DortWunder Lager | Berghoff Brewery

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DortWunder LagerDortWunder Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berghoff Brewery
Illinois, United States
berghoffbeer.com

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Starting with a base of U.S. 2-row pilsner malt, we add just enough lightly-kilned Vienna and Munich malts to add a slight caramel character. Hops are New World versions of European classics, smooth and clean, but with some real personality as well.

Added by alehopman on 07-25-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #81 (Oct 2013):

This brew has all of the underpinnings for a Dortmunder Lager, though we were looking for a cleaner & deeper crispness. Aside from that (and it being pretty damn drinkable), this ends up being quite a superb brew.

STYLE: Dortmunder Lager
ABV: 5.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Bright pale golden, excellent lacing

SMELL: Clean graininess, loaf of bread, herbal hop, slightly spicy, grassy, lemon pith

TASTE: Sufficient crispness, moderate-sized body, dry maltiness, crackers, herbal; balanced hop bitterness; faint wild honey, grainy; drying, hoppy finish

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4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

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2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. Minhas by yet another name. Reviewed August 6, 2013, now moved here for historical accuracy (and because I was asked somewhat nicely to do so).

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy and loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a few streaks of wave splash lace around the glass as it rather quickly bleeds away.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale malt, stale apples, earthy, dead leaf hops, and a slightly medicinal booze warming. The taste is semi-sweet grainy, somewhat raw dough-like bready malt, more mushy, overripe drupe fruitiness, a touch of unflavoured cough medicine, and faint earthy, musty hops.

The carbonation is fairly flaccid and innocuous, if barely supportive, the body an adequate medium weight, and more than a tad pithy, with a plastered on smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the alcohol gaining a certain rubbing 'quality', as the grainy malt duly cedes its perch, and the bland fruitiness maintaining its earlier age statement.

Not getting a lot of the crisp, biscuity notes that one might expect of a true Dortmunder lager. Another at least non-chest-heave inducing Minhas product, but with miles yet to go before attaining any sort of style respectability.

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3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours no head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is grain and lemon.
The taste is lemon and metallic bitterness.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's okay.

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow with white foam on top. Some bubbles. Rich nose, bright smell. Light citrus too. Light lagery taste with some body. Extra extra sweet - like corn. The taste worsens as more is consumed. Its all off, and not great.

No sir, I did not like it. Perhaps a consult with GLBC on there dortmunder is recommended?

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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1/5  rDev -70.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Refreshing beer, silly name.

When I saw the Berghoff Dortwunder 12 pack on the shelf, I assumed that the description read, "Dortmunder". Nope. DortWunder. A 'too cutesey' name for a serious beer.

Poured with a nice three-finger head that remained intact for the first few sips, but transformed into some nice lacing.

Once I got past the silly name, I was very impressed by the beer, which is a very good representation of the style. Sweetness of the malt hits the palate first, but is immediately balanced by the hops. Very smooth and drinkable.

I've been a fan of the Berghoff brand (actually a fan of the Minhas (nee Huber ) Brewery) for decades, but it seems that the quality has slipped a bit. Minhas reverses that trend with this offering.

I'm going to enjoy the balance of the 12 pack with friends and definitely look for more.

A winner from Minhas.

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Photo of Beerucee
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice simple lager with my wiener schnitzel at Berghoff resteraunt

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3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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DortWunder Lager from Berghoff Brewery
3.4 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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