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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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505 Ratings

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 02-20-2002)
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Photo of scruffwhor


3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours that good old straw gold. A little deeper than average. I like that. But alas, only a fleeting head with a small foamy film after the initial pour. Sparse and lethargic bubbling as well. The aroma is the pretty standard dry mlat with hints of grass and dry, clean hops. The taste is a little too dry, with a slight funny aftertaste, not adjuncty though. The mouthfeel is a little smooth, but still a little off on the finish. Like I was chewing fresh cut grass or something.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 03:24:31 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Minkybut


3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into a tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer poured a big white foamy head and had good lacing. The color was a nice golden straw color. This beer was very refreshing and had a very crisp clean taste. A very good hot weather beer. Iwill buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 11:05:25 | More by Minkybut
Photo of jarmby1711


3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a light gold and initially sustaining a white frothy head that laces just a little.
The smell is lagerish and very middle of the road.
there is a reasonable degree of bitterness to finish the drink which follows a bland malt backbone.
it seems to be well balanced and well crafted but very conservative.
Certainly drinkable but unexciting

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 09:12:47 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of Contra

New York

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I've had from DAB and it's fairly refreshing. Very light body, fairly hoppy, but generally mild. A nice balance between flavor and refreshing qualities. This is a good choice for someone looking for a lighter bodied beer.

Overall, it's certainly not bad, but I don't think I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 23:29:19 | More by Contra
Photo of DoubleJ


3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopefully this offering is better than its Henninger neighbor. Another beer traveler's sample, let's get on to the beer:

Blonde in color with a soapy head that holds. Sweet and bitter flavors run together with underlaying hay and grass, with a touch of lemon zest. Light crispness adds to this being a pretty solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 18:43:37 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of rrg1gb


3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light gold with lots of carbonation - almost alive - and a nice thick head. I left the room, came back a minute later, and that head hadn't gone anywhere! The aroma was disappointing, though, since I couldn't smell anything other than a light fruitiness.

It tasted smooth, though, with a bit of bread flavor from the barley, and there's a fresh bitterness of noble hops. The carbonation level didn't bother me, and the beer's not at all offensive, but I thought it was a bit stale.

This is one of my more favorite imports - my dad's absolute favorite. I'm just surprised it's not more widely known, since it's actually pretty good for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 17:15:28 | More by rrg1gb
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the NSLC, never had before.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden colour with a huge hone white cap. Great retention, leaves some lace crawling up the side of the glass.

Aroma: Lots of freshly cut grass, truly its dominant aroma. Solid grainy malts with light floral hops.

Taste: Floral and grassy. Malty with a moderate bittern finish. Crisp and clean tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, soft. High drinkability.

Final Statement: This was a wonderful surprise. I was expecting a poorly done big company brew, but this one was well put together for a mass produced beer, perfect for a nice summer evening. I'll buy this one again.

Serving type: can

05-14-2007 01:43:00 | More by MMansfield
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Im not too sure if this is a pilsner, i thought it was a dortmunder lager.

Anyhow, 500ml can, served in a standard pint glass. Bought on the sunny island of Tenerife.

A - Lager gold hue, minimal head, 3 fingers after aggressive pour but reduces quickly to a crown, Some good brussels lacing.

S - Fresh grassyness, lots of hops, and some faint bready malts, i m sure i can even smell some really fresh water??

T - Very clean and crisp, lots of hop bite up front, fades to reveal some bready malt, finishes smoothly and expected dryness. very refreshing

M - High carbonation, crisp

D - I found this a more that adequate thirst quencher, very pleasant and cheap. Sessionable enough lager, although nothing remarkly, just very solid.

Serving type: can

05-01-2007 17:56:24 | More by seanyfo
Photo of therica


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

Very much like Heineken mass-brew. Also in a green bottle, and mine was also modestly skunked, although I've tried to keep that matter from affecting my review or ratings.

A= just nothing exciting-- ginger ale.

S= carbonation with hints of macrobeer.

T= underwhelming to say the least. Slight bitter-sour taste. Less fun than Listerine and tonic-water.

M= similar to the after-effect of a glass of Alka-Seltzer, except more sour.

D= depending on how well one's stomach tolerates macro-blah beer, it's your choice.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 02:43:13 | More by therica
Photo of cktison


2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, yellowish, macrobrew look.
S: Very sweat, malty. Outside when drinking, so maybe the grass flavors were not from the beer - but not so sure..
T: Malts, some hops. Nothing spectacular, but good none-the-less. No bitterness.
M: Average

Good, easy to drink, but unremarkable. I won't remember this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2007 15:58:13 | More by cktison
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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

Green 660ml bottle.

The 4th beer in my 'Night of the Lagers'.

Poured into a Veltins tulip glass.

Lovelly white head on top of a golden yellow body.

Normal lager type aroma, straw and hops, but nothing too strong.

One of the better German Pilsners in my opinion, crisp, dry and fresh tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 21:17:45 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Vancer


3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Welp, the ol’ green bottle poured a crystal clean straw yellow, topped with a small white head that laid like a rug.

Ton’s o’ euro skunk and cooked veggies in the aroma. You have to let this settle a bit before quaffing. BUT, once you do, not a bad german pils. Sharp malts and a bit of toasty bisquit. Just a bit of that off hop quirky euro taste. Crisp, dry and a nice hop finish.

I would have more of these, a good drinkin’ beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 18:10:51 | More by Vancer
Photo of aussielars


3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pale straw-colour with a firm long-lasting head. Effervescence is unremarkable. Smells of sweet malt, grass and a hint of bread. Tastes of hay/grass and malt. Mouthfeel is average. This beer has all the characteristics a typical eurolager. It came in a 660 ml bottle which was a good size. Very pleasant for a mass-produced beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 10:47:40 | More by aussielars
Photo of mpyle


3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous appearance. Pale straw color and excellent clarity. Big white tight-bubbled head. Creamy and long lasting.

Nice mix of malt and especially noble hops in the aroma.

Flavor highlights the noble hops, but on top of a solid malt background. Finsihes fairly dry with a bit of a coarse (dirt-like) flavor.

Medium body and moderately high carbonation. No astringency - smooth.

Nice lager that is a great showcase for noble hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 23:40:35 | More by mpyle
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DAB Original
Appearance: The beer initially pours very clear golden straw colored with a lasting creamy white head. There aren’t a whole lot of bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it sticks around for a few minutes anyway. This is a bit unusual, and indicates that this beer is not a light as it appears. There is some pretty significant lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially get a tad of skunkyness which is a shame. There is a significant malty backbone to this beer that gives a sweet and almost honey-like aroma to it. The sweetness is the dominant component to the aroma, but there are noticeable floral hops to give it a dessert like quality. I do get a bit of a chalky aroma in here that is more noticeable as the beer sits for a while.

Taste: The flavor is not disappointing. It has plenty of body and mouthfeel to make the beer rather soothing as it crosses the palate. It is not a dry refresher, but a light colored substantial beer. The beer is really well balanced for the most of the entire profile, and in fact it is even a bit deceiving in the finish. You think that the malt is going to lead you through into the finish, but then there is a wave of bittering hops that set in rather late and give a pretty substantial dryness to linger on the back of the throat for some time.

Opinion: This is a really good beer, and would probably be a really good one for someone who is apprehensive about craft beer to try. It looks like a BudMilloors to the eye, but the palate tells a different story. It is also very well balanced so a novice drinker can’t pick out any one thing to dwell on. This is a nice beer, and if it was available in my area, I would probably drink it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 01:09:23 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Clear light-golden body. White head. Slightly better than average retention and lacing. The nose offers a dull malt and dull hops. The flavor is very rounded though, with a malt that's straw-like, hops that are soft and grassy, and a firm bitterness. Very drinkable, but unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 15:57:36 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of tgbljb


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

Poured a very pale golden color with initial massive white puffy head. Little retention.
Smell shonws some malt and hop, but very little.
Taste also presents some malt and hop, but so little as to be insignificant. No crispness.
Finishes thin and somewhat lacing in taste.
Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 23:06:23 | More by tgbljb
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale and clear yellow with a bright white foamy head. Smells mostly of grain, celery, and citrus (or, if you prefer, a cross between entering a bakery and a produce section).

The mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated. Actually, the mouthfeel is the one thing that really stands out in this pils, which is unusual because I normally don't pay much attention to it.

The taste? Well, it's starring some clover honey, with a guest appearance by hops, and a brief cameo by bitterness. Supremely unoffensive. And thankfully, due to the can it came in, not skunked.

DAB Original is about what I expected from Dortmund. After all, they still can't touch Schalke. A beer for your friends visiting from Germany. As long as they're not from Gelsenkirchen.

Serving type: can

12-02-2006 00:32:35 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of pbr85

New York

3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dad bought this for me with some Yuengling. I went out and got some Hennepin and Abbey Ale for the turkey later, but thought I would get the day rolling (by myself...lame) with this.
A: I am unfamiliar with most German beers as I usually drink American craft brews. As I pour it into my Family Guy "Go to Hell" pint glass, I am immediately disappointed with the Bud-esque light yellow color. The white head foamed up at first, and quickly fell. The lacing is pretty good though, as it sticks to the side of the glass as the head falls.
S:Strong malt odors. I'm not good with smells. Very light earthy hop scent.
T: Pretty decent for a style that I generally am disappointed with. Very basic, with some unadulterated barley flavors at first. Some very, very light hops show themselves for a second as the beer slides down your throught, but just as you realize they are there, they are gone. Finishes very, very, very clean.
M: Watery. Carbonation is good, so I'm not sure why it is so watery.
D: Sure, one of the better pilsners I've had, but still a pilsner. I like it better than the Czech pilsners and certainly better than some popular American pilsners that I will not name. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 18:50:18 | More by pbr85
Photo of Shovelbum


3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fluffy white head over a crystal clear light straw body. Fairly clean aroma. Flavor is also clean with hints of pilsner malt and a rather astringent hop bitterness that lacks any real falvor other than sharp- if that's even a flavor. Lean body with moderate to high carbonation. Drying.

From a “Beers of the world” sampler I received as a gift. I can’t say I’d actively seek this guy out again, but I’ve had much worse examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 21:22:56 | More by Shovelbum
Photo of zeff80


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

A - Pours out straw yellow. With a one finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - Smelled mainly of corn. No skunk (surpising for a green bottle import).

T - Tasted of sweet corn. It was grainy and grassy, as well.

M - It was crisp and dry. Light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty good dortmunder. Nothing amazing but a good presentation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 23:39:24 | More by zeff80
Photo of MrVisegrips


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

The pour is a very light golden color with a thin head that quickly reduces to almost nothing. The aroma is a bit skunky with a weak hop presence. Flavor is slightly malty with an acceptable bitter hops finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, maybe a little on the watery side for my taste. Good drinkability due to is light flavors and mouthfeel. Overall, this brew is...okay. There are better choices in this category for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 04:38:07 | More by MrVisegrips
Photo of Higravity


3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loath the green bottle and I would never buy this puppy off the shelf in the light of day. So while in the freezer at the local I came across a closed fresh case picked up a six. Nice clear golden color with a decent with head that seems to have some staying power. Smells of light pilsen malt with a delicate, subtle hop presence. The taste is surprisingly well rounded no skunk and the body is rather hefty. This is a poundable pils and pretty damn good one at that. But do you need it imported only to be destroyed in green bottles?

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 12:32:55 | More by Higravity
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Can: Poured a golden yellow color pilsner with a quite large bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of floral hops is enjoyable. Taste of malt is semi sweet with some subtle floral hops and a slightly bitter finish. This is a well-done and refreshing pilsner but really lacks character to make it truly enjoyable.

Serving type: can

10-16-2006 15:00:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of stcules


2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honey color. White and creamy head.
The smell is light and dry, with a light hop.
The taste is very dry, too. A lot of maltiness, but attenuated by the dryness. Hay, too. Maybe some hints of light honey.
The aftertaste is dry, but nevertheless with some honey notes in the back.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 18:29:33 | More by stcules
DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.