Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

1,090 Reviews

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of beerhistory
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A -poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful golden / copper color with a fine 2 inch head that creates wonderful lacing.

S -light citrus smell with some definite breads -but very light on the can tell this is going to be a crisp, refreshing brew. Certainly smells like a summer brew for the back yard.

T - Exceptional -malty flavors up front with a lingering hop bitterness.

This is an exceptional beer. Great for a warm summer day in the back yard. Also -the 5.8% ABV is an added bonus as you can have more than a couple and still remain functional.

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Photo of tophers
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: Deep gold in color with crystal clarity. Head is long lasting with some lacing on the glass

s: Medium-low hop aroma with a bit of spiciness. Mild sweetness from the malt. Tiny bit of sulfur aroma. Picking up a slight smell of honey.

t: Very balanced between the malt and hops. Picking up the malty sweetness in the middle with a nice bitterness at the end. Very smooth. Clean without any fruit esters.

m: Medium body with low carbonation

o: Very enjoyable beer. Very good balance between the pils malt and noble hops. This beer is the best of both worlds as far as German malt and hops. Could have a touch more carbonation.

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Photo of dustylong
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice golden amber color with a decent head, good retention, and almost zero lacing (poured from a glass into a mug). The smell is very malty, fruity, and citrusy. The taste goes along with the smell. This is a very tasty beer, with a very malty, fruity, citrusy flavor to it. Not very bitter. Nice, dry, and crisp....perfect amount of carbonation and a moderate amount of mouthfeel. A very delicious, drinkable beer (whether on-tap or in the bottle). Drink this beer.

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Photo of bob3701
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I thought putting their gold medal right on the lable like they had was a bit much, but damn this is good stuff. Nice clear gold color. Nice head to start with but disapates quickly. That German aroma associated with the finest they produce is very strong here. Nice crisp taste and if there ever was a balanced beer I think this is it. This is the beer I will now compare to all others when I think of balance. This is very pleasant to drink and that gold medal should be the prodominant feature on the label.
This ain't no yellow fizzy stuff!

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Photo of JackStraw22
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: relatively dark (for a lager) golden body. Good inch of white foamy head. A little lacing.

Smell: Spicy hops (yeasty?) aroma. A little bit of malt, some sweetness, but the spicy/herbal aroma dominates. Very nice.

Taste/feel: Though I don't drink as many lagers as ales, this is easily my favorite lager, and it's mostly the taste that puts it over the edge. For anyone who doesn't think you can get some good complex tastes in a lager, you need to try this. Sweet upfront, earthy/yeasty in the middle, and a clean, hoppy finish. Full in the mouth, coats the mouth well.

Drinkability: I could drink the brewery out of these!

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Photo of russpowell
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to pwoods for this one, thanks Patrick!

Pours an effervescent honey with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Flowery & perfumy hops, pears & peach

T: Honey malt, grassy hops, & a touch grainy bread up front. More fruittyness, breadyness/crackery notes & a touch of dryness along with more grassy hops. Finishes with grassy & soapy hops & more grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & great balance

Great drinkability, spot on for the style, damn near flawless

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Poured a very nice dark golden yellow with a good two finger head. Had a little bit of lacing throughout.Good carbonation bubble racing to the top.

Smell was of malt and slight hops.

Taste of this beer is great, super smooth and balanced, doesn't leave any bitterness in your mouth but lasting flavor makes you want more.

Could drink this till I pass out on the floor.

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Photo of Oberson58
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

It is the best tasting beer I have ever come across. It's like they created a brita filter for beer and it pissed out the most reliable, un-offensive beer of all time. It's one of the greats, I just hope someone else sees it for how great it really is.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant gold under a 1” white to cream foam collar that leaves thin sheets of lace.
S: noble hops, spice, light bread.
T: Some bread to light biscuit with a crisp, bitter noble hop finish.
F: Clean and smooth, medium body and carbonation
O: A classic representative of the style

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Photo of 10baset
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fortunately I live in Lakewood Ohio which borders Cleveland's west side. The Great Lakes brewery is about 15 minutes from my house. This beer is available on tap at almost all restaurants in the area, and thank God for that. I've been honing my beer pallete for a few years now, tried many types of lagers, and this is hands down the best. There is no rival.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a lucullan delight!

This is a outstanding lager! Two and a half finger head with a golden body. The carbonation is moderate, not overpowering like some carbonation.

Smells of wet grains, cereal, wheat, and alcohol.

Tastes: Wheat thins, crackers, medicinal herbs

Mouthfeel: Perfect, not watery like some lagers

Overall, this beer is a winner. Try it today!!!

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Photo of Zormac
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Poured into a mug with about a two finger white to off white head. clear with beautiful golden color with a slight red tint

S- Sweet almost apple smell with a hint of hops

T- semi sweet up front with a slight citrusy bitterness at the end

M- crisp and bubbly with an oily finish

O- Yum

Notes- I fist tried the beer about 4 years ago and it was my first taste of craft beers and to be honest I couldn't stand it and I haven't tried it since but on my trip to the drive thru to pick up Great Lakes Oktoberfest and this this was all they had so I bought it jut to see how my taste had changed. I have to say I am very pleased that I did. I can't believe that I have waited four years to try this beer again. It taught me that just because you didn't like something the first time it doesn't mean its not worth giving it another shot.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance- Golden.

Smell- fresh bread.

Taste- crisp lightly hopped finish. Refreshing, extremely easy to drink. Great middle of the road beer

Overall- A great session beer choice and possibly the best lager I have tried.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a wonderful, darker gold with a one-finger, fluffy, white head. Plenty of carbonation. Head sticks around.
S- Wonderful bready and honey smell.
T- Nice bready taste up front and in the finish. Sweet presence of honey that transitions into some hop bitterness. Quite a bit happening here.
F- Nice creaminess that is expected with the style.
O- Top notch lager. Complexities were unexpected. wonderful.

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Photo of thisisshsas
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer for the first time aproximently 7 months ago. It was good, but it was one of four amazing great lakes products that made great seem ordinary. 7 months and 80 beers later, I realized how spoiled I was that night and bought It again. The beer pour a bright golden and has a very flavorful smell. The smell is not misleading as the flavor is both light and not overwhelming, but has an enjoyable bite and goes down well. Though it feels light, I'm not sure its a real session beer, though I'm sure it will work that way. If you love beer and are visiting Ohio, buy a great lakes sampler that includes this beer. You wont be disappointed.

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Photo of rawhydes1
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As part of a variety 12 pack, purchased at Sam The Beerman in Binghamton. Boy, am I glad I made the 1 hour drive!!!

A true gem of a lager.

Beautiful golden amber color, with nice head.

Smells biscuity and sweet. Taste is VERY SMOOTH, with bready and raisin notes. Absolutely delicious!!

Smoothe, full, mouthfeel. One of the most drinkable lagers I have ever had.

With adequate marketing, this could easily outsell Yuengling Lager... not even in the same class.

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Photo of epiinephriine
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome lager; it has an excellent array of spicy notes, many of which are unidentifiable, as well as a flavor of caramel. This beer is very smooth on the pallet and provides a decent amount of mouth-feel especially for the style. It has just the right amount of hops, which provide a bitter sensation at the center (longitudinally), spanning from the back to the middle (back to front) of the tongue. I've had this beer out of both a stange, and a pint glass. It is better tasting out of the pint glass, at the expense of the superior aroma from the stange.

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Photo of BillyB
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear burnt orange to copper color. Thin off-white head that gradually dissipates.

Sweet malty aromas followed by a nice piney but subtle hop aroma. Great balance but gently leaning toward malt.

Taste is bready, biscuity, sweet malt, caramel and a hint of toffee with a nice hop balance.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and so smooth and creamy I could drink about 100 of these.
Michael Jackson once wrote that this was one of his top 10 favorite american beers. I can see why.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful tawny gold with a medium sized fizzy/frothy head that dissipates in under a minute. Smells of light caramel and lemon with some nuttiness to it. The taste brings me right back to Germany. Very sweet, with a clean bittering presence throughout the sip. This is definitely a really unique beer. The caramel flavors are so appealing and so perfectly balanced by the malty sweetness. A nice medium/light mouthfeel keeps it nicely in between a pilsner and a pale ale. I only have one bottle of this left and I wish I just had a whole boot of it.. or at least a Maß.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Truly an exceptional lager. In Cleveland on business, I asked about good local brews. I was pointed toward Great Lakes Brewing as outstanding, and it is; I can't wait to get back to Cleveland to visit their pub. I bought a six pack to go, along with a sixer of GLBC's Eliot Ness. After sampling it I panicked that I wouldn't find it again closer to home. Not to worry; even my local grocery store now has it prominently displayed and it's showing up on tap.

This is an incredibly drinkable beer. Beautiful medium golden color, a pleasantly tan-colored head that fades a bit too quickly, good lacing, and a pleasant richness to the feel. Nicely balanced grain sense, it starts well and ends well. Could this be my ultimate favorite? Maybe, if it weren't for GLBC's Eliot Ness!

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Photo of witster18
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

FIrst... it is very important when drinking this beer, as with all great lakes beers, to drink them at the proper temperature.... the better(cleaner) the beer the more that will be hidden when it is drank at too cold of a temp...
so let this one warm up just a bit... then the flavors will REALLY shine through...

keep in mind that this is a near 6% beer... sometimes while drinking GLBC brews they can be so smooth that you forget they have a little kick.

Nose is citrus, and a floral rosieish hop.

The Hizzel faShizzell MaNizzell! This oustanding brew is unbelievable for a Dort that can be found in nearly every Ohio grocer! The Grassy Hops and the sweet malt collide with upmost efficiency. There is a hint of lemoness(very subdued) and a great hoppy/earthy finish. There is this amazing floral sweetness to this beer and the warmth from the alhohol along with that sweetness makes this beer flat out dangerous... in a really, really good way. The mouthfeel is AWESOME! This is the easiest drinkin, best tastin, 5.8, American Produced Lager available! The Brown bottle hides a beautiful golden color. I'd like to think I have an educated beer palate....and this is the beer that I wish I never ran out of...especially in the SE Tenn sun...
I go WAY out of my way to keep this stocked whenever should too!
Head nice but dissapates quicker than expected.
Lacing is wild and ominous! Nice oily surface.
Nose is hoppy.
Taste is bitter/sweet(floral)/great earthiness/hops/crisp/refreshing(slighty dry)
finish is definately hoppy...especially for a lager beer
OVERALL-I've tried about 1,000 different beers...and this is EASILY TOP FIVE!
Lagers are usually non-complex, watery, and utterly forgettable... THIS IS EXACTLY THE OPPOSite... THANK YOU SIR may I have another?

I'm a Hellas fan, and this has a nice west coast apa/ German Hellas combo goin on, and the biiter/rosey aftertaste is like some 'dortmunder badge of honor'... Da%# this beers good.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a nice transparent gold with some head that subsided to a slight cloud over the glass, smell is grassy and malty, very tasty. Flavors in this brew are sweet and bready, with a slight hop aroma. to does finish quite cleanly and goes down ever so smooth.

All I can say about this, another fine brew from a fine brewery.

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Photo of frazbri
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic. Nice white head on a deep bronze body. Refreshing mild cabonation, not spritzy or flat.
The hops are noticable on the nose, but not overpowering.
Bitterness is present enough to balance the star of this show, the malt.
This is a beautiful beer. Arguably the finest Dortmunder style beer anywhere. If you want malt, this is your beer.

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Photo of Frothboss
4.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is clear with nice golden color, no seriously it really looks gold. One finger head quickly fizzles away. Smeels malty and bready with light hop scent in the background, good solid smell that i can get without even putting my nose to the glass. Really enjoy the smell. Tastes great, well rounded and balanced. Malty bready flavor up front with hoppy aftertones that leaves a good clean finish. Gives a nice solid feeling. This is not the first time i have had this particular beer...this is the 3rd sixer i have purchased and wont be the last sixer. Nice solid beer to keep in the fridge for any time of year.

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Photo of maggotbrain
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer is a deep brassy color. After pouring, it initially had a thick white head which has receded to a thin layer over the top of the beer. As I take each sip, webs of lace form down the sides of my mug. The only reason I don’t give this a 5 for appearance is the fact that it really more orange than gold, but that’s just because I feel like being picky.

Sniffing the beer, I pick up a light grainy aroma.

This beer tastes wonderful. It is clean and refreshing, yet still complex and satisfying. The lightly sweet, bread like malt flavor is perfectly balanced with the refined hop bitterness. This beer is the very definition of balance.

The beer has a medium body and a moderate level of carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer is untouchable. There really isn’t much more to say about it.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,217 ratings.
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