Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

1,094 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 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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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this beer in a Great Lakes Brewing 12 pack that had 4 different beers. It's a 12oz bottle.
Look-It has a nice gold tint with a little amber The light carbonation makes it look very impressive.
Smell-The smell resembles grains, corn, and a light note of hops. It's a normal smelling lager. Nothing too special.
Taste-Upfront, the taste the grain is noticeably there. It reminds me of a typical lager at this point. It's a dry finish where you get a light blast of hops. The hops are not too over powering. It leaves a bit of sourness in your mouth as well.
Feel-It's a clean feel. Overall smooth beer. Goes down very nice.
Overall-Its a nice beer thats a little different than a normal lager. I would recommend it.

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Photo of bwood06
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 1 1/2 finger head in height that is white in color and a moderate frothiness in appearance. Head dissipates somewhat slowly. The beer itself is clear and golden in color with just a slight amber tint to it. Light to moderate carbonation is visible rising moderately paced towards the surface. 4/5

S - Butter and caramel grace the nose right off the bat along with a light cereal grain note that provides a sweet beginning to the experience. There is a bit of very light fruitiness reminiscent of peaches to the aroma as well as a noble hop profile. 4/5

T - Caramel blasts the palate right away with a nice sweetness that is backed up by a buttered wheat bread note that allows the caramel to play out like a piece of candy, but in a controlled manner. A bit of sweet, not tart, apple comes in during the middle as well as just a hint of peaches and pears. Noble hops finish out the flavor profile with just a hint of peaches. No lingering bitterness on the palate. 4.25/5

M - Light carbonation tickle up front but for the most part creamy and buttery like a Czech Pilsner. Coats the tongue nicely and does not dry the palate out at all. Medium-light bodied. 4.25/5

O - Well balanced flavor profile between sweet and bitter with each playing their role very nicely. The body of this beer allows for versatility in terms of drinkability and the mouthfeel is very much like a Czech lager. Sweet but not to the degree of a Marzen. 4/5

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a go-to style for me, but this pours pretty and is a rich, malty lager that finishes dry but not bitter. Balanced. This is the flagship of Cleveland's first brewpub, these pioneers should be proud.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 pocket guide gave it 2.5 stars of 4 calling it "big, dryish"
This is on the "1001 Beers" list.

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Photo of BrewsingBuffalo
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best by May 2016. Bottle.

L: dark gold/Copper in color, with a small, white head. Some lacing; head recedes over time, leaving ~1/4th of an inch lasting throughout.

S: Bready, Grain sweetness, corn, and a light floral/earthy nature to it

T: Bready, floral, grain sweetness- There is a very nice balance going on here, the sweetness wrestling with the floral hops, neither gaining supremacy, however. A lingering earthiness is apparent.

F: Clean. light-medium body, crisp while also featuring a smoothness which makes it incredibly quaffable.
Finish is somewhat dry, Carbonation is medium.

O: Excellent. This lager is superbly balanced. For a moment, mid-palate, it seems as though the bitter earthiness will be a touch too strong, but the sweetness of the malt balances it perfectly. Highly recommended, and I myself am quite glad I decided to revisit this wonderful brew.

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Photo of ranger7
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle into a pint glass in WV. Beautiful beer; clear light amber with nice short white head. Nice carbonation. Smells somewhat hoppy, which surprised me. Tastes like it smells; a little harsh. Nice beer overall, but not a great example of the style. I had much more balanced Dortmunders in Bavaria.

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

Look - Nice golden color, crystal clear in appearance, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Bread, biscuity malts, earth/spice, hints of citrus
Taste - Sweet breadiness/crackery malt, lemon zest, spice/floral
Feel - As clean and crisp as can be.

Overall - Great Lakes makes some great beers, and their lagers are no exception. Actually....they make the best lagers you can drink in my personal opinion. This and Eliot Ness are top notch, world class lagers.

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Photo of gopens44
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forced this foamy beige head that receded fairly quickly, leaving behind lazy, opportunistic lacing. Beer itself is boldly golden and very clear with just a dash of effervescent action.

Nose is mega corn straight away, setting up a pathway for bready malts and just a tickle of heat.

Taste has tons going on right away. Corn, earthy hop, cracker and something a little berry like. Finish is primarily a nondescriptive bitter with a bit of astringency.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and super dry on finish.

This one is fun, no doubt about it.

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Photo of chuckm
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After pouring this into a pilsner glass I was impressed by the head but surprised that the color was as faint as it was, not a strong scent nor overpowering taste but a very smooth and bready/yeasty flavor. Very good flavor and feel! After getting one in trade from a friend I will search this out and do more reviewing

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Photo of bnes09
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great flavor. Excellent balance. Crisp finish. Awesome feel and carbonation. Love the hop profile. Also very refreshing. I could see myself drinking several of these in a night.

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Photo of adroc
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Moderate malty sweet aroma with slight spicy nobel hop aroma.

Appearance: Darker gold crystal clear body with nice off white lingering head

Flavor: Nice malty sweet taste with a nice balance of spicy hop bitterness. Very clean fermentation.

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

Overall: Very tasty beer especially for a lager

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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