MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight spicey aroma. A somewhat darkened golden color. The flavor is a mild malty sweetness balanced by moderate bitterness. The finish is moderately clean and slightly bitter.
Schroppfy (2351) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
As Dortmunders go, this is quite true to style...very drippy hallertau (spicy, dry, a bit sour, peppery and sawdusty), quite malty, almost no sweet components like some examples (some very good ones, like Victory, for example). A really good interpretation. Perfect color, a tinge of copper, some haziness. Thanks, John.
JCW (1273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2003 Good beer! Very malty, with a carmel flavor. There was a corn syrup factory not far from where I was brought up. When the wind was right, the flavor of this beer brings back memories of the aroma in the air sometimes in the spring or fall when the wind was right.
Beerlover1982 (78) - Lacrosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was suprised by this one. The taste is refreshing with an aroma to match. Try this one if you get the chance.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark straw color with a moderate off white head. Mild malt and light citrus aroma. Nice light malt flavor start that gets grainy/husky/earthy peat as it goes over the tongue. Finishes dry and with a mild toasted almond flavor. A very good Dort.
heykevin (1269) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice german hop aroma and assertive malty flavor. A little bit grassy (ok actually straw) with just a hint of smoke in there as well. A nice lager.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep golden color. Nice thick malt body - a change from the other beers that i’ve tried from this brewer. decent hop finish. Similar to other Dortmunders, but this is a little lighter - very drinkable.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 clear color.High carbonation with a rocky,white head.(lasts througout). Excellent hoppy aroma(spicy,wood)with great malt undertones.Excellent mouthfeel.Soft carbonation. Loaded with a sweet malt toungue,toast,cereal,and a awesome hop finish for a lager.True to the style? no clue.Only second dort. Regardless,this is top-notch lager.Look forward to it every summer.
5/22/09:Bottle best by 9/14/09: Barely chilled.
Still a beaut. Lager pours a nice,golden with a creamy,head. Loose carbonation,not as fizzy as I thought in past. Still has a great malt/hop balace,and tastes very clean. Lingering noble hop finish,and light toast.One of the best lighter,american lagers,with a mouthfull of flavor.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Prime summer beer from an underrecognized brewer. Body is clear and golden with a medium sized white head that laces beautifully throughout the drink. Slightly sweet, malty nose. Flavor is crisp, relatively dry, with a slight caramel sweetness and some hints of roasted malts. Finishes with a nice snappy hop bitterness and a touch of almond flavor. Tried some fish with this and found the pairing to be sublime.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 Very good example of a rare style. All the characteristics that make a good Dort: toasted hay backbone, bread, and a soft yet snappy hops. Similar to Great Lakes Dort, with less hop character and huskier malt. Too bad it highly fluctuates from batch to batch. It's suffered lately from heavy carbonation and phenolic overload.