Dorothy's New World Lager | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Dorothy's New World LagerDorothy's New World Lager

Brewed by:
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 kojevergas
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

500ml can.

Clean and somewhat vibrant pale copper body. Off-white cap of 2 minute retention.

Aroma is sweet and grainy, emphasizing cereals and floral hops. Honey. Hints of diacetyl and butterscotch. Aromatic intensity is high.

Taste matches the aroma, with the flavour profile dragged down by diacetyl off-flavour. Imbalanced (overly sweet).

Has more in common with a 40oz malt liquor than a great expression of the style, hardly what I expected from Toppling Goliath. High corn-like cereal grain sweetness coupled with sharp overcarbonation makes this unenjoyable but drinkable. I'm not sure what happened here, but Toppling Goliath's high reputation is not lived up to via this subpar expression of the style.


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Photo of GOBLIN
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not bad, I honestly can't say that I think it's a terrific example but it has pretty much all average to good qualities. Just my opinion but it resembles Miller lite . . . I prefer Lite.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear yellow with a light head. As others have mentioned, even if lagers aren't your thing, this is probably the best lager you'll have.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat darker golden yellow with a thick two finger head of white foam.

Pungently sweet malt notes of caramel, toast, and biscuits are prevalent with a bit of earthy hop notes.

A beautiful bouquet of freshly toasted malt flavor lends biscuity, toasty, and caramelly sweetness while the gentle hand of earthy and herbal hops provide a bit of resinous bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, tight carbonation, crisp, balanced.

Overall, while I never get my hopes up with most lagers, this one certainly is a home run. A fantasticly balanced and flavorful lager here, very well done and a great beer for sipping during a baseball game.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at Hunahpu's Day 2016.

Clear amber with a moderate head.

Pretty typical bready grassy lager notes are present with some additional bright notes of lemon.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

3.0 A: Golden yellow color with some chill haze. One finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and just a few wisps of lacing are left.

3.75 S: Grainy with a sweet bready malt backbone. Mild apple pie fruitiness. Grassy hops. Clean and without any off flavors. A well constructed nose.

3.75 T: More of the same. Grainy foremost then bready. Grassy hops. Pie crust, but not as fruity as the nose.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

4.0 D: Tasty well crafted beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with light head. The smell is the malts - the taste is strong, clean, and very well balanced. The feel is medium bodied. This is a very refreshing beer that I can enjoy with meals, or when I don't want a heavier beer.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a single into a willi becher. Pours a rich deep goldenrod, 2 finger white puffy head that subsides quickly with little lacing. Nose is bit of flowery perfume, some bread, apples. Taste follows the nose. Back half has a slightly odd taste to me...fruity but also bready and grainy, and a little mealy. Feel is smooth, lots of body...lacks any kind of crisp and clean finish, but then I figured out that it was a common....makes more sense. All in all, not bad, though there's still something odd about the lingering taste.

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Photo of matcris
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rated for the style.
APPEARANCE: Rich golden/amber and crystal clear. Tons of small bubbles streaming up. Finger + of off white head. Leaves moderate lacing down the glass.
AROMA: A little floral, fresh cut grass, big and bready, grainy.
TASTE: Nice big malty sweetness. Bitterness comes on mid palate but is very mild. You get the big breadiness and the grassiness from the hops.
FEEL: Medium body, a little slick, drier on the finish. Average carbonation feel.
OVERALL: Sweeter than I normally like for a lager, but for such low IBU's (11) it is balanced nicely. Good brew, I'd have it again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Always like to see a top-rated brewery with a straight-up no-frills pale lager. This one now comes in a 16oz can, very fitting indeed.

A - Pours a nice pale orange color with the slightest dust haze and a few fingers of white head, which quickly falls to a fluffy foam pillow. A thick ring remains by the end without much lace to speak of.

S - Pretty much all grains, wheat and bread, touch of caramel sweetness. Kinda faint and certainly plain, but an enjoyable enough clean lager scent.

T - Thankfully more strength overall with particularly the sweetness gaining some strength here, maybe a touch too much caramelly biscuit presence but a pretty good straight-up lager+malt flavor. Really not much for hops whatsoever.

M - Nice full body with welcome highish carbonation+foam. Definitely maltier than your average lager of this caliber, almost reminds me of a bock in feel and taste come to think of it.

O - Definitely a bit sweeter and maltier than your average ~5% lager, and while I do appreciate TG's no-frills approach on this, it is otherwise quite an ordinary bottom-fermented beverage. Clean, tasty and drinkable but ultimately a bit indistinct.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/24/15.

Appearance: Light caramel color with great clarity and a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Nice pseudo-lager esters that come with hybrid beers. Some sweetness as well.

Taste: Simple and clean, just like the description on the label. Really nice balance of malt sweetness coming through as well as a concise bitterness. Very clean finish with a light aftertaste of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium but not at all watery. Good carbonation level for the style and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Just a straight up good beer. Perfect for any social gathering or just something to keep on hand. I had all but overlooked this one since TGs IPAs are always a first choice. Glad I finally tried it. Would I drink it again? Yep.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled back on 1/19/16. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a flute glass.

Brew pours a hazy honey-amber in color with close to a finger of foamy/creamy white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of grains, sweet malts with a hint of yeast. Taste is close to the nose with a hint of spice and light earthly hops. Very smooth and goes down easy with no bitterness at all.Very mild and great tasting. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall a tasty brew.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$4.95/6 pack special!

Pours a honey blonde color with a beautiful display of shadowed fingers on the other side. The head is rich and creamy, milky, smooth. 2 fingers, recedes slowly, and leaves rings of lace.

Aroma of rich grains, a touch of copper pipe; oats, and dry grass.

Flavor is bready, with a strong steam influence bringing air cooled stale malts; slight malt liquor flavors involving tin and rotten fruits; ends on crisp cereal grains. Without analyzing it too much, it's great out of the bottle to pound with a distinct breadiness and only a faint oddity to it. Out of the glass the flavor surfaces as more of a tin can malt liquor.

Feel is carbonated and easy but, still a bit pasty on the finish.

Overall for the price I paid I'm not upset, it's a good lager to drink without thinking. Craft-quality? Ah, let's not get carried away. But it is a decent lager comparable with other offerings that equally priced.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very mild and very drinkable lager. There's a hint of sweetness to it, but nothing overpowering. Unintrusive is the name of the game here, which isn't a bad thing.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a thin white head that lingers briefly. True to style leaves little to no lacing.

S: Smells like a lager with its yeasty sweet malt aromas up front, lemon and apple notes come through among smells of fresh baked bread. Also a few grassy hop notes in there as well. Overall quite inviting.

T: Sweet malts and bready flavors up front then you get some fruit most notably lemon with a bit of banana, as well as some honey, caramel and some nice earthy grass like hops to balance it all out. Overall this is a good example of how I like lagers to taste.

M: Light bodied, with a mid-to-high level of carbonation. Nice crisp and clean goes down very easy.

O: In my opinion this is a great example of a Lager. It has just about everything you could want from it's style. Its a nice easy drinker that would be very easy to kick back a case of if I'm doing some work outside or am just in the mood to have a glass of brew in my hands all day long. (Don't judge me who hasn't been there). Overall a solid if not spectacular brew that everyone should be able to enjoy.

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Photo of coriswrasse
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle from a trade. Decent sessionable lager. Golden color. Large amount of head and tons of carbonation. Taste is very plain jane so it's not for the hop forward type of beer consumer but that is what this style is. Overall it's clean, crisp and refreshing. Mouth feel is standard light body lager feeling. I will not drink this again but am glad to have checked it off the list.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A big head with some staying power. A lot of carbonation, with a rapid ascension to the top. Looks the bit with a beautiful golden, but opaque, color.

There is quite a bit of floral/grassy aftertaste to this, some subtle notes of malt. However, until the aftertaste this tastes very much like a regular 'boring' lager. Quite sweet. I don't feel like there is a lot to this.

I've looked at some of the reviews here, and even the highest reviews acknowledge that this is a a fairly simple and drinkable lager. If that's what you are looking for, this is a pretty solid beer. But it won't wow you.

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Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight hops, hint of alcohol, slight pale malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a California Common / Steam Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of hop, slight bread dough, slight alcohol, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and feel.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dorthy's New World Lager pours a hazy golden color with a very small head. There is a very mild crisp malty aroma. The taste is very crisp, nice bright malty flavors. Good body and good feel. Overall its very crisp, and very refreshing. A very good beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a clear mug.

Appearance: golden yellow hue with a touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of white foam and didn't stick around too long. Mostly appropriate for the style but not much in the way of head.

Smell: a little on the sweet side with a nice, bready character. I like it.

Taste: a little grainy, a little sweet, a little toasty; there's some nice stuff going on here. Not a bad example of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a nice creaminess. Good.

Overall: this beer is definitely very drinkable. I could see quaffing a few of these in the sun.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours an energetic gold with a white to cream colored foam cap that completely disappears after a minute and a half. S: Spicy, grainy, minty hop aromas joined by light bread rise from the glass. T: A prickly entrance gives way to grain and malt flavors with traces of apple and sulfur that open the door to an assertive hop bitter finish. F: Sparkly, prickly, lively, with a medium light body. O: Crisp and refreshing and packed with flavor.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a clear and very fizzy pale straw with a sustained head. The aroma is straight up biscuit. The flavor lead with the biscuit, nicely balanced by a mild hop bitterness. I really cannot pick out many individual flavors here, everything is so well balanced as to create a unified impression. The light body places this comfortably in the world of summer beer, but there is enough powerful flavor here to make this a year round specialty. This is a very well executed steam beer, and a joy to drink.

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Photo of morimech
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Have passed over this beer for years but decided to buy a 6-pack now that Toppling Goliath is newly in MN. Not much happening in the pour. Clear golden color with minimal head and just a little spotty lacing. Not as actively carbonated as I would expect in a light lager. Bready malt with light noble hop aroma. Flavor is a clean, light lager flavor of the malt and minimal hop flavor with low hop bitterness. Carbonation unsurprisingly is a little low and lifeless.

Maybe this example of the beer is not the best representation of this beer being Brewhub brewed. I can think of 5 local, cheaper, packaged light lagers I would purchase over this. Tried it once, no need to purchase again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA.

Crystal clear pale golden body with an inch of bone white head. Bubbles slowly ascend to the surface. Outstanding appearance. The aroma offers pale malt, bread, grain, and a light fruity note. Clean, refreshing, simple. Light in body. Solid.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a yellowish golden color with a moderate white head. Quickly recedes, leaving no lacing.

Aroma of bready malts and lemon rind. A lot of yeast. Some lighter fruity esters.

Taste follows the nose. Honey and wheatgrass. Some very light fruitiness, orange and lemon. Possibly some caramel?

Light bodied. Plays on the tongue very nicely, coating the tongue in a sweet glaze. Very good to drink on a hot night, but when you have the AC (never thought I'd describe a beer that way).

A solid if unspectacular effort from TG. Wouldn't mind having some of this lying around to straight drink, but if you're looking for something with excellent taste, look elsewhere.

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Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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