Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,938 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,938
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 171
Gots: 461 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 2,938 | Reviews: 1,069
Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really like this beer!! great up front flavor with slightly dry finish, pleasant aftertaste. Great golden color, one of my favorite beers

Photo of KSOZE
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

By far my favorite of this style

Photo of allensr
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like this one as well as anything else form Great Lakes

Photo of Svingjo
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a rich golden colour with a finger thick white head with great retention. The nose is very malt forward with hints of yeast and baking bread. The taste is much the same reminding me of Arrowroot digestive cookies, biscuity with a slight toffee sweetness. There is a slightly earthy hop finish that gives it that slight bitterness at the enough. The carbonation is just enough to add a bit of crispness without making it too dry. I quite enjoyed this lager.

Photo of Jonoesh5
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark orange/light Amber with a significant off-white head. Smells clean with floral and fruity notes. First sip is wonderful. Biscuity malts balance well with crisp, bitter hops. Notes of pretzel are present throughout. Mouthfeel is soapy, frothy, and lightly carbonated. Overall, the balance is what makes this such an excellent brew- not too sweet, not too bitter. Great appreciation beer, wouldn't expect anything less from Great Lakes.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted more like a light apa than a lager. But for a lager, kudos

Photo of Leo-Dean
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little bit too hoppy for me.

Photo of martyl1000
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last year, I thought this was really good. Today, maybe my palate has gone screwy from some of the food or the beers preceding the Dort. I'm not loving it.

Will have to try it again in a more controlled environment.

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste like bread. Caught me off guard at first but enjoyed it very much. Pretzel, cracker, bread, butter, and some malts were the flavor. Feel was buttery but light and crisp. Overall not bad, just not my type of beer

Photo of 50marathons
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good lager. Not my favorite style but this could be an exception.

Photo of Moneypenny
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's like if you took a soft dutch pretzel and turned it into a beer. Yeah, that's it.

Sorry I can't wax pretentious on this little piece of bread in a glass with a slightly bitter finish.....which I was lucky enough to get from my son when he came home from college in Ohio, but I'd rather drink than write right now. And yes, I poured it into a Spencer glass I got at Total Wine & Beverage. Crucify me!

Photo of Passodelism
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smooth taste. One of my favorites of the Great Lakes selection.

Photo of Kon_Doc-08
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a very rich gold look to it which i why i rated it higher there. As of smell not much there. Taste is about par for a beer. Not my favorite great lakes beer.

Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD 3/16/15. Pours a clear light medium amber (copper gold). Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Light nose of biscuit and herbal hops.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that imparts moments of oiliness and creaminess. Perfect carbonation with a rich prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The world class flavor profile is intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a blend of herbal and citric hop flavor over biscuit. As hop flavor recedes in the middle, a mild noble hop bitterness takes the forefront over a balancing biscuit sweetness. The finish is a bit crisp, and a tad dry, with a lingering noble hop flavor over a subtle receding bitterness.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant gold under a 1” white to cream foam collar that leaves thin sheets of lace.
S: noble hops, spice, light bread.
T: Some bread to light biscuit with a crisp, bitter noble hop finish.
F: Clean and smooth, medium body and carbonation
O: A classic representative of the style

Photo of PVMT
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Great Lakes Brewing Co. on 5/1/15.

Photo of spacecake9
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great tasting lager. I don't normally drink this style, but the reviews were so good I had to try it. Would really like to try this on tap.

Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from previous notes - 1/12/2014*
On tap into an english tulip pint. The aroma is mostly floral with some bread malt notes and citrus accompanying it. It has a moderate foamy head which dissipates quickly and leaves some trace (minimal) lacing. This sits atop a clear gold colored beer. This initial taste is sweet honey and caramel with some mild maltiness and some very light trace resin bitterness. It’s medium bodied with active carbonation. It goes down somewhat syrupy, but more or less dry. The initial sweetness fades with warmth and gives way to a dry, mild, but more pronounced, bitterness. It finishes mostly mild, hoppy bitterness accompanied by the floral notes sticking around.

Photo of chris_pk
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine beer from an accomplished brewery. Not a session ale, and I made the mistake of having more than two.

Photo of Maxbier
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow pour from a bottle, big white head. Aroma: big bright citrus sweetness with faint hint of pineapple. Very light body at first (finishes maltier), plenty of flavor; light lemon citrus, characteristic malt flavor of Southern German and Bohemia. Finish is spicy/herbal and grassy.

Photo of Bone53
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich golden color with a finger off white head

Smell:Sweet bready malt and grassy and slightly citrus hops

Taste: Follows the nose exactly. Sweet bready malts upfront, grassy and slightly citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body, but full bodied for the style. Very crisp with a slight bitter finish

Overall: Great Lakes makes some of the best lagers i have laid my lips on, and this is one of them. Super clean and crisp profile with some character unlike most lagers. I prefer Eliot Ness to this, but either would be absolutely perfect as that lawn mowing, game time, bbq, go to beer, and for turning a BMC drinker into a craft drinker

Photo of rossracing
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

preety good not the best

Photo of DDiFran
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden malty goodness. Just enough hop to keep it interesting.

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful beer. Looks and smells great, and has a nice full malt taste with just enough hoppy bitterness. One of my all time favorites.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a love, pure and clear gold with a nice, foamy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Very nice aroma loaded with spicy and earthy hops, biscuit and grain
Great tasting beer. I pick up a lot of spiciness from the hops, plenty of biscuit and cracker, a little cracked grain taste and a nice drying and slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium and a bit bubbly.
Overall, a really tasty lager that is clean, crisp and very refreshing. Could easily drink a couple more. Excellent.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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