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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,087 Reviews

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

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 09-18-2001

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Reviews: 1,087 | Ratings: 3,204
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear golden straw with about a finger of white foamy head that stays around for a while, leaving a small amount of lacing as it goes. The smell is of vague grains (mostly wheat), sweet corn, and a light breeze of floral hops. The taste follows pretty closely, though the floral hoppy bitterness is higher than in the nose. The sweetness of the corn is also toned down a peg. The body is rather light, with moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a refreshing, if not all that exciting, gold lager. Not bad.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GehenHerzog for sending this one my way.

A: Pours a nice copper/orange color with a foamy 1.5 finger head on top. Moderate retention, leaving behind a thin layer of white foam on top. Nice, thick lacing all around the glass.

S: Some grainy malt, a little bit of grassy/floral hops, there is a good bit of doughy malt as well.

T: A good bit of bready malt, some light floral/grassy hops, a touch of honey, and a little grain malt.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Very smooth, clean and refreshing.

O: Really impressed with this beer. Incredibly easy drinking with a clean flavor profile.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a golden amber color with a thin white covering on top. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is crisp with with a moderate sweetness along with a good amount of bready, biscuity grains. Very nice smelling lager. Taste is malty with bready and biscuity grains. There is also a slight caramel sweetness in the finish along with a little bitter hops. Very nicely balanced and good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. Easy drinking, good tasting and well balanced make this a very drinkable beer.

Overall this is one of the best lagers I have had. This isn't really a style I buy very often, but it's one of the best of the style I have had.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/20/12 notes. had on tap at Arlington Rooftop. Served in a piint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of bready malts, grains, biscuit malts, light caramel malts, yeast, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grains, light fruity malts, honey, biscuit, earthy notes, and some light caramel notes. A little better then the nose, very nice.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Crisp and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great, easy to drink beer. I haven't had many Dortmunder's, but this is definitely the best one I've had so far. Very nice look and mouthfeel, and a beer you could certainly have a few of. Glad to see this hitting NoVa, looking forward to having more of this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently the #1 Dortmunder / Export Lager.

The beer is crystal clear and golden hued, with a thick, dense head. Superb head retention and ample lacing left behind. An outstanding appearance.

The aroma identifies this brew as a lager, with a large grain and/or bready presence. Definitely smells akin to an authentic German lager.

The flavor is malt forward, but certainly balanced. Slightly sweet, with some bittering hops in the back. Subtle notes of citrus, with a splash of lemon.

The feel is creamy and smooth on the palate. Spot on carbonation. Lingering notes of hops and sourdough bread.

A solid beer. Certainly one of the better German style lagers brewed in the United States.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For me this beer is a go to, it is my trusty dog. One beer that does me right over and over again. The color of this Dortmunder Gold is a deep orangish gold with a huge white frothing head. An aroma full of citrusy grain that puts a smile on the drinkers face without thinking it is a pure reaction. I am not kidding take a whiff test my theory, and you'll be grinning like a little kid. This beer's flavor is so well balanced and crisp it is dangerously drinkable. It contains almost a sharp citrusy sweetness that dances with the tastebuds that equals pure enjoyment. This beer makes me want to pack my bags and make my way to Dortmunder. Awesome along with the other Great Lakes products.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a nice whitish head. Nose is sweet in nature, but doesn't seem overly complex. Flavor is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Also seems to fade over time so that it doesn't kill the experience. Noticeable grain tones that grow as it warms. Feel is smooth on both ends. This is easily drinkable, though not very complex. The higher sweet tone might be a bit much for some people.

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Photo of tdm168
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper gold with a quarter of an inch of soft, white head that has good retention. There is a good deal of carbonation rising to the top. The nose is grassy with just a hint of lemon. The taste offers some faint caramel malt up front followed by some grassy, slightly earthy, bitter hops that provide a smooth, balanced finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated which lend to a very drinkable, medium body.

This is a nice, easy drinking beer that brings flavor that most lagers don't. It offers a nice balanced malt/hop character. I will have this again in the future.

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Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with a thin white head that descends to a bubbly cover. Very full color for style.

The smell is of grainy malt with fresh-mowed hay.

The taste is of fresh grain with hay/grass characteristics. Malty, but with supporting hop dryness. Finishes crisp and clean. Robust taste for the style.

This reaches into medium-bodied while remaining appropriately clean and crisp. Very refreshing. Malty grain lingers.

Wonderfully drinkable. This one stands out for the style. A friend of mine recently brought this back from Ohio. If it were available around here, it would be a staple in my fridge for the hot summer days. A well-deserved medal winner!

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Photo of ejimhof
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden color with nice head.

Smell: Lager with some hops smell.

Taste: This is a lager with a nice hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: could drink this all night wish there were more examples of this style available.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A giant fist full almost rock hard white head is created off the pour. Does fall at a normal pace. Body is a super clear just barely amber but dark golden color, real nice color on the body here. No carbonation from the bottom. Good retention on the head.

Smell is a wonderful bread malt sensation on the nose. Slightly dense with some real nice grain feel behind it. This smells great borderline baked whole wheat bread.

Taste is a wonderful body, and great simple sweetness that doesn't feel corny. This is almost literally like liquid honey that is tolerable and not overly sweet on the finish. Oh man this tastes FANTASTIC. A malty expansive filling on the first sip, just a hint of alcohol sweetness and finishing with that slight sweet honey and bread taste.

This is overall great beer right here, man I could just pound these back like nothing, I want to have this on tap somewhere it just feels so perfect. This could be my borderline lawnmower go to beer all the time lager right here.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, peachy-golden-hued in appearance, very promising, with a solid heft of head above, soft and near-white in color.
Aroma, neutral, a bit grainy, right on for the average lager, airy and inoffensive. Nice enough.
Taste: smoooth, mild, big and malty, little hops on the palate, but everything slides very easily down. Grainy taste is easily met by light fruit, the body is medium, finish is long and lasting. Flavor sits forever in the mouth, that's is the biggest thing this brew has going for it. It's not one of those In-&-out-lagers, in the mouthfeel. big points for that, for the persistence, and the pleasure, and the all-out pleasant-ness going on here. If I were somewhere where this was the most intriquing selection, though I'm no lager lover, it's a beer I could happily sit with. Or stand, even.
Actually, it tastes better the more you get into it...very nice. Yum, top notch lager!

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

The #3 this Christmas is the Dortmunder Gold...part of a mix pack given to me from my in-laws!!!! Finally something that they are good for...(JK!). The beer pours a very nice rich golden clear color with very thin white head that is lacing. The smell includes grain, lemon grass, and hops. The taste is a slightly sweeter than most dortmunders, but includes many of flavors that the smell contains. The mouthfeel is a nice medium body, with weak carbonation. Overall it is a very good beer and is highly recommended.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second dortmunder ever, the other was also from this brewery. Served in a Great Lakes shaker pint glass. Beer is yellow and clear with absolutely no carbonation that I can see in the glass. There is a thin white head of really tiny bubbles, its broken and on the edges of the beer, leaves behind a lot of lacing.

Aroma is very slight, minimal malt and no hops or anything else.

Beer is really smooth and finishes cleanly. Lots of malt in the character, clean and finishes really nicely. Mouthfeel is great, there is a very mild sweetness and then some malt flavors come through, slightly (very slightly) bready overall. Drinkability is high and my overall impressions are positive.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/02/08- Purchased at the liquor store down the street from the motel we stayed at in Akron, OH.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, forgot to look for freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker yellow light amber-brown color. Decent 3/4 inch head and light lace trailings.

Smell- Smells not unlike most macros but not quite as corny and more of a malty caramel scent to replace the nasty corn syrup you usually smell.

Taste- Wow, I'm normally not a huge lager fan, but this one has great taste. Quite spicy..not sure what makes it that way, but it's spiced...not like in Anchor OSA spiced, but just has some kind of kick to it. It's even got some mild hoppy action as well. It's bready and earthy with a good caramel base...plus it's not as sweet as most lagers.

Mouthfeel- Rich, crisp, clean and even lightly creamy. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- This would easily be my go to lager if they sold it out here. Or at least my go to beer of this style for sure. Very tasty and quenching. Sessionable for sure as we went through a two six packs in two nights.

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

On-tap at the Cleveland-Hopkins airport

Yum, I wasn't expecting much, but this sucker is crisp and mighty tasty. It appears a clear, brilliant gold with a bit of white lacing. The aroma is of lager tamd and sour, pale biscuity grain. That same sort of sourdough flavor carries through with a balanced but rich hops kick of grassy spice and grinding citrus rind bitterness. Really, this is beer is a treat and a nice alternative to pilsners when I want a hoppyi-sh lager.

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

Tasting notes from 7/26/11. On tap @ the Cleveland Airport.

A - Straw yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - Bready matls and a noticeable hop bite.

T - Bready malts with some sweetness complimented by a nice hop bite. Full flavoured and refreshing.

M - Light body. Medium carbonation.

O - A very good summer beer and one that I would order again without hesitation.

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Photo of Duff27
3.49/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- GOLD haha. Quickly disappearing head, not much lacing. Really like the color though.

S- I didn't smell much, maybe I need to get my sniffer fixed. Bready?

T- Tasty for a lager. Citrus.

M- Very crisp, lotsa carbonation.

D/O- Drinkability is there, not quite sure I wouldn't switch to something else after a couple of these though.

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Photo of Gavage
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1" head that lingers around a while. Some mild lacing shows up on the glass.

Smell: little malt sweetness and some grass are detectable by the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with some lemon zest, grass, slight breadiness, and a nice bitterness level. Well balanced and very flavorful.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: this beer is superbly easy to drink and is a clear session ale during any season, whether sitting alone watching TV, or out on the town. Great beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale malt scent along with a faint hop aroma. It's dry with just a hint of malt sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor that goes down so easy and finishes dry and hoppy. I wish it wasn't as bitter as it is. The malt bill seems just about perfect. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent lager. I love the malt flavor, but I'm not a huge fan of the hop character in this one.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just finished an hour bike ride, so I will refresh myself with a Dortmunder as my cool down. On to the beer:

Paleish orange color with gold hues, lively action inside the body, and a big frothy head give this beer a good first impression. The aroma is sweet with ripe grapes and some dry grain. Taste: oohh, this is refreshing. And very tasty. It's a mix of dry biscuit, raw hop and citric, drying grain, and tones of lemon. The refreshmnet factor is great in this beer, couples with a very good flavor, makes me want more of this beer. Too bad Great Lakes beer is a rarity in SoCal (purchased at Lone Hill Liquor, Glendora, CA).

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle provided by hudsonphotog.

Pours golden orange with a small white head. The aroma is bready malt with some hops and honey. The flavor is clean bready malt with some hops, honey, toffee and lemon. High carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel. I have not had too many beers of this style but I really enjoyed this one.

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

I bought this bottle a couple days ago from Party Source in Newport, Kentucky. It pours light bodied and a bold gold in color with a light white lacing around the glass. It is very clear and has nice color. It smells of pale malts, light yeast, light breadiness, and grains with light spices. The flavors begin with a dry lightly fruity, almost pilsner esque sweetness. The biscuity malts are prevalent and pair nicely with the citrus flavor that is also presented. It finishes pretty dry. This drinks light and body and is pretty smooth. It coats the palate and leaves a moderate biscuit flavor behind. Overall it's a pretty good Dortmunder. It's one of the better ones out there so it's worth a try.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to brandoman63 for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, awesome two finger white creamy head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, sweet, bready, floral. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nice little hop/bitterness. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an exceptional brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is crisp, hops with a bit of malts, a tad hoppy for a lager. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,204 ratings.
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