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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,754
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 152
Gots: 288 | 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 zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with hints of ruby. It had a small, off-white head that left some minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled slightly funky and somwhat earthy. A light caramel malt aroma was present.

T - It tasted of light caramel roasted malt. Nice spicy hop presence,too. A nice blend of sweet and spicy.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent lager. One you don't want to put down.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fries Cafe.
Pours a light gold in color with just a slight head forming on the pour. It's quickly gone after receiving my beer. Smell is very "lagerish", but surprisingly with some nice piney hops. Taste is more of those nice hops. I'm not a big lager fan, but the hop flavor in this one really let me enjoy this beer. Clean and smooth on the taste. Good beer.

Photo of xare
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I honestly can't say enough good things about this brew. It's not quite perfect... and yet so close to being perfect.

Appearance is nice, very nice golden color, pours very nicely. Can't wait to dive into the beer.

Smell is malty and corny like an export lager should be, and yet somehow, somehow, manages to be appetizing.

Taste is incredibly blended. Nothing bitter. Nothing that truly sticks out like a sore thumb. All in all, almost so perfectly balanced that it's almost bland.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and somewhat creamy. Just a bit of dullness at the end that drops it a notch from '5' level.

Drinkability is obviously, outstanding. Every time I begin drinking this beer, I start wondering why I don't have cases and cases of this stuff stocked up for myself.

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

I just finished an hour bike ride, so I will refresh myself with a Dortmunder as my cool down. On to the beer:

Paleish orange color with gold hues, lively action inside the body, and a big frothy head give this beer a good first impression. The aroma is sweet with ripe grapes and some dry grain. Taste: oohh, this is refreshing. And very tasty. It's a mix of dry biscuit, raw hop and citric, drying grain, and tones of lemon. The refreshmnet factor is great in this beer, couples with a very good flavor, makes me want more of this beer. Too bad Great Lakes beer is a rarity in SoCal (purchased at Lone Hill Liquor, Glendora, CA).

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a nice gold with good carbonation. The head is a good 2 fingers, fades it a patchy pad of white foam and leaves some lace.

The smell is a light bready malt with mild hops.

The taste is great a wonderful chewy soft bread malt with a very nice lightly bitter hoppy finish. This really works well.

The mouthfeel is good nice chewy body, and a good clensing carbonation.

The drinkability is good this is quite a nice and refreshing brew.

Prosit, MK

Photo of PBBC
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an earthy gold, a little darker than most 'golden' lagers.

Nose is a nice clean hop aroma... spicy, sweet, peppery.

Taste is fantastic... biscuit malt, light honey... flowers and grapefruit for hops... but not overwhelming. This beer is perfectly balanced. I can't decide if it's hoppy with a malt accent, or malty with a hop accent.

Mouthfeel is smooth finishing... light, but not watery... finishes much cleaner than most lagers. Feels well aged.

Photo of epiinephriine
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome lager; it has an excellent array of spicy notes, many of which are unidentifiable, as well as a flavor of caramel. This beer is very smooth on the pallet and provides a decent amount of mouth-feel especially for the style. It has just the right amount of hops, which provide a bitter sensation at the center (longitudinally), spanning from the back to the middle (back to front) of the tongue. I've had this beer out of both a stange, and a pint glass. It is better tasting out of the pint glass, at the expense of the superior aroma from the stange.

Photo of thisisshsas
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer for the first time aproximently 7 months ago. It was good, but it was one of four amazing great lakes products that made great seem ordinary. 7 months and 80 beers later, I realized how spoiled I was that night and bought It again. The beer pour a bright golden and has a very flavorful smell. The smell is not misleading as the flavor is both light and not overwhelming, but has an enjoyable bite and goes down well. Though it feels light, I'm not sure its a real session beer, though I'm sure it will work that way. If you love beer and are visiting Ohio, buy a great lakes sampler that includes this beer. You wont be disappointed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,754 ratings.