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:
3,250
Reviews:
1,100
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
11.27%
 
 
Wants:
196
Gots:
702
For Trade:
7
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- It's not called Dortmunder 'Gold' for nothing; a beautiful clean gold color with visible carbonation and a 1-finger white head that tapers and leaves nice lacing.

S- Semi-sweet malt aroma with some dry grains. Kinda smells like some fresh baked sweet bread.

T-Malt sweetness and earthy hops. The hop bitterness commands the malts.

M- Just right. Medium body and carbonation, smooth but not light. Hop bite gives way to a dry finish.

O- Exactly what I want in a lager. Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 7/27/13. Poured into a heavy ass 12oz mug.

Appearance: Appropriately enough, gold. I had virtually no head on my pour despite being aggressive with it, but there's a nice little white film that floats on top. Decent lacing.

Smell: I don't know... truthfully, nothing going on here. It's hard to say it smells good, and it's hard to say it smells bad. It almost smells like nothing, for me. Really, *traces* of malts, but other than that, I'd think I'm smelling water. I'm gonna have to bump up my taste/appearance/mouthfeel scores just to give a better impression of what I think of the beer overall. Damn lacking aroma!

Taste: Fantastic stuff, right here. This is the final year-round beer from Great Lakes that I've had, and like their others, this is great. There's virtually no bitterness to speak of with this beer on the front, and there's a very, VERY nice sweetness that lasts beginning to about the end. While there's that almost candy sweetness (probably from crystal malts) on the front, the finish mellows out a bit, and welcomes some pretty heavy biscuit flavors, with maybe a slight bit of hops. The slight hoppiness balances out the initial sweetness of the beer. I really enjoy it. Dortmunder Gold also has a solid body, but that's to be expected with the ABV %.

I've yet to have a beer from Great Lakes that I've been truly disappointed in. I wasn't overly impressed with Lake Erie Monster, but it still trumps a LOT of other beers that I've had. This is just a great beer, and would be a good choice to get somebody's feet wet into the world of craft beer. It has a nice sweetness, isn't at all off-putting, and has just enough hop flavor and subtle bitterness to let a newbie know what's to come in the future if they keep drinking craft.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orangish-bronze; medium frothy head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; biscuity; citrusy hops; light honey; strange, but very pleasant aroma

Taste: Hop bite/citrus right up front; hoppy bitter finish; hoppier than I normally like, but this one is pretty well balanced with juicy malt; not bad for such a hoppy lager

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best by June 30, 2013.

Appearance - golden amber with rich, white, two-finger head that dissipates to a lacy cap.

Aroma - sweet malt and fresh baked bread with a hint of earthy hops.

Taste - floral, earthy hop bitterness perfectly balances the sweet, bready malt backbone.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and body, crisp dry finish.

Overall - a well crafted lager, nicely balanced and highly enjoyable.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,250 ratings.
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