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Dominion Lager | Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed using four types of malted barley, this Dortmunder lager becomes a smooth, flavorful and complex beer that is a delight to drink.

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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 145
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden body is topped by a short, foamy, bright-white head that dissipates fairly readily but holds a decent collar and thin surface covering as well as leaving some trace lace. The nose welcomes you with a firm expression of grainy malt dressed up by a softly floral & mildly citrusy hoppiness that's actually quite interesting with a soft touch of lemon (?). The body is light/medium with a fine carbonation that caresses the tongue and then falls away quite smoothly. The flavor is exactly as might be expected - a lightly sweet and grainy malt that's gently infused with floral & softly citrusy hop flavors, backed by a firm bitterness. It finishes short and dry. A well-done, refreshing, and enjoyable lager that could easily fit many occassions and would make a great cross-over beer for the macro drinker. It makes me think of summer, baseball, and backyard BBQ's although it's just as good on a crisp night nestled in with a good book or video.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a fairly clear golden straw color with a white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is crisp and malty with just a light aroma of noble hops.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty upfront, with a mild hop bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet and malty with a light hop flavor.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

This is a nice refreshing lager for the summer months.

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Photo of AltBock
1.93/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle with just a nice and simple gray wood panel label with the Old Dominion symbol of a 6 point buck twisting his neck at an angle I didn't think was possible for a deer to do. This buck is looking over his neck of the woods for possible females, other bucks looking for a fight, and hunters. To the right of symbol is a clearly marked bottling date. Mine was bottled on August 2nd, 2006. They have a rectangular back label that lists every ingredient, what medal it won back in the day, ABV%, and their web address. It was capped with a red twist off cap. Poured into a simple mug.

The beer had a tangerine/orange hue with gold highlights and a bit of haziness to it. It had a miniature head of small white bubbles that just fizzled away in a matter of only a few seconds. It just left a spatter of white bubbly lace and rings. If you put your ear to it, it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies. You can hear snap, crackle and pop! It barely had an aroma to it. The aroma was just toasted malt, hops, sweet butter, and with a hint of citrus fruits. The first taste I received from this beer was butter. I thought the first taste was going to be malt, but not this lager. After the butter comes a pinch of toasted malt and just a slight snap of citrus hops at the end. I didn't know Old Dominion was buttering up their beer. I guess they had some butter lying around the brewery and decided to put it in the beer to make it taste like you're eating popcorn at the movie theater. The mouthfeel was light and just had a small aftertaste of citrus fruits. Without the butter taste, it would have risen this beer to an average run of the mill Lager beer that would have been OK to drink, but with it, I wouldn't drink it again. Too much butter and not enough malt or any other decent flavors.

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Photo of jslot38
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Classic Old Dominion Label, bottling date clearly marked. 12 oz poured into a bottle.

Appearance: Very pale gold with touches of amber. Small head of slightly off white.

Smell: Grainy smell, touch of citrus present. Not much to it.

Taste: Very clean taste, not much going on. Slightly metallic, oily hop usage. Biscuit and grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect level of carbonation, very crisp. Great feel on the tongue.

Drinkability & Notes: Extremely drinkable, very light and refreshing. Could drink 'em till silly.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a typical looking German lager, dirty gold in color under a thin head that sticks around a few minutes before its almost total disappearance.

Aroma is firmly centered on something that reminded me of waffles, buttle and maple syrup...more likely the cold cereal that mimics that flavor. (Waffle-Os? It's been ages.) I like.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, offering a maple syrup element, a bready mellowness, and an offsetting kiss of hops. Light fruity tartness, but that's a very faint characteristic, almost not worth mentioning. Rounded caramel flavor brings the focus back to the malt. Finishes crisp but hardly dry...a nice buttery texture that matches the flavor well.

Malt dominates this beer, and that's a good thing. It works. I believe this is my first try of this style, and I like it. Looking forward to trying others in this category.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden, slightly cloudy. Very little head. The scent is mostly the malts, while with the taste, you get a nice blend of the multiple hops and malts. Many of the ingredients and a description is on the bottle, which is nice. Hops are quite floral and refreshing. Overall a good lager. Dominion has made another good beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of an Old Dominion sampler.

Sweet, I love finding a decent craft lager. This stacks up with the other fine Export's I've tried. There's a creamy malt flavor with a touch of crisp hops and a mellow, lingers bitterness. Yummy. I would appreciate a touch more malt flavor, but there's no hint of adjunct or anything nasty. Just a tasty lager to enjoy.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very solid lager. Pours a light copper color with a 1/2 inch, foamy head, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Robust and malty taste; slight, slight hint of fruit. Dry finish. Could easily have 2 or 3 of these in one sitting and feel very satisfied. Would go great with a burger, steak, or stew.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear pale gold color with white head but no real retention or lacing.
sweet buttery biscuity malt in the aroma w/toasty caramel.
refreshing unobtrusive malt flavor at first that gets toasty and buttery with biscuit, honey. hops hold down the tail with a well-balanced cooperative melding in which the sweet and bitter stratify unjarringly. bit of citric lemon-lime leafiness, coppery taste in finish and lager yeast.
light-bodied and quite crisp finishing dry; a bit spicy and textured on the palate (grainy).
drinkable, sessionable summer beer on a 90 degree day. interesting malt character as a dortmunder effort makes it a treat among all the other straight lemon zest summer offerings.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22-oz draft of this at my favorite watering hole. It pours a light and clear golden color with a small bit of head and no lacing. It has a standard light lager smell with a bit of fruity overtones. The mouthfeel is light with a sharp fizzyness. The taste is clean, slightly hoppy, with a lasting light hoppy aftertaste. I wasn’t too surprise to learn later that this was a Dortmunder style lager. I seem to enjoy the Dortmunder and Imperial Pilsners the most of the “Pilsner-ish” or light lagers.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey gold with a glint of orange. A thin, fleeting head of creamy white rests atop. Retention is rather mediocre. Lacing is mostly absent.

Smell: Raw and grainy in the nose. Background aromas of sweet-smelling floral hops.

Taste: Thoroughly malty. Grain and cereal produce a simple, clean backbone of malts. Hops emerge in a subtle bitterness, floral and nectar-like. A bit out of balance, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Easy on the tongue, with some fair carbonation. Medium-bodied, and doesn't offer much of a lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: Consumption is rather easy, yet taste is lackluster. Nothing about this beer leaves me craving another, but all the same, nothing deters me.

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Photo of jaluria
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Barking Dog. Good tasting lager, but minimal complexity or distinctness. It's got a medium-brown color with little head. I faintly smell caramel along with some roasted character. The taste is smooth and refreshing with a slight oak character. This brew is moderately hopped and that's what I taste after each sip. Again, not complex or unique but the taste is not discouraging and fairs well as an average (or slightly above average) lager. A few of these can be had because of it's mild attributes.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bennetj17
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 10/19/06 (almost two months before tasting)

Pours golden with a thin white head that almost immediately becomes a small patch and white ring.

The smell is of fresh grains, slight caramelish fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet grains and an apple-like fruitiness. A touch of caramel. Crisp grassy/grainy hops. Mild, yet flavorful.

Light, refreshing, smooth. A hint of watery thinness.

A nice "session" brew. Thanks to a friend of mine for bringing me a six-pack of this from Virginia. If it were available in my area I could see getting this to accompany a ballgame or as a thirst-quencher on a hot day, or to accompany chicken wings or the like.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, medium light straw color with a nice cloudy white head. Aromas start out with what I perceive to be a lot of diacetyl, but it soon dissipates. A very light malt note follows with a slight spicy hop note, but the butter lingers. On the palate, a medium low bodied lager delivers a balanced malt and hop flavor, neither overwhelming. Mouthfeel is quite light and dry with a very crisp, dry finish. Not as hoppy as I would expect for a Dortmunder, but a decent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of hanco005
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another selection from my beer of the month club membership that I received from my wife for Christmas. The bottle indicates that is was bottled on 2/10/06. I poured it into a pint glass and enjoyed all 3 of the bottles with a steak last night.

A—golden, clear yellow with ½ inch foamy bright white head that slowly fades into Bolivia (as Mike Tyson once said about how he wants to retire), spotty lacing is produced as I drink it

S—it smells like butter beans (or boiled peanuts for the southerners)…honest, it does…and there are no butter beans (or boiled peanuts for that matter) around me so I am not confusing the smell…odd…but I like butter beans (and boiled peanuts for that matter) so I’m not really complaining

T—thankfully, not like the smell as I don’t think I could handle butter bean (or boiled peanut for that matter) tasting beer. It’s a little sweet, otherwise the hops and malts are balanced really well, touch of caramel, little vanilla, finishes dry

M—smooth, light, moderate carbonation

D—easy drinking, could easily be a session beer and they were wonderful with the steak I cooked for dinner.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brought me a couple of bottles of Dominion Dortmunder Lager from a recent visit to the mid-Atlantic US. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a rich gold color, darker at the top of the glass than at the bottom, translucent with a slight chill haze. Modest frothy head caps the beer, and leaves a little dainty lace on the side of the glass. It appears well carbonated, with a storm of bubbles in the glass.

Smell is faint and sweet, with a bit of sweet dairy aroma. Absent is the perfume fragrance of a lot of lagers.

Taste is mildly sweet, with a sweet grass or new mown hay flavor. There is a dry bitter aftertaste, like dandelion leaves.

Mouthfeel is light, dry and clean. Crisp and zesty with a lot of carbonation.

A very drinkable a flavorful lager. It's well balanced between he grassy malt and bitter hop flavors. It might be one of the best lagers I have had.

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Photo of mpyle
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold (apple juice) color. Good clarity. Minimal head that dispersed quickly.

A sweet buttery/caramelly aroma. No hops, and generally a clean aroma.

Malty with a diacetyl character, but ultimately balanced. finishes with a slight lingering maltiness. A bit of spicy bite from the noble hops is also evident, particularly as the beer warms.

Medium body and fairly low carbonation. Low carbonation creates a very smooth feel on the tongue.

Generally a smooth and easy drinking bigger lager. The diacetyl was a bit disturbing early, but overall found a nice hop/malt balance (but neither was robust enough to make this as good as better examples of the style - like DAB).

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap to a light orange-yellow color with thin white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Nose and taste were both dominated by grain, to the point that little else was noticed. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and slightly tingly, and the finish was short and dry. Not too much to this one.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden in color, white foamy head.

Smell: Aroma is pretty typical of a lager with a grainy smell and some hops attempting to get through.

Taste: A dry grainy lager taste. Seems fairly typical in taste to me for the style. I think most people who ennjoy lagers would like it. Could be a good stepping stone for someone to a craft beer thats not too brash for their palette. I liked the fact that I could detect hops in it, a plus for me as lager aren't my typical brew of choice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, lighter in body.

Drinkability: Yup, sessionable. More alcohol in here than I expected but didn't seem to stop me from enjoying a few.

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Dominion Lager from Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 240 ratings