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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,544
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 138
Gots: 203 | 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 Gmann

New York

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

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


4.63/5  rDev +13.8%

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).

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


4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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!

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


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

08-13-2008 22:53:06 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of MSchae1017


4/5  rDev -1.7%

This beer pours a dark gold with a white head that holds some wisps of foam and a ring on the top of the beer, leaving a bit of lace. The smell is of biscuit and caramel malts and a touch of german hops. The taste is fairly bitter with more of a german hops presence. The malt also has a nice sweet presence. The mouth feel is light-medium with effervescent carbonation. Overall a nice easy drinking beer with a nice hop presence.

08-10-2008 17:51:52 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of mentor


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Bottle provided by fiver29, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a nearly 2 finger dead tan head over a mildly hazed bright gold liquid. Smells hops (saaz and hallertauer?) and toasted/biscuity malt. Orange from hops and some dried grass (borderline vegetal).

Tastes quite hoppy flavored over strong biscuit malt. Malt is drying overall, so the hops stand strong. Hallertauer or Liberty flavor on the hops with some dry weedy contribution. Hop bitterness is noticable, but reasonable amid the hop and malt flavor. The bitter is clean of grassy co-humulone, so it's quite nice. Carbonation is strong, which adds to the drying finish and gives a slight acrid tang to the aftertaste. Md mouthfeel results from a battle between dextrinous mouthfeel with the dried out malt. Plus strong carbonation lifts the beer off the tongue. Really nice.

08-09-2008 07:16:33 | More by mentor
Photo of GoodKnight1220


4.8/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Poured a very nice dark golden yellow with a good two finger head. Had a little bit of lacing throughout.Good carbonation bubble racing to the top.

Smell was of malt and slight hops.

Taste of this beer is great, super smooth and balanced, doesn't leave any bitterness in your mouth but lasting flavor makes you want more.

Could drink this till I pass out on the floor.

08-07-2008 21:54:02 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of GClarkage


4.15/5  rDev +2%

08/02/08- Purchased at the liquor store down the street from the motel we stayed at in Akron, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker yellow light amber-brown color. Decent 3/4 inch head and light lace trailings.

Smell- Smells not unlike most macros but not quite as corny and more of a malty caramel scent to replace the nasty corn syrup you usually smell.

Taste- Wow, I'm normally not a huge lager fan, but this one has great taste. Quite spicy..not sure what makes it that way, but it's spiced...not like in Anchor OSA spiced, but just has some kind of kick to it. It's even got some mild hoppy action as well. It's bready and earthy with a good caramel base...plus it's not as sweet as most lagers.

Mouthfeel- Rich, crisp, clean and even lightly creamy. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- This would easily be my go to lager if they sold it out here. Or at least my go to beer of this style for sure. Very tasty and quenching. Sessionable for sure as we went through a two six packs in two nights.

08-05-2008 23:19:52 | More by GClarkage
Photo of jushoppy2beer


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Lovely deep golden lager that pours a very nice bubbly head and leave a nice lacing down the side of a pilsener glass, and continues to bubble with carbonation as you drink. The body of the beer is slightly hazy, which gives it an interesting and quite lovely appearance in the sunshine. The aroma is slightly malty, but the malt comes across more assertively on the palate. This one slides down very smoothly, leaving a crisp, slightly bitter, finish.

08-05-2008 22:54:14 | More by jushoppy2beer
Photo of kinger


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Abundant in my neck of the woods, this beer is on tap at most of the local establishments. When in doubt I order a tall one knowing that I will be easily satisfied. Dortmunder Gold is perhaps the most popular of the Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s beers, and for good reason as it is well balanced and chances are your bud light drinking buddy will actually like this. In my opinion this is a great beer overall but I prefer many other beers made by this brewer. Pours a clean copper almost light amber color with a full head that tends to simmer down. Strong carbonation and lacing are always present. The aroma is appealing although very mild for my taste. A slight hop aroma is given off just enough to tickle the nose. The flavor is very good and extremely balanced, the malts and hops seem to be in perfect harmony. The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected which is good and this one finishes as strong as it begins, very refreshing and always a treat.

07-31-2008 15:26:15 | More by kinger
Photo of BoSox5902


4.03/5  rDev -1%

pours an orangy yellow color with little head retention. compares pretty well to german lagers. higher in alcohol than my favorite lowenbrau. a good american impersonation of german beer. i love the great lakes brewing company. even though it expired a week before i bought it, it was still a good beer

07-24-2008 01:54:53 | More by BoSox5902
Photo of JamesS


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a great dark golden color with some nice (rapidly diminishing head) and great lacing. It has a great scent, very crisp and malty with a nice peppery spiciness to it. Great taste, a well balanced beer with great malt sweetness followed by a nice hoppy finish, hints of biscuit and pepper. It goes down very well, nice and refreshing, very clean and crisp.

07-23-2008 23:57:24 | More by JamesS
Photo of zeff80


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with hints of ruby. It had a small, off-white head that left some minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled slightly funky and somwhat earthy. A light caramel malt aroma was present.

T - It tasted of light caramel roasted malt. Nice spicy hop presence,too. A nice blend of sweet and spicy.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent lager. One you don't want to put down.

07-22-2008 17:39:00 | More by zeff80
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

On tap at Fries Cafe.
Pours a light gold in color with just a slight head forming on the pour. It's quickly gone after receiving my beer. Smell is very "lagerish", but surprisingly with some nice piney hops. Taste is more of those nice hops. I'm not a big lager fan, but the hop flavor in this one really let me enjoy this beer. Clean and smooth on the taste. Good beer.

07-19-2008 02:44:26 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of xare


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

I honestly can't say enough good things about this brew. It's not quite perfect... and yet so close to being perfect.

Appearance is nice, very nice golden color, pours very nicely. Can't wait to dive into the beer.

Smell is malty and corny like an export lager should be, and yet somehow, somehow, manages to be appetizing.

Taste is incredibly blended. Nothing bitter. Nothing that truly sticks out like a sore thumb. All in all, almost so perfectly balanced that it's almost bland.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and somewhat creamy. Just a bit of dullness at the end that drops it a notch from '5' level.

Drinkability is obviously, outstanding. Every time I begin drinking this beer, I start wondering why I don't have cases and cases of this stuff stocked up for myself.

07-16-2008 22:33:53 | More by xare
Photo of DoubleJ


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I just finished an hour bike ride, so I will refresh myself with a Dortmunder as my cool down. On to the beer:

Paleish orange color with gold hues, lively action inside the body, and a big frothy head give this beer a good first impression. The aroma is sweet with ripe grapes and some dry grain. Taste: oohh, this is refreshing. And very tasty. It's a mix of dry biscuit, raw hop and citric, drying grain, and tones of lemon. The refreshmnet factor is great in this beer, couples with a very good flavor, makes me want more of this beer. Too bad Great Lakes beer is a rarity in SoCal (purchased at Lone Hill Liquor, Glendora, CA).

07-15-2008 02:43:32 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice gold with good carbonation. The head is a good 2 fingers, fades it a patchy pad of white foam and leaves some lace.

The smell is a light bready malt with mild hops.

The taste is great a wonderful chewy soft bread malt with a very nice lightly bitter hoppy finish. This really works well.

The mouthfeel is good nice chewy body, and a good clensing carbonation.

The drinkability is good this is quite a nice and refreshing brew.

Prosit, MK

07-12-2008 18:53:26 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of PBBC

New York

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours an earthy gold, a little darker than most 'golden' lagers.

Nose is a nice clean hop aroma... spicy, sweet, peppery.

Taste is fantastic... biscuit malt, light honey... flowers and grapefruit for hops... but not overwhelming. This beer is perfectly balanced. I can't decide if it's hoppy with a malt accent, or malty with a hop accent.

Mouthfeel is smooth finishing... light, but not watery... finishes much cleaner than most lagers. Feels well aged.

07-07-2008 05:11:26 | More by PBBC
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4.78/5  rDev +17.4%

Awesome lager; it has an excellent array of spicy notes, many of which are unidentifiable, as well as a flavor of caramel. This beer is very smooth on the pallet and provides a decent amount of mouth-feel especially for the style. It has just the right amount of hops, which provide a bitter sensation at the center (longitudinally), spanning from the back to the middle (back to front) of the tongue. I've had this beer out of both a stange, and a pint glass. It is better tasting out of the pint glass, at the expense of the superior aroma from the stange.

07-07-2008 00:44:58 | More by epiinephriine
Photo of thisisshsas


4.78/5  rDev +17.4%

Had this beer for the first time aproximently 7 months ago. It was good, but it was one of four amazing great lakes products that made great seem ordinary. 7 months and 80 beers later, I realized how spoiled I was that night and bought It again. The beer pour a bright golden and has a very flavorful smell. The smell is not misleading as the flavor is both light and not overwhelming, but has an enjoyable bite and goes down well. Though it feels light, I'm not sure its a real session beer, though I'm sure it will work that way. If you love beer and are visiting Ohio, buy a great lakes sampler that includes this beer. You wont be disappointed.

07-03-2008 05:30:57 | More by thisisshsas
Photo of BravoTwo


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A - Nice clear golden brew with nice light head. Good coloration for this style.

S - Clean, crisp smell with a nice aromatic qualities and a very bright presence. Hops are well balanced here.

T - Nice clean tasting beer with prevailing malt character. Dry and crisp with a nice balanced hop profile.

M - Nice carbonation with dry, light mouthfeel

D - Great here. Easily a really drinakable session beer. Very good example of the style. Have had this in bottles also and is good also.

07-03-2008 03:10:28 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of Stonebreaker


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Pours a shimmering light amber with a decent head and a lace that sticks around like a bunch of ghosts in sheets.

Smell: Light, clean, roasted malt, and hop bitter.

Taste: The taste is perfectly balanced, old school simplicity hops and roasted barley, similar to their Eliot Ness but without some of the nuttier flavors, this one lets the sweetness of the malt shine and the hops hold it all in place.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is smooth, not very thick but it doesn't need to be.

Drinkability: This is a session beer, being raised as I was on shit American lagers, having some great lagers in the rotation is a must, I can't do big beers all the time, this is a great option.

07-03-2008 00:42:54 | More by Stonebreaker
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