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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,047
Hads: 2,989
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 178
Gots: 504 | FT: 5
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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Reviews: 1,047 | Hads: 2,989
Photo of hopsputin
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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 (805 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is wonderful. I don't know of too many other Dortmunders, but I don't need to, because this is the one I'd recommend to others without even thinking about it. It's rich and it's smooth and it looks pretty. (215 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.14/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (1,488 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

November 28, 2014

12 oz bottle, Kolsch glass

A – Medium copper, extremely clear, with a very minimal foam, white head. Looks juicy and caramely.

S – Some dark biscuit and fresh brown bread. Light toffee, and light fruity esters, perhaps red apples.

T – Again the brown bread, freshly baked, and some fruitiness in very low amounts. Hop bitterness and some noble hop flavor.

M – Smooth with a brilliant hop bite. Very lagery, slightly creamy.

O – Very reminiscent of a Kolsch with a bit more depth. Bitterness compliments the malts used very well. A fine, easy drinking lager, with good complexity. (619 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't get GL in my state. Picked this up on a recent tripo through Pennsylvania.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a: Clear dark gold with a finger thick white head which receded to traces of surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Biscuit malt.

t: Bready malt. Dry finish. Actually improves as it warms, with pleasant cedar notes and a stronger malt presence.

m; Light to medium, good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: A darker and tastier than average lager, which more than holds up as it warms, eventually becoming a nice sipper. (564 characters)

Photo of Chinaskifan1
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Beautiful deep gold in color, rich tasting. This is a quality beer and you know it by looking at it, smelling it, tasting it. Top notch. (152 characters)

Photo of LoganRyanMurphy
4.5/5  rDev +10%

I don't always drink a lager, but when I do... I drink Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. This is a truly incredible beer. Though I try to avoid using the word "drinkability" I can't dodge it here. Thankfully, however, drinkability with this beer does not mean tastelessness or watered down flavor. I highly recommend this beer. (323 characters)

Photo of SSS
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

A-clear golden color, slight off white head that disappears quickly, no significant lacing
M-full body, carbonation is nice and light
T-malt is mellow, bitterness is a nice balance and not over powering
S-fruity aroma

O- very drinkable and true to the style, I would down a couple after cutting the grass on a hot summer day. (326 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Business trip to Central Ohio...trying out local brews and enjoying the Great Lakes line so far.
Everyone has beer styles that they like more or less than others. To me, Dortmunder was an in-between kind of style that never impressed. This beer impressed. Great balance with smooth malty undertones, slight biscuit, subtle hop nose, light/balanced bitterness...just a delicious beer. Plain and simple, this beer just defined this style for me. (447 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Crystal clear amber color. Forms a thin 1/4 finger white head. The head leaves pretty lace rings after each sip. The bottle lists drink by date (11/18/14) and ABV - 5.8%.

S: [3.50] The nose is sweet with the smell of corn and grains.

T: [3.75] Nice malt backbone gives sweetness across the palate. Nice flavor - but not any really distinct elements.

M: [2.50] Nice buttery mouthfeel but the carbonation is a bit too high for my liking.

O: [3.75] This would be an excellent transition beer for BMC drinkers. It is also an excellent lawn mower beer. It is really easy drinking and there is no sense of the alcohol at all. Great Lakes makes really good beers and this is no exception. It doesn't really shine like a top 10 but it is very approachable and is an easy "Go to" for price, quality and taste. (826 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date: 9/29/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: An Orange/Gold in color both on the lighter side. Clean and not difficult to see through. The beer is well carbonated but the white head did not persist for very long. Some carbonation cling as the beer is sipped and swirled.
Aroma: A strong aroma of malts, bready to biscuity, gives way to a very pungent hop aroma of dried apple. The hops are moderately bitter and seem to contain a sulfur aroma as well. A touch of yeast flavoring can be found in the finish.
Taste: Both hops and aroma continue to play large roles in the taste. Again there is a sulfurous flavor that really plays with the hops. The hop bitterness is stronger then the aroma indicates.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium Carbonation. The beer drinks smoothly and is very well balanced. What's strikes me most is how the sulfur plays so well with the hops.
Notes: Best by 9/20/14. 9 days after the best by date. (979 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to whitenads for sending me this one.

Enjoy by: 7/22/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, biscuit, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, biscuit, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (580 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearance: Tons of smoke on the pop. Pours a very dark gold with 4 fingers of sandy/beige head; rocky. Visible carbonation (but not so on the palate, very smooth with almost no carbonation there); outstanding lacing.

Aroma: Bready with a tart zing. Little hops to speak of.

Taste: Soft arrival, dry. Malty, bready across mid-palate. A touch of sweetness at the end, with gentle bitterness.

Mouthfeel: little carbonation on the palate; soft. Mid-to-lightweight.

Overall: Really reminds me of CBC Summer Teeth, but slightly heavier and filtered. remarkably low carbonation and lower bitterness leave me wanting more oomph. But outstanding retention and lacing, and a very balanced flavor make this an instant classic. I think I still like Michelob better as my go-to pale lager. (793 characters)

Photo of Oberson58
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

It is the best tasting beer I have ever come across. It's like they created a brita filter for beer and it pissed out the most reliable, un-offensive beer of all time. It's one of the greats, I just hope someone else sees it for how great it really is. (257 characters)

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Appearance- Golden.

Smell- fresh bread.

Taste- crisp lightly hopped finish. Refreshing, extremely easy to drink. Great middle of the road beer

Overall- A great session beer choice and possibly the best lager I have tried. (225 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance- Golden, thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Yeasty sweetness like fresh bread.

Taste- Like a Budweiser should have tasted, pale malts leading into a crisp lightly hopped finish. Refreshing, delicately flavored, extremely easy to drink. This would be ideal for playing some beer pong or other drinking games. If this was a macrobrew it would be by far the greatest beer ever.

Mouthfeel- Thin, perfectly carbonated, dry finish.

Overall- A great session beer choice and possibly the best lager I have tried. (526 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. The beer has wisps of orange, caramel, and cherry that create a not so lustrous copper. Opaque and not my impression of a golden lager.

S: Significant amount of clean smelling caramel malts. Black currant woodiness bordering strawberry sweet ester quality. Sweet butter and toast, but moderated with spicy cinnamon.

M: Thin, mineral water feel. Sticky and resinous with a soft underbelly. Watered down whisky with light carbonation.

T: Grapefruit juice and orange pith. Good spiciness featuring grainy coriander. Good amount of sulfur creates a vegetal taste that is not out of place. Sweet caramel toffee finish, but needs more malt sweetness throughout. (692 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ah, Dortmunder export, one of the vague styles. This one pours out a reddish-orange colored beer with a nice large head. The heavy malt aroma doesn't really go with the style, but it does smell nice. Flavor has a strong malt presence with only slight hop bitterness. Malt is a touch grainy, though not too much. Good body and mouthfeel, which is appropriate for a strong export. (378 characters)

Photo of pijiuhuaxian
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the best of the Great Lakes offerings. I had the the Dortmunder Gold recently on tap at a seafood restaurant outside of Cleveland. Was skeptical since it had been a couple years since I had had it, but this beer is still as world class as it was before I knew what good beer was. If you grew up with Great Lakes you grew up spoiled. (338 characters)

Photo of robear
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into 8 oz taster. From a 12-bottle taster pack. 2 months prior to expiration.

Appearance- Golden, on the darker, richer side of Golden. Clearly there is a bit of caramel malt in play here. Finger of foam that dissipate in less than a minute. Sharp, tight carbonation.

Smell- Toast with a touch of sour.

Taste- There we go. Everything balances out there, just a pinch of tartness (middle of the tongue) quickly washed over with a creamy, malty caramel- not as sweet as an amber, the hops still dominate (especially for a lager). Style-wise this is on point. Delicious. Aftertaste of fresh country bread with roasted crust.

Mouthfeel- much larger than the beer would indicate. Keeps your mouth interested.

Overall- Waited too long to try this delicious beer. (784 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> snifter glass

A - This offering pours up a nice medium gold/amber. There is an initial two inch fluffy head that diminishes into a thin retention layer with elaborate spotty lacing.

S - the nose is very subtle. I mostly get a cereal smell.

T - Very malt forward with a well balanced dry hoppy finish. Very pleasing taste!!

M - nice feel, good carbonation, not much of an aftertaste.

O - This is why no one should ever thumb their nose at lagers. (472 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co. is the first brew I've properly reviewed on here,but certainly not my first by them. Those will get their own reviews in due time. This is the second "plain ol' lager" I've experienced in the craft realm. Here we go: Poured from the bottle into a glass, this baby's got a moderately thick, off-white head that doesn't seem like it plans on leaving anytime soon. And that's fine with me. Great lacing, too.

Smell is mostly malt, not much roasted malt though. Maybe a dash of earthiness, too.

Taste is somewhat comparable to a Budweiser, believe it or not. But richer and more satisfying. Clean finish to the rich malt taste. Which is not to say it's TOO rich. Awesome balance of richness and crispness is more like it.

Mouthfeel matches the taste, earning it a high-ranking 4.5/5

4.5 overall. This would be a great anytime, go-to lager for craft enthusiasts or those crossing over . Pretty much any food would go well with this brew. I will certainly buy this liquid gold again! (1,048 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. The color of this brew is nice. There is nothing wrong with the appearance of this brew. The taste is smooth and rich at first. At the end there is a little bit of of bite. The bite is a nice finish to this brew. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is a good drinking brew ,no bad after tease or anything over powering. This brew is all around a good brew smooth tasting with a bite. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. I would get this brew again. (575 characters)

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.