Monday, February 16, 2015

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold

I really enjoy finding, searching, and hunting new beer to try. So a few weeks ago my father found a website BrewPublik ( that hand delivers beer that they have chosen for you based on what your go to beer is. They are local in Charlotte, NC and deliver your beer in a handmade wooden crate with their company logo branded on the side with a folder of tasting notes and information on each beer. One of the beers that I received is Great Lakes Dortmounder Gold, 5.8% ABV. Great Lakes Brewing is in Cleveland Ohio. This style is named after the town in Germany where the style originates. Dortmounder Gold is brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Low of 1516. This law simply states that beer must be brewed with barley, hops, yeast, and water. Which this beer is and meets that law. Great Lakes Dortmounder Gold has won a gold metal at the Great American Beer Festival. But I couldn’t find when it won. Dortmounder Gold pours a nice bright orange/copper color with a two finger white head that sticks around long enough to notice its there before fading into very thin lacing. I found decent amounts of light streaming through the glass with nice carbonation bubbles racing up towards the white head. The aroma is similar is to a lager and a pilsner. It’s a slight mix of the two I think. The taste at first is crisp then becomes a tiny bit malty and towards   the end there is a bite of bitter flavor that isn’t so ‘in your face’. I found the bitter flavor to be a bit light. The mouth feel is light to somewhat medium. Dortmounder Gold finishes with a little crisp bitterness but less bitter than before. I thought Dortmounder Gold was going to taste different form the way it actually did. Dortmounder Gold is a B. The small amount of bitterness towards the end was not what I was expecting and really brought down the overall flavor a bit. But Dortmounder Gold isn’t a bad beer; it was somewhat enjoyable, just not as I hoping it would be. Yes I see how it won it’s gold metal and I understand it too. I probably wouldn’t have Dortmounder Gold right away but I might down the road. So go out and try Great Lake Brewing Co. Dortmounder Gold and see what you think. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

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