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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

218 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 Honeycutt
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Honeycutt, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark copper/amber color with an inch thick, creamy head that leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Caramel, roasted malts, and sweet.

Taste - This is way different than any other Octoberfest I've ever had. The bottle says they use 8 different malts and 4 hop varieties. Mostly what I taste is roasted malts, light caramel, it's quite hoppy, and has a weird floral bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall - I give them props for trying something different but I'm not too fond of this beer.

jsisko01, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of mckenziac
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

mckenziac, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of jak3676
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

jak3676, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

bubseymour, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

rolltide8425, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
4/5  rDev +12.4%

WDJersey, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of nwatson
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

nwatson, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

PGVG, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +12.4%

bconsidine, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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!

jtierney89, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Kgrubb1224
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Kgrubb1224, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of mzeld
3/5  rDev -15.7%

mzeld, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

JakeDebus, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Danimal584
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Danimal584, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of reynolds2121
3/5  rDev -15.7%

reynolds2121, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

amstokesdb9, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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

AdamBear, Aug 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

THECPJ, Jun 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

briandaube, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of songoose
4/5  rDev +12.4%

songoose, May 08, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.