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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,802
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 155
Gots: 339 | FT: 3
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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 TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear golden straw with about a finger of white foamy head that stays around for a while, leaving a small amount of lacing as it goes. The smell is of vague grains (mostly wheat), sweet corn, and a light breeze of floral hops. The taste follows pretty closely, though the floral hoppy bitterness is higher than in the nose. The sweetness of the corn is also toned down a peg. The body is rather light, with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a refreshing, if not all that exciting, gold lager. Not bad.

Photo of zhooker
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As an Ohioan since replanted in NYC, one of my favorite treats when visiting home is the Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold I know will be waiting in Dad's beer fridge. It's pretty hard to find in NYC. Roughly my fourth bottle this visit, I emptied it into a large stemmed pilsener glass. It poured a slightly hazy, deep golden yellow, producing a solid two-plus fingers of foam, eventually dissipating to a light dusting that remained throughout the glass. Light to moderate lacing was strung about as I emptied the glass.

Both the hops and the malts conspire in the scent, producing a floral and crisp effervescence. I can't readily differentiate the hops from the malt in the nose; they seem very complimentary -- the malts lighter and bouncier than most, the hops less aggressive.

The beer is light and fresh on the tongue, very refreshing. The crisp malts are present throughout, the hops -- more accentuated than expected -- coming out primarily in the finish. It's more pilsener-like than your average lager, more lager-esque than your average pilsener. It's June 8th here in Ohio, a high of about 80 degrees, and this feels like the prime weather to enjoy a Dortmunder Gold.

More carbonated than most brews, it's brisk and invigorating the entire glass through, lightly treading over your tongue and down the gullet. Eminently drinkable, even after two or three glasses it doesn't chafe the cheeks or gum up in the back of your throat.

This is one of my faves of the GLBC brews, and I hope it makes its way into your fridge sometime soon! (No hometown bias here, I promise -- it's that good!)

Photo of Lolli1315
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice clear gold color with a finger of white head that just won't disappear. Lacing is noticeable clinging to the glass, nice looking lager.

S- A nice malt back bone that projects a certain sweetness to the beer. Minimal amount of hop smell with notes of grain coming through as well.

T- Malt sweetness starts most notable in this beer along with minimal amounts of a fruit taste. Slight hop bitterness is noticeable towards the end of the beer as it turns back to a slightly malty and grainy after taste.

M- Clean crisp mouthfeel with a light to medium body. Smooth all the way down.

D- Nice beer that isn't hard at all to finish. Could knock a couple back with ease and I could see this becoming a session beer for many people.

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

Pours apricot-yellow with a carpet of white that fades but holds the line. Mango and grass nose. Toast and honey malts gingerbread cookie hops. Golden syrup leave. Light to medium, round, some chew.

Malt heavy, but doesn't cling. Not too familiar with this style, but this comes across as satisfying and sessionable.

Others here talk about it as a gateway to craft beer, and I could see that. Everything that's wrong with macro lager corrected, without having to get used to C-hops.

Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden color with nice head.

Smell: Lager with some hops smell.

Taste: This is a lager with a nice hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: could drink this all night wish there were more examples of this style available.

Photo of drtth
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker Glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is golden bronze color with an ivory ¼" head filled with tiny bubbles. The head recedes fairly soon to a thin layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping leaves scattered speckles of lacing, some of which stick to the sides of the glass and some of which slide slowly back into the liquid. By about half way through the beer there is only the ring, a very thin patch of foam and the scattered speckles of lacing are fewer and farther between.

Smell: The aroma is gentle and balanced with both some malt character and some fresh, lightly floral and grassy hops.

Taste: At first the flavor is faintly metallic, sharply bitter and earthy but as the beer warms I no longer pick up any metallic character and am enjoying greatly the hop flavors. While the honey sweetness and the breadiness of the malt backbone is ever present here it never dominates as the hops remain forward and determine the character of the beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with faint prickly carbonation. The finish is moderately long and tapers off to bitter yet malty dryness in the back of the throat.

Drinkability: The operative word for this beer is "balance." This is a very well made beer that I've enjoyed drinking and would be happy to have a second. I will most certainly have this beer again in the future and look forward to the chance to set up a side by side tasting with this beer, a good helles lager and a tasty pils style.

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

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a pint glass. best before date of 7-10-2010.

pours a golden, copper color with some soapy white head. great clarity. some average head retention and a little bit of lace.

not a huge aroma, fairly clean smelling. theres some buttery, biscuity malt and some light mineral like tones. a touch of lager funk as well.

very refreshing taste. buttery, biscuity malts are the main player, semi sweet with a slightly dry finish. lager funk throughout. a touch of lemony citrus. some clean mineralness to it. finishes with a little bit of some hop flavors and bitterness.

clean refreshing, smooth mouthfeel. light body, good carbonation for the style, not too much.

really good drinkability, good for the summer months. has more flavor than your average lager and is a really great session beer. this is the first ive had of this paticular lager style, and i could see myself drinking this again, i just wouldnt go seeking it out immediately. go get this if you want a really flavorful lager.

Photo of udubdawg
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

deep gold in color, topped with three fingers of rocky foam. retention is poor but there is quite a bit of lacing left behind. Excellent clarity.

moderate noble hop aroma mixed with grainy malt and the slightest touch of DMS. No diacetyl. Very pleasant, and the overall impression of the beer already that of balance before I even take a sip.

the bitterness is pretty sharp, and just keeps up with the malt body. I'm just getting pale malt here; nothing that would itself have added this darker color. No fruitiness or off flavors. The ample sweetness of the malt differentiates this from say a German Pils, while the hops differentiates this from say a Munich Helles. Really well done, to style and overall. Body is at least medium, not out of style. Medium carb.

Drinks with anything. Might as well order a couple because you'll be ready for another by the time the first course arrives. Get a driver though 'cause it's bigger than it feels going down. Great beer; highly recommended.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours gold with a nice white head.

S-Very malty, grainy, some mustiness. A touch of sweetness and hops in the nose.

T-Like the nose, the flavor is very malty. Malts seem to be dry and sweet. There is little hop flavor. It finishes on the dry side with a lasting bitterness.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Very sessionable.

Overall, this is a good lager. While I'm not crazy about it I won't have time finishing off the rest of these in the fridge.

Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold color with a two finger white head with poor retention. Smells of hops and some lemon, with a light amount of malt. The taste is just like the aroma. It has a light amount of sweetness, and a bitter finish.

Light, refreshing, decent carbonation, and a dry finish. A decent beer which I would not hesitate to buy again.

Photo of shadow1961
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold pours two fingers of dense creamy foam over a clear brassy brew. Carbonation is lively, and the nose is sweet light malt and funky lager yeast. The flavor is bready, slightly fruity malts, giving over to tart notes and grassy/herbal hops off the back. Mouthfeel is pretty full and round for a lager, drying just a bit, with grassy hops in the aftertaste. Very solid lager- all too drinkable...

Photo of mdwalsh
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice 2-3 Finger off white head on a golden body. The head might be too big, but it is pretty. It really is a bright golden clear beer though. The head is billowing and leaves nice spotty lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on, which is I know what's supposed to happen. It's pretty clean, though I do get just the slightest bit of metal on this one.

T: Yum. Slightly fruity, like apple fruity, not sweet berry. There's a very light caramelness, but very, very light. It's a decently strong flavor for how...I guess how one dimensional it is.

M: A lot of body here and not too much carbonation. I really like it. It's still refreshing, but not in a bloated kind of way.

D: The source of the American light lager, I guess. I can see why American brewers mimicked styles like this for so long, too bad they don't make it this good for the most part anymore.

Photo of DrewHodges
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 5/13/10 tasting; bottle poured to German stange.

A--clear golden yellow, light 2-finger head, lots of bubbles rising;

S--straw hops, a little dank, yeasty bread aroma;

T--some grain taste, bready, surprising bitter little bite at the end;

M--crisp and clean, refreshing, thin and a little silky mouthfeel;

D--could pound a 6-er of this beer all summer long, glad the Great Lakes brews have hit the city

Photo of jjanega08
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= the pour is a pure gold color. A little amberish in the middle of the glass but mostly golden in the glass. The head on this one is really nice. A good two fingers of thick sticky foam coming out of it and holding steady on top of the glass.

S= Nice malty grainy smell to it. A good bready smell with some sweetness hiding in back. Not the most interesting style but the smell on this is pretty spot on for the export lager. Not much for hops in the smell just enough to keep the malts in check.

T= Just like the smell. It's got a nice grainy taste to it with just a titch of sweetness to it and a little hop bitterness to mellow it out. I wish I could pick more flavors out of this but I just can't. Like I mentioned in the smell it's a somewhat "boring" style but this is well done. A good beer to drink but not the easiest to write about.

M= Nice smooth beer that leaves the tongue what I would call half dry. Dry in the back and sweet in the front.

D= A good beer for the style. Not the most interesting beer but pretty spot on for the style. I would be hard pressed to find a beer that fits better into it. Great beer to drink when ya got nothing going on.

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

Very impressive beer!

A: Nice medium-full head persists for nearly a minute. Deep gold with some red.

S: A nice balanced smell. Grainy but also sweet with a hint of hops

T: The balance is outstanding. Plenty of malty sweetness upfront but finishes crisp with a nice hop profile. Not quite the bite of a pilsner, but very very clean on the finish.

M: Nice body coats the mouth. The carbonation is present but not over-powering.

O: Exceptional balance. This beer really does have an awesome maltiness up front and a floral hop finish. Definitely going into my rotation.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle with freshness date marked into pint glass.

Beautiful, golden, sun a dusk color.

Lovely, honey, bready, hoppy goodness.

Slick and flavorful. Hops and malts in perfect balance. Deliciousness.

Very smooth and slick on the pallet.

Absolutely wonderful. Amazing. Hats off to Great Lakes. Top 3 p4p breweries world wide. You can't F with Dortmunder Gold. Top Notch beer.

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

In my opinion, this is Great Lakes Brewing best year-round beer. Damn near perfect session lager. Pours a bright, pale amber color with two-fingers of dense, white head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. The aroma is not that potent but it smells nicely balanced between the pale malt and hops. Not as malty as Munich lagers, not as dry as a Pilsner, fits this beer perfectly. The flavor blends all the best parts of the various German lagers. Solid bready malt base balanced perfectly by spicy hops. Notes of some citrus hops as well in the finish to add more flavor. The body is rich and smooth for a light lager. Might be just a touch overcarbonated. I could drink this all the time, any season of the year. I just wish it was cheaper.

Photo of Parrotbeak
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden-orange with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is bready malts with some piney hops. Malts carry, becoming crackery.
Taste is bready malts, with the malts quickly becoming crackery. Ample, piney hops follow, with some more crackery malts at a peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a clean, dry finish. Light body.
Drinkability is excellent. Very easy to drink.

Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as part of the sampler pack.

Pours into a pilsner glass a gold color with a big fluffy white head that leaves some clinging lace.

Bready, yeasty malt scent earthy and lemony hops.

Clean, crisp and refreshing. Bready malt that is balanced with some crisp and lightly bitter hops.

Crisp and smooth. More than light bodied. Refreshing feel.

Awesome session beer. Has to be one of the best in this style.

Photo of bsp77
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear, burnt gold with bubbly stark white head and nice lacing rings.

Smell: Very fruity (apple, pear, lemon, citrus), with hay, fresh cut grass and peppery hops.

Taste: Great balance of malt and hops. Lots of fruit, particularly apple and lemon, which are augmented by high levels of hay, straw, and grass (almost too much for my liking). A decent level of noble hops provide a spicy, peppery and bitter counterbalance, but are kept in check until the aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, relatively full body for a pale lager. Fairly smooth, with a mostly dry finish.

Drinkability: Well balanced lager that truly shows what Dortmunders are all about. Smooth, crisp body is the highlight, as is the complexity, although there is just a little too much straw and grass flavors for my liking, but that is a minor gripe when the beer is so good.

Photo of samie85
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on-tap at the Bad Apple, 05/07, reviewed from notes.

A- Served in a standard shaker pint glass, Dortmunder Gold pours a dark reddish golden hue with a one finger white head.

S-I'm getting some dry smelling malt aromas upfront with some floral hop notes.

T-Sweet, bready malt notes are the first thing I taste, this is balanced by a nice crisp, bitter noble hop finish.

M-It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with medium carbonation and smooth, slick feel to it.

D-Wow, I remember hating this beer about 5 years ago. Thought it was so bitter, oh how tastes change. This is a super easy drinking, light bodied, flavorful beer that I could see myself having a number of in the upcoming warmer months.

Photo of OnThenIn
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A little less than a finger of slightly off head. The beer is a clear copper color with a slight red tinge.

Smell: The beer smells really sweet. There is a good amount of bready aroma, which is wonderful.

Taste: The flavor opens up with a bit of hop flavor and moves towards some sweetness. This is then quickly followed by a tiny bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium bodied with carbonation a little on the low end.

Drinkability: Overall, the beer is very well rounded and an easy drinker, but really delicious. Just a solid beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a crystal clear gold with a half finger of head that leaves some nice, sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The head also leaves a small thin cap for most of the duration of the beer.

S- The nose is a little subdued, some pale malts, a little sweet malt and a little breadiness.

T- Pale malts, almost a creamy taste to it. A touch of honey and some bread as well. I am pleasantly surprised.

M- Light to medium bodied that has fair carbonation and a smoothness to it. The beer just coats the tongue and goes down really easy.

D- I am admittedly not a huge fan of lagers but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It has a good taste and is almost creamy. I would pick this one up again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looked similar to a BMC, maybe a little darker yellow. Thin head. Aroma neutral.

Taste, a little more than where my expectations had sank to after the pour. Tasted grainy. Minimal hop or malt feel. No surprises through the rest. Light on the palate. Hoped for more zest. Very easy to drink. I honestly don't get what is so great about this beer. Its fine, just fine.

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice dark yellow /slight amber color with a fresh 1 finger head and nice lacing on glass....the smell is malt and bread some hops and spices..the taste is malt forward in a big way its crisp with pale malts and noble hops and some bitterness to this.. it finishes crisp and clean..the mouth feel is medium its flavorful and satisfying ..the Munich malts balanced with the noble hops make for a tasty treat for the summer... a great lager representation will drink this many times this summer

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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