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DAB Doesn’t Taste Like Vomit (at Least Not to everybody)

Cheap, German and very (maybe too) distinctive

DAB Original (Dortmunder Actien Brauerei) ★★

Type: lager From: Germany ABV: 5.0% Price: $2.00/500 mL can

I remember my first experience with DAB. A friend and I bought a mini-keg of it just because it was a novelty. After our first taste, just as I was thinking that it was a pretty decent light lager, my friend was spitting his in the sink.

Beer snobs will tell you that DAB has a bland flavor, but they’re wrong (or their taste in beer has been rarified to a point beyond usefulness). My friend who hated it said “it tastes like vegetables someone else has already eaten.”

While I disagree that DAB tastes like vomit, I can see his point. It does have a distinctly vegetable taste, and enough acid that it could have reminded him of throwing up. That said, my friend’s palate probably wasn’t rarified enough at the time, as he was happy with Molson Export and Labatt’s Blue.

For the majority of us in between, DAB is definitely worth a try. It’s very light and crisp, despite its distinctive taste. It’s not really an acquired taste — you’ll either like it or not like it, and it will grow neither better nor worse after repeated drinkings.

An interesting side note: A friend in Germany tells me that DAB’s low price and ubiquitous availability in that country, it is a favorite of, and often associated with, the punk rock scene (which I guess they still have there).

Perfect for: Entertaining a German punk rock fan, or just trying something different.

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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.

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…