About Dortmunder

About Dortmunder
Dortmunders are straw to pale gold in color and range in alcohol from 5-6%. These beers are well-balanced, smooth and refreshing, and tend to be stronger and fuller than other pale lagers or Munich Helles styles. They may also be a shade darker and a touch hoppier. The style originated from the city of Dortmund in northern Germany. The "export" appendage refers to the fact that dortmunder beers were exported to surrounding regions. Today the term “dortmunder” widely refers to stronger lagers brewed for export, though not necessarily from Dortmund. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Great Lakes dortmunder Gold, DAB Original, Three Floyds Jinx Proof and Berghoff DortWunder Lager.

Top Picks for Dortmunder

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold Lager
94 points
Clear medium light old gold color. Aromas of wheat cracker, romaine heart, tomato paste, and dried lemon with a soft, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, short puffed rice cereal, peanut shell, proofing white bread, and lemon pith finish. A light, malty beer for hot days at the ballpark.
Vancouver Island Brewing Victoria Dortmunder Lager
94 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of orange and lemon oils, cauliflower with capers and dill, cedar chips, and dried mango with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish displaying accents of kale, toast, squash blossoms, and grapefruit rind finish. A balanced hop-forward Dortmunder for the serious lager fan.
ABK Edel Spezialbier
94 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple-banana nut muffin and hint of coconut oil with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-long finish that shows accents of spiced fruits, sweet lettuces, and toasted corn bread finish. A lively and delicately fruity dortmunder that will be very versatile.
Awards: 2017 Best Dortmunder
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier
92 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Grainy aromas and flavors of toasted banana nut bread, corn pudding, pizza crust, and hint of clay and wax with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long finish with accents of apple bran muffin, watercress, and pepper finish. A delicious and satisfying lager with a robust finish.
Vancouver Island Brewing Victoria Lager
89 points
Gold in color, with moderate and funky aromas of soft tropical fruit, toasted grain, and green apple. On the palate, crisp acidity brings flavors of lemon marmalade and egg croissant into a breezy, warming finish. This rock-solid Dortmunder has the fruity nuance of a perfect lunchtime pairing.
Boyne Brewhouse Long Arm Dortmunder Export
85 points
Gold color. Earthy, vegetal aromas and flavors of dusty root vegetable, mustard greens, toasted pepper bread, and flower garden with a supple, soft, dry medium body and a short finish with notes of peppered spinach, baked citrus, and parchment finish. A very dry and earthy dortmunder.
ABK Edel Spezialbier
84 points
Hazy gold color. Attractive aromas of fresh baked southern biscuit and lemon tea with a velvety, soft, dryish light body and a polished, interesting, medium-long graham and soft pretzel finish. An interesting Dortmunder with Hefe-like haze and mild, gulpable style.