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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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 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 mcallister
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale orange/mohagony with very little white head that dissipates quickly. An average looking O-fest.

Sweet candied malts with fruity undertones. Not sure I've ever smelled an O-fest like this one. Very sweet smelling.

Nice...and I like the approach to the style. It is however somewhat thin yet refreshing. Sweet fruits and malt yet the malt is very thin. No meat to this beer whatsoever. No hops either. But interesting to try. (434 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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... (1,072 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden coppery color with a thin, fast fading off white head. Smell is of roasted malt with notes of bread dough and sweet fruits. Taste strongly of malts and caramel with a hint of spice. Finish is nutty with a very light hoppiness coming through. Medium body with good carbonation. (298 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A filtered copper body with one-finger of white head that fades quickly into a ring of lace. Lacing proper isn't very impressive, though isn't a complete loss, with a few eruptions here and there. Carbonation is of a medium size and fairly slow.

Aroma: Major buttery malts here, very prominent. There's some faint something else, but it's mostly just toffee/toasty butterscotch/taffy notes.

Taste: Butterscotch ahoy! Diacetyls are through the roof on this one, with some mild balancing bitterness and a grassy, tart twinge the only things present to keep them in check. It's not "bad," it's just pretty average.

Mouthfeel: Very big and fluffy, full-bodied, but light and only slightly uneven.

Drinkability: A pretty average Oktoberfest, with all those buttery malts hiding anything else that might be there. They're not bad - i.e., they don't remind of me of rank yeast diacetyls or anything - but they do get sort of cloying after a while. Not a go-to Oktoberfest, but not a bad beer. (1,087 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (918 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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! (968 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into mug

Crystal clear copper color with a thin off white head that doesn't last long. Very little lacing.

The aroma and taste are pretty light, mostly malt with a bit of sweet sugar left over. The taste has a little bit of hidden complexity though. A bit of dark sugar and creaminess mingles in the middle. The sweetness lingers until the end, leaving no hop bitterness, providing a smooth finish.

This isn't the boldest Oktoberfest but it has a good quality to it. Perfect if you're in need of an Oktoberfest when you're at Old Dominion, but I'm not sure if I would persue it, except to maybe support a local brewery. (629 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a strange Oktoberfest. I thought it was a little too hoppy for me. It's taste was initially hoppy, but then faded into a malty taste, which was good. It didn't have that feel to it that most Oktoberfest brews had. I can;t really explain it, but if you drink a Sam Adams Oktoberfest, you'll know what I am talkin about. It was bubbly in the mouth and a coated the throat. All in all, not a bad brew, but not the best. (425 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Phatz
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
Cheers! (803 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange with a half finger of white bubbles that melts quikly to thin lace.
Aromas are sweet and fruity amber malts.
Flavors of sweet toasted amber malts with a touch of light fruits with a slight hint of vinegar.
Mouthfeel is creamy and aftertaste becomes the light fruit with a touch of alcohol.
Thanks MuenchenerKindl for the chance to try this Octoberfest. (378 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brighter amber color with a moderate cream head. Smells slightly toasty and a tad hoppy. Some herbal elements in there as well. Taste is fruity sweet to begin with but there's an underlying toasted malt component. Hoppier than almost any O-fest I've had. Spicy and herbal hops are right there with the toasty malts. Not really too rich or caramelly, which is what I usually like in an O-fest. Body is a bit too light for my liking but the flavors are enjoyable. Overall, this was different but enjoyable. I don't know if I would get it again however. (550 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought over for me by dkachur... thanks, Dan!

A: Clean, lighter gold... head is a little disappointing and doesn't last long, but the remains of it do leave some nice sticky lace on just over half the glass.

S + T: Bread 'n butter... some light caramel notes in both the aroma and on the palate (which also tastes like buttered bread!) but it's lacking a little outside of that. It still manages to be a decent beer, but something seems to be missing. It comes across to me more like a Vienna Lager than an Oktoberfest (but with a little bigger flavour profile, perhaps).

M + D: A bit of a sharp carbonated kick, sorta medium bodied, and a smooth finish. Drinking it is easy... might not be up to the flavour and aroma I've come to expect from the style, but it goes down really easily and would work just fine for a weekend of relaxing and putting a few back! (866 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber with a thin light tan head 

S-burnt bitter grains with a touch of dark honey. 

T-comes in with a fairly decent taste of bitter dark grains. Has a touch of honey. I like it. It's definitely darker and more harsh than I like my octoberfest styles.

M-high carbonation with a watery finish

O-well it's not a bad beer. It's just not good if you're really looking for  an octoberfest. It's a bit darker tasting (424 characters)

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 mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (743 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife brought me a couple of bottles of Dominion Octoberfest from a recent visit to the east coast. Poured in to a pint glass.

Appears a tarnished copper color and clear. A thin frothy off-white head builds and dissipates quickly.

Smell is faint, a sweet malted grain aroma, with a little floral peat fragrance.

Taste is a roasted sweet beat flavor, with a bit of a lager-ish acerbic character. Something of a biter smokey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied, but zesty. Well carbonated and clean.

As drinkable an O-fest as you could want to have. The lager style makes the taste a bit unusual. (601 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 russwbeck
2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (345 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 barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice crystal clear amber color with a nice offwhite head

S - light caramel malts wiht a hint of fruit sweetness.

T - light bitter hops, caramel malts and a hint of fruit sweetness

M - medium light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp clean finish with a light bitter hop aftertaste.

D - nice beer overall

It must only be me, it seems most oktoberfest / marzen's these days seem to have more of a hop note than I remember the style to be. This was nice but falls into the same vein of nice but hoppier than I expected. (523 characters)

Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.