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Review by everetends on 01/17/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2010
12 oz bottle from my good buddy spointon. I have been wanting to try this one for a while and he threw some of these in to a little trade we had working. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Golden lager yellow body with just a touch of amber in there at this light. Held to a light source, it is absolutely golden yellow and crystal clear. Nice medium carbonation moving around in there. Pour got me about a finger and half of foamy white head. Retention is a bit meh, but it is a lager. Falls to a complete top cap and actually puts up a decent sheet of lace.

S: Nose is mostly all grains. Getting some corn but its mostly the usual suspects of barley and yeast. Smells a bit bready in the malt department. Little bit of an earty hop note as well. Nothing mind blowing but it is pretty aromatic for a lager.

T: Not much unlike the nose. Barley and corn like flavors coming across first. There is a super dark, grain bread presence coming through. It is really nice and flavorful. Little bit of sour dough coming across as well. Very clean water flavor and some earthy hops round it off.

M: The body is absolutely closer to a medium than a light bodied beer. With that said, it has a nice carbonation level keeps it really crisp and easy drinking. Alcohol presence isn't as noticeable as the 5.8% ABV would lead one to believe. Aftertaste is all bready malts.

OA: This is one of the more flavorful lagers I have had. Just really tasty and super drinkable. Maximum drinkabilitly here fo sho. Just the right amount of flavor complexity here. It doesn't become too much and stays in that highly drinkable realm. I could drink this all day. :thumbup:

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 15 4 7 0
I think Dortmunder's are one of the hardest beers to brew. I always look at the BJCP for a good description of style. Pours out a lemony yellow color. A good pour leaves a nice white, frothy head with some staying power but does dissipate through the tasting.

The nose has a grainy, malty aroma. Mostly pilsner malt but some bready and limited corn characteristics. Very limited hop flavor with some earthy and noble hop aromas. Some light yeast and DMS aromas as well.

The taste is a tad bit more balanced with malt and hops but not balanced. The malt brings out a grainy and sweet flavor. The pilsner taste blends more evenly than what the nose originally indicated. The bready flavor is more present with some biscuit and a touch of munich finish. The hops are a touch citrus and earthy presence. The hops are mostly aroma and finish the beer nice.

The body is close to mid than light. I would have liked to see it finish lower with more of a crispness as there is a lot of sweetness especially for style. There is a definite yeasty finish that is offset and really is a deterrent. Overall a good beer but a lot of tangibles that are missed here, then again this is a very difficult beer to brew.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tavernjef on 01/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
Clear color of straw yellow gold, finger high head of beige foam that fizzes away fairly fast. A nice collar continues to hold its edge the whole glass down and the lacing stays close to the collar leaving minimal thin strings as it goes. Aroma is of fresh sweet bread dough, clean and pleasant, soft and well rounded, dryish with a bit of earthy factions of stone ground biscuit dough. Quite nice on the nose.
Ahhh... but the taste is where its really at, tasty biscuit malts, dry and clean, some whole grain and sesame notes, slightly bittered and buttery in the finish with touches of grassy spices. Very nice on the palate, very geniune, gentle, subtle, and another showmanship by Great Lakes of what it means to be well crafted. Feel is quite smooth with a solid medium, firmly built body, kinda fluffy, and an easy drinkablity, could choke down a few of these with ease. Seems sessionable enough, but being close to 6% may be much to ask from a whole sixer. But indeed that could be done without a blink of an eye. Yummy stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by JJ on 11/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
Appearance was Clear Gold, poured with thick White Head. Pleasing Aroma of honey and Hops with a Crisp green apple Sweetness taste, Tingly on the tongue. Refreshing. Smooth and refreshing. Easy drinker. First experience with Great Lakes and I have to say it was a good one.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 06/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 13 4 7 2008
A - Pour produces a nice full inch of tan foam. Sturdy head is sticking around. Body is is a dark golden color with lots of small bubbles lazily rising to the surface.

S - It's got that corn syrup smell that I seem to pick up in most lagers. Maybe it's just me. Green leafy hops. Sweet malt base.

T - Starts off very sweet, all deriving from the malts. Corn syrup and a little bit of sweet Hawaiian rolls. Green leafy hope come in, leaving sort of a grassy flavor on the tongue. Little to no aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is good.

Overall - The more and more I drink them, I think I am almost completely outta drinking the everyday type lagers. The taste just doesn't do it for me. I much prefer ales. This rating may or may not be reperesentative of this brew. It's pretty good, but I just can't get into the style at all.

Served In: Pint Glass

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