Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,248
Reviews:
1,099
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
701
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,248 |  Reviews: 1,099
Photo of rdavesh
2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CharlesK
2.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of yesyouam
2.64/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is a clear, solid, sparkling golden lager with a big, frothy, bubbly white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a bready, yeasty aroma. It smells a little grainy a little fruity. It has a lively medium body with a metallic feel and a slightly gritty finish. It tastes malty, but not sweet. It has a twangy, slightly funky flavor. There's a slight juniper bitterness and alcohol in the finish and the aftertaste is hoppy. Is there fusel detected here? This is not really my thing. It seems kind of like a malt liquor.

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Photo of mke_Brewer
2.66/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of caustin90
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Rod_J
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of donovado
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of j0hnc2468
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of Wsherry1
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of craftbrew502
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of USAF77
2.83/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Kinda disappointing. The store didnt have any Elliot Ness so I bought this. The smell is decent and it looks pleasant enough.

Its very bland. Im getting very little taste out of it and its a little to dry. Not worth $12. I really expected more from Great Lakes. It kinda spoiled my taste for a Lager and Im going to move to an Ale now.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, bottle says to "enjoy by 01/21/2013"

A - Extremely thin orange looking color. Very see-through. Pale, fluffy, draft-looking head on top, chilling for a minute.

S - Malts and wheat. Not too much else happening with this beer. It is a lager, so I was expecting it to be somewhat blah, though.

T - Straight up wheat, malts, and plain old great lakes water. Maybe a little bit of a honey after taste somewhere.

M - The tiny bit of carbonation gives the tongue a nice tingle after the last sip has gone down. No real flavor was there in the first place to linger on for a bit, though.

Overall, not impressed. Probably the lamest beer I've had from Great Lakes so far, who usually knows how to brew a tasty beer. Being a lager, I knew I wouldn't be a big fan in the first place, so I stayed away, but we got a sampler pack so I had to try it. Well-made, but not a favorite at all.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold ----3/5

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Photo of Isoruku
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Hard to fathom why this beer is rated so highly. It's a very odd "lager" - with a decidedly un-lager taste that borders on sour and slightly nasty. It's as though they wanted to inject a "lager" with as many incompatible flavors as possible, with a hoppy, mildly citrusy body dominated by something reminiscent of dishwater. Surprisingly disappointing, especially given the reputation of Great Lakes.

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Photo of armiakhe
2.89/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall, when i saw this beer the appearance was very nice with a Gold/Brown Appearance. The aroma was a little grainy and bready with a tad bit of bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was very heavy in my opinion and it tasted very thick and bitter. Overall i thought it was average.

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Photo of Leo-Dean
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little bit too hoppy for me.

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Photo of Kon_Doc-08
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a very rich gold look to it which i why i rated it higher there. As of smell not much there. Taste is about par for a beer. Not my favorite great lakes beer.

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Photo of IceAce
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours darker that its German cousins with a rapidly collapsing foam collar. Clarity is good and lacing clocks in around 35%.

Nose is dominated by cooked corn backed by a moderate dose of herbal hops. Entry is respectful and transitions into a midtaste of caramel malt stopping just short of rich. The sweetness continues into the finish with a distinct lack of hoppy balance promised in the aroma.

This is a style I generally love and I tried Great Lakes with expectations of greatness...

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Photo of weller1js
2.96/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear, pale copper, with more-than-moderate carbonation, bubbly off-white foam and light ring of bubbly lacing.

smell: malts are very light but noticably toasty; very subdued with no other particular scents.

taste: tastes begins fresh, but the malts and hops somewhat clash with each other, coming off as almost a metallic-like taste that lingers at the back of the mouth, but the malts in their own right are adequate and mellow, and the hops leave a light bitterness on the front of the tongue after the finish.

drinkability: despite the notable clashing flavor, the beer has redeeming qualities that makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of HeyJim
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of CWVegas
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of FrankyLikesIt
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of dhannes
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A=Nice, rich golden color. Foam was light tan, perhaps 1" in height.

S=Sweet smell, like honey, with hint of hops.

T=Very disappointing...I was expecting a fuller, lager taste, and got something reminiscent of a light beer. Sweet, some hops...reminded me a bit of a malt liquor taste.

M=Okay, but a bit more watered down than I anticipated.

O=Alright, but not one I will purchase again.

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Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,248 ratings.
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