JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2005 Light yellow colored, translucent, very little head. Aroma is carmelish malt and hops may hallertau?. Crisp flavor, moderately dry. Dry finish. Good Dortmunder Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Nice golden color, with a light head. Kind of a bready flavor. Really hard to describe. Good though. thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Looks like a lager, peach color. Nice white foam head. Smells floral, maybe a slight citrus smell. Definitely a little wheat. Not really that much flavor. A little musty perhaps. Very light flavor. A little tangy bitterness in the finish and that is it. Not the best Great Lakes has to offer but OK. cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2003
I got this in a 1/6 bbl from the brewery. It has a beautiful golden color. The smell is sweet like fruit, but also hoppy. It has a very full taste for a lighter beer. The malt and hops blend together very well. This is a beer you can drink over and over. Great Lakes is one of the best breweries around. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Bottle. Pours dark golden color with a large white head leaving nice lacing. Aroma is surprisingly ale-like, rich lightly roasted malts, spice and floral hops. Flavor also reminds me of a blonde ale, rich caramel malts and complex hop character. Medium body with creamy carbonation. One of my favorite lagers ever!
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Copper colored with a small beige head. Malt aroma with a little hops. Malt and hop flavor. Bitter finish. aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Dortmunder Gold is truly golden in color, such a deep gold that it must be seen to sppreciate the depth of color this beer displays. It has a great hop aroma which rivals a good bottle of Pilsner Urquell. The taste is very full and satisfying, with the clean lager finish. This beer will leave a lace that is extrordinary. Truly an exceptional beer. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 2003 Bottle.
Pours a rich golden orange. No sediment and very clear. Aroma is sharp and spicy. Good amount of white foamy head.
Begins very powerfully, with lots of strong, sharp yeast/hops flavor right away. However, there is an undercurrent of dry, flat grain taste that makes its way out shortly after the hops flavor has worn off. The beer takes on too much a watery texture, especially as it warms. I also found that the powerful up front taste gets very old after a few of these. Not complex at all. Medium acidity. Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Nice creamy Helles flavor, a step above their Locktender lager. More complex than most Dortmunders I've had. Refreshing and at least here in Cleveland always fresh. GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Huge, frothy head, white as a sheet upon a golden straw body. light, creamy palate and nose. pale, creamy, sweet and smooth, then grainy and dry. crisp. a nicefruity, sweet finish. mildly bitter and acidic. very well balanced