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: 3,302 |  Reviews: 1,115
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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

This is a style I've always enjoyed because it's a little different and there just aren't that many of them. This is supposed to be among the very best. It is a beautiful amber color with a strong, tightly bubbled head. Nose is grainy malt with noble hops alongside.

Plenty of flavor, with some herbal hop spiciness garnishing the main notes of buttered biscuit. Very well balanced and nuanced, with a clean finish and smooth character. As it warms caramel and apple notes also come to the fore. This is a drinkable, flavorful lager, very solid

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of korguy123
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint.
Best before 4/09/2012

A- Crystal clear yellow pour with a finger width soapy white head. Lacing is great.

S- Earthy hops, cereal and light grassy aroma.

T- Earthy hops, cereal and grain. Light grassy taste.

M- Light with good carbonation. Light and refreshing.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-bright golden color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-malt and yeasty dough aromas

T-malts and bread with a touch of sweetness and a little bitter bite to it

F-light body with moderate carbonation, nice crisp mouth feel

O-an easy drinking tasty lager with

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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of siege06nd
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my Great Lakes standard pint.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden hue with just a hint of orange. A nice fluffy finger of crisp white head emerges from the pour. Thick gobs of lacing down the sides. Excellent.

S: Lots of grain, some bread crust, cream corn, and faint hints of grape skin.

T: Clean and refreshing. I get some nice bready malts with lots of herbal flavors, including lavender. Hints of citrus are a constant in the background.

M: Near perfectly balanced. Malts, hops, and grains here are completely on point. Nice and creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep this crisp but not so much that it covers up what is a surprisingly flavorful lager.

O: Excellent lager here. Flavorful and relatively complex while maintaining a light and refreshing mouthfeel. Great Lakes continues to churn out some of the best lagers in craft beer. Great work.

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4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden hue with a tinge of amber. Nice creamy head just a tad off-white that holds the side of the glass. Smells strongly of traditional German pilsner hops but are actually from America (Cascade, Hallertau). Also pick up some hints of some herbage, like coriander or clove. Tastes dry with a tinge of honey towards the end. Like a nice mix between a pilsner and a cream ale. A tad bitter on the finish, though not unpleasant. One of my favorites. Perfect for sipping on a summer evening.

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/20/12 notes. had on tap at Arlington Rooftop. Served in a piint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright golden color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of bready malts, grains, biscuit malts, light caramel malts, yeast, and earthy notes.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grains, light fruity malts, honey, biscuit, earthy notes, and some light caramel notes. A little better then the nose, very nice.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Crisp and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a great, easy to drink beer. I haven't had many Dortmunder's, but this is definitely the best one I've had so far. Very nice look and mouthfeel, and a beer you could certainly have a few of. Glad to see this hitting NoVa, looking forward to having more of this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/4/12
*From notes

-- Best by date: 6/9/12 --

A: Clean mid-day sunshine golden in color. A good pour yields an awesome 2.5 finger white and sticky head. Long retention and a thick white collar follow.

S: Grassy malt and earth. A bit of sweet grain too. There's a trace of subtle hops to boot.

T: Just incredible. Beers like this, though easy to drink, show all of their flaws right up front. And unlike 99% of the pale lager field, this has zero flaws to speak of. It's clean as can be - a bit sweet, with a touch of bready grain on the mid. The finish is soft, yet features a small grassy and hoppy bite. Delicious from start to finish.

M: At or near the top of mouthfeel for the style. So creamy, so thick and rich yet insanely easy to put back.

O: One of my all-time favorite beers, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is bar-none one of the top five pale lagers produced in the world. Bold statement? Sure, but absolutely true. Not only my go-to session beer, but one I unleash on every macro dork who enters mi casa. And I can tell you, it's lit quite a few fires.

Do yourself a favor and grab a case when you see it. Don't have access? Trade for it. I promise, you'll be glad you did.

My highest recommendation.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Slightly dark golden color with a thin head and very good lacing.

S - Sweet and bright malty notes. A bit bready and doughy. Very nice.

T - Sweet bready malts. A bit of honey as well. This is just simply a great tasting beer. It's light, sweet in a bready way and refreshing. To me, this is probably the pinnacle of the style.

M - Extremely smooth and drinkable, medium bodied. Refreshing. It's very inviting.

O - This is a fantastic lager. It's inviting, simple, and delicious. I'm not surprised to see this is the highest rated of the style. Highly recommended, and I really look forward to having this again.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,302 ratings
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