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Dortmunder Local Export Lager | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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95 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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 +6.7%
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
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 MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KarlHungus
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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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4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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