DAB Dark Beer | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 06-04-2003

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 39
Reviews by woodychandler:
Photo of woodychandler
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to the good peeps of The Foodery who set aside some CANs for me at Marnie Olds' fest at the Philadelphia German Heritage Club a few weeks back! Apparently, the CANs have only recently returned to the U.S. market and I am proud to add the beer to The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "All Natural Draft Quality"; "A smooth dark beer imported from Germany"; "Brewed according to the German beer purity law."

It came in a tallboy CAN, so an inverted Glug was out of the question. However, a heavy handed pour was not and so I proceeded smartly following a rather soft Crack! My pour still resulted in a pseudo-cascade, eventually settling into three fingers of dense, light-tan head with great retention. Nose had a soft, grassy, Noble hop quality underlain by a light cocoa chocolatiness. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity (SRM = > 22, < 27). Mouthfeel was medium and the grassiness was very pronounced in the mouth, followed by a semi-sweet chocolate bitterness. I really liked the interplay between the malt and the hops and neither seemed to get in the way of the other, as CAN happen with Black/Cascadian IPAs. Finish was semi-dry, not fully dry, but highly refreshing and very pleasant. I would definitely put this in the cooler for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

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Photo of Nelguz
2/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of shapudding
4.29/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No dating, but stamped "6L34" if that means anything...?
I cannot remember having this in a bottle before, but did wind up drinking quite a bit of draft over the summer at a local German themed beergarden.
Poured out clear and bottle brown with a very nice thick head that settled down to an off-white creamy layer that you can just see through in areas. Deeply malty scents, caramel and karo syrup, strong molasses. Smooth feel with a light to medium body, lightly creamy. You can feel the carbination only barely, nice. Tastes of coffee, dark roasted malts, honeyed sweetness coming through. Very good mild flavors, goes down easily.

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Photo of Billolick
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I sampled a few 12 ouncers over the past few days, no freshness dating. Pour is light brown, medium almond, clear, lifting a slight white head, leaves no lacing. Nose is stale chocolate. Thin bodied, a hint of more stale dry chocolate, malty sweetness and mostly a fairly nasty metalic note and a dull finish. Pass it up, buy something better.

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Photo of Robertas
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rastaman
1.46/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Some light caramel/choc roast in the nose, which was kindof pleasant, but it quickly takes a nose dive. The palate is very thin, and even a bit cloying, ti me it didn't taste like it was complying with the German beer purity laws, some adjuncty notes pop up here and there.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can - nice to see more dark beers from Germany's more prominent brewers make it this way. The label proclaims 'draft quality' - how so, given that I detect no supporting evidence as such?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with three pudgy fingers of puffy, bubbly, and weakly foamy ecru head, which leaves some stellar cobwebbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells quite lightly of roasted pale and caramel malt, faint muddled dark fruit, a bit of dry cocoa powder, and mild leafy, grassy, and weedy hops - did I mention it was light? The taste is more tell-tale - bready caramel malt, toasted wheat crackers, wet char, bittersweet chocolate, still well understated dark orchard fruit, and typically restrained leafy, earthy noble hops.

The bubbles are pretty low-key in their quotidian fizziness, the body an adequate medium weight for the style, and plainly smooth, a burgeoning biscuity essence steering things slowly in the other direction. It finishes a twinge off-dry, the cocoa, soaked bread, and morning after firepit notes landing on my palate just so.

A pleasant enough dark German lager, the roasted character kept mostly to a minimum, with plenty of other black lager subtleties to render things drinkable and enjoyable for at least a few rounds, one would think - but first, bring on the scarred, spartan wood tables, so that we might imbibe this one properly!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Dortmunder ActienBrauerei "DAB Dark Beer"
500 ml can, "BEST BEFORE: 12.2014 N"

Dab Dark is a clean, well-brewed dunkel that offers a pleasant, deep, and dry roastiness amidst notes of bittersweet dark chocolate. There are no distinctive hop flavors although there's an overall floral character. The bitterness is assertive, and it finishes quite dry in combination with the roasted notes. At first it doesn't appear to linger long on the palate, cleaning up very quickly. As the roastiness builds in the mouth, however, the length of the finish increases greatly, mixing notes of dark chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, ashy roastiness, and floral hops. At times it can seem even a touch smokey.

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Photo of Iaido
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all I can't believe there's only 26 reviews for this beer?? I remember seeing DAB back in the mid 80s. Maybe something changed as far where or who brews it??? Will not even guess at what the hell 6 34
L means datewise, well maybe it means 34th week of 06?? Don't know

Pours chestnut/mahogany with a 3 fingers deep offwhite head. Good head retention & so-so lacing

S: Toffee & caramel. Fruiityness as it warms.

Taste: Toasty malts, then slight grainyness. Choclate notes sneek through. Finishes dry, with toasty grain/raisin notes

MF: Medium body with slight pricklyness & slight over carbonation

Drinks okay, needs a little more character to hold your interest, still not bad at all for a short fling..

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Photo of mishi_d
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hotstuff
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When this Dunkel was poured it consisted of a large beige invigorating head with fine-large bubbles. The body was a reddish-brown. There was virtually no lacing observed and there was some carbonation. The aroma was citrusy and flowery. It had a thin flavor to it. Not too impressed with this Dunkel.

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Photo of klimoja
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of DaveBar
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at The Beer Store for around the $2.50 mark or so for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Incredibly dark and rich looking.

S- Metallic.

T- Nice burnt nut flavor. Good malt base. Nice blend!

M- A touch watery but the style is this way. Won't penalize it much as it's not a RIS or anything that requires thickness.

O- Pretty good brew. When the selection is low and this is on the menu I will choose it.

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with..... Beef stew! Root veggies like potatoes and carrots with some celery then a bouillon cube and voila!


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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the king of canned brew, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a cola like color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, of roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, light smokiness, some bitterness at the finish. Mild and sessionable. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of StormAles
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattCampbell
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spinrsx
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can from the lcbo for around $2.35

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Photo of FRANKIE65
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a strong dunkel by any means. Basically tastes like a decent pilsner with coloring.
I'd drink it again, but, wouldn't go out of my way for it. At $1.90 for a tall boy can there are definitely many worse beers, here in Ontario, that cost more.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL can picked up at TBS; best before Sept 2015 and served well-chilled. Not sure if I can even remember the last time I cracked open a dunkel lager, imported or not.

Pours a reddish-chestnut colour, dark in hue but still technically translucent. One finger of dense, creamy, light-beige head is seated atop, steadily dissipating over the next few minutes until only a tiny collar, bubbly film and a decent curtain of lace remain. Looks good, but the aroma is subtle at best and neither enticing nor interesting. Hints of caramel, plum, roasted malt and possibly some floral hops come through, but that's about it.

Nothing ground-breaking here - this is an approachable, fairly dull dark lager. More caramel, dark fruit and some (rather mild) roasted malts comprise the majority of the flavour. Faint notes of baker's chocolate accompany a grassy, floral noble hop finish. Finishes rather clean/dry; no lingering flavours, really. Light-bodied, with surprisingly restrained carbonation for what is basically an industrial lager - this one has a smooth mouthfeel, though it suffers from a lack of crispness. It's not a terrible way to go, but I like my low-abv lagers to have a firmer bite from the carbonation than this.

Final Grade: 3.27, a C+. Maybe I'm expecting too much here - this is not a style of beer I have much experience with - but DAB Dark Beer is a bit of a yawn-inducer. As far as Euro dark lagers go there is nothing overwhelmingly wrong with it, and it's definitely cleaner-tasting than some of the others that I've tried. Not bad, but not my bag at all - unlike DAB Original, which I still purchase here and there, I'm not sure I'll be back for more of this one. It still makes for a cheap tipple, so fans of dark lagers will still want to give this one a shot - as I'm sure there are others who will find that this lager suits their needs quite well, indeed.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear cola brown body, with a just a thin layer of foam sitting on top. Smell is grassy, with a slightly nutty tinge to it. Taste is fairly well hopped, has some nutty earth flavors that are overshadowed by the larger grassiness. Good mouthfeel. Even though I don't think many euro lagers are worth taking a glance at, this one is one of the better examples.

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DAB Dark Beer from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
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