Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,761
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 155
Gots: 299 | 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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy head that laces well

Smell: Wet hay and a touch of Germanic noble hops

Taste: Starts out with a grassy flavor that grows increasingly tart, mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors dominate and lead to a bitter, grassy finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Clearly to style but I'm just not a big fan of Dortmunder Lagers

Photo of riversider76
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden. Nice white head,with excellent retention,and lacing. Lots of bubbles! Smell is bread,and roasted malt,with some floral hops. Body is medium,and carbionated. Taste is crisp with a nice mix of malt and hops. Smooth,and refreshing. You will want to have more than one!

Photo of orfeu
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 7/02/2007. Poured into a pilsner glass, this lager is a pumpkin-gold hue with steady, active carbonation and a thin but resilient light-ecru head. Soft grain aromas, like cold whole wheat flour mixed with floral hop notes. A bready sweetness greets the palate up front before being washed over by a spicy and citric hop melange with a bit of sulfuric metal twang near the back. A smooth and full biscuity malt flavor rounds out the finish. Clean and dry mouthfeel with a subtle pepperiness on the palate. Refreshing but not too light -- satisfying, to be sure. A highly flavorful and more than reliable session lager. Nicely done.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a sixer for a St. Patty's day party I was attending. It poured out into a pint glass. Nice copper color with an offwhite creamy head of about 1" initially. The head dissipated to a thin cap as time progressed. Thick lacing left on the glass

The nose had a hoppy/pine bite to it.

The taste was not bad... not as hoppy as the scent would suggest... but a nice balace. It had some pine and and finished with an interesting bitter taste that left me searching for words.

The mouthfeel was quite good.... refreshing, but at the same time, a bit of a kick in the ass to let you know that this was a serious brew from the experts at Great Lakes!

Overall, the drinkability is better than average... It left a pronounced film in my mouth. I wasn't so keen on the after taste.... but this one is worth another try.

Photo of BillyB
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear burnt orange to copper color. Thin off-white head that gradually dissipates.

Sweet malty aromas followed by a nice piney but subtle hop aroma. Great balance but gently leaning toward malt.

Taste is bready, biscuity, sweet malt, caramel and a hint of toffee with a nice hop balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and so smooth and creamy I could drink about 100 of these.
Michael Jackson once wrote that this was one of his top 10 favorite american beers. I can see why.

Photo of bjohnson
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JAYW for including this as a throw in. Appreciate the opportunity.

A: Pours a darker golden color with a white foamy head. Thin retention with a decent amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Hefty malt profile. A bit of toasted grain. Subtle sweetness. Grassy and leafy.
T/M: Medium bodied with a decent smack of malt right up front. Sweet malt rides into the finish with caramel and toasted grain flavors. Leafy hop presence slightly balances out the the malt profile, but the malt rules here. Smooth and very nice on the palate. Dryer finish.
D: Very smooth and easy drinking session lager. Thicker than I thought it was going to be, but that doesn't take away from it's session qualities. I like this one.

Photo of IceAce
2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours darker that its German cousins with a rapidly collapsing foam collar. Clarity is good and lacing clocks in around 35%.

Nose is dominated by cooked corn backed by a moderate dose of herbal hops. Entry is respectful and transitions into a midtaste of caramel malt stopping just short of rich. The sweetness continues into the finish with a distinct lack of hoppy balance promised in the aroma.

This is a style I generally love and I tried Great Lakes with expectations of greatness...

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

Clear light copper color and a firm one finger off white head that retains nicely. The nose exhibits floral hops, grains, tart and biscuity yeasts, and a mild sweetness. Hop characters very smoothed out with fresh florals and fruit, like mango, and a delicate spice. Pale malts balance well allowing the mellow hop notes to come through clearly. Slightly twangy yeast tones and faint citrus give way to a dryness towards the end quaff. Thin body and medium carbonation yields a semi-smooth mouthfeel with minimal fizzing. The finish has a lasting sweetness with dry roasted grains biscuit notes hanging in for a bit.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dortminder Gold poured a very clean bright light amber -almost dark golden with an impressive two finger head. The appearance was clear and bright. The aroma was dominated by a thick bready, sweet smell. Perhaps a few noble hops trying to break through. The taste matched the aroma. A thick sour dough, bready sweet taste dominated this lager. While very sweet, this beer remained smooth. Bittering hops attempted to dry the finish out, but the malts had the last say. The finish while sweet, was crisp with little aftertaste.

While living in Germany 2 decades ago, I drank many examples of the famous Export style - including the famous DAB. While the malt profile was big, thier exports were balanced by plenty of noble hops.

Dortmunder Export is too sweet for my liking, and it doesn't fit the classic DAB style. The lager, while showing plenty of good features (smoothness, appearance, body and carbonation) , the taste profile is out of balance. Way too sweet.

Photo of sauron681
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium bronze color into my glass. A good head that is gone very quickly. No lacing to speak of. Carbonation is good, lasted the entire glass, but not overpowering.

Has a grainy, tart, sour aroma. This is my first dortmunder ever, so I assume it is consistent with the style.

Tastes of a rich, dark, toasted malt, lightly biscuity, and a slight hint of caramel. Very smooth. Finishes off sweet and inviting for the next sip.

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden color with inmpressive white puffy head that lasted throughout the glass and left very attractive lacing.
Smell is summer fruity malty with some mild honey accents.
Taste has a strong fruity malt character that slowly dissolves and leaves a firm hop finish.
Great taste retention with a pleasant aftertaste.
The galss emptied very quickly showing great drinakability. A nice change of pace beer that is very refreshing with going over-the-edge.

Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very clean yellow/amber liquid. Not very dark at all, just how you would picture a Dortmunder. The head does not stay very long and soon dissipates into a very little bit that floats around on top and some that remains around the edges.

S- Sweet malts at first then a little bit of vegetable-y hops come around to back up the malt. There is a slight bit of earth tones to it as well.

T- Sweet malts again show up first. Very bready. The hops show up again. For some reason the hops seemed to make this beer pretty dry. Interesting.

M- Just like the appearance, this is a very clean beer on the palate. Very good malt presence. Why is this so dry to me?

D- Before I knew it, this beer was almost gone. Very easy going beer. I was surprised to see that this was 5.8%.

Photo of alexgash
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing deep golden, clean, clear, with a small, gauze-y, off-white head. Toffee, sweetbread, cooked/caramelized vegetables, alongside spicy, floral hops. Very nice! Honey toast and spicy hop bitterness interplay up front. Cooked veggie tang picks up. Sweetish fruit cake before herbal, spicy hop finish takes over. Echoes of honey malt down the hatch. Moderate body, with an oily feel. Very full-flavored lager that has excellent balance. Should be a goto quaffer at your local Midwestern tavern...that'll be the day! (some day, I hope).

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It seems that a brewers' "flagship beer" is usually a bit of a crowd pleaser and as a consequence a bit boring compared to its other beers (Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly comes to mind as I say this), but this is definitely an exception. This is a great craft lager.

Color is a light copper color with wonderful head that laces better than any other lager I've ever had.

Aroma is malty and biscuity, but exceptionally well-balanced with a notable (but in accordance with the style) hop presence.

Taste is refreshing and mild. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, making this beer highly sessionable.

Photo of JollyRodger
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow really great lager and I'm not the biggest lager drinker. From the bottle pours out golden in color with a good carbanation level. Aroma of sweet maltness. Taste sweet malt, mild bitterness and hop undernotes. Medium/light body, more than light but not medium. Crisp,refreshing this is a good session beer. Or the first beer of the day. I like start out with a less aggressive beer first, but not all the time. Dont start with an Stone AB then switch to a Dortmunder, not a good idea.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, its tough to find a better beer. This stuff is what beer is meant to be. Starts off with a rocky, silky smooth, and withstanding head retention. Follows up with a golden / orange hue with a clean, clear look. Smells and tastes very fruity with oranges, peaches, and appricots. Very ripe and fresh. Quite hoppy with the English variety, showing very stable citrus and pine flavors, but with no real aggression. Very smooth and clean to drink. An ultimate thirst quincher. Plenty of character, but never offensive. Simply a great brew.

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

got this one in a recent trade with nlmartin. thanks nate!

pours golden yellow with a thin white head that disappears quickly.

aroma is nice. biscuity malt. light grapefruit hops. burnt caramel sweetness.

taste is great. nice bready malt. crisp and clean. mild bitterness. very little hop presence. slightly sweet, but not cloying. definite "lager" character to it. nice though.

mouthfeel is good. light body and fairly dry finish. carbonation level is on the low side but works well.

drinkability is good. i think i enjoyed the Eliot Ness i had earlier more, but that's more my personal preference.

Photo of DuqTroops
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Beer! My favorite of the Great Lakes.

Appearance - golden color, little white head.

Smell - malty aroma.

Taste - citrus and malts. little hops.

Mouthfeel - very easy to drink, calming flavor and one of my favorites to have plenty of.

Drinkability - always have this on retainer. great beer to give to friends!

Photo of rrg1gb
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into 12oz pilsener glass

A - Poured a shimmering, clear gold with above normal carbonation - exciting to watch!

S - sweet maltiness, but not a whole lot going on

T - medium, crisp, biscuity flavor, nice balance between malt and hops. An light sweetness from the malt is pretty much the only noticeable flavor.

M - not too heavy on the tongue, and not too carbonated of a flavor, but nothing really pops out. It's just slightly on the malty side.

D - Great dortmunder, as it holds up better than its imported counterparts. A great pick for people wanting to try new beers, but "don't like the hoppiness" of a pilsener.

Photo of kboett77
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured smooth into a pint glass pale honey colored with a tinge of red. Light clean aroma after swirling glass. Deliciously bready malt with an nice hoppy overtones, not quite citrusy. Very smooth and drinkable, yet not without a little carbonation on the tounge. Lingering lightly bitter flavor. Very Nice

Photo of thelagerheads
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$7.99 for a mixed 6
12 oz bottle
Good Time Party Store
Northville, MI

Ahhh- a golden ale without that over-hopped citrus spray. An even keel blend of bready malts and hops and a kiss of honey and faint citrus sweetness that doesn't paralyze or send the tongue off into oblivions of taste but goes down with an easy hit of cleanness. I now know what Sylvia Plath meant when she said "The snows of the Tyrol, the clear beer of Vienna Are not very pure or true." No they aren't, not like this golden by-product of the German Purity Law.

Photo of deejaydan
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden straw with an impressive, yet diminishing head. Aroma is just okay in my book. Very faint minerally aroma, no hops present. Flavor is grassy and minerally, well, I guess it's balanced, and to style, but I don't think it's my cup of tea. Maybe it's hard water or something, but it's not hitting the spot with me. I do get some catty hops with the flavor, but it's out of balance, instead of malt, I get hops and mineral water. I will admit, this isn't the freshest sample, but it's not yet past it's best before date. Perhaps I will seek out a fresher sample at some point.

Photo of BamaWorKs
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this with the Great Lakes sampler pack, poured a very golden color with good head retention and lacing. Like the fact that they stuck with the German Purity laws in this brew. Taste was ery good, i was a little drunk when I had this one last night, so I won't go into detail on the flavor. Mouthfeel was virtualy perfect with great carbonation to boot, which infuenced the drinkability nicely. Good brew.

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

I poured this 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Very nice golden in color slight head. Sweet biscuity, very drinkable. I would like to try it on tap before stacking it up against some of the other dortmunders I have had. Expected a bit more velvety sweetness that I have experienced in others.

Photo of Bones54
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I figured it was about time to review this beer. This is the flagship beer of the Great Lakes Brewery. It is not their best offering, but it is a quality brew. Crisp, refreshing, and a bit if a hop character coming through. This is a great intro beer for those looking for a non-offending, great tasting microbrew.

This is well deserving of the Gold. Cheers GLB!

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,761 ratings.