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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,637 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 2,637
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 146
Gots: 237 | 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 RBorsato
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lightly hazy solid gold color with a very nice light beige head, slow bubbled carbonation, and some lace. Excellent grainy malt and lightly hopped aroma and flavor with great balance -- very clean all around. Medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth with a strong malty finish.

Excellent example, if not the best example, of the style !!

Per GL website: 30 IBU
Gold Medal - 1990 GABF

Enjoy By: 05/18/04
Tasted: 03/19/05

(B. Scott)

RBorsato, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange mixture with a small white head that leaves some lace behind.
Aroma is light malt dry smelling almost some wheat like aroma mingles with crisp citrus earthy hop combination.
Taste is like the aroma nice crisp bread like malt light some caramel present brought forth by the carbonation. Finish is lightly earthy hops with hints of lingering spice.
Mouthfeel is light but suppose to be considering its a lager.
Drinkability is good goes down easy and smooth not my cup of ale so to speak but much improved on regular export lager if memory serves correctly. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

mntlover, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber color with a light fluffy head. The nose is spicy, and hoppy. The taste is nice and clean with a definate hop presence. The bitterness is then followed with a very dry finish in the back of the throat. There seems to be a bit of oakiness and butterscotch in the taste. Overall, a pretty nice distraction from the other lagers out there. The only thing I don't like is the heavy dryness felt in my throat, but I can understand that many would enjoy this aspect.

ALESwhatCURESya, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber gold, frothy white head that dissipates quickly. Smells sweet and bready with strong earthy tones and a light hop aroma. Tatses of toasted and sweet malts up front, some grassiness and bitter lemony hops that add a wonderful balance. Finsh is slightly metallic, medium bodied. Keep 'em comin'.

gimmehead, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About 6 years ago, I used to drink this all the time at the pub next-door to where I worked. They used to serve it on-draught in a frosted 22 oz. mug. This will be the first time I've tried it from the bottle. Cheers to reminiscing and to Scotty Karate for hooking a brother up.

12 oz. bottle dated best before Apr 20 2005. Pours a nice crystal-clear deep golden color with a fluffy, off-white colored head that stays around for good 25 seconds. Nice lacing, too. A bit of bready Vienna and caramel malt sweetness and a touch of Hallertau hops. Very clean tasting, a thorough malty sweetness cut with a lightly herbal, bitter finish. Some light, fruity esters come into play. Quite outstanding in a sense of drinkability, despite a slightly higher ABV than your average lager. A quintessential example of the Dortmunder style of lager, rivaling some German examples. Very recommended for any lager lover.

crookedhalo, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well crafted lager. Pours out to a hazed golden orange color with a medium head that dwindled down but kept a presence. Sweet odors were present, along with a touch of a floral note. Direct and up front flavors of hops, barley and malt were detected, with a slightly creamy element. One of the best lagers I have ever had. The one I sampled was marked "best before Nov 12, 2004" and I drank it toward the end of Feb 2005, and it was still quite good. I can only Imagine what it could be like if it was fresh! Highly recommended.

Frozensoul327, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of bnuttz
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a clear golden color, with a decently large frothy head. Looks very macro like. The smell is grainy and hoppy, like a hopped up pabst without the corn. Taste is crisp and grainy. Then the hops hit next, definitely of german descent. Mouthfeel is much fuller than any macro. I really hate bringing up all these macro comparisons, but this truly is the beer to replace all macros. I could down these things by the case. The epidomy of session beer. This is an outstanding brew that anybody from the swill drinker to the person with the most refined pallete can appreciate. I only wish I lived closer to cleveland, I am sure this stuff is stupendous fresh. Way to go Great Lakes.

bnuttz, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of frank4sail
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a tinge of red highlights the beer also has lots of carbonation in the glass. Bread dough flavors upfront with a balenced dryish finish. The mouth sparkles with lively bubbles on the tongue. Solid and drinkable. The abv (5.8%) is hidden well.

frank4sail, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber body with a one finger offwhite head. Some moderate patchy lacing.
Aroma has some floral hops and buttered bread sweetness.
Mouthfeel has high carbonation and a medium body.
Taste is on the malty side, but not so much as most lagers. Malt is bready, with a hint of butter and caramel, and there is a fine herbal and spice hop bitterness. Very well balanced, overall.
Excellent for style, and a tasty and sessionable lager/ale that would be a fine transition beer for newbies.

merlin48, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of twelvsies
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Real good example of a US lager, Great Lakes continues to impress me. Pours a golden amber hue, with a surprisingly large head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass. Smell isn't as up front as the taste, but I can detect hints of subtle malts and light floral and citrus hops, as well as some wheaty grainy wafts. Taste is nice and smooth. A great balanced brew here, easy on the palate. Nice mellow and sweet malts as suggested by the scent and a grassy floral hop profile hiding in there somewhere. I really am loving the smooth mouthfeel of this beer, very drinkable indeed.

twelvsies, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a deep golden colored body, with a cream head on the top. Some lace. It has a light malt scent. The taste has a light malt front, with a hint of lemon, followed by a touch of hop bitterness. Full round mouth. A nice refreshing brew, not as crisp as a pils, equally satisfying.

Tballz420, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange pour into my tulip glass with a nice inch of white head on top. Fresh and vibrant. Nose has a nice floral/citrus hop aroma along with a hint of spice. Not bad.

A nice spicy barley flavor runs over my tongue with smatterings of citrusy, floral hops. A nice sweet pale malt backbone, crisp and refreshing. Quite impressive for a lager if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is bountiful, with a wonderful body that doesn't have that watery feeling. Drinkability here is good as well. This would be a damn fine summer beer....beach...barbecue. Take a sixer and enjoy. It doesn't weigh you down and it's refreshing to boot. Nice job.

orbitalr0x, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear honey orange topped by a small frothy white head that receded to a scant film of bubbles after a few minutes and sips. A subtle webbing of lace was left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Lovely light smells of slightly caramelized pale malts. Faint kiss of grassy noble hops. Traces of fruity esters.

Taste: Zesty and peppery noble hops are quite prominent at first, almost like a hoppy pilsener, but maltier. Mildly sweet and bready.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light bodied. Rather delicate and exquisite.

Drinkability: Hoppier than Old Dominion's Lager, which is also a past winner of a GABF award in this category. I'd say GL edges out OD ever so slightly. Sessionable to the utmost.

ManekiNeko, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear light amber with a frothy off-white head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty and nutty with light caramel and light and crisp slight hop aroma.

The flavor was malty and well done with bittering to balance and keep the maltiness in check. There was no appreciable hop flavor so the bittering is where the hops shine. The malt had a Munich character and was very smooth.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of ken3c
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a half-inch head that diminishes to a ring with a big foam island. It is deep gold in color and slightly hazy.

There is a nice and spicy hop aroma.

Tastes sweet and spicy with a slightly harsh aftertaste.

It's foamy with medium body.

The more I drink of this, the more I like it. I just don't think I'll ever love it. Maybe I just don't like this style. I keep buying it because my wife loves it.

ken3c, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic find, thanks to a fellow BA-er, this was my initial forray into the world of Dortmunder or Export Lagers and I must say, I loved every minute of it!

This amazing lager poured from the bottle leaving a very modest and enjoyable finger-and-a-half head, while sparking a golden sheen all the while. The aroma was explicit of finely harvested malts with some chewiness in the nose as well...this lager has some backbone to it. A well-rounded lager, and very palatable with the likes of schwein mit kraut. If you are fortunate enough to get a shot at this one, you best be sure to do so!

Prosit!

goindownsouth, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spicy and floral with rounded flavors of lemon, clover honey, and white flour. Very sharp finish, aggressively bitter but balanced all the same. Pilsner-like hopping with an almost creamy helles malt. The grain becomes almost caramelly, but never really rich or overpowering -- not even always noticeable. Very dry finish. Clean yeast stays out of the way, but unfortunately strips the nose of anything pleasant. Wholly to style with a numbingly hoppy kick at the end, this beer lacks the toasty biscuit edge I've tasted in some examples, but the hops are about as authentic as can be.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with the drink before date marked. THe color is a golden orange with a lacy swirled head on top. A great texture on the head shows up soon after it is poured.

The beer lacks a distinct nose. Nothing comes through on the nose. A bit of maltiness, but even that was a stretch.

The flavor is bready and malty and not complex at all. Smooth but lackluster in the flavor department. This beer would go well as an apetizer beer or with something light like sushi. But overall it is not that impressive of a beer, even for a lager.

BrewMaster, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of soper2000
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I returned to Purdue with a stash of this thanks to my parents. It is my first Dortmunder style beer and I think it was pretty decent overall. It poured a nice gold with a two finger white head that made itself present for quite sometime. Aroma is fairly muted, but some floral notes do come through (which I love). Taste is very clean with just a nice malt flavor coming through at the end. Mouthfeel is ok with a medium body on this one. Drinkability rates high with me as this is a supreme session beer. In the end, I will be returning to this beer but I'd definately like to try it at the brewery as fresh as possible. Another winner from Great Lakes.

soper2000, Sep 08, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with garthwaite. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of slightly off-white head over the amber brew. Dense head shows good staying power, with nice lacing. Aroma is lightly of pale malts, with a bready tinge to it. Taste is basically pale malts, but ample amounts for the style, and has a crisp, somewhat lemony close-out. Mouthfeel is great, and drinkabilty is incredible, could see revisiting this again and again if the opportunity arose.

ppoitras, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a fairly large white head, thick, heavy lacing, and profuse streams of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Rich bread and yeast aroma with an intense burst of herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with a sweet, light malt note, followed by honey flavors, ends dry with a sharply metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full with light carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasing and easy to drink, an excellent session beer. Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this.

Pegasus, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from the 12 oz. brown bottle, compliments of the initial round of BIF12.

Poured the color of an old penny with an initial two-fingered head. It dissipated quickly, leaving a thin ring of lace.

Smells like sweet bread with a light floral accent. Appears to be very malty.

The flavor does not let you down. It has a crisp, tart mouthfeel. Amazingly well balanced, given the initial sweet malts and grains. Finishes dry with a bit of lingering malts.

Dithyramb, Aug 23, 2004
Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep golden in color with a decent white foamy head that leaves good lacing in my glass. Bready and flowery aromas, nice bready and grainy flavors, medium bodied, nice smooth mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, very tasty and drinkable, this is an awesome brew.

maxpower, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of CSquared
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Golden brown with a nice white head

Aroma: Toasty notes and earthy hops are quite pleasing

Taste/Mouthfeel: Delicious earthy and citrusy hops well balanced with light bready hop notes. Medium body with a pleasant mild finish.

Drinkability: Still a favorite from one of my favorite breweries. A fine example of a lager, I can enjoy time and time again.

CSquared, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium gold with a very nice head and very good lacing. Smell was a mix of malt and an odd tart aroma. Taste was very nice...very full-bodied and smooth on the malt with a very pleasant hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium, but had a bit of an oily presence that lowered my mouthfeel rating.
Decent on the drinkability scale. Not a spectacular brew IMO, but I would defintely drink more than one.

edchicma, Jul 27, 2004
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,637 ratings.