DAB Original | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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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

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Added by stirgy on 02-20-2002

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Photo of pweis909
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green bottle with no freshness info. Picked up for $1 at the local dollar store. Will it be skunk city? Let's find out.

A-Honey-like color, just to the amber side of yellow, with almost no head at all.

S-The only aroma I get is caramel malt. This takes me by surprise because although it is my first Dortmunder, I am expecting something more subtle than this in the malt department. The hops are not noticeable.

T-Again, a caramel malt sweetness seems too dominate here. It isn't an unpleasant flavor, but it approaches cloying.

M-The beer feels heavier than a lager should be. It doesn't finish crisp and dry as I expect.

D-It has filled me up, it is sweeter than I want.

Maybe I'll try it again sometime, but when drinking lagers, I think I am more likely to want just about any other Euro lager I have tried over this one.

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

Tried at brewer's lager tasting

A - Light and golden in color, nice head, but dissipates very slow.

S - Honey and malts.

T - Malty and minerally. You can really taste the minerally water used in this beer. It stands out.

M - Minerally and salty. Very interesting, yet well balanced.

D - Interesting, it gets better with each taste, but hard to judge since few beers use this quality H20.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very clear golden color. Pours with a generous two inch white head that dissipated to a lumpy quarter inch. Some lacing, inconsistent.

S: Wet grains and biscuity. A bit of undersated hop bitterness. Very pleasing overall.

T: Malt flavors much stronger than aroma. Slightly bitter hop finish. Left me a bit wanting for flavor and/or compexity.

M: Light-bodied, but not thin. Carbonation provided nice balance to malt and gave the beer a clean finish.

D: Drinkable, but nothing real special. I coiuld drink a lot of this and feel pretty good about it.

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Photo of Rayek
2.35/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Clear gold colored brew with somewhat active carbonation. Soapy white head has OK retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Very mild. Grass, lemon and a faint biscuit aroma.

T: Somewhat sweet with a lemony and slightly metallic bitterness. Strong cooked cabbage taste in the finish ruins an otherwise pleasant experience. Bad bottle perhaps?

M: Light body with too much fizz.

D: The unpleasant finish killed the experience for me. I really hope I had a bad sample.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours a very light yellowish, straw color. There is a decently thick and foamy head but it rapidly fizzles down to not much more than a thin layer. Lacing is decent and there is lots of carbonation by looking at it.

S- Not much to go on here but some mild malts and grainy aromas. Smells very clean.

T- The malts show up a little better here and there is some mild hops on the finish. Overall it's moderately dry, and I do note some mild metalic flavors....could be from the can but could also be from the processing. Reminds me more of an American light beer but with better flavor

M- Rather thin/watery, but the carbonation makes it rather refreshing. It's crisp and clean but doesn't leave much to the imagination.

D- This area receives full marks, because I really could drink this beer all night at the pub. I'm sure after more than 1, I'd be very comforatable with this one, which could be trouble! Great on a hot day as well. I recommend this for anyone who's new to beer and hasn't ventured too far away from macros or to those who just want a better than average chugging beer. I'll probably pick this one up again sometime.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped for $1.49 from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
"The beer of world fame" on the green, front logo sticker...
Nice pour resulting in a clean, clear, lucid golden-colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that quickly receded and left a minimial amount of lacing along with rising carbonation...
Lager-like, grainy, corn adjunct aroma replete with slight yeast, and a hint of caramel...
Strong bread and butter flavor... Very crisp, clean, and smooth... Good for a hot, Summer day...
Easily drinkable... Went down like water with a loose, thin mouthfeel...

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

A nice looking lager, brilliantly clear pale golden colour. Decent 1 finger white head, which typical of most lagers did not stick around for any length of time.

Mostly bready pale malts with some underlying biscuit. Hint of cooked corn, and some metallic, grassy hops.

More crackery than biscuit according to my palate, but still a nice and clean, simple and tasty malty flavour. Slightest hint of cooked corn comes through just before the mineral and grassy hop flavours appear at the finish.

A light bodied, fairly well carbonated brew. While quite pale there is a decent amount of both malt and hop flavour present. Quite crisp, and almost finishes clean, the grassy hops tend to linger.

Very drinkable and sessionable lager that is made for those hot summer days. While nothing too special this is a well made brew that stands above typical north american macro swill. recommended for those who enjoy lagers, as well as those who think that a light bodied, pale coloured beer lacks flavour, you may be mildly surprised.

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Photo of nickynick
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a pale straw color, gets some extra points because it had decent lacing. Smell was of strong hops. Something about beer in a green bottle, always smells a bit funny to me. Maybe a bit to much light gets in. Taste was good. Faintly sweet and good hop balance. Refreshing and crisp. Mouthfeel was light, but ok. Overall this beer drinks good. Now that summer is just around the corner this beer seems that it would fit well with grilling and hanging out on my back deck. Will purchase again.

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Photo of animal69
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing in my pilsn glass ; a strong smell, grassy hops and a bit of steely grain mostly, kinda smells like my bong, some alcohol faintly detected as well ; a crisp, smooth pilsner-like flavor, more accented on bready malts than a pilsner, but with a similar hop profile, well balanced with a good finish ; a dry light bodied beer with a good amount of co2 ; a good and very drinkable brew for sure...

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Photo of clayrock81
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light, pale yellow body with good head and some lace patches. A very minimal hop presence in the aroma, some citric tones would be generous. Light and airy to be honest.
This must be Germany's version of our American macros - nothing bad, but nothing interesting. The hops and malt are barely noticeable, and this beer has a smooth albeit watery feel. There really is nothing to describe here other than a basic, watered down beer. Pass.

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Photo of batty
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank May 2008, in Spain.

pours a yellow-golden, very clear, fizzy, white head that drops fast. better lacing than what you typically see. nice.

clean sweet lager smell, as is the taste - very light malt, touch sweet and very smooth and refreshing. just a touch of hops balances beautifully on the finish.

mouthfeel is normal, rather light bodied, well carbonated. could definitely continue on this for a long long time if you had the interest. unfortunately, it's not really my style.

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

A - Light straw gold color. Small white head that fades quickly. Bubbly in appearance and has little lacing.

S - Malt aroma, slightly grassy?

T - Crisp and refreshing. Sweet maltness up front with a spicy hop character toward the end.

M - Light and thin. About what you would expect. Somewhat dry finish.

D - Clean, well balanced, and easy drinking.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a .40 cents difference between this and a can of Urquell. I must say that this good value at $2 a tall can. Mid gold with the ubiquitious frothy head the nose is hoppy and the taste is full. The export style has a little more oomph than the regular pils and that works for me. There is a tiny bit of sweetness to the finish which actually works well with many foods. Buy it when you want a good lager cheap.

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

This is the first time that I've ever tried this style and I was excited since I've heard good things about it.

A:A light straw color that is very clear, most likely from filtering. The head is white and there is a nice amount of effervescences in the glass.
S:A very mild aroma with a little bit of malty sweetness.
T:There is a little bit of bitterness present but no hop flavor. There is some malt flavor there, too. Overall it seems kind of sterile.
MF:Light body with a good amount of carbonation
D:Overall, it's a good beer. Very drinkable. Yet the flavor does have a few things that bother much, such as the odd bitterness.

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

Clear straw gold color with a healthy 3 cm head that holds well. Reasonable amount of lace remains on the glass. Nice aroma of malt, bread, biscuit, slight grassiness and citrus notes also.

Taste is very standard example of this style. Malt up front with a slight bit of hop bitterniess akin to muddiness with a much more subdued and mellowed effect versus some others in this style. Nice quenching effervescence and a smooth and crisp mouthfeel. Quite drinkable. These are generally the type of beers that I would favor more during the hotter months of the year but it is still decent on a Winter night also. A good example of this style.

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Photo of cdkrenz
2.89/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - A half inch of foamy white head on top of a golden yellow colored body of brew.

Smell - Solid malt aroma. Very enticing.

Taste - An odd bitterness over a base of firm malt.

Mouthfeel - The beer is felt on my gums in a way that makes me uncomfortable with the texture.

~ It has the flavor and texture of a poor Heineken. No thank you.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Light gold body with perfect clarity. Foamy white head settles in minutes leaving a thin layer of bubbles. A constant trickle of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass through the body to the top.

s: Faint grain and hop aroma, pretty light.

t: Pilsner malt and noble hops. Nothing stands out, balanced, even flavors. Inviting, non-offensive, forgetful.

m: Crisp and light, very refreshing.

d: A clean, refreshing, easy to drink, plain and sterile beer. The flavor is good, just plain, light, minimal. Many beers that attempt to achieve mass appeal have light, but bad flavors, so at least this has a pleasing flavor. A remarkably ordinary beer.

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Photo of cichief
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice light gold, with a good snow-white head.

S- Smell slightly of hops, the malt isn't really prevalent.

T- A very refreshing lager, the flavor is clean, just what you would expect from the style.

M- Well carbonated, not fizzy, light t medium on the tongue.

D- A very drinkable lager, this is what beer tastes like.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My fiftieth review! :-)

A: Pours a nice, golden yellow with a 1 1/2 finger white head with surprisingly good retention. Lots of rising carbonation bubbles some floating particles visible as well. Leaves a surprisingly good sticky lace.

S: grassy, bitter (pine like) hops on the nose - quite refreshing with a touch of caramel sweetness as well.

T: crisp, grassy hops up front with a bit of a minerally taste in the middle and a slightly bitter hop finish.

M: light and smooth, good amount of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

D: Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by this lager. Its flavours are well constructed and there isn't any artificial sweetness that tends to plague many Euro macro lagers. Just a simple beer that is easy to drink and is quite refreshing. I think this would make a great session beer and I will be buying it again in the future.

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

This beer appeared as a straw golden color with a medium white head.

Its smell had aromas of soft malt and slightly grassy hops. The taste was crisp and clear with a medium body and a lighter hop presence that was accented by grassy and floral flavors. Consistnecy was medium/thin and carbonation was medium.

This beer wasn't too bad and has good drinking potential. I'm not a fan of the hop selection, but it's true to style and brewed with care. Worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold without much head. The aroma is slight and bready and the flavors starts of with a dose of minerals. The light malt base is there with a bit of Saaz hops spice. Either this beer is bland or it's just too subtle for my likes. It at least feels right, being crisp and clean, but it's very plain and didn't taste like much.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Why I would drink a cold lager in the middle of winter warmer season... I can't explain.

Pour bright yellow with a huge head that laces strongly to the pilsner style glass, aroma of european pale malt and grassy hops. Flavor start off with a fleeting straw-like malt followed by a rather sharp hop bitterness. A rather good beer, but also a rather plain lager.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

canette de 500ml.

belle bière de couleur doré-pâle, la mousse blanche trône, elle dure un bon moment, odeur caractéristique du style avec un peu de malt, en bouche c'est la même chose, malt avec un peu de houblon, bière rafraichissante non-mémorable par contre.

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Photo of stagman
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color. Has a thick foamy head with small white beads that linger for a while. The aroma has an offset, old hoppy aroma.

Tastes bland for a pils, with a faint hoppy crispness. Nothing spectatular with the malt, and the euro hops flavor is rather dull to the senses as well.

Not a very exciting beer at all. It's just average.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

got this on my first trip to friar tucks, and i have about 15 new beers to try so i'll be busy next couple of days. anyway, pours a light golden color with a big white head. smell is of corn and light skunky hops. but i'm not a fan of this beer at all, has little positive attributes. has a weird metal taste to it, just not a fan overall. its kinda meh

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DAB Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
3.28 out of 5 based on 617 ratings.
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