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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 AtLagerHeads
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice lager that is said to be Dortmunder, but seemed almost Pilsenerish with some nice spicy hop bite. The golden body had a short-lived white head and minimal lace. The nose was malty with some light hops noted. Clean crisp feel from the tasty brew and very drinkable. A good session lager.

Photo of aracauna
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a surprisingly tasty beer. It's nothing that you wouldn't expect, but it's a very well executed lager I think. There's a very crisp body with a bit of a spicy hop bite, especially at the end. I actually consider this a pretty tasty lager, almost pilsnerish.

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

Eh, that's my opinion of this beer, "eh". I guess I was expecting the "famous dortmunder style" to have more well style. It is a very light, thin tasting beer very similiar to a Heineken, using that I assume to be the same hops. If you like Heineken, you will like this. If you don't, you won't. I don't and I didn't.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall impression was more hoppy than I would've expected from a German style. My bottle poured out with a big head that settled down after a few minutes. Yet it drinks like any lawnmower beer, but with a more rewarding taste. I'm starting to like Dortmunder as a favorite style.

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

Pours yellow with a small white foam on top that does not really want to stick around with you. Aroma is sweet and grainy. It is toned down, but it does have the right balance for a German brew.

The body is pretty light, and there is a definite lack of flavor in this brew. It is smooth and well-balanced with a nice malty flavor. It is mostly sweet, but it does have the necessary hop content. Very drinkable, but just nothing remarkable.

Photo of daledeee
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again I was leery of the green bottle. This time with good reason. Poured an average head with bright yellow colored body. Smell was skunky. Taste did not reflect the smell. It is pretty tasty. Malty and a little hoppy. A slight roasted flavor. I would have given this beer a higher rating except for the smell. It lowered each score .5

Photo of pezoids
4.58/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright and clear pale yellow color. Had a frothy white head. Beautiful grainy aroma. Perfect. My tastes lean towards this style of beer, along with pilsners, and this one is right on the mark. The hops that come out, bitter this beer perfectly. Slightly oily sweet aftertaste. Ultra-crisp and very drinkable. Nothing to hide here, just great beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of ALEBOY
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think that I was expecting a little more. A little more what...I don't know. Poured a straw gold colour with a small white head. Light.. no..very light malt nose. I found DAB to be reasonably bitter and surprisingly dry. Not the best I have tasted, but , not the worst. It reminds me a bit of some Aussie Lagers. (It's cheap so I will likely drink it again)

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

I've always enjoyed DAB. This is a style that has always appealed to me, and DAB is as good as most other examples. Unimpressive pour, average smell and appearance. Very good, smooth taste, however. Nice malt flavor, but crisp also. A very refreshing, tasty lager (if you don't get skunked). This beer has been somewhat hard to find fresh, and apparently has fallen out of favor. This is unfortunate, because it is one of the more substantial lagers.

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

Appearance: 500ml can. Poured a clear golden with a medium head. The head faded fast. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Mildy hoppy nose. Light hints of bread and yeast. Somewhat floral.

Taste: Enjoyable hoppiness. Nice maltiness gives it balance and body. Hoppy bitterness towarsd the finish and then smoothes out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: A nice pils. I could down this easy drinker frequently. Enjoyable even if the style is not my favorite.

Photo of Indybeer
2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz green bottle. Poured a clear straw yellow, with a big head that lasts and good lacing on the glass. Aroma has a hint of malt and little else. High carbonation, but very little in the way of taste, other than a bitter after taste in the finish. Would be a good session beer. But I wouldn't be the one drinking it.

Photo of PatandDavid
4.38/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this out of the bottle, and it's not bad.

Bright dark yellow, full bready smell. Head settled down right after pouring.

This has what I need in a pilsner: carbonation, crispness, slight sweet bready aftertaste. No mega-hops, just crispy sweetness.

Goes down good on a hot summers day. Will buy and drink again, no question. pat

Photo of Jason
2.93/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle with no freshness date, there is some odd code on the back label but that means nothing to me.

Appearance: Very pale yellowish golden colour, filtered clarity for sure. The thick and foamy white head sticks to the glass quite well.

Smell: The malt in the aroma is as faded as those acid washed jeans I had in the 80’s … weird muted hop in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Such a boring palate of pale pilsner malt, nice crispness and it really adds to the refreshing quality. The malt comes and goes with a clean flavour … again it is boring. Even worse is the hop bitterness which is like a knife without a sharp edge … dull with no flavour.

Notes: Two words “Hop Extract”. I have had better from this brewery, this beer is too processed and has no natural feel to it … a sad state from the last time that I tried it which must have been at least five years ago. Lastly … it tastes sterile.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Came in a white 500ml can with a freshness stamp on the bottom. Pours out a pale gold, small white head that recedes fairly quickly, not a heck of a lot of carbonation to be detected except for the odd bubble. Smells sweetish, faint metallic note, some clover honey and....apple juice. Flavour is average, carries that metallic tinge, nothing special at all, but an okay thirst quencher for a hot day. Still, I think I'd even prefer a Molson to one of these, especially regarding the price. Whoa, did I just say that out loud?!

Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.33/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and lightly hopped. Appearance is that of a lighter beer, but you soon know this is not a beer to be evaluated on looks alone. The hops show through into the aroma and taste, but does not have an overbearing hop presence. Pours with a beautiful long lasting head. This is a reasonably priced, well defining German lager.

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

--Poured a natural, pilsener color. Smell was nothing greater than average.
--This beer poured with a nice thich head that lowered but a slight head in the end.
--This beer was nothing but average. It had a nice european taste but I have had beers that are much better.

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

Pours with a pure white head that settles out over golden-straw colored liquid. Snappy clean maltiness in the nose with some hop & sweetness notes too. Taste is clean, a bit of metallic hoppiness..very crisp and undemanding on the palate. Finishes more dry than anything. A nice Summer thirst-quencher/lawnmower Lager.

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

A nice spicy hoppy smell that had a touch of metallic to it but pretty good.

DABs a light golden coloured brew with a decent head.

A good tasting lager but like many it doesn't really stand out.

Easy to drink with a plesant aftertaste.
I could probably use DAB as a session beer.

Photo of putnam
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really pleasant aromas of honey, toasted grain and freshly fired bricks. Clay, hay and sweet, ripe seeds. M.
The flavor profile is demurly sweet with bright floral extracts at the service of clear, dry mineral and hop structure.
Clean. Refreshing. Complex for a lighter beer.

Photo of BitteBier
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear straw colored pour with good effervescence and a finger's worth of bright white foam. Head doesn't last long but leaves a little lace. Clean but simple grain essences dominate the smell. Taste is sweet and malty up front and slowly dries out as the hops powers up. This beer doesn't get particularly interesting, but it's certainly drinkable. For one of the green-bottled clan, it's actually quite decent.

Photo of yen157
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generous sticky white head sat on top of the clear, slightly-darker-than-straw colored lager. Hay and some sweetness give this beer a fairly simple aroma. Grainy flavored beer with some faint pale malt sweetness. Slight astringency plays off the touch of bitterness and hop flavor for a sort of 3-D hop experience. [Note: this would be considered an overly hoppy beer by anyone’s standards] Finishes pretty dry. Nice creamy mouthfeel and medium body make this one fine beer to have in your mouth

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright yellow body. Sometimes I forget beer can be this color. Nice sized foamy white head. Some inviting lacing. Lot of hay, fresh grass in the nose, with a tiny hint of skunk lurking at the edges. I mean, it's not skunked, but you can sense how it easily could change. Taste is made up of a very clean malt topped off by a surprising hop bite. Very refreshing. An ok, straight forward beer, fine for summer quenching. (Yeah I know it's Christmas. My cousin left it at Thanksgiving).

Photo of garymuchow
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I opened the bottle and before I poured it I could smell the nice smell of German hops. In fact it was a bit decreased after pouring. A bit of a sweet water aroma too (as with N/A beers). Medium full white head, that dissipated fairly quickly, and light golden color. Well balanced beer with light sweetness in middle, and dryness on the finish, but nothing excessive or dominating. Fairly clean overall with a slight metalic taste noted at times. Medium to light mouthfeel, and slightly flatter carbonation for a lager. A little thin overall. A bit of off taste with metalic quality. But this will do better for summer beer or possibly a session beer than many.

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

Poured a clear golden with a white foamy head. Aroma consisted primarily of hops. Mouthfeel is thin bodied. Middle has a feint lemony tang. Finish is crisp with a clean hop taste to it. The first time I had this beer was at a German bar/restaurant called the Essen Haus in Madison, WI. We drained several glass boots of this.

Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden bodied. Fluffy white head. Good retention.
Bready and slightly sweet malts on the nose, along with a slight hop bite.
Starts on the bready side. Standard white bread, no frills. Grainy underbelly. Turns sweeter midway. Carmel-ish, though saying a carmel flavor is present would be stretching it. Finishes with a tempered German hop kick.
Light-medium bodied.
Simple, decent.

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