Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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2.03/5 rDev -42.8%
Listed at 5.4% ABV
A: Pours a dark golden with a small fizzy head that quickly settles and disappears without leaving a wisp or hint of its brief existence.
S: Slightly malty with a corn-like vegetal smell.
T: Like the smell, but a bit more amplified. Sweet up front and quickly followed by a dull garden vegetable taste.
M: Light in body and slick with moderate-high carbonation.
D: This is not a good beer. Don't buy this.
09-20-2006 02:28:51 | More by klewis
2.25/5 rDev -36.6%
This beer pours a bold, clear rust color with no head or lace. It's aroma is of nuts and toast and not much more. The flavor is nutty with hints of toast and ice tea. The mouthfeel is light and watery. Old Dominion Dominion Octoberfest is an okay beer. Not much flavor and way too thin for the style but it'll do in a pinch. Slightly recommended.
10-25-2011 00:01:06 | More by B967ierhunter177
2.28/5 rDev -35.8%
A: Amber pour with about a finger of white head.
S: Toffee, caramel malts, maybe a grassiness or water mixed in. Sort of strange.
T: The taste is not great. Tons of malts, caramel, the watery taste, dry finish.
MF: Light and carbonated well. Very dry and weird aftertaste that sticks around for a long time
O: One and done, this was no good.
11-01-2011 04:57:07 | More by russwbeck
2.6/5 rDev -26.8%
12oz bottle, glass jar, bottled 8/17/13.
It's a nice, deep orange amber. The head is loose bubbles and doesn't have much staying power.
Aroma is slightly grainy and lager-like; barely there.
It's a bit nutty with a little of the herbal numbing noble hop in the tail end. Dry cracker yeast. There isn't an abundance of flavor either.
Typical lager lightness and effervescence.
My overall impression is typical low-flavor lager with more caramel or maybe Munich malt added.
09-14-2013 21:41:45 | More by brewerburgundy
2.63/5 rDev -25.9%
12 oz., bottled 8/20/07 - sampled when it was four months old. The beer pours a sedimented auburn, with low carbonation and an inch of tan head that leaves little lace. Vinous and oxidized in the nose, and the flavor adds to this toasted malts, and grassy hops that impart a medium bitterness, but you can definitely taste that this one is past its prime. The body is light, well-carbonated, and imparts a light/medium finish. This isn't really a fair review because this brew is oxidized, but you'd think that a beer from a respectable brewer such as Dominion would last at least six months without significant change, especially because this brew was probably filtered and pasteurized. Ah well, if I try a fresher sample I'll edit my review.
03-13-2008 22:05:54 | More by mmmbeer
2.65/5 rDev -25.4%
Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a 6-ounce taster glass.
A: Clean, bright orange copper color with a one-finger head of creamy white foam which settled out pretty quickly and left no lace.
S: Minimal toasted grains, herbal, grassy hops and a predominantly metallic nose.
T: Quick flash of toasted malts with a little caramel and biscuit flavor before dry, grassy German hops trickle across the palate. This is overtaken by a light, watery, grainy and slightly metallic taste that ushers in a dry, bubbly finish. Not a whole lotta good flavor to be had.
M: Thin, clean, dry and a bit over-carbonated of a marzen for my liking.
O: There's a stab in the dark at German authenticity in this marzen, but overall it fails to achieve anything but mediocre red lager success in terms of flavor. AT 5.8% I'd rather sip on something worth its weight in malts. Pass on this okay-looking but none-too-flavorful fall lager.
08-15-2011 13:58:46 | More by Gambrinus1184
2.68/5 rDev -24.5%
Old Dominion - Octoberfest!
Bottled in Ahsburn, VA I don't think you'll find too wide-spread of a distribution outside of the VA and surrounding area. Which is kinda a shame.
I haven't been a huge fan of many of their other offerings, but I'm kinda liking their märzen. It's a bit darker, and thicker than some I've had, hazy. Some others have described the flavor with hints of toast, slightly nutty with some browned honey. I've never been one for trying to describe what something tastes like - it tastes like a darker than average Oktoberfest beer to me. It's definately a bit rougher that most. But, I think they're accurate in their description.
I like the strength of it, 5.9 ABV which puts in the range of most of its peers and nicely above the average American Lager. The bottling date says 7/10/12 which goes against the tradition, but I'm not sure how many compainies bottles beer and then lets it lager over the summer anymore (at least intentionally).
I wish I liked it more, but overall it seems too rough for me.
09-20-2012 20:24:55 | More by jak3676
2.68/5 rDev -24.5%
A-Amber/brown and slightly hazy. 1/2 inch head from a semi-aggressive pour fell to a thin ring and coat in no time. Had a little lacing that followed the beer back down the glas after a swirl.
S-This is this beers best quaility. malts, coffee, caramel, yeast, bread, quite interesting.
T&M-buiscuit malts, a littel yeast, maybe a little hop but not much. Acidic finish and a little sour. Way to fizzy carbonation and watery light body
D-I really couldn't have more than two of these bad boys and I certainly wouldn't persue it for purchase.
Overall-A beer club selection for the season. I am not too familair with this style. I hope I did not bash the beer too hard if it is true to style.
12-07-2006 17:32:01 | More by jackorain
2.75/5 rDev -22.5%
12 oz bottle into a mug.
Pours a clear copper, with 2-3 fingers of off-white foamy head. This settles down in a rich ½ finger or so, leaving back relatively robust looking cascade of sudsy lacing. The aroma smells of floral notes and earthy citrus for the most part, with a faint sweetness on the edges. This sticky ripe sweetness of the nose really starts to stand out after a bit.
The taste is similar, with a ripe and earthy core that is surrounded by a sticky toasted sweetness. There is some bitterness to this but not a lot of crispness, as this finishes with a bit of a raw and earthy feeling dry pithiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of sharpness up front that then gets much more bubbly and creamy feeling along the back. This is overall a little too soft feeling in the mouth.
I wasn’t very impressed with this. That ripe citrus character just dominated a bit too much in the profiles and this just lacked crispness and overall presence on the palate. I won’t be trying it again.
09-27-2012 18:50:26 | More by Kegatron
2.78/5 rDev -21.7%
bottled 9/2/08 consumed 10/3/08
My first offering from the Old Dominion Brewing Co. The Oktoberfest pours a transparent orange brown color with a small but slightly sticky off white head. Very sweet caramel malts directly up front, as well as notes of corn syrup, candi sugar and cotton candy. Butterscotch and solid caramel malt backbone is most apparent while tasting although it is not a match for the fruity hop undertones through out. Odd spices begin to surface once the yeast character is picked up, cinnamon, brown sugar and a few earthy esters. Over all this beer is too sweet, for everything going on this beer remains dull and devoid of positive character. I never got that "fall" feeling while drinking this beer, nor could i drink it all day in the Oktoberfest setting. I'd say you should avoid this one.
10-14-2008 17:55:00 | More by ATPete
2.78/5 rDev -21.7%
A: seems dead: little head, no beads; copper color
S: thin, sweet malty smell
T: spiced, hoppy, hay flavor; not pronounced; personally, this was not exactly to my taste
M: a tad bit watery, but ok otherwise
D: not all that inviting for repeats
Of the regionally distributed October beers I've had this year, the Sam Adams has had most appeal.
09-13-2010 14:17:06 | More by Arithmeticus
2.8/5 rDev -21.1%
A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber hue topped by just over two fingers of cream-colored head. Takes a minute or so to dissipate to about a half-inch.
S: Bready and caramel notes mostly, faint hint of the cleanness that a lager possesses.
T: Very malty palate up front, and not in a pleasing sense either. Caramel flavor gets lost amidst a malt profile that just doesn't seem to cut it, almost bland and adjuncty with a slightly metallic taste. Also, this one is hopped somewhat strangely; it doesn't seem to jive with the direction this brew takes at the outset. Finish is drying and not very satisfying, as most lagers of repute are.
M: Carbonation is adequate, but there is a sharp feel from the metallic taste that seems rather odd.
D: The Marzen/Oktoberfest seems like a tough beer to master. It takes skill to create balance for a flavor combination that refreshes yet provides a solid malt backbone. This one doesn't reach those heights, and lagers make it more difficult to hide imperfections. Seems like this should go back to the drawing board.
10-20-2007 21:25:27 | More by CharlieMopps
2.8/5 rDev -21.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet without leaving much lacing
Smell: Malty aroma, with plenty of caramel
Taste: Starts with a malty flavor, that lacks the anticipated caramel tone; by mid-palate, an ashen charcoal flavor arrives that is totally out of style; the finish tones down the charcoal but leaves an unexpected burnt caramel finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: I'm afraid this beer does not hit the style nor does it qualify as a good smoked beer either
10-11-2007 02:20:01 | More by brentk56
2.83/5 rDev -20.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.
Appearance: Pours a translucent copper color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates down to nothing fairly quickly.
Smell: Smells primarily of sweet, caramel malts. Not really much else there.
Taste: Mildly hoppy up front. Finishes sweet with caramel and other malts. Kind of ho-hum in this department.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light to medium body.
Overall: A pretty pedestrian Octoberfest-style beer. Nothing really makes it stand out from the other hundred O-fests put out this time of year. Not bad, but not something really worth seeking out.
09-25-2012 01:48:38 | More by mckenziac
2.95/5 rDev -16.9%
Truth is this was probably the most disappointing beer of the Oktoberfest tasting we did. I am surprised because I have never been disappointed by Old Dominion Brewing Co. Maybe the bottles were mishandled or it is just a bit of a skunky grassy style Marzen.
Appearance: Clear garnet color with an off white head.
Smell: hints of grain, toffee and grass
Taste: Artificially sweet with nuts and sour fruit. Maybe it was my palate or a bad batch but I personally didn't really enjoy this Marzen. The club tasting ranked this at the bottom of our 10 Oktoberfests included; not bad just really not impressive
Mouthfeel: Light body for an O-fest.
Drinkability: After adjusting to this different approach to a Marzen it was drinkable; though not my favorite.
Hope this is helpful.
11-17-2006 02:56:00 | More by Phatz
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.