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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sam Adams - Dortmunder Export

Beer: Sam Adams - Dortmunder Export
(2006 LongShot Homebrew Winner)

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Style Description from our friends at BeerAdvocate.com: Made popular in the 19th century in Dortmunder, Germany, these pale golden lagers exhibit a classic clean character with notes of biscuity malts. Bitterness is akin to a German Pilsner with an aromatic aroma. Mouthfeel is firm and even, with an overall dry tone.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-6.0%

How was it served? From a bottle Glass: Standard pint glass

Location of tasting: "BigDog" Mike's house

Reviewers: Bryon & guest reviewer - "BigDog" Mike

Bryon's Review

1. Appearance - Sam's Dortmunder Export is a very inviting clear and golden beer with a light head.

2. Smell - Sam's Dortmunder Export produces a malty biscuity aroma. I was reminded of the pleaseant smells that would come from Mom's kitchen after a round of baking. If only Mom baked me up a batch of beer once in a while... (A note on smell - I have a very limited sense of smell, that comes and goes, so my opinions on beer smells should be taken with a grain of salt...)

3. Taste - In keeping with the baked goods theme, this beer literally tasted like home made bread, or perhaps cake. You can definately taste the malts as the beer moves from bitter to sweet. The overall flavor was a bit overpowering for me, too sweet, almost like the beer equivilant of a desert wine.

4. Mouthfeel - Course, medium in body. The carbonation was moderate to flat. Not overly satisfying.

5. Drinkability - Drinkable? Yes, but certainly not a favorite, it's the beer that tried too hard. Good for 1 or 2 at most.

Drinkability Scale from 1- 10: 5

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