Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

1,090 Reviews

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 Chinaskifan1
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer. Beautiful deep gold in color, rich tasting. This is a quality beer and you know it by looking at it, smelling it, tasting it. Top notch.

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Photo of LoganRyanMurphy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I don't always drink a lager, but when I do... I drink Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. This is a truly incredible beer. Though I try to avoid using the word "drinkability" I can't dodge it here. Thankfully, however, drinkability with this beer does not mean tastelessness or watered down flavor. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of SSS
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

A-clear golden color, slight off white head that disappears quickly, no significant lacing
M-full body, carbonation is nice and light
T-malt is mellow, bitterness is a nice balance and not over powering
S-fruity aroma

O- very drinkable and true to the style, I would down a couple after cutting the grass on a hot summer day.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Business trip to Central Ohio...trying out local brews and enjoying the Great Lakes line so far.
Everyone has beer styles that they like more or less than others. To me, Dortmunder was an in-between kind of style that never impressed. This beer impressed. Great balance with smooth malty undertones, slight biscuit, subtle hop nose, light/balanced bitterness...just a delicious beer. Plain and simple, this beer just defined this style for me.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.00] Crystal clear amber color. Forms a thin 1/4 finger white head. The head leaves pretty lace rings after each sip. The bottle lists drink by date (11/18/14) and ABV - 5.8%.

S: [3.50] The nose is sweet with the smell of corn and grains.

T: [3.75] Nice malt backbone gives sweetness across the palate. Nice flavor - but not any really distinct elements.

M: [2.50] Nice buttery mouthfeel but the carbonation is a bit too high for my liking.

O: [3.75] This would be an excellent transition beer for BMC drinkers. It is also an excellent lawn mower beer. It is really easy drinking and there is no sense of the alcohol at all. Great Lakes makes really good beers and this is no exception. It doesn't really shine like a top 10 but it is very approachable and is an easy "Go to" for price, quality and taste.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date: 9/29/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: An Orange/Gold in color both on the lighter side. Clean and not difficult to see through. The beer is well carbonated but the white head did not persist for very long. Some carbonation cling as the beer is sipped and swirled.
Aroma: A strong aroma of malts, bready to biscuity, gives way to a very pungent hop aroma of dried apple. The hops are moderately bitter and seem to contain a sulfur aroma as well. A touch of yeast flavoring can be found in the finish.
Taste: Both hops and aroma continue to play large roles in the taste. Again there is a sulfurous flavor that really plays with the hops. The hop bitterness is stronger then the aroma indicates.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium Carbonation. The beer drinks smoothly and is very well balanced. What's strikes me most is how the sulfur plays so well with the hops.
Notes: Best by 9/20/14. 9 days after the best by date.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to whitenads for sending me this one.

Enjoy by: 7/22/14.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, biscuit, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, biscuit, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Re-reviewed 9-6-15, bottle dated BB 11-22-15, Threshold beer glass].

Appearance: Tons of smoke on the pop. Pours a very dark [and perfectly clear] gold with 4 fingers of sandy/beige head; rocky. [Tons of] Visible carbonation; outstanding [epic, outrageous, fantastic] lacing.

Aroma: Bready with a tart zing. Little hops to speak of. [What??? For a lager, this had a huge earthy and slightly citric hoppy nose. Definite breadiness. Not the noble hop aroma of a pilsner, and not the pilsner malt aroma I really enjoy in golden lagers]

Taste: Soft arrival, dry. Malty, bready across mid-palate. A touch of sweetness at the end, with gentle bitterness. [On revisiting, the earthy, woodsy hoppiness is way more pronounced; malty, bready presence is there, but it is not as complex as some others of the style.]

Mouthfeel: little carbonation on the palate; soft. [Second time around, the carbonation was firm, but not excessive] Body is solidly midweight. Clean finishing, but not as clean as say, a pilsner.

Overall: Really reminds me of CBC Summer Teeth, but slightly heavier and filtered. Remarkably low carbonation [I think that was just an old bottle I had the first time] and lower bitterness [Really, an old bottle - this is actually hoppier than I prefer to have my lagers] leave me wanting more oomph. But outstanding retention and lacing, and a very balanced flavor make this an instant classic. [Interesting that last year I had an old bottle, and thought it too subdued; now it appears I have a fresh one, and find it too hoppy. Definitely a regular buy, but on the hoppier end of the pale lager spectrum. Really well crafted, no off flavors, perfectly clear.]

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Photo of Oberson58
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

It is the best tasting beer I have ever come across. It's like they created a brita filter for beer and it pissed out the most reliable, un-offensive beer of all time. It's one of the greats, I just hope someone else sees it for how great it really is.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

pours a light brownish/orange. dull gold i agree. thin solid white head.

smells like a regular lager/pilsner but without the skunky smell.

taste is fantastic, slight hop bite but a nice full bready malt.

goes down smooth with a dry finish.

the first craft beer i ever had, always one of my favorites. my favorite lager for sure. always solid, more full than (most) pilsners and helles or pale lagers. such a great beer, would always recommend this.

best lager out there. way more flavor than a Pils yet lighter and easier to drink than an IPA.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance- Golden.

Smell- fresh bread.

Taste- crisp lightly hopped finish. Refreshing, extremely easy to drink. Great middle of the road beer

Overall- A great session beer choice and possibly the best lager I have tried.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance- Golden, thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Yeasty sweetness like fresh bread.

Taste- Like a Budweiser should have tasted, pale malts leading into a crisp lightly hopped finish. Refreshing, delicately flavored, extremely easy to drink. This would be ideal for playing some beer pong or other drinking games. If this was a macrobrew it would be by far the greatest beer ever.

Mouthfeel- Thin, perfectly carbonated, dry finish.

Overall- A great session beer choice and possibly the best lager I have tried.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. The beer has wisps of orange, caramel, and cherry that create a not so lustrous copper. Opaque and not my impression of a golden lager.

S: Significant amount of clean smelling caramel malts. Black currant woodiness bordering strawberry sweet ester quality. Sweet butter and toast, but moderated with spicy cinnamon.

M: Thin, mineral water feel. Sticky and resinous with a soft underbelly. Watered down whisky with light carbonation.

T: Grapefruit juice and orange pith. Good spiciness featuring grainy coriander. Good amount of sulfur creates a vegetal taste that is not out of place. Sweet caramel toffee finish, but needs more malt sweetness throughout.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ah, Dortmunder export, one of the vague styles. This one pours out a reddish-orange colored beer with a nice large head. The heavy malt aroma doesn't really go with the style, but it does smell nice. Flavor has a strong malt presence with only slight hop bitterness. Malt is a touch grainy, though not too much. Good body and mouthfeel, which is appropriate for a strong export.

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Photo of pijiuhuaxian
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the best of the Great Lakes offerings. I had the the Dortmunder Gold recently on tap at a seafood restaurant outside of Cleveland. Was skeptical since it had been a couple years since I had had it, but this beer is still as world class as it was before I knew what good beer was. If you grew up with Great Lakes you grew up spoiled.

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Photo of robear
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into 8 oz taster. From a 12-bottle taster pack. 2 months prior to expiration.

Appearance- Golden, on the darker, richer side of Golden. Clearly there is a bit of caramel malt in play here. Finger of foam that dissipate in less than a minute. Sharp, tight carbonation.

Smell- Toast with a touch of sour.

Taste- There we go. Everything balances out there, just a pinch of tartness (middle of the tongue) quickly washed over with a creamy, malty caramel- not as sweet as an amber, the hops still dominate (especially for a lager). Style-wise this is on point. Delicious. Aftertaste of fresh country bread with roasted crust.

Mouthfeel- much larger than the beer would indicate. Keeps your mouth interested.

Overall- Waited too long to try this delicious beer.

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Photo of Mojo
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> snifter glass

A - This offering pours up a nice medium gold/amber. There is an initial two inch fluffy head that diminishes into a thin retention layer with elaborate spotty lacing.

S - the nose is very subtle. I mostly get a cereal smell.

T - Very malt forward with a well balanced dry hoppy finish. Very pleasing taste!!

M - nice feel, good carbonation, not much of an aftertaste.

O - This is why no one should ever thumb their nose at lagers.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co. is the first brew I've properly reviewed on here,but certainly not my first by them. Those will get their own reviews in due time. This is the second "plain ol' lager" I've experienced in the craft realm. Here we go: Poured from the bottle into a glass, this baby's got a moderately thick, off-white head that doesn't seem like it plans on leaving anytime soon. And that's fine with me. Great lacing, too.

Smell is mostly malt, not much roasted malt though. Maybe a dash of earthiness, too.

Taste is somewhat comparable to a Budweiser, believe it or not. But richer and more satisfying. Clean finish to the rich malt taste. Which is not to say it's TOO rich. Awesome balance of richness and crispness is more like it.

Mouthfeel matches the taste, earning it a high-ranking 4.5/5

4.5 overall. This would be a great anytime, go-to lager for craft enthusiasts or those crossing over . Pretty much any food would go well with this brew. I will certainly buy this liquid gold again!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a small white head. The color of this brew is nice. There is nothing wrong with the appearance of this brew. The taste is smooth and rich at first. At the end there is a little bit of of bite. The bite is a nice finish to this brew. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is a good drinking brew ,no bad after tease or anything over powering. This brew is all around a good brew smooth tasting with a bite. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out of 5. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the beer that started my journey down craft brews as it was my first craft beer, given to me by my next door neighbor years ago.

Delightfully tasty as a beer I had never experienced before.

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Photo of Pauline_K
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The Dortmunder is a bright coppery orange. It pours a nice fluffy head that dissipates relatively fast.

Aroma: Very malt forward aroma. A slight floral from the hops but more of a cereal smell emits from the beer.

Taste: The beer is well balanced. Malty with a slight spiciness from the hops. The finish is dry and clean. The carbonation cleanses the palate. It has a light-medium body.

Overall: This is a great, refreshing beer. It has wonderful flavor, yet light and easy to drink.

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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a clear copper color with a finger of white head that took some time to recede and left some nice lace in its wake. The nose is mildly bready and malty. The body is hearty and the flavor profile is quite malt forward. The bitterness on the finish is welcome and at a level that is perfect for this style.

This beer paired very well with my gourmet bacon cheeseburger.

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Photo of tmm313
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear light amber color. Poured about a finger of head. Nice lacing.

S- Defintely malt forward, but I'm also picking up a light spicy fresh hop aroma.

T- Beautiful balance. No flavor larger than the others. Caramel, bready malts, orange, apple, floral notes, earthy hop, toast, and a touch of char.

M- Medium body. Only slightly drying with a toasty aftertaste.

O- This was a really good beer. It was super refreshing, light (but with strong flavors), and had wonderful balance. I would have no problem making this a regular if it were easier for me to get. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: As the name suggests, it pours a bright gold hue with a small amount of carbonation. Thin head that doesn't much lacing if at all on the glass.

S: A little to be desired. A faint bready-grain wiff. Maybe some cereal. It's a pilsner, can't expect too much.

T: Extremely well balanced. The cereal is more assertive at first and then comes the sweetness from the malts. In the end, one can get a slight taste of booze, but it pairs well with the cereal.

M: Full-medium bodied. A little creamy from the carbonation. Leaves behind a small film in the mouth.

O: A simple but awesome pilsner by an always reliable brewery. There's nothing super extravagant about this beer, but it's pegged down the basics and it's done it well. Personally, I could drink this all day it's so smooth and good. If you're wanting to get into the pilsner style, start here.

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Photo of redearth329
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear gold, as the name suggests. I poured this at around 45 degrees (F) into a weissen glass. A thin white head quickly dissipated into a bit of lace; doesn't stick to the glass at all. Don't see much if any carbonation.

S - Cereal notes, a bit like a bowl of cheerios. Overall, not a lot coming forward on the nose.

T - Definitely malt forward, and the cheerios thing is coming through on the palate big time. Honey nut cheerios, to be precise. Not too sweet, though.

M - I'd say light to medium bodied; 2% milk range. It does coat the tongue for a while. A bit of tingle on the tip of the tongue, must be the missing carbonation.

O - The sweetness of this beer seems like it would pair well against something bitter, like some brussels sprouts or similar. My socks aren't exactly knocked off, but it's a solid beer that is very pleasant to drink.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,217 ratings.
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