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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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508 Ratings

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 mjc410


3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
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/

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2009 01:53:35 | More by mjc410
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2009 20:19:53 | More by nighthawk
Photo of 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
Photo of MTNboy


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 07:37:28 | More by MTNboy
Photo of FACSman


3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 00:14:21 | More by FACSman
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
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!

Serving type: can

12-12-2008 13:09:02 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Murphious


3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 21:48:10 | More by Murphious
Photo of hwwty4


4/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 00:37:51 | More by hwwty4
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.53/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 20:53:30 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of BeerSox


3.63/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 21:49:50 | More by BeerSox
Photo of daythree16


3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 21:23:35 | More by daythree16
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 22:48:15 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 18:48:42 | More by wl0307
Photo of AlexLMS


2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: brilliant with a medium golden colour. The head is white, short, frothy and with impaired retention and very little lacing.
Aroma: grains and sweet malts.
Taste: again grains and sweet malts. Light on the hops side.
Mouthfeel: smooth, high carbonation, average alcoholic strength (5.0% ABV) and medium body.
Finish: very long. During the aftertaste experience, we can finally feel the bitterness of the hops.

Overall: I missed a stronger hoppy presence. Simple and unpretentious beer but crisp and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 18:34:04 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.3/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. A fair amount of head here.

S: Slightly skunky, with traces of light hops and citrus, but little else.

T: Some hops, lemon, but mainly a thin, watery quality. Left a bitter aftertaste.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This beer is wholly uninteresting. Very little personality to speak of. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 13:17:09 | More by avalon07
Photo of pweis909


2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle with no freshness info. Picked up for $1 at the local dollar store. Will it be skunk city? Let's find out.

A-Honey-like color, just to the amber side of yellow, with almost no head at all.

S-The only aroma I get is caramel malt. This takes me by surprise because although it is my first Dortmunder, I am expecting something more subtle than this in the malt department. The hops are not noticeable.

T-Again, a caramel malt sweetness seems too dominate here. It isn't an unpleasant flavor, but it approaches cloying.

M-The beer feels heavier than a lager should be. It doesn't finish crisp and dry as I expect.

D-It has filled me up, it is sweeter than I want.

Maybe I'll try it again sometime, but when drinking lagers, I think I am more likely to want just about any other Euro lager I have tried over this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 15:41:18 | More by pweis909
Photo of MisterClean


3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried at brewer's lager tasting

A - Light and golden in color, nice head, but dissipates very slow.

S - Honey and malts.

T - Malty and minerally. You can really taste the minerally water used in this beer. It stands out.

M - Minerally and salty. Very interesting, yet well balanced.

D - Interesting, it gets better with each taste, but hard to judge since few beers use this quality H20.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 22:35:04 | More by MisterClean
Photo of Haybeerman


3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden color. Pours with a generous two inch white head that dissipated to a lumpy quarter inch. Some lacing, inconsistent.

S: Wet grains and biscuity. A bit of undersated hop bitterness. Very pleasing overall.

T: Malt flavors much stronger than aroma. Slightly bitter hop finish. Left me a bit wanting for flavor and/or compexity.

M: Light-bodied, but not thin. Carbonation provided nice balance to malt and gave the beer a clean finish.

D: Drinkable, but nothing real special. I coiuld drink a lot of this and feel pretty good about it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 14:33:09 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Rayek


2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear gold colored brew with somewhat active carbonation. Soapy white head has OK retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Very mild. Grass, lemon and a faint biscuit aroma.

T: Somewhat sweet with a lemony and slightly metallic bitterness. Strong cooked cabbage taste in the finish ruins an otherwise pleasant experience. Bad bottle perhaps?

M: Light body with too much fizz.

D: The unpleasant finish killed the experience for me. I really hope I had a bad sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 04:38:13 | More by Rayek
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very light yellowish, straw color. There is a decently thick and foamy head but it rapidly fizzles down to not much more than a thin layer. Lacing is decent and there is lots of carbonation by looking at it.

S- Not much to go on here but some mild malts and grainy aromas. Smells very clean.

T- The malts show up a little better here and there is some mild hops on the finish. Overall it's moderately dry, and I do note some mild metalic flavors....could be from the can but could also be from the processing. Reminds me more of an American light beer but with better flavor

M- Rather thin/watery, but the carbonation makes it rather refreshing. It's crisp and clean but doesn't leave much to the imagination.

D- This area receives full marks, because I really could drink this beer all night at the pub. I'm sure after more than 1, I'd be very comforatable with this one, which could be trouble! Great on a hot day as well. I recommend this for anyone who's new to beer and hasn't ventured too far away from macros or to those who just want a better than average chugging beer. I'll probably pick this one up again sometime.

Serving type: can

07-05-2008 01:39:37 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped for $1.49 from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
"The beer of world fame" on the green, front logo sticker...
Nice pour resulting in a clean, clear, lucid golden-colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly receded and left a minimial amount of lacing along with rising carbonation...
Lager-like, grainy, corn adjunct aroma replete with slight yeast, and a hint of caramel...
Strong bread and butter flavor... Very crisp, clean, and smooth... Good for a hot, Summer day...
Easily drinkable... Went down like water with a loose, thin mouthfeel...

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 22:55:53 | More by dsa7783
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-27-2008 23:02:07 | More by demcorhip
Photo of nickynick


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

This beer was a pale straw color, gets some extra points because it had decent lacing. Smell was of strong hops. Something about beer in a green bottle, always smells a bit funny to me. Maybe a bit to much light gets in. Taste was good. Faintly sweet and good hop balance. Refreshing and crisp. Mouthfeel was light, but ok. Overall this beer drinks good. Now that summer is just around the corner this beer seems that it would fit well with grilling and hanging out on my back deck. Will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 14:27:31 | More by nickynick
Photo of animal69


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

pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing in my pilsn glass ; a strong smell, grassy hops and a bit of steely grain mostly, kinda smells like my bong, some alcohol faintly detected as well ; a crisp, smooth pilsner-like flavor, more accented on bready malts than a pilsner, but with a similar hop profile, well balanced with a good finish ; a dry light bodied beer with a good amount of co2 ; a good and very drinkable brew for sure...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 01:08:32 | More by animal69
Photo of clayrock81


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

Pours a light, pale yellow body with good head and some lace patches. A very minimal hop presence in the aroma, some citric tones would be generous. Light and airy to be honest.
This must be Germany's version of our American macros - nothing bad, but nothing interesting. The hops and malt are barely noticeable, and this beer has a smooth albeit watery feel. There really is nothing to describe here other than a basic, watered down beer. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 20:50:27 | More by clayrock81
DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.