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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 129
Gots: 173 | 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 iceball585

New York

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

A- Pale gold color, clear, thin white lacy cover, some tiny carbonation bubbles rising throughout

S- Pale malts, citrus, earthy, bready, slightly sweet smelling

T- Light citrus hops, sweet malts, fairly grainy/earthy, honey, biscuits, yeast

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight dry finish but remains sweet

D- Decent session beer

To me this tastes like another typical export lager. Good over all but nothing that makes it stand out above the rest.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 01:24:47 | More by iceball585
Photo of joekfsu


3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a 1 cm foamy off white head. Aroma is mostly malts, some lemon and some strange nut or woodiness. Initial flavor is covered by the malts, ends with hops and spice. Some decent lacing, noted carbonation, light on alcohol. Light to medium mouthfeel but adequate for the style. Drinkable and one of the better options from GL.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 01:24:48 | More by joekfsu
Photo of chiefydawg


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

Golden liquid with medium carbo and small white head. Color has a nice glow to it. Head didn't stay long; ditto for the lace.

Sweet grainy smell, which I find unusual. Like a fresh-baked beer bread.

That gentle sweetness and biscuit stuck around for the taste, but there is some hop to cut through. That hop, just enough to team up with the light body and fizz, made for a clean, crisp beer that I held in my mouth just to keep the taste going.

Even after the swallow, the grainy malt taste lingered, much to my enjoyment. Reminded me that this isn't just a coldy to swig at a club or the beach, but a quality brew that can go well with a meal (I'm thinking some white fish or chicken breast), or sipped and discussed.

This beer crossed me as one of those gratuitous light beers that a brewpub will have to appease the Bud drinkers and draw them to the next level., so I've been rather hard on it for years. I apologize. This is a real world class beer to be reckoned with (OK, enjoyed).

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 03:43:58 | More by chiefydawg
Photo of msubulldog25


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

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass.

A: Beautifully warm sunshine - a yellow-orange that cuts through the overcast dreariness of the Portland winter. The slightest unfiltered haziness rests fairly peacefully beneath a one-finger head of pure-as-driven-snow white cream. Head drops to a blotchy film; lace grabs in creamy sheets.

S: Aroma of fresh baked biscuits, served with honey and butter. A little earthy graininess, more like raw yeasty dough. Hops are subtly grassy.

T: Malty and full of bready yeast - a little sourdough like and a little herbally spiced. Though a bit sugary at first, that lightly sourbread dough zing hardens a little to a drier finish

M: Smooth and fairly creamy, very little crispness. Maybe lacking a certain carbonation bite as the bottle is just at its 'freshness' date. Regardless, it's medium-light bodied and

D: So easy to consume - the quintessentially drinkable lager. One I'd have on hand all summer long were it available out here. Thanks to vwcraig.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 19:44:21 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Hopleaf. Poured amber with a deceent head and excellent lacing. Smelled of lager yeast with a slightly grainy sweetness. Happily, the taste is a good deal more interesting with slightly sweet flavors of vanilla and banana, more lager yeast, and a slight, but pleasant graininess. Uber smooth and a bit soft in the mouth. This is truly delicious and easy to drink. I like this style, even though I usually drink ales, and this is a beautiful interpretation of it. A little fruitier, and richer and fuller than some while keeping the abv in check. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2008 20:20:45 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

12oz bottle poured into an 8oz hotel glass, cause its all I had and it was better then paper or plastic!

A – This one poured a very clear and very light golden amber with no head, and I don’t mean virtually no head, I mean no head at all on this one. Only the slightest amount of lace was present and it was rather unremarkable and did not hang around long after it formed. There was some carbonation present, but to be honest not much and it was not helping the foam layer on top that was for sure.

S – The aroma was full of grain and bread like smells, which completely dominated the entire profile from the first moment you took a whiff of it. This was not a bad thing in fact it was kinda what I would be looking for in the style and it really came off with the aroma of a classic German lager. Very to the point, clean, simple, done nothing hidden or complicated. No warming to bring out the subtleties, it was just there take it or leave it; you kinda have to like that.

T- This followed along very nicely with the rest of it. Really putting the emphasis here on just clean good classic German styled lager. A big-time bready and malt heavy lager this just did not mess around and came right at you. Nice light profile that was just full of bready grains and a bit of an earthy sort of twang to it that was hard to place, but was a little different. The finish was great; a nice big kick of hops to finish it off did it nice drying it all out and getting you ready for your next sip.

M – Very light bodied, but that is what you would expect of the style. This one was pretty much exactly on point to what it should feel like. Decent carbonation kept it from getting dull and the light feel was never slick or watered down, always just about right. Again another nice dry finish to it just set it as smooth sailing.

D – Just an awesome session lager. You could have this one all night long and never really get sick of it. It just had a nice light feel with a great amount of carbonation and light flavorful profile. A winner from the first sip and really nothing at all bad you could say about this.

Overall I liked this one; it was a nice classic German lager with a good hop kick in the back. A nice little different one for me in the midst of everything being so complex with different things added and different temperatures. Sometimes you just want to grab something and not have to think about it. Here you go; this is the one for that.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 00:13:18 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Bassetdawg


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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: fine golden color with a nice head.

Aroma: a light biscuit malt aroma

Taste and Mouth feel: Well balanced between hops and a nice biscuit malt, with a very clean, crisp mouth feel.

Drinkability: A delicious and very drinkable lager – best Dortmunder I have run across. This brewery and this beer in particular were a very pleasant surprise to find while on vacation in Ohio.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 01:45:24 | More by Bassetdawg
Photo of BDIMike


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great golden color with a nice white head. Great retention all the way through.

Smells of grains and malt. Very wheaty beer, but a candied malt smell as well.

Tastes of a very rich malt with a great balance of hops. Incredibly balanced beer with a nice fruit taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, but nice.

Drinkability is great. Strong beer, but very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 22:37:21 | More by BDIMike
Photo of stagman


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a fine layer of foam that lingers. It has a fair, malty aroma reminiscient of freshly baked biscuits.

The body has a backbone off crisp malty flavor but has a nice balance of a blend of hops. There is also a bit of malty sweetness in the aftertaste but nothing to turn away from.

Possibly the best Dortmunder around.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 02:21:27 | More by stagman
Photo of SMark


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

This beer was poured into a room temperature Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 41º. The rating therefore should be based on the recommended 45º temperature. A small white head sat on top of the brilliantly clear golden beer. A date on the label indicated the date one should consume the beer by for the freshest taste.

The aroma was clean and refreshing with a very faint hint of malt. No noticeable hops were evident.

The taste was also clean with crispness from the carbonation. There was a slight sweetness with again no noticeable hops or malt dominating.

Very pleasant in the mouth was about it as it was difficult to evaluate as the beverage escaped into the throat quite easily. Nothing lingering so you would need to take additional sips. Again this was very pleasant.

This was a very bright, clean, and enjoyable beer. Although all facets were above average, the combined effect turned out to be slightly better than the individual components.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 02:09:26 | More by SMark
Photo of mashedpotatoes


2.08/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me first say that I am a very big fan of Great Lakes Brewing Co. They are quite possibly my favorite brewing co. in the USA but I have to be honest, maybe this was just spoiled (they don't pasteurize) or an old batch. I was thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. The only thing I could compare this too would be a thick version of Miller High Life. Pale, foamy head that quickly dissipates, and a bit funky. I may try this again down the road and re-rate it to balance it out but otherwise a huge letdown.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 03:21:59 | More by mashedpotatoes
Photo of BeerTruth


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

Thanks to pimpp for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. My first Dortmunder, not sure what to expect.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Small amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass, nothing to write home about. Smell is almost like a smoked caramel malt with a hint of white grapes. Some corn like aromas emerge as well. Just a pleasant smelling beer overall. Taste is of mild buttery biscuit, mild caramel malt, and mild citrus hop. Overall, this one is extremely balanced with an amazing bouquet of flavors. Aftertaste is pretty weak, but has hints of grain and wheat. Light to medium body with a fair carbonation. Very interesting brew, it grew on me after a few sips. Definitely worth a shot, I look forward to comparing Great Lakes to other breweries version of this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 02:47:19 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of shroompod


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color , good head , decent lacing.

The beer has a faint hoppy aroma , also a hint of grains.

Hops seem to slightly overpower the underlying malty sweetness. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with a small amount of residual sweetness.

Over this could be a nice session beer if it wasn't for the slightly high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 01:11:34 | More by shroompod
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.13/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color with a white head. Aromas of a small malt, but not much going on. In the taste, again just a small maltiness, but not much to say. A very small bitter mouthfeel and a light malty aftertaste. Very clean, good for a palate clensor. Very similar to a macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 22:27:09 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


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

Copper colored. Initially poured with a 1" foamy head which quickly disipated to a bubbly layer. It is a bit darker than many other lagers suggesting a richer flavor. The aroma comes across as sweet and malty. The taste is rich for a lager. Sweet on the tongue with an unremarkable finish. It doesn't feel thin in the mouth but rich and viscous. Not a spectacular beer but a very drinkable beer for most occasions.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 19:38:24 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of atrus138


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

12 oz brown bottle with freshness date easily found.

Pours a gold color with tons of lacing and a creamy head that lasts for a long time.

Nice malty aroma. Sweet-smelling.

Excellent balance of hops and malts. Nice and full body. Grainy aftertaste.

While I prefer ales to lagers, this is a great beer. The Great Lakes Company provides yet another great offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 00:17:40 | More by atrus138
Photo of DrainBamage


3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper color with very little carbonation. The head starts out thick and foamy but thins out to a thick lace. Smell sweet, but isn't very strong and aromas a pretty minimal. Taste is biscuity and quite dry. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and has a bitter aftertaste. This is the second time having this beer, but only the first time reviewing. This is much better than I remember it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 05:12:54 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of CortexBomb


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

The pour is dark gold with a moderate head, the nose on this is malts and more malts.

The taste on this carries on with the malt character, bready / biscuity notes with a hop edge, easy drinking, crisp...a beer that reminds me in some ways of an Oktoberfest for its crispness without the caramel.

The mouth has a little more body than you might expect, and it is a fairly smooth drinking beer.

The bottom line: A simple yet tasty offering by Great Lakes, the very definition of a sessionable beer to me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2007 22:29:45 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of brdc


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

This is one of the few Great Lakes' beers without a great name or great story on the bottle.
Poured into an inappropriate glass, perhaps interfering with my assessment.
Golden, perhaps a bit hazy after the white heads dissipates, but keeps a nice covering all the way down.
Aroma is mostly of malts, earthy and grainy, some barely noticeable caramel.
The body is medium, and the nice carbonation adds a kick to it.
Taste is mostly from malts as expected, bready, sweetish but well balanced by some fruity hoppiness, ending sligthly sweet.
Very easy to drink, not a complex beer by any standards, but perhaps the best Dortmunder I had. Will get a few for next spring/summer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 16:16:22 | More by brdc
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

Had this beer while at Slows BBQ. Beer was from a 12 ounce bottle and poured to a nice golden color, very clear with a fair sized off white head that had some retention till it broke down leaving a nice ring of froth along the sides. The aroma is of malt with some clear hop scent which is a little surprising based on the style. The taste is nice, malt flavors come out from the start, they are quote pronounced. They mix nice with a slight fruit flavor and a slight hop presence. Overall this is a nice brew, another excellent offering from Great Lakes, I really wish we could get this stuff in NY!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 02:02:22 | More by Stimack
Photo of Applesauce1


3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at The Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH. I've had this many times before, but this is my first review.

Appearance: copper-gold with a 3/4" head on the pour; looks good
Smell: some macro-lager smell which isnt too pleasing; some alcohol too; usually you don't smell that with a 5.8
Taste: actually, pretty good; mild hoppiness with a little bit of sweet caramel malt
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied
Drinkability: could do two in a night

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 03:28:14 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of pwoods


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

12oz. bottle from a Variety Pack obtained at Party Source. Poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light bronze with a short head. Not much retention and slight, patch lacing.

S: Sweet malts. Kind of bready/yeasty. Smells very highly of malts. Not getting any hop at all.

T/M: Sweet, bready, chewy. Just enough hop to keep the matlks in check. Malts are very yeasty. Mild body and good carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and very tasty. Glad I have more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 23:33:03 | More by pwoods
Photo of jackorain


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adamds Pint glass.

A-Amber tinged golden color. Clear as a bell. Beautiful two-finger bright white head falls slowly with gret retention, leaving a fantastic web of lacing as it does. What a good looking lager.

S-biscuit malt, sweet bready aromas, husky grains, lager yeast abd citrusy hops. This aroma is not strong but it is very nice and very complex.

T&M-Creamy, fizzy, medium body reveals a wonderful biscuit malt and citrusy-earthy hop character. There is a nice bittterness in the finish.

D-Fantastic drinkability, I could easily session this one.

Overall-Quite possibly the best example of the style I have had and maybe the best lager I've every had.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 20:35:07 | More by jackorain
Photo of pumarocks


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I tried this bad boy at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Cleveland. I drank with brunch that was served before the Browns/Ravens game. This beer was fresh! This is brewed only a few miles from where it was served. It pours a nice copper color: yellowish-partially unfiltered looking. It has a nice zing that dances on the tongue but does not linger for to long. This beer can be enjoyed on any occasion. I think I will pick up a sixer of this for my next bbq.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2007 23:01:54 | More by pumarocks
Photo of Floydster


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle given to me from the super cool owner of Walnut Liquorette

Poured into a pint glass with a golden yellow color and a 1/4 inch head that left small lacing while drinking it

Smell was malty with a little roasted oat

Taste was nice and sweet, with a few hops, and a nice wheat/grain taste

Could drink several of these

Pretty awesome beer, especially because it was free

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 07:50:12 | More by Floydster
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