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Style:
Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #21
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #35,470
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 11.62%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
62
From:
Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  11
SCORE
82
Good
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: 1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown cap.

"Premium lager beer." "Spezialbier." 5.8% ABV.

2-row. Grassy hops.

C / AVERAGE

Dec 15, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This lager is a hazy pale amber with a 2 cm foam cap in this tall pilsener glass. The aroma is of beech and beach grass. The flavor is light and malty with a touch of sweetness and pepper. The finish is not particularly dry. This will be refreshing on a warmer day.

Mar 24, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a cloudy, golden hue with modest head that doesn't last long. This is a better than average German pils, good but not great, with medium body and carbonation.

Nov 10, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Edel has a thin-to-medium ivory head, a hazy, golden appearance, lots of bubbles, and minimal glass lacing. Aroma is of sharp, intense barley, with some grass, and the flavor is that, too, with mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Edel finishes medium dry.

RJT

Apr 01, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear gold in color with one inch head. Taste is cereal grain and honey. Light bodied, medium carbonation and sweet. Makes for a tasty sessionable lager. First beer fro the brewery. Certainly has me interested in more.

Nov 20, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) into a Weissbier vase; batch code JF BB K BF, but no production dates.
A: Pours a dark straw to light golden color with an exuberant, foamy, bone-white head (>one inch) with good retention and some lacing.
S: Aromas of fresh toast, honey suckle, and spice. More peppery as it warms.
T: Sweet and malty nicely, but not entirely offset by light bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy.
O: Refreshing and enjoyable. My first Dortmunder was a positive experience.

Aug 06, 2017
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NastyNorseman from New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw colored and clear with a good head. Nice sourdough in the aroma and flavor with hops on the front in. Finishes a little light and crisp. Medium-light bodied. Decent brew.

May 19, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml brown bottle served in a Creature Comforts glass.
Pours with a slightly hazy, golden body, with moderate visible carbonation rising to a modest size, semi-durable white head.
Aroma: standard German pils.
Flavor: well balanced with a lingering array of hop-based flavors.
Feel: medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Mar 30, 2017
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crimsonfloyd from California

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark yellow with white head. Smell is of faint malts and sourdough. A little on the weak side. I wish the scent was a little stronger. The taste is clean, simple, and balanced. Nice hops upfront followed by smooth malts with medium body. Overall, solid and drinkable, but not especially interesting.

Dec 19, 2016
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James954 from Florida

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: honey yellow/ thin head/ minimal carbonation
S: Honey sweet bread, light orange
T: Honey with oranges and malt upfront and a light plummy finish.
F: Thin feel with decent enough carbonation that makes this really easy to drink a lot of them.

Overall: A light mix between pilsner and lager with a very unexpected dark fruit finish that you'd come to expect from a darker style of beer.

Mar 13, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of foamy head on a clear golden body.
The aroma is dry grains with a little fruit. Nice.
The taste has a mild bitterness then tends sweeter middle to end.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
It's enjoyable.

Jan 24, 2016
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Pourharddrinkslow from South Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - Light colored, light golden with slight white head.

Smell - Smells like sweet brett... grassy, malty.

Taste - Crisp, simple flavors. No complicated stuff here: grains, malt, yeast, honey gives it a slight sweetness.

Feel - Smooth, crisp, refreshing, delicious.

Overall - Easy drinking here, folks.

Dec 20, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 4/13/16.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with cracker, grass, hay, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the grain and grassy qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Nov 09, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean, Biting, Refreshing

Steeped in tradition and very true to style, crisp dryness is met by a well built malt foundation. Mild biscuity tone lens more of a bready flavor, clean from start to finish. No worries knocking this one back. Sufficient hop bitterness but we hoped for a bit more flavor to unfold. Regardless, great drinking all around.

STYLE: German Pilsner | ABV: 5.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #92 (Sep 2014)

Aug 13, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden brew with a fine-grained white foam in the New Belgium snifter. White cake and honey aroma. More honey taste. Intriguing flavors that are not the usual lager taste. It's quite grainy at first sip, but then I think of banana cake. Warm and malty with a touch of honey.

Really an interesting brew with so many sweet sensations. A brief kiss of hops and a tangy finish, but not much actual bitterness. Dated 02/10/15. From the 500 ml bottle purchased at Whidbey Beer Works in Oak Harbor, Washington.

Jun 10, 2015
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fx20736 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

brass gold, white head, some tatters of lace. Aroma of Faint Noble Hops. Mild cracker taste, touch of sour, clean finish. So easy to drink that it is instantly forgettable. Beer.

Apr 12, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours light to medium golden amber with a fine, one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit and bready malt, a bit of wheat, light grassy hops, slightly sweet, inviting. Flavor is semi-sweet bready malt with light biscuit, grains, hints of honey and apple. Finishes with biscuit malt and light grassy hops. Quite nice creamy medium bodied with excellent mouth feel. A classic tasting Dortmunder, nothing really stands out, but the malt flavors are great with just enough sweetness to keep it interesting. Hops are quite light in the finish and more enthusiastic hopping would make this a remarkable example of the style. Although not robust, I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this and would get it again.

Feb 03, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: golden hue with no haze and a light effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy white foam which dissipated leaving a thin lace on the glass. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet with a little dank maltiness; appropriate for the style, but really quite light. The volume on this could really stand to be turned up a little.

Taste: sweet, like the aroma, but with an appropriate volume of flavor. Not a whole lot of character, just kind of sweet and malty. Bitterness is rather low, though there is a hint of noble hop as well.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty decent creaminess.

Overall: decent, but a bit on the sweet side, even for a Dortmunder.

Jan 14, 2015
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endovelico from Portugal

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

An average example of a Dortmunder. Fresh and elegant with a good balance of honeysuckle, pear and citrus aromatics nuanced with some Cajun notes. Delicate yet with a surprisingly long finish.

Nov 08, 2014
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janubio from Spain

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

330 ml. bottle. Golden colour, with a big creamy head that leaves a good lace. Smell of fruits, specially banana, cloves. Palate is sweet, malty. Light body. Taste of ripened fruits, banana and cloves. Sweet finish.

Sep 02, 2014
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pmcadamis from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dull grey/brown with absolutely no head and very little lace. Thick and coudy.

S - Slightly fruity and very doughy. Fruitcake, banana bread. Yeasty.

T - Donuts and poundcake. Finishes fairly dry and peppery.

M - Light bodied and somewhat creamy at first, moves towards dry at the finish.

Not bad at all. Yeast bomb.

Dec 01, 2012
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Halcyondays from California

3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a light white head. Solid retention, some lace.

S: Clear bready malt, but not too substantial.

T: Definite bready malt dominant flavour. Light husky grain with some resiudal sweetness, but never steps in to maibock territory though it sure hints at it. Grassy hops with a hint of sage.

M: Medium to full-bodied, very light hint of booze, crisp, a clean beer as German lagers tend to be.

O: Almost a German malt liquor/strong lager, but the pure malt flavour is much more desirable than adjuncts and that's what we get here. Aktien doesn't date so I was wary picking this up, but Dortmunder is a rare style, so I took the risk. Good beer, at under $3/500 mL, a fine pick up.

Sep 26, 2011
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largadeer from California

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Aktien beer picked up at Gourmet Haus Staudt. This isn't a pils at all, more of an export lager.

Brilliantly clear, Edel pours an extremely pale shade of gold. A two finger head adorns the body, leaving rings of lacing behind as the glass empties.

It smells quite malty, honey-like, bready, mildly sweet. Not much in the way of hops, this is more a showcase for German malt.

Honey-like malt flavors hit the tongue first, along with a trace of spiciness. The malt character is fairly robust, semi-sweet and bready, but firming up in the finish. There's a hint of fruitiness, a bit reminiscent of white peach. It ends on a semi-dry note, and I don't pick up much in the way of hops at all here; truly a malty beer front-to-back.

This is perfectly good, but not outstanding in any way. Not something I'd buy often.

Oct 21, 2010
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another beer I picked up at State Line recently

Light yellow pour with a thin white head, a little thicker than that of the Hell, with good retention. Not much lacing is present

Surprisingly subdued for a German pils, this is more like a Czech pils. Delicate earthy hops with a mild dusty aroma. Definitely grainy, there's a husky character to this beer. Malt isn't particularly prominent apart from this characteristic.

Opens a little sweet, like unfermented pilsner wort with some sugar, sweet bready malt and relatively low hop character. In fact, I'm going to have to stretch my imagination to project the presence of any hops, and I'll write that off as possible age. Hop flavor is mostly absent, though there is a touch of earthy bitterness on the finish. Not bad, but not particularly good either.

Light in body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is solid but for the distressing lack of bitterness for which I shall have to penalize it. The body, though is great - while light, it manages to delicately coat the palate. Quite drinkable, I'd love to try it fresher. This really strikes me as a stale example of a Helles than it does of a pils.

Nov 11, 2009
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biggred1 from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed bronze with a decent looking bone colored head that leaves some gritty looking lace on the glass. The nose is bready and sweet with honey and mild hops. (Saaz?) hops and fresh doughy yeast with soft lemon and honey. Medium bodied with a fine mild cabonation. A tasty and heavy duty pils for sure.

Oct 22, 2009
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