Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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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
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
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
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
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,550 ratings.