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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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 604
Photo of ZAP
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a growler purchased about 50 hours ago filled at Casonova's in Hudson....still perfectly carbonated..

A-Bright golden colored....hazy...nice fluffy white head..

S-Hay...grains....not real assertive on the nose..

T-Loaded with flavor....very bready and sweet with some light lemony citrus notes....does not remind me of a California Common at all but more like a Kellerbier...I can't keep this in my glass it is so tasty...

M-Perfect....rounded and smooth....perfect weight...not watery at all but not heavy....

O-One of my favorite easy drinking beers of all-time. A keg of this at a summer pool party would be perfect. I could drink this every day for the rest of my life. I really, really like this one.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impressive clear, light orange with a thin white head. Smells of a sweet, malty bread, maybe a slight citrus fruitiness. The brae nines and malt taste is awesome, just how I like a lager. A very light hop sneaks in. One of the better tasting lagers I've had! The taste continues after drinking. Quite refreshing. This flavorful lager is refreshing. Top notch!

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very clear, light gold color with a thin, foamy, light, white head. Leaves only the faintest lace.

S - Nice, clean, bready, cracker and grainy aroma. Pretty simple but enjoyable. Very faint apple and lemon nose along with some honey sweetness.

T - Follows the nose. Dominated by bready, grainy, and sweet cracker like malt. Very clean and crisp. Mid sip brings about a hint of the lemon and green apple, providing a bit of balance to the sweetness.

M - Light body with a nice level of carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

D - Pretty much what I want from a good lager. Light, refreshing, and crisp. Nice bready malt with a nice balance to it. Very easy to drink.

Notes: On tap at The Sanctuary. Very enjoyable lager that is fresh, crisp and refreshing. Pretty simple but it has a subtle complexity and balance. Very nice on a summer day.

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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 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 Etan
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear gold with a small white head.

S: Aroma brings fresh grain, lightly acidic hop note.

T: Biscuity, fleeting note of orange peel, doughy yeast, light grassy note.

M: Light-bodied with creamy carbonation. Really nailed the mouthfeel on this one.

O: This beer is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Toppling Goliath Dorothy's New World Lager

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served well chilled.

A) Nice looking golden brew with decent clarity and some bubble trails. The head was soapy and maybe half a finger. The head quickly settled to a thin collar. A fair amount of lacing.

S) A nice refreshing scent. I think it's what you'd expect from a well crafted lager. The lightest of toasted grains and malt sweetness. Grassy, with a little floral aroma.

T) A very clean and refreshing flavor. Bready malt, balanced with grassy/herbal hops. I get a little hint of lemon in the taste. Really solid in the flavor department.

M) Looks pretty light in the glass, but easily packs a medium body. The carbonation is lively enough, but this is one smooth drinking lager. So smooth... Finishes clean. Loved the mouthfeel for this lager.

O) Folks just don't get to excited about drinking lagers, but for lager lovers, (try saying that 10 times fast) this one is worth seeking out. I do think this should be available in 6 packs, rather than bombers.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

what can you say here, just an all out excellent lager. its hazy and darker than just blonde, maybe light buttery in color, with a viscous white froth of head daily aroused. the nose is bread and cereal grain heavy, definitely robust compared to most. what i like about this the most is that is so flavorful while being distinctly american. it doesn't rely on german malts or czech hops to make it flavorful and interesting, it moves well beyond that, but it still falls nicely into the style guidelines while doing something very different. cereal grain flavor, lots of body, and a gently citrus hop note from about the middle onward. clean finish, lager yeast is richer than most, just such a layered and well done beer, especially for a lager. i could drink this continuously. fuller bodied, lush in feel, refreshing enough but thats not the point here. a great lager, world class in my opinion. well hopped, flavorful, grainy, clean, full.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled May 21st 2015 (318), agreement with Lakeland Florida.

Pale amber body, brass lemon with a bit of shine to it, and a real nice glow. Some very slow rising pinhead carbonation through the body, matching to a very bleach white just slightly taller two finger head. No lacing, minimal retention but a slow fall and simple bubbled collar remains. Solid looking beer with a very impressive body appearance.

Light and toasty malt, a bit of brown bread crust kicks out with a real clean aroma. Very sticky and pasty lager ester sense, with a faint caramel quality in the background just nudging out a little, and a slight fruited hop perhaps. Very nice.

Palate brings a bit of kick and surprise. Quenching classic lager feel with a hint of crisp but also a much maltier body. Hop angle seems just hinting to play, somewhere but hard to pinpoint. Juiced finish with a real fruit cherry and berry aftertaste, biscuit and malt sweetness balancing nicely, a bit of crackling grain meets thick fruit berried juice at the end.

This is a very impressive steam beer take. Excellent stuff.

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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 grandbeerdaily
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong all white head with a pale yellow hue that its bright. Good bubbles and light lacing.

Light smooth crisp smell. Of base malt. Lacks complexity but has a refreshing smell that its indicative of the taste.

Smooth mouth feel makes a very drinkable beer.very light on the tongue. The flavor its simple pale light malts provide a sweet breaddy taste. The yeast Esters are present and noticeable and reminds me of a classic American lager. The hops are absent. A little coriander, maybe, and a little undetermined spice.

Worth a try but not something to brag about

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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 MattyG85
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly hazy straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of grains and biscuit. Pale malt with hints of bready biscuit, grains, straw, cracker, and yeast. Fairly earthy with some hints of grassy hops. Zesty hints of lemon fruit. A nicely crisp and bready light lager aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, bready, and fairly sweet malt forward taste with good notes of grains and biscuit. Upfront pale malt with notes of grains, biscuit, cereal, wheat, straw, cracker, and lager yeast. Earthy hop background with notes of grass. Citrus fruit notes of lemon. A pretty solid light lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth with a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a light pale lager style. Nice crisp grainy malt notes with some light citrus notes.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Tyranena snifter, split with my dad over some thanksgiving turkey

A - pours an impressive hazy amber, darker and fuller looking than I would expect from the style, pure white head, fades to a slight ring

S - smell is light lemony hops but primarily biscuity and bready

T - light cracker and biscuit with hints of grapefruit and lemon in the finish

M - clean, crisp, smooth and refreshing

O - a very good lager, more complexities from hops than most lagers. My second offering from TG, and another solid brew

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Clear yellow with a brief fizzy head. No retention or lacing.

Mildly fruity and grassy aromas. White grapes.

Clean grassy and white fruit flavors. Lightly hopped.

Crisp, clean, light mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

A simple beer but executed without flaw. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Ri0
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a brilliant light golden color that is hazy. Bright white pillowy 1 finger head that doesn't last long. Very little lacing on my Duvel Tulip.

S - Hints of lemon, grass, floral, and faint bread.

T - Follows the nose. Light and bready with faint wheat. Hints of the lemon and maybe apple give a tangyness, providing a bit of balance to the sweetness. The taste of this Lager is incredible, best I have had.

M - So light and crisp with good carbonation. Leaves a nice tang on the finish.

D - All around great refreshing lager. Light and crisp. I don't normally drink Lagers, but I will have more of this as it will be great to have during hot summer days. Well done TG!

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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 alphagnome
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden hue, crowned with a rather dismal head that fades to a small ring within seconds of pouring. Nice, steady streams of carbonation gracefully drift upward.

Sweet, fresh grains fill the nose with a light lemon tinge. Simple, but very nice.

Just as sweet and simple as the aroma. Light, grassy hop bite right up front hits briefly before fresh, lightly toasted biscuits and lemon zest trickle in. Light doughy character and table sugar round off the finish with a tasty, sweet aftertaste.

Light body - Clean, crisp, perfectly carbonated, and highly refreshing.

This being my first encounter with this style, I wasn't sure what to expect. That said, the end of my only bottle had me wishing I had purchased more. It's delicious! Incredibly refreshing and easy to drink make this inoffensive beer a must have!

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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 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 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 zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 1 March 2014.

Pours a hazy pale sunny yellow. One finger of white head, decent retention, okay lacing. A sparse column of bubbles rising up.

Smell is faintly grainy with the corny sweetness typical of many pale lagers. But it's varied and pleasant, with subtle depth and delicately rounded edges.

Taste is really nice. Starts out with thin grains and a light syrupy sweetness, then drifts slowly towards a clean finish. Could use a bit of bitter to balance it, as it is at times overly sweet. But I like it.

Feel is good. Medium-light body, low fizzy carbonation. Could use some more buzz as a contrast to the sweetness.

I'm not a huge fan of pale lagers. But this one is far better than most. It's bright, flavorful, and clean. Excellent.

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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 jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mmulebarn (Reddit and BA) for this one.

pours a light fizzy head that pretty quickly, light lacing, semi clear slight hazy lemony straw yellow color.

Nose is quite lager like, a very big doughy malt, fresh raw sour dough and grainy, a big lager yeast aroma, a mild straw and cracker, a nice fruity quality from the yeast, a bit of a grassy hop, lemongrass too, a bit of a cereal too, almost like fruity pebbles.

Taste starts with more malts, again the grainy cracker malt, juicy and toasty at the same time. Bready and doughy, again a bit of raw dough but not as much as the nose. A light fluffy marshmallowy dough malt, with little straw. Lager is light, little fruity with little lemongrass again. Hops eventually make their presence known, little grassy and hint spicy. Finish is dry and mild to fair bitterness, bit crisp too, little lemon cake dough lingering, more fruity lager notes, and plenty of doughy malt flavor with hint sticky. As it warms, a little earthy mineral rock sulfur note comes through.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft feeling with lighter but decent carb.

Overall not bad, lots of flavor for a light lager, lots of dough and cracker, straw, etc, and plenty of lager yeast notes but not super crisp like the beer wants to be a big imperial lager but stays soft and light. Enjoyable and refreshing.

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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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