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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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 matty
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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 ImusBeer
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -7.8%
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 Lnedrive14
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Px2GrafX
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful red-orange color. clear, but head deminishes almost immediately. strong caramelly sweet malty aroma. maybe some fruit, but mostly just a sugary sweet smell. malty sweet flavor followed by a cooked vegetable overcast. very german noble hop character as well. drinks easy and has a nice medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. vegetable flavor hinders, though. not my style, as i've stated before, but i'm trying to get into the season! i love dominion, but it's just not happening for me.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought over for me by dkachur... thanks, Dan!

A: Clean, lighter gold... head is a little disappointing and doesn't last long, but the remains of it do leave some nice sticky lace on just over half the glass.

S + T: Bread 'n butter... some light caramel notes in both the aroma and on the palate (which also tastes like buttered bread!) but it's lacking a little outside of that. It still manages to be a decent beer, but something seems to be missing. It comes across to me more like a Vienna Lager than an Oktoberfest (but with a little bigger flavour profile, perhaps).

M + D: A bit of a sharp carbonated kick, sorta medium bodied, and a smooth finish. Drinking it is easy... might not be up to the flavour and aroma I've come to expect from the style, but it goes down really easily and would work just fine for a weekend of relaxing and putting a few back!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden coppery color with a thin, fast fading off white head. Smell is of roasted malt with notes of bread dough and sweet fruits. Taste strongly of malts and caramel with a hint of spice. Finish is nutty with a very light hoppiness coming through. Medium body with good carbonation.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife brought me a couple of bottles of Dominion Octoberfest from a recent visit to the east coast. Poured in to a pint glass.

Appears a tarnished copper color and clear. A thin frothy off-white head builds and dissipates quickly.

Smell is faint, a sweet malted grain aroma, with a little floral peat fragrance.

Taste is a roasted sweet beat flavor, with a bit of a lager-ish acerbic character. Something of a biter smokey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied, but zesty. Well carbonated and clean.

As drinkable an O-fest as you could want to have. The lager style makes the taste a bit unusual.

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Photo of kshankar
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a white head, decent retention

Aroma is of malts...not much else going for it. Rather mild

Taste is malty with little else going on. It has a slightly hoppy finish, but not enough..the malts end up being the major part of the already mild flavor profile

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation

Well its drinkable..its not the best marzen out there, but I could easily have another one. And really, it isn't all that bad. I've just had better.

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Photo of Risser09
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pilsner - fridge - no bottling date - probably fall 2009

Appearance: Transparent, copper colored, with a fleeting off-white head. Plenty of rising bubbles and no lacing left behind.

Smell: Lager yeast, tutti frutti, melange of malts, and no hop aroma.

Taste: Sweet with sugar, cereal, cherry, strawberry and some lager yeast. A noble hop aftertaste balances the beer well.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, medium bodied, some alcohol and hops in the finish. A solid beer.

Drinkability: A little sweet for me, but it is great for a festbier of which can usually be quite mild. I will drink another!

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Photo of Fish113d
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color into my glass with a sustaining 2-fingers thick of head that is white to a light tan in color. Body is somewhat hazy as well.

Aroma reminds me a lot of butterscotch as well as a white grapes or maybe even slight apple aroma. IT actually reminds me a bit of cider.

Flavors of caramel along with a crisp earthy hops hit my palate. Some slight fruit also comes out of this one, but rather bland honestly.

Very crisp and carbonation tingles my tongue a lot up front. Slight oily finish though.

Overall drinkability would be higher if a little less sweet I think. I really like Dominion brews, but this one misses the mark a little in my opinion. It'd make a solid session brew for a crisp autumn night though.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

A - Poured a cloudy brown with orange highlights and a medium off-white head. Good carbonation and head retention.

S - Smells of spiced malt with hops lingering in the background...all scents are on the mild side.

T - Not as strong as I had hoped. Some fruity notes atop the caramel-malt, but not enough to make a strong presence. Finishes with citrus-hops.

M - Thin body with an aftertaste that starts mildly bitter, but ends a little sour.

D - Stands out, but not in a very positive way. I had picked up 6 different beers from the brewery, and this was the most disappointing...but I'd still suggest picking one up; if for no other reason, than to compare it to other Marzens.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy smokes! I just found a review I had e-mailed to myself waaay back in August 2009. Was the site down? Was I simply too pressed for time to properly enter it? Who can say!

12 ounce bottle from Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, darkened amber body with a half inch of off-white suds. A little lax in the lacing department.

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose with some bready aspects to it alongside some fruity estery and whiffs of mild, lightly spicy hops.

Taste: Light, bready German maltiness with a decidedly sugary sweetness to it. Some juicy berry-like fruitiness arrives early on. Light Noble hop character with a modest amount of steady spiciness to it and an overall mild bitterness. For me, the beer takes on an herbal, somewhat tea-like quality as it warms a tad. Finishes semi-dry and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's fair. While not one of the more richer, more graceful examples of the style, it goes down fairly easily. I gotta give it that!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle 6th August 2008, into my Guinness glass

A: Deep amber with a small light brown head that recedes to a disk. Plenty of carbonation. Solid!

S: Hoppy with some leafy hops. Mildly bready with some butterscotch that's rather unappealing. Mildly yeasty.

T: Overly bready with some caramel sweetness. Some butterscotch. Finish is dry and mildly hoppy and mildly sweet. Decent

M: Pleasing body and good carbonation but the finish is a little more bitter than i'd like

D: Solid stuff, glad I got to try it

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$2 16oz. pints at CAH last Sunday.

Clear slight orangish-tinted amber. Finger-thin layer of off-white lace. Nice rings as the glass was drained. Hints of roasted malt and some caramel, backed up by some spice. Same for the flavor. Nothing awe-inspiring. More hoppy and bitter-dry in the finish than expected. There's some spices mixed in, but not very assertive. Decent mouthfeel. Not too drinkable. Not sure what the off-flavor was, but it just didn't "feel" like an Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nice head which fades with no lacing after about 2 minutes. A beautiful orange color in the glass. I have never had an Oktoberfest before, but if this brew is typical of the style, I'll have another.

Hoppy, but in a different way than I usually think of hoppiness. Much more tasty and not just bitter like I expected. The aftertaste lingers in the back of my throat and tastes like I think a beer this color and consistency "should".

All in all, another fine example of Dominion quality beer.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, bottling date of 8/15/07 on the label, poured into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear deep reddish amber color, small carbonation bubbles rising within. The head formed a creamy off-white 2 fingers thick and faded into a relatively thick layer that retained nicely.

Aroma: Sweet toasted malts, hints of caramel and sugar as well.

Taste: Tasted caramel malts to start off, it goes kind of sweet in the middle with a slight hoppy bitterness showing through. The finish is sweet, with a slight smoky flavor lingering.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, a little watery. The carbonation was in good balance.

Overall: A decent Marzen beer, but not anything I'd spend time seeking out. Worth a try though.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber with a thin light tan head 

S-burnt bitter grains with a touch of dark honey. 

T-comes in with a fairly decent taste of bitter dark grains. Has a touch of honey. I like it. It's definitely darker and more harsh than I like my octoberfest styles.

M-high carbonation with a watery finish

O-well it's not a bad beer. It's just not good if you're really looking for  an octoberfest. It's a bit darker tasting

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bluehende
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A solid but unremarkable Octoberfest. Not as clean as some of the other better Octoberfest's. I did like the malt profile, but it didn't have quite the clean finish it should

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A filtered copper body with one-finger of white head that fades quickly into a ring of lace. Lacing proper isn't very impressive, though isn't a complete loss, with a few eruptions here and there. Carbonation is of a medium size and fairly slow.

Aroma: Major buttery malts here, very prominent. There's some faint something else, but it's mostly just toffee/toasty butterscotch/taffy notes.

Taste: Butterscotch ahoy! Diacetyls are through the roof on this one, with some mild balancing bitterness and a grassy, tart twinge the only things present to keep them in check. It's not "bad," it's just pretty average.

Mouthfeel: Very big and fluffy, full-bodied, but light and only slightly uneven.

Drinkability: A pretty average Oktoberfest, with all those buttery malts hiding anything else that might be there. They're not bad - i.e., they don't remind of me of rank yeast diacetyls or anything - but they do get sort of cloying after a while. Not a go-to Oktoberfest, but not a bad beer.

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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.