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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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126 Reviews
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Reviews: 126
Hads: 224
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002

Our Autumn Seasonal beer is a traditional Maerzen style lager. We use eight types of imported German malts and four hop varieties to create this amber-colored fest beer.
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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to an O' fest Mug. The liquid id a dark reddish copper with great carbonation. the head in smallish 1 fat finger, but leaves a nice lace.

The smell is Great! Sweet fruity lightly toasted caramel. Right on brother!

The Taste follows, just superb, toasty Carmel with a slight alcohol note. the hop finish creates perfect balance. This is a rare beer these days.

Mouthfeel suits me just fine, what a joy to slurp this beer. The carbonation and the hops are excellent, not a common comment in a
Marzen, Body is spot on Just better them medium but not filling or full.

The drinkability is excellent. I have found what I am looking for. MK (674 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful deep hazed/nearly opaque coppery color with a thin cream colored head that fades slowly, very minimal lace in spots.
Nose is roasted grains, dry bread, crispy malts, pretty hefty in that dept., and super nice to wiff in. Reminds of a late autumn field of dried prairie and sedge grasses. Hops are dried and herbal giving some depth to its aroma as well. Great O'fest nose on this. Taste is mellower then expected. Thinking it was going to be crispy and dried, but comes across softer then what the smell portrayed. Malts are substantial and pretty thick and lends just the perfect favorable amount of roasted character that I like in a fest. Nice mellowing ease and creamyness in the malts. Some breadish qualities dance and mix with a light yeasty-like sourdough at the middle and goes into a creamy length of smoothness towards the finish. Hops detectable in small amounts, what comes through is mostly in the finish with a herbal light spice of dried flowers. Feel is nearly perfect, has lots of starting power that builds to the middle and smooths out into a delightfully easy creamy finish and keeping a super mellowness throughout the ride. One hell of an O'fest. I liked this one alot and I'm thankful to ManekiNeko for throwing this in with a recent acquisition and transaction! (1,297 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.54/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the head on this guy didn't put up much of a fight, though against what i do not know. the color is a nice amber...on the richer end of the spectrum. my nose is treated with some fine toastiness of s'mores (particularly the graham cracker). there's a meadowy hop character as well. that's the best smelling oktoberfest ever

sumptuous vienna malts carry over into the flavors as well: toasty, bready, and the hops are hanging out too. great balance. the mouthfeel is sprightly, despite little visible carbonation

the finish sports a nice visceral hop tang, though the bitterness is quite modest. excellent brew...love the toasty (633 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear bright amber/orange hue. 1/2 inch of egg shell head. Pungent nose of noble european hops. Toasted buttered biscuit with an herbal and spicy scent.

Incredibly clean for such a rustic smelling nose. Sweet buttered roll up front followed by slightly overdone toast. Rolls in a spicy herbal hop bite which balances more than it betters. Clean, smooth mouthfeel, with slightly lower than average carbonation. Very very very damn good! Better put a 6 of this away before it all sells out! (498 characters)

Photo of Schmidts
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle I had two of these right away poured brown amber with a small head.
Smells of sweet Malts and caramel.
Taste it has a very nice maltly taste with a hint of caramel and a nice touch of Hops not heavy just night. It is one of the most refreshing October fests I have ever had!
In your mouth it is smooth with a meduim body

It is very Drinkable I had two right away when I was writing my notes on it.

This is one I will get every year a great version of one of my favorite beer types October fest they hit the nail on the head with this one give it a try before all the October fests are gone till next year. (628 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper with tan head. It smelled like sweet rye and honey malt, with earthy barley and copper hops. It tasted much like it smelled with a blend of rye, barley, and honey malts balanced by light copper hops, with a hint of smooth oak. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a sweet malty aftertaste. Overall this had great flavor and body, was fairly unique, and was quite easy to drink. I'd probably consider this the best Oktoberfest I've had so far. (480 characters)

Photo of DuaneSCarr
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle in my refrig last week. Opened it. STILL an awesome beer. Nice malts for being almost a year old!
Still very drinkable.
Color was very nice - copper,carmel.
Taste - nice sweet malt - like an O-Fest should taste - in my humble opinion.
Nice smell.
Very nice mouthfeel.
I was expecting a drain pour but it surprised me. Still very tasty and drinkable after a year in the back of my refrig.
Can't wait until the new fresh version is released! (455 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orangeish amber body is capped by a densely creamy light tan head that holds well, drops to a very nice creamy collar, and leaves some spotty lace throughout the glass. The aroma is quite welcoming with a clean toasty malt that's laced with floral and spicy hops. Very nice. The body is medium with a very fine, median carbonation that leaves it quite creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is of a fairly rich, mildy fruity, lightly toasted and gently sweet malt that's clearly derived from a combination of Vienna and Munich malts. A moderate bitterness and lightly floral/mildly spicy hop flavor balance extremely well and usher in a drying finish that displays a little bit of all of the above mentioned flavors in a long lingering aftertaste. Very well done and absolutely on par with many of the German Festbiers. Quite enjoyable and drinkable. (861 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a darker shade of brownish amber with a really nice light head. Really good retention and lacig. Mode is lift caramel with a fairly decent hop presence. A bit of grain and really nice balance. Taste is light malt and hops. Feel is crisp with good carbonation and a really nice body. Overall this drinks quite well, although its high score may reflect my rather unique taste for oktoberfests. (448 characters)

Photo of CpnYates
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good offering from Dominion this year. Bottled on the 6th of August this beer is only a few weeks old at time of sampling.

Poors a great almond/orange/ autum color.

Smell is malty, with a slight spice back.

The taste/ mouthfeel are exceptional, true to the style.. almost sticky sweet and malty with a nice lingering finish.

A great beer. (360 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, big props to this brewery for actually putting a date code on their bottles. This was bottled 7/29/05. Pours with a touch of haze, and a lasting head with some sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, carmel like, and perhaps a touch of maple. I like that. It's rare that I pick out aromas that well in a beer. Flavor is good, bready could use a touch more hops. A slight sour twang in the background, but it's very slight. A very drinkable sessionalbe beer.

Thanks to Pezoids for the chance to try this one! (512 characters)

Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

12 oz. bottle poured in to a stoneware krug/stein

Appearance - Rich copper color. Light head.
Smell - Hints of biscuit, malty grain, a sweet smell.
Taste - Easy drinker, starts out bready with a very slight sweetnes at the end.
Mouthfeel - Creamy, pleasantly carbonated. Really nice mouthfeel to it.
Overall - Really liked this one due to the lightly sweet finish. A nice change from some of sweeter in this American version of the style. (439 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a crimson hued copper with a small white cap that sticks around. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh bread, roasted nuts, sourdough, Munich malt, and caramel.
Taste is of the aromas with a smooth, sweet malty flavorthat is top notch.
Mouthfeel is chewy, smooth, medim boxed, and extremely addictive. (341 characters)

Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of 4 mid-atlantic fest beer tasting. (with Victory, Flying Dog and Starr Hill)

Pours a light copper color. Nice lacing. Beautiful marzen nose of sweet malts. Nutty. Nice smooth entry. Very traditional taste of rich malts and just the slightest hint of spicy noble hops. Mouthfeel is soft, but rounded. Fills out the palate nicely.

So easily drinkable. A really nice fest beer that would serve well for a fall evening session beer. Well done. (448 characters)

Photo of maltusaurelius
4.21/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep copper color with a big fluffy beige head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Very appealing appearance.

Caramel and cotton candy malts on the nose with a little hop spiciness. The malts are definitely forward as is typical for the style.

Taste follows the nose with lots of caramel malts and hints of cotton candy. Definitely on the sweet side, but not cloyingly so. Oktoberfests are malt forward and this one is typical in that sense, although there is a hops-more-forward bitter finish.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Somewhat "bigger" than the Oktoberfests I've had from Germany this year - it tastes very much like an American amber. I'm not sure it is spot on for the style (tastes like they've used malts that are not typical of the style) but it is a tasety brew. (821 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely not my favorite style by any stretch but I had to try the local one at least. This pours out a deep amber body that is bubbling away with about a half-inch of white head. Not much head retention and no lace with here. Aroma is of sweet malt with a bit of spicy hops and earthy notes as well. Taste is similar with sweet caramel malt being the upfront flavor and a light earthy hop spiciness balancing it out. A bit of a bitter spicy aftertaste. Medium body with good carbonation and a clean taste. Drinkability is pretty good, since the sweetness is not overbearing. Definitely one of the beet O-fest beers I have had. (629 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Old Dominion Pub in Hyattsville, MD. Light amber in color, nice white head, some lacing on glass, beer is clear.

Aroma is slight, faint, smells like an Oktoberfest, just hidden. Slight malt character in aroma, not a lot of anything else, no hop character.

Flavor is great. I think Oktoberfests are hard to have a really standout flavor. The flavor profiles are so subtle, its hard to accent anything specific. This beer is malty, correctly so, and has no bitterness from hops or any grains. There is no aftertaste, drinkability high, mouthfeel is fine. (579 characters)

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having had other beers from this brewery, my hopes were not high and my assumption was relatively accurate. This beer came in a pint glass the color of a bottle with no head to speak of. A disk of faint bubbles in the center of the glass was the only indication that this might be a carbonated beverage. The smell was a pleasant grainy malt and no detectable hops that I could pick up. It tasted like a nice German beer, true to style. Wet and drinkable. There is a nice nod to a heavily toasted or chocolate malt in the first impression which was nice to look forward to in the next sip. I would serve this at an Octoberfest party as the centerpiece. (651 characters)

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

12oz. longneck into pint glass.

A: clear red/ medium-light brown with off-white head. Leaves impressive lace.

S: Clean lager aroma--it's hard to describe. And heavy on the malt in the nose.

T/M: Malt. Toasty, biscuity, slightly sweet malt, with just the slightest hit of hops...maybe. It's almost like drinking a perfectly done pie crust, and I like that. And it has nice body without being heavy.

D: Most definitely sessionable. (443 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Lager's Pub in Baltimore. It poured a clear ruby brown with little to no head and mild lacing on the glass.
There wasn't much in the nose, except maybe some mild malt.
The taste was wonderful; Grass and sweet malt, caramel, very mild hops. Reminds me of a caramel pilsner with a touch of fruit. Maybe some wood in there.
The MF started semi dry and smooth but finished very mild in both sweetness and carbonation; almost a buttery caramel feel lon the tongue.
I was impressed; I've had so many Oktoberfests this season (including many AT Oktoberfest) and I really enjoyed this one. Hats off, ODBC. (620 characters)

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

On tap at the Green Leaf in Williamsburg. Great little bar!

Served in a standard pint, the beer is orange-brown with a thin collar of beige foam & spotty lacing.

It has an aroma of lightly toasted grains, honey and spice.

The taste is a nice combo of sweet with toasted malts with more than a bit of backend spiciness (almost reminds me of rye). Nice balance & better than expected complexity

The mouth has heft but the beer is easy to session. Well done!! (461 characters)

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

The 2009 München Oktoberfest continues here in my home, tonight with a mug full of Old Dominion's take on the style.

Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber hue, raising a rather pathetic half-finger of off-white foam that shows poor retention and fails to leave any lacework on the glass.

The nose is at first whiff full of fragrant herbal-spicy hop notes, but is quickly followed by a toasty, mildly nutty malt aroma.

Body and mouthfeel are well-balanced, with a medium-full body being restrained in boldness by a prickly carbonation. Hops are not so restrained in this Oktoberfestbier: A quick introduction by slightly sweet, toasty malt moves swiftly into a very dry, bitter middle of grassy, herbal hops that carries itself through all the way into the long, dry finish, with just a bit of lightly sweet bready malt finding its way in underneath it all.

A bit of a departure from the traditional, but certainly fitting in with its brethren, though perhaps on the fringes. The dryness lends a bit more drinkability than some of the maltier variants, and that's a bit of a plus. Something like this might do well in Maß sessions like that going on in Munich. (1,164 characters)

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

Orange & copper color with heavy carbonation and a soft, white head leaving behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of honey, cream, and grains. The taste is sweet with smoothness and lingering bitterness. Slick and dry feeling. Semi-crisp and refreshing. (253 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with nice thin head. Has a moderate toasty malt smell, a little milder than expected, but still nice. It's highly carbonated and and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth and is rich and full-bodied. I'd have this quite often if I had the chance, but unfortunately I won't it in my area. Guess I'll have to have my brother in Ashburn to pick me up another six-pack. (404 characters)

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

a: lager glass, Dominions is a dark, malty looking oktoberfest with a rich orange-amber color, capped with an attractive little off-white head that shows good retention

s: rich aromas of toasted lager and spicy pilsner malts complimented by a grassy citrus hop nose, nutshell and nut pastries, mild butterscotch and some caramel

m: carbonation smooth and on the lower side of medium, body medium but retains the finishing crispness of a good lager

t: toasty munich malt body thinned out with spicy pilsner, just a tad sweet and well balanced with a grassy citrus hop flavor and moderate bitterness, a little caramel dipped red apple

d: really nice example from Dominion, would gladly handle a six-pack of this

single from Norm's in Vienna, VA (747 characters)

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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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