Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3,254 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 biegaman
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dortmunder Gold is... you guessed it. Despite full transparency and gleaming bright reflections, its complexion is actually relatively hazy. Its head seems to have fizzed out quite hastily; agitating the beer does little to bring it back to life. And, like a name drawn in sand at the edge of the sea, that swirling also erases what little lacing it had managed.

The aroma is fairly pedestrian - as the style dictates - but is underlined with a distantly sweet bready note, and boy is it enticing. Even more faded yet is a floral, vaguely citrusy hop profile. Both are very discreet, but perceptible. As in the taste, there is a mild graininess. Unlike many lagers, this one actually improves with warmth.

It can take a fairly experienced palate to distinguish Dortmunders from other lagers and, admittedly, the distinction between it and, say, a Pils or Munich Helles, can indeed be blurry. But it does have a character of its own, one led by a firm, tongue-hugging maltiness and an assertive, hard sulfate-accentuated hop bitterness on the finish.

It doesn't take a big gulp to saturate the mouth with wholesome, bready maltiness. The grains used were obviously of the highest quality, added in generous quantity and integrated with the hops by a most vigilant brewer. With no yeast by-products, alcohol presence or brewing blunders, the rich maltiness and underlying hop bite shine bright.

The city of Dortmund has historically been a major industrial center for coal and steel manufacturing - no wonder it birthed a style of beer that is so industriously refreshing and to-the-point gratifying; a beer to chug not sip. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is indeed a shinning example of the style as well as an exceedingly enjoyable lager in its own right.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours one finger of white head, clear amber body, very classic. Smells floral and fruity, maybe apple skin, some classic lager yeasty smells, quite nice as well. Tastes grainy like pilsner malt, touch of earthy hops, some carmel, some typical lager yeast characteristics leathery and maybe rubber band. Medium thin bodied, medium carbing. Overall not too bad but not one I'd go out of my way to get. I'd prefer a touch more carmel malt and a touch more body.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours copper with a one and a half finger white creamy head that dissipates to a small ring of foam with a thin residual cap that is maintained.

S. Bready malt, some caramel, and a crisp clean hop profile (lemon) to round it out.

T. Bread and biscuit malt character with a touch of graininess. Caramel is present, but not as sweet as suggested by the nose. The bitter hop character (lemon zest) finished this off clean and dry.

M. Thick, creamy carbonation helps this beer to fill your mouth and coat your tongue.

D. A smooth easy drinker with enough character to please. A great summer beer - light and refreshing while maintaining a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hop notes.

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

poured from 12oz bottle in to shaker pint

A - very pretty pale orange-gold; one finger of fine beaded foam forms upon pouring; head fades to a thin coat of bubbles and a nice ring on the glass; a lazy bubbles make their way to the top; little lacing

S - inviting nose of lightly bready malts; faint warm biscuit note; crystal malt; cascade hops peek out with agitation; hints of German hops lace the nose

T - layers of sweet malt; bread notes; biscuit note; very clean; some dryness and spiciness towards the back end

M - very well done, here; nice full/medium weight; malt envelopes the tongue; CO2 is moderate to low and makes for a very easy drink

O - delicious and rewarding from a style that can go so very wrong; perhaps not as dry as a traditional example

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly pours gold with a frothy, slightly yellow head with good retention.

Smells of roasted malt, bread and some caramel in the background.

The roasted malt and bread notes dominate the flavor finishing with a slight orange zest and bitter herb taste. Mouth feel is chewy and buttery. A very nice beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint. Thanks to jbck109 for this one.

A: Pours a very vibrant gold with amber highlights beneath a billowing off-white head that slowly faded into a thick rocky layer leaving a sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of leafy hops and sweet roasted malts and grains.
T: Very sweet and surprisingly flavorful with notes of biscuity grains and pale malts along with a touch of bitter hops in the aftertaste.
M: Mouth is clean and easy with a thicker body than I was expecting. Aftertaste is dry and refreshing with a light bitterness.
D: This is my first beer of the style and it’s a little bit sweeter and heavier than I like my lagers. Still, it’s very flavorful and I’m loving the hop character. Definitely recommended and it hits the spot.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, slightly dark, golden yellow with a good amount of head in the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Tastes of breadie/biscuit like malts with just a hint of hops and lemon in the finish. Its nice to have a lager that doesn't taste like rust. Compared to all the other BMC type of lagers you normally run across here in Canada. Good session lager.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A giant fist full almost rock hard white head is created off the pour. Does fall at a normal pace. Body is a super clear just barely amber but dark golden color, real nice color on the body here. No carbonation from the bottom. Good retention on the head.

Smell is a wonderful bread malt sensation on the nose. Slightly dense with some real nice grain feel behind it. This smells great borderline baked whole wheat bread.

Taste is a wonderful body, and great simple sweetness that doesn't feel corny. This is almost literally like liquid honey that is tolerable and not overly sweet on the finish. Oh man this tastes FANTASTIC. A malty expansive filling on the first sip, just a hint of alcohol sweetness and finishing with that slight sweet honey and bread taste.

This is overall great beer right here, man I could just pound these back like nothing, I want to have this on tap somewhere it just feels so perfect. This could be my borderline lawnmower go to beer all the time lager right here.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 4/23/2011

A - Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger of off-white head. nice lacing

S - Crisp and clean like any standard lager. A bit biscuity, as mentioned in the style description.

T - Welcome to lager town. Clean flavor with a buttered biscuit flavor. Slightly hoppy. Grainy flavors are present

M - Light body, full carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Not my style of beer. That said, it was still pretty good. I'll take an Eliot Ness over this any day.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured golden yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, banana, and nutmeg. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice and refreshing brew. The nutmeg aspect was a little palate invasive for me. It did have a decent flavor and aroma going on here, but nothing too memorable. I would suggest this to people to try it as it is worth it to do so at least once.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.64/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is a clear, solid, sparkling golden lager with a big, frothy, bubbly white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a bready, yeasty aroma. It smells a little grainy a little fruity. It has a lively medium body with a metallic feel and a slightly gritty finish. It tastes malty, but not sweet. It has a twangy, slightly funky flavor. There's a slight juniper bitterness and alcohol in the finish and the aftertaste is hoppy. Is there fusel detected here? This is not really my thing. It seems kind of like a malt liquor.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Nice medium clear amber color with high carbonation and three finger pillowy head that remained in a small amount throughout almost the whole beer.

S- Barley, grains, and lemon zest

T- Grainy maltiness, malted barley, lemon zest, and mild hoppiness

M- Crisp and dry mouthfeel

O- Beer with high drinkability and the flagship beer of Great Lakes that is widely available in NE Ohio. Not my favorite of their year-round beers, but a nice refreshing well-crafted beer that looks great.

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Photo of deebo
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +1%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 -5.6%
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 -0.7%
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%
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 +1.2%
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 -0.7%
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 -11.5%
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 +0.5%
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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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,254 ratings.
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