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:
3,243
Reviews:
1,097
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
698
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful color. One of the best beers we have had that goes with almost any meal because of its overall balance. I have never had a bad beer from this legendary brewpub. Worth a night in Cleveland. Too bad not available in Canada, eh? Very popular and three people over dinner will finish a six-pack.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to whitenads for sending me this one.

Enjoy by: 7/22/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, biscuit, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, biscuit, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a really light beer for great lakes. smells german malty and crisp. taste is awesome for the style, simple and balanced. prilarily malt driven beer but nice hop additions which show up in the crisp bitterish finish. a wonderful beer at 4pm after an 8 hour day of construction work. in australia we called easy drinking beers like this "throwies", because you can throw down a whole mess of them in a hurry. drinkability through the roof, supremely refreshing. when the time is right for this beer its just perfect

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice clear looking golden color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was much like any other lager out there, it had some grassy notes along with some grainy malts aromas. The taste of the beer had a good amount of hops in there which I liked, the taste was pretty well balanced without having too much of a pilsner like flavor to it. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good too, it had a solid crisp bit at the end too. Overall it's a good lager, very traditional in style but remains to be very good.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Cork City, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bready malts in the nose along with hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has flavors of bready and grainy malts and a touch of spices in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a good amount of dryness throughout the taste.
O: This beer has a good balance between malts and hops. It is an excellent representation of the style and the dryness is particularly refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, its tough to find a better beer. This stuff is what beer is meant to be. Starts off with a rocky, silky smooth, and withstanding head retention. Follows up with a golden / orange hue with a clean, clear look. Smells and tastes very fruity with oranges, peaches, and appricots. Very ripe and fresh. Quite hoppy with the English variety, showing very stable citrus and pine flavors, but with no real aggression. Very smooth and clean to drink. An ultimate thirst quincher. Plenty of character, but never offensive. Simply a great brew.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Oak Cafe in suburban Detroit.

This beer pours a clear burnished golden hue, with one finger of foamy off-white head, which leaves some scattered specked lace around the glass. It smells of crisp biscuit malt, and floral earthy hops. The taste is bready, crackery malt, and leafy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium smooth, but slightly zingy. It finishes off-dry with an even maltiness, and light lingering hopinesss.

A very drinkable German-style lager. Overseas deployment and hockey stories go well with it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy head that laces well

Smell: Wet hay and a touch of Germanic noble hops

Taste: Starts out with a grassy flavor that grows increasingly tart, mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors dominate and lead to a bitter, grassy finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Clearly to style but I'm just not a big fan of Dortmunder Lagers

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color beer with a nice clean white bubbly head with pretty good retention. Aroma of floral malt and subtle hops. Taste is very refreshing with a good malt presence, a full body (for the style) and medium bitterness at the end. Very good for the style.

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

Appearance: Bright and clear golden-colored lager with an average cap of foam.

Smell: Bready malts, semi-sweet with a hint of spicy hops.

Taste & mouthfeel: Breakfast roll and honey-like malt flavors are balanced by husky bitterness and earthy hops. Body is about medium, fuller than the average lager by far. Dry in the finish with bold hoppy bitterness coming through pretty strongly, leaving a long aftertaste.

Notes: No complaints about this one, an excellent lager with tons of flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with hints of ruby. It had a small, off-white head that left some minimal trails of lace.

S - It smelled slightly funky and somwhat earthy. A light caramel malt aroma was present.

T - It tasted of light caramel roasted malt. Nice spicy hop presence,too. A nice blend of sweet and spicy.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent lager. One you don't want to put down.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 5/8/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, pepper, floral, grass, bread, cracker, honey, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and moderate ester notes; with good strength. Taste of bread, toast, cracker, pear, apple, pepper, floral, grass, light honey, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, toast, pepper, floral, honey, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of bready malt and spicy hop flavors; with light-moderate fruity ester notes and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Dortmunder as expected. Great balance of hop and malt flavor; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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