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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 414
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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: 155 | Hads: 414
Photo of gatornation
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best buy 081511

A- pours a clear yellow color with a fast receding white 2 finger head that leaves a fresh looking collar and some decent lacing

S- average malt and grain some biscuit and floral hops

T- is malt and grain with some floral hops

M- crisp and carbonated.some lingering bitter hops that finish with sweet malts

O- an average dortmunder that did not have enough noble hops or german malts for the style..it was however a thirst quencher and one that i will have again

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Photo of emerge077
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep yellow/orange hue, very little head, zero lacing.

S: mild bready, earthy malt aroma

T: sweet malt, solid grain/earth middle, hint of spice and light dry bitter finish.

M: med/light body, fine carbonation, more on dry side

D: Decent brew, fine Dortmunder. A newbie to malt flavor may love this or perhaps an alternate Summer brew.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign IL.

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big and bright citrus aromas up front. Lemon, orange, and even some pineapple. Grassy, floral, and herbal like. Some yeast as well. Finishes with some bread and biscuit malts. Excellent balance and nuance.
T: Follows the nose. Big fruity flavors of orange, pineapple, and lemon. An excellent balance between the lager yeast, and bread/biscuit malt. A light sweetness as well. An all around great balance.
M/D: A medium body that is so crisp, clean, and dry. Perfect carbonation, and very textured. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

An all around excellent lager. I really love it. Something that I highly recommend.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A gorgeous, fluffy and bubbly half-inch head sits on top of a lively, light orange and very crisp looking beer. Lacing covers much of the glass, but it is very light and thin.

SMELL: Notes of orange come through strong with the first sniff. A bit unusual smelling for a Dortmunder.

TASTE: The taste begins as a traditional and fairly bitter Dortmunder, but quickly fades into an orange flavor that leaves a strong and sweet orange aftertaste.

MOUTHFEEL: Typical of the style, tiny bubbles tickle the palate to create a pleasant and refreshing crisp and dry feel.

OVERALL: The Dog Days was not exactly what I expected from a Dortmunder, but it was very pleasant nonetheless. This would be an excellent beer for a warm summer afternoon...at least if Two Brothers decides to release it again at some point in the future.

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Photo of salvo
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale hazy golden into a pint glass under a quarter inch of white head that quickly dissipates to a foam ring. Smell is yeasty and golden wheat, with some hops bitterness.

Honey malts quickly bitter, the noble hops quickly drying the palate and dissipating. Quick finish.

Light bodied and easy to drink. Should have had this around over the summer. Important: none of the chemical aftertaste of the big commercial lagers or of the really cheap versions.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of JimboHD2005.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small soapy white head that is fed by a constant stream of bubbles from the bottom.

The aroma is clean with lots of noble hops and toasted bread. Some various grains, lightly toasted, are along in there.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma with some sugary sweetness coming through. It's less crisp than the aroma suggested - the noble hops being much less prevalent.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with more sweetness and less crispness and bitterness than my favorites in the style.

This is not a bad beer but it could have been better and much more drinkable if the sweetness wasn't so prevalent.

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Photo of herman77
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Vibrant deep yellow with a small white head. Transparent. A lit bit of lacing

S: Light bready malt, a little bit of hops and that distinct lager yeast smell.

T: Grainy, biscuity malts, slightly sweet bready malt flavor as well. Then the spicy and floral hops come through. Semi-sweet/bitter aftertaste. It is pretty crisp and refreshing though

M: Lighter body, slightly higher carbonation that is pretty active. Nothing special, very average.

D: Good for a hot day thirst quencher. Easy drinking, not much else.

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

From notes.

A: Lager pours a relatively clear golden. Small head reduces quickly; cascading white lace clings onto the glass.
S: Big noble hop aromas. Grassy and malty. Well balanced on the nose. There's something in there that makes me think "wheat".
T/M: Clean, smooth, crisp, light mouthfeel offers up a refreshing dose of fresh cut hay and the slightest caramel malt to hold it up. Drying mouthfeel with biscuity residuals lingering. An undeniable earthiness, like the hops were pulled right from the vine, blended with some grass and hay, still covered in dirt. Not bad!
D: I'd buy this again. This beer just makes me happy.

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Photo of jrallen34
1.86/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this on tap at the brew pub as past of the tour...Pours a super clear gold light white head, not much retention or lacing...The aroma and taste are what you would expect all skunk from start to finish, I can't even finish the sampler size.

Avoid this.

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Photo of farrago
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light head, hardly any foam, what's there is clear white, nada lacing. The slight gauze doesn't effect the overall transparency, straw yellow color, not that vivid, very few and randomly scattered bubbles, has the appearance of a beer gone flat. Pretzel dough, wheat bread in the nose, the peppery bite and hops give it lots of verve, softened by a light florality, the malts lack distinguishing qualities, some milk chocolate and hard butterscotch candy, solid apricot, peach scents without seeming fruity, overall well-integrated and easy to kick back and sniff. Medium-bodied, carbonation gives it a steady churn without getting in the way of smoother drinkability. The malted milk balls and chocolate ease the mouth entry, then orange to lemon citrus perks things up, greener straw and hay notes. Brings on some ginger, coriander notes too. Quieter tone to the pear, peach, apricot fruit, however, consistently there. Slight turn to bitterness through the finish, keeps it lively. Solid, crafted to be so rather than spectacular, a rarer and rarer thing. Could easily put a few down in one sitting.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of djhowell
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Amber colored body with half a finger of off-white head that quickly settles to just a coating on the surface. Leaves spotty lacing.
S: The nose consists mainly of malty sweetness, some floral hops.
T: A little sweet, maybe some notes of caramel, some hop bitterness, and bread.
M: Nice carbonation, crisp, finishes a little sticky.
D: Would be easy to session this but the flavor isn't my cup of tea.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a light golden colored body with a small cap of bright white foam. the head lasts for a little while before receding and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the nose is pretty subdued here. toasted grain with a little bit of caramel malt sweetness a little bit of earthy and floral hops.

T- the taste is just as subdued as the nose. a small amount of caramel and toasted bred like malts up front. at the end theres a little bit of herbal, floral, and earthy hops.

M- light bodied with ample carbonation.

D- meh, this isnt my favorite two brothers beer. something ill still try at least once a year, but not too much more than that.

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Photo of bashiba
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with freshness date stamped on label. The lager poured a clear, golden color with quickly receding white head.

There is a good blast of caramel malt aromas and noble hops. This smells very fresh.

True to the style, the flavor is sweet with a little hop flavor to balance everything. There is some bready flavor as well.

While light in body, this has a fuller mouthfeel than a pilsner or helles. The carbonation level is appropriate for a lager and keeps each sip refreshing.

I have always enjoyed this style when I can find it. As with this product, most dortmunders are seasonal offerings. This is ideal for the hot, summer months.

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Photo of steveh
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to sample this for a while now...

A -- Clear, deep gold with a slow-settling, frothy white head.

S -- Light, spicy noble hops with some vague crackery malts back.

T -- Somewhat citric hop character up front, followed closely in balance by that cracker note. Well balanced, but seems a little lacking than the import variety.

M -- Light to medium body with a mildly syrupy to mouthfeel.

D -- Drinkability is solid, but I was hoping for more of that true German maltiness in this beer. It's trying hard, but falling a little short.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very clear, dark gold in color with a massive creamy head that doesn't hang around long.

Aroma is tart floral hop, and biscuit malt. There is also an odd vegetal sourness that is unappealing.

Taste is metallic caramel malt sweetness with a definite bready quality. Earthy hops bring a bit of spicy bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. A surprisingly full feel.

I'm not sure about this one. Nice mouthfeel and appearance, but the aroma immediately tuned me off, and the flavor wasn't as unified as it should be. Not something I'll pick up again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden honey color with a wispy white head that settles into a solid ring. The aroma is of a sweet bready malt with hints of grassy bitterness. Perhaps a touch grainy. The taste is light and somewhat grainy, there is a touch of honey sweetness and grassy hop bitterness. Has some hay like characteristics. The feel is moderate with active carbonation, the beer starts off sweet but finishes with a light bitter kick. A tad heavier than most lagers but drinks very well. It is nice to see another American brewery make this style as it is a good summertime brew.

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3.82/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of trbergman
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep yellow-gold with one finger of sticky white foam.

S - Chewy cereal grain aroma, floral and grassy hops.

T - Cereal, grain-husk flavor, a bit sweet, with mild-moderate hop bitterness and subtle noble hop flavor. Tasty and quenching, though not up to the standard of Dortmunder Gold.

M - Light-medium body, smooth carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink; satisfying.

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Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Black Sparrow.

You know, I really like this new Lawnmower trend. Like, yeah, I know that dortmunders and kolsches have been steadily produced ever since I've been a beer person, but it's only recently that brewers have been comfortable admitting to the fact that these beers are supposed to be light and refreshing.

Pours orangeyellow, translucent and sunny. Nice head.

Smells crisp and dry, heavy nodes of peat moss and noble hops.

Tastes weedy--maybe it's just the power of suggestion, maybe it's just the european hops, but I'm getting a strong floral profile here that's almost like dandelions. That drifts towards a drier, earthier middle, and then ends on long, dry hops.

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