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Imperial Dortmunder by Great Lakes Brewing Company
Dortmunder / Export Lager
7.50 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 7 14 4 7 2010
12oz Bottle
$10.99 4-Pack
West Lakeview

Best By:10/6/08

Imperial Dortmunder fills my glass a surprisingly clear copper. By surprisingly clear I mean I can see my fingerprints perfectly through the glass. Large bubbles of carbonation rise from every surface of the glass and make the body of this beer look extremely appetizing. The head is dirty beige and grew quickly to three fingers, falling just as quickly to a respectable cap and leaving small dots of lace on its way down.

Right from the get go clean, raw graininess meet the nose and are barely dusted with sugar for an added sweetness. The graininess is met with a nice touch of spicy hops and a bit of citrus when the glass is swirled. The hops are grassy and add a nice floral touch but the overall aroma seems to be a little more subdued then I would like. I struggle to get the aromas out of this beer.

The flavors follow the aroma closely. Raw grains lay down a clean foundation for the interesting hopping that includes grassy notes, which I expected, but also a lot of floral qualities. There seems to be some citrus popping up here and there in the most unexpected of places. I enjoy the flavor of this beer but my only complaint is that it shows a little too much of the alcohol. The heat is a little much for the clean flavors.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be with a moderate body and moderate carbonation that manages to keep the body moving. The carbonation also contributes to the body feeling plush on the tongue.

This beer would be highly drinkable if the alcohol wasn't as noticeable as it is. The heat doesn't quite get in the way but it does hinder the drinkability. Besides that this beer goes down very nicely and the alcohol isn't much of a problem at all.

Imperial Dortmunder is a solid brew from Great Lakes. I would pick up another 4-pack again if I came across it. They just keep on making impressive beers over there in Cleveland.

Reviewed: 8/13/08

Price: $10.99 Served In: Pilsner Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 02/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 5 7 0
They will Imperialize anything these days. Thanks to goryshkewyc for the extra. Pours a golden color with amazing clarity. A very soft white head with good retention and lace. Lasted through most of the tasting though hid to the edge of the glass.

The nose has a nice malty aroma to it that really is inviting. The malt really comes out with some complexity and noticeable Vienna aromas. Some minor pilsner notes and a hint of sulfur but soft overall. Maybe a hint of honey and a slight musty almost earthy malt aroma. The yeast is subtle and clean. Some earthy, saaz like aromas as well.

The taste is very similar. The malt is not as complex but still adds a nice dimension of base malt, Vienna and a slight pilsner flavor. A light bready almost sour dough like taste in the finish. As it warms there is a light toasty note as well. The yeast comes out a bit more but still pretty clean. Some yeast and musty notes with a light fruity and sweet plum/grape finish. The hops backs off compared to the nose. Very nice.

The body is moderate but some under lining sweetness makes you think under attenuated. Hard to say per base style really though. Overall I think this is a great version of a Dortmunder, and even more impressive with the ABV.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 11/10/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 8 13 3 7 2008
Bottled 10/08/08.

A - Small head that is about a half inch tall. It's light whipped butter color and very sturdy. A eighth of an inch of foam stays around throughout. Body is clean and golden with a few bubbles slowly rising to the surface.

S - Earthy, herbal sort of spicy hops. Lightly bready sweet malt backs it up. Smells no different than a normal dortmunder lager really.

T - Starts off sweet, with sort of a corn syrup flavor. Spicy hops immediately follow the big malt sweetness. Hops turn more herbal and grassy, bringing with them a light bitterness that lasts through to the finish. A bit bready at the finish, then it's back to the hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - A little heavier than medium bodied. Sort of sticky. Carbonation is light, but good.

Overall - Decent enough beer, but not really what I would reach for very often. A little too sweet for my tastes, and seems to have the sweetness mix with the hops in a strange way.

Served In: Bottle

Review by SAP on 08/09/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 8 12 2 6 2008
October 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled August 2008
A vigorous pour produces a lot of foam in my 25cl tulip glass. Four fingers of light tan colored froth sits on top of a brilliantly clear red stained, light amber colored beer that shows a bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of spicy, lightly herbal hops, distinct candied lemon peel, clean sweet malt, some grassy grain towards the end and a certain rich, underlying maltiness that is hard to pinpoint, but certainly a player. This is quite aromatic, expressive even and enjoyable to smell.

Sweet, though complex, malt greets me at the front of my first sip. The sweetness (a bit like an herbal honey note) continues throughout the flavor profile and in fact sticks to and with the palate in a long finish. Hops contribute a light herbal quality as well as a light bitterness that is mostly dominated by the sweet malt character. Thick and chewy without quite being cloying (though it gets awfully close at times), this definitely has enough of a viscous body to stick to the mouth. Clean, pale malt notes of crackers, concentrated sweet grain, a touch of grassiness, touches of toffee and sweet, whole-grain bread notes all play a prominent role here.

Nothing really wrong with the flavor of this beer, but it is just a bit too much and seems to be too far from the Dortmunder style of beer. I just don't get a Dortmunder essence any more; too much of everything has turned this into something else. I am not sure what separates this from a Helles Doppelbock, though it is even on the sweet side for some of those. Certainly there is nothing wrong with the flavors here, it would have fared a bit better if labeled as a hells bock, but I am a bit disappointed in the end.

Served In: Tulip

Review by James Kitchens on 07/27/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
Color is darker than the regular Dortmunder, just like they said on the bottle. The smell is also bigger in this one. More hops. Slightly sweet too. Almost a sweet and bread smell. The taste stands out much more from the original. Far stronger than the regular Dortmunder Gold they have. The hops jump out from the start, fade a bit with the sweetness in the middle, and end with a strange bitterness. I say strange because it's not the standard hop bitterness at the end. It's almost like a sweet/whickey bitterness for lack of a better description. A bit of alcohol, but more sweetness. Feel sticks around with that strange bitterness for a decent while.

Overall, a worthy Imperial version of their normal Dortmunder Gold.

Served In: Pint Glass

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