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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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 Dithyramb
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore.

Pours a slightly hazy penny colo with a creamy light tan head. Dropped down to a nice spotty lacing.

Roast toasty malts and spicy malts on the nose,

Has a gentle sweet malt flavor, like thick chewy German bread. It has a slight bitterness in the spicy hops that combines very well. Both flavors mingle well in the mouth for the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very creamy and pleasing. Worth having quite a few.

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Photo of skynxnex
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date in the bottling date space, but it is the 2005 run. Pours an attractive dark amber. Off white head with good lacing.

Smell is toasty sweet malt with a hint of hops. Smell is slightly weak, but still good. Taste reflects the smell. Good toasty malt. Bread/grainy taste in the back. Rich. Hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel and easy to drink a bunch.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on-tap 09/27/05 at the OD brewpub in Ashburn, VA.

Dark gold, copper-ish color with low head retention. Light malt aroma with light Vienna Malt spiciness. Medium bodied and smooth with a spicy malt character and light nuttiness. Finishes nicely with good hop balance.

A solid Octoberfest from a solid brewery.

Per ODBC website: Dominion Octoberfest uses all imported German malt, and is very true to the original German style. Imported Saaz and Hallertau hops are used to balance the strong malt character. In 2004, Dominion Octoberfest won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the German Style Maerzen/Oktoberfest category. ABV : 6.4%

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A co-worker brought this in her luggage when she flew from Washington to Moscow. What a treat! Brown long-neck 12oz bottle with a brown, gold and white label featuring Dominion's trademark deer and the word Octoberfest printed amongst the leaves at the bottom. Bottled on 8/28/03, I got a hold of mine on 9/16/03.

Lovely clear orange copper tone under a beige head that never grows above one finger, and lingers just a bit. There are some drops of lace, but more would have been nice. Big malt nose, with a touch of caramel sweet. The mouthfeel is thick with malt and just a bit bubbly. The malt taste kicks in immediately, with definite caramel overtones and a touch of roasted chestnuts. There are some smooth flowery hops lurking here, too, and they become ever stronger as the liquid warms and bathes the taste buds. The result is an incredibly well balanced finish and a sweet grainy aftertaste that is very satisfying. Good stuff - Jerry Bailey strikes again!

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Photo of Gritsak
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- bright golden/copper with a thin, fast fading offwhite head.

S- lots of malt and yeast. some sweet fruity hints.

T- big malt flavor. some hop presence. finish is crisp.

M- medium body with lots of carbonation.

D- very easy to drink and refreshing.

overall- pretty good october here. doesnt have the metalic aftertaste that some others do. probably one of my favorites of this style so far.

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Photo of hops4me
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear orange/amber in color. I poured it rough but no real head formed. What little head formed quickly fell into the beer leaving no lacing. Smells malty. Caramel sweetness in the aroma with a faint toasted smell. Taste the same caramel in the smell right up front in the taste. A bit of hop flavor/bitterness in the middle. Definite toasted flavor in the aftertaste. Bitterness hangs on the mouth as well to balance the sweetness nicely. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. This is a nice beer. Not as big as some of the O'fests I have had lately but maybe you don't like a malt bomb for an O'fest. I was pleasantly surprised it was good since the sale of the brewery. Easy drinking and satisfying as well.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, cloudy amber color with a nice half inch of foamy white head. The retention isn't too bad, but there is virtually no lacing.

Smell: Pretty standard for the style, biscuity sweet. Nothing to see here.

Taste: A pretty solid, sweet biscuity taste to it. Refreshing and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied for an Oktoberfest. Nice texture, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A good Oktoberfest, one of the better ones I have had this season. Simply put, I would gladly reach for another one of these.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich, rusty brown. About the color of peat moss. Butter cream colored head that dissipated after two sips.

Smell: Caramel and oatmeal.

Taste: Fantastically autumn-like. Toast, rye, just a hint of chocolate. A little sour/bitter bite on the finish but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel: Clean and effervescent.

Drinkability: Very. This beer is perfect for a crisp fall day and the aromas and tastes compliment the smell of fallen leaves while sitting on the porch. This brew would also compliment a mediu-bodied cigar very well with neither overpowering the other.

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Photo of Darkale
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Earthy, hoppy aroma. Sweet and musty. Fast dark tan head dissipates rapidly. Thin but tenacious lacing.

Chewy in the mouth. Taste of charcoal mixed in with the sweet. Almost like a thin barleywine or double bock. This is a very dark, very sweet Octoberfest. Chewy and deep. Enjoyable, especially given the lighter Oktoberfest beers making the rounds in the fall of '03.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/28/05. Clear amber color, lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Thick rocky tan head. Very good retention, and lacing. Soft toasty aroma, grainy as well. Toasty, bread-like malt character followed by a good amount of bitterness. Very smooth. Light to medium body, good carbonation. Bitterness lingers on the tongue quite a bit. Pretty hoppy for an O-fest, but very nice. A good offering.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber orange in color with a thin head. Decent lacing painted the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness is nice but mild. Little else detected.

Taste: caramel, some mild bitterness, and a hint of earthiness and fruit sweetness towards the finish makes up a straight forward beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Aftertaste is brief. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to drink beer here. This is a decent option when looking for an oktoberfest style. This one was nice and fresh on tap.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks JB
Softer aroma and toasty. Malts dominate and fairly simple.
Head is minimal upon pouring and quickly scatters to a ring and a smear. Orangish copper and brilliantly clear. Some bubbles rising.
Malt flavors with a tangy bitterness which moves to a gradually rising dryness that doesn't seem to grow beyond a medium point, but lasts a good long while. Nice sweetness up front, but not that sweet beyond that point.
Nice moderate feel with a full carbonation that doesn't feel excessive, rather adds enjoyability. Thirst quenching, somehow.
Highly drinkable and sips leave one wanting more.

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Photo of marc77
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear garnet hue. Lean, vanilla white head yields loose, meandering lace. Soft, toasted malt with a dark toffee edge. Herbal Hallertauer twang along with hints of caramelized nuts and buttery malt. Well rounded aromawise. Flavorwise, medium lovibond caramel malt with toasty Vienna base forms a strudy, but tame malt backbone. Understated, nutty melanoidin undertone. Functional, stately hop bitterness balances residual sweetness and lends overll dryness. Sweetly herbal, slightly grassy hop flavor. Lightly bodied and brisk, but appropriately so considering the gently malt character. Buttery toast notes surface as the beer warms. Clean, nearly immaculate flavor profile. Finishes dry, with fleeting simple caramel sweetness. A tasty, balanced, but perhaps overly simple fest. Highly drinkable and very well crafted, regardless.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More drinkable than I expected. A smooth malty flavor. Slight sweetness. Low hoppiness. A mild yeasty scent. My first Octoberfest of the season, so maybe I am being more generous in my review because of this. A pleasant drink.
Had to get a six pack while on vacation...Old Dominion is not available in NJ yet.
I was in Rebohoth, saw Dogfish and Evolution on tap everywhere, but not this brand. Wonder why.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This year’s version features a much more heavily toasted malt character than in past vintages. In fact, the palate has almost smokey character. Sure there are nice hints of caramel and grain, but the slightly smokey, deeply toasted malt is the real star of this brew.

Dominion always manages to produce an above-average and enjoyably drinkable Octoberfest, and with the mild but unexpected smokiness, this year’s version is no exception.


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Photo of dacrza1
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

date reviewed: 31 January 2013...
glassware: standard pilsner...
occasion: last 30 Rock ever...cannot quantify the sadness...
appearance: ambitiously bubbling copper body with a thcik, fluffy off-white head--sediment seems present...
aroma: pleasantly malty; sharply incisive at the throat--not a boring stand-still lager....
palate: short notes: mellow and smooth, nice a nice cigar...
taste: pearish, fruity, and surprisingly complex....some of it works, some of it trifles...
overall: a pleasant beer to experience and revisit--quite a sessionable drink...

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Photo of mattgreger
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours with a deep amber color and some light copper highlights. Small tan head that had a little bit of retention and followed by a bit of lacing

Aroma invites the nose to a decent array of smells. Up front there is a bit of a floral and almost caramel smell. The middle has a strong touch of toffe and roasted malts. The aroma finishes with nice bread and fruit smell. Everything people look for in an Märzen/Oktoberest.

The taste of this brew follows up pretty well with the aroma. There is a bit of the floral and caramel up front. The malts and toffee are hinted in there as well and it finishes with a wonderful bready/fruit, almost boozy ending. Very good

The brew has a medium body. Its fairly creamy and delicate. There is a bit of a bitterness that hangs on as you drink this brew...its a very good brews

Drinkabilitiy is very easy on this one. The flavors are right on and it gives you a great warming feeling inside. Just like a true fall Oktoberfest should. Another great brew by Dominion.

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Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear stale orange/bronze mixture decent cream colored head falls fast where is my lace?

Aroma is malty some toasted caramel malt mixed with bready malt light citrus/spicey type hops herbal mixed with light grapefruit.

Taste is malty light strange almost vinegar like flavor for a second not bad but different. Finish is lingering malt and good supply of hops for a Oktoberfest again the grapefruit mixed with herbal hops and some light nuttiness from the toasted caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is little lighter then medium the nice carbonation adds to the flavor and spice in this one.

Drinkability is good, little more hops then most oktoberfest which is not bad.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful golden-copper, amber color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass

Aroma: Very malty and very bready, like freshly baked sourdough or French baguettes. I get notes of black pepper, and caramel, as well as floral notes of clover and honey.

Taste: Very similar to the beer’s aroma. Very malty and bready up front, with notes of black pepper, caramel, salted butter, honey, all beautifully balanced with some hoppy bitterness at the finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Beautifully crafted, beautifully balanced, beautifully flavored, this is one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. I love it!

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Solid marzen. Wish they were still Virginia owned... but I can't hold that against this beer. Tastes like it should, according to style guides, though didn't blow me out of the water. Would buy again.

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Photo of longdivision
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copper with floating sediment. Head quickly died.
S - Dominating sweetness, bready
T - Sweet bready malts up front. Some vanilla too. There was a very slight hop bitterness at the finish that bites the palette.
M - Medium not difficult to drink
O- A pretty good o-fest beer, but leans on the sweeter side, so it may not be for everyone.

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Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack from Giant Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Autumnal copper with bubbly tall caramel chew colored head with decent retention and scattered lacing.

S: Aromas are on par with classic marzen but emphasis the leafier side of the spicy, earthy hops smells. Malts are sweet and caramelly but take a back seat.

T: Hits all the Oktoberfest beer high points and then augments with some solid earhty, leafy hops to play off slightly better than middle-of-the-road malting. The end result is a leafier, more raw marzen with the right amount of crispness and dryness. More sweetness in the toffee direction would help this brew.

M: Good body but I still wish it had a little more body. Carbonation is right on and the aftertaste is long and hoppy.

D: A very good marzen from Dominion. I'm hoping their other brews sustain the past level of quality despite the change in management... Beach House Pilsner was not a good start, but this marzne has evened the score.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown/amber color. It has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Smells really malty with a hint of hoppiness. A bit of grassiness comes out as well.

Taste: An interesting take on the Oktoberfest style. Has a sweet maltiness to it that brings to mind apple or grape juice. A bit of hoppy bitterness in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with slightly too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly an interesting Oktoberfest. This one doesn't really taste like others of the style but it's still worth tasting.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - An active pour with swirling carbonation... Loads of tiny bubbles lock on the the side of the glass... not surprisingly, tons of carbonation rushes within... A thin fizzy light than head that is turns slightly rocky before leaving a reach full creamy lacing... A deep rich amber color with copper highlights...

S - Slightly floral... Inviting caramel... Bursting with toffee... Pale malts... Slightly bready... Some ripened dark fruits... Even pick a touch of booziness...

T - A complex malt forward marzen... Bread pudding.... Caramel... Toffee... Pale malts... Some fig.... Even a touch of piney hops on the finish...

M - Rich creamy foam touches the lips first... Medium bodied... The creaminess and lushness is off the charts... A slight bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth...

D - A Marzen that exceeded my expectations... An assertive interpretation that was well received by this BA... Sessionable and easy going sip after sip... I recommend and would gladly drink again... A job very nicely done by the folks at Dominion...

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Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with no foam, only a layer of small bubble around the glass

S - Light malt aroma with a bit of honey and some spice

T - caramel malts and a bit of hop in the finish

M/D - medium easy drinking Oktoberfest that was a nice brew. Its right in the middle when it comes to my choice for an Oktoberfest.

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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.