notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2006
I’m number ten! - thanks to OhioDad for this bomber - this is one solid lager - clear straw color with a well-sustained head - very bready and herbal in the nose, with background floral qualities and a touch of honey - very nicely balanced flavor - starts and finishes fairly hoppy - in between you’ve got some dry, biscuity flavors, then a bit more malt sweetness comes to the fore, and the flavor takes more of a buttered-bread-and-honey character - bitter and spicy to finish - a great lager. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle: Pale golden color with a small white head. Aroma, lager yeast, grassy hops, pale malts. Flavor, crisp clean pale malts, some breadiness on the finsih. Lightly fruity hops to it. Quite good, but since it’s an ohio dortmunder I have to say I prefer Great Lakes. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Wow, I havent really had many great Dortmunders besides Victory (dortmunder) and Southampton and perhaps a few homebrews, but this was damn good, and I feel that it is very true to style. Gotta thank Ohiodad for hooking me up with a couple bombers. Pours a briliant medium gold to very light copper- a couple degrees darker than a helles. Pours with lively carbonation (yet stays very smooth in the mouth) and a pure white medium sized head which lasts and leaves great lace. Aroma is initially malty- bready pils malt and very light carapils sweetness then after a minute and a deep initial whiff the herbal german hops come through pretty nicely and balances the malt perfectly. Flavor is a touch of crackery malts, bready fresh pils malts, very light crystal or carapils, mixed with an herbal slightly spicy hop character and finishes with a zesty bitterness. Very clean and crisp finish and is very thirst quenching. Great summer or anytime beer. Fantastic representation of the style. I wish more brewers would try this style. Thanks again Scott! Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pleasant noble hop aroma - flowery, spicy, perfumy, faint struck-match sulfur - typical lager levels, just a little corn. Brilliant clarity, gold color, medium white hear, fair head retention. Grainy malt sweetness up front, nice fruity/flowery hop flavor, even balance, neutral finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very nice dortmunder, hop character is really nice on this one. I’d say a little smoother than Great Lakes, at least in the bottle here in Cincy. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUL 31, 2006
There is a nice bready aroma with some hoppish spice. The pour is golden with a decent white head and some lacing. Sweet flavor is accompanied by a touch of spice and a mild finish.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
It’s unfair of me to compare this to our local Dortmunder - Great Lakes is pervasive and almost always on tap here. At the same time, I’ve got to wonder why Barrel House decided to bottle a Dortmunder - unaware, or full of brass? So, what do I think? Yes, if you compare the 2, they are both on point for the style. This one is a few degrees lighter in taste and appearance. The overall effect is a lighter and easier to drink brew. Is that good or bad, I’m not sure, but if this was on tap or in a 6 pack, it’d probably be a draw. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Bottle and served in a pint glass: Poured a clean light amber hue with a small fizzy head and little lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and spicy hop, bready pale malt, hint of apple and pear, dusty yeast esters. The taste is a reserved balance of mild malt and bitters with a subdued peppery finish. The mouth feel is within the style. A refreshing drinkable bier and noble hops have room to display their character. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2006
22oz bottle pours golden with sparkling bubbles of carbonation rising to the top and a nice 1 finger white fluffy head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the lager glass. Nice aroma of freshly baked bread. Flavor begins sweet with lots of doughy notes but then some nice spicy German hops hit the tongue and make this one come alive. A little bit of grassiness and a short bite finish this off. Medium body with lively carbonation and a good slick mouthfeel. This one rivals Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold in my opinion... I love that beer but I think this one might even be a touch more flavorful! Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Gorgeous clear gold with lingering tiny-bubbled head. Great bready aroma; sourdough yeastiness. Slight sweetness in the flavor initially then a sourish blast plus the salt and pepper hoppiness with a little floweriness dropped in. Only 4.5% ABV but full of flavor. Slick, almost oily medium body. Great example of the style. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Draft at Tina’s in Cincy. Poured clear dark amber with an average creamy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate cereal malt and tart citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Well balanced medium sweet flavor with a light bitter finish of moderate duration. Interesting beer that I have recommended to two freinds to locate and try.