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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Meh, a decent beer, nothing special, looks a little more impressive than American adjunct lagers, yellow nonetheless. No discernable hop aroma, just a canned beer smell (not elite canned beer).

Taste, a little prickly, tiny probably hallertau hops or something similar. Light body. Mouthfeel remains this way. Drinkability, sure, not annoying, easy to drink. Nothing wrong with this beer on a hot day in the sun. The sun skunks it, making it even better IMHO.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a majestic clear golden color topped by a china-white head that dies down to nothing. No lacing.

Nobel hops--grassy and floral--and pale malt fill the modest aroma.

Taste is a biscuity, dry cracker graininess with a tinge of floral bitterness. Slightly sweet underneath. Finishes dry, very clean, with a slight chalk like aspect to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp with just the right about of carbonation.

Truthfully I only picked this up because I have yet to try a dortmunder. And, um. Let's just say it didn't exactly make me want to explore the style any further.

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

Apperance - 3.5
Pours two fingers of fluffy white head that gradually reduced to a thin layer over a body of deep golden yellow.

Smell - 4.0
Clean, bready malt is balanced by herbal and floral hop aroma. Smells quite fresh

Taste - 3.5
Very true-to-style, although alcohol character is greater than the 5% abv suggests. Has the doughy, bready, dusty malt characteristics of a helles lager, bitterness of a german pils and a little more alcohol character than both. Hop flavour is rather herbal, quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light to moderate carbonation, light bodied.

Drinkability - 4.0
A very drinkable beer year-round. Would go well with some bratwurst and sourkraut.

I think this beer is a little underrated - perhaps it keeps fresher in cans than in bottles. Either way, I would be happy to drink a DAB anytime.

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Photo of cnozzy
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.33L bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a thin white head which is quickly disappeared. A little lacing.

Smell: Aromas of strong malt and mild bread.

Taste: Bitter at first, then some special metallic taste and malt sweetness, the dry aftertaste is not my favorite.

Mouthfeel/Drink: Light bodied, medium carbonation, smooth to drink. This is my first tiime drinking Dortmunders.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. can into a pint glass.

Clear, bright straw yellow. I've had better lacing and retention before with this, so I will chalk up this current performance to an imperfect glass.

I would have thought the can would have improved the aroma a bit more. There's no skunk, but there's not a whole lot to it. Some grainy sweetness and grassiness.

Has the dominant cracker malt and almost salty flavor that I find in Bitburger, but not quite as strong in that regard. So needless to say it finishes dry. Grassy hops with some bitterness. A level below Czech pilsner level, but comfortably above Euro Pale Lagers. Not very sweet. No decipherable date coding, but it doesn't taste extremely fresh.

Yeah, the body is about right. Not watery for sure. Almost a little on the oily side. Carbonation can get slightly bothersome.

Not a whole lot of good or bad to say. It's fine. Hits the spot when I want something simple, but there are other continental lagers I'd gladly take ahead of it. Still, not a bad choice, and not a hard beer to down en masse.

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Photo of ericj551
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dab original pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy white head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is grainy, and has a bit of sulphur. If this didn't come out of a can, I would wonder if it was skunked. There is some sweetness as well as a hint of floral hop aroma. The flavor is crisp and light, some light dry maltiness, coupled with a bit of biscuit and grainy tannin. The finish is slightly bitter with no after taste.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my father gave me a sixer of this. twelve ounce green bottle pours clear yellow with a thin white head. not much lacing.

good malty aroma. biscuit. herbal hops. no off odors.

sweet pale malt taste. light herbal hop taste. dry aftertaste. fits style (of course).

mid body beer. adequate carbonation. i like this beer. not my favorite type of beer but a good one none the less.

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

Haven't had this one in a while - good to get back to the cheap German pilsners every once in a while.

Pours a light golden colour, leaving a thin white head that only survives a few moments. The smell is uncharacteristically sweet, with notes of honey and bread. Hops are present, but not dominant.

A tasty, sweet pilsner that tastes of honey and biscuits, with perhaps nuts and grains. Thin, but certainly very drinkable. If you're looking for a decent pilsner under 2 bucks a can, you could certainly do worse.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, straw colored yellow. Decent carbonation. Has somewhat of a nutty taste to it, yet it tastes along the same lines of all the other great tasting German beers I've come to really appreciate. While there's nothing that really stands out with this beer, for the price ($19/case) and the ease of drinkability I'd say this is one heck of a beer.

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Photo of jnfs
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours yellow/gold in color and is clear. For aroma I got maltiness, and an unexpected skunkiness with a slightly floral note. As for taste, there was a light to medium body a nice bit of maltiness and the ever prescent underlying skunkiness (green bottle?). At least there was the expected rounded sweetness I normally associate with this style and a touch of hops was a nice surprise on the finish.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw yellow with a nice frothy white head.

Smells of sweet grassiness and honey upfront

Tastes pretty bitter, not very malty, slightly on the hoppy side, which isn't a bad thing, but still it seems like it's missing something, like a nice malty backbone.

However, it has a very nice mouthfeel, but it is not very drinkable.

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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 Elric14
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The DAB poured fantastically from the mini-keg; a cloudy golden color, with a thick tight head. The head dissipated quickly but left a nice lace pattern on the glass. The aroma of sweet malty bread over powered any hops that were present. DAB had more mouth than I was expecting, I thought it would be as thin as an American pilsner, but was slightly thicker. I was slightly surprised at the taste, it was sweeter than I thought it would be, and no hop presence at all. The malts dominate, like raw bead dough. The finish leaves a malty after taste. Overall I wasn't too impressed, but it was more than I expected.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep, bright gold body. Crystal clear. Fizzy. The 3-4 fingers of thick white head has decent retention. Tons of lace sticks to the side of my pilsner glass as it recedes. This is one hell of a nice looking lager.

Mild bread/biscuit malt aroma. A little bit grassy. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes like bread, or crackers. Mild grassiness. A hint of lemon. Mild bitterness.

Light bodied and spritzy, but not overly thin. It wouldn't be my first choice, but I could have a few of these.

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Photo of JMD
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep golden color with peachy tones. A nice frothy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Very faint aroma of grass and straw. Fresh apples, and very light citrus.

T: Earthy flavor of grass, cereal and yeasty bread. Some light fruit and citrus.

M: Light bodied and moderate carbonation.

D: Very light and somewhat forgettable lager. They go down like water, but nothing I would buy again.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden with a fine fizzy white head that fades to a thin collar of foam. The nose is toasted grain, lemon and euro hops. The flavor is barley heavy, almost reminiscent of grape nuts cereal with noble hop and lemon bitterness in the mostly clean finish. Smooth and light bodied. An easy drinking brew for sure.

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

500ml can downed july 21 2009

A golden yellow, with a big head that fell at a moderate rate with patch some lacing

S floral hops with sweet malt

T as it smells, much better than north american macro brews, good balance of hops and malt

M/D good carbonation, refreshing, quite easy to drink, i enjoyed it and it cost no more then the big names

try it not too shabby

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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 sbe1
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear macro-beer golden color, with a thick white head that sticks to the glass for a little while.

Smell: a bit grassy and slightly skunky, very faint malt aroma.

Taste: no worse than a lot of macro brews, mostly boring, mostly not offensive.

Mouthfeel: light, somewhat refreshing, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: not really my thing, but if you like macro brews you could probably knock back these without much complaint.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear golden blond with zero carbonation. A light white head developed and dissipated to a leave a thin ring around the outside.

Smell: Prominent barnyard malts with a hint of lager skunk.

Taste: The malts come through, but hops dominate. DAB offers good bite without being overly bitter.

Drinkability: It's not complex, but it's a good drinking beer. I'd say it's a decent lager.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.1/5  rDev +25%
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 Raymond69
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with a decent head an some lacing.

Slight skunky hop aroma could be lightstruck , or my imagination looking at the green bottle.

I nice balance of malts and hops on tasting.

Mouthfeel is crisp and very refreshing.

Overall an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 330-ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - nice straw colour with a 3/4-inch diasappearing foam head. Very nice lacing shown down the sides.

Smell - bright floral hop aromas over a subtle barley malt.

Taste - excellent, clean malt flavours with a refreshing grassy finish.

Mouthfeel - pretty active in terms of carbonation, yet very even and doesn't take away from the taste.

Drinkability - as I indicated in my other review, I wouldn't have a problem putting away a few of these.

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Photo of albern
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had this beer in more than 25 years. I remember when this was a really big deal import that was border line exotic. My how things have changed. The beer pours a straw colored pale, with a nice slightly foamy white head, retains okay, a touch of lacing. The nose on the beer is a very light, sweet malt lager. The taste is very light, very refreshing, very simple, and pretty much a run of the mill lager. The only real distinguishing characteristic is that it does have a slightly more assertive grassy hop bite than most other lagers. It is herbal, has some lemony citrus to it, has some leafy hop underneath, but is predominently a grassy and herbal lager with a sweet malt character and a bit of a tart flavor towards the finish. What's not to like, but then again, what's to keep you coming back for more either.

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