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

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Added by stirgy on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Retention is decent and some patchy lacing is left on the glass. Labeling is attractive. Aroma is grainy malts and some floral and fruity noble hops. Body is light medium with an aggressive carbonation. Taste is sweet malts with spicy and floral bittering hops. Cornsyrupy sweetness takes over midway through but some spicy hop notes rescue the finish. Decent for style.

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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 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 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 NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although I've been impressed with most of the Barrel House beers, I think this lager has a bit of a harsh edge to it that could be softened with a little bit more time in the tank; and even some fruitiness. Still, it's a pretty nice deep golden lager. The head retention is good, and it maintains a frothy cap throughout at least the first quarter of the glass. Some very nice, thick, rocky lacing on the glass is nice as well. In the nose it's floral over a mild, straw-like maltiness with a hint of apple thrown in. The mouthfeel is gently crisp and it passes smoothly over the palate with gentle zest on the tongue. As it warms and releases some carbonation it becomes even smoother. The flavor offers a straightforward, sweetish, grainy malt base that's peppered with floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hop flavors. It's backed by a brisk bitterness, and it finishes dry with a thin residue of malt, some pear-like fruitiness, a wash of leafy and spicy hops, and a lingering bitterness. An enjoyable lager, no doubt, and a very good take on the Dortmunder style; but as previously stated, a bit more aging could leave this stellar.

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Photo of prototypic
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's a light golden, straw color. Head is a modest one finger. Short retention and light lacing.

Smell: It's light on the nose. But, they are some light earth and grainy scents. A hint of floral and citrus notes is present. It's a bit yeasty or biscuity smell on the tail end.

Taste: Pretty straight forward. It is grainy and floral. There is a nice sweet malty taste to it. It is a little more hoppy than one would expect from the smell, but it's far from bitter. Some herbal spiciness is notable. Definitely leaves a biscuity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied. Carbonation is overall good. Pretty drinkable and not a bad offering for the style. Overall, it's not bad. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not nearly hoppy enough. A good Dortmunder should have a definate hop presence, and this beer is far too muted in that regard.

That is the only problem I have with this beer. Otherwise, it is a masterpiece! It pours a deep red-gold, the sort that Hildebrand was known for . . . and the head. My god, this beer does head the way it should be -- big and billowy that slowly fades leaving lace behind like it's my grandmother's couch.

The beer is simply a masterfully crafted beer. The strong, minerally water interacts well with the pale malts leaving faint hints of sulfur and cotton-candy. Light and drinkable, with a hint of spring flowers lingering after the swallow . . . this beer is simply wonderful.

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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 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 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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear light gold color, with a very small white head which goes away very quickly. The aroma of this beer isn't strong, but it smells like malt, a bit of floral hops, and an apple/pear smell. It tastes like malt, a little bit of pear, and finishes with some bitter hops. Mouthfeel is light with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good too, the beer has a nice clean finish. Probably a better beer for summertime, but overall it's not too bad at all.

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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 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 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 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 Brent
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very pleasant beer. Barrel House seems to do best when it sticks to German-based styles, from my experiences with their beers so far. Moderate malt body with some nice carbonation lightening it up. A touch of spicy bite to the hops, with an appropriate level of bittering. Clean, refreshing finish.

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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 woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This arrived with an impressive thick, foamy, bone-white head that resembled JacktheRipper's avatar, plus it experienced great retention throughout and produced good lacing. The color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a good burst of Saaz hops as I leaned in and inhaled. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full, which was amazing for a CO2 pour and I even did a double take at the taps just to be sure. I got a nice burst of hops in the mouth followed by a dry finish. This would undoubtedly be an excellent session beer.

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

group tasting may 26/07 with biegaman, Viggo, Lexx, crwills, [email protected], [email protected], and me (grub). everybody threw something into the mix and we had a great lineup of beer. blankboy contributed this one, so thanks paul!

22oz bottle.

pours clear golden yellow with a big dense white head. the head drops quickly and leaves some spotty lace.

aroma is nice. hint of dms. nice cracker malt. hint of grapelike fruity character. touch of alcohol.

taste is good. nice solid cracker and bready malt. low bitterness level. bit of light fruity character.

mouthfeel is good. nice medium carbonation level. fairly light body.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very enjoyable.

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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 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 UDbeernut
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, Oh. This selection was on tap.

a: nice golden yellow color similar to most Dortmunders

s: nice smell, nothing really sticks out

t: smooth malt with a slight hint of hops. Not near as much hops as Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold.

m: good, light to medium body

d: session beer all the way.


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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 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 BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't remember the Barrel House brews being this nice. Maybe best from the bottle. The beer pours an inviting and mouthwatering straw / golden color with moderate carbonation and creamy head retention. A boquet of German (Saaz) hops and a soft pilsner malt aromas. Tastes basic, yet solid; allowing the sweet malts to firm up before the hops gain intensity and balance the beer in the end, while contribuiting a mild earthy, grassy flavor. The beer remains thin for drinkability, without watering or loosing the soft (Wit-like) feel. Clean finish with the mildest of hop lingering. A mild grainy-ness is the only attribute that prevents this brew from competing with the classic German varieties.

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Duveneck Dortmunder from Barrel House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 47 ratings