Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland OH doesn’t call this beer Dortmunder Gold for no reason. Not only is the name indicative of its amazing color, but it is also an allusion to its gold medal-winning potential. Dortmunder Gold has won countless awards, and for good reason. This is an outstanding American Lager that is incredibly drinkable.
This may be the most delicious-looking lager beer I’ve seen. It has a very rich golden color (as the name suggests) that is free of any cloudiness. When poured into the glass, it has about 2 fingers of head that dissipates after a few seconds, but leaves a thin layer over the top. This beer leaves a surprising amount of lacing on the glass for a lager beer.
There is nothing too special to report about the aroma. It basically smells like a typical lager; a slight malty sweetness, a bit of grainy, bread-like smell, and bit of hoppiness. It smells good, but I’m not that impressed.
This beer is good…. really good! It has a very good balance of malts and hops. It starts out with a malty sweetness and finishes with just the right amount of hops bitterness. It has a medium level of carbonation, but it is very smooth and very drinkable. The best quality of this beer, however, is its drinkability. I could easily drink several of these without the taste getting old.
Dortmunder Gold is everything a great American Lager beer should be; complex taste but no overwhelming and very drinkable. It is easy to see why Great Lakes Brewing has won so many awards for this beer; it’s outstanding. In fact, you should go drink one…right now!