DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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Reviews: 337
Hads: 574
Avg: 3.28
pDev: 20.43%
Wants: 12
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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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 industrialswill
4.6/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is Liquid Gold..!
It's been 35 years since I've had this one and it's just as good as I remembered.
The 500 ml can was priced at $2.
It's got a thick head after a delicate pour.
Smells a little "hoppy"
The taste is eveything a light lager should be...I could drink these all night.
This is just a fantastic beer and I'm so glad to see it available in a can.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(giant mug gift set)

A: Gold/ honey color. Large creamy head, with moderate dissipation.

S: Smells of yeast, sweet malt, light hops.

T: Not much to the taste. Just as my nose predicted, sweet malt and light hops.

M: Crisp, medium carbonation, dry and light bodied.

O: Nothing amazing about this beer, but it's refreshing. Something appropriate for a big mug. It's not complex, but I wouldn't mind having another for a reasonable price. I may recommend under the right circumstances.

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Photo of bpw28
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Very little head (saw nothing coming, poured more aggressive, still nothing really), light godl (about a 5 SRM), good lacing, good carb can be seen.

Smell: Malt strong, a little wheaty smelling, floral, a little clean tangerine and grapefruit smell.

Taste: Malty, Wheaty, Biscuit, a lazy hop bitter that comes after a while. Good carb, not overbearing. Body is well, light but not watery.

Final Thoughts: It's not bad compared to the AAL. I would thank anyone kindly for this one if they handed it to me at a AAL kind of party, bbq, whatever. While I don't like the style, this one is decent and acceptable.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.57/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Been a hot summer here in NYC and the longer it's been going the more I've found German and Czech lagers to be the best quenchers.

Saw a 6 pack of DAB Pounder Cans on special, never had it, what the hell...

Pored into a .4l Glass Mug

A - Very Active, almost no head, color is a dark yellow, a bit strange, almost like a red bull.

S - soft on the hops, grassy malt, faint alcohol, best trait of the beer for me

T - Bitter finish that doesn't really have any crisp hop taste, almost all malt, boring, bland

M - a bit chewy for me, really could use a snappy finish

O - Nothing special here, guess it's alright to just watch a game with, but I won't get it again

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Photo of Hayward
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pale golden yellow appearance. descent head that dissipates after a little while. No lacing remains.

Smell is sweet and malty, with a slightly metallic tinge to the nose.

Taste is slightly spicey hop bitterness up front, which is nicely unexpected. Definitely some earthiness and grassiness there, almost a very mild tobacco hint in there as well, followed off by a round malt sweetness.

Nicely carbonated, refreshing with a nice bite.

If the metallic notes weren't there I would rate this higher. Not sure what produces that off flavor but it becomes less noticeable after the first few sips.

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

Saw this in the store for 1.50 a tall boy so I thought I would be a good thing to try.

A- Very clear pale yellow with a massive thick head. Lots of activity in the glass.

S- Smells like bread and biscuits. The traditional sulfur lager smell is there in the background.

T- The taste is bready with a slight bitterness from something not hops. I'm getting something slightly fruit flavored. This has the taste of something that reminds me of when I first started drinking pale lagers back in the day.

M- Lots of carbonation, the beer itself is slightly thicker then expected, but it is good.

O- Not too bad, it goes well with the yard work I've been doing, refreshing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Sat down at the bar, ordered some beer, and relaxed: Good day at the Brauhaus. This brew pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light wheat, very light lemon zest, and light flowers. The taste holds notes of wheat, greens, flowers, and light rice. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation, a nearly watery feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, an okay brew at best, but way too thin and watery, even for a Dortmunder, not to mention the meekness of the flavors and scent.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a Mix & Match 6-pack at Badger Spirits in Beloit, WI for $8.99.

Pours a very clear plae yellow color and a white head of foam that sticks around til about the first sip and that's it. With it's green bottle and scent, it reminds me a lot of Heineken. The scent hints at cheap grassy grains. Taste is rather bland and light in texture. You get a little grain taste but that's about it. Rather simple finish as well. Something new to try but that's about all.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours gold/amber wtih a large fading head.
Nose shows hay and light malt with a hint of floral hops. Very light on.
Similar flavours but even fainter. Lots more straw/hay flavours.
Carbonation could be higher.
Pretty boring... I seem to remember this having more honey notes last time round...

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: As expected, light golden to yellow color with relatively thin white head.

Smell: Metallic Euro lager smell. Grassy aroma.

Taste: About as plain as you can get. Buttery flavor, no strong hop note. Nothing offensive, just nothing that stands out. Certainly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, not a lot of carbonation. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: I like this beer in a sense that it seems to stay true to its purpose (whatever that means). Not quite as dry as a standard German pils, not quite as hoppy as a Czech pilsner, and not quite as sweet/malty as Munich Helles, it seems to strike a nice balance.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow color. Got about a finger of head, which died down in less than a minute to a partial ring of bubbles. A little lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Yeasty, bready malt aroma. A little skunk, appropriate to the style and not enought to be objectionable.

Taste: Hello, hops. Nice, big hops bite right up front. Some malt sweetness later, followed by a bitter aftertaste. Hope flavors are balanced well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with plenty of palate-scrubbing carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall: Very drinkable dortmunder lager. Seems to me to be a good example of the style. This is a beer that I will come back to when wanting a German lager.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a large white head.

S: Smells of straw and grass with a decent breadiness to it. Some light biscuit notes as well as some toasted bread. There is a definite skunk to it as well as a fair amount of lager yeastiness.

T: Sweet malt with a nice breadiness and biscuity flavor. Some honey notes to it as well as a bit of a floral character. Some grassy hops with a little bit of bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium in body, but the carbonation is slightly on the low side of medium.

O: Usually I like Dortmunders quite a bit, but this wasn't quite my favorite

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Photo of steveh
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found a semi-local carrying this old standby import from the days before the Micro-Boom®. Decent price too at $12 a 12 pack.

Green bottle from a covered 12 pack, indecipherable codes on the label.

A -- Clear, pale straw gold with a firm, dense white head that settles slowly.

S -- Hmm, somewhat sulfury, yeasty nose (which is common to the style), but not much else -- but maybe the vaguest DMS. More sweet, bready malt with warmth.

T -- Light, bready malts with a firm bitterness as a backbone, finishing with spicy hops and the lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

M -- Body is light to light-medium with a dry, crisp mouthfeel.

O -- I want to like this beer -- whether from nostalgia or the fact that I have 10 more bottles I can't say, but there seems to be something rather lacking compared with other imports and fresher Micros of the same style.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, gold color which opens for an aroma of citrus and dough. The flavor is citrus fruit, grassy hops and some vanilla sweetness from the malt. It's got a medium mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. Dortmunder DAB Original is an okay beer, recommended.

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Photo of drinkofczars
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color, very expected for the type of beer this is.

S- Smells good. Not too skunky but has the bitter aroma I like in this type of beer.

T- Very nice taste. I wish there was a little more bite to the hops. Very refreshing to sip on in a tall-boy.

M- Very crisp and perfectly carbonated.

O- Very much like a Bitburger but without as much bitterness to it. Very pleasant to drink but I would go with a Bitburger over this beer any day. The Lock and Keel in Ballard, Seattle sells this beer for 3.75 which is a super good deal for the area and brew.

Refreshing and quenching beer.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drqnk from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a Golden colour with a two fingered large bubbled head that retains well and laces.

S - Aromas of grain an citrus.

T - Notes of grains and grassyness.

M - Light body and full carbonation

O - Go for something else

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Photo of sweemzander
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Produced some white bubbles.

(S)- A sweet smelling dry corn husk with some sugary honey.

(T)- Pretty similar to the smell in every way. A sugary sweet corn husk and honey profile.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Very sweet and mild. Thin too.

(D)- Fits the style fairly well. Not much to speak of flavor-wise, but it sure quenches your thirst in the heat.

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Photo of sj660
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No dates of any kind on the bottle.

A thick white foam of consistent bubble size leaves thick laces over a perfectly bright yellow liquid.

Graham cracker, biscuit and grain aroma. Not strong. Clean; no esters. Mineral/metallic taste that's an artifact of the local water supply. Very dry. Medium bitterness. This pour might be old; it had a bit of cardboard flavor.

Mouthfeel was of medium to high carbonation, medium to light body, but yet still warming. Small hop bite on the finish. Some drying in the aftertaste.

The malt is slightly more powerful than the hops and the water is minerally enough to leave its own taste in the mix. Uncomplicated, one-dimensional, but refreshing.

This is a great exemplar of this style, I'm just not sure this deserves its own category, and probably wouldn't earn it if it were new today.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a golden-copper color with a finger of pure-white head that falls quickly and doesn't lace at all. It looks like a Euro Pale Lager.

S: Sweet corn, grass, light citrus, and very light hoppiness. It smells like a Euro Pale Lager.

T: Metallic flavors open with grass and a little wet grain. It tastes like a Euro Pale Lager.

M: It has a light body with medium-high carbonation and a quick and mostly pain-free finish. It feels like a Euro Pale Lager.

O: I'm convinced that this is a typical Euro Pale Lager. My first dortmunder was Ayinger Jahrhundertbier and it was MUCH better than this crap.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, hops, grass

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with a grassiness and a little bit of hops. There were also some light notes of honey and lemon zest. The aftertaste consisted of a little bit of a spiciness/bitterness from the lemon zest.

Overall - I found this beer to have a nice pleasant very drinkable flavour. The light bitter sweet notes set it apart from a bunch of the other euro-beers. I'd buy this beer again.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this from a gift pack of German beers that a friend got me for christmas one year. This lager is on the more hardy side, it's got a nice amount of grains in the flavor. The hops are almost there, it's got a little more bitter than a pilsner. Golden in color, nice head for a little while. Some light lacing on the glass. Not a terrible beer.

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Photo of woemad
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for under $2. No freshness date on the can.

Poured a mostly clear golden color, slightly marred by a light chill haze. Small ring of bubbly white foam that decreased to a foam collar rather quickly. Rare, spotty lace.

Grassy and mildly sweet in the nose.

Mild herbal hop notes mingle with an equally mild malty sweetness. Dry note at the swallow.

Fairly light bodied, as expected given the style. Relatively soft mouthfeel.

Fairly straightforward, easy drinking beer. This would be a pretty good lawnmower beer. However, there's not a lot going on here, so there's not a lot of need to seek this out or pay much for it.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Dissipates to a patchy ring with nearly no lacing.

S: Grassy hops and sweet grain with mineral undertones.

T: Light bready malts dominate the taste which is rounded out by light grassy hops and chalky mineral flavours.

M: Crisply carbonated with a light body and short, dry finish.

D: The light flavour and body make it quite drinkable if unremarkable.

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Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at The Road House in Deerfield, WI.

I didn't realize it was in a green bottle when I first saw it in the cooler. Oh well. It of course had a hint of a skunky smell and flavor that I'm not a fan of. Other than that, it tasted a lot like an AAL. Some wheat or grain flavor with a bit of malt. Very light-bodied beer and relatively drinkable.

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Photo of Amalak
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce can.

A. American macro look with its straw yellow and big white head. Some lacing.

S. Mild wheatish scent, not much there.

T. Pleasantly surprised that it was more of a crisp pilsner taste than an American macro. It has a decent carbonation to it. Lite but has a flavor to it, perfect for consumption.

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
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