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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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130 Reviews

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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 Lnedrive14
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at my local Beef O'Brady's, they just wanted an Octoberfest beer for the season I think.

It came with almost no head, and looked almost flat. I saw them pour the beer and it didn't sit at all. An orange-amber color with no haze.

The nose detects almost nothing, maybe some grain.

The tongue catches some malt, slight bitterness and some grain. Very watery and flat feeling in the mouth.

I can drink these but it's about as good as a A&B Amber Bock, if it's fresh it's nice if not...

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Photo of Samp01
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber with a medium off white head. Aroma and taste has a sweet toasted barley malt character, grass and grains with some bitter notes on the end. Palate is medium body with good carbonation and crisp mouth feel. Gets slightly sweeter and flavorful as it warms up, needs a bit more malt. Overall a good drinking brew but could be better.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mixed and matched this at the House of 1,000 beers. I think I paid around 2.50 for the single. Color is fair enough for the style. Light amber brown with a slight opaque colored head which seems to stick around for a bit. Smell is a clash of herbal like hops and German malts. Not too much caramel or toasted malt.

Flavor is about the same. Herbal hops, mild husky toast grain and some sweetness toward the finish. Simple but I am guessing they hopped it too much since it's kind of bitter. Mouthfeel is about par to style giving me a light to medium bodied beverage.

Overall it's pretty much hit or miss with this beer company and this one is a sure fire miss. Cut back to maybe a couple types of hops and this would be much more drinkable.

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Photo of matty
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is faint caramel.Taste is sweet caramel and toasty malts.Overall a decent beer that I would drink again but not actively seek out.I think this is worth at least one try.Like I've said before there are way too many other beers to try!!

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Photo of Kadonny
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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 jsisko01
3.16/5  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.

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Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%

Feels kind of strange drinking an octoberfest beer on this warm, muggy night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with amber hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild a bit of malts. Taste is also very light, some toasted malts, not a lot of flavor here. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer, but seems to be lacking and real flavor or punch.

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Photo of fo5s
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a tumbler. Bottled 8/10/11 per easily-found text on the bottle.

A- pours a amberish copper. Healthy 2-3 finger head recedes quickly. No lacing.

S- bready with a certain nuttiness to it.

T- carmel with some very mild hops. An odd hint of citrus (from the hops?). Feels more light a muddled (and light) brown ale than a marzen.

M- somewhat thick and sticky for the style. Not a big fan in this department.

O- not bad. Has some nice qualities, but a bit too muddled and divergent from the basics of the style for my liking. Not planning to revisit anytime soon, but certainly wouldn't hesitate depending on the options.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery amber with a decent white head that doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is strongly malty with a yeasty hint and a subtle earthy undertone. Flavor is malty and a little earthy, with what may be a touch of cloves and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is nice and smooth, not very tingly.

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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 Minkybut
3/5  rDev -16%
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 Xach
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

First review!

A - Katie really liked the color, thought it was a nice amber. This is our first tasting, so we didn't really check out the pour. 4 was compromise, I thought it looked a little flat.

S - I thought it had a slightly... old smell? Didn't really like the smell at all. Katie felt it had a toasty smell, but very faint.

T - It wasn't a great taste, just slightly better than ok. Probably could've gone lower here.

M - It was slightly under-carbonated which Katie didn't like. I thought it was pretty smooth, but otherwise, not a great mouthfeel

O - Very average. I was feeling a bit lower, but Katie thought it was a nice middle ground for us to rate future beers against.

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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 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 ATPete
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

bottled 9/2/08 consumed 10/3/08

My first offering from the Old Dominion Brewing Co. The Oktoberfest pours a transparent orange brown color with a small but slightly sticky off white head. Very sweet caramel malts directly up front, as well as notes of corn syrup, candi sugar and cotton candy. Butterscotch and solid caramel malt backbone is most apparent while tasting although it is not a match for the fruity hop undertones through out. Odd spices begin to surface once the yeast character is picked up, cinnamon, brown sugar and a few earthy esters. Over all this beer is too sweet, for everything going on this beer remains dull and devoid of positive character. I never got that "fall" feeling while drinking this beer, nor could i drink it all day in the Oktoberfest setting. I'd say you should avoid this one.

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Photo of mckenziac
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.75/5  rDev -23%
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 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 jak3676
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
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 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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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.