Dominion Lager - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 08-11-2001

Brewed using four types of malted barley, this Dortmunder lager becomes a smooth, flavorful and complex beer that is a delight to drink.
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Reviews by Illini5596:
Photo of Illini5596
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable beer. While it won't win any prizes, or contend for the best Lager you've ever had I don't have any complaints. Pale gold to golden in color it has an appealing appearance, full bodied taste, and pleasing aroma. A pleasure to drink and beats the pants off of similar more available beers. I make sure to have one when I am in the area of the brew pub.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter stein a dull hazed fulll golden with a slight head that was gone quickly,aromas were a mainly toasted malt and slightly sweet caramel with just a light smack of lemon zest.A nice fuller mouthfeel lets you know its not a watered down chugger.Flavors are toasted and grainy upfront with some lighter caramel sweetness as well,a real pronounced lemon tinge comes through late and lingers in the finish.Not a bad lager,its not overly complex but should it be really?

Brewed on 5/27/08.

Photo of Todd
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled date on the sized.

Appearance: Crystal clear bright yellow in colour with a sticky, white foam head. Carbonation is very active.

Smell: Very grainy aroma, a bit musty with some metallic notes and a light floral hop bouquet.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A maltly dextrin sweetness hangs out for a bit, but is quickly overtaken by an intricate lemon-like hop bitterness, peaking snap and an oily feel on the tongue. Light metallic flavours, followed by grain tannin flavours and a slightly drying palate.

Notes: A top-notch, well rounded American version of a Dortmund/Export Lager. 5.4%abv.

Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright brassy gold with a white head that hangs around long enough to set up some lace. Aroma of sweetish malt, a little hop spiciness, and a background aroma somewhere between tall fescue, lemongrass, and (when it gets warm) sauerkraut. Don't let it get warm.

Proper lawnmower beer - sweetish (honey/apricot) malt and slight graininess with a well balanced hoppiness (I get mostly noble hop, but there is some citrus way in the back), good underlying bitterness, and a slightly drier finish followed by a slightly sweeter aftertaste. My buddy in DC always has a good supply of these on hand, and for good reason - it's a very drinkable everyday brew. Homebrewers take note: The brewpub will let you take a jar of slurry home, and I've tasted some homebrews using this yeast that are very, very good.

Photo of Duster72
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with a one finger head. Aroma is mild but pleasant, like a sweeter version of your typical American lager. Taste is pleasantly full and robust for the style. Very tasty grains with hints of carmel malts, citrusy hops, and spices. Feels great drinking it and is highly sessionable. If it were available in my area, it would be a regular. Great version of the style.

Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this one a few minutes after finishing a Brooklyn Lager. Not really fair to compare the two, as they are completely different styles of lagers. Old Dominion is a Dortmunder Export, very similar in character to the the excellent, Great Lakes version. This pours a clear, golden body with a healthy vanilla white head that is mediumsized, The head hangs around quite a bit, and leaves a moderate dose of patch lace on the glass. Aroma has lots of floral hoppiness with an undertone of grainy malt. A hint of clover honey caps the bouquet. Mouthfeel is underwhelming, but decent enough, with light to medium body and adequate carbonation. The taste is quite good. Assertive floral and herbal hops are augmented by some sour lemon. Malt presence balances well, with a touch of soda cracker and clover honey. Fruity pear notes appear midway. Well balanced finish with mild citric bitterness. Complex for a lager, but this is a well rendered version of the Dortmunder style, which in my opinion puts Classic American Lagers to shame. Excellent drinkability. One of the better American lagers you're going to find.

Photo of BadBadger
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very nice lager. Pours a light golden/amber color. There is almost no head at all, even though I tried to get one going. Smelled rather yeasty upon opening but once in the class that smell was gone. A very tasty beer. This is highly drinkable, I wish I had chilled the entire six pack. I thank my wife for brining me some back from VA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden hue deep straw sunshine honey tone with a slight tint of amber going on, forms large chunky white frothy head leaving thick heavy patches of lace as the billowing head dwindles. Aroma: Cereal grain sweetness stands out with a touch of peppery Saaz and herbal noble hops great presence with a honey like sweetness as well. Taste: Excellent export style lager contains flavorful layers of lightly toasted specialty grains wow malt character definitely broadens as this beer warms a bit, light and refreshing decent dose of traditional hops perfect summertime brew. Mouthfeel: Lighter body easy carbonation I'm a fan perfect crisp and flavorful lager. Drinkability: An easy sixpack beer all the wayy for a refreshing flavorful lager grab some Old Dom Lager good stuff.

Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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....

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dominion Lager

Purchased from Farm Fresh.

Appearance- yellow and bubbly with a decent foamy head.
Smell- light malt and a hint of cheap macro corn swill stink.
Taste- slighty malty with a touch of skunkiness. Bottle was brewed on 7/21/05.

Overall- a mediorce lager, slighty watery with a decent malt taste every 4th sip. Won't purchase again. I would drink if there weren't other options though!

Photo of tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is golden amber, clear, with a small tight white head on top. Barely any retention but good color. Aroma of sweet grains with subtle flowery hops. Taste is toasty and moderately bitter. Pointy carbonation and a somewhat grainy mouthfeel. This bitterness and flavors are pilsner-esque. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Good middle of Saturday beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a typical looking German lager, dirty gold in color under a thin head that sticks around a few minutes before its almost total disappearance.

Aroma is firmly centered on something that reminded me of waffles, buttle and maple syrup...more likely the cold cereal that mimics that flavor. (Waffle-Os? It's been ages.) I like.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, offering a maple syrup element, a bready mellowness, and an offsetting kiss of hops. Light fruity tartness, but that's a very faint characteristic, almost not worth mentioning. Rounded caramel flavor brings the focus back to the malt. Finishes crisp but hardly dry...a nice buttery texture that matches the flavor well.

Malt dominates this beer, and that's a good thing. It works. I believe this is my first try of this style, and I like it. Looking forward to trying others in this category.

Photo of mempath
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep straw with massive white head. settles with some light lacing. basic malty nose with hints of what seem to be rice, corn...nothing enormous. not bad. the taste is much bigger with no real sweetness (as i feared from the nose) but rather an upfront, dry light hop bitterness. refreshing. crisp mouthfeel keeps this drinkable. wish it had more of a finish. nothing too complex, but not simple and mundane as any typical macro.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden body is topped by a short, foamy, bright-white head that dissipates fairly readily but holds a decent collar and thin surface covering as well as leaving some trace lace. The nose welcomes you with a firm expression of grainy malt dressed up by a softly floral & mildly citrusy hoppiness that's actually quite interesting with a soft touch of lemon (?). The body is light/medium with a fine carbonation that caresses the tongue and then falls away quite smoothly. The flavor is exactly as might be expected - a lightly sweet and grainy malt that's gently infused with floral & softly citrusy hop flavors, backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes short and dry. A well-done, refreshing, and enjoyable lager that could easily fit many occassions and would make a great cross-over beer for the macro drinker. It makes me think of summer, baseball, and backyard BBQ's although it's just as good on a crisp night nestled in with a good book or video.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed that it formed a nice head. It was well carbonated but not fizzy. There was a bright golden to yellow hue. The body of the beer is relatively light. The aroma has a grassy, straw quality. I noticed a bit of a yeasty character in the nose. This is enticing to a beer drinker.I found the flavor to be gentle. The light body gives it a good drinkability. This is a good session beer. You can take this beer to a picnic or BBQ. It works perfectly well in situations when you will drink more than one. There is a lot of malt emphasis in this beer. That is typical of German and German style beers. This malt character gives Dominion Lager a slightly sweet flavor.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
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… 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.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of an Old Dominion sampler.

Sweet, I love finding a decent craft lager. This stacks up with the other fine Export's I've tried. There's a creamy malt flavor with a touch of crisp hops and a mellow, lingers bitterness. Yummy. I would appreciate a touch more malt flavor, but there's no hint of adjunct or anything nasty. Just a tasty lager to enjoy.

Photo of warchez
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ar: Definate sweet maltiness, slight crisp hop but its subtle, very faint apple like odor (this disippated as the beer warmed).
Ap: Perfect straw color with orange highlights Great bubble cascades in the glass, thin white head, dissipates with time. Brilliantly clear.
Fl: crisp malt with mild sweetness, can taste the same apple aroma, faint banana like tones as well. clean finish with very little hop presence in aftertaste.
MF: Crisp carbonation on tongue, dry and clean.
OV: drinkable but slight off flavors detract somewhat, upsetting due to near flawless presentation.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a white head.
Aroma of sweet pale malts with hops right there in the mix.

Taste is clean and well balanced. Sweet pale malts with a good hop balance. Maybe just a hair on the sweet side for my liking. Finishes pretty well with a touch of sweetness lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel was good, but seemed a little too fizzy like champagne.
Very drinkable and easy going, yet still desirable.

Overall, a good, clean lager. This isn't a style I'm really into, but I enjoyed this beer and would be glad to have another. Not quite as much character as GLBC's Dortmunder Gold, but one of the better pale lagers I've tried.

Photo of nickthetick
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy pale copper. The head puffed up during the pour to 2 fingers but faded to nothing as a set down the glass.

The smell is very light, not much to go on, but a little maltier than hopy.

The taste drops off a bit. some malty taste, slightly sore and bitter, no complexity to note.

The mouthfeel in thin, the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is ave. Nothing of interest here. MK

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Way Beer Is Supposed to Be

My next door neighbor just got a keggerator for his birthday. He gets 1/6 keg, but even then that's a lot for one guy. So he is very generous in sharing. I was looking forward to watching the Super Bowl in his mancave, and this is what was in the keggerator that night.

It was nice.

It's got a nice dark golden color, and it pours a decent head. You can see it bubbling up, and it's a got a great lager taste, not too strong, but definitely not too weak. It's not a heavy beer. It's light enough whereby two guys can make a pretty good dent in a 1/6 keg during a three and a half hour game.

Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pilsner glass.

I've had this one on-tap at the brewpub as well.

Clear hay color with a one finger off-white head that doesn't last very long, even for the style.

Very light biscuit light grain aroma with only the tiniest hint of hops.

Ultra light and clean malt flavor from start to finish with pretty much no detectable hop bitterness.

A very sweet and grainy beer with not much to show as far as complexity. However, it's a very drinkable and clean lager perfect for the summer.

Photo of Murph
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a thin white head. Smell has nice hop aromas. The hop flavor is light, but it compliments the smooth malt flavors of the brew very well. Nice light body and nicely smooth in the mouth. Very drinkable. This is a very nice brew. Will definitely go well with the hot weather of the summer.

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Dominion Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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