- Style: Dortmunder Export/Lager
- ABV: 5.8%
- Season: Year Round
- Ease to locate: Widely available in the Midwest, NY, NJ, VA, WV, KY, & Washington DC. So no excuses unless you live west of the Mississippi.
- Color: Deeply golden with no haziness
- Head: 2 & 1/2 fingers with wonderful retention and good lacing
- Aroma: light notes of biscuit, toast and a bit of floral
- Mouthfeel: Medium
- Finish: Medium with bit of floral hops on the tail
- Food Friendly: Is it edible? Then yes, this beer will pair with it. Seriously, try it with everything from poultry to beef to shellfish. Buttery cheese, such as Havarti or Swiss would be wonderful with this beer. As would a rich goat milk cheese like a Chevre.
The Bavarian Purity law of 1516 states that beer must be brewed with only the natural ingredients of barley, hops, yeast and water. As far as laws made over five hundred years ago go, this one doesn't seem all that bad (especially when you take into consideration that the United States only began to ban transfat from our foods in 2006. Any one else remember margarine? Margarine? Parkay?) When Great Lake Brewing began to produce their signature lager, Dortmunder in 1988, craft beer was just in it's teething stage (I remember when my nephew went through this period. Everything would go in his mouth, regardless of taste.) What's remarkable is that this lager has, by all accounts, retained it's award winning style for almost thirty years. I can't think of many people who could claim this (although I suppose that a simple weekend stroll through certain big box stores would demonstrate that some people are still stylistically stuck in the 80's.)
Dortmunder style is named after the German city of Dortmunder (those crazy Germans.) Dortmunder was a mid-sized industral town (also a huge brewing town that would export it's brew to neighboring cities) with a bunch of thirsty factory workers. Remember. water was not really a health drink back then, unless you enjoyed a side order of cholera with your glass. Seven breweries in the city formed a union, named the Dortmunder Union (again, crazy, wacky Germans!) and began to brew a soft pale lager for the workers to imbibe in during the work day. The style, known as Dortmunder Export, emerged as soft pale lager with a higher than average amount (for a lager anyway) of carbonation and a well balanced malt character. Dortmunder Export was one of the most popular styles of beers to be sold outside and in Germany until the 1970's when it was supplanted by Plisners. Apparently it's slowly starting to gain an audience, thanks in no small amount to Great Lakes Brewing's efforts.
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