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Duveneck Dortmunder | Barrel House Brewing Company

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Duveneck DortmunderDuveneck Dortmunder

Brewed by:
Barrel House Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of sneaks2210
1.25/5  rDev -66.5%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear golden yellow in color with a finger sized head that quickly faded into a thin layer of bubbles. A moderate to high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of apple juice in the nose.
T: The taste is rather fruity (apples stand out in particular) and has a moderate amount of sweetness. There are also notes of biscuity malts. No bitterness from the hops is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite refreshing to drink and is also sessionable given its low alcohol content. I could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden color with a large white head that hung around for some time. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Has a different aroma from other Dortmunders. Has a fruity aroma from the hops that would seem more at home in a pale ale. The flavor as well was a bit of surprise. Has a pear flavor with a little spice. The malt is way down on the flavor spectrum. Seems this lager is trying to be an ale. Has a bit of a slick feel to it but has a very good level of carbonation. The low ABV boosts drinkability. The flavor was not bad, but just a little too strange for this drinker.

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Photo of mwa423
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Despite a hard pour, only a half finger of very thin head that quickly disappeared. Color is a very clear gold that is a nice looking example of the style, but the lack of a head is an initial turn-off.

S - Strong malt smell, heavily biscuity and bready. Not lacking for strong aroma.

T - Very grainy and malty flavor, very little hops to speak of, but this is a very classic take on a Dortmunder Lager.

M/D - The strong biscuity taste knocks down the drinkability. Mouthfeel is very rich for a lager, enjoyable and thick.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this bottle as an extra in the last trade I completed. Very cool looking label on this beer. The heading on this beer is immense, with a storm of air bubbles rising up. Color is of clear straw, and again, is just teaming with carbonation. Smell has a lot of raw grain to it. More grain shows up in the taste, with some light fruit in the end, and a bit of a metallic twang. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing, and those bubbles really do a job of scrubbing the tongue. Drinkability gets high mark as well, as it is light, low in alcohol and pretty palatable. This one has session beer written all over it. Would love to see more of this style on the shelves. Cheers

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Photo of ZAP
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This hybrid drinks more like an ale...a good dose of fruitiness...malt is sweet....not as doughy or bready as I'd like...not as crisp and clean as I'd like. With that said this is a nice drinker with some enjoyable ale characteristics...almost a berry/wine like fruitness...unique for the style..looks nine...deep orange with a nice fluffy white head...

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Photo of degerbah
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pale yellow with minimal head. No smell to speak of. The head dissapeared almost immediately.

Taste is very plain, about what I'm looking for in the style. This beer is incredibly drinkable, and thats about all there is to this beer. It is basically a bmc but better. Etremely sessionable, but I want a little more flavor with my beer.

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Photo of jsh420
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky gold with an insane pillowy head that i had to eat with a spoon before i could finish my pour

smell - all i pick up is apples

taste is sweet spiced apples and light grain

this beer has perfect mouthfeel - light crisp and creamy with very active carbonation

drinkability is almost perfect - had to take off .5 because all the carbonation made me burb too much

overall this is a great summer/fall brew. it matched well with the pico de gallo and chips i was eating at the time

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Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle acquired in a couple of trades.

Poured a medium golden color with a large sized white head. Aromas of grains, yeasty, and some fruitiness. Tastes of grains, fruity, and bready. Body on the lighter side. Easy to drink if you like the style.

Notes from 3/12/08

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Dortmunder. To be honest I bought it out of curiosity of the style. Hopefully this is a somewhat authentic interpretation.

Fulls bright egg shell colored head sits atop a clear bronze beer. Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation can be seen racing to the top. Plenty of beautiful webbed lacing.

Smells of wheat, caramel and wonderful hop bill. Slightly musty grass note that makes me think of brett.

Taste is intially tart, but moves to a refreshing fruity quaklity. Pear and tart apples. The hops close things out with a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light and somewhat airy with a clean feel. Easy drinking. I'd like to try more of this style, but it may be tough to find.

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Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle.

A- poured a massive head that was sticky all over. left a strong lacing all over the glass. clear slightly golden but light color overall. seems like a dead ringer so far.

S- slight oak scents. smells a little metallically, standard for the style. slight tang of brett? def not infected but seems like a light infusion of it. i guess it would make it historically more accurate. really adds a great element of complexity to it in my mind.

T- light malt flavor, very crisp and delicious. slightly sweet all over, ends with a light crisper hop notes, and a light tinge of sourness.

M- high carbonation, crisp body, not quite a lingering finish.

D- pretty damn solid, a great drink and example of the style, if a little 'lighter' for the light style. however i have no problems with that

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Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a surprisingly, to me, golden color, with a decent head and nice lacing.

S- Has, to me, an identical nose as Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest. Nice maltiness, citrus.

T- A big citrus of lime, malty and sweet with a touch of citrus orange, a long residual fruity finish that is slight. A unique taste that starts sweet, then borders stout and porter territory.

M- Light to medium carbonation and great complexity on the palette.

D- 4.2% for this, gem, no problem.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber to a pint glass the liquid is yellow orange with ok carbonation. The head is small white and leaves little lace.

The smell is good fresh and crisp biscuity malt.

The taste follows this brew is like liquid white bread with a crisp lightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is good nice lighter then medium body and a good crisp carbonated bite.

The drinkability is good, if you like the style try this one out it is pretty good. Big thanks to shbobdb for this brew.

Prosit MK

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Photo of becktone
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Golden and perfectly clear. Head is much like that of beaten egg whites, meringue. Its got great retention and leaves some nice sheets of lace.

Nose: Nice malt backbone, with spicy hops-a bit peppery, earthy. Malt aroma is biscuit like. Not too much more than that, pretty simple. Overall I would like it were the aroma a bit more potent. Clean.

Tongue: Much more to the flavor than the aroma leads you to believe. Nice refreshing malty flavor that is very nicely balanced by those spicy hops leastaways in terms of sweetness and bitterness. This is a malt driven beer and unfortunately the crisp hops are just about completely covered up by it. Malt flavor is hard to describe, nothing too in the face, clean and crisp.

edit: while still sitting here drinking this I was reading some of the other reviews, I definitely can taste some munich malt in here, small amounts but very akin to an O-fest beer, though in much, much smaller quantities.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Crisp, clean and light prickly carbonation in the mouth. Average mouthfeel-medium bodied- nothing special. This is a beer I'd think about buying again, good, but I'm really not all that turned on by the style,this beer just doesn't seem to really hit me as anything but another of the good average brews.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp looking, bubbly medium golden colour with a mid sized frothy head that leaves chunky rings of residue on the glass after each sip.

The aroma has some sweetness to it, along with a bit of graininess and a bit of a vegetable vibe as well. Not bad, but weird.

The flavour is malty and more bread-like than the aroma would lead on. It's got a bit of an apple fruit flavour to it that has some sweetness but also a bit of tartness as well. The cooked vegetable notes from the aroma are still here but much more subdued and barely noticeable overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated, but lacks the crispness that should be present here.

I wasn't terribly impressed with this one. Not bad overall, but some weird flavour and aroma combos made for an uneven experience. It's a curious beer, but one that could use a bit of work.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up straight from the source on my last trip through town. Some good times before Rick left as we hung out for the better part of the afternoon and I grabbed some of these goodies on my way out. Been waiting to try this one. The pour was nice, with a crystal clear, brownish amber color being presented in front of me. Lots of carbonation streaking up toward the top of the glass with a nice amount of activity overall. Good sized, two inch thick head of fizzy white foam then came across the top and settled down quickly, leaving behind only the slightest amount of side glass lace behind, pretty typical for the style.

The aroma was loaded down with malts. Lots of cereal grain type aromas coming through, but they all seamed to be a little bland to be honest. A decent amount of bready malts but that was about it. Very bland, and definitely a touch on the slightly boring side to be honest. But still halfway decent for the style. The flavor followed suit almost exactly, never really becoming as full as I would have liked. Lots of cereal grains, a touch of biscuit like bread, and a bit of a metallic taste, all not coming together all that well. Smooth feel, albeit somewhat thin, but with more then adequate carbonation, it really pushed through quite nicely. I could have sessioned it with ease, as at 4%abv, there was literally nothing to it at all.

Overall not a terrible beer by any means, though certainly nothing I would try and go after more then once. I think I would pass on this one again, just not enough going on for me to get really excited about.

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Photo of sleazo
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a slightly dark golden with a flurry of bubbles which produce a fairly decent sized white soapy head. Staying power isnt there but I am thinking I should have poured this into a pilsener glass.

S_The aroma is mostly of sweet cereal grains with a minor generic hop note.

T_Crisp tasting, the sweet cereal grains shine in front while the aftertaste is pleasantly bitter. The hops come through in the aftertaste, slightly grassy and a little bit spicy. There is a slight cooked vegetable taste as well.

M_Effervescent and light with a pleasing spicy tingle. Nicely done for the style.

D_Good but not earth shattering. Better than the typical mass produced lager and to be honest is hitting the spot right about now.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly fogged golden with a nice white head that has some staying power and leaves nice lacing. Nose is sweet like cereal grains, but more. Reminds me a lot of the eastern block beers I have had. Flavor carries that cereal sweetness as well. Hint of fruit and apples on the end. Tolerable to some, and annoying to others no doubt. Feel has a very nice carbonation to it and a good liquid feel. Overall I think this is a good brew. I think a lot of people would be turned off by the higher sweet tone to it. Probably not worth the coin.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazy golden orange apricot body topped by 1 1/2in pillowy bone white head, ok retention, leaves little bits of sticky lace.

S- malty roasted pork and veggies, sweet corn, pear, green apple, white grape, grains, plantain, herbs, grains

T- metallic, tart malt, almost lemony, malt tastes pale first, then changes to a roasted woodsy earthy almost chocolate flavor. hops are fruity and floral with distinct guava/mango taste balancing out all that malt into the aftertaste, but the hops linger on as the malt fades. tastes a lot like a pale ale with all these hops.

MF- smooth and juicy, refreshing, dry and puckering toward the end, medium carbonation and medium weight, it sits heavy probably due to all that barley.

D- tasty, low ABV, totally a session beer, but it's filling, and that's ok with me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, pours medium golden, quite clear, under a fine bubble film and better then average fine, well developed lacing. The nose I pick up is notes of grass and crisp hoppyness. More grass notes, smooth malts, the problem I find with this one is an unexpected mild sourness, that spoils my enjoyment of this offering. A poorly handled bottle? Not sure what the problem is/was. Finish is smooth with more crisp, dry hopping noted.

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Photo of Figgy
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat normal smell and a head that looked more yellow than golden. The beer itself had an average appearance. The taste came through as being a quality beer, but not a rich taste, simple and clean. I did taste a slight lime taste, very slight but noticeable.

I'm not an experienced Lager drinker but found this very drinkable, even though not as complex as I usually like. It is worth a try.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A medium golden amber in the glass with aggressive white head that melts to a slightly sticky ring. Medium-sized bubbles continuously rise from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is really nice and distinctive....lots of fresh pale malt aromas give way to bready yeast and then some very floral hops.

Taste in unusual in that the Munich malts seem a cross between sweet then slightly burnt or toasted. That quickly yields to the hops, however...nothing really bitter...rather drying and balancing the initial sweetness of this lager. Finish is akin to a sharp Checz Pilsner

There are very few lagers that I enjoy, but this is definitely an exception. I find it both wonderfully refreshing and yet full bodied and very flavorful. At 4%, I could drink this all day...pity I only have the one bottle.

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Photo of cameraman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep golden color, with an inch and half thick head that forms, white in color, and laces slowly down the glass. A bready fragrance at first, then it is followed by small amounts of a hop scent and touches of malt sweetness. A strong malt flavor comes right out at the start, almost a roasted, bread flavor hits midway, then finishes with a mild hop flavor. Medium bodied, yet very crisp and refreshing, smooth feel alll the way through. This a very good Dortmunder, a favorite lager style of mine. A great color, strong aroma and flavor make this an easy to drink beer. Particularly, after mowing grass or on a camping trip.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear spun gold color. The head is bright white, and billowy. It recedes very slowly into a half an inch of this foam that rides above the liquid until the liquid is gone. The aroma is of biscuits with a noticable, yet balanced note of spicy noble hops. Bistuits are all over the taste, with the hops being a bit less noticable in it than they are in the aroma. It is very refreshing, but not as crisp as I like my dortmunders to be. The mouthfeel is a tad lighter than medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a fine example of the dortmunder style. I would drink this again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into an 0.3L mug with a huge amount of foam. A small bit of lace sticks to the glass, and is ever present for the duration of the glass. Color is a hazy gold, with super tiny suspended particles.

First whiff is of apple, slightly sweet and grainy.

Big tart apple note, juicy and citrusy, with a light maltiness to back it up. Fairly dry aftertaste with a residual hint of grainy malt. Very balanced, and thirst quenching. There is a freshness to it that makes a good impression. Herbal hops linger in the background. Cluster, Hallertauer, and Tettnanger varieties are listed on their site.

Sturdy body for a lager, definitely beefed up by the lack of filtration and good level of carbonation. The 22oz. bottle disappeared easily, and two more would make a nice session.

Story on the bottle mentions this particular beer was named after a local Ohio painter, which I thought was cool. They seem to give a nod to the local history, which lends itself to the timeless nature of this 19th century lager.

Honestly I was surprised at how good this was after going back and looking at it's reviews. It's a pretty underrated Dortmunder in my opinion, seek it out.

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Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 47 ratings
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