Hello, beer fans. Over at Chicago Foodies I did a write up of one of the most underrated beers in the U.S., Great Lakes Brewing's Dortmunder Gold lager, a brilliant lager made on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. You can read the full post here. Sadly, lagers are overlooked as a serious beer making style by the craft beer community, which is understandable because 90 percent of the beer made in the U.S. is of this variety and it's dreck.
Standout lagers, and there are only a few, have a classic, simplistic beauty about them, kind of like the hot girl who wasn't hot in high school, and may not distinguish herself amongst the beauties in the trendiest nightclub. Yet she radiates at the beach or in a sun dress at a backyard barbecue. That's the effect accomplished by a great lager, and Dortmunder Gold is one of the few American ones that nails it. In fact, I sipped a Dortmunder Gold with fantastic New York style pizza at the Boiler Room here in Chicago and it was heavenly. It complimented the pizza nicely and was very refreshing, yet it never released its grip on my attention.
PROS: It's a crisp, versatile lager with plenty of personality and a beautiful complexion.
CONS: Just like the versatile girl with a great personality and good looks, it won't go out with you, even if you have tickets to the Arcade Fire show.
VERDICT: Hey, at least you can drink it, and, unlike the girl, it will only set you back 9 bucks.