Not to be confused with Great Lakes Brewery just west of Toronto, Canada, Great Lakes Brewing Co in Cleveland, Ohio, has been making great craft beer since 1988 (a year after their Canadian namesake opened, funnily enough).

While I’ve not had the pleasure of sampling any of their beers (until now), a few of the US-based Craft Beer Diaries team members tell me how great their beer is.

So it was a nice surprise when my friend Sean brought me a bottle of their flagship Dortmunder Gold Lager home from a recent business trip.

A crisp lager that’s full of malty goodness, the low 30 IBU means it’s not a bitter or sharp lager, in the way a Pilsner can be, for example.

An ABV of 5.8% means it’s a bit stronger than lager normally is, but again, the low IBU soothes the ABV to make for a crisp, delicious pour.

Try it out if you’re a fan of lager – it’s perfect either for a cool drink in the warm weather, or as an al year round pour when in the mood for something different than an ale or stout.


  • Style: American lager
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • IBU: 30
  • Taste: Crisp, malty aftertaste
  • Rating: 4.2/5
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Danny Brown
Founder of The Craft Beer Diaries. Husband. Father. Part-time procrastinator. On a mission to help others discover the delight of, and passion behind, great craft beer. Favourite beers: IPAs, Belgian Trappist, porters.
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