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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,550 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,550
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 142
Gots: 207 | 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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beerme626

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

A: Beautiful dark gold/amber, very fizzy, but with a minimal head that disappeared immediately.
S: Rich, fruity smell
T: Full, flavorful of fruits and more malty than I expected
M: Thick without being syrupy, pretty high carbonation.
O: Tasty. Not the most attractive, but very tasty.

02-26-2012 04:55:36 | More by beerme626
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-26-2012 04:24:12 | More by tdmccarthy
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a rich, transparent amber color with a decent-sized head. Lacing is persistent, with attractive reticulation. Aroma is pleasantly wheaty, if unremarkable. Really digging the perky carbonation. Flavor is as suggested on the label: not as dry as a Pilsner, though less malty than a traditional lager. This combination makes for an incredibly balanced and highly drinkable brew. Hops flavor is clean and appropriately present. I'm not much of a lager man, especially lighter lagers, but there's no denying this beer is well crafted and a worthy champion of its style.

02-26-2012 03:53:38 | More by MaximalC
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Obscure05

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-25-2012 23:06:24 | More by Obscure05
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craftbeer31

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

02-25-2012 17:58:01 | More by craftbeer31
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output01x

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Enjoy By 04/25/12) into a pint glass.

A steady pour yields a 1/2-finger off white head that snaps and fizzes like a bowl of Rice Krispies. In seconds, the energetic head vanishes leaving a scraggly-looking dusting and barely noticeable foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear golden yellow with a decent amount of fat carbonation bubbles rushing upward in a lost effort to reinforce the already diminished head. Almost no lacing can be found at any point during consumption.

The nose is grainy and bready with little hops presence. The malts offer notes of dry cereal, bread crust, and toasted biscuits. What little hops can be found in the aroma gives light, sweet notes of mandarin oranges and pineapple.

Each sip starts with toasty, grainy malts, citrus hops, and a slight spiciness. Notes of biscuits, whole grain bread, and orange zest are all discernible. Upon swallowing, the hops flavors immediately amplify and take on a grassiness. A strong lager yeast flavor also comes out and combines nicely with the other flavors. A dry finish leaves the grassy hops flavors on the palate.

Medium bodied with excellent carbonation, this beer is smooth on the tongue and crisp in the finish. The body is just full enough to allow the flavors to blossom but light enough to keep the great drinkability of a Dortmunder. The carbonation is rather fizzy while the beer is in contact with the tongue but does not seem to interfere much with the flavors.

Overall, this is a bold, rather heavy take on the style. The ABV and body are definitely close to the biggest you will find in a Dort. In spite of this, Great Lakes kept the great drinkability and balanced flavors that are necessary in a beer of this style. It is no wonder this beer is a Cleveland favorite.

02-25-2012 04:12:50 | More by output01x
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BLang

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-24-2012 18:46:21 | More by BLang
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SHCC

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-22-2012 02:49:05 | More by SHCC
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-20-2012 17:29:08 | More by zekeman17
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cynical1027

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14%

02-20-2012 16:31:27 | More by cynical1027
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rcatalano

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-20-2012 02:45:59 | More by rcatalano
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JayMillerWild

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-19-2012 20:30:08 | More by JayMillerWild
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dusting871

Ohio

5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-18-2012 19:32:29 | More by dusting871
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raznug

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance: Dortmunder Gold pours a clear golden color and is topped with ½” of bright white head.
Smell: It smells of malt and maybe hints of yeast rather clean as one would expect it to be.
Taste: The taste is very clean but there is a malty flavor that makes this beer very enjoyable to drink.
Mouthfeel: My palate was expecting this beer to be a lot thinner than it is but I am finding it to be a smooth easy drinking session beer that has great taste to back up the gold medals that it has received.

02-18-2012 15:27:19 | More by raznug
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Jonnymet21

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-18-2012 13:31:04 | More by Jonnymet21
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dgeebs07

New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

02-18-2012 11:52:44 | More by dgeebs07
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Beardofbrown

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-17-2012 11:41:35 | More by Beardofbrown
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2012 05:05:02 | More by doucmehu
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swh1972

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-17-2012 02:30:28 | More by swh1972
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BrewCaveDweller

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2012 02:23:07 | More by BrewCaveDweller
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-16-2012 01:33:31 | More by JohnnyMc
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omegaman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-15-2012 22:49:50 | More by omegaman
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-15-2012 02:29:44 | More by Cramerican
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anoctopus

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

02-15-2012 01:44:56 | More by anoctopus
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soundman87

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -75.4%

02-14-2012 20:44:56 | More by soundman87
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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