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DAB Dark Beer - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 19.88%
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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 06-04-2003)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
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).

woodychandler, Mar 12, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of shapudding
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

shapudding, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of Billolick
2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Billolick, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of rastaman
1.4/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Some light caramel/choc roast in the nose, which was kindof pleasant, but it quickly takes a nose dive. The palate is very thin, and even a bit cloying, ti me it didn't taste like it was complying with the German beer purity laws, some adjuncty notes pop up here and there.

rastaman, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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 label 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 mention 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!

biboergosum, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Dortmunder ActienBrauerei "DAB Dark Beer"
500 ml can, "BEST BEFORE: 12.2014 N"

Dab Dark is a clean, well-brewed dunkel that offers a pleasant, deep, and dry roastiness amidst notes of bittersweet dark chocolate. There are no distinctive hop flavors although there's an overall floral character. The bitterness is assertive, and it finishes quite dry in combination with the roasted notes. At first it doesn't appear to linger long on the palate, cleaning up very quickly. As the roastiness builds in the mouth, however, the length of the finish increases greatly, mixing notes of dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, ashy roastiness, and floral hops. At times it can seem even a touch smokey.

NeroFiddled, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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..

russpowell, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of hotstuff
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When this Dunkel was poured it consisted of a large beige invigorating head with fine-large bubbles. The body was a reddish-brown. There was virtually no lacing observed and there was some carbonation. The aroma was citrusy and flowery. It had a thin flavor to it. Not too impressed with this Dunkel.

hotstuff, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of klimoja
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%

klimoja, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

tone77, May 08, 2014
Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

UniversitateaDeBere, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

parintele, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of TastyTaste
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

TastyTaste, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Andreji
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Andreji, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of animal69
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%
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.

animal69, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

aquatonex, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of djura
3/5  rDev -11%

djura, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.63/5  rDev -22%
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.

ColoradoBobs, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of Beastdog75
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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."

Beastdog75, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +48.4%

mquinn919, May 27, 2014
Photo of pezoids
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out an attractive clear orangey dark brown. The head was frothy and rich, eggshell in color. The aroma has a slight toastiness that sits beside an earthy, slightly citrus hop note. The taste is extremely smooth, creamy with a slight caramel and toffee sweetness. There’s some peppery notes that sort of remind me of an Alt beer. This is more bittersweet and mellower than the regular DAB. Very smooth and highly drinkable. Little spices in the finish, crisp with a small hop bite. An ultra smooth dark lager. Very nice.

pezoids, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of tgbljb
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

tgbljb, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Pmicdee
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Pmicdee, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of clvand0
2.2/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light brown color and has moderate head and lacing on the glass. It has a very hoppy aroma that is somewhat promising. The flavor reminded me of a tolerable Heineken (ass beer). It was not nearly as bad, but the flavor is very similar. This beer should be yellow also, not dark.

clvand0, Jun 12, 2003
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DAB Dark Beer from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
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