Dorothy's New World Lager
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Dorothy's New World LagerDorothy's New World Lager
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California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #15
Ranked #37,210
3.72 | pDev: 10.22%
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States
Dorothy's New World LagerDorothy's New World Lager
Notes: 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
Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 821 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Thomas87 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz tall boy can into pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a white bubbly head that dissipated quickly.
Aroma: has a slight lemon character and somewhat reminiscent of the way a sour beer smells.
Mouthfeel: perfect carbonation with little room for improvement. Little alcohol taste so makes it very session-able.
Taste: Light malt character with hints of lemon and very light pepperiness. Very clean and crisp.
Overall: Would highly recommend to have on a warm summer day not in the dead of winter. I enjoyed this one and is the best steam beer I have tried to date.

Feb 07, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of bright cereal grain, pretty plain. Tastes of cereal grain with some fruit notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking with good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

Dec 21, 2020
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Jball25 from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tall boy packaged on 05/04/20 into a pint glass. Hazy, golden yellow, you can just barely see your fingers through the glass. Smells sweet, didn't get a lot from the nose on this one. Crisp, light mouth feel with a dry finish and a little bite from the carbonation. Refreshing and simplistic, it tastes like your traditional lager plus the slightest hint of lemon, with a bready and slightly buttery aftertaste. It isn't a game changer by any means but its a darn good beer.

Oct 27, 2020
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jkrich from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 16 oz. can: very hazy, yellow hue with hardly any foam or head at all. This far from an attractive lager pour, but there is more to explore.

A very nice, but faint aroma of lemon and spice; certainly not all-inspiring.

Now this lager certainly makes up for the defects in appearance and aroma: what a refreshing and thirst-quenching lager with that inviting and ubiquitous lemon flavor. This is a lager you could easily enjoy all the day save for the alcohol. The body is rather light with refreshing and zesty carbonation. The bittersweet and tangy lemon pleasantly lingers on the palate.

This is my second beer from this brewery, and this one does not disappoint - there is nothing complex, just quaffable enjoyment.

Sep 12, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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

From the tall boy can in a snifter. This SOLID brew pours a
chill hazed amber tinged straw color with a modest head of
white foam that settles to a thin ring, thin dusty layer, and
displays some light lacing. Nose of light grains, honey malts,
and faint herbal hops. Flavors strike the right pose for an
easy drinker that is beyond crush-able. Light grains and
faint cream honey malts mingle with balanced herbal
hops. Nice mouth feel; medium light body, smooth,
crisp, medium light carbonation, and a crisp lightly
dry finish.

A true classic indeed. Solid!


Aug 22, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy gold into a pint glass with a two finger head. Not much on the nose. Taste is malts and a lemon/lime vibe. A little fizzy in the tongue and a bit scratchy going down. Not bad

Aug 22, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brew is a very hazy, light-straw color with a fluffy white head. The aroma has some fruit....a little peach...and some bready notes. Overall, it is a little faint, though. Soft and balanced taste, if not just a little sweet. Not bad, but not exceptionally flavorful or engaging.

Jul 25, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can packaged on 5/4/20, tasted 7/25/20.

Pours a slightly cloudy gold color. White head disappears quickly. No lacing. On looks alone I was worried this would be just another non-descript watery lager.

Smell - unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot here either. However, there is just enough of a bready and hoppy aroma as well as some kind of citrus to make me interested.

Taste - wow. Was not expecting that. Great balance of hops, bread, malts, and even a bit of caramel. Bitterness is low and the funk is tamed but present. Citrus shows up near the end. Finish is clean and short-medium length. No part of the taste is watery at all, but neither is it heavy.

Mouth feel is also unexpectedly good. Strong carbonation, light body, crisp. Very smooth.

Overall - this beer is the epitome of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” On look or aroma alone I might never have tried it, and in fact, I am pretty sure this beer will have the largest gap in my ratings between look/smell and taste/feel.

Jul 25, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised at how good this beer was. I expected it to be a lot hoppier than it was and that was a good thing! Overall, it pours well and has a nice color. The taste is good, without being overpowered by any one particular aspect of the recipe. It feels good in the mouth and does not have any kind of funky aftertaste. I will give this another try!

Jul 18, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My second beer from this acclaimed Iowa brewer who I found while visiting a buddy in Ohio. Doesn't really look or smell like anything recognizable and tastes fairly nondescript as well. Texture is thin but the carbonation is pretty robust. Goes down super easy though, and the tall boy can gets a extra half star as well. Nice example of the style.

Jun 25, 2020
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 5/4/20. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a pale yellowish golden; small fluffy and creamy eggshell white head that fades leaving great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have some hints of citrus along with some floral notes. Some crackers and fresh bread. Hints of caramel. Lots of malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. Mild hints of lemon and lime. More bread and crackers. Some corn and grains. Some fresh grass. Subtle sweetness. Low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's slightly sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid lager. It's not flashy, but it's not supposed to be. It might not be my new personal favorite lager, but it's still nice and enjoyable.

Jun 11, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear (or cloudy?), radiating golden lager color. A creamy, white head. SRM of 5-6. (3.75)

Aroma: Aromas of white cracker, sourdough bread, sweat, light grain and corn, noodles & sweet crean. Has a sort of sour/sweet cream smell to it like over-ripened corn or sourdough bread. A honey/cream malt.
On one version I got a tart aroma like grape or champagne.

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with more white and sourdough bread, lemon, corn, and some cream. Bread spice up front w/ yeast, then come the corn and cream. There's definitely some champagne yeast and grape flavor. Some cereal, butter, skim-milk, mac&cheese. All malts, with little to no hops. The sweat isn't really on the flavor here. More of a slight sulfur quality. A honey malt finish that is slightly sweet. There is a definite grape or champagne tartness here. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Okay carbonation. Finishes with a breadiness with a slight sourness on the palate. (3.75)

Compared to Lager of the Lakes: It pours a darker, more golden color. More malt aromas of corn and cream. Less citrus. Similar sweetness. Similar body. Overall, just more malty and no hop presence

Compared to Dakota Soul Pilsner: Pours a slightly lighter color. More corn, cream, and honey malt. Less grassy, bready. More American and less German. Smoother and letter bitter/hoppy.

Compared with Castle Cream: It has a lighter color. More dry bread, salt, yeast, and bite to it. More carbonation. Less heavy and sweet.

Compared with Bahaus Wonderstuff: More sour, milky and grainy qualities. Less full and bready. Very similar overall.

Compared w/ Dortmund: A lighter color. More dry yeast, bread, and bitter hops. A dryer, more yeast, and cleaner finish. Less malts overall.

Compared w/ 5-Weight Cream Ale: This one pours a darker color. A more bitter/sour aroma. It has more of a saltiness which provides a more drying body. Finishes more bitter and dry than sweet.

Compared w/ Goose Island's Natural Villain 3/13/20: Pours a slightly lighter color. Aromas have more white cracker, cream, and sourdough bread. Less generic malty corn. Slightly cleaner. I prefer this one

Compared to Bent Paddle's Classic 5/2/20: Pours an identical color. Milder aromas. More white cracker, sourdough, bread. Less mashed corn, yeast, and cream. Although both beers have creamy notes to them but this one is more milky with less corn.

Compared to Molson's Canadian Lager 9/27/20: Pours a lighter and cloudier color. More tart grape and champagne on the aroma. Less bread, roll and yeast.

Compared to Schell's Cream Ale 11/12/20: Pours a cloudier color with a smaller head. More champagne, yeast, grape aromas. Less white bread. More sour astringency. Less body. Winner: Schells cream

Overall: Not sure how I got some corn, mac&cheese, and skim milk on this one, but I did. I will standby the sourdough bread quality. A definite sour and saltiness. Even some sea water and champagne yeast with grape. Definitely a salty and slightly sour milk component which is interesting. Sourdough bread and seawater? Malts mostly. BeerAdvocate, is this really a Steambeer? More like an American lager with sour notes. Really not my favorite. (Final Rating for now: 3.48)

May 02, 2020
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2.03/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Not good, would not drink a second time.

Can from Hy-Vee in Iowa, 6 months after pkg date and 1 month before best by.

Significant off-flavors and higher levels noticeable on the finish. Would not perform well relative to most macro lagers of similar "freshness" in a blind tasting (comparable to a more budget tier lager). Should be better given cold distribution and retail.

Mar 28, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 11/22/2019; best before 5/23/2020. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly foamy and fluffy white head with poor retention, that reduces to a minimal spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Good appearance. Aromas of big lemon, pear, red apple, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt/grains, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, red apple, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, red apple, cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, wood, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great robustness and balance of pale malt/grains, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not overly fruity/yeasty. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is an excellent California common. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt/grains, earthy hops, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Nice clean pils malt/grainy showcase, balancing earthy hops, and restrained fruity yeast. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressively well made style example as expected of the brewery. Minimal complaints.

Mar 21, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into a pint glass. Canned 11/25/19 so 7 weeks old.

Hazy dull yellow body. Small white head quickly fizzes out and the streams of carbonation can't replenish it. No lacing.

Light aromas of malt, yeast, and lemon.

For all that, it tastes pretty good. Smooth, clean, and easy drinking. Could pound these all day long on a hot summers day.

Mouth medium, finish clean slightly sweet maltiness.

Overall, a simple, well brewed lager, but with some deficiencies in most areas

Jan 17, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

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

16oz canned on 11/25/19 and a best by 5/23/20. Opened 1/11/20.
1" white head falls away completely quickly. Opaque, pale yellow-gold, unfiltered looking lager.
Getting a yeasty aroma, with a faint lemon hoppiness and a hint of bready malt. Slight sulfur. Subtle aromas.
Clean, bready malt profile, grainy - corn...almost reminds me a little of a wit...not sure if it's just the unfiltered appearance playing tricks on my mind but then again the yeastiness called out in the aroma adds to that as well. Definitely different and not something I can easily classify in the lager spectrum, seems out of place even as a Common.
Medium body, I like the unfiltered aspect - boosts the body and mouthfeel a bit. Medium carbonation. Clean and fairly quick finish.

Jan 11, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden body with a white head. Smells heavily of sweeter malts, especially caramel, with a kiss of floral hops. Taste brings in more biscuit malts to the equation, hops present but not obnoxious. Much better tasting than it looks! Feel is malty, bright for style, very smooth and medium bodied.

Jan 11, 2020
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Hansicus_Almighticus from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It must be stated that my scores should be prefaced with: "for a lager"
I'm not typically a big lager drinker. Lager's taste like lagers, and aside from the fact that some lagers taste like lagers (ie good lagers) and some taste like carbonated cat urine (ie bad lagers), there's not much to say.
Think of a decent lager, intensify the flavor by about 25-30%, remove some of the hop finish you'd get in a typical German lager, and you have yourself Dorothy's New World.

Jan 09, 2020
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SHDoyle from Ohio

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

Description: Light gold appearance and very smooth, almost like a glass of wine. Slightly cloudy with no bubbles or head to speak of. Aroma is crisp, malty and bready, as expected. There's also some underlying fruit sweetness, almost like a tripel, although it's definitely subdued. Taste follows the nose with some added earthiness. It's balanced but generally mild. Body is light and highly carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) I struggle with lagers. I can never shake the sentiment that, "this kind of tastes like a Budweiser". For a lager, this is probably fine. But when compared with much more flavorful IPAs or stouts, it's unimpressive. This might be good at a baseball game or backyard barbecue, but otherwise you can pass or find another lager.

Jan 05, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

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

16 oz. Can
PKG: 10/14/19
BEST BY: 04/11/20

Poured into a Tree House glass a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow/orangy color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/fizzy one-finger white head, which also leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a nice lemon note, bready, grassy. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice lemon note, pretty nice sweetness, bready, grassy. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew, true to style.

Dec 23, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can PKG 09/17/19 BEST BY 03/15/20 poured into a vintage bar glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours mostly bright orange amber in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring. The aroma is faint with grain and light fruit. The taste is semisweet grain with a mild fruitiness before the herbal, barely bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. Nice beer. It would probably be better on tap or stored cold (this can was not).

Nov 27, 2019
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NJBarstool from New Jersey

1.9/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Overall it's very similar in aroma and taste to Coor's Banquet, which is one of the better macro-lagers. However, I'd expect more from Toppling Goliath

Oct 01, 2019
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cx329 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This drinks more like a pale ale than a lager but I'm OK with that. Honestly, everything that Toppling Goliath puts out is excellent. I've always been a big fan of unfiltered brews and Toppling Goliath does not disappoint. The scent is hay and corn. Appearance is a cloudy brass. Mouthfeel correlates with the look. A slight residue of yeast and grains adorns the tongue. A slight hoppy finish, west coast hops perhaps. This beer is fantastic and I buy it often.

Sep 05, 2019
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 16-oz. Bruges beer glass
From: My cousin Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received July 19, 2019
Consumed: July 19, 2019
Reviewed as: California Common/Steam Beer
Misc.: Canned on June 20, 2019 at 11:54 a.m. CT; Best by Dec. 17, 2019

Thanks, Sam!

Got this along with seven other beers from Sam. Was looking forward to it as it was from Toppling Goliath, arguably my top brewery. Can description read, “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.””

Poured a golden semi-clear color with two fingers of off-white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at a pretty quick pace. Very bad watery lacing. Bad retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Smelled corn, hay, grain, sourdough bread, oats, grass, manure (?) and earthy malt. More of the same from the can with the malt coming through. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted a little better than the nose. Got hay, grass, sourdough bread, oats, grain, earthy malt, wheat, corn and white cracker. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 4.00)

A very good beer overall. Glad I got to try it. (Overall - 3.75)

3.83 | 86 | B+

Aug 09, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice lager from a brewery whose offerings are just too damn hard to find. This one was interesting - definitely more flavorful and heartier than I was expecting from a lager. Pours a medium amber color with some nice-looking fluffy white head and small sheets of lingering lacing that faded somewhat rapidly. Smells of some toast, roasted nuts, grain, malt, maybe a hint of floral hops at the end. Taste follows the nose, and there was great balance and depth to this beer's flavors. Smooth, mild mouthfeel and great carbonation. Really easy to drink and enjoy. Not too much bitterness at the finish. Great stuff!

Jul 09, 2019
Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 821 ratings