Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date: 10/04/2011. This 6-pack was a couple months over the freshness date, but it was the only one they had cold in the store. I picked up another 6-pack (warm, on display) dated 02/22/2012. For now, I'm going to review the cold "expired" one while the fresh one gets cold. I'll edit the review if I notice a difference.
A: It's definitely a golden darker yellow-orange, and well deserving of the "gold" name. Slightly cloudy with a bit of sediment floating around the bottom, but only a small piece or two. Four fingers of head after an aggressive pour, good retention and nice lacing spiraling down the glass. Still at 2 fingers of head a full 2 minutes after the pour. I can't find anything wrong with the way this beer looks. It's gorgeous.
S: The smell is rather pleasant, not too faint, and not overpowering. Smells like a sweet malt with a hint of citrus. I don't think there's much I'd change about the nose on this, it's just about perfect.
T: Roasted malts, starts sweet and finishes with a lightly bitter dry hops and citrus. There is some complexity and depth to the flavor with a nice even balance between the various flavors. I've yet to try a beer with such a refined balance with nothing overpowering anything else. This is akin to a finely crafted piece of art, although since nothing really stands out, it leaves a great but not truly memorable experience. It's almost balanced to a fault.
M: Medium body, not too heavy or too light. Light carbonation, just enough to tickle the tongue, again, everything is just so nicely balanced here. The feel goes perfectly with the taste.
O: This is certainly a world class beer, and an amazingly solid dortmunder. At $8.99 a 6-pack, this is a surprisingly cheap world class experience. Makes me proud to be from Ohio, Great Lakes is a world class brewery that takes most others to school. You absolutely can't go wrong with this beer.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2012 01:18:54 | More by Clowerweb
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