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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,414
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 154 | 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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Photo of animal69


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear medium golden yellow w/ a fluffy white cap that recedes quickly leaving little lace in my glass
S- a moderate smell, some sweet bready cereal grains, not much else
T- a steely grain taste initially, semi-sweet, a faint hop bitterness, a bit of nuts mingled with sourdough midway, finishes a bit soapy and crisp
M- mouthfeel is just on the heavy side of light, plenty of co2
D- overall drinkability is excellent, a huge difference from the german offerings, much better IMO

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 03:19:56 | More by animal69
Photo of sweemzander


3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 9-16-2009

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color. Very little head formation or retention, just white bubbles.

(S)- Floral honey accents followed by a sweet maltiness. An interesting spiced apple aroma on the finish.

(T)- Nice fruity apple, pear, and melon flavors with a dry, hoppy finish. Malty backbone with honey sweetness. There is a disturbing corn husk flavor in there too.

(M)- Crisp. Its got alot of sweetness to it too. Fine carbonation level. Light to medium body.

(D)- A fine beer that could be really enjoyed in the Fall season, however, I think that this one is a bit old. A bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 20:00:20 | More by sweemzander
Photo of kegger22


3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours as a clear, medium orange with very little head. It tastes sweet at first, mild citrus with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Actually reminds me of a light-weight IPA. Very drinkable, but when all said and done, I found it rather mild. I would drink it again, just wouldn't go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 02:48:53 | More by kegger22
Photo of civilizedpsycho


4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Poured a clear, golden color with the slightest of amber hues. Had a small but decent head with some good lacing.

Smell: Strong malt smell with an almost fruity background.

Taste: Sweet and smooth with some hops gently showing themselves in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A decent body, but nothing to get excited about here.

Drinkability: A great beer. This is definitely going to be a mainstay in my collection now.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 15:06:11 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

3.5 A: Clear golden yellow color. Two inches of frothy head with less than average retention and minimal lacing.

4.0 S: Sweet neutral maltiness, not really bready. Faint herbal hop aroma. Not strong, but really elegant aroma.

4.5 T: This is one tasty brew. It has more taste than would be expected in a light colored, low hopped brew. Grainy malts, and to a greater degree, bready malts. Low bitterness and hop flavor, but it works really well.

5.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Really creamy that makes it seems like a heavier body than it is.

4.0 D: It tastes so damn good, but it's a little on the sweet side so it reduces the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 05:18:30 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of wnh


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

Pours a light, golden amber with a creamy off-white head.

Grassy, herbal aromas dominate the nose, with a light, clean citrus quality thrown in. Biscuit-like malt on first sip, followed by the grassy/herbal character. Light bodied and eminently drinkable, with an overall sense of being simply clean. I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:02:18 | More by wnh
Photo of Strix


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

clear golden

Smell minimal, grains and slight floral hop note.

Tastes of grains, sweet malts, cheerios, and a slight hint of flat ginger ale. A pleasant subtle blend with no off-flavors.

Mouthfeel smooth and crisp.

This beer was just fine. Nothing complicated, but if you're in the mood for a lager, it hits the spot quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 22:05:21 | More by Strix
Photo of projectflam86


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark golden color with a thick creamy white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Spicy malt nose with lots of sweetness and grain. Really nice for the style.

T- A light hoppy bitterness initially that gives way to a robust sweet malt backbone. Lots of spice and herbs with a bit of grain.

M- Light and crisp with lots of carbonation. Very clean and refreshing.

D- Now this is a 'lager' that I could get in to! An easy drinking beer with just enough taste to let you know its there.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 07:52:39 | More by projectflam86
Photo of mkabull


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

A- golden color 1/2 to 1 inch head some lacing but does not last
S- bready/doughy aroma some noble hops present but not overpowering
T- nice lager taste bready/doughy/toasty noble hops do come through but it has a good balance
M- medium to light body but good for style
D- good drinkability almost sessionable but at almost 6% alittle strong for that

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2009 03:39:08 | More by mkabull
Photo of Ragingbull


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I suppose that I am of the "dissenting" viewpoint on this beer. I have given it time to grow on me as I have picked up a six pack three different times on trips to try and discover why its as highly rated as it is. I can appreciate the flavor, but the rest of it unremarkable. Here it goes.

Dark gold or light honey color that seems in the right (or wrong) light to approach a light amber. Light head with a little bit of prickle. The nose is grainy and thick. Fresh clean attack that refreshes the palate. Very gentle flavor of grain. The beer sours a bit towards the finish and leaves a taste like unripened fruit or berries on the tongue. Believe it or not this is the part of the beer that I enjoy the most. I feel too much like I have to work to get anything else out of the nose or flavor. I am glad that there are many others that like it as I think a broad variety of beer from any brewer is a wonderful thing. I prefer some of their other offerings however.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 20:36:49 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of JoshuaJ


4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful gold color with perfect clarity and thick and creamy two fingered head. Lacing was decent, but didn't last long.

Smells earthy and bready. Herbal hops and doughy malts.

Tastes really, really good. Earthy hops, perfectly matched with sweet, bready malts. I'd be interested to know if there's any corn used, as I can taste a slight corn flavor near the aftertaste. It works, though, as I like the flavor. I can also taste some grains as the hops and malts subside. Great stuff.

Carbonation is actually fairly high. It's incredibly drinkible and very refreshing. Perfect for summer, but also a beer that I could enjoy fully in the colder months, too.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 01:52:48 | More by JoshuaJ
Photo of Jablonski


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold color with a below average egg-colored head. The smell is sweet, but it's a bit faint. I can also pick up some citrus hops. The taste is nice and refreshing. A hoppy finish complements the sweet taste up front. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it has a solid carbonation. Drinkability is high due to the low ABV and good taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 04:18:41 | More by Jablonski
Photo of n811


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, revealing a beautiful gold colored brew with a great lively off white head.

Smell is a touch sweet with noble hop overtones.

Taste is much more balanced than expected from the smell. Initial burst of sweetness and great, clean malt flavor is followed up with a lasting pleasant hoppy note.

This brew's a bit more carbonated than I expected, and the drinkability suffers a bit just from feeling like it's filling up my gut with bubbles. I'm sure the carbonation's more tame on draft.

Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 23:53:55 | More by n811
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a slightly hazy robust golden hue with a dense white head. Lacing and retention are both excellent.

The smell and taste are in perfect balance, there is just enough hopping in both. Almost pine and citrus...light floral notes as well. Quite impressive.

This beer comes together perfectly, it is incredibly well balanced. Smooth creamy feel that ends up somehow finishing clean and lagerlike...wow.

I could drink this by the gallon, an excellent offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 00:26:00 | More by grayburn
Photo of minterro


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: bright gold/orange beer, with an off-color white head, that left some lacing

S: grains

T: nice and well balanced.

M: smooth in the mouth very near perfect for me

D: easy going down because of the combination of a great taste and good body.

notes: the keg was changed a few hours before i tried this beer, so i believe it was pretty new and fresh. Liked it more on-tap then in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2009 05:38:14 | More by minterro
Photo of majesticsock

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice amber/gold color with a lively head. Has the smell of hops and firewood in the morning. The taste is very hoppy all around, but a very tasty hoppiness. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than other beers. I could drink a whole 6 pack of this in a sitting, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 01:59:40 | More by majesticsock
Photo of philipquarles


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the brewpub. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a nice off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Pleasant, slightly sweet malt with some apple-like fruitiness. Grassy hop aromas. Very nice flavors of sweet, grainy malt, balanced by the perfect amount of bittering hops. Slightly dry finish. Full body. Very nice, very drinkable lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 01:00:48 | More by philipquarles
Photo of meatyard


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours out a clear, golden/orange with a 2+ finger, fluffy, white head that falls quickly to a cover while leaving splotchy lacing. Constant carbonation is apparent.
S-Is sweet malt and a light citrus hop aroma.
T-Is similar to the smell being nicely balanced, it also has a spicy character and finishes with a little bitterness.
M-Is medium, nicely carbonated and pretty crisp.
D-This is what Bud Light wants to be when it claims "drinkability".

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 00:44:58 | More by meatyard
Photo of kels


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can pretty much hardly believe I've never reviewed this beer. While it isn't the most exciting style, I love that Great Lakes makes it such a focal beer. It is really well-balanced, full of taste and highly drinkable. Such a great everyday beer.

Appearance: Pours into my GLBC pint a lovely golden hue with excellent clarity and visible carbonation. The 2-finger white creamy head fades with great retention at a skim. Tons of sticky lacing clings in beautiful patterns all over the glass.

Smell: As with many GLBC beers there's less aroma than desired. This one has a bit of toasty grains and light yeast, but that's mostly all.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Absolutely tasty and full-bodied flavor in this one. The grains are fully curnchy and toasty, slight hints of citrus and apple hops that give a tart drying effect. The aftertaste has only slight hints of the alcohol, and the feel is light, full and clean.

Drinkability: Very high - this beer pairs well with food and is good on its own. The ABV is fairly low, and the the taste and mouthfeel are very balanced and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 23:07:26 | More by kels
Photo of flexinwext


3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice clear light gold color. There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. Has an odd smell that I cant quite place, sweet but has a vegetabley? smell to it. Taste is different. Not sure how to place it. Reminds me of their grassroots ale. Light body. Low ABV. Not one of my favs from GL.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:17:00 | More by flexinwext
Photo of Yesac


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pale golden in color. Small bright white foamy head that fades to a thin layer quickly.

S- Sweet malt and a hint of spice.

T- Big malts backed by a sweetness that is just a wonderful blend. Excellent.

M- Crisp. Light bodied. Just enough carbonation.

D- What an enjoyable lager. This is very sessionable and just well done. The awards backing this brew has definitely been earned here.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 22:42:19 | More by Yesac
Photo of Brenden


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's a coppery gold with a one-finger head that leaves some pretty good lacing.
The smell is a sweet, toasty biscuit malt.
This one has a nice balance of malt and hops that compliment very well. Malt sweetness is at a great level, and not too strong, with a nice backing of grains and toastiness. There's a certain herbal note in the back as well. The finish is a mix of dry hops and sweet malt.
The body is medium and this has a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is light to moderate.
This is just a great brew and easily sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 14:08:03 | More by Brenden
Photo of greengorilla


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

The golden appearance with white 1.5 finger head was very pleasing.

The smell was pleasant.

The taste was a little sweet for me.

The mouthfeel was good.

It was very drinkable, but not my favorite offering that Great Lakes has.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 18:25:10 | More by greengorilla
Photo of sarahspat


4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear dark golden color with creamy, but quickly departing off-white head.

Smells very nice. Bready and earthy with a hint of floral.

Taste starts off sweet and bready. Great malt flavors going on. The middle features fresh berries coupled with floral notes. The finish is dry and crisp. This beer is so, so good.

The mouthfeel is thicker than the average lager with great carbonation. I could drink these all day and night.

This is without a doubt one of the top 5 best lagers I've ever had. I prefer this over Great Lakes' other renowned lager, Eliot Ness. A real lager done right. Thank you, Great Lakes, for being so awesome.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 00:00:18 | More by sarahspat
Photo of webmanspidey


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Pale to amber gold color, fizzy with head that dissipates quickly. Smell is lots of sweet honey with a small amount of hops. Taste is loaded with the honey as well: very sweet and malty with a small bitter hops bite in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:13:49 | More by webmanspidey
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