Dominion Lager | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of AltBock
1.93/5  rDev -46.5%
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 theozag
2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a medium amber color, and creamy but light and airy head. It sports a rough and tasty start that builds into a flavor pallate with a hint of iron (or some other metal). Be prepared for a very bitter finish. Domion has an even, almost wood-like flavor throughout. This beer was *not* to my liking, but you might enjoy it.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 01JUL03, this post is based on notes from that review. -

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Photo of kcrosson492
2.09/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Good showing Delaware. I've tasted airplane peanuts more flavorful than this. It has a generally comparable color and smell. Taste and mouthfeel fail to exceed the expectations set by mainstream breweries, let alone craft shops. Not sure how mature Dominion brewery is, but they have potential (despite my opinion of this particular brew).

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light gold in color with absolutely no head whatsoever. Smell is very vegetal and corn like. Really can't get past the smell of this beer. I've had other offerings from Dominion and they've been decent. Taste is vey lager like emphasing in corn. Plenty of carbonation and bad smell to go around. Not good.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dominion Lager

Purchased from Farm Fresh.

Appearance- yellow and bubbly with a decent foamy head.
Smell- light malt and a hint of cheap macro corn swill stink.
Taste- slighty malty with a touch of skunkiness. Bottle was brewed on 7/21/05.

Overall- a mediorce lager, slighty watery with a decent malt taste every 4th sip. Won't purchase again. I would drink if there weren't other options though!

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Photo of thaichile
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear lighter amber with a suprising light, fluffy head capping the pint. Nose is very malty. Flavor profile continues with the lightly roasted malt notes. Some faint fruit and sweetness. It was smooth, but not all that much happening here. This was OK, not offensive, but not enough to make you want a 2nd. Thanks to dherling for this one.

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Photo of mpyle
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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 AMiz602
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a light coppery color with a light, foamy head. It is pretty well carbonated and has a little bit of yeast in there, so beware if you are not into that.

It smells pleasantly sweet, with a grapefruity scent, probably from Chinook hops.

It is a drier beer, with a light malty aftertaste followed by a biscuity sweet flavor. It tastes sort of like a generic German hefeweizen at first, as it has some sweetness at first, which then devolves into a neutral hoppy-malt taste that is pretty low-key.

Very drinkable, well suited for a refreshing cool one after a hot day.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This just tasted like your average run of the mill lager. Nothing special, it was just there. I guess the only good thing about it, was that it was refreshing and kind of had a malty/hjoppy hint to it. Had no real head to it, and was a golden straw color. Had it at the brewery, but I don't think I would go for it in bottles. I think it geared towards the folks who drink Bud and stuff like that.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this nice beer out of a Dominion pint glass I just bought at their Ashburn, VA, brewpub this weekend. It's a dark golden color that had a nice white head (gone now, though). I'm not quite sure what niche this beer fills because it won't help macro-drinkers convert to micros, but it's not really different enough from a macro to attract your average micro-drinker. Actually, however, that's one of its strong suits for me: I don't like Bud and Coors because I know they taste bad to me, but my palate is not refined enough to taste all the subtleties in most craft beers, so their flavors are often lost on me. This one has just enough flavor, carbonation, and body to make me enjoy it-- and it's not even a style I normally enjoy.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: golden yellow with ½ finger white head, minimal lacing

Smell: roasted malts, muted citrus and floarl hops

Taste: toasty malts, hints of citrus hops, sweet, but slightly bitter as well

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

Drinkability: nothing extraordinary


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Photo of ghostmech007
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Honey is color. With a foamy head and lots of bubbles. Date is stamped on the side.

Smells like grains with something else I couldn’t place. Copper maybe?

Grainy lager taste. Standard style brew, I’m not much on lagers but a good transition beer. A few hops here and there with fruity notes. The metallic taste is there though and that really took me out of the experience. It does have a lighter and thin body of the style but I’m not lager expert. Good blend at the end, sweet and fruity.

I just wish that there was something to be said about this one, the metal taste and the way I just never got into it really didn’t help it.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow colored lager with rapidly fading head.Aroma is a lemony citrus smell.Taste is citrus with a metallic finish.This is a pretty boring bland beer.I probably would not recommend this even though it's not terrible.I personally will not seek out,one is enough thank you.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent and bright magnifying goldenrod in color with a fuzzy saliva spackle in the center and many rising bubbles in the body. Greasy potatoes chips register first and foremost via the nose, followed by paprika over wet rusty grass, spray starch laundry offshoots and musty corn husks. Bready herbal traits ring flavorfully alongside moderately crisp sourdough characteristics. Fresh Bavarian bakery traits with sweet grain characteristics. Musty bran with a mild sweetroll traits. Bitterness is up there with a clean, supportive dietary supplement. Fresh cracked biscuit with some sharp churned butter. Ample carbonation and everything levels out no matter which sip sequence is attended to, finishing with honey, vanilla flavored toasted chex and aged white pepper, ultimately contributing to a musty, biscuit styled backdrop. In other words, just okay.. :)

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old Dominion has a nook in Terminal A of the Dulles Airport… I certainly had to take advantage! They had the Lager, Ale, Stout, and Pale Ale on tap. I started with the Lager…..It is clear with a nice copper color. Thin white head is present and seems to be lacing nicely. The aroma is mostly non-existent….meaning I do not smell much. The German Pilsner malt used to make the beer is prevalient….it starts the taste…in the middle there is a swath of malt, then it becomes bitter on the pallet after the swallow. The mouthfeel is fine and follows the line of Becks.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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 changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/24/2004. Not a bad beer at all although I'd say it's pretty much average across the board. Bright golden-yellow colored with a thin white head. Aroma is fruity, malty and a touch grassy. Taste is sweeter than a lot of lagers I've had. Pretty smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yelllow golden body with a small white head that disappears quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell of a slight sweet malt aroma.

Taste follows the smell. A decent lager, mild sweet malt falvors. Light bodied mouthfeel that could use a little more carbonation.

Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of YankChef
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an american pint glass

Appearance: Very pale golden straw color with high clarity, thin wispy head that quickly fades

Aroma: almost neutral in aroma, subtle sweet smells of malt and the saaz definitely comes through.

Taste: Quick trip on the palate sweet and slightly bitter with almost no finish. Very crisp and refreshing. Kinda tastes like budweiser actually.

Overall: Not a bad beer, very sessionable and a step up from the big boys but nothing special, I wouldn't seek this out by any means.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
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 TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull shaker pint glass.

This is almost the last of the single new beers I brought home with me from NoVa. It pours a slightly hazed orange amber topped by only an intimation of white foam. The apparently missing. There's nothing there. I don't really know what to say here. The taste comprises caramel, lemon zest, coriander, flowers, lemongrass, and some light biscuits. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, a decent brew, nothing close to special, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not experienced with the dortmunder/export style. This beer medium brown with a firm white head. Plenty of bubbles and a malty aroma. Sweet. More sweet. Not cloying. Pretty full mouthfeel, sweet and citrusy finish, but I didn't get the hoppy bite that others have reported. This is an easy drinker. Good beer to introduce to a regular macro drinker.

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Photo of nick76
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is like a sour mash made with corn and herbal hops. The appearance is cloudy gold with a small but nice head. The flavor is like the aroma but not quite as sour. The palate is smooth and the finish malty with pepper and citrus notes. Overall I like it but it has a strange pickle sourness to the aroma.

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Photo of warchez
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ar: Definate sweet maltiness, slight crisp hop but its subtle, very faint apple like odor (this disippated as the beer warmed).
Ap: Perfect straw color with orange highlights Great bubble cascades in the glass, thin white head, dissipates with time. Brilliantly clear.
Fl: crisp malt with mild sweetness, can taste the same apple aroma, faint banana like tones as well. clean finish with very little hop presence in aftertaste.
MF: Crisp carbonation on tongue, dry and clean.
OV: drinkable but slight off flavors detract somewhat, upsetting due to near flawless presentation.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber with a 1/2 inch white head. Very fizzy. The smell is of grain and some hops. The taste is very grainy, but also with some hops in the presence and noticable carmel malt. A little bit too watery for my liking. the mouthfeel is normal, and its pretty drinkable.

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