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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,651
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 146
Gots: 243 | 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 grayburn
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a slightly hazy robust golden hue with a dense white head. Lacing and retention are both excellent.

The smell and taste are in perfect balance, there is just enough hopping in both. Almost pine and citrus...light floral notes as well. Quite impressive.

This beer comes together perfectly, it is incredibly well balanced. Smooth creamy feel that ends up somehow finishing clean and lagerlike...wow.

I could drink this by the gallon, an excellent offering.

grayburn, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: bright gold/orange beer, with an off-color white head, that left some lacing

S: grains

T: nice and well balanced.

M: smooth in the mouth very near perfect for me

D: easy going down because of the combination of a great taste and good body.

notes: the keg was changed a few hours before i tried this beer, so i believe it was pretty new and fresh. Liked it more on-tap then in the bottle.

minterro, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of majesticsock
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice amber/gold color with a lively head. Has the smell of hops and firewood in the morning. The taste is very hoppy all around, but a very tasty hoppiness. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than other beers. I could drink a whole 6 pack of this in a sitting, especially for the price.

majesticsock, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the brewpub. Pours a perfectly clear gold with a nice off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Pleasant, slightly sweet malt with some apple-like fruitiness. Grassy hop aromas. Very nice flavors of sweet, grainy malt, balanced by the perfect amount of bittering hops. Slightly dry finish. Full body. Very nice, very drinkable lager.

philipquarles, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of meatyard
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Pours out a clear, golden/orange with a 2+ finger, fluffy, white head that falls quickly to a cover while leaving splotchy lacing. Constant carbonation is apparent.
S-Is sweet malt and a light citrus hop aroma.
T-Is similar to the smell being nicely balanced, it also has a spicy character and finishes with a little bitterness.
M-Is medium, nicely carbonated and pretty crisp.
D-This is what Bud Light wants to be when it claims "drinkability".

meatyard, May 25, 2009
Photo of kels
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can pretty much hardly believe I've never reviewed this beer. While it isn't the most exciting style, I love that Great Lakes makes it such a focal beer. It is really well-balanced, full of taste and highly drinkable. Such a great everyday beer.

Appearance: Pours into my GLBC pint a lovely golden hue with excellent clarity and visible carbonation. The 2-finger white creamy head fades with great retention at a skim. Tons of sticky lacing clings in beautiful patterns all over the glass.

Smell: As with many GLBC beers there's less aroma than desired. This one has a bit of toasty grains and light yeast, but that's mostly all.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Absolutely tasty and full-bodied flavor in this one. The grains are fully curnchy and toasty, slight hints of citrus and apple hops that give a tart drying effect. The aftertaste has only slight hints of the alcohol, and the feel is light, full and clean.

Drinkability: Very high - this beer pairs well with food and is good on its own. The ABV is fairly low, and the the taste and mouthfeel are very balanced and smooth.

kels, May 22, 2009
Photo of flexinwext
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice clear light gold color. There is a lot of carbonation in this beer. Has an odd smell that I cant quite place, sweet but has a vegetabley? smell to it. Taste is different. Not sure how to place it. Reminds me of their grassroots ale. Light body. Low ABV. Not one of my favs from GL.

flexinwext, May 21, 2009
Photo of Yesac
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pale golden in color. Small bright white foamy head that fades to a thin layer quickly.

S- Sweet malt and a hint of spice.

T- Big malts backed by a sweetness that is just a wonderful blend. Excellent.

M- Crisp. Light bodied. Just enough carbonation.

D- What an enjoyable lager. This is very sessionable and just well done. The awards backing this brew has definitely been earned here.

Yesac, May 17, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's a coppery gold with a one-finger head that leaves some pretty good lacing.
The smell is a sweet, toasty biscuit malt.
This one has a nice balance of malt and hops that compliment very well. Malt sweetness is at a great level, and not too strong, with a nice backing of grains and toastiness. There's a certain herbal note in the back as well. The finish is a mix of dry hops and sweet malt.
The body is medium and this has a crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is light to moderate.
This is just a great brew and easily sessionable.

Brenden, May 13, 2009
Photo of greengorilla
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

The golden appearance with white 1.5 finger head was very pleasing.

The smell was pleasant.

The taste was a little sweet for me.

The mouthfeel was good.

It was very drinkable, but not my favorite offering that Great Lakes has.

greengorilla, May 08, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very clear dark golden color with creamy, but quickly departing off-white head.

Smells very nice. Bready and earthy with a hint of floral.

Taste starts off sweet and bready. Great malt flavors going on. The middle features fresh berries coupled with floral notes. The finish is dry and crisp. This beer is so, so good.

The mouthfeel is thicker than the average lager with great carbonation. I could drink these all day and night.

This is without a doubt one of the top 5 best lagers I've ever had. I prefer this over Great Lakes' other renowned lager, Eliot Ness. A real lager done right. Thank you, Great Lakes, for being so awesome.

sarahspat, May 04, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Pale to amber gold color, fizzy with head that dissipates quickly. Smell is lots of sweet honey with a small amount of hops. Taste is loaded with the honey as well: very sweet and malty with a small bitter hops bite in the finish.

webmanspidey, May 02, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright clear golden color pour with a small white head,heavy carbonation but not too much in any way. Aroma is mildly floral,fruity,and just a bit hoppy. Flavor is much the same,a sweet malty backbone,peaches,floral hops,and a bit of some kind of spice. Lively mouthfeel,crisp and clean finish. Very good

WakeandBake, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a copper colored brew. Held to the light it glows with a golden inner radiance. Pure white foam crowns the beer and patchy foam remains throughout, leaving spotty lacing on the walls of my glass.

Smell - Grainy smell, with a little touch of hops as well. Hard to place the exact hop or malt flavors in the aroma, it's just generally 'malty' and with a bit of hops. Deficient in this quality unfortunately.

Taste - Here's where the beer shines. This is a real dortmunder. Biscuit and toasty flavors dominate, with a nutty undertone. The malt here is truly enormous, yet incredibly delicate. A real treat it is. Hop bitterness finishes the beer well. A grainy and malty aftertaste remains, alternating the biscuit on some sips with the toast on other sips, and sometimes the hops take over for a small period of time. Well balanced for sure. The lager roundness is detected as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied. Lovely chewy feeling complimented by ample but not overwhelming carbonation.

Drinkability - Very high. This is one of my go-to lunch beers. At 5.8% it's great because it's packed with flavor without being too alcoholic. Try this stuff, you won't regret it.

BacklitAvenger, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Two inch light tan head starts dropping kind of fast. The clear orange body shows a lack of carbonation. Definitely a hoppy aroma. Hops seem to be a mixture of grapefruity hops and floral hops. The taste is a perfect blend of caramel malts, floral hops, and a sizeable bitterness to round out the experience. Supremely drinkable, it was only in my glass for a couple minutes. If only I had another bottle of this great beer.

BierFan, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on 04.22.09 - 12 oz bottle from a sixer.

A: Clear, peachy-gold. Very promising, w/ a soft almost-white head.

S: Neutral. A little grainy but spot on for an average lager, airy and inoffensive.

T: Smoooth & mild. Sizeable & malty. A little hops on the palate, but everything slides very easily down. Grain is met by light fruit, medium body, real long finish (this brews biggest highlight).

M: It dares you to swish it around or at least savor it a little before the swallow.

D: A session beer for sure. At 5.8%, even Alabamans can enjoy it...

Pick this one up. This was my first Great Lakes brew & I'm intrigued...

ILikeGoodCider, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into pils glass

Pours a clear golden copper color, if that is such a thing, with a one inch off-white head. A centimeter thick cap is retained throughout. Very nice lacing is left down the side of the glass as well.

Aroma is very clean consisting mainly of some general malt character, slightly caramelly with a hint of toasty malt. A light noble hop character kind of spicy with some herbal notes. It's very light though.

Taste is has some sweet caramel up front with a bit of toasty Munich type malt character to it. Hops begin rather quickly with a hefty amount of spicy, herbal flavor coming in towards the end of the swallow then lingering into the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, clean, crisp, but surprisingly it's really quite creamy. Drinkability is very high, an all night session beer no doubt.

This one is so much better than the other Dortmunder I've had, Dab. Lots of character and flavor bursting from this one combined with high drinkability make it a keeper. Oh Great Lakes, please stop skipping over Indiana on your way to Illinois.

roadhouse, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of damndirtyape
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying this again with a fresh bottle (dated 12/02/09) vs. the last one I got which was a few weeks past its date.

Appearance the same as before but now a better smell - nice an malty. Taste much better as well - a bit of a bitter start followed by malts and then a nice slightly toasted malt finish. Otherwise things as before.

Had the beer this time with balsamic glazed chicken and rice pilaf. A great beer for a meal and for several over an evening in my opinion. Glad I tried it again.

Old review (04/22/09):
Color was a very nice orange-yellow (not gold to my eyes, but hey, everyone sees color differently). Beer was poured into a nondescript pint glass. The foam quickly dissipated and you got a little bit of the lace/foam on the side of the glass and a bit right in the middle of the beer. I thought the hops were a little bit stronger in this at first, but as the beer warmed up it smoothed out and was balanced by the malt. Definitely carbonated and spicy on the tongue like a pilsner. One thing that puzzled me a bit was that I didn't really notice much of a smell to the beer at all. Maybe it was the meal?

I had the beer with a pork BBQ sandwich (mustard base) and I think it went very well, but, after finishing everything I saw the date on the bottle was 04/04/09 so now I wonder if my opinion (especially the smell) is more a reflection of the age of the beer or the meal I had with it. Either way it was quite good and I'll try it again (checking the date first) with something else and see how it goes.

damndirtyape, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Actualimeer
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my basic daily beer. It isn't especially bitter and it has a rich clean taste. When it gets older it starts turning sour. This isn't to be saved for special occasions, just dunk and enjoyed for those like me who hate yeast water.

I've been drinking it nearly daily so long now that it is hard for me to describe its taste. I enjoy it from the bottle with most rich food. It goes particularly well with unseasoned steak.

Actualimeer, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, copper in color...one-finger of fluffy off-white head...leaves a nice thin cap...lacing stays for the entire beer

S- The first scent that I get is of light grapefruit...some sweet, grainy smells...some roasty malts finish out the aroma

T- Sweeter than I remembered, but not overly so...just enough grapfruit hop flavors to balance out the biscut flavors

M- Crisp and balanced...nice bitterness at the end of the profile offsets the upfront sweetness

D- Outstanding drinkability...very easy to go through a few of these...it seems to be just the right mix of flavors and ABV

RickKrumenacker, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from Notes. Tasted 3/25/09

This beer poured a crystal clear orange/tan gold body with a thick pillowy head.

Nose is very clean and crisp with a fresh grain smell.

Taste is light to just slightly medium bodied with an immediate crisp bread, dough, grain, flavor and a surprisingly big hop taste and bitterness. The hops really take a front seat in this beer. Mostly just a delicious classic lager with a nice hop taste and kick. It is so well divided through the flavors that they each sit on their own level. Very nice.

Gotta say, not a crazy lager head, but this is pretty damn good. Almost, just barely borders on too much hops, but it doesn't. Clean, crisp, refreshing with some malt and hops. Great stuff.

taez555, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to pwoods for this one, thanks Patrick!

Pours an effervescent honey with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Flowery & perfumy hops, pears & peach

T: Honey malt, grassy hops, & a touch grainy bread up front. More fruittyness, breadyness/crackery notes & a touch of dryness along with more grassy hops. Finishes with grassy & soapy hops & more grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & great balance

Great drinkability, spot on for the style, damn near flawless

russpowell, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep amber with a 2-finger head that has good retention. Decent lacing.

Smells of bready malts, yeast, and caramel. The taste is grainy malts with bitter hops and a little soapiness. Reminds me of a Pilsener but more malty. Mouthfeel is crisp at first but leaves dry.

This is a very drinkable beer. Much more quaffable than a lot of American lagers out there.

theghost3, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a perfectly clear amber with an finger thick off-white head.

S- Scents of lightly roasted barley and just barely there hops to green things up a just a tad. The smell of this beer brings up thoughts of the Great Lakes tour.

T- Tastes of golden grains lead the way with the ever slightest touch of sweetness. There's a touch of hops on the back end but just to keep things fresh and balanced. I can't find word for the finish but I can tell you this it's great.

M- Clean crisp and refreshing near perfect for the style

D- This would be a great session beer or something to sit back on a summer porch with. Definitely worth trying.

UA8, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle from Sarava in Cleveland. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A--Bright tawny gold with plenty of bubblestream left after the white fizzy one finger head. There's a density in the head that I haven't yet seen in an American lager, and the lacing is all the way down the glass.

S--So much, especially for what I expect from a lager! Plenty of grainy malt that mellows out into a crusty sweet roll kind of aroma--kind of like eggy breads like challah or brioche. Light hoppiness is faint but noticeable amid the fresh clean malt notes. Super inviting.

T--Doesn't disappoint and mostly follows the nose, with crackery grain and a rougher husk flavor that keeps it interesting. Where the flavor really wakes up and beats the nose is the hops at the end, that makes the last half of the flavor profile so mellowly interesting. Just an absolutely masterful use of the ingredient, with the grapefruit slowly spreading out and parching the palate in preparation for the next sip. Like a refined SA Boston lager with malt that's more grainy than caramel sweetish.

M&D--Excellent, excellent, excellent. Spritzy and alive and soft with the carbonation, not thin or watery in the least. No sulfur or off notes at all. Drinkability is insane--the level of flavor in this beer for the ABV is mightily impressive.

Not since Troegs Hopback Amber has a flagship beer impressed me this much. Good stuff!

TheycallmeTim, Mar 28, 2009
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,651 ratings.