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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold

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2,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,412
Reviews: 999
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 122
Gots: 153 | 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 Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: A bright, faintly murky orange-gold color with a medium-sized creamy white head with pretty good retention. Lacing is very nice.

S: Fresh, sweet grassy malts. Slightly biscuity. Some herbal hops.

T: Lots of sweet, grainy malt flavor up front, with some definite biscuit/bread notes. A healthy burst of grassy, herbal hops provides a nice snap. The hops seem to have a subdued lemon peel/citrus character as well. A somewhat rugged graininess at the finish.

M: Medium bodied and very crisp, with a somewhat dry, grainy finish.

D: This is really tasty. I actually prefer this from the bottle. When I've had it on tap, the hops have tended to dominate and the malts haven't shown up as much. This is near-perfectly balanced and very, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 02:59:40 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of BeerBaron08


4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Nice clear golden amber color, very carbonated, looks delicious
S- Malty and sweet aroma.
T- Has a crisp balance between malt and hops with a touch of sweetness, medium body.
M- Very bubbly on the tongue at first, but quickly settles down.
D- One of the best lagers I've ever had. Would definitely recommend

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 21:52:37 | More by BeerBaron08
Photo of whoneeds8


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

Thanks to tburkhart for the bottle.

Poured into pilsner glass golden yellow with a one finger white head. Head disapates at a reasonable rate, with very little lacing.

Has a hopped smell. Very smooth taste, with a hop bite. Very well balanced. Carbonation is low for a lager, but doesn't effect the taste.

I prefer a little more flavor, which is why I'm not much of a lager fan. But this is a good lager with a good amount of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 02:21:38 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Auslander for this one. Pours a nice dark gold with little head. Some lacing and webbing along glass edge. Smells of biscuits, and heavy on the malt. Smells pretty good.

Nice crisp mouthfeel and medium body makes this excellent in drinkability. Nice malty concoction that finishes with a beautiful hop bitterness, begging you to drink more. This is a good lager. I'd get again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 22:38:32 | More by Onenote81
Photo of ahking


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

I must say that I like this beer. It's a great golden color with a little bit of unfiltered haze to remind you that this ain't your old man's lager. I find that a good all malt lager of this quality is too few and far between.

A slight soapy head fades quickly but provides a spicy, slightly floral aroma. I smell fresh cut grass on a late summer day.

This beer tastes good without being complicated. It's clean, medium-light bodied, medium hop bitterness, clean.

Mouthfeel is quite crisp yet smooth with a good hop bite adding to its refreshing qualir

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 03:54:56 | More by ahking
Photo of MacDomer


4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one pours a clear amber/copper color with golden highlights. A nice two finger head, off-white in color. Moderate lacing.

S - Smell begins with light malts, caramel, some earthiness. A bit of spicy hop at the tail end. Blanced, but a bit weak.

T - Like the nose, this is light caramel and mild spicy hops. A bit bready. Very well balanced. Really, really great for the style.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall quite crisp. Leaves your mouth clean. Very refreshing.

D - Excellent overall. Great beer when I don't want something too complex that I need to think about. This beer is made for easy drinking and is extremely sessionable. Great beer with almost any food.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 04:00:10 | More by MacDomer
Photo of IBUnit63


4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD 10/28/2008 into a Duvel tulip - let's see if this one holds up a few weeks after it's turned into a pumpkin...

First pour has very little head but the second brings more of a classic full-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. Butterschotch honey body with stingy to moderate lacing up top and sparse carbonation.

Smell of sweetened clean silage with excellent Saaz hops - great feel to it. Good malt (caramel) - the grain is so raw it feels like jumping into one of those kids' plastic ball tents but instead I'm swimming in raw, mildly roasted grain...and III LOVE IT!!! Very interesting...

Austere, Saaz-hopped with sweet malt - a little carbonation kicks it but it's grain, grain and more grain...even though the first pour was a little on the flat side the second is a bit better. I like this a great deal.

Sweet to the palate - while no visible carbonation I get a little brightness. Saaz bitterness mixes with slight stewy malt sweetness on the finish.

This has a lot of depth to it - quite rustic to say the least and warmingly enjoyable. A few weeks playing with house money hasn't hurt this one too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 13:29:00 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of oberscrc


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden color with a hint of orange, pours hardly any head which disappears.

S: sweet malts with hints of ripe fruit

T: pretty straight forward, sweet malts hit first finishes with a faint and fleeting hop untertone.

M: A little to carbonated for me, this wears off after the first half of the beer.

D: Not very complex, but a good beer for its style.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 04:28:38 | More by oberscrc
Photo of tburkhart


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

Pours a very nice golden, go figure. Thin layer of head which is retained throughout the entire glass. Slight lacing.

Smells malty. The bottle seems a bit off from most Dortmunder Gold's I've had, something just doesn't feel right.

Tastes malty with no hops showing through.

There is a reason this beer is their flagship.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 01:33:52 | More by tburkhart
Photo of brianh78


4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, so this is my first attempt at rating a beer, so I chose one I like. When you first pour this beer into your pint glass from the bottle, you immediately notice the very fine bubbles of the head. It doesn't tend to have a huge head, however. The beer is a coppery gold color with some deeper copper tones. The beer smells yeasty at first then settles down to some sweet malt tones. The taste is sharp at first, with a sweet malt note that finishes into a balanced hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is crisp and bright, but smooths out quickly to a slightly velvet texture. This beer is very drinkable and consistent. It's a bar staple in the Cleveland area.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 23:48:48 | More by brianh78
Photo of garymuchow


3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I look forward to this with good scores and some hype I've heard external to BA.
Aroma had a grainy, bready quality with a tad of hops, but also seemed to carry an aroma that seemed like yeast in nature (to the best of my ability to judge).
Dark gold approaching amber. Clear. heavy looking. Smallish head that is pretty darn persistent.
Clear malt flavor, that finishes with a gradually growing hop bitterness and flavor. Grassy grainy flavor intermixes.
Clean, lager smooth and lager heavy too. Carbonation is imbeded and felt mostly in the filling quality.
Ultimately, I don't know. Maybe this is exactly the way it's suppose to be, but something doesn't seem right. Old (?), but it's not oxidized. No dating to determine. There seemed to be a funkiness to the aroma that didn't sit right with me. Otherwise drinks alright. I had hoped for better.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 01:38:01 | More by garymuchow
Photo of jasonjlewis


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

Pours a nice one finger head with excellent retention and a nice orange color.

I smell some really clean citrusy/grassy pale pilsner malt with a mint of biscuity malt with a bit of a hop bit, but it is a bit faint.

Taste is of citrusy/grassy pale malts with a nice mix of biscuity malts with a dry grassy hop bitterness to balance. Clean and straight forward with a little bit of complexity.

Crisp, clean refreshing.

I love how the flavors of the malt and hops can come through so cleanly on lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 03:46:52 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of rtepiak


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

it was a bit dark for me. a light hue of orange... had that nice apple flavor, somewhat autumn aroma. seemed a little denser but crisp for the most part. breadiness is the backbone sort of overpower the pilsner for me.

had it again two month later on tap... would like to get more of that astringent nature from the pilsner. there but not as prominent as i would like. mine be my saison arrogance.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 07:58:17 | More by rtepiak
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a crystal clear amber golden color with a thin foamy tan head that didn't stick around. Not much lacing. The aroma is super malty, grainy, earthy and citric. The flavor is incredible and balanced. The malt flavor is sweet and earthy. Hints of caramel and a crazy tartness. The hops bite just enough! Creamy yet tingly medium feel. One of the most overall balanced (and at the same time complex) beers i have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 02:38:35 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful tawny gold with a medium sized fizzy/frothy head that dissipates in under a minute. Smells of light caramel and lemon with some nuttiness to it. The taste brings me right back to Germany. Very sweet, with a clean bittering presence throughout the sip. This is definitely a really unique beer. The caramel flavors are so appealing and so perfectly balanced by the malty sweetness. A nice medium/light mouthfeel keeps it nicely in between a pilsner and a pale ale. I only have one bottle of this left and I wish I just had a whole boot of it.. or at least a Maß.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 06:48:55 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 ounce bottle - Pours a clear pale yellow with a tad of red. Below average carbonation, and only slight lacing. The aroma is dominated sweet malts and mild piney hops. First sip is surprisingly mild but balanced with not much else going on. A light malt backbone is welcomed. Some hoppy bitterness is present but on a whole this is only fair.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 03:54:29 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of Rhynes2


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has some of the best aromatics of any beer I've tried. The taste is full-bodies and powerful and left me with a great after taste. Although many would consider it a sin, we were out of glasses so i drank this one right from the bottle. (says alot because it still smelled great without a proper glass.)

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 22:00:16 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of Greggy


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

A- Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a nice head, and nice lacing.

S- Metallic hops, apple juice/cider with slight pear. Nice and unique.

T- Starts off with a nice spice (, then apples, pears, and slight hopiness, then moves into a nice dry apple skin finish.

M- Nice apple taste in the finish. Nice medium carbonation.

D- 5.8% is nice for an export. Definitely nice. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 02:47:26 | More by Greggy
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with a small off-white head that left a small ring around the glass. The aroma has tea like characteristics, lemon, and grassy hop. The taste is of a honey malt, slightly bready, earthy tea like hops, and hard water. The feel is fairly light with a good amount of carbonation, finishes slightly bitter and dry. Not as bready as other Dortmunder brews that I have had and the hop flavor seems to be different. It's well balanced and drinks easy and has flavor. Good brew to session.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 15:30:19 | More by Gmann
Photo of PiecefulToker


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a little over on the freshness date (08/13/08) by 13 days... didn't notice at the store, so we will have to take that into account.

A: Crystal clear, deep straw yellow with a slight amber/ruby tone. Thick frothy head that sustains quite a while leaving sticky lace. Beautiful.

S: Sweet pale malt, general graininess, straw, hay, sharp hops.

T&M: On first taste: this beer is delicious. Great body to it, creamy and smooth with perfect carbonation. It is thick enough to coat your mouth but thin enough to be really drinkable and thirst quenching. It tastes a lot like it smells: dry but with substantial maltiness and residual sugars, medium-pale malt, with an awesome hop kick.

D: This is really up there. A highly quaffable beer on a warm day (or any other day).

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 02:40:16 | More by PiecefulToker
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to brandoman63 for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, awesome two finger white creamy head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, sweet, bready, floral. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nice little hop/bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 01:05:05 | More by Wasatch
Photo of julian


3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice light amber color with incredible clarity. Lots of effervescence, and a decent head that disappears almost as quickly as it appears leaving only the occasional bubble island.

S: smells of pilsner malt, slight lemon twang, and very light on the hops.

T&M: lots of carbonation. taste is of pils malt lending to somewhat sweet undertones, and noble hops which take charge of your taste buds. slightly bitter aftertaste at first which then turns to the sweeter maltier side.

D: not my personal favorite style, but given what it is and what it tries to be, it's an above average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 06:45:27 | More by julian
Photo of Phillyduke


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

Thanks to bakerslp for sending this along as an extra in our trade.

Poured into a weizen glass. Beer is active and carbonated...a beautiful deep gold color with a dense two-finger head that hangs on for quite sometime. Nose is sweet, clean and malty along with the typical smell imparted by the lager yeast. Taste is crisp and clean, with a sweet malty flavor cut by a strong citrus hop presence. Finish is long and dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, and well-carbonated--tingles the tongue even towards the end of the glass.

Overall, an easy-drinking, full-flavored lager with a clean, yet complex character. I'd keep this in my fridge all the time if it were available to me. Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:50:54 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of ckeegan04


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

A - Golden orange color with thick bubbly white head. Excellent retention and decent lacing.

S - Strong biscuity aroma with spicy hops. A very pilsner like aroma.

T - Biscuity taste up front quickly gives way to a spicey European hop character. No realy sweetenss and the biscuity malt and spicey hop play off of each other very well.

M/D - Light to medium bodied. Well carbonated and very crisp.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 00:01:19 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer pours a shinny golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is full of bready, biscuity malts with a noble hop edge. The taste is perfectly balanced. Soft yet flavorful. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. It would be great if more sessionable lagers like this were made here in America.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:53:06 | More by KarlHungus
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