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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,876 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,876
Reviews: 1,053
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 163
Gots: 412 | FT: 5
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: 2,876 | Reviews: 1,053
Reviews by dherling:
Photo of dherling
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a straw gold color with a thin white head. The nose was mostly fresh grain, not much else. The taste was very well balanced, some light malt and light hop notes. Had a light but bitter finish. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Overall, this was a solid beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Oberson58
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

It is the best tasting beer I have ever come across. It's like they created a brita filter for beer and it pissed out the most reliable, un-offensive beer of all time. It's one of the greats, I just hope someone else sees it for how great it really is.

Photo of Turbo
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very well balanced lager. Good color and nice lacing. I enjoyed the overall flavor and could throw a couple of these back anytime.

Photo of MadScientist
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer is a bright and clear medium gold with a long lasting white head.
S: This beer has a medium hops aroma with that noble hops style closely behind that is a soft, sweet Pils malt aroma. It has clean fermentation without any ester or phenols and just a faint hint of DMS.
T: It has a medium-high hops flavor balanced by a Pils malt flavor and a bit of sweetness. There is a nice hops bitterness throughout that carries in the finish
M: A soft medium body and medium carbonation.
O: This is an outstanding beer that is wonderfully balanced and very satisfying. The armoma is amazing where the first whiff lets you know your in for a real treat with a well crafted beer. I'm totally lacking in my ability to describe what going on beyond those two primary notes of malts and hops in the aroma and flavor but it's pure magic.

Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date on this is 12/24.

A: Nice one finger, fluffy head. Liquid is a nice clear gold with a small amount of carbonation visible. Retains a small head throughout. Some nice big topographical looking lacing.

S: Nice round malt smell - very bready. Some hop that is mostly citrus but has a hint of fresh cut grass.

T: Very much as you would expect but very well done. Bold, bready malt with a crisp and slightly zesty hop. Very well balanced. The finish and aftertaste is nice and sharp - a nice way to lead into the next sip.

M: Medium carbonation that is just perfect - not too sharp. Mouth feel is fuller than you would expect.

D: This is just a really well made beer. I'd be happy to drink this at any time and I'd also be happy to knock down a good few. A pretty darned nice session brew. I have yet to have a Great Lakes beer that I didn't like.

Photo of SenorElRaz
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
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 oberon
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great color full bodied.Lemony undertones,can hold up to almost any food.Glad I finally tried it.All the GLB beers I have had have bben great,still need to try the Eliot Ness,being its my fav type,the vienna style.

Photo of tectactoe
3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-orange with a slightly cloudy and hazy appearance. Small-ish, white head that dissipates to a thin layer after a few minutes and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma is kind of strange, at least to me. Nice malts and grains off the nose, very crispy, with a slight cheesy smell - sharp and musty. I don't know if this is intended or not, and I can't decide if it's good or bad, it's just... a little bit different. Also some sweet bread and a dense, underlying corn aroma. Taste is very crisp on the tongue, slightly bitter with a good balance of hops and grains. Certainly more malt and yeast than hops, but all-in-all a nice balance. Nice, sweet bread flavors come around more and more as it gets warmer. I still pick up a cheesy smell that transforms into a taste as the beer hits my palate, slightly sulfuric. Medium body, nice, tight carbonation.

Definitely a decent lager, but I feel the cheesy aroma was a little stronger than it was intended to be. Overall, still a nice tasting beer, and I'd like to try another one to see if I get the same cheesiness.

EDIT: had again recently, still had a cheesy aroma, though not as strong, and this time, not accompanied by the sulfuric character, either. Much more enjoyable this time around, although I still didn't fall in love with this beer. If I want a Great Lakes lager, I'd still reach for an Eliot Ness.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden straw into a standard pint glass. I see through you, beer. Has a tiny, half-finger head that is pure white. Leaves an attractive, thin, curvy lacing pattern.

S: I detect sweet malts, a nice biscuit aroma, some apricot, and a bit of a fresh hop profile.

T: Bready and yummy. A pretty sweet malt taste with a slightly dry, peppery flavor on the finish. There are some crisp apple hints in there, as well. This is a good tasting lager, for sure.

M: Maybe the best mouthfeel from a lager that I have had. It has a medium to full bodied character on the palate that really hits all of the right happy spots.

D: Well, this would be a great candidate for a session beer. The only thing holding me back from giving it a slightly higher rating is that it's a little on the sweet side for me.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange pour into my tulip glass with a nice inch of white head on top. Fresh and vibrant. Nose has a nice floral/citrus hop aroma along with a hint of spice. Not bad.

A nice spicy barley flavor runs over my tongue with smatterings of citrusy, floral hops. A nice sweet pale malt backbone, crisp and refreshing. Quite impressive for a lager if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is bountiful, with a wonderful body that doesn't have that watery feeling. Drinkability here is good as well. This would be a damn fine summer beer....beach...barbecue. Take a sixer and enjoy. It doesn't weigh you down and it's refreshing to boot. Nice job.

Photo of blitz134
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I suck at describing lagers, so be forewarned.

Small white head on the pour, sits on top of a golden, straw colored body. Perfectly clear with plenty of bubbles that rise to the surface. While the head wasn't large it still left some really nice lacing on the way down.

Wow, pretty strong aroma. Lots of biscuity malts, straw and some earthy hops. A bit of a yeast characteristic as well. Smells quite nice.

Flavor varies from the aroma a little bit. Has a solid malty base of biscuit malts again, less yeast, but still some earthy hops in the finish. Has some floral tones throughout. This is probably the most flavorful traditional style lager I've had.

Medium mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation to make it crisp. Goes down really easy but still quite flavorful.

Photo of drums4matt
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was actually a Christmas gift from my uncle! Keep all the hoaky gifts and give me some great beer and i'll have a WONDERFUL Christmas - my family knows me well.

A - This is a nice looking beer. It's crystal clear and alive with tiny, steady bubbles effervescing into the liquid for the duration of the glass. It's as gold as the name would imply with a half-inch thick white, smooth head that is gone before I make it back for my second sip. The beer keeps some dense spots throughout. It's really a nice looking beer.

S - Smell? This beer smells awesome. It is deep, deep character cloaked in simplicity. The first aromas are of biscuit malts. Sounds simple - but smell more deeply and there's a sweetness to the malt aroma profile, as well, almost like fresh cut grass. This blends so perfectly with the spicy alcohol notes and the perfect touch of fresh hops. Haha I'm going on here but it really is sublime...

T - Again - this beer is right on. It's sweet up front with maybe a fleeting brett flavor (?) set off nicely with a bit of accumulating bitterness from a glorious hop flavor. Now, let it be known, I am a hop-head. I can't deny it. This beer is no IPA but there is something about the hops in this beer that grabs my tongue by the taste buds and give it a nasty, French kiss wrapped in buiscty, malty glory. In an awesome way. As this beer sits, the alcohol notes become slightly more pronounced, rounding out the flavor profile (and perhaps the body of the beer changes adding to the perception of 'roundness') adding just the suggestion of spice.

M & D - This is a really drinkable beer - the carbonation is proper to the nitty gritty. It's never too fizzy or flat. The body is not watery or thick but seems just right. This is not an "intense" beer like a lot of American breweries tend to be making these days. But instead this beer comes off like a beer that knows it has nothing to prove and puts forward unpretentious flavors in such a way that delights even the most seasoned palate. Really good beer from the edge a dirty-nasty lake.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The color is a beautifully bright and golden with great clarity. Its head has great retention and builds up thick and creamy white. Lots of cool lacing is left behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of fruity sweet malts and aromatic floral hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor and body are wonderfully balanced. The malt has a pleasant sweet fruity character offset by flavorful leafy and crisp citrus hops with mild bitterness that quickly fades into the finish. The body is light to medium with a smooth yet crisp texture that is perfectly balanced with carbonation.

Notes: It is just darn good and very drinkable.

Photo of Jason
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12oz brown with a drink before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Bright gold with a exquisite white two fingered lace that stays for a long time.

Smell: Sweet and very clean malty aroma ... reminiscent of Portuguese sweet bread.

Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth and crisp mouth feel. Very very malty with sweetness and grain ... a big kiss of hops perfectly balances this lager, touch of herbal and citrus hop flavour linger. The finish dries up a little though there is a decent amount of residual sweetness and malt flavour (grain/husk) left.

Notes: This is the stuff! A top notch US brewed lager with several awards to back it up ... comparable if not better than some of its German counterparts. If you see buy it ... any macro to micro drinker with thoroughly enjoy this brew. Goes great with a roast beef on rye at lunch time! Fact: Its their flagship brew.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber body with a one finger offwhite head. Some moderate patchy lacing.
Aroma has some floral hops and buttered bread sweetness.
Mouthfeel has high carbonation and a medium body.
Taste is on the malty side, but not so much as most lagers. Malt is bready, with a hint of butter and caramel, and there is a fine herbal and spice hop bitterness. Very well balanced, overall.
Excellent for style, and a tasty and sessionable lager/ale that would be a fine transition beer for newbies.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Buckspin for quite a number of Great Lakes BC brews...this is one I was very eager to try.
Pours a light copper color...very clear w/ a full finger of off-white head, which disappears quite rapidly. Lacing is quite thin and has very little cling.
The aroma is nothing much...a bit of yeast up front w/ some malt to balance it out.
Taste is much more enjoyable...sweet malt w/ a hint of bitterness thown in.
Mouthfeel is average for the style and the carbonation is a touch high...not finishing as dry as I would expect.
Not my favorite style, but well worth trying...if you really enjoy lagers, you will really want to pick this one up.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours one finger of white head, clear amber body, very classic. Smells floral and fruity, maybe apple skin, some classic lager yeasty smells, quite nice as well. Tastes grainy like pilsner malt, touch of earthy hops, some carmel, some typical lager yeast characteristics leathery and maybe rubber band. Medium thin bodied, medium carbing. Overall not too bad but not one I'd go out of my way to get. I'd prefer a touch more carmel malt and a touch more body.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: grass and grain

Taste: grass, grain, and a touch of citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start that mixes in a bit of bitterness in the middle that gets more bitter to the end.

Overall: A nice solid, drinkable lager that is very good for the style. I could have a couple of these, yet I like it more in the style than as an overall beer. Good for the summer, but nothing I will go out of my way for.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by hudsonphotog.

Pours golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is bready malt with some hops and honey. The flavor is clean bready malt with some hops, honey, toffee and lemon. High carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel. I have not had too many beers of this style but I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep yellowish orange, 1 finger off white/ivory head with great lacing

S: you can really smell the sweet malt

T: Malty sweetness met with a good balance from the hops. Fruity aftertaste of banana and fig

M: Medium body with a lingering taste

D: Good beer, I don't know if it gets the gold metal on the bottle but it definitely gets a spot in my fridge.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from my Great Lakes sampler pack. BBD is September, 2011. Clearly, Great Lakes takes a lot of pride in this brew, considering the label sports their gold medal from the American Beer Festival. Not too many breweries would do that on the bottle - overly boastful, or a portend of great things to come?

Poured into a Czechvar fluted pilsner glass. A lovely, rich amber golden hue, with a couple inches of fluffy head. Great retention on this, with scads of sticky lacing. Top notch.

The nose is quite malty, with notes of fresh grain, honey, biscuit/bread, and some light citrus/tea hops.

Wow - this is a fantastic brew. Rich and malty, with a lovely taste of crispy bread and cracker, lemon, honey, and a slight hop bitterness to the finish. Perhaps the fullest flavor of any pale/golden lager I've ever encountered. Balanced enough for every day quaffing or slow, contemplated sipping. Medium bodied for a lager, good carbonation. Having trouble slowing myself down. I dare anyone who likes beer not to enjoy this. Dare them, I say!

You win this round, Great Lakes. Your gold medal label is fully justified. Just a stellar lager, loads of fun to drink, that is complex enough to satisfy the most discerning beer geek, but accessible enough that it could be used to bring those who normally avoid craft beer to the fold.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine offering from the GLBC sampled during the 4/5 party.

Appearance: Bright copper in color. Slight cream-colored head laces nicely.

Smell: Citrus hops and malty sweetness evident.

Taste: Tasty mix of hops and malts. Very nice and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium in the body department. Crisp aftertaste.

Drinkabilty: So very easy to drink this one. As GLBC's flagship beer, they have done an excellent job with this one. Keep em' coming!

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, burnt gold with bubbly stark white head and nice lacing rings.

Smell: Very fruity (apple, pear, lemon, citrus), with hay, fresh cut grass and peppery hops.

Taste: Great balance of malt and hops. Lots of fruit, particularly apple and lemon, which are augmented by high levels of hay, straw, and grass (almost too much for my liking). A decent level of noble hops provide a spicy, peppery and bitter counterbalance, but are kept in check until the aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, relatively full body for a pale lager. Fairly smooth, with a mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: Well balanced lager that truly shows what Dortmunders are all about. Smooth, crisp body is the highlight, as is the complexity, although there is just a little too much straw and grass flavors for my liking, but that is a minor gripe when the beer is so good.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a shimmering light amber with a decent head and a lace that sticks around like a bunch of ghosts in sheets.

Smell: Light, clean, roasted malt, and hop bitter.

Taste: The taste is perfectly balanced, old school simplicity hops and roasted barley, similar to their Eliot Ness but without some of the nuttier flavors, this one lets the sweetness of the malt shine and the hops hold it all in place.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is smooth, not very thick but it doesn't need to be.

Drinkability: This is a session beer, being raised as I was on shit American lagers, having some great lagers in the rotation is a must, I can't do big beers all the time, this is a great option.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,876 ratings.