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 womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at the Dulles airport in the Old Dominion bar/restaurant. Pours a dark brown, with a good head and fairly robust lacing.

Smell is good, strong of toffee and malt. Taste was good, reminded of the days I lived a couple of miles from the Old Dominion Brew Pub in Ashburn, VA (since bought by Anheuser-Busch and closed - boo, hiss).

A very good example of the Oktoberfest type of beer, although chilled it warms you with its look and feel. Taste is better than average, drinkability very good, mouthfeel is a little thin.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this very average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy but poured a pretty average head. The smell was nothing special, kinda smelled like beer.The taste however was really sweet and fact it was too sweet for me. I will not buy again.

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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 sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of 4 mid-atlantic fest beer tasting. (with Victory, Flying Dog and Starr Hill)

Pours a light copper color. Nice lacing. Beautiful marzen nose of sweet malts. Nutty. Nice smooth entry. Very traditional taste of rich malts and just the slightest hint of spicy noble hops. Mouthfeel is soft, but rounded. Fills out the palate nicely.

So easily drinkable. A really nice fest beer that would serve well for a fall evening session beer. Well done.

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Photo of droomyster
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, reddish copper with one and a half fingers of craggy, light tan foam. Toasted lager aromas are a bit more subdued than those of many of its kin; a touch of earthiness walks in the background. The taste, on the other hand, is solidly consistent with the style. Tons of toastiness dominate the front palate, with a bit of woody hops entering the middle. Notes of whole wheat bread are quite strong. The finish resembles the taste of artificial coffee sweeteners, but is not so overpowering that it ruins the flavor. The overall impression of that of an interestingly toasty but overly sweet beer that needs more IBUs to find its balance.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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 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 DuaneSCarr
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle in my refrig last week. Opened it. STILL an awesome beer. Nice malts for being almost a year old!
Still very drinkable.
Color was very nice - copper,carmel.
Taste - nice sweet malt - like an O-Fest should taste - in my humble opinion.
Nice smell.
Very nice mouthfeel.
I was expecting a drain pour but it surprised me. Still very tasty and drinkable after a year in the back of my refrig.
Can't wait until the new fresh version is released!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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!

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Photo of Risser09
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pilsner - fridge - no bottling date - probably fall 2009

Appearance: Transparent, copper colored, with a fleeting off-white head. Plenty of rising bubbles and no lacing left behind.

Smell: Lager yeast, tutti frutti, melange of malts, and no hop aroma.

Taste: Sweet with sugar, cereal, cherry, strawberry and some lager yeast. A noble hop aftertaste balances the beer well.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, medium bodied, some alcohol and hops in the finish. A solid beer.

Drinkability: A little sweet for me, but it is great for a festbier of which can usually be quite mild. I will drink another!

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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 whtguitarguy
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good Maerzen. Pours to an amber-brown color with a small head, that rises and goes away quickly. Nose is filled with flowery hoppy aromas with roasted malt and a faint sweet note. The flavor is rather unassuming and not overpowering. A good balance of hops and roasted malts. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, coats well, no heavy aftertaste.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a razor thin white head into a tumbler that was gone almost immediately. the body was reddish-amber.
s - lightly spiced with a hint grain.
t - caramel, nutty with that tastes of sweet bread.
m - medium thickness.
d - decent beer, had better and had worse.

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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 Schmidts
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle I had two of these right away poured brown amber with a small head.
Smells of sweet Malts and caramel.
Taste it has a very nice maltly taste with a hint of caramel and a nice touch of Hops not heavy just night. It is one of the most refreshing October fests I have ever had!
In your mouth it is smooth with a meduim body

It is very Drinkable I had two right away when I was writing my notes on it.

This is one I will get every year a great version of one of my favorite beer types October fest they hit the nail on the head with this one give it a try before all the October fests are gone till next year.

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Photo of thartman
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle brownish copper color, minimal head and lacing. Caramel and malt on the nose with a smooth malty taste, with some mild hop bitterness mostly on the finsh, decent carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. This is a good rendition of an Octoberfest style, better than I expected. Worth trying if you like a Marzen style brew.

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Photo of kshankar
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a white head, decent retention

Aroma is of malts...not much else going for it. Rather mild

Taste is malty with little else going on. It has a slightly hoppy finish, but not enough..the malts end up being the major part of the already mild flavor profile

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation

Well its drinkable..its not the best marzen out there, but I could easily have another one. And really, it isn't all that bad. I've just had better.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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

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Photo of Kadonny
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into a mug.

A: A medium to dark copper with a two finger white head.

S: Sweet caramel malts with some grainy bready notes.

T: Malts take the show here giving off a very sweet bready, caramel malt flavor. Some toffee and even some sugar sweetness. Slight grassy notes but not hop bitterness. I expected a bit more. Finish remains sweet and coating.

M: Coating but sticky sweet. No alcohol detected.

D: For me it was low, it needed some more balance.

Overall not a great Ofest in my opinion. In fact, OD had not produced any beer that has been memorable for me. Sorry.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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