Dortmunder Local Export Lager | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light and refreshing German style golden lager brewed with classic German malt, Czech Saaz and American Sterling hops.

Added by Sammy on 11-20-2008

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 93
Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new addition to the lineup, replacing the light version that had transitioned people from Bud. The aroma was a bit cheesy, the colour was clear and orange, and lacey. A light mouthfeel, low hop IBU but a nice bitterness for a melange of Czech and German hops. Very drinkable, though the ratings follow the boldness this is very good for the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of their new regular brews.

A - Poured a cloudy, orange amber color with a small, foamy, white head. It left very little lace.

S - It smelled of sweet corn aromas with hints of caramel.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with some corn and caramel malt flavors. It had an interesting spiciness that is not typical of lagers - almost Belgian-like.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This could serve as a gateway/transition beer for lager lovers. Certainly easy drinking.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a bright yellow with a decent-sized white head. The smell involves some grainy/grassy malt and a bit of German hops. The taste has a slight fruitiness with some pilsner-type hop bitterness. Lots of grain going on in this dortmunder, but in a good way. Light body and moderate carbonation, this was a very refreshing and quaffable beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours 1 finger of white head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Grassy hops, bready malts, some biscuits. A light citrus in the background.

Taste: Bready/biscuity malts. Dry grassy hops. Not much to talk about here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry, but clean.

Overall, an easy drinking lager. Very clean and refreshing. I could have more of this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought the Dortmunder Lager was quite nice. The appearance was a golden clear with thin white head that laced. The smell included hop and grain somewhat like a pilsner. The taste was bolstered by the Saaz hops used and was quite good. The beer was nicely balanced with malt and hop. Definitely a nice session lager and was very easy to drink.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love me a good lager. Beer served in a shaker pint on draft at Town hall. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Heavily carbonated and forms a one finger white head of medium bubbles. Head doesn't leave any lacing on the glass to speak of. Looks good.

Aroma is a little grainy but good. Mild refreshing.

Its great drinking a nice wet refreshing lager on a hot summer day in Minnesota. Beer is light in body and quite smooth and nice. Minimal aftertaste, nice grainy feel to it without bad bitterness from the beer overall and all around. I really enjoy these bigger lagers. I kind of wish it was at 4% so I could drink 10 of them but oh well.

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Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with minimal head. Smells light with notes of lemon. Has a nice mildly bitter hop taste with a nice dry finish. This is a good representation of style.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear yellow, some straw colour, thin white head forms, settles to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots. Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, grass, floral, lightly toasty, honey, simple but effective. Taste is nice too oats and toast, biscuit, floral, some grassy/hay like hoppiness, honey sweet middle, spicy noble hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. A nice session lager, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brew pub as part of a taster, 5oz glass...Pours a super clear straw with good retention and lacing...The aroma is downer, super sweet, corn with skunk...The taste is more of the same, lots of skunk, most of the rest is tasteless, just a boring beer. Not a great way to start a taster.

Skip this beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer arrives a clear golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing until the beer is gone. The aroma is of bready, biscuity malt with a hint of grassy hops. The aroma is similar to the taste with a rich bready finish that lingers a moment the cleans up. The mouthfeel is a touch lighter than medium bodied with a velvety texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good Dortmunder that I will drink again without hesitation.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler bought from the brewpub. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear yellowish golden orange with lively rising bubbles and a big four finger white head with good retention. Moderate amount of lace around the glass.

Smell: Crisp and soft aroma of pale malts, wheat grains, and yeast. Somewhat sweet and cracker like. Mild aroma of Saaz hops and grassy hops in the background. Light and subtle aroma but good. Pretty much what you would expect from the style.

Taste: Sweet biscuit like taste of pale malts, grains, and yeast. Some Saaz hops in the background. Sweet and bready but not cloying. Finishes with just a bit of earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. Light and simple taste but good and fairly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp, smooth, and refreshing.

Overall: A good take on a lighter European lager. Very light and easy drinking but whats there tastes good. This would be a good step up for your average bmc drinker.

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Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow colored beer with a finger of white head that had moderate retention and lace.

S - Slightly skunked, with bready and grainy malts, bit of grass, and a touch of sweetness.

T - Taste is the same as the nose, slightly skunked and boring.

M - Ligth bodied with moderate carbonation and fairly crisp.

O - An average dortmunder and average beer. Not anything I'd have again. Dortmunder is kind of a boring style, and even for style this is boring.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'Bout time I got around to reviewing this sessionable creation. From fresh growler this pours a clear lightened straw gold with lots of carbonation slowly creeping within. A small fluffy white foamy cap sits a top for a bit before slipping aside to a light skim and some sporatic lacing flung about.

Aroma is of musty grasses and grains, oat cereal, English leafy hops, and tender pretzeled bread dough.

Taste is solid and fairly lengthy and tenderly crispy with a bready pretzeled tone mixing with biscuit dough. Sinking musty grassyness and slight medicinal tinting in with its salty pretzel side. Hops are breezed in well with grasses leafyness. Leaves a fairly long impression on the palate.

Solid medium body, clean, round, firm, and bready with a smooth tender snappy tang that's definately drinkable. Much like everything else at Town Hall! Growler gone now and feeling good and feeling full.

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Photo of Holland
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden clear color with solid head that left after I drank it away. Could have better retention, but does stick to glass nicely.

S: smells of grains all over the place. Nice! Some hop smell, but not much.

T: the bready taste is wonderful, along with the malt and some bitter hops.

M: a bit too smooth for my liking for the style, but it's pretty good. light to medium body with medium-low carbonation.

O: good beer, but not my style. It was a part of their mainstay sampler, so here I am drinking it and enjoying.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never been real big on this style, but having one fresh, like this, could change my mind.
Minimal head, but brilliantly clear, golden yellow.
Soft malt aroma, but holding qualities of yeast and malt.
Very nice doughy flavor, with a nice soft hop flavor and periodic little shots of pleasant hop flavor.
Moderate lager size and adequately smooth.
Really enjoyable drink. Worked fine in middle of winter and would at any time.

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Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

one in the line up of regular house came clear golden color with a fresh 1 finger head and some nice lacing... smell is malt,grain,grass,bread and noble hops..taste is malts and then some crisp noble hops followed by some earthy grain and bread just a touch of lemon citrus its good..mouth feel was medium to thin nicely carbonated and crisp..very drinkable til the end which had me wanting another..a solid dortmunder which is nice to see

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, poured into a sampler glass. Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow. Fluffy white head. Nose is grainy and sweet with some spicy continental type aroma hops. Bread comes through as well. On taste, sweeter than expected. Has a nice level of bitterness and bready malts, but is just a touch sweet. Well enough made and clean, just perhaps a touch under-attenuated. Medium bodied and mild carbonation throughout. One of the better dortmunders I ever had.

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Photo of bsp77
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Where are the reviews for this beer? It has been out for several months. Anyway...

Serving glass: Poured into pint glass from tap.

Appearance: Clear and bright yellow gold with small head.

Smell: Not much. Some grass, sweet fruit and light noble hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet fruity malts, with a nice noble hop counterbalance. Also notes of bread and grass. Finishes somewhat bitter and spicy.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body, somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Great refreshing beer. Not as bitter as a Pilsner but definitely more punch than a Helles. Pretty good Dortmunder overall.

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Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a clear gold color with a thin white head and poor rentention. Light aroma, some grain present. Has somewhat of a sweet malty aroma. The flavor is sweet, with some hop bitterness at the end. Nicely balanced. Light bodied, refreshing, and with nice drinkability.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap at Minneapolis Town Hall -- reviewed from short notes

Thin, light, and easy-drinking. This lager is crisp and refreshing with a mild, approachable flavor.
It is a pretty "tame" beer, but every brewpub needs a BMC substitute for the non-craft masses.
I actually find this to be a decent example of the style-- dry biscuity malt with a touch of bitterness.
Light gold body with a white head.
Light body is a bit thin, but I can dig it.

Overall-- not bad.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery; served in a 10oz straight-sided tulip.

Extremely clear light gold/metallic liquid topped by a lasting ivory collar.

Clean, pure, malt aroma with grassy/earthy noble hop notes and no off notes.

The favor closely follows the nose, the hops (Saaz and Sterling) contributing a lovely low spicy flavor and a lasting gentle bitterness to offset the malt. Perfectly lagered with a slightly mineral, dry, yet malty finish.

Light, brisk, smooth, glassy mouth-feel.

A well made lager brewed with care rather than provided as an afterthought for patrons who cluelessly request "something light." Refreshing on this surprisingly hot day...

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Photo of jimmah120
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pint on tap at town hall tap

golden yellow, clear, silky white layer of foam. smell is peanut butter, corn, yeast, grain. taste follows with thankfully less peanut butter. crisp flavorful feel.

top notch lager with a powerful peanut butter smell. A more crisp refined taste, with just a dollop of pb. A-

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow, with a thin white head that eventually shrinks to a small ring around the outside of the glass, and leaves some lacing.

The smell is sweet, not too far off from Grain Belt if you ask me. I get sweet malt, a grassy character, honey and possibly a toasty character that comes more strongly as it warms.

The taste is better, and a little more in depth. Sweet, toasty, earthy, savory, with a nice hop bite. I'm normally not the biggest lager fan, but Town Hall just has that affect on me.

Light bodied, nice carbonation bite that cuts down on the lack of flavor. Good drinkability.

Another solid Town Hall offering. My girlfriend, not a craft drinker, enjoyed this as well as the Kolsch she had. I have to say this is a solid session beer.

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Photo of opwog
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Sufjan Stevens - Chicago

A- golden yellow with large bubble head
S- rice and light hops
T- very much like an average German lager
M- Even though the appearance made me expect a flat and thin beer, I was surprised that this actually had decent body and decent carbonation
D- Mouthfeel wasn't enought to pull this one through. Rather unintersting to have a second.

NOTE: I am assuming that this is the correct listing for what I had. It was simply called Export Lager on the beer list.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not overly familiar with the style although I love Great Lakes' Dortmunder Gold. This one has similar qualities - basically a malty golden lager with a bit more body than a german pilsner but not as deep in flavor as a Marzen or a Vienna Lager. Still very flavorful though with the clean yet sweet breadiness and a clean balanced finish.

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Dortmunder Local Export Lager from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
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