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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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199 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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DrainBamage

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a dark copper color with nice thin head. Has a moderate toasty malt smell, a little milder than expected, but still nice. It's highly carbonated and and has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Goes down smooth and is rich and full-bodied. I'd have this quite often if I had the chance, but unfortunately I won't it in my area. Guess I'll have to have my brother in Ashburn to pick me up another six-pack.

11-14-2005 03:19:07 | More by DrainBamage
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Mattbudke


4.04/5  rDev +13.5%

08-30-2014 00:25:46 | More by Mattbudke
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blackie

California

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

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

10-26-2009 18:17:47 | More by blackie
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skynxnex

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%

No bottling date in the bottling date space, but it is the 2005 run. Pours an attractive dark amber. Off white head with good lacing.

Smell is toasty sweet malt with a hint of hops. Smell is slightly weak, but still good. Taste reflects the smell. Good toasty malt. Bread/grainy taste in the back. Rich. Hop bitterness. Good mouthfeel and easy to drink a bunch.

11-15-2005 01:56:23 | More by skynxnex
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-24-2012 23:08:54 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-04-2012 13:57:55 | More by bconsidine
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songoose

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

05-08-2012 00:08:29 | More by songoose
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Tasted on-tap 09/27/05 at the OD brewpub in Ashburn, VA.

Dark gold, copper-ish color with low head retention. Light malt aroma with light Vienna Malt spiciness. Medium bodied and smooth with a spicy malt character and light nuttiness. Finishes nicely with good hop balance.

A solid Octoberfest from a solid brewery.

Per ODBC website: Dominion Octoberfest uses all imported German malt, and is very true to the original German style. Imported Saaz and Hallertau hops are used to balance the strong malt character. In 2004, Dominion Octoberfest won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the German Style Maerzen/Oktoberfest category. ABV : 6.4%

09-28-2005 18:40:25 | More by RBorsato
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-07-2011 16:23:15 | More by ROGUE16
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-18-2011 17:43:54 | More by nmann08
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-24-2012 18:27:31 | More by Navalartichoke
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matt062286

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

02-10-2012 14:44:46 | More by matt062286
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sobeleg

New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-17-2011 00:14:06 | More by sobeleg
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

06-26-2014 02:43:06 | More by wrightst
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amandajclark

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-15-2013 01:36:41 | More by amandajclark
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-15-2012 18:02:29 | More by WDJersey
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-03-2011 18:59:07 | More by deapokid
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-30-2011 20:47:49 | More by imperialking
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

A co-worker brought this in her luggage when she flew from Washington to Moscow. What a treat! Brown long-neck 12oz bottle with a brown, gold and white label featuring Dominion's trademark deer and the word Octoberfest printed amongst the leaves at the bottom. Bottled on 8/28/03, I got a hold of mine on 9/16/03.

Lovely clear orange copper tone under a beige head that never grows above one finger, and lingers just a bit. There are some drops of lace, but more would have been nice. Big malt nose, with a touch of caramel sweet. The mouthfeel is thick with malt and just a bit bubbly. The malt taste kicks in immediately, with definite caramel overtones and a touch of roasted chestnuts. There are some smooth flowery hops lurking here, too, and they become ever stronger as the liquid warms and bathes the taste buds. The result is an incredibly well balanced finish and a sweet grainy aftertaste that is very satisfying. Good stuff - Jerry Bailey strikes again!

09-16-2003 17:42:07 | More by Globetrotter
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Gritsak

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

A- bright golden/copper with a thin, fast fading offwhite head.

S- lots of malt and yeast. some sweet fruity hints.

T- big malt flavor. some hop presence. finish is crisp.

M- medium body with lots of carbonation.

D- very easy to drink and refreshing.

overall- pretty good october here. doesnt have the metalic aftertaste that some others do. probably one of my favorites of this style so far.

09-16-2005 21:28:52 | More by Gritsak
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hops4me

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +11%

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.

09-08-2008 00:07:08 | More by hops4me
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krisandajt

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +11%

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.

11-14-2009 03:23:56 | More by krisandajt
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

09-28-2008 06:11:04 | More by Rootdog316
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Darkale

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

Earthy, hoppy aroma. Sweet and musty. Fast dark tan head dissipates rapidly. Thin but tenacious lacing.

Chewy in the mouth. Taste of charcoal mixed in with the sweet. Almost like a thin barleywine or double bock. This is a very dark, very sweet Octoberfest. Chewy and deep. Enjoyable, especially given the lighter Oktoberfest beers making the rounds in the fall of '03.

10-06-2003 15:35:57 | More by Darkale
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

Bottled 7/28/05. Clear amber color, lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Thick rocky tan head. Very good retention, and lacing. Soft toasty aroma, grainy as well. Toasty, bread-like malt character followed by a good amount of bitterness. Very smooth. Light to medium body, good carbonation. Bitterness lingers on the tongue quite a bit. Pretty hoppy for an O-fest, but very nice. A good offering.

10-01-2005 13:22:10 | More by Bierguy5
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.