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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,832
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 161
Gots: 368 | 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 argock
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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%
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.

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

Poured a perfect translucent gold with two fingers of white foamy head that was lingering.

Nose was of bread, malty, clean and quite nice.

Palate is malt and sweetness balanced by herbal and citrus hops on a nice medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Seems simple enough, but it's very, very well done, tasty and drinkable.

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

Crisp, clean, with assertive noble hops, malty Munich, and sweet caramel, with a dry finish and just a hint of sulfury yeast contribution. What more could you want for a refreshing summer beer? The Munich and caramel malts will have you dreaming of Pork chops while the stiff hopping and lager yeast aroma call for pretzels and mustard. Medium bodied, 2.5V carbonated, and versatile.

Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is crisp, hops with a bit of malts, a tad hoppy for a lager. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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

Poured into a pilsner: 2 fingers' beige head, lumpy & fluffy, over golden straw body, hazy but transparent. Moderate nucleation. Leaves thick & patchy lacing. Head drops to a thick coating but retains well.

Dry bread crust leads the smell, slightly musty & peppery. Very mild lemon peel. There's a smell here like pasta boiling, hmm.

Taste is biscuity & light, toasty malt with some caramel. Pepper notes & some orange, ends witha light snap & leaves a lightly bitter aftertaste. Sweetens as it goes.

Light-bodied but not without substance, crisp in the finish.

Overall, very good: light & smooth, a little sweet, & dry enough to beg returns. Really drinkable.

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

Drink by date of 9/10/10

a - pours a deep burnt orange color, only a slight haze, two-finger white head with awesome retention and lacing, tons of bubbles, almost champagne-like

s - biscuit malt, herbal and earthy hops with some slight lemon zest and tangerine, very light caramel notes

t - nicely integrated mix of lemon, citrus and biscuit malt, earthy, grassy hops, light caramel sweetness, very clean and refreshing lager, especially when it's 90 and humid outside

m - medium-bodied, high side of carbonation, very prickly on the palate, well-balanced finish

d - very drinkable stuff, well-balanced, crisp, clean, alcohol is well hidden

Really good stuff that will likely be a regular in my fridge during the summer months. Another great beer from GLBC.

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

I've had this many times and finally getting around to reviewing it. Bright golden color with a three finger white head that lasted forever leaving some gorgeous lacing down the glass. Smell is grainy, lightly sweet, and a nice bit of hopping on the back end of the nose. Perle hops?? Good balance in this beer. Malts are not too sweet, but there is a light honey-like thing going on, plenty of pale malts, but dries out on the finish with a decent, snappy hop bite. Medium body and crisp, easy drinker. One of the best craft lagers out there!

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

Appearance: Clear amber-gold, ok head.

Smell: Light bready smell.

Taste: Kind of odd. Mild bready sweetness, seems to get sweeter as it goes. Takes a wrong turn into a metallic sweetness I sometimes encounter in HG malt liquor, then goes back on course with a grassy hop finish which shows up when the drink warms up.

Drinkability: Interesting, but not at $10 a 6 pack interesting enough for me to revisit.

This was an interesting beer-more interesting than your standard BMC "pilsner", but I like a little more hop flavor in my lagers. It got a little weird tasting before it warmed up.

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

Dortmunder is not hugely popular style, but I am looking forward to this offering from Great Lakes. The beer pours a dark golden style with a big thick head that left lots of lacing and never receded to simple ring. Malty aroma with spicy, or earthy at least, hops mixed in.

Medium to heavy on the palate, but some carbonation is still detectable. The toasted, caramel malt provides a big part of the flavor for this beer. The center is juicy with sweet malt as it passes by. The grassy herbal hops compliment the malt nicely. I really enjoy how the malt and hops, the ying and yang as it were, mix in this beer to provide a bit of depth and an enjoyable flavor profile. The sweetness increasingly expresses itself as the beer warms. The palate is left high and dry.

This is a good beer, maybe even a great beer. Its very drinkable, very enjoyable. A well crafted brew.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured a nice head, presents lots of carbonation and is very Golden (surprise surprise). Not much lacing.

S: Not as much nose as I expected. I detect malts, floral smells and a bit of grass.

T: Not a weak flavored beer by any means, very balanced. Full malty flavor at first, seems to get a just little tart/tangy at the end.

M: Very thick over the tongue, this beer has a dry finish. (My mouth almost feels like I have been drinking red wine.)

D: Nice drinkability on this one. Although this is a good beer, I was a little disappointed; after tasting Great Lakes' porter I was expecting it to blow my socks off. It did not quite accomplish that.

Photo of JNewbs
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer that started it all for me. It was a bright sunny day in mid August, 2006, when I walked into a party and didn't want to wait in line for the kegged Natie Light. There was an unattended six pack of GLBC Dortmunder on the counter, and I hooked one after a classic distraction ploy. I have been on a microbrew whirlwind ever since.

The beer pours a golden hue that lives up to its name. The smell, to me, is German. I don't know how to say it any clearer than that. The flavor is deep, but the mouthfeel can be a bit too carbonated at times. Drinkability is high. Gotta love that their flagship is a lager, though I think their best offering is the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking this beer for years, but I guess I will finally rate it. Drinking from Bottle while night fishing for Catfish in Conneaut Ohio. Here comes a storm, lightning all around us. Better drink quickly. Starting off cold, Nice sweet malt, a touch of hops on the finish, a really nice smooth Lager. But as it warms, the flavor's explode. Hard to pinpoint what the flavor's are except it is a wonderful smooth Lager with exceptional balance that can be enjoyed all damn day....and night.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong and crisp, malty and yeasty with a hint of honey sweetness. It pours a nice clear yellowish amber with a thick, if not persistent, white head. Flavor is richer than most golden lagers I have tried, malty and crisp with an interesting fruity undertone, the sort that I find mainly in ales. Texture is crisp and fizzy, leaving behind a nice tingle.

Photo of EStreet20
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, tall thin pilsner glass.

A - Very nice golden color. A nice white head, a tad off white, that sticks around for a while. Looks great in a pils glass.

S - A very nice smell. The malt sweetness comes through on the nose with a tiny grainy touch.

T - A nice taste. Malt forward on the taste with enough hop for balance and a tiny tinge of bitterness. Finishes up pretty clean with a tiny touch of hop.

M - A nice body for the style. Light to medium but smooth as hell.

D - A very nice, very flavorful lager that's extremely easy to drink. Even at 5.8% this brew may get some in trouble because it's smooth and easy to have multiple (or many some may say) servings.

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

(Bottle) A replacement selection from Keg_Juggler for the week. This is the first I've tried the Dortmunder style. This is a nice alternative from an everyday pilsner with a bit more malt and sweetness. Poured a golden color with a lingering head & good lacing. Mild and easy to drink. Refreshing, very enjoyable.

Photo of thain709
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a darker shade of gold with a bit of haze to it...a great, creamy, one finger head that showed wonderful retention...still one finger at the last sip...good lacing

S - Just your typical lager nose...bready, fruity, and sweet

T - The taste is a step up from the nose...a quick blast of fruity and earthy hops...the hops actually add a touch of freshness to the beer...those flavors transition into an intense fruity flavor (apples mainly)...there is a bready presence as expected...and the malts do a great job in this beer providing balance and flavor...they really balance out the hops and their flavor is your typical caramel/toffee

M - Medium bodied...crisp yet dry...refreshing

D - This one went down rather quickly on such a hot day...this one would be easy to drink...yet it's not my style to have all the time

Photo of GregoryVII
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An intense brown gold in the glass with a nice, durable white head. The smell up front is malty sweet, just a little grainy along with floral hops blowing soft like a breeze through a spring field.

The flavor is sweet, malty and with just a dash of nut. The hop flavor is upfront, yet compliments the malt well. Very refreshing, very well balanced. This is the kind of lager that makes lagers worth it

The body and carbonation are both medium and the drinkability of this beer almost defines drinkability in the best possible way. Cheers!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pokal glass. Pours a honey color, with a creme colored head that pillows down. The very look of it is refreshing.

Yeast and malt greet the nose. It has a light, crisp feel to its smell, quite pleasant.

How to rate a beer I've had 100's of times? Starts slightly sweet, perhaps a bit of honey. I'm sure this is from the malt. There's a smoothness to it mid-way through the sip, more texture than taste, as a slight hop taste flits over the tongue. Toward the end, there's lemon, ending with an echo of bitterness than finishes crisp. Excellent in a bottle, even better from tap if not served too cold.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and refreshing, finishing nice.

Perhaps my favorite session beer, next to Oberon. I'd highly recommend this to drink again.

Photo of americanbeerbuzz
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a nice golden color. It carries virtually no head or atleast in the last two pours it has not.

It does not have a tremendous vitality, it is still and gold.

The beers taste is excellent though and fits the style well, atleast what I know of Dortmunder golds. It has a bold fresh hop flavor, though not the bitter flavors so common in an IPA, the more traditional hop flavors of classic beers like this one.

Mouthfeel- ah who cares.

This is my second beer so yea it is drinkable.

4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Bright golden in color, with a thin white head. Lacing.

S: A bready, bold aroma.

T: A very solid brew, bold in taste and great layered flavors. Medium bodied.

M: Slightly creamy.

D: Very good beer, this is one that I will come back to. A very good rendition of this style. The medium body is very drinkable.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sipped from a trumpeted pils glass. Sunset amber color. Slender pad of sudsy foam. Sparse strands of lacing at the top.

The aroma is elegantly hoppy - more or less equal parts floral and grassy with a little spice.

Bit of an apple sweetness and subtly musty grain to go with the bright hop character. Very much well-balanced together with just enough carbonation. Smooth drinking with a touch of the fruity sweetness and a long-lingering, lightly snappy hop buzz.

Excellent, all-around enjoyable brew even though, after every few sips, I was a little tweaked that I was tasting something that reminded me of Bud (or some other macro). Still awfully drinkable.

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

Very nicely balanced lager, a very pleasing drink.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Black design with white lettering and an image of a gold award medal from the American Beer Festival. Side narrative notes award, main characteristics, adherence to Bavarian purity laws of 1516, and serving recommendation. Neck label notes awards, and hyperbolic bragging with some historic context. Notes freshness date (07/21/10), and Alc. by Vol. (5.8%) Served in a tall Pilsner glass.

A - Pale gold pour, rich frothy head, great retention and lacing. A perfect looker.

S - Pleasing grainy scent, quite gentle with a short hoppy hint, and a noticeable lager touch.

T - Nice malty range, grainy with a distinct lager sense nicely balanced by a citrus touch in the hops.

M - Light-medium body with medium carbonation and a clean and crisp finish.

D - This works great. Lingers with flavor and balance, and no hint of boredom.

Notes: This is typically far from the style I would go after, and I almost feel strange rating it this high, but it is quite the treat. Very nicely balanced with a flavorful and rich profile. Maybe not my favorite Great Lakes but quite the brew.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful gold with wonderful tan foam. At least 2 inches of foam with this. An exceptional look by any standards.

Smell: Biscuit malts with orange and coriander. Not too strong. I had to smell this a few times in order to get anything distinct. Not a wonderful smell, but very pleasant overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of sweet caramel or brown sugar malts. Tastes almost like burnt marshmallows towards the end. A clear alcohol presence. Very sweet, but bitter as well. Moderate hops that balance well with the caramel.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Can taste bitter as it warms.

Overall: Kind of a distant cousin of Goose Island Pale Ale.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in bottle at restaurant into pint glass. Off-white head and deep golden color. Looks great. Head lingered for a good twenty minutes, never really dissipated.

First notice the signature pilsner hops and a bit of fruit, nothing thin at all but not overpowering.

Taste is incredibly balanced with pilsner hops that you'd expect, a bit of citruis and good malt to back it up. This is a great all around beer, wish it were avail in Indiana, probably need to look harder.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,832 ratings.