Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager
Two Brothers Brewing Company

Dog Days Dortmunder Style LagerDog Days Dortmunder Style Lager
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European Export / Dortmunder
Ranked #41
Ranked #44,186
3.56 | pDev: 13.2%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Dog Days Dortmunder Style LagerDog Days Dortmunder Style Lager
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The aroma is pretty standard for the style: a nice hit of floral, earthy noble hops are countered with malt notes of table sugar and bread. There are also some notes of diacetyl, cereal grain, and *maybe* a hint of lime. It's a pretty standard nose for a golden lager with nothing particularly bad or good about it. Flavors on the palate strike a similar note. It starts off with touches of noble hops, giving way to slightly sweet middle and finish of lime. Corn and diacetyl are also there near the middle, but less assertive than what the aroma suggested. This displays a razor-sharp balance that so many American lagers lack, and there's even a modicum of depth. It does err towards the sweet side on the mouthfeel, though it's nothing overdone. Carbonation is medium-low for the style, helping to create a semi-creamy feel and a dry, clean finish. There's nothing crazy to be found here, but who cares? Those who crave a textbook lager loaded with finesse, balance, and refinement will really enjoy this. I could easily down a six-pack in the right mood.

3.64/5: Just a simple lager with a mediocre nose...or is it?

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Photo of beerguy04
4.67/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden color with a big white head, and great lacing. The smell and taste is of crispy and of carmel malts. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, a great summer beer.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like it out of the can. No tulip stuff. No solo cup. The can. It's like budweiser got a liberal arts degree. I'm not sure what it wanted to be, but that's how the story ended.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up on a midwest road trip last week. This looks the part but the nose is truly outstanding; structured, complex and balanced, with toasted malt and biscuits being the standout players.

Taste is light and creamy in texture. The biscuit notes and slightly spicy hops are joined by yeast and some late sugars. Solid for the style and add a half star if drank in summer heat.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful Amber color and nice lacing on my glass. Had on tap in 16 oz pint glass. Good lager taste though not as good as Great Lakes. Refreshing on a 90 degree day. Cheers

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Photo of TH28
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz can. 8/13/16 best by date. Appearance: Light golden, crystal clear, with small whit head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Bready, light caramel maltiness, with a touch of floral hops. Taste: Light bready maltiness with the slightest touch of caramel and a moderately strong herbal hop bitterness. Also has some light diacetyl reminiscent of a Czech pils. Mouthfeel: Medium body for style, with a moderately high, crisp carbonation. Finish: Some lingering buttery diacetyl, and a touch of herbal hops. Overall: A crisp, well balanced, refreshing take on a Dormunder. Diacetyl is probably a bit too strong for the style

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Photo of laketang
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12 oz. can best by 8-13-16

bright straw, small bubble head that quickly vanished
sweet biscuit , faint hop aromas.
bready sweet, toasty,low hop bitterness
medium mouthfeel, dry clean finish.

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Photo of FBarber
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with lots of little bubbles. Thick pillowy white head dissipates leaving some lacing but no residual head.

Smell has some aromas of white bread and malts with a noticeable sweetness in the way that white bread is sweet.

Taste has notes of sweetness, white bread, and some herbal hoppy bitterness. The flavors are all there, but they just don't pop like they should. Everything is muddled and rather bland. Also this beer is way too sweet - I expect some sweetness, but not to this level. Also there is a metallic taste on the finish with that bitter hop note. Just not right.

Feel has medium carbonation with a crisp feel. Sweetness keeps the beer from being light on the feel. But it is an easy drinker.

Overall a perfectly adequate lager. Bit too sweet for me and that really detracts from it overall.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It is interesting that the German tradition inspires American micros to be more normal... or closer to style. Dog Days does not stand-out, but it is just a normal and good lager.
On draft, it Looks light golden. Dog Days Smells malty, biscuity, normal. It Tastes that way also, but clean. The hops enter and spice-out and dry-out the finish. Dog Days malt base is good enough to stand out, but, I suppose, that midwestern humility causes it to defer. An all-around solid summer lager.

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Photo of bwood06
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A - White frothy head that builds quickly to 2 fingers in height. Head dissipates at a moderate pace. Beer is hazy and golden in color with fast rising carbonation. 3.75/5

S - Very bready and grainy along with some floral hops. A bit of a tart lemon note as well. 3.5/5

T - Slight caramel sweetness up front which transitions to a white buttered bread note. Bitter back end from floral hops. Green apple with a metallic finish. There is a bit of earthiness to the taste as well. 3.25/5

M - Initially a bit creamy but quickly transitions to a lighter feel with some slight carbonation tickle. 4/5

O - I really want to like this beer but the green apple and metallic finish to the flavor profile just completely throws me. I really like the look and love the mouthfeel of this beer but the taste just kills the experience. Nice complexity to the aroma and flavors. 3.5/5

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Straw yellow
S: bread malt, honey
T: Biscuit malt, herbal hops had a big presence, touch of honey, with a clean finish
F: Pour looked flat, but it actually had nice carbonation. Refreshing
O: Doesn't go crazy to get your attention. It just peacefully reminds me of a pilsner that's hopped up with herbal hops. Real clean, refreshing taste due to the finish and carbonation. Would drink again if I wanted something light and refreshing and easy on the palate.

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Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Fat Cat pint glass. BB date on the bottom of the can of Sept. 2015.

Appearance: Pours clear straw-golden color with lots of rising carbonation bubbles. Well proportioned frothy head has good retention and leaves a decent lacing.

Smell: Bready with earthy and herbal hop notes.

Taste: Lightly sweet malt base with notes of citrus and earthy hops. Lingering bitter and hoppy aftertaste with faint biscuit.

Feel: Light-medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

Overall: Not bad but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from can into a Pilsner Glass. Brilliant pale gold crowned by a 1.5” white foam cap S: Slight bready caramel malt aroma T: Malty start ends with a pleasant, mild bitterness, a little tanginess in the middle from the carbonation. You taste the malt throughout but it is well balanced by the hops. The aftertaste is a pleasing balance of light malt and hops. F: medium body, medium high carbonation O: a decent, drinkable, Dortmunder.

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Photo of RyanPoff
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear, medium gold, effervescent, with little to no head. An example of the style.

S: Cereal malts, grains, a bit of lemongrass maybe.

T: A malty, full bodied lager. Slight hops on the back end, but very moderated. Bready.

M: Full bodied for a lager, fresh, clean, crisp.

Nothing too adventurous, but a very dialed-in lager.

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Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear straw yellow, soapy white head, settles to a thin layer, rings halfway down the glass. Smell: bready, grape, floral and lightly spicy. Taste: mildly grassy and spicy, lightly bready, white grape, nectarine note. Very nice.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty average lager, better than adjuncts, but not as good as most other craft/imported German offerings. A little watery almost flat, with some lemon/bready flavors, but overall an uninspired brew. Maybe the 6 I bought was past expiration as I couldn't make out the date on the bottom of the can.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw color with a finger of ivory colored head. Good lacing& head retention

S: Grassyness, a little wet cereal, some lemongrass & perfumy hops

T: Breadyness, grassiness & pears up front. Some astringency & cereal sweetness as this warms, pears as well, a little lemongrass too. Finishes fruity, grassy, a little dry with some honey crisp apple

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, nice balance

Drinks super easy, very true to the style. I will buy it again. This a great beer to have year round, but, really goes down well in the heat/humidity

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Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a small, short-lived head. It smelled of corn and toasted malts. Also, some hoppy notes. It tasted of grains and malt. It also had a nice bitter hop bite.

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Photo of JKG
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great summery lawnmower brew, drank cold with a pale straw yellow color, faint grassy and earthly smells. Taste just like Germany! A nice play off the German dortmunders I like it!

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Photo of rlee1390
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation and one finger head.

S-Toast, wheat, grass, not getting much, if any, of the caramel malt.

T-Toast and wheat. Here the caramel comes through more. Mild grass and no bitterness.

M-Light, semi dry and semi crisp finish.

O-When cold the beer is enjoyably but as it warms it takes a turn for the worse.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.19/12 oz can at Vintage Estate
Swirl by 08/27/14 can at 40 degrees into a snifter
Aroma – very faint aroma of malt and flowers
Head – average (5 cm), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 8 mm island
Lacing OK – small islands and reefs of small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor very delicate, some malt; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

To me, this seems to have little flavor. The appearance is good although the lacing could be better. Both the aroma and flavor are very light and delicate; to my overloaded IPA-favoring taste buds there are hardly any of either.

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Photo of dar482
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Out of the can, the beer has a crisp lager flavor, a hint of grassiness, a light biscuity malt, and then a German herbal hop presence. It dries off leaving a bit of bitterness from the hops.

The body on this is decently light.

The general, the beer is quite lacking in flavor and malt.

Easy drinking, but actually quite disappointing.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear straw golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of biscuit and cracker. Upfront malt with bready hints of biscuit, straw, cracker, caramel, grains, and yeast. Earthy hints of Noble hops. Subtle fruit hints of lemon, apple, and orange. A pretty solid lager aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, bready, and fairly sweet malt driven taste with nice notes of biscuit and caramel. Bready malts with some upfront notes of biscuit, caramel, cracker, straw, grains, cereal, wheat, and yeast. Solid earthy backing of hops with some notes of Noble hops. Light fruit notes of lemon, orange, and apple. A nice crisp Dort lager flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and nicely smooth and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Dortmunder style Lager. Solid crisp bready taste with a nice backing of Noble hops.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3


Clear amber – typical lager style color with white head, crisp and refreshing looking


Slight hops and lager malt. Not entirely a huge nose coming off of this one


Crisp lager taste with a sharp hops bite.. much sharper than I would imagne being only 17IBUs. Lemon and floral with a bitter finish. Overall it didn't' really do it for me though.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear yellowy gold with a finger of head.

S: Malty grain and nutty aroma.

T: Bready and malty upfront with a bit of lemongrass.

M: Clean and crisp.

O: A nice dortmunder style brew. Pretty solid work by Two Brothers.

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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 451 ratings