Brew Review

Beer Review – DAB Original

During a recent trip to Wegman’s, I assembled a mixed six with a predominantly English and German slant. I can remember my Pappy telling a story about a beer truck overturning and the driver passing cases of DAB beer to the firemen in gratitude for their rapid response. So, with a nostalgic thought in mind, I picked up the bottle of the Original from Dortmunder Actien Brauerei or DAB. DAB is a brewery that was founded in 1868 in Dortmund, Germany. By 1879, DAB was exporting to four continents and by the turn of the century, winning medals all over the world. Today, DAB is still one of Germany’s major export brands and exports to 20 countries worldwide.

Here is what DAB has to say about its Original:

Not just a beer. Not just a premium brew.
A beer with a glorious history.
A beer at home on every continent.
A taste that is appreciated throughout the world.
The model for many of the world’s beers.

I found the DAB Original to be…

  • Appearance: Golden with nice foam and good lacing.
  • Aroma: Malty with a hint of hops.
  • Taste: Very average, a mediocre beer.
  • ABV: 5%

The DAB Original was somewhat refreshing and on a really hot day this could be a lawnmower beer. However, as I once again passed the glass over to my better half, her response, “this is like a Coors Light” was unsettling. I think this might be the German beer that bad pilsners and lagers might have used as source material. I was once again undone by my inability to search quickly from my phone as well as the green glass and shiny label. Curse my love of shiny things and my barely opposable thumbs.

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    • I’m thinking I would go BLL over DAB. This is definitely one to skip. Unless of course, there is nothing else to drink.


    • I had a Dab Dortmunder export followed by a Coors Extra Golden and they are very similar in taste & color. On a positive note, The Dab is a very reasonably priced German import.


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