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DAB Dark Beer - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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DAB Dark BeerDAB Dark Beer

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 21.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 06-04-2003)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to the good peeps of The Foodery who set aside some CANs for me at Marnie Olds' fest at the Philadelphia German Heritage Club a few weeks back! Apparently, the CANs have only recently returned to the U.S. market and I am proud to add the beer to The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "All Natural Draft Quality"; "A smooth dark beer imported from Germany"; "Brewed according to the German beer purity law."

It came in a tallboy CAN, so an inverted Glug was out of the question. However, a heavy handed pour was not and so I proceeded smartly following a rather soft Crack! My pour still resulted in a pseudo-cascade, eventually settling into three fingers of dense, light-tan head with great retention. Nose had a soft, grassy, Noble hop quality underlain by a light cocoa chocolatiness. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity (SRM = > 22, < 27). Mouthfeel was medium and the grassiness was very pronounced in the mouth, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate bitterness. I really liked the interplay between the malt and the hops and neither seemed to get in the way of the other, as CAN happen with Black/Cascadian IPAs. Finish was semi-dry, not fully dry, but highly refreshing and very pleasant. I would definitely put this in the cooler for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

Serving type: can

03-12-2014 20:53:25 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can - nice to see more dark beers from Germany's more prominent brewers make it this way. The can proclaims 'draft quality' - how so, given that I detect no supporting evidence as such?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, bubbly, and weakly foamy ecru head, which leaves some stellar cobwebbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells quite lightly of roasted pale and caramel malt, faint muddled dark fruit, a bit of dry cocoa powder, and mild leafy, grassy, and weedy hops - did I mentioned it was light? The taste is more tell-tale - bready caramel malt, toasted wheat crackers, wet char, bittersweet chocolate, still well understated dark orchard fruit, and typically restrained leafy, earthy noble hops.

The bubbles are pretty low-key in their quotidian fizziness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and plainly smooth, a burgeoning biscuity essence steering things slowly in the other direction. It finishes a twinge off-dry, the cocoa, soaked bread, and morning after firepit notes landing on my palate just so.

A pleasant enough dark German lager, the roasted character kept mostly to a minimum, with plenty of other black lager subtleties to render things drinkable and enjoyable for at least a few rounds, one would think - but first, bring on the scarred, spartan wood tables, so that we might imbibe this one properly!

Serving type: can

07-29-2014 02:00:46 | More by biboergosum
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

06-26-2014 02:50:27 | More by wrightst
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5/5  rDev +50.2%

05-27-2014 02:06:42 | More by mquinn919
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3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the king of canned brew, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cola like color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, of roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, light smokiness, some bitterness at the finish. Mild and sessionable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

05-08-2014 12:43:05 | More by tone77
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

05-07-2014 22:46:20 | More by Durandal_777
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

03-29-2014 16:52:43 | More by djura
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-24-2013 00:21:04 | More by Slatetank
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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is what I base all my dunkel recipe's on, the perfectly clear, 'cherrycola' color always gives a good tan(?) head (you can float the cap), the taste & aroma match the color w/ plenty of earthy toasty grain flavor and aroma, not agressively hopped at all, the hop flavor comes out right at the end, though there is some slight hop aroma; i really can't believe how light the body is w/ such a full flavored beer, it makes this, in my opinion, the most drinkable dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 21:10:39 | More by animal69
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3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all I can't believe there's only 26 reviews for this beer?? I remember seeing DAB back in the mid 80s. Maybe something changed as far where or who brews it??? Will not even guess at what the hell 6 34
L means datewise, well maybe it means 34th week of 06?? Don't know

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a 3 fingers deep offwhite head. Good head retention & so-so lacing

S: Toffee & caramel. Fruiityness as it warms.

Taste: Toasty malts, then slight grainyness. Choclate notes sneek through. Finishes dry, with toasty grain/raisin notes

MF: Medium body with slight pricklyness & slight over carbonation

Drinks okay, needs a little more character to hold your interest, still not bad at all for a short fling..

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 03:43:59 | More by russpowell
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3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured an attractive deep copper color with boisterous tannish head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is of toasted malt mixed with caramel. Taste is OK, but it reminds me of the taste of a non-alcoholic beer, so much so that I had to grab the bottle from the recycle bin to make sure. A bit a dry hoppiness at the finish is somewhat redeeming. Very easy to drink, but not something great.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 01:31:52 | More by tgbljb
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3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear cola brown body, with a just a thin layer of foam sitting on top. Smell is grassy, with a slightly nutty tinge to it. Taste is fairly well hopped, has some nutty earth flavors that are overshadowed by the larger grassiness. Good mouthfeel. Even though I don't think many euro lagers are worth taking a glance at, this one is one of the better examples.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 13:38:42 | More by TastyTaste
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although DAB seemed like an unconvincing brew, I was rather pleased at the end.

The pour is a dark combination between brown and red with a nice, light tan frothy head with considerably good retention.

The smell wasn't very complex, but highlighted an essential malt dominance, with a slight grassy hoppyness coming in at some point.

The taste was rather pleasing, above what I'd look for in a Negra Modelo, for example. rather strong and malty, all within a medium to thick mouthfeel. It ended with a sweet/bitter combination as the hops became present, making it rather more pleasing and refreshing. not too carbonated.

The beer was ok for a light session-wise drinking. I'd easily drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 18:33:04 | More by Andreji
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3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An impressive session beer. I think many people undermind these 'finess' beers because we are used to appreciating higher gravity beers more--our mistake. DAB Dunkel pours a medium copper or rust color with orange tones woven in. Looks fairly creamy and laces reasonably well. Moderately carbonated with a white adequate head. Smells lightly malty, caramelly and bready. Slight hop aroma adds spiciness and complexity. Maybe a touch grainy. Tastes lightly malty and caramelly as well. Toast-ey flavors revealled in the body. Slight tones of traditional german hops for balance and offests the malt. Thins toward the body and finished quite dry without being alcoholic or hot. Aftertaste is clean and crisp. Give me another; this is a increadibly easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 12:40:45 | More by BEERchitect
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New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yet dingy looking orangy/brown. Head is slightly tan, solid and rocky.

Aroma is too mild- there are bready and spicy elements along with a touch of caramel and malty sweetness, but there is just not that much of an impression.

Flavor is disappointing as well- not nearly enough of a malt profile. A roasted malt character dominates what is there, but the finish borders on over-attenuated. Otherwise, this beer is simply bland.

Can't win 'em all, I guess. I don't think I'll be buying this one again- not much of interest here.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 02:29:42 | More by TongoRad
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had as a draught at Hofbrauhaus.

Pours dark brown, slightly more opaque than Coke. Head was 2 fingers tall, light, bubbly, not much retention. Carbonation was light. Smells of malts with hints of bitterness (hops, cocoa, coffee). Taste follows with a light to medium bodied malts, chocolatey coffeeish bitterness, I'd like to have a heavier malt presence. Slight sweetness is overpowered by the bitter flavors. Mouthfeel is decent. I'd drink it again, was pretty solid.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2005 22:18:58 | More by aquatonex
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4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating, but stamped "6L34" if that means anything...?
I cannot remember having this in a bottle before, but did wind up drinking quite a bit of draft over the summer at a local German themed beergarden.
Poured out clear and bottle brown with a very nice thick head that settled down to an off-white creamy layer that you can just see through in areas. Deeply malty scents, caramel and karo syrup, strong molasses. Smooth feel with a light to medium body, lightly creamy. You can feel the carbination only barely, nice. Tastes of coffee, dark roasted malts, honeyed sweetness coming through. Very good mild flavors, goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 16:55:22 | More by shapudding
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New York

2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled a few 12 ouncers over the past few days, no freshness dating. Pour is light brown, medium almond, clear, lifting a slight white head, leaves no lacing. Nose is stale chocolate. Thin bodied, a hint of more stale dry chocolate, malty sweetness and mostly a fairly nasty metalic note and a dull finish. Pass it up, buy something better.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 02:08:39 | More by Billolick
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2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown pour wth a pretty white head that doesn't last for long.

Some nutty toasted-malt notes in the nose without much in the way of hops made me expect a relatively unbitter beer taste. I was disappointed with the bitterness in the flavor. Crisp, thin mouthfeel, with very dry finish.

Overall I was pretty disappointed. Guess I need to quit hoping Lagers (even dark German ones) are ever going to make me happy.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 06:42:48 | More by ColoradoBobs
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3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Roughly equal proportions of brown, orange and amber with bright orange accents. The beer is as clear as a cloudless sky with an occasional stray bubble working its way up to the beige head. The foam has some substance to it and manages to deposit a few arching strands of foam as it departs.

The nose is dark lagerish--no surprise given the style--and is too subdued. Lightly roasted malt is the extent of things; there are no cocoa-like or nutty aromas that I could detect. It's okay I guess, but there's not much to go on.

Although the flavor and the body are definitely light, DAB Dark isn't bad beer. I'm not too well-versed when it comes to Munich Dunkel Lagers, but this has to be on the lighter end of the spectrum for sure. There's a spindly malt backbone with a modest amount of roasted maltiness and a faint fruitiness beneath. The finish is both slightly bitter and slightly sour and delivers a faint dusting of cocoa powder. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel descends into wateriness on the swallow.

DAB Dark might be a good place to start if a novice expressed an interest in 'dark' beer (and didn't want to be challenged in the least) because it's hard to imagine a more user-friendly dark lager. I prefer something with more teeth and a louder roar.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 16:20:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, my scores are all over the place. While I enjoyed this, some elements seemed out of place, must mean that I should get on a plane immediately to drink some at the source ;-)
Had this on tap yesterday at the Horseshoe Pub, and as a long-time German beer lover, I was happy to see it. Pint when served was a cola color (first question: should it have been a bit darker? As a dunkel?). Aroma I liked, it actually seemed somewhat sweet with a cinnamon(!) note. Taste was nice and malty, I thought it finished with some bitterness, and finally some roastiness. Very enjoyable. The second question I had was: the mouthfeel seemed thinner than I thought it would be...hmm. Yes, I think I need to fly over as soon as possible to doublecheck. Would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2004 17:37:39 | More by PatandDavid
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3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a bronze color with an off-white head. The aroma is bready, malty, with a slight roastiness. It is a bit sweet smelling and has a spicy German hop aroma. The flavor is breadlike, with a slight roast malt taste. It has a spicy hop flavor throughout. It is light-medium in body and finishes dry. There is a bit of astringency with this one. All in all it is a good brew that is an easy drinker.

Sampled 3/30/04

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2004 19:07:30 | More by BeerBuilder
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New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have tried the DAB Original (which I liked) and the DAB Low-Carb (take a guess). I had hoped that trying their dark lager would help put the brewery back into good graces with me after sampling their unlikeable low-carb offering. This beer isn't bad, but all in all their regular pils-like Original is their best offering available here in the States.

DAB Dark pours a nice dark amber/light brown color that is translucent and has some ruby hints to it. A decent light tan foam forms and lasts for under a minute. The smell was grainy, with some of the dark malt notes present, but the grassy aromas moreso. The mouth is a bit watery and is moderately carbonated. The malt flavors have a bit of a caramel/molasses quality to them, but the Northern German Pils-like grassiness seems to be the dominant flavor. There is a low-moderate herbal grassiness as well, but the beer really isn't at all bitter in the finish. As a matter of fact, the more I drank this beer, the more watery the flavor seemed to become. There is very little in terms of aftertaste (maybe just some graininess), and there is no alcoholic warmth.

This is a passable dunkel, but it ends up being quite forgettable. Dinkel-Acker's dunkel lager might be the best offering of that particular brewery, while the best DAB has to offer is their regular lager. This showed me that a dark beer is not always the brewery's "crown jewel."

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 17:08:18 | More by Beastdog75
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4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly good find, this dark lager poured out of the 12 ounce bottle a slightly lighter shade than I had expected. The head was bubbly and thick, but eventually faded to a decent lace. The aroma was grainy, with roasted deep rich malt and some residual sweetness. A smooth brew on the palate, this one goes well with many things, including a Kutztown Tavern soft pretzel.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 12:17:36 | More by goindownsouth
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4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz light brown bottle. No date.
It pours an orange-hued brown with a nice beige head and some trailing and sticky lace.
A dry cut hay malt smell dominates. A light whiff of hops and sweet bread follow.
It's not a heavy malt, but it has a full malt flavor. A light caramel sweetness and taste of brown bread make for a well-rounded malt body.
The mild lemony bitterness and slight metallic tang, along with a dash of peppery spiciness compliment the sweetness to near perfection. Nice easy-drinking beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 03:48:41 | More by BeerResearcher
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DAB Dark Beer from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
78 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.