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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 234
Avg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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 DefenCorps
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich, rusty brown. About the color of peat moss. Butter cream colored head that dissipated after two sips.

Smell: Caramel and oatmeal.

Taste: Fantastically autumn-like. Toast, rye, just a hint of chocolate. A little sour/bitter bite on the finish but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel: Clean and effervescent.

Drinkability: Very. This beer is perfect for a crisp fall day and the aromas and tastes compliment the smell of fallen leaves while sitting on the porch. This brew would also compliment a mediu-bodied cigar very well with neither overpowering the other.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color into my glass with a sustaining 2-fingers thick of head that is white to a light tan in color. Body is somewhat hazy as well.

Aroma reminds me a lot of butterscotch as well as a white grapes or maybe even slight apple aroma. IT actually reminds me a bit of cider.

Flavors of caramel along with a crisp earthy hops hit my palate. Some slight fruit also comes out of this one, but rather bland honestly.

Very crisp and carbonation tingles my tongue a lot up front. Slight oily finish though.

Overall drinkability would be higher if a little less sweet I think. I really like Dominion brews, but this one misses the mark a little in my opinion. It'd make a solid session brew for a crisp autumn night though.

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Photo of hops4me
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear orange/amber in color. I poured it rough but no real head formed. What little head formed quickly fell into the beer leaving no lacing. Smells malty. Caramel sweetness in the aroma with a faint toasted smell. Taste the same caramel in the smell right up front in the taste. A bit of hop flavor/bitterness in the middle. Definite toasted flavor in the aftertaste. Bitterness hangs on the mouth as well to balance the sweetness nicely. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. This is a nice beer. Not as big as some of the O'fests I have had lately but maybe you don't like a malt bomb for an O'fest. I was pleasantly surprised it was good since the sale of the brewery. Easy drinking and satisfying as well.

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Photo of CpnYates
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good offering from Dominion this year. Bottled on the 6th of August this beer is only a few weeks old at time of sampling.

Poors a great almond/orange/ autum color.

Smell is malty, with a slight spice back.

The taste/ mouthfeel are exceptional, true to the style.. almost sticky sweet and malty with a nice lingering finish.

A great beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Lager's Pub in Baltimore. It poured a clear ruby brown with little to no head and mild lacing on the glass.
There wasn't much in the nose, except maybe some mild malt.
The taste was wonderful; Grass and sweet malt, caramel, very mild hops. Reminds me of a caramel pilsner with a touch of fruit. Maybe some wood in there.
The MF started semi dry and smooth but finished very mild in both sweetness and carbonation; almost a buttery caramel feel lon the tongue.
I was impressed; I've had so many Oktoberfests this season (including many AT Oktoberfest) and I really enjoyed this one. Hats off, ODBC.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber hue topped by just over two fingers of cream-colored head. Takes a minute or so to dissipate to about a half-inch.

S: Bready and caramel notes mostly, faint hint of the cleanness that a lager possesses.

T: Very malty palate up front, and not in a pleasing sense either. Caramel flavor gets lost amidst a malt profile that just doesn't seem to cut it, almost bland and adjuncty with a slightly metallic taste. Also, this one is hopped somewhat strangely; it doesn't seem to jive with the direction this brew takes at the outset. Finish is drying and not very satisfying, as most lagers of repute are.

M: Carbonation is adequate, but there is a sharp feel from the metallic taste that seems rather odd.

D: The Marzen/Oktoberfest seems like a tough beer to master. It takes skill to create balance for a flavor combination that refreshes yet provides a solid malt backbone. This one doesn't reach those heights, and lagers make it more difficult to hide imperfections. Seems like this should go back to the drawing board.

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Photo of brentk56
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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

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Photo of Atlas1
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, I'm becoming a little marzened out. It's shameful, I know, because it's only October 3rd, but I've already saturated my palate with so many Octoberfest beers this season that I've simply begun to lose interest. Still, I have a few left in the fridge that need a proper write-up. So here goes....

This one pours a bright copper color with a thin, one-finger, slightly off-white head that dissipates quickly but does leave behind trace elements of a hazy lace. The nose is standard issue malty marzen scented. Nice, but nothing spectacular. I get some spices in the aroma as well, although everything is muted just enough to remain undiscernable. It tastes good, but again nothing extraordinary here. Malty and spicy, with some nutmeg and faint orange peel. This flavor is actually the highlight of the beer, which I suppose is a good thing. Mouthfeel is firm, but a tad watery at times.

On the whole the folks at Old Dominion have produced another fine craft brewed beer. It's not great, and there is nothing about this Octoberfest beer that would stand out in a crowd, but it's solid and holds its own. I'd put back a couple of these at the bar if it were on tap, but I won't likely run out next year looking to find it.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, bottling date of 8/15/07 on the label, poured into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep reddish amber color, small carbonation bubbles rising within. The head formed a creamy off-white 2 fingers thick and faded into a relatively thick layer that retained nicely.

Aroma: Sweet toasted malts, hints of caramel and sugar as well.

Taste: Tasted caramel malts to start off, it goes kind of sweet in the middle with a slight hoppy bitterness showing through. The finish is sweet, with a slight smoky flavor lingering.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, a little watery. The carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: A decent Marzen beer, but not anything I'd spend time seeking out. Worth a try though.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This year’s version features a much more heavily toasted malt character than in past vintages. In fact, the palate has almost smokey character. Sure there are nice hints of caramel and grain, but the slightly smokey, deeply toasted malt is the real star of this brew.

Dominion always manages to produce an above-average and enjoyably drinkable Octoberfest, and with the mild but unexpected smokiness, this year’s version is no exception.


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Photo of BeerSox
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't worry, timtim IS a rookie! No burnt anything in this one. Believe me, if you spent all your life shotgunning Dale's Pale Ale, Green Flash IPA, and 90 minute, then the first actual taste of malt just may blow you away as it did to poor old timtim. I've seen the guy in action, so take it from me. This beer is medium bodied, round and smooth with a lush malt character that yet somehow lacks depth or complexity. Here's a word to take the mystique out of Octoberfest beer: Amber Lager. Sam Adams regular Boston Lager shows more breadth and depth than your average Bavarian fest beer these days. Are you a D.C. metro area local? Than by all means buy a sixer of this stuff, and grill up some sausages already. That's what I did, and don't invite timtim over, because he will punch you.

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Photo of timtim
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 2007 batch bottled on 8/20/07. poured darker than expected. almost brown with orangy highlights. little head. little lace. maybe i'm a rookie, but the malt smell is overpowering and it seems like the malt is roasted to burnt. hops in the background. the cooked malt does give it a kind of interesting coffee tinge. descent body but i'm just not fond of the malt used in this one, which makes it a hard drink for me.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Poured a cloudy brown with orange highlights and a medium off-white head. Good carbonation and head retention.

S - Smells of spiced malt with hops lingering in the background...all scents are on the mild side.

T - Not as strong as I had hoped. Some fruity notes atop the caramel-malt, but not enough to make a strong presence. Finishes with citrus-hops.

M - Thin body with an aftertaste that starts mildly bitter, but ends a little sour.

D - Stands out, but not in a very positive way. I had picked up 6 different beers from the brewery, and this was the most disappointing...but I'd still suggest picking one up; if for no other reason, than to compare it to other Marzens.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with a minor off white head. There is no lacing and poor retention.

Malts build the nose with scents of toffee and caramel. They aren't very strong but present none the less. There's a slightly funky lager yeast note as well but it's very minor.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Drinks smooth and a little dry with minor bitterness in the finish. The major taste presiding is a toffee malt character. There's an aftertaste of japanese rice crackers but it isn't too bad.

If I said it wasn't drinkable there would be throngs of angry Germans to disagree with me so lets just call it good, it goes down smooth enough.

Bottom Line:
It's not one of my favorite styles but it seemed true enough to itself to warrant a decent rating.

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Photo of jackorain
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Amber/brown and slightly hazy. 1/2 inch head from a semi-aggressive pour fell to a thin ring and coat in no time. Had a little lacing that followed the beer back down the glas after a swirl.

S-This is this beers best quaility. malts, coffee, caramel, yeast, bread, quite interesting.

T&M-buiscuit malts, a littel yeast, maybe a little hop but not much. Acidic finish and a little sour. Way to fizzy carbonation and watery light body

D-I really couldn't have more than two of these bad boys and I certainly wouldn't persue it for purchase.

Overall-A beer club selection for the season. I am not too familair with this style. I hope I did not bash the beer too hard if it is true to style.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of jslot38
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hard pour reveals an amber coloured brew with a white bubbly head. The head quickly disappates to a lacing.

Smell: Malty, predominately biscuit and breads with some faints touches of fruit - mostly orange peels.

Taste: Very malt ridden, some nice floral hops in the background. Fruits run through the beer's base, orange and mango. Fruits are well restrained with a toasted biscuit ending.

Mouthfeel: Good sparge of carbonation gives way to a nice mellow smoothness.

Drinkability & Notes: I like this one, a good solid octoberfest and one that I could make a staple in these months. Very drinkable at only 5.4% and not overbearing in any catagory. Another good product from Dominion.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. longneck into pint glass.

A: clear red/ medium-light brown with off-white head. Leaves impressive lace.

S: Clean lager aroma--it's hard to describe. And heavy on the malt in the nose.

T/M: Malt. Toasty, biscuity, slightly sweet malt, with just the slightest hit of hops...maybe. It's almost like drinking a perfectly done pie crust, and I like that. And it has nice body without being heavy.

D: Most definitely sessionable.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.