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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

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-04-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

08-02-2013 23:32:09 | More by Sammy
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-04-2013 14:00:10 | More by t0rin0
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

03-08-2014 23:35:38 | More by djrn2
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3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a light golden color with a white head and not too much lacing. The nose is a bit of light hops as well as some grain and a bit of sweetness. Some grassy grain and a bit of bread and caramel in the taste. Nice, light body with really great drinkability on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 01:19:42 | More by Thorpe429
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3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, sunny marigold with lemonade borders. A high-altitude pour netted me two fingers of taupe colored foam that sports an upper surface chock full of delicate bubbles. No surprise, then, that it deposits delicate curlicues of lace as it deflates. It's a decent look, nothing overly exciting.

The nose features lightly toasted, lightly caramel-like, lightly earthy malt and noble hops that are long on herbal and short on spicy and grassy. I didn't expect that much to be going on. Solid, but my excitement meter has still barely budged.

Dog Days is good beer, not great beer. It's malt dominant while still being fairly balanced. My biggest problem with it, which is strictly personal preference, is that there's too much Munich malt (I'm guessing) earthiness and a wee bit too much caramel flavor. Sticking with the paler malts would have made it a better beer as far as I'm concerned.

It's obvious by the back end bitterness (which becomes much more noticeable as I get into the bottom half of the bottle) that there are a fair amount of German hops onboard. It's too bad the toasty, earthy flavor of the malt covers up the flavor of the hops to such an extent. The finish is drying and could even be considered quasi-crisp.

The mouthfeel is a definite highlight for me. It lagery smooth with an ale-like firmness and girth. Another positive feature is that it doesn't deteriorate on the swallow or with warming. Yet another is the fine-bubbled, invigorating feel of the carbonation.

Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager Beer is clearly the product of a capable craft brewery. Even though it doesn't quite jibe with the characteristics that I like to see in a Dortmunder, I can see how plenty of people might like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 13:47:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. A light level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The aroma is balanced between smells of malty sweetness and hop bitterness; there also some notes of grapes in the nose.
T: The initial taste is dominated by biscuity malts and transitions over towards hop bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be sessionable, particularly on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 20:46:23 | More by metter98
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with tons of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. Really nice and tight looking as white head of maybe an inch and a half came up and settled down, fading slightly but holding its own. Light grains and bready malt notes really pulling through here. Some smattering of hops in there but again nothing really pushing that way, this was a well rounded, and very straight forward lager. As I take the first sip, crisp, clean flavor rolls across the taste buds. Really very well put together. Earthy, nice touches of grain and smooth, mellow caramel notes infiltrate as it warms. Light banana and clove maybe then coming through. I am very pleased here as the light body and ample carbonation make for something that went down like water

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:27:25 | More by mikesgroove
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2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Soft aroma with only a light maltiness, a bit of butter, and an eggy sulphur trait.

Taste: Weak malt flavor and sweetness. Light floral hops. Faint hint of salted butter. Lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Watery texture.

Drinkability: Needlessly bland. C'mon, even the humble Dortmunder Lager can shine and sparkle if you allow it to.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 03:00:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-01-2013 05:51:37 | More by spycow
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-14-2013 23:31:39 | More by kylehay2004
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-08-2014 23:36:56 | More by Knapp85
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This seemed like a nice choice to finish my mixed sixer from Dobby's. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a small finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, very light caramel, light walnut, and flowers. The taste holds notes of grass, light buttery biscuits, wheat, and walnut. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice Dort, nothing wild, but it's certainly easy-going enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 06:11:42 | More by TMoney2591
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3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold, high clarity with a solid two fingers width of white foam. The surface has a creamy meringue sheen, and it laces all over the glass in delicate webs.

Very mellow aroma, light bready malt, crackery, slight inkling of lager yeast. At room temp there's a vague impression of the noble hops mentioned on the label.

Flavor is similarly light, easygoing in feel, soft carbonation with a slight crispness. Lightly bready, with a gentle toasted malt flavor. Very light inkling of noble hops, lending a hint of grassy astringency. Pairs great with spicy food, barbecue, just about anything. A solid session candidate as well. It's well made with no flaws, a good gateway craft lager for the novice craft drinker. Locally I prefer Metropolitan's lagers, but this one seems targeted for a broader crowd.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 00:04:35 | More by emerge077
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-16-2013 23:28:57 | More by nickfl
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Rhode Island

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts bready with flavors of lager yeast and grain followed by some malt sweetness. The hops presence is mild but brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer to drink for a while but there are others that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:33:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a very thin white head. Nose is bready. Flavor is tangy sweet a bit. Kind of too much. A bit bready on the flavor as well. But the sweet tang just overpowers things here. Feel is decent, as is the drinkability. This is okay. Not something I'd go for again, but hey...nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 01:12:24 | More by RblWthACoz
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2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Head is big and foamy, color is clear golden. Aroma is next to nothing: dry, vegetal,herbal, a touch floral, and fresh. The palate is quite dull, lacks any kind of nuance, or any sort of spark. I'll be the first to label me a non-lager lover, but this just has nearly nil to speak for itself, and while I can imagine it's handiness as the proverbial "lawnmower beer", that's not quite enough. Blah. Just blah...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 01:36:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 06:43:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2013 23:29:56 | More by Slatetank
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-21-2012 05:07:39 | More by imperialking
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 03:01:18 | More by rhoadsrage
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

12-13-2013 05:10:39 | More by XmnwildX12
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-25-2013 12:09:13 | More by InspectorBob
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3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-05-2013 14:26:51 | More by woodychandler
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Best before 10/31/06. Don't know if Two Brothers is old when it gets to MA, but it always seems old by the time I buy it. <slap> Must remember to check date IN store.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" white head over the clear golden brew. Head is a skim of bubbles quickly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is tart with a light sweetness. Taste is pale malts upfront, balanced with sedate hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, this one could be an acceptable dinner beverage with most any meal, like those people who get along with just about anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 22:10:50 | More by ppoitras
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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.