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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,830
Reviews: 1,041
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 160
Gots: 361 | FT: 4
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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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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 +1%
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 +3.7%
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.

Photo of Beejay
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber in color. Very nice fluffy off white head on this. The head is very thick.

S: Some nice hop aroma, slight fruity esters, and a nice dry biscuit aroma.

T: Hints of fruit as well as a noble hop taste. Clean with biscuit flavors, and a residual noble hop bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation is a bit on the high side, but it seems to make sense here.

D: Overall very nice.. clean and tasty. Very solid and drinkable, but not a knock down amazing kind of brew.

Photo of EricCioe
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a deep gold with some loose head but not much lacing. The nose is a piney sweetness, but I'm not getting the biscuit note that others are. In the mouth it's a very balanced brew, not as sweet as I was expecting based off of the nose. The mouthfeel is medium-light, and a little fuzzy from the carbonation. One could drink a few of these. Not a bad beer. I've been really pleased with the sampler from Great Lakes.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a mix pack I picked up in late Aug at the Price Chopper grocery in North Syracuse NY. Freshness date on the box: Jul 16 2010. Oops. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This brew is a nice clear... hmm.. the color is... wait for it, wait for it.. GOLD! It generates a decent 1/2" of fine white foam that settles fairly quickly to a single layer of bubbles on the surface of the brew and on the sides of the glass. Nose is a lot of raw starchy grain and not much else. Mouthfeel is moderately thick with a healthy frothy (but not sharp) carbo. Taste is also grainy but adds a good bite of citrus and green hop and a bit of honey sweetness.

Tasty tasty, just held back a bit by the flat nose... probable due to the age.

Photo of divineaudio
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into a classic beer mug. freshness date clearly marked.

pours a nice light copper color with a finger's worth of off white head. retention is good, and leaves a few legs of lace behind.

smell is biscuity with an earthy hop presence.

tastes like a glass of bread with hops baked in. up front is toasty and biscuity malt balanced by herbal hops in the back. very flavorful.

mouthfeel is a firm medium body with the right amount of co2.

very drinkable and quite refreshing on a sunny autumn afternoon. i'm not usually a lager fan but this one surprised me. well crafted and worth seeking out.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$9.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright golden body topped with a small loose head that quickly dissipates leaving sparse lacing and a thin creamy cover.

S: Strong biscuit aroma with very subdued floral hops in the background. Malt first. Very simple profile, but to style.

T: Once again biscuit malt character dominates. A bit on the sweet side, with hop bitterness held back to allow the malt to shine. Finishes clean. A bit too sweet for my taste.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. A bit oily, but finishes fairly dry. Not too shabby.

D: Light, clean flavor and a crisp malty finish. Goes down smooth and is accessible to a wide audience.

O: Very good beer, one of the best I've had from Great Lakes.

Photo of bfree
4.1/5  rDev +1%

A: Amber color, not much head but what it had was retained well

S: smell is pretty mild, a little honey and hoppy

T: not overbearing, some hops and slightly malty, crisp finish

M: very very smooth, kind of creamy with some carbonation

D: taste is not overbearing, and along with the crisp finish makes this beer easy to drink...better than your average lager

Photo of rmolledo
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear Gold Bar Yellow with a 2 finger fast fading white head.

S: floral and grassy hop aroma. malty/grains.

T: beautiful hop flavor that leads into a fresh grain finish. Floral hop flavor. bready. Not too much bitterness for how much hops are in the flavor and aroma.

MF: moderate body with a good dry finish.

D: Great Lager. Session friendly.

Photo of Shaw
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift from BA thryn. Thanks!

Pours a deep gold in color with a nice off-white head that reduces to about a quarter-inch of foam in my glass.

Nice toasted malt aroma of bread with hints of fruit.

Excellent taste. I can see why this has won awards. It's biscuity with a light malt sweetness with nice hop notes and bitterness.

Nice body that's almost creamy.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Winner, winner, winner!

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. 9/5/10 freshness date.

A - Clear golden amber with minimal retention and lacing.

S - Hints of caramel malt and punchy hops, but marginally subdued.

T - Smooth hoppy taste with an assortment of juicy hops which eventually break down. The malty sweetness doesn't interfere but the taste is still hoppy and clear. Crisp and refreshing finish.

M - Ice smooth, some carbonation, medium body.

D - Goes down incredibly easy with little lingering flavors.

This is a beer which demands certain attention. Even if you're not particularly into the style, its pretty impressive.

Photo of NODAK
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is mostly of wet grain...husk...actually quite vegetal. Very different, I must admit.

Taste is pretty reminiscent of a pilsner in a way. Starts out with a bit of toasted malt along with a vegetal type of taste. Hard to explain. Rounds out with a husk note with a small but noticeable bitterness. Again, somewhat like a pilsner, especially with the hoppiness at the finish. Finishes fairly dry.

I haven't had a beer of this style before. To me, it's a fairly average beer as far as drinkability goes. It doesn't stand out too much to me in any way, though it does seem like it'd be a decent summer beer.

Photo of Swill5786
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful crystal clear amber with dense head. Herbal and citrusy hops along with malt in the nose. Stupendous flavor and mouthfeel experience. Malt, hops, carbonation, crispness, medium body... All in total sync. Aftertaste is a slightly sweet, highly hoppy, yeastiness. A very balanced brew that impresses in a big way.

Photo of HotHands
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a golden yellow w/ white head. Fine lacing.

S - bready malt, a bit of earthy funk, a bit of spicy hops.

T - Nice biscuity malt flavor, quite savory. Plenty of spicy hops with some floral bitter citrusy flavors as well. Dry, bitter, hoppy finish.

M - carbonation is fine. Slick feel.

D - superbly drinkable.

Great Lakes has mastered 5-6% ABV beers with tons of flavor. This is a great beer that I could enjoy any day of the year.

Photo of nramsburg
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a native of Cleveland, I'll start off with the disclaimer that I'm extremely partial to this brewery. That said, its merits easily transcend hometown pride, and the Dortmuder Gold is perhaps GLBC's best ambassador. Pity it's not available out here. 12oz. Light aroma with a rather small head. Floral, mild pine. Where the beer comes alive is in the mouthfeel. It's perhaps the ideal weight for a lager with enough heft to stand up to food and flexibility enough to be enjoyed in beyond responsible quantities. Slightly creamy as well, with a light hop finish. What an American lager should be.

Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack at City Beverage while in town for the BA Sexual Chocolate release. 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly orange with a decent off white head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves a trace of lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp sweet malts and slight Earthy hops. The taste is sweet malts and mild caramel with a nice Earthy hop backbone. The beer is very smooth, crisp and refreshing, perfect to end a hot Summer day. This is quite possibly my absolute favorite average strength lager, a truly wonderful beer.

Photo of aranheaney
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a Guinness pint glass. Pour results in a two finger head that holds its lace nicely. A nice malty nose with a wonderful lager flavor. Very good mouth-feel and exceptionally drinkable. The big macros could take a lesson in how to brew a wonderful lager such as this. A home-run for Great Lakes and one that will be a regular guest in my refrigerator...

Photo of kbutler1
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a very clean light reddish copper color with a 1 finger head of offwhite bubbles. Nice collar. The aroma that I get is a sweet malt and a touch of hops. Actually has an aroma like apples or pears. Interesting taste, sweet up front followed by a slight hop bite in the back but the sweetness really never goes away. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad smooth drinking beer.

Photo of stimulus
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden with a foamy white head.
S: Not much at all besides mild aromatic hops.
T: Smooth and malty, but a bit light on the flavor.
M: Light and very well carbonated.
D: Very smooth and easy drinking. Highly recommended for sessioning.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites of the Great Lakes beers that have finally made their way to Minnesota. This beer is about as crisp as you can make it, the euro malt and the sharp hops in the back end of the flavor make this a lager to think about. A well crafted and extremely enjoyable lager, I really enjoyed GL's take on this very European style.

Photo of PantherLightning
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dortmunder Gold pours...well...gold with hints of copper and a white 2 finger head. Smells hoppy with a hint of caramel.

Mmmm...delicious. Very smooth feel that's not very heavy on carbonation. I get a bit of a floral taste right off the bat that is quickly replaced by a mild malt character, and finishes with a nice bitter bite from the hops. The finish reminds me quite a bit of Prima Pils actually. I get a bit of pilsner character.

Overall, this is a very solid beer. It's a great drinkable standby that knocks most like-style beers out of the water. It's not my favorite of the Great Lakes Brewery lineup, but then again, GLBC makes some astounding beers, so that by no mean qualifies this as a sub par brew. I can't imagine any beer drinker hating the good old Dortmunder.

Photo of herman77
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich honey/darker gold color. Thick off white head. Good lacing. Transparent.

S: Sweet cereal grains. Light floral hops and a touch of orange zest. Its got that distinct pilsner/lager malt smell to it as well.

T: Very clean and crisp pilsner taste with a slight bready malt sweetness. Some floral and citrus hops punch through near the finish to provide an excellent balance. Great balance. Short finish that leaves a grainy sweetness lingering.

M: Slightly less than medium body. A little low on the carbonation for the style makes it feel slightly creamy.

D: Very, very drinkable. Anyone would drink this stuff. Nothing is offense or challenging, just easy drinking goodness.

Photo of argock
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by 08-22-10 on label. Enjoyed at Nemacolin Resort (Farmington, PA).

A: Beautiful amber-honey gold with thick, frothy 1-2 finger head with vigorous pour. The Head has good retention and nice lacing down the glass. A winner in the category.

S: Grainy and sweet malt aromas with a light lemon-herbal hops twist. Nothing terrible but definitely a big maltload is apparent.

T: Very solid all-barley flavor with plenty of pale malt sweetness, but there is also a ballsy caramel and rougher grain component that really takes charge. Some fruity The hopping is solid and earthy and herbal and does its job to provide a moderate bittering.

M: Slightly less than medium body with a smooth low-medium carbonation to lend a creamier feel than most lagers. Aftertaste is short and grainy sweet.

D: An excellent lager and my first (and regrettably only) Great Lakes Brewing beer to date. A very nice brew if you can find it -- it is a great accompaniment to food and a very solid, well-made lager with nice body and a sweeter, fruitier aroma and flavor profile.

Photo of Naugros
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really clear honey-colored liquid with a frothy, sticky head with really nice retention. You can see the carbonation rise and then watch as the lace sticks all the way down the glass.

If you had given me this as a blind sniff test I may have guessed it was German. Some nice noble hops in the nose and a wallop of spice...coriander maybe?...that lies over top of the sweetness of the biscuity malts.

Truly a nicely balanced beer. The malts start the party with the same sweetness punctuated by spice and the hops finish off the beer with a wonderful dryness.

This beer delivers some flavor, complexity and balance while still remaining refreshing and exceptionally drinkable. Hmm, something good that comes from the Mistake by the Lake.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,830 ratings.