1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,546 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,546
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 140
Gots: 206 | FT: 3
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,546 | Reviews: 1,005 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AC-Mivsek
AC-Mivsek

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

12-12-2012 23:22:00 | More by AC-Mivsek
Photo of donovado
donovado

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

05-27-2013 00:10:22 | More by donovado
Photo of j0hnc2468
j0hnc2468

New York

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

05-29-2014 00:47:13 | More by j0hnc2468
Photo of Wsherry1
Wsherry1

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

10-02-2013 21:46:01 | More by Wsherry1
Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
NuclearSoAndSo

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

12-16-2012 20:52:32 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
Photo of craftbrew502
craftbrew502

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

05-20-2013 00:43:11 | More by craftbrew502
Photo of thegerm87
thegerm87

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

10-26-2013 15:59:40 | More by thegerm87
Photo of USAF77
USAF77

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -30.5%

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.

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

Michigan

2.83/5  rDev -30.5%

Overall, when i saw this beer the appearance was very nice with a Gold/Brown Appearance. The aroma was a little grainy and bready with a tad bit of bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was very heavy in my opinion and it tasted very thick and bitter. Overall i thought it was average.

04-23-2013 18:54:18 | More by armiakhe
Photo of mfnmbvp
mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%

12 oz. bottle, bottle says to "enjoy by 01/21/2013"

A - Extremely thin orange looking color. Very see-through. Pale, fluffy, draft-looking head on top, chilling for a minute.

S - Malts and wheat. Not too much else happening with this beer. It is a lager, so I was expecting it to be somewhat blah, though.

T - Straight up wheat, malts, and plain old great lakes water. Maybe a little bit of a honey after taste somewhere.

M - The tiny bit of carbonation gives the tongue a nice tingle after the last sip has gone down. No real flavor was there in the first place to linger on for a bit, though.

Overall, not impressed. Probably the lamest beer I've had from Great Lakes so far, who usually knows how to brew a tasty beer. Being a lager, I knew I wouldn't be a big fan in the first place, so I stayed away, but we got a sampler pack so I had to try it. Well-made, but not a favorite at all.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold ----3/5

12-12-2012 01:56:16 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of dhannes
dhannes

Wisconsin

2.93/5  rDev -28%

Poured from a chilled bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A=Nice, rich golden color. Foam was light tan, perhaps 1" in height.

S=Sweet smell, like honey, with hint of hops.

T=Very disappointing...I was expecting a fuller, lager taste, and got something reminiscent of a light beer. Sweet, some hops...reminded me a bit of a malt liquor taste.

M=Okay, but a bit more watered down than I anticipated.

O=Alright, but not one I will purchase again.

08-02-2011 19:00:16 | More by dhannes
Photo of weller1js
weller1js

West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev -28%

appearance: pours a clear, pale copper, with more-than-moderate carbonation, bubbly off-white foam and light ring of bubbly lacing.

smell: malts are very light but noticably toasty; very subdued with no other particular scents.

taste: tastes begins fresh, but the malts and hops somewhat clash with each other, coming off as almost a metallic-like taste that lingers at the back of the mouth, but the malts in their own right are adequate and mellow, and the hops leave a light bitterness on the front of the tongue after the finish.

drinkability: despite the notable clashing flavor, the beer has redeeming qualities that makes it easy to drink.

05-11-2011 02:18:18 | More by weller1js
Photo of IceAce
IceAce

California

2.93/5  rDev -28%

Pours darker that its German cousins with a rapidly collapsing foam collar. Clarity is good and lacing clocks in around 35%.

Nose is dominated by cooked corn backed by a moderate dose of herbal hops. Entry is respectful and transitions into a midtaste of caramel malt stopping just short of rich. The sweetness continues into the finish with a distinct lack of hoppy balance promised in the aroma.

This is a style I generally love and I tried Great Lakes with expectations of greatness...

02-20-2007 05:11:24 | More by IceAce
Photo of HeyJim
HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

10-22-2012 03:29:42 | More by HeyJim
Photo of CWVegas
CWVegas

Nevada

3/5  rDev -26.3%

05-08-2014 00:46:37 | More by CWVegas
Photo of FrankyLikesIt
FrankyLikesIt

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-09-2011 02:43:50 | More by FrankyLikesIt
Photo of dgeebs07
dgeebs07

New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

02-18-2012 11:52:44 | More by dgeebs07
Photo of BoSean_Rodriguez
BoSean_Rodriguez

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-26-2014 16:22:56 | More by BoSean_Rodriguez
Photo of TooGood
TooGood

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -26.3%

03-16-2014 12:29:15 | More by TooGood
Photo of cantfindme
cantfindme

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-28-2012 02:04:35 | More by cantfindme
Photo of JohnQVD
JohnQVD

New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

03-17-2013 19:30:34 | More by JohnQVD
Photo of dbert21
dbert21

Ohio

3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-24-2012 15:45:52 | More by dbert21
Photo of Noelito76
Noelito76

New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

10-14-2013 13:04:15 | More by Noelito76
Photo of pin
pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -26.3%

03-20-2013 01:41:30 | More by pin
Photo of mpalestino
mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

08-03-2013 15:46:50 | More by mpalestino
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,546 ratings.