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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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 444
Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured clear yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. A light level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The aroma is balanced between smells of malty sweetness and hop bitterness; there also some notes of grapes in the nose.
T: The initial taste is dominated by biscuity malts and transitions over towards hop bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of dryness, particularly in the finish.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and can be sessionable, particularly on a hot summer day.

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Photo of emerge077
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold, high clarity with a solid two fingers width of white foam. The surface has a creamy meringue sheen, and it laces all over the glass in delicate webs.

Very mellow aroma, light bready malt, crackery, slight inkling of lager yeast. At room temp there's a vague impression of the noble hops mentioned on the label.

Flavor is similarly light, easygoing in feel, soft carbonation with a slight crispness. Lightly bready, with a gentle toasted malt flavor. Very light inkling of noble hops, lending a hint of grassy astringency. Pairs great with spicy food, barbecue, just about anything. A solid session candidate as well. It's well made with no flaws, a good gateway craft lager for the novice craft drinker. Locally I prefer Metropolitan's lagers, but this one seems targeted for a broader crowd.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a light golden color with a white head and not too much lacing. The nose is a bit of light hops as well as some grain and a bit of sweetness. Some grassy grain and a bit of bread and caramel in the taste. Nice, light body with really great drinkability on a hot day.

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Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts bready with flavors of lager yeast and grain followed by some malt sweetness. The hops presence is mild but brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer to drink for a while but there are others that I would choose first.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light golden body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Soft aroma with only a light maltiness, a bit of butter, and an eggy sulphur trait.

Taste: Weak malt flavor and sweetness. Light floral hops. Faint hint of salted butter. Lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Watery texture.

Drinkability: Needlessly bland. C'mon, even the humble Dortmunder Lager can shine and sparkle if you allow it to.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright, sunny marigold with lemonade borders. A high-altitude pour netted me two fingers of taupe colored foam that sports an upper surface chock full of delicate bubbles. No surprise, then, that it deposits delicate curlicues of lace as it deflates. It's a decent look, nothing overly exciting.

The nose features lightly toasted, lightly caramel-like, lightly earthy malt and noble hops that are long on herbal and short on spicy and grassy. I didn't expect that much to be going on. Solid, but my excitement meter has still barely budged.

Dog Days is good beer, not great beer. It's malt dominant while still being fairly balanced. My biggest problem with it, which is strictly personal preference, is that there's too much Munich malt (I'm guessing) earthiness and a wee bit too much caramel flavor. Sticking with the paler malts would have made it a better beer as far as I'm concerned.

It's obvious by the back end bitterness (which becomes much more noticeable as I get into the bottom half of the bottle) that there are a fair amount of German hops onboard. It's too bad the toasty, earthy flavor of the malt covers up the flavor of the hops to such an extent. The finish is drying and could even be considered quasi-crisp.

The mouthfeel is a definite highlight for me. It lagery smooth with an ale-like firmness and girth. Another positive feature is that it doesn't deteriorate on the swallow or with warming. Yet another is the fine-bubbled, invigorating feel of the carbonation.

Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager Beer is clearly the product of a capable craft brewery. Even though it doesn't quite jibe with the characteristics that I like to see in a Dortmunder, I can see how plenty of people might like it.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with tons of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. Really nice and tight looking as white head of maybe an inch and a half came up and settled down, fading slightly but holding its own. Light grains and bready malt notes really pulling through here. Some smattering of hops in there but again nothing really pushing that way, this was a well rounded, and very straight forward lager. As I take the first sip, crisp, clean flavor rolls across the taste buds. Really very well put together. Earthy, nice touches of grain and smooth, mellow caramel notes infiltrate as it warms. Light banana and clove maybe then coming through. I am very pleased here as the light body and ample carbonation make for something that went down like water

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Photo of Slatetank
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this can up at Monde enjoyed chilled from a nonic.

The color is golden with excellent clarity and thick creamy white head with very fine bead, the retention is good and lace sticks to the glass. The smell is nice with very light malt sweetness and floral hop aroma with a light creamy bready yeast ester. The feel is good with mild sweetness and moderately full feel with medium carbonation level and light bitterness with a semidry finish and mild toastiness.

The flavor is very good with some yeast attributes which bring to mind fresh baked bread with light herbal flavor from the hops with a nice toasted middle and gentle fruitiness from either the hops or yeast with a slight Dimethyl Sulfide attribute which seems more like corn than anything. There is hardly any diacetyl and the lager has a very mild sweetness as it finishes which is pleasant. I consider this pretty darn drinkable. I would pick up more if it were available in my area.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This seemed like a nice choice to finish my mixed sixer from Dobby's. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a small finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, very light caramel, light walnut, and flowers. The taste holds notes of grass, light buttery biscuits, wheat, and walnut. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice Dort, nothing wild, but it's certainly easy-going enough.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another score from Binney's during my recent layover in Chicago on my way to visit The Old Lady in Colorado! I love that so many new CAN are coming on line all the time and it is exciting to be the founder of The CANQuest (TM) since it has really positioned me well to be a resident expert. Thanks again for the inspiration, NickD717!

From the CAN: "This German-style Dortmunder Lager is golden in color with a delicate caramel malt character balanced by a light body and mild German noble hops, creating a crisp, refreshing finish." A Golden Retriever lay splayed across the front of the CAN, front paws crossed, awaiting the end of a long, hot summer. The origin of the term "Dog Days of Summer" comes from the appearance of Sirius, the Dog Star in the night sky at this time of year.

Here was yet another brimful craft CAN that revealed itself upon the Crack. The Old Lady gave a little squeal of delight when I showed her what I have noted as a recent phenomenon. Nothing like getting just a little more than you expect. The Glug producd a finger of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with reasonable retention. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 3. Nose had a soft Saaz grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pleasant grassiness on the tongue. I would have guessed German Pils were it not for the CAN's verbiage. Finish was semi-dry, grassy, very mild and pleasant. A great summer beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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 WoodBrew
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Two Brothers Dog Days poured a full gold color with a small white head, and average lacing. Smell was loaded with grain and Saaz like hops. Taste was crisp, with malts, and followed by a mild biscuit like hop bite. Mouthfeel was lighter in body with mild carbonation and was good for the style. Drinkability was nice as well. Overall this beer is decent for a summer seasonal beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a very thin white head. Nose is bready. Flavor is tangy sweet a bit. Kind of too much. A bit bready on the flavor as well. But the sweet tang just overpowers things here. Feel is decent, as is the drinkability. This is okay. Not something I'd go for again, but hey...nice to try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Head is big and foamy, color is clear golden. Aroma is next to nothing: dry, vegetal,herbal, a touch floral, and fresh. The palate is quite dull, lacks any kind of nuance, or any sort of spark. I'll be the first to label me a non-lager lover, but this just has nearly nil to speak for itself, and while I can imagine it's handiness as the proverbial "lawnmower beer", that's not quite enough. Blah. Just blah...

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, some sweetness. Taste is crisp, malts, some grains, very refreshing. Feels mediu, bodied in trhe mouth and overall this makes a fine session beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager
ABV: 5.10 %

Pours a rich golden color, mostly clear, with a white fizzy foam head that fizzes away. Aroma of bready malts, spicy, herbal hops, a touch of citrus, and straw. In the flavor, rich biscuity malt flavor and a presence of mild tea like, earthy, grassy hops. Pale malt flavor with faint watery honey oat bread flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and well carbonated. Overall, an aptly named beer perfect to drink during the dog days of summer.

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Photo of dar482
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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 plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cereal grain with a good noble hop spice.

The taste featured a well balanced mix of soft grainy malts and light peppery noble hops.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry and spicy finish.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking lager. Thanks to unclejedi.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 9/10/12. Three days ago, sure, but I feel it's probably still just fine.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a touch of haze to the body and a mild effervescence. Head poured a thin finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly sweet malt aroma with a moderate intensity. There's a little bit of an adjuncty character here; not too bad but not outstanding.

Taste: lightly malty lagery flavor without a whole lot of character to it, besides a small helping of noble hops. This beer walks the line between a craft product and a macro lager.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation; big, BIG surprise based on minimal head and effervescence. Creamy and enjoyable; I quite like it.

Overall: an interesting beer. Not too bad, but there's just not too much to distinguish it.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
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 rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm yellow body with a faint hazy. There is a white bubbly head that fades to a white ring after a bit that is supported by a strong carbonation of bubbles.

S- The soft smell of dry malt with a faint toast note. There is a noble hops bitterness in the finish. The smell overall is pretty faint.

T- The bittern punch of noble hops dominates the taste with a faint pale malt aftertaste. There is a slight tartness to the hop note with a sulfur bite to the hops.

M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel.

D- The punch of hops bitterness doesn't have any depth and the malt flavors are nice and fresh but very faint and a bit hidden behind the hops.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden color with a very small white head. It smells like light citrus and floral hops, and also grainy/breadiness. The taste is mainly a malty breadiness with a light hoppy middle and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, but the beer is very smooth, crisp and refreshing. The drinkability is very good, I could probably down quite a few of these. I think this is a pretty decent beer. A great summer beer, but good for any other time of year as well.

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