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Dominion Lager - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
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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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 144
Photo of YankChef
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an american pint glass

Appearance: Very pale golden straw color with high clarity, thin wispy head that quickly fades

Aroma: almost neutral in aroma, subtle sweet smells of malt and the saaz definitely comes through.

Taste: Quick trip on the palate sweet and slightly bitter with almost no finish. Very crisp and refreshing. Kinda tastes like budweiser actually.

Overall: Not a bad beer, very sessionable and a step up from the big boys but nothing special, I wouldn't seek this out by any means.

Photo of Proteus93
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden / closer to a straw yellow. A white, fizzy head formed as a result of a fairly vigorous pour. Retention is decent, leaving a full sheet and a modest lip of lace - there is no apparent stickiness, though.

S: A toasting of the malts. A grassy and earthy scent join in. A decent hops aroma rounding all out.

T: Soft and malty, with a dash of hoppiness for good measure. Finishes with perhaps a touch of earth.

M + D: Clean with a crispness and a great, dry finish. Perhaps just a tiny bit stronger than I'd go with as a session brew, but just fine for a few on the patio!

Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a lively but short-lived head and a little carbonation streamers from the bottom of the glass. It has a slight, lagery aroma. The flavor is grainy, with a hint of grape and some slightly sour (but not entirely unpleasant) hop flavor. The mouthfeel is the star of this beer - solid, assertive and vicious - despite being a light lager, this beer lets you know you're drinking it.

This is a nice, drinkable beer, if not a classic of the genre.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with bottling date of 052708.

Pours into a pint glass. Dark golden color with a small white head that leaves in a hurry with no lacing.

Aroma is buttery with some caramel malts. Slight breadiness and a touch of light hoppiness.

Decent flavor profile as well. Bready and toasty and grainy. Good bit of toffee as well. This wasnt too bad. I enjoyed this but am not sure I will purchase again. Worth a shot, in the end.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yelllow golden body with a small white head that disappears quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell of a slight sweet malt aroma.

Taste follows the smell. A decent lager, mild sweet malt falvors. Light bodied mouthfeel that could use a little more carbonation.

Fairly drinkable.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber/yellow with active bubbles rising to the surface supporting a two-finger fluffy white head. Head discipates rather quickly and leaves a nice froth on top. Above-average lacing.

S - Clean and crisp with a lemon zest. Nice malty lager smell, somewhat musty.

T - Clean and crisp again. The malt and hops hit first in nice balance. I get the sweetness of the malt at first contact then the hops come right in with their nice bitterness to balance out the sweet. As the beer goes down I taste the light lemon zest which is not overpowering.

M - Bubbly yet smooth and lightly oily. Has a nice creamy to it as well.

This is a very drinkable beer and I am pleasantly surprised. I live right near this brewery and I've avoided drinking it for years with fear that I'd be disappointed. Stupid me. Drinkability is great and I could down quite a few of these.

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 wedge
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a thin off-white head. Sweet, lightly buttery pilsner malt and a low noble hoppiness. Clean sweet pale malt flavor balanced with a grassy hop bitterness. A bit of caramel and biscuits. Very refreshing and easy to drink...smooth and balanced. Good session lager.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, medium light straw color with a nice cloudy white head. Aromas start out with what I perceive to be a lot of diacetyl, but it soon dissipates. A very light malt note follows with a slight spicy hop note, but the butter lingers. On the palate, a medium low bodied lager delivers a balanced malt and hop flavor, neither overwhelming. Mouthfeel is quite light and dry with a very crisp, dry finish. Not as hoppy as I would expect for a Dortmunder, but a decent beer nonetheless.

Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy golden color with ample white foamy head and average lace retention. I like how Dominion details the ingredients on the label -- nothing to hide.

S: Husky grain with sweet vanilla and honey aromas with floral hops presence

T: Very malty, dextrin sweet with tangy, citrus hops middle and dry finish with some woody tannin flavors

M: Creamy and smooth with ample but not overwhelming carbonation

D: Pretty sweet but in line with the Dortmunder style. Easy to drink and with a nice, complex aroma and flavor profile.

Photo of davidt
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden-straw color with a thick, creamy head. Strong buttery aroma. Toffee and caramel malt flavor, some breadiness. The mouth feel is thick and rich, quite carbonated. A good example of the Dortmunder style. Hopefully this will survive the changes at the brewery, it's a beer my non-craft drinking friends enjoy.

Photo of Bassetdawg
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, from Farm Fresh, Williamsburg, Virginia

Appearance: light golden color, small off-white head, with no lacing.

Aroma: Mild but malty aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel: light, crisp mouthfeel. Tastes grainy with some toasted malts.

Drinkability: A good version of a Dortmunder, a refreshing drink on a hot summer night.

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

Not a bad beer at all. Poured a golden color with a larger carbonated white head.

The smell had aromas of caramel/toffee malt and a bit of hops as well. The taste followed suit, with a medium body and medium/low hop profile. Carbonation was on the higher side and the consistency was medium.

Not a bad all-around beer. I've had MANY others that are similar in style, but taste alot worse than this. I could probably drink many of these and be much more satisfied than any macro. Worth drinking, for sure.

Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden color with great clarity and lots of bubbly carbonation. About an inch and a half of off-white head builds on top and then recedes to a thin lace, leaving a bit of stick but not much.

Smells strongly of toasted malt along with some caramel malt sweetness. Not much hop aroma in the nose, but the malt characters are quite pleasing.

Taste is a bit of a letdown from the smell. There is some toasted and caramel malt there, but then there's a buttery flavor that I'm not wild about. Toward the end there is just a hint of fruitiness and then a quick display of bitterness from the hops. Finishes somewhat dry, with a creamy medium body.

This is a pretty decent brew, and I'd have it again if it were my best option. Not bad and worth a try.

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

Served as a brilliant golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell consists of breay malt and a light citrus character.
Taste is very clean and refreshing. The sweet malt combines a some light crisp hops to form a very drinkable beer
Very easy going down. Paired weel with my seasoned steak wrap.

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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear yellow in color with about two fingers of off-white foam. Smells of bready yeast and light hops. Tastes of lightly toasted grains and crisp, understated hops. Medium in both body and mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but there are better ones in this style that I'd reach for first.

Photo of thaichile
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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 cichief
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From six pack bottled on: 030807

A- Pours golden yellow with a very thin white head.

S- Smell of fresh baked bread and slight flowery hops.

T- Very fresh and slighlty hoppy, very balanced.

M- More carbonation than I care for, but not bad.

D- A good session beer, I could enjoy this beer on a nice summer evening.

Photo of Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color with a white head.

There was little aroma but i detected some sweet smell, maybe citrus. if you view the info on this beer its got a lot put into it, but seems to result in a prett mellow brew, This could just be me but the tatse seemed rather unremarkable. It was by no means a bad beer. It just seemed slightly above par or avg to me. The taste for me was light plane and maybe a little sweet. Very little if any hop,or bitterness. I understand that a lager is not mean to be hopped up and super bitter, but i just feel the lager fell a bit flat, and maybe could have more depth of flavor. worth a try but nothing remarkable.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has deer and some hops. Bottling date marked on the label - this one is over a year old, but was just purchased yesterday (apparently Maryland county run liquor stores don't check freshness.)

Appearance: Pale yellow with just a hint of orange. Medium sized head fades quickly.

Smell: Bready malt, and a hint of cooked vegetables.

Taste: Grainy, the same hint of cooked vegetables from the aroma. A bit of noble hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad lager - certainly drinkable, and interesting enough to enjoy a few.

Photo of AltBock
1.93/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Dominion Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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