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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,807 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,807
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 155
Gots: 342 | FT: 3
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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 robbyc1
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a tremendous session beer, one of my go to ones. I never thought that this style would appeal to me after becoming a beer geek, but the many years of drinking Becks et al have warmed the path to an everyday beer that can be had anytime. If I had to choose that one beer on an island forever, this might just be the one, with bitterness, matching malt, and easy drinking to match a summer day on the beach or a cold night on the lake in an ice fishing surround.

I will put my actual review comments up later, but suffice it to say this is almost always in my fridge.

A: light gold with a really nice fluffy head, great lacing.
S: Noble malt, bready, and a bit of spicy hops. Well balanced.
T: Deep bready malt, a bit matalic, dry at the end, well done.
M: Smooth, a bit heavy, goes down easy.
D: A great session beer, very easy, wanting more.

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

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 1/21/09. Thanks to brewslut for the mixed sixer!

A - Poured a clear golden amber-colored body with moderate effervescence and half a finger of creamy white head that reduced into a thin ring of retention but left plenty of decorative lace around the glass.

S - Lemon zest with a pretty malty nose including bready grains and sweet caramel.

T - Starts off with a bitter lemon zest character that quickly segues into a grassy hop bite with a bit of a spicy zing. Everything is balanced by an underlying sweet malt base featuring bready and caramel notes and just a smidgen of butter.

M - Medium body with a slightly oily texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a mild bristly feel on the tongue. Dortmunder Gold packs a crisp Noble hop finish with a fairly sharp bite, especially for a lager.

D - This is definitely one of the hoppiest lagers I've ever had, which was surprising. Even with the extra hops, this remained extremely drinkable throughout. I can see why this still remains one of Great Lakes' flagship beers.

Photo of sliverX
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presented a golden amber with a thin cream colored head left nice lacing
had no discernible smell but i was in a busy pizza place so smells were hidden well
taste was light sweet balanced with bitterness
mouthfeel was creamy and smooth
drinkability was extremely high and had most of it gone before my food showed up

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

A: Poured into a pint glass. Thin white head that quickly subsides into a foam film clinging to the sides of the glass. Strawberry-gold with an orange tint to it. Brilliant clarity.

S: Bready, grainy, maltiness with a hop offering as well. Very nice.

T: Hoppiness grabs you up front sort of like a nice pale ale. The hops subside and you get a shot of bread and grains with a slight maltiness to it. The finish is very crisp and dry. Lingering hops as well. Outstanding.

M: Medium bodied and dry. A bit overcarbonated for my taste however, for the style, it seems appropriate.

D: I am enjoying this brew considerably. High marks all around for the Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold offering. I'm really beginning to dig the GLBC. Nice job.

Photo of McClungbrew2
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Orange gold color with golden highlights. White 1/4" head falling to a bead covering the surface of the beer. Some lacing lasts to the end of the beer.

Smell - Grainy malt, with earthy hop spice.

Taste - Light, bready malt with hints of honey sweetness. Light hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated medium body.

Overall - Very Flavorful. Easy Drinker

Photo of CrellMoset
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dortmunder Lager, courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Split at a tasting, w/ my portion poured into a small tasting glass.

Appearance: Incredibly evenly distributed carbonation of perfectly average size and average speed in a crisp-looking, clear, gold body, very robust looking. The head fades to reveal splotches and rings of runny lace and a nice one-finger snow white head. Very nice, in fact.

Aroma: Fruity notes, mostly lighter esters - apple skins and white grapes - accompanied by light, roasted grainyness, very crisp but still smooth. There's a aaint nuttyness - Vienna malts perhaps? - and cheesy notes. It's a good aroma, stylistically accurate.

Taste: Grainy and crystalline, pale and biscuity, with a light hop bitterness and presence. This one strikes a very good balance between dry and sweet, with a slight quenching tart dryness but enough residual sugars to keep it interesting. There are also a few light fruity esters imparted by the yeast. Nice.

Mouthfeel: A little uneven, and thin to medium bodied, but with enough crisp carbonation to keep it lively enough.

Drinkability: A very drinkable brew. This one's light, crisp, refreshing, and highly quaffable, low in alcohol, and pretty darn tasty/aromatic. This is a supreme session brew.

Photo of sgoodship
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date on this is 12/24.

A: Nice one finger, fluffy head. Liquid is a nice clear gold with a small amount of carbonation visible. Retains a small head throughout. Some nice big topographical looking lacing.

S: Nice round malt smell - very bready. Some hop that is mostly citrus but has a hint of fresh cut grass.

T: Very much as you would expect but very well done. Bold, bready malt with a crisp and slightly zesty hop. Very well balanced. The finish and aftertaste is nice and sharp - a nice way to lead into the next sip.

M: Medium carbonation that is just perfect - not too sharp. Mouth feel is fuller than you would expect.

D: This is just a really well made beer. I'd be happy to drink this at any time and I'd also be happy to knock down a good few. A pretty darned nice session brew. I have yet to have a Great Lakes beer that I didn't like.

Photo of selecter70
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As with the other Great Lakes beers, I wished that they would more often make the taps here in Boston. Even so, I gladly grab the bottles up when I can. Although not the top-shelve Dortmunder, this is definitely a great adherent to German brew-tradition. A rich dark golden pour with nice lace retaining head and malt aroma with a hint of orange-honey. The taste opens the malts to a hoppy clementine smooth flavor. Definitely a great summer beer.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener it sports a one finger white foamy head. Body is a barely hazy deep gold with a slight orange hue. Light lacing.

Smells malty with a touch of grain and a bit of an earthiness.

Flavor starts very malty, then transitions into a tart, grassy hop bitterness. There's a soft underlying fruitiness in the middle that you can easily miss if you're not paying attention. Oily bitterness lingers in the finish a bit too long, but that quality seems to mellow as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. What you're left with is a maltiness that borders on heavy for a golden lager (that's a good thing).

Good carbonation levels; even a touch creamy.

Overall it's very interesting and drinkable for a lager. Fairly nice balance and complexity. I don't know if I'm in love with it, but I'll certainly drink it and enjoy it.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear, golden color with an inch or so of white head. Nice lacing throughout. The initial smell is a bit grassy but also has hints of a floral aroma. For the taste, wow. A surprising floral hop profile comes right through the initial malt flavor and ends in a crisp finish. The carbonation is a bit on the high side, but that doesn't get in the way of a nice crisp, smooth mouthfeel.

Wow this this brew take me by surprise. There is so much going here it is hard to remember that this is a lager. The pleasant hop profile ads some serious depth and I can easily say that this is far and away the best lager I have ever had.

Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Clear, clean and crisp. Good head. Visible carbonation bubbles trickling up from the middle of the glass... ahhhh. Golden hue.
(S) Just a slight Macintosh apple scent.
(T) Mild sweetness with some earthly tones. Faint bitterness in the after taste.
(M) Fizzy with some grit, a golden lager with a decent body.
(D) Easy drinkability. Pairs well with stir fry.

Photo of luciusgilmer
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottle served in a tulip glass

Picked this up because the brewery had impressed me. I'm not usually one for lagers (don't know this style either), and I was surprised and delighted.

A: good but not exceptional--rich yellow.

S: nice, not sour, inviting

T: This actually reminded me of some amber ales for some reason. There is rich flavor, an impressive, sweet malt flavor. I have been used to crappy American lagers, so this was a surprise.

M: just great, perfect carbonation for this type

T; smooth, easy to drink, but will make you want to savor it. It's pricey here, but I plan to drink a lot more of these when I get a chance.

Photo of Buggies
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a Pokal from a 12 oz. bottle. Color is a clear copper color. Very little head on the pour for me.

S: Very lite smell. Smells of light malty sweetness with fruity notes. Nice and clean.

T: A nice crisp carbonation up front. Taste is a nice lite sweet malt with a little hops bitterness at the end. Also a little fruitiness that shows up.

This has to be the best tasting lager I have had to date. I can't get this in PA, so I conned my mom-in-law from Ohio to bring me some. This is definitely a drinker! It's a shame I can't get this in Altoona.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, rocky, almond head blooms over a dark, copper lager, ultimately dropping massive lacing on this pilsner glass.
The nose detects sweet dough of white bread with floral notes and an accent of orange peel.

This one has a great balance with straw, coriander, and a lingering finish of toffee.

The smooth, medium body of this offering is lightly carbonated and conceals the alcohol.

Bring Dortmunder Gold to any summer party for a session with friends or family by the pool.

date consumed: 15 Oct 2008

Photo of beveritt
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts a gold medal and the associated verbiage explains that thins beer won a gold medal at the GABF. No freshness date typed in the allotted area.

Appearance: Pours with just over 1 finger of light tan head. this settles slowly to a thin coating of foam, leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is the color of orange honey, with some moderate activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Deep caramel malt with hints of bready yeast.

Taste: Substantial carbonation bite upfront. Thick and mouth filling caramel malt, with a bready/biscuity undertone. Finishes with a small amount of hop bitterness and a lingering, mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is excellent.

Drinkability: I am constantly reminded of what great beer Great Lakes makes. A solid, flavorful lager.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours clear and golden, with 1+ fingers of white head. Head fades gradually into a thin cap, leaving minimal traces of lacing.

S- Some grapefruit hoppiness and a touch of bread dough. Somewhat feint.

T- Slight sweetness on the front, followed by some grapefruit/citrus notes. Moderate bitterness on finish. Nice overall.

M- Crisp with medium carbonation.

D- Very good. A pleasant, quality beer that doesn't overpower the senses. Would be easy to quaff a few.

Future outlook: Great Lakes....in state, always available, and more importantly, always good. We shall meet again!

Photo of Brew33
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a couple of bottles of this from a GLBC mixed pack. GLBC is my favorite brewery but I tend to gravitate to their Ales more. I am not a huge lager drinker but this beer is fantastic.

It pours a nice bronze color, not what I was expecting. A pleasant surprise. The smell was light, sweet.

The taste was wonderful. Smooth taste, nice malt character, some grain was present also. But what made this beer so good was the dry, crisp, hoppy finish. Wow, incredible. After every sip I wanted more. Very interesting hop notes in this beer. I would love to know which hops they use in this beer. The body was nice also.

The drinkability was pretty high for the ABV. I could drink 6 over a few hours, and I just might New Years Eve. Great beer as always from GLBC. BTW, the Second beer was just as good as the First...

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

I don't think I've ever had this style before so this should be interesting in one way or another. I got this from mashmaster which is irrelevant to the review but appreciated. Clear, bubbly, golden but not yellow with a good creamy head listing on top. Smells like lager and honeycrisps. Do you know what those are because I don't but that is what I smell. Nice flavor but I have a really hard time describing lagers. I definitely tasted a hint of hops. Overall, nice beer and if I wasn't so lager-ignorant this review might be more useful.

Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

S - Notes of citrus hops, but not a particularly powerful aroma.

T - Balanced malt and hop character. Not too much of either. Sweet, smooth malts at first, fading to citrusy hops. Extremely well-balanced.

M - A lingering thickness remains for a while after each drink. Personally, it's something I may or may not desire - based on if I was eating with it, or not. It would be great with a side snack.

D - I'd take it slow, but it's very drinkable. Not easy to pound back like something lighter, but definitely I'd be able to drink more than one in a sitting.

A great beer. Would be good with a meal.

Photo of bahumutx
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a one finger head.

Smell: Floral hops, sweet malt and biscuit malt.

Taste: Starts with a biscuit and malt flavor. Sweet in the middle. Ends with a nice hop flavor that balances the malt well.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Ends somewhat dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable!!

Another great beer from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. Keep up the great work!!

Photo of Clydesdale
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A bright, faintly murky orange-gold color with a medium-sized creamy white head with pretty good retention. Lacing is very nice.

S: Fresh, sweet grassy malts. Slightly biscuity. Some herbal hops.

T: Lots of sweet, grainy malt flavor up front, with some definite biscuit/bread notes. A healthy burst of grassy, herbal hops provides a nice snap. The hops seem to have a subdued lemon peel/citrus character as well. A somewhat rugged graininess at the finish.

M: Medium bodied and very crisp, with a somewhat dry, grainy finish.

D: This is really tasty. I actually prefer this from the bottle. When I've had it on tap, the hops have tended to dominate and the malts haven't shown up as much. This is near-perfectly balanced and very, very drinkable.

Photo of BeerBaron08
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Nice clear golden amber color, very carbonated, looks delicious
S- Malty and sweet aroma.
T- Has a crisp balance between malt and hops with a touch of sweetness, medium body.
M- Very bubbly on the tongue at first, but quickly settles down.
D- One of the best lagers I've ever had. Would definitely recommend

Photo of whoneeds8
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tburkhart for the bottle.

Poured into pilsner glass golden yellow with a one finger white head. Head disapates at a reasonable rate, with very little lacing.

Has a hopped smell. Very smooth taste, with a hop bite. Very well balanced. Carbonation is low for a lager, but doesn't effect the taste.

I prefer a little more flavor, which is why I'm not much of a lager fan. But this is a good lager with a good amount of flavor.

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Auslander for this one. Pours a nice dark gold with little head. Some lacing and webbing along glass edge. Smells of biscuits, and heavy on the malt. Smells pretty good.

Nice crisp mouthfeel and medium body makes this excellent in drinkability. Nice malty concoction that finishes with a beautiful hop bitterness, begging you to drink more. This is a good lager. I'd get again.

Photo of ahking
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must say that I like this beer. It's a great golden color with a little bit of unfiltered haze to remind you that this ain't your old man's lager. I find that a good all malt lager of this quality is too few and far between.

A slight soapy head fades quickly but provides a spicy, slightly floral aroma. I smell fresh cut grass on a late summer day.

This beer tastes good without being complicated. It's clean, medium-light bodied, medium hop bitterness, clean.

Mouthfeel is quite crisp yet smooth with a good hop bite adding to its refreshing qualir

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,807 ratings.