Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold

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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pilsner glass

A: A beautiful, light copper color with a big, white, bubbly head.

S: Nice malty nose with a wack of fresh noble hops, maybe a touch of Saaz in there.

T: Very clean and balanced; malty but not overly with a nice, clean hop profile, bitter while still be subtle.

M: Very light on the palate considering its 5.8% ABV; medium-high carbonation. Clean. Sharp.

O: Awesome brew! Super clean and refreshing and most importantly, great balance.

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Appearance- Pours a dark orange with a small head and light lacing.

Smell- At first I get some dank hops but it quickly turns to rye bread and malt.

Tatse- Lots of spice character takes control over the hops and malts. Light bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.

Overall- Not a big fan of this beer but good example of the style, very spicy with malt background.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

As I was reviewing this I thought about why it's so hard to describe a classic german lager because of it's simplicity.

This was a terrific German style lager that is everything a beer ought to be. Simple yet makes a positive statement. It's classic, it's crisp, clean, hearty and dry. You cannot properly describe it without being overly effusive. Brilliantly clear, superb head, perfect amber color. Light lager bubbles coming up to the top of the glass. Looks like yeast on top when the head falls. Soapy lace. Smells like bread. Smells like good bread. Herbal, husky and grainy. Faint citrus zest is more on the palate than on the nose. When you drink it you are sated, satisfied. Lightly sweet and earthy. Finishes grassy and with a slight hop bitter. It fills up your mouth and your belly. Citrus keeps the mouth watering while the earthiness lays in dry and palate cleansing. Mouthfeel is substantial but remains light overall and the carbonation adds to the refreshment.

Terrific classic taste that does not wander all over the place , stepping outside the lines and blurring itself to a bunch of different styles. It's a lager that tastes like a lager. I love it.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,308 ratings