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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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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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An average pour gave a finger of fizzy almost white head that didn't so much shrink as much as noticeable pop itself away. Body is a clear amber color with much carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Head dissipates to a thick ring and a thin top layer in a little over a minute.

Fresh mild hops, biscuit and a little zing of citrus.

Fresh mild hops; spicy, biscuity malt and a bit of honey. Simple and yet delicious.

This is a light bodied beer that is crisp and delicious. It is slightly dry and not very sticky.

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Photo of harrymel
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 25JUL11

A: pours a nice golden ale with a single finger of fine white head. This falls in a few minutes to a dome speckled sheet of the same. Nice cloying cobweb lace. Excellent clarity.

S: grain, sweet grain, honey, hints of lemon pepper.

T: Nice honey flavor hits up front and then transitions to reveal a earthy vegetal bitterness. Pretty refreshing beer. Simple.

M: heavy body for the style, medium carb is spot on.

O: good beer, a bit less sweet than I initially anticipated.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dortmunder Gold

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear, shiny, pale gold that is an attractive canvas for the beer's great effervescence. The head and lacing, however, are quite modest. 

S: Biscuity malts with a slight toasted quality.  Additional aromas include other grains and a suggestion of citrus zest. 

T: Medium-light malty sweetness transitions to biscuity and toasted malts. The malts taste a little coarser than expected. Think hay or yellowed grass. Medium bitterness sets up a clean and crisp finish. 

M: Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Reasonably lively mouthfeel. 

O: Dortmunder Gold is a well-tuned beer and brings very good drinkability. Great Lakes is a brewery that tends to brew to style better than most, so I assume Dortmunder Gold is no different. I need to explore this style. 

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

Pours a deep golden color, white bubbly foam forms and has good staying power. Aroma is full of bready, biscuity malt and a light floral hopping. In the taste, clean lager flavor, crisp, somewhat malty and biscuity and finishes nice and even with leafy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a crisp drying finish. Overall, I found this to be a pretty good lager. True to style, I can see why lagers of this quality were prized back in the day.

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Photo of
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very bright and clear burnished-gold colour with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly to a ring and a light froth.

Smell - Sweet and bready with just a hint of floral and herbal hops in the background.

Mouthfeel - Crisply carbonated, just a touch of slickness coats the mouth and gives medium body.

Taste - A nice reversal of the aroma; the flavour is nicely bready, but with more hops than malt. Biscuit flavours back up floral and herbal hops with a refreshing dry finish.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Pure and golden. Held this up to the light to simply admire. There was about a quarter inch of head. Nice lacing.

S) Malt and grain, very light hops. This smells like a very good German lager.

T) Malt and a little bit of bready sweetness. The finish is light pine and slightly grassy. Really well done.

M) This beer feels great on the palate, just incredibly smooth. The body is on the lighter side of medium, perfect carbonation.

O) Why have I waited so long to try this beer??? I picked this up as a single in a mixer I put together. This is a no doubt slam-dunk six pack purchase next time.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep golden yellow color. About a finger of off-white head with good retention. Lacy semicircles all down the glass.

Smell: Bready, grainy. Not much in the way of hops in the aroma, which is fine for this style.

Taste: Ah, there are hops in there! Dancing lightly on the tongue at the first taste, the hops are grassy, piney and smooth. The malts are well tucked in behind but are quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Nice level of carbonation. Lingering hops flavors.

Overall: Emminently drinkable. Very smooth going down. A fine example of a lager.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Currently the #1 Dortmunder / Export Lager.

The beer is crystal clear and golden hued, with a thick, dense head. Superb head retention and ample lacing left behind. An outstanding appearance.

The aroma identifies this brew as a lager, with a large grain and/or bready presence. Definitely smells akin to an authentic German lager.

The flavor is malt forward, but certainly balanced. Slightly sweet, with some bittering hops in the back. Subtle notes of citrus, with a splash of lemon.

The feel is creamy and smooth on the palate. Spot on carbonation. Lingering notes of hops and sourdough bread.

A solid beer. Certainly one of the better German style lagers brewed in the United States.

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Photo of dhannes
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A=Nice, rich golden color. Foam was light tan, perhaps 1" in height.

S=Sweet smell, like honey, with hint of hops.

T=Very disappointing...I was expecting a fuller, lager taste, and got something reminiscent of a light beer. Sweet, some hops...reminded me a bit of a malt liquor taste.

M=Okay, but a bit more watered down than I anticipated.

O=Alright, but not one I will purchase again.

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

Tasting notes from 7/26/11. On tap @ the Cleveland Airport.

A - Straw yellow with a small amount of white head.

S - Bready matls and a noticeable hop bite.

T - Bready malts with some sweetness complimented by a nice hop bite. Full flavoured and refreshing.

M - Light body. Medium carbonation.

O - A very good summer beer and one that I would order again without hesitation.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a fluted pilsner glass. A gold medal on the GLBC is a reference as hey beer guys.. This is our flagship beer.

A - Is good in color. A very bright golden color. Near perfect clarity. Nothing unique here, just a good colored brew. Head was a bit surprising as I wasnt quite expecting it to last as long as it did. Snow white head with a good amount of lace. There was white there til the end. Decent stick that stays close to the head more than hanging to the walls of the glass.

S - A great smell. I could really smell the hops it provides. But it was somewhat of a mild smell. Nothing overpowering about the sniff. A sweet smell. A smell that instantly cooled me off on this 90
degree day. Malty.

T - Sweet and extremely malty. Bread like malt character. German hop flavor is splendid. I like the taste of citrus notes on humid days. It was great for the summer evening. There is something about the water GLBC use. It's almost one of kind. A little bit of bitterness thag creeps in.

M - Medium bodied and it was very easy to drink. I found the glass gone before I knew it. Smooth in the mouth, but also crisp and clean like. Very good finish.

O - Nothing but great from GLBC. Check out the gold medals on their site. It basically speaks for itself. Putting a gold medal as the main label of a brew is a bold statement. But Dortmunder Gold has earned it's gold. It's proven and delicious. One of the best all around lagers in the world. Gold is not just a way of describing the color of this brew, but a way of describing its character and class. Nothing overly brilliant. Just a damn good tasting beer anyone can enjoy. It's a blue collar lager that still has a place in the world of beer. Must try

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Photo of rpardon7
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint a nice golden yellow with a tinge or orange, with a bright one finger head that disapated rather quickly. Smell is buscuity sweet malt and a hint of some piney hops. Taste is crisp malt crackers some pepper and grassy piney hops. Mouthfeel is thin but well balanced for its style. Overall a very enjoyable and tastey lager that had more than refreshing to offer!

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

Single bottle from my Great Lakes sampler pack. BBD is September, 2011. Clearly, Great Lakes takes a lot of pride in this brew, considering the label sports their gold medal from the American Beer Festival. Not too many breweries would do that on the bottle - overly boastful, or a portend of great things to come?

Poured into a Czechvar fluted pilsner glass. A lovely, rich amber golden hue, with a couple inches of fluffy head. Great retention on this, with scads of sticky lacing. Top notch.

The nose is quite malty, with notes of fresh grain, honey, biscuit/bread, and some light citrus/tea hops.

Wow - this is a fantastic brew. Rich and malty, with a lovely taste of crispy bread and cracker, lemon, honey, and a slight hop bitterness to the finish. Perhaps the fullest flavor of any pale/golden lager I've ever encountered. Balanced enough for every day quaffing or slow, contemplated sipping. Medium bodied for a lager, good carbonation. Having trouble slowing myself down. I dare anyone who likes beer not to enjoy this. Dare them, I say!

You win this round, Great Lakes. Your gold medal label is fully justified. Just a stellar lager, loads of fun to drink, that is complex enough to satisfy the most discerning beer geek, but accessible enough that it could be used to bring those who normally avoid craft beer to the fold.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Old Rasputin Nonic that Blake at Chuck's in Bowling Green threw in for free with my (extensive) purchase.

Pours deep gold, crystal clear, and effervescent, with a rash of bubbles rapidly ascending to form a cratered head of rich foam.

Aroma is full of fresh, sweet grain, like horse feed in a good way. Grassy hops with a hint of yeasty perfume.

Taste is balanced, but with a solid malt underpinning. Not sweet, but plenty bready, like a fresh, crusty baguette. Hop taste is dialed back, with just a bit of hay and distinctive herbal savoriness that could come from the hops or the malt (sage? bay leaf? lemongrass?).

Lively on the palate, medium-light body, pleasant bitterness that does not linger over long. Semi-dry finish with a flash of yeasty sourness.

Great example of the brewer's art and absolutely delicious. Wish I had this at home for everyday quaffing.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: a very rich golden yellow, slightly amber color. clear. very dense, persistent head with good lacing. very inviting to the eye.

S: a chalky, earthy hop aroma dominates most of the nose. maybe a bit of sulfur. sort of one-note on the hop side.

T: initial touch of bitterness, turns to provide bitter earthy spicy body. a sweet touch of grain as well. works it's way in for balance. mineral slickness on the tail-end of the finish.

M: medium body with medium carbonation. spot on.

D: very drinkable dort. slightly more on the hop side, but still a great example of the style. another solid brew from great lakes.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faintly hazed copper tinted gold, cap of creamy off-white head. Scent is of freshly dried and malted grain with a kiss of flowers and citrus zest. Taste begins with a lightly sweet, freshly dried and malted grain backed by a light kick of bitterness before ending with floral and citrus notes. Medium bodied, smooth, lightly creamy. A very nice beer, great freshness to the taste without being overly sweet.

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

Acquired from SamualJackson45 via LOKO for Locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a four finger of frothy, rocky, white head. Head retains nicely leaving big chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is very malt forward, caramel really comes through. Mild floral notes, a bready presence and a bit of fruitiness.

T: Taste starts with a caramel malt flavoring that really hits the palate and holds as an undertone throughout. Middle has a bready flavoring with a light floral hop note. Finish is leafy, but sweet.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oil finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, mild kick, not too filling, and nice representation of style. This is easily a beer to sit with for an evening.

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Photo of Bucknutty24
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first try with Great Lakes. And what a way to start off. This beer is great! It has good taste with a light to medium body.It's a beer I could drink a lot of on a hot day. It pours a golden color with a 1-2 finger white head. The head disapears pretty quick.

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

12oz bottle into a La Chouffe tulip.

A: RIch, clear pale amber body under an inch of frothy, creamy tan foam. Terrific retention, heavy lace. Gorgeous lager.

S: Good, vibrant, balanced aroma of herbal, leafy, minty hops, bready malt, and clean, dry, chalky yeast. Nice intensity.

T: Follows the nose: deep bready malt, spicy, herbal hops, and dry, mineral-heavy, slightly metallic yeast. Pretty good, but the finish is a little to astringent and mineral-laden for my tastes.

M: Pretty substantial body. Good rich carbonation. Very nice.

O: Solid lager, but not one I'd seek out again. I could see enjoying a few of these during a cookout or something, but I'd rather have a Prima Pils.


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Photo of clint1019
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is exceptional. It has a nice golden color that is crystal clear. It has a white frothy head that leave some very nice lacing on the glass

The aroma is that of a of a clean, crisp malt with some floral aromas from the hops. It also has a slight citrusy almost like a light lemongrass aroma.

The taste starts with a clean, crisp malt flavor and finishes with a soft hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is a medium body with lots of carbonation.

This was a great beer. It has a nice clean malt taste to it that is balanced by a slight hop bitterness. Would definitely by buying again.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 3,308 ratings