Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: maxpower on 08-04-2002

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Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Daily Bar and Grill, Chicago.

They were out of Bells' Seasonal, they were out of Flying Dog, so I went with this one on tap.

Appearance was dark yellow with minimal head.

Smell was surprisingly wheaty and buscuity. Some of the hoppy pine smells came through, but didn't put me off as I thought it would at first.

Taste was good! Very malty with some of the hoppiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel was smooth and crisp.

Overall this was a surprisingly decent drink. I'd get this again, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brewdogmrb
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two Brothers is a brewery from the Chicago area that has made a splash here in New York City with its wide range of excellent renditions of many styles of beer, Ale and Lager alike. While this is far from the first of their beers, which range in style from Belgian Farmhouse Ales to this Dortmunder Style Lager, that I've tried, it struck me that Two Brothers has really outdone itself with this, arguably the most humble style it has tackled. Dortmunder style Lagers were amongst the first German Lagers to be consumed en masse in Europe -- a German take on the Czech Pilsen beer, the "Export" Lager version of this beer, at a slightly higher ABV than other varieties, caught on and eventually molded all Lagers from that point on. The Two Brothers version is a crisp and refreshing beer, with all kinds of subtle flavors going on -- spicy, sweet, citrusy, and more. Mostly though, this is one of the most drinkable and tasty beers that I've had in a long time in terms of sheer drinkability. The Dog Days beer is perfect for summer days, where you want your beer to have some real flavor, but you want to drink a lot, and you don't want to be praying for death the next morning. This has all of those qualities, and it pours a beautiful, perfectly carbonated golden color with a big white head and all the smells you could hope for in a beer. An excellent take on an under-investigated style and another winner for Two Brothers.

Photo of Duster72
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head. Aroma is very mild with sweet malts and faint hops. Taste is an excellent sweet bread - very malty. Just enough hops come through to cleanse the sugary taste away and keep it from being too sweet. Mouthfeel is very good, not too light. Very drinkable summer beer. Not quite a lawnmower beer, very nice.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lager pours a clear, honey gold body with a small white that deposits some patchy lacing. Aroma is toffee maltiness and spicy and floral noble hops. Well carbonated and light bodied in the mouth. Taste is crispy, biscuity malts and a substantial floral hops bitterness. Well balanced, overall, and a very drinkable lager style that would be ideal for a session.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Libationguy
3.49/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden color, clearish, with a thin 1/4 inch head of decent duration. Laces are simple and spare in a pint glass. A fair bit of spicy hop aroma, some cinnamon and an earthy wet canvas maltiness that works better than it sounds (I occasionally use "wet canvas" to describe some pretty foul brews). Thin body, medium carbonation. Malt falls in the toasted range of bread and is reserved. Respectably balanced with a good late hop twang. A very good summer beer for drinkability and balance, but a little tame overall and lacking in memorable body.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did I mention that I pretty much love the Two Brothers beers I've tried. This is the nicest easy going balanced summer session beer I've come across. Pours a bright golden hue with egg shell white head, forming nice speckled lacing with each sip. Aroma has light biscuit malts and herbal grassy/strong mineral water notes in the finish. A solid liquid bread type of beer, tastes clean and smooth with ample balance a crip hoppiness goes quite nicely with the semi sweet biscuit/cracker notes. A sight lemongrass herba tones in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied solidly carbonated with ample CO2, smooth going down I could have went for a whole six instead of a single. Great tasting brew that deserves be drunk in number during the Dog Days of Summer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow body with a faint hazy. There is a white bubbly head that fades to a white ring after a bit that is supported by a strong carbonation of bubbles.

S- The soft smell of dry malt with a faint toast note. There is a noble hops bitterness in the finish. The smell overall is pretty faint.

T- The bittern punch of noble hops dominates the taste with a faint pale malt aftertaste. There is a slight tartness to the hop note with a sulfur bite to the hops.

M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel.

D- The punch of hops bitterness doesn't have any depth and the malt flavors are nice and fresh but very faint and a bit hidden behind the hops.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty lemon yellow and cloudy with a firm spongy looking white head. The head actually looks like one of those mr. clean magic eraser pads.

The smell is slightly estery with the scent leaning towards an apple or white wine scent. Very mild and not inviting, to me the scent is ho hum.

Taste is ok. Not stupendous or thrilling, not even a little dazzling. There is a light apple/ cidery flavor with a touch of malts but that is all, there is just no real flavor. I wouldn't pour it out but I might forget about it after a few sips. Its the kind of beer I'll find the next day in a half full glass because I didn't remember to drink it.

This beer is boring, worth trying if you like moderately flavored beer. There is an itty-bitty hop bite in the aftertaste which is the only sign of life in the beer. The malts get more apparent as it warms but they never make a run for the gold.

Photo of Brenden
2.54/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dog Days is a crisp-looking, slightly hazed pale yellow-gold in color. A pure white cap of head rises to just over a finger in height and retains itself fairly well despite fading a bit quickly, continuously kept at a sturdy foam by constant bubbling activity. Spotty lacing is left pretty well down the glass.
It's July 19th. The best-by date on the bottle is 8/27/12. Am I missing something? Infection? Great Lakes Dortmunder sure didn't smell like this. I'm completely thrown off. Sulfur. Eggs. Hops underneath, some grassiness, dry malts, yes, but on top of that is gross sulphur and eggs. What?
It tastes similar, if not somewhat more put goether, with more of the other flavors coming out and the sulphur and eggs backing off. They don't back off enough to make this a particularly pleasant experience, though.
The feel, when I can get past the flavor to focus on it, it light and crisp, refreshing and moderately clean, though a little slick on the back end going into a pretty dry finish.
I really like Two Brothers. Everyone gets one miss. This is theirs.

Photo of emsroth
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: Suspended solids in a lager?! That's all I have to say

Smell: Wonderfully fresh. Sweet apple malt and a hint of hops. A little too ale-like for me.

Taste: A slight sweet start, with medium body. The flavor quickly turns to a crisp, minerally bitterness which is spot on for the style. Ends with caramel apple sweetness.

There's something not quite right about this beer. Too sweet; too fruity. They said it was their only lager, so it makes sense that it's rather ale-like

Photo of cokes
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold, partially hazed, with a compacted milky head.
Bready malt aromatics coupled with metallic, grassy note notes.
Taste stays part and parcel to the nose. Bready malt base. Think lightly toasted whole wheat bagels. A subtle sense of honey sweetens things up. THe later half is dominated by hops, Earthy and grassy, with an underlying steel edge.
Medium light bodied. A hair thin, but a quaffer, for sure.
Not ubercomplex (nor should it be). And also not GL Dortmunder Gold. Nonetheless, it hits the style, and the spot, fairly well.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden hued clear lager with a firm little head of white bubbles. I little bit of lace sticking to the glass separates this from standard macro lagers, but it's pretty boring looking.

S - Buttery caramel and light hops make up the basic aroma.

T - Like it smells, this one is pretty basic but tasty enough. Light caramel sweetness is perfectly balanced with a hint of hops.

M - Light in body, with some lively carbonation without being raspy. The finish is neutral with very little aftertaste.

D - This was our first stop on my bachelor party micro-brewery pub crawl, and most of my buddies drank this since they are weirded out by most craft brews. A basic but satisfying lager.

Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden-yellow appearance and an ample, almost over-carbonation upon pouring. Thick, white, and creamy head that gives way to a large, rather impressive lace.

Nose is biscuity, with wheat and malts dominating. Not bad.

Taste is sharp at first, with a definite bread and yeast character. Hints of citrus hops are also omnipresent, making this one a very tasty, balanced, and well-done lager. I would drink more of these, no problem.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint Glass.

A: Short head retention with a light, white nose. Golden body with a hint of orange hues.

S: The aroma is present on this lager, a tad bit of malty bitterness. A clean dry aroma.

T: Bright bust of hops with a subtle off taste of malts. A good overall lager with a nice medium bodied taste. A bit short on the carbonation.

M: A short refreshing mouthfeel. The taste does not linger long, but the medium body adds a thicker mouthfeel while it is there.

D: I feel that this over other Lagers is a better overall taste with a great drinkability.

Overall: Great beer that I would come back to or recommend to others when looking for a Lager.

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, overpriced single but i enjoy sampling the lesser-produced styles when they are available

appearance: poured into a Brookly pint glass, dull golden-orange body, very minimal beige head, active bubbles, a little hazy but for the most part clear

smell: earthy, noble hops, caramel malt, toasted grain, unidentifiable sweetness

taste: metallic and grassy, spicy with a lingering bitterness, toasted grains, caramel malts. it's too style but its just not overly exciting and isnt clean and crisp like the great lakes standard

mouthfeel: metallic and sweet, light with a bitter finish

drinkability: ok, just not my fav

Photo of WoodBrew
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two Brothers Dog Days poured a full gold color with a small white head, and average lacing. Smell was loaded with grain and Saaz like hops. Taste was crisp, with malts, and followed by a mild biscuit like hop bite. Mouthfeel was lighter in body with mild carbonation and was good for the style. Drinkability was nice as well. Overall this beer is decent for a summer seasonal beer.

Photo of prototypic
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a golden straw color with about a one finger head. Head did not stick around long and left a light coat of lace.

Smell: Very light on the nose. It has a light, grassy-earthy scent to it. Somewhat of a grainy smell. A faint bit of malty sweetness and that's about it.

Taste: It is a bit grainy. Not very exciting. It does have a bit of a spicy taste to it. Perhaps some clove in there. Light malts add a bit of sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's somewhat drinkable. I just think it's a bit ho-hum for a session. There's much better choices on the market. Overall, it's okay. Nothing spectacular.

Photo of BigJim5021
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hard poured this sucker -- as I've found is necessary with all of Two Bros. beers -- to put a head on it. It's clear gold with a bubbly white head. The hard pour left lots of lacing.

I'm having a hard time picking up much on the nose. There's a very faint bready maltiness and a little bit of nuttiness. Nothing much else. Not bad, just hard to detect.

The flavor is more pronounced than the smell. The breadiness and nuttiness carry over for a tasty treat. You also get the tiniest bit of hop bitterness on the finish. This is my first exposure to a Dortmunder, and I've got to say that I'd really like to try Great Lakes much-touted offering.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and has a really nice body for a lager.

From a straight taste and ease standpoint, drinkability is high as a maff. You could knock these puppies (ha) back all night. From the price standpoint, it runs about $9 a sixer. Knock the price down about a $1.50 per six-pack and you've got a higher drinkability score.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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

Photo of Infamous7100
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Upon first pour, I was left with about a one finger head which disapated quickly. Pour a nice golden color.
S: I get a hint of hops right off the bat. However there is a bit of sweetness too, showing the malt coming through.
T: A great balance between the malts and the hops. Just a hint of alcohol at the back. Perhaps some sweetness.
M: Mildly carbonated and crisp.
D: Off the charts. Not filling and extremely partakable. Refreshing.

Photo of jackndan
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Brothers Dog Days: another fine brews from the Western Suburban brothers. This one pours a light golden color, nice clarity, but not a whole lot of head. Nice appetizing aroma, fairly malty. The taste is very nice, Lightly malted, with more than a little taste of candy. The label says caramel, but that’s not it, it was more like a faint taste of hard butterscotch candies. The finish is cleaned up nicely by a dusting of hops. As pone would expect from a summer brew, this is light and refreshing. Pick it up if you have the chance.

Photo of bashiba
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bright yellow/orange with a thick and creamy head, tons of carbonation bubbles running through the beer.

The smell has a light sweet pale malt aroma.

The flavor is light and clean with a mild bit of lightly sweet malt and a hint of bitterness and light German style hops.

The mouthfeel is light with a very dry finish.

A solid Lager, easy to drink, but with just enough extra flavor compared to many in this category to set itself above them.

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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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