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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Dog Days Dortmunder Style LagerDog Days Dortmunder Style Lager

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by maxpower on 08-04-2002

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Photo of bwood06
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A - White frothy head that builds quickly to 2 fingers in height. Head dissipates at a moderate pace. Beer is hazy and golden in color with fast rising carbonation. 3.75/5

S - Very bready and grainy along with some floral hops. A bit of a tart lemon note as well. 3.5/5

T - Slight caramel sweetness up front which transitions to a white buttered bread note. Bitter back end from floral hops. Green apple with a metallic finish. There is a bit of earthiness to the taste as well. 3.25/5

M - Initially a bit creamy but quickly transitions to a lighter feel with some slight carbonation tickle. 4/5

O - I really want to like this beer but the green apple and metallic finish to the flavor profile just completely throws me. I really like the look and love the mouthfeel of this beer but the taste just kills the experience. Nice complexity to the aroma and flavors. 3.5/5

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Straw yellow
S: bread malt, honey
T: Biscuit malt, herbal hops had a big presence, touch of honey, with a clean finish
F: Pour looked flat, but it actually had nice carbonation. Refreshing
O: Doesn't go crazy to get your attention. It just peacefully reminds me of a pilsner that's hopped up with herbal hops. Real clean, refreshing taste due to the finish and carbonation. Would drink again if I wanted something light and refreshing and easy on the palate.

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Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Fat Cat pint glass. BB date on the bottom of the can of Sept. 2015.

Appearance: Pours clear straw-golden color with lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Well proportioned frothy head has good retention and leaves a decent lacing.

Smell: Bready with earthy and herbal hop notes.

Taste: Lightly sweet malt base with notes of citrus and earthy hops. Lingering bitter and hoppy aftertaste with faint biscuit.

Feel: Light-medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

Overall: Not bad but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from can into a Pilsner Glass. Brilliant pale gold crowned by a 1.5” white foam cap S: Slight bready caramel malt aroma T: Malty start ends with a pleasant, mild bitterness, a little tanginess in the middle from the carbonation. You taste the malt throughout but it is well balanced by the hops. The aftertaste is a pleasing balance of light malt and hops. F: medium body, medium high carbonation O: a decent, drinkable, Dortmunder.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear, medium gold, effervescent, with little to no head. An example of the style.

S: Cereal malts, grains, a bit of lemongrass maybe.

T: A malty, full bodied lager. Slight hops on the back end, but very moderated. Bready.

M: Full bodied for a lager, fresh, clean, crisp.

Nothing too adventurous, but a very dialed-in lager.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear straw yellow, soapy white head, settles to a thin layer, rings halfway down the glass. Smell: bready, grape, floral and lightly spicy. Taste: mildly grassy and spicy, lightly bready, white grape, nectarine note. Very nice.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty average lager, better than adjuncts, but not as good as most other craft/imported German offerings. A little watery almost flat, with some lemon/bready flavors, but overall an uninspired brew. Maybe the 6 I bought was past expiration as I couldn't make out the date on the bottom of the can.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw color with a finger of ivory colored head. Good lacing& head retention

S: Grassyness, a little wet cereal, some lemongrass & perfumy hops

T: Breadyness, grassiness & pears up front. Some astringency & cereal sweetness as this warms, pears as well, a little lemongrass too. Finishes fruity, grassy, a little dry with some honey crisp apple

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks super easy, very true to the style. I will buy it again. This a great beer to have year round, but, really goes down well in the heat/humidity

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Photo of JKG
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great summery lawnmower brew, drank cold with a pale straw yellow color, faint grassy and earthly smells. Taste just like Germany! A nice play off the German dortmunders I like it!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation and one finger head.

S-Toast, wheat, grass, not getting much, if any, of the caramel malt.

T-Toast and wheat. Here the caramel comes through more. Mild grass and no bitterness.

M-Light, semi dry and semi crisp finish.

O-When cold the beer is enjoyably but as it warms it takes a turn for the worse.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.19/12 oz can at Vintage Estate
Swirl by 08/27/14 can at 40 degrees into a snifter
Aroma – very faint aroma of malt and flowers
Head – average (5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 8 mm island
Lacing OK – small islands and reefs of small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor very delicate, some malt; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

To me, this seems to have little flavor. The appearance is good although the lacing could be better. Both the aroma and flavor are very light and delicate; to my overloaded IPA-favoring taste buds there are hardly any of either.

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Photo of dar482
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Out of the can, the beer has a crisp lager flavor, a hint of grassiness, a light biscuity malt, and then a German herbal hop presence. It dries off leaving a bit of bitterness from the hops.

The body on this is decently light.

The general, the beer is quite lacking in flavor and malt.

Easy drinking, but actually quite disappointing.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of biscuit and cracker. Upfront malt with bready hints of biscuit, straw, cracker, caramel, grains, and yeast. Earthy hints of Noble hops. Subtle fruit hints of lemon, apple, and orange. A pretty solid lager aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, bready, and fairly sweet malt driven taste with nice notes of biscuit and caramel. Bready malts with some upfront notes of biscuit, caramel, cracker, straw, grains, cereal, wheat, and yeast. Solid earthy backing of hops with some notes of Noble hops. Light fruit notes of lemon, orange, and apple. A nice crisp Dort lager flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and nicely smooth and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Dortmunder style Lager. Solid crisp bready taste with a nice backing of Noble hops.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3


Clear amber – typical lager style color with white head, crisp and refreshing looking


Slight hops and lager malt. Not entirely a huge nose coming off of this one


Crisp lager taste with a sharp hops bite.. much sharper than I would imagne being only 17IBUs. Lemon and floral with a bitter finish. Overall it didn't' really do it for me though.


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Photo of kaplunk02
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear yellowy gold with a finger of head.

S: Malty grain and nutty aroma.

T: Bready and malty upfront with a bit of lemongrass.

M: Clean and crisp.

O: A nice dortmunder style brew. Pretty solid work by Two Brothers.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp and transparent golden yellow with a bubbly half finger of foam.

Bread, toast, light citrus, and floral.

Toasted grains, bread, lemongrass, herbal and floral notes.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, dry, refreshing.

Overall, a nice rendition of the style.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, malts, some grains, very refreshing. Feels mediu, bodied in trhe mouth and overall this makes a fine session beer.

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Photo of patpbr
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden straw yellow its very light in color, not much of a head to speak of.
S - Grainy with some caramel malt.
T - Lemongrass a citrus. The hops are just noticeable. Caramel. Mild
M - A light body and a crisp dry finish.
O - Not often that I drink the style, but its very drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this can up at Monde enjoyed chilled from a nonic.

The color is golden with excellent clarity and thick creamy white head with very fine bead, the retention is good and lace sticks to the glass. The smell is nice with very light malt sweetness and floral hop aroma with a light creamy bready yeast ester. The feel is good with mild sweetness and moderately full feel with medium carbonation level and light bitterness with a semidry finish and mild toastiness.

The flavor is very good with some yeast attributes which bring to mind fresh baked bread with light herbal flavor from the hops with a nice toasted middle and gentle fruitiness from either the hops or yeast with a slight Dimethyl Sulfide attribute which seems more like corn than anything. There is hardly any diacetyl and the lager has a very mild sweetness as it finishes which is pleasant. I consider this pretty darn drinkable. I would pick up more if it were available in my area.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck Beverage
Date: Best by 2013-09-30 on bottom of can
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Two Brothers' Dog Days is a well-assembled lager, balanced between pilsner malts and German hops for a well-rounded aroma and taste complex. Enjoyable during warmer weather (and probably cooler, too, if it were around), this is a good, but not particularly unique Dortmunder Lager. Average, quality, but not unique or particularly exceptional.

Pours a 2cm tall head of white foam made up of medium to large-sized bubbles, with surprisingly good retention of over two minutes, fading to a very thin veil of foam atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is very good, with some thick clumps clinging to the upper walls of the glass, and the lower portions adorned with . Body is a pale golden yellow color, with light bringing out even paler hues. Carbonation visible within the transparent body, large in number and quite active.

Aroma is best categorized by the words light and mild: of light, bready malts with mild graininess, (concord) grape esters and additional complexity from German hops, adding lightly fruity and woodsy scents.

Front of palate picks up pilsner malt with a bit of sweetness, fresh bread, grape-like esters, and German hop woodsiness. Mid-palate of light pilsner malt sweetness with light bread flavors, continued grape-like esters, and woodsy German hops. Back of palate finds fairly bland graininess, faint grape esters, and pilsner malt sweetness/breadiness, mild pleasant bitterness. Aftertaste of white bread, pilsner malt sweetness, and lightly bitter, though mostly clean, German hops.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is fizzy at first, then smooth and foamy a few seconds later. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, pours golden with striking clarity, frothy white head is fairly persistent. Aromas are sweet grain, grass, lager yeast, slight nuttiness. Tastes are sweet but sharp, grassy, nutty grain, yeast, slightly pungent on the clean finish. Body is ligher, but with a creamy mouth-feel; ample carbonation. Overall, refreshing & I love the can...much more attractive than the old bottle/label. Good summertime beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another score from Binney's during my recent layover in Chicago on my way to visit The Old Lady in Colorado! I love that so many new CAN are coming on line all the time and it is exciting to be the founder of The CANQuest (TM) since it has really positioned me well to be a resident expert. Thanks again for the inspiration, NickD717!

From the CAN: "This German-style Dortmunder Lager is golden in color with a delicate caramel malt character balanced by a light body and mild German noble hops, creating a crisp, refreshing finish." A Golden Retriever lay splayed across the front of the CAN, front paws crossed, awaiting the end of a long, hot summer. The origin of the term "Dog Days of Summer" comes from the appearance of Sirius, the Dog Star in the night sky at this time of year.

Here was yet another brimful craft CAN that revealed itself upon the Crack. The Old Lady gave a little squeal of delight when I showed her what I have noted as a recent phenomenon. Nothing like getting just a little more than you expect. The Glug producd a finger of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with reasonable retention. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 3. Nose had a soft Saaz grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant grassiness on the tongue. I would have guessed German Pils were it not for the CAN's verbiage. Finish was semi-dry, grassy, very mild and pleasant. A great summer beer.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with copper hues. Bright white thin head with short retention. Spotty lacing.

Citrus, saltine crackers, hints of green apple, vanilla curd.

Green apple, pear, lemon zest, biscuit, slightly toasty on the finish.

Medium bodied core with a slightly watery texture. Short finish.

Serviceable lager.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden apple cider. Not a whole lot of lacing, but there is some foam.

Smell: Apple cider and lemonade.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemonade and apple cider. Very dry. Flavor is decent, but mouthfeel is thin and a bit cloyingly sweet in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: I was excited to dry this and hoped it would be a good summer Dortmunder when I tried it at the Two Brothers Tap House.

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Photo of confer
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow missing a good head.
The smell is all the biscuity malt aroma, with a citrus hint.
I love this style for its easy drinking taste and this one is no exception. Again the malty flavor dominates with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.
Light and carbonated.
Not a Jahr Hundert but a good beer.

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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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