DAB Maibock | Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

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DAB MaibockDAB Maibock

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Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by biboergosum on 06-25-2013

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of fortyfield
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FRANKIE65
2.92/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of DaveBar
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in 10sec. Medium gold color. Clear

S- Not much here at all. As a hybrid this should have some decent malt but no it does not

T- Big let down. Was hoping for more but got less. Less malt then expected. Less bitter, less balance. This is like a mix between a DAB lager style and a touch of a bock. Not a blend but a mix

M- Not much here at all again.

O- Not very good at all. Seems like a beer created by some executives sitting around without any new ideas. I can hear it now.... "well lets take this beer that sells ok and mix it with this beer and see what happens". Would never buy this again even for half the price. Bad alcohol flavor beer that sticks right out at you.

Food Pairing

If you wanted to pair this thing to something I guess it would be........ some kind of dish medium spicy but I won't eat with it


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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of CurtisD
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tom_Servo
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of deonreds
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of CRObighit2
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bunman3
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sometimes a beer pushes you away with its first impression - this Maibock definitely did. It smells like a shitty adjunct or malt liquor and doesn't look much better. The flavour is smooth enough, but certainly not rich and layered like most other beers in this style. Overall, well priced but not something I would go out of my way to try again.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured a dark golden colour with a finger thick white head that has good retention. The nose was a bit off putting. There are some bready malts, some apple and earthy hop notes. The malt definitely comes through on the taste along with some caramel and maybe cherry that I didn't get on the nose. There is very little actual bitterness at the start but was getting a coated sensation around the back and sides of the tongue. The mouthfeel is okay with a mild carbonation. Wouldn't call this a bad beer but not something I could see sitting down and drinking a lot of.

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Photo of OneTuffPony
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Subliminal64
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bmaggot
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HarveyBerger
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Dmytron
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spinrsx
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $3 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, corn, breads/grains, crackers

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, hops, and a grassiness. There is also a bit of a honey sweetness, corn, and a soda cracker flavour.

Overall - Pretty spot on for the style. Not the most exciting beer, but if you are a fan of the style pick this one up.

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Photo of swim
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 mL can picked up at TBS; best before March 2014. Bocks are a fairly rare species in these parts, and maibocks specifically are no exception - in fact, out of the 500+ beers I've tried, I think I've only had one or two examples of this style. Naturally, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try a new one. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, topped with one inch of frothy, foamy white head that slowly seeps away, coating the glass with a messy swath of lacing as it does so. Decent aroma - lots of bready malts and some honey sweetness, in addition to toasted biscuits, white grapes and a whiff of ethanol. Suitable for the style, but nothing particularly interesting going on.

I have similarly neutral feelings toward the flavour - but to be fair strong lagers have never been a passion of mine. The malt backbone is mostly bready, underlain with a pronounced honey sweetness. Notes of raisin butter tart also come through toward the finish, with a light brushing of grassy, earthy hop bitterness to complete the profile. The aftertaste is somewhat sweet and slightly boozy, but fades quickly. Medium-bodied, with rather aggressive carbonation initially - I probably served this too cold, but given a chance to warm this maibock improves noticeably. This one's drinkability is obviously limited by the abv and slight ethanol heat, but it's certainly not a chore to finish off the glass.

Final Grade: 3.57, an acceptable B grade. DAB Maibock is probably the best German-made example of the style I've tried so far, but that really isn't saying much given my limited exposure - if nothing else, I'd take this over Holsten's equivalent without a second thought. I don't think this style is really up my alley, but this is a decent lager for the colder months that I'd consider picking up again. It's the sort of thing I'd want to drink while shovelling the driveway or before taking a walk in the cold - the more complex, imperial barrel-aged whatevers can wait until I come back inside.

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DAB Maibock from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei / DAB
3.5 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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