DAB Original | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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DAB OriginalDAB Original

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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 bylerteck
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Hard pour into a pint glass leaves a loose, white, one finger head. Colour is golden yellow, slightly darker than a straw colour. Heavy carbonation. Slight amount of lacing. Heads disappears in a few minutes. Not a horrible lookin' lager.

S - Smells slightly sweet and grainy. No hops to speak of in the aroma.

T - Sort of sweet and grainy again. Very light bitterness in the finish but aside from that not a whole lot of flavour to speak of. Clean drinking though, nothing offensive.

M - Heavy carbonation again. Dry.

D - Decent session beer if you like this style. You could drink alot of it if you could find a reason to.

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Photo of rarbring
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear straw colored beer, much bubbles and a large white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is slightly of corn flakes and somewhat boiled sausages.

A small upfront sweetness, much like a freshly baked white bread, some lemon and a medium but nice bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, a soft and easy-going body, a moderate bitterness.

A good and solid German lager.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy dulled yellow color with fluffy white head, diminishing quickly and leaving little lacing. Scent is muted... touch of grain, grass and potato-like vegtableness. Taste is a little better then the scent would hint at, a somewhat fresh grainy taste with noticeable yeast presenced. Grassy hop presence is noted but very minimal, and a slight vegtable-like presence on the back end. Body is light, crisp and refreshing. A nice beer on a hot summer day, nothing special but nothing wrong.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a mini keg into a pint glass.

The color is a clear gold with a slight wisp of white head and some lacing on the glass.

The smell is grainy some slight corn flavor. It has a nice nice touch of hops and a slight malt flavor comes out in the nose.

The taste is smooth with a nice malty backbone that seems to hold this beers sails up. There is nice light noble hop flavor that bitters the taste ever so lightly.

The feel of this beer is crisp and clean. This beer goes down quite easy and is a very drinkable beer. A truly German gem of a beer.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: medium-light golden body, crystal clear. Head is a fat finger of pillowy white foam, but it didn't stick around remarkably long. Other than that, pretty nice.

Smell: light malt aroma with a dash of grain and a dash of noble hops; that's good enough for me in this style.

Taste: quite nice sweet malt flavor with just the right amount of bitter hops and hop flavor. Most of the graininess is gone here; I rather enjoy this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body but I feel like the carbonation is rather thin; actually, way too thin. Carb would work this beer some wonders.

Drinkability: it's well over 90° here, so I'm in about the best position this beer would want in a reviewer. It is extremely refreshing and I really enjoy the flavor -- I just wish there were more carbonation so I could really say "aaahhhh" after each sip.

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Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How is a 'Dortmunder' distinct from other lagers? Well, to be honest, unless you're a brewer looking at specifics or you happen to come across a really bold, distinct example, you likely wouldn't be able to tell. These beers (which originate in the town of Dortmund, hence the name) are supposed to be a little stronger than say a Munich Helles or Pilsner...

But again, you wouldn't necessarily be able to tell that, not from tasting DAB Original anyhow. The beer is malty alright, and without any perceivable adjuncts, but is hardly any more bitter than other German styles, certainly no more so than the pilsner. The taste of Noble hops, correspondingly, is never really appreciated nor is a considerable bitterness.

The appearance and aroma, likewise, are nothing but commonplace. A clear golden body provides no differentiation - especially considering it doesn't have even a trace of head - and the aroma is of little else but a typically neutral malt and only the lightest possible whiff of Noble hops. There is perhaps a slight sulfur component but it's negligible.

About the only thing distinguishing this beer is its mineral-y, slightly sulfur-y water profile. It is stiff and spiked on the palate, an arrowing characteristic that, in place of a hoppy bitterness but conspiring with a keen carbonation, makes for an acute and sharp-cornered mouthfeel. The result of which is a more crisp and quenching product.

DAB is a clean, palatable, quenching German lager - but then again, they nearly all are! This may not be the best candidate to showcase Germany's characteristically high quality craftsmanship, but it does still speak to its existence. A beer like this, however ordinary it may be, is still leagues better than what most commercial North American brewers offer up.

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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 AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light straw color with a small white head that left next to nothing on the glass.

S - Grainy malts and some hops. Fairly straight forward.

T - Sweet, bready malts with the slightest of hops taste. Pretty simple and not a whole lot going on here. Tastes watered down.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. A little thin and watery.

D - Easy to drink, can pound these down pretty well, although I don't want to as it's pretty boring.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color, topped with a half inch of creamy white foam. Lacing is way better than expected, and the beer is perfectly clear with a few lines of bubbles rising throughout.

Aroma does have a slight skunkiness, however it appears to be mostly unharmed despite the green bottle. Sweet, mildly bready, not particularly grainy. background DMS is acceptable here and doesn't really detract.

Instead of flavor I note the mouthfeel first as it hits the palate; medium body but distressingly low carb. Pretty clean, and initially lacking that sort of minerally crispness I associate with Dortmunder waters, it does eventually build on the palate. However, the initial third of this beer does seem closer to a Helles than this particular style. By the end I am getting a decent bitterness behind that sweet malt, though it remains slightly low for the style. Mildly sweet, no hop flavor, fruitiness or anything like a flaw. Finishes close to dry.
Per the style it's pretty close, but without a few tweaks overall it's only average. A little more malt flavor and a lot more carb and this beer gets high scores from me.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.82/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Situation: Unwinding after a furious grading session... Glassware: Jever pokal... Appearance: champagne-like effervescence with a yellow that favors gold in its complexion; a frothy, bubbly single-finger head sits comfortably...etching in the lacing is random but welcome... Aroma: cereal and bread overpower the sense, with a bit of banana as well... Palate: medium-bodied, alive at the throat but passive on its way there...although a bit of a bubble at the teeth and an aftertaste...palatable but forgettable too... Taste: As expected, the doughy lagerishness is front and center in the profile; a bit bitter, but smooth and straightforward in its taste... Overall: green bottles often foreshadow their contents' taste, and DAB is little different. I bought the case because I could not recall the last taste I had of it; after drinking the whole case myself, I can put that curiosity behind me, admit that the import was basicand serviceable, but not "the beer of world fame" the bottle boasts...

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

A clear, sunny, and bubbly orange with a fine cream colored and looking head. It has a typical lager pale malt aroma. The taste is a refreshingly balanced malt with good carbonation and just a hint of sweet apple. It has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and there is only the slightest bitterness after swallowing.

This is the first lager I've had in awhile that didn't have a bad aftertaste and was quite refreshing.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold with a white foam head that dissipates to next to nothing. Good clarity, a little spotty lacing, and some bubbles rising in the glass.

First whiff out of the bottle gave me a little skunk, but that dissipated as the pint went down and the beer began to open up a bit. Too bad about the skunk, because I also got some good green grassy scents and some true sharp herbal aromas -- so the good and bad offset.

This is very very close to adjunct euro as you can get. The malt is almost corny, but not quite. There is a bitter grassy element, and some light, almost sweet malt in there. The bitterness comes thru, and this one goes dead dry right to the finish. No lingering bitterness or true flavors. Very clean. However, that mid range sweet/funk element is a bit of a downer. Also, this has a bit of watery edge too. All the complaints, and this still hits a decent rating. I wish I could rate between 3.0 and 3.5

Lighter body, carbonated, and clean. Good mouthfeel.

The first half of the pint went easy, and the last half bored me. I was ready to be done. This would work as pizza or burger beer, but not as a sitdown pint. Some flaws and some neat things as well. I won't refuse one, but won't seek this either. Kinda ok.

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Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with a light golden color with a good head. It has a malt aroma, not overpowering. The taste is is slightly sweet. It has mild carbonation with a clean & refreshing feeling. beer is very enjoyable and great when having more than 1-2. Nice drink drink on social ocassions.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well I guess the B- average for this beer goes hand in hand with the bottom-fermenting beer bashing that bottom fermenting beers generally get on this website unless they mayber are something crazy like Bavarian Doppelbock style beers.

Honey-gold in colour with fizzy white head very pretty to look at - enjoy.

The taste is a beautiful balance of hops and malt - a very well balanced beer - enjoy.

Drinkability is pretty good.

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

Pours a crisp straw yellow with a fizzy white head that left minimal to no lacing. The nose has straw and a bit of malt in it, nothing special here (EDIT: A spicy almost cinnamon aroma dominates initially). The beer itself is moderately better than the nose with a bit of biscuit and a crisp clean finish that makes it clean and easy to drink for the average macro drinker. Bubbly, but not overly, and a beer I would consider reaching for if I felt the need for a crsip, clean, non-hoppy beer (as rare as that is).

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Photo of Zekezilla
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth pilsner, great session beer. Very good beer for heavy or spicy meals. Golden in color, smooth in drinkability. Very low carbonation. Would definitely order again with a meal or just as a nice light beer. Looking forward to drinking a few of these in warmer weather.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very clear. Light bubbling. Not much head formation.

S - Pilsner malts dominate the smell, big time. Very malty, very astringent.

T - Massive pilsner malts lead the way. In fact, it is pretty much the only flavor here. Very grainy, astringent, biting, sometimes acidic. Finishes somewhat clean, no hopping, smooth.

M - Moderate to light body. Carbonation pushes it up in body. Clean finish, but a bit of sugar maltiness comes through.

D - Very drinkable. Pilsner malt is way too direct to be easy on the palette. Not filling.

Another mega foreign pilsner malt bomb. Okay maybe I'm not sure this is the greatest thing. I am growing to like pils more, but not this much.

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color that is very clear. Had a small, white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Has a malt aroma that is pretty standard of European beers (a little funky compared to American counterparts). Not bad, but not particularly inviting.

Taste: Has a sweet taste with a mild hop kick in the aftertaste. Much smoother than the smell would imply.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery. The carbonation makes a bit of an appearance in a tingly sensation, but not much.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not good. It's something I could drink again, but I would rather have a different Dortmunder. However, after drinking it again a few days later, I liked it better. I think this might grow on me.

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

Poured into 12oz pilsner glass. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with over an inch of pure white head that had quick dissipation and light lacing.

A very pleasant grainy, grassy aroma floats across the nose, backed up by a nice smooth hop scent. The flavors are also mostly grain with a good touch of hops.

The body is what is expected from this style of beer, smooth, crisp and clean. Drinkability is, of course, very good. Overall, a very good example of the style, try this if you're not familiar with the style.

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Photo of sitarist
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pale golden, meringue like thick head stays around for a minute, lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

S- Pear, grassy, nice yeasty dough. Some faint flower or musk.

T- Lite malty sweet and yeast notes. Light flavor, you're searching for anything more than the obvious. Very light hop aftertaste. Just a little thin.

M- Light and crisp.

D- Better than water! There is nothing left, I drank it faster then I could review it. Another great summer beer for me.

F.T.- A step above Heineken and Stella not as trendy though. One great lager.

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Photo of hmk22
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing to hate nor love...usually priced a little lower than most German/Danish imports, maybe owing to the 11.2 oz. bottles...has the German taste but not the mouthfeel...maybe it's the water in Dortmund or the grains -- it def. has a bit of a grainy taste. They are also transparent on the marketing front -- no advertising or promotion that I can detect, so I'm not sure what their trip is position-wise. Not bad for a 12-pack here and there but not worth going out of your way for. Curse Trader Joe's for discontinuing beer sales in my area -- they had stuff twice as good as DAB at a fraction of the price.

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Photo of MNJR
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Copper/golden color with a nice, fresh bread smell. There is a bit of caramel, slight citrus rind and spiciness in the flavor. All in all the flavor is good, but the mouthfeel is a bit off and tends to be a bit grainy and leaves a slightly too bitter, somewhat thick aftertaste. I can't knock this beer because it is good, but I can't rave about it either. A decent German import, but I think a bit average in its class. It's the aftertaste that kills any chance of greatness - it just doesn't wash down all that well and the bitterness lingers around well past its welcome.

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Photo of jeranbrews
2.69/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Big bubbles of fluffy head rise to the top quickly and settle just as fast. Color is clear. Too clear, like 1 part sprite with 1 part apple juice. Lacing was not bad so I'd say slightly better than average.

S - Linseed, air, hops underplayed. Malt smells also have to be dug for. It's easier to smell the label of the bottle than the beer itself. It's not bad but not noteworthy.

T - Come very very weak pale malt excite the palate as much as warm hospital broth for a someone who's had stomach surgery. Aftertaste was a bit metallic, rusty and aluminum.

M - Pretty good. Smooth and bubbly. German.

D - Fine. Goes down easy. Good for beer newbs. An easy drinkable macro, but sadly boring.

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
3.28 out of 5 based on 618 ratings.
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