Great Lakes “Dortmunder Gold”
This lager has won consecutive medals in the World Beer Festival throughout the years, but only one gold victory at the Great American Beer Festival. I find it ironic that Great Lakes proclaims, “you’ll never hear our Dortmunder Gold brag,” yet the they’ve featured the GABF’ gold medal as the star of their label. Aromas are clean, bready, and sweet with fruity apricot. The introduction is semi-sweet with toasted bread, that classic lager malt flavor. A rising carbonation strikes midway, as hops flavors deliver flavors of wild flowers, leafy herbs, and fresh squeezed lemon. Mouth feel makes a subtle spike in crispness, and sweetness levels off to pair perfectly with bitterness. As the palate draws to a sudden climax, grainy malts and sweet apricots finish off to entice further drinking.
I suppose this might be the best domestic lager I’ve ever had. It’s even better than some of its German counterparts, and that’s really saying something! The balance of sweet malt and dry, citric hops is a great combination. This is a session beer that would agree with basically anyone who likes beer, but it also has amazing flavor for those who know a thing or two. I’m certain it would be a good candidate for converting people to craft beer. It is of course simple, but also quite delicious, and pretty much spot-on for lager style guidelines. I highly recommend it.
Hops: Cascade, Mt. Hood
Malts: Harrington 2-row, Caramel 60