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Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of brentk56
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet without leaving much lacing

Smell: Malty aroma, with plenty of caramel

Taste: Starts with a malty flavor, that lacks the anticipated caramel tone; by mid-palate, an ashen charcoal flavor arrives that is totally out of style; the finish tones down the charcoal but leaves an unexpected burnt caramel finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm afraid this beer does not hit the style nor does it qualify as a good smoked beer either

brentk56, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Atlas1, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

FenwaySquid, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This year’s version features a much more heavily toasted malt character than in past vintages. In fact, the palate has almost smokey character. Sure there are nice hints of caramel and grain, but the slightly smokey, deeply toasted malt is the real star of this brew.

Dominion always manages to produce an above-average and enjoyably drinkable Octoberfest, and with the mild but unexpected smokiness, this year’s version is no exception.

Recommended…

arguemaniac, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into mug

Crystal clear copper color with a thin off white head that doesn't last long. Very little lacing.

The aroma and taste are pretty light, mostly malt with a bit of sweet sugar left over. The taste has a little bit of hidden complexity though. A bit of dark sugar and creaminess mingles in the middle. The sweetness lingers until the end, leaving no hop bitterness, providing a smooth finish.

This isn't the boldest Oktoberfest but it has a good quality to it. Perfect if you're in need of an Oktoberfest when you're at Old Dominion, but I'm not sure if I would persue it, except to maybe support a local brewery.

BeerSox, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't worry, timtim IS a rookie! No burnt anything in this one. Believe me, if you spent all your life shotgunning Dale's Pale Ale, Green Flash IPA, and 90 minute, then the first actual taste of malt just may blow you away as it did to poor old timtim. I've seen the guy in action, so take it from me. This beer is medium bodied, round and smooth with a lush malt character that yet somehow lacks depth or complexity. Here's a word to take the mystique out of Octoberfest beer: Amber Lager. Sam Adams regular Boston Lager shows more breadth and depth than your average Bavarian fest beer these days. Are you a D.C. metro area local? Than by all means buy a sixer of this stuff, and grill up some sausages already. That's what I did, and don't invite timtim over, because he will punch you.

dedrinker, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of timtim
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

timtim, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

JohnnyM2002, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours copper in color with a minor off white head. There is no lacing and poor retention.

Smell:
Malts build the nose with scents of toffee and caramel. They aren't very strong but present none the less. There's a slightly funky lager yeast note as well but it's very minor.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Drinks smooth and a little dry with minor bitterness in the finish. The major taste presiding is a toffee malt character. There's an aftertaste of japanese rice crackers but it isn't too bad.

Drinkability:
If I said it wasn't drinkable there would be throngs of angry Germans to disagree with me so lets just call it good, it goes down smooth enough.

Bottom Line:
It's not one of my favorite styles but it seemed true enough to itself to warrant a decent rating.

Grundle20, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of jackorain
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-Amber/brown and slightly hazy. 1/2 inch head from a semi-aggressive pour fell to a thin ring and coat in no time. Had a little lacing that followed the beer back down the glas after a swirl.

S-This is this beers best quaility. malts, coffee, caramel, yeast, bread, quite interesting.

T&M-buiscuit malts, a littel yeast, maybe a little hop but not much. Acidic finish and a little sour. Way to fizzy carbonation and watery light body

D-I really couldn't have more than two of these bad boys and I certainly wouldn't persue it for purchase.

Overall-A beer club selection for the season. I am not too familair with this style. I hope I did not bash the beer too hard if it is true to style.

jackorain, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks JB
Softer aroma and toasty. Malts dominate and fairly simple.
Head is minimal upon pouring and quickly scatters to a ring and a smear. Orangish copper and brilliantly clear. Some bubbles rising.
Malt flavors with a tangy bitterness which moves to a gradually rising dryness that doesn't seem to grow beyond a medium point, but lasts a good long while. Nice sweetness up front, but not that sweet beyond that point.
Nice moderate feel with a full carbonation that doesn't feel excessive, rather adds enjoyability. Thirst quenching, somehow.
Highly drinkable and sips leave one wanting more.

garymuchow, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of Phatz
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Truth is this was probably the most disappointing beer of the Oktoberfest tasting we did. I am surprised because I have never been disappointed by Old Dominion Brewing Co. Maybe the bottles were mishandled or it is just a bit of a skunky grassy style Marzen.

Appearance: Clear garnet color with an off white head.

Smell: hints of grain, toffee and grass

Taste: Artificially sweet with nuts and sour fruit. Maybe it was my palate or a bad batch but I personally didn't really enjoy this Marzen. The club tasting ranked this at the bottom of our 10 Oktoberfests included; not bad just really not impressive

Mouthfeel: Light body for an O-fest.

Drinkability: After adjusting to this different approach to a Marzen it was drinkable; though not my favorite.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of jslot38
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hard pour reveals an amber coloured brew with a white bubbly head. The head quickly disappates to a lacing.

Smell: Malty, predominately biscuit and breads with some faints touches of fruit - mostly orange peels.

Taste: Very malt ridden, some nice floral hops in the background. Fruits run through the beer's base, orange and mango. Fruits are well restrained with a toasted biscuit ending.

Mouthfeel: Good sparge of carbonation gives way to a nice mellow smoothness.

Drinkability & Notes: I like this one, a good solid octoberfest and one that I could make a staple in these months. Very drinkable at only 5.4% and not overbearing in any catagory. Another good product from Dominion.

jslot38, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

IntriqKen, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

MurphyMacManus, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

granger10, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

jaluria, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of bruachan
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the head on this guy didn't put up much of a fight, though against what i do not know. the color is a nice amber...on the richer end of the spectrum. my nose is treated with some fine toastiness of s'mores (particularly the graham cracker). there's a meadowy hop character as well. that's the best smelling oktoberfest ever

sumptuous vienna malts carry over into the flavors as well: toasty, bready, and the hops are hanging out too. great balance. the mouthfeel is sprightly, despite little visible carbonation

the finish sports a nice visceral hop tang, though the bitterness is quite modest. excellent brew...love the toasty

bruachan, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to an O' fest Mug. The liquid id a dark reddish copper with great carbonation. the head in smallish 1 fat finger, but leaves a nice lace.

The smell is Great! Sweet fruity lightly toasted caramel. Right on brother!

The Taste follows, just superb, toasty Carmel with a slight alcohol note. the hop finish creates perfect balance. This is a rare beer these days.

Mouthfeel suits me just fine, what a joy to slurp this beer. The carbonation and the hops are excellent, not a common comment in a
Marzen, Body is spot on Just better them medium but not filling or full.

The drinkability is excellent. I have found what I am looking for. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Px2GrafX
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Px2GrafX, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale orange/mohagony with very little white head that dissipates quickly. An average looking O-fest.

Sweet candied malts with fruity undertones. Not sure I've ever smelled an O-fest like this one. Very sweet smelling.

Nice...and I like the approach to the style. It is however somewhat thin yet refreshing. Sweet fruits and malt yet the malt is very thin. No meat to this beer whatsoever. No hops either. But interesting to try.

mcallister, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.03/5  rDev -43%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled 8/2/06
Listed at 5.4% ABV

A: Pours a dark golden with a small fizzy head that quickly settles and disappears without leaving a wisp or hint of its brief existence.

S: Slightly malty with a corn-like vegetal smell.

T: Like the smell, but a bit more amplified. Sweet up front and quickly followed by a dull garden vegetable taste.

M: Light in body and slick with moderate-high carbonation.

D: This is not a good beer. Don't buy this.

klewis, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of KFaulkner
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up while in Winchester, VA. I always like to grab some new Octoberfests as they start rolling out.

Although this isn't my favorite style, I usually enjoy them and this was no exception. It poured copper/gold color with light carbonation; I noticed another reviewer commented negatively on its effervescence, but I did not have this problem. The beer foamed up a little and disappated quickly.

It tastes slightly sweet and slightly sour. Not particulary hoppy, but has a grainy hint to it. It's extremely drinkable and I could easily go through a number of these. I like beers like this as the summer gives way to fall. Overall a decent octoberfest selection.

KFaulkner, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Lnedrive14, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of deejaydan
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

deejaydan, Nov 29, 2005
Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.