Dortmunder Export

Dortmunder Export or Dortmunder is a pale lager originally brewed by Dortmunder Union in Dortmund, Germany, in 1873. It is a soft-textured beer influenced by the Pilsner lager brewed in Pilsen.

Dortmunder Export


The original Dortmunder Export

After World War II, Export was the most popular type of beer in Germany until 1970, when it was supplanted by Pils.[1] Its fortunes have revived a little since its low point of the late 1990s. In 2008, just under 10% of the beer sold in German shops was Export.[2]

Dortmund style beers

An example of a beer brewed in USA, and termed Dortmunder

Fred Eckhardt in A Treatise on Lager Beers, published in 1969, set out the view that Dortmunder is a distinctive enough pale lager to be classed as a separate beer style.[3]

Michael Jackson and Roger Protz continued the trend, although with a certain faint heart, uneasy at pinning down exactly the distinctive nature of the beer.[4][5][6]

Brewers outside of Germany who brew beers they term Dortmunder will tend to brew a pale lager with a soft, rounded character.

See also


  1. Die Biere Deutschlands, by Holhuber and Kaul, 1993
  2. "German beer sales by type (German)". Deutscher Brauer Bund. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-05.
  3. Fred Eckhardt, A Treatise on Lager Beers: How to Make Good Beer at Home, 1969, ISBN 0-9606302-3-6
  4. Michael Jackson. "Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter – Beer Styles: Export". Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  5. Roger Protz. " – all you need to know about beer". Archived from the original on 2008-04-21. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  6. "Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio". Archived from the original on 2008-12-21. Retrieved 2009-06-25.

Further reading

  • Michael Jackson, The World Guide to Beer, 1977, pp68–69, Ballantine Books, ISBN 0-345-27408-3
  • Roger Protz, The Taste of Beer, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998, pp200–202, ISBN 0-297-83624-2
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