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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,799 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,799
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 154
Gots: 338 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-18-2001

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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Clear golden amber with a 2 finger bubbly white head with good head retention and good lacing

S - Pilz, malt, metallic, bread, pine

T - This beer is like a pilsner for weenies like myself. It starts off with that bold dry pilsner cut but smoothly finishes with sweet malt notes rather than the harsher bitter finish of some pilsners.

M - Light body, moderately carbonated, crisp

O - Very good for the style, but I wouldn't drink this often only because I don't care for for the pilz/lager hybrid

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with a nice lace. Pretty attractive!

Smell: big malt with a careful sweetness and a dash of biscuity aroma. Hops are quite strong and spicy; saazers, maybe? A big but good combination.

Taste: sweet malt with more of that biscuit from the aroma. A definite lager yeast character pervades the flavor, which gives it a little depth of flavor. Hops are on the bitter side but are pretty nicely balanced. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a great carbonation; well-integrated and engendering a wonderful creaminess. Love it!

Overall: a very good Dortmunder. A tiny bit biscuity for my taste, but overall quite enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of fields336
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, SA perfect pint glass date: BB 8/5/12

A: dark blonde color, with 1.5 fingers off white bubbly head. dissipates quickly, leaves little lacing. nice carbonation

S: bready malt, grass, biscuit, toast, noble hop, sweet, lemon

T: Toast, caramel, noble hop, sweet, bread, lemon, apple (Not in an ale fruitiness, but more of a general light sweetness), toasted bread on the finish

M: middle ground between dry and sweet, nice light bodied beer with excellent carbonation, cleanses the palate

O: My first D/E lager, really nice, similar to Sam Adams BL (Vienna lager) though I imagine the two styles blur the lines

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Re-review. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is a finger high and barely off-white in shade. Its retention isn't super persistent, but it still has a decent duration. Plenty of sticky lacing is left on the glass, too.

S: I immediately notice how in tune both the noble hops and the sweet, crackery malts both are - this just smells like it will be immaculately balanced. The hop profile seems to become a bit zestier and the malts more noticeably bready when allowed to warm up. I wish more lagers had this good of an aroma...yet funnily enough, this isn't the best smelling GL lager I've encountered.

T: The initial malt taste is very bready, and much more defined than it is in other (more average) examples. A twinge of hop bitterness exists to ballast the maltiness, and is successful. There's even some slight fruit flavors here and there - obviously not as intense as it is in, say, Eliot Ness though. All in all, this is enjoyably balanced.

M: Just like the label says, this beer isn't bone dry like a pilsner. Rather, it's slightly sweeter and fuller in body. Because of that, this isn't a chugger. Carbonation is healthy, yet remains creamy throughout.

O: More proof that Great Lakes makes solid lagers. This has a fantastic bread character that really sets it apart from other average lagers. Personally, I wish it was a little drier, buy why nitpick? I'd gladly drink this over and over again.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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