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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,832
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 161
Gots: 368 | 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 Natural510
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper color without much head, but good carbonation nonetheless.
Smells of sweet citrus, slightly yeasty.
This is a sweet lager, tastes of lemon & orange with a nice bitter aftertaste. Smooth, with enough kick to keep it interesting.
Nice & drinkable, it goes down easy. Nothing outstanding, but like other GL selections it balances both quality & accessibility to please both purists and your average beer drinker.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let's get one thing straight, folks, I am a Dortmunder Export Snob. Its a bold statement, I know, but I just want everyone to know I won't be pulling any punches on this review.

Appearance: Pours a light copper body with a full, lathery white head.

Smell: Bready pilsner malt aroma with a bit of orange zest and spicy, floral hop scents.

Taste: Clean pils malt flavor with a light sweetness, a bit of breadiness, and a slight, subtle hint of juicy orange peel. Flowery, spiced hop flavors with a mild bitterness. Touch of yeast. Drying, crispy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Light, spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A very nice, easy drinking Dortmunder. I'd say I would have it around regulary, but Great Lakes beers are regrettably unavailable in my state.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to limesmut for this one. Best by date of 10/13/07.

I am a little late on this one but hopefully it will still be okay. Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Dark Gold/ light bronze in color with a nice sized, about two fingers, white head with plenty of lacing. Head remains a solid quarter inch for the duration of the consumption.

Aroma was a bit sour. Slightly bready. Malty with a touch of earthy hoppiness. The sourness is very slight but I can still smell it. Almost apple like in character.

Nice taste. Malty with a smooth but perfectly present hop bitterness. Hops linger in the finish as well. Slightly tangy. Bready. A little more of the apple flavor.

Finishes mostly dry with a good hop puckering in the end as well. I thought this was okay. Not too familiar with the style, but I think I could grow to like this one. Easy drinker for sure.

Photo of littleshamrocks
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date printed on the label. Served in a pilsener glass.

Pours gold in color with a large, foamy, almost creamy, off-white head. It has an exceptional clarity and medium carbonation. The head is long lasting and leaves behind rings of lacing with each drink. The first scent to hit my nose was a light floral/perfume-y hoppiness mixed with some slightly toasted, grainy-biscuit-y malts. There is just a hint of sweetness present in the malts as well. Overall, it has a nicely balanced aroma. Taste brings more of the biscuit-y malts backed by a solid floral/grassy hop flavor and a lingering hop bitterness at the end. Small traces of caramel to be found somewhere in the middle. Mouthfeel is medium to medium -full bodied with a somewhat dry texture and moderate carbonation.

Wow, what a lager! This beer is expertly crafted and is the benchmark for this style. It is beautifully balanced and it has a considerable depth to the flavors. Although the abv may be just a little high, I think this would make an excellent session beer. Definitely a top notch lager. I would recommend it to anyone.

Photo of pacothrash
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this in a 12 pack sampler.

Pours copper/golden color with a large white frothy head. It has a little sweet and malty aroma and the taste is very nice for the style full body. There was a slight bitter aftertaste and is a nice beer for a light lunch.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think Dortmunder's are one of the hardest beers to brew. I always look at the BJCP for a good description of style. Pours out a lemony yellow color. A good pour leaves a nice white, frothy head with some staying power but does dissipate through the tasting.

The nose has a grainy, malty aroma. Mostly pilsner malt but some bready and limited corn characteristics. Very limited hop flavor with some earthy and noble hop aromas. Some light yeast and DMS aromas as well.

The taste is a tad bit more balanced with malt and hops but not balanced. The malt brings out a grainy and sweet flavor. The pilsner taste blends more evenly than what the nose originally indicated. The bready flavor is more present with some biscuit and a touch of munich finish. The hops are a touch citrus and earthy presence. The hops are mostly aroma and finish the beer nice.

The body is close to mid than light. I would have liked to see it finish lower with more of a crispness as there is a lot of sweetness especially for style. There is a definite yeasty finish that is offset and really is a deterrent. Overall a good beer but a lot of tangibles that are missed here, then again this is a very difficult beer to brew.

Photo of riboflavin88
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer had a great color; khaki, golden, and crisp. Had a nice white head with decent carbonation. The aroma was grainy, and like others who rated this beer, it had notes of biscuit and oatmeal. A very drinkable/ session beer. I highly suggest this beer to have as a staple in your fridge.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice whitish head. Nose is sweet in nature, but doesn't seem overly complex. Flavor is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Also seems to fade over time so that it doesn't kill the experience. Noticeable grain tones that grow as it warms. Feel is smooth on both ends. This is easily drinkable, though not very complex. The higher sweet tone might be a bit much for some people.

Photo of iceball585
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale gold color, clear, thin white lacy cover, some tiny carbonation bubbles rising throughout

S- Pale malts, citrus, earthy, bready, slightly sweet smelling

T- Light citrus hops, sweet malts, fairly grainy/earthy, honey, biscuits, yeast

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight dry finish but remains sweet

D- Decent session beer

To me this tastes like another typical export lager. Good over all but nothing that makes it stand out above the rest.

Photo of joekfsu
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a 1 cm foamy off white head. Aroma is mostly malts, some lemon and some strange nut or woodiness. Initial flavor is covered by the malts, ends with hops and spice. Some decent lacing, noted carbonation, light on alcohol. Light to medium mouthfeel but adequate for the style. Drinkable and one of the better options from GL.

Photo of chiefydawg
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden liquid with medium carbo and small white head. Color has a nice glow to it. Head didn't stay long; ditto for the lace.

Sweet grainy smell, which I find unusual. Like a fresh-baked beer bread.

That gentle sweetness and biscuit stuck around for the taste, but there is some hop to cut through. That hop, just enough to team up with the light body and fizz, made for a clean, crisp beer that I held in my mouth just to keep the taste going.

Even after the swallow, the grainy malt taste lingered, much to my enjoyment. Reminded me that this isn't just a coldy to swig at a club or the beach, but a quality brew that can go well with a meal (I'm thinking some white fish or chicken breast), or sipped and discussed.

This beer crossed me as one of those gratuitous light beers that a brewpub will have to appease the Bud drinkers and draw them to the next level., so I've been rather hard on it for years. I apologize. This is a real world class beer to be reckoned with (OK, enjoyed).

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass.

A: Beautifully warm sunshine - a yellow-orange that cuts through the overcast dreariness of the Portland winter. The slightest unfiltered haziness rests fairly peacefully beneath a one-finger head of pure-as-driven-snow white cream. Head drops to a blotchy film; lace grabs in creamy sheets.

S: Aroma of fresh baked biscuits, served with honey and butter. A little earthy graininess, more like raw yeasty dough. Hops are subtly grassy.

T: Malty and full of bready yeast - a little sourdough like and a little herbally spiced. Though a bit sugary at first, that lightly sourbread dough zing hardens a little to a drier finish

M: Smooth and fairly creamy, very little crispness. Maybe lacking a certain carbonation bite as the bottle is just at its 'freshness' date. Regardless, it's medium-light bodied and

D: So easy to consume - the quintessentially drinkable lager. One I'd have on hand all summer long were it available out here. Thanks to vwcraig.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Hopleaf. Poured amber with a deceent head and excellent lacing. Smelled of lager yeast with a slightly grainy sweetness. Happily, the taste is a good deal more interesting with slightly sweet flavors of vanilla and banana, more lager yeast, and a slight, but pleasant graininess. Uber smooth and a bit soft in the mouth. This is truly delicious and easy to drink. I like this style, even though I usually drink ales, and this is a beautiful interpretation of it. A little fruitier, and richer and fuller than some while keeping the abv in check. Great beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into an 8oz hotel glass, cause its all I had and it was better then paper or plastic!

A – This one poured a very clear and very light golden amber with no head, and I don’t mean virtually no head, I mean no head at all on this one. Only the slightest amount of lace was present and it was rather unremarkable and did not hang around long after it formed. There was some carbonation present, but to be honest not much and it was not helping the foam layer on top that was for sure.

S – The aroma was full of grain and bread like smells, which completely dominated the entire profile from the first moment you took a whiff of it. This was not a bad thing in fact it was kinda what I would be looking for in the style and it really came off with the aroma of a classic German lager. Very to the point, clean, simple, done nothing hidden or complicated. No warming to bring out the subtleties, it was just there take it or leave it; you kinda have to like that.

T- This followed along very nicely with the rest of it. Really putting the emphasis here on just clean good classic German styled lager. A big-time bready and malt heavy lager this just did not mess around and came right at you. Nice light profile that was just full of bready grains and a bit of an earthy sort of twang to it that was hard to place, but was a little different. The finish was great; a nice big kick of hops to finish it off did it nice drying it all out and getting you ready for your next sip.

M – Very light bodied, but that is what you would expect of the style. This one was pretty much exactly on point to what it should feel like. Decent carbonation kept it from getting dull and the light feel was never slick or watered down, always just about right. Again another nice dry finish to it just set it as smooth sailing.

D – Just an awesome session lager. You could have this one all night long and never really get sick of it. It just had a nice light feel with a great amount of carbonation and light flavorful profile. A winner from the first sip and really nothing at all bad you could say about this.

Overall I liked this one; it was a nice classic German lager with a good hop kick in the back. A nice little different one for me in the midst of everything being so complex with different things added and different temperatures. Sometimes you just want to grab something and not have to think about it. Here you go; this is the one for that.

Photo of Bassetdawg
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: fine golden color with a nice head.

Aroma: a light biscuit malt aroma

Taste and Mouth feel: Well balanced between hops and a nice biscuit malt, with a very clean, crisp mouth feel.

Drinkability: A delicious and very drinkable lager – best Dortmunder I have run across. This brewery and this beer in particular were a very pleasant surprise to find while on vacation in Ohio.

Photo of BDIMike
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great golden color with a nice white head. Great retention all the way through.

Smells of grains and malt. Very wheaty beer, but a candied malt smell as well.

Tastes of a very rich malt with a great balance of hops. Incredibly balanced beer with a nice fruit taste at the end.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, but nice.

Drinkability is great. Strong beer, but very easy to drink.

Photo of stagman
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a fine layer of foam that lingers. It has a fair, malty aroma reminiscient of freshly baked biscuits.

The body has a backbone off crisp malty flavor but has a nice balance of a blend of hops. There is also a bit of malty sweetness in the aftertaste but nothing to turn away from.

Possibly the best Dortmunder around.

Photo of SMark
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into a room temperature Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 41º. The rating therefore should be based on the recommended 45º temperature. A small white head sat on top of the brilliantly clear golden beer. A date on the label indicated the date one should consume the beer by for the freshest taste.

The aroma was clean and refreshing with a very faint hint of malt. No noticeable hops were evident.

The taste was also clean with crispness from the carbonation. There was a slight sweetness with again no noticeable hops or malt dominating.

Very pleasant in the mouth was about it as it was difficult to evaluate as the beverage escaped into the throat quite easily. Nothing lingering so you would need to take additional sips. Again this was very pleasant.

This was a very bright, clean, and enjoyable beer. Although all facets were above average, the combined effect turned out to be slightly better than the individual components.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
2.13/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me first say that I am a very big fan of Great Lakes Brewing Co. They are quite possibly my favorite brewing co. in the USA but I have to be honest, maybe this was just spoiled (they don't pasteurize) or an old batch. I was thoroughly unimpressed with this beer. The only thing I could compare this too would be a thick version of Miller High Life. Pale, foamy head that quickly dissipates, and a bit funky. I may try this again down the road and re-rate it to balance it out but otherwise a huge letdown.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pimpp for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. My first Dortmunder, not sure what to expect.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles. Small amounts of lacing on the sides of the glass, nothing to write home about. Smell is almost like a smoked caramel malt with a hint of white grapes. Some corn like aromas emerge as well. Just a pleasant smelling beer overall. Taste is of mild buttery biscuit, mild caramel malt, and mild citrus hop. Overall, this one is extremely balanced with an amazing bouquet of flavors. Aftertaste is pretty weak, but has hints of grain and wheat. Light to medium body with a fair carbonation. Very interesting brew, it grew on me after a few sips. Definitely worth a shot, I look forward to comparing Great Lakes to other breweries version of this style.

Photo of shroompod
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color , good head , decent lacing.

The beer has a faint hoppy aroma , also a hint of grains.

Hops seem to slightly overpower the underlying malty sweetness. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with a small amount of residual sweetness.

Over this could be a nice session beer if it wasn't for the slightly high ABV.

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.13/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean yellow/ orange-ish color with a white head. Aromas of a small malt, but not much going on. In the taste, again just a small maltiness, but not much to say. A very small bitter mouthfeel and a light malty aftertaste. Very clean, good for a palate clensor. Very similar to a macro lager.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored. Initially poured with a 1" foamy head which quickly disipated to a bubbly layer. It is a bit darker than many other lagers suggesting a richer flavor. The aroma comes across as sweet and malty. The taste is rich for a lager. Sweet on the tongue with an unremarkable finish. It doesn't feel thin in the mouth but rich and viscous. Not a spectacular beer but a very drinkable beer for most occasions.

Photo of atrus138
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with freshness date easily found.

Pours a gold color with tons of lacing and a creamy head that lasts for a long time.

Nice malty aroma. Sweet-smelling.

Excellent balance of hops and malts. Nice and full body. Grainy aftertaste.

While I prefer ales to lagers, this is a great beer. The Great Lakes Company provides yet another great offering.

Photo of DrainBamage
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark copper color with very little carbonation. The head starts out thick and foamy but thins out to a thick lace. Smell sweet, but isn't very strong and aromas a pretty minimal. Taste is biscuity and quite dry. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and has a bitter aftertaste. This is the second time having this beer, but only the first time reviewing. This is much better than I remember it.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,832 ratings.