tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. A very easy pour yielded about 5 fingers of head and 2 fingers of beer. Thankfully the creamy white head quickly disappated into a nice looking amber/gold colored beer. Very light nose: a bit malty. Nice and creamy on the palate. Very soft and pleasing brew: notes of dough, bread, oatmeal cookies and just a hint of toffee sweetness. My first rated Dortmunder and it certainly did not disappoint.
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very mild, wheaty aroma. Pours yellow with a light, moderate head. Solid, creamy mouth feel with light grassy notes with some spice toward the finish. Not too bad.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (650ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ thanks to blankboy. Medium yellow, thick small yellow head. Slightly spicy, soft malt aroma. Nice taste - more spice, soft mouthfeel, quenching and full of flavour. Wow, a pretty darn good lager that was very easy to drink on a nice day at Jan’s beautiful back yard patio.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dirty golden with a fully receding off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, supple barley. Taste is lightly sweet malt, with bready lager yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Very straightforward, but quite enjoyable.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Cewldre. Yellow gold color with nice size head. The aroma was of sweet malt and hallertau hops. The taste was fabulous. Sweet cookie dough malt taste with nice lite hallertau hops in the background. Refreshing. Sticky as it warms. This is a great beer!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date, a blurb along the right side of label, malt/hop and appearance info on the bottom of label, sampled at cellar temperature in a lager glass.
Poured a clear reddish orange hued lager golden with a frothy, foamy white head that slowly dissipates into a thin sudsy lacing, a light amount of laced sticking, a good dortmunder appearance.
A nice Noble hop nose, musty grass, herbal and spicy, with a sweet biscuity malt backing.
Good medium carbonation, a few tiny bubbles flow from bottom to top during the whole duration, and a crisp, dry, silky smooth medium bodied mouthfeel, for me, pretty close to perfect for the style.
This is a quite quaffable lager, a good hop presence, herbal and spicy with a soft grassy bitterness at the end, a light amount of sour apple and citrus, sweet, sugary pilsener malts, a dry biscuity that helps mellow out some of the sweetness, and a dry, crisp finish, the hops do a good job of cleansing the palate for the next sip.
I love the Dortmunder lager style to begin with and this hits all the nails on their heads with me, makes me want to do a side by side comparison with the Great Lakes Gold, another great Dortmunder, very recommended, especially on a hot, muggy day.
blankboy (5631) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (650ml) shared at ’Biegaman’s Summer Gathering’ -- my bottle courtesy of lewis13. pours a clear yellow-gold with an average size diminishing white head. Simple aroma of mostly caramel malt along with some breadyness, llight grassy hops and faint fruit. Flavour’s a little sweet with caramel malt, fruit and some light hops. Medium bodied. A pretty good version of the style, I enjoyed it.
patrick767 (3238) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle - Pours slightly hazy gold with a two finger head that lingers for awhile. It has a light, malty aroma. The taste is of bready malt sweetness that’s well balanced by mild, crisp hops. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, this beer slides smoothly over the palate and finishes dry and refreshing. Nice session brew.
kramer (4379) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, via nolankowal. Pours a clear yellow gold body with lots of visible carbonation supporting a one finger fizzy white head for most of the duration of the glass. Aroma is bready malt with a light hoppiness. None of the corn/adjunct notes present in so many Dorts. The flavor profile is quite clean and crisp with a moderate Noble hop profile. Finishes equally clean with a slight, quite acceptable, level of DMS. Mouthfeel is light bodied and airy up front finishing with a slight doughy stickiness. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Really a pretty nice Dortmunder. One of the best domestic examples I’ve had.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear honey golden with a two finger whitish slightly yellowish head, very good retention. Aroma of sugar cookie, biscuits and sweet malts, light spicy hops and a little earth. Flavor was much the same--the hops complement the biscuity malts and sugar cookie very well. Minimal bitterness at best. Moderate carbonation with a light body. Very good beer.