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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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 145
Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear golden color with some visible carbonation and a white head. The nose is slightly hoppy and floral with some grain. Taste brigs slight bitterness and some straw and grain. Feel is light and crisp leading to good drinkability.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Chaney
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man, I miss Old Dominion Brewing Company! They were my local brewery until a couple of years ago when they were bought by Busch and moved away. The beer tastes pretty much the same, but it sure soured the opinions of a lot of locals.

A: Pours a clear golden color with no head really...just a few bubbles.

S: Mild fruity malt scent and caramel notes.

T: Medium body, with a mild butterscotch flavor and high end, very soothing malts and filtered water.

M: No ABV detected and crisp on the palate.

D: For the style, very nice. I see why it is ranked so high on BA in the Dortmunder/Export Lager category.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and clean, a bit on the thin side for the style, but the malts had a nice lively character. A bit less depth than average, but certainly refreshing - perhaps offering not quite enough to be a session candidate. Credit given, however, for the lively and crisp nature.

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

A: Darker straw color. Fairly thin white head.
S: Slight malty smell with grass and hay notes.
T: Malt adds some sweetness. Hops add some flavor and bitterness to the finish.
M: Smooth but the carbonation may be just a touch too much.
D. Not bad for a lager. A bit more flavor than most. Great for a hot day.

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

I must begin by saying I love this style. Just so easy drinking and refreshing.
A- Deep gold, no head.
S- Sweet malty smell that grew as the beer warmed up. It just kept getting better and better.
T- Start with the malt sweetness and finished with a small bitter hoppiness that lingers in the mouth.
MD-A very good beer that I will look for in the future.
Thanks to Mr Miller for this bottle.

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Photo of mempath
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep straw with massive white head. settles with some light lacing. basic malty nose with hints of what seem to be rice, corn...nothing enormous. not bad. the taste is much bigger with no real sweetness (as i feared from the nose) but rather an upfront, dry light hop bitterness. refreshing. crisp mouthfeel keeps this drinkable. wish it had more of a finish. nothing too complex, but not simple and mundane as any typical macro.

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Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dominion lager was a cloudy amber color with a half-inch, off-white head that quickly reduced to a thin collar.

The aroma was nondescript, but the taste was one of the best I have had in a lager, Dortmunder, Vienna or any other lager style. The flavors are malty sweet, but not overwhelmingly so, and freshly baked bread.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Drinkability was very good with a fine flavor and 5.60 ABV to boot.

Don't get me wrong, this doesn't pack the flavor punch of an imperial stout or IIPA, but damn tasty for a lager. It is not commonly available in my area, but when I can, I would be proud to hoist an OD lager.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a pale orange hue with a fluffy white head. The aroma is bready with a few herbal lemon notes. The flavor is bready and light with a clean crisp finish. The beer is well carbonated and easy on the palate.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale copper color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to a thick skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Light bready malts with a slight hay and grass aroma. Light bitter hops.

T: Slightly sweet malt. Sufficiently bitter to balance with a little spiciness in the bittering hops.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Very smooth as everything in balance.

D: Very drinkable; good representation of the style.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent tawny color with a tight head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet and malty with just a hint of graininess and citrus fruitiness.

Taste: Tastes citrusy with hints of grapefruit. A nice balance of maltiness and hoppiness comes out as well.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with just a touch too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent lager. The fruity notes are very appealing. I definitely recommend this one. Old Dominion is, in my opinion, a very good and very underrated brewery. This is one of their best beers.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Brew pours a golden copper with a white head that fades quickly, some lacing.

Brew smells of floral undertones, hops.

The brew tastes of sweet malts, floral hints some hop backbones. Nice creamy mouthfeel - light bodied at the same time - very nice balance.

This brew is very drinkable - my first of this style lager. Very nice and could drink all night.

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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 Jimbo87
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a US pint glass.

Pale clear copper, ephemeral white head.

Smell: Nice malt, some malty tanginess. Slight hop.

Taste: Sweet malt. Smooth. Nice hops the balance. As it warmed, I got this interesting other flavor, a herbal/spice-like taste. I liked it.

MF is good, smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is high. At first I thought it was very simple but more flavor came out as it warmed. A good lager. I want to try it again. My first "dortmunder/export lager".

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Photo of TheMistler
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured draft into a pilsener glass, with a nice, fairly big head. White and creamy, displaying good retention and nice lacing. That tops a light, clear copper gold concoction, like an oh-so-slightly darkened pils. Creamy, complete cap is fed by lots of noticeable CO2 streams from nucleation sites.

Tangy nose, it reminds me of the just-"off" aroma that I've found is common to many Czech pils. A tad sweeter, though, with some light and grainy malts.

Definitely more malt-oriented than a pils, but there is some distinct grass hoppiness at the end. Grain filled taste. Slight bittering left on the palate.

A fairly drinkable, crisp brew. Light bodied, but not light in flavor. Prickly carbonation.

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Photo of nick76
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
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 GrandpaGeorg
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one suffers by being the final style in my "Rack Pack." Compared to the Ale or Pale Ale, this one is rather one-dimensional. Wan yellow in the glass, though the foam head was impressive. Thinner, clearer, and a bit sparkling, with a slight malty presence in the nose. Taste was interesting, but the interest didn't last. A nice malty "beer" flavor, balanced with a hops bitterness that began to overpower the flavor toward the end. Lost a few points on drinkability for that. Though I haven't seen it on tap lately, the Vienna Lager is a better lighter (color) beer than this one.

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Photo of avalon07
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. Not a whole lot of head, but some decent lacing.

S: A strange aroma. There were hops and bready malt, but also this grainy, almost acidic quality to it.

T: The graininess takes a bit of getting used to, but oddly goes well with the floral hops and bready malt.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer, but definitely odd in its own way. I don't think I've had a dortmunder like it.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a bright golden colored body under a 1cm white head. lots of visible carbonation bubbles. slight lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- bready or grainy malts with a lemony or grassy hop thing also

T- lots of grain at the start, and a lemon zest and floral hop kick at the end.

M- light crisp clean and refreshing with lots of carbonation..

D- very easy to drink. i got a sixer from a friend who went on vacation and it left me wishing it was available in my area. nice and hoppy, this one is something you should check out if given the chance.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Getting tired of saying thanks to adamharbaugh, but I haven't run out of beer he sent me yet, so thanks!

Cloudy gold in color. Weak head formation and retention.

Smells like lemon pledge on my dining table. Or mayby orange pledge.

Got more flavor than a lot of lagers I've had. I think I get a hint of orange. Hard for me to grade a lager in proper perspective but I'll try.

Not bad, beats Bud anyday. Fuller. Will wash down my sandwich with a quickness.

Overall: served its purpose

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Photo of Offa
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, tasty lager with a definite German quality about it.

Deep but bright gold, it had a medium white head soon shrinking to wisps and a ring with a little weak lace.

The aroma is wonderful - a nice full-bodied German lager qualit like a hoppier, good helles, which is pretty much on track for a Dortmunder. It has strong ripe grain, some bread dough (a little yeasty), it's lightly fruity, with plenty of herbs and hay as well as hints of honey and lemon.

The taste is not as great, but still good. It's light but flavourful with apples, bread dough (slightly yeasty), herbs, with more herbs and some lemon pulp in the finish. Fairly full-bodied yet crisp, it is very clean with light sweetness followed by light but dominant, lively bitterness and hop flavours, lasting through the finish. It soon becomes a little bland and dulled, but retains its basic, solid characteristics and is highly drinkable.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.26/5  rDev -37%
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 GPHarris
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick off-white fluffy head into my sam adams glass. the head left thick lace and sheeting throughout and the body was clear and golden with a lot of carbonation bubbles.
s - metallic with hints of bananas and floral hops.
t - bready, grainy, earthy hop taste with a hint of caramel malts.
m - medium thickness on the tongue.
d - highly drinkable. i don't drink many lagers but this is one i'd go to again and would be a great gateway beer for people becoming interested in craft beer.

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