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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold

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2,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 2229
Reviews: 992
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of LuvLagunitas


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: As the name suggests, it pours a bright gold hue with a small amount of carbonation. Thin head that doesn't much lacing if at all on the glass.

S: A little to be desired. A faint bready-grain wiff. Maybe some cereal. It's a pilsner, can't expect too much.

T: Extremely well balanced. The cereal is more assertive at first and then comes the sweetness from the malts. In the end, one can get a slight taste of booze, but it pairs well with the cereal.

M: Full-medium bodied. A little creamy from the carbonation. Leaves behind a small film in the mouth.

O: A simple but awesome pilsner by an always reliable brewery. There's nothing super extravagant about this beer, but it's pegged down the basics and it's done it well. Personally, I could drink this all day it's so smooth and good. If you're wanting to get into the pilsner style, start here.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:28:00 | More by LuvLagunitas
Photo of redearth329


3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear gold, as the name suggests. I poured this at around 45 degrees (F) into a weissen glass. A thin white head quickly dissipated into a bit of lace; doesn't stick to the glass at all. Don't see much if any carbonation.

S - Cereal notes, a bit like a bowl of cheerios. Overall, not a lot coming forward on the nose.

T - Definitely malt forward, and the cheerios thing is coming through on the palate big time. Honey nut cheerios, to be precise. Not too sweet, though.

M - I'd say light to medium bodied; 2% milk range. It does coat the tongue for a while. A bit of tingle on the tip of the tongue, must be the missing carbonation.

O - The sweetness of this beer seems like it would pair well against something bitter, like some brussels sprouts or similar. My socks aren't exactly knocked off, but it's a solid beer that is very pleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:02:51 | More by redearth329
Photo of mugzybrown


4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites.

A very clean taste with a some hop on the finish. Smells clean. looks clean, tastes clean.

And then what sets it apart is a nice, bready mouthfeel to give it substance.

One of my favorite beers in the style. Great lakes is probably one of the best breweries in the US

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:37:23 | More by mugzybrown
Photo of Tucquan


4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2014-03-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Very clear golden-orange with a 1-finger white head that leaves mild-moderate lacing.

S - Bready, sweet citrus flesh, light caramel and hop floral. Very pleasant in a balanced way.

T - Lightly toasted French bread with orange marmalade and brown sugar yielding to some mild-moderate orange rind bitterness. Finishes with some sour dough bread and orange tart as it dries. Very little residual bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation with a touch of resin. Smooth and refreshing.

O - I really like this brew. Not an always on-hand, go-to brew for me but I will rotate it into the fridge now and again for variety. For day-to-day, sessionable brews, I'd rather have something with lower ABV like a Troegs Sunshine Pils or a 21st Amendment Bitter American. This is somewhat like a cross between them, flavor-wise.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 20:56:38 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Ohiolager


4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dortmunder Gold 6pk bottles $8.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. freshest taste date clearly marked.

pours a beautiful golden color. a two finger peach white head that clings to the glass as it slowly recedes leaving good sticky lacing. excellent carbonation not to much not too little.

it smells like a well balanced malt with great notes of yeast at the end. there is a hint of a sweet fruity smell, most likely the hops.

the taste is amazing, a beautifully balanced lager. crisp and refreshing. the taste is much like the smell but much more robust. finishing with floral notes and a great aftertaste. not as dry as a pilsner but has a dryness to it.

the mouth feel is perfect. not too heavy for a lager, yet not too light and watery. carbonated perfectly and goes down so damn smooth!

overall i can understand why this is GLBC flagship beer. an amazing golden lager from start to finish. balanced and so super smooth. i have had this so many times and will continue to. however as amazing as it is i do like other GLBC brews more. this brew is simple, yet complex, if that makes any sense. so it appeals to more people. after all this is the very first craft brew i ever drank!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 04:47:32 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of 10baset


4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fortunately I live in Lakewood Ohio which borders Cleveland's west side. The Great Lakes brewery is about 15 minutes from my house. This beer is available on tap at almost all restaurants in the area, and thank God for that. I've been honing my beer pallete for a few years now, tried many types of lagers, and this is hands down the best. There is no rival.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 00:02:27 | More by 10baset
Photo of ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden orange with a two inch, soft, off-white head. Quite a bit of carbonation on this one. Thick lacing accompanies the inner edges of the glass.

Aroma - Toasted, bready malts with slight touch floral hoppy notes in the back.

Taste - Caramel sweetness, toasted bready malts along with some floral hop undertones.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation on the tongue up front; goes down smooth across the tongue; a little stickiness on the lips; very clean and refreshing.

Overall - Big fan of this one. Wish I had access to this in my area. Great example of this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 18:01:17 | More by ChrisL24481
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly


4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Perfect clarity, beautiful golden amber color with a good resilient, soapy head. A few bubbles rise lazily. So appealing.

S: A mild wheaty aroma, some faint kind of sweet fruit.

T: Very faint, mostly clean wheat. In other beers the mildness might be annoying, but with this one it makes it extremely quaffable.

M: Amazingly smooth, only mild carbonation. Some might consider it flat, but I love it.

O: Amazingly sessionable, the mild but the clear flavors are immediately accessible without any offensive notes and smooth mouthfeel is simply remarkable- perfectly sippable. Perfect beer to share a few rounds with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 22:12:15 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Photo of dar482

New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear reddish amber color with fluffy white head with tons of lacing.

The aroma has a beautiful toasted bready malt with some lager yeast notes. There’s some grassy green hops in there.

The flavor follows with that toasted bready malt, some spicy hops, a bit of a sticky syrupy sweetness. A wonderful malt body on this. A clean and dry finish. Some graininess on the finish.

A good lager and extremely traditional as it holds to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 06:48:00 | More by dar482
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dortmunder Gold pours a hazy dark golden color with a small lacing head. There is a cheap grain like aroma. The taste has a nice strong biscuit flavor. Nice full flavors, enjoyable great body, nice feel. Overall its very good, enjoyable and has a spring like flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:41:55 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of edwado

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was not expecting this much. This is a great beer and may be my favorite lager on the market for me.This is the perfect beer for a macro to micro changeover for anybody with a friend who drinks crap BMC stuff. It is great with almost any food type and just delicious on its own. Anyone who does not like this just does not like beer, period. Perfection it a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 23:58:47 | More by edwado
Photo of JamesMN


3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Date on label of 10/22/13. Here's hoping that's a bottled-on date.

Appearance: Thick pale caramel that has decent clarity with lots of effervescence making its way towards a thin cap of white foam that has left lacing behind as it has shrunk.

Aroma: Lager yeast with dry esters. Some biscuit and almost sweet but basically neutral.

Taste: While there isn't an explosion of flavor, this is definitely no watery beer. Dortmunder Gold starts with a perfect balance of present malt and slightly spicy, lightly bitter hops. The malt adds a small bready tone but not much else. The hops and yeast seem to be doing the heavy lifting, adding a dryness and some prickly earth. Finish is crisp with a long-lingering dryness in the aftertaste. Like a pilsener with a more rigorous malt bill.

Mouthfeel: A hair above medium in body with is quite generous given the 5.8% ABV. Pretty smooth with average carbonation. Good drinkability and probably sessionable.

Final Thoughts: I went into this one with little to no expectations and am impressed. Maybe not a beer that would ever be in high demand, but a good example of how satisfying a lager can be. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 01:17:04 | More by JamesMN
Photo of JJKBeerLvr


3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber, with nice thick and light colored head. The head lasted a very long time, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, with a nice hops bitterness in the aroma. There is some sweet malty aroma, but the hops dominate.

Taste: A nice mix of hops and herbs in the flavor, that make for an interesting and complex lager. There is a nice after-taste, that lasts for a while but not too long.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp, with a medium body.

Overall: This is an interesting and complex lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 19:40:06 | More by JJKBeerLvr
Photo of xabyss


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright, clear gold with two fingers' worth of fluffy white head that sticks around for a short while.

S: Light, biscuity malts, faint floral hops and a touch of alcohol heat. Kind of thin overall.

T: Light, clean malts up front with light hops and peppery notes entering mid-sip. Great bready finish that lingers with a delicate touch of hop bitterness.

M: Creamy, on the lighter end of medium bodied.

O: This beer and I go way back; it was my first serious foray into the world beyond yellow pisswater. I think I've actually grown a bit colder to it over time. Still, a great lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 03:18:06 | More by xabyss
Photo of kaplunk02


3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Crisp golden body with a tall and dense white head that lingered for a bit and then left a thin lacing around the glass.

S: Smells of sweet citrus, biscuit and fresh grass but not a very strong aroma.

T: Very crisp and what you might expect from the smell (citrus followed by malt and a grainy barnyard flavor) but with a finish of hops. The flavors are very punchy and brisk so don't linger much except for the faint hop taste that sticks around and makes you crave another sip.

M: Fairly carbonated and very crisp. Goes down smooth.

O: A really nice balance of citrusy sweetness and dry earthy flavors. A top-notch lager for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 23:45:37 | More by kaplunk02
Photo of Chiefy770


4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Rich golden body sits below a hefty white head. Thin, yet substansial lace for quite some time.

Smell: Sweet and yeasty.

Taste: Perfectly balanced. Great hit of bready malts right off of the bat. The grains are sweet but not overwhelming. Hops even out the creamy malts and add a perfect amount of bitter flavor. Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied and incredibly crisp. Goes down very easily... possibly too easily (if there is such a thing).

Overall: A great example of the style. Dare I say the "end all" to Dortmunders? Perhaps, it is certainly my personal favorite of the style. Recommend to any and all!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:36:33 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of granger


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great tasting German style lager. It has a beautiful golden appearance with minor lacing and a one finger head. The smell is malty and mildly fruity. This beer has more taste than most lagers and it lasts on your tongue. I'll be keeping this beer stocked regularly.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:13:07 | More by granger
Photo of Givemebeer


4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: straw golden color small head with some lacing

S: Floral, biscuity, bready. Not a very strong smell

T: Begins with a yeasty bready biscuity taste and moves on to a floral hop taste that is not overdone. The finish has a nice crisp hop bite.

M: Grainy, but smooth and light bodied. Refreshing.

O: Not the sexiest style, but a great representation. Great Lakes hit the spot with this puppy.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 23:45:12 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of USAF77


2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Kinda disappointing. The store didnt have any Elliot Ness so I bought this. The smell is decent and it looks pleasant enough.

Its very bland. Im getting very little taste out of it and its a little to dry. Not worth $12. I really expected more from Great Lakes. It kinda spoiled my taste for a Lager and Im going to move to an Ale now.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 21:04:08 | More by USAF77
Photo of zeledonia


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 22 October 2013. Been meaning to try this one for a while. A warm fall day feels like the right time. Tasted 10 October 2013.

Pours a clear golden orange. Two fingers of fluffy white head, good retention, nice lacing. Solid.

Smell is... I wrote smile by mistake there, little Freudian slip. Smell is lightly toasted malts, slightly buttery and a little citrusy. Delicate but nice.

Now this is what a lager should taste like. I feel like if every macro brewer just imitated this, the world would be a better place. Except maybe people would be more drunk, cause they'd just guzzle the stuff even more than they already do. Clean and crisp on the front end, light toasted biscuits with a citrus splash in the back. Very mild touch of hop bitterness, like punctuation at the end of the taste experience.

Feel is clear, medium-bodied, and steady. More solid than many lagers, with slightly lower carbonation. Could be a bit buzzier.

A fantastic lager. Can't believe I waited so long to try it, and I plan to drink a lot more of this in warmer weather. I am amazed by how well Great Lakes does so many different styles. I can't think of another brewery that does such different beers so well. Lagers, ales, light, dark. This one certainly upholds that reputation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 03:08:33 | More by zeledonia
Photo of Maninthearena


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- As the name implies, a magnificent gold. Good head compared to most lagers. Mine actually had a little yeast sediment floating in it.

Smell- Biscuits and some toasted qualities with a mild hop aroma.

Taste- I first noticed a little honey/malt sweetness. Again, as advertised, this beer is extremely well-balanced with a little sweet malt, some citrus hop undertones, and more. A dried fruit quality that I can't quite pin-point. Absolutely delicious albeit on the sweet side. Nice toasted sweetbread finish.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and balanced. Nice and dry, especially once it goes down. Surprisingly chewy for the relative thin-ness.

Overall- A great lager to sip on any time of year, perhaps also a good one to give to those who typically "enjoy" their light "beers". I'm becoming more of a Great Lakes fan every beer I try from them.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:24:51 | More by Maninthearena
Photo of Boggdogg


3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a light and airy white head that sticks around a while and leave excellent lacing. Smell is what you would expect of an amber lager. Taste is balanced well, but lacks complexity. The star are the barley and hops. It does have that bitter aftertaste. It's medium/light bodied and smooth. Overall well brewed lager but I can't say I must have another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 03:24:11 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of Jeffreysan


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty golden amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered virtually the entire top of the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very bready, like freshly baked sourdough bread with some faint citrus notes. There is also a good floral aroma, like clover or honeysuckle.

Taste: Very malty up front, with great flavors of cereal and bread, backed by some subtle sweetness and nuttiness, finished with some nicely balanced hops to provide good floral characteristics. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there’s just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate, but not much.

Overall: This is an excellent lager! Nicely balanced, very delicious and very refreshing. Just an excellent lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:06:41 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours straw yellow-brown, with thin-edge head and some lacing
S: earthy, grain, some wet cardboard, straw
T: crisp beginning, and if it's a little bitter, it's welcome. Earthy taste though the beginning, yielding to some bitterness that is grapefruit in nature and trying to be grassy, but is so mild as to make it difficult to tell for me. All of this is fine, as it keeps the beer stays crisp.
M: carbonation is sustained well throughout. There is a dry pull from the bitterness, and the combo leaves the mouth feeling the beer after the last drop is swallowed.
O: had some high expectations given what I've read about this beer here, and must say I was not disappointed. It is a lager, but I do enjoy those that add some dry bitterness to the crisp start.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 19:09:36 | More by cjgiant
Photo of PorterLambic


4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber-orange color with a big, fluffy, barely off-white head easily 2" high. Nice amount of lace left behind though the awesome head drops to just a few clumps within about two minutes.
Smell is very well balanced and complex. Notes of malt, a honey-like sweetness, faintly floral hops, a touch of citrus too, plus some white grape and grass.
Taste is malt, hops, grapes, a hint of whiskey (!), grass, wheat and maybe a faint, very faint, oak note. Nicely done.
Almost medium bodied, medium effervescence is sharp initially but drops almost instantly. A tangy, almost metallic note remains, somewhat acidic. No knock on the beer as I bought this nearly a year ago. I'll write it off as an effect of age. For a lager, this is seriously good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:35:32 | More by PorterLambic
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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.