Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Dortmunder GoldDortmunder 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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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange/copper colored, crystal clear with a lot of carbonation. One finger, creamy white head. It looks very refreshing and very classy
Grassy and grainy aromas rise to the top of my nonic pint very nicely
First taste buttering hops followed by grainy malt, a little sweetness as well on the finish, a very good tasting lager
With the coldness and the carbonation it's very crisp, coats the mouth and leaves a somewhat sweet malt aftertaste. I really enjoy the crispness of this one.
A very tasty lager, good to drink a cold and refreshing beer that is of good quality.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 11.10.11.

A - Pours a pretty clear color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet malts, like Portuguese sweet bread, along with faint spicy hops and slightly yeasty.

T - Delicious sweet bread flavors start this one off, almost somewhat banana-y. It's followed by floral and spicy bitterness that seems to balance it out with near perfection. A semi dry finish with slight lasting bitterness.

M - Carbonation is to the style; semi dry finish; light bodied.

O - This is a lager to write home about! Despite many unique characteristics, it still manages to focus on being a well balanced, thoroughly flavorful, brew.

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Photo of LacquerHead
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite "go-to" lagers.

This had a brilliant gold color with a white foamy head.

The aroma reminded me of a cross between butterscotch and hops.

The taste was very well balanced. The maltiness came at me first. It reminded me of butterscotch. After that came the hops. There is a nice lively hop flavor that works well the malt.

It has a great drinkability. It's almost too easy to down a sixer or a couple of pints.

Overall: this beer is great for any occasion. It is light and crisp but is still packed with flavor. As far as lagers go, this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of spointon
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I snagged a growler of this while visiting Cleveland and then later another from a local grocery store near me that started offering growler fills.

Presentation: 12oz brown with a drink before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Bright gold with a exquisite white two fingered lace that stays for a long time.

Smell: Sweet and very clean malty aroma ... reminiscent of Portuguese sweet bread.

A= This lager poured a clear yellow color with a fleeting 1/4" snow white head. The head dropped in seconds to reveal some light sticky lace and not much else.

S= Smells like pils malt and hops. Slight hint of minerals in the nose too. Good balance.

T= Wow this is the closest you will come to an authentic German Dortmunder in the U.S. Starts off with a hint of malt sweetness, then brings a dry, herbal hop note that carries straight through to the bone dry finish. The mineral character of the water used in this brew is spot on. Delicious!

MF= Light in body with a firm carbonation level that is entirely refreshing.

D= Off the charts drinkable with a great (and authentic) flavor to match. World class and highly recommended!

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Photo of JWU
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into my trusty mug.

A- Gorgeous. Deep gold with hints of orange. Tight white head, that laces down the glass. Couldn't be any better looking.

S- I get heavy toasted multi-grain bread scents from the malts.

T- Taste follows the smell. Really toasty on the malt bill, sweetness follows, it's a touch fruity, but not artificially so, it's not over the top, and a touch of hops balances on the end. The sweetness lingers around after the sip is well over.

M- Lighter side of medium body, pretty slick, and a touch dry on the finish.

A fabulous German style lager, that I would seek out again.

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Photo of pschul4
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint glass (with Milwaukee Brewers decal :))

A- Bright gold with 3/4" head that sticks around for a while but isn't bothersome

S- Very malty, not much else just some slightly sweet scents coming off of this brew

T- Maybe I'm just not a Lager guy but this is kind of bland to me. It's slightly sweet but not a ton of flavor going on in my opinion

M- Bubbly but not rediculously so, the feel is nice but not prose inspiring, nuff said

O- I'm honeslty disappointed right now, after reading the reviews I was expecting a great beer but this is rather boring to me. Always nice to try new things though

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

Rich, clear gold with a dense seeming white head. Ok-ish retention, slippery lace.

Sweet, bready malts, pastrylike, a slight fruitiness, some mown hay hop aroma.

The sweet, bready malts again, playing with the slight fruitiness. Reminds me of an apple or apricot danish for some reason. Some hop flavor in the finish, clean bitterness.

Substantial enough to be mouthfilling, but light enough to be quenching. Good carbonation.

Forgot how much I loved this beer. Definitely one of the greats.

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Photo of ckollias
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Golden ale with a thick, white, 1-1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a persistent laceing.

S: I would describe the aroma as a spicy malty scent. There are some complex sweet aromas here.

T: Very malty flavors upright and followed by general sweetness. The hops round up the finish and balance the brew out nicely.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I’m usually not a lager drinker, but this brewery is awesome and this beer did not disappoint. It was very well balanced and complex. Easily drinkable and very enjoyable all around.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Best before 26 July 2011. From notes. Reviewed 23 June 2011.

A: Stark white head. The beer itself is a golden amber, almost reddish. Clear and delightful with bubbles and strong lacing. Beautiful!

S: Grainy and strong. Sweet fruit comes through pleasantly.

T: I've never been a fan of lagers, but this is probably the tastiest lager I've ever consumed, due mostly to some great malts, toasty and vaguely buttery. Graininess is minimal and pleasant when present (completely avoided the corn flavours I hate). Vaguely sweet throughout, with tasty berries on the end. The aftertaste is soft and lingering.

M: Robust, fully-supported, and generally good.

O: Shockingly good! Easily the best lager I've ever encountered. Super-drinkable and highly recommended. Delicious.

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Photo of cosmo4u
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased at brewery 7/16/11

Orange gold color. Medium white chunky head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied helles. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy and a touch bitter. Hints of orange and honey. Nicely balanced. Light and refreshing, yet very flavorful. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of mpyle
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden color, brilliantly clear. Pours a nice creamy white head with good retention.

Initial aroma is a bit of DMS/corn, but once that clears, just a very faint malt aroma and quite clean.

Taste something unpleasant that seems to be somewhere between meat and apple cider. Minimal maltiness, and becomes significantly bitter by the finish. Almost as though it is a slight bit oxidized

MF - Medium body and high carbonation. Carbonation is a bit harsh, but not quite astringent.

Harsh to say, but really tastes like a bigger, more bitter American macro lager to me. A bit of a disappointment given how beautiful it was in the glass.

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Photo of HopHeadRyan
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Golden with a very slight haze, Nice thick head dissapates leaving lacing and a thin head that stays.

S - Sweet biscuits, slight yeastiness, crisp and clean

T - Beautiful - breadiness, crisp and clean just like the smell. Very blanaced. The hops and malts counter each other perfectly.

M - Balanced, dry, light considering its near 6% abv - - Perfect!

O - The perfect lager in my opinion. One of my favorite beers, even with my favorite style still being a Pale Ale, IPA, or DIPA. I'd still take this over many Pale Ales.

I have tasted most domestic and european lagers and this is by far the best lager I've experienced! Do yourself a favor...go out and buy as much Dortmunder Gold as you can find! I pick up at least a case ever time I'm in Ohio! Its harder to come by in PA. Great Great Great Beer!

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Getting near its drink by date, so here it goes.

Pours a bright golden color with a thick one inch head. Carbonation is average.

Smells of sweet grains and slightly of hops. overall smells smooth and balanced.

Tastes just as smooth as it smells. Grainy like a Great Lakes, but there is an underlying smoothness that balances that grainiess. I like that sweetness. Hops really arent there, but the chewy malt is. The highlight of this beer is the malt profile. Chewy, grainy, and sweet. A light crispness keeps the flavor in check. Floral hops are somewhat there, but only to balance things out. Smooth as a lager should be.

Sits light on the tongue with the grains leaving their impression on your taste buds.

Now this is a flagship beer (but we all know GL has a fleet). My go-to beer, and it should be yours as well.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright, lively and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six fingers of white head with very good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Aroma of pale and Pilsner malts with some wheat grains. A god presence of noble hops and grassy hops. Hints of lemon peel. Smells very grassy, grainy, and balanced.

Taste: Pale and Pils malts up front with lots of wheat grains. Has some hints of lemon and other fruits midway. Finishes with some noble hops and some more malts. Big grassy presence throughout. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a German lager by Great Lakes. Nice malt/hop balance and good subtle notes of fruit.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: grass and grain

Taste: grass, grain, and a touch of citrus hops

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start that mixes in a bit of bitterness in the middle that gets more bitter to the end.

Overall: A nice solid, drinkable lager that is very good for the style. I could have a couple of these, yet I like it more in the style than as an overall beer. Good for the summer, but nothing I will go out of my way for.

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Photo of PokerGod
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- beautiful dark copper color...pretty transparent. Adequate head. Great lacing... (big time).

Smell- not much going on. Typical lager smell. Maybe a bit more sweet spice (cinnamon) underying. Earthy.. like a European Lager.

Taste- wow. Delicious! Much better than I had expected. Absolutely fantastic Lager. Unfortunately many underestimate the beauty in a superb lager. Perfect balance. Not much for hops but enough to remind you that they are indeed there.

Overall- quite wonderful. Without a doubt, I will get again. Highly recommended for those who aren't too snobby to enjoy a nice Red Stripe or Gosser or Heineken. Superbly done.

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

On-tap at the Oak Cafe in suburban Detroit.

This beer pours a clear burnished golden hue, with one finger of foamy off-white head, which leaves some scattered specked lace around the glass. It smells of crisp biscuit malt, and floral earthy hops. The taste is bready, crackery malt, and leafy hops. The carbonation is average, the body medium smooth, but slightly zingy. It finishes off-dry with an even maltiness, and light lingering hopinesss.

A very drinkable German-style lager. Overseas deployment and hockey stories go well with it.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a shade darker than golden, very clear. Solidly white head is fluffy, leaving two rings of lacing.
S- Smell is slightly floral with a grassy, slightly grainy character.
T- Initially there is a lightly grassy note followed by a slightly grainy, slightly toasty malt note.
M- On the full side of medium on this style's spectrum. Carbonation is medium.
O- A pleasant easy drinking lager. Nice solid, body and plenty of flavor.

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Photo of ahq514
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a transparent golden color, with a hint of burnt orange. Pours a small head, roughly half a finger. Appears to be moderately carbonated. Light lacing occurs.

Smells like toasty pilsner malt with a few dashes of floral, German hops. Although this is a lager, I'm getting some light fruit aromas, for some reason I'm thinking grapes and citrus.

Taste is very crisp and clean. Get a dry, biscuity sort of malt towards the front end of the taste which is swiftly followed and very nicely balanced by the earthy, floral hops. Like mentioned in the aroma there is a real subtle fruit background, I'm thinking grapes and citrus.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Moderate carbonation, light body. Extremely drinkable.

This is probably one of my favorite lagers overall. Very crisp and clean and easy to drink. Everything is well balanced. I'm sure I will enjoy many more Dortmunder Golds in the coming days.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a glass mug

Great Lakes Brewing Dortmunder Gold Lager poured a clear golden color with a fluffy white head that held well and formed a nice collar of lacing. The smell is dominated by a clean malt aroma. The taste is clean and balanced with malt upfront and a touch of hops at the finish. Mouth feel is light/medium with light prickly carbonation.

Overall, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is a flavorful and very drinkable lager.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its been quite a while since I've had this beer on tap or bottled. I decided to give it another review since its a local favorite.

Appearance - A nice thin membrane of milky head. Appears well carbonated. A beautiful clear straw yellow.

Smell - Hops and light malt. Light lemon and fruits. Natural and grassy smelling.

Taste - The best dortmunder i know of. Subtle and sweet hops. Slight banana or perhaps banana chips. Light clove spice. Sweet hops as well. Very citrusy, tangy and fruity.

Mouthfeel and overall - Consistently smooth. Medium bodied and fresh. I love this beer, even when i overpay for the bottled version at Cavs games.

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

Pours a light golden color. Crystal clarity. Nice white bubbly head that dwindles to a thin wisp.

Slight malty sweetness and a touch of noble hop spice in the aroma.

Sweet, rounded continental malt character comes forward in the first sip, with cracker/biscuit and some fresh hay-like grain flavors. Hops are well balanced. Very clean floral hop flavor, with smooth bitterness and spicy noble hop notes.

Mouthfeel is full and rounded, with a big malty body and crisp carbonation. Clean, crisp, and highly attenuated, this beer excels in leaving the palate refreshed.

Overall, an exceedingly drinkable lager, worthy of the German heritage it alludes to in its name. A solid example of the style, especially for something brewed this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold. Thick and creamy two finger head. Moderate lacing. Nice retention.

Aroma: Pale and pilsner malts up front. Floral notes. Mild citrus and some pine.

Taste: Sweet malt followed by bitter piney hops. A bit floral, some citrus as the smell indicated.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. A bit oily. Moderate carbonation. Tingles on the tongue. The finish is slightly dry/resinous.

Overall: Very drinkable! Nice and sweet at the start, finishes slightly dry and bitter. The aftertaste is mostly dry, but some malt sweetness lingers.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At the Boiler Room in Chicago, late night, for a slice. They have a fairly cheap slice and PBR deal (or you can add a shot of Jameson for a PB&J - not my thing though). Turns out they are out of PBR and they are serving this here Dortmunder instead... at the same price!

This beer is great! Deep golden brown body, thick head, malty aroma. Tastes pretty sweet and malty with just a kiss of hops. Crisp feel, easy going down. I definitely wanted another!

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 10/04/11. Had to smuggle this across the MD line from DC - hooray, (outlaw) beer!

Appearance: Pours a dark golden body with a huge, hearty head (triple h!). Heavy carbonation.

Smell: This beer was pungent from the first crack of the bottle - heavy malt aroma and smells very dry.

Taste: A malt heavy and very flavorful beer. Taste bordering on a strong lager or Octoberfest. Faint hop spiciness. Dry with little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Tastes like a draught beer out of the bottle - great mouthfeel and a lot of carbonation.

Overall: The critics don't lie - this is a good one. I've been enjoying my tour of highly-rated domestic craft lagers, and GLDG doesn't disappoint!

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Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,328 ratings