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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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 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 falloutsnow
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck Beverage
Date: Best by 2013-09-30 on bottom of can
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Two Brothers' Dog Days is a well-assembled lager, balanced between pilsner malts and German hops for a well-rounded aroma and taste complex. Enjoyable during warmer weather (and probably cooler, too, if it were around), this is a good, but not particularly unique Dortmunder Lager. Average, quality, but not unique or particularly exceptional.

Pours a 2cm tall head of white foam made up of medium to large-sized bubbles, with surprisingly good retention of over two minutes, fading to a very thin veil of foam atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is very good, with some thick clumps clinging to the upper walls of the glass, and the lower portions adorned with . Body is a pale golden yellow color, with light bringing out even paler hues. Carbonation visible within the transparent body, large in number and quite active.

Aroma is best categorized by the words light and mild: of light, bready malts with mild graininess, (concord) grape esters and additional complexity from German hops, adding lightly fruity and woodsy scents.

Front of palate picks up pilsner malt with a bit of sweetness, fresh bread, grape-like esters, and German hop woodsiness. Mid-palate of light pilsner malt sweetness with light bread flavors, continued grape-like esters, and woodsy German hops. Back of palate finds fairly bland graininess, faint grape esters, and pilsner malt sweetness/breadiness, mild pleasant bitterness. Aftertaste of white bread, pilsner malt sweetness, and lightly bitter, though mostly clean, German hops.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is fizzy at first, then smooth and foamy a few seconds later. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, pours golden with striking clarity, frothy white head is fairly persistent. Aromas are sweet grain, grass, lager yeast, slight nuttiness. Tastes are sweet but sharp, grassy, nutty grain, yeast, slightly pungent on the clean finish. Body is ligher, but with a creamy mouth-feel; ample carbonation. Overall, refreshing & I love the can...much more attractive than the old bottle/label. Good summertime beer.

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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 Libationguy
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with copper hues. Bright white thin head with short retention. Spotty lacing.

Citrus, saltine crackers, hints of green apple, vanilla curd.

Green apple, pear, lemon zest, biscuit, slightly toasty on the finish.

Medium bodied core with a slightly watery texture. Short finish.

Serviceable lager.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden apple cider. Not a whole lot of lacing, but there is some foam.

Smell: Apple cider and lemonade.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemonade and apple cider. Very dry. Flavor is decent, but mouthfeel is thin and a bit cloyingly sweet in the finish.

Overall Drinkability: I was excited to dry this and hoped it would be a good summer Dortmunder when I tried it at the Two Brothers Tap House.

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Photo of confer
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright pale yellow missing a good head.
The smell is all the biscuity malt aroma, with a citrus hint.
I love this style for its easy drinking taste and this one is no exception. Again the malty flavor dominates with a slight hop bitterness in the finish.
Light and carbonated.
Not a Jahr Hundert but a good beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with the bottom saying to "swirl" before 07/30/2013. A beer from Two Brothers that I haven't heard of before, and it's a pleasure to see them packaging another new beer in a can. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours three giant fingers of fluffy white head on top of a sparkling clean yellow tinted body. Lots of bubbles streaming to the top. Definitely looks like a lager, all right. Fluffy ring of lacing at the top of the glass.

S - Some faint grain characteristics, and a tart citric smell also akin to lemon, with some piney hops shining through also.

T - Crisp, smooth, refreshing. Bit of some lemon citrus and some faintly bitter piney hop presence rounds things out very nicely here. Some grainy presence makes itself known, as well. Nothing super spectacular, but in the realm of lagers, this is a nice refresher, especially on a hot summer day.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. Light-bodied, and bright. Light hop bitterness & stickiness lingers around.

Overall, a nice effort from Two Brothers. Dortmunders aren't exactly the easiest style to pull off, but they did it effectively well here. Light, smooth, & refreshing. And with a modest 5.10% abv, this is some easy drinking. Recommended.

Two Brothers Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager ---4/5.

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Photo of AmitC
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Dortmund style lager.

Pours with about one finger thick white colored head that persists really well. Extremely clear light golden color. Some bubbles and very good lacing.

Malts and some noble hops. Faint aroma overall. Grainy character and some sweetness.

A very well balanced malt and hop flavor. Refreshing without being overtly effervescent. Neither the hops nor the malts dominate, providing a bland taste. Some sweetness upfront but then followed by noble hops that wipe the feel out. Very mild bitter dry finish.

Mouth feel: Slightly light to medium feel. Crisp and easy drinking. Lower than moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Quite session-able.

A decent representative of the style i guess. Better than American adjunct lagers. Very drinkable. Really nothing wrong with the beer.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 3.75

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hard pour produced well over an inch of head that seems to be fizzing out rather quickly. Color is a bright golden yellow with a shit ton of floaties.

S - I think what stands out is that my first impression it smells like a Flemish sour ale. A good amount of brett, lemon grass, and some citrus hops. Is it possible for a lager to become infected?

T - Taste starts off with a mild touch of that sour Brett then quickly to your typical lager grains and cereal malts. Not very offensive but kind of boring as it fades out into nothing.

M - Light, bubbly, and crisp.

Overall I found a couple of similar reviews of this batch "best by 8/27/12" mentioning a sulfur and sour egg thing going on. I guess a lager can get infected...

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Photo of MaximalC
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent straw color with a minimal white head that is soon gone--utterly unremarkable. Aroma is mild, smelling of grain and some light hops. Not much to distinguish it from the most stereotypical beer smell. Upon tasting, the crispness stands out more than anything. A floral and citric hop flavor is most prominent, with just enough light malt to lend some balance. Nothing terribly fancy going on here, but it is crisp, drinkable, and refreshing, which is, as I understand it, what this style is all about.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - slightly hazed yellow color with a creamy white head that stayed around and left streaks of lacing.

S - German hops with some flowery and earthy notes.

T - solid malt background with grassy/floral hop flavors.

F - medium bodied, easy to drink.

O - a solid example of the style.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours almost clear golden, with a one finger white head. Retention is decent, with tons of lacing on the glass.
S- The aroma is mild. Lightly grainy, with a fair bit of noble hop aroma.
T- The flavors are quite nice on this. Lightly sweet up front with some honey like notes. The finish brings on some earthy woody notes.
M- Light body, I would like just a hair's breadth more body to it. Crisp carbonation. Dry finish.
O- A very good beer that is a is a strong example of the style. Worth a try. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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 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 Brenden
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dog Days is a crisp-looking, slightly hazed pale yellow-gold in color. A pure white cap of head rises to just over a finger in height and retains itself fairly well despite fading a bit quickly, continuously kept at a sturdy foam by constant bubbling activity. Spotty lacing is left pretty well down the glass.
It's July 19th. The best-by date on the bottle is 8/27/12. Am I missing something? Infection? Great Lakes Dortmunder sure didn't smell like this. I'm completely thrown off. Sulfur. Eggs. Hops underneath, some grassiness, dry malts, yes, but on top of that is gross sulphur and eggs. What?
It tastes similar, if not somewhat more put goether, with more of the other flavors coming out and the sulphur and eggs backing off. They don't back off enough to make this a particularly pleasant experience, though.
The feel, when I can get past the flavor to focus on it, it light and crisp, refreshing and moderately clean, though a little slick on the back end going into a pretty dry finish.
I really like Two Brothers. Everyone gets one miss. This is theirs.

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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 beagle75
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of fine bubbles rise in the column.

S: Potent yeast metabolites are out in force, causing this beer to smell of fermented fruit and lesser butterscotch. It is also malty, with a fine thread of affected sulfur joined closely to the grain. Hops are traditional in a predictable way, mostly grassy and not attention-grabbing.

T: Begins off-dry, with dynamic fermented grain that is husky and bready. A reliable whiff of diacetyl hints at the unconventional qualities first detected in the smell. Hop aromatics are spicy before acidity becomes pronounced into the middle. Flavors of the middle seem ester-dominated, although cloying synthetic vanilla stands out the most. Flavors dry out somewhat during the finish, becoming much more clean. Bitterness is mild, with the flavor of dried hay present.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and acidic on the palate, with low to moderate carbonation.

D/O: One should look no further for a full-flavored lager of normal strength, as long as the flavors are allowed to fall outside of the normal limited expectations of the style. A witches brew of beer-related organic molecules monopolize the nose and also make a strong showing in the flavor of this beer. When combined with an assertive bill of light malts, the palate cannot help but be entertained. Confused at times, but always entertained.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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 secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden-yellow appearance and an ample, almost over-carbonation upon pouring. Thick, white, and creamy head that gives way to a large, rather impressive lace.

Nose is biscuity, with wheat and malts dominating. Not bad.

Taste is sharp at first, with a definite bread and yeast character. Hints of citrus hops are also omnipresent, making this one a very tasty, balanced, and well-done lager. I would drink more of these, no problem.

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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 AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden colored beer with a foamy white head. Some decent lace left behind.

S - Fairly light malt backbone with a bit of lager yeast and a bit of hops.

T - Bready, with some yeast. Sweetness is brought about by the malt backbone with just a little bit of hops bringing some bittering qualities to it. It's alright.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, decent representation of the style, and possibly one of the better beers I've had by Two Brothers.

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Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear, bright, golden-yellow with a 1-finger fluffy white head. Leaves behind a little bit of splotchy lace.

S: Nose is quite faint, and as a result, clean. I get a touch of sweetness more than anything - given how faint it is, it's hard to discern whether it's caramel malt or fruitiness or what.

T: Light malt up front - bready - followed by a fruity sweetness and a modest amount of floral and grassy hops. Lingering grassiness on the back of the palate, but it's not over-the-top hoppy at all. Fights with the fruity sweetness for dominance in the aftertaste.

M: Fairly crisp up front, but becomes a wee bit slick on the finish. Heavier in feel than expected; still, it's light-to-medium in body at most.

O: An easy drinker; not as crisp and dry as I expect (and want) from my lagers and pilsners, but a serviceable option on a hot summer day in the "dog days of August."

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Dog Days Dortmunder Style Lager from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 444 ratings.
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