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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Ratings: 446 |  Reviews: 165
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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 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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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 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 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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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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