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.
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.
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.