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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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548 Ratings

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB visit their website

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 neenerzig
3.76/5  rDev +16%
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
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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
2.87/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
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
2.41/5  rDev -25.6%
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
2.95/5  rDev -9%
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
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
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
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of karst
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Realizing that I have only tried a single Dortmunder
I have vowed to expand my knowledge of this style.
Sitting on a 25 Kg bag of Durst 2-row Pilsner malt has little to do with it.

Starting with a trip to my local beer shop - Chef's Pantry I visit with owners
and pick up a few bottles to fulfill the 3 12 oz minimun Missouri liquor law.
If this was a 12.1 oz bottle it could sell as a single - go figure!

Pop the top from the green and the room fills with skunky thiol. The little 12 oz pils glass looks like a commercial for pilsner beer. the bottom of its cone pale filtered light yellow and an absolutely picture perfect fist and half of snowy marange. Time to check the email and go to the mailbox before it receeds below a pillow still 4 fingers high! Lace is almost gaudy. Heavy rings! from each pull from the glass.

Ignoring the skunk from the florescent lighting it has been under, I find bready sweet malts with a slight hop aroma.
Pleasant medium Grainy flavor becomes sweeter when held in the mouth. Sweet belgium candi like taste almost caramel with out the caramel. German hops seem more from a bottle of oils than from fresh cones. I would enjoy this fresh from a German tap.
Sticking with Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

a - Very pale not much head which disappear quickly. Coarse foam like US macro-brews.

s - Strong aroma when the bottle is first open but quickly fades to nothing

t - Simple, straightforwrd bitter with a strange aftertaste.

m - Coarse bubbles, unpleasantly foamy

d - Would drink it if it were the only thing available. Otherwise - wouldn't waste my money

Photo of 3Vandoo
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very pale blondish beer, very very pale that I was thinking of calling her a pale albino in a ghost suit. A good head that sticked to the glass and let herself slowly go away

Her smell was very very shy, cereal, shy hops, more cerealic than anything else.

Her taste was quite boring, very sweet, not much body, smooth, decent.
Shy aromas of hops, and bread, nothing came out really

Photo of allergictomacros
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark straw/light gold colour with big head. Head retention is OK, but leaves lots of lacing.

Smell/Taste: Floral. A bit of euro-skunk and grainy aroma. A bit of citrusy taste, more hops, but not particularly bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium body and fairly drinkable. A touch overcarbonated for my taste.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with an average lifespan, fluffy white head that sticks well. Bready and mildly sweet nose. Standard German pilsener malts making up the bulk of the flavor with some light floral hops in the finish. Thin with a drab and dull bitterness but still rather drinkable.

Photo of fisherman34
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow in colour. Not very much going on as far as aroma is concerned: just some very mild grassy hops. Flavor wise, there’s some more mild hops there too, but loads of mineral and metal flavors too. This one could use a bit more malt flavors to make things a bit more interesting. Overall, not a bad beer for a hot day, but it’s nothing special. There’s better thirst quenchers out there.

Photo of Hibernator
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

DAB Original
12 oz green bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a straw yellow color with tiny carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the pilsner glass. Nice thin white lace for a head.

Slight hops and grains in the nose with a touch of sweet honey.

Grassy, sweet bready malts with a modest hop snap finish. Creamy lager-like quality in the mouthfeel. Very clean and smooth. Similiar to a European lager. Refreshing at the same time, which greatly adds to the drinkability level. I found myself drinking this one rather quickly.

This is a solid German pilsner and a beer that would compliment a variety of food.

Photo of funkengruven
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this to compare it to other German beers i have had in the past. As a pilsener i would say it is a good example, better than the average Pils, nice golden color, fresh hoppy smell which is equally reflected in the taste, good but slightly alcoholic mouthfeel with a drinkability that is reasonable, it certainly is refreshing, goes down nicely with a big heavy meal or after a long day at work.

Photo of claytri
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a bright gold with a crisp white head . The aroma was basic sour mash that non-descript beer smell. The taste was also pretty basic it was of sour malt with a hoppy finish. The feel was light and dry. This is a decent light crisp beer. It was pleasant, but not one I would choose too often in the future.

Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pilsener, creamy, straw yellow and lots of white foamy head, yet lacking aroma and thin mouthfeel. Grassy, crisp Dry taste, bitterness on backbone, highly carbonated, above average malting, most quaffable. Boring, too much on sweet side. Below average.

DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.