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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

A - nice crystal clear amber color with a nice offwhite head

S - light caramel malts wiht a hint of fruit sweetness.

T - light bitter hops, caramel malts and a hint of fruit sweetness

M - medium light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp clean finish with a light bitter hop aftertaste.

D - nice beer overall

It must only be me, it seems most oktoberfest / marzen's these days seem to have more of a hop note than I remember the style to be. This was nice but falls into the same vein of nice but hoppier than I expected.

11-04-2008 20:00:43 | More by barleywinebrewer
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured chilled from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on date of August 28, 2003. ABV listed on label (5.4%) differs from the one listed in the database

Appearance: Dark, burnished copper color. Very clear with a nice beige head with little retention.

Smell: Not very aromatic. Very faint floral hop smell. Not much of a malt presence at all.

Taste: Toasted and caramel malt sweetness. Slight amount of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Very little aftertaste or astringency.

Drinkability: More character than SA's O-fest (and local for me). Quite potable. I only wish I had some bratwurst handy.

09-04-2003 03:23:43 | More by ManekiNeko
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

08-21-2005 18:14:33 | More by tgbljb
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

10-08-2004 21:55:47 | More by GCBrewingCo
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AMCPhD

Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

08-25-2014 19:39:43 | More by AMCPhD
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dmk91

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-13-2013 19:12:38 | More by dmk91
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jamisonspitzer

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-18-2012 02:06:05 | More by jamisonspitzer
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IntriqKen

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

11-11-2006 19:41:08 | More by IntriqKen
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DruC4

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-11-2012 08:08:35 | More by DruC4
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-24-2012 03:59:36 | More by cliff1066
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SakellariosVouvalis

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-17-2013 00:27:07 | More by SakellariosVouvalis
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Danimal584

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-29-2012 03:08:02 | More by Danimal584
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

07-23-2013 04:41:55 | More by Rhettroactive
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Tavo2311

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-02-2013 01:26:04 | More by Tavo2311
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pours a perfectly clear copper-bronze color. A tall, foamy, tan head bubbles up. Retention is pretty nice, with patchy but widespread lacing.

S: Mostly straightforward toasted malt. Some caramel hints. Hops are spicy and leafy, with fleeting but fresh floral notes.

T: Nicely toasted graininess up front adds some sweetness. Mild caramel hints are fairly subdued. Rather hoppy for the style. Spicy floral and leafy flavors are quite prevalent. Bitterness is firm for an octoberfest.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate. Rather dry overall, especially into the finish.

D: This is a pretty good lager, but as a true octoberfest it leaves something to be desired. It's a decidedly American version of the style - very hoppy without the sweet maltiness you'd expect. That knocks the score down a bit, but it's still not bad.

09-12-2009 22:34:55 | More by Clydesdale
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

11-05-2006 16:09:29 | More by granger10
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-08-2012 01:56:29 | More by PGVG
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Atlas1

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

10-03-2007 23:20:54 | More by Atlas1
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-19-2013 19:09:58 | More by ejimhof
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Boone757

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-30-2013 23:39:47 | More by Boone757
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-26-2014 04:04:13 | More by harpus
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-29-2012 00:42:51 | More by duceswild
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-14-2012 15:36:14 | More by AndrewMichael
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-22-2013 23:57:36 | More by JohnnieNepal
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-19-2013 02:09:55 | More by BillRoth
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.