DAB Original | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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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 woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
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 +9.9%
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 +3.7%
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 +21.9%
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 +16.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +10.5%
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 +12%
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 -15.7%
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 +17.3%
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 +22.5%
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 -13.6%
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 +4%
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 -17%
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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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.34/5  rDev -27.8%
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 -4.9%
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 -7.1%
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 +16.4%
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 -2.8%
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 +7.4%
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 -10.5%
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 +13.3%
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 +1.9%
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 +19.1%
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 -8%
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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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 632 ratings
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