DAB Original | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 02-20-2002

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Reviews by bmacaskill:
Photo of bmacaskill
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Appearance"? Don't all these bottom-fermented pilsners look the same? ;-)

Nice and pils-y. One of my favourite patio-quaffing brews. Very refreshing, but in the end, fairly forgettable.

I purchased it in a four-can gift pack that came with a DAB Original "special glass". Each of the four beers was recommended for a different glass! As if.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the tall boy can in a pint glass. This old classic pours a clear pale yellow
with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and features
some nice light lacing. Nose of light pilsner malts and subtle grains. Flavors
lightly exceed the nose but not enough to budge the rating with lightly sweet pilsner
malts and light grains with mild hop notes. Nice mouth feel, crisp, clean, and lightly
sweet, Overall a fine brew for after mowing the lawn....or a good one to prime the
pump with.


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Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml can
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color and is topped with two inches of fluffy, white head that settles to a skim leaving some lacing.

I get some biscuit and bread aroma and not much else.

It has a crisp, clean taste. It doesn't have a lot of flavor, but I can pick up some light grain notes and even a slight bitterness in the finish.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

This is a super easy drinker. It is clean, and I could drink these all day. It's a very solid German standard.

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Photo of thomasdidymus55
2.54/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tastes like a budweiser with just a bit more hops going on. A typical macrolager beer. Real thirsty on a hot day after some yard work. This one will be good for that.

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Photo of FBarber
3.71/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear crisp effervescent golden straw color. Thick frothy white head dissipates somewhat, but leaves plenty of foam and lacing.

Smell is a bit subdued but notes of bread, a floral almost herbal hop character is noted and a hint of skunk.

Taste follows the nose with a nice balance of bread and cracker malts and pilsner like floral hops. Nice mild bitterness on the finish with some notes of sweetness throughout. Dry finish.

Feel was crisp but the sweetness added a bit of heaviness to the beer. Very drinkable with nice medium carbonation.

Overall a really nice Dortmunder export. Great beer for the price.

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Photo of RyGanley
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Eveyone speaks to this beer with long descriptions. For those who drink beer as a session option, as well as enjoy the finer beers. I find this beer falls in the Old Standard level. It's not good enough to bring to a party to impress, but it's good enough to enjoy with visitors as a "way better then Coors" I love the fact that it's CHEAP, and not made with rice "Purity Laws". I never get a hangover, and it always go down smooth. Great fishing beer.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 500ml can. Poured a clear golden with a medium head. The head faded fast. Very little carbonation.

Smell: Mildy hoppy nose. Light hints of bread and yeast. Somewhat floral.

Taste: Enjoyable hoppiness. Nice maltiness gives it balance and body. Hoppy bitterness towarsd the finish and then smoothes out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: A nice pils. I could down this easy drinker frequently. Enjoyable even if the style is not my favorite.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with an average lifespan, fluffy white head that sticks well. Bready and mildly sweet nose. Standard German pilsener malts making up the bulk of the flavor with some light floral hops in the finish. Thin with a drab and dull bitterness but still rather drinkable.

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Drunkenass
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerDreadz
2/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of NWer
4.03/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can poured into a pint glass.
Abundant foamy head dissipates quickly. Typical Lager pour. Clear yellow appearance. Smooth grainy taste. Light session qualities but flavorful enough to be very enjoyable.
One of the better lagers out there. Loving the Dortmunder style from a mighty fine brewery.

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Photo of drinkofczars
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden color, very expected for the type of beer this is.

S- Smells good. Not too skunky but has the bitter aroma I like in this type of beer.

T- Very nice taste. I wish there was a little more bite to the hops. Very refreshing to sip on in a tall-boy.

M- Very crisp and perfectly carbonated.

O- Very much like a Bitburger but without as much bitterness to it. Very pleasant to drink but I would go with a Bitburger over this beer any day. The Lock and Keel in Ballard, Seattle sells this beer for 3.75 which is a super good deal for the area and brew.

Refreshing and quenching beer.

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Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle with no freshness date, there is some odd code on the back label but that means nothing to me.

Appearance: Very pale yellowish golden colour, filtered clarity for sure. The thick and foamy white head sticks to the glass quite well.

Smell: The malt in the aroma is as faded as those acid washed jeans I had in the 80’s … weird muted hop in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Such a boring palate of pale pilsner malt, nice crispness and it really adds to the refreshing quality. The malt comes and goes with a clean flavour … again it is boring. Even worse is the hop bitterness which is like a knife without a sharp edge … dull with no flavour.

Notes: Two words “Hop Extract”. I have had better from this brewery, this beer is too processed and has no natural feel to it … a sad state from the last time that I tried it which must have been at least five years ago. Lastly … it tastes sterile.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this one in a while - good to get back to the cheap German pilsners every once in a while.

Pours a light golden colour, leaving a thin white head that only survives a few moments. The smell is uncharacteristically sweet, with notes of honey and bread. Hops are present, but not dominant.

A tasty, sweet pilsner that tastes of honey and biscuits, with perhaps nuts and grains. Thin, but certainly very drinkable. If you're looking for a decent pilsner under 2 bucks a can, you could certainly do worse.

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Photo of vinivini
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. green bottle. Poured a clear and fizzy golden color with an initial thick head that quickly died out. No lacing of the glass. Aromas are tough to pull out but I note some bitter hops and some sweetness. Flavor is more of the same, balanced nicely. Fresh-tasting and crisp, it's another beer that would be a good one for a summer day.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of BCborn
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brilliant gold, 1” foam head – white – quickly dissipates
Smell: a little DMS and a touch of apple
Taste: rich malt flavors, dry, herby, traces of apple, cooked vegetables, a touch of sour Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium carbonation.
Overall: More flavor than a standard industrial lager. Would go OK with ribs.

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Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Thrasher
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This was surprisingly good and inexpensive. Substantial malt presence, this beer has a real backbone and full flavor. Hops are strong and quite zesty but kept perfectly in check. Very drinkable; I could imagine spending a happy evening with this brew. Green bottle and travel distance are only drawbacks, and the odor wasn't wonderful. Still, I wish this was more readily available. The price was right (I think I payed $6 a sixer?). Heineken, Becks, and Amstel drinkers would especially enjoy this; it is far superior to those widespread and offensive beers.

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Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Meh, a decent beer, nothing special, looks a little more impressive than American adjunct lagers, yellow nonetheless. No discernable hop aroma, just a canned beer smell (not elite canned beer).

Taste, a little prickly, tiny probably hallertau hops or something similar. Light body. Mouthfeel remains this way. Drinkability, sure, not annoying, easy to drink. Nothing wrong with this beer on a hot day in the sun. The sun skunks it, making it even better IMHO.

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