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Dominion Lager - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Lager
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233 Ratings
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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 robertp1024
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden, slightly cloudy. Very little head. The scent is mostly the malts, while with the taste, you get a nice blend of the multiple hops and malts. Many of the ingredients and a description is on the bottle, which is nice. Hops are quite floral and refreshing. Overall a good lager. Dominion has made another good beer.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz., bottled on Oct. 1, 2004, with a blurb about the beer on the back label - brewed with 4 different malts and 5 hop varieties. Served chilled in a pilsner glass. It is a pale gold with a slight haze and a half inch head that leaves decent lacing. Lots of diacetyl (butter/butterscotch), caramel, and a nice hop aroma (floral?). Diacetyl is also big on the palate, there is a nice bitterness that lingers and a hint of metal. The flavor is substantial and the malt notes remind me of a brown ale. No hop flavors stand out, but you can tell there's a good amount in there. It is crisp at first, but becomes very smooth. One of the tastiest light-colored lagers I've ever had.

Photo of pentathlete
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not experienced with the dortmunder/export style. This beer medium brown with a firm white head. Plenty of bubbles and a malty aroma. Sweet. More sweet. Not cloying. Pretty full mouthfeel, sweet and citrusy finish, but I didn't get the hoppy bite that others have reported. This is an easy drinker. Good beer to introduce to a regular macro drinker.

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

Pours a deep gold color with a thin white head.

Smell is a little musty and earthy with a balance of malt and hops in the aroma.

The taste comes across nicely balanced between malt complexity with toasty sweet grains balanced by a complex blend of bittering and flavor hops both German and American.

The mouthfeel is lively carbonated with a medium light body. It is a flavorful and easy to drink.

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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from Manekineko. Thanks! 12 oz bottle chilled in a pint glass. The brew pours a light yellow color and a small bleached white head foams up and fades to an edge layer rather quickly. Aroma is grainy, husky malt with some caramel and not much else, rather mild on the nose. First sip reveals an average body and fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt up front and some husk again. I get a bit of fruitiness developing as the beer warms, light apricots. The beer is nice and crisp and refreshing. Very clean finish and easy to drink. I wish the fruity flavors were just a little more robust and the aroma was more pronounced.

Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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

Label lore: Decoction with Two-Row Pale, Munich Carapils and Caramel malts. Perle and Hallertau finishing hops. Aromatic hops are Tettnang, German Hallertau Hersbrucker and Czech Saaz.German yeast34-70, Gold Medal winner GABF 1997. ABV 5.4%

A nearly perfect lager pour into me pint. Golden clear, slightly hazy golden and a snow white wafer thin head cap.

Grainy slightly fresh bread dough yeasty scents and gentle grassy leaf aromas.

First swigs: Smooth grassy hops notes swept away by a delicate sweet malt that leaves a lasting malty finish. Creamy caramely flavors almost like the inside of a candybar. Some citrous notes and honey peek out.

Medium carbonated sizzle and medium bodied. Smooth.

Last swigs: A dortmunder lager with plenty of yeastiness, floral hops and malt balance.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. Head is creamy and slowly dissipates. There was a perceptible citrus aroma to this beer, like grapefruit. Light hoppy notes too. Taste was of cirtus again and slightly bitter. Aftertaste was malty goodness and hoppy bitter. I felt I wanted just a bit more body to this beer, but I still liked it. I think the thing that stuck with me the most was the maltiness, which I enjoyed. Overall, I thought it balanced the malt and hops flavors nicely. This was a pretty damn good beer and I'd definitely try their other brews in addition.

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

Paid $6.99 for a 6-pack...

The appearence is a clear golden base with a small white head with low retention and no lacing... The aroma is very mild malty with a touch of sweetness to add.

The taste on this defines a well-balanced lager; nothing is strong nor weak... it's smooth and a little lemony, well-balanced malts, no bad aftertaste, it's solid. Mouthfeel works, nothing wrong but nothing to get gung-ho about. Drinkability is good because it is not flawed in any way, nor spectactular!

FInal Thought: This is about the next best thing to GL: Dortumunder Gold - for American Micro Export Lagers...

Photo of JISurfer
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 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 rajendra82
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale golden color with a very thin head and minimal lace. Forced carbonation is very lively. Aroma is clean and grainy with subtle delicately floral hops. Taste is again clean grainy malt with very light hoppyness. There are almost no fruity esters to speak of. A little citric tartness starts creeping in mid palette. Enjoy this for what it is folks, a simple, clean, sessionable lager. Pretty similar in most respects to Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but a bit less malty. Thanks AragornUnplugged for this trade.

Photo of AndIWantYou
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +37%
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

Photo of Jables
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gets high marks for being a surprise beer. I didn't expect such a deep, golden appearance or such good lacing. I didn't expect the scent. I didn't expect such a full mouthfeel. I didn't expect an adjunct-less lager with a good hop flavor and a sweet, sweet finish.

Very drinkable and highly recommended for its taste:price ratio. very cheap, great price, equals an everyday drinking beer. Good stuff

Photo of theozag
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. -

Photo of beerguy101
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied dortmunder/helles. Malts are mild, slightly sweet and a touch fruity. Hops are mild as well. Spicy and citrusy, but not very bitter. This is a very well balanced beer. It smooth as silk and very clean tasting. Nice "lager". Would make an excellent gateway beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of bmills1608
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a weak white head. On the nose was very light grains and corn husk.

Taste was light, astringent grains, with a small hop snap that was a little bit spicy. Mouthfeel was nice with tight carbonation, good for the style. A very drinkable lager and nicely well rounded.

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

This beer poured a golden color and formed a foamy white head that left some lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, hops and grain with a touch of caramel. A flavor of malt, hops and caramel. The finish was light with some hint of caramel and grain. A nice lager but a bit sweet for the style in my opinion.

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 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.

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Dominion Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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