Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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4.06/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yes, it's known for winning medals worldwide. But locally, it's known as "Dort," our flagship lager that humbly maintains its smooth, balanced (and charmingly unpretentious) ways.

A smooth, award-winning (and deceptively unassuming) balance of sweet malt and dry hop flavors.

World Beer Championships
16-Time Medal Winner Since 1994 (World Champion, Gold, Silver)

Great American Beer Festival Awards
1990 Gold Medal Winner

Added by stirgy on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,484
Reviews:
1,134
Ratings:
3,382
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
Wants:
202
Gots:
754
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 3,382 |  Reviews: 1,134
Photo of Rengersc
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

A semi clear amber color around a medium body as well as about medium carbonation.
Aroma was doughy, yeast, cracker and malt . Behind that there was a floral, grassy hop aroma
Taste is very identical to aroma . The malt dominates the flavor but not to the point of being a sweet malt bomb. If anything this is as far as I prefer to have the malts dominate, adds flavor and a bit of sweetness but allows other flavors to show up. The doughy, yeast, cereal taste follows the malt and then there's a dry, mild, bitterness that lingers a bit works really well.
This was a very good beer in my opinion and one I would look for again

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Photo of bankboy66
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lsudduth
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkblr
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle bb 11/10/18 poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 5.8% ABV 30 IBU. The beer pours bright very light amber with khaki colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves some splotchy lacing. The aroma is bready balanced by spicy and floral hops. The taste is semisweet bready malts again balanced by a grassy, spicy hop note. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. The malt sweetness and hop bitterness interact throughout each phase of this beer where neither is ever completely missing. Overall, excellent. This is a tasty beer and fits the style description nearly to a tee.

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Photo of Rubezahl
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TLA
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenDragonPurse
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PapaRott
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeGray
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PatrickLipaj
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Caramel color with a head that dissipates quickly to a small ring. Tastes sweeter than I expected with caramel and corn/malt toward the front. A little more bitter than I expected, was hoping for a more biscuit/bready taste but not bad.

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Photo of MeIquiades
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aeroscorp
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samlover55
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into Perfect Pint
BB 7/7/18 (missed by a couple weeks)
Clear dark gold with thin white
Sweet doughy aroma, caramel toffee
Same as nose with nice herbal hoppy finish
Medium bodied, with doughy feel
Overall a drinkable malty lager will have to try and revisit a fresh one

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Photo of Prankk
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. I have REALLY been looking forward to trying this. It has eluded me for literally a decade. Haphazardly got to try it and was a bit disappointed. It's pretty tasty. Richer, and deeper in color and sweetness than expected. Overall though, I thought it was merely a good beer. This rather high consensus rating I think is Beeradvocate users' universal approval of the Great Lakes brand.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice lager, well-balanced and flavorful. Nice golden color with a little head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of malt, grain, caramel and just a little hops. Tastes of malt, corn, grain, caramel and some nice slightly bitter herbal hops. Smooth mild mouthfeel, great carbonation.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msbuffy
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not your typical lager, but excellent. Caught me by surprise. Try it and enjoy!

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Photo of moundbz
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alexc11
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We stopped off in Akron in our way to Nashville for dinner and took the opportunity to try out local Ohio beer. I chose this one and didn't regret it. Nice golden color with a muted lace. Faint caramel and malt aroma accompanied with healthy carbonation. Not overly biiter. It's a strong beer at 5.8% but quite balanced. Anyway an overall crisp and very good beer that I think meets the requirement of a Dortmund. Please forgive the 'curt' review as I'm writing this in the restaurant.

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Photo of bixby1971
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,382 ratings