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Dominion Lager - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Lager
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207 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed using four types of malted barley, this Dortmunder lager becomes a smooth, flavorful and complex beer that is a delight to drink.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-11-2001)
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Photo of kcrosson492


2.04/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Good showing Delaware. I've tasted airplane peanuts more flavorful than this. It has a generally comparable color and smell. Taste and mouthfeel fail to exceed the expectations set by mainstream breweries, let alone craft shops. Not sure how mature Dominion brewery is, but they have potential (despite my opinion of this particular brew).

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:43:43 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of superspak


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off-white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light caramel, honey, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light caramel, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, biscuit, honey, light caramel, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, clean, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Dortmunder style. Good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:36:41 | More by superspak
Photo of cozmohollis


3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: clear blonde in color with a white head.

Smell: malty, lemon, a little metallic scent

Taste: malts upfront then some light lemon hops finish with a light dry metallic tastes.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body. High carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: very drinkable with a good flavor. I think it would be great on a hot day. It's a great take on export lager.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2013 04:39:19 | More by cozmohollis
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Date tasted: May 10, 2013...
Glassware: pilsner...
Occasion: long/good week of baseball coaching...
Appearance: odd sediment floats in a burnt-orange body; nice cirrus tracings of off-white head...
Aroma: flavorfully thick,, doughy fragrance; sugary with toffee also...
Palate: smooth yet slightly complex mouthfeel; worthwhile to hold before swallowing...
Taste: intensely malty, strong finish with a shortness of hops...sweet and flavorful...
Overall: as Dortmunders go, a solid offering--couples with chips well and yet could stand alone for a night of socializing as well....

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:25:37 | More by dacrza1
Photo of Case33


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Golden orange with thick one-finger head.

S- Nothing that really sticks out. Very clean, and inviting smell.

T- Malthy and smooth with almost nothing to complain about. It Is complex and yet not over whelming.

MF- Smooth with little after taste. Light carbonation, won't make you burp too much.

O- I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes malty beers. Well Done!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 23:58:57 | More by Case33
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't typically enjoy this style. Or lagers in general. I guess you could call me an ale man.

But this one is fairly nice. The grass tones are a bit high and the carbonation could ease up on my tongue and mouth. But the flavor profile is consistent and hearty. I suppose that hearty aspect may be the pitfall for some, but I can appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:17:59 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of ujsplace


3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

This is a bright copper colored brew with a white one finger thick head that fades quickly, but leaves a nice clumpy thin layer covering the brew. Descent lacing around the sides.

Smells of biscuit-like malts, faint herbal, earthy hops.

Tastes of faint herbal hops, biscuit and mild malt. Overall a very mild, but satisfying brew. A good brew to kick back with on a hot summer day.

Miedium light, crisp, smooth and refreshing.

A nice sample of the style - nothing overpowering at all, but a joy to drink. Very crisp, clean and refreshing. I'd destroy 3 or 4 of these easily after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 01:30:56 | More by ujsplace
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a foamy white head.

The smell is yeasty with a little hops.

The taste is standard lager flavour with a little bit of hops.

Mouth feel was light/medium bodied with medium carbonation.

An above average lager but pretty boring.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:07:31 | More by Dave1999
Photo of marlinsfan4


3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a quickly dissipating head. Some pretty good carbonation, lots of bubbles ascending in the glass... inviting. Faint biscuity aroma. Taste is light to medium bodied, taste is bready with a touch of hops. Nice clean finish, pretty good mouthfeel. A nice, easy drinking beer with no frills. Won't knock you over with anything unique, but a nice, simple, good beer fitting at the end of a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 21:54:07 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of AMiz602


2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a light coppery color with a light, foamy head. It is pretty well carbonated and has a little bit of yeast in there, so beware if you are not into that.

It smells pleasantly sweet, with a grapefruity scent, probably from Chinook hops.

It is a drier beer, with a light malty aftertaste followed by a biscuity sweet flavor. It tastes sort of like a generic German hefeweizen at first, as it has some sweetness at first, which then devolves into a neutral hoppy-malt taste that is pretty low-key.

Very drinkable, well suited for a refreshing cool one after a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:47:28 | More by AMiz602
Photo of stckhndlr


3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with a 1 1/2 finger white head. Carbonation bubbles streaming up the glass.

S- Has a sweet smell to it. Light hops with a caramel malt character. Smells are soft. Some straw notes as well.

T- Starts off sweet malty flavors. Flavors are a blend of honey and floral. The hops come through on the finish with a slight bitterness.

M- Medium body but leaning more to the lighter side.

O- Its not a bad beer. Nothing super fancy but its a decent flavored lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 15:42:58 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of taigor

New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy golden color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly malts with hints of citrus, wheat, hay and floral notes.

T - Malts dominate from the start followed by slight honey sweetness and citrus bitterness with slightly hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Slightly above average lager. Not a bad try for european lager by american brewery. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 16:06:54 | More by taigor
Photo of Jimmys


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: the gold color in the glass is very inviting. a deep shade of gold. carbonation can easily be seen through the clear body. big fluffy head dies a bit, but still maintains good retention.

S: hop aroma is very light. a faint earthiness that leads me to believe they are either german or czech. the malt is smooth, rounded and balanced with the light hop aroma. a mild aroma of sulfur.

T: grain is rich and flavorful on the palate. a sort of cerealness to it. reinforced by a healthy dosing of hops. very nicely balanced. similar to the nose, sulfur makes its way on the palate as well. finish is a bit on the dry side with maybe a touch of sweetness peaking its head in there.

M: light body with a carbonation that is slightly more on the light side in my opinion.

D: overall a nice drinking lager from O.D. flavor and aroma is pretty close to what i enjoy in a dortmund. worth grabbing a six pack if you feel like some good, light craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:13:17 | More by Jimmys
Photo of nickthetick


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy/clear straw gold color into a pilsner glass with a finger of slightly off white head that clings spotty lacing.

S: nice light malt, wheat, citrus, mild honey, and a bit of lemon grass.
T: light, clean and crisp malt and wheat are on the forefront of the tongue. Grassy and a bit of citrus comprise the hop portfolio.

MF: light body, light carbonation, crisp, a bit dry on the end.

O: a great lager, I will be planning on having a lot of this during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:07:16 | More by nickthetick
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at Dulles while waiting for my flight.

Arrived with a thin whitish head on a clear honey golden colored beer.

Aroma is a honey sweet caramel malt with a light roasted quality.

Taste is more sweet caramel malts with a lighter roasted quality than the aroma had, but still pretty decent tasting.

A light dry caramel aftertaste, I would really like to try this with a food pairing that would bring out the best in each other, I think I would really enjoy this beer with a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 16:11:01 | More by LXIXME
Photo of WoodBrew


3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old Dominion has a nook in Terminal A of the Dulles Airport…..so I certainly had to take advantage! They had the Lager, Ale, Stout, and Pale Ale on tap. I started with the Lager…..It is clear with a nice copper color. Thin white head is present and seems to be lacing nicely. The aroma is mostly non-existent….meaning I do not smell much. The German Pilsner malt used to make the beer is prevalient….it starts the taste…in the middle there is a swath of malt, then it becomes bitter on the pallet after the swallow. The mouthfeel is fine and follows the line of Becks.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 20:15:48 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of PhageLab


4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Never had a Dortmunder to my knowledge, so going purely on flavor here, as I have nothing to compare it to.

A - Effervescent golden orange brew which produced a nice head. Decent retention, and some washy lace left behind.

S - Rich, malty aroma. Sweet, and with a roasted quality.

T - Considerably more bitter than I was expecting, and spicy as well. Grassy hops are present but a robust malt body dominates. Quite complex and flavorful for a lager.

M - Crisp light body, clean feel, mild carbonation level.

D - Wow, if this is what a Dortmunder is, then sign me up. As a lager alone, this is one of the most complex yet quaffable ones I've ever encountered. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 13:03:56 | More by PhageLab
Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep gold with a fluffy two-finger white head that persists and leaves great lacing.

S: It's a lager. The biscuity malt and light European hops are present, along with the lightly metalic lager yeast smell.

T: I truly wish more American brewers would investigate this style. The front is well-balanced, with neither malt nor hops winning out until well after mid-palate, where there is a sudden burst of hop flavor. The aftertaste is nicely bitter and quite long.

M: More full-bodied than you would expect from the abv, with effervescent carbonation to kick up the refreshment a notch.

O: This is a classic Dortmunder and if you've never had one you must try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 23:48:56 | More by speter
Photo of jsprain1


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber, quarter finger head, disappates quickly with almost no lacing whatsoever.
S- Nutty, toffee, noble hops, and just a touch of a yeasty/musty aroma.
T- A really good malt base to it, toffee, caramel, and just slightly grainy. Noble hops are present, but not quite to the degree noted in the nose.
M- Pretty full and rich body compared to my other limited experiences with this style. I would have appreciated a bit of an increase in the carbonation.
D- An easy drinking lager that goes down quickly and was an inoffensive pairing with corned beef hash. I had another pint in the same sitting so that says something I think. If only they could have done something with that head...

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 20:05:23 | More by jsprain1
Photo of THECPJ


2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: golden yellow with ½ finger white head, minimal lacing

Smell: roasted malts, muted citrus and floarl hops

Taste: toasty malts, hints of citrus hops, sweet, but slightly bitter as well

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: nothing extraordinary


Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 02:52:49 | More by THECPJ
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent and bright magnifying goldenrod in color with a fuzzy saliva spackle in the center and many rising bubbles in the body. Greasy potatoes chips register first and foremost via the nose, followed by paprika over wet rusty grass, spray starch laundry offshoots and musty corn husks. Bready herbal traits ring flavorfully alongside moderately crisp sourdough characteristics. Fresh Bavarian bakery traits with sweet grain characteristics. Musty bran with a mild sweetroll traits. Bitterness is up there with a clean, supportive dietary supplement. Fresh cracked biscuit with some sharp churned butter. Ample carbonation and everything levels out no matter which sip sequence is attended to, finishing with honey, vanilla flavored toasted chex and aged white pepper, ultimately contributing to a musty, biscuit styled backdrop. In other words, just okay.. :)

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:15:05 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of DrDemento456


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer I got a free 4oz sample so also worth a review.

A - Nice golden yellow with a half inch of head. Typical lager.

S - Smells pretty good. I get some pine hops with a grain base and pretty sweet malts in the nose.

T - I really don't like lagers and this one was pretty good. Starts bitter and piney with a grainy aftertaste and finishes fairly sweet but bitter in the malts. Eh...

M - Pretty light to medium. Drank rather well.

D - Not something I would buy but defiantly not something I would turn down if handed for free this beer is pretty much in the same boat as Boston lager. Hoppy, grainy, drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 16:31:45 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of erosier


4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized white colored head that laces the glass bit on the way down as it fades pretty fast.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some light but noticeable citrus and floral hops.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, then mixed with a nice amount of floral, earthy, and citrus-y hops.
M: Crisp, clean, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is a great session beer that has great flavor and feel to it and a modest amount of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 14:08:27 | More by erosier
Photo of mjw2808


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with a 1/2 inch white head. Very fizzy. The smell is of grain and some hops. The taste is very grainy, but also with some hops in the presence and noticable carmel malt. A little bit too watery for my liking. the mouthfeel is normal, and its pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 04:59:50 | More by mjw2808
Photo of Thorpe429


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden color with some visible carbonation and a white head. The nose is slightly hoppy and floral with some grain. Taste brigs slight bitterness and some straw and grain. Feel is light and crisp leading to good drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 12:43:52 | More by Thorpe429
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Dominion Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.