Dorothy's New World Lager | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Dorothy's New World LagerDorothy's New World Lager

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship beer was named after our founder’s grandmother and crafted to please her purely classic tastes. Mildly hopped, light in color and body, and clean to the taste, this california common-style lager drinks easy. Each sip charms the senses with distinct flavor and refreshing simplicity, delivering a smooth finish. Dorothy is truly the “Classic Beauty.”

11 IBU

Added by daledeee on 11-22-2010

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Photo of kreisermj
4.93/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Roughly 15 ounces of a 16-ounce can into a pint glass. Last ounce straight down the hatch to keep the sediment out of the glass (but not waste any of that precious liquid gold!). Two-finger head builds quickly and recedes faster; there is absolutely no accumulation or lacing at the top whatsoever. However, there is lively carbonation throughout the glass. The lack of accumulation makes it look kind of strange – the beer looks like a slightly-tapered blonde column. This beer, as an unfiltered lager, pours a hazy blonde that you can almost see through. The scent washes over you before you even finish pouring, giving off a delightfully sweet, malty, and yeasty aroma. Upon closer inspection, the scent has notes of fruit and spice – particularly a bit of underripe banana and a smidgeon of allspice and cloves. The flavor is similar to the nose, but it begins with a white-peppery bite leading into a sweet, juicy, and grainy second act. A touch of dry hops is balanced by a sweet spice and malt backbone in the finale, while the carbonation continues to play at the tongue during the encore. The mouthfeel is smooth, yet full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to remain crisp all the way through the swallow. I quite honestly think this beer is the perfect representation of its style; its flavor, texture, look, and smell create an experience that is not only tasty, but also refreshing and incredibly drinkable. People always talk about the Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout (which I’m sure is excellent in its own right), but I truthfully think this beer is Toppling Goliath’s masterpiece; the fact that it’s their flagship lager is just icing on the cake.

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

Photo of reebtaerG
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased a four pack of this straight from the brewery and I remember it had a canned on date from the end of May so this is still relatively fresh.

Dorothy’s pours a somewhat cloudy golden hue with a two fingered head. It dissipates pretty quickly though to just a bit of a lacing. There is some sediments floating around but the can mentions this is unfiltered.

The aroma is sweet and fruity. There is a nice malt presence also. In a way it almost reminds me of a Cream Ale.

The flavor is still sweet and fruity but on a lesser basis. The malt is much more noticeable and there is a nice bitterness in the finish.

Overall this is a pretty enjoyable Lager that has a bit more to it than the standard American Lager.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MNAle
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Decorah-brewed 1 pint can, dated 6/8/18 on the 4-pack box (so, pretty fresh).
Bready aroma, perhaps slightly floral. From a vigorous pour, tall white head, dies quickly; first to a thin cap & ring, and then to nothing at all. First pour is slightly hazy, but mostly clear, with small carb bubbles evident. No lacing sticks, but there is stringy lacing when you tip the glass, that quickly falls down. The second pour, to the bottom of the can, revealed lots of sediment; some small and floating, making the beer turbid; others are highly visible lumps sinking to the bottom of the glass. For a Cali Common, not a good look. I realize it is unfiltered, but filtering is not required for a clear lager. This beer has substantial body for a lager. Floral hops flavor, lager yeast adding to the mix; substantial malt body behind. No bittering at all, not even in the finish. Nice flavor, easy to drink, and unoffensive. It lacks the crisp finish expected of the style. It likely fills its purpose as a non-bitter beer in the TG lineup, but it is mostly ordinary at best, if not a bit below ordinary. It is not a particularly good lager.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChuckTom
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurzman
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GravityKills
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonBoy23
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Montanabeerz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dexterk1
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patlee3324
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sps314
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I’d recently heard of Dorothy’s New World Lager. Then, found that it comes from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company out of Decorah, Iowa. Viking land! Norwegian Northern Iowa! My in-laws are from Waukon, which is just east of there, about 20 miles. I didn’t even know there was a brewery there!

The family went out to dinner at Rudy’s and because they are affiliated with The Lava Lounge and the Beer Hall, they always have GREAT beers available! I saw a can of Dorothy’s on the shelf and decided it was time to try it! I wasn’t disappointed!

Being a lager, it’s a lighter yellow in color but this is different. Unfiltered, the pour is thicker with a medium head. When it settles, the remnants of the yeasts and grains (possibly corn – more on that later) seem to be suspended rather than settling. The nose is quite floral, signaling a floral hop, most likely Iowa grown. There’s a spice I can’t put my finger on, but probably because the citrusy sour kind of overwhelms it. At first sniff, it comes off decidedly sweet. However, it doesn’t taste that way.

As I’ve pointed out before, I don’t really like a sweet brew. Most summer shandies are too sweet. I’ll drink it if it’s offered and the only thing around, but I will normally not choose one. First drink is smooth and tasty. The head is lemony, but the lager itself is bready. Sugar and yeast definitely brings the white bread forward on the tongue. Not at all dry, the lager doesn’t come off as a normal lager. Toppling Goliath considers this a California Common. I find it somewhere between a lager and IPA. Not as crisp as either, more smooth, but thicker fluidity. That’s not a bad thing. With that thickness and floating elements, there’s a lot of flavor – on the tongue and throat.

It’s not bitter at all, slightly sour, but the sugar balances all, quite well. It’s a good drink, but filling. I couldn’t have any more than one at a sitting. It’s only 5.5% ABV, so it’s not a strong alcohol flavor, but again, it is VERY filing. All in all, I’d buy a 4 or 6 pack (comes in tall cans) but it would be a month or more before I’d finished them all.

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Photo of Ben1313
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 16 oz. can purchased at Yankee Liquor in Sturbridge, CT. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Pretty big head with decent retention, leaving fluffy white lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is a slightly hazy golden.

S: Yeasty and bready, though a little reserved. A bit florally hopped.

T: A bit of hoppy citrus, but mostly yeasty and bready. Neutral finish despite hopping.

F: A bit more substantial than you might expect for a lager. Probably could use a bit more carbonation. Construction and balance are fine.

O: Not Jack's Abby or Carton level, but perfectly fine.

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Photo of Knobs303
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/22/18

A: Golden yellow - some haze, probably could have been avoided if I poured more carefully, but I did not expect sediment from a lager - pours with a medium sized white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Some lager yeast, but otherwise smells like one of the many Toppling Goliath pale ales - decidedly American hops with some floral citrus and light fruit - some lager yeast with some light notes of pepper - some notes of grass - some pils malts, grainy with lots of cereal aromas - slightly above-average sweetness, maybe even a hint of corn

T: New World indeed - floral citrus as well as some tangerine and orange juice - some additional fruity notes, apples and pears - fruity esters - some lager yeast flavor, with just a few notes of pepper - touch of grass - low bitterness - above-average sweetness, even for the style, with some grainy and cereal sweetness - finish could be a lot cleaner with some lingering sugar

M: Medium to light body, medium to low carbonation, more smooth than crisp which seems weird for a lager

O: California steamin'

I have some mixed feelings on this beer. I think I have only reviewed one steam beer in the past, and it was Anchor Steam, which is the benchmark for the style. Overall, I like Dorothy's, but it seems a bit too much like a pale ale in every way except the yeast. It lacks the refreshing, crisp, clarity of a lager. It tastes so much like some of Toppling Goliath's other offerings that it just makes me want to drink a Pseudo Sue rather than another one of these. If they had used more Munich malt and maybe some German hops, it may be a different story...

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Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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