DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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BA SCORE
75
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561 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 02-20-2002

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Ratings: 561 | Reviews: 341
Reviews by TinusTime:
Photo of TinusTime
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow straw colour with a ample fluffy white head. Aroma is a bit grainy with some spice and floral hops in the mix.
Taste is crisp and clean with enough hop bite at the end to balance the bready malt in the beginning. Nothing overdone, just well balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy slick. Good carbonation keeps that in check. Drinkability is high and this is an easy summer quaffer that goes down mighty quick. Great with traditional german food and hot weather.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Poured a clear golden with a medium head. The head faded fast. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Mildy hoppy nose. Light hints of bread and yeast. Somewhat floral.

Taste: Enjoyable hoppiness. Nice maltiness gives it balance and body. Hoppy bitterness towarsd the finish and then smoothes out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: A nice pils. I could down this easy drinker frequently. Enjoyable even if the style is not my favorite.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with an average lifespan, fluffy white head that sticks well. Bready and mildly sweet nose. Standard German pilsener malts making up the bulk of the flavor with some light floral hops in the finish. Thin with a drab and dull bitterness but still rather drinkable.

Photo of NWer
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can poured into a pint glass.
Abundant foamy head dissipates quickly. Typical Lager pour. Clear yellow appearance. Smooth grainy taste. Light session qualities but flavorful enough to be very enjoyable.
One of the better lagers out there. Loving the Dortmunder style from a mighty fine brewery.

Photo of drinkofczars
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color, very expected for the type of beer this is.

S- Smells good. Not too skunky but has the bitter aroma I like in this type of beer.

T- Very nice taste. I wish there was a little more bite to the hops. Very refreshing to sip on in a tall-boy.

M- Very crisp and perfectly carbonated.

O- Very much like a Bitburger but without as much bitterness to it. Very pleasant to drink but I would go with a Bitburger over this beer any day. The Lock and Keel in Ballard, Seattle sells this beer for 3.75 which is a super good deal for the area and brew.

Refreshing and quenching beer.

Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle with no freshness date, there is some odd code on the back label but that means nothing to me.

Appearance: Very pale yellowish golden colour, filtered clarity for sure. The thick and foamy white head sticks to the glass quite well.

Smell: The malt in the aroma is as faded as those acid washed jeans I had in the 80’s … weird muted hop in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Such a boring palate of pale pilsner malt, nice crispness and it really adds to the refreshing quality. The malt comes and goes with a clean flavour … again it is boring. Even worse is the hop bitterness which is like a knife without a sharp edge … dull with no flavour.

Notes: Two words “Hop Extract”. I have had better from this brewery, this beer is too processed and has no natural feel to it … a sad state from the last time that I tried it which must have been at least five years ago. Lastly … it tastes sterile.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this one in a while - good to get back to the cheap German pilsners every once in a while.

Pours a light golden colour, leaving a thin white head that only survives a few moments. The smell is uncharacteristically sweet, with notes of honey and bread. Hops are present, but not dominant.

A tasty, sweet pilsner that tastes of honey and biscuits, with perhaps nuts and grains. Thin, but certainly very drinkable. If you're looking for a decent pilsner under 2 bucks a can, you could certainly do worse.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. green bottle. Poured a clear and fizzy golden color with an initial thick head that quickly died out. No lacing of the glass. Aromas are tough to pull out but I note some bitter hops and some sweetness. Flavor is more of the same, balanced nicely. Fresh-tasting and crisp, it's another beer that would be a good one for a summer day.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brilliant gold, 1” foam head – white – quickly dissipates
Smell: a little DMS and a touch of apple
Taste: rich malt flavors, dry, herby, traces of apple, cooked vegetables, a touch of sour Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium carbonation.
Overall: More flavor than a standard industrial lager. Would go OK with ribs.

Photo of Thrasher
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was surprisingly good and inexpensive. Substantial malt presence, this beer has a real backbone and full flavor. Hops are strong and quite zesty but kept perfectly in check. Very drinkable; I could imagine spending a happy evening with this brew. Green bottle and travel distance are only drawbacks, and the odor wasn't wonderful. Still, I wish this was more readily available. The price was right (I think I payed $6 a sixer?). Heineken, Becks, and Amstel drinkers would especially enjoy this; it is far superior to those widespread and offensive beers.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Meh, a decent beer, nothing special, looks a little more impressive than American adjunct lagers, yellow nonetheless. No discernable hop aroma, just a canned beer smell (not elite canned beer).

Taste, a little prickly, tiny probably hallertau hops or something similar. Light body. Mouthfeel remains this way. Drinkability, sure, not annoying, easy to drink. Nothing wrong with this beer on a hot day in the sun. The sun skunks it, making it even better IMHO.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fluffy white head over a crystal clear light straw body. Fairly clean aroma. Flavor is also clean with hints of pilsner malt and a rather astringent hop bitterness that lacks any real falvor other than sharp- if that's even a flavor. Lean body with moderate to high carbonation. Drying.

From a “Beers of the world” sampler I received as a gift. I can’t say I’d actively seek this guy out again, but I’ve had much worse examples of the style.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer pours a straw yellow body with a touch of haze and a creamy white foam that you could write your name in. There is a sea of microbubbles swirling around in the body.

S- The clean slightly sweet aroma of green sulfur has a flint note to it and some freshly crushed pils malt comes through in the finish and grows.

T- The fresh pils malt flavor has hints of honey malt and a dry finish with a slightly sweet sulfur green hop flavor that lingers only for a moment.

M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel with a tight fizz.

O- Even though I describe it as sweet, it is not. There is just enough sweetness to mellow the sulfur and give the malt that fresh flavor. This is very easy to drink by the liter.

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at The Road House in Deerfield, WI.

I didn't realize it was in a green bottle when I first saw it in the cooler. Oh well. It of course had a hint of a skunky smell and flavor that I'm not a fan of. Other than that, it tasted a lot like an AAL. Some wheat or grain flavor with a bit of malt. Very light-bodied beer and relatively drinkable.

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can, sexy, orderly German label (is it just me?). And how is a normal aluminum can's contents "Draft Quality", one wonders?

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, billowy, and thinly foamy off-white head, which renders some varied webbed lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes.

It smells of crisp, biscuity pale cereal grain, a touch of sassy lemon oil, and grassy, hay-like hops. The taste is biscuity, bready pale malt, some further breakfast cereal goodness, muted and blended citrus notes, and soft grassy, floral noble hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, hardly a tic here or there, the body a stoic medium weight, mostly smooth, and yet a tad creamy in its slowly building frothiness. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt holding tough, and the lingering grassy, weedy hops lending a certain low-fi clean crispness.

An enjoyable straight-up balance of grain and hop, with just enough zip to keep it interesting in any 'shall I have another' dithering. Nothing complicated, just a solid German brew, for what it's worth.

Photo of mintjellie
2.94/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep, bright gold body. Crystal clear. Fizzy. The 3-4 fingers of thick white head has decent retention. Tons of lace sticks to the side of my pilsner glass as it recedes. This is one hell of a nice looking lager.

Mild bread/biscuit malt aroma. A little bit grassy. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes like bread, or crackers. Mild grassiness. A hint of lemon. Mild bitterness.

Light bodied and spritzy, but not overly thin. It wouldn't be my first choice, but I could have a few of these.

Photo of dacrza1
2.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: Unwinding after a furious grading session... Glassware: Jever pokal... Appearance: champagne-like effervescence with a yellow that favors gold in its complexion; a frothy, bubbly single-finger head sits comfortably...etching in the lacing is random but welcome... Aroma: cereal and bread overpower the sense, with a bit of banana as well... Palate: medium-bodied, alive at the throat but passive on its way there...although a bit of a bubble at the teeth and an aftertaste...palatable but forgettable too... Taste: As expected, the doughy lagerishness is front and center in the profile; a bit bitter, but smooth and straightforward in its taste... Overall: green bottles often foreshadow their contents' taste, and DAB is little different. I bought the case because I could not recall the last taste I had of it; after drinking the whole case myself, I can put that curiosity behind me, admit that the import was basicand serviceable, but not "the beer of world fame" the bottle boasts...

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden bodied. Fluffy white head. Good retention.
Bready and slightly sweet malts on the nose, along with a slight hop bite.
Starts on the bready side. Standard white bread, no frills. Grainy underbelly. Turns sweeter midway. Carmel-ish, though saying a carmel flavor is present would be stretching it. Finishes with a tempered German hop kick.
Light-medium bodied.
Simple, decent.

Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pilsener, creamy, straw yellow and lots of white foamy head, yet lacking aroma and thin mouthfeel. Grassy, crisp Dry taste, bitterness on backbone, highly carbonated, above average malting, most quaffable. Boring, too much on sweet side. Below average.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep honey gold and crystal clear brew with a snow white one finger head made of tiny bubbles. Lots of crisp lace is left on the glass.

S - Honey, springtime flowers after a rain, dinner crackers (Ritz?), and honeydew melon. This one is understated and elegant as hell. It's not very assertive, but it's extremely fresh and delicate!

T - Crisp and salty saltine crackers make up the malt portion, and the hops are really fruity, floral, and delicate. The finish brings on an astringent quinine-like bitterness.

M - On the heavier side of light-bodied, with a fine carbonation that adds to the crisp flavors of this brew without being overcarbonated like a lot of lighter lagers.

D - A beautifully built beer. It's not outstanding, assertive, or off-the wall, but it's mellow with honey and flower notes. Very drinkable and thirst quenching. Good stuff!

Note: I remember buying a mini-keg-can of this stuff for my hotel room back in college when I was staying in Indianapolis for a fraternity leadership conference. In school, I was your typical frat guy who guzzled Old Milwaukee and Keystone Ice and I didn't discover good beer until several years after graduation. I bought (and finished) the keg-can just because it was a cool novelty. Look! My own personal keg. I remember carrying the keg around the hotel the whole night, but I seriously don't remember what it tasted like. I'm glad that I finally reviewed this beer as an adult and not a chugging college student.

Photo of mempath
4.38/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

impressive for such a basic export lager. looks great with super lacing and a longstanding head...smell is the least impressive with a hint of cereal/rice...at least none of that american adjunct corn smell. the taste is what makes it with a refreshing hint of grain and a lingering, not too dry finish of hops. bittersweet in a most desirable way. rolls on the tongue smooth and luscious enough. not thin. what a bargain! enjoy it quickly though since it camps out in green bottles...

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light-golden body. White head. Slightly better than average retention and lacing. The nose offers a dull malt and dull hops. The flavor is very rounded though, with a malt that's straw-like, hops that are soft and grassy, and a firm bitterness. Very drinkable, but unexciting.

Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold without much head. The aroma is slight and bready and the flavors starts of with a dose of minerals. The light malt base is there with a bit of Saaz hops spice. Either this beer is bland or it's just too subtle for my likes. It at least feels right, being crisp and clean, but it's very plain and didn't taste like much.

Photo of beerluvr
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a pure white head that settles out over golden-straw colored liquid. Snappy clean maltiness in the nose with some hop & sweetness notes too. Taste is clean, a bit of metallic hoppiness..very crisp and undemanding on the palate. Finishes more dry than anything. A nice Summer thirst-quencher/lawnmower Lager.

Photo of jahsausage
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice golden colour as one would expect and has (to me) a rather nodescript smell and the taste... Is a mild tasting lager, nothing really exciting here. When I have had tastings of this alongside other lagers it has proved to be a somewhat sweeter and maltier tasting brew.
But at the end of the day DAB is a Lager and thats about the end of the story. Its a good value, good tasting, commonly available (at least where I am) beer but it doesn't really leap out with distinctiveness.

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
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