Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

1,094 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 beermanbrian
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a white head that fades to a nice film that coats the glass with each sip. Smell is very bready with a nice floral note. Very pilsner like aroma. Taste is very malty with a spicey pepper finish. Very dry mothfeel. Probably the best lager i've had in a long time. Another winner from Great Lakes.

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Photo of reelwonders
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice lager. Pours great with a fair amount of lacing and a great copper color. The smell is light and satisfying, but the best part of this beer is the taste. The taste compliments the nose very well with hints of floral and a little hoppiness. It's very crisp and extremelly satisfying. Like most Great Lakes brews this one didn't disappoint. I had this with fresh lake walleye and it was just a really great compliment. All in all, this is what I am looking for in a lager. Try one if you get the chance.

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Photo of Abita45
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, bringing out a nice, foamy head, a golden copper color, and a mildly floral aroma. Very little lacing after the head reduced down.

The aroma mirrors the taste in that there is a hint of floral tones to it, but the beer also has a very nicely balanced hop and malt taste. The hops bring a sharpness to the beer's taste, while the malt smooths out the feel. While the taste favors the hops, there malt serves as a counterbalance, and due to the floral influences, plays off the hops nicely. A more bitter hop would just dominate and you would lose the malt altogether. Here, the contrast is nice, and it makes for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a damn good lager. Thanks to my friend Ron for bringing it back from Ohio. The beer pours to a rich amber color, fairly clear with a nice carbonation and a thick white head.

The smell is good. High fruity ester profile. Some apple and berries, along with a nice dose of noble hops. Very subtle but effective.

The taste is great. I could drink this stuff all day long. Has the same high ester profile followed by a great hops bitterness that meets the sweet esters in the middle. Very crisp and clean. Beautiful aftertaste. This beer reminds me of how much I love a good lager, but there is no way even this beer can subtract from my love of ale. Don't get me wrong, however, I LOVE me a good lager.

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

Pretty dark gold with a big webby head. Nice color.

Rich, grassy flowers, burnt grain, and a hint of bock caramel and lots and lots of bready.

Starts with big sweet fruit that moves into grassy biscuits that end on a nice node of hay and sunshine. Crisp and clean and with a distinct node of grass so, like most good gold lagers, it tastes like you're walking through a field at sundown.

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

I sampled this beer on-tap, as a dinner accompaniment, while on a recent trip to the Cleveland area.
The beer arrived as an amber-gold colored liquid with a one-finger white head. The aroma is an enticing mix of malt and hops, both somewhat mild in intensity, but well balanced. The malt aroma is soft, with a slightly toasted and sweet-smelling quality. The taste is mildly sweet, with the lightly-roasted malt and fleeting caramel forming the foretaste. The finish is composed of a floral hop presence and a solidly balanced bitterness. The body is medium-light, with a very clean finish. This is a terrific and refreshing drinking beer. I wish I had it on the golf course.

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

I've been impressed with all GL beers so far, so I was looking forward to a style I am not as familiar with.

A: Pours a bright gold, almost coppery color with a small head that quickly dissapates.

S: Nose is very clean with a slight malty flavor

T: Clean and crisp malt flavors with just a hint of hop bitterness that subsides quickly.

M: Has a crisp, palate cleaning quality

D: The malt and hops balance make this a pretty easy drinking lager, although the abv is a bit high for a sessions beer.

Seems like a good example of the style, a nice beer, and a good way to introduce macro drinkers to the joys of craft beer.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a reddish copper color with thick white head that lingered through mid-glass and gave way to decent lacing. Aroma was mostly hops, but I also detected hints of honey and fruit..possibly cherry. A slightly fruity, spicy flavor, and a very good finish. A most enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle marked with a June 23, 2006 freshness date.

A: Poured a clear, deep orange color. Very small, white head on it, with some decent lacing on the glass.

S: Initial aromas of warm, sweet malt. Hints of floral hops, but not much else. A little weak.

T: Begins with solid malt flavors, with a hoppy aftertaste. Overall, the taste travels well, although there isn't much complexity to it.

M: Light carbonation that complements the flavors well. Helps the taste round out. Good, smooth texture that you would hope for in a lager.

D: Although this isn't the strongest lager ever, its simple flavors and smooth carbonation make it excellent for drinking. Rich texture that makes this a lager I would gladly reach for - this could easily become one of my trusted stand-bys.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't like this style, so maybe I'm not being fair, but this one is just kinda watery. Very thin bodied, although drinkable, with some odd aftertaste. Couldn't figure it out. Hey there are plenty of worse beers out there and Great Lakes is a terrific brewery, I'd just chose another one.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours exceptionally clear golden. Modest head leaves slight lacing.

Smell is bready toasted malt.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Sweet malt, and an excellent earthy, nutty quality. Finish has mild bittereness.

Mouthfeel is medium. Surprisingly viscous for a lager.

Another winner from Great Lakes. Great malty character. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean copper color with a thick long lasting light tan head.

Smell has a nice light grain quality to it.

Taste like the smell indicated. Nice and grainy light malt base with just a hint of light lemony hops.

Mouthfeel is light and thin.

A nice drinkable lighter beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a 1/4" head of thick white bubbles. The head was pretty solid and was still represented well after a minute or so.

Aroma: Nice mix between hops and malt. There is plenty of floral presence from noble hops while there is still a buttery and slightly toasty malt presence.

Taste: The flavor is clean with a spicy hop edge that I didn't pick up in the nose. The water comes across as rather minerally...which is to style, but it is noticeable. Even though you get the mineral presence, it manages to take a back seat after the middle of the flavor profile so that you can get the full impact of the malt. The finish has some hop presence, but lets the malt end with some sweetness to linger for quite a while. There is no alcohol noticeable.

Opinion: This is a surprisingly good beer. I like the balance of the malt and hops, and this beer passes itself off as a good representation of the style. The malt is a little "raw" in my opinion, and would likely benefit from a bit more processing during the mash. This would probably help the clarity also. Regardless, this is a good beer and one that I would drink again.

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Photo of Illini5596
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Dortmunder Gold from the local craft beer outlet, in a 12 oz bottle. The beer is a deep golden with an initially good head for a lager, but faded quickly. The aroma was sweet with strong notes of grains.

The taste is fairly sweet, and extremely crisp, like having a cold autumn's day in your mouth. The beer is swimming with malted grains, and a fair amount of hops that amazingly round out the beer, bringing it to new levels. A really well done lager, not as full bodied as many of their other beers, but worthy of the label of Great Lakes, a brewery known for excellence. The mouthfeel is sharp, crisp, moving from sweet to smooth as it lingers.

An excellent brew for sharing with others, as most will like the flavor of this beer, no matter what their tastes. It isn't too strong, but at the same time doesn't hide the mastery that went into crafting it.

I'm going to buy a few more and try them on a hot summer evening, as it seems it would be particularly refreshing.

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Photo of Illinick
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color with a fizzy head that sticks around. Superb lacing.
S: Crisp grain and malt smell. Citrus and pine hops coming out at end of whiff.
T: Crisp sweet, malty flavors and some citrus hops to finish off the swig. Some sweet grain seems to be present throughout duration of the sip. Finishes dry.
MF: light-light medium that finishes dry.
Overall: Plain and simple another great brew from Great Lakes. The crisp flavors are true to style and the dry ending is superb. Quite a good beer.

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Photo of trep
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden/orange/copper body clear as crystal. Creamy white head that's slowly but surely fading.

Alot of honey in the nose. Sweet juicy honey. A little bit of earthiness. Maybe wheat or corn. Not bad, but not mind-blowing.

Sort of bitter up front, that subsides into the sweet corney malt. A bit of alcohol present. Very balanced. Some hops that dry out your mouth a bit for the sweet finish. I like it.

Not highly carbonated, but a little more than I would like. Still, not too bad. Perfect mouthfeel. An easy drinking balanced lager that would be perfect for a BBQ or football game. This is the rich-man's Budweiser.

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Photo of SethB2
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is a medium redish/amber, transparent with a small head and a little bit of lacing. Smell is sweet/malty and a little bready. Taste, umm, what the hell? Where did these hops come from? A Pale Ale like hop quality is the dominant factor here, but the bready malts also come through in force, making this a full drinking beer. Mouthfeel is very nice and drinkablity is just as good. I'm not familiar with the style, but to me this tastes like a Pale with a better malt profile. Very good beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Living in Cleveland, all this time being on BA and I never reviewed this? I know I have had it on tap. because it's the default "good beer" on tap in Cleveland (That, and something by Sam Adams.)

A: Light orange, typical carbonation, nice small head and decent lace

S: Slight roasted malt and a little hop note. Not bad.

M: Thick, chewy, big beer, with a slightly alcoholic aftertaste.

T: Hoppy, malty, you know, this isn't an IPA or a Pale Ale, it's as it says, a "golden" lager, the difference is in the balance of tastes. This one wraps it all up nicely. Still, it's not my favorite style, but the balance here with the finish, makes this a decent drinker.

D: There is a reason this is sold everywhere, most stores, even the smallest gas stations and quick marts usually stock this one next to BMC. Again, not my preference because of price, but. like tonight, it was on the way home and I knew it was quality.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Nice one finger head that lingers, and leaves decent amount of lacing. Clear orange-gold-amber coloring.

Aroma - lemony biscuity tea.

Taste - biscuit and tea like malts followed by slight lemony hops. It's very straightforward without any complexity, but it's very good and tasty, and dry and mildly sweet at the same time (okay maybe that's the complexity here).

Mouthfeel - very full, a little chewy, smooth.

Drinkability - this goes down very easy. This would be a good session beer anytime.

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Photo of Vancer
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I see on the label that this one is BB 5/31/06, 5.8%abv, and a gold medal winner – nice.

Great pour too, a lite and clear amber/orange with a frothy ivory head – good sliding lace too. Earthy bread notes in the aroma. But the quaff – earthy with a malt backbone, harty but at the same time finishing with a gritty. leathery taste. All in all, don’t care for this flavor. Medium bodied, but that bitter finish brings this one down for me.

Lil too strong with the 5/8% for a sessional brew, I believe there are better amber brew options out there.

I do see from the BA style notes that this one, with the dry tones and bitterness, meets the style requirements!

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Photo of shererjt
3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper clear color with moderate carbonation and a nice, frothy head. Aroma was rich caramel and malt with a good bit of flowery hoppiness. Otherwise clean and very nice. Body was medium-to-full; lots of hop flavor. Malt was decidedly in the background. Not quite as clean-tasting as expected. Nice, but disappointing after the super aroma. A little over-hopped I think. Maybe a little on the dry side but hard to judge with all the bitterness and hop flavor.

A nice beer overall, but not as good as I hoped. Seemed out of balance to me. As far as I know it's the only Dortmunder I've ever had, so I could be off base. Definitely worth a try if you can find it.

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

tasted at classic wines beer tasting in east lansing, michigan.
was poured a translucent gold colored sample with a few bubbles for a head.
the aroma was malty with a hint of sulpher.
the flavor was malty with a hint of a hopsack.
over all a great everyday drinking beer, maybe you could convert a macro drinker with this one?

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Photo of mcallister
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown from this pourly poured brew. In result of this pour (was watching the waitress was a great pour initially but she kept pouring off the head saying to a fellow employee "why is this so foamy" until she brought me a beer with no head at all filled to the brim) no head at all but once drank down a little significant lacing.

Not sure if the bar I'm in is the culprit, the bad pours or what but I'm not getting any nose on this brew either (see eliot ness review).

Good hop character with firm malty malts. Slightly spicy flavor and once again very clean-love Great Lakes ingredients. The cleanliness of these beers makes the whole line including this Dortmunder very easy drinking yet complex beers.

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Photo of Zorro
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle sampled through the efforts of justcas and BIF across America.

Pours a clear deeply golden colored beer with a good off white head that approaches the color tan. Outstanding good looks in the glass.

Smell is quite malty with a strong and somewhat sour hop scent. Clean Pilsner malt scent without much else to it except a slight toasted cracker aroma. Pilsner style hops give this a slight lemony scent in addition to the usual herbalness. Mildly spicy hop aroma, but it isn't quite into Pilsner category.

Taste is mildly sweet with a heavier smokier malt flavor than you would expect. Toasted crackers and grain have a pronounced flavor contribution here and they need it to balance out the hops. High hop level for a Lager here and this one is definitely in Pilsner territory for bitterness and flavor. Hops are herbal bitter and give a slight lemony edge to the beer. Quite good spiciness from the hops here, but it does seem a little restrained.

Mouthfeel is good.

Good drinkability but I do wonder how many of these I could drink without getting tired of it. Tasty a full flavored lager beer.

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

Sent my family on a reconnaisance mission to get me Great Lakes lagers since they have disappeared from Indiana...
Poured into a pint glass, it was Goose Island, I don't have a Great Lakes pint glass... Light golden, borderline amber body that is very clear, lively carbonation goes to the top, the head was thick, but goes away within a few minutes. The nose is very grassy, almost smells like fresh cut hay, a little yeasty, European bread smelling. Strong grassy taste on the tongue, blends into a slight spiciness, a dry nutty taste with a clean finish with just the slightest hop spice lingering in the mouth. It is criminal that I can't get this beer around here anymore, I hate the distributor!

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.08 out of 5 based on 3,227 ratings.
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