Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
A beautiful color. One of the best beers we have had that goes with almost any meal because of its overall balance. I have never had a bad beer from this legendary brewpub. Worth a night in Cleveland. Too bad not available in Canada, eh? Very popular and three people over dinner will finish a six-pack.
11-30-2003 23:23:23 | More by Sammy
4.58/5 rDev +12.5%
G: Pilsener glass emblazened with the Pilsner Urquell logo.
A: Poor a rich dark gold with a single-favor ivory head. A very good amount of carbonation coming up, although it does not appear to be overcarbonated a la many BMC lagers. Other than the colored hue, this is pretty much transparent. Head retention is quite good.
S: Sweet grains, Batman! The grains come through with a mild sweetness. Slightly hoppy, but the hop aromas are only barely present.
T: Very rich and slightly sweet, with a definite grain-malt backbone. Very fresh and clean--especially given that this baby's best buy date is a mere two weeks away.
M: A good amount of carbonation, although the whole beverage is so smooth it's almost as if it's not ever there. Only the slightest hint of the 5.8 ABV.
D: This one is hard to put down, and after taking the first few sips of my first, I already know that I'd like another. Excellent drinkability. This is not to mention the fact that I'm in Chicago, where it's currently a blistery 29 degrees--I can't imagine how much more appropriate this'll be in the middle of the summer while grilling up a few items.
03-03-2009 23:37:08 | More by Thorpe429
4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
Bottle at Cork City, Hoboken, NJ
A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bready malts in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts and a touch of spices in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a good amount of dryness throughout the taste.
O: This beer has a good balance between malts and hops. It is an excellent representation of the style and the dryness is particularly refreshing.
04-07-2012 07:16:55 | More by metter98
4.58/5 rDev +12.5%
Beautiful bright amber: sunshine in a bottle. The light ivory head is good-sized with the typical Great Lakes characteristics; that is, good head retention and a fair bit of lacing. Several thick rings of lace can be seen on the pint glass.
The aroma is somewhat subdued, but becomes bolder with warming. I'm definitely picking up some hops in there. The flavor is supremely well-balanced; malt and hops both making themselves known. I didn't expect a Dortmunder to be this hoppy, but I approve. There's also some citrus zest that is bright and a little lemony.
I haven't had a whole lot of lagers yet, but I didn't expect a mouthfeel this wonderful either. It feels more full and more creamy than most; more like an ale.
Whether Gold is more like a lager or more like an ale doesn't really matter. The bottom line is that it's great beer. Great Lakes Brewing hasn't let me down yet; not even close. This would be a perfect beer to convert macro drinkers to good (make that outstanding) beer. Unobtrusive, yet more than solid across the board. What's not to love about Dortmunder Gold?
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I plan to do a re-review in the future, but thought I'd update the scores today. After many more bottles of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, I've come to the conclusion that this is one of the most delicious, most drinkable lagers on the planet. Actually, that isn't so different from my original impression back in 2004. Edited: 7/5/2009.
old scores: 4.0, 4.0, 4.5, 4.0, 5.0... ... 4.3
new scores: 4.0, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5, 5.0... ... 4.45
01-10-2004 20:22:54 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.43/5 rDev -15.7%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy head that laces well
Smell: Wet hay and a touch of Germanic noble hops
Taste: Starts out with a grassy flavor that grows increasingly tart, mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors dominate and lead to a bitter, grassy finish
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Clearly to style but I'm just not a big fan of Dortmunder Lagers
04-11-2007 23:19:48 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
12oz bottle poured into an 8oz hotel glass, cause its all I had and it was better then paper or plastic!
A This one poured a very clear and very light golden amber with no head, and I dont mean virtually no head, I mean no head at all on this one. Only the slightest amount of lace was present and it was rather unremarkable and did not hang around long after it formed. There was some carbonation present, but to be honest not much and it was not helping the foam layer on top that was for sure.
S The aroma was full of grain and bread like smells, which completely dominated the entire profile from the first moment you took a whiff of it. This was not a bad thing in fact it was kinda what I would be looking for in the style and it really came off with the aroma of a classic German lager. Very to the point, clean, simple, done nothing hidden or complicated. No warming to bring out the subtleties, it was just there take it or leave it; you kinda have to like that.
T- This followed along very nicely with the rest of it. Really putting the emphasis here on just clean good classic German styled lager. A big-time bready and malt heavy lager this just did not mess around and came right at you. Nice light profile that was just full of bready grains and a bit of an earthy sort of twang to it that was hard to place, but was a little different. The finish was great; a nice big kick of hops to finish it off did it nice drying it all out and getting you ready for your next sip.
M Very light bodied, but that is what you would expect of the style. This one was pretty much exactly on point to what it should feel like. Decent carbonation kept it from getting dull and the light feel was never slick or watered down, always just about right. Again another nice dry finish to it just set it as smooth sailing.
D Just an awesome session lager. You could have this one all night long and never really get sick of it. It just had a nice light feel with a great amount of carbonation and light flavorful profile. A winner from the first sip and really nothing at all bad you could say about this.
Overall I liked this one; it was a nice classic German lager with a good hop kick in the back. A nice little different one for me in the midst of everything being so complex with different things added and different temperatures. Sometimes you just want to grab something and not have to think about it. Here you go; this is the one for that.
01-19-2008 00:13:18 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
On tap, its tough to find a better beer. This stuff is what beer is meant to be. Starts off with a rocky, silky smooth, and withstanding head retention. Follows up with a golden / orange hue with a clean, clear look. Smells and tastes very fruity with oranges, peaches, and appricots. Very ripe and fresh. Quite hoppy with the English variety, showing very stable citrus and pine flavors, but with no real aggression. Very smooth and clean to drink. An ultimate thirst quincher. Plenty of character, but never offensive. Simply a great brew.
12-03-2006 20:56:26 | More by BEERchitect
3.38/5 rDev -17%
Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color beer with a nice clean white bubbly head with pretty good retention. Aroma of floral malt and subtle hops. Taste is very refreshing with a good malt presence, a full body (for the style) and medium bitterness at the end. Very good for the style.
10-31-2005 18:17:43 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Bottle courtesy of Matt. Thanks!
A: Poured into a nonic pint, this is a fairly clear beer, amber in color with a finger of soapy off-white head.
S: Lager yeast is obvious on the nose, and there's a nice bread character to it. Earthy and slightly citrusy hops (orange peel, for the most part), and a subtle toasted character. A touch of pepper is there and maybe a hint of grass.
T: Flavor is surprisingly heavy on the citrus peel and grass. A slight hop bitterness with a decent earthy quality. Bread, toast, and hints of toffee provide the malt character. The lager yeast is also prominent.
M: Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation.
D: Easy to drink, clean, and crisp--just like a good lager should be. I wish this was a more prevalent style.
03-04-2011 21:54:15 | More by womencantsail
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
Let's get one thing straight, folks, I am a Dortmunder Export Snob. Its a bold statement, I know, but I just want everyone to know I won't be pulling any punches on this review.
Appearance: Pours a light copper body with a full, lathery white head.
Smell: Bready pilsner malt aroma with a bit of orange zest and spicy, floral hop scents.
Taste: Clean pils malt flavor with a light sweetness, a bit of breadiness, and a slight, subtle hint of juicy orange peel. Flowery, spiced hop flavors with a mild bitterness. Touch of yeast. Drying, crispy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Light, spritzy carbonation.
Drinkability: A very nice, easy drinking Dortmunder. I'd say I would have it around regulary, but Great Lakes beers are regrettably unavailable in my state.
02-17-2008 23:36:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
This beer poured out as a nice clear looking golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was much like any other lager out there, it had some grassy notes along with some grainy malts aromas. The taste of the beer had a good amount of hops in there which I liked, the taste was pretty well balanced without having too much of a pilsner like flavor to it. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good too, it had a solid crisp bit at the end too. Overall it's a good lager, very traditional in style but remains to be very good.
12-24-2011 22:22:29 | More by Knapp85
3.68/5 rDev -9.6%
Served in a Budweiser pokal.
Pours a clear golden straw with about a finger of white foamy head that stays around for a while, leaving a small amount of lacing as it goes. The smell is of vague grains (mostly wheat), sweet corn, and a light breeze of floral hops. The taste follows pretty closely, though the floral hoppy bitterness is higher than in the nose. The sweetness of the corn is also toned down a peg. The body is rather light, with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a refreshing, if not all that exciting, gold lager. Not bad.
06-12-2010 00:42:07 | More by TMoney2591
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Poured out a clear, amber color with hints of ruby. It had a small, off-white head that left some minimal trails of lace.
S - It smelled slightly funky and somwhat earthy. A light caramel malt aroma was present.
T - It tasted of light caramel roasted malt. Nice spicy hop presence,too. A nice blend of sweet and spicy.
M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is an excellent lager. One you don't want to put down.
07-22-2008 17:39:00 | More by zeff80
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Bright and clear golden-colored lager with an average cap of foam.
Smell: Bready malts, semi-sweet with a hint of spicy hops.
Taste & mouthfeel: Breakfast roll and honey-like malt flavors are balanced by husky bitterness and earthy hops. Body is about medium, fuller than the average lager by far. Dry in the finish with bold hoppy bitterness coming through pretty strongly, leaving a long aftertaste.
Notes: No complaints about this one, an excellent lager with tons of flavor.
05-09-2008 23:56:28 | More by largadeer
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.