DAB Original | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

DAB OriginalDAB Original
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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 stirgy on 02-20-2002

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Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.84/5  rDev +49.8%
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 FBarber
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
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 smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FadetoBock
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squire123
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boo-urns
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little bit deeper yellow than most AALs, but lacking a head formation that sticks around, swells up, falls down, all very quickly. Aroma just comes off metallic.

Taste has some noble hops, loads of carbonation on top of a light body. Mild skunk flavors. I can't really discern the difference between a Euro lager/pilsner and this dortmunder lager. All seems similar.

Stuff is kind of expensive for what you get, doesn't really offer much different than say Heineken or Beck's if you ask me.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Angela1956
2.16/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ah what can I say about this beer. It has a golden color with a nice white head. Smells of vegetables to me, slightly hard to smell. Not enjoyable of a scent. It has a bitter flavor but too much carbonation for me. I just find this beer to be kind of cheap tasting and not enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RyGanley
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Lagerlivesmatter
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

One of the cheapest beers I could get when I was living in Toronto. Was surprised to later learn of its storied history. Indistinguishable from it's peers in price range among varying styles. Nothing about this beer separates itself from other bargain import pilsners or lagers. Comparing it to something like Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold .. it should be embarrassed, hide in a corner and slit it's wrists.

That being said, for the price of it, it wasn't horrible. It is drinkable but it has a really wierd off flavor and a bad aftertaste.

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Photo of Noelan
1.11/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Skunky, even in a can. Disappointed by this beer and will not purchase again. Unfortunately the taste was skunky as well. Not very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of AdrianRP
3.86/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is readily available at my local Binnys. It is sold in 6 pack pints for $6.00. A great value in *decent* quality beer. Plus, the packaging in a can almost insures that it will be fresh! Poured into a pint glass it creates rich, full head, typical of the style, and retains it for a great deal of the session. Lacing is decent as well. It very clear in appearance, with a bright, white head, very 'frothy', and exhibits decent carbonation. Drinking the beer while it still sports it's head allows for the greatest flavor. Overall good, hoppy flavor, almost exotic as you would get from like a Konig Pils, but not quite as strong and rich. It finishes kind of weak, but still good making a strong session brew in where you can drink 4 or 5 of these pints with no real problems. Overall it definitely has all the trademarks of a common, good quality German Lager, not as good as Spaten's Lager, but close, but the price is outstanding making it a great value. A buck a pint for home consumption is great, don't you think?

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Photo of Czy
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - poured from a 16 fl oz/500ml can into a 16 oz weizenglass, this beer pours an extremely clear golden straw color with 2 fingers of white foamy head that receed to a film over the top of the beer after 5 mins. Carbonation seems average, It looks pretty good in the glass.

Aroma - Spicy floral hops, buscuit/grainy malts, that clean fresh spring water smell you get from most lagers.

Taste - spicy and floral hops are at the for front of this beer with a light but sharp bitterness, they are followed by cracker like grainy malts and then it finishes dry with that clean lager flavor, very smooth.

Feel - Mouth feel is light and watery, which is kind of expected of a lager the carbonation does give a nice refreshing tingle and the beer goes down dry.

Overall - This was my first dortmunder lager but the style guidelines seem simple enough to follow without that much experience. It personally isn't my favorite style but judging it objectively it is much better than an AAJ, It has more flavor and the same crisp clean lawnmower feel. The bitterness seems abit strong for the guidelines but I liked it and If the choice was budweiser or dab, I would take the dab all day. Cheers!

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Photo of Sweetdemonsweat
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Hendrick24
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jacobob10
3.81/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a proper DAB glass. After all these years, finally getting some use out of my DAB glass!

Pale gold in color and crystal clear with a white head that shows decent retention. Light, herbal, spicy hops in the aroma with grainy malts. Sweet malt flavor initially with some hop bitterness providing great balance. Incredibly clean and smooth. Medium-light body.

No off-flavors whatsoever in this beer. To be honest, my expectations were low considering the 6-pack of 16 oz cans cost $5.99 and it is brewed with hop extract (as listed on the side of the can), but it's hard to find any faults with this beer, other than it being a little "normal." Perfect for keeping your fridge stocked and hits the spot when you need a clean, German brew.

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Photo of jrob21
2/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of GSS
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
2.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 626 ratings
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