DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
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 jwhancher
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, straw colored yellow. Decent carbonation. Has somewhat of a nutty taste to it, yet it tastes along the same lines of all the other great tasting German beers I've come to really appreciate. While there's nothing that really stands out with this beer, for the price ($19/case) and the ease of drinkability I'd say this is one heck of a beer.

Photo of jnfs
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours yellow/gold in color and is clear. For aroma I got maltiness, and an unexpected skunkiness with a slightly floral note. As for taste, there was a light to medium body a nice bit of maltiness and the ever prescent underlying skunkiness (green bottle?). At least there was the expected rounded sweetness I normally associate with this style and a touch of hops was a nice surprise on the finish.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice frothy white head.

Smells of sweet grassiness and honey upfront

Tastes pretty bitter, not very malty, slightly on the hoppy side, which isn't a bad thing, but still it seems like it's missing something, like a nice malty backbone.

However, it has a very nice mouthfeel, but it is not very drinkable.

Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, slightly skunky. Taste is crisp but a bit bland. Some notes of malt and hops. Fells light in the mouth. Goes down very easy. A good beer for a drinking games. Overall a decent brew.

Photo of Elric14
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The DAB poured fantastically from the mini-keg; a cloudy golden color, with a thick tight head. The head dissipated quickly but left a nice lace pattern on the glass. The aroma of sweet malty bread over powered any hops that were present. DAB had more mouth than I was expecting, I thought it would be as thin as an American pilsner, but was slightly thicker. I was slightly surprised at the taste, it was sweeter than I thought it would be, and no hop presence at all. The malts dominate, like raw bead dough. The finish leaves a malty after taste. Overall I wasn't too impressed, but it was more than I expected.

Photo of mintjellie
2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep, bright gold body. Crystal clear. Fizzy. The 3-4 fingers of thick white head has decent retention. Tons of lace sticks to the side of my pilsner glass as it recedes. This is one hell of a nice looking lager.

Mild bread/biscuit malt aroma. A little bit grassy. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes like bread, or crackers. Mild grassiness. A hint of lemon. Mild bitterness.

Light bodied and spritzy, but not overly thin. It wouldn't be my first choice, but I could have a few of these.

Photo of JMD
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep golden color with peachy tones. A nice frothy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Very faint aroma of grass and straw. Fresh apples, and very light citrus.

T: Earthy flavor of grass, cereal and yeasty bread. Some light fruit and citrus.

M: Light bodied and moderate carbonation.

D: Very light and somewhat forgettable lager. They go down like water, but nothing I would buy again.

Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden with a fine fizzy white head that fades to a thin collar of foam. The nose is toasted grain, lemon and euro hops. The flavor is barley heavy, almost reminiscent of grape nuts cereal with noble hop and lemon bitterness in the mostly clean finish. Smooth and light bodied. An easy drinking brew for sure.

Photo of wordemupg
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can downed july 21 2009

A golden yellow, with a big head that fell at a moderate rate with patch some lacing

S floral hops with sweet malt

T as it smells, much better than north american macro brews, good balance of hops and malt

M/D good carbonation, refreshing, quite easy to drink, i enjoyed it and it cost no more then the big names

try it not too shabby

Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meier's Tavern in Glenview IL. Just about the only beer worth mentioning there, besides Hacker-Pschorr. They have a 1 liter stein available, if you choose to use it.

Anyhow, dimpled mug, frothy head, golden body. The foam lasts forever, and the beer takes a good half hour to kill. Sort of a honeyish pale malt flavor, sweet ritz cracker minus the butter, no hops. Crisp and clean, so important and signature to a German lager. Fuller than your average lager, and very smooth and easy drinking. A no-brainer type malted beverage, it pairs so well with the house Reuben here, give it a try...

Photo of sbe1
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear macro-beer golden color, with a thick white head that sticks to the glass for a little while.

Smell: a bit grassy and slightly skunky, very faint malt aroma.

Taste: no worse than a lot of macro brews, mostly boring, mostly not offensive.

Mouthfeel: light, somewhat refreshing, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: not really my thing, but if you like macro brews you could probably knock back these without much complaint.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear golden blond with zero carbonation. A light white head developed and dissipated to a leave a thin ring around the outside.

Smell: Prominent barnyard malts with a hint of lager skunk.

Taste: The malts come through, but hops dominate. DAB offers good bite without being overly bitter.

Drinkability: It's not complex, but it's a good drinking beer. I'd say it's a decent lager.

Photo of bradybeer
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.

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

Pours clear yellow with a decent head an some lacing.

Slight skunky hop aroma could be lightstruck , or my imagination looking at the green bottle.

I nice balance of malts and hops on tasting.

Mouthfeel is crisp and very refreshing.

Overall an easy drinking beer.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - nice straw colour with a 3/4-inch diasappearing foam head. Very nice lacing shown down the sides.

Smell - bright floral hop aromas over a subtle barley malt.

Taste - excellent, clean malt flavours with a refreshing grassy finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty active in terms of carbonation, yet very even and doesn't take away from the taste.

Drinkability - as I indicated in my other review, I wouldn't have a problem putting away a few of these.

Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of jsh420
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of TubaManJack
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of foles
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
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....

Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.15/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of ruckus232
3/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.