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Dominion Big Thaw Bock - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.48%


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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 20:13:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a orange yellow color with a one inch head that falls to a spotty foam.

Smell: caramel sweetness and a bit of hop bitterness.

Taste: moderate malt base with caramel, light fruit sweetness, a bit of earthiness, and a mild hop presence.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nice bock beer that has enough malty goodness to keep it interesting. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 00:21:10 | More by Gavage
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mactrail

California

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big golden amber brew with a nice foamy cap in the tall tulip. Nice nose of flowery hops and a hint of carnations.

Rather sweet as you'd expect. Sprightly carbonation but kind of a flat mouthfeel. On the heavier side, and seems stronger than the ABV. Rather sharp and a little woody. Malty and buttery as it warms up. Strong and sweet, but that's the style. Clean and well made.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at the pretentious market by George Washington University.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:14:29 | More by mactrail
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 05:07:57 | More by DrDemento456
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a tan color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is a bit hoppy for the style, malts are there, well balanced, a touch of bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 19:42:20 | More by tone77
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into HotD tulip.

A- Light, clear orange with a thick, large bubbled off-white head.

S- citrus and sweet fruit.

T- Sweet malts and wheat.

D- A touch sticky, but pretty smooth.

O- My first try with Dominion. Not bad, maibock isn't my favorite, this is a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 05:29:34 | More by HuskyinPDX
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2012 00:00:34 | More by oline73
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a little red tint. A two finger head forms on top, made up of small bubbles. Decent retention, leaving behind ringlets of thin lacing.

S: Toasted grain and bready malt with a little bit of citrus mixed in. A little bit of grass and a floral component.

T: Some bready malt initially, a little bit of citrus follows - some lemon peel, grass, and floral hops. Some light fruit as well - banana.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Would not guess it was 7.5%.

O: Solid beer, not spectacular, but pretty good. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:37:43 | More by mdaschaf
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at the Washington Dulles airport (concourse A, for the curious) this beer was a clear, 24k gold with a little rising carbonation. The one finger of white head retained itself as a delicate but firm collar. The aroma was of caramel malt, boozy alcohol, dry grains and slightly floral hops. Upon tasted it I detected sweet malt, caramel malt, biscuits, some diacetyl, floral hops and a hint of both herbal and citrus hops. The hoppy finish at the end was stronger than I expected and it threw me off, almost as though it had been influenced by a West Coast IPA. The mouthfeel was good, the body was medium and the carbonation light.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 18:17:25 | More by thekevlarkid
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 04:01:01 | More by lackenhauser
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to brees6221

Pours a clear straw color with a faint orange hue on the edges. A thick, buoyant head retains well with some patchy, stringy lacing on the glass.

Toasted grain and lemongrass with some very faint floral hops. Some softer fruit tones as well, a bit sweet, although somewhat muted overall.

Some bitter floral hops with lemon peel and rind. Citrusy zest and some fruit sweetness. Notes of banana and clove. Toasted grain malts with some honey edges. Finishes with some hop bitterness and a bit of warmth.

Medium bodied, fairly strong carbonation, tingly with lingering dryness on the tongue. This drank alright but it's definitely not something I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:32:29 | More by xnicknj
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle (acquired on the day my local beer shop received them on 2/5/2011) into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber/golden hue along with a huge head that fizzles down to a half inch size, but continues leaving nice laces that linger throughout the entire drinking session. The nose picks up mild floral and citrusy aroma along with the authentic German Noble hops (somewhat bitter herbal), which show its true colors here. I am also picking up pine-y, green apples, sweet but toasty malts, and bitter hop activity in the taste. The Big Thaw is classified as a medium-bodied brew with a creamy mouthfeel and it hides the 7.5% abv pretty well making it a very interesting (and dangerously drinkable) Maibock beer for the Spring season.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 18:15:43 | More by CuriousMonk
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 13:47:06 | More by micromaniac129
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: deep, clear gold. significant carbonation. fluffy white head with decent retention.

S: toast and lots of it. significant noble hop aroma.

T: taste like pancakes. doughy, yeasty bread. im assuming a significant amount of hops were used as well with a solid amount of bitterness. considering how the finishes with a bit of alcohol.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. bitter linger in the finish.

D: my biggest complaint about this beer is the dominant noble hop nose and flavor. and by dominant, i mean comparing it to the style, which is predominately malty/bready beers. still a good beer, but i wouldnt call it a maibock. more of a hoppy german pils.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:25:37 | More by Jimmys
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ckollias

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:22:51 | More by ckollias
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees and it produced a nice big off white head. The beer smelled like bread and was a nice hay color. There was a slight hop note but not too bad and the beer was thick tasting. The beer also had good lacing. I will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:36:19 | More by Minkybut
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.'

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 21:31:57 | More by stephenjmoore
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zhanson88

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 03:42:19 | More by zhanson88
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wahhmaster

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale brown color. Has a thick, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some impressive lacing.

Smell: Some grainy, buttery malts backed by a bit of herbal hoppiness.

Taste: Has a clean hoppy bitterness up front with a slight grassiness. Finishes grainy with a clean, lager crispness. A little subdued in flavor but not bad overall.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A pretty average bock but a good spring seasonal. It is certainly a refreshing and sessionable beer but lacking a bit in the flavor department. I might pick up a sixer for drinking out on the porch on balmy May evenings...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 00:24:21 | More by wahhmaster
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 04:41:57 | More by Hopfenpeter
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden yellow with thin, white, fizzy head. Plenty of carbonation and pretty good head retention. Aroma is very grainy and bready with hints of fruity hop notes. Lots of malt flavor, earthy and strong. Bread and grain with a slight touch of caramel. No hop presence. Nice sweetness and full body. A fine beer but I felt the flavor could have used something to brighten it up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:35:58 | More by goldbot
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speter

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright translucent golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Bready malt with a faint note of noble hops.

T: Sweet from start to finish, this is a classic Maibock. There's just enough in the way of hops to keep the sweetness in check, but the malt's the star here.

M: Richly carbonated, it's ever so slightly on the thin side, but just barely. The alcohol is extremely well integrated.

O: Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 23:41:53 | More by speter
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TechTriumph

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 01/16/12; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy head with decent retention; Orange hued amber in color with a semi-hazy appearance and some floating sediment; Spotty lacing left behind

S - Notes of clove, esters, sweet citrusy lemon, and floral/spicy hops - nice invitation to take a sip

T - Lots of yeasty and fresh baked bread flavors accompanied by cereal and grains, esters, lemon zest, and a bit of spice; Aftertaste consists of lingering yeast and spice flavors; Alcohol briefly pokes through towards the beginning of the taste, but then disappears for good

M - Carbonation is a bit below moderate; Medium bodied; Finish is a bit dry

O - This beer seemed like a good choice for a day like today - chilly in the morning with comfortable warmth coming in the afternoon. This particular maibock wasn't one to break any ground, but it's certainly very drinkable and refreshing, and a solid brew to go along with the young Spring season.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 15:24:05 | More by TechTriumph
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stckhndlr

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 02:18:23 | More by stckhndlr
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jgreenearrow

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:19:40 | More by jgreenearrow
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Dominion Big Thaw Bock from Old Dominion Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.