Dottie Seattle Lager | Emerald City Beer Company

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Dottie Seattle LagerDottie Seattle Lager

Brewed by:
Emerald City Beer Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by barleywinefiend on 09-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 16
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Rich, bright copper with an impressive tight, creamy lace

SMELL: Earthy, mildly floral, grainy

TASTE: Silky smooth, crisp, semisweet, biscuity malt, honey, toasty, mild limey citrus, earthy

Touted as “Seattle’s very own session lager,” it’s what you’d expect: a low-ABV lager brewed with local ingredients. It’s not too hoppy, at 25 IBU’s, so the Magnum and Liberty only slightly challenge the Yakima Valley malts. Overall, this is a solid American craft lager, worthy of its flagship status and many sessions. That said, we’d love to see just a bit more hops and more “lager.”

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of harrymel
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Canned: unk

Pours copper with a etched sheet of light cream. Smells like some kinda chinese food. Maybe like a cheap sweet and sour. WTF?! Taste is sweet with some cream, some crystal malts, a really nice marzen flavor - too bad the nose is such as it is. Medium bodied with lighter carb and a moderately dry finish. In spite of the nose, I might drink again, but not on the quality, on the intrigue.

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Photo of NWer
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured from can into pilsner glass.
In spite of the careful pour, very aggressive multi-finger head.
Nice clear golden appearance. As foam dissipates and beer magically disappears from glass, nice lace rings cling to the side.
The flavor really grew on me. Since I'm used to drinking IPA's and stouts, it took a while for my palate to adjust but the more I drank, the more I liked it.
Very full bodied for a lager. A very nice enjoyable tanginess with a good hop finish.
I only bought one but will definitely seek out a few more of these.

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Photo of jeffeljefe
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can into pilsner glass.

A: Pale straw/light amber; clear to hazy; fizzy head, fairly lasting

S: Sweet, caramel, fruity

T: Sweet, nutty; mild hop finish

M: smooth, lightly carbonated compared to macro lagers, average finish

O: Easy drinking, more to it than your average lager; The smell is what stood out to me, the taste didn't quite live up to the promise of the bouquet for me.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of woemad
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can purchased at Total Wine in Spokane as part of a 4-pack for $5.99. No freshness date. Judging by the picture on the can, Dottie’s a real looker.

Poured a clear, amber color, with a big, creamy beige head that dropped slowly. Lots of lace. Like the girl on the can, this beer looks great.

Big, bready malt scent on this one. Things are caramelishly sweet, slightly nutty, and (very) slightly spicy. I wasn’t expecting a hop blast, and my expectations proved correct.

A somewhat sweet, malty taste to this one. There’s a nutty, toasted malt flavor in the background. There’s also a little bit of dry hoppiness that confines itself to balancing the malts.

Medium bodied, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. This might benefit from a little bit stronger carbonation.

Another micro that’s jumped aboard the can train, and I’m all for it. This beer is fine for one can, but I think it’s a little too sweet for a session beer.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful honey in color. Pure white foamy head. Lots of lacing....lots. Super clear....perfect for a lager.

S: Crisp bready Malts. Slight sourness, maybe from the citrus notes. Very pleasant.

T: Bread and bread. Good amount of hops on the back end. A damn good lager!!

M: Crisp and clean. Medium bodied.

O: I am not, by far, a lager all, but this was really enjoyable!

thanks podunkparte!!!!

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Photo of searsclone
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a can into an imperial pint glass. clear light amber with a fantastic white head and tons of bubbles

smell is almost nonexistent. maybe some malt and saltine crackers

taste is very mild, touch of hops and a bit of malt. balanced and smooth

mouthfeel is a little watery, but really easy to drink

overall, a better than average lager, but not great

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite nicely rich with an appealing grainy taste. Just a hint of the earthy hops. Sudsy in the mouth and foamy in the glass. Amber color with a little orange.

Tangy on top of that pleasant malty flavor. English muffins and a hint of caramel. Hops are a team player here. Enough bitterness to promote some balance, but the aftertaste is more of a restrained beeriness and mellow malt. Definitely a twang of resins and some dankness along with the roasted barley.

Totally drinkable. More complex than you might expect. Dottie gets a lot of mileage out of that 4.9%. "You bet your sweet malt my hops are real," sez the lady on the tall can. It would take another photo to see the rest of her.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber. Healthy three finger white head with decent retention and massive lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, apple juice. Taste follows with biscuit malt, light fruit, nice dry hop finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A nice, well made dark lager.

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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly and light tan head into an english pub glass that settles to a thin ring that disappears about halfway through the beer. the body was a bright amber color.
s - very earthy aroma.
t - caramel and fruit with a light floral hop aroma.
m - very creamy and quaffable.
o - solid session lager, i'd drink this again. can has nice cans too!

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Emerald City's taproom. July 2011.

A: Golden amber with thin a head of bubbles, little to no lacing. Crazy amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells of honey with a hint malt.

T: Honey and caramel.

M: Heavy carbonation. Easy and smooth.

O: Decent lager that would be fantastic on a hot day. Would choose this over the large mega brews, but still, that's not saying much.

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3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Emerald City Beer Company. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Clear dark orange, amber/brown color. Half-finger of small bubble head with retention. 3 dozen or so streams of carbonation running up the glass.

S - Very mild scent. A bit of honey, whiff of maltiness, and hint of cider.

T - Honey flavor up front followed by a malt flavor. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Light medium body and crisp, with fizzy carbonation.

D - A drinkable session beer, with the bitter finish giving it character. A decent year-round utility beer.

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Dottie Seattle Lager from Emerald City Beer Company
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