Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Most impressive. Huge head, multilayered, with the big bubbles around the side forcing the compact central head to contract. Or is that my pinhead at the end of a grueling term? Anyway, toasty, malty, excellent aroma, a touch of maybe Saaz. Most folks here say full-bodied, and I agree...for a lager this is exceptionally well-built. Crisp. I have to let it warm and see if it retains that flavor and crispness, as VENOM claims.
chug18799 (36) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent - the best loved Great Lakes brew in Cleveland, Dortmunder Gold takes this obscure style to a new level. Very drinkable and immediately satisfying, it serves as Great Lakes’ flagship beer.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light golden color. Light everything. Light, fruity hop nose. Faint fruity hop tastes. Okay.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like the name of their pale ale better, but this is a superb beer.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!! My bell has been rung! The folks at Great Lakes Brewing aren’t taking any prisoners. I can’t believe something this good is coming out of Cleveland.
This well crafted brew could quickly become habit forming. This brew pours a medium
hazy amber with a small amount of body particles. The huge frothy bone colored head is
fully lasting and has excellent lacing - in a word; outstanding. The aroma is very fresh.
The nose is moderately malty with hints of sweet cereal, ultralight in the hop department,
and lightly yeasty with hints of soap. There was a nice balance
between the three - in a word stellar. The flavor is unbelievably balanced; moderately sweet and bitter
initially with a moderately sweet and bitter finish of longish duration. The palate is perfect
with medium to full body, creamy soft texture, and a clean dry astringency to the finish. This
beer has body, if you can’t feel it, you’re spending too much time looking at the glass. I
keep thinking “little sips, little sips” because of the cost - but I feel myself deeply desiring
to “quaff” this beer. I finally have an accurate understanding of the word imbibe. Think
“liquid crack” but cheaper. Drink at your own risk!!!
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not their best but not awful either. I’m a huge lager fan and this stuff isn’t cheap enough to drink while cooking bratwurst, but not good enough to drink alone. I’ve bought it in the past, and may well buy it again, but there are other brews at better prices i prefer. Full bodied lager that has little head, light finish, feels weird drinking it on a Summer’s da,y but not right ofr winter either.... February 29th beer maybe?
SpecialBrew99 (57) - grand blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really liked this lager. Distinct but good flavor, a lot different than most beers, good for a change.
omhper (18745) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep golden. Herbal nose, big malty body. Complex, with loads of different flavours.
jstu9 (402) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice beer. Flavorful, hoppy-ish, I could drink this over and over again. I am starting to realize I like the Great Lakes Brewing Co. I wrote that on 4/27/01 with a 3.8 rating... I’m increasing my rating. This is a very good beer.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this American effort at a European style. Very malty, but with an oaty-graininess that keeps it in check. Well-balanced and dry towards the end. Emminently quaffable, even compulsively so. Thanks ’Trappist Ales Rule,’ another winner from Great Lakes!