Dortmunder Gold
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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European Export / Dortmunder
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Ranked #3,495
4.08 | pDev: 11.27%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
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Notes: Yes, it's known for winning medals worldwide. But locally, it's known as "Dort," our flagship lager that humbly maintains its smooth, balanced (and charmingly unpretentious) ways.

A smooth, award-winning (and deceptively unassuming) balance of sweet malt and dry hop flavors.

World Beer Championships
16-Time Medal Winner Since 1994 (World Champion, Gold, Silver)

Great American Beer Festival Awards
1990 Gold Medal Winner
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Photo of 49degrees
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional offering from the Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland. One of my favorite road drinks and is one of the first items I'll scope out when I visit Cleveland. Like the Vienna Amber (Eliot Ness) from Great Lakes Brewing, the Dortmunder Gold is an excellent draught specialty, which sadly I've yet to find west of the Rockies.

The Great Lakes Dortmunder is my personal favorite in this style of brew and is one of the easiest drinking (bitter) beers around. I've found it to be extremely enjoyable on its own, with appetizers, and even with a meal, particularly fish dishes such as halibut or grilled prawns.

If you're looking for a nice medium bodied brew, don't hesitate to tackle this one, particularly if you're looking for something with a little more bang than a simple pilsner.

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

This isn't my favorite style of beer but it's hard to find anything negative to say about it, another outstanding effort from Great Lakes. It pours a deep gold, honey color with a bright white sudsy head. Aroma contains lightly toasted sweet malt, a touch of caramel, plenty of fresh grain and some herbal hops. The taste is pretty much just like the smell. The great thing about this brew is that it is magnificently balanced and very smooth, easy to drink. This would make an excellent gateway brew for any macroswilling friends you may have. Give them a bottle of this and they will see the light! Hallelujah!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy with a very nice golden color. The foamy bright-white head holds fairly well before dropping to a decent collar. The aroma offers a clean and mildly grainy maltiness but no noticeable hops (which is OK for the style).The body is medium/light with a fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor offers a grainy, lightly bready and softly honeyish malt that's well entwined with grassy and mildly floral hops. It finishes dry with a mild lingering maltiness. Very well balanced. I recently spent a week in Cleveland and enjoyed this quite regularly on draft. It's widely available and makes a refreshing change of pace. It's easy to drink and quite enjoyable pint after pint. I appreciate that they've kept it restrained and well balanced. Well made. Very nicely done.

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Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick foamy lace on top of a hazy orange-gold color. The aroma is clean and crisp with citrus hints. The extremely well balanced sweet malt with a brush of spice and a lingering mellow crisp bitterness. Very flavorful, a definite favorite.

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Photo of putnam
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Expires 16JAN. Pretty fresh compared with the track record for this brand in my market.
Honey blonde head. Rosy gold liquid.
Aromas are of ultra sweet malt and fresh, floral hops. Perhaps a little unfinished yet.
Flavors are right on with as much caramel flavor as you could possibly hope for in a completely dry beer. Hops help in this respect, swabbing up any remaining sugar on the finish.
I wish the word "balance" wasn't used as often as it is. Instead it should be reserved to describe this beer. It is like a swiss watch. Caramel yet dry. Aromatic and bittering hops are in equal proportion. Full-bodied yet lifted by delicate acidity and fine bubbles. Every component balanced and working in harmony for a sensational experience, sinus to gut.

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Photo of Maestro
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a great beer. Definitely not my favorite style of beer but it keeps me coming back for more. The beer is golden with a very thick white head. There is a floral aroma that permeates through the entire beer. The hops are subdued but present making it a highly drinkable beer for all seasons. Unique and delicious!

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Photo of aaronh
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dortmunder Gold is truly golden in color, such a deep gold that it must be seen to sppreciate the depth of color this beer displays. It has a great hop aroma which rivals a good bottle of Pilsner Urquell. The taste is very full and satisfying, with the clean lager finish. This beer will leave a lace that is extrordinary for a lager. Truly an exceptional beer, which is not a surprise from Great Lakes. My favorite traditional lager (thus far).

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the draft version at the Renaissance in downtown Cleveland. Once again, Great Lakes can do no wrong in my book. Wonderful effervescence on the pour, and a nice off-white head. The lacing was what really impressed me though. Similar to how you can tell how old a tree is by counting the rings, the lacing allowed you to see the previous level where your beer was before each sip. So by the end I had a nice ripple effect down the entire length of the inside of my glass. I have never seen that before and it was very cool. As for the flavor, very good as well. Malty oat flavor. Another winner from GLBC.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle of liquid gold poured one of the prettiest glasses of beer I have yet to see in my drinking career. The head on this beer was perfect and never dissapated through the beer. It left a heavy lace on the glass with allure similiar to that of a dancer. The taste is slightly hoppy with a touch of carmel aftertaste; the taste is also incredibly smooth and has almost a 'creamy' quality to its mouthfeel. Now I understand why Drew Carey says "Cleveland rocks". I vow to enjoy this beer every time an oppurtunity presents itself with one exception: The next time the Steelers are pounding the Browns, during which I will be proudly watching with my 'Arn City and 'Terrible Towel' in hand :) Truthfully though, I hate to say it but...With this beer Cleveland finally has an attraction worth something besides the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (j/k)

p.s. To all Clevelanders who may read this, I apologize if i offended you for anyway, since I'm from Pittsburgh, feel free to send me all the e-mails making fun of the Pirates you feel like; no offense will be taken :)

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

Gold as can be. King Midas would be proud. Frothy, white head is equally impressive, both in its texture and retention.
Husky, grainy, doughy and welcoming in the nose.
Taste starts with a floured dinner roll and slightly toasted biscuit flavor, doused with liberal amounts of honey. Grainy, husky flavors are smoothed over with some subdued caramel notes. A moderately large dried grass hop bite comes in at the finish.
The very definition of balanced.
Medium body, intricately structured, with a refreshing crispness and steady, moderately firm carbonation.
A beer that defines drinkability.
This is absolutely world-class.

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

11-18-08 edit:

I'm upping my rating from a 4.85 to a 5.0. Everytime I have this beer, it seems better. No other Dortmunder has been as perfect as this one over the past 10 or so years I've been tasting beer. This one deserves a 5.0.

This beer is perfectly clear and perfectly golden. Carbonation is evident in the form of gaseous bubbles surfacing at a good clip. A beautiful frothy white head tops this gorgeous looking brew. A nice clean malt aroma is present. The malt profile in this brew is exceptionally clean. The beer has a nice subdued toastiness. Good biscuit notes. Hop notes and bitterness are at a minimum, but they are there and blend in nicely in the background. The balance of this beer is impeccable. Body is medium at most and the beer is very drinkable. Highly enjoyable lager. This beer defines the essence of a session beer. If it were available here in Minnesota, it would be the ONE beer that would be a constant Staple in my fridge.

Gotta give my sister some props for landing this big northern for me on her trip to Pennsylvania.

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Photo of ZAP
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Regal gold with a frothy white head...grainy nose with a soft herbal hop note....Very well balanced beer....really feels good in the mouth...some great toasty, grainy maltiness and along with the fresh floral hops...this is a wonderful beer..this is proof you can make a high quality, tasty, easy drinking lager...Wish I had a keg of this on tap at the house...

Prop's go out to my sister for picking up 4 six-packs of Great Lakes while traveling through Cleveland..and then fighting off the wicked mother-in-law who wanted to save time on their way to the picnic and bypass the liquor store and just take that beer they brought with them(the Great Lakes) the picnic for everyone...Fortunately they talked her into stopping for some Bud Light or something...

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Photo of chilidog
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! I found my new favorite lager. It pours a wonderful deep golden (very slight cloud) amber with a inch of fluff on top that didn't run and hide but laced very nice the whole glass. it drank super smooth, not bitter, but slightly sweet. A very drinkable brew with most any meal.If its the Dortmunder style that suprised me or the fact its from Cleveland. Wow!!

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Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured nice dark golden color, forming a nice light head that left a wonderful lace after subsiding. An slight aroma of hops and citrus. It had a slightly tangy flavor from the hops that seems to give it a good finish. Decent body for this style. Worth trying.

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

A highly drinkable beer. Crisp mouthfeel with a nice hop presence. The hops aren't overdone at all, but aren't weak either. Reminded me of Euro-lagers. As the song says..."...all the little chicks with the crimson lips, say Cleveland rocks!"

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

Presentation: 12oz brown with a drink before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Bright gold with a exquisite white two fingered lace that stays for a long time.

Smell: Sweet and very clean malty aroma ... reminiscent of Portuguese sweet bread.

Taste: Medium bodied with a smooth and crisp mouth feel. Very very malty with sweetness and grain ... a big kiss of hops perfectly balances this lager, touch of herbal and citrus hop flavour linger. The finish dries up a little though there is a decent amount of residual sweetness and malt flavour (grain/husk) left.

Notes: This is the stuff! A top notch US brewed lager with several awards to back it up ... comparable if not better than some of its German counterparts. If you see buy it ... any macro to micro drinker with thoroughly enjoy this brew. Goes great with a roast beef on rye at lunch time! Fact: Its their flagship brew.

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great color full bodied.Lemony undertones,can hold up to almost any food.Glad I finally tried it.All the GLB beers I have had have bben great,still need to try the Eliot Ness,being its my fav type,the vienna style.

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Photo of John
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impressive Dortmunder style brew. Golden color with creamy head when poured from the tap. Sweet grain and leafy hop aroma. Smooth texture and mouthfeel, perfect carbonation level. Sweetish malty flavor and pronounced hop finish. Excellent, right up there with Victory Prima Pils.

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Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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