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Dortmunder Local Export Lager - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Dortmunder Local Export Lager
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 11-20-2008

Light and refreshing German style golden lager brewed with classic German malt, Czech Saaz and American Sterling hops.
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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by DaftPatrick:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Photo of bsp77
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Where are the reviews for this beer? It has been out for several months. Anyway...

Serving glass: Poured into pint glass from tap.

Appearance: Clear and bright yellow gold with small head.

Smell: Not much. Some grass, sweet fruit and light noble hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet fruity malts, with a nice noble hop counterbalance. Also notes of bread and grass. Finishes somewhat bitter and spicy.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Great refreshing beer. Not as bitter as a Pilsner but definitely more punch than a Helles. Pretty good Dortmunder overall.

Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler bought from the brewpub. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with lively rising bubbles and a big four finger white head with good retention. Moderate amount of lace around the glass.

Smell: Crisp and soft aroma of pale malts, wheat grains, and yeast. Somewhat sweet and cracker like. Mild aroma of Saaz hops and grassy hops in the background. Light and subtle aroma but good. Pretty much what you would expect from the style.

Taste: Sweet biscuit like taste of pale malts, grains, and yeast. Some Saaz hops in the background. Sweet and bready but not cloying. Finishes with just a bit of earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. Light and simple taste but good and fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp, smooth, and refreshing.

Overall: A good take on a lighter European lager. Very light and easy drinking but whats there tastes good. This would be a good step up for your average bmc drinker.

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new addition to the lineup, replacing the light version that had transitioned people from Bud. The aroma was a bit cheesy, the colour was clear and orange, and lacey. A light mouthfeel, low hop IBU but a nice bitterness for a melange of Czech and German hops. Very drinkable, though the ratings follow the boldness this is very good for the style.

Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery; served in a 10oz straight-sided tulip.

Extremely clear light gold/metallic liquid topped by a lasting ivory collar.

Clean, pure, malt aroma with grassy/earthy noble hop notes and no off notes.

The favor closely follows the nose, the hops (Saaz and Sterling) contributing a lovely low spicy flavor and a lasting gentle bitterness to offset the malt. Perfectly lagered with a slightly mineral, dry, yet malty finish.

Light, brisk, smooth, glassy mouth-feel.

A well made lager brewed with care rather than provided as an afterthought for patrons who cluelessly request "something light." Refreshing on this surprisingly hot day...

Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought the Dortmunder Lager was quite nice. The appearance was a golden clear with thin white head that laced. The smell included hop and grain somewhat like a pilsner. The taste was bolstered by the Saaz hops used and was quite good. The beer was nicely balanced with malt and hop. Definitely a nice session lager and was very easy to drink.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djschnabel
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of richj1970
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of tvv375ia
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one in the line up of regular house taps..it came clear golden color with a fresh 1 finger head and some nice lacing... smell is malt,grain,grass,bread and noble hops..taste is malts and then some crisp noble hops followed by some earthy grain and bread just a touch of lemon citrus its good..mouth feel was medium to thin nicely carbonated and crisp..very drinkable til the end which had me wanting another..a solid dortmunder which is nice to see

Photo of yokken
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jarrgal
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a bright yellow with a decent-sized white head. The smell involves some grainy/grassy malt and a bit of German hops. The taste has a slight fruitiness with some pilsner-type hop bitterness. Lots of grain going on in this dortmunder, but in a good way. Light body and moderate carbonation, this was a very refreshing and quaffable beer.

Photo of mellowmark
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow colored beer with a finger of white head that had moderate retention and lace.

S - Slightly skunked, with bready and grainy malts, bit of grass, and a touch of sweetness.

T - Taste is the same as the nose, slightly skunked and boring.

M - Ligth bodied with moderate carbonation and fairly crisp.

O - An average dortmunder and average beer. Not anything I'd have again. Dortmunder is kind of a boring style, and even for style this is boring.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at Minneapolis Town Hall -- reviewed from short notes

Thin, light, and easy-drinking. This lager is crisp and refreshing with a mild, approachable flavor.
It is a pretty "tame" beer, but every brewpub needs a BMC substitute for the non-craft masses.
I actually find this to be a decent example of the style-- dry biscuity malt with a touch of bitterness.
Light gold body with a white head.
Light body is a bit thin, but I can dig it.

Overall-- not bad.

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, poured into a sampler glass. Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow. Fluffy white head. Nose is grainy and sweet with some spicy continental type aroma hops. Bread comes through as well. On taste, sweeter than expected. Has a nice level of bitterness and bready malts, but is just a touch sweet. Well enough made and clean, just perhaps a touch under-attenuated. Medium bodied and mild carbonation throughout. One of the better dortmunders I ever had.

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Dortmunder Local Export Lager from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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