DAB Original | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
Germany
dab.de

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 02-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
622
Reviews:
350
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
16.16%
 
 
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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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Photo of wiseguy142
3.66/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is only the second Dortmunder I've ever had (the first was great lakes). Aroma is pure SKUNK. I have no idea why people opt to put their beer in green bottles.

Luckily the taste does not suffer this flaw. Really rich and creamy, this is like a "Oktoberfest Light." Tastes and feels like a very authentic German beer and takes me back to my days in Germany.

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Photo of jsh420
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

popped opened and this one was a gusher

pours gold with a four finger pillowy head

smell is very light grains

well maybe this was a bad bottle but first it was a gusher and then the taste was almost flatt?? but the flavor was like a breakfast cereal and honey thats about all - pleasent

mouthfeel again was flat and medium body which i dont think fits the style imo

drinkability is is ok - i will find out i have 5 more only time will tell

updated rating from a C-
the first bottle was bad
i just cracked open the 2nd and the its much better though not as crisp and dry as i would like but better mouthfeel and drinkability. decent session beer

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

440ml --> Mug
Appearance- Very pale straw yellow, nice lacing, moderate carbonation
Smell- None
Taste- Very smooth, a slight malt backbone, but no real other bones in this poor beer's body. Slight Metallic and almost yeasty taste towards the ends off the can.
Mouthfeel- Very light almost weightless.
Drinkability- Made for Pounding (As my friends concluded) to expensive for that. It went down smooth and effortlessly.

Not Complex, Not Much to it. If you enjoy macro lagers, this is the import for you, find a cheap case for yourself. Not bad but too much for the price.

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Photo of foles
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle with use by date in 2010 - wow. Either super fresh, or some additives to make it last longer... Lovely german hop presense on the nose. Light crisp body, with soft mouthfeel, and a neutral bitter finish.

I think I like the Dortmunder style....

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

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance is a clear golden color with lots of active carbonation forming a one and a half inch white head on top. Lots of lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a strong biscuity malt tone to it but also a bit of sweet caramel maltiness. A mild toasty character too.

Taste is sweet up front with the biscuit and toasty malt character entering right at the start. A mild hoppiness in the finish but it's kind of vague and almost metallic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, it has a soft carbonation with a light crispness.

Not the best German lager I've had, but it was a decent price at under $8 per six pack. Plus, I haven't really had many Dortmunders to compare to.

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

Poured from a 330 ml green bottle into a Stange.

Pale yellow and clear, with a full two-fingered foamy white head that, thanks to a constant upward stream of bubbles, shows good retention and leaves some nice rings of lace on the glass.

Mild aromas of grassy hops and sweetbread make up the simple yet pleasant nose.

A light, delicate, softly-carbonated body holds a somewhat malt-forward palate of sweet malts up front, middling with a hop presence that is somewhat subdued, grassy and herbal, and serving to balance out the caramely malt flavors and giving the beer a bit of a light dryness as it finishes.

Nicely light and drinkable, with a flavor profile reminiscent of a Maibock but without the heavier mouthfeel associated with said style. Certainly separated from the Pilsners that so dominated the German market today, this is a nicely distinctive style and a good drinker.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.24/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- very clear golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles and a puffy, slightly chunky white head that settles to a thick creamy disk and sticks around til the last drop and leaves plenty of wispy spatter patterned lace.

S- mildly skunkiness goes away after a few minutes. citrus hop aromas, maybe some lemon pith, and lightly toasted cereal grains. hay, grass, and cooked asparagus.

T- pretty good and bitter throughout, but the finish is rather generic and yucky. pale buttery grains, hay and cardboard, cooked greens, and some metallic flavors mid-way. odd, almost chemical bitterness finishes it off and i can't help but make a weird face when i drink it.

MF- light and prickly, but with a odd starch feeling that kinda matches the weird bitterness in the finish.

D- strange brew. something not right about this one. i would have assumed maybe it was stored improperly, but i'm an optimist. unpleasant finish is a downfall, but at least it looks good.

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Photo of ruckus232
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce green bottle

Appearance: Clear pale yellow color with a thick head that diminished fairly quick but left alright lacing

Smell: Slight skunky smell with very little malt smells

Taste: Slight bready taste and less flavor then some pilsners, but similar with very little bitterness but the bitterness that is there stays as an aftertaste for a while

Comment: It seems that the less taste the more refreshing, and this is the same. There isn't a really strong taste to it but it is pretty refreshing. If the bitterness didn't stick around as it does it might be even better in the summer.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.87/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

DAB is a clear, light golden lager with a small white head that fades. It leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a funky, fruity aroma. It's pretzely and it smells very German. It is medium-light bodied, a little bubbly, but smooth with a crisp finish. It tastes funky and fruity, pretty sweet, and pretty inoffensive. There is a slight lemon-pepper note in the finish. It's some easy drinking.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.07/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- It poured with a 1-finger, foamy, white head that eventually dropped to a decent lace that left nice sticky spots on the glass. The body was a clean, golden color that had a rush of carbonation that subsided to a steady, medium flow.

S- There was an intial skunky scent. A second whiff gave a really doughy aroma that turned buscuity later on and light, floral hops. It turned out to be quite pleasant.

T- It had a nice doughy flavor that was lightly hopped to give grassy notes. The finish was clean and dry. Overall, I'd say it was more on the malty side of the spectrum.

M- It had medium, foamy carbonation and a clean, yet full, feel.

D- It's an easy drinker. Being fairly easy on the pocketbook, I could see this being a regular in my summer rotation.

Overall- I took advantage of a warm, late-winter day to give this a try. I can't really say anything bad about this one. Maybe I wasn't "wowed," but it's solid all the same.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear, bright golden-yellow color, with a bit of active carbonation apparent. A robust, thick, frothy white head with good retention and some solid stick.

S: Some mildly sweet, decidedly bready malt up front. Definite yeastiness as well. Some grassy/herbal hop aroma is also present. Hints of fruit - ripe pear and maybe white grape.

T: Definitely quite doughy and yeasty up front, with a rather sweet taste overall. Actually, a bit powdered-sugary, which seems odd. Still some soft, lingering fruit notes - again pears and white grapes. As for hops...a touch herbal/grassy, but not much of anything flavor-wise. A bit of vague bitterness as it goes down. Some subtle cooked vegetable flavors seem to be emerging as I drink.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation. On the dry side overall, and somewhat crisp. Something of an odd, sticky feel at times also.

D: Well, it's not tough to put down by any means - easily sessionable. However, there seem to be some weird off-flavors at times, almost cookie dough-like. I like my beers to have hints of that sometimes, but I don't really want it to taste so overwhelmingly like it. This could use a more assertive hop presence to balance out what are some admittedly interesting characteristics.

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Photo of mjc410
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 5L mini keg

The pour into my Spaten becker raises an enormous head, since I'm starting this review from the second glass of the keg. Below the sticky off-white head, the liquid is a nice dark golden yellow, and quite clear.

The nose has a nice yeasty, bready component. Sweet, too. Nice!

The taste is mild, slightly metallic, bready, with a slight herbal hop finish. It's very easy on the palate, but tastes great. No negatives, just not complicated.

The mouth is a bit thicker than expected, with a smooth carbonation level, that I suspect is caused by the mini keg. I'd like to try this bottled.

This is really a fine session beer that I would go back to. It's also a great idea in the mini keg.

My own picture of the beer: http:[email protected]/3205384732/

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Photo of nighthawk
3.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500mL can with no apparent best before or bottled on date, poured into pilsener glass.

Pours a clear gold, lots of carbonation visible, and produces a large and fluffy white head. Very little lacing sticks to the glass.

The only discernible odour is a mild yeasty dough. It's slightly sweet, but overall unimpressive.

Taste is a bland doughy sweet malt with the barest of hop spice. Maybe I'm just desperate to find some sort of flavour, but there seems to be some sort of candy or sugar sweetness to it. Bleh.

Mouthfeel is medium-light. Crisp, clean, but still sweet on the finish.

This beer is drinkable in that it is clean, refreshing and inoffensive. Nothing draws you to it, though. It's overall pretty boring, even though it seems to hit all the notes for the style. It looks great, but disappoints everywhere else.

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Photo of steeler
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite german beers, had this many times. Anyway, pours out a nice golden yellow, with a nice one inch head, that eventually fades down to a nice ring of lace. Looks real nice. Has a nice fresh smell, no off smells. Goes down smooth, with some bitterness, and finishes clean. Quite tastey. Nice and full mouthfeel, with just the right amount of carbonation. I could easily slam these tallboy cans all night, because it wont weigh you and its really light and refreshing! I highly recommend this one! Cheers!

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

It has a golden almost brass color body with a lot of white head and lace but both the lace and head disappear quickly. There are some very light bubbles to the body. It has very grassy and grainy aroma. The taste is full of grain flavoring with hop tones. There is some malt sweetness but not much. It is a very refreshing and light beer.

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Photo of FACSman
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Cystal clear golden yellow color with a thick creamy head. Aroma is nothing to write home about, pretty flat with no noticeable hop nose. Surpisingly crisp and satisfing flavor, I was expecting a green bottle skunk bomb and wes pleasantly surprised. A very crisp, refreshing drinkable beer.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this at jenny lou's beijing.

500ml can. importer's label has production date of feb 20, 2008, and a "sell by" date of aug 20, 2009.

clear, deep golden straw color. nice head soon fades to thin layer, and eventually just wisps. decent lacing.

clean biscuity malts with hints of bready fermentation. spicy noble hops are on the faint side tho.

quite surprisingly malty with underlying sweetness. trace of cooked grains. spicy, grassy hops are moderate and give an accompanying bitterness, also on the moderate side, although a stronger note in the finish, which is almost clean and dry but for a hint of malt, phenols and alcohol.

not thin. decently smooth, with some fluffy and gentle-to-moderate carbonation.

not too bad. they actually have mini-kegs of this in some locations here in beijing!

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Photo of Murphious
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised that this "cheap" (at my local store) import tasted fine from a green bottle. Yellowish pilsner color with good head. Very smooth taste, slight hops, refreshing aftertaste. Very good after mowing the lawn, but for those wanting more complex flavor, it won't be found here. For a low-priced beer however, it is a good find.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a crystal clear lemony straw with a nice 2 inch head that quickly disappeared into nothingness. The aroma is of noble hops and slight green bottle funk. The taste is light and clean with a subtleness of the noble hops. Also along with the nose there is a slight bottle funk to it, as with pretty much any bottle that comes in a clear or green bottle. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This, like most well done lagers, are in my opinion, the best summer drink imaginable.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light yellow with a single-finger head that didn't last too long. The smell is sweet malt with some grains and grassiness. The taste is actually pretty similar to the smell as it starts off with some sweet malt and perhaps a little grassiness that gives way to some hops that linger. The mouthfeel is thicker than water with some pretty light carbonation. This is a pretty easy to drink beer, not a bad choice if you can find it for a reasonable choice, but nothing to really go out of your way for.

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

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear straw hue with a thick two finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap that sits just under a solid wall of lacing.

Light husky grains with a bit of sweet sugar.

Smooth and delicate malts that give a very light toastiness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is clean with a bit of lingering grain. Hop bitterness is on the low end.

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
3.28 out of 5 based on 622 ratings.
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