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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold

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2,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 2228
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 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 philo-hoppus


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a very good beer, and I would say it lived up to the Dortmunder name. It seemed worthy to stand up to beers in a pub in Germany. The taste had a bitter edge without the grapefruit, citrus tone prominent in many American IPAs. It did not have as much depth or profundity as some Craft beers have. My call is 88 out of 100.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 00:19:49 | More by philo-hoppus
Photo of Offa


4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is simply an incredible beer, just about perfect for what I would want from a Dortmunder - light and easy to drink, yet full-bodied, complex, and engaging with firm malt and hop character.

Very dark gold, it has a big off-white head steadily shrinking at first, then slowly, leaving a rich, frothy ring and some lace.

Aroma is wonderful full herb, grain, hay, light bread crust, faintly toasty and caramelly.

Taste is full, toasty bread, hay (esp. in finish), strong herbal hop character, complex, zesty, engaging. Full-bodied and firm of character, it has a creamy, yet lively, full feel that retains lightness.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2013 04:07:53 | More by Offa
Photo of LCB_Hostage


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draught in a shaker pint glass

A: Like the name says, rich, glittery gold. A modest head and persistent lacing.
S: Sharper and hoppier than I anticipated for a lager. Some citrus in the background. All layered over a big, malty background.
T: Fantastic! Richer and more complex than any lager I've had before. The sweetness of the malt is held in perfect balance with enough hoppy goodness to cut through the sweetness without overpowering it. The crisp, dry finish with just a touch of citrus makes this remarkably refreshing.
M: Clean and nicely carbonated. Again, very refreshing.
O: This has vaulted to the top of my lager listings. I'm not well-enough versed in the style to say whether or not this is a great example, but it hits every note perfectly for me. I honestly don't get the comments I've seen in some reviews comparing this to an AAL. It is SO much more flavorful and sophisticated than anything being put out by the big three. I'm not sure why it took so long for me to get around to trying this one, given the great experience I've had with every other Great Lakes beer, but this will now become a regular fixture in my fridge. My Great Lakes winning streak continues. I've yet to have one of their beers I haven't loved.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 15:22:12 | More by LCB_Hostage
Photo of EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear golden color. A small white head. Good lacing.
Smell: like a pilsner or lighter ale.
Taste: Clean, hop/malt balance. Slightly bitter, dry. Crisp.
Mouthfeel: Medium, crisp, dry finish. Quite good, outstanding actually.
Overall: Very drinkable, refreshing & balanced. An outstanding lager.

Serving type: on tap at The Landing in New Hope, PA. Pint glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 02:53:56 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of RedlinerScott


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a sophisticated beer drinker and won't pretend to be, but I know what I like. I had this Dortmunder for the first time on its home turf this past week. It was smooth, balanced and refreshing. Looking forward to trying Great Lakes' other offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 02:30:56 | More by RedlinerScott
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint at the tap and mallet in Rochester ny. Nice golden pour with a finger of head. Not much aroma...very subtle...maybe a hint of bready malts.
Taste is crisp hop meets light malt. One of the most balanced beers I've ever had. The fruity hop really meets the malt perfectly. Smooth and refreshing.
Awesome brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 23:06:46 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Abbbp


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of all, Lakes makes some dang good beers. Awesome awesome selection in Cleveland (obviously), and because I was here on a conference I couldn't help but splurge.

This and another were on tap at the hotel restaurant I was drinking at, and even though everyone else was ordering the watered down standard, I jumped on this Gold.

Head was good and foamy, decent lacing all the way down. The color was oaky burnt orange, with an old wood smell. The taste was crisp, which to me was very surprising for a Lager. Nonetheless, by the end of my time, and fifth one, I had the whole group drinking this brew. Good times, definitely a recommend, am gonna try to procure some for my journey back to Texas before I leave.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2013 12:56:17 | More by Abbbp
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of bready and grainy pale and light malts with a subtle/indiscernible hop aroma.

The tastes follow the nose with full crisp amounts of bready and biscuity grainy malts with a hint of sweetness in the middle and a welcome light herbal hop bitterness on the back.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated, actually a little chewy which is unexpected, but pleasant; finishes with a slight drying effect on the palate.

Overall a superb example of the style and the perfect session beer for a nice hot summer day or any day for that matter. Great Lakes is exceptional at crafting great sessionable ales that is for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2012 13:48:05 | More by claspada
Photo of BierStein711


4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a lucullan delight!

This is a outstanding lager! Two and a half finger head with a golden body. The carbonation is moderate, not overpowering like some carbonation.

Smells of wet grains, cereal, wheat, and alcohol.

Tastes: Wheat thins, crackers, medicinal herbs

Mouthfeel: Perfect, not watery like some lagers

Overall, this beer is a winner. Try it today!!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 21:36:17 | More by BierStein711
Photo of RescueKitty


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in the Cleveland airport on draft during layover. Scared to death I'd miss connector, so I had only on Great Lakes beer. Dortmunder was very clear, light amber beer with good head. nice yeasty smell. Very drinkable beer. Good balance, soft buttering, fairly clean finish. I hate I could only have one. Really wanted the Edmund Fitzgerald too. Maybe next time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 23:18:41 | More by RescueKitty
Photo of barczar


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel copper color with a half inch cream head that quickly dissipates, leaving sheets of lacing.

Bready caramel malt forms the backbone of the aroma, with floral hops closing out the finish. Notes of sweet toffee and hints of citrus add intrigue.

Flavor is slightly sweet, but bittering hops quickly add balance. The finish is dominated by toasted malt, fairly nutty and bready. There's a slight citrus undertone, and a nice floral and herbal hop presence. A cracker-like dryness at the finish keeps me wanting more.

Body is moderate, with carbonation drifting toward the high side. There's a bit of alcohol warmth that is not offputting.

Overall, a very well balanced beer, interesting in both malt and hop presence, but extremely drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 02:46:24 | More by barczar
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 0z chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served as a golden colored beer with a two finger white head. The head fades in a few minutes to leave a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aromas are of a biscuit malt as well as a light caramel. With these aromas is also a very light citrus hop aroma.

Taste – The flavor begins of a crisp buiscuit flavor. Soon however a light sweet honey flavor comes to the tongue. This honey flavor is rather short lived however and again is lost more toward the end as some light hoppy flavors of a citrus and floaral nature come to the tongue. These flavors bitter the beer slightly and give just a little bit of bite to the taste, leaving a rather crisp malt and lightly hopped taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to crisper side with a carbonation that is rather average as well.

Overall – Crisp, flavorful, and easy drinking. A nice lager to go to again and again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 00:29:56 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

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

Had this at the Cleveland airport waiting on my plane for home. Pours a rich, transparent amber color with a decent-sized head. Aroma is pleasantly maltly with just a touch of citrus. Lacing rimmed the glass with every sip. Really nice carbonation. Flavor is very malty with just hint of the herbal and citrsy hops. This combination makes for an incredibly balanced and highly drinkable brew. Hops flavor is clean and appropriately present. Extremely well crafted lager. I am impressed. Just wish they sold it in SC.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2012 18:30:37 | More by clemtig76
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

on tap at hard times in Arlington VA. Pours a dark copper color with a very attractive white head. smell is quite mild...but the taste is so refreshing. great malty and bready flavor with a distinctly pleasant aftertaste makes this one a keeper. overall can't see anyone not liking this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2012 22:09:13 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of BMMillsy


4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in downtown Columbus,OH at the end of the night. My first try of this style and I am impressed. Clear golden color with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom, and a massive white fluffy head on top. Aroma is hay, pale malts, dry and lightly sweet. Floral flavor, ever so slight sweetness, with a bit of bitterness on the tongue that allows this lager to finish cleaner than any other I have had. Very light bodied with high carbonation. Awesome beer and incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 02:34:49 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is a finger high and barely off-white in shade. Its retention isn't super persistent, but it still has a decent duration. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the glass, too.

S: I immediately notice how in tune both the noble hops and the sweet, crackery malts both are - this just smells like it will be immaculately balanced. The hop profile seems to become a bit zestier and the malts more noticeably bready when allowed to warm up. I wish more lagers had this good of an aroma...yet funnily enough, this isn't the best smelling GL lager I've encountered.

T: The initial malt taste is very bready, and much more defined than it is in other (more average) examples. A twinge of hop bitterness exists to ballast the maltiness, and is successful. There's even some slight fruit flavors here and there - obviously not as intense as it is in, say, Eliot Ness though. All in all, this is enjoyably balanced.

M: Just like the label says, this beer isn't bone dry like a pilsner. Rather, it's slightly sweeter and fuller in body. Because of that, this isn't a chugger. Carbonation is healthy, yet remains creamy throughout.

O: More proof that Great Lakes makes solid lagers. This has a fantastic bread character that really sets it apart from other average lagers. Personally, I wish it was a little drier, buy why nitpick? I'd gladly drink this over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 02:38:27 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of AdamBear


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark gold with sticky white head

S-crisp german lager smell, very grainy. faint scent

T-comes in with a very crisp and bitter taste of grassy grains. has a bit of a boozy taste with and has a good lasting bitterness

M-very bitter. medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-for me, not the the type of beer that you drink and sit back and think about the taste. its not going to make you smile after every sip. it does go down extremely easy though with only small off-flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 01:43:17 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

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

Clear golden yellow color with a large almost creamy head. Retains and sticks all over the glass. Leaving rings of lace from start to finish. Almost like reading the rings on a tree stump. haha

On tap the hop profile seems to come out as the more dominate flavor. Bitter floral and citrus aromas hit the nose at first, matched with a great blend of sweet but light malt.

Again, the taste on tap seems to have more hop flavor. I cannot find any wrong with that. Grapefruit and pine comes to mind, but the same as a Pale Ale would present these flavors. They are much lighter and balanced with a sweet honey wheat malt. Finished semi-dry with some hops lingering, but still thirst quenching.

Light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

I tell you what, I have been so impressed with Great Lakes brewing. They have yet to disappoint. And their Dortmunder God lager is another fine example. On-tap or in the bottle

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2012 18:12:38 | More by Luigi
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/20/12 notes. had on tap at Arlington Rooftop. Served in a piint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of bready malts, grains, biscuit malts, light caramel malts, yeast, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grains, light fruity malts, honey, biscuit, earthy notes, and some light caramel notes. A little better then the nose, very nice.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Crisp and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great, easy to drink beer. I haven't had many Dortmunder's, but this is definitely the best one I've had so far. Very nice look and mouthfeel, and a beer you could certainly have a few of. Glad to see this hitting NoVa, looking forward to having more of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2012 18:47:10 | More by mdfb79
Photo of MP72


3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- In a .5 litre dimple looks a nice amber with a really thick white head.

S- Smells like caramel and biscuit

T- Very Malty and the caramel is present also there is little detectable hops but ends dry.

M- Thick for a medium weight beer also decent carbonation .

O- A little dissapointed I bought this in bulk based on the description on BA being between a pils and a helles and this tastes far more like a Vienna lager to me with more booze. This is a decent beer but way sweeter than I expected. This seems similar to Penn Pilsner and Sam Adams Boston Lager except with less hop bite than Boston Lager. I am not real familiar with Dortmund beers so this may be true to style.

It is a well brewed beer for sure and has amazing lacing for a lager!

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 14:16:37 | More by MP72
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

On-tap at the Oak Cafe in suburban Detroit.

This beer pours a clear burnished golden hue, with one finger of foamy off-white head, which leaves some scattered specked lace around the glass. It smells of crisp biscuit malt, and floral earthy hops. The taste is bready, crackery malt, and leafy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium smooth, but slightly zingy. It finishes off-dry with an even maltiness, and light lingering hopinesss.

A very drinkable German-style lager. Overseas deployment and hockey stories go well with it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 00:56:45 | More by biboergosum
Photo of jsprain1


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a shade darker than golden, very clear. Solidly white head is fluffy, leaving two rings of lacing.
S- Smell is slightly floral with a grassy, slightly grainy character.
T- Initially there is a lightly grassy note followed by a slightly grainy, slightly toasty malt note.
M- On the full side of medium on this style's spectrum. Carbonation is medium.
O- A pleasant easy drinking lager. Nice solid, body and plenty of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 22:13:58 | More by jsprain1
Photo of TheRealBigC


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

At the Boiler Room in Chicago, late night, for a slice. They have a fairly cheap slice and PBR deal (or you can add a shot of Jameson for a PB&J - not my thing though). Turns out they are out of PBR and they are serving this here Dortmunder instead... at the same price!

This beer is great! Deep golden brown body, thick head, malty aroma. Tastes pretty sweet and malty with just a kiss of hops. Crisp feel, easy going down. I definitely wanted another!

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 03:58:50 | More by TheRealBigC
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Tasting notes from 7/26/11. On tap @ the Cleveland Airport.

A - Straw yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - Bready matls and a noticeable hop bite.

T - Bready malts with some sweetness complimented by a nice hop bite. Full flavoured and refreshing.

M - Light body. Medium carbonation.

O - A very good summer beer and one that I would order again without hesitation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2011 13:45:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.