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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

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Beer added by: pezoids on 09-18-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.93/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a vibrant golden color with a fingers width of white head. Smells of earthy, floral hops. Taste is hop forward, citrusy and sweet with a slight bitterness. A bit floral also lingering in the aftertaste. A little drying as well. One of the better lagers ive had. This is very well done.. Great Lakes never fails me.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear brilliant straw/gold color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date clearly marked on the label.
Massive frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Good carbonation with decent lacing.
Aroma is typical of a lager; grainy, bready with definite yeast and malt aroma in the nose. Not a lot of hop aroma in the nose.
Taste akin to the aroma is all malts. Sweet and bready with a slight hint of hops in the finish. Very crisp and refreshing and really easy to quaff on a hot, sunny day. Has all the makings of a perfect sessions beer.
A very good lager by Great Lakes, which has never failed to impress me with their brews. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy lagers.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold. Lively carbonation gives off a short head that settles to a thin film of bubbles quickly. Nicely marked sips all the way down.

Clean aroma, can't really say much else. Faint grass and grain, but characteristically subdued.

Again, clean in the mouth. Nice fresh grain. Bit of aromatic grass perks things up in the finish.

No doubt that this is a well-balanced, well-crafted beer, suits the style to the 't'. An archetype certainly. Yet, it doesn't get me terribly excited, was expecting a bit more given the rave reviews of this one.

Photo of mikeg67
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours bronze with a foamy, long lasting, white head and a lot of lacing. Biscuit malt aroma is balanced by perfume hops and tropical fruit. Medium, slightly crisp body. Biscuit malt and spicy, herbal hops fill the mouth. Some DMS come through. Long, bitter finish. Good brew, but too much DMS makes me take off some points.

Photo of cratez
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Siciliano's Specialty Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Freshness date of November 20, 2011.

Pours a clear golden hue with a thick cap of frothy white foam, bubbly carbonation in the body, and strands of stringy lacing on the lager glass.

Smell is herbal and grassy hops, honey, earthy-mineral notes, wet hay, grainy, doughy and biscuity malts, faint sulphur aroma, apple skin, and white wine.

Taste is clean cereal grain sweetness, gala apples, white bread, biscuit, herbal, grassy, and fruity hop bitterness with some wheat husk on the cough.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy carbonation, crisp and snappy hop bite precedes a prickly, lingering bitterness and dry finish.

Overall, this is one of the most robust and full-flavoured lagers that I've sampled. It has amazing depth with very high drinkability. A true gem of a beer, and one that I would purchase often if it was available locally. You have to try this brew.

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

Pours a bright, clear amber and has a light biscuity smell. This is a classic clean lager--biscuit malts, some earthiness, a good hop balance, some lemon zest, perfectly medium-bodied carbonation, very smooth going down. My local grocery store has this, so I'm going to have to start stocking it in our fridge more often--it goes with everything and never gets old.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange/copper colored, crystal clear with a lot of carbonation. One finger, creamy white head. It looks very refreshing and very classy
Grassy and grainy aromas rise to the top of my nonic pint very nicely
First taste buttering hops followed by grainy malt, a little sweetness as well on the finish, a very good tasting lager
With the coldness and the carbonation it's very crisp, coats the mouth and leaves a somewhat sweet malt aftertaste. I really enjoy the crispness of this one.
A very tasty lager, good to drink a cold and refreshing beer that is of good quality.

Photo of micmillon18
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 11.10.11.

A - Pours a pretty clear color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet malts, like Portuguese sweet bread, along with faint spicy hops and slightly yeasty.

T - Delicious sweet bread flavors start this one off, almost somewhat banana-y. It's followed by floral and spicy bitterness that seems to balance it out with near perfection. A semi dry finish with slight lasting bitterness.

M - Carbonation is to the style; semi dry finish; light bodied.

O - This is a lager to write home about! Despite many unique characteristics, it still manages to focus on being a well balanced, thoroughly flavorful, brew.

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

This is one of my favorite "go-to" lagers.

This had a brilliant gold color with a white foamy head.

The aroma reminded me of a cross between butterscotch and hops.

The taste was very well balanced. The maltiness came at me first. It reminded me of butterscotch. After that came the hops. There is a nice lively hop flavor that works well the malt.

It has a great drinkability. It's almost too easy to down a sixer or a couple of pints.

Overall: this beer is great for any occasion. It is light and crisp but is still packed with flavor. As far as lagers go, this is one of my favorites.

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4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I snagged a growler of this while visiting Cleveland and then later another from a local grocery store near me that started offering growler fills.

Presentation: 12oz brown with a drink before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Bright gold with a exquisite white two fingered lace that stays for a long time.

Smell: Sweet and very clean malty aroma ... reminiscent of Portuguese sweet bread.

A= This lager poured a clear yellow color with a fleeting 1/4" snow white head. The head dropped in seconds to reveal some light sticky lace and not much else.

S= Smells like pils malt and hops. Slight hint of minerals in the nose too. Good balance.

T= Wow this is the closest you will come to an authentic German Dortmunder in the U.S. Starts off with a hint of malt sweetness, then brings a dry, herbal hop note that carries straight through to the bone dry finish. The mineral character of the water used in this brew is spot on. Delicious!

MF= Light in body with a firm carbonation level that is entirely refreshing.

D= Off the charts drinkable with a great (and authentic) flavor to match. World class and highly recommended!

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

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- Gorgeous. Deep gold with hints of orange. Tight white head, that laces down the glass. Couldn't be any better looking.

S- I get heavy toasted multi-grain bread scents from the malts.

T- Taste follows the smell. Really toasty on the malt bill, sweetness follows, it's a touch fruity, but not artificially so, it's not over the top, and a touch of hops balances on the end. The sweetness lingers around after the sip is well over.

M- Lighter side of medium body, pretty slick, and a touch dry on the finish.

A fabulous German style lager, that I would seek out again.

Photo of pschul4
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint glass (with Milwaukee Brewers decal :))

A- Bright gold with 3/4" head that sticks around for a while but isn't bothersome

S- Very malty, not much else just some slightly sweet scents coming off of this brew

T- Maybe I'm just not a Lager guy but this is kind of bland to me. It's slightly sweet but not a ton of flavor going on in my opinion

M- Bubbly but not rediculously so, the feel is nice but not prose inspiring, nuff said

O- I'm honeslty disappointed right now, after reading the reviews I was expecting a great beer but this is rather boring to me. Always nice to try new things though

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,799 ratings.