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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,851
Reviews: 1,046
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 160
Gots: 387 | FT: 5
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 2,851 | Reviews: 1,046
Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright and clear golden-colored lager with an average cap of foam.

Smell: Bready malts, semi-sweet with a hint of spicy hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: Breakfast roll and honey-like malt flavors are balanced by husky bitterness and earthy hops. Body is about medium, fuller than the average lager by far. Dry in the finish with bold hoppy bitterness coming through pretty strongly, leaving a long aftertaste.

Notes: No complaints about this one, an excellent lager with tons of flavor.

Photo of brushtachio
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into the chalicesque glass the bar provided. Has this many time before and the quality has alwas been consistent. Nice golden clear color with healthy head. Sharp hop aroma and taste. Very crisp feeling in the mouth. This isn't my favorite style but it does what it tries to do very well. A solid beer.

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

The bar was out of Eliot Ness, so I decided to try this and what a good choice. Bottle poured into a glass.

A: A bright golden color, a light white head that goes disappears in a minute or two. Good lacing throught course of beer.

S: Good roasted malt smell, with a hit of hops. A mild pine smell.

T: The malts hit first, a grassy taste and the hops finish it off.

M: Crispy and smooth.

D: Such a smooth beer, great for a nice summer day drinking all day.

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

Thanks to goryshkewych for this great extra
Bottle poured clear golden yellow with a small whit head that turns into a ring around the glass

Nice clean malt and hop's aroma filled my nose

The taste is great, malts and a nice bit of hops. Clean on the palette with enough carbonation to make it crisp as well

Very drinkable could easily do a quite a few of these of these. a great lager that I wouldn't mind drinking again

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

I picked this up in the discounts at Liquor Barn -pretty much a steal at a buck a bottle. Poured chilled into a tumbler

A - Light amber w/ frothy snow white cappuccino foam for a head that measures about 1.25 inches w/ a tight bead and whipped surface appearance.

S - The smell is a mix of pine accented hop and nutty malt w/a gentle sweet odor that is fairly bready.

M - Crisp, dry and nicely spiced a fair amount of graininess w/ a pils quality, yet more acidity and more husky malt kernel in the feel.

T - The flavor of German Malt and yeast is romping all over this great lager, crisp yet creamy w/ touches of sweetness that is balanced by the noble hop spice. Bready malt w/ noticable yeast in the flavor w/out a heavy bitterness, yet it is still there. This has it all in subtle quantities and well crafted - very tasty.

D- I like Dorts a lot and this one hit the spot. Very deserving of its gold. I would certainly not hesitate to pick this up and consider this highly quaffable. Kudos Great Lakes - Great ale and Lager maker - This is what I call a refreshing beer.

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

On-tap at the Cleveland-Hopkins airport

Yum, I wasn't expecting much, but this sucker is crisp and mighty tasty. It appears a clear, brilliant gold with a bit of white lacing. The aroma is of lager tamd and sour, pale biscuity grain. That same sort of sourdough flavor carries through with a balanced but rich hops kick of grassy spice and grinding citrus rind bitterness. Really, this is beer is a treat and a nice alternative to pilsners when I want a hoppyi-sh lager.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to nrbw23. Poured a deep golden color. Medium head with lacing on the glass. This is my first Dortmunder style and I'm liking it. Kind of a cross between a Helles and a Pilsner. Pleasant mouthfeel and just enough hops to know they are there. Clean aftertaste. I could drink a lot of these. This beer would be exceptional on tap.

Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a crystal clear golden color with a thin white head on top. settled down to a thin film pretty quickly

S- malty lagered scents. smooth and clean

T- quick burst of maltiness that smoothly mellows to a nice clean finish

M- pretty strong carbonation, full body,

D- solid lager, a great stand by

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

Served from tap by wait staff at Longhorn's Steakhouse in Mentor, Ohio.

A in a clear, 16 oz. recently frozen glass. Golden yellow, 1.0 cm head dissipates within about 60 seconds.

S Hoppy, balanced with Malt, very pleasing

T Moderate hoppy, golden maltiness, woody, floral, interesting.

M Full, a lot going on. Very good.

D Not too alcoholic and not weak like some major brands. Its bitterness reduces the drinkability for me somewhat.

Notes: This is the flagship beer for Great Lakes and a very solid offering.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a crystal clear gold with a very light white head.

Aroma of light malts, spices, grain, and grassy hops.

Tastes of hops, malts, bread, and a bit of metal.

Light mouthfeel, crisp, somewhat drying, and moderately carbonated.

This is what a good lager should taste like. A definite must for the summer.

Photo of Nipitato
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Contained within a Great Lakes Mix Pack purchased at Giant Eagle in Chagrin Falls, OH.

A: Deep gold hue with brilliant glowing clarity. Ringed by a whispy thin white head. Visual carbonation.

S: Pleasantly sweet and clean aroma. Some background hop scent that is very restrained. Definitely grainy. Overall very nice.

T: Well balanced with plenty of hop character to keep it interesting. Malt is just sweet with alot of grainy bready character. Hop flavor is bitter and lingering. I also notice a touch of sulfer character.

MF: Medium full body - certainly not light. Highly carbonated.

D,notes: The perfect gateway beer for the BMC crowd. Having been out of the Cleveland area for close to a decade with occasional visits home, I have watched this and some other Great Lakes beers slowly become more and more prevalent in bars. It has also slowly become the beer of choice for many of my friends.

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

I usually am not crazy about lagers, but here goes....

A new offering from the local brew store and highly recommended by the seasoned beer staff.

Pours with a wonderful head and bright dark gold clear color. The lace stuck around for the entire beer.

Grass and bread with a tinge of malt in the smell.

Taste is malty and just a hair hoppy; maybe a little grassy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and doesn't get much better than this. A little astringent at the end with a malt finish that sticks around a long time.

So drinkable. Completely defies my lager impression. A top notch beer and the best lager I have ever had.

Photo of Spidey13
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, golden amber color. There is a small white head that went away fairly quickly, though that may say more about my glass than the beer. I couldn't quite place what I was smelling in the nose until I read a previous review (by hustlesworth) which mentioned white wine. I have to agree: a lot of white wine on the nose. There is a light malt flavor at first, followed a quick burst of light hop bitterness and a bit of the white wine. The finish is quick and crisp and dry. The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation.

This is a very good, light flavored American lager. It is very drinkable, which caused my glass to empty very quickly.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edit: I drank another bottle of this after the Maharaja and Odyssey from Sly Flox. This is definitely a superior beer with remarkable balance. If anything, I'd bump the taste up to 4.5

12oz bottle from moose3285 - thanks!

A: Crystal clear golden yellow with a light fluffy head. Steady stream of carbonation

S: Biscuit malts and a very flavorful noble hop aroma. Slight sweetness in the background

T: I'm having a hard time describing this - it's a little sharp, grassy with a crisp malt profile. It is delicious, though

M: Perfect for the style. Very pleasant carbonation.

D: This is the perfect summer beer. I wish i had more of it.

Photo of botham
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a rich golden color with a few fingers of white, frothy head.

aroma is lightly malted, with a mild aromatic hop character that gives the aroma excellent balance. a bit of honey is present as well, alongside a bit of subtle floral yeast, and a distant fruity note as well. very well proportioned aroma.

taste is more of the same, with a bit more caramel malt showing than the aroma would suggest. all else is present, with a clean finish of mild hop biterness. a solid brew.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth and soft texture. finish is smooth with lingering hops.

drinkability is great. this is a very well refined dortmunder, with complexity and richness seldom seen in a lighter lager. well done by Great Lakes. cheers!

Photo of Darien
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a 12 oz. Pilsner glass with very little head and sporatic lacing and had a very nice golden color as expected.

S-Smells like an average lager to me, but maybe my sense of smell is not to great.

T-Taste is great. Both the hops and malts are balanced pretty well, clean with a nice dry finish.

M-Just the right amount of carbonation and nice and light on the palate.

D-I really like this beer, nicely balanced with a light body, not watery, and very refreshing.

Photo of Morey
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, I'm not impressed with the appearance of this beer. Very little head even with my slighly aggressive pour. It also settled very quickly and foam is only around the outer rim of the glass after a minute or two. The color is a nice golden color with brilliant clarity, whichg makes up for the lack of a head.

The smell is very citrusy (similar to the aroma of some IPA's), but that Lager scent is still noticable. Wow, this is without a doubt the best tasting Lager that I have ever set these lips to. I haven't had many where I could taste the hops this much, and I like it.

Morey's Bottom Line: I would have no problem drinking this beer, and being proud of it. Highly Recommended for Lager and Ale drinkers!

Photo of hustlesworth
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- clear golden amber with a puffy bone-white head and some stringy lace. all great lakes beers seem very vibrant to me and this one is no different.

S- pale malt and rather complex german hops as if they used a little of each. fruity white wine also, and a tangerine citrus that may or may not be from yeast.

T- fresh noble hops all the way through, lemon, tangelo, biscuit, pale malt, swiss cheese, and a sharp hop zap again right in the middle wher it's balanced out perfectly with a touch of malt sweetness like special K or kix, and they both roll away hand in hand to a spicy zesty hop/pale malt finish.

MF- crisp initially, then velvet goin down medium body and medium bubbles and a dry finish.

D- good all around, this one gets an A+ in drink for sure, year round, hot or cold, this is some drinkable stuff.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this both on bottle and on tap, but I'll limit the review to on tap. This is an absolutely delightful beer (yes, I said 'delightful'). Rich and full of flavor; the beer pours out golden with an deep amber hugh. The scent is very grainy, or as a friend who also tried it said "that's what beer is supposed to smell like". It is wonderful in the mouth, and easy to drink. Those new to drinking "premium" beers may be put off by the taste, but I fell in love with the first glass.

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.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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