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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,852 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,852
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 161
Gots: 388 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 2,852 | Reviews: 1,046
Photo of emsroth
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: dark gold, almost amber. Big frothy head. A cap stays on and decent lace.

Smell: wonderfully balanced aroma. Sweet, grainy malt backed by floral, slightly Fruity hops. What a German lager should smell like and then some!

Taste: starts grainy with a touch of clover honey. A bit of a cheap taste in the middle. Ends very dry and firmly bitter. There is something lacking in the middle, but perhaps that is part of the style.

I would love to try this fresh.

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

A: Clear dark golden color with two inches of head that has a nice retention and leaves quite a lot of lacing behind (every sip leaves another ring. Just a really nice pour and a clean looking brew.

S: Sweet, malty. A really clean aroma, not overly complex, but really nice and appealing.

T: Really fantastic taste. Light, and sweet with notes of honey flavor. The finish is slightly dry, which nicely balances the sweetness.

M: The beer is actually medium bodied, but the high amount of carbonation balances it all out and makes it go down smooth and easy.

D: A very highly drinkable beer. One of, if not the, best American lagers that I've ever tasted. I would be happy drinking one of these or a whole six pack. I've never seen this outside of the Ohio/western PA area, but definitely pick a pack up if you see it.

Photo of brown2cu
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I poured this into a pilsner glass, man this stuff is solid gold. It isn't a pale piss yellow or straw colored, it is gold. It forms a small head that dissipates down a little but sticks around, moderate lacing.

smell: clean, crisp, malty, and faint hops in the back

taste: clean and bready a little bit more hoppy than I was expecting. The flavor is complex there really is a lot going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated and dry

Drinkability: I like this beer, personally though I enjoy it sparingly. It is tasty and easy to put down but, the style is just not quite up my alley. On a wider scale though someone might really enjoy this as a session beer.

Photo of Frothboss
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is clear with nice golden color, no seriously it really looks gold. One finger head quickly fizzles away. Smeels malty and bready with light hop scent in the background, good solid smell that i can get without even putting my nose to the glass. Really enjoy the smell. Tastes great, well rounded and balanced. Malty bready flavor up front with hoppy aftertones that leaves a good clean finish. Gives a nice solid feeling. This is not the first time i have had this particular beer...this is the 3rd sixer i have purchased and wont be the last sixer. Nice solid beer to keep in the fridge for any time of year.

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

At Pizzeria Paradiso DuPont Circle DC.

1/2 finger white head small bubbles, medium dissipation with above average lacing. Clear deep gold body with some rising carbonation. Nose is malty, mostly bready, some caramel, little hop aromas, mainly mild grassiness. Taste is sweet and clean, some dry breadiness up front, sweetish in the middle, some floral hops on backend. Medium mouthfeel, good effervescence, a slight bit of stickiness. Good drinkability, clean but not too heavy, a bit sweet for me but very nice, though I prefer the Elliott Ness to this.

Photo of beerhistory
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A -poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful golden / copper color with a fine 2 inch head that creates wonderful lacing.

S -light citrus smell with some definite breads -but very light on the nose...you can tell this is going to be a crisp, refreshing brew. Certainly smells like a summer brew for the back yard.

T - Exceptional -malty flavors up front with a lingering hop bitterness.

This is an exceptional beer. Great for a warm summer day in the back yard. Also -the 5.8% ABV is an added bonus as you can have more than a couple and still remain functional.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass

This beer looks a beautiful golden orange color with some nice white foam with some decent lacing. The smell is very bready with some light lemon pepper notes. Overall not too impressive. The taste is rather acidic. There are some general bitter notes that are perhaps from the vinegary flavor notes. I know the style is supposed to be like this, but this is too bitter to really be all that enjoyable for me. I don't know why, but I'm starting to think that there is something in the water in Cleveland that doesn't personally work with my taste buds.

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

Appearance: Crystal clear honey gold, with a medium viscous white head.

Smell: Slightly sweet aroma of malt with a touch of hoppy citrus.

Taste: Crisp mouth feel, very clean with strong/fine carbonation. The taste is malty honey, with a twinge of hops that perfectly balances this beer. It manages to be malty and sweet without being overpowering, it is balanced very well considering it's sweetness

I really enjoyed this beer, it is much lighter than my usual fare, but managed to be very refreshing instead of bland like I expected from this lager. I feel that this would be a great jumping off point for someone new to good beer although it is highly recommended for anyone.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of camp0474
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark orange gold body with light off white head.

S: Sweet bready malt. Somewhat grainy. Also detecting some very faint citrus hops.

T: Flavors of grain and sweet bread malts. A slight bite near the end with a lingering grain flavor.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Very Crispy.

D: Quite drinkable and refreshing. Good balance and complexity.

Photo of callmeclemens
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells nicely malted with a hint of hops and citrus.

Upon drinking you definatly pick up on a sweet grainy flavor, much hoppier than I've expected, but that was actually pretty pleasent, with a slightly very subtle malty finish. At times I would pick up on a very citrusy fruity taste, something like a hefe, but as quickly as it would surface it would dissapear again. All in al a great brew.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 10-29-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a nice two fingers of foam, clear copper color, and nice head retention. Good amount of carbonation present

S - Decent malt nose. Orange peel

T/M - Medium bodied, smooth clean taste to it. Slight bitterness at the end but still really smooth. Sweet tasting brew

D - Another good brew from Great Lakes also had this one in the sampler case. I highly recommend the sampler packs. Very good choices!

Photo of Kendo
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured from the bottle (obtained at Halftime Beverage in Poughkeepsie; Albany area distributors don't get Great Lakes beers for some reason) into a pilsner glass. Body is clear, almost glowing golden-amber with a 1-finger ivory head. Leaves good rings of lace.

Smell: Not too strong in the nose. I get some bread and cereal grains, a touch of sweetness and moderate floral hop scents.

Taste: First word I wrote was "clean." Toasted bready grains and a touch of sweetness underneath - maybe whole wheat bread or even a touch of toffee, even nuttiness at times. There's a subtle bit of bitterness that provides nice overall balance.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium in heft. Good creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: Off the charts drinkable. Tasty but light. Every brewpub ought to have a tasty, drinkable beer like this in its regular lineup. If I could get this beer locally, I'd buy it by the case, especially in the summer.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Clear and crisp gold with lacing

Smell: Amber malt and raw honey. Very pleasant.

Taste: Crisp pilsner taste mixed with malts and honey. Not a ton of complexity but the mix of flavors is perfect for this beer. There is a little dryness at the end.

Drinkability: Exceptional, crisp malty beer. This guy is a winner. I haven't been disapointed by great lakes brewing yet.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy orange yellow; thin head dissipates quickly, but carb beads keep up for a while
S: sweet, malty, with a hint of citrus
T: sweet, very pleasant lager; outstanding example of this kind of lager
M: very pleasant

Overall, this is a very inviting beer, and outstanding specimen of a craft lager.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Some beers really do live up to the hype. A great dark golden color. Aroma is malty but nothing leaping out. Nice flavors of malts with just a hint of hops. Very smooth, all of the flavors really come together. My first of this style, but WOW can't imangine any better then this. Just a great full floavred beer that begs you to have another.

Photo of sonata2008
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 12 oz. bottle poured into a beer glass. A lovely hazy orange, somewhat cloudy. Not much carbonation. Virtually no head.
S: Aroma of yeast and very faint hops.
T: Malt and yeast flavors. Reminded me somewhat of butterscotch. I enjoyed the combination of flavors.
MF: Smooth mouth feel, bordering on creamy.
D: Excellent beer. Very drinkable. I'd certainly order it again.

Photo of brewnic
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great clean gold just slight red color good head retention. Nice big body full and malt taste. Good beer if you are looking for the biscuit or bread taste. Didn't get as much of the hop flavor that others talk about but that didn't wreck the taste. Good beer just after two or three it starts to seem like a meal.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours dark gold with just a wee bit of haze to it, creamy two-finger off-white head with very nice retention, eventually settling in to a thin but solid cap. Nice lacing as well.

Nose is light - bready, bit of grain, some light herbal hops. All in all fairly reserved.

Taste is beautiful - lightly bready malt underneath with just a bare hint of toastiness underpins a beautiful, herbal noble-hop presence that is crisp and fresh with very little actual bitterness; just a bit of lemon in the hop note as well, and a bit of grass. Finish is clean, the herbal flavors lingering just a bit; overall though, just a beautifully balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent - medium bodied, crisp but light carbonation gives the perfect amount of bite. Finish is dryish.

Drinkability is flawless - flavors are perfect both in amount and in proportion, mouthfeel follows close behind. Beautiful beer for anyone who loves a good German lager.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color with a low foamy head but maintains. Lite carbo's.
A nice smelling beer with a clean balance to it.
I can pick up some spicy hops and some bready malts.
Dry and tart tasting with a good biscuit or bready malt taste, not much. Spicy hops come through.
Clean tasting and well balanced, a dry finish.
I drink a few of these babies while cleaning up the gardens.
A go to beer
Drink well my friends

Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear golden color with a frothy and magnificent white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some nice malty notes upfront (bread dough, hay, biscuit), along with some turbinado sugar and toffee, floral hops, and a faint note of alcohol. The flavor is also very malty, with bread dough and biscuit upfront, as well as hay, cane sugar, treacle and some herbal hops. The mouthfeel is light without being watery, and drinkability is very good. Very pleasant dortmunder here, glad to see more examples of the style.

Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

beautiful light lacing and deep golden color.

smell is fresh bread. sourdough.

taste is outstanding. bready, malty and the hop kiss lingering in the semi-dry finish. no wonder it wins medals. luscious mouthfeel.

way too drinkable. a randy session brew for sure.

Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light copper/orange-gold with a small white head. Aromas are extremely honey-like, and I agree with those who detect something like hay. To the extent that hops are detectable on the nose, they're floral. The flavors are more complex than the nose suggested, with a malty start and an orange citrusy flavor that enters on the mid-palate and grows in strength to the point of achieving balance by the end. Finishes dry. It deserves its reputation as highly drinkable. For my money, it's the best of its style, but that's not necessarily saying much.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at TGI Fridays, I'm assuming the keg was still in decent condition.

A - Pours a deep, vibrant gold color with a thin, creamy top that sticks to the sides of the glass like cotton candy. Carbonation is mild and the bubbles are quite large. 'Would like to see smaller, tighter bubbles.

S - Smells mildly herbal with a touch of lemon grass. The malt smells a little grainy.

T - Matches what was going on in the nose: lemon grass, mild herbal presence, a little bit of caramel malt, and a moderately hopped finish. However, the hop finish is mild compared to the IPA's but pretty hoppy for this particular style. Leaves a really nice pine bitterness in the mouthy that lingers.

M - There's a touch of harsh graininess to the body and is on the light side of medium.

D - Decent. If it weren't for the bold hopping, I'd rate this beer lower. There's other things from Erie that are much better, but overall, decent...not memorable.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this the other day since i have yet to try a Dortmunder and i have heard that this is one of the top beers in it's style so i decided to give it a go.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This one pours a nice golden color that's almost amber with 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head that didn't seem to want to go away.

S- The nose is pretty subtle but i can still detect some bready yeastyness with a slight amount of hops in the background.

T- The malts and grain are really present in the taste and form a kind of biscuity taste. The malts are balanced nicely with some mild hops.

M- Smooth and crisp. Lots of carbonation but it worked well with this beer.

D- This beer is about as drinkable as you can get and for 6.99 a six pack it makes it a solid session beer.

Overall, i thought this beer was great and i am glad i tried it. I can see why this beer won so many awards. If BMC beers stepped there game up and tasted more like this the world would be a much better place.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A vibrant orange pour with a neat clarity reveals a medium dense micro-bubbly effervesce. The head is bready in texture, eggshell white in color, all the while displaying a good retention rate optimizing visual appeal. The lacing was very good as well, with an abundance of small sticky patches gracing about 70% coverage of the glass walls.

S: The aroma is bready, mixed in with some moist orange peels. Underlying tones of wet grains with some dry flowers with a medium sense of strength. Clean from any imperfections or off scents, the aroma does deliver a nice graininess.

T: The flavor is grainy and bready, with some dry orange skins coming off very sweet on the initial sip along with a touch of grainy dryness coming through on the finish. The delivery is sharp, very pronounced with a good deal of flowery hoppiness and a nice grainy fade highlighted with a just a tiny bit of spicy dried oranges and soft flowers on the finishing take. Very surprised, or shall I say impressed, not many lagers will jump out and get your attention like this one, delivering a grainy bill with a good deal of hoppiness more akin to a dry pilsner. This one definitely hit it out of the ball park and is my favorite lagers to date.

S: Sharp Carbonation delivers an active mouthful and a medium feel body. The texture is smooth and creamy.

D: Great drinkability, this is what I imagine a great lager to be, great tasting, and exceptionally easy to put down and enjoy. Keg worthy and very well appreciable by style being my new defining example.

End Beer Musings: Being a homebrewer and beer enthusiast it is well known it is much harder to brew a clean well tasting light beer or lager then it is a hearty RIS, stout/porter etc with nothing to hide any imperfections or contaminations. While not a big fan of the style, this makes an exception on what a lager could be, exceptionally smooth, hoppy with a great grain bill that is well balanced. I could easily keep a keg of this at all times and hardly tire of its thirst quenching session style drinkability that is refreshing from all others per style. A top 100 beer IMHO when style is considered.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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