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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,705 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,705
Reviews: 1,013
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 152
Gots: 272 | 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 trep
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden/orange/copper body clear as crystal. Creamy white head that's slowly but surely fading.

Alot of honey in the nose. Sweet juicy honey. A little bit of earthiness. Maybe wheat or corn. Not bad, but not mind-blowing.

Sort of bitter up front, that subsides into the sweet corney malt. A bit of alcohol present. Very balanced. Some hops that dry out your mouth a bit for the sweet finish. I like it.

Not highly carbonated, but a little more than I would like. Still, not too bad. Perfect mouthfeel. An easy drinking balanced lager that would be perfect for a BBQ or football game. This is the rich-man's Budweiser.

trep, May 21, 2006
Photo of SethB2
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is a medium redish/amber, transparent with a small head and a little bit of lacing. Smell is sweet/malty and a little bready. Taste, umm, what the hell? Where did these hops come from? A Pale Ale like hop quality is the dominant factor here, but the bready malts also come through in force, making this a full drinking beer. Mouthfeel is very nice and drinkablity is just as good. I'm not familiar with the style, but to me this tastes like a Pale with a better malt profile. Very good beer.

SethB2, May 19, 2006
Photo of Ricochet
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Living in Cleveland, all this time being on BA and I never reviewed this? I know I have had it on tap. because it's the default "good beer" on tap in Cleveland (That, and something by Sam Adams.)

A: Light orange, typical carbonation, nice small head and decent lace

S: Slight roasted malt and a little hop note. Not bad.

M: Thick, chewy, big beer, with a slightly alcoholic aftertaste.

T: Hoppy, malty, you know, this isn't an IPA or a Pale Ale, it's as it says, a "golden" lager, the difference is in the balance of tastes. This one wraps it all up nicely. Still, it's not my favorite style, but the balance here with the finish, makes this a decent drinker.

D: There is a reason this is sold everywhere, most stores, even the smallest gas stations and quick marts usually stock this one next to BMC. Again, not my preference because of price, but. like tonight, it was on the way home and I knew it was quality.

Ricochet, May 07, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Nice one finger head that lingers, and leaves decent amount of lacing. Clear orange-gold-amber coloring.

Aroma - lemony biscuity tea.

Taste - biscuit and tea like malts followed by slight lemony hops. It's very straightforward without any complexity, but it's very good and tasty, and dry and mildly sweet at the same time (okay maybe that's the complexity here).

Mouthfeel - very full, a little chewy, smooth.

Drinkability - this goes down very easy. This would be a good session beer anytime.

ultralarry2006, May 06, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I see on the label that this one is BB 5/31/06, 5.8%abv, and a gold medal winner – nice.

Great pour too, a lite and clear amber/orange with a frothy ivory head – good sliding lace too. Earthy bread notes in the aroma. But the quaff – earthy with a malt backbone, harty but at the same time finishing with a gritty. leathery taste. All in all, don’t care for this flavor. Medium bodied, but that bitter finish brings this one down for me.

Lil too strong with the 5/8% for a sessional brew, I believe there are better amber brew options out there.

I do see from the BA style notes that this one, with the dry tones and bitterness, meets the style requirements!

Vancer, May 04, 2006
Photo of shererjt
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper clear color with moderate carbonation and a nice, frothy head. Aroma was rich caramel and malt with a good bit of flowery hoppiness. Otherwise clean and very nice. Body was medium-to-full; lots of hop flavor. Malt was decidedly in the background. Not quite as clean-tasting as expected. Nice, but disappointing after the super aroma. A little over-hopped I think. Maybe a little on the dry side but hard to judge with all the bitterness and hop flavor.

A nice beer overall, but not as good as I hoped. Seemed out of balance to me. As far as I know it's the only Dortmunder I've ever had, so I could be off base. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

shererjt, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.
was poured a translucent gold colored sample with a few bubbles for a head.
the aroma was malty with a hint of sulpher.
the flavor was malty with a hint of a hopsack.
over all a great everyday drinking beer, maybe you could convert a macro drinker with this one?

plaztikjezuz, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown from this pourly poured brew. In result of this pour (was watching the waitress was a great pour initially but she kept pouring off the head saying to a fellow employee "why is this so foamy" until she brought me a beer with no head at all filled to the brim) no head at all but once drank down a little significant lacing.

Not sure if the bar I'm in is the culprit, the bad pours or what but I'm not getting any nose on this brew either (see eliot ness review).

Good hop character with firm malty malts. Slightly spicy flavor and once again very clean-love Great Lakes ingredients. The cleanliness of these beers makes the whole line including this Dortmunder very easy drinking yet complex beers.

mcallister, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle sampled through the efforts of justcas and BIF across America.

Pours a clear deeply golden colored beer with a good off white head that approaches the color tan. Outstanding good looks in the glass.

Smell is quite malty with a strong and somewhat sour hop scent. Clean Pilsner malt scent without much else to it except a slight toasted cracker aroma. Pilsner style hops give this a slight lemony scent in addition to the usual herbalness. Mildly spicy hop aroma, but it isn't quite into Pilsner category.

Taste is mildly sweet with a heavier smokier malt flavor than you would expect. Toasted crackers and grain have a pronounced flavor contribution here and they need it to balance out the hops. High hop level for a Lager here and this one is definitely in Pilsner territory for bitterness and flavor. Hops are herbal bitter and give a slight lemony edge to the beer. Quite good spiciness from the hops here, but it does seem a little restrained.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good drinkability but I do wonder how many of these I could drink without getting tired of it. Tasty a full flavored lager beer.

Zorro, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of HoboAGoGo
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent my family on a reconnaisance mission to get me Great Lakes lagers since they have disappeared from Indiana...
Poured into a pint glass, it was Goose Island, I don't have a Great Lakes pint glass... Light golden, borderline amber body that is very clear, lively carbonation goes to the top, the head was thick, but goes away within a few minutes. The nose is very grassy, almost smells like fresh cut hay, a little yeasty, European bread smelling. Strong grassy taste on the tongue, blends into a slight spiciness, a dry nutty taste with a clean finish with just the slightest hop spice lingering in the mouth. It is criminal that I can't get this beer around here anymore, I hate the distributor!

HoboAGoGo, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of cameraman
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep golden color with a nice white head that laces beautifully. The slight sweet aroma of amlt and then a solid dose of hops comes in at the end. The taste is excellent, the malt flavor is strong and not dominated by hops, well balanced flavor. In the mouth it feels heavy for a lager, which is medium bodied. This beer is exceptional, fantastic flavor and crispness, a great choice for session beer. I use this beer on alot of bmc drinkers, as an introduction to craft beer. This is a great beer to take camping and watching the campfire.

cameraman, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of PenguinBeerFan
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Brewery's first bottled beer, and far and away their best seller. Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Pours a glorious golden. Smells very malty, balanced evenly with hoppy spiciness. Taste is malty at first contact, segues into hop bitterness as beer makes its way to being swallowed. Mouthfeel is typical lager fare. Easy drinker, the balance of hops and malt mean your mouth never gets overloaded with bitterness or sweetness. A classic from my favorite brewery!

PenguinBeerFan, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of jj21
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was Clear Gold, poured with thick White Head. Pleasing Aroma of honey and Hops with a Crisp green apple Sweetness taste, Tingly on the tongue. Refreshing. Smooth and refreshing. Easy drinker. First experience with Great Lakes and I have to say it was a good one.

jj21, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of quasimoto
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It's a bright light amber / golden color with a great white head and slight lacing.

S - Storng woody malts and a great background of hops.

T - Nice a creamy malt flavors. The hops a blended nicely into the back of it and compliments the taste nicely.

M - Light creamy feel. Glorious and easy drinking.

D - This is an all around great beer. It can be drank any where, any time, by anyone. I think its the best dortmunder I've ever had.

quasimoto, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pretty clear, fluffy lacing on top of a shiny golden body.

To the nose, a simple sweetness abounds. There are no random or odd flavors here. Straight forward top.

In the mouth, this beer is close to perfect lager. The taste is much sweeter and fuller than the look could foresee. A nice hop character balances the stuff so well.

The body is nice and substantial - but far from heavy. The finish is dry and clean. Highly drinkable stuff.

Musings: This is a wonderful brew. For a lager - it is on the top end of the scale and can compete with just about anything out there. A little hard to find - and a little expensive - but a prime drinker.

ChuckD, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour creates a .25" white head, that quickly recedes. The beer is an orangeish medium gold.

smell: The smell is simple, in a nice way. Clean, light malt sweetness balanced by a fitting, spicy hoppiness. Some hints of grain and hints of light fruit, maybe apples or pears.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is slightly above medium, and the body a clean, refreshing medium light.

taste: Pretty similar to the smell, which seems to be common for this type of beer. A light and grainy malt sweetness on one end, and a light hop bitterness providing just the right balance on the other. Not too dry at all, and the finish is clean with hints of grain and a little bitterness.

drinkability: Very easy to drink. Drained a bottle pretty quickly.

Picked up a bottle while in Madison, WI. Best by date of January 26, 2006 is printed on the label.

blackie, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! this is easily the most balanced beer i've ever tasted, malts and hops are both nicely apparent, neither one dominating the other, flavor profile is nicely between a pilsner and a helles. beautiful dark gold color, nice aroma of malt and floral hops, absolutely delicious, this is probably my favorite everyday beer.

This brewery is just awesome! everything they do is top notch, all around terrific beer.

evanackerman, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of whartontallboy
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally got my mitts on the GLBC brews when I drove to my family's home for Christmas.

This one pours out a clear, bright yellow-gold with a soft, creamy white head that held pretty well and left a reasonable lace.

Smell is light malt scents edged with toasted grains and a little bit of European hoppiness.

Taste is clean, with a light toastiness, and just enough hops to keep it from being too sweet, but certainly not bitter. Little bit of lemon/citric flavor sneaks in, too. Just wonderfully understated, the perfect session drinker that still packs in a big flavor. Mouthfeel is light but crisp, definitely not watery.

Overall: A very impressive brew, tasted super fresh and was refreshing. Highly recommended as a session choice.

whartontallboy, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck bottle, capped, and dated.

This lager poured a clear, amber color with creamy, off-white foam that persisted. The smell was mildly malty with a hint of hops. The taste was malty with a hint of sweetness and with modest hop bitterness. Good balance. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp with medium body and good carbonation feel. The hoppiness came out in the finish and lingered pleasantly. This was a very nice, crisp lager, and was easy to drink.

UncleJimbo, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of xoqx
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This beer pours yellow-orange with a white, two finger head exhibiting moderate retention and heavy lacing.

Smell – The predictable lagery-yeasty smells are backed by not-so-typical hoppy and rich malty smells. The nose gives away that this is a good beer. But you have no idea how good until you get to the taste.

Taste – Outstanding. This beer tastes fruity with crisp grainy notes and a nice dry finish of average length. This beer is really nicely put together. The hops come across as merely bittering – not doing anything special, but totally appropriate and in line with the malts.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is clean, dry, medium-bodied, nicely-carbonated and crisp.

Drinkability – Hell yeah! This is a wonderful beer any time of year. This is what a lager is supposed to be.

xoqx, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's

fresh by 12/9/05...i guess im fucked...ohh great lakes and their ridiculous freshness date standards

appearance: golden yellow/pale orange, bubbly body, foamy white head and rim lacing

smell: it's one of those lagers you can smell as soon as you stick your face near the glass...sweet malt aromas dominate, theres some herbal hops in the nose too

taste: starts off as expected, grainy dry malts and some lightly grassed hops, then out comes the sweet fruity (belgian-esque) flavor burst...pears, apricot, peaches. An interesting turn of events indeed...nice balance

mouthfeel: light and malty, finishes quite dry and slightly hoppy

drinkability: very drinkable, session-like

dirtylou, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of Roderick
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with Great lakes Brewing Company and I was very impressed.
The brew poured amber with a average white head.
Smell was crisp & sweet with a hint of malt.
The taste of this beer is really odd, at first taste it really didn't appeal to me but the combination of malt then sweetness and a subtle boldness had me wanting another right away.
The finish is clean with just a little hop aftertaste.
This is a good solid beer & I would highly recommend.

price:$5.99 for a 6 pack

Roderick, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of becktone
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of the beer is an amber orange color. There is pretty much no head or lacing on this beer. Not really impressed with the appearance of this one. It doesn't look like it's a craft beer. The only thing interesting about the appearance of this one is the color.

The beer has a fairly strong aroma. Its smell is primarily identified as a malty aroma to my nose. Overall it smells about avearge. Nothing special about the smell of this one.

I like the tatse of this one. It has more of a bitter hop influence than a malt influence in my opinion. The taste of the hops remind me of a pale ale or other style that is very similar. In the aftertaste I do detect something that reminds me of a nutty taste/flavor, but thats just me.

The beer is light on the palate and is not full bodied. It has a moderate amount of carbonation perhaps just a bit too much. There isn't much more to say about this beer. It is pretty average, nothing that makes it stand out nor is there anything that condems it. Depending on the selection at the store I would buy this again. However I would only buy it again if I saw no better beer there. It's not a bad brew but there is nothing that is special about it. Then again perhaps I am just not a big fan of the style.

becktone, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of maddamish
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours cleanly and settles nicely. I am drawn to how golden the beer is. This is an attractive beer that retains its head well.

Smell: There is a sweet smell about this that is hard to pin point. Perhaps a slight smell of caramel. It also has some bread notes going on here.

Taste: This is a great tasting beer. Adjectives that come to mind are bold, crisp, and well balanced. There is a breadiness that is going on here that is entirely pleasent. It does have a sweet aftertaste that is best described as "orangie" but not citrusy. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. Very nice.

Notes: One of the better GLBC beers. I had this in a bottle and it is even better on tap.

maddamish, Nov 09, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on-tap at a local restaurant and was served to me in a big 22oz. Pilsener Glass. It was either this or BMC.

Appearance: The color to me was an orange-copper color with a head of foam, about 2in in length and left plenty of lace after the foam went down.

Smell: The only thing I picked up in the nose was nothing but hops and malts. A typical lager smell.

Taste: The taste was refreshing, lots of malts up front and then a clean hop bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, carbonated, and medium bodied. After a couple of sips, that bitterness lingers around for a while.

Drinkability: This made an excellent choice for an alternative to nothing but macros. This is just a litte better on-tap comapred to their bottled version.

AltBock, Nov 05, 2005
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,705 ratings.