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.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bingo. Perfect. The description here says "winter seasonal" are you sure it's not summer seasonal? If so, this held up well. It has exactly that Q-factor I find in Kraftbrau: something related to the lemony, grassy hop flavor that drives me crazy. Elegent hop aroma--restrained, but perfect in its own small universe. A great mix of hops and malt in the mouth--though tending more toward the former. Finishes rather bitter. This Dortmunder is a bit lighter on malt and heavier on hops than I'm used to, but I totally dig it. Brewed especially for me. Reader, you will not like this nearly as much as I do. Capt. Cougar, that trading genius, picked this out for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
jstraw (1844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Jerry’s. Honey-gold with decent, off-white head / Floral, honied, toasty nose / Medium body, with good malts, and a touch of bitter hops on the good finish / Flavors of roast grain, honey, flowers / Outstanding.
Schroppfy (2357) - 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.
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at BT. Aroma of huge cracker malt, grains, leaves, freshly mowed lawn, pulpy fruits. Flavor of citrus (lemon), green grass, biscuit, angel food cake, citrus peel. Complex and a joy to drink.
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.
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.
TAR (2393) - 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.
bpreo (1329) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mmmmm, a sweet and sugary lager. Sure it is marketed for the summer, but this would be great anytime of year. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Lemke10 (624) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I bought this as part of an M&M 6pk from Everett’s in South Beloit, IL for $9.99 in Summer 2011.
Pours a clear golden amber color with a fluffy white head that makes for a great appearance during those hot summer days. Scent is a nice blend of caramel malts and noble hops giving it the authentic German Pilsner scent. The taste is comprised of soft mellow grains that compliment each other very nicely. It also has some hints of citrus and a slight spice as well that finishes nice and crisp. Quite a refreshing summer beer that isn’t too heavy or too light.