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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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BA SCORE
75
okay

506 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-20-2002)
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TheOtherMike

Michigan

4.68/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very noticeable clarity when poured - crystal clear light yellow. Thin head subsides quickly but carbonation/bubbling remains active.

Strong, classic pilsner taste (even though the label reads "Lager") - but not too strong. The finish, however, reminds me of lager. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 15:19:06 | More by TheOtherMike
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industrialswill

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is Liquid Gold..!
It's been 35 years since I've had this one and it's just as good as I remembered.
The 500 ml can was priced at $2.
It's got a thick head after a delicate pour.
Smells a little "hoppy"
The taste is eveything a light lager should be...I could drink these all night.
This is just a fantastic beer and I'm so glad to see it available in a can.

Serving type: can

08-29-2011 05:08:11 | More by industrialswill
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear bright golden color with a large fluffy white head that holds for a while with a wispy light lace to the finish. earthy nose and a scent of fresh picked mint. lots of malt with this one, slightly bready, with some hop taste. medium mouthfeel with lots of crisp carbonation. clean refreshing taste i found myself reaching for another and another and another.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 04:04:57 | More by billybob
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright and clear pale yellow color. Had a frothy white head. Beautiful grainy aroma. Perfect. My tastes lean towards this style of beer, along with pilsners, and this one is right on the mark. The hops that come out, bitter this beer perfectly. Slightly oily sweet aftertaste. Ultra-crisp and very drinkable. Nothing to hide here, just great beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 02:17:01 | More by pezoids
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billybadger

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

07-26-2014 20:38:52 | More by billybadger
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MustaPekka

Norway

4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

08-12-2012 23:45:14 | More by MustaPekka
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +35.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:11:58 | More by mempath
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

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

Having this out of the bottle, and it's not bad.

Bright dark yellow, full bready smell. Head settled down right after pouring.

This has what I need in a pilsner: carbonation, crispness, slight sweet bready aftertaste. No mega-hops, just crispy sweetness.

Goes down good on a hot summers day. Will buy and drink again, no question. pat

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 15:49:06 | More by PatandDavid
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and lightly hopped. Appearance is that of a lighter beer, but you soon know this is not a beer to be evaluated on looks alone. The hops show through into the aroma and taste, but does not have an overbearing hop presence. Pours with a beautiful long lasting head. This is a reasonably priced, well defining German lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 19:18:11 | More by BobLuvBeer
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the_thumbzilla1

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

04-28-2014 11:45:48 | More by the_thumbzilla1
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DocG

California

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

07-04-2012 03:08:48 | More by DocG
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shawhan579


4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

01-22-2013 01:44:47 | More by shawhan579
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charleygreene

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

03-18-2012 01:41:07 | More by charleygreene
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 13:06:59 | More by rhoadsrage
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steeler

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite german beers, had this many times. Anyway, pours out a nice golden yellow, with a nice one inch head, that eventually fades down to a nice ring of lace. Looks real nice. Has a nice fresh smell, no off smells. Goes down smooth, with some bitterness, and finishes clean. Quite tastey. Nice and full mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. I could easily slam these tallboy cans all night, because it wont weigh you and its really light and refreshing! I highly recommend this one! Cheers!

Serving type: can

01-03-2009 20:45:57 | More by steeler
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O.K., so I continue to explore different styles of beer and sought this out so that I could try a Dortmunder/Export. I like it.

Pours with a fluffy white head that has nice structure but does quickly fade to a thin film of foam. Spotty lacing left behind. Bright brass colored with perfect clarity. A decent amount of visible carbonation.

Aroma is doughy, slightly sweet and full of green grass. Actually pretty nice.

A pilsner with less spice and more bread tones? That's my initial reaction. I like this. Very bready/biscuity with a slight undercooked quality to it. The grassy notes are still there. Finish is quite dry and crisp. Wondering at this point why this gets a "C+" type rating. I think it's because the style itself is more subdued.

Crisp, clean, dry and fresh in your mouth.

Very drinkable and certainly a session candidate.

Well done. Stay tuned for a high + rdev

Serving type: can

12-04-2010 20:18:21 | More by Reagan1984
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klimoja

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

$19.99 for a case of 16 oz German beer. OK that's a bargain. I think its the latest sales promotion and it has effectively hooked me. The pop top opens gently with a click, there is some finesse here, no explosion. Poured golden into a 22 oz weizen, soft pour with a two finger head very carbonated. No noticeable scent on the nose, my nose is bad anyway. the sip: creamy mouthfeel with a malty tongue, maybe some hops backstage but the lasting impression is the biscuity sense pervading the olfactory nerve from within...for every sip. Pleasant. Light. Deliciously drinkable. This is a steal.
Oh and the metallic thing...? Get over it.

Serving type: can

11-16-2013 01:11:29 | More by klimoja
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bradybeer

California

4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a finger of very fluffy white head. Nice floral hops aroma-Saaz? Taste is malty sweet with a nice hop bitterness. This beer is very refreshing, however, I seem to remember Dortmunders being a bit darker and maltier than this beer. Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 23:27:41 | More by bradybeer
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joecast

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

re-review 6/06
best before 4/07
not sure of the age of my first sample, but this one has a certain freshness to it that sets it above my previous review.
mainly the hop charater is a bit sharper. more grassy and spicy aroma, with the bitterness and flavor making it a very enjoyable beer.

large white head settles to 1cm. crown. typical gold lager color with plenty of carbonation bubles.
face-filling hay/grassy aroma as soon as you open the bottle and pour. allowing it to sit and a sugary, candy, maltiness joins the aroma party.
taste leans towards malt making it a bit sweet but there is a crispness right at the start offering some balance.
mouthfeel is full but has some slickness about it that i dont really like much.
drink this one on the cold side as the flavor seems to dull as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 11:22:17 | More by joecast
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a recent gift from someone in the biz who heard that I am dedicated to CANned beer and wanted me to review some of the beers that he carries in the hopes that it might attract others to the CANQuest and its results. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "The REAL Dortmunder - Product of Germany Why CANs? CANs eliminate light damage and reduce the risk of oxidation, keeping our beer fresher than in bottles! CANs are lighter, chill quicker, and CAN be enjoyed anywhere. CANs are easy to recycle due to its (sic - their) eco-friendly material. DAB is a German lager brewed with the finest German hops and barley in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516. Smooth and refreshing easy drinking lager!"

Well, now! I have been drinking a lot of IHLNC's Dortmunder of late, so I am anxious to see how this compares and vice versa. Oh, the nose was immediate! The scent of quality malted barely took no time in wafting around my kitchen. Zounds! I had two fingers' worth of dense, bone-white head sitting atop the beer. The beer itself was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. One good sniff and I was transported to a grain mill room at any of the better brewpubs. This was two-row barley malted to produce a sweet smell unlike any other. Mouthfeel was medium with a great dryness brought on by the hops mentioned on the CAN. It suddenly struck me just how good a brewer we have in Paul Rutherford at IHLNC - I might be hard-pressed to tell the diffeence in a blind side-by-side. Finish had a characteristic lager-like sweetness. It is difficult to quantify, but when you put a quality lager next to an American macro-Lager, it becomes easy to see what a pale imitation most AmeriCANs are drinking on a routine basis. This was very good! Definitely merits consideration for the cooler!

Serving type: can

05-18-2010 18:22:43 | More by woodychandler
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- It poured with a 1-finger, foamy, white head that eventually dropped to a decent lace that left nice sticky spots on the glass. The body was a clean, golden color that had a rush of carbonation that subsided to a steady, medium flow.

S- There was an intial skunky scent. A second whiff gave a really doughy aroma that turned buscuity later on and light, floral hops. It turned out to be quite pleasant.

T- It had a nice doughy flavor that was lightly hopped to give grassy notes. The finish was clean and dry. Overall, I'd say it was more on the malty side of the spectrum.

M- It had medium, foamy carbonation and a clean, yet full, feel.

D- It's an easy drinker. Being fairly easy on the pocketbook, I could see this being a regular in my summer rotation.

Overall- I took advantage of a warm, late-winter day to give this a try. I can't really say anything bad about this one. Maybe I wasn't "wowed," but it's solid all the same.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 23:06:49 | More by GRPunk
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im not too sure if this is a pilsner, i thought it was a dortmunder lager.

Anyhow, 500ml can, served in a standard pint glass. Bought on the sunny island of Tenerife.

A - Lager gold hue, minimal head, 3 fingers after aggressive pour but reduces quickly to a crown, Some good brussels lacing.

S - Fresh grassyness, lots of hops, and some faint bready malts, i m sure i can even smell some really fresh water??

T - Very clean and crisp, lots of hop bite up front, fades to reveal some bready malt, finishes smoothly and expected dryness. very refreshing

M - High carbonation, crisp

D - I found this a more that adequate thirst quencher, very pleasant and cheap. Sessionable enough lager, although nothing remarkly, just very solid.

Serving type: can

05-01-2007 17:56:24 | More by seanyfo
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putnam

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really pleasant aromas of honey, toasted grain and freshly fired bricks. Clay, hay and sweet, ripe seeds. M.
The flavor profile is demurly sweet with bright floral extracts at the service of clear, dry mineral and hop structure.
Clean. Refreshing. Complex for a lighter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 16:29:57 | More by putnam
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NWer

Washington

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.

Serving type: can

11-16-2011 21:54:52 | More by NWer
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goodbyesoberday

Australia

4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the german club in adelaide tonight. The keg was fresh and the pour into a 500mL stein was excellent, a little head but not much, and it lingered.

Colour and clarity was as to be expected for an import lager, no dramas here. There was a hint of spice to it (whatever 'spice' may be), but the strength of the hop character was aroma, most notably however, the aroma was supported by a very strong honeyed flavour to the malt... it gave me visions of malt candied with honey, I've never tasted it this strongly in a DAB before. Sweetness of the malt was threatening to overtake the unassuming bitterness present.

Despite the strength of the honeyed taste it still had a reasonable dryness to it with a good finish, and was definitely a repeatable affair.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2005 15:51:44 | More by goodbyesoberday
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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.