Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Dog Days Dortmunder Style LagerDog Days Dortmunder Style Lager

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of champ103
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Pig in Champaign IL.

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/orange color. A one finger white head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Big and bright citrus aromas up front. Lemon, orange, and even some pineapple. Grassy, floral, and herbal like. Some yeast as well. Finishes with some bread and biscuit malts. Excellent balance and nuance.
T: Follows the nose. Big fruity flavors of orange, pineapple, and lemon. An excellent balance between the lager yeast, and bread/biscuit malt. A light sweetness as well. An all around great balance.
M/D: A medium body that is so crisp, clean, and dry. Perfect carbonation, and very textured. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

An all around excellent lager. I really love it. Something that I highly recommend.

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Photo of zerk
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear medium gold, with a thin white head and a constant stream of bubbles. Aroma is a mix of doughy malt, some grassy and slightly citrusy notes. Flavor is very well balanced, beginning with a biscuity malt, and finishing with some spicy noble hops... not overly hopped, but enough to make things interesting. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. All in all, this is an excellent summer quaff, and one I'll definitely be keeping in my fridge!

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Photo of bruachan
4.39/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at first the head on this brew looked ok, but eventually is a goner. i doubt i can expect too much from dortmunder froth. gold hue to be foreseen

the aroma is of heavenly hop--really, this one has a fantastic bouquet for the representative of a relatively modest style. good lager malts with grassy, floral hops

sweet, but as it should be; hoppy, but as it should be; bitter (?), but as it should be; and even a little spice towards the end. the malt has good depth and contributes to a very nice drinking experience

great tasty session brew. this would be great to have pouring from a kegerator throughout summer. bravo

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a clear deep golden and throws out a healthy white head that laces nicely. Big malt presence on the nose with a hint of spicy noble hops. The malt profile in this beer is deep and clean. Very satisfying. It also has an earthy and herbal hop aftertaste splattered with spicy notes here and there. And did I mention the lingering bitterness that is quite lovely also. The body of this beer is medium at least. Good healthy body for a lager. It finishes a bit dry, but nicely. This is my kind of lager. Very nicely done. Refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of david18
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This might be the first dortmunder I've had ever; at least as long as I've been paying attention. The name makes it sound stronger than what it is so I've avoided it as a summer drink. The bartender described it as sweeter than a pilsner but the same lightness otherwise. That's pretty much what I would call it as well. Very drinkable, a little bit of malty sweetness but still as refreshing as a good pilsner. Great combination of maltiness and drinkability. Good color and good carbonation as well.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've said for years that this was on of 2Bros best beers (behind Red Eye, but pretty even with Domaine Dupage).

Bottle into dimpled mug.

Dark yellow, almost golden, in color. Fizzy white head of 2 fingers.
Some grainy malts hold a light sweetness while the hops add a touch of spicy noble-hoppiness and a perfect bitterness.

Great feel: light and airy, perfect carbonation.

Overall-- I don't even like Dortmunder lagers, but this is a very nice beer. A perfect beer to offer BMC drinkers and craft fans alike.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as part of an M&M 6pk from Everett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99 in Summer 2011.

Pours a clear golden amber color with a fluffy white head that makes for a great appearance during those hot summer days. Scent is a nice blend of caramel malts and noble hops giving it the authentic German Pilsner scent. The taste is comprised of soft mellow grains that compliment each other very nicely. It also has some hints of citrus and a slight spice as well that finishes nice and crisp. Quite a refreshing summer beer that isn't too heavy or too light.

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Photo of JKG
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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 WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did I mention that I pretty much love the Two Brothers beers I've tried. This is the nicest easy going balanced summer session beer I've come across. Pours a bright golden hue with egg shell white head, forming nice speckled lacing with each sip. Aroma has light biscuit malts and herbal grassy/strong mineral water notes in the finish. A solid liquid bread type of beer, tastes clean and smooth with ample balance a crip hoppiness goes quite nicely with the semi sweet biscuit/cracker notes. A sight lemongrass herba tones in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied solidly carbonated with ample CO2, smooth going down I could have went for a whole six instead of a single. Great tasting brew that deserves be drunk in number during the Dog Days of Summer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah fresh beer!

Thank you! Shbobdb!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to my pint glass is a light yellow to copperish liquid with medium carbonation. The head is 2 fingers that rises slowly to rocky peaks.

The smell is very fresh light malt and mild hops.

The taste follows, delicate, bready malt with a nice hopy finish, very well balanced, It just does not get here from Germany to taste this fresh and delicious.

The mouthfeel is Cream and kind of thick for the style, very pleasing in a crisp beer.

The drinkability is very good. I love fresh beer! Prosit, MK

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Photo of brewdogmrb
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two Brothers is a brewery from the Chicago area that has made a splash here in New York City with its wide range of excellent renditions of many styles of beer, Ale and Lager alike. While this is far from the first of their beers, which range in style from Belgian Farmhouse Ales to this Dortmunder Style Lager, that I've tried, it struck me that Two Brothers has really outdone itself with this, arguably the most humble style it has tackled. Dortmunder style Lagers were amongst the first German Lagers to be consumed en masse in Europe -- a German take on the Czech Pilsen beer, the "Export" Lager version of this beer, at a slightly higher ABV than other varieties, caught on and eventually molded all Lagers from that point on. The Two Brothers version is a crisp and refreshing beer, with all kinds of subtle flavors going on -- spicy, sweet, citrusy, and more. Mostly though, this is one of the most drinkable and tasty beers that I've had in a long time in terms of sheer drinkability. The Dog Days beer is perfect for summer days, where you want your beer to have some real flavor, but you want to drink a lot, and you don't want to be praying for death the next morning. This has all of those qualities, and it pours a beautiful, perfectly carbonated golden color with a big white head and all the smells you could hope for in a beer. An excellent take on an under-investigated style and another winner for Two Brothers.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19%
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 bluemoonswoon
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into the pilsener glass.

A: Standard pale golden yellow with a bit of amber and a watered maple syrup brown, yet far clearer and cleaner looking that such a description would indicate. About an inch of bleached white fizzy head that fades into a ring yet still manages to leave behind some lacing.

S: A whiff hints at how refreshing this beer is going to be (I hope) light and sweet maltiness brings images of sesame seed crusty bread, light floral hoppiness makes me imagine lemon and grass, just a hint of pine needles and some slightly sweet corniness that does not distract too much, but I wish it was not here, taking away a bit from the delicate interplay between malt and hops.

T/MF: Light and crisp, slightly sweet, balanced with a slight bitter kick, really displaying some wonderful complexity, balance and flavor that places it among some of the heavy hitters in the Dortmunder category.

D: Much more refreshing and easier to drink than Trois Pistole, but that is an apple to oranges comparison. Let's just say that on a hot, sweaty night like this one, this beer certainly hits the proverbial spot.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with a foamy white cap that faded pretty quiickly.

Smelled of spiced malts, a bit of a marzen vibe.

The taste was really good. Not a high hop-impact, but the malts are bready-sweet and pretty much dominate the palate.

This was a really well balanced lager and a nice introduction to Two Brothers. I hope the rest of their beer is as good or better than this.

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Photo of farrago
4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light head, hardly any foam, what's there is clear white, nada lacing. The slight gauze doesn't effect the overall transparency, straw yellow color, not that vivid, very few and randomly scattered bubbles, has the appearance of a beer gone flat. Pretzel dough, wheat bread in the nose, the peppery bite and hops give it lots of verve, softened by a light florality, the malts lack distinguishing qualities, some milk chocolate and hard butterscotch candy, solid apricot, peach scents without seeming fruity, overall well-integrated and easy to kick back and sniff. Medium-bodied, carbonation gives it a steady churn without getting in the way of smoother drinkability. The malted milk balls and chocolate ease the mouth entry, then orange to lemon citrus perks things up, greener straw and hay notes. Brings on some ginger, coriander notes too. Quieter tone to the pear, peach, apricot fruit, however, consistently there. Slight turn to bitterness through the finish, keeps it lively. Solid, crafted to be so rather than spectacular, a rarer and rarer thing. Could easily put a few down in one sitting.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two bottles poured into a Spaten 1L stein.

Pours a clear golden hue with a big, stark white head of about three fingers. Head is very slow to drop.

Aromas of biscuity malt, an earthy aroma of hops.

Flavors of grainy, biscuity malt, very malt forward beer, just enough earthy hops to keep it from being overly sweet. Very clean flavors, nothing off. Finish is short and slightly malty sweet.

Mouthfeel is malty, chewy, with a mild bitterness to back everything up.

Overall a very nice representation of a dortmunder lager. I look forward to this beer coming out every year near summer. Nice thirst quencher. Very sessionable.

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Photo of innersanctum
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dog Days was a summer favorite of mine last year, and was able to enjoy some real nice cold drafts on some hot summer evenings at the Four Moon's Tavern in Roscoe Village.

DD has a real nice grain and malt taste. The real joy of this brew is the full and flavorfull mouthfeel. This is one of the easiest drinking brews and its an ideal summer session lagger.

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Photo of MillRat
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you looked carefully, you noted lager...cask...hmmm. That's not an error. The guys at the Two Brothers Tap House, jaded by the usual cycle of bitters and other ales on the firkin tap got Jason to fill a firkin when it was time to keg the summer seasonal lager, or maybe they conspired with the brewery staff and just didn't tell him.

Poured a golden yellow with a little looser head than you'd expect to find on a CO2-pushed lager.

Aroma was quite interesting as it changed as the beer warmed up. At first there was a noticeable sulfur note to the aroma, but that faded out in about 10 minutes to let the floral hops and rich malt dominate. The malt aroma was quite prominent and I'd have wondered if they'd done a decoction mash if I didn't know they don't have the equipment for that (yet).

Flavor similarly blossomed as the beer warmed, shile keeping a nice balance between the malt and hops in keeping with the aroma's promise. No lingering aftertastes.

A nice light-to-medium body, certainly quite sessionable and worthy of firkining.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite seasonal from the two bro's. This years model is the best ever. Nice color, head retention is minimal. But the mouthfeel, and flavor are wonderful and lingering. As this brew passes my lips I only want to savor the nicely roasted maltiness and the velvety texture-everything is so fresh, and almost savory- like enjoying freshly baked bread and home-ade butter. Well, sooner or later ya have to swallow and then it's time for another round of sloshing and slurping this tasty beverage around to extract the maximum pleasure. A doggone tasty beverage!!

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good brewery....This Dortmunder is another example...I'm still learning to identify hop varieties, but the nose on this beer is very nice...some spicy/fresh notes...the body is medium in color with a creamy white head...very good maltiness for this style, with a dry hop finish....very drinkable and refreshing...high quality beer...

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Crisp. Dank earthy and grassy hops. Graininess that comes off as almost funky. Peppery yeastiness. Lightly spicy. Quite intense and wonderful.

4.0 T: Again dank earthy and grassy hops with a mild spiciness. Peppery yeastiness. Grainy, yet clean and dry. Tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

4.0 D: Solid beer. I always appreciate a solid lager.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine example of the Dortmunder style and one of the more enjoyable lagers I've had in recent memory. I will definitely be returning to this one, particularly next year when the weather gets warm again. Super refreshing and crisp. A cloudy pale yellow beer with a big snowy white head that has good retention. Superb lacing coats the glass. A steady stream of bubbles rises to the top as you drink. Aroma is spicy and yeasty with hints of citrus, particularly lemon. This continues in the taste, which pairs the bite of lemon with a modest hop bitterness. Complex but subtle. Very clean. Finishes short and snappy. Very refined.

I am rating this beer very highly because I think it absolutely nails this style, perhaps improving on it. If you don't like this style you're not going to agree with me but if you do you shouldn't miss this one. Beautifully executed. I am becoming a big fan of this brewery.

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Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dog Days is bright, clear, and lemony gold with a fuzzy white cap. It features light caramel and toasted malts with earthy-grassy, lightly spicy, noble hops in both smell and flavor. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and oily creamy considering its relatively light body. It is a very well done dortmunder style lager. These two brothers continue to impress me with their beers.

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Photo of mynie
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Black Sparrow.

You know, I really like this new Lawnmower trend. Like, yeah, I know that dortmunders and kolsches have been steadily produced ever since I've been a beer person, but it's only recently that brewers have been comfortable admitting to the fact that these beers are supposed to be light and refreshing.

Pours orangeyellow, translucent and sunny. Nice head.

Smells crisp and dry, heavy nodes of peat moss and noble hops.

Tastes weedy--maybe it's just the power of suggestion, maybe it's just the european hops, but I'm getting a strong floral profile here that's almost like dandelions. That drifts towards a drier, earthier middle, and then ends on long, dry hops.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now THIS is what I've been missing!

The beer pours a delicious straw-gold with a tight head that quickly fades.

But after that, we are in business! Nice clean malt presence with just the right amount of noble hops, a touch of DMS (just enough to give it a full lager body) and a light carbonation that helps the goodness go down.

Wonderful! A simple, yet delicious beer. Very well done!

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