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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear yellow in color with about two fingers of off-white foam. Smells of bready yeast and light hops. Tastes of lightly toasted grains and crisp, understated hops. Medium in both body and mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but there are better ones in this style that I'd reach for first.

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Photo of thaichile
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
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 Duster72
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light golden color with a one finger head. Aroma is mild but pleasant, like a sweeter version of your typical American lager. Taste is pleasantly full and robust for the style. Very tasty grains with hints of carmel malts, citrusy hops, and spices. Feels great drinking it and is highly sessionable. If it were available in my area, it would be a regular. Great version of the style.

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Photo of cichief
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From six pack bottled on: 030807

A- Pours golden yellow with a very thin white head.

S- Smell of fresh baked bread and slight flowery hops.

T- Very fresh and slighlty hoppy, very balanced.

M- More carbonation than I care for, but not bad.

D- A good session beer, I could enjoy this beer on a nice summer evening.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a straw color with a white head.

There was little aroma but i detected some sweet smell, maybe citrus. if you view the info on this beer its got a lot put into it, but seems to result in a prett mellow brew, This could just be me but the tatse seemed rather unremarkable. It was by no means a bad beer. It just seemed slightly above par or avg to me. The taste for me was light plane and maybe a little sweet. Very little if any hop,or bitterness. I understand that a lager is not mean to be hopped up and super bitter, but i just feel the lager fell a bit flat, and maybe could have more depth of flavor. worth a try but nothing remarkable.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, label has deer and some hops. Bottling date marked on the label - this one is over a year old, but was just purchased yesterday (apparently Maryland county run liquor stores don't check freshness.)

Appearance: Pale yellow with just a hint of orange. Medium sized head fades quickly.

Smell: Bready malt, and a hint of cooked vegetables.

Taste: Grainy, the same hint of cooked vegetables from the aroma. A bit of noble hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Not a bad lager - certainly drinkable, and interesting enough to enjoy a few.

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Photo of AltBock
1.93/5  rDev -46.2%
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 arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ahh, the classic NoVa regional brew. Well-known and loved, it’s been something of a minor staple of the beer scene around here for quite some time. Sure, many beers with more flavor and richness have come from Dominion, and Northern Va. in general, but this one still stands tried and true. With the news that AB was buying the Old Dominion brewery, I ran out and bought a couple of six-packs of different Dominion brews just to have one last sampling of OD beers under the old ownership. Also, it’ll be interesting to try these beers well after the takeover and compare to my reviews now. Hopefully, we won’t have another Redhook on our hands….

The beer pours golden amber with a brief white head that quickly reduces to a thin, wispy lace. Just a touch of caramel in the mild aroma. The palate features a truly delicious grain malt character that is tasty, yet smooth and mellow. It’s one drinkable combination. Other than that there is some caramel, just the faintest hint of malt fruitiness, and a pretty mild hop spice.

Like I said, classic; not the richest, most intense brew that Dominion has to offer, but its still one well-crafted, solid beer. The six-packs of these don’t last too long in my house. Maybe I out to run out and get another one before AB takes over…


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Photo of UnionMade
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for bringing me a bottle, Emily!
Looks like apple juice, with hardly any head at all. Just a little whisp on the pour that dies out almost immediately. Nice malty aroma, with a good, solid german feel. Toasty, grainy and clean. Milder floral hops with a bit of a soapy tang. The flavor opens with toasted german malt underscored with a little caramel sweetness. Clean, riding directly into a fruity, floral, slightly citrusy hop finish. Spicy saaz and floral tettnang, riding out with a bit of appley fruit. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very dry. Good, clean flavors.
If this was a blind test, I'd assume this was from western Germany. Very good. Export styles are fairly rare to see, especially from a US brewery and these guys do it very well. I could drink this often, especially at the end of summer.

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Photo of Braudog
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Green Leafe, Williamsburg VA. This is hazy orange with a thin veil of foam. Lightly hoppy, but not much of a bite. Smooth and evenly malty, mostly. This is a well done, light lager, an awesome beer if you’re looking for a good session lager! (#2696, 2/12/2007)

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Photo of mpyle
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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 jwc215
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 10/19/06 (almost two months before tasting)

Pours golden with a thin white head that almost immediately becomes a small patch and white ring.

The smell is of fresh grains, slight caramelish fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet grains and an apple-like fruitiness. A touch of caramel. Crisp grassy/grainy hops. Mild, yet flavorful.

Light, refreshing, smooth. A hint of watery thinness.

A nice "session" brew. Thanks to a friend of mine for bringing me a six-pack of this from Virginia. If it were available in my area I could see getting this to accompany a ballgame or as a thirst-quencher on a hot day, or to accompany chicken wings or the like.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy pale copper. The head puffed up during the pour to 2 fingers but faded to nothing as a set down the glass.

The smell is very light, not much to go on, but a little maltier than hopy.

The taste drops off a bit. some malty taste, slightly sore and bitter, no complexity to note.

The mouthfeel in thin, the carbonation is ok.

The drinkability is ave. Nothing of interest here. MK

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Photo of warchez
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
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 ghostmech007
2.98/5  rDev -17%
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 tattooedtolley
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden in color, white foamy head.

Smell: Aroma is pretty typical of a lager with a grainy smell and some hops attempting to get through.

Taste: A dry grainy lager taste. Seems fairly typical in taste to me for the style. I think most people who ennjoy lagers would like it. Could be a good stepping stone for someone to a craft beer thats not too brash for their palette. I liked the fact that I could detect hops in it, a plus for me as lager aren't my typical brew of choice.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, lighter in body.

Drinkability: Yup, sessionable. More alcohol in here than I expected but didn't seem to stop me from enjoying a few.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear pale gold color with white head but no real retention or lacing.
sweet buttery biscuity malt in the aroma w/toasty caramel.
refreshing unobtrusive malt flavor at first that gets toasty and buttery with biscuit, honey. hops hold down the tail with a well-balanced cooperative melding in which the sweet and bitter stratify unjarringly. bit of citric lemon-lime leafiness, coppery taste in finish and lager yeast.
light-bodied and quite crisp finishing dry; a bit spicy and textured on the palate (grainy).
drinkable, sessionable summer beer on a 90 degree day. interesting malt character as a dortmunder effort makes it a treat among all the other straight lemon zest summer offerings.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a fairly clear golden straw color with a white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is crisp and malty with just a light aroma of noble hops.

Taste is slightly sweet and malty upfront, with a mild hop bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet and malty with a light hop flavor.

Medium body, nice carbonation.

This is a nice refreshing lager for the summer months.

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

Part of my beer of the month shipment from the end of March. Beer was bottled 2-10-06.

This beer poured a golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Nose was a muted malt and not much else. Taste is a blend of refreshing malts and comes thru with a hint of hops to finish. Mouthfeel is lively and refreshing. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a brew that would totally hit the spot after a round a golf or after cutting the grass because of the refreshing factor.

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

I've spent so much of my time in contempt for all lagers... can't I, for maybe just a little while, learn to *love* them?

Appearance: Pours out a deep, though somewhat hazy golden-amber color with a bone white head.

Smell: Slightly musty aroma, with some sweet and floral notes mixed in.

Taste: Take heart, it's good. The flavor is initially sweet toasted grains with a squirt of wildflower honey. The maltiness gives way to some light, floral hops with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. A touch metallic. Finish is a well-balanced blend of sweetness and citrus snap.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. The carbonation is crisp and lively.

Drinkability: Stellar drinkability. This is a "BEST OF..." Dortmunder Lager, I'm telling you.

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Photo of hanco005
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another selection from my beer of the month club membership that I received from my wife for Christmas. The bottle indicates that is was bottled on 2/10/06. I poured it into a pint glass and enjoyed all 3 of the bottles with a steak last night.

A—golden, clear yellow with ½ inch foamy bright white head that slowly fades into Bolivia (as Mike Tyson once said about how he wants to retire), spotty lacing is produced as I drink it

S—it smells like butter beans (or boiled peanuts for the southerners)…honest, it does…and there are no butter beans (or boiled peanuts for that matter) around me so I am not confusing the smell…odd…but I like butter beans (and boiled peanuts for that matter) so I’m not really complaining

T—thankfully, not like the smell as I don’t think I could handle butter bean (or boiled peanut for that matter) tasting beer. It’s a little sweet, otherwise the hops and malts are balanced really well, touch of caramel, little vanilla, finishes dry

M—smooth, light, moderate carbonation

D—easy drinking, could easily be a session beer and they were wonderful with the steak I cooked for dinner.

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Photo of WesWes
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a wonderfully malty scent that boasts of pale, Munich, and Carapils malts. It smooth and creamy with a bisquity feel. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that is light, but well rounded. It goes down easy and finishes dry with some residual malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good lager. It's full flavored and easy drinking; a fine session beer.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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 jslot38
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Classic Old Dominion Label, bottling date clearly marked. 12 oz poured into a bottle.

Appearance: Very pale gold with touches of amber. Small head of slightly off white.

Smell: Grainy smell, touch of citrus present. Not much to it.

Taste: Very clean taste, not much going on. Slightly metallic, oily hop usage. Biscuit and grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: Near perfect level of carbonation, very crisp. Great feel on the tongue.

Drinkability & Notes: Extremely drinkable, very light and refreshing. Could drink 'em till silly.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a 22-oz draft of this at my favorite watering hole. It pours a light and clear golden color with a small bit of head and no lacing. It has a standard light lager smell with a bit of fruity overtones. The mouthfeel is light with a sharp fizzyness. The taste is clean, slightly hoppy, with a lasting light hoppy aftertaste. I wasn’t too surprise to learn later that this was a Dortmunder style lager. I seem to enjoy the Dortmunder and Imperial Pilsners the most of the “Pilsner-ish” or light lagers.

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