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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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reynolds2121


3/5  rDev -15.7%

08-26-2012 22:13:38 | More by reynolds2121
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EastCoastHawkeye

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-24-2011 15:45:37 | More by EastCoastHawkeye
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Minkybut

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

11-01-2010 18:40:46 | More by Minkybut
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15.7%

07-07-2013 03:01:17 | More by Sludgeman
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3/5  rDev -15.7%

12-13-2011 21:27:42 | More by DeutschesBier
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Druss157

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%

11-18-2013 04:55:53 | More by Druss157
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Xach

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

09-26-2013 00:16:28 | More by Xach
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timtim

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

09-01-2007 23:53:28 | More by timtim
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

10-05-2009 00:37:28 | More by Cyberkedi
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womencantsail

California

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

10-08-2011 23:06:28 | More by womencantsail
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fo5s

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

10-14-2011 03:29:21 | More by fo5s
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -12.4%

08-18-2014 01:32:53 | More by hockeyfighter19
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

10-19-2009 20:43:24 | More by Kadonny
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

10-11-2012 03:04:28 | More by jsisko01
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

10-29-2012 04:52:21 | More by DrDemento456
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

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!!

10-10-2008 05:24:30 | More by matty
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-14-2013 01:11:39 | More by acurtis
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WaterCzar

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-14-2013 03:48:10 | More by WaterCzar
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-16-2012 20:16:51 | More by bubseymour
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-08-2013 21:05:33 | More by 2dogbrew
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

05-15-2013 16:52:11 | More by twenty5
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-02-2014 21:48:22 | More by PTEdelman
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Kgrubb1224

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

08-31-2012 14:20:31 | More by Kgrubb1224
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NeoZaZ

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-28-2013 02:23:36 | More by NeoZaZ
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

10-28-2012 00:39:36 | More by FrankShirley
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.