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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,545
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 140
Gots: 204 | 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)
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Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Slightly hazy with a very nice golden color. The foamy bright-white head holds fairly well before dropping to a decent collar. The aroma offers a clean and mildly grainy maltiness but no noticeable hops (which is OK for the style).The body is medium/light with a fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor offers a grainy, lightly bready and softly honeyish malt that's well entwined with grassy and mildly floral hops. It finishes dry with a mild lingering maltiness. Very well balanced. I recently spent a week in Cleveland and enjoyed this quite regularly on draft. It's widely available and makes a refreshing change of pace. It's easy to drink and quite enjoyable pint after pint. I appreciate that they've kept it restrained and well balanced. Well made. Very nicely done.

11-21-2002 17:12:51 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a clear amber with a nice whitish head. Nose is sweet in nature, but doesn't seem overly complex. Flavor is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Also seems to fade over time so that it doesn't kill the experience. Noticeable grain tones that grow as it warms. Feel is smooth on both ends. This is easily drinkable, though not very complex. The higher sweet tone might be a bit much for some people.

02-02-2008 01:51:32 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Acquired via trade from FtownThrowDown, so a big "thank you" goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass. There’s also a seemingly endless cascade of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S: The smell is of wheat, grainy malt, some hops and a little honey.

T: It has a mildly bready flavor containing wheat, pale hops, honey and a hearty malt backbone. The wheat & malt linger in a faint after-taste.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, very clean finish.

D: This beer has a simplistic taste, isn’t filling at all, and is extremely easy to drink. It’s a very poundable beer.

10-19-2006 02:16:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%

For me this beer is a go to, it is my trusty dog. One beer that does me right over and over again. The color of this Dortmunder Gold is a deep orangish gold with a huge white frothing head. An aroma full of citrusy grain that puts a smile on the drinkers face without thinking it is a pure reaction. I am not kidding take a whiff test my theory, and you'll be grinning like a little kid. This beer's flavor is so well balanced and crisp it is dangerously drinkable. It contains almost a sharp citrusy sweetness that dances with the tastebuds that equals pure enjoyment. This beer makes me want to pack my bags and make my way to Dortmunder. Awesome along with the other Great Lakes products.

01-03-2003 22:54:23 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Jason


4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

04-01-2002 00:41:26 | More by Jason
Photo of russpowell


4.78/5  rDev +17.4%

Cheers to pwoods for this one, thanks Patrick!

Pours an effervescent honey with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Flowery & perfumy hops, pears & peach

T: Honey malt, grassy hops, & a touch grainy bread up front. More fruittyness, breadyness/crackery notes & a touch of dryness along with more grassy hops. Finishes with grassy & soapy hops & more grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & great balance

Great drinkability, spot on for the style, damn near flawless

04-08-2009 02:46:12 | More by russpowell
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Clear, peachy-golden-hued in appearance, very promising, with a solid heft of head above, soft and near-white in color.
Aroma, neutral, a bit grainy, right on for the average lager, airy and inoffensive. Nice enough.
Taste: smoooth, mild, big and malty, little hops on the palate, but everything slides very easily down. Grainy taste is easily met by light fruit, the body is medium, finish is long and lasting. Flavor sits forever in the mouth, that's is the biggest thing this brew has going for it. It's not one of those In-&-out-lagers, in the mouthfeel. big points for that, for the persistence, and the pleasure, and the all-out pleasant-ness going on here. If I were somewhere where this was the most intriquing selection, though I'm no lager lover, it's a beer I could happily sit with. Or stand, even.
Actually, it tastes better the more you get into it...very nice. Yum, top notch lager!

07-15-2004 07:16:53 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of drabmuh


4.15/5  rDev +2%

My second dortmunder ever, the other was also from this brewery. Served in a Great Lakes shaker pint glass. Beer is yellow and clear with absolutely no carbonation that I can see in the glass. There is a thin white head of really tiny bubbles, its broken and on the edges of the beer, leaves behind a lot of lacing.

Aroma is very slight, minimal malt and no hops or anything else.

Beer is really smooth and finishes cleanly. Lots of malt in the character, clean and finishes really nicely. Mouthfeel is great, there is a very mild sweetness and then some malt flavors come through, slightly (very slightly) bready overall. Drinkability is high and my overall impressions are positive.

01-13-2010 18:38:50 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Slatetank


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

I picked this up in the discounts at Liquor Barn -pretty much a steal at a buck a bottle. Poured chilled into a tumbler

A - Light amber w/ frothy snow white cappuccino foam for a head that measures about 1.25 inches w/ a tight bead and whipped surface appearance.

S - The smell is a mix of pine accented hop and nutty malt w/a gentle sweet odor that is fairly bready.

M - Crisp, dry and nicely spiced a fair amount of graininess w/ a pils quality, yet more acidity and more husky malt kernel in the feel.

T - The flavor of German Malt and yeast is romping all over this great lager, crisp yet creamy w/ touches of sweetness that is balanced by the noble hop spice. Bready malt w/ noticable yeast in the flavor w/out a heavy bitterness, yet it is still there. This has it all in subtle quantities and well crafted - very tasty.

D- I like Dorts a lot and this one hit the spot. Very deserving of its gold. I would certainly not hesitate to pick this up and consider this highly quaffable. Kudos Great Lakes - Great ale and Lager maker - This is what I call a refreshing beer.

04-10-2008 17:31:42 | More by Slatetank
Photo of jlindros


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Got this also from the big trade with Noslenwerd.

A: Frothy 1 finger head that keeps its worth with all the bubbles rising from the bottom of my etched SA pint glass. Brilliantly crystal clear toasty amber brown color with a golden hue. It even leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

N: Lots of bready malts really dominate. Some light lager aromas with yeasty smells. A slight toasty malt, and some syrupy sweet malts and hints of lighter fruits.

T: Very crisp and lager like. Toasty malts, slight sweet malt flavors too. Some bready malt flavors. Crisp lager flavors, slight roasty. Hints of a little fruit too. Very clean tasting but with great flavor.

M: Medium to light body with good carbonation.

F: Dries off slightly on the finish and even bitters a bit. Adds almost a spicy feel to the crisp lager finish, with some spicy bitter hop hints. It finishes smooth and lingers a bit with the bitter hop flavors and more toasty malts. It sticks around lightly for a while, and nicely. This has quickly become one of my favorite lagers!

01-19-2010 02:50:43 | More by jlindros
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

a really light beer for great lakes. smells german malty and crisp. taste is awesome for the style, simple and balanced. prilarily malt driven beer but nice hop additions which show up in the crisp bitterish finish. a wonderful beer at 4pm after an 8 hour day of construction work. in australia we called easy drinking beers like this "throwies", because you can throw down a whole mess of them in a hurry. drinkability through the roof, supremely refreshing. when the time is right for this beer its just perfect

12-13-2011 21:40:15 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent along with a faint hop aroma. It's dry with just a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor that goes down so easy and finishes dry and hoppy. I wish it wasn't as bitter as it is. The malt bill seems just about perfect. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent lager. I love the malt flavor, but I'm not a huge fan of the hop character in this one.

09-01-2007 00:36:35 | More by WesWes
Photo of oline73


4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 02:13:17 | More by oline73
Photo of Mora2000


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

01-11-2010 20:18:23 | More by Mora2000
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-16-2012 20:16:18 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of jwc215


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours deep golden with a thin white head that descends to a bubbly cover. Very full color for style.

The smell is of grainy malt with fresh-mowed hay.

The taste is of fresh grain with hay/grass characteristics. Malty, but with supporting hop dryness. Finishes crisp and clean. Robust taste for the style.

This reaches into medium-bodied while remaining appropriately clean and crisp. Very refreshing. Malty grain lingers.

Wonderfully drinkable. This one stands out for the style. A friend of mine recently brought this back from Ohio. If it were available around here, it would be a staple in my fridge for the hot summer days. A well-deserved medal winner!

05-23-2007 03:10:52 | More by jwc215
Photo of DrunkinYogi


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-06-2014 02:58:47 | More by DrunkinYogi
Photo of XmnwildX12


3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-05-2013 01:08:18 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Halcyondays


4.03/5  rDev -1%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Dark gold, almost amber, with thick white 2-finger head, great retention and lager look.

S: Bready malts, earthy noble hops, and perhaps a hint of honey.

T: This is definitely an American take on the Dortmunder. The 35 IBUs definitely show their stuff, with a delicious caramel malt note in the background.

M: Smooth, dry, very much like a Czech pilsner in that respect.

D: Easy, quaffable, on par with the best German lagers, would be a great crossover beer for novice beer drinkers, it's bitter, shows the hops but inviting.

07-10-2007 22:10:18 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. Some mild lacing shows up on the glass.

Smell: little malt sweetness and some grass are detectable by the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with some lemon zest, grass, slight breadiness, and a nice bitterness level. Well balanced and very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer is superbly easy to drink and is a clear session ale during any season, whether sitting alone watching TV, or out on the town. Great beer.

10-01-2009 23:00:45 | More by Gavage
Photo of GClarkage


4.15/5  rDev +2%

08/02/08- Purchased at the liquor store down the street from the motel we stayed at in Akron, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker yellow light amber-brown color. Decent 3/4 inch head and light lace trailings.

Smell- Smells not unlike most macros but not quite as corny and more of a malty caramel scent to replace the nasty corn syrup you usually smell.

Taste- Wow, I'm normally not a huge lager fan, but this one has great taste. Quite spicy..not sure what makes it that way, but it's spiced...not like in Anchor OSA spiced, but just has some kind of kick to it. It's even got some mild hoppy action as well. It's bready and earthy with a good caramel base...plus it's not as sweet as most lagers.

Mouthfeel- Rich, crisp, clean and even lightly creamy. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- This would easily be my go to lager if they sold it out here. Or at least my go to beer of this style for sure. Very tasty and quenching. Sessionable for sure as we went through a two six packs in two nights.

08-05-2008 23:19:52 | More by GClarkage
Photo of imperialking


4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-18-2012 05:03:14 | More by imperialking
Photo of corby112


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a clear golden amber/copper color with light golden orange hues when held to a light source and a half finger white foam head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Pilsner malt aroma with some earthy hops, biscuit, straw and grass.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma. Medium bodied yet slightly watered down with some nice earthy hops up front and a sweet pilsner malt backbone that provides excellent balance. There is a nice biscuit graham cracker presence in the malt profile and I'm also picking up some subtle faint light crisp fruit, mostly apple and pear. The hops provide a nice bitterness that is prominent up front and lingers above the complex maltiness into a nice dry finish. Very well balanced and very drinkable.

09-22-2009 05:21:18 | More by corby112
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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