Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,936
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 171
Gots: 459 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 jgebauer110
4.89/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is by far the best lager I have ever experienced. Taste, 24 carat gold appearance, smell are all beyond compare!

Photo of Roser
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice big frothy bone white head. Lasted a good bit. Very little/light lacing. Lots of bubbles. Clear honey gold hue. Ultra pleasing to the eye.

S- clean, malty, hoppy. All the pleasant aromas I expect and enjoy when visiting a brewery.

T- lots of malts up front, followed by nice hop bitterness.

M- crisp, medium to full body.

O- an excellent lager. Very well balanced. Loads of character all around. Would definitely have again and recommend.


Photo of imdabuzzard
4.91/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Photo of AllanPatchin1016
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love GLBC and this beer is critically acclaimed world wide, but it's just very underwhelming to me.

Photo of zaraspook
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its a okay beer for me.

Photo of JR88
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Truly Exceptional Balanced Lager....Many Lagers simply are not that good...many are dull/boring, not very clean/ refreshing etc. The Dortmunder styles are underrated imo...

This one is just very Clean/Refreshing and added richer Biscuit/malty character really is tasty, gets into/more like how a Lager should be like xD

Photo of davepyne
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like it with a lime!

Photo of dryfly24
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice foamy but quickly thinning head. Very creamy for a lager. Beautiful golden honey color. Sweet but faint aroma. Biscuity, malty sweet flavor with a mild hoppy slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced and flavorful. I'm a stout and porter guy but I liked this one very much.

Photo of timontheroad
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a clear gold/Amber color with a bubbly half-inch head that quickly receded to a thin film. Some lacing, but not great.
Smell: Has a nice sweet bready, biscuity malt aroma. Some noble hop notes as well.
Taste: The bready malt is very forward in this beer, with some very nice piney and spicy hop flavors.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp, somewhat dry on the finish, but very pleasing on the palate.
Overall: Quite a lot of flavor for a lager, super drinkable. I like it a lot.

Photo of pinyin
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been looking for a traditional, delicious, German malt lager for a while now. Ever since Victory changed the formula and fermentation time on their Lager, I've been assed out, with the exception of Stoudt's Gold.

This Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is amazing. From the color, to the taste, this is my new favorite. So happy I have a case of this left.

Served from the bottle in a curved pint glass.

Color is a bronze orange, slightly cloudy. Just perfect. The color matches the taste to perfection.

The taste is a really carefully fermented and sanitized blend of biscuit and munich malts, and lots of them. The grain bill on this lager has to be be really high and somewhat organic. It's not that hoppy, but has just enough hops to balance the grain load. This is German malts to perfection. The alcohol gravity is also well balanced. Very high quality yeast in this lager. Very robust and malty.

The nose is what you would expect from a high malt we'll lagered beer. Smells as fresh as the day they opened the 55 pound bag of biscuit malt.

Head is sort of minimal at colder temperatures. I served this at around 39-42F. Quality lagers should not have a giant head, but there is enough natural carbonation in this, where if you want more head, just give it a swirl.

For anyone who is a little tired of the overhopped ipa's and high abv% double, triple and quad ales, this is the perfect session lager.

It really is a perfect beer in all aspects.

Kudos to Great Lakes for this one. As I was not a fan of their IPA's, but damn this is such a great product.

Photo of Moonrise
4.86/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a tremendous lager. Very possible that I have just found my perfect go-to beer. Very versatile and perfect all around.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice and bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a deep gold and very clear that you can exactly through it. The beer also has a nice sheen to it as well.

The beer smell is very sweet and bready. There does not seem to be a very strong hop note in the aroma. What little hop note exists is a little bit bitter to offset the malts an yeast. Rather, the malt's sweetness and the yeast's breadyness are the stronger notes and mix very well with each other.

The taste is a bit different than the aroma. The same notes are there but the bitter hop notes are stronger and more pronounced. The malt sweetness and yeast breadiness are still there but the hop does a better job of balancing out the flavors.

The beer is a bit medium bodied with biting carbonation. The beer leaves the mouth feeling a little dry afterwards.

Overall, a very good lager and worth working into a constant rotation.

Photo of jimbob25
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfectly balanced German style beer. Refreshing and delicious.

Photo of Jjeznach
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best beers we have had in years!!

Photo of dsnyder61
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer for Great Lakes

Photo of mchegash
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
An *incredibly* clear light orange. Minimal head. An average amount of carbonation is visible. The clearness of this beer really makes it stand out.

Smell - 3.75/5
Standard lager smell, but very quality. Smell is not super strong though

Taste - 4/5
Sweet light malts, slight floral and pine hops, and a hint of spiciness. This is a very interesting lager taste. There is more going on than in the typical lager. Particularly the spiciness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, carbonation is light. The beer is very smooth. And ever so slightly crisp.

Overall - 4/5
Overall, this was a good lager. I've had this beer several times, and don't remember it being as hoppy or having any spiciness to it. But still this was a good lager.

Photo of hopsputin
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: its a bright mix of straw yellow and amber. very clear. 1.5 finger rocky, solid head

s: a nice dry graininess, a bit of sweet caramel and lemongrass, the faintest hint of toffee, hay, finishes clean with some nice earthiness

t: amazingly crisp. has all the great flavors of a pilsner - some nice graininess, some straw and lemongrass, and some nice mild sweetness from the malt that comes from a light almost salt water toffee-like flavor, BUT it is much smoother than a pilsner. none of that bitterness - it just kind of ends in flavor with a smoothness that is great. really nice flavor in here. also a real nice biscuty presence flavor in here as a backbone

m: light mouthfeel, with medium carbonation

o: not complex, but super enjoyable. clean, crisp, and delicious. definitely recommend

Photo of Turbo
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very well balanced lager. Good color and nice lacing. I enjoyed the overall flavor and could throw a couple of these back anytime.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dortmunder gold

Served in a snifter. Only glassware I currently have.

Nice fluffy head, pale white and a tad chewy. Persists well. Plenty of lace. Beautiful golden liquid with excellent clarity. 5

Floral aroma with sweet bready malt. Clean and straightforward. 4

Very bready in flavor with light sweetness. Hop flavors are floral and slightly tangy. A touch earthy with faint honey notes. 4

Medium carbonation and light bitterness are notable. Creamy and alternately bubbly. Nice to drink. 4

I'm no expert on this style, but this is good and enjoyable.

Photo of canton1956
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer about approaches perfection

Photo of redhorse107
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A very smooth, light and refreshing beer. Not overly hoppy or bitter.

Photo of bmeehan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Fantastic, easy to drink beer.

Photo of CanisAmator
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Perfectly balanced. Lots of hops, but not too bitter.

Photo of PA-hunter
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 5.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a semi clear light orange color with a 1 finger head.

Smell- Freshly baked bread from the malt character along with hints of some fruit like orange poking through.

Taste- The grainy nature mixes well with the toasted malt flavor. Biscuit like. Some bitterness on the back end. Has a grassy type of finish towards the end with a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Thick for a lager, but still in the medium range overall in terms of body.

Overall- A well balanced and very interesting lager. Nice complexity. Quite smooth as well. A must try! Well done by Great Lakes.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a crystal clear pale orange, leaning towards gold but definitely more on the orange side of that line, with a fair amount of bubbles visible. The head is fairly thin, and rather short-lived before dying first to a ring of white and, eventually, to nothing at all.

S: Bread is the main takeaway from the aroma. Whole grain bread, with extra whole grains and some cracked grains along for the ride. There's some very faint toffee essence in there, and a little dry mustiness, like a long-sealed library being cracked open for the first time in decades.

T: The scent did not lie - whole grain bread flavor is present, and in spades. This has significant bread and grain malt character, for most of the tasting process. There's a leathery soil note, however, that cuts through any possible sweetness, and is especially strong on the finish, leaving a bitter, clay-earth aftertaste. There are some other, very faint notes present, grassy and fruity, but the bitter soil conceals them enough that I am unable to pick them out.

M: Light and slick in the mouth, and rather sharply carbonated.

O: Not my favorite lager, to be honest, but this is also not my favorite lager style. The earthen noble hops are present enough to obscure some of the other flavors for me, and the malt tones are less biscuit, more bread and grain, to me. I usually avoid this one, and the occasional revisit reinforces to me why I do.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,936 ratings.