DAB Original | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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DAB OriginalDAB Original

Brewed by:
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 Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pilsener, creamy, straw yellow and lots of white foamy head, yet lacking aroma and thin mouthfeel. Grassy, crisp Dry taste, bitterness on backbone, highly carbonated, above average malting, most quaffable. Boring, too much on sweet side. Below average.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this from a gift pack of German beers that a friend got me for christmas one year. This lager is on the more hardy side, it's got a nice amount of grains in the flavor. The hops are almost there, it's got a little more bitter than a pilsner. Golden in color, nice head for a little while. Some light lacing on the glass. Not a terrible beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down and left delicate lacing on the surface and down the sides of the mug.
S: There are aromas of biscuit and bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of biscuit and bready malts dominate the overall taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.34/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Type of beer I wouldn't normally seek out and but was given to me by a family member during the holidays. Pours with little head, semi-see through golden color to it. Aroma is a bit musky.. maybe this one is a bit dated. Taste lacks any carbonation, starting to think this is a tainted bottle. Typical mass-exported Euro Lager taste to it, light bodied and pretty tasteless except for a weak Euro hop kick to it at the end. Pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy this one even if it wasn't super fresh, look elsewhere for a nice import.

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

Since it is the original Dortmunder beer, it's got to taste good, right? In fact this is a nice beer. It is typical of other very good German Pilsners, except for an assertive malt sweetness that takes on ale-like esters, sweetness, and fruitiness. I think that the fluorescent lights of the local beer store have been beating on these green bottles just a tad too long -- mild light-striken notes are detected. The malts bring in a light caramel, nearly-buttery and apple flavors. But, very clean, as would be expected from all great German Lagers. Quite crisp and refreshing with a lighter body for such sweetness brew. Classic for the style. It's just a good beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can, sexy, orderly German label (is it just me?). And how is a normal aluminum can's contents "Draft Quality", one wonders?

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, billowy, and thinly foamy off-white head, which renders some varied webbed lace around the glass as it dutifully recedes.

It smells of crisp, biscuity pale cereal grain, a touch of sassy lemon oil, and grassy, hay-like hops. The taste is biscuity, bready pale malt, some further breakfast cereal goodness, muted and blended citrus notes, and soft grassy, floral noble hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, hardly a tic here or there, the body a stoic medium weight, mostly smooth, and yet a tad creamy in its slowly building frothiness. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt holding tough, and the lingering grassy, weedy hops lending a certain low-fi clean crispness.

An enjoyable straight-up balance of grain and hop, with just enough zip to keep it interesting in any 'shall I have another' dithering. Nothing complicated, just a solid German brew, for what it's worth.

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Photo of emerge077
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meier's Tavern in Glenview IL. Just about the only beer worth mentioning there, besides Hacker-Pschorr. They have a 1 liter stein available, if you choose to use it.

Anyhow, dimpled mug, frothy head, golden body. The foam lasts forever, and the beer takes a good half hour to kill. Sort of a honeyish pale malt flavor, sweet ritz cracker minus the butter, no hops. Crisp and clean, so important and signature to a German lager. Fuller than your average lager, and very smooth and easy drinking. A no-brainer type malted beverage, it pairs so well with the house Reuben here, give it a try...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a golden yellow color pilsner with a quite large bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of floral hops is enjoyable. Taste of malt is semi sweet with some subtle floral hops and a slightly bitter finish. This is a well-done and refreshing pilsner but really lacks character to make it truly enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours out straw yellow. With a one finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - Smelled mainly of corn. No skunk (surpising for a green bottle import).

T - Tasted of sweet corn. It was grainy and grassy, as well.

M - It was crisp and dry. Light-bodied.

D - It is a pretty good dortmunder. Nothing amazing but a good presentation of the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light-golden body. White head. Slightly better than average retention and lacing. The nose offers a dull malt and dull hops. The flavor is very rounded though, with a malt that's straw-like, hops that are soft and grassy, and a firm bitterness. Very drinkable, but unexciting.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is starts out with sweetness that comes from a light but hearty malt character, which then leads to flavors of grain and breadiness. There's a good hops presence for the style that provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good milder German-style beer that is worth pounding down for a long time if your options are limited.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall white head that reduces to a medium patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready and biscuit malts with just a hint of floral hops.

T: Very similar to the smell, the dominant flavors are those of bready and biscuit malts with a light amount of bitterness from the floral hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink, refreshing, and a good example of the style. I think that it is a little better from the can than when I have had it from a bottle - tastes fresher.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

It says "Draft" all over the 16 oz can, bought at Trader Joe's. Pale golden in the tall glass, with a foamy cap and lots of lacing. For some reason this just tastes like corn to me. It has that sweet malt liquor taste, but what saves it is a subtle but distinct flavor of spicy hops. There is finally a bitterish aftertaste, though a metallic edge takes over.

This is quite attractive and beery, but that cheap grainy sweet flavor and the awful medicinal aftertaste take away the pleasure for me. I'd call it the Euro Adjunct Lager, whatever claims they make about the ingredients.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Before even popping the cap, I'm struck by the humdrum nature of this beer. Its name and visual presentation are about as boring as it gets. The actual beer has some work to do to capture my interest because as I gaze at the generic looking label plastered on the green (of course) bottle, I find myself slipping into a stupor.

Minutely hazed lemony amber beneath a surprisingly large cotton white head of bubbly froth. The head receded rapidly at first, but has now slowed considerably, as if to say 'what's the hurry, die freundin?' It stays at a rumpled, one finger disk for a good bit and leaves a small, but acceptable, amount of lace in its wake.

The nose is of untoasted grain and noble hops. I'm grateful for the fact that there's no trace of skunk. DAB Original isn't bad beer; it's fairly innocuous and goes down easily enough. It doesn't stand out though and I'm having a hard time finding much to really sink my teeth into. The amount of flavor is on the low end, which is probably why my taste buds haven't sounded the retreat.

An understated amount of noble hoppiness rounds out the flavor profile, with the beer managing to avoid that sharply pungent bitterness that less accomplished pilseners can sometimes display. It's lightly sweet early, lightly bitter late and has a light body that is even lighter on the swallow. If I had to pick one word to describe this beer, that word would be...

Just like the appearance of bottle and beer, aroma and flavor are on the mundane side. However, having been burned by more poorly brewed pilseners than I'd care to recall, I refuse to be too hard on DAB Original. It doesn't set my world on fire, but somewhere in Dortmund a brewer has struck a match.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very bright golden yellow with a huge head. I mean it was really hard to get this one to pour, it was all head. Once it settled it left a nice ring on top of lace and on the sides. But it was essentially a fizzy yellow lager, pretty average.

S - Aroma was light, weak would be a better word and rather no descript. It had a light grain aroma mixed with some rice maybe, but that was about it. Nothing too notable here to speak of.

T - Classic german pilsner. Very light and easy to drink. Some nice grain tones, a little bit of rice, but that was about it. Nothing spectacular, but the taste was a good drinker. Crisp, clean, nothing lingering or biting. A classic beer.

M - Smooth, crisp, clean finish, great carbonation, light on the palate. Very good overall.

D - Fanatastic, you could drink this one all night probably, and we did. Never filled you up or made a bad sip.

Overall a classic german drinker. This was the beer you drank all night long and loved it. Had about 8 glasses and it just did not get old. Loved this one. Truly a classic in its own right, gotta love it

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Photo of Jason
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
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 womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a large white head.

S: Smells of straw and grass with a decent breadiness to it. Some light biscuit notes as well as some toasted bread. There is a definite skunk to it as well as a fair amount of lager yeastiness.

T: Sweet malt with a nice breadiness and biscuity flavor. Some honey notes to it as well as a bit of a floral character. Some grassy hops with a little bit of bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium in body, but the carbonation is slightly on the low side of medium.

O: Usually I like Dortmunders quite a bit, but this wasn't quite my favorite

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Sat down at the bar, ordered some beer, and relaxed: Good day at the Brauhaus. This brew pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light wheat, very light lemon zest, and light flowers. The taste holds notes of wheat, greens, flowers, and light rice. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation, a nearly watery feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, an okay brew at best, but way too thin and watery, even for a Dortmunder, not to mention the meekness of the flavors and scent.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +25%
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 jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours light golden yellow with a white head that soon thins to a bare covering. Little lacing is left.

Some sweet grass and vague bland hops Pretty clean though - no skunkiness.

The taste is of sweet grass and washed out hops. Very little flavor but some linging, fairly bland, sweetness. Nothing really inoffensive but a slight mettalic tinge, but nothing really stands out either.

The feel is mainly watery and slick. Leaves a somewhat dry feel considering wateriness.

Bland and boring. Lacks real flavors for the most part, and doesn't have the most pleasant aftertaste. Still in all, it's not undrinkable, but why bother.

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Photo of Duff27
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear golden. Short-lived, off white, one-fingered head. No lacing.

S- Not getting much from the smell. Someone wrote Corn Flakes...we'll go with that.

T- Crisp. Grassy. Distinct bitterness, cousins with the pilsner style.

M- Creamy, biting carbonation.

D/O- If one were to really like this guy, one could drink many. One would be happy. I am not the one. If I were to keep within the style, I'd reach for a Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold or Two Brothers Dog Days. Maybe I'm just partial to the Midwest of America, who knows.

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Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold without much head. The aroma is slight and bready and the flavors starts of with a dose of minerals. The light malt base is there with a bit of Saaz hops spice. Either this beer is bland or it's just too subtle for my likes. It at least feels right, being crisp and clean, but it's very plain and didn't taste like much.

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Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, slightly skunky. Taste is crisp but a bit bland. Some notes of malt and hops. Fells light in the mouth. Goes down very easy. A good beer for a drinking games. Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is typical lager; pale malts and yeast. It has a bit of a skunky scent; probably from the use of green bottles. The taste is decent. It is light and refreshing with a bit of hoppiness. It also has a skunky green bottle flavor that seems a bit metallic at times. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well; a fine German pils.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopefully this offering is better than its Henninger neighbor. Another beer traveler's sample, let's get on to the beer:

Blonde in color with a soapy head that holds. Sweet and bitter flavors run together with underlaying hay and grass, with a touch of lemon zest. Light crispness adds to this being a pretty solid offering.

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