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Beer Styles: What is a Dortmunder Export?

What is a Dortmunder Export? Learn about the classic, crisp and clean German blonde lager.

Beer Styles: What is a Dortmunder Export?

What is a Dortmunder Export?

Dortmunder Exports are classic pale lagers that were originally brewed in Dortmunder, Germany. These beers date all the way back to 1873 are known for their soft-texture and crisp and clean flavour profile. These blond lagers are bottom-fermented and contain a balanced combination of malts and hops. Dortmunder Exports are also known for having a little bit of a higher abv than your average European blond lager and a Pilsner or a Munich Helles. In Germany, beers over 5% are considered “export” strength abv. Learn more about the details of Dortmunder Export beers below:

Dortmunder Export Essential Information:


Style Region of Dortmunder Export:


Appearance of a Dortmunder Export:

Dortmunder / European Exports are blonde in colour, typically a pale yellow to golden colour. These beers are usually hazy rather than clear.

Dortmunder Export Flavour & Aroma:

The Dortmunder export is a smooth, crisp and clean lager with sweet maltiness and a hop bitterness that lingers in your mouth after ever sip. The beer does not contain any fruity notes and takes on a more earthy flavouring.

Dortmunder Export Palate & Mouthfeel:

Dortmunder style beers contain a balanced combination of malts and hops. Typically, they are brewed with Pilsner, Vienna or Munich malts with Czech or German hops. They have pretty robust mouthfeel that gives it the essence of a full-bodied beer.

Alcohol Content of a Dortmunder Export:

Dortmunder exports typically have an abv of 5%-6%.

What foods pair well with Dortmunder Exports?

Because Dortmunder Exports are an excellent balance of hop and malt, the beers go great with ethnic dishes, spicy foods, seafood, pork, specialty salads and more!

How to serve a Dortmunder Export:

Dortmunder Export are typically served in a Pilsner Glass. Dortmunder Exports are typically served at about 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now that you’re a Dortmunder Export expert, learn more about other beer styles below:

Amber Ale / Dark Ale
Amber Lager / Dark Lager
Belgian IPA / White India Pale Ale
Berliner Weisse
Double IPA / Imperial IPA
Golden Ale / Blonde Ale
Golden Lager / Pale Lager
Gruit Beer
India Pale Ale (IPA)
Sour Ale / Wild Ale
Strong Ale
Wheat Beer

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