Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold
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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

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

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Ratings: 3,266 |  Reviews: 1,105
Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of bready and grainy pale and light malts with a subtle/indiscernible hop aroma.

The tastes follow the nose with full crisp amounts of bready and biscuity grainy malts with a hint of sweetness in the middle and a welcome light herbal hop bitterness on the back.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated, actually a little chewy which is unexpected, but pleasant; finishes with a slight drying effect on the palate.

Overall a superb example of the style and the perfect session beer for a nice hot summer day or any day for that matter. Great Lakes is exceptional at crafting great sessionable ales that is for sure.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small mug. Best before 10/28/12.

Clear pale gold body supports three fingers of active yet lasting ivory head. Thick frothy/soapy lacing extends tendrils up every side. Excellent retention.

Gentle grassy noble hop aroma backed my a touch of lemon and a cracker-y malt element.

Light sweetness suggests honey and malt and leads into a faintly bitter and greatly refreshing hop flavor mid-palate. Pils (?) malt and a spicy/herbal quality emerge in the finish, playing off one another in the aftertaste until you are once again left with a lingering sense of rock candy.

Light-bodied, well carbonated; soft yet crisp.

Malty, well hopped, and incredibly smooth - a superior German-style lager. Rating to style, this is among the best, and pairs well with the pierogi I picked up at the West Side market just down the street from the brewery.

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Photo of Will96
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of esdeebrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bassmantony330
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of chuckstout
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of HeyJim
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of larebear
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of rangerred
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear deep gold with a 1.5 finger white head. Excellent lacing and head retention.

Aroma has lots of caramel and toffee along with that signature Great Lakes yeasty smell; it is not off-putting, however. The aroma is definitely malt-forward with lots of biscuit. Some herbal/lemony hop aroma is in the background and very faint.

Flavor continues with the malt with lots of biscuit, toast, and caramel. The same yeast that was present in the aroma is there in the taste as well. Some faint hay/spicy hops are present in the background. Bitterness is on the lighter side with a slightly sticky finish. Mouthfeel has decent substance.

Overall, a really top-notch lager. This is a really great example that other brewers should follow. Not enough craft brewed lagers on the market. A great brew from Great Lakes.

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Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jsanford
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a dense cap of ivory head. Aromas of crisp, doughy malt, lightly toasted malt, and herbal hops. Taste is similar to the nose. The hops impart a nice bitterness, resulting in a nicely balanced and quaffable brew. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation. Such a great, drinkable, no-frills beer!

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Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice clear copper body with a fingers worth of white frothy head. has a crackery and biscuit forward malt profile. hints of grapefruit and pine hops on the nose. Taste is crisp crackerey malts with a hop bite to even things out a bit. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with great carbonation level. A touch of bitterness from the hops and a little dry on the finish, reminds me of eating plain non salted satlines. overall a very refreshing beer any time of day or year.

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Photo of Twifiter
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BierStein711
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a lucullan delight!

This is a outstanding lager! Two and a half finger head with a golden body. The carbonation is moderate, not overpowering like some carbonation.

Smells of wet grains, cereal, wheat, and alcohol.

Tastes: Wheat thins, crackers, medicinal herbs

Mouthfeel: Perfect, not watery like some lagers

Overall, this beer is a winner. Try it today!!!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84.2% out of 100 with 3,266 ratings
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