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Dominion Big Thaw Bock - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
As the chill of winter melts away, a new, lush world is revealed. Brewed with 100% malted barley and authentic german noble hops our Maibock is a perfect companion for the season of Spring.

(Beer added by: CuriousMonk on 02-05-2011)
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Photo of boudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of stckhndlr
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden straw color with a touch of an orange hew to it. Pure white head about a fingers worth and it disappears quick.

S- Has a citrus fruity smell covered with a unique blend of malts and hops. But nothing really seems to strong or week. Very well balanced.

T- Toasted malt and citrus fruits with just a soft bitterness on the finish from the hops.

M- Has a thick creamy texture with a smooth soft finish.

O- This is a very nice beer. Very drinkable for me. Pick this one up next time you're out.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominion's Big Thaw Bock pours a mostly clear deep-gold body beneath a short head of creamy antique-white foam. The head retention and lacing are average.

In the nose it displays a clean, straightforward maltiness and floral hops. It's bright and fresh and welcoming.

The flavor delivers more of what the aroma promised. It's golden pilsner malt is straight-forward and just a touch sweet, balanced by a solid bitterness, and threaded through with floral, spicy, and gently herbal hops. It's perfectly balanced, and finishes dry with a light bit of residual lingering malt and hop.

Helles bock can sometimes be overdone, either swaying too much towards the malt or too much towards the hops, but this one nails it; and on top of that the bitterness level is perfectly matched against the malt that's there. Very drinkable!

Photo of brewandstew
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of JonesD
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of ckollias
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pure orange hue with a HUGE 3-finger white head that lasts forever leaving a great trail all the way down the glass. The head ends in a very persistent thick lace.

S: Hoppy floral aroma with a malty bock background.

T: Slightly sweet pilsner malt taste with a hoppy floral mix. Starts off crisp and finishes slightly dry.

M: Slighty strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation

O: This was a really good Maibock. It was a great balance between the hops and malt and had enough alcohol to make it interesting.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden transparent body with bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick off-white head.

S- Light malt aroma with some citrus/tropic fruit notes. Fresh grass/straw also in the nose.

T- Malt is in balance with the fruity taste, somewhat of an apricot flavor.

M- Smooth creamy body with good carbonation.

O- Very good representation of the style with a lot of springtime flavors.'

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of pma7779
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of EastCoastHawkeye
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Bubbalito
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather average looking, golden in color, decent enough head. Decent aroma-bready and malty. Solid malt flavor. Very bready like and pleasant grain flavors. Has a distinct noble hop presence. Some malt sweetness, hop bite and a dry finish. Faint trace of some malt sweetness in the end but again somewhat dry to finish. Nice solid mouthfeel-not overly sticky or sweet feeling. A very nice, solid helles bock. I could see this for an evening.

Photo of zhanson88
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with a medium amount of carbonation. About 1.5 fingers of white head, very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Bready and biscuity malts are present but pretty light, followed a surprising amount of citrus hops (orange and lemon zest are quite prominent). Smells rather hoppier than I anticipated.

Taste: Light bready malts up front, with a bunch of great citrus flavors following. The finish is semi dry and tastes of orange and lemon zest. I had this beer right after a SN Glissade, and the hop profile on this beer is much more prominent. I liked this beer quite a bit better.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is light to medium bodied, leaning towards medium. Moderate carbonation and very smooth drinking. I quite liked this beer. Hoppier than I was expecting, and very tasty overall.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey or deep golden straw is the color of this brew. It has a pretty decent size head that is fairly dense leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Carbonation is low.
Lightly aromatic with sweet malts and sutle hints of noble hops.
Taste is similar to aroma; a fairly robust malt backbone that has a lighter pils flavor balanced by a fairly aggressive hop profile.
Thin body with some grainess at the end with some alcohol worming itself in.
A good tasting beer but a bit light in flavor.

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a yellow color with some slight amber hues. A fluffy 1/4' head develops with some lacing.

S: Floral hops and sweet malt scents in the nose.

T: Some crispness on the onset followed by sweetness of the malts. Floral hops and slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Good mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation and a smooth appropriate thinness for the type of beer.

Overall, this is a good beer. The nose is a little lacking in complexity, but the flavor is well balanced with appropriate hopping.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again a nice spring beer. It pours a medium gold and builds a white head, which does not want to stick around for very long.
The smell promises fruit and good hops.
The taste up front holds the promise and starts with a little peach and apple up front, turning to malty sweetness in the middle and being checked by some noble hops for very good balance.
Very good mouthfeel makes this medium bodied beer very dangerously drinkable. Great job for a maibock.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the dulles taproom.

Appearance: pours a golden clear amber with a finger of fluffy off white head and good retention.

Smell: spiice and fruit, sweet malt and some banana.

Taste: spice and banana, quite sweet from the grain, sweet spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium body with fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: the banana was nice, good and i would have it again.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First surprise is not many reviews as this ones been on the shelf since January. Second it's its a damn drinkable bock!

A - Looks like a bock it's a bit lighter amber color with a 1/4 inch of tan head.

S - Smells of citrus hops, mild malts mostly caramel and some roast.

T - Taste is just a slightly hoppier than your average day bock but it's damn good overall.

M - Puzzled how it's almost 8% when I figured it was 5 or even 6%. Little alcohol and a medium body.

Overall not something I would seek out again but not a bad crafted bock. Heck even 4 months lager delivering a good head!

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Dominion Big Thaw Bock from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.