Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 127
Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed orange-copper with maize highlights. The head is dewy beige in color and is creamy and soft rather than stiff and sturdy. It persists nicely though and lays down an acceptable amount of lace in random splotches. The nose is toasted malty and lightly spicy with noble hops relegated to the background.

On the palate, the beer is toasted caramel malty and spicy, just as in the nose. Hop bitterness is more apparent than hop flavor, with both more assertive than in most versions of the style. Octoberfest is a member of the hoppy-dry marzen school rather than the sweet-malty one. The finish is dry and exceptionally clean. Given the relative lack of sugar, it's no surprise that the body is no more than light-medium.

This is a tough call. I love hops, but I also like those malty, slightly sweet Oktoberfests. Judged on its merits and not on what I wish it was, this is good, but not outstanding, beer. If I had ready access to it every fall, I'd probably alternate it with one of the maltier versions and get the best of both worlds. Thanks to meathookjones for kickin' in the extra.

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A rather bland and watery aroma to this. Some sweet toffee malt and a little bit of bread. Maybe some yeast notes and a few fruit esters to it as well. Light hop aroma.

T: Sort of watery on the palate as well. It's got a slight vegetal note and some earthy hop flavors. Bread and toffee provide some sweetness.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Just too many flaws to this and too watery.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy smokes! I just found a review I had e-mailed to myself waaay back in August 2009. Was the site down? Was I simply too pressed for time to properly enter it? Who can say!

12 ounce bottle from Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, darkened amber body with a half inch of off-white suds. A little lax in the lacing department.

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose with some bready aspects to it alongside some fruity estery and whiffs of mild, lightly spicy hops.

Taste: Light, bready German maltiness with a decidedly sugary sweetness to it. Some juicy berry-like fruitiness arrives early on. Light Noble hop character with a modest amount of steady spiciness to it and an overall mild bitterness. For me, the beer takes on an herbal, somewhat tea-like quality as it warms a tad. Finishes semi-dry and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's fair. While not one of the more richer, more graceful examples of the style, it goes down fairly easily. I gotta give it that!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Look: Thin frothing, rudy amber hue

Smell: Mild sweetness, grassy, malty breadiness, mild herbal hop, toasted bread

Taste: Decent smoothness, clean graininess, fresh bread, toasted grain, full-on maltiness, subtle herbal hops flavor, balancing hop bitterness, bread crust finish, ends dry

A good O-fest, hits all of the right buttons but does not exactly wow. Still a good rendition to check out.

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 7/24/2012. Pours lightly hazy and cloudy orange copper color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, light grass, and herbal hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of apricot, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, nuttiness, brown bread, grass, light roasted grain, and herbal hop spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, nuttiness, light roasted grain, grass, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Nice flavor balance and robustness; with almost zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest style. Very nice flavor robustness and balance; and very smooth to drink. I enjoyed this quite a bit, well done.

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%

Feels kind of strange drinking an octoberfest beer on this warm, muggy night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild a bit of malts. Taste is also very light, some toasted malts, not a lot of flavor here. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer, but seems to be lacking and real flavor or punch.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mixed and matched this at the House of 1,000 beers. I think I paid around 2.50 for the single. Color is fair enough for the style. Light amber brown with a slight opaque colored head which seems to stick around for a bit. Smell is a clash of herbal like hops and German malts. Not too much caramel or toasted malt.

Flavor is about the same. Herbal hops, mild husky toast grain and some sweetness toward the finish. Simple but I am guessing they hopped it too much since it's kind of bitter. Mouthfeel is about par to style giving me a light to medium bodied beverage.

Overall it's pretty much hit or miss with this beer company and this one is a sure fire miss. Cut back to maybe a couple types of hops and this would be much more drinkable.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 6th August 2008, into my Guinness glass

A: Deep amber with a small light brown head that recedes to a disk. Plenty of carbonation. Solid!

S: Hoppy with some leafy hops. Mildly bready with some butterscotch that's rather unappealing. Mildly yeasty.

T: Overly bready with some caramel sweetness. Some butterscotch. Finish is dry and mildly hoppy and mildly sweet. Decent

M: Pleasing body and good carbonation but the finish is a little more bitter than i'd like

D: Solid stuff, glad I got to try it

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery amber with a decent white head that doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is strongly malty with a yeasty hint and a subtle earthy undertone. Flavor is malty and a little earthy, with what may be a touch of cloves and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is nice and smooth, not very tingly.

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
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!

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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%

Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Octoberfest of the season. Poured an orange-amber color with profound off-white head. Smell is of roasted malt with notes of bread dough. Taste is strongly of malt and caramel. Finishes nutty with a little bit of hop coming through. Another good beer from Dominion.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a crystal clear deep amber with a slightly off-white head that fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was vienna malts with a deep caramel and a slight DMS.

The flavor was crisp but with a slight corny (DMS) nature. Vienna malts and caramel permeated the flavor, bittering was high enough to balance and keep the sweetness from the malts in check.

The finish was just dry with lingering caramel maltiness. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 02 Sept 2004.

Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap here recently at a local restaurant.

Served in a pint glass.

A: Poured an orange color, with a slight chill haze, and minuscule white head.

S: I got some bread with some German malt poking through the dough. Also, the fresh filtered water kinda reminded me of a melted lollipop.

T: This was slightly sweet, but not too Americanized. Nice balance between the sweet and the German mothball.

M: Nice spritz on the carbonation front, but I honestly wish this had a touch more bitterness for added character.

O: Nothing groundbreaking here, but I must say: I chugged my pint rather quickly.

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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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