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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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550 Ratings

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB visit their website

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: 550 | Reviews: 336
Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking lager, brilliantly clear pale golden colour. Decent 1 finger white head, which typical of most lagers did not stick around for any length of time.

Mostly bready pale malts with some underlying biscuit. Hint of cooked corn, and some metallic, grassy hops.

More crackery than biscuit according to my palate, but still a nice and clean, simple and tasty malty flavour. Slightest hint of cooked corn comes through just before the mineral and grassy hop flavours appear at the finish.

A light bodied, fairly well carbonated brew. While quite pale there is a decent amount of both malt and hop flavour present. Quite crisp, and almost finishes clean, the grassy hops tend to linger.

Very drinkable and sessionable lager that is made for those hot summer days. While nothing too special this is a well made brew that stands above typical north american macro swill. recommended for those who enjoy lagers, as well as those who think that a light bodied, pale coloured beer lacks flavour, you may be mildly surprised.

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 Drunkenass
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerDreadz
2/5  rDev -38.3%

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 TimoP
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Marius
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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 chickenm
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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 LaurensDeJong
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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 djcreepshow
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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 Drab1ne
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of JMS1512
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of tux_alin
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MJ63
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
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