Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder GoldGreat Lakes Dortmunder Gold
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,241
Reviews:
1,095
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
Wants:
199
Gots:
696
For Trade:
7
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Ratings: 3,241 |  Reviews: 1,095
Photo of rjd722
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This stuff looks pretty much like your standard AAL BMC type of lager, which is not bagging on it, because they make those things so consistent and with ample clarity. Very nice. Aroma is muted and speaks of mainly grain. Has that steeped grain hot water vibe.

Taste is easy. Its a well made beer, but at the same time I don't get the neckbeard adoration for it. Its like a counter culture well I'm not into huge beers kind of hipster thing. Plenty of carbonation, noble hop zest. Probably hopped a little higher than traditional but its all good. Its a good beer with a cult like following. Decent enough when you're wanting to drink beer rather than share and write geek notes.

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Photo of Nihilistic
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LilLebowskiUrbanAchievers
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lear orange/gold beer with a short white head that leaves a few specks of lacing behind. Smells like fresh baked bread with a touch of sweetness and some hops. The taste is slightly sweet and bready/yeasty with a nice hoppy bitterness that cleans it all up for the dry finish. Quite a nice beer.

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Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of George1005
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdt88
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nater919
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of christinelovesbeer
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclonece09
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet wheat and slight banana. Tastes of grain with a slight fruity taste, dominated by banana and citrus. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking. Overall, a beer that is very good for a lager.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Living up to it's name the beer pours a beautiful clear gold. You can read through this beer. The head is 2 fingers of fluffy white foam. Retention is good and the beer has legs. Even after a fair amount of time their is still a ring and large central island.

S- The nose starts out with the spicy hop aroma. There is a light whiff of sulfur from time to time, but it isn't strong enough to be offputting and is acceptable within the style. There is breadiness detectable in the nose is more that of biscuits or fresh italian bread. Its a good strong nose for a lager.

T- On the palate you get the spicy hops and bready malts fighting for dominance up front with the malts winning out at the back of the palate. The beer finishes just slightly sweet.

F- The mouthfeel is smooth and not quite oily. Carbonation after the initial pour is on the lighter side of medium.

O- This is a really great example of the Dortmunder style lager that meets every point in the style guidlines. It's the kind of beer you buy and drink while watching the game before you realize it is gone. Wish it was readily available in Vermont.

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Photo of NMA
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 1947
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had my first beer in '63. Beers are so much better now, particularly in the US. Of lagers, I think this is my favorite, a beautiful, highly drinkable pilsnery lager. Tried it on my son's hard to please (beer-wise) Bavarian girlfriend, who doesn't care for his IPAs, and she loved it. Great Lakes Brewery is right up there with the Cavs and Cleveland Clinic.

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Photo of Categart
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dacrza1
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: August 11, 2016... OCCASION: fighting through intense back strain--a first--while contemplating camp tomorrow... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... sparse, swirling gold bubbles churn upward as clusters cling around the glass's side... an off-white head goes from two fingers to an uneven, rocky, mess of bubbles and smears... in contrast, the body is the picture of golden amber, crystal clear... caramel malts and bread dough mesh with light, flowery hops that tantalize.. the first sip is hearty, medium-bodied, and balanced, though the subtle touch on the teeth is bettered by the breath's malty finish... the finish itself is conditioned, with a palpable sweetness... at 30 IBUs, more hoppy than the average lager--a bouquet of flowers and slight citrus (melon and grapefruit)... rich in its malty sweetness, with caramel, slight nuttiness and the requisite bread dough.. meanwhile, the overlying experience is enjoyable, drinkable and flavorful in equal aspects... (yet another) success for the Great Lakes guys, that 5.8% ABV sticks a stronger edge to the session lager...

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Photo of akopczyk
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NEOdrinker
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of udfan07
4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable beer. Crisp and refreshing with sweet malt and a touch of hops. It has a very bread like tast and a tart finish. A very enjoyable beer

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Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of VDizzle
4.61/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.09 out of 5 based on 3,241 ratings.
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