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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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520 Ratings

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-20-2002)
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Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had this beer in more than 25 years. I remember when this was a really big deal import that was border line exotic. My how things have changed. The beer pours a straw colored pale, with a nice slightly foamy white head, retains okay, a touch of lacing. The nose on the beer is a very light, sweet malt lager. The taste is very light, very refreshing, very simple, and pretty much a run of the mill lager. The only real distinguishing characteristic is that it does have a slightly more assertive grassy hop bite than most other lagers. It is herbal, has some lemony citrus to it, has some leafy hop underneath, but is predominently a grassy and herbal lager with a sweet malt character and a bit of a tart flavor towards the finish. What's not to like, but then again, what's to keep you coming back for more either.

albern, May 17, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is only the second Dortmunder I've ever had (the first was great lakes). Aroma is pure SKUNK. I have no idea why people opt to put their beer in green bottles.

Luckily the taste does not suffer this flaw. Really rich and creamy, this is like a "Oktoberfest Light." Tastes and feels like a very authentic German beer and takes me back to my days in Germany.

wiseguy142, May 03, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

popped opened and this one was a gusher

pours gold with a four finger pillowy head

smell is very light grains

well maybe this was a bad bottle but first it was a gusher and then the taste was almost flatt?? but the flavor was like a breakfast cereal and honey thats about all - pleasent

mouthfeel again was flat and medium body which i dont think fits the style imo

drinkability is is ok - i will find out i have 5 more only time will tell

updated rating from a C-
the first bottle was bad
i just cracked open the 2nd and the its much better though not as crisp and dry as i would like but better mouthfeel and drinkability. decent session beer

jsh420, May 02, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

440ml --> Mug
Appearance- Very pale straw yellow, nice lacing, moderate carbonation
Smell- None
Taste- Very smooth, a slight malt backbone, but no real other bones in this poor beer's body. Slight Metallic and almost yeasty taste towards the ends off the can.
Mouthfeel- Very light almost weightless.
Drinkability- Made for Pounding (As my friends concluded) to expensive for that. It went down smooth and effortlessly.

Not Complex, Not Much to it. If you enjoy macro lagers, this is the import for you, find a cheap case for yourself. Not bad but too much for the price.

TubaManJack, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of foles
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with use by date in 2010 - wow. Either super fresh, or some additives to make it last longer... Lovely german hop presense on the nose. Light crisp body, with soft mouthfeel, and a neutral bitter finish.

I think I like the Dortmunder style....

foles, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a clear golden color with lots of active carbonation forming a one and a half inch white head on top. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a strong biscuity malt tone to it but also a bit of sweet caramel maltiness. A mild toasty character too.

Taste is sweet up front with the biscuit and toasty malt character entering right at the start. A mild hoppiness in the finish but it's kind of vague and almost metallic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, it has a soft carbonation with a light crispness.

Not the best German lager I've had, but it was a decent price at under $8 per six pack. Plus, I haven't really had many Dortmunders to compare to.

roadhouse, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml green bottle into a Stange.

Pale yellow and clear, with a full two-fingered foamy white head that, thanks to a constant upward stream of bubbles, shows good retention and leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

Mild aromas of grassy hops and sweetbread make up the simple yet pleasant nose.

A light, delicate, softly-carbonated body holds a somewhat malt-forward palate of sweet malts up front, middling with a hop presence that is somewhat subdued, grassy and herbal, and serving to balance out the caramely malt flavors and giving the beer a bit of a light dryness as it finishes.

Nicely light and drinkable, with a flavor profile reminiscent of a Maibock but without the heavier mouthfeel associated with said style. Certainly separated from the Pilsners that so dominated the German market today, this is a nicely distinctive style and a good drinker.

superdedooperboy, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
2.15/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- very clear golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles and a puffy, slightly chunky white head that settles to a thick creamy disk and sticks around til the last drop and leaves plenty of wispy spatter patterned lace.

S- mildly skunkiness goes away after a few minutes. citrus hop aromas, maybe some lemon pith, and lightly toasted cereal grains. hay, grass, and cooked asparagus.

T- pretty good and bitter throughout, but the finish is rather generic and yucky. pale buttery grains, hay and cardboard, cooked greens, and some metallic flavors mid-way. odd, almost chemical bitterness finishes it off and i can't help but make a weird face when i drink it.

MF- light and prickly, but with a odd starch feeling that kinda matches the weird bitterness in the finish.

D- strange brew. something not right about this one. i would have assumed maybe it was stored improperly, but i'm an optimist. unpleasant finish is a downfall, but at least it looks good.

hustlesworth, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce green bottle

Appearance: Clear pale yellow color with a thick head that diminished fairly quick but left alright lacing

Smell: Slight skunky smell with very little malt smells

Taste: Slight bready taste and less flavor then some pilsners, but similar with very little bitterness but the bitterness that is there stays as an aftertaste for a while

Comment: It seems that the less taste the more refreshing, and this is the same. There isn't a really strong taste to it but it is pretty refreshing. If the bitterness didn't stick around as it does it might be even better in the summer.

ruckus232, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

DAB is a clear, light golden lager with a small white head that fades. It leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a funky, fruity aroma. It's pretzely and it smells very German. It is medium-light bodied, a little bubbly, but smooth with a crisp finish. It tastes funky and fruity, pretty sweet, and pretty inoffensive. There is a slight lemon-pepper note in the finish. It's some easy drinking.

yesyouam, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

GRPunk, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear, bright golden-yellow color, with a bit of active carbonation apparent. A robust, thick, frothy white head with good retention and some solid stick.

S: Some mildly sweet, decidedly bready malt up front. Definite yeastiness as well. Some grassy/herbal hop aroma is also present. Hints of fruit - ripe pear and maybe white grape.

T: Definitely quite doughy and yeasty up front, with a rather sweet taste overall. Actually, a bit powdered-sugary, which seems odd. Still some soft, lingering fruit notes - again pears and white grapes. As for hops...a touch herbal/grassy, but not much of anything flavor-wise. A bit of vague bitterness as it goes down. Some subtle cooked vegetable flavors seem to be emerging as I drink.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation. On the dry side overall, and somewhat crisp. Something of an odd, sticky feel at times also.

D: Well, it's not tough to put down by any means - easily sessionable. However, there seem to be some weird off-flavors at times, almost cookie dough-like. I like my beers to have hints of that sometimes, but I don't really want it to taste so overwhelmingly like it. This could use a more assertive hop presence to balance out what are some admittedly interesting characteristics.

Clydesdale, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of mjc410
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 5L mini keg

The pour into my Spaten becker raises an enormous head, since I'm starting this review from the second glass of the keg. Below the sticky off-white head, the liquid is a nice dark golden yellow, and quite clear.

The nose has a nice yeasty, bready component. Sweet, too. Nice!

The taste is mild, slightly metallic, bready, with a slight herbal hop finish. It's very easy on the palate, but tastes great. No negatives, just not complicated.

The mouth is a bit thicker than expected, with a smooth carbonation level, that I suspect is caused by the mini keg. I'd like to try this bottled.

This is really a fine session beer that I would go back to. It's also a great idea in the mini keg.

My own picture of the beer: http://flickr.com/photos/20883076@N05/3205384732/

mjc410, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can with no apparent best before or bottled on date, poured into pilsener glass.

Pours a clear gold, lots of carbonation visible, and produces a large and fluffy white head. Very little lacing sticks to the glass.

The only discernible odour is a mild yeasty dough. It's slightly sweet, but overall unimpressive.

Taste is a bland doughy sweet malt with the barest of hop spice. Maybe I'm just desperate to find some sort of flavour, but there seems to be some sort of candy or sugar sweetness to it. Bleh.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. Crisp, clean, but still sweet on the finish.

This beer is drinkable in that it is clean, refreshing and inoffensive. Nothing draws you to it, though. It's overall pretty boring, even though it seems to hit all the notes for the style. It looks great, but disappoints everywhere else.

nighthawk, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of steeler
4.2/5  rDev +29.2%
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!

steeler, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a golden almost brass color body with a lot of white head and lace but both the lace and head disappear quickly. There are some very light bubbles to the body. It has very grassy and grainy aroma. The taste is full of grain flavoring with hop tones. There is some malt sweetness but not much. It is a very refreshing and light beer.

MTNboy, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of FACSman
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Cystal clear golden yellow color with a thick creamy head. Aroma is nothing to write home about, pretty flat with no noticeable hop nose. Surpisingly crisp and satisfing flavor, I was expecting a green bottle skunk bomb and wes pleasantly surprised. A very crisp, refreshing drinkable beer.

FACSman, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this at jenny lou's beijing.

500ml can. importer's label has production date of feb 20, 2008, and a "sell by" date of aug 20, 2009.

clear, deep golden straw color. nice head soon fades to thin layer, and eventually just wisps. decent lacing.

clean biscuity malts with hints of bready fermentation. spicy noble hops are on the faint side tho.

quite surprisingly malty with underlying sweetness. trace of cooked grains. spicy, grassy hops are moderate and give an accompanying bitterness, also on the moderate side, although a stronger note in the finish, which is almost clean and dry but for a hint of malt, phenols and alcohol.

not thin. decently smooth, with some fluffy and gentle-to-moderate carbonation.

not too bad. they actually have mini-kegs of this in some locations here in beijing!

tai4ji2x, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Murphious
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised that this "cheap" (at my local store) import tasted fine from a green bottle. Yellowish pilsner color with good head. Very smooth taste, slight hops, refreshing aftertaste. Very good after mowing the lawn, but for those wanting more complex flavor, it won't be found here. For a low-priced beer however, it is a good find.

Murphious, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a crystal clear lemony straw with a nice 2 inch head that quickly disappeared into nothingness. The aroma is of noble hops and slight green bottle funk. The taste is light and clean with a subtleness of the noble hops. Also along with the nose there is a slight bottle funk to it, as with pretty much any bottle that comes in a clear or green bottle. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This, like most well done lagers, are in my opinion, the best summer drink imaginable.

hwwty4, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light yellow with a single-finger head that didn't last too long. The smell is sweet malt with some grains and grassiness. The taste is actually pretty similar to the smell as it starts off with some sweet malt and perhaps a little grassiness that gives way to some hops that linger. The mouthfeel is thicker than water with some pretty light carbonation. This is a pretty easy to drink beer, not a bad choice if you can find it for a reasonable choice, but nothing to really go out of your way for.

TheTrevor, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear straw hue with a thick two finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap that sits just under a solid wall of lacing.

Light husky grains with a bit of sweet sugar.

Smooth and delicate malts that give a very light toastiness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is clean with a bit of lingering grain. Hop bitterness is on the low end.

BeerSox, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a two finger head that has pretty good retention. Leaves tons of lace down the glass.

Smell is sweet malt, some grain husk, and a little of that familiar, funky Euro-lager smell. Some light notes. Taste is very simple and refreshing, except for the slight metallic bite on the finish.

Light and very crisp mouthfeel. Not a terrible beer at all. There is something to be said for simplicity. This would be great by the six-pack with some grilled brats.

daythree16, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very clear light golden pilsner color with no head.

S: Some skunkiness upon opening. Warm cornmeal on nose.

T: Warm raw vegetables for flavor. Flavor is not as bad as aroma leads you to believe but overall is bland. A touch of hop spiciness makes a quick presence on the tongue standing out against the bland malt palate but fades to quickly.

M: dry, limited complexity and not much to describe.

D: Overall moderate per style nothing exciting

beerthulhu, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a 330ml slim green bottle, BB 15/02/09, served chilled in a half-pint straight glass.

A: pale yellowish straw in colour, semi-lively carbonation of
S: the initial nose is filled with grainy sweet malts; a close sniff reveals some light lemony zests, floral scent of German hops, and a touch of dough lying underneath.
T: the effervescent and fluffy mouthful of rather grainy-sweet malts is skirted by a tinge of boiled root-veggie and corn-powder, then a little plastic-like taste of hop extract emerges at the back, bringing along mildly dry bitterness; the aftertaste is mixed of grainy malts as well as some chewy bitter hops, finishing rather mild.
M&D: lightly carbonated, quite clean, but thin-bodied for a 5%abv., while the palate does hold out well until the end. All in all, this is not a bad drink but really pretty plain, more like a hop-extract featured macro German pilsener. Although I can't say what's wrong with this beer, I simply fail to see why this can be a classic example of anything worth a class/category of its own (apart from its historical place).

* Tasting Date: 26/08/05

660ml green bottle, the BB date is 27/10/05.
3.5 A: served just mildly chilled in a 300ml weissbier glass, it pours a pale yellow hue, with a slowly retreating white beer head (I use a dry glass) and quite abundant fizz.
3.5 S: a bread-dough like malty note emerges upfront, decorated with a tinge of lovely grassy and fragrant apple-like hop aroma. Although I wish the hops could be more pronounced like a real Pils, the aroma accompanies the malty body just fine.
3 T&2.5 M: lively as well as smooth taste of bready malts on top of a thin, fruity body; the aftertaste is slightly acidic-lemony, and has a rather thin mouthfeel, leading to an interesting, slightly clashing mouthfeel, almost metalistic, in the end. Overall the mouthfeel is smooth enough but not far from boring, whereas the finishing touch is too thin, thus spoiling the softness earlier on.
2.5 D: this is an easy-drinking and standard mass-produced lager for sure, but just far far away from a Pilsner it pretends to be (or the first reviewer thinks it "might" be). An easily-drinking boring beer, it doesn't stand up to the standard of a "German" Pilsener anyway.

wl0307, Sep 22, 2008
DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.