DAB Pilsener | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
Germany
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Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
42
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.11
pDev:
23.15%
 
 
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2
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Photo of Antonius08
1/5  rDev -67.8%

Photo of jcbogantes
1.78/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Now a days you can get this beer at any supermarket in Costa Rica, is a really non-expensive beer for being an import. I have tried this beer many times and it didn´t impress me much, but recently I had a couple and I thought It was pretty decent.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The quintessential pilsner color, an unblurred golden yellow, the head bright white and frothy, the size is appropriate with the resultant lace a fine sheet. Crisp and refreshingly clean nose, somewhat sweet as is the malt start. Top is thin in feel, with the finish crisp in its acidity, the hops sparingly applied, droughty aftertaste, can’t say it did much to change my bias against lagers and pilsners

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.27/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this on at the LCBO in St. Catharines, came packaged in a 500ml can. Appearance: Golden with a highly carbonated white head, leaves dcent lacing not too impressed. Aroma: Definitely seems a bit ridden with semi sweet grassy tones with a semi sweet two row malt bockbone, hops are here but lacks much more than that very clean. Taste: Alcohol is a bit too noticeable here, grainy sweetness some lemongrass twang to it, finishes with a bitter bite of herbal hops. Mouthfeel: Lackluster high carbonation, light bodied fizzy German mass produced bier. Drinkability: Take it for what it's worth not part of the German art of brewing I have come to know and love, more of a mass produced German swill.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice in some aspects and bad in others. It has a perfect pilsner color. Crystal clear, medium carbonated, and a snow white loose knit head. Smells typical of good saas hopping and green bottles--skunked. Maybe a bad bottle, maybe not. Difficult to detect malt character, spiciness, or esters beyond the bad aromas. Flavors are better balanced. I get some mild sweetness, citrusy, herbal, and earthy flavors, but do get the skunked flavor with the noble hopping. Body is moderate and firm. Finishes crisp and moderately dry, other than the... . I'd like to give this one another try to determine if my bottle had been mistreated.

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Photo of JBogan
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this in Essen Germany for very cheap, so wasn't expecting much. Poured a pale gold with large foamy head. Average lacing.

Smelled a bit grassy and malty, but a bit on the weak side.

Tasted much like it smelled, however with a floral taste to it as well. Still a bit anemic tasting.

Mouthfeel was a bit better. About average body for a Pils, somewhat carbonated and crisp.

Not a terribly appealing brew, but I've had worse. If you never try this beer you're not missing out on anything. There are a lot better beers of this type around. It was about half a Euro for a pretty good sized bottle, so in this case you get what you paid for.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed from notes taken in Amsterdam in Summer 2012:

33cl green glass bottle served into a tulip.

HEAD: 2 fingers worth of head. A bit thin and weak. Not real creamy or soft in appearance. Retention is average.

BODY: Clear yellow. Obviously filtered.

AROMA: Lemon esters. Muted 2-row barley. Helles malts. A hint of biscuit, actually.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE: Lemon/citrus esters...odd for lager yeast. Has a biscuity stale malt backbone. I get 2-row barley and generic helles malt.

Fairly complex for a pilsner, but far from well-built.

TEXTURE: Smooth and wet. Too thick for a pilsner. Not as delicate/fragile, light-bodied, or refreshing as it ought to be.

Doesn't complement the taste particularly well, accentuate specific flavours, or elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Not very drinkable given its subpar quality and mundane flavour. Fairly priced to its credit, and its ABV isn't noticeable, but it needs a lot of work to compete with the best expressions of the style - particularly those from its country of origin. I guess this is more for the export market anyway?

C- (2.65) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of aleigator
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden color with a spongy, soon receeding head.

Smells of sun bathed hay, toffee and a herbal hop note.

Has a medium carbonation, very light body and a watery mouthfeel throughout.

More hops than on the nose upfront, toned down by hay, straw and toffee malts, producing a sweeter turning beer. Finishes watery, metallic with some prevailing malts and a hint of straw.

Too thin to convince. This is borderline Kölsch, its wasting a lot of potential. The hops could produce a satisfying crispness, if only they would use more.

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Photo of clarknova
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Dbr
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Shiloh
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After pouring this beer and viewing it in its natural habitat (my testing glass), I was very impressed. The colour is light but appealing, the head was thick and foamy and the aroma was very clean. Then I tasted and mouthfeel was what I anticipated....AAhhhh. Then the taste.....OhOh...drat,very hoppy, maybe should have a bunny picture on the label. Oh well, life's like that.

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Photo of spycow
2.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Jerid
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Heminoolo
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of BJSmit
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of MDDMD
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-light golden color with a thin white head

S-bready with some slight bitter notes

T-crisp clean with some hoppiness, but not much of a lingering finish

M-light body with moderate carbonation

O-decent, but not special, OK with food, but not for savoring

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of CorgiDad
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pale golden with a really large white head. Dissipation takes some time and leaves decent lacings.

S: Bready kind of sweet malt with some faint bitter hops and even fainter citric notes.

T: Sweet bready malt, light roasted. Bitter hops. I'm tasting floral hops, quite surprisingly a bit piney - very faint American stylee (I know there's no American hops in it, but still...).

M: Long nice aftertaste with a clean bitterness that lingers. Body is medium and the rich carbonation is smooth.

D: A German Pilsener that's weak in smell but otherwise a nice example of the style. Next time I'm in Germany I'm getting myself a case.

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Photo of FLima
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good head that lingers for some time. Bright golden colour.
Malty aroma with some hops. It has a very balanced taste between the sweetness from its maltand the bitterness from its hops. Bitterness lingers in the after taste. Faithful, actually a master recipe for its style.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a glass.

A- Yellowish golden with hardly a cap from a hard pour, no lacing.

S- European hops, some grassy scents, maybe some lemons, malted barley, a simple nose from a simple style.

T- A bit better than anticipated, bright earthy hops give a grassy taste with a bit of grain in the back. A good amount of pale malt leaving for a rather sweet finish with some corn and a bit of bread.

M- Light and hardly carbed, this is smooth and goes down easy. The body is light and where it needs to be at. The grainy malty aftertaste lingers a bit than leaves just as quick. In and out.

D- On a hot day, a German Pils is what the doctor ordered, yet I still cant drink more than two without yearning for something else. They all pretty much taste the same no matter who brews it. The fresher the better.

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DAB Pilsener from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
3.11 out of 5 based on 42 ratings.
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