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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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 604
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 kkleu357
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

From notes on 2/28/14

Very cloudy light straw colored body. Kind of looks like pee. Very sweet yeasty smelling. Sweet tasting. Kind of a dough flavor. Pretty good for a lager.

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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 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 Efeswasmy1st
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Bodega Brew Pub - hosted beer tasting, poured into 4 oz glass.

Appearance is light pale yellow with little head.

Aroma is some grass, yeast?

Taste is light and sweet.

Palate ended with slight sour and a nice fizz.

Easy to drink, above average lager.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a darker yellow in color with a tiny white head that dissipates quickly. A nice looking beer. Smell is quite refreshing as I haven't had a lager for quite some time. I can smell a little sweet malts and maybe some hops in there that add to the sweetness but seem complimentary. Nothing strong in the nose here. Pretty tame as expected. Taste is of sweet malts, toned down hops to balance. I get a real buttery taste to the beer which is unique and surprising. Mouthfeel is thin as one would expect. Overall this is a pretty decent lager. The taste is quite unique with the buttery notes and was a nice surprise.

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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 jwc215
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours clouded (unfiltered) golden with a thin white lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of sweet grain with musty, slightly fruity, yeast.

The taste of sweet grain is balanced by yeast and some mild, non-descript hops.

Sharp carbonation soon settles to make it a smooth drink.

I thought that it was a kellerbier more than a California Common, and it has something macro lager (though it is unfiltered). I think the price point is a bit high for a bomber - I could find beer that is simple and easy-to-drink in a six-pack for just under twice as much. It is easy-to-drink. Wasn't too impressed overall.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a soft, frothy head. Yeasty aroma with citrus behind it; surprisingly fruity (and wonderful). Hazy straw color. An oddly bitter front end. There is a strong, lingering citrus rind bitterness. There is an orange flavor and a touch of malt behind it.

This is weird, and not necessarily in a good way. Surprisingly bitter, citric, yeasty, with little maltiness. Definitely interesting.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Small white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Pilsner malt. Mild spicy hop. Malty more than hoppy.

Taste - The slightest bit of an earthy and spicy hop. Pilsner malt lends quite a bit of sweetness. Very little hop bite.

Mouthfeel - Pretty crisp and light. Well carbonated.

Overall - Pretty flavorful for a lager. Very malty though. I'd like a little bit of hop bite.

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Photo of bashiba
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouredd a clean yellow,with a light white head.
The smell is light and clean with a touch of grassy hops.

The flavor is clean with light bit of lemony and grassy hops, a touch of light bready grain.

Light and zippy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Easy to drink and no real flaws, but nothing compelling about it either.

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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 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 hardy008
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a one finger foamy white head, with very good retention and lacing. (after I poured the last of the beer into the glass, it turned cloudy). The aroma has sweet malt, with yeast and crackers.

Has a sweet malty taste with crackers and bready grains. Has light grassy hop bitterness. Nicely balanced, but not extraordinary.

Light to medium bodied with light carbonation, and a sweet malty aftertaste. You can tell when you drink this beer that it is well made, but there is nothing that jumps out and grabs your attention either. I am glad I had the chance to try this though.

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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 mjpolzin
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think Lagers by their nature have a ceiling with which you can only rank them so high. They are designed to be easy drinking beers for the masses. (or at least that is my perception of them) I will always buy Topping Goliath beers and support one of my favorite breweries even if it is just a lager.

One of the interesting things about this beer was it's strange light yellow, pale, almost cloudy color. It looked very similar to PseduoSue and I wonder if this look is one common thread in some of the TG beers. The smell was of very faint bread and malts. The taste was similar but with more of these characteristics coming through. The hops weren't hardly noticeable but what I did get was very well integrated in the beer.

Not a great beer but solid and since it was a TG brew, I would take it over other lager offerings.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kyle for this one. Just right for a muggy, hot spring day. 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse, 1 finger white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear pale lemon that reveals ample carbonation. Minimal lace. Average.

Nose is lightly malty with some grains. Sweet. Minimally aromatic but pretty refreshing.

Opens sweet with a big malty body. Some graininess in the middle with just the slightest touch of hop bite at the end. Finishes with some corn and grain. Same sweetness in the aftertaste. Solid for the style.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly, light, and refreshing in the mouth and goes down quenching and aggressive. Finishes slightly messy with a filmy, slightly lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

A simple beer overall but given the right moment, there's nothing better. Not much to think about. Just quenching, enjoyable, and very very refreshing.

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Photo of yamar68
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I can't turn down a beer from Toppling Goliath, no matter the ratings.

Very clean looking. Pale straw golden body with a slight finger of paper white head.

Strong pils aroma... sweet grains, creamed corn, yeasty twang... pretty standard pale lager profile on the nose.

Palate follows the nose... doughy malt flavors, moderate bitter hop contribution... it's like a rich pilsner. Deceivingly light.

Glad to try it. Won't be seeking this one out again though.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle of the recent delivery. Poured into a gold Toppling Goliath chalice 7/11/2014.

A- Proper glassware and a clear, beautiful straw yellow body that I have come to expect from lagers. So refreshing in appearance, I don't think I even need to drink this to satiate my thirst. Two finger white head that fades fairly quickly into a fairly substantial film that sticks for a while. Some lacing.

S- Freshly baked wheat bread, biscuits drizzled in honey. This smells very much the part of a California Common. Very good display of malt, clean nose albeit not particularly complex. But appealing nonetheless.

F- Just like the nose, but sweeter on the bread side. Wheat bread straight out of the oven, chopped up and served up with a drizzle or two of honey and some yeast- spices, perhaps coriander. For the most part, it fits the style. Not much razzle-dazzle but clean and well-done.

M- Medium in body, well carbonated and very refreshing. No off-flavours are allowing me to just drink this beer as quickly or as slowly as I like. I really enjoy the substantial but soft mouthfeel that Toppling Goliath seems to also deliver with their pale ales.

O- Nothing flashy, but sturdy and very well-done. At $5 a bomber, its still 23 cents an ounce that equates to $16.50 for a six-pack. C'mon TG, start bottling in smal format already! So while this was worth trying the one time, I probably won't be buying this again, at least not for a while.

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Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy burnt golden color with an off white head with little lacing but a fresh collar
S- malts with light citrus hops a cereal grain smell
T-sweet malts with light grapefruit hops a German lager taste
M- Sweet and creamy smooth with malts
O- if you like lagers well done .. and i do.. then this one is great for the style

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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 birchstick
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at a bottle shop in Madison, WI.

A - pours a clear, pale yellow color with a somewhat creamy head that leaves a modicum of lacing down the side of the glass

S - aroma is a bit faint - I am getting mostly cereal malts and not much else

T - this beer starts off with grain, cereal, and bready malts that hold fast through most of the palate. A small amount of grassy hops come through on the end, but the malts steal the show. Although a big one-dimensional, the malt bill on this beer is pretty solid.

M - creamy and full bodied, really nice body

D - overall, this is a really nicely put together lager / california common. At $5.99 a bomber it's good, but I don't think I would revisit it...maybe on tap.

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Photo of Mdog
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, huge head.

Smell: Fruity, apple, kind of malt liquor-like, which is a bit of a turn-off.

Taste: Nice mildly sweet and fruity. A little bit of corn. Easy drinking lager beer.

Overall: Picked up a bomber in Wiscoland to continue trying the available TG beers. This is usually on the shelf but I had avoided it due to it being a lager. It is well made, and a pretty solid beer other than the smell leans a bit too much towards malt liquor fusels.

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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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Dorothy's New World Lager from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
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