Original Oettinger Export | Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH

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Original Oettinger ExportOriginal Oettinger Export

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Oettinger International Getränke-Vertriebs GmbH

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of jamesroses
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500ml can

appearance: clear golde, good amount of carbonation builds a 2 finger head that stays for a while. Good retention.

smell: sweet malts and somewhat artificial hop sensation.

taste: it's pretty sweet, malty and with a decent bitterness level.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. The carbonation felt too heavy on my stomach.

overall: decent lager, better than most of the local offerings.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured 0.5l can into a Pilsener glass.

A: Pours very clear and of nice golden color. Foamy white head is two fingers high, with solid retention and nice lacing in the glass. Medium-to-high amount of carbonation is visible.

S: Elder and sweet malts aromas.

T: Sweet biscuity malts and elder flavors with lots of hoppy bitterness. Dry and slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: Feels light bodied and crisp, good carbonation on the palate.

O: Clean, light and pleasant. Decent Export Lager.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.09/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from 500ml brown bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Clear, lovely bright golden colour, looks very fizzy, smallish bubbly white head. Looks good.

S) Strong hallertauer or maybe saars hop odour.

T) Nice hop bitterness, this is more like a pils than a helles. There is a soft honey sweet tone as well.

F) Refreshing, nicely fizzy, the bitterness doesn't linger.

O) Pleasantly surprised by this one, can recommend it to any lager fan.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden color with a moderate, white, fluffy head. Nose detects some malt and less hops, per style - not overly strong scent. Taste is mild and without noticeable flaws (but not with noticeable attributes, either)

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Photo of djura
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - White head, 3 fingers. Huge carbonation, very unusual, but nice to watch. Golden color.
S - Citrus notes, usual for Pilsners, or Export Lagers.
T/M - Lots of bubbles in the mouth. Grains, earthy aroma. Bread and creaminess.

O - It looks more then decent, 1/2 finger foam staying till bottom. Taste is not so powerful, but it is full of grain tastes. Who like this stile, will be satisfy.

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Photo of Jsteez
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a glass

A-golden and rusty; 1/2 inch head that disappeared in 10 seconds; bubbly; no lace left on the glass; a thin white ring around the edges; not so fresh.

S-metallic malt and grainy malt; very boring

T- dry in the backend with a tiny bite from the hops; not sweet; malty and biscuity in the front end. There was a slight boozy taste in the aftertaste. Nothing to write home about.

M-medium bodied; sessionable and a little crisp, but not the way I usually like this style. It hit the spot.

Overall, just meh. It is good to drink this rather than cheap adjuncts in Northeast China. It's labeled as 4.7 ABV, but in fact this one I just drank is 5.4 ABV. Don't know...Cheers to the summer!

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Photo of dbaker61
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500mL can. Brew date: Feb. 1, 2011; best by Apr. 1, 2012. This can says it is 5.4% ABV, different from that on this site. 12 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Light golden color. Poured with one finger of off-white soapy foam. Died down to a ring in less than a minute. No lacing at all. Good clarity.

Smell: Grassy, with a hint of cooked vegetable.

Taste: Initial taste is sweet, is quickly displaced by a middling bitterness. Metallic tinge.

Mouthfeel: Light body. The bitterness morphs into a metallic aftertaste. Dry finish.

Overall: The flavors seem ordinary and one-dimensional. The bitterness is not one that refreshes, it begins to annoy. I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of Everydayoff
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can 5.4% ABV poured into a pils glass by freshness date indicated on the bottom.

Clear gold color with small bubbles of light carbonation ascending, massive white frothy head but not so dense forms up with decent retention and leaves with some lacing patches when dissipated.

The smell is clean with bready malt, some yeast pinch and floral hop.

Straightforward typical lager taste; malt, grain, a bit grassy note, slight yeasty acid, finish with trademark hop bitterness of a pils.

Firm mouth feel and body with soothing carbonation, finish is dry.

There is no offensive about this beer but a bit lackluster. Fairness, yes…repetition, no.

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Photo of atis
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with white head that dissipates in the course of the next minute or so to thin patchy layer. Aroma is sweetish grainy malt.

Taste is grainy malt and some grassy hops, bittery aftertaste with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation.

Overall, pretty average beer, nothing remarkable about it, except its very low price.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Golden colour with some amber hints, perfectly transparent. About one finger of a huge bubbled white head, that disappears pretty quickly. The beer leaves some lacing on the glass though

S- Sweet but fresh grainy malts, maybe some lemon and maybe a hint of hop bitterness. A bit metallic

T- Sweeter than your average lager: sweet grainy malts up-front, some citric/lemonish freshness on the tongue, almost without any bitterness. Sweet aftertaste too. Once again a bit metallic

M- Light (medium for the style) oily body. Consistent carbonation but you some in such a beer: it's main quality is feeling crisp and fresh

O- An easy drink that does not feel as fake as other industrial beers. Half a point bonus for being so cheap

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Photo of kojevergas
2.05/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Glass 500ml bottle served into halleroder mini (.3L) stein in Leipzig, Germany. Bottle acquired in REWE stores, Berlin, Germany. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a four finger head, quite thin and unappealing, lacking cream and of good retention. Transparent yellow colour. I'm surprised at the retention, as every other aspect of the appearance is garbage.

Sm: Light barley and cream. Light strength but pleasant.

T: Cream on the climax is the best feature. Simple craptastic barley open and watery notes - the kiss of death in my reviews. The barley is clean but almost stale. All in all, it's a bad taste. No real balance. Built terribly for the style (though so often beers in the style are built terribly, leading me to suspect perhaps this is an average crap lager).

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too much so on both counts, but I am grateful for a lack of coarseness as I might have to experience the flavours of the body more if it were present.

Dr: Relatively low ABV with a crap taste and an excellent price (~.40 Euro in Berlin). This is what we might politely call a "student beer". In terms of regional considerations, it's better than the crap cola porter mixes often seen on shelves alongside it in Germany, but that isn't saying a great deal. If the cream were amped up, this would be a much better beer.

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.8/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - golden and slightly cloudy with some bubbling throughout the beer. one finger head of various sized bubbles that dissipates into a very thin top layer with almost no lacing
S - sweet berries and honey
T - grassy and slightly malty, with a little bitterness. After drinking for a bit, I started to get a bubblegum aftertaste.
M - carbonation isn't biting but is felt in the gut, each sip leaves the mouth dry, prompting more drinking.
D - I quite liked this beer, as I'll take dominant sweetness over bitterness any day. Its nothing intriguing, but the affordability makes it a good everyday beer with a place in my fridge.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.69/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a deep bright yellow color helles with a small foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is a bit overwhelming with not much else I term of noticeable characteristics. Taste is also too sweet for the style with no hops presence discernable. Body is quite full with average carbonation. This one is too sweet for my own taste.

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Photo of drpimento
2.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, white head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear, light yellow and a couple of small bubble trails. Aroma is cereal, starch, and a little hop and malt. Flavor is like nose with a tiny bit of sweetness coming out, especially in the finish. Other than that, flavor is quite bland. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like I said and strangely, has a little alcohol warmth. Forgettable beer. Better than a light tho, generally speaking ('ceptin' Sam Adams).

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.86/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pure golden pour with some bubbles. Thick white medium large a bit creamy head. Medium slow dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Clean sweet malt, some rahter faint bitter hops. Some citric notes.

T: A bit rough maltyness, some sweetness. Kind of artificial bitter hops. Citric notes.

M: A bit offensive carbonation. Medium body. Aftertaste lingers for some time, holds mostly sweetness.

D: A typical Dortmunder...

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured in a chalice.

Average Lager but I was expecting a bit more from a German.

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a big creamy white head. Clear. Not much retention but many lacings are left
S: Smell is sweet and very grainy
T: Taste follows the nose: Sweet and grainy. Bready. Metallic end. Some hops. Simple beer after all. Nice bitterness
M: Creamy body. Again, quite bready. Medium carbonation. It gives the sensation of a stronger beer: Reminded me a Doppelbock
D: Not bad

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Photo of dasenebler
3.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L, Germany, best by 3/11.

Aroma is lightly sweet and grainy, with a bit of earthiness. Definitely above average.

The flavor has a metallic tinge to it, but overall is not that bad, especially when cold. It is slightly sweet and very refreshing, with an aftertaste that's cleaner than how the beer initially tastes. Has some good body to it, and the carbonation is spot-on.

It's cold, cheap, fresh and it's in my glass. Not much to complain about. Drink Oettinger cold and from the bottle for optimal enjoyment.

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Photo of BucBasil
2.81/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 500mL can into a Zagorka flute (somewhat like the Stella glass).

A: The beer is a light golden color topped with a 2 finger pure white foamy head that has moderate retention.

S: Somewhat musty smell with some sourish notes coming through over a grassy and vegetal hop profile with light bready malt notes.

T: Intro is somewhat bready fading into a light graininess that counteracts a hint of veggies and some other hop I can't put my finger on Finishes with a touch of biscuity malt and a light bitterness.

F: Medium bodies with a slight touch of carbonation throughout. Finishing crisp with a slight drying bitterness.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer with actual flavor, though the flavor is at times not very good. The beer was easy drinking, but I'm not sure I want to drink it again.

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Photo of Brabander
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle when i was in Germany.

I poured the beer in a dutch beerglass. Nice white head with light yellow fluid. Nice but little carbonation. The head disappears after a while.

I can smell light citrus, it's a refreshing beer. It has a more than average mouthfeel, it tastes a bit dry.

A good and enjoyable beer from on of the best brewcountries in the world.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear, crisp golden color with a full, bubbly white head. Good retention but no real lacing left.

S - A bit of a grassy hop smell along with some grain and vegetable aroma. Slight bready malt smell also makes it way through. In between a heavy cooked vegetable and a hoppy lager, with it being slightly closer to a cooked vegetable one.

T - Dominated by a grassy, hop bitterness. Some grainy and vegetable background, but not a lot of grain taste and almost no bready malt taste.

M - Light body with high carbonation. Fizzy and crisp mouthfeel and fairly watery.

D - Not bad, but not great. It is light and provides some hoppy flavors, but it is a little one dimensional and not very balanced. It worked with the burger and hot dog I was having, but it doesn't really make me want another one, just a nice beer to have to drink.

Notes: ABV = 5.4%. A cheap beer that doesn't taste horrible, but there are certainly better beers and examples than this one. Not very balanced but makes a decent summer time beer to drink.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.78/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up today as it was on-sale as a New Years beer special.
Bottle states 5.4% percent AB, so looks like a slight discrepancy between the site and the brewer, I'm going with the brewery on this one.
Appearance is immediately a strong point of this brew. Pours light golden hay tone, active carbonation streaming the the glass supports a frothy, light, pearl-white head that slowly settles down into the glass. This really is a poster-beer for German Brews.
Aroma is actually much better than expected. It presents a light spectrum of fresh grain, followed by sharp, minerally water, more fresh hay-like grain, finishing with a light bitter hoppiness. Digging a bit deeper, several flaws come through, light cooked vegetables , namely corn, begin to detract from the initial fresh grain smell and therefore lowering my score on the aromatics. However the overall light toasted malt aroma puts the vegetal smell in check, not too shabby.
Flavor is light, a bit spicy. Dryer than expected, first a toasted grain flor, a bit of honey/malt sugar, then a light pepperiness from the bitter hops finish the flavor.
Light mouthfeel also means a fairly watery finish, my palate lingers only with the slightly peppery flavor from the finish. However, as I contemplate the beer with subsequent drinks, the dry finish is actually a huge contribution to the overall drinkability. The light peppery finish keeps you reaching for your next drink, and the light body and subdued sweetness make the subsequent sip a light, easy-drinking session beer.
I find as I continue to read others reviews of German beer, many recieve low scores because of an over-all lack of a "wow" factor. Now that Im cut off from the world of barrel-aged 12% stouts and IPA's with 8 hop varietials, I actually am finding more and more in the simple refined execution o these traditional brews. A good thing in really being able to find the hidden, subtile flavors often overlooked...but I really am looking foward to the palate-blowing intensity of craft beer! Cheers

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Photo of jbro434
1.71/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Gold color and small head that disappeared quickly. Not too impressed. Initial taste was carbonation, malt and a bit of bitterness that was not hoppy. It was more like a metalic taste that persisted throughout the entire experience. This is quite different from the Oettinger Gold in the big bottle. Cheap price and cheap tasting. I wish this was a good beer due to the price. I just can't drink this on a regular basis. I have tried this several times to be sure that it was not a bad batch and the taste is the same. I passed by the brewery recently and hoped to try some of the other brands. However, there is too much good beer brewed close by to take a chance on an inferior product.

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Photo of etherashe
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly darker yellow hue than most German pils or kolsch beers. Small head which disappears like chump change on skid row. Adequate bubbles. The smell is sweet and winey, sort of like White Rocket.

Tastes sweet and hoppy. So-so. The mouthfeel is tangy and smooth.

This is only a fair German beer - on the low end of what I've sampled so far, but still better than most US domestics. Not something I would yearn to drink again, unless I was broke and found it cheap (Which I did).


Oh yeah: the bottle says 5.4 ABV, not 4.7. But I know this is the same label, same beer as the title says. Is the 4.7 a typo? Or did they up the % recently?

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells malty with a bitter flat hoppy smell. Pours to a standard yellowish lager color. Taste is very sweet almost marzen-like. The hoppy bitterness evident in the smell is almost not present in the taste. Quite a common tasting, nothing spectacular but very drinkable.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.92/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This export lager is a masterpiece as far as appearances go. Perfect presentation for the two finger thick ultra white head. The vivid golden looking body. One cannot do much better than this as far as looks go.

The aromas are light and arid. There is a slight lemony fragrance, but nothing else stands out.

This tastes light and makes good for a good session beer.

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