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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,831
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 160
Gots: 363 | 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 RickKrumenacker
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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

Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of russpowell
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
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

Photo of theghost3
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of Rainne
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah my first Dortmunder. Definitely a winner.

A- Nice clear golden amber with a fat white head. Great retention and lacing!

S- Malt bread and sweetness. Faint hops?

T- Lots of malt, bread grain and sweetness. Great balance with citrus grapefruit hops bitterness.

M- Medium to full body crisp and clean. Pretty smooth.

D- Drink it. Now.

Photo of beerman207
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass. This brew almost smelled like fine aged cheese. Not sure how that smell came through in this but was definatley the smell I picked up.

The appearance was yellow-copper.

Taste had some bitterness to it but muted

Mouthfeel was smooth

Drinkability would be rated high. Another fantastic beer from Great Lakes

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a perfect looking white head, nice lacing.

Light noble hop aroma and taste. Very well balanced. Finishes very clean, w/o any lingering off tastes

Solid heavier feel for a lager, reduced drinkability for me.

Pretty solid beer, not very dynamic to me. A little too heavy feeling to want to drink more than one. Well balanced, but nothing to get too excited about.

Photo of Domingo
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man...why can't more US brewers do lagers like Great Lakes?
Pours a deep golden color with a bit of head on top, but not too much. Still, it manages to have a pretty fair amount of lacing.
Smells crisp and malty with a little noble hop hint.
The taste is surprisingly bold. Sweet and malty with a lot of bready grains, and still a pilsner-like hop presence, too. The lager yeast doesn't really show itself in this one as much as some others. Just a little bit of alcohol and huskiness rounds this one out. Maybe a tiny hint of DMS, that's likely a lager yeast bi-product.
Goes down like a macro lager, but with 2x the flavor. Tough to argue with that.
I bet the Germans would be proud of this beer, too.
Just like their other beers, if GL was in my area I think I'd have them in my fridge at all times.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden color with a white head. Slight copper hue adds some extra color and a little bit of haze makes it unique as well. Aroma is biscuity and sweet similar to a pilsner. Slight metallic bitterness up front opens up to a more pilsner-like hop flavor. Dry at the end. Not overly bold, but great for sessioning.

Photo of dfillius
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields one finger of white head recedes to just a ring quickly. Clear, dark gold liquid.
S: Rich and hearty bready smell, that alas is one dimensional.
T: Bready, stronger malt than hops. Well balanced
M: A little coppery and bitter.
D: Very high. One tasty and smooth and easy drinking beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

G: Pilsener glass emblazened with the Pilsner Urquell logo.

A: Poor a rich dark gold with a single-favor ivory head. A very good amount of carbonation coming up, although it does not appear to be overcarbonated a la many BMC lagers. Other than the colored hue, this is pretty much transparent. Head retention is quite good.

S: Sweet grains, Batman! The grains come through with a mild sweetness. Slightly hoppy, but the hop aromas are only barely present.

T: Very rich and slightly sweet, with a definite grain-malt backbone. Very fresh and clean--especially given that this baby's best buy date is a mere two weeks away.

M: A good amount of carbonation, although the whole beverage is so smooth it's almost as if it's not ever there. Only the slightest hint of the 5.8 ABV.

D: This one is hard to put down, and after taking the first few sips of my first, I already know that I'd like another. Excellent drinkability. This is not to mention the fact that I'm in Chicago, where it's currently a blistery 29 degrees--I can't imagine how much more appropriate this'll be in the middle of the summer while grilling up a few items.

Photo of KTCamm
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle w/ notched "best by" date. Poured golden yellow with medium foam. Lacing down the sides.

Nice lager smell - slightly floral, little hops poking through. Pleasant.

Taste is clean - light malt, sweet through the middle, with a mild hop finish. All works together very nicely. Feels like a pilsener to ale progression almost.

Supremely drinkable. solid, solid brew.

Photo of srandycarter
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear Copper with nice solid head, reduces to disk with lots of sticky webbed lacing.

S - Up front malt. It's fine but nothing out of the ordinary.

T - Nice malt, almost a cocoa flavor, and some honey towards the finish. Finishes clean.

M - Medium body, nice balance, coating and carb.

D- Easy to drink and lower ABV.

Good stuff

Photo of soupermirl
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dortmunder Gold... Very tasty beer. Poured in nicely with a good head and a continuous ringer.Very nice color for a lager, a bit darker than I thought it would be. Smelled almost like a dubbel. Pretty complex aroma with carmel hints and hops. Hops were smooth, smooth... Malt was balanced right. Good beer. Mouthfeel was above average, didn't leave much to be desired, but it wasn't unbelieveable. Very easy to drink. Good beer.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep yellowish orange, 1 finger off white/ivory head with great lacing

S: you can really smell the sweet malt

T: Malty sweetness met with a good balance from the hops. Fruity aftertaste of banana and fig

M: Medium body with a lingering taste

D: Good beer, I don't know if it gets the gold metal on the bottle but it definitely gets a spot in my fridge.

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

I.m enjoyin' the hell out of this mixed sampler pack from Great Lakes, not a single dud among the offerings. I poured this one into a glass and had about one and a half fingers of very light tan foam over an amber body with very light carbonation visible. The smell was unassumingly light of biscuits, honey, caramel and fruit, raisins or plums maybe. The hops take a back seat with just a hint of earthy pine and grass or sweet hay. The taste is the same, grainy toasty bread or biscuit, sweet toffee with just a hint of chocolate and fruit balanced with the bitterness of the hops. The feel is full and the finish is slightly dry and a bit sweet. Very good beer, I think I'll have another.

Photo of mikereaser
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a murky copper orange with just a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - biscuity aroma and spicy hops, similar to a pilsner smell

T - biscuit malt and grassy hops, some citrus & lemon taste

M/D - a bit of a zippy bite with some nice carbonation and good taste

Photo of colts9016
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to kels for this bottle.

Poured into a pilsner glass at 43 degree.

Appearance: A deep golden color with a 2 finger white head. The head is creamy and persistent. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant. There is lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice malty sweetness in the beer. There is some floral esters and sulfur aroma in the background.

Taste: There is a very nice malty backbone with the hops in check. There is a floral ester, minerals, and a some sulfur lingering deep within the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is has some carbonation and is a medium body. The finish is slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness, but very clean. The beer is very balanced and very good. There is some sulfur notes in the beer but it is not overwhelming, it just there.

Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw orange color with a slight tint to it. Half finger head that stays for a minute and no lacing.

S: Malt with a little hint of hop. Some faint lemon mixed in, not too pungent in aromatics of any kind.

T: The malty blast followed by a crisp and well carbonated withdraw. The balance between the slight bitter and the slight sweetness is the winner on stage.

M:Has some chew to it, medium bodied all the way. Sticky on the palate, which is not overwhelming in any way.

D: A nice craft lager, can easily be sessionable. If you like lagers this one will be more enjoyable to you. Recommended to those you are. What can I say, I'm a hophead...

Photo of williamherbert
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very clear but very rich golden color, served into a tall seidel glass. Tall foam of pimply head. Specks of lace.

Has a somewhat funky lagery aroma. Some bitter, earthy German lager malts. Not that appealing; funky and adjuncty.

The malts are a combination of some sweet honey and just a hint of butterscotch, and bitter German lager malts.

The feel is smooth like honey, and buttery like an ale. Actually a nice save here. The taste is a little funky, a little too "lagery" for me. Not bad, just not great.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with one and a half fingers of short lived white head.

Scent of grain, slight spice, subtle hops, some citrus, and some nice malts. Clean and not offensive at all, great balance doesn't hurt either.

Taste is clean with bready malts starting leading into a subtle grassy hopiness and finishes with a nice grainy flavor. Again, a clean and crisp taste with nothing offensive.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and clean with a good amount of carbonation.

High drinkability rounds this one out as a great lager overall.

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

Pours a peach-like shade of brown, almost completely translucent, with a 1.5-finger white head. Decent lacing left. Not sure what to make of the smell, sweet light malt, with fruity overtones. Peach, light strawberry, almost smells like a girly drink, but with a touch of hop aroma manlying thing out.

Clean and crisp, with a slightly nutty finish. Slightly hoppy off the bat, then we get biscuity, bready malts. Never too sweet at any points, and the finish is nutty behind a flowering of hops, slightly piny, nothing overbearing, nothing taking away from the very clean experience. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for a beer like this, despite the overall light body. Everything stays crisp, and thanks to all this, remains very drinkable. An interesting treat, as my tastes seem to be gravitating towards the maltier and heavier. Definitely makes for a pleasant change of pace.

Photo of pasdachuri
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze/amber golden color with a white 2 1/2 finger head that dissipated rather quickly. Perfectly clear body.

Strong biscuity aroma with spicy hops. A very European pilsner like aroma.

Taste is of citrusy/grassy pale malts with a nice mix of biscuity malts with a dry grassy hop bitterness to balance. Clean and straight forward with a little bit of complexity.

smooth, light dryness in the beginning, but let it sit and you'll feel it. Very light on the carbonation.

A very good beer. Not as heavy as anticipated and one that could easily become sessioned.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,831 ratings.