Dominion Lager | Old Dominion Brewing Company

145 Reviews

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 pezoids on 08-11-2001

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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 239
Photo of BadBadger
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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 rajendra82
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale golden color with a very thin head and minimal lace. Forced carbonation is very lively. Aroma is clean and grainy with subtle delicately floral hops. Taste is again clean grainy malt with very light hoppyness. There are almost no fruity esters to speak of. A little citric tartness starts creeping in mid palette. Enjoy this for what it is folks, a simple, clean, sessionable lager. Pretty similar in most respects to Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but a bit less malty. Thanks AragornUnplugged for this trade.

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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 RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +36.3%
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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Photo of Jables
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This gets high marks for being a surprise beer. I didn't expect such a deep, golden appearance or such good lacing. I didn't expect the scent. I didn't expect such a full mouthfeel. I didn't expect an adjunct-less lager with a good hop flavor and a sweet, sweet finish.

Very drinkable and highly recommended for its taste:price ratio. very cheap, great price, equals an everyday drinking beer. Good stuff

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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 beerguy101
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied dortmunder/helles. Malts are mild, slightly sweet and a touch fruity. Hops are mild as well. Spicy and citrusy, but not very bitter. This is a very well balanced beer. It smooth as silk and very clean tasting. Nice "lager". Would make an excellent gateway beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear, bright yellow color, big, bubbly white head, slowly settling.
Aroma: clean, and dry, at first, but yeasty, with notes of straw, citrus, a drizzle of honey, getting sweeter, and lemonier as we go.
Good snappy, tangy texture, big, citrusy taste. Body is light, of course, but flavor is strong and palpable, so big and bountiful it counters any qualms I have against lagers (the unbearable lightness, among other things).
Malt is sufficient, but hops are the driving force, delivering bitterness and citric taste every time.
Tasty, sunny, shiny...I'm picky when it comes to lighter beers, but this one was quite nice.
Big thanks to Marc77!

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Photo of bmills1608
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color with a weak white head. On the nose was very light grains and corn husk.

Taste was light, astringent grains, with a small hop snap that was a little bit spicy. Mouthfeel was nice with tight carbonation, good for the style. A very drinkable lager and nicely well rounded.

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Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden color and formed a foamy white head that left some lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, hops and grain with a touch of caramel. A flavor of malt, hops and caramel. The finish was light with some hint of caramel and grain. A nice lager but a bit sweet for the style in my opinion.

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Photo of sponberg
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Photo of Riggo
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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 LarryKemp
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lager pours a clear bright golden with a nice white head. Balance is the watchword for a Dortmunder style lager and I would say this beer is one of the most balanced I have tasted in a long time. The aroma is very mild and all malt. The flavor is quite balanced with a little malt sweetness and a hop bite that lingers on the tongue. This is a crisp fresh beer that has a surprisingly medium nearly creamy mouthfeel. I would recommend this beer and find it quite drinkable.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Clear amber color with more malt than hops but the balance is there. This beer has a crisp, smooth, and clean malt palate - very different from the big lagers like Bud. It finishes with a good balance of malt and hop but not bitter.

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Photo of beernut7
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep golden color with a very foamy white head. A light hoppy aroma introduces a light bodied lager with a floral hop presence and a dry malt flavor. The finish is clean a crisp. Altogether a very drinkable brew that goes down easily. Great Sunday sports brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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 Murph
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of DOCALYN
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Todd
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled date on the sized.

Appearance: Crystal clear bright yellow in colour with a sticky, white foam head. Carbonation is very active.

Smell: Very grainy aroma, a bit musty with some metallic notes and a light floral hop bouquet.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A maltly dextrin sweetness hangs out for a bit, but is quickly overtaken by an intricate lemon-like hop bitterness, peaking snap and an oily feel on the tongue. Light metallic flavours, followed by grain tannin flavours and a slightly drying palate.

Notes: A top-notch, well rounded American version of a Dortmund/Export Lager. 5.4%abv.

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