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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 Gritsak
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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%

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Photo of skynxnex
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Mahaffey's in Baltimore.

Pours a slightly hazy penny colo with a creamy light tan head. Dropped down to a nice spotty lacing.

Roast toasty malts and spicy malts on the nose,

Has a gentle sweet malt flavor, like thick chewy German bread. It has a slight bitterness in the spicy hops that combines very well. Both flavors mingle well in the mouth for the aftertaste.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Very creamy and pleasing. Worth having quite a few.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.06/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 München Oktoberfest continues here in my home, tonight with a mug full of Old Dominion's take on the style.

Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber hue, raising a rather pathetic half-finger of off-white foam that shows poor retention and fails to leave any lacework on the glass.

The nose is at first whiff full of fragrant herbal-spicy hop notes, but is quickly followed by a toasty, mildly nutty malt aroma.

Body and mouthfeel are well-balanced, with a medium-full body being restrained in boldness by a prickly carbonation. Hops are not so restrained in this Oktoberfestbier: A quick introduction by slightly sweet, toasty malt moves swiftly into a very dry, bitter middle of grassy, herbal hops that carries itself through all the way into the long, dry finish, with just a bit of lightly sweet bready malt finding its way in underneath it all.

A bit of a departure from the traditional, but certainly fitting in with its brethren, though perhaps on the fringes. The dryness lends a bit more drinkability than some of the maltier variants, and that's a bit of a plus. Something like this might do well in Maß sessions like that going on in Munich.

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Photo of jaluria
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange & copper color with heavy carbonation and a soft, white head leaving behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of honey, cream, and grains. The taste is sweet with smoothness and lingering bitterness. Slick and dry feeling. Semi-crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Green Leaf in Williamsburg. Great little bar!

Served in a standard pint, the beer is orange-brown with a thin collar of beige foam & spotty lacing.

It has an aroma of lightly toasted grains, honey and spice.

The taste is a nice combo of sweet with toasted malts with more than a bit of backend spiciness (almost reminds me of rye). Nice balance & better than expected complexity

The mouth has heft but the beer is easy to session. Well done!!

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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 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 drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Old Dominion Pub in Hyattsville, MD. Light amber in color, nice white head, some lacing on glass, beer is clear.

Aroma is slight, faint, smells like an Oktoberfest, just hidden. Slight malt character in aroma, not a lot of anything else, no hop character.

Flavor is great. I think Oktoberfests are hard to have a really standout flavor. The flavor profiles are so subtle, its hard to accent anything specific. This beer is malty, correctly so, and has no bitterness from hops or any grains. There is no aftertaste, drinkability high, mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having had other beers from this brewery, my hopes were not high and my assumption was relatively accurate. This beer came in a pint glass the color of a bottle with no head to speak of. A disk of faint bubbles in the center of the glass was the only indication that this might be a carbonated beverage. The smell was a pleasant grainy malt and no detectable hops that I could pick up. It tasted like a nice German beer, true to style. Wet and drinkable. There is a nice nod to a heavily toasted or chocolate malt in the first impression which was nice to look forward to in the next sip. I would serve this at an Octoberfest party as the centerpiece.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely not my favorite style by any stretch but I had to try the local one at least. This pours out a deep amber body that is bubbling away with about a half-inch of white head. Not much head retention and no lace with here. Aroma is of sweet malt with a bit of spicy hops and earthy notes as well. Taste is similar with sweet caramel malt being the upfront flavor and a light earthy hop spiciness balancing it out. A bit of a bitter spicy aftertaste. Medium body with good carbonation and a clean taste. Drinkability is pretty good, since the sweetness is not overbearing. Definitely one of the beet O-fest beers I have had.

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Photo of maltusaurelius
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep copper color with a big fluffy beige head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Very appealing appearance.

Caramel and cotton candy malts on the nose with a little hop spiciness. The malts are definitely forward as is typical for the style.

Taste follows the nose with lots of caramel malts and hints of cotton candy. Definitely on the sweet side, but not cloyingly so. Oktoberfests are malt forward and this one is typical in that sense, although there is a hops-more-forward bitter finish.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Somewhat "bigger" than the Oktoberfests I've had from Germany this year - it tastes very much like an American amber. I'm not sure it is spot on for the style (tastes like they've used malts that are not typical of the style) but it is a tasety brew.

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Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a crimson hued copper with a small white cap that sticks around. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh bread, roasted nuts, sourdough, Munich malt, and caramel.
Taste is of the aromas with a smooth, sweet malty flavorthat is top notch.
Mouthfeel is chewy, smooth, medim boxed, and extremely addictive.

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Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of 4 mid-atlantic fest beer tasting. (with Victory, Flying Dog and Starr Hill)

Pours a light copper color. Nice lacing. Beautiful marzen nose of sweet malts. Nutty. Nice smooth entry. Very traditional taste of rich malts and just the slightest hint of spicy noble hops. Mouthfeel is soft, but rounded. Fills out the palate nicely.

So easily drinkable. A really nice fest beer that would serve well for a fall evening session beer. Well done.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.25/5  rDev +19%

12 oz. bottle poured in to a stoneware krug/stein

Appearance - Rich copper color. Light head.
Smell - Hints of biscuit, malty grain, a sweet smell.
Taste - Easy drinker, starts out bready with a very slight sweetnes at the end.
Mouthfeel - Creamy, pleasantly carbonated. Really nice mouthfeel to it.
Overall - Really liked this one due to the lightly sweet finish. A nice change from some of sweeter in this American version of the style.

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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 deejaydan
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, big props to this brewery for actually putting a date code on their bottles. This was bottled 7/29/05. Pours with a touch of haze, and a lasting head with some sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, carmel like, and perhaps a touch of maple. I like that. It's rare that I pick out aromas that well in a beer. Flavor is good, bready could use a touch more hops. A slight sour twang in the background, but it's very slight. A very drinkable sessionalbe beer.

Thanks to Pezoids for the chance to try this one!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a darker shade of brownish amber with a really nice light head. Really good retention and lacig. Mode is lift caramel with a fairly decent hop presence. A bit of grain and really nice balance. Taste is light malt and hops. Feel is crisp with good carbonation and a really nice body. Overall this drinks quite well, although its high score may reflect my rather unique taste for oktoberfests.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orangeish amber body is capped by a densely creamy light tan head that holds well, drops to a very nice creamy collar, and leaves some spotty lace throughout the glass. The aroma is quite welcoming with a clean toasty malt that's laced with floral and spicy hops. Very nice. The body is medium with a very fine, median carbonation that leaves it quite creamy and smooth in the mouth. The flavor is of a fairly rich, mildy fruity, lightly toasted and gently sweet malt that's clearly derived from a combination of Vienna and Munich malts. A moderate bitterness and lightly floral/mildly spicy hop flavor balance extremely well and usher in a drying finish that displays a little bit of all of the above mentioned flavors in a long lingering aftertaste. Very well done and absolutely on par with many of the German Festbiers. Quite enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of DuaneSCarr
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle in my refrig last week. Opened it. STILL an awesome beer. Nice malts for being almost a year old!
Still very drinkable.
Color was very nice - copper,carmel.
Taste - nice sweet malt - like an O-Fest should taste - in my humble opinion.
Nice smell.
Very nice mouthfeel.
I was expecting a drain pour but it surprised me. Still very tasty and drinkable after a year in the back of my refrig.
Can't wait until the new fresh version is released!

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Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear copper with tan head. It smelled like sweet rye and honey malt, with earthy barley and copper hops. It tasted much like it smelled with a blend of rye, barley, and honey malts balanced by light copper hops, with a hint of smooth oak. It was thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a sweet malty aftertaste. Overall this had great flavor and body, was fairly unique, and was quite easy to drink. I'd probably consider this the best Oktoberfest I've had so far.

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