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DAB Original - Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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550 Ratings

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 33 | 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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Ratings: 550 | Reviews: 336
Photo of ybnorml
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clean yellow beer with good white head. The aroma was kinda skunky at first. But as it warmed it took on a more grainy sweetness. At first taste the was not much but again as it warmed there was a hint of the grainy sweetness on the tip of the tongue with a good dry hop finish. Unlike it s american cousins this beer taste btter as it warms.

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

500 ml can

Very clear, golden yellow colour. Pure white head with average head retention. Keeps a thin film of bubbles while drinking, and leaves a little lace behind on the glass. Moderate carbonation.
Sweet smelling, slightly malty, with a faint DMS smell. Hops smell is mild and of the noble hop character. Definitely smells like a lager.
Light to medium body. Clean, fairly mild taste. Moderately sweet, but its balanced well by a moderate bitterness. Almost no other flavours are coming from the hops, just bitterness. No DMS appears in the taste despite the smell. Overall, it's a fairly well balanced, easy drinking beer.

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

Light golden in color. It has a small white head with some lacing. The smell that reminded of a heineken but it has a better flavor. It's a light, crisp,clean, refreshing ,easy drinking lager, but really nothing special. I probally won't purchase again.

Photo of TheOtherMike
4.68/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very noticeable clarity when poured - crystal clear light yellow. Thin head subsides quickly but carbonation/bubbling remains active.

Strong, classic pilsner taste (even though the label reads "Lager") - but not too strong. The finish, however, reminds me of lager. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The main offering from the Dortmunder Actien Brauerei, better known as DAB and not to be confused with DUB, the Dortmunder Union Brauerei. While those Germans seem to like using abbreviations for their breweries, they also know how to brew good beer. DAB Original is a good pilsener in all respects. It might not be appreciated by those that like their pilseners on the hoppy side, but it is still very well made and very tasty in my book.

DAB pours a nice golden color with a good foamy head that retains for about a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind as well. A light aroma protrudes from the brew, emitting some clean malty scents and some grassy notes. The mouthfeel is crisp and very easy to drink. I feel that the pale malt flavors in this beer are excellent, and lend a very nice bready quality. Some grassy and hay-like notes are present too, while the hop bitterness level is moderate at best, leaving the beer only slightly dry. The dryness and grassiness linger on in the finish, and the beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

I enjoyed this rather simple beer. I would like to try the real Dortmunder Export that this brewery puts out, but it sounds like it is rather difficult to locate, even in its own hometown. While still a simple beer, this is definitely one of the maltier pilseners I've have sampled and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with a white head. The aroma is sweet, malty, bready with a spicy hop aroma, and a bit of grain. The flavor is malty and bready, with a light spicy hop bitterness. A very smooth, easy drinking beer. A very good lager.

Sampled 1/16/04

Photo of Sixpack595
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Simple and very drinkable beer. I could sit on the porch and put away a case of this beer on a hot summer day. Pale yellow with a great big fluffy white head. Malt is the dominant flavor, but dominant is a bit strong too strong a word. Hop is barely there, but nicely balances the malt.

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

12oz. green bottle. Poured a clear and fizzy golden color with an initial thick head that quickly died out. No lacing of the glass. Aromas are tough to pull out but I note some bitter hops and some sweetness. Flavor is more of the same, balanced nicely. Fresh-tasting and crisp, it's another beer that would be a good one for a summer day.

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

How unfortunate that a Bier that was once somewhat revered has come to this. The appearance was about what I expected from this German Pilsener, however it was more pale and less heady than I had hoped. The aroma was that of some wanna-be hops. They were there, in some form or another, but they seemes bottled up somehow...restricted. Perhaps they are not real hops? At anyrate, the flavor quickly followed suit. The flavor seemed pastey, if not almost fake somehow. Sure, this is not a bad pilsener, but I have a feeling they could do much, much better.

Photo of ark57
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks appetizing enough with its clear, pale straw color and soft head, but the aroma leaves something to be desired. It smells hoppy, but almost liked it has been dulled. It has a slight sweet tatse and a crisp finish. I keep wondering when the real hops are going to show themselves. This is not a bad beer, but it is trying to fit in with the mainstream beer drinker, which makes it a less than desirable product for a BA.

Photo of WMBierguy
3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had distinct expectations when I opened this bottle:a German Heineclone. The skunked smell that came out upon opening the bottle lowered my expectations. It poured a golden color, nice to look at but with no head, just like Heine. However, the taste was better than I expected. It had a hint of honey, and lacked the pronounced bitter flavor that mars Heine, Becks, and Pilsener-Urquell. This beer delivers more than the typical Lager, and I recommend that you give it a try if you find it.

Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is typical lager; pale malts and yeast. It has a bit of a skunky scent; probably from the use of green bottles. The taste is decent. It is light and refreshing with a bit of hoppiness. It also has a skunky green bottle flavor that seems a bit metallic at times. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well; a fine German pils.

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

Fairly small white bubbly head that recedes to a light lace. Clear, golden straw color with bubbles rising to the surface. Very grainy aroma with a noticeable bit of hops. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation. The taste is very much like the aroma. Malt presence is predominantly grainy in nature. There’s no real sweetness to the malt here, and it tends to be reminiscent of crackers. Malt backbone is present throughout and becomes quite smooth towards the end just before the hops pick up and finish things out. The hop finish is mild and balances out the brew rather well, and lasts well into the aftertaste. Pretty good brew, but nothing I’d rush out to try again. Just not really my cup of tea. Although quite mild, I did find it fairly flavorful.

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

A thin head with average lacing. The golden-yellow colour is normal.

The aroma is sweet but a bit weak.

The taste starts out with a gentle sweetness and finishes with a long and pleasant bite of hops. Quite tasty, actually.

Fairly thin on the palate but an enjoyable and crisp, if not typical, beer.

A person could go through a lot of Dabs with ease over the course of an evening.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 33cl bottle, as pictured. Purity law applies. Best before 1/31/05. Pours a standard clear gold under a two-fingered contoured white head with a bit of retention and spots of lace. Nice strong nose, mainly hops, slightly skunky, but in a pleasant way. The mouth is very prickly and light. The taste opens with a bit of malt, but the hops kick in quickly. The bitter is mild, slightly metallic, but nice and crisp. The aftertaste is fresh and refreshing. Not a bad German pils.

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

It pours a nice golden colour as one would expect and has (to me) a rather nodescript smell and the taste... Is a mild tasting lager, nothing really exciting here. When I have had tastings of this alongside other lagers it has proved to be a somewhat sweeter and maltier tasting brew.
But at the end of the day DAB is a Lager and thats about the end of the story. Its a good value, good tasting, commonly available (at least where I am) beer but it doesn't really leap out with distinctiveness.

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

This is a great example of your average, run-of-the-mill german, euro-lager. It's blonde/gold in colour with a nice white cap of foam. The aromas are malts and hops....that's it. The taste is floral and fresh, with nothing much going on. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the drinkability is good...

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.53/5  rDev +9%
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
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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
3.11/5  rDev -4%
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
4.6/5  rDev +42%
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
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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)

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
75 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.