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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
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 stagman
2.73/5  rDev -16%

Pours a pale golden color. Has a thick foamy head with small white beads that linger for a while. The aroma has an offset, old hoppy aroma.

Tastes bland for a pils, with a faint hoppy crispness. Nothing spectatular with the malt, and the euro hops flavor is rather dull to the senses as well.

Not a very exciting beer at all. It's just average.

stagman, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
2.25/5  rDev -30.8%

got this on my first trip to friar tucks, and i have about 15 new beers to try so i'll be busy next couple of days. anyway, pours a light golden color with a big white head. smell is of corn and light skunky hops. but i'm not a fan of this beer at all, has little positive attributes. has a weird metal taste to it, just not a fan overall. its kinda meh

1fastz28, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.6/5  rDev +41.5%

pours a clear bright golden color with a large fluffy white head that holds for a while with a wispy light lace to the finish. earthy nose and a scent of fresh picked mint. lots of malt with this one, slightly bready, with some hop taste. medium mouthfeel with lots of crisp carbonation. clean refreshing taste i found myself reaching for another and another and another.

billybob, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Served from a 500ml tall can into a pint glass. BB jan 09

A- clear pale gold in color with a big bubbly head that leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- The malt and hop aromas are noticed but are on the light side as the nose seems somewhat dull. But not bad.

T- Metallic mineral flavors work well with the overall flavor of the beer. Malt is there, some grain is noticed as well. The hop profile adds nice bitterness but it just screams of extracts but unlike other extract dominated brews, it works pretty well and adds some decent balance. Finish is fairly crisp and refreshing.

M- is light with carbonation on the lower side of moderate. Slightly metallic.

D- could pound back six with ease.

Overall i dont know why but this is one of my favorites from Germany. Easy drinking, decent enough beer at a pretty good price. Not a Hacker or Schneider weisse but worth a try for sure.

drinkininthewood, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%

A - Deep honey gold and crystal clear brew with a snow white one finger head made of tiny bubbles. Lots of crisp lace is left on the glass.

S - Honey, springtime flowers after a rain, dinner crackers (Ritz?), and honeydew melon. This one is understated and elegant as hell. It's not very assertive, but it's extremely fresh and delicate!

T - Crisp and salty saltine crackers make up the malt portion, and the hops are really fruity, floral, and delicate. The finish brings on an astringent quinine-like bitterness.

M - On the heavier side of light-bodied, with a fine carbonation that adds to the crisp flavors of this brew without being overcarbonated like a lot of lighter lagers.

D - A beautifully built beer. It's not outstanding, assertive, or off-the wall, but it's mellow with honey and flower notes. Very drinkable and thirst quenching. Good stuff!

Note: I remember buying a mini-keg-can of this stuff for my hotel room back in college when I was staying in Indianapolis for a fraternity leadership conference. In school, I was your typical frat guy who guzzled Old Milwaukee and Keystone Ice and I didn't discover good beer until several years after graduation. I bought (and finished) the keg-can just because it was a cool novelty. Look! My own personal keg. I remember carrying the keg around the hotel the whole night, but I seriously don't remember what it tasted like. I'm glad that I finally reviewed this beer as an adult and not a chugging college student.

pmcadamis, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - very clear golden straw color with a thick head that settles but leaves nice chunky foam with a small collar - leaves a decent lacing

S - clean malt & hop balanced nicely with just a hint of being light struck from sitting on the shelf...but it doesn't diminish it too much

T - strong malt balance nicely with the hops, nice hop finish, somewhat subtly grainy

M - light to medium body with moderate carbonation

D - good session beer, too bad it has to come all the way from Dortmund - much fresher at the source instead of sitting on a shelf for who-knows-how long

scoobybrew, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

This beer appears to be somewhat of a hybird. Too malty and not quite bitter enough for a true Pils, but not quite full enough to qualify as an Export or Helles.

This is a typically brilliant pale German lager. It sported a nice compact head that dissolved rather quickly. The malts came through enough in the aroma even though the hops displayed a somewhat musty back aroma. The taste profile had a solid malty fullness that one would expect in a German Export, but the bittering hops again came through rather dull or a bit astringent. Not sure what to say about other than it detracts from the taste. The finish was clean and dry.

I was sort of expecting the Classic Dortumder Export, but I was disappointed to find that DAB considers this a Pils. If one wishes to drink to true North German Pils avoid this one. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but I expected more from DAB

jpkoch1962, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Finite
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%

a - Nice head, thick and foamy. leaves reasonable lacing on my pilsner glass. Pale gold/straw colour very clear with moderate sized bubbles.

s - faint. some malt sweetness but not much else. Very bland.

t - reasonable malt body, a little sweet up from. very crisp and refreshing but little hop bitterness to balance out. Some chemical bite in after taste. Very boring hop profile and in the end rather uninspired flavours.

m - thin and watery, goes down well. carbonation a little high but OK.

d - easy enough to drink. slight chemical or cheap hop flavour is a little sharp on the tongue. Could knock back a few but not alot.

Finite, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a mug.
A: Strawy gold color. Medium to high amount of carbonation visible. One inch of frothy head that recedes to a creamy layer atop the beer. Frothy lacing near the top, less later on.
S: Grainy with hints of wheatiness. Tiny amount of some sort of floral hop, and a generally unsweetened maltiness.
T: Tingly and with mild bitterness at first. Smooth malts show up in the middle, but not too sugary. Bready and yeasty finish, with something like bananas or soft fruit in the finish.
M: Calm and fresh. Dryish finish.
D: Pretty good. Not all that challening on the palate.
Overall, a pretty solid example of the style. It seems to avoid the odd harshness/bitterness of taste that other pilseners almost seem to emphasize. An all around mild, but intriguing taste and feel.

LeftyBWS, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Very clear, light golden colour with a white frothy head that settled to a few streams of bubbles and a perimeter ring. Lively carbonation on opening did not last. Smell of wet grass, lemon and then a bit skunky. Some hoppy aroma, dry and refreshing, a bit tart. Mouthfeel and aftertaste again very dry. This is a straightforward, clean and easy drinking pilsener with nothing too complex going on.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

A - Poured a very bright golden yellow with a huge head. I mean it was really hard to get this one to pour, it was all head. Once it settled it left a nice ring on top of lace and on the sides. But it was essentially a fizzy yellow lager, pretty average.

S - Aroma was light, weak would be a better word and rather no descript. It had a light grain aroma mixed with some rice maybe, but that was about it. Nothing too notable here to speak of.

T - Classic german pilsner. Very light and easy to drink. Some nice grain tones, a little bit of rice, but that was about it. Nothing spectacular, but the taste was a good drinker. Crisp, clean, nothing lingering or biting. A classic beer.

M - Smooth, crisp, clean finish, great carbonation, light on the palate. Very good overall.

D - Fanatastic, you could drink this one all night probably, and we did. Never filled you up or made a bad sip.

Overall a classic german drinker. This was the beer you drank all night long and loved it. Had about 8 glasses and it just did not get old. Loved this one. Truly a classic in its own right, gotta love it

mikesgroove, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%

500ml can
I tried this beer on August 17, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe' in Toronto. The beer poured a gold translucent colour into official DAB glasswear. The head was white and thin. The aroma was mild and slightly hoppy. The mouthfeel was mild, with medium carbonation. The flavour was sharp, malty with citrusy tones.

cyrenaica, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev +4%

Purchased as part of a mixed 6Pack at Wilbur's Liquors in Ft Collins.

It pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with a medium sized head of foam that shrinks to a fine broken layer after a couple of minutes and it has some lacing.

The smell is really faint. I *just* get a bit of hops and that's about it.

The taste is better than the nose would indicate. I get some good malt graininess on the first sip followed by a pleasant lemon hop character about midway through and it lasts right through to the finish which is crisp and dry. Quite a refreshing Pilsner. Nothing fancy, just plain good.

Bitterbill, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Crystal clear light golden colour with busy carbonation. Big fluffy white head from a hard pour.
S - Bit of biscuity malt and some slight spice. Just like any other german pils/euro lager.
T - Along the same lines as the smell.
M - Smooth medium mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation.
D - A drinkable beer but nothing interesting about it. Yet another bog standard german pils.

brendan13, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%

just purchased a sixer of this one two days ago. pours nicely into the glass, fairly pale yellow. nice head and carbonation. smell, yes a smell from a light yellow beer is nice to have. this one did smell and taste quite nice. very drinkable.

i will buy this one again. nice change of pace from the richer craft beers that i have been imbibing.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

scruffwhor, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

Minkybut, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of jarmby1711
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%

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

jarmby1711, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of Contra
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Contra, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

DoubleJ, May 27, 2007
Photo of rrg1gb
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

rrg1gb, May 19, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

MMansfield, May 14, 2007
Photo of seanyfo
4.08/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

seanyfo, May 01, 2007
Photo of therica
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

therica, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of cktison
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

cktison, Apr 23, 2007
DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.