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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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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter stein a dull hazed fulll golden with a slight head that was gone quickly,aromas were a mainly toasted malt and slightly sweet caramel with just a light smack of lemon zest.A nice fuller mouthfeel lets you know its not a watered down chugger.Flavors are toasted and grainy upfront with some lighter caramel sweetness as well,a real pronounced lemon tinge comes through late and lingers in the finish.Not a bad lager,its not overly complex but should it be really?

Brewed on 5/27/08.

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

A: Pours a hazy, bright yellow-orange, with a solid white head. Decent retention.

S: Some floral hops, a musty/sourdough aroma, with definite grain notes.

T: Some graininess at first, but then a big kiss of citric hops that are a lemony sour-sweet. Finishes with a bit more astringent grain husk.

M: Medium bodied, with active carbonation. On the dry side overall, but the lemony hops lend a slick, slightly oily texture.

D: Certainly very drinkable, a nice overall offering. A bit of complexity, and on the refreshing side.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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 tastybeer
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is golden amber, clear, with a small tight white head on top. Barely any retention but good color. Aroma of sweet grains with subtle flowery hops. Taste is toasty and moderately bitter. Pointy carbonation and a somewhat grainy mouthfeel. This bitterness and flavors are pilsner-esque. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Good middle of Saturday beer.

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Photo of changeup45
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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 lightindarkness
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the BA who sent me this, whoever you are.

Pours a pale golden color with a thin sudsy white head that fades to a wispy layer. Smells of toasty biscuity malt with a touch of clover and honey. Very flavorful, with a nice biscuity base, some sweetness on top, and a touch of nuttiness. Dry grassy flavor and a note of lemon zest add to the overall taste. Drinks nicely, with a lighter medium body and some good carbonation. Smooth with a slick coating on the finish. Goes down easy, with some great flavor.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a delightful surprise. The lovely golden amber color is accentuated by a slight but lasting head that laces well down the glass. A very pleasant nose greets you as you begin to drink, and this maltiness follows through to the palate, expressing a slight caramel sweetness that is enough to stimulate you without overriding the refreshing drinkable character. There's a mild slightly bitter hop finish. The bottling date is stamped on each bottle to ensure that buyers are aware of freshness. I picked mine up in a Delta Airlines Crown Room Club at the Washington DC Reagan National Airport. Nice selection, Delta.

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Photo of YankChef
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Proteus93
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden / closer to a straw yellow. A white, fizzy head formed as a result of a fairly vigorous pour. Retention is decent, leaving a full sheet and a modest lip of lace - there is no apparent stickiness, though.

S: A toasting of the malts. A grassy and earthy scent join in. A decent hops aroma rounding all out.

T: Soft and malty, with a dash of hoppiness for good measure. Finishes with perhaps a touch of earth.

M + D: Clean with a crispness and a great, dry finish. Perhaps just a tiny bit stronger than I'd go with as a session brew, but just fine for a few on the patio!

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Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a lively but short-lived head and a little carbonation streamers from the bottom of the glass. It has a slight, lagery aroma. The flavor is grainy, with a hint of grape and some slightly sour (but not entirely unpleasant) hop flavor. The mouthfeel is the star of this beer - solid, assertive and vicious - despite being a light lager, this beer lets you know you're drinking it.

This is a nice, drinkable beer, if not a classic of the genre.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with bottling date of 052708.

Pours into a pint glass. Dark golden color with a small white head that leaves in a hurry with no lacing.

Aroma is buttery with some caramel malts. Slight breadiness and a touch of light hoppiness.

Decent flavor profile as well. Bready and toasty and grainy. Good bit of toffee as well. This wasnt too bad. I enjoyed this but am not sure I will purchase again. Worth a shot, in the end.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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 MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber/yellow with active bubbles rising to the surface supporting a two-finger fluffy white head. Head discipates rather quickly and leaves a nice froth on top. Above-average lacing.

S - Clean and crisp with a lemon zest. Nice malty lager smell, somewhat musty.

T - Clean and crisp again. The malt and hops hit first in nice balance. I get the sweetness of the malt at first contact then the hops come right in with their nice bitterness to balance out the sweet. As the beer goes down I taste the light lemon zest which is not overpowering.

M - Bubbly yet smooth and lightly oily. Has a nice creamy to it as well.

This is a very drinkable beer and I am pleasantly surprised. I live right near this brewery and I've avoided drinking it for years with fear that I'd be disappointed. Stupid me. Drinkability is great and I could down quite a few of these.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much a typical looking German lager, dirty gold in color under a thin head that sticks around a few minutes before its almost total disappearance.

Aroma is firmly centered on something that reminded me of waffles, buttle and maple syrup...more likely the cold cereal that mimics that flavor. (Waffle-Os? It's been ages.) I like.

Flavor mirrors the aroma, offering a maple syrup element, a bready mellowness, and an offsetting kiss of hops. Light fruity tartness, but that's a very faint characteristic, almost not worth mentioning. Rounded caramel flavor brings the focus back to the malt. Finishes crisp but hardly dry...a nice buttery texture that matches the flavor well.

Malt dominates this beer, and that's a good thing. It works. I believe this is my first try of this style, and I like it. Looking forward to trying others in this category.

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Photo of wedge
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a thin off-white head. Sweet, lightly buttery pilsner malt and a low noble hoppiness. Clean sweet pale malt flavor balanced with a grassy hop bitterness. A bit of caramel and biscuits. Very refreshing and easy to drink...smooth and balanced. Good session lager.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, medium light straw color with a nice cloudy white head. Aromas start out with what I perceive to be a lot of diacetyl, but it soon dissipates. A very light malt note follows with a slight spicy hop note, but the butter lingers. On the palate, a medium low bodied lager delivers a balanced malt and hop flavor, neither overwhelming. Mouthfeel is quite light and dry with a very crisp, dry finish. Not as hoppy as I would expect for a Dortmunder, but a decent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of argock
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy golden color with ample white foamy head and average lace retention. I like how Dominion details the ingredients on the label -- nothing to hide.

S: Husky grain with sweet vanilla and honey aromas with floral hops presence

T: Very malty, dextrin sweet with tangy, citrus hops middle and dry finish with some woody tannin flavors

M: Creamy and smooth with ample but not overwhelming carbonation

D: Pretty sweet but in line with the Dortmunder style. Easy to drink and with a nice, complex aroma and flavor profile.

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Photo of davidt
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden-straw color with a thick, creamy head. Strong buttery aroma. Toffee and caramel malt flavor, some breadiness. The mouth feel is thick and rich, quite carbonated. A good example of the Dortmunder style. Hopefully this will survive the changes at the brewery, it's a beer my non-craft drinking friends enjoy.

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Photo of Bassetdawg
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, from Farm Fresh, Williamsburg, Virginia

Appearance: light golden color, small off-white head, with no lacing.

Aroma: Mild but malty aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel: light, crisp mouthfeel. Tastes grainy with some toasted malts.

Drinkability: A good version of a Dortmunder, a refreshing drink on a hot summer night.

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

Not a bad beer at all. Poured a golden color with a larger carbonated white head.

The smell had aromas of caramel/toffee malt and a bit of hops as well. The taste followed suit, with a medium body and medium/low hop profile. Carbonation was on the higher side and the consistency was medium.

Not a bad all-around beer. I've had MANY others that are similar in style, but taste alot worse than this. I could probably drink many of these and be much more satisfied than any macro. Worth drinking, for sure.

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Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden color with great clarity and lots of bubbly carbonation. About an inch and a half of off-white head builds on top and then recedes to a thin lace, leaving a bit of stick but not much.

Smells strongly of toasted malt along with some caramel malt sweetness. Not much hop aroma in the nose, but the malt characters are quite pleasing.

Taste is a bit of a letdown from the smell. There is some toasted and caramel malt there, but then there's a buttery flavor that I'm not wild about. Toward the end there is just a hint of fruitiness and then a quick display of bitterness from the hops. Finishes somewhat dry, with a creamy medium body.

This is a pretty decent brew, and I'd have it again if it were my best option. Not bad and worth a try.

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

Bottle into pilsner glass.

I've had this one on-tap at the brewpub as well.

Clear hay color with a one finger off-white head that doesn't last very long, even for the style.

Very light biscuit light grain aroma with only the tiniest hint of hops.

Ultra light and clean malt flavor from start to finish with pretty much no detectable hop bitterness.

A very sweet and grainy beer with not much to show as far as complexity. However, it's a very drinkable and clean lager perfect for the summer.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of an Old Dominion sampler.

Sweet, I love finding a decent craft lager. This stacks up with the other fine Export's I've tried. There's a creamy malt flavor with a touch of crisp hops and a mellow, lingers bitterness. Yummy. I would appreciate a touch more malt flavor, but there's no hint of adjunct or anything nasty. Just a tasty lager to enjoy.

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

Served as a brilliant golden colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell consists of breay malt and a light citrus character.
Taste is very clean and refreshing. The sweet malt combines a some light crisp hops to form a very drinkable beer
Very easy going down. Paired weel with my seasoned steak wrap.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light husky grain and a mild caramel sweetness.

The taste consisted of a dough malt with some secondary caramel sweetness. Utilitarian hops strictly for balancing.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty lager. Very drinkable.

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