49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An exceptional offering from the Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland. One of my favorite road drinks and is one of the first items I’ll scope out when I visit Cleveland. Like the Vienna Amber (Eliot Ness) from Great Lakes Brewing, the Dortmunder Gold is an excellent draught specialty, which sadly I’ve yet to find west of the Rockies.
The Great Lakes Dortmunder is my personal favorite in this style of brew and is one of the easiest drinking (bitter) beers around. I’ve found it to be extremely enjoyable on its own, with appetizers, and even with a meal, particularly fish dishes such as halibut or grilled prawns.
If you’re looking for a nice medium bodied brew, don’t hesitate to tackle this one, particularly if you’re looking for something with a little more bang than a simple pilsner.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
While certainly a craft brew, this amazingly tame style just sort of sits there on the table. It has nothing interesting to say. It just sits and listens. 30 I.B.U.’s and simple caramel matiness.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer. Strong malt backbone with enough hop to make it crisp and easy drinking. Sweet aroma and flavor, maybe even a hint of honey.
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent lager. Great Lakes does it again. Great dry taste smooth mildly hoppy finish.
DubbelO7 (42) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delicious Germanic-spirited beer that comes from such a dismal place like Cleveland!
THis is far from dismal fortunately as are most of Great Lakes beers ..
They seem to be having success across most of the board.
This one is really nice alone or with light German food i’d say .
I’m on the West coast of Canada at the moment and cannot find any Great Lakes for sale here, as they seem to keep most of the American micros out of the liquor stores. I intend on getting some when i’m back in States .
Party on !
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate: After finding it on tap I have to raise my rating a bit. This beer is very well rounded. It’s one of those brews you’d like to have if you were stranded on some island. Very refreshing, but somehow not lacking in complexity.
A great Ohio brew. My personal favorite when back in the heartland.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2003 Lovely on tap- with a dry taste, but smooth finish. Clean, and malty, mild but prominent hops. I like this one. Impressive beer for a style that originated somewhere else.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lagers suck. With that said, this is one of the better ones. Not as good as Pilsner Urkwell, but crisp and easy drinking.
sunnydayfrenzy99 (2) - USA - DEC 5, 2002 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
mmmmm....good stuff. Excellent color for a beer, with a nice bold taste. I’m always in the mood for one of these.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a big fan of the style, but indeed a pretty good beer. Fairly light on the palate, with spicy, floral hops barely coming through. Slightly malty witha fairly clean, but distinct finish.