Dortmunder sounds like the name of a character from a Harry Potter book, not a lager. Yet the obscure beer style—which originated in Dortmund, Germany in 1873—is often described as the Cadillac of pale lagers. San Francisco’s Fort Point Beer Co. has resurrected Dortmunder on American soil with its new release, Export. The name is a throwback to the original German lager of the same name and style originally pioneered by the Dortmunder Union, and which is still available today in its home country.
Appearance and Aroma
Fort Point’s branding is on point, modern, artistic, and tasteful. For Export, the pale blue and brown color scheme complements the beer’s medium-golden hue. Export pours brilliantly clear with a white head. As I swirl the beer in my snifter glass, a mildly sweet, bready malt aroma comes forth followed by herbal and light spice hop notes.
Track down some of this refreshing summer seasonal from Fort Point before it’s all gone—because I might just drink it all if you don’t. ”
When it comes to flavor, Export combines the best of the malt profile of a helles lager with the hop character of a pilsner. A soft, round bready malt sweetness is highlighted by light caramel notes. German noble hops such as Hallertau, Hersburcuker, and Spalt work together to create a bold herbal hop character. The beer finishes smooth and crisp with a slightly sweet taste that reminds me of Darjeeling tea.
With a solid malt backbone and pleasing noble hop quality, Export brings together the best of lagers into one beer. I really couldn’t ask for anything more. Track down some of this refreshing summer seasonal from Fort Point before it’s all gone—because I might just drink it all if you don’t.