Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A well made example of the style. Enjoyed it on the premises in Cleveland
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice Dortmunder lager but I’ve never been one to jump on the bandwagon of Great Lakes just for the sake of jumping. While its true their beers offer good fresh flavor, I prefer the Select Lager from Great Lakes’ crosstown rival Crooked River. Dortmunder Gold has a good balance of malt and hops and is enjoyable in every way...but is it really worth the higher price? Once they passed the $7.00 mark for a 6-pack I think they started thinking more of their product than they have the right to.
tourette (208) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really good lager. I usually don’t care much for lagers, but this one is outstanding.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2001
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel. A Great lager. Strong hop and malt presence. Yum!
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - SEP 10, 2001
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
it looks like a plain lage but is much more complex.
very smooth and hasa nice hop/malt balance.
yet another great beer from the folks at great lakes.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holy Cow! A friend and I powered through a six of this while playing music in the backyard and sure wished we had more. I’ve definitely used the word ’balanced’ cavalierly in earlier reviews because this brew defines the word - both a generous malt and a strong hoppy presence - and such a great feel in the mouth. By far the best lager I’ve ever had.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 A great beer from one of the best american breweries. They know how to make one hell of a beer over at the great lakes brewery. This has a robust solid flavor to it. It is smooth without being weak. An great beer. Very cool how they managed to balance the malts and hops to come out with a very smooth brew.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whereas i didnt care as much for the Eliot Ness, i could drink this one all day. Excellent balance, tasty malt flavor, and nice hop finish. Very easy to drink and went great with dinner. Great aroma and fairly long lasting head. Great beer.
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 2, 2001
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich golden colour; hugely malty, toasty, caramel nose & palate; very big & chewy for the style. Finishes smooth
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 16, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first Dortmunder so I don’t have much comparison. A nice hoppy lager though. Nothing too special, but certaintly not a bad everyday beer.