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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,571 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,571
Reviews: 1,006
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 145
Gots: 219 | 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 BravoTwo
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice clear golden brew with nice light head. Good coloration for this style.

S - Clean, crisp smell with a nice aromatic qualities and a very bright presence. Hops are well balanced here.

T - Nice clean tasting beer with prevailing malt character. Dry and crisp with a nice balanced hop profile.

M - Nice carbonation with dry, light mouthfeel

D - Great here. Easily a really drinakable session beer. Very good example of the style. Have had this in bottles also and is good also.

BravoTwo, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a shimmering light amber with a decent head and a lace that sticks around like a bunch of ghosts in sheets.

Smell: Light, clean, roasted malt, and hop bitter.

Taste: The taste is perfectly balanced, old school simplicity hops and roasted barley, similar to their Eliot Ness but without some of the nuttier flavors, this one lets the sweetness of the malt shine and the hops hold it all in place.

Mouthfeel: The mouth is smooth, not very thick but it doesn't need to be.

Drinkability: This is a session beer, being raised as I was on shit American lagers, having some great lagers in the rotation is a must, I can't do big beers all the time, this is a great option.

Stonebreaker, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours up a golden yellow, crystal clear, with a white head that dissipates to a white cap on the top.

S - Very faint malt aroma with a hint of hops

T - Wow! Malt dominates the flavor, kind of biscuity. The hops accent it well, finishing on the back of the tongue. Crisp and refreshing.

M - Good mouthfeel.

D - Now I know why there were only two in the sampler 12-pack: they were keeping the extras for themselves! Very drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours in clear somewhere between amber and gold in color, with a nice cap of off-white.

Both aroma and flavor bring a very light honeyed-lemon sweetness with a toasted grain malty base and a floral and spicy, grassy-earthy hops finish it classicly, lagerly, dry and bitter. Medium bodied, soft and smooth feel to it, typical Great Lakes quality.

While I didn't enjoy Dortmunder quite as much as Eliot Ness, it is still a damn good Lager and beer. Another solid offering from GLBC.

Slynger, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a small white head that falls fast to a ring.

Corny and malty nose.

Crispy hoppy taste with some malty sweetness thrown in there.

Nice mouthful,real crisp and easy on the palate.

Nice beer,best of the lager catagory I have ever tasted.I would love for Great Lakes to be sold in Phila.

MmmIPA, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Looks great coming out of the bottle and even better in the glass. Light golden amber with a thick and creamy one and a half inch just off white head. Super active carbonation makes this beer come alive, stunning and leaves a good deal of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Incredible balance struck between malt and hop aromas. Very grainy upfront with undercurrents of mild buttery apple, caramel, fresh bread

T/MF: Solidly sweet caramel malt sweetness complimented by a biting but also light and buttery green apple. Excellent dextrose character that gives a tight and snappy mouthfeel but leaves enough room for a good deal of malt sweetness and a few kisses of citrusy hops for good measure. The finish is long and slightly drying that feels as if its cleansing the palate for yet another sip.

D: Super high drinkablily, this beer has got just about everything anyone might be looking for. It's light enough to have a couple but not so light as to be uninteresting and thin. Its got malt sweetness galore but has an aggressive enough hop profile to keep hop heads interested as well.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of biggmike
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured attractive clear dark golden color with generous white head that lingered a while. Aroma was a pleasant balanced of malt and hops. Flavor was nicely malty with a good hop presence as well. Slightly sweet. Excellent session beer that I look forward to enjoying more of. Very refreshing.

biggmike, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The color is a beautifully bright and golden with great clarity. Its head has great retention and builds up thick and creamy white. Lots of cool lacing is left behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of fruity sweet malts and aromatic floral hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor and body are wonderfully balanced. The malt has a pleasant sweet fruity character offset by flavorful leafy and crisp citrus hops with mild bitterness that quickly fades into the finish. The body is light to medium with a smooth yet crisp texture that is perfectly balanced with carbonation.

Notes: It is just darn good and very drinkable.

generallee, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep clear golden with a one finger head.

S- Floral hops with toasty overtones.

T- Light toast throughout, barely perceivable sweetness up front lends way to a very pleasant hop finish.

M- Decadent, just enough fizz.

D- Refreshing w/ lots of character.

This is a great beer to pull out and shove in the face of those who say "boo" to light colored beers.

Pauly2X, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of adams82
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright and clear deep golden colour with a huge and fluffy white head. Very nice.

A very bold yet clean aroma of sweet malts, a hint of caramel and loads of noble hop aromas.

Tastes very malty; toasty and biscuit like, slightly grainy, with a nice hint of caramel with a strong hop finish. The hops provide little flavour throughout, but balance this beer wonderfully with the bitter hoppy finish. The malt really shines in this brew and makes for a very flavourful beer balanced perfectly with noble hops. Remarkably clean and crisp; a wonderful example of the style.

Medium to full bodied, very clean, very malty, very easy to drink, and very well balanced; just about perfect. This one delicious beer and pairs well with the dog days of summer.

adams82, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of bobbyc881
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/bronze in color. Thin slightly off-white head holds well. Aroma is very yeasty and bready.

Taste begins slightly malty, followed by biscuity malt flavors, some bitterness holding through the middle. Finish is dry and a bit metallic.

Well-carbonated, good body. Quite drinkable. Nothing really outstanding here, but a pretty solidly made beer.

bobbyc881, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a nice thick head and lacing that sticks arouns nicely.

Although unlike the some of the german exports, this one had a wondferful nose of biscuit malts and very unlike german lagers, it also had a downright american hop aroma.

Falvor is all pale malt, biscuit and fresh hop, this one seems to reminds me of a toned down version of a impreial pils I had recently.

A exellent lager, but I don't think the germans would call it a classic example of a dortmunder.

bloberglawp, May 29, 2008
Photo of CaptainIPA
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap @ Romans' Pub on 5-22-08.

Pours a deep, golden yellow with a thin, foamy head.

Generous hop aroma.

Clean and crisp with a sweet malty foundation and generous carbonation that hits the middle of the tongue. Notes of biscuit and dough engulf the palate, before yielding to a floral hop finish that continues to linger.

A good go-to Export Lager for watching the Brewers struggle on the tryptic flat screens.

CaptainIPA, May 27, 2008
Photo of papaglide
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler:

Looks-deep gold with a great 2 finger head that chased the beer down almost to the bottom of the glass.

Nose-sweet, malty with just a touch of hops to it.

The taste started out very sweet and malty. A small dose of hops balanced out the malt nicely. The beer finished nice and dry.

This beer is a great example of the style and comes highly recommended.

papaglide, May 25, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice golden color with a good head. The head leaves nice lacing behind.

S : Biscuity and earthy smells. Hints of citrus

T : Very good. It's got a good balance of hops and malts. It also goes with the aroma, lots of biscuity and earthy flavor

M : Full-bodied and smooth.

D : No complaints, one I would definitely drink again....and again

mhewes, May 23, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drunk from a 12oz. bottle into one of my many pint glasses. Has a pretty clear gold color to it. Head is a nice one finger white. Smell tons of rich malts. Kinda has that lager smell to it as well. Taste is very smooth and creamy all the way through. Little crisp twang in the back. Sweet malts and some citrusy hops come together for a great balance. Never had this style before, but I was extremely pleased. Desreves that gold medal on the label.

ryrust5301, May 22, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It's very clear and a nice looking golden/amber color. Head is foamy white and about a finger and a half deep. It dissipated pretty quickly and left a very light, spotty lacing on the mug.

Smell: It's biscuity and yeasty up front. A nice grainy, earthy aroma permeates the nose. Malts are noticeable, but somewhat subdued. They add a touch of a sweet aroma. Light citrus notes (lemon and orange) are notable. Hops are much stronger here than I recall. Perhaps I never scrutinized it this closely. All in all, a very pleasant, balanced aroma is the result.

Taste: Clearly I've forgotten how good this beer is. Citrus lemon and orange flavors are sweet and refreshing up front. They're light, but mix very well with the malt base. There is a strong yeasty/biscuity flavor. Hops provide just enough bitterness to balance it perfectly. There's a nice floral character to them which may contribute to the grainy taste that's present. It finishes yeasty and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one's definitely light bodied and makes for very smooth and easy drinking. Carbonation is excellent and makes it very crisp and refreshing. It's eminently drinkable. Mouthfeel is excellent and its low abv is perfect for such an occasion. This is one you can drink in mass quantities very easily.

Dortmunder Gold is a classic. It's obviously Great Lakes Brewing's flagship beer and it doesn't disappoint. Personally, I don't think it's their best beer. But, it's damn fine and is a great representation of the style. Perhaps the best. It's certainly one you can't miss.

prototypic, May 16, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice crystal clear deep golden color with a white head that quickly went away and left a decent amount of lacing.

S- Biscuity malts and grainy odors. Some what Earthly smells.

T- Very nice taste. Follows the nose and taste wonderful. At the very end I could pick up a tiny bit of floral tones.

M- Clean and very crisp

D- Refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.

nrbw23, May 12, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear gold with a decent head and good lacing.

S - Kinda floral with a big breadiness . Hints of lemon.

T - Malt and hops - both in here. Definitely on the bready side, with a healthy dose of herbal hops. Also on the sweet side as well. Very clean flavour.

M - Substantial for a lager style, but not at all heavy. I guess it's "light but slick" or somesuch.

D - Very clean, easy drinking lager with substantially more flavour than most.

allergictomacros, May 11, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright and clear golden-colored lager with an average cap of foam.

Smell: Bready malts, semi-sweet with a hint of spicy hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: Breakfast roll and honey-like malt flavors are balanced by husky bitterness and earthy hops. Body is about medium, fuller than the average lager by far. Dry in the finish with bold hoppy bitterness coming through pretty strongly, leaving a long aftertaste.

Notes: No complaints about this one, an excellent lager with tons of flavor.

largadeer, May 09, 2008
Photo of brushtachio
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into the chalicesque glass the bar provided. Has this many time before and the quality has alwas been consistent. Nice golden clear color with healthy head. Sharp hop aroma and taste. Very crisp feeling in the mouth. This isn't my favorite style but it does what it tries to do very well. A solid beer.

brushtachio, May 06, 2008
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bar was out of Eliot Ness, so I decided to try this and what a good choice. Bottle poured into a glass.

A: A bright golden color, a light white head that goes disappears in a minute or two. Good lacing throught course of beer.

S: Good roasted malt smell, with a hit of hops. A mild pine smell.

T: The malts hit first, a grassy taste and the hops finish it off.

M: Crispy and smooth.

D: Such a smooth beer, great for a nice summer day drinking all day.

IronCitySteve, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for this great extra
Bottle poured clear golden yellow with a small whit head that turns into a ring around the glass

Nice clean malt and hop's aroma filled my nose

The taste is great, malts and a nice bit of hops. Clean on the palette with enough carbonation to make it crisp as well

Very drinkable could easily do a quite a few of these of these. a great lager that I wouldn't mind drinking again

joepais, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up in the discounts at Liquor Barn -pretty much a steal at a buck a bottle. Poured chilled into a tumbler

A - Light amber w/ frothy snow white cappuccino foam for a head that measures about 1.25 inches w/ a tight bead and whipped surface appearance.

S - The smell is a mix of pine accented hop and nutty malt w/a gentle sweet odor that is fairly bready.

M - Crisp, dry and nicely spiced a fair amount of graininess w/ a pils quality, yet more acidity and more husky malt kernel in the feel.

T - The flavor of German Malt and yeast is romping all over this great lager, crisp yet creamy w/ touches of sweetness that is balanced by the noble hop spice. Bready malt w/ noticable yeast in the flavor w/out a heavy bitterness, yet it is still there. This has it all in subtle quantities and well crafted - very tasty.

D- I like Dorts a lot and this one hit the spot. Very deserving of its gold. I would certainly not hesitate to pick this up and consider this highly quaffable. Kudos Great Lakes - Great ale and Lager maker - This is what I call a refreshing beer.

Slatetank, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Cleveland-Hopkins airport

Yum, I wasn't expecting much, but this sucker is crisp and mighty tasty. It appears a clear, brilliant gold with a bit of white lacing. The aroma is of lager tamd and sour, pale biscuity grain. That same sort of sourdough flavor carries through with a balanced but rich hops kick of grassy spice and grinding citrus rind bitterness. Really, this is beer is a treat and a nice alternative to pilsners when I want a hoppyi-sh lager.

tempest, Apr 08, 2008
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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