Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

Not Rated.
DAB OriginalDAB Original

Educational use only; do not reuse.

340 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 340
Hads: 585
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 20.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 02-20-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (14) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of DAB Original Alström Bros
firstprev| 276-300 | 301-325 | 326-350  | next → last
Reviews: 340 | Hads: 585
Photo of beerluvr
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a pure white head that settles out over golden-straw colored liquid. Snappy clean maltiness in the nose with some hop & sweetness notes too. Taste is clean, a bit of metallic hoppiness..very crisp and undemanding on the palate. Finishes more dry than anything. A nice Summer thirst-quencher/lawnmower Lager.

 318 characters

Photo of SaunaKing
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice spicy hoppy smell that had a touch of metallic to it but pretty good.

DABs a light golden coloured brew with a decent head.

A good tasting lager but like many it doesn't really stand out.

Easy to drink with a plesant aftertaste.
I could probably use DAB as a session beer.

 289 characters

Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

 277 characters

Photo of BitteBier
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear straw colored pour with good effervescence and a finger's worth of bright white foam. Head doesn't last long but leaves a little lace. Clean but simple grain essences dominate the smell. Taste is sweet and malty up front and slowly dries out as the hops powers up. This beer doesn't get particularly interesting, but it's certainly drinkable. For one of the green-bottled clan, it's actually quite decent.

 423 characters

Photo of yen157
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generous sticky white head sat on top of the clear, slightly-darker-than-straw colored lager. Hay and some sweetness give this beer a fairly simple aroma. Grainy flavored beer with some faint pale malt sweetness. Slight astringency plays off the touch of bitterness and hop flavor for a sort of 3-D hop experience. [Note: this would be considered an overly hoppy beer by anyone’s standards] Finishes pretty dry. Nice creamy mouthfeel and medium body make this one fine beer to have in your mouth

 496 characters

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright yellow body. Sometimes I forget beer can be this color. Nice sized foamy white head. Some inviting lacing. Lot of hay, fresh grass in the nose, with a tiny hint of skunk lurking at the edges. I mean, it's not skunked, but you can sense how it easily could change. Taste is made up of a very clean malt topped off by a surprising hop bite. Very refreshing. An ok, straight forward beer, fine for summer quenching. (Yeah I know it's Christmas. My cousin left it at Thanksgiving).

 484 characters

Photo of garymuchow
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I opened the bottle and before I poured it I could smell the nice smell of German hops. In fact it was a bit decreased after pouring. A bit of a sweet water aroma too (as with N/A beers). Medium full white head, that dissipated fairly quickly, and light golden color. Well balanced beer with light sweetness in middle, and dryness on the finish, but nothing excessive or dominating. Fairly clean overall with a slight metalic taste noted at times. Medium to light mouthfeel, and slightly flatter carbonation for a lager. A little thin overall. A bit of off taste with metalic quality. But this will do better for summer beer or possibly a session beer than many.

 667 characters

Photo of Winter
3.71/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden with a white foamy head. Aroma consisted primarily of hops. Mouthfeel is thin bodied. Middle has a feint lemony tang. Finish is crisp with a clean hop taste to it. The first time I had this beer was at a German bar/restaurant called the Essen Haus in Madison, WI. We drained several glass boots of this.

 325 characters

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden bodied. Fluffy white head. Good retention.
Bready and slightly sweet malts on the nose, along with a slight hop bite.
Starts on the bready side. Standard white bread, no frills. Grainy underbelly. Turns sweeter midway. Carmel-ish, though saying a carmel flavor is present would be stretching it. Finishes with a tempered German hop kick.
Light-medium bodied.
Simple, decent.

 398 characters

Photo of brakspear
3.79/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is hard to find true Dortmunder-style lagers in the US. Considered a "working man's beer" in Germany they are also falling out of favor in Germany to the more elitist pils!

DAB Original is true to its roots: a full-bodied lager that pours a clear golden color with a "soapy" white head. The aroma of my sample has shades of green bottle skunk, but not overwhelming like Beck's or Heineken. More hops are apparent as the beer warms: perhaps Spalt? The taste is defined by a mineral "heft" from the Dortmunder water which is high in sulfates. Many drinkers think this harshness is from a spoiled beer, but it is the result of the water not the brewer. As the beer warms its maltier base becomes apparent, but the "saltiness" lingers from the water. Overall a very thirst-quenching and true-to-style beer, that suffers only because the brewery or its importer decided to put it in a green bottle.

 903 characters

Photo of bmacaskill
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Appearance"? Don't all these bottom-fermented pilsners look the same? ;-)

Nice and pils-y. One of my favourite patio-quaffing brews. Very refreshing, but in the end, fairly forgettable.

I purchased it in a four-can gift pack that came with a DAB Original "special glass". Each of the four beers was recommended for a different glass! As if.

 347 characters

Photo of jackndan
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dab Original: A traditional German beer, nothing unexpected, not overwhelming, in fact the taste might be perfect to start to draw your macro swigging friends over to the fine side. Golden yellow beer with a pure white head, 3/4 of an inch ovr the rim! Taste: hops (although not much) malt (same). In other words, nicely balanced, refreshing, not too much, but then again, not enough.

 388 characters

Photo of stoutman
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery’s version of an export-style is a little pale and sweet for the style. This beer has a medium deep gold color, with a lightly hopped nose and heavy body. As an export style should be, this beer stays dry throughout and the bitterness arrives at the very end and almost clashes with the sweet character.

 316 characters

Photo of Thrasher
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was surprisingly good and inexpensive. Substantial malt presence, this beer has a real backbone and full flavor. Hops are strong and quite zesty but kept perfectly in check. Very drinkable; I could imagine spending a happy evening with this brew. Green bottle and travel distance are only drawbacks, and the odor wasn't wonderful. Still, I wish this was more readily available. The price was right (I think I payed $6 a sixer?). Heineken, Becks, and Amstel drinkers would especially enjoy this; it is far superior to those widespread and offensive beers.

 559 characters

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one of this over my pops house. Has a mild body w/ a golden white color to it. Seemed to has alot of co2, being that the floth quickly dissipates. I found it to be a bit
fizzy. The taste was crisp & refreshing. Overall a good ale & also a good change of pace. Good brew.

 275 characters

firstprev| 276-300 | 301-325 | 326-350  | next → last
DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.