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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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205 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002)
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Photo of jaluria
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

jaluria, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%

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

bruachan, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.65/5  rDev +31%

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

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Px2GrafX
3.3/5  rDev -7%

beautiful red-orange color. clear, but head deminishes almost immediately. strong caramelly sweet malty aroma. maybe some fruit, but mostly just a sugary sweet smell. malty sweet flavor followed by a cooked vegetable overcast. very german noble hop character as well. drinks easy and has a nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. vegetable flavor hinders, though. not my style, as i've stated before, but i'm trying to get into the season! i love dominion, but it's just not happening for me.

Px2GrafX, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

mcallister, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.03/5  rDev -42.8%

Bottled 8/2/06
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.

klewis, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of KFaulkner
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Picked this up while in Winchester, VA. I always like to grab some new Octoberfests as they start rolling out.

Although this isn't my favorite style, I usually enjoy them and this was no exception. It poured copper/gold color with light carbonation; I noticed another reviewer commented negatively on its effervescence, but I did not have this problem. The beer foamed up a little and disappated quickly.

It tastes slightly sweet and slightly sour. Not particulary hoppy, but has a grainy hint to it. It's extremely drinkable and I could easily go through a number of these. I like beers like this as the summer gives way to fall. Overall a decent octoberfest selection.

KFaulkner, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

Maybe i just dont like the style...

Dark amber/brown with minimal head that dissipated quickly and no lacing. Smell is innocuous - toasty malts, caramel sweetness, and a hint of sourness. Body really killed this beer - effervescent to the point of stinging. Way too thin - no real substance.

I dont know - it's not bad, but i didnt really care for it.

Lnedrive14, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of deejaydan
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%

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!

deejaydan, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of skynxnex
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

skynxnex, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of DrainBamage
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

DrainBamage, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

Slightly dark amber, small head that disappears quickly. Bland nose with little malty or hoppy notes...similar to other styles by OD, this one has hints of butter beneath the water odor. Lagerish taste, malt and hops are blended well, but nothing exciting is happening here. Then again, nothing bad is happening either. There is a bit of roughness at the edges and toward the end of the taste. The butteriness makes it presence known without being overly assertive. Mouthfeel is thin. Despite these shortcomings, it isn't unpleasant and is an easy to quaff brew. But why?

pentathlete, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

Bierguy5, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

$2 16oz. pints at CAH last Sunday.

Clear slight orangish-tinted amber. Finger-thin layer of off-white lace. Nice rings as the glass was drained. Hints of roasted malt and some caramel, backed up by some spice. Same for the flavor. Nothing awe-inspiring. More hoppy and bitter-dry in the finish than expected. There's some spices mixed in, but not very assertive. Decent mouthfeel. Not too drinkable. Not sure what the off-flavor was, but it just didn't "feel" like an Oktoberfest beer.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

mntlover, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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%

RBorsato, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

Gritsak, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

tgbljb, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

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.

meathookjones, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

Dithyramb, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of AndIWantYou
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Nice head which fades with no lacing after about 2 minutes. A beautiful orange color in the glass. I have never had an Oktoberfest before, but if this brew is typical of the style, I'll have another.

Hoppy, but in a different way than I usually think of hoppiness. Much more tasty and not just bitter like I expected. The aftertaste lingers in the back of my throat and tastes like I think a beer this color and consistency "should".

All in all, another fine example of Dominion quality beer.

AndIWantYou, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev +7%

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.

marc77, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

JISurfer, Oct 26, 2003
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.