Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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Added by stirgy on 09-18-2001

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Reviews: 1,094 | Ratings: 3,228
Photo of ChilliHeights
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Dortmunder style beer. Always a go to at a restaurant or bar. Nice golden color and aroma with a great mouth feel and finish with no bitterness. Well Done GLBC. Pride of Cleveland.

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Photo of Profundobaso
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Beautiful golden color with very little head. Fairly carbonated
S - Very strong scent of biscuits/bread; a hint of sweetness
T - Strong malty flavor that hits the palate and lingers; a slight hoppy kick to it as well that makes this hearty beer still refreshing
F - medium and very very drinkable
O - this is the flagship beer from Great Lakes for a reason: it is complex and has layers of flavor, yet can be enjoyed by a hard core beer enthusiast or just anyone going for a drink at the game all the same. Too bad it is so difficult to find Great Lakes in NYC - my main reason to venture out to Jersey once every few months.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- deep gold, Crystal clear, white head that dissipates fast. Little lacing
Smells of biscut, sweet malt, spicy and herbal hop notes.
Taste- follows the nose with upfront sweet malt, biscuit overtones and the lingering spicy herbal hops
Feel- medium high carbonation, but has small creamy bubbles giving it a feel of a more full medium body.
Overall- great example of the style and a great beer to drink. Would love to have on tap or a six pack again.

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Photo of Bacchic-Glee
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful look to the beer. Wonderfully golden, with a one inch head that dissipates quickly.

Someone else said it, and I think it's right, but it has a Miller High Life level of carbonation.

Tastes: very malty and bready. Strong honey flavor. Crisp, like apples or citrus

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, the most accurate representation of "gold" I've seen in a beer. Just unfathomable clarity, and beautiful color. 1 finger head of soapy and frothy qualities.

Aromas of honey, dill, golden malts, some day old bread.

Flavor is impressive to say the least. Tons of white bread, some great herbal (basil, thyme, oregano), and some golden malts, then some really nice noble sharp hop character comes in. As it warms the dill gets louder, but overall the flavor profile on this beer is quite decent.

Carbonated like a Miller High Life, just super drinkable and somewhat crispy.

Overall, Great Lakes' Dort is just an oustanding example, and while it's not my style, it's perhaps the best in its class. For that reason, I'm rating it a 4.5 overall as being best, or basically close to best in its class. Also - DRINK IT COLD!!

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Photo of Thedugc
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is worthy of its namesake as Dortmund is the 8th largest city in Germany. Not the best but still noteworthy. As an Imperial Free City, Dortmund was the "Chief City" of the Rhine in the 13th and 14th centuries until it was destroyed and decreased in significance until the onset of industrialization. This review is nothing compared to how interesting this beer is. It tastes good and got me fucked up!

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Photo of Jmalpha1
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I had it straight from the bottle (I know, I know, whatever) and it was super tasty, well-balanced and had a nice bubbly lager finish. I'll definitely get it again.

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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 rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This stuff looks pretty much like your standard AAL BMC type of lager, which is not bagging on it, because they make those things so consistent and with ample clarity. Very nice. Aroma is muted and speaks of mainly grain. Has that steeped grain hot water vibe.

Taste is easy. Its a well made beer, but at the same time I don't get the neckbeard adoration for it. Its like a counter culture well I'm not into huge beers kind of hipster thing. Plenty of carbonation, noble hop zest. Probably hopped a little higher than traditional but its all good. Its a good beer with a cult like following. Decent enough when you're wanting to drink beer rather than share and write geek notes.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lear orange/gold beer with a short white head that leaves a few specks of lacing behind. Smells like fresh baked bread with a touch of sweetness and some hops. The taste is slightly sweet and bready/yeasty with a nice hoppy bitterness that cleans it all up for the dry finish. Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet wheat and slight banana. Tastes of grain with a slight fruity taste, dominated by banana and citrus. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking. Overall, a beer that is very good for a lager.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Living up to it's name the beer pours a beautiful clear gold. You can read through this beer. The head is 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. Retention is good and the beer has legs. Even after a fair amount of time their is still a ring and large central island.

S- The nose starts out with the spicy hop aroma. There is a light whiff of sulfur from time to time, but it isn't strong enough to be offputting and is acceptable within the style. There is breadiness detectable in the nose is more that of biscuits or fresh italian bread. Its a good strong nose for a lager.

T- On the palate you get the spicy hops and bready malts fighting for dominance up front with the malts winning out at the back of the palate. The beer finishes just slightly sweet.

F- The mouthfeel is smooth and not quite oily. Carbonation after the initial pour is on the lighter side of medium.

O- This is a really great example of the Dortmunder style lager that meets every point in the style guidlines. It's the kind of beer you buy and drink while watching the game before you realize it is gone. Wish it was readily available in Vermont.

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Photo of 1947
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had my first beer in '63. Beers are so much better now, particularly in the US. Of lagers, I think this is my favorite, a beautiful, highly drinkable pilsnery lager. Tried it on my son's hard to please (beer-wise) Bavarian girlfriend, who doesn't care for his IPAs, and she loved it. Great Lakes Brewery is right up there with the Cavs and Cleveland Clinic.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: August 11, 2016... OCCASION: fighting through intense back strain--a first--while contemplating camp tomorrow... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... sparse, swirling gold bubbles churn upward as clusters cling around the glass's side... an off-white head goes from two fingers to an uneven, rocky, mess of bubbles and smears... in contrast, the body is the picture of golden amber, crystal clear... caramel malts and bread dough mesh with light, flowery hops that tantalize.. the first sip is hearty, medium-bodied, and balanced, though the subtle touch on the teeth is bettered by the breath's malty finish... the finish itself is conditioned, with a palpable sweetness... at 30 IBUs, more hoppy than the average lager--a bouquet of flowers and slight citrus (melon and grapefruit)... rich in its malty sweetness, with caramel, slight nuttiness and the requisite bread dough.. meanwhile, the overlying experience is enjoyable, drinkable and flavorful in equal aspects... (yet another) success for the Great Lakes guys, that 5.8% ABV sticks a stronger edge to the session lager...

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Photo of udfan07
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable beer. Crisp and refreshing with sweet malt and a touch of hops. It has a very bread like tast and a tart finish. A very enjoyable beer

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Photo of BlakeA85
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a nice little head.
Smells of basically sweet malt and bread with a touch of hops.
Tastes very sweet with a nice earthy middle and dry finish.
Mouthfeel is light bodied.
Overall, very nice, as expected.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle

Clear golden straw with two fingers white puff settles to patchy film some foamy lace. Bready with a slight hop bite and the aroma flavor follows suit. Ridiculously clean, very drinkable, herbal finish that compliments the breadiness of the flavor and presses you for another swig. Meaty cereal backbone with lightly toasted malt and crisp hops. Well made very good and refreshing. Would have again.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap the other day. My first Dortmunder.
Nice orange-gold color, little to no head.
Malty, sweet, and grainy.
Some subtle hop bitterness for a little kick.
Enjoyed it.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a remarkably well balanced lager-type beer. It pours clear & golden. It has distinct and flavorful malts & hops neither of which is over balanced. While it's a good thing to have no flaws (I feel) that means that this brew offers nothing that is stand-out special.

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Photo of Nick_Lucas
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very average with little flavor or anything to make it stand out IMHO. No sure why it's rated so highly. Drank 3 months past the fresh date so maybe that has something to do wit it? Will try once more before giving a final determination.

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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 MikeWard
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. best by 5/2/16, so just under the wire here.

looks excellent on the pour. clear crisp golden body with a small white head. lots of small carbonation bubbles. lacing is also good.

not much on the nose except some malt sweetness.

this is a damn tasty beer. and lagers do not usually do much for me. clean, crisp, malty sweetness, a shot of pepper at the end, and a slight hop bite to the finish. could happily drink this all night.

mouth is a solid medium, slightly tart bite in the finish.

Overall, about the best lager I've had in a long time. glad i grabbed a six pack.

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Photo of FBarber
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber hue with a thick pillowy white head. Head dissipates leaving lots of sticky lacing in the glass and a thin pillowy foam head. Seems a bit darker than I remember.

Smell has aromas of bread, caramel, malts, bit of sweetness.

Taste has flavors of bready malt, whole grain bread, and a slight caramel sweetness. Herbal hoppy finish is present towards the second half of the flavor and through the finish. Very balanced notes between the robust bread malts and the herbal hops.

Feel is crisp, refreshing, and balanced. Mild carbonation, but that seems to just be this bottle based on my memory.

Overall a really outstanding Dortmunder lager and outstanding lager overall.

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Photo of Squire123
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very good beer. Is it a true Dortmunder, representative of the style? I donno, nor would it make a difference to me if they call it Helles or something else. I will cheerfully buy and drink this under any name. Golden color, malt forward, hops enough to offset and all in balance. What's not to like? Not enough IBU, coffee or whisky barrel influence? This beer doesn't need any of that stuff, it's fine as is.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

To me this is the perfect beer. Certainly an "Americanized" Dortmunder due to the Cascade and Mt. Hood hops, yet very true to the style. The epitome of balance. Not too malty, not too hoppy, not too light, not too heavy. Infinitely drinkable, perfect smell, loads of flavor, great feel. If there was only one beer i could drink for the rest of my life, this would be it.

L: Dark golden beauty

S: I get malty sweetness and a bit of the signature Cascade smell.

T: The way it hits me is hops, wave of malt, then hops again even out the finish with that signature Cascade citrusy flavor.. but bear in mind they are used in the perfect amount here, just enough to balance out the malt and they do not take center stage. In fact this is the first time I've seen them used this expertly. Perfect balance.

F: Very nice, perfect carbonation, fairly dry. Makes you want more.

O: See first paragraph.. Great Lakes is top notch.

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