Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
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 BeerSingh
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Golden pour with a thin and fading head. No lacing

S : Fruity including some malt and yeast. Very fresh smelling.

T : Good balance of hop, malts and yeast. I can't forget the tart, yeast flavour in the brew.

M : Extremely high carbonation

D : Refreshing to drink

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown/amber color. It has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Smells really malty with a hint of hoppiness. A bit of grassiness comes out as well.

Taste: An interesting take on the Oktoberfest style. Has a sweet maltiness to it that brings to mind apple or grape juice. A bit of hoppy bitterness in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with slightly too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly an interesting Oktoberfest. This one doesn't really taste like others of the style but it's still worth tasting.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's branded hurricane glass.

Appearance: Pours a brown, slightly amber color with a small beige head that doesn't stay for very long and only leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Very deep malt smell. Has hints of grain and slight flowery hop notes.

Taste: Starts very sweet and finishes with the same sweetness. Notes of apple and maybe a bit of grape.

Mouthfeel: Not a very heavy body, with balanced carbonation. Dry finish, which is different from most malty styles. I like that.

Drinkability: I like it and I'd definitely have it again. Not necessarily the best Octoberfest I have had, but it has a distinct flavor that sets it apart from others of the style. Definitely worth the try.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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...

Photo of zplug123
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass:

A: Dark amber, copper with minimal carbonation and lacing. No head at all even with a correct pour

S: Malty with a hint of caramel, tiny bit of floral hop aroma

T: Clean malt flavor, grain characteristic is apparent as it starts sweet and ends dry. Bitterness is minimal, but still in play

M: Medium body with little carbonation to add bite. Starts and finishes clean

D: Could have a few more of these in a night, a solid example of an American interpretation

Photo of maltusaurelius
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of argock
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date. Purchased as 6-pack from Giant Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $6.99.

A: Autumnal copper with bubbly tall caramel chew colored head with decent retention and scattered lacing.

S: Aromas are on par with classic marzen but emphasis the leafier side of the spicy, earthy hops smells. Malts are sweet and caramelly but take a back seat.

T: Hits all the Oktoberfest beer high points and then augments with some solid earhty, leafy hops to play off slightly better than middle-of-the-road malting. The end result is a leafier, more raw marzen with the right amount of crispness and dryness. More sweetness in the toffee direction would help this brew.

M: Good body but I still wish it had a little more body. Carbonation is right on and the aftertaste is long and hoppy.

D: A very good marzen from Dominion. I'm hoping their other brews sustain the past level of quality despite the change in management... Beach House Pilsner was not a good start, but this marzne has evened the score.

Photo of Biggness
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish amber with a one fingered head and nice lacing. The smell is pretty spot on for a oktoberfest, malt malt and malt. The flavor is nice for an oktoberfest, I am just yearning for a little more malt in this beer, its is a nice oktoberfest though. The mouthfeel is ok with a low carbonation level. A very drinkable brew in my opinion.

Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber color with no foam, only a layer of small bubble around the glass

S - Light malt aroma with a bit of honey and some spice

T - caramel malts and a bit of hop in the finish

M/D - medium easy drinking Oktoberfest that was a nice brew. Its right in the middle when it comes to my choice for an Oktoberfest.

Photo of Proteus93
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

Photo of CrellMoset
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice crystal clear amber color with a nice offwhite head

S - light caramel malts wiht a hint of fruit sweetness.

T - light bitter hops, caramel malts and a hint of fruit sweetness

M - medium light bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp clean finish with a light bitter hop aftertaste.

D - nice beer overall

It must only be me, it seems most oktoberfest / marzen's these days seem to have more of a hop note than I remember the style to be. This was nice but falls into the same vein of nice but hoppier than I expected.

Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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!!

Photo of ATPete
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

bottled 9/2/08 consumed 10/3/08

My first offering from the Old Dominion Brewing Co. The Oktoberfest pours a transparent orange brown color with a small but slightly sticky off white head. Very sweet caramel malts directly up front, as well as notes of corn syrup, candi sugar and cotton candy. Butterscotch and solid caramel malt backbone is most apparent while tasting although it is not a match for the fruity hop undertones through out. Odd spices begin to surface once the yeast character is picked up, cinnamon, brown sugar and a few earthy esters. Over all this beer is too sweet, for everything going on this beer remains dull and devoid of positive character. I never got that "fall" feeling while drinking this beer, nor could i drink it all day in the Oktoberfest setting. I'd say you should avoid this one.

Photo of matty
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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!!

Photo of Pencible
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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

Photo of Rootdog316
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich, rusty brown. About the color of peat moss. Butter cream colored head that dissipated after two sips.

Smell: Caramel and oatmeal.

Taste: Fantastically autumn-like. Toast, rye, just a hint of chocolate. A little sour/bitter bite on the finish but not unpleasantly so.

Mouthfeel: Clean and effervescent.

Drinkability: Very. This beer is perfect for a crisp fall day and the aromas and tastes compliment the smell of fallen leaves while sitting on the porch. This brew would also compliment a mediu-bodied cigar very well with neither overpowering the other.

Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber orange in color with a thin head. Decent lacing painted the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness is nice but mild. Little else detected.

Taste: caramel, some mild bitterness, and a hint of earthiness and fruit sweetness towards the finish makes up a straight forward beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, smoother at the finish. Aftertaste is brief. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to drink beer here. This is a decent option when looking for an oktoberfest style. This one was nice and fresh on tap.

Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.