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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,526 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,526
Reviews: 1,002
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 134
Gots: 195 | 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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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance - Very bright and clear burnished-gold colour with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring and a light froth.

Smell - Sweet and bready with just a hint of floral and herbal hops in the background.

Mouthfeel - Crisply carbonated, just a touch of slickness coats the mouth and gives medium body.

Taste - A nice reversal of the aroma; the flavour is nicely bready, but with more hops than malt. Biscuit flavours back up floral and herbal hops with a refreshing dry finish.

08-11-2011 22:02:28 | More by
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Pure and golden. Held this up to the light to simply admire. There was about a quarter inch of head. Nice lacing.

S) Malt and grain, very light hops. This smells like a very good German lager.

T) Malt and a little bit of bready sweetness. The finish is light pine and slightly grassy. Really well done.

M) This beer feels great on the palate, just incredibly smooth. The body is on the lighter side of medium, perfect carbonation.

O) Why have I waited so long to try this beer??? I picked this up as a single in a mixer I put together. This is a no doubt slam-dunk six pack purchase next time.

08-11-2011 01:31:26 | More by RoamingGnome
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Deep golden yellow color. About a finger of off-white head with good retention. Lacy semicircles all down the glass.

Smell: Bready, grainy. Not much in the way of hops in the aroma, which is fine for this style.

Taste: Ah, there are hops in there! Dancing lightly on the tongue at the first taste, the hops are grassy, piney and smooth. The malts are well tucked in behind but are quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Nice level of carbonation. Lingering hops flavors.

Overall: Emminently drinkable. Very smooth going down. A fine example of a lager.

08-10-2011 02:37:48 | More by dbaker61
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District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -1%

Currently the #1 Dortmunder / Export Lager.

The beer is crystal clear and golden hued, with a thick, dense head. Superb head retention and ample lacing left behind. An outstanding appearance.

The aroma identifies this brew as a lager, with a large grain and/or bready presence. Definitely smells akin to an authentic German lager.

The flavor is malt forward, but certainly balanced. Slightly sweet, with some bittering hops in the back. Subtle notes of citrus, with a splash of lemon.

The feel is creamy and smooth on the palate. Spot on carbonation. Lingering notes of hops and sourdough bread.

A solid beer. Certainly one of the better German style lagers brewed in the United States.

08-09-2011 01:25:24 | More by Huhzubendah
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2.93/5  rDev -28%

Poured from a chilled bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A=Nice, rich golden color. Foam was light tan, perhaps 1" in height.

S=Sweet smell, like honey, with hint of hops.

T=Very disappointing...I was expecting a fuller, lager taste, and got something reminiscent of a light beer. Sweet, some hops...reminded me a bit of a malt liquor taste.

M=Okay, but a bit more watered down than I anticipated.

O=Alright, but not one I will purchase again.

08-02-2011 19:00:16 | More by dhannes
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tasting notes from 7/26/11. On tap @ the Cleveland Airport.

A - Straw yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - Bready matls and a noticeable hop bite.

T - Bready malts with some sweetness complimented by a nice hop bite. Full flavoured and refreshing.

M - Light body. Medium carbonation.

O - A very good summer beer and one that I would order again without hesitation.

08-02-2011 13:45:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a fluted pilsner glass. A gold medal on the GLBC is a reference as hey beer guys.. This is our flagship beer.

A - Is good in color. A very bright golden color. Near perfect clarity. Nothing unique here, just a good colored brew. Head was a bit surprising as I wasnt quite expecting it to last as long as it did. Snow white head with a good amount of lace. There was white there til the end. Decent stick that stays close to the head more than hanging to the walls of the glass.

S - A great smell. I could really smell the hops it provides. But it was somewhat of a mild smell. Nothing overpowering about the sniff. A sweet smell. A smell that instantly cooled me off on this 90
degree day. Malty.

T - Sweet and extremely malty. Bread like malt character. German hop flavor is splendid. I like the taste of citrus notes on humid days. It was great for the summer evening. There is something about the water GLBC use. It's almost one of kind. A little bit of bitterness thag creeps in.

M - Medium bodied and it was very easy to drink. I found the glass gone before I knew it. Smooth in the mouth, but also crisp and clean like. Very good finish.

O - Nothing but great from GLBC. Check out the gold medals on their site. It basically speaks for itself. Putting a gold medal as the main label of a brew is a bold statement. But Dortmunder Gold has earned it's gold. It's proven and delicious. One of the best all around lagers in the world. Gold is not just a way of describing the color of this brew, but a way of describing its character and class. Nothing overly brilliant. Just a damn good tasting beer anyone can enjoy. It's a blue collar lager that still has a place in the world of beer. Must try

08-02-2011 01:22:30 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into a pint a nice golden yellow with a tinge or orange, with a bright one finger head that disapated rather quickly. Smell is buscuity sweet malt and a hint of some piney hops. Taste is crisp malt crackers some pepper and grassy piney hops. Mouthfeel is thin but well balanced for its style. Overall a very enjoyable and tastey lager that had more than refreshing to offer!

08-01-2011 18:18:42 | More by rpardon7
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Single bottle from my Great Lakes sampler pack. BBD is September, 2011. Clearly, Great Lakes takes a lot of pride in this brew, considering the label sports their gold medal from the American Beer Festival. Not too many breweries would do that on the bottle - overly boastful, or a portend of great things to come?

Poured into a Czechvar fluted pilsner glass. A lovely, rich amber golden hue, with a couple inches of fluffy head. Great retention on this, with scads of sticky lacing. Top notch.

The nose is quite malty, with notes of fresh grain, honey, biscuit/bread, and some light citrus/tea hops.

Wow - this is a fantastic brew. Rich and malty, with a lovely taste of crispy bread and cracker, lemon, honey, and a slight hop bitterness to the finish. Perhaps the fullest flavor of any pale/golden lager I've ever encountered. Balanced enough for every day quaffing or slow, contemplated sipping. Medium bodied for a lager, good carbonation. Having trouble slowing myself down. I dare anyone who likes beer not to enjoy this. Dare them, I say!

You win this round, Great Lakes. Your gold medal label is fully justified. Just a stellar lager, loads of fun to drink, that is complex enough to satisfy the most discerning beer geek, but accessible enough that it could be used to bring those who normally avoid craft beer to the fold.

07-29-2011 18:50:27 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into my new Old Rasputin Nonic that Blake at Chuck's in Bowling Green threw in for free with my (extensive) purchase.

Pours deep gold, crystal clear, and effervescent, with a rash of bubbles rapidly ascending to form a cratered head of rich foam.

Aroma is full of fresh, sweet grain, like horse feed in a good way. Grassy hops with a hint of yeasty perfume.

Taste is balanced, but with a solid malt underpinning. Not sweet, but plenty bready, like a fresh, crusty baguette. Hop taste is dialed back, with just a bit of hay and distinctive herbal savoriness that could come from the hops or the malt (sage? bay leaf? lemongrass?).

Lively on the palate, medium-light body, pleasant bitterness that does not linger over long. Semi-dry finish with a flash of yeasty sourness.

Great example of the brewer's art and absolutely delicious. Wish I had this at home for everyday quaffing.

07-25-2011 22:23:18 | More by firkinhophead
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

A: a very rich golden yellow, slightly amber color. clear. very dense, persistent head with good lacing. very inviting to the eye.

S: a chalky, earthy hop aroma dominates most of the nose. maybe a bit of sulfur. sort of one-note on the hop side.

T: initial touch of bitterness, turns to provide bitter earthy spicy body. a sweet touch of grain as well. works it's way in for balance. mineral slickness on the tail-end of the finish.

M: medium body with medium carbonation. spot on.

D: very drinkable dort. slightly more on the hop side, but still a great example of the style. another solid brew from great lakes.

07-18-2011 23:24:20 | More by Jimmys
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a faintly hazed copper tinted gold, cap of creamy off-white head. Scent is of freshly dried and malted grain with a kiss of flowers and citrus zest. Taste begins with a lightly sweet, freshly dried and malted grain backed by a light kick of bitterness before ending with floral and citrus notes. Medium bodied, smooth, lightly creamy. A very nice beer, great freshness to the taste without being overly sweet.

07-18-2011 14:42:32 | More by rfgetz
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Acquired from SamualJackson45 via LOKO for Locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a four finger of frothy, rocky, white head. Head retains nicely leaving big chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very malt forward, caramel really comes through. Mild floral notes, a bready presence and a bit of fruitiness.

T: Taste starts with a caramel malt flavoring that really hits the palate and holds as an undertone throughout. Middle has a bready flavoring with a light floral hop note. Finish is leafy, but sweet.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oil finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, mild kick, not too filling, and nice representation of style. This is easily a beer to sit with for an evening.

07-17-2011 01:07:01 | More by Jayli
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

This was my first try with Great Lakes. And what a way to start off. This beer is great! It has good taste with a light to medium body.It's a beer I could drink a lot of on a hot day. It pours a golden color with a 1-2 finger white head. The head disapears pretty quick.

07-14-2011 07:09:12 | More by Bucknutty24
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: RIch, clear pale amber body under an inch of frothy, creamy tan foam. Terrific retention, heavy lace. Gorgeous lager.

S: Good, vibrant, balanced aroma of herbal, leafy, minty hops, bready malt, and clean, dry, chalky yeast. Nice intensity.

T: Follows the nose: deep bready malt, spicy, herbal hops, and dry, mineral-heavy, slightly metallic yeast. Pretty good, but the finish is a little to astringent and mineral-laden for my tastes.

M: Pretty substantial body. Good rich carbonation. Very nice.

O: Solid lager, but not one I'd seek out again. I could see enjoying a few of these during a cookout or something, but I'd rather have a Prima Pils.


07-09-2011 15:14:07 | More by woosterbill
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

The appearance of this beer is exceptional. It has a nice golden color that is crystal clear. It has a white frothy head that leave some very nice lacing on the glass

The aroma is that of a of a clean, crisp malt with some floral aromas from the hops. It also has a slight citrusy almost like a light lemongrass aroma.

The taste starts with a clean, crisp malt flavor and finishes with a soft hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a medium body with lots of carbonation.

This was a great beer. It has a nice clean malt taste to it that is balanced by a slight hop bitterness. Would definitely by buying again.

07-09-2011 13:45:19 | More by clint1019
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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

Cedar Point ROCKS! I love that place…even after driving six hours to get there. Any drive there is worth it, in my opinion. Anyway, after leaving from Indiana at 7:00 a.m. and staying until well after the park’s 10:00 p.m. closing time, I was ready for dinner and a brew. The group chose T.G.I. Friday’s (not my first choice, but I’m easy to please), and I got my first taste of Great Lakes. From what I’ve heard, it’s definitely one of the breweries to seek out in the area. I decided to take some notes, and this is what I came up with…

On-tap at T.G.I. Friday’s in Sandusky, OH, right outside of Cedar Point. Again, reviewed from notes.

A: Amber and shining; very lovely color. The head looks thin yet creamy, and some lace remains. Pretty bubbly from the bottom of the glass. Good look.

S: What a malty nose! Caramel comes in strong, and the banana, grape, and apple fruitiness is awesome. Hops are noticeable but just barely, showing floral hints in waves across the nose. Very agreeable, to say the least.

T: Malts are enormous out the gates with a bready, earthy sweetness. Some grainy fruits, though slightly stale, are evident. There’s a bit of hops in the back as the aftertaste, leaving it dry and refreshing. It doesn’t have an extremely high-quality taste, but it’s a nice drink.

M: Bubbly and crisp, giving it a fresh feel. It also helps to mask some of the palate’s less perfected flavors. It can be slightly thin, tasting amateur at times, but that’s the only thing I can detect that is bad.

O: This was a nice intro to Great Lakes. It has the soul of a bigger brew, but I feel like it’s trapped in the style’s smaller body. Good experience, though. I’ll definitely be looking for some other GL offerings while I’m in the area.

07-08-2011 14:47:39 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

A-pours a copper orange color with small 1 finger head that dissapates quickly

S-Smeels like a more floral Budweiser. Sry to say it but it does

T- Taste is surprising. I thought this might taste like and american lager but its got more goin on then that. Has nice grassy hops and some grainy malt and alttile bit of hunny as well

M-Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall i was pleased with this lager and i think its a beer that could ease BMC drinkers into the craft beer scence. I would def. pick this up for friends of mine.

07-05-2011 18:20:24 | More by zrab11
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Color is goldish amber. 1/2" white head fades rather quickly leaving a ring behind. Aroma is lightly sweet, bready, and a little citrusy. Refreshing. Taste is sweet also, lightly bitter, and somewhat fruity. Mouthfeel is good. Slick, smooth, and medium carbonation. Overall, I am enjoying this beer. I'm sucking it down pretty fast.

07-03-2011 20:56:43 | More by tastybeer
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Clear gold color with a thick white head that drops to a thin covering, leaving wispy strings of lace on the glass. Clean, mild floral hop and bready malt aromas. Moderately sweet, crisp and balanced flavor...grassy hops, light citrusy fruit, pale malt. Medium bodied and quite resfreshing. A nice lager overall...

07-03-2011 19:25:28 | More by wedge
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

First time trying this style of beer. Here we go...

Pours a rich amber with a light copper tinge, plenty of frothy foam on top that retains well and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Small bubbles rising throughout...very pretty on this hot summer day.

Smell reminds me of sourdough...a bit sour but bready/biscuity. Even so, smell makes me think it'll finish dry for whatever reason. We'll see.

Taste comes off very much as the smell would indicate. There's a sour breadiness, light honey/pear sweetness, well-balanced bitterness to carry it, leaving behind a light biscuity flavour to enjoy. Yummy.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Fills the mouth nicely, doesn't finish as dry as I expected it to (fine, whatever) but I would have liked a bit more carbonation to crisp it up a bit. It lags off a bit at the end to my taste.

Overall, a very nice beer. It's well-balanced and while things stick out a bit at times, it's more like a dance that carries it through interesting twists and turns, never off balance but rather tilted in one direction at one time and the other direction just a touch later. Interesting and yummy.

07-01-2011 21:00:38 | More by nokes
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle lovingly driven from Ohio by my roommate into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

This one pours a great looking golden color with huge amounts of visible carbonation. This probably has something to do with the excellent head retention. Aroma has plenty of bready/nutty malts, along with a fair level of herbal bittering. The taste is quite good, it goes on crisp, with a bit of floral hops in the middle. The nuttiness of the malts really starts to come out on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, it's fairly thick for a lager, but feels good going down. The drinkability is superb. Overall, this is a great lager that'd be a staple in my fridge if I lived in the area. I'm not going to go crazy not being able to get it though.

06-30-2011 20:05:35 | More by shand
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to GehenHerzog for sending this one my way.

A: Pours a nice copper/orange color with a foamy 1.5 finger head on top. Moderate retention, leaving behind a thin layer of white foam on top. Nice, thick lacing all around the glass.

S: Some grainy malt, a little bit of grassy/floral hops, there is a good bit of doughy malt as well.

T: A good bit of bready malt, some light floral/grassy hops, a touch of honey, and a little grain malt.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Very smooth, clean and refreshing.

O: Really impressed with this beer. Incredibly easy drinking with a clean flavor profile.

06-28-2011 01:12:30 | More by mdaschaf
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a glass mug.

A rough pour yields an erupting eggshell head that quickly foams to the top and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Beer is a beautiful amberish gold with moderate carbonation.

Aroma is all grassy and sour, smells very much like a German Helles Lager.

First taste yields a brief flash of piney American style Hops that quickly recedes. What is left is a slightly bitter sour taste that leaves the palate cleanly and leaves just a slight aftertaste. The rest of the way this is a great balance of malt and hops.

The brief Cascade style Hopiness gives away that this is not a German Import. Otherwise the beer is spot on and is fine Summer drinking experience. This is a beer that is obviously well made and a pleasure to drink. I admire Great Lakes and consider Edmund Fitzgerald Porter to be my favorite American Beer.

The only catch is that the price of a 6 pack of Great Lakes is not really much different than most German Lagers such as Spaten, Warsteiner, etc. so I'm thinking the major reason to buy this over those would be the freshness of the beer. If the price difference were two bucks a sixer less I would make this beer one of my default Lagers for sure.

06-27-2011 20:21:28 | More by fx20736
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

12oz. bottle served into a mason jar

Pours a dark yellow, almost a mustard yellow, with inflections of orange. It certainly isn't the straw-yellow that I was expecting. 1.5 fingers of billowing, tightly-constructed head sit on top. It laces about as well as I could ever expect given the container.

So many lagers are terrible. This beer demonstrates how good a lager can be. Everything about the aroma is clean: clean hop bitterness, clean nutty malt profile. There's some aromas of nougat and white flowers. Good stuff.

The taste, though, takes things up another level. Why can't BMC beer taste like this? This beer has nearly the nutty malt flavor of a maibock, with close to the flowery green crispness of a pilsner. Lush yeast flavors of pear juice tie the hops and malts together. This beer is so balanced and so clean. I suppose that is the hallmark of the Dortmunder Lager style, but still, this is a great example of it.

There is nothing wrong with the mouthfeel here. Light-medium-bodied for a lager with plenty of carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent Dortmunder Lager. This beer is just plain delicious. If I could buy it where I lived I would use it to convert BMC drinkers over to the side of craft beer.

06-27-2011 05:30:00 | More by Reaper16
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