Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by stirgy on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 3,299 |  Reviews: 1,113
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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


Very clear gold. Moussy off-white head that forms well and is extremely persistent. Light lacing.
( 3.5 / 2)

Medium light grainy sweet pils malt. Medium noble hop, lends to a floral, spicy, herbal aroma. Clean, no esters. Well balanced.
( 4.5 / 11)

Medium high toasty, sweet bread malt. Medium high noble hop flavors (same as nose). Moderately dry finish. Supporting bitterness makes the beer very well balanced. Both hops and malts have an equally prominent showing. Aftertaste is fairly hoppy and bitter, with the malt here taking a back seat. No esters, clean.
( 4.5 / 18)

Medium body, medium carbonation. No warmth, no astringency.
( 5 / 5)

Bold showcasing of toasty/bready sweet malt, and fresh noble hop flavors. Incredibly balanced. Head is a tad dark for style, and after the finish, the hop presence threw off the balance just a bit. Wonderfully smooth, easy to drink, packed with flavor.
( 4.5 / 9)

( 4.5 / 45)

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle date of 7/4/12.

poured into glass stein.

Appearance: Golden bodied beer with 2 fingers of frothy white head. Spotty lace.

Smell: Mostly getting grainy malts with a touch of honey to add to the slight malty sweetness. Corn and rice hulls. Almost has a smell of a helles bock, but a bit lighter.

Taste: Nothing overwhelming for the taste. Slightly sweet grainy malts, butternilk biscuits, and some corn. Also has that "lagered" flavor to it from the middle to the end of the beer. Getting a mild bitter aftertaste thats hinting at grassy and floral. Does well to balance out the malts, but the malts seem to creep back with a mild sweet after taste of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean lager. Crazy drinkable; reach for it during the dog days of summer!

Overall: Nothing to crazy here, but it probably appropriate for the Dortmunder beer style. This is only my second beer sampled from this style. Hoptonius Union was the first and that beer was outstanding. This beer is probably truer to style. It a german lager no doubt. It reminds me of New Glarus Cabin Fever.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in downtown Columbus,OH at the end of the night. My first try of this style and I am impressed. Clear golden color with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom, and a massive white fluffy head on top. Aroma is hay, pale malts, dry and lightly sweet. Floral flavor, ever so slight sweetness, with a bit of bitterness on the tongue that allows this lager to finish cleaner than any other I have had. Very light bodied with high carbonation. Awesome beer and incredibly drinkable.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber, bright white head with fine bubbles, good lacing. Scent of bread, light citrus, and granny smith apple. Taste is much the same, nice hop balance, with a very clean aftertaste. An interesting brew as its not quite a pilsner and not quite a lager. Thick mouthfeel for the style. A solid beer especially for the style, though not as good as the ratings suggest

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,299 ratings
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