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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

198 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

10-28-2012 00:39:36 | More by FrankShirley
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Navalartichoke

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.7%

10-24-2012 18:27:31 | More by Navalartichoke
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-24-2012 02:14:53 | More by EFR94
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Trent

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

10-20-2012 21:46:49 | More by Trent
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

10-18-2012 02:37:10 | More by mscott1975
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Honeycutt

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-14-2012 20:42:01 | More by Honeycutt
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with 2-3 fingers of off-white foamy head. This settles down in a rich ½ finger or so, leaving back relatively robust looking cascade of sudsy lacing. The aroma smells of floral notes and earthy citrus for the most part, with a faint sweetness on the edges. This sticky ripe sweetness of the nose really starts to stand out after a bit.

The taste is similar, with a ripe and earthy core that is surrounded by a sticky toasted sweetness. There is some bitterness to this but not a lot of crispness, as this finishes with a bit of a raw and earthy feeling dry pithiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of sharpness up front that then gets much more bubbly and creamy feeling along the back. This is overall a little too soft feeling in the mouth.

I wasn’t very impressed with this. That ripe citrus character just dominated a bit too much in the profiles and this just lacked crispness and overall presence on the palate. I won’t be trying it again.

09-27-2012 18:50:26 | More by Kegatron
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mckenziac


2.83/5  rDev -20.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent copper color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates down to nothing fairly quickly.

Smell: Smells primarily of sweet, caramel malts. Not really much else there.

Taste: Mildly hoppy up front. Finishes sweet with caramel and other malts. Kind of ho-hum in this department.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light to medium body.

Overall: A pretty pedestrian Octoberfest-style beer. Nothing really makes it stand out from the other hundred O-fests put out this time of year. Not bad, but not something really worth seeking out.

09-25-2012 01:48:38 | More by mckenziac
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jak3676

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%

Old Dominion - Octoberfest!

Bottled in Ahsburn, VA I don't think you'll find too wide-spread of a distribution outside of the VA and surrounding area. Which is kinda a shame.

I haven't been a huge fan of many of their other offerings, but I'm kinda liking their märzen. It's a bit darker, and thicker than some I've had, hazy. Some others have described the flavor with hints of toast, slightly nutty with some browned honey. I've never been one for trying to describe what something tastes like - it tastes like a darker than average Oktoberfest beer to me. It's definately a bit rougher that most. But, I think they're accurate in their description.

I like the strength of it, 5.9 ABV which puts in the range of most of its peers and nicely above the average American Lager. The bottling date says 7/10/12 which goes against the tradition, but I'm not sure how many compainies bottles beer and then lets it lager over the summer anymore (at least intentionally).

I wish I liked it more, but overall it seems too rough for me.

09-20-2012 20:24:55 | More by jak3676
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-16-2012 20:16:51 | More by bubseymour
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-15-2012 21:38:29 | More by rolltide8425
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-12-2012 07:37:02 | More by nwatson
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PGVG

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-04-2012 13:57:55 | More by bconsidine
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Crystal clear bright amber/orange hue. 1/2 inch of egg shell head. Pungent nose of noble european hops. Toasted buttered biscuit with an herbal and spicy scent.

Incredibly clean for such a rustic smelling nose. Sweet buttered roll up front followed by slightly overdone toast. Rolls in a spicy herbal hop bite which balances more than it betters. Clean, smooth mouthfeel, with slightly lower than average carbonation. Very very very damn good! Better put a 6 of this away before it all sells out!

09-04-2012 02:30:24 | More by jtierney89
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Kgrubb1224

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-31-2012 02:51:26 | More by mzeld
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JakeDebus

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-30-2012 21:28:01 | More by JakeDebus
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Danimal584

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-29-2012 00:42:51 | More by duceswild
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reynolds2121


3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-26-2012 22:13:38 | More by reynolds2121
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-25-2012 05:10:00 | More by amstokesdb9
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

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

08-17-2012 03:43:35 | More by AdamBear
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.