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Dominion Lager - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Lager
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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | 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:
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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New York

1.75/5  rDev -51.5%

03-21-2013 00:36:23 | More by BGsWo22
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1.88/5  rDev -47.9%

12 oz. bottle with just a nice and simple gray wood panel label with the Old Dominion symbol of a 6 point buck twisting his neck at an angle I didn't think was possible for a deer to do. This buck is looking over his neck of the woods for possible females, other bucks looking for a fight, and hunters. To the right of symbol is a clearly marked bottling date. Mine was bottled on August 2nd, 2006. They have a rectangular back label that lists every ingredient, what medal it won back in the day, ABV%, and their web address. It was capped with a red twist off cap. Poured into a simple mug.

The beer had a tangerine/orange hue with gold highlights and a bit of haziness to it. It had a miniature head of small white bubbles that just fizzled away in a matter of only a few seconds. It just left a spatter of white bubbly lace and rings. If you put your ear to it, it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies. You can hear snap, crackle and pop! It barely had an aroma to it. The aroma was just toasted malt, hops, sweet butter, and with a hint of citrus fruits. The first taste I received from this beer was butter. I thought the first taste was going to be malt, but not this lager. After the butter comes a pinch of toasted malt and just a slight snap of citrus hops at the end. I didn't know Old Dominion was buttering up their beer. I guess they had some butter lying around the brewery and decided to put it in the beer to make it taste like you're eating popcorn at the movie theater. The mouthfeel was light and just had a small aftertaste of citrus fruits. Without the butter taste, it would have risen this beer to an average run of the mill Lager beer that would have been OK to drink, but with it, I wouldn't drink it again. Too much butter and not enough malt or any other decent flavors.

03-15-2007 04:49:07 | More by AltBock
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1.98/5  rDev -45.2%

This beer has a medium amber color, and creamy but light and airy head. It sports a rough and tasty start that builds into a flavor pallate with a hint of iron (or some other metal). Be prepared for a very bitter finish. Domion has an even, almost wood-like flavor throughout. This beer was *not* to my liking, but you might enjoy it.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 01JUL03, this post is based on notes from that review. -

10-20-2003 01:03:09 | More by theozag
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2.04/5  rDev -43.5%

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).

03-29-2014 21:43:43 | More by kcrosson492
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Pours a very light gold in color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Smell is very vegetal and corn like. Really can't get past the smell of this beer. I've had other offerings from Dominion and they've been decent. Taste is vey lager like emphasing in corn. Plenty of carbonation and bad smell to go around. Not good.

10-28-2008 00:11:28 | More by FtownThrowDown
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

12-04-2011 02:51:22 | More by bigred89
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New Jersey

2.58/5  rDev -28.5%

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!

09-26-2005 19:33:32 | More by NJpadreFan
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

06-07-2014 07:24:16 | More by KevMo84
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

07-23-2013 21:36:49 | More by AWB3
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Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

09-11-2013 17:11:54 | More by Celtics76
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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

08-03-2013 00:05:05 | More by In_Control_Mike
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New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

Pours a clear lighter amber with a suprising light, fluffy head capping the pint. Nose is very malty. Flavor profile continues with the lightly roasted malt notes. Some faint fruit and sweetness. It was smooth, but not all that much happening here. This was OK, not offensive, but not enough to make you want a 2nd. Thanks to dherling for this one.

06-30-2007 12:36:27 | More by thaichile
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2.93/5  rDev -18.8%

Pale gold (apple juice) color. Good clarity. Minimal head that dispersed quickly.

A sweet buttery/caramelly aroma. No hops, and generally a clean aroma.

Malty with a diacetyl character, but ultimately balanced. finishes with a slight lingering maltiness. A bit of spicy bite from the noble hops is also evident, particularly as the beer warms.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation. Low carbonation creates a very smooth feel on the tongue.

Generally a smooth and easy drinking bigger lager. The diacetyl was a bit disturbing early, but overall found a nice hop/malt balance (but neither was robust enough to make this as good as better examples of the style - like DAB).

01-20-2007 23:35:25 | More by mpyle
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2.93/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

03-29-2012 23:47:28 | More by AMiz602
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2.95/5  rDev -18.3%

I'm drinking this nice beer out of a Dominion pint glass I just bought at their Ashburn, VA, brewpub this weekend. It's a dark golden color that had a nice white head (gone now, though). I'm not quite sure what niche this beer fills because it won't help macro-drinkers convert to micros, but it's not really different enough from a macro to attract your average micro-drinker. Actually, however, that's one of its strong suits for me: I don't like Bud and Coors because I know they taste bad to me, but my palate is not refined enough to taste all the subtleties in most craft beers, so their flavors are often lost on me. This one has just enough flavor, carbonation, and body to make me enjoy it-- and it's not even a style I normally enjoy.

03-08-2004 02:48:04 | More by AndIWantYou
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South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%

This just tasted like your average run of the mill lager. Nothing special, it was just there. I guess the only good thing about it, was that it was refreshing and kind of had a malty/hjoppy hint to it. Had no real head to it, and was a golden straw color. Had it at the brewery, but I don't think I would go for it in bottles. I think it geared towards the folks who drink Bud and stuff like that.

07-26-2004 20:02:11 | More by JISurfer
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2.98/5  rDev -17.5%

Honey is color. With a foamy head and lots of bubbles. Date is stamped on the side.

Smells like grains with something else I couldn’t place. Copper maybe?

Grainy lager taste. Standard style brew, I’m not much on lagers but a good transition beer. A few hops here and there with fruity notes. The metallic taste is there though and that really took me out of the experience. It does have a lighter and thin body of the style but I’m not lager expert. Good blend at the end, sweet and fruity.

I just wish that there was something to be said about this one, the metal taste and the way I just never got into it really didn’t help it.

09-26-2006 15:45:27 | More by ghostmech007
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2.98/5  rDev -17.5%

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


03-04-2011 02:52:49 | More by THECPJ
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-03-2013 21:39:40 | More by skloeff
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

07-12-2013 14:07:26 | More by TheMrFarnham
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

02-02-2013 06:06:17 | More by Fusion7777
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New York

3/5  rDev -16.9%

08-06-2013 02:00:41 | More by Noelito76
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-09-2013 23:50:29 | More by ejimhof
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Pale yellow colored lager with rapidly fading head.Aroma is a lemony citrus smell.Taste is citrus with a metallic finish.This is a pretty boring bland beer.I probably would not recommend this even though it's not terrible.I personally will not seek out,one is enough thank you.

09-14-2008 05:42:43 | More by matty
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

01-25-2014 19:25:17 | More by rorjets
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Dominion Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.