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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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51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 465
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 31.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 68 | 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 StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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 smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +12.4%
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 jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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 KarlHungus
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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 morimech
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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 birchstick
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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 MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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

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Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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