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Dominion Lager - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 144
Hads: 236
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, unfiltered amber with more than a little orange. The fantastic cap of bright cotton white looks to have the stickiness of cotton candy. The result is a characterful lid with a rugged surface that falls in sections and a fair amount of pseudopod-like lace. This is a good looking beer from top to bottom.

The nose is nicely aromatic, always a good thing when beer smells as good as this one does. There's a wonderful balance between lightly sweet, lightly buttery malt (the caramel malt seems not to have contributed much) and sweetly floral, soft-edged noble hops. Given the appearance and the nose, I have high hopes for what's to come.

Old Dominion Brewing rarely disappoints (in my somewhat limited experience) and hasn't done so here. Light, subtly flavored lagers are said to be the ultimate test of a brewer's skill. At least it seems as though a failure to fawn over the best examples often results in sneers from those who consider themselves particularly enlightened. However, give me a hearty, ingredient-intensive lager any day of the week. That is exactly what is contained within this bottle.

The aroma description applies equally well to the palate. Sweet, buttery pils malt holds the center while an impressive quantity of hops provides a balancing bitterness as well as a delightful range of floral, herbal, even citric (lemon) flavors. I'll never love Perle, Hallertau, Saaz, et al as much as I love 4-Cs and an 'A', but as long as I continue to run across quality beer like this, my respect for and appreciation of those varieties will continue to grow.

Thanks to the 'full for the style' mouthfeel, the finish is an extended affair that allows me to appreciate the deep flavor profile all the longer. I don't believe I've had a Dortmunder with this much mouthfilling, creamy goodness in a good, long while. The carbonation is pitch perfect and maintains itself at an understated, yet still enlivening, level throughout the life of the bottle.

Old Dominion brews some outstanding beer, as I was reminded of while briefly reading some of my reviews. This one is excellent and is impressively drinkable as well. Its enjoyability is attributable, first and foremost, to the brewing skill of its creators. If I lived in Virginia, I'd drink a whole lot of Dominion Lager.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've spent so much of my time in contempt for all lagers... can't I, for maybe just a little while, learn to *love* them?

Appearance: Pours out a deep, though somewhat hazy golden-amber color with a bone white head.

Smell: Slightly musty aroma, with some sweet and floral notes mixed in.

Taste: Take heart, it's good. The flavor is initially sweet toasted grains with a squirt of wildflower honey. The maltiness gives way to some light, floral hops with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. A touch metallic. Finish is a well-balanced blend of sweetness and citrus snap.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. The carbonation is crisp and lively.

Drinkability: Stellar drinkability. This is a "BEST OF..." Dortmunder Lager, I'm telling you.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shaker pint glass.

This is almost the last of the single new beers I brought home with me from NoVa. It pours a slightly hazed orange amber topped by only an intimation of white foam. The nose...is apparently missing. There's nothing there. I don't really know what to say here. The taste comprises caramel, lemon zest, coriander, flowers, lemongrass, and some light biscuits. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, a decent brew, nothing close to special, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear, bright yellow color, big, bubbly white head, slowly settling.
Aroma: clean, and dry, at first, but yeasty, with notes of straw, citrus, a drizzle of honey, getting sweeter, and lemonier as we go.
Good snappy, tangy texture, big, citrusy taste. Body is light, of course, but flavor is strong and palpable, so big and bountiful it counters any qualms I have against lagers (the unbearable lightness, among other things).
Malt is sufficient, but hops are the driving force, delivering bitterness and citric taste every time.
Tasty, sunny, shiny...I'm picky when it comes to lighter beers, but this one was quite nice.
Big thanks to Marc77!

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Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 10/19/06 (almost two months before tasting)

Pours golden with a thin white head that almost immediately becomes a small patch and white ring.

The smell is of fresh grains, slight caramelish fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet grains and an apple-like fruitiness. A touch of caramel. Crisp grassy/grainy hops. Mild, yet flavorful.

Light, refreshing, smooth. A hint of watery thinness.

A nice "session" brew. Thanks to a friend of mine for bringing me a six-pack of this from Virginia. If it were available in my area I could see getting this to accompany a ballgame or as a thirst-quencher on a hot day, or to accompany chicken wings or the like.

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Photo of WesWes
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderfully malty scent that boasts of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts. It smooth and creamy with a bisquity feel. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that is light, but well rounded. It goes down easy and finishes dry with some residual malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good lager. It's full flavored and easy drinking; a fine session beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Old Dominion Taphouse inside Dulles International Airport, on to the beer:

An inch of head is served on top this dark golden lager. The foam is semi-creamy and the lacing it leaves is very good. Its aroma is dry, grassy, hay, with a kiss of earthiness. It's a toasty lager, infused with pleasing hay and grassy notes which helps make this beer not only tasty, but a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light husky grain and a mild caramel sweetness.

The taste consisted of a dough malt with some secondary caramel sweetness. Utilitarian hops strictly for balancing.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty lager. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Clear amber color with more malt than hops but the balance is there. This beer has a crisp, smooth, and clean malt palate - very different from the big lagers like Bud. It finishes with a good balance of malt and hop but not bitter.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale copper color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Light bready malts with a slight hay and grass aroma. Light bitter hops.

T: Slightly sweet malt. Sufficiently bitter to balance with a little spiciness in the bittering hops.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Very smooth as everything in balance.

D: Very drinkable; good representation of the style.

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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

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. Not a whole lot of head, but some decent lacing.

S: A strange aroma. There were hops and bready malt, but also this grainy, almost acidic quality to it.

T: The graininess takes a bit of getting used to, but oddly goes well with the floral hops and bready malt.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer, but definitely odd in its own way. I don't think I've had a dortmunder like it.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
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


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Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy but with a bright gold color and a low white-ish head. Decent carbonation and lace. Nice hoppy aroma -- earthy and spicy. Flavor is nicely balanced but leans hoppy with a solid malt backbone. Medium-full bodied and smooth.

Excellent "strong lager" session brew !

Per Label: Decoction process. 2 row Pale, Munich, Carapils, and Caramel malts. Perle and Hallertau hops (bittering). Tettnang, Hallertau, Hersbrucker, and Sazz hops (aromatic). 5.4% ABV

Gold medal - 1997 GABF - Dortmunder Export

Bottled: 10/07/03
Tasted: 12/30/03

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these on tap in Arlington recently. I found it to be an extremely drinkable beer, and a fine accompaniment to a varied dinner (pasta, filet, shrimp). The beer is a pale, hazy yellow color. The head is tremendous, towering, and long-lasting…white and thick. The aroma is notably yeasty, and has gives the smell a doughy, soft edge. Also in the smell is a little citrus and light hoppiness. It’s not particularly sweet, and is medium to light in body. Finish is clean, crisp, and hoppy. It’s a well-made and very enjoyable brew.

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