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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,852 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,852
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 161
Gots: 388 | 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: 2,852 | Reviews: 1,046
Photo of kell50
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Snagged a single 12oz. bottle from a broken 6 pack for $0.99. Score.

A: Poured into my Great Lakes pint glass rather aggressively. It's relatively crystal clear, with a slight burnt orange color. Probably a finger’s worth of fluffy head. Great overall carbonation presence that slowly dissipated after a few minutes.

S: It has a baked bread aroma; honey, and caramel malts. Not too overpowering and not too overly appetizing.

T: Much better than it smells. There's a bittersweet, caramel, bready malt flavor with a pretty dry aftertaste. I noticed a touch of honey on the finish too. Nice balance of flavors without being overly complex.

M: Hot weather beer! This beer goes down easy and is very full of flavor. The carbonation is just right and it has a nice balance from start to finish.

O: I'm not too well versed at Dortmunder Lagers, but I must say while they resemble a wimpy macro appearance they also deliver a solid micro flavor. It's not something I'll go out of my way to get my hands on, but certainly not something I would turn down.

Photo of Tmcfall
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jibjib513
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: Bottle to Pint Glass.

Appearance (4.0): Very clean, love the golden color. The carbonation is nice and solid and the head retention is decent.

Smell (4.0): A very aromatic beer, but I'm not quite sure what the smell is.. for some reason it reminds me of how white wine smells...

Taste (3.5): A nice malty flavor but I am getting a hint of something gone wrong in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel (3.0): Average.

Overall (3.5): This is my first experience with dortmunder, so I don't have much to compare it to (though I should hope to be trying Ayinger's soon). This was my last bottle in a six-pack that I've drank through the last couple of days, waiting for this one before I reviewed it.

Photo of jameyp
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Jenessa
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of dunix
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small mug. Best before 10/28/12.

Clear pale gold body supports three fingers of active yet lasting ivory head. Thick frothy/soapy lacing extends tendrils up every side. Excellent retention.

Gentle grassy noble hop aroma backed my a touch of lemon and a cracker-y malt element.

Light sweetness suggests honey and malt and leads into a faintly bitter and greatly refreshing hop flavor mid-palate. Pils (?) malt and a spicy/herbal quality emerge in the finish, playing off one another in the aftertaste until you are once again left with a lingering sense of rock candy.

Light-bodied, well carbonated; soft yet crisp.

Malty, well hopped, and incredibly smooth - a superior German-style lager. Rating to style, this is among the best, and pairs well with the pierogi I picked up at the West Side market just down the street from the brewery.

Photo of Will96
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of esdeebrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of bassmantony330
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Envelopes
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of chuckstout
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of bucksbeerman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Chucker17
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of HeyJim
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of larebear
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of rangerred
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

Aroma has lots of caramel and toffee along with that signature Great Lakes yeasty smell; it is not off-putting, however. The aroma is definitely malt-forward with lots of biscuit. Some herbal/lemony hop aroma is in the background and very faint.

Flavor continues with the malt with lots of biscuit, toast, and caramel. The same yeast that was present in the aroma is there in the taste as well. Some faint hay/spicy hops are present in the background. Bitterness is on the lighter side with a slightly sticky finish. Mouthfeel has decent substance.

Overall, a really top-notch lager. This is a really great example that other brewers should follow. Not enough craft brewed lagers on the market. A great brew from Great Lakes.

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CircusBoy
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jsanford
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a dense cap of ivory head. Aromas of crisp, doughy malt, lightly toasted malt, and herbal hops. Taste is similar to the nose. The hops impart a nice bitterness, resulting in a nicely balanced and quaffable brew. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Such a great, drinkable, no-frills beer!

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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