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Dominion Lager | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

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.

Added by stirgy on 08-11-2001

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy but with a bright gold color and a low white-ish head. Decent carbonation and lace. Nice hoppy aroma -- earthy and spicy. Flavor is nicely balanced but leans hoppy with a solid malt backbone. Medium-full bodied and smooth.

Excellent "strong lager" session brew !

Per Label: Decoction process. 2 row Pale, Munich, Carapils, and Caramel malts. Perle and Hallertau hops (bittering). Tettnang, Hallertau, Hersbrucker, and Sazz hops (aromatic). 5.4% ABV

Gold medal - 1997 GABF - Dortmunder Export

Bottled: 10/07/03
Tasted: 12/30/03

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz., bottled on Oct. 1, 2004, with a blurb about the beer on the back label - brewed with 4 different malts and 5 hop varieties. Served chilled in a pilsner glass. It is a pale gold with a slight haze and a half inch head that leaves decent lacing. Lots of diacetyl (butter/butterscotch), caramel, and a nice hop aroma (floral?). Diacetyl is also big on the palate, there is a nice bitterness that lingers and a hint of metal. The flavor is substantial and the malt notes remind me of a brown ale. No hop flavors stand out, but you can tell there's a good amount in there. It is crisp at first, but becomes very smooth. One of the tastiest light-colored lagers I've ever had.

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Photo of skynxnex
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1 Dec 2005, so just over 3 weeks fresh. It's an attractive golden color with a nearly bone white head that slowly settles. Smell is sweet malt, hint of grain. The complexity of the different hops comes through.

The taste is simply one of balance. The sweetness of the lighter malt is balanced well with a good amount of hops and the astringent of the lagering. There's a slight sense of malt huskiness, but seems to fit. All in all, nearly perfect for the style and amazingly drinkable. I put it right up there with Great Lake's Dortmunder Gold.

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4.3/5  rDev +19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of PhageLab
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Never had a Dortmunder to my knowledge, so going purely on flavor here, as I have nothing to compare it to.

A - Effervescent golden orange brew which produced a nice head. Decent retention, and some washy lace left behind.

S - Rich, malty aroma. Sweet, and with a roasted quality.

T - Considerably more bitter than I was expecting, and spicy as well. Grassy hops are present but a robust malt body dominates. Quite complex and flavorful for a lager.

M - Crisp light body, clean feel, mild carbonation level.

D - Wow, if this is what a Dortmunder is, then sign me up. As a lager alone, this is one of the most complex yet quaffable ones I've ever encountered. Recommended.

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Photo of Riggo
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1997 GABF Gold Medal winner in the Dortmunder/European Export category, this another fine beer from Virginia's great Old Dominion brewery.

A clear golden yellow color with a gorgeous white, foamy head. Nose is musty, damp, rainy, malty, and floral. The flavor is at first malty, biscuity, and sweet, but very well-balanced with a light citrus hop bite and some fruity apple notes. A long, malty finish has a crackerish note. Mouthfeel is crisp but also creamy. Drinkability is excellent.

A soft and malty, refreshing lager, drinkable and subtley complex.

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Photo of Bear1964
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, unfiltered amber with more than a little orange. The fantastic cap of bright cotton white looks to have the stickiness of cotton candy. The result is a characterful lid with a rugged surface that falls in sections and a fair amount of pseudopod-like lace. This is a good looking beer from top to bottom.

The nose is nicely aromatic, always a good thing when beer smells as good as this one does. There's a wonderful balance between lightly sweet, lightly buttery malt (the caramel malt seems not to have contributed much) and sweetly floral, soft-edged noble hops. Given the appearance and the nose, I have high hopes for what's to come.

Old Dominion Brewing rarely disappoints (in my somewhat limited experience) and hasn't done so here. Light, subtly flavored lagers are said to be the ultimate test of a brewer's skill. At least it seems as though a failure to fawn over the best examples often results in sneers from those who consider themselves particularly enlightened. However, give me a hearty, ingredient-intensive lager any day of the week. That is exactly what is contained within this bottle.

The aroma description applies equally well to the palate. Sweet, buttery pils malt holds the center while an impressive quantity of hops provides a balancing bitterness as well as a delightful range of floral, herbal, even citric (lemon) flavors. I'll never love Perle, Hallertau, Saaz, et al as much as I love 4-Cs and an 'A', but as long as I continue to run across quality beer like this, my respect for and appreciation of those varieties will continue to grow.

Thanks to the 'full for the style' mouthfeel, the finish is an extended affair that allows me to appreciate the deep flavor profile all the longer. I don't believe I've had a Dortmunder with this much mouthfilling, creamy goodness in a good, long while. The carbonation is pitch perfect and maintains itself at an understated, yet still enlivening, level throughout the life of the bottle.

Old Dominion brews some outstanding beer, as I was reminded of while briefly reading some of my reviews. This one is excellent and is impressively drinkable as well. Its enjoyability is attributable, first and foremost, to the brewing skill of its creators. If I lived in Virginia, I'd drink a whole lot of Dominion Lager.

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4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with a one finger head. Aroma is mild but pleasant, like a sweeter version of your typical American lager. Taste is pleasantly full and robust for the style. Very tasty grains with hints of carmel malts, citrusy hops, and spices. Feels great drinking it and is highly sessionable. If it were available in my area, it would be a regular. Great version of the style.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very nice lager. Pours a light golden/amber color. There is almost no head at all, even though I tried to get one going. Smelled rather yeasty upon opening but once in the class that smell was gone. A very tasty beer. This is highly drinkable, I wish I had chilled the entire six pack. I thank my wife for brining me some back from VA.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A healthy pale yellow-gold body, first steady, then sparse carbonation bubbles, topped by two fingers of tight white foam. Nice bits of lace stretching down the glass..

Aroma is heavy with fresh grass, I'm right into a meadow. Good lawnmower beer perhaps?

Nice soothing soft malty start, nice substantial base, with a gradual increase of earthy hop tones before a hearty finishing snap of Saaz.

Medium mouthfeel, might be a tad thick for the first one on a hot afternoon, but satisfying. Superb drinkability, sessionable.

A beer that could get unfairly overlooked as some find the style unexciting, or overshadowed by it's big brother in the Old Dominion Line, Tupers Hot Pocket Pils. This would make a fine beer to serve at a gathering of macro drinkers and beer geeks.

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Photo of WesWes
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderfully malty scent that boasts of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts. It smooth and creamy with a bisquity feel. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that is light, but well rounded. It goes down easy and finishes dry with some residual malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good lager. It's full flavored and easy drinking; a fine session beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden hue deep straw sunshine honey tone with a slight tint of amber going on, forms large chunky white frothy head leaving thick heavy patches of lace as the billowing head dwindles. Aroma: Cereal grain sweetness stands out with a touch of peppery Saaz and herbal noble hops great presence with a honey like sweetness as well. Taste: Excellent export style lager contains flavorful layers of lightly toasted specialty grains wow malt character definitely broadens as this beer warms a bit, light and refreshing decent dose of traditional hops perfect summertime brew. Mouthfeel: Lighter body easy carbonation I'm a fan perfect crisp and flavorful lager. Drinkability: An easy sixpack beer all the wayy for a refreshing flavorful lager grab some Old Dom Lager good stuff.

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Photo of Murph
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a thin white head. Smell has nice hop aromas. The hop flavor is light, but it compliments the smooth malt flavors of the brew very well. Nice light body and nicely smooth in the mouth. Very drinkable. This is a very nice brew. Will definitely go well with the hot weather of the summer.

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4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow color with a medium sized white colored head that laces the glass bit on the way down as it fades pretty fast.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some light but noticeable citrus and floral hops.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, then mixed with a nice amount of floral, earthy, and citrus-y hops.
M: Crisp, clean, fresh, refreshing, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, this is a great session beer that has great flavor and feel to it and a modest amount of alcohol.

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Photo of DOCALYN
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Dominion Lager is the primary house brew. I like it on tapthough sometimes it has a slight sulphurous aroma and after taste do to overuse of the yeast.One of the original recipes at OD I believe was created by John Mallet former brewmaster.Somewhat rich in flavor as a lager better in cooler weather.

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Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright brassy gold with a white head that hangs around long enough to set up some lace. Aroma of sweetish malt, a little hop spiciness, and a background aroma somewhere between tall fescue, lemongrass, and (when it gets warm) sauerkraut. Don't let it get warm.

Proper lawnmower beer - sweetish (honey/apricot) malt and slight graininess with a well balanced hoppiness (I get mostly noble hop, but there is some citrus way in the back), good underlying bitterness, and a slightly drier finish followed by a slightly sweeter aftertaste. My buddy in DC always has a good supply of these on hand, and for good reason - it's a very drinkable everyday brew. Homebrewers take note: The brewpub will let you take a jar of slurry home, and I've tasted some homebrews using this yeast that are very, very good.

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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this one a few minutes after finishing a Brooklyn Lager. Not really fair to compare the two, as they are completely different styles of lagers. Old Dominion is a Dortmunder Export, very similar in character to the the excellent, Great Lakes version. This pours a clear, golden body with a healthy vanilla white head that is mediumsized, The head hangs around quite a bit, and leaves a moderate dose of patch lace on the glass. Aroma has lots of floral hoppiness with an undertone of grainy malt. A hint of clover honey caps the bouquet. Mouthfeel is underwhelming, but decent enough, with light to medium body and adequate carbonation. The taste is quite good. Assertive floral and herbal hops are augmented by some sour lemon. Malt presence balances well, with a touch of soda cracker and clover honey. Fruity pear notes appear midway. Well balanced finish with mild citric bitterness. Complex for a lager, but this is a well rendered version of the Dortmunder style, which in my opinion puts Classic American Lagers to shame. Excellent drinkability. One of the better American lagers you're going to find.

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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a white head.
Aroma of sweet pale malts with hops right there in the mix.

Taste is clean and well balanced. Sweet pale malts with a good hop balance. Maybe just a hair on the sweet side for my liking. Finishes pretty well with a touch of sweetness lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel was good, but seemed a little too fizzy like champagne.
Very drinkable and easy going, yet still desirable.

Overall, a good, clean lager. This isn't a style I'm really into, but I enjoyed this beer and would be glad to have another. Not quite as much character as GLBC's Dortmunder Gold, but one of the better pale lagers I've tried.

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Dominion Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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