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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 02-20-2002

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear golden color with lots of effervescent bubbles. 2 fingers of white lasting head are poured. Some lacing left down the sides of the glass.

Smell - Very grainy aromatics with some grassy undertones. Quite a significant nose on this one.

Taste - Light grainy flavors with some hop bitterness and decent malty backbone. Some wateryness to the flavor though

Mouthfeel - Exceptionally smooth and while the carbonation is moderate it has full flavor and a very significant body, but is not heavy.

Overall -A fine dortmunder, and a very pleasing thirst quencher in the right situation.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can, pale yellow with quite a lot of white foam initially but things quickly settled down. Aroma was subtle, a sweet biscuit malt with hints of fruity herbal hops, perhaps a bit of sour candy. Taste was surprisingly sweet malt with a medicinal sweet spice almost like candied ginger. Some mineral bitterness on the finish but a round sweetness persists as well. My impression is that the residual sugars are too much for the style. Could use a drier finish although this is in the ballpark. Under carbonated, more fizz might balance things and lift up the hops.

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Photo of sleazo
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A_Clear golden liquid. Creamy white head. Nice peaks remain as the beer is consumed.

S_Hay and somewhat grassy hops

T_First taste is a nicely bitter grassy hop note. This is followed by way too much grain sweetness. Lingers on the tongue for a while and finally fades to a a sort of dry note.

M_Thin body with a moderate to high medium bubbles carbonation.

O_the first sip is fine but its just too sticky sweet in the middle to drink more than one of. I was hoping for a dryer beer.

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Photo of Tebuken
2.51/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Golden crystal colored beer with a nice compact white foam that lingers for a while.Malty and bready aroma, a hint of sweet candies can be smelled.It tastes malty,bready but a bit of acidity is present wich I find not very pleasant.Bitterness is balanced.Light-medium bodied refreshing beer, nothing special at all.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
2.36/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Light Golden Color. Two finger head.

S: Very faint wheat smell.

T: A watered down wheat taste. Not a very deep taste. The after taste is the same as the initial taste.

M: Medium carbonation. Very light on the tongue.

O: I'm not impressed by the "Beer of world fame." It's not bad don't get me wrong. It's better than most domestic beers but the taste leaves something to be desired.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DAB has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden straw appearance, and lots of rather thick, splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, rich barley malt, and the flavor is of very grassy, bitter hops, sweet, biscuit grain, and clean water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and DAB Original finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a superbly enjoyable lager, and I score it at the lower end of excellent. Delicious!


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

Appearance: Pale, ginger-ale colored; very effervescent; big foamy head

Aroma: Citrusy; grassy; slight hops

Taste: Light bodied; hoppy with metallic aftertaste; slight bitterness lingers; grassy notes at end

Remarks: Drank too warm in Poland; no refrigerator; probably a little skunky due to green bottle

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DAB-Original @ 5.0% , served from a white 500 ml can purchased for $3

A-pour is a very pale gold with a small off white head leaving a spotty lace along the stein

S-mild smelling grassy hops , bit stronger than 'Export'

T-still a bit thin , better tasting than 'Export'

MF-ok carbonation , medium body

Ov-one & done , 2nd out of three German beers sampled(DAB-Export , Radeberger-Pilsner)

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Converge
2.32/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours an average pale lager yellow with a fizzy white head and lots of carbonation on the glass.

S - Pretty typical lager. Barley can be made out, with a nice bready base to it. A touch of grassy hops can be made out as well. Simple but unoffensive.

T - Starts out alright, with some barley malt and bready notes, but quickly gives way to green-bottle-skunk and some mild grassy hops. Finishes a little stale and musty. Metallic aftertaste lingers. Not pleasant.

M - Thin body, bordering on watery. Overdone carbonation. While not good, in the end it's pretty typical of the style. A light, peculiar film builds up on my tongue from it as well.

D - While the green bottle certainly played a role in me not enjoying this beer, I can't imagine it was all that spectacular to begin with. Skunked or not, this a sub-par for even a lager. Musty and stale, and basically devoid of any flavor other than skunk. Oh well.

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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 rhoadsrage
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
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 barczar
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a solid one inch white head that dissipates quickly into a thin half layer of foam.

Grain, corn, and malty sweetness dominate the aroma, which finishes with a pilsner cracker-like scent.

Flavor is comprised of slightly sweet, bready malt, with a bit of skunky flavor leading into a fairly dry finish. The balance is decidedly malty, but there's a peppery note that cleans up the profile.

Body is moderate, with slightly more than moderate carbonation. There's a bit of slickness and a touch of astringency.

Overall, I don't have much experience with the style, but there appears to be a bit of a skunky, light-struck character to it. Malt is a bit forward, with some adjunct flavors and a fair representation of hops to keep it interesting.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass after consuming another beer from this brewery.

Dab Original has a amber color with some lighter spots here and there. Alot of rising bubbles create a nice looking tan but unsturdy head that fades into some small patches. No lacing from this.The smell consists of grain, barley hops and some earthy hops. The hops come out in taste a bit more with a nice sweet malt backdrop and light floral arrangements. Some bisquits in the middle with yeast taste finishing it out. The feel is light crisp and refreshing on this hot day, A bit of a bite from the carb and some hop taste sticks on the tounge a bit. All in all a beer I would grab if I needed a beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.39/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint.

Appearance: transparent gold, white head is thick but rose to maybe a finger's length.

Smell: light light hops, smells like nothing.

Taste: very creamy, like half and half with a shot of hops and malt.

Mouth: med to almost full, very appealing after-taste.

Overall: well crafted everyday brew that can satisfy the pickiest of drinkers. Enjoy because I definitely did, Salud!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear light golden color with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Smells of yeast, sweet malt, light hops.

T: A little floral hops, some grains and a hint of sweetness, sordove a twang with a light bite

M: Well carbonated, kinda blah on the palate, light body

O: Did not finish and not among the best of the style

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.12/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear light gold color. The head is a half in of bright white foam that recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of corn with a slight sweetness. The taste is a touch sweeter than the aroma, but it is more of an adjunct sweetness than a malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin with a watery texture, and aggressive carbonation. Overall, this beer tastes more like an adjunct lager than a Dortmunder, and its not even a good adjunct lager. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of Giggy
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a green bottle. Label is boring and really doesn't ask you to drink it.

A: Clear golden straw color. Short white head.

S: Sweet malt, bready, and slightly floral.

T: Well balanced combination of malt and hops. Water/barley/hops/yeast.

M: Crisp, smooth, mild carbonation, medium to light body.

O: Nice hop flavor in the finish. Easy to drink. Not a lot to this one.

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Photo of xylophonica
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow colour with minimal head.

S - Strong malty aroma with a decent hit of cheese and bread.

T - Thick malty flavour with some sweet cheesy overtones. Lightly spiced with just a touch of fruit as well.

M - Nice mixture of maltiness and solid carbonation.

O - This is a fairly basic German lager. Has some nice malty flavours but it's nothing special. Would like to try this on tap as I think the malt flavours would really shine through.

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Photo of bogus564
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz, poured into a tall pilsner glass.

The AFC Championship Game just started, so I figured it's not too early to have and review a beer. And away we go...

A: It looks like a pilsner; golden color, wheat-colored head (very small) that does not last. Bubbles kind of like champagne.

S: I get the expected hops, wheat, grass, and some extra little earthiness. It's nice.

T: All that I smelled is confirmed, and a slight hint of lemon or grapefruit; I'm leaning grapefruit, as the polls would indicate. Nothing overpowering, the proportions are good.

M: It's good, not outstanding. For its type, it's actually very good. It's well-carbonated, washes over the palate well, and leaves a slightly hoppy, somewhat pruny aftertaste.

O: Good drinking beer; you can have a few of these bad boys while watching your favorite sporting event, or shoveling snow, or before a power nap. Cheers.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured in an ordinary glass. Enjoyed in an Autogrill restaurant close to Milan, driving to Venice.

A: Pours a golden clear yellow color with a big white fluffy head. Fizzy carbonation and reasonable retention. Some lacings left

S: Simple beer. Bready malts and flowery hops, basically. Reminds a German Pilsener

T: Simple too. Bready malts, yeasts and hops. A refreshing beer. Dominated by malts. Dry. Moderate earthy and stingy bitterness

M: Light body, high carbonation

O: Quite honest and drinkable beer. My impression was something between a German Pilsener and a Lager

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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 BierStein711
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into pint glass

three finger head

This was my first dortmunder lager, and I don't think I am a fan.

The beer smelled like a metal, this was due to the can I assume.

The taste was miserable, I did not enjoy the citrus that seemed out of place along with the hops.

Mouthfeel: Like water

I will never have this agin.

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Photo of lstokes
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light, smells grainy, tastes of grain, lemon, and vanishingly light bitterness with the noble grassy hops you expect. Mouthfeel is a touch light, low body, but good carbonation. There's nothing wrong with it but really not much character either; light but serviceable, happy to see it for six dollars for a six-pack every so often at the store.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, yellow/gold color with a large head that has decent retention.

Aroma is subtle but pleasant: bready pils malt, a hint of corn, lightly floral. No diacetyl and very little esters (if any).

More flavor than the aroma would indicate: light, bread malt flavors and floral, slightly herbal hop flavors are in balance. There is a bit of mineral character and hop bitterness is medium. The bitterness balances the malt sweetness and provides a crisp finish with some bready pils malt, hop flavors and some bitterness lingering. No diacetyl, no alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp overall.

This is a tasty, easy drinking lager with good balance. I would reach for this beer on hot summer days and to accompany straight forward German cuisine.

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
3.28 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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