Dreher Classic - Dreher Brewery

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BA SCORE
69
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 22.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Hungary

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by Long813:
Photo of Long813
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought in Budapest

A: Pours a light golden body with one finger of foamy white head. Retention is minimal as is lacing.

S: Light notes of straw grains and some breadiness.

T: Some bread, non pleasing straw flavour.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation, mouthfeel is very froathy and leaves a bad straw taste that doesn't leave.

O: I wouldn't buy this again, it was not very enjoyable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, i guess its OK. Sweet and grainy, with some hops (grassy) in the finish, which help to dry it out a touch. Pretty boring in the end, very soft andwatery. Lightly crisp towards the end. I only hope the Dreher Bak is better, too generic Euro-lagery in taste for me, but it is definitely better than some.

Photo of JohnW
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured pal gold, aroma a thin mix of malts and grassy hops, but not unpleasant. Had this three times in various bars while in Budapest, and thought this was one of the better ones produced locally. Not too gassy, fair texture and refreshing, some very slight sweetness from the malts and not as 'acid' from high cardonation as many local mass produced Euro-lagers.

Whilst I would not buy this to take home if I saw it, would enjoy it while in Budapest again!

JohnW
B'ham UK July 2011

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.5% abv. Pours a clear, straw gold body with rising streams of tiny bubbles that support a short head of densely creamy bright-white foam. The head holds OK before dropping to a thin creamy collar and some minor surface foam; and it also leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma expresses sweet malt with a touch of lightly spicy and floral hops. The body is medium/light with a fine, median carbonation that leaves it crisp in the mouth. The flavor displays a well-balanced combination of sweet malt and spicy/floral hop flavor that's backed by firm bitterness. It finishes with a note of sweet malt that quickly receeds to dryness. A decent and straight-forward interpretation of the Pilsener style that lacks a bit of the finesse of the great ones.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.42/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Dreher is similar to most well made Euro lagers....the beer poured a clear golden with initial foamy head that eventually settles to a thin white head which is leaving some lace. The scent is mostly grassy / wet corn. The taste is very crisp and clean with a slight abv presence. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a easy going beer that is worth a taste.

Photo of sfprint
4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin gold with a healthy fluffy head. Little rising carbonation.
S: Slightly metallic malt, light in scent.
T: Very mild but pleasant flavor. Subtle honey malt with a bitter hop bite.
M: Very nice carbonation sting, moderately astringent but not in a negative way.
D: Great for this type of beer. But reading the other reviews, perhaps it had something to do with coming from the tap.

Photo of tempest
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my family for bringing this green bottle back from Budapest. No thanks to Dreher for using the damn green bottle. Several minutes after pouring, the skunk receded however. What remained was a classic, clean Euro lager that reminded me of Poland's Zywiec or any other popular lager. The malt was lightly bready and there was no hint of hops. The yeast left a faint impression of white grape juice. All in all drinkable and refreshing, but nothing more.

Photo of nagyonz
3.85/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden colour, clear, glassy appereance with a fast disappearing, soft foam.
Characteristic smell: stinging, bitter, spicy.
Taste is dominated by the hop, just a little corny. Well-carbonated, refreshing and easy to drink.
After-taste lasts for a long time, with the mannish felling of hop.
A quite good pils-like lager.

Photo of smakawhat
3.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good color, excellent head, some decent lacing, some possible wheat smell (that doesn't mean necessarily there is wheat used in the beer. I am not sure doubt it.) on the nose and very faint citrus, but it has that sweet fakeness and felt some sweet possible corn-like taste also in the palate to myself. Decent lacing, not too carbonated either there was some hop finish but very faint. For a macro produced beer this was actually ok, and it's also quite cheap. Drinkable yes, but I wouldn't say I desire it or would want to have it again.

Interesting reading other reviews who said their head disappeared instantly, mine seemed to stick around pretty good. I had it served to me in Budapest.

Dreher Classic is a typical mirror-clean pilsner of golden colour as described on its website.

Photo of Globetrotter
1.96/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hand-carried from Budapest to Vienna (thanks, Bob), the tall green bottle with stout shoulders bears a green and gold label with a coat of arms above and some medals below the name. As my Hungarian is non-existent, no idea about ingredients. Best before 4/28/07, I opened it on 1/26/07.

Pours a clear bubbly medium gold under a one finger white head that fades quickly, leaving a couple of spots and strings of lace. The nose is strong of pungent sulfur, quite unappealling. The mouth is light and painfully prickly. The opening taste is slightly sour, followed by strong metallic hops and the essence of bad cabbage. A bit of bitterness lingers in the aftertaste, but it is mild and short-lived. There's really not much to enjoy here.

Photo of Charthepirate
2.38/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this pilsner on a recent trip to budapest and it made me miss the the Czech Pils that I've become so accustomed to. Pours a straw yellow, with a medium to large head. The head dissolved quickly leaving little lacing.

Nose is pretty minor, just a touch of sweetness and a little sulfer.

Flavor is weak and poor. Comes in with a weak watery malt. The hops hit in the back of the mouth to balance it out. Neither of the flavors is especially strong or pleasant.

Feel in the mouth is itchy and watery. Managed to feel bland and burn the mouth at the same time.

Not a very impressive beer, but one of the cheapest and most common in Budapest.

Photo of charapaus
1.53/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I don't like this beer. In Italy is very poor of flawors and have a little bad bitter taste. A classic cheap industrial stuff...

Photo of rale
2.06/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flat and tasteless industrial lager.

Photo of atis
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from Budapest

Pours pale golden with rich head that recedes rather quickly and leaves decent lacing. Some carbonation bubbles rising.Aroma is weak malty with even weaker lemon, not much in it. Taste is sweetish and watery malt with somewhat sour metallic aftertaste.

Although I ocassionally drink this beer on tap, as there is almost no choice in many pubs in Budapest, this bottle seemed even a bit worse.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, golden color with lots of bubbles and a generous white head that soon settles down to only a small cover.
Typical, generic aroma of malts and grains is subtle but easily picked up.
The taste starts on the sweet side and continues with a nicely balanced body. All of that coming together for a nice bitter finish and a pleasant lasting aftertaste.
Very nice beer from Hungary.

Photo of djura
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the best known beer from Hungary.

A - Clear-golden color with mild head that faded quickly.
S -- Mild spicy and herbal hops.
The taste is grassy and malty, slight hop taste. The body is light with low carbonation.
M-Very nice pilsner,low carbonation.
One of the best beers from Hungary

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.86/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I drank this beer in Budapest for the first time in the early 90's, during a visit to the "Two Cities". I cannot repeat the language in my beer notes. This is just another metallic tasting bland "European Lager" - NOTE: I do not, and will not agree with the style description of this beer as a "Pilsner-Style" beer; Note the hyphen. Has the word Pilsner not been bastardized and ruinated enough, perhaps the fact that we even class this beer as "Pilsner-Style" should mean that we all go to Hell. For there is nothing "Pilsner" about this beer at all, apart from the fact that it is a pale golden colored, lager-type (!) beer. I wish, as educated BA's, that we stop being "Lazy", and that we would get away from the Incredibly Insulting description of "European-Style Pilsner" - it is nothing of the sort - It is Bland, Mass-Produced, Pale Golden, Bilge, Lager style bier.
Perhaps if America had an indigenuous beer style it would understand this contravention of descriptions as an Insult!!!!!!
Sorry for the Rant.

Photo of bark
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is pale yellow; the quickly disappearing head is white. Some lacing does occur.

The smell is a bit malty with some artificial notes (probably due to hops extract), some sweetness and a sourish touch of wood.

The taste could be shortened to “another adjunct lager”: Some sweet malt, soft notes of white bread and a soft.metallic bitterness. The aftertaste got some anonymous notes of … pale lager. It is very neutral with some traces of yeast.

The carbonation is strong and almost artificial. The bubbles are medium sized.

An uninspired lager among all the others.

Photo of hawkeye42
3.79/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

had on tap at a couple bars in Budapest. crisp and easy drinking. Not has hoppy as a Czech pilsner, but still had good flavor. Nice appearance, not an overly big head, really not a distinctive aroma that I can remember. one of my favorite beers I had in Europe.
For the equivalent of $1.50 for a .5l (16oz) draw a pretty good deal.

Photo of stoutman
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden coloured. Light bodied & dry. Not very bitter. Drinkable standard stuff. This beer has a rather strong aroma of hops and it contains a lot of bubbles, though there is NO head on it. Malty sweet flavour, lightly hoppy. No particular aftertaste. Dry, refreshing and drinkable...not bad.

Photo of sunrisesolara
2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5L emptied into a Pokal.

A: Pours a yellowish gold with a fluffy 1-finger white head which receeds to a thin ring. No lacing.

S: Sweet malt is barely discernable here.

M: Light bodied with mild carbonation.

T: Tepid malt with mild citrus notes. Some underlying hoppiness, but not enough to balance this beer out. Slightly astringent aftertaste which fades quickly.

D: Nothing outwardly hateful here, but this beer offers nothing memorable at all to the drinker. Uninspired is the only word that comes to mind here.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

50cl green bottle with a very standard Euro-style crest on the label. It probably tells me something about the beer in Hungarian as well.

Very pale low-carat gold colour, with masses of coarse-bubbled carbonation. Head is suitably frothy, but not very strong, and collapses to a foamy ring before too long.

Very little on the nose, perhaps a slight soda-like sharpness, and a hint of rusty hoppiness. Still it's not very pronounced, and rather weak.

Taste is very bland, with an initial flat taste of copper, followed by a bland flavour, rather like chewing on paper. Hint of yeastiness at the end, but not much. Mouthfeel is spike from the overcarbonation.

It's not great, and it can't hack it if you're drinking it with anything other than the spiciest or most flavoursome food. Anything else doesn't cover up this beer's blandness.

Photo of jwinship83
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can given to me from relatives who visited europe. drank from my stone pint glass.

A- this one pours out a very clear straw colored body with a finger of white head on it. the head reduces to a skin on top of my glass after a minute and leaves behind no lacing.

S- very weak nose on this. light bready malts, and light noble hops. not much else.

T- the taste is also pretty weak. it starts out with a light dose of bread like malts. faint noble hops as well. theres a slight metallicness at the end but its not that pronounced.

M- light bodied with a very high level of carbonation.

D- this reminded me of a less skunky heinekin. not the worst thing ive had, but not the best. id take this over a miller any day.

Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev +4.9%

I would have been shocked to find Dreher anything other than filtered, fizzy, and golden in appearance. Marketed under the name Dreher "Classic" in some markets, it's no surprise this mass-market lager looks so familiar and, frankly, pedestrian. Only thing missing from this picture is a proper head; it's pathetically flat.

The nose offers up little of anything, good or bad. There's a faint sweetness that smacks lightly of corn or sugar but overall the aroma is clean, neutral, and emanates the doughy, fresh, comforting scent of baked bread and cereal grains.

The taste is no more likely to get you off your seat. It's the liquid equivalent to watching paint dry - nothing offensive or arduous, just boring is all. There is some soft, corn-tinged maltiness and a fairly dry, non-existent aftertaste. Hardly any character (or carbonation for that matter).

The majority of people are content with bland, tasteless food. They prefer it. Dreher is perfect for them. It's not too sweet, hardly bitter (if at all), and as close to water as is basically possible for anything made of fermented grain. There's little body or texture and virtually nothing to distinguish it by. It's an office cubicle or a dentist's waiting room. Elevator music.

Dreher is the epitome of average. If the idea behind mass-produced lagers is to make them as plain, familiar, and indistinct as possible then this Hungarian brewery has perfected the formula. Unlikely to either impress or insult, I wouldn't bother even trying this beer unless you happen to be in its country of origin where (maybe) the chicken paprikash can lend it some character.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

350ml bottle 5.0% abv

Appearance: Typical golden lager colour (Euro-lager, not American adjunct lager), nice sized (although fast dissipating head) that leaves little lace.

Smell: Again average with sweet malt and some spicy hop notes.

Taste: Plain and inoffensive macro-lager taste (with-out the vile adjunct or metallic flavours many macro-lagers have). Though there is a reasonably good bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Too light, almost watery, but reasonable carbonation.

Drinkability: This depends on the occasion. Serve extra cold on a hot day, at a braai (South African barbeque) or with a good curry and yes it's highly drinkable.

Please note: A C rating does NOT mean this is a bad beer. It's decent, nothing special, but far from horrid. Actually one of the better massed produced lagers and one I would happily drink if given.

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Dreher Classic from Dreher Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.