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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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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Photo of cameraman
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep golden color with a nice white head that laces beautifully. The slight sweet aroma of amlt and then a solid dose of hops comes in at the end. The taste is excellent, the malt flavor is strong and not dominated by hops, well balanced flavor. In the mouth it feels heavy for a lager, which is medium bodied. This beer is exceptional, fantastic flavor and crispness, a great choice for session beer. I use this beer on alot of bmc drinkers, as an introduction to craft beer. This is a great beer to take camping and watching the campfire.

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Photo of PenguinBeerFan
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Brewery's first bottled beer, and far and away their best seller. Poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Pours a glorious golden. Smells very malty, balanced evenly with hoppy spiciness. Taste is malty at first contact, segues into hop bitterness as beer makes its way to being swallowed. Mouthfeel is typical lager fare. Easy drinker, the balance of hops and malt mean your mouth never gets overloaded with bitterness or sweetness. A classic from my favorite brewery!

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Photo of jj21
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was Clear Gold, poured with thick White Head. Pleasing Aroma of honey and Hops with a Crisp green apple Sweetness taste, Tingly on the tongue. Refreshing. Smooth and refreshing. Easy drinker. First experience with Great Lakes and I have to say it was a good one.

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

A - It's a bright light amber / golden color with a great white head and slight lacing.

S - Storng woody malts and a great background of hops.

T - Nice a creamy malt flavors. The hops a blended nicely into the back of it and compliments the taste nicely.

M - Light creamy feel. Glorious and easy drinking.

D - This is an all around great beer. It can be drank any where, any time, by anyone. I think its the best dortmunder I've ever had.

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

12oz brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pretty clear, fluffy lacing on top of a shiny golden body.

To the nose, a simple sweetness abounds. There are no random or odd flavors here. Straight forward top.

In the mouth, this beer is close to perfect lager. The taste is much sweeter and fuller than the look could foresee. A nice hop character balances the stuff so well.

The body is nice and substantial - but far from heavy. The finish is dry and clean. Highly drinkable stuff.

Musings: This is a wonderful brew. For a lager - it is on the top end of the scale and can compete with just about anything out there. A little hard to find - and a little expensive - but a prime drinker.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour creates a .25" white head, that quickly recedes. The beer is an orangeish medium gold.

smell: The smell is simple, in a nice way. Clean, light malt sweetness balanced by a fitting, spicy hoppiness. Some hints of grain and hints of light fruit, maybe apples or pears.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is slightly above medium, and the body a clean, refreshing medium light.

taste: Pretty similar to the smell, which seems to be common for this type of beer. A light and grainy malt sweetness on one end, and a light hop bitterness providing just the right balance on the other. Not too dry at all, and the finish is clean with hints of grain and a little bitterness.

drinkability: Very easy to drink. Drained a bottle pretty quickly.

Picked up a bottle while in Madison, WI. Best by date of January 26, 2006 is printed on the label.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! this is easily the most balanced beer i've ever tasted, malts and hops are both nicely apparent, neither one dominating the other, flavor profile is nicely between a pilsner and a helles. beautiful dark gold color, nice aroma of malt and floral hops, absolutely delicious, this is probably my favorite everyday beer.

This brewery is just awesome! everything they do is top notch, all around terrific beer.

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