohol, slight pale malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a California Common / Steam Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of hop, slight bread dough, slight alcohol, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dorthy's New World Lager pours a hazy golden color with a very small head. There is a very mild crisp malty aroma. The taste is very crisp, nice bright malty flavors. Good body and good feel. Overall its very crisp, and very refreshing. A very good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: golden yellow hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of white foam and didn't stick around too long. Mostly appropriate for the style but not much in the way of head.

Smell: a little on the sweet side with a nice, bready character. I like it.

Taste: a little grainy, a little sweet, a little toasty; there's some nice stuff going on here. Not a bad example of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a nice creaminess. Good.

Overall: this beer is definitely very drinkable. I could see quaffing a few of these in the sun.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours an energetic gold with a white to cream colored foam cap that completely disappears after a minute and a half. S: Spicy, grainy, minty hop aromas joined by light bread rise from the glass. T: A prickly entrance gives way to grain and malt flavors with traces of apple and sulfur that open the door to an assertive hop bitter finish. F: Sparkly, prickly, lively, with a medium light body. O: Crisp and refreshing and packed with flavor.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear and very fizzy pale straw with a sustained head. The aroma is straight up biscuit. The flavor lead with the biscuit, nicely balanced by a mild hop bitterness. I really cannot pick out many individual flavors here, everything is so well balanced as to create a unified impression. The light body places this comfortably in the world of summer beer, but there is enough powerful flavor here to make this a year round specialty. This is a very well executed steam beer, and a joy to drink.

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Photo of 302BeerGuy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade.
12oz Bottle
ABSOLUTE perfect balance of malt, hops, barley, and yeast.
VERY new to the style as it is my first one.
No frills, no gimmicks, VERY SMOOTH drinking lager. Highly recommended.

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Photo of morimech
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

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Photo of TheSSG
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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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.

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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?

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

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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.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
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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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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!!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.