JesseM wrote:Yeah I know what it is. But you had compared the Wuerzberger to DAB which are quite different beers so I just figured we were going on the premise that they're more or less the same style, like how they're classified on RB. But of course they are different styles. The ratebeer classifications sometimes make no sense to me, like Abt/Quad, Dort/Helles, etc. But that's another subject.
Wuerz and DAB and Lion are all Dortmunder styled lagers... yes they taste different. Taste variance in style rendition is a fact of nature in the commercial brewing arts. The Wuerz is a better representation of traditional Dortmunder style, the type popularized in Canada by Christian Huether's Lion brewery, and the Kuntz park brewery. Kelly's modern version has proper color, malt profile, body and hop bearing. The Bottled Gold Crown lion is a tad lighter in body but the same Dortmunder color and profile.
AFAIC DAB is really a poor representation of traditional Dortmunder style. Dortunder Union was a better representation , dark gold, 5.5%abv and dry hop finish but the LCBO hasn't imported this for some years now. Seems the traditional lager brewed in Dortmund has been in decline for some years now and what exists is a lightened up commercialized version. Shame. The highest rated traditional Dortmunders are made by US micros....and of course Ayinger.
As for style classifications on RB, I wouldn't take them as the gospel as often they are just a guesstimate from the first guy to review a beer. Also there are so many beers which defy style classification or bridge two or more styles that discrete style classification is fairly limited with the style list available.