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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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534 Ratings

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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 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?

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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.

Photo of adammills
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a five liter mini keg for a party that I just threw. It pours a straw yellow with medium carbination provideing a nice head. Its smell like its taste is biscuity and sweet, slight hint of bitterness. It has a nice full mouthfeel, rounding out what is a very drinkable beer.

Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours light golden yellow with a white head that soon thins to a bare covering. Little lacing is left.

Some sweet grass and vague bland hops Pretty clean though - no skunkiness.

The taste is of sweet grass and washed out hops. Very little flavor but some linging, fairly bland, sweetness. Nothing really inoffensive but a slight mettalic tinge, but nothing really stands out either.

The feel is mainly watery and slick. Leaves a somewhat dry feel considering wateriness.

Bland and boring. Lacks real flavors for the most part, and doesn't have the most pleasant aftertaste. Still in all, it's not undrinkable, but why bother.

Photo of vanrassel
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice-looking golden beer with a two-finger head that topped an effervescent body. Virtually no rentention in the head and it quickly dwindled to a thin ring.

This is a fragrant pilsener, with floral and grassy hops dominating over a slight biscuit aroma from the malt. The taste starts fresh and citric with some spiciness and a bitter finish. Carbonation is high, but OK for this style.

Photo of vancurly
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow / light gold. White frothy heald, which hangs around.
Subtle nose of malt.
Nice rounded mouthfeel, some hints of honey or even a subtle toasty grain sweetness. Hop flavour comes through as hay-like or slightly grassy.
Not overly bitter; the malty finish gives it a sweeter balance than bitter, but not overly so. A good session beer without doubt

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

Decent imported pilsener. Okay appearance, very light golden colour with a thin, sparse head that dissipates very quickly. Slightly skunky pilsener smell. Malty, weak hop background. Slight yeast hints.

Acceptable taste. Slight hop bitterness. Bland malts. No real skunkiness to it. Comprable to American macros, but a bit more refined. A bit sour and acidic; I've had much better.

Good carbonation and body. Drinkable, but there are more enjoyable pilseners and lagers out there.

Photo of beakerboy
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew July '06-German Lagers

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a substantial pillowy head

S: Very little aroma, some malt scent, but fairly weak

T: Weak on flavor.

M: Not bad, good carbonation with light body with seeming watered down

D: I wouldn't buy it, but If you like American Macro lagers this would be something different to try.

Photo of Cresant
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this undated 12 oz. bottle into a tall pilsner glass. Healthy three fingers of head. Sparkling bubbles. Crystal clear golden yellow body.

Smelled of dry hay, mild hops, and whole wheat sandwich bread. Nice.

Tasted mild, not overpowering. Bright, crisp combination of hops and malts.
This is an old-school german pilsner. Not bold, not American. Subtle representation.

Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a raspy quality. Refreshing.

Easy drinking everyday pilsner.

Photo of neenerzig
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the best German Pilsener I have ever had. Pours a light, clear golden color. It has a nice foamy white head that pours over an inch thick before shrinking to about 1/3 of an inch a few minutes after being poured. It does leave some decent lacing behind as well. Smell is mainly of malt with a touch of hops and some fruit mixed in as well. The taste is also dominated by sweet malt upfront followed by some trace of hops and some hints of fruit. Nothing spectacular here tastewise, but the taste is well balanced. It also has sort of a dry and slighlty bitter aftertaste. Despite the fact that this beer comes in a green bottle, the taste and smell did not seem to be skunked to me. It has crisp and smoothmouthfeel wither light to moderate carbonation. This beer goes down easily and is quite drinkable.


Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since it is the original Dortmunder beer, it's got to taste good, right? In fact this is a nice beer. It is typical of other very good German Pilsners, except for an assertive malt sweetness that takes on ale-like esters, sweetness, and fruitiness. I think that the fluorescent lights of the local beer store have been beating on these green bottles just a tad too long -- mild light-striken notes are detected. The malts bring in a light caramel, nearly-buttery and apple flavors. But, very clean, as would be expected from all great German Lagers. Quite crisp and refreshing with a lighter body for such sweetness brew. Classic for the style. It's just a good beer.

Photo of Derek
2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

For some reason this seems to be a staple at the LCBO?

A: Very clear, only slightly yellow in colour. Pours with a ton of fluffy white head; not much retention, but it initially leaves a nice lace.

S: Smells like a macro lager (which I guess it is). The earthy/grassy hop aroma seems a little cheap.

T: Fairly hoppy (as a Pilsner should be), bitterness is assertive & refreshing. Personally, I don't find the earthy-grass and soapy hop flavours overly appealing. There's so many great, nobel hops on the continent... where are they? Slight spicyness... perhaps there is a little Tett or Saaz here?

M: Light body has a pleasant silkyness to it. Carbonation is nice (on the low side of moderate).

D: I'm not overly fond of the flavours, but I suppose it's drinkability is average.

I've had this in the fridge for a while (having pizza for dinner, so thought 'what the heck'), it's good 'til 20.10.06... crazy!

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

Poured from a green bottle:

A: Poured with about a finger of head. Very frothy and leaves chunky lacing. Pale yellow.

S: Skunked, but am picking up some floral elements behind it.

T: Some skunk follows into the taste, but has a good malt profile.

M: Finishes clean. Drinks smooth. Ends a bit bitter.

Overall: To me this keeps laying on the sweet side a bit. Truly makes me want some nice salty pretzels. Find this to be a pleasant beer to drink, but believe some food as a balance would be a good

Photo of shamus
2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow with thick foamy head laden with huge bubbles. A whiff of this reminded me of the beerflies that used to land in my beer when I lived in Montreal. They would drown and make the beer taste funny. That's how I knew one flew in (they weren't necessarily beerflies but thats what we called them since they always ended up in our beer). It's a very weird smell grainy, malty and drowned insecty.

I don't like the taste of this one. Not a surprise given that smell. Leaves a sugary coating on the tongue in the afterwash. Not a beer for me.

Photo of ChuckD
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener. Thick, white lacing atop a pale golden body.

To the nose, bland sweetness with slight floral bouquet.

In the mouth, easy malted character mixed with some type of hop feeling. There is no subtle mix here. The hop crispness is almost fake.

The feel is dry and the carbonation makes for a fairly refreshing drink. It finishes spotty clean with hints of grassy tones.

Musings: Bland - but can be had fairly cheap. Nothing special - but a workable beer.

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

Very mediocre beer.

The apperance is pale yellow with a somewhat sweet smell. The smell by the way is similar to most mainstream beers.

The taste is a bit sweet and light. The taste of corn hops but overcarbonated. Drinkability, goes down. Nothing to good or to bad about it.

Overall I find this beer very boring, for being a less then known import it didn't wow me at all. It tastes no better then your average Macro Lager.

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

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a nice golden yellow / light coppery colour... White head poured big and foamy and faded to thin layer... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Lemony, light sugary / honey sweetness, creamy vanilla, light rice notes, sea saltiness, faint maltiness, some spicy hops...

Taste – Light spicy / peppery hops, juicy fruits (lemons, light grapefruit), creamy, definite sea saltiness, light malts...

Feel - Quite smooth with spritzy notes underneath. Light / medium body.... very drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good beer.... very drinkable. Worth a try...

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

Dab Original has been one of the Old Reliable in the Swedish market. It pours with a very pale yellow color with lots of bubbles. Not much foam but a nice lacing. It has the usual German pils smell of bread, citrus and wet dish rag. The first taste is sweet followed by bread and citrus. Overall, I think it's a little wwatery and lacks the solid body of a prime pils.

Photo of Bighuge
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden. Small amounts of carbonation are noted. Head is a dirty white color and small in stature. Aroma is sweet and grainy. Just a dab of German style hops noticed on the nose. Taste is sweet and grainy. A little bready, but it's more grainy than bready. Hops are just around to balance from what I gather because I don't find much contribution from them in the flavor. Moderately carbonated. Medium bodied. Decent enough.

Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is yet another slick looking German pilsner, and at a pretty reasonable price. I like them but find them all remarkably similar. My parents love this nonsense, so I can always buy a twelve as a gift for them and then snag one on the way out.
This pours light golden and the head makes only a token appearance before fading. Some lacing remains. The nose is astringent but faint and not real memorable.
The taste is also no surprise..bitter and clean but not real special. I can't see too much of a difference between this and Beck's, Warsteiner, or any one of a dozen other pilsners from Deutchland.

Photo of Noxious26
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can poured in a pilsener glass. Best before date on bottom of can (30.11.06).

Clear, dark straw to pale gold in colour with lots of carbonation streams. Big white head is an inch and a half on the pour with big sticky bubbles. Head reduces to a splotchy thin cap. Big gobs of lacing on the sides.

Mild aroma of malt, bread, grains (Cheerios?) and a faint whiff of skunk hops.

Flavour seems pretty standard for a German Pilsener. A lightly sweet malt start with some skunk hops appearing after the carbonation rush. Finish is mildly bitter with a light tangy hops profile. Aftertaste is a bit grainy with a touch of hops.

Thin-medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking.

Everything about this beer is good, just that the flavour profile seems pretty much like an average german pilsener. That's not a bad thing, it just doesn't stand out (positively or negatively) in any way. Definitely worth having again, especially on a hot summer day.

Photo of DrJay
3.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale and crystal clear with a fluffy, bright white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing as the head subsides. Mild aroma, some malt, a bit of grassy hop character. Sweet flavour, low bitterness, but there's a bit of hop presence. Off-dry finish. High carbonation, creamy texture with a light body. Pretty average overall. Nothing out of place, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Photo of Ricochet
2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is my second yellow, fizzy import beverage in two days. What the hell, gotta try it. Appearence? Well, fizzy and yellow. Average. I could smell this one from the pour at a distance. Skunk, but not more than Ballantines, so Average. Mouth, mild creaminess, mild going down, not too watery with a thin swallow. Average. Taste was weak at best. The hop profile was there but not as defined, there was an odd side taste with the alcoholic twinge, almost like sweet corn.

So, this is the beer of world fame? Heh, I believe that like present day Ballantine saying "America's largest selling ale" . Several better pilsners to choose from.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this can into a Pilsner glass. Pale straw colour, nice big frothy head, but doesn't last very long. Grassy and Earthy hop character in the nose, mellow banana aromas, a bit like a weizen.

Taste is very earthy and malty. Not much bitterness to speak of, noble hops preside. Refreshing banana and pear-like flavours, slight balancing hop bitterness, but not much. Highly drinkable, but not complex. Very much a summer refresher type beer. Mouthfeel is nice and bitey, mellows well going down. I could make this a session lager easily.

DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.