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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 09-18-2001

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Photo of RyanK252
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Light malt, biscuity, faint toasty notes, a hint of lemon, and a little sweetness.

T: Biscuity malt, light lemony hops, and a hint of caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Clean easy drinking beer. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of hophead723
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this one while trying to find something new. I was looking for an Oktoberfest or a Golden Ale or something with more than 5%.

Look: Brilliant and clear gold-orange color with a nice one finger head.

Smell: Mildly sweet and vaguely nutty malt aroma with a bready character.

Taste: Perfect grainy sweetness impeccably balanced by herbal and lemony hops that give the tongue a jolt in the middle.

Feel: Mouthfeel is firm and even, with an overall dry tone. Finishes a bit dry.

Overall: This beer is excellent! I could tell after just one gulp that it was something special and deserving of it's awards.

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Photo of Salinacheung
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

FLAVOR: A smooth, award-winning (and deceptively unassuming) balance of sweet malt and dry hop flavors
ABV: 5.8% IBU: 30
PAIRS WITH: Salads, fish, chicken, and pretty much any social function
MALTS: Harrington 2-Row Base Malt, Caramel 60
HOPS: Cascade, Mt. Hood
SHELF LIFE: 110 Days

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Photo of breardon1776
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber light brown color. Smell of malt and hops. Taste toffee, caramel, and mild citrus/pine. I like flavor and feel. Hits the lips as a lighter ale but on the back end feels heavier, richer and taste a lot of flavors as the beer travels down my throat. I really like this beer and gave it great scores. Don't know if it makes my top 50, but maybe top 100.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a style I'm not very familiar with. It's a bit deeper in flavor than a pilsner (and more malt forward) with a bit more caramel and breadiness, but not quite on the same level as a märzen, though that's not too far off. The dry herbal hops finish is there for good measure. I really like this beer - even if there are other lager styles that are more interesting this one just has great balance and is really satisfying.

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Photo of eskildow
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a very dark gold, almost an amber, which I find very attractive. There is a mild, almost lacy, white head on the beer that fades quickly.

There is little in the way of smell, aside from a mild alcohol and perhaps fruity note. The taste is biting, clean, and has notes of corn.

The body is thin, almost watery, which can be expected from a lager. However, this was a touch thinner than I would have liked. Overall, it is a very drinkable beer, particularly if you're spreading it out over an evening.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.07/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Call me the odd man out on this one.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Export Lager.

For whatever reason, this is the only lager to have ever made my wants list. Bought it tonight because I didn't really feel like getting too hammered but I still wanted something with some flavor.

Look - Not sure if it was the glass served in, but the brew pours the darkest golden I have ever seen in a lager. Head only forms to about a quarter finger and quickly turns into a cloud formation upon the top of the glass. Carbonation is very light and there is no retained lacing whatsoever. 3.5.

Smell - No adjuncts to be noted. The smell is heavily and virtually all straight up grass with just a touch of toasty malts. 3.25.

Taste - Grassy as all hell with a touch of faint lemon zest far off into the distance. Beer is more bitter than the 30 IBU level would have you believe. No noticeable light hoppyness to be detected and it is quite one dimensional. As I continued into the sixer, the beer rode a very fine line between slightly offensive. 3.

Feel - Body is moderate though mostly watery and the carbonation is very prickly. No creamyness to be noted. Bitterness coats the tongue and the mouth. Beer goes down a bit rougher than you would expect. 3.

Overall - I really wasn't a very big fan of this one. I've had better lagers. While the taste was certainly different than most, it wasn't necessarily a good thing. Too bad really since GLBC usually does a a great job with everything they make. Tough call on drinkability. I can finish the sixer but I wouldn't buy it again. Had this beer been hopped a bit heavier like SA Nobel Pils it would have scored hire and been more pleasant to drink. Oh well, it is what it is. 3.

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Photo of slusk
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear golden with a dense one finger white head.

S: Toasty malt with a light earthy hop.

F: Very clean with a nice upfront pilsner malt. light earthy hop. perfect balance, not super heavy. mild citrus. finishes semi dry.

F: medium to light bodied with low carbonation.

O: this is a very nice, clean and refreshing brew. Not too crisp. Kinda like a malty kolsch. Very well done and perfectly matched to style.

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Photo of Myotus
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Eziel, for this great trade!
Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 29Aug15) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that shrinks to a quarter's worth after a minute and a half. Dark yellow (dull gold?) in color. Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing hardly exists.
SMELL: This is a beautiful malt bomb. Mild biscuity malt and sweet bread aromas meet with mild caramelized malts. Subtle spicy hop and hints of bitter hop aromas are also detected.
TASTE: Strong caramelized malt flavors combine with mild biscuity malt flavors to create the initial taste. Mild sweet bread flavors enter immediately after along with mild spicy hops. As all flavors continue to push on, mild bitter hop flavors finish off this symphony.
FEEL: Full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. This goes down extremely creamy and smooth. The finish is of little dryness. It's almost crisp, but not quite.
NOTE: I've been wanting to try this beer for some time. It was definitely worth the wait. An amazing alternative to Budweiser, Coors, or Miller.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer pour a pale amber color. On the aroma I get a metallic scent followed by a bready, cracker like note. The flavor leads with a crisp cracker flavor. I pick up some fruit notes on the finish, like tart plum. This a very nice, easily drinkable beer. While I would not reach for this often, I recognize it is a very well done beer.

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Photo of benloho
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Now if all lagers were like this one in the states than my fridge would look a lot different. What an excellent example of the style. Crisp and refreshing, not overly malty or thick, but not watery of fizzy either. Rich amber color with a nice off white head that holds well. Crackery/bready malt complexity with a super drinkable texture. Well done!

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Photo of lastmango
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful medium golden color with medium carbonation. Head was very thin, not even one finger thick and dissipated quickly. Initial aroma of floral yeast. Initial sip had notes of fresh yeast bread followed by malt, then well balanced bitterness from the spicy hops. Continued sips revealed excellent balance between malt and hops and a hint of licorice. This beer is balanced and has some chewiness. This is a great all around beer but might not be the best one to drink in the summer when you are very hot.

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Photo of PhillyJay1701
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Good lord. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Look: this is a FINE looking beer; golden in appearance with fair carbonation a healthy off white head.

Smell: I was surprised at how complex the smell is. Frothy, salty, malty and bready. Just a ton going on here; I'm not even coming close to doing it justice.

Taste: the balance of this beer is amazing; just the right amount of sweet notes to offset the dry finish. Outstanding taste on this beer.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and lively, the carbonation fizzes and the malt coats the palate and the hops bite just enough.

Just an outstanding brew; this is the lager to hold all others up to.

Link to my YouTube review of this beer:

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Photo of Svingjo
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a rich golden colour with a finger thick white head with great retention. The nose is very malt forward with hints of yeast and baking bread. The taste is much the same reminding me of Arrowroot digestive cookies, biscuity with a slight toffee sweetness. There is a slightly earthy hop finish that gives it that slight bitterness at the enough. The carbonation is just enough to add a bit of crispness without making it too dry. I quite enjoyed this lager.

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Photo of Jonoesh5
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark orange/light Amber with a significant off-white head. Smells clean with floral and fruity notes. First sip is wonderful. Biscuity malts balance well with crisp, bitter hops. Notes of pretzel are present throughout. Mouthfeel is soapy, frothy, and lightly carbonated. Overall, the balance is what makes this such an excellent brew- not too sweet, not too bitter. Great appreciation beer, wouldn't expect anything less from Great Lakes.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last year, I thought this was really good. Today, maybe my palate has gone screwy from some of the food or the beers preceding the Dort. I'm not loving it.

Will have to try it again in a more controlled environment.

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Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste like bread. Caught me off guard at first but enjoyed it very much. Pretzel, cracker, bread, butter, and some malts were the flavor. Feel was buttery but light and crisp. Overall not bad, just not my type of beer

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Photo of Moneypenny
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's like if you took a soft dutch pretzel and turned it into a beer. Yeah, that's it.

Sorry I can't wax pretentious on this little piece of bread in a glass with a slightly bitter finish.....which I was lucky enough to get from my son when he came home from college in Ohio, but I'd rather drink than write right now. And yes, I poured it into a Spencer glass I got at Total Wine & Beverage. Crucify me!

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Photo of Kon_Doc-08
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a very rich gold look to it which i why i rated it higher there. As of smell not much there. Taste is about par for a beer. Not my favorite great lakes beer.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BBD 3/16/15. Pours a clear light medium amber (copper gold). Normal head volume, outstanding lacing and retention.

Light nose of biscuit and herbal hops.

Light medium body with a smooth texture that imparts moments of oiliness and creaminess. Perfect carbonation with a rich prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The world class flavor profile is intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a blend of herbal and citric hop flavor over biscuit. As hop flavor recedes in the middle, a mild noble hop bitterness takes the forefront over a balancing biscuit sweetness. The finish is a bit crisp, and a tad dry, with a lingering noble hop flavor over a subtle receding bitterness.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant gold under a 1” white to cream foam collar that leaves thin sheets of lace.
S: noble hops, spice, light bread.
T: Some bread to light biscuit with a crisp, bitter noble hop finish.
F: Clean and smooth, medium body and carbonation
O: A classic representative of the style

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Photo of ARoman
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*transferred from previous notes - 1/12/2014*
On tap into an english tulip pint. The aroma is mostly floral with some bread malt notes and citrus accompanying it. It has a moderate foamy head which dissipates quickly and leaves some trace (minimal) lacing. This sits atop a clear gold colored beer. This initial taste is sweet honey and caramel with some mild maltiness and some very light trace resin bitterness. It’s medium bodied with active carbonation. It goes down somewhat syrupy, but more or less dry. The initial sweetness fades with warmth and gives way to a dry, mild, but more pronounced, bitterness. It finishes mostly mild, hoppy bitterness accompanied by the floral notes sticking around.

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Photo of Maxbier
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow pour from a bottle, big white head. Aroma: big bright citrus sweetness with faint hint of pineapple. Very light body at first (finishes maltier), plenty of flavor; light lemon citrus, characteristic malt flavor of Southern German and Bohemia. Finish is spicy/herbal and grassy.

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Photo of Bone53
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich golden color with a finger off white head

Smell:Sweet bready malt and grassy and slightly citrus hops

Taste: Follows the nose exactly. Sweet bready malts upfront, grassy and slightly citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body, but full bodied for the style. Very crisp with a slight bitter finish

Overall: Great Lakes makes some of the best lagers i have laid my lips on, and this is one of them. Super clean and crisp profile with some character unlike most lagers. I prefer Eliot Ness to this, but either would be absolutely perfect as that lawn mowing, game time, bbq, go to beer, and for turning a BMC drinker into a craft drinker

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a love, pure and clear gold with a nice, foamy white head that leaves plenty of lacing.
Very nice aroma loaded with spicy and earthy hops, biscuit and grain
Great tasting beer. I pick up a lot of spiciness from the hops, plenty of biscuit and cracker, a little cracked grain taste and a nice drying and slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is thin to medium and a bit bubbly.
Overall, a really tasty lager that is clean, crisp and very refreshing. Could easily drink a couple more. Excellent.

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