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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Dog Days Dortmunder Style LagerDog Days Dortmunder Style Lager
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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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Added by maxpower on 08-04-2002

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Ratings: 448 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of sneefcity
5/5  rDev +41.2%

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5/5  rDev +41.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of beerguy04
4.67/5  rDev +31.9%
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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4.6/5  rDev +29.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of champ103
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
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 +24.3%
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 +24%
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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4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
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 +22.9%
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 +22.9%
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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4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
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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4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
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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4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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 +21.5%
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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4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
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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4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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