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DAB Original | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 02-20-2002

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.84/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent beer very well priced in the US.

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Photo of TheOtherMike
4.68/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very noticeable clarity when poured - crystal clear light yellow. Thin head subsides quickly but carbonation/bubbling remains active.

Strong, classic pilsner taste (even though the label reads "Lager") - but not too strong. The finish, however, reminds me of lager. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mempath
4.63/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

impressive for such a basic export lager. looks great with super lacing and a longstanding head...smell is the least impressive with a hint of cereal/rice...at least none of that american adjunct corn smell. the taste is what makes it with a refreshing hint of grain and a lingering, not too dry finish of hops. bittersweet in a most desirable way. rolls on the tongue smooth and luscious enough. not thin. what a bargain! enjoy it quickly though since it camps out in green bottles...

Update....bumped the look nose taste feel & overall up one small notch....this still is a bargain...and like Lord Chesterfield, still in green....!

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Photo of billybob
4.6/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a clear bright golden color with a large fluffy white head that holds for a while with a wispy light lace to the finish. earthy nose and a scent of fresh picked mint. lots of malt with this one, slightly bready, with some hop taste. medium mouthfeel with lots of crisp carbonation. clean refreshing taste i found myself reaching for another and another and another.

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Photo of stirgy
4.6/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a bright and clear pale yellow color. Had a frothy white head. Beautiful grainy aroma. Perfect. My tastes lean towards this style of beer, along with pilsners, and this one is right on the mark. The hops that come out, bitter this beer perfectly. Slightly oily sweet aftertaste. Ultra-crisp and very drinkable. Nothing to hide here, just great beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of industrialswill
4.6/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is Liquid Gold..!
It's been 35 years since I've had this one and it's just as good as I remembered.
The 500 ml can was priced at $2.
It's got a thick head after a delicate pour.
Smells a little "hoppy"
The taste is eveything a light lager should be...I could drink these all night.
This is just a fantastic beer and I'm so glad to see it available in a can.

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4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of MustaPekka
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this out of the bottle, and it's not bad.

Bright dark yellow, full bready smell. Head settled down right after pouring.

This has what I need in a pilsner: carbonation, crispness, slight sweet bready aftertaste. No mega-hops, just crispy sweetness.

Goes down good on a hot summers day. Will buy and drink again, no question. pat

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.29/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and lightly hopped. Appearance is that of a lighter beer, but you soon know this is not a beer to be evaluated on looks alone. The hops show through into the aroma and taste, but does not have an overbearing hop presence. Pours with a beautiful long lasting head. This is a reasonably priced, well defining German lager.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a fluted strange)

A- This beer pours a straw yellow body with a touch of haze and a creamy white foam that you could write your name in. There is a sea of microbubbles swirling around in the body.

S- The clean slightly sweet aroma of green sulfur has a flint note to it and some freshly crushed pils malt comes through in the finish and grows.

T- The fresh pils malt flavor has hints of honey malt and a dry finish with a slightly sweet sulfur green hop flavor that lingers only for a moment.

M- This beer has a light crisp mouthfeel with a tight fizz.

O- Even though I describe it as sweet, it is not. There is just enough sweetness to mellow the sulfur and give the malt that fresh flavor. This is very easy to drink by the liter.

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Photo of the_thumbzilla1
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of DocG
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of shawhan579
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of charleygreene
4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of steeler
4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite german beers, had this many times. Anyway, pours out a nice golden yellow, with a nice one inch head, that eventually fades down to a nice ring of lace. Looks real nice. Has a nice fresh smell, no off smells. Goes down smooth, with some bitterness, and finishes clean. Quite tastey. Nice and full mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. I could easily slam these tallboy cans all night, because it wont weigh you and its really light and refreshing! I highly recommend this one! Cheers!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.17/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

German Pils. Smooth , easy drinking, sweet malt. Not a bad beer but I wouldn't seek it out

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O.K., so I continue to explore different styles of beer and sought this out so that I could try a Dortmunder/Export. I like it.

Pours with a fluffy white head that has nice structure but does quickly fade to a thin film of foam. Spotty lacing left behind. Bright brass colored with perfect clarity. A decent amount of visible carbonation.

Aroma is doughy, slightly sweet and full of green grass. Actually pretty nice.

A pilsner with less spice and more bread tones? That's my initial reaction. I like this. Very bready/biscuity with a slight undercooked quality to it. The grassy notes are still there. Finish is quite dry and crisp. Wondering at this point why this gets a "C+" type rating. I think it's because the style itself is more subdued.

Crisp, clean, dry and fresh in your mouth.

Very drinkable and certainly a session candidate.

Well done. Stay tuned for a high + rdev

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Photo of joecast
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

re-review 6/06
best before 4/07
not sure of the age of my first sample, but this one has a certain freshness to it that sets it above my previous review.
mainly the hop charater is a bit sharper. more grassy and spicy aroma, with the bitterness and flavor making it a very enjoyable beer.

large white head settles to 1cm. crown. typical gold lager color with plenty of carbonation bubles.
face-filling hay/grassy aroma as soon as you open the bottle and pour. allowing it to sit and a sugary, candy, maltiness joins the aroma party.
taste leans towards malt making it a bit sweet but there is a crispness right at the start offering some balance.
mouthfeel is full but has some slickness about it that i dont really like much.
drink this one on the cold side as the flavor seems to dull as it warms.

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Photo of Fedebadra
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a finger of very fluffy white head. Nice floral hops aroma-Saaz? Taste is malty sweet with a nice hop bitterness. This beer is very refreshing, however, I seem to remember Dortmunders being a bit darker and maltier than this beer. Mouthfeel is light and drinkability is very good.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a recent gift from someone in the biz who heard that I am dedicated to CANned beer and wanted me to review some of the beers that he carries in the hopes that it might attract others to the CANQuest and its results. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "The REAL Dortmunder - Product of Germany Why CANs? CANs eliminate light damage and reduce the risk of oxidation, keeping our beer fresher than in bottles! CANs are lighter, chill quicker, and CAN be enjoyed anywhere. CANs are easy to recycle due to its (sic - their) eco-friendly material. DAB is a German lager brewed with the finest German hops and barley in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516. Smooth and refreshing easy drinking lager!"

Well, now! I have been drinking a lot of IHLNC's Dortmunder of late, so I am anxious to see how this compares and vice versa. Oh, the nose was immediate! The scent of quality malted barely took no time in wafting around my kitchen. Zounds! I had two fingers' worth of dense, bone-white head sitting atop the beer. The beer itself was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. One good sniff and I was transported to a grain mill room at any of the better brewpubs. This was two-row barley malted to produce a sweet smell unlike any other. Mouthfeel was medium with a great dryness brought on by the hops mentioned on the CAN. It suddenly struck me just how good a brewer we have in Paul Rutherford at IHLNC - I might be hard-pressed to tell the diffeence in a blind side-by-side. Finish had a characteristic lager-like sweetness. It is difficult to quantify, but when you put a quality lager next to an American macro-Lager, it becomes easy to see what a pale imitation most AmeriCANs are drinking on a routine basis. This was very good! Definitely merits consideration for the cooler!

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Photo of klimoja
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

$19.99 for a case of 16 oz German beer. OK that's a bargain. I think its the latest sales promotion and it has effectively hooked me. The pop top opens gently with a click, there is some finesse here, no explosion. Poured golden into a 22 oz weizen, soft pour with a two finger head very carbonated. No noticeable scent on the nose, my nose is bad anyway. the sip: creamy mouthfeel with a malty tongue, maybe some hops backstage but the lasting impression is the biscuity sense pervading the olfactory nerve from within...for every sip. Pleasant. Light. Deliciously drinkable. This is a steal.
Oh and the metallic thing...? Get over it.

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