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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 585
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
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Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 02-20-2002

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - poured from a 16 fl oz/500ml can into a 16 oz weizenglass, this beer pours an extremely clear golden straw color with 2 fingers of white foamy head that receed to a film over the top of the beer after 5 mins. Carbonation seems average, It looks pretty good in the glass.

Aroma - Spicy floral hops, buscuit/grainy malts, that clean fresh spring water smell you get from most lagers.

Taste - spicy and floral hops are at the for front of this beer with a light but sharp bitterness, they are followed by cracker like grainy malts and then it finishes dry with that clean lager flavor, very smooth.

Feel - Mouth feel is light and watery, which is kind of expected of a lager the carbonation does give a nice refreshing tingle and the beer goes down dry.

Overall - This was my first dortmunder lager but the style guidelines seem simple enough to follow without that much experience. It personally isn't my favorite style but judging it objectively it is much better than an AAJ, It has more flavor and the same crisp clean lawnmower feel. The bitterness seems abit strong for the guidelines but I liked it and If the choice was budweiser or dab, I would take the dab all day. Cheers!

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a proper DAB glass. After all these years, finally getting some use out of my DAB glass!

Pale gold in color and crystal clear with a white head that shows decent retention. Light, herbal, spicy hops in the aroma with grainy malts. Sweet malt flavor initially with some hop bitterness providing great balance. Incredibly clean and smooth. Medium-light body.

No off-flavors whatsoever in this beer. To be honest, my expectations were low considering the 6-pack of 16 oz cans cost $5.99 and it is brewed with hop extract (as listed on the side of the can), but it's hard to find any faults with this beer, other than it being a little "normal." Perfect for keeping your fridge stocked and hits the spot when you need a clean, German brew.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this beer's head is 1 finger thick and finely porous, with no lacing, and a medium-light golden transparent body.

Smells like a nice helping of malts and earthy grains with a light touch of hops.

Wouldn't ya know it: the taste is pretty much the same. Nice and balanced right here.

Mouthfeel of this brew is clean and crisp.

I'll give DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB a 4 overall. This is an easy drinking German offering that will hit the spot on a hazy summer day.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

DAB Originalbrewed by Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The brew has the look of most lager brews on the market. Now for the smell it is rich with grains, malts and some hops. The smell is nice and inviting, nothing bad so far. DAB Original, taste is mild but bold. You pick up on grains and malts in the taste, of this brew. The mouthfeel is mild, clean and refreshing. DAB Original, is a nice drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a nice balance to it. Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB did a nice job with one I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving DAB Original a 4 out 5.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this bad boy in a DM’s one day many, many, many (OK four) years ago in a white can with a fancy DAB 500ml Stein that is my second favourite Stein after my Löwenbräu 500ml Stein - which is only my favourite Stein because Löwenbräu means “Lion’s Brew” and my surname means “Lion”, plus the Löwenbräu logo rules... like a lion! Anyway back to DAB [Focus Doc!] aka Dortmunder Actien Brauerei is the last macro-brewer still operating in the city of Dortmund and progenitor of the beer style known as “Dormunder Lager”. As such this is probably the first time I've reviewed an original beer that is actually an “original” beer *cough*Hoegaarden*cough*.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a DAB Stein.

A: Crystal clear pale golden body with a massive 1.5 inch foamy white head that holds up well. A noticeable amount of carbonation action happening in the glass. DAB harkens back to the days when beer had to be clear bodied. 7/10.

S: Grainy malt, a touch of honey, then hints of cut grass and vegetal matter. Nothing fantastic - just your average Adjunct Lager aromas going on. I must say if I had to do a line up with this, Oettinger, and a bunch of other cheap Lagers I would struggle to pick it out based on the aroma. 6/10.

T: Flavour is an anomalous mixture of grains, corn, sulphur, honey and white bread. It’s an odd one this, possibly a Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) batch, however it does have a saving grace in that there’s no metallic taste (common in almost all cheap Lagers). The finish is dry with a bready aftertaste. 6/10.

M: Mid to light, borderline medium bodied, with a soft carbonation (which is surprising given the carbonation action noted earlier). I liked the heavier than usual body for a Lager. 7/10.

D: DAB Original is a strange fish [It’s not a fish it’s a beer Doc!] give me a break it’s a figure of speech, haven’t you ever heard of euphemism? [Fine, let’s all surrender to the might of Doc’s vocabulary!*] In any case I found myself torn betwixt liking and disliking this brew - DAB still beats a stubbie of ‘Stralian Lagah (VB, et al.) however it is still clearly a modern half-assed cheap German Lager - if only DAB used its whole ass: Then they would have a winner here. 5/10.

Food match: If it has the word “wurst” in it then you sir, are on the right track.

*Who needs euphemism when we have sarcasm? Amiright?

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Format: a giant, plain white can (1L) which is always good. Bit tacky otherwise. Was a special that came with a DAB stein glass.

Appearance: poured out a clear light yellow with chunky carbonation across the profile. A one-finger white head fluffs up and lasts for quite some time before dropping to a creamy, thick cap. Looks pretty good.

Aroma: smells a bit better than your standard lager - grass hops with biscuit malts and a bready quality. Some cereal grain and earth.

Taste: follows the nose to the letter. Grass hops, biscuit malts, grain and earth. Quite a light flavour, but that's kind of what you want with a lager.

Aftertaste: the flavours fade pretty quickly, with a slight hop bitterness lasting.

Mouth feel: light- to-moderate in body with a moderate carbonation to bring the flavour through. Works pretty well.

Overall: not a bad lager at all. A bit better than your usual American Adjunct Lager for instance. Quite enjoyable in the 1L stein glass. Okay for AU$53 a case of 24 x 330mL.

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Photo of McStagger
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into my trusty pilsner flute. Pale straw. Slightly darker than a macro lager. Finger and a half eggshell head. Vigorous carbonation, but the head holds on for a bit. Nice retention in the glass. Looks overcarbonated, but otherwise pretty good.

S: Grassy, grainy, maybe slightly herbal. Not much of the biscuit malt in here. Slightly spicy and floral, as well.

T: Big hit of grass and grain in the front of the tongue. Slightly sweet in the mouth, this beer takes a decidedly macro turn afterwards, with hop extract notes. Herbal, a little spicy. Mid palate of white grapes. Malt is more is somewhere between a saltine and a biscuit. Aftertaste takes on more of the spicy, floral notes.

M: Surprising. While carbonated, it's not nearly as bad as one would think looking in the glass. There is some malt to weigh down the carbonation and keep it in check.

O: This beer is decent. While none of the flavors are going to wow and it definitely has that mass produced taste, it hits enough on all the right notes. Definitely my favorite green bottle.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL can, date stamped 275/13, so I'm assuming it was canned on October 2, 2013. Maybe a bit past its prime, but I'm sure it hasn't been affected a whole lot, if any.
L - golden with nice clarity, fizzy white head dissipates quickly
S - grain, spicy grassy noble hop, yeast
T - grass, possible adjunct grain, spicy noble hop
F - dry and crisp, lighter body
O - this was always in my father-in-law's fridge and I hated it so much, but coming back to it, it's not that bad. I'd rather drink something else, but it's not as terrible as I remember.

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Photo of bigalgochu
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours golden and is very clear.. good head on this one that slowly fades

Smells grassy with a hint of apricot?

Tastes pretty good.. a smooth drop with a slight hint of floral hops (minimal but there)

For the price this is a very good buy. Will be getting a few next time.

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3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

660ml green bottle. Bavaria Footed Lager glass. Pale gold color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, close & slowly dissipated crown. Slight sulfurous aromas, hints of honey, grainy & floral notes rounded by very subtle spicy, low DMS odors. Sweet & malty upfront followed by gentle earthy bitterness. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Well balanced malts & hops in the middle lingers into a dried finish. Sweet herbal hues on the aftertaste. Nice spot of the Dortmünder Style!!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/31/14. 330ml (11.2 oz.) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a classic pilsner flute.

Pours a clear yellow with a super thin white head. Some spotty lacing was seen. The aroma is of grassy malts mostly with a light sweet candy detection as well. A light 'slunky' smell was noted, which is COMMON from beers in green bottle for some reason. The taste is slightly watered-down and thin with the malt coming through mostly. No bitter or harsh finish though. Overall, I thought it was a decent brew.

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Photo of dar482
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a clear straw pilsner color.

The aroma has a crackery malt along with some floral and grass.

The flavor follows with cereal and graininess and then a honey floral sweetness. it could be more hoppy in noble hops and have a cleaner flavor instead of the grainy notes.

A decent drinking beer, but not as good as other traditional German options out there.

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Photo of lostinfla
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy style can into a pint glass.

Was absolutely astounded at the freshness of this canned product! You know the all permeating yeast fermentation smell at a brewery that says nothing but "fresh beer"? Thats the smell most pronounced during the pour.
Great amber color with a short lived fluffy white head.
Taste did not dissapoint! This is one of the best examples of a true german style lager I have had in some time. Malty with just the right bite at the finish.

Ill be back for more!

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Photo of klimoja
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color with lots of effervescent bubbles. 2 fingers of white lasting head are poured. Some lacing left down the sides of the glass.

Smell - Very grainy aromatics with some grassy undertones. Quite a significant nose on this one.

Taste - Light grainy flavors with some hop bitterness and decent malty backbone. Some wateryness to the flavor though

Mouthfeel - Exceptionally smooth and while the carbonation is moderate it has full flavor and a very significant body, but is not heavy.

Overall -A fine dortmunder, and a very pleasing thirst quencher in the right situation.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can, pale yellow with quite a lot of white foam initially but things quickly settled down. Aroma was subtle, a sweet biscuit malt with hints of fruity herbal hops, perhaps a bit of sour candy. Taste was surprisingly sweet malt with a medicinal sweet spice almost like candied ginger. Some mineral bitterness on the finish but a round sweetness persists as well. My impression is that the residual sugars are too much for the style. Could use a drier finish although this is in the ballpark. Under carbonated, more fizz might balance things and lift up the hops.

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Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A_Clear golden liquid. Creamy white head. Nice peaks remain as the beer is consumed.

S_Hay and somewhat grassy hops

T_First taste is a nicely bitter grassy hop note. This is followed by way too much grain sweetness. Lingers on the tongue for a while and finally fades to a a sort of dry note.

M_Thin body with a moderate to high medium bubbles carbonation.

O_the first sip is fine but its just too sticky sweet in the middle to drink more than one of. I was hoping for a dryer beer.

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Photo of Tebuken
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Golden crystal colored beer with a nice compact white foam that lingers for a while.Malty and bready aroma, a hint of sweet candies can be smelled.It tastes malty,bready but a bit of acidity is present wich I find not very pleasant.Bitterness is balanced.Light-medium bodied refreshing beer, nothing special at all.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
2.36/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Light Golden Color. Two finger head.

S: Very faint wheat smell.

T: A watered down wheat taste. Not a very deep taste. The after taste is the same as the initial taste.

M: Medium carbonation. Very light on the tongue.

O: I'm not impressed by the "Beer of world fame." It's not bad don't get me wrong. It's better than most domestic beers but the taste leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

It says "Draft" all over the 16 oz can, bought at Trader Joe's. Pale golden in the tall glass, with a foamy cap and lots of lacing. For some reason this just tastes like corn to me. It has that sweet malt liquor taste, but what saves it is a subtle but distinct flavor of spicy hops. There is finally a bitterish aftertaste, though a metallic edge takes over.

This is quite attractive and beery, but that cheap grainy sweet flavor and the awful medicinal aftertaste take away the pleasure for me. I'd call it the Euro Adjunct Lager, whatever claims they make about the ingredients.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DAB has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden straw appearance, and lots of rather thick, splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, rich barley malt, and the flavor is of very grassy, bitter hops, sweet, biscuit grain, and clean water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and DAB Original finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a superbly enjoyable lager, and I score it at the lower end of excellent. Delicious!


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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pale, ginger-ale colored; very effervescent; big foamy head

Aroma: Citrusy; grassy; slight hops

Taste: Light bodied; hoppy with metallic aftertaste; slight bitterness lingers; grassy notes at end

Remarks: Drank too warm in Poland; no refrigerator; probably a little skunky due to green bottle

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DAB-Original @ 5.0% , served from a white 500 ml can purchased for $3

A-pour is a very pale gold with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the stein

S-mild smelling grassy hops , bit stronger than 'Export'

T-still a bit thin , better tasting than 'Export'

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-one & done , 2nd out of three German beers sampled(DAB-Export , Radeberger-Pilsner)

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Converge
2.32/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours an average pale lager yellow with a fizzy white head and lots of carbonation on the glass.

S - Pretty typical lager. Barley can be made out, with a nice bready base to it. A touch of grassy hops can be made out as well. Simple but unoffensive.

T - Starts out alright, with some barley malt and bready notes, but quickly gives way to green-bottle-skunk and some mild grassy hops. Finishes a little stale and musty. Metallic aftertaste lingers. Not pleasant.

M - Thin body, bordering on watery. Overdone carbonation. While not good, in the end it's pretty typical of the style. A light, peculiar film builds up on my tongue from it as well.

D - While the green bottle certainly played a role in me not enjoying this beer, I can't imagine it was all that spectacular to begin with. Skunked or not, this a sub-par for even a lager. Musty and stale, and basically devoid of any flavor other than skunk. Oh well.

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.