Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3,242 Ratings
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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Photo of deebo
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden and clear with a tight foam

S-Malted barley with a wheat grainy aroma

T-Sweet, slightly fruity, just a touch of astringent hops-well balanced

M-Fairly heavy for the style-in a good way

D-Hopiness start to build halfway through beer. A very nice, flavorful beer that is a nice alternative to less flavorful lagers.

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Photo of n2185
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lovely crystal clear honey gold with three fingers of dense white head. The head retains well all the way down the glass, accompanied by a constant torrent of bubbles and leaving a good lacing. Beautiful.

S: Smells of crystal malt up front followed by a nice, bready sweetness. There is a very lightly bitter hop aroma in there as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some crystal malt flavors up front followed by a sweet biscuit flavor. The bread flavors continue through the finish where some lightly bitter hops kick in as well.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is both a bit creamy from the malt and fairly crisp on the finish.

O: Overall, an excellent beer and, if it were more readily available here, would be one of my summer staples. Very good, clean flavors suited for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes I made last night

A - Pours a bright gold with puffy 2 finger head. Dissipates quickly leaving just a little lacing.

S - Lots of biscuit in the foreground with nice lemony sweetness in the back. A deeper smell reveals some of that flowery hops.

T - More hoppy than I expected. Biscuity malt and lemon mix very well together, before fading into that hoppy bitterness. Quite good.

M - Reminiscent of the mouthfeel of a pale ale, clean and crisp, good body, good carbonation.

Overall - A beer that just captures the style very, very well. I thought the taste was complex, but not overly so. Very refreshing. Kuds to Great Lakes.

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Photo of mdunman
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a nice big head and plenty of linger

S: Malt, lemon, sugar, hops

T: Maltiness early on is very pleasant and crisp, followed by a rush of perfectly balanced hops.

M: Light-medium body, good carbonation and a smooth finish

Very enjoyable beer. Not my favorite style, but still one of my top choices when I'm in Ohio. Very well balanced and always refreshing

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint.

A: Pours a beautiful golden colour with a soft white head.

S: Smells of toasted malts, buttery sweetness and lemon.

T: Lots of lemon and biscuit followed by a subtle, but undeniable hop back.

D: Not a huge beer, but they manage to squeeze a huge amount of flavour in it. Just plain delicious! This beer is exciting and tasty; a great summer beer, but can be enjoyed all year long.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by 04/10/11

A - a very pretty medium golden body with a substantial white frothy head. Good looking beer.

S - dry lemon zest, hint of yeast, pale malts.

T - Crisp and clean citrusy malt, light flavor.

M - Quite smooth, light, medium body, a bit drying.

O (D) - A smooth, tasty, inoffensive beer. Not my favorite style (lager), but something I enjoy drinking.

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Photo of mellowmark
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle to an Imperial Pint glass. Enjoy by 5-30-11. $9.99 for a 6-pack.

Appearance: Golden orange color with a 2-finger off-white foamy head. Retention is not great, but there's some decent patchy lacing going on. Completely transparent. Strong carbonation.

Smell: Strong biscuit and bready notes. Lemon and orange peel. Clove. Honey. Peanut brittle.

Taste: Sweet up front with a balanced yet somewhat biting bitter character. Spices and a big citrus come through towards the end. Herb infused biscuits. The mild hop character is in perfect balance.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium with a high carbonation that seems just right for this particular beer. Very dry. Kind of reminds me of a pale ale.

Drinkability: Very High

Easy drinking. Extremely sessionable.

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Photo of Erish
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: brilliant gold, big lemon curd colored head falls into a good cap with decent lacing.

S: honey, citrus, soft bread-like malt, floral hops.

T: the honey and malt are buoyed by a nice crispness, the finish is floral, citrusy, and gently herbal.

M: light to medium weight, silky texture, and abundant carbonation with a crisp finish.

D: a very tasty lager. Another classic from Great Lakes Brewing.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with two finger sudsy white head, settles to a thin ring, splotches left behind. Smell: spicy with a hint of citrus rind, floral, light biscuity aroma, white grape. Taste: pale malt sweetness, white grape juice, spicy hopping. Relaxed but creamy carbonation, light bodied. Nice. Best by 5/30/11.

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Photo of wingman14
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow with a frothy white head, the frothiness is very impressive, smoother than a normal bottle pour. The smell is sweet with a nice malt aroma, nothing out of the ordinary. The taste is sweet with the malts driving the flavor. The sweet fades leaving a nice rich taste, a real full bodied lager. The mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is spot on, this beer is well balanced overall. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with good body. Two fingers of foam the leaves ample lacing. Residual top foam is shimmering. Very gold appearance; amber straight through. Low carbonation. Head dissipates rather quickly as is expected for lager.

S malty, clean, crisp. Very low dms if any. Low noble hopping.

A malty and dryish. Bittering is well balanced with alcohol. Crisp and lagery.

M&D - very drinkable. A touch watery at the end but still enjoyable.

Give this one a try. It has won awards so don't hesitate. Great crafting.

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Photo of RickS95
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a lager fan, but was pleasantly surprised by the color. I expected a typical straw color, but instead got a clear peachy orange, with a thin white head.

Nothing special about the nose, as a matter of fact I didn't pick up much other than some malty notes and some flowers in the background

Wow, a lager I actually like. It starts off with a malty sweetness. You'll pick up some citrus from the Cascade hops in the finish.

There's some complexity, which was a nice surprise. As I mentioned, there is a bit of sweet to start, followed by some citrus. But there is also some hoppy bite in the swallow that gives it a clean finish. Also in the swallow was a sourness.

Not a great beer overall, but good for a lager. I wouldn't want this to be the only beer I drink, but having one once in a while wouldn't bother me.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Matt. Thanks!

A: Poured into a nonic pint, this is a fairly clear beer, amber in color with a finger of soapy off-white head.

S: Lager yeast is obvious on the nose, and there's a nice bread character to it. Earthy and slightly citrusy hops (orange peel, for the most part), and a subtle toasted character. A touch of pepper is there and maybe a hint of grass.

T: Flavor is surprisingly heavy on the citrus peel and grass. A slight hop bitterness with a decent earthy quality. Bread, toast, and hints of toffee provide the malt character. The lager yeast is also prominent.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, clean, and crisp--just like a good lager should be. I wish this was a more prevalent style.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/19/11- Had a 12 oz bottle of this one marked "Enjoy by 04/19/11." I've had this plenty of times--on draft as well as in bottles--and I'm just now getting around to reviewing it.
A: Pale golden, very nice sticky white head. Looks picturesque like I'd enjoy drinking it.
S: Pale malts, slightly peppery, banana, and slight orange. Gritty yet crisper. Nice.
T: Very smooth, nice slightly metallic dry malt(like a copper ale), good slight caramel and toasted bread. Almost honey-like with a crisp bitterness on the finish.
M: Good and frothy.
D: Good.

This is a great example of a Dortmunder. Certainly the best American example I've had.

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Photo of Looneybiz
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and it had almost 2 inches of head with some nice lacing along the glass. The color was also nice with a deep golden bronze hue and it kept that head for a while.

Already mouth watering for just the look I took in a big sniff and the aroma was also great and I couldn't wait to taste it.

Taste was even better now that I was really paying attention and the flavor came out so even with a slight bitterness that went down so smooth.

Whenever your in the mood for a golden lager this is definetely a good choice.

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Photo of hopman333
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok, why have I not reviewed this beer a long long time ago is beyond me as I have been drinking this off and on for quite some time. And as much as I love hops, hops and more hops I have always loved the Pilsner / Lager styles of beer. Where do I start.

The Appearance is that of a true hancrafted malty Lager, Deep Deep golden color that has some wonderful lacing.

It smells of Butterscotch laced malts with a deeply bready and caramel smell that just screams quality. No adjucts of ant kind in this brew. And at the same time there is a supremely fresh German Hop aroma that seems to be in in total harmony with the malts. Very very nice.

And as for the taste, this is how a Lager should taste, extremely malty and richly hopped at the same time.Jam packed with flavour and extremely satisfying. Even if you are not a Lager fan you will probably appreciate this. This is a perfect, if not the benchmark of how a high quality lager should taste.

This is absolute perfection in a bottle, just pick up a sixer at any price and enjoy. This is craft beer at it's absolute finest.

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Photo of Murrdogg
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the GLBC brewery itself

A: light golden, almost rosy tint with a decent head of pure white

S: Sweet smell, reminiscent of champagne or grapes. Light floral hops

T: smooth and malty at first, rough after taste

M: feels almost frothy with the carbonation. hops make it feel rough

D: This is a good lager, very solid in it's taste and feel. Would be good in the summer, yet was fulfilling in the winter

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Photo of CPeterson
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A clear golden brew that pours into a two finger off white head and settles very slowly into a thick skim, leaving resinous lacing.

S -- Bready, grainy malts with a subtle hop aroma.

T -- A bready, grainy malt on the front, a hint of sweetness in the middle, and a shot of citrus and herbal hops and bitterness on the back.

M -- Full bodied and well carbonated, actually a little chewy which is unexpected...a slight drying effect on the palate.

D -- Definitely worthy of the awards and the purchase. Very solid brew.

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Photo of emmasrue1
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reminds me of Dortmunder Union which I loved but can't find anymore. Great beer!! It looks like the original Union beer and I drank it out of a stein which created a very nice head. The aroma is distinctive and the taste is smooth. Just what you would need on a very hot day. I taste tested this beer against 2 others not knowing which was the Gold and I chose this beer as my favorite.

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Photo of Brunite
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden color. The initial thick, eggshell white, 3 finger head recedes rather quickly leaving a thin layer over the top of the beer. The lacing is amazing for a lager as it paints and dries all over the glass. Some carbonation is seen rising continuously from the bottom.

S: A light grainy aroma and very subtle hops. Pilsner-like.

T: Clean and refreshing. True to style...there is a perfect blend and balance to the lightly sweet, bread like malt flavor and bitterness of the hops. Starts out sweet...followed by a bit of bready yeast flavor...followed by bitterness. This beer tastes the way bread smells when it is baking.

M: Medium body and a moderate level of carbonation. After the taste is over...this finishes very dry and leaves a lingering flavor that has you wanting more.

D: The drinkability of this beer is outstanding. The is how all American lagers should taste. Very nice.

7/11/11: Updated review:

Had this again...scores raised from initial A-.

This beer is fantastic. Perfect for the style. Perfect balance of sweet maltiness and bitterness from the hops. The hops start out with citrus notes before they turn more herbal. The malt gives body, flavor, and sweetness. This is a great lager. I like this almost as much as Elliot Ness from GL. They make some great beer at this brewery. In my top 3 domestic brewers!

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Photo of Bigboyash73
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the best beer ohio has to offer! It compared to a German Pilsner, my favorite type of beer! It does not have that horrible skunk smell that most german pilsners have! This beer had exceptional taste and was worth the $9 for the six pack!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass as well as on tap. Honey-gold color with a puffy white cap that lasts and laces. Big bready sweet nose with some woody and herbal tones Huge chew of Munich malt in the front with a wonderful herbal noble hop balance, mid palate there is a subtle complexity as you taste the multiple malts and hop varieties used . Finishes lightly drying clean and satisfying with a citrus snap. A very nice Dortmund styled lager with a rich malt spine and traditional German hopping.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a slight one finger head which reduces to skim but leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is of sweetness with a nice biscuit and breadiness to it. The taste has a biscuit and bread backbone with a hint of sweetness and a slight hop bite at the end. The mouthfeel is moderatley carbonated and dry. The drinkability is good, it is a smooth easy drink that is well balanced.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - An orangish/amber color. Clear. Off white colored head that was small and didn't have much retention. Did have some nice lacing and several bubbles rising form the bottom.

Smell - Nice bit of malt. Caramel, bread and a toasty biscuit. It smells clean. Well balanced.

Taste - The taste matched the aroma perfectly. Caramel, bread and biscuit. It did add an additional flavor of a light grain. Only a minor touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry and crisp. Left plenty on the palate.

Drinkability - This is really a pretty nice little beer. Solid all around. Easy drinking and balanced well. Worth a try. Could be enjoyed year round. I don't think I would turn this down.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle with clearly-marked freshness date; 30 IBUs, best at 45F. Courtesy of BA greenethumb. It is a deep golden color, unfiltered?, fairly carbonated with an inch of light tan head that leaves beautiful lacing. The very enticing aroma emits toasty malts and earthy/spicy hops. Rich and toasty Munich malts meld with sweet and grainy pilsner malts on the palate, backed by very flavorful spicy/perfumy hops that impart a lingering medium bitterness. The body is medium and smooth, with a chewy, dry finish - a bit heavy, but very nice. What a great beer here - crisp and refreshing, with a lingering finish. This is as easy to sip and contemplate as it is to drink by the pint; or at least it would be if I only had more bottles! A wonderful craft-brewed domestic lager.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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