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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold

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1,059 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,059
Hads: 3,044
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 181
Gots: 551 | 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

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

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Reviews: 1,059 | Hads: 3,044
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden clor with a 1 inch white head. Toasted grain aroma. Sweet toasted malt flavor with grassy hops. Totally lacks the off-flavors found in most similar beers. Very tasty. Crisp and refreshing. Great drinkability. This is not a very complex beer, but it works very well. This is a beer that probably anyone could enjoy.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden yellow with a fluffy head. Some lacing down the sides. Aroma is very light and mild. Taste is definitely better then the average lager. Smooth, mild and slightly sweet. Good mouthfeel with a clean, crisp finish. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of carln26
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant dark gold with a fluffy cream colored head. The head dissipates quickly leaving virtually no lace on the glass. The aroma has a wonderful hop character, mild citrus, backed by a light caramel malt. The taste has a pleasant hop bitterness up front with more of the citrus/grapefruit followed by the caramel with just a bit of toffee. The citrus comes back and has an almost pine character on the finish. Very crisp and refreshing. This beer, a nice Hefe Weizen (Schlafly Weiss Beer being my fav), and Prima Pils rank up there as my favorite summer beers.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight up no foolin' around colden clear pour loaded with an army of rising champagne bubbles meeting a scattered wafer thin ivory coating, leaving imprssive spotty lace.

Clean scents of English Muffin grain, honey floral leaf and shrub.

First swigs: Light butter and caramel apple. A touch of pecan sugary sweetness. Some lingering clean aftertaste of vanilla. A touch of cream soda and honey comes to mind, as well. Super clean ephemeral finish.

Medium bodied with a generous carbonation that finds its place in the universe. Easily drinkable despite being hard to find out in Yuengling-ville.

Last swigs: Slick buttery apple pie dortmunder that says McDonals apple pie since I am staying across the street from McD's corporate office. Reminds me of Prima Pils and some Penn products with the quality grain ingredients. This would stock my fridge if I could find it.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear; a pale shade of golden amber. Dense three finger head, slowly dissipiates to sticky lacing. Some faint toasted aromas and a hallertau scent, but mostly clean. Toasted pale and pilsener malt sweetness meets a noble hop bitterness for a magnificent balance. Spicy german hops will dry the aftertaste somewhat, but fade quickly and finish clean. Medium mouthfeel and fine carbonation make a very smooth mouthfeel and great drinkability. This is what you might call a "gateway beer".

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Buckspin for quite a number of Great Lakes BC brews...this is one I was very eager to try.
Pours a light copper color...very clear w/ a full finger of off-white head, which disappears quite rapidly. Lacing is quite thin and has very little cling.
The aroma is nothing much...a bit of yeast up front w/ some malt to balance it out.
Taste is much more enjoyable...sweet malt w/ a hint of bitterness thown in.
Mouthfeel is average for the style and the carbonation is a touch high...not finishing as dry as I would expect.
Not my favorite style, but well worth trying...if you really enjoy lagers, you will really want to pick this one up.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark yellow beer with amber highlights. Has a big creamy off white head with some lace. The aroma has a strong grain sweetness with acorn note and a whiff of spicey hops in the background. The flavor starts out with a spicey hop character followed by a light sweet malt with a caramel note. The finish is a smooth dry hoppy one.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this looks like a good simple old beer. nice appearance and mild well balanced aroma. taste is a bit metallic. may just be me or this sample. it is crisp on the tongue. it seems a bit watery to me as well. maybe it's just this sample, but i'm a little dissappointed. i can't get past the metallic taste so i guess i don't have anymore to say.

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Photo of klewis
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale gold in color, moderate head and lacing

S: Faint aromas of caramel and hops.

T: Honey and sweet malt flavors, followed with a good amount of hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light and refreshing with the perfect amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth with a lingering finish.

D: An excellent session beer. This one is very solid overall, goes down easy, and is great for the price.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into my pilsner glass and there it sits, remarkably clear and deeply golden. Bubbly pure white head. Patches of lacing. Grassy, earthy, herbal European hops greet my nose and blend with some grainy malts. Flavor is crisp and dry - very refreshing. A large malt bill provides an impressively full and satisfying mouthfeel. Big biscuity malt flavors are at times a little toasty and dry, yet there is a pleasant underlying creaminess. Hops are perfectly balanced, adding quite a bit of bitterness to the flavor and finishing spicy. As the beer warms, it becomes slightly creamier and less dry. Aftertaste is toasty dry with lingering hops. Very well balanced lager, I am left wanting nothing.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice,somewhat pale golden color. Low aroma-bready and yeasty in places. Nice full malt flavor. Pleasant hoppiness that tends to linger a bit. Theres a faint, almost "apple like" flavor in the finsh. Small amount of sweetnesss. Good body for style. A very quaffable brew-quite enjoyable.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is just a great beer. If you expect the ordinary lager from this one you'll be pleasantly surprised. Pours a nice pale golden color with a white head that leaves nice lacing. The smell takes me by surprise. It has a more pronounced aroma than most beers in the lager family. Slightly sweet malt and floral like smell that makes you want to dive right in. The taste is one of perfect balance. Grainy malt sweetness and crisp hop bitterness. Carbonation is right on. Feels alive in the mouth. Although it doesn't taste like an apple, it has a sweet/tart apple like thing going on. Very drinkable. This is a good one to kkep in the fridge anytime.

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Photo of cdfree
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep yellow with a hint of orange, short-lived, mildly creamy head with considerable lacing. The nose is citrusy almost suggestive of a chardonnay as much as a brew. Taste is hoppiness again mixed with the strong citrus, not any particular fruit but a sort of generic citrus with a slightly herbacious finish. Mouthfeel is about medium-bodied and the beer overall is pre-eminently drinkable. After mowing brew for the stars.

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Photo of karst
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Liquor Stop near Three Floyds Brewery. Pours dark golden with persistant white head providing lace. Aroma of earthy, apply hops and sweet malts in a prefect blend.

Taste starts with toasted malts blended with sweet malts. The middle displays well balanced hops and lemongrass bitterness. Dry finish yields an extremely clean that is very tasty. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium light with support of moderate carbonation.

I am new to the style but it seems to be very well brewed to the style - I have heard that those familiar with German Dortmunders find this an excellent lager.

I am always happy to find any Great Lakes Style in my fridge. The are always welcome but never stay long.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a mixed 12 pack with fellow BA dwvarner77. This one pours a rich light golden color with a 2 finger head that falls to a stickey coating over the beer. The nose is nice, with sweet caramel, slight lemoney citrus and a light graineyness. The flavor is okay as well. More graineyness with the slight lemoney background and a light caramel sweetness. Its nice. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. Overall, a nice beer. I enjoy it.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I'm not a true beer lover, but a lager is a lager is a lager. There's just only so much flavor and zest that they can have.

What we have here is a very pretty beer. It's golden colored and have a nice flavorful smell. Almost floral, but not quite.

Sweetness on the palet, with a decided corn flavor in the back that comes through more as an aftertaste. Leaves me with a mouthfull of grain about 10 seconds after swallowing.

The beer is quite thin and easily drinkable.

Great for sitting out and having a brew.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz dated best before 8/03/05 poured into a pilsner.

Clear, yellow gold with a white, one finger head that clings to the glass and has decent retention.

Sweet malts and slightly doughy yeast when sniffed. Did they add a pinch of wheat to this? Smells sweet with a little dryness underneath.

The taste is a nice balance of sweet malt and and bitter hops. Finishes very clean. The mouthfeel is fuller than its appearance suggests. Goes down easy, I could do a session with this for sure.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to re-review this one b/c I was such a rookie on my original sample. I apologize for the repeat but this is purely for my own reference.

Presentation: Drink by Jul 12, 2005 on the label. Who am I to disappoint?

Appearance: Pours like apple juice. Amber middle fading to straw on the edges with an ivory white pour. Sadly, head retention is minimal and comes back with aggressive agitation. White ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweeter, maltier character. Some yeasty and wheat notes. I keep picking up apples. Maybe some light, grassy hops.

Taste: Wheat bread first, a sweeter, lightly carmel mid sip, and a drier hoppy finish. Not much of anything and nicely balanced between all things. Just tastes like a good beer. No off colors and nothing extreme about it.

Mouthfeel: Light and crispy. A smooth, dry finish.

Drinkability: Perfectly poundable. A great session. GLBC can do no wrong. Looking forward to spreading this down south to other well-deserving BA's.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unlike the rest of my Great Lakes tastings, this one came from a cafe in Cleveland instead of the brewery. Fantastic Dortmunder (whatever style that is). Very smooth, great look and crisp taste. Nice combination of hops with a hint of citrus. Great session beer that I wish i could enjoy all the time.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(part of a sampler at the Great Lakes brewpub)

Poured a clean, clear warm golden hue with a clinging head of mixed white foam that shifted to clinging lace. The nose is light, malted, some mild hops.

Its smooth, mildly rich with with different malt experiences on the tongue, shifting to a more hopped peak on the pallete. It swallows very nice, almost a little syrupy, oddly sweet, yet pleasingly bitter on the throat.

This is a very good beer, and I can't think of a better one to help introduce newcomers to craft beers with. You'll never go wrong with this.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy and orange. I cannot allow myself to imagine it as golden even though the label claims it to be as such. This is a lager of a different colour than I was expecting. Nice fluffy white head with decent retention and a fair materialization of lacing. Well carbonated.

Smell: Nothing to get excited about. Smells about as I had expected. Not aromatic by nature (lagers), mostly malt tones and a bit of a yeasty impression.

Taste: Malt dominance. Subtle hop bitterness adds balance and character. Although I prefer ales, this is a very nice tasting lager. No offensive qualities, just a highly drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Just a pinch short of crispness. Medium bodied, bordering on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Drinkability: Lord knows I have pounded a goodly number of lagers consecutively in my illustrious career. I think I would much rather enjoy a goodly number of these. Much more interesting in character than most of the others I have met. Quite repeatable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, medium golden liquid. Lots of tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick white puffy head. Very good retention, and a good amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Slight biscuity malt aroma, along with earthy, slightly herbal hop aroma. Good balance of malt and herbal, grassy hop flavor. Fair amount of bitterness. Light body, high carbonation. Very drinkable beer here. A simple style that could go down very easily. Another Great Lakes winner.

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: relatively dark (for a lager) golden body. Good inch of white foamy head. A little lacing.

Smell: Spicy hops (yeasty?) aroma. A little bit of malt, some sweetness, but the spicy/herbal aroma dominates. Very nice.

Taste/feel: Though I don't drink as many lagers as ales, this is easily my favorite lager, and it's mostly the taste that puts it over the edge. For anyone who doesn't think you can get some good complex tastes in a lager, you need to try this. Sweet upfront, earthy/yeasty in the middle, and a clean, hoppy finish. Full in the mouth, coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: I could drink the brewery out of these!

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Photo of pgroove
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was in Cleveland last week for a brew tour, I mean work, and consequently consumed a lot of this stuff. For some reason, even though they have a dozen or so beers available, this is the only one that you can find consistently outside of the brewery. This isn't a bad thing cuz this is some tasty stuff.

The bottle advertises it as having a great balance between hops and sweetness and that is the truth. It truly has an exceptional flavor. After drinking way too many of the Dortmunders, I have been very excited to try some other brews, but unforunately have not been successful in finding any.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a nice clear gold with a perfect creamy white head.

Smell: The smell is a delicate balance between grainy malts and floral hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: As the bottle says, it really does taste like it's in between a Pilsener and a Munich Lager. There's the bitterness of the pilsener, but balance quite nicely by a strong, bready malt presence. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a really interesting beer. The first true Dortmunder I've ever had, and I really enjoyed it. It's crisp, clean and refreshing, but still somewhat filling. Definitly a good brew. Betcha it'd be killer on tap.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.