Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of becktone
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color of the beer is an amber orange color. There is pretty much no head or lacing on this beer. Not really impressed with the appearance of this one. It doesn't look like it's a craft beer. The only thing interesting about the appearance of this one is the color.

The beer has a fairly strong aroma. Its smell is primarily identified as a malty aroma to my nose. Overall it smells about avearge. Nothing special about the smell of this one.

I like the tatse of this one. It has more of a bitter hop influence than a malt influence in my opinion. The taste of the hops remind me of a pale ale or other style that is very similar. In the aftertaste I do detect something that reminds me of a nutty taste/flavor, but thats just me.

The beer is light on the palate and is not full bodied. It has a moderate amount of carbonation perhaps just a bit too much. There isn't much more to say about this beer. It is pretty average, nothing that makes it stand out nor is there anything that condems it. Depending on the selection at the store I would buy this again. However I would only buy it again if I saw no better beer there. It's not a bad brew but there is nothing that is special about it. Then again perhaps I am just not a big fan of the style.

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

Appearance: This beer pours cleanly and settles nicely. I am drawn to how golden the beer is. This is an attractive beer that retains its head well.

Smell: There is a sweet smell about this that is hard to pin point. Perhaps a slight smell of caramel. It also has some bread notes going on here.

Taste: This is a great tasting beer. Adjectives that come to mind are bold, crisp, and well balanced. There is a breadiness that is going on here that is entirely pleasent. It does have a sweet aftertaste that is best described as "orangie" but not citrusy. Slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy. Very nice.

Notes: One of the better GLBC beers. I had this in a bottle and it is even better on tap.

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

I got this on-tap at a local restaurant and was served to me in a big 22oz. Pilsener Glass. It was either this or BMC.

Appearance: The color to me was an orange-copper color with a head of foam, about 2in in length and left plenty of lace after the foam went down.

Smell: The only thing I picked up in the nose was nothing but hops and malts. A typical lager smell.

Taste: The taste was refreshing, lots of malts up front and then a clean hop bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, carbonated, and medium bodied. After a couple of sips, that bitterness lingers around for a while.

Drinkability: This made an excellent choice for an alternative to nothing but macros. This is just a litte better on-tap comapred to their bottled version.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear light copper color beer with a nice clean white bubbly head with pretty good retention. Aroma of floral malt and subtle hops. Taste is very refreshing with a good malt presence, a full body (for the style) and medium bitterness at the end. Very good for the style.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine copper, nice head and lace.

Clean hoppy lagered aromas; german floral hops atop a nice gooey malt profile. Enticing.

I have to say I absolutely could not stand the first 2/3 of the taste of this beer - buttery, sweaty feet, just off...but then the beer completely redeems itself by the last 1/3. Just an amazing lager taste with a great German hop-garden tickle.

Either my palate is shot or I got a bad example...I want to like this, and I do like part of it. But the first section? No thanks.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Great Lakes in Cleveland. This was the first time I had a draft version, but I've had it in bottles many times going back years.

Clear gold in color with a thin white head. The aroma was a little smokier than I've noticed in bottles. Actually, I've never detected a smoke flavor in bottles at all, but it was in the draft.

Extremely drinkable, due to relatively low alcohol and refreshing taste. The viscosity is medium, so it goes down easily.

A reliable anytime beer. You can't go wrong with this.

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

Poured a clear golden color, with only a thin head and mild lacing.

Smell is mild floral hopsand malt. It also has what I can only describe as a grainy quality to it.

Taste is initially sweet malts, followed by that grain quality, finnishing with just a touch of hop bitterness. It has a medium bodied mouthfeel and goes down pretty good.

I'm not a big lager fan, but this beer was better than I was expecting. I'm glad I picked up a 6er of this while I was in Ohio.

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Photo of nomad
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another one of those beers I've had so many times without ever wanting to reflect upon it besides, ah, well... damn that's good!

Pours a clear and gorgeous gold with an orange hue, varying sized carbonation release intermittently supports a thin but strong head. The color in and of itself is beautiful though the lacing is a pleasant surprise for a lighter lager.

Smell is herbal, minty, crackling German hop garden. Sharp and pinching in effect with a bare gasp of husky malt. The flavor continues with all types of herbal, minty, snappy hops slicing through with extreme Noble character. Underneath is a fuller mouthfeel than expected which balances the bitterness and near-oily hop resins while allowing just a smidge of caramel/high-kilned maltiness. Finish is mineral-tinged and almost clean with a husky malt and vegetal hop dryness.

Bracing, bursting, beautiful beer. So fresh if you live in the Great Lakes.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a pilsner glass)

A- This beer pours a deep golden yellow crystal clear body and a good carbonation of tiny bubbles. The creamy off-white head lasts forever.

S- Sweet fresh corn smell with a hint of pale malt. No real hops smell.

T-This beer has a fresh sweet corn taste that has a very faint pale malt hint. The hops are a faint bitterness at the finish. The finish is dry with a slight sulfur taste. The carbonic acid taste is very light but noticeable and actually compliments the hops.

M- medium mouthfeel but the carbonation is a lot of that mouthfeel.

D- This tastes like strong sweet corn and I think I can even taste the corn silk in my teeth. I would like to see the malt come through a bit more or some more hops to balance. It was to one-dimensional for me. However this beer had an amazing, long-lasting head.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden colour topped by a fluffy white head. Good lacing and retention makes this a fine looking beer. Hoppy aroma consisting of plenty of floral character and a bit of lemon, pine, and spice. This is balanced by mild toasty malt. Really nice. Great combination of flavours; toasted maltiness, moderate-to-high bitterness, and generous hopping. Everything stays nicely balanced right through to the dryish finish, with the bitterness lingering on even longer. The body is a little fuller than light, this beer is quite smooth with moderate carbonation. There's also a bit of residual sweetness that keeps it from being overly dry. Great tasting and full of flavour, this is a very enjoyable lager. Well done!

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful crystal-clear golden color, no head or lace to speak of.

S - A nice crisp and light hops smell and a shade of barley, not too weak or overpowering.

T - Tasting an odd mixture of hop and barley, a little too much like a macro lager for my liking.

M - It does have a crisp and smooth character like this ber should have and do it well, very good in this department.

D - For this beer, in this category, I would give it a good rating. It's a good drinkable beer, at a palletable ABV, not a bad release from Great Lakes.

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Photo of maggotbrain
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer is a deep brassy color. After pouring, it initially had a thick white head which has receded to a thin layer over the top of the beer. As I take each sip, webs of lace form down the sides of my mug. The only reason I don’t give this a 5 for appearance is the fact that it really more orange than gold, but that’s just because I feel like being picky.

Sniffing the beer, I pick up a light grainy aroma.

This beer tastes wonderful. It is clean and refreshing, yet still complex and satisfying. The lightly sweet, bread like malt flavor is perfectly balanced with the refined hop bitterness. This beer is the very definition of balance.

The beer has a medium body and a moderate level of carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer is untouchable. There really isn’t much more to say about it.

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

Appearance: dark straw color with a foamy head with almost no carbonation. Head reduced to lacing that clings to the side of the pint galss

Smell: light malt

Taste: a sweet malt taste. It is a little more watered down than I had expected. The hops are mild and give a nice spice.

Mouthfeel: good aftertaste. Once again this Great Lakes Brew is extremely smooth.

This is one of the best lagers I have ever had. It will make me think twice about picking up my old standard Yuengling Traditional Lager


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Photo of burnstar
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fantastic clear gold with a two finger head that dissipates leaving some nice lacing. Not a lot of smell slightly sweet and yeasty. Taste is very malty and sweet with just enough bitterness to balance it out. Very good stuff with perhaps some honey and peach flavors coming through. Nice medium mouthfeel with substantial carbonation. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of grbennett
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was at a friend's house and saw two bottles of this in the fridge. I asked if I could have one and he said I could but he wouldn't reccomend it. Good thing for me, I went against his advice. The smell was very light and it had me expecting an average beer. Well the taste was certainly not average. Slightly bitter, slightly sweet. It was very well balanced. A nice satisfying brew.

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

These are smooth and quite basic but when you get down to reviewing the beer within the style--it is one of the better ones out there. Gold with a touch of amber. Good initial head and decent lace.

Smell is clean and malty. Some saltwater macro swill aroma is present but not enough to really detract.I knew. I was going to love this one.

Taste is clean,dry and malty with a wet grainy finish. Quite nice. Everything else seems to be in check on this one. All systems go.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Dortmunder. Amazing that i sampled two new styles yesterday, when at this point in my life, i've tried a LOT of beer. But to the best of my knowledge there are no examples of this style sold in AL. Guy brought three bottles of this to brewclub last night. Not too many people there so i was able to get enough of it to feel i can now write a review.

Overall, a mostly typical golden craft lager with just a little something different. Hard to put my finger on it. The word that comes to mind is "grainy." More than tasting "malt," you can actually taste something like fresh grain in this. Hops are light. Well balanced and something i'd definitely like to have again...

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Photo of nlmartin
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 ounce bottle into a 20 ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: I love the way the light is reflected from the golden colored hues of this beer. Tiny bubbles exploded to the surface of my glass. This had a very fluffy inch and a half head of a creamy coloration.

Smell: I dont get a lot of smell from this beer. There is a small hop and yeasty smell present.

Taste: This one has a balanced sweetness to bitterness ratio.

Mouth feel: Above average nicely carbonated and very smooth overall.

Drink ability: This is a very drinkable beer. It is not to heavy and not to light.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden clor with a 1 inch white head. Toasted grain aroma. Sweet toasted malt flavor with grassy hops. Totally lacks the off-flavors found in most similar beers. Very tasty. Crisp and refreshing. Great drinkability. This is not a very complex beer, but it works very well. This is a beer that probably anyone could enjoy.

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Photo of Xadoor
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden yellow with a fluffy head. Some lacing down the sides. Aroma is very light and mild. Taste is definitely better then the average lager. Smooth, mild and slightly sweet. Good mouthfeel with a clean, crisp finish. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of carln26
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant dark gold with a fluffy cream colored head. The head dissipates quickly leaving virtually no lace on the glass. The aroma has a wonderful hop character, mild citrus, backed by a light caramel malt. The taste has a pleasant hop bitterness up front with more of the citrus/grapefruit followed by the caramel with just a bit of toffee. The citrus comes back and has an almost pine character on the finish. Very crisp and refreshing. This beer, a nice Hefe Weizen (Schlafly Weiss Beer being my fav), and Prima Pils rank up there as my favorite summer beers.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight up no foolin' around colden clear pour loaded with an army of rising champagne bubbles meeting a scattered wafer thin ivory coating, leaving imprssive spotty lace.

Clean scents of English Muffin grain, honey floral leaf and shrub.

First swigs: Light butter and caramel apple. A touch of pecan sugary sweetness. Some lingering clean aftertaste of vanilla. A touch of cream soda and honey comes to mind, as well. Super clean ephemeral finish.

Medium bodied with a generous carbonation that finds its place in the universe. Easily drinkable despite being hard to find out in Yuengling-ville.

Last swigs: Slick buttery apple pie dortmunder that says McDonals apple pie since I am staying across the street from McD's corporate office. Reminds me of Prima Pils and some Penn products with the quality grain ingredients. This would stock my fridge if I could find it.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours crystal clear; a pale shade of golden amber. Dense three finger head, slowly dissipiates to sticky lacing. Some faint toasted aromas and a hallertau scent, but mostly clean. Toasted pale and pilsener malt sweetness meets a noble hop bitterness for a magnificent balance. Spicy german hops will dry the aftertaste somewhat, but fade quickly and finish clean. Medium mouthfeel and fine carbonation make a very smooth mouthfeel and great drinkability. This is what you might call a "gateway beer".

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Buckspin for quite a number of Great Lakes BC brews...this is one I was very eager to try.
Pours a light copper color...very clear w/ a full finger of off-white head, which disappears quite rapidly. Lacing is quite thin and has very little cling.
The aroma is nothing much...a bit of yeast up front w/ some malt to balance it out.
Taste is much more enjoyable...sweet malt w/ a hint of bitterness thown in.
Mouthfeel is average for the style and the carbonation is a touch high...not finishing as dry as I would expect.
Not my favorite style, but well worth trying...if you really enjoy lagers, you will really want to pick this one up.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark yellow beer with amber highlights. Has a big creamy off white head with some lace. The aroma has a strong grain sweetness with acorn note and a whiff of spicey hops in the background. The flavor starts out with a spicey hop character followed by a light sweet malt with a caramel note. The finish is a smooth dry hoppy one.

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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