Dominion Lager | Old Dominion Brewing Company

240 Ratings

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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1.75/5  rDev -51.5%

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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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 bigred89
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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 KevMo84
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of AWB3
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of Celtics76
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of In_Control_Mike
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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 EuphonicHops
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 ThirstyHrothgar
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 atrocity
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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 skloeff
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of TheMrFarnham
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Fusion7777
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -16.9%

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Dominion Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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