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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 408
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 13
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Dortmund style lager.

Pours with about one finger thick white colored head that persists really well. Extremely clear light golden color. Some bubbles and very good lacing.

Malts and some noble hops. Faint aroma overall. Grainy character and some sweetness.

A very well balanced malt and hop flavor. Refreshing without being overtly effervescent. Neither the hops nor the malts dominate, providing a bland taste. Some sweetness upfront but then followed by noble hops that wipe the feel out. Very mild bitter dry finish.

Mouth feel: Slightly light to medium feel. Crisp and easy drinking. Lower than moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Quite session-able.

A decent representative of the style i guess. Better than American adjunct lagers. Very drinkable. Really nothing wrong with the beer.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.75 (841 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hard pour produced well over an inch of head that seems to be fizzing out rather quickly. Color is a bright golden yellow with a shit ton of floaties.

S - I think what stands out is that my first impression it smells like a Flemish sour ale. A good amount of brett, lemon grass, and some citrus hops. Is it possible for a lager to become infected?

T - Taste starts off with a mild touch of that sour Brett then quickly to your typical lager grains and cereal malts. Not very offensive but kind of boring as it fades out into nothing.

M - Light, bubbly, and crisp.

Overall I found a couple of similar reviews of this batch "best by 8/27/12" mentioning a sulfur and sour egg thing going on. I guess a lager can get infected... (733 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent straw color with a minimal white head that is soon gone--utterly unremarkable. Aroma is mild, smelling of grain and some light hops. Not much to distinguish it from the most stereotypical beer smell. Upon tasting, the crispness stands out more than anything. A floral and citric hop flavor is most prominent, with just enough light malt to lend some balance. Nothing terribly fancy going on here, but it is crisp, drinkable, and refreshing, which is, as I understand it, what this style is all about. (520 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 9/10/12. Three days ago, sure, but I feel it's probably still just fine.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze to the body and a mild effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with a moderate intensity. There's a little bit of an adjuncty character here; not too bad but not outstanding.

Taste: lightly malty lagery flavor without a whole lot of character to it, besides a small helping of noble hops. This beer walks the line between a craft product and a macro lager.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation; big, BIG surprise based on minimal head and effervescence. Creamy and enjoyable; I quite like it.

Overall: an interesting beer. Not too bad, but there's just not too much to distinguish it. (848 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - slightly hazed yellow color with a creamy white head that stayed around and left streaks of lacing.

S - German hops with some flowery and earthy notes.

T - solid malt background with grassy/floral hop flavors.

F - medium bodied, easy to drink.

O - a solid example of the style. (325 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours almost clear golden, with a one finger white head. Retention is decent, with tons of lacing on the glass.
S- The aroma is mild. Lightly grainy, with a fair bit of noble hop aroma.
T- The flavors are quite nice on this. Lightly sweet up front with some honey like notes. The finish brings on some earthy woody notes.
M- Light body, I would like just a hair's breadth more body to it. Crisp carbonation. Dry finish.
O- A very good beer that is a is a strong example of the style. Worth a try. Very easy drinking. (519 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've said for years that this was on of 2Bros best beers (behind Red Eye, but pretty even with Domaine Dupage).

Bottle into dimpled mug.

Dark yellow, almost golden, in color. Fizzy white head of 2 fingers.
Some grainy malts hold a light sweetness while the hops add a touch of spicy noble-hoppiness and a perfect bitterness.

Great feel: light and airy, perfect carbonation.

Overall-- I don't even like Dortmunder lagers, but this is a very nice beer. A perfect beer to offer BMC drinkers and craft fans alike. (517 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.54/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager
ABV: 5.10 %

Pours a rich golden color, mostly clear, with a white fizzy foam head that fizzes away. Aroma of bready malts, spicy, herbal hops, a touch of citrus, and straw. In the flavor, rich biscuity malt flavor and a presence of mild tea like, earthy, grassy hops. Pale malt flavor with faint watery honey oat bread flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and well carbonated. Overall, an aptly named beer perfect to drink during the dog days of summer. (555 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of fine bubbles rise in the column.

S: Potent yeast metabolites are out in force, causing this beer to smell of fermented fruit and lesser butterscotch. It is also malty, with a fine thread of affected sulfur joined closely to the grain. Hops are traditional in a predictable way, mostly grassy and not attention-grabbing.

T: Begins off-dry, with dynamic fermented grain that is husky and bready. A reliable whiff of diacetyl hints at the unconventional qualities first detected in the smell. Hop aromatics are spicy before acidity becomes pronounced into the middle. Flavors of the middle seem ester-dominated, although cloying synthetic vanilla stands out the most. Flavors dry out somewhat during the finish, becoming much more clean. Bitterness is mild, with the flavor of dried hay present.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low to moderate carbonation.

D/O: One should look no further for a full-flavored lager of normal strength, as long as the flavors are allowed to fall outside of the normal limited expectations of the style. A witches brew of beer-related organic molecules monopolize the nose and also make a strong showing in the flavor of this beer. When combined with an assertive bill of light malts, the palate cannot help but be entertained. Confused at times, but always entertained. (1,529 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Crisp. Dank earthy and grassy hops. Graininess that comes off as almost funky. Peppery yeastiness. Lightly spicy. Quite intense and wonderful.

4.0 T: Again dank earthy and grassy hops with a mild spiciness. Peppery yeastiness. Grainy, yet clean and dry. Tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

4.0 D: Solid beer. I always appreciate a solid lager. (571 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as part of an M&M 6pk from Everett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99 in Summer 2011.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a fluffy white head that makes for a great appearance during those hot summer days. Scent is a nice blend of caramel malts and noble hops giving it the authentic German Pilsner scent. The taste is comprised of soft mellow grains that compliment each other very nicely. It also has some hints of citrus and a slight spice as well that finishes nice and crisp. Quite a refreshing summer beer that isn't too heavy or too light. (560 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine example of the Dortmunder style and one of the more enjoyable lagers I've had in recent memory. I will definitely be returning to this one, particularly next year when the weather gets warm again. Super refreshing and crisp. A cloudy pale yellow beer with a big snowy white head that has good retention. Superb lacing coats the glass. A steady stream of bubbles rises to the top as you drink. Aroma is spicy and yeasty with hints of citrus, particularly lemon. This continues in the taste, which pairs the bite of lemon with a modest hop bitterness. Complex but subtle. Very clean. Finishes short and snappy. Very refined.

I am rating this beer very highly because I think it absolutely nails this style, perhaps improving on it. If you don't like this style you're not going to agree with me but if you do you shouldn't miss this one. Beautifully executed. I am becoming a big fan of this brewery. (911 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden colored beer with a foamy white head. Some decent lace left behind.

S - Fairly light malt backbone with a bit of lager yeast and a bit of hops.

T - Bready, with some yeast. Sweetness is brought about by the malt backbone with just a little bit of hops bringing some bittering qualities to it. It's alright.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, decent representation of the style, and possibly one of the better beers I've had by Two Brothers. (499 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear, bright, golden-yellow with a 1-finger fluffy white head. Leaves behind a little bit of splotchy lace.

S: Nose is quite faint, and as a result, clean. I get a touch of sweetness more than anything - given how faint it is, it's hard to discern whether it's caramel malt or fruitiness or what.

T: Light malt up front - bready - followed by a fruity sweetness and a modest amount of floral and grassy hops. Lingering grassiness on the back of the palate, but it's not over-the-top hoppy at all. Fights with the fruity sweetness for dominance in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly crisp up front, but becomes a wee bit slick on the finish. Heavier in feel than expected; still, it's light-to-medium in body at most.

O: An easy drinker; not as crisp and dry as I expect (and want) from my lagers and pilsners, but a serviceable option on a hot summer day in the "dog days of August." (935 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (756 characters)

Photo of Northsider
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty clear gold colored brew but there is some chill haze. Smallish pillowy white head, nice lace. Scent is sweet and grainy. Pretty grainy taste, malts dominate. Liquid bread. Nice kiss of hops as well. Clean and refreshing, this is a pretty well put together lager. Pretty sharp on the tongue. Good brew, id get it again (324 characters)

Photo of bristol2120
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium pale golden, with a significant amount of foam that persists quite nicely, leaving about a 3/4 layer on top, and a nice amount of lacing. Decent aroma, with a prevalent maltiness, and apricot/hop notes in the background. Piney hoppy notes come to the fore upon tasting. Maltiness is a bit more understated than I would have liked for the style. Mouthfeel is good, with a welcome full-bodiedness, though I would have preferred a bit more carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable drink, if a bit hoppy for my ideal of the style. (564 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles poured into a Spaten 1L stein.

Pours a clear golden hue with a big, stark white head of about three fingers. Head is very slow to drop.

Aromas of biscuity malt, an earthy aroma of hops.

Flavors of grainy, biscuity malt, very malt forward beer, just enough earthy hops to keep it from being overly sweet. Very clean flavors, nothing off. Finish is short and slightly malty sweet.

Mouthfeel is malty, chewy, with a mild bitterness to back everything up.

Overall a very nice representation of a dortmunder lager. I look forward to this beer coming out every year near summer. Nice thirst quencher. Very sessionable. (629 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Two Brothers pint glass.

This brew is a light golden yellow in appearance with a fingers worth of white head that leaves webs of lacing throughout.

The nose is has a lot of lager yeast to it with a bit of hops. There is an off-putting sour scent lingering but not for long. A nice wheat scent is also noticeable.

The taste follows the nose closely. A crisp wheat taste is present along with some nutty flavors as well. Definitely tasting the lager yeast throughout.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp. An easy drinker that goes down smooth. The carbonation is crisp.

Overall, pretty decent brew. Im never disappointed with Two Brothers! (672 characters)

Photo of SirBenton
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Barley House in Algonquin.

A great golden color with little head when served. The smell wasn't very powerful but definately had a malty smell. Taste was very crisp and clean with malt flavors very prevalent. The alcohol content kicks nicely on the way down. Definitely a great summer beer that's smooth and easy to drink. (348 characters)

Photo of innersanctum
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dog Days was a summer favorite of mine last year, and was able to enjoy some real nice cold drafts on some hot summer evenings at the Four Moon's Tavern in Roscoe Village.

DD has a real nice grain and malt taste. The real joy of this brew is the full and flavorfull mouthfeel. This is one of the easiest drinking brews and its an ideal summer session lagger. (359 characters)

Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager from Two Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.