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 skynxnex
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated 1 Dec 2005, so just over 3 weeks fresh. It's an attractive golden color with a nearly bone white head that slowly settles. Smell is sweet malt, hint of grain. The complexity of the different hops comes through.

The taste is simply one of balance. The sweetness of the lighter malt is balanced well with a good amount of hops and the astringent of the lagering. There's a slight sense of malt huskiness, but seems to fit. All in all, nearly perfect for the style and amazingly drinkable. I put it right up there with Great Lake's Dortmunder Gold.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, unfiltered amber with more than a little orange. The fantastic cap of bright cotton white looks to have the stickiness of cotton candy. The result is a characterful lid with a rugged surface that falls in sections and a fair amount of pseudopod-like lace. This is a good looking beer from top to bottom.

The nose is nicely aromatic, always a good thing when beer smells as good as this one does. There's a wonderful balance between lightly sweet, lightly buttery malt (the caramel malt seems not to have contributed much) and sweetly floral, soft-edged noble hops. Given the appearance and the nose, I have high hopes for what's to come.

Old Dominion Brewing rarely disappoints (in my somewhat limited experience) and hasn't done so here. Light, subtly flavored lagers are said to be the ultimate test of a brewer's skill. At least it seems as though a failure to fawn over the best examples often results in sneers from those who consider themselves particularly enlightened. However, give me a hearty, ingredient-intensive lager any day of the week. That is exactly what is contained within this bottle.

The aroma description applies equally well to the palate. Sweet, buttery pils malt holds the center while an impressive quantity of hops provides a balancing bitterness as well as a delightful range of floral, herbal, even citric (lemon) flavors. I'll never love Perle, Hallertau, Saaz, et al as much as I love 4-Cs and an 'A', but as long as I continue to run across quality beer like this, my respect for and appreciation of those varieties will continue to grow.

Thanks to the 'full for the style' mouthfeel, the finish is an extended affair that allows me to appreciate the deep flavor profile all the longer. I don't believe I've had a Dortmunder with this much mouthfilling, creamy goodness in a good, long while. The carbonation is pitch perfect and maintains itself at an understated, yet still enlivening, level throughout the life of the bottle.

Old Dominion brews some outstanding beer, as I was reminded of while briefly reading some of my reviews. This one is excellent and is impressively drinkable as well. Its enjoyability is attributable, first and foremost, to the brewing skill of its creators. If I lived in Virginia, I'd drink a whole lot of Dominion Lager.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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 jaluria
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Barking Dog. Good tasting lager, but minimal complexity or distinctness. It's got a medium-brown color with little head. I faintly smell caramel along with some roasted character. The taste is smooth and refreshing with a slight oak character. This brew is moderately hopped and that's what I taste after each sip. Again, not complex or unique but the taste is not discouraging and fairs well as an average (or slightly above average) lager. A few of these can be had because of it's mild attributes.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed that it formed a nice head. It was well carbonated but not fizzy. There was a bright golden to yellow hue. The body of the beer is relatively light. The aroma has a grassy, straw quality. I noticed a bit of a yeasty character in the nose. This is enticing to a beer drinker.I found the flavor to be gentle. The light body gives it a good drinkability. This is a good session beer. You can take this beer to a picnic or BBQ. It works perfectly well in situations when you will drink more than one. There is a lot of malt emphasis in this beer. That is typical of German and German style beers. This malt character gives Dominion Lager a slightly sweet flavor.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A healthy pale yellow-gold body, first steady, then sparse carbonation bubbles, topped by two fingers of tight white foam. Nice bits of lace stretching down the glass..

Aroma is heavy with fresh grass, I'm right into a meadow. Good lawnmower beer perhaps?

Nice soothing soft malty start, nice substantial base, with a gradual increase of earthy hop tones before a hearty finishing snap of Saaz.

Medium mouthfeel, might be a tad thick for the first one on a hot afternoon, but satisfying. Superb drinkability, sessionable.

A beer that could get unfairly overlooked as some find the style unexciting, or overshadowed by it's big brother in the Old Dominion Line, Tupers Hot Pocket Pils. This would make a fine beer to serve at a gathering of macro drinkers and beer geeks.

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Photo of claytri
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a nice gold with a small white head. The aroma was of sour malt. The taste was of sour malt with a touch of hops. The feel was light and slightly oily. This beer was a pleasant surprise. I went in to find something reasonably priced for July 4th and how could I pass up what should be a decent beer at $9.00 a 12 pack? What I got was a fresh case of beer that is probably the ideal american lager. This isn't a great beer, but is certainly a good beer to open the door for those who haven't tried anything other than a macro.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden, slightly cloudy. Very little head. The scent is mostly the malts, while with the taste, you get a nice blend of the multiple hops and malts. Many of the ingredients and a description is on the bottle, which is nice. Hops are quite floral and refreshing. Overall a good lager. Dominion has made another good beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz., bottled on Oct. 1, 2004, with a blurb about the beer on the back label - brewed with 4 different malts and 5 hop varieties. Served chilled in a pilsner glass. It is a pale gold with a slight haze and a half inch head that leaves decent lacing. Lots of diacetyl (butter/butterscotch), caramel, and a nice hop aroma (floral?). Diacetyl is also big on the palate, there is a nice bitterness that lingers and a hint of metal. The flavor is substantial and the malt notes remind me of a brown ale. No hop flavors stand out, but you can tell there's a good amount in there. It is crisp at first, but becomes very smooth. One of the tastiest light-colored lagers I've ever had.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not experienced with the dortmunder/export style. This beer medium brown with a firm white head. Plenty of bubbles and a malty aroma. Sweet. More sweet. Not cloying. Pretty full mouthfeel, sweet and citrusy finish, but I didn't get the hoppy bite that others have reported. This is an easy drinker. Good beer to introduce to a regular macro drinker.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this one a few minutes after finishing a Brooklyn Lager. Not really fair to compare the two, as they are completely different styles of lagers. Old Dominion is a Dortmunder Export, very similar in character to the the excellent, Great Lakes version. This pours a clear, golden body with a healthy vanilla white head that is mediumsized, The head hangs around quite a bit, and leaves a moderate dose of patch lace on the glass. Aroma has lots of floral hoppiness with an undertone of grainy malt. A hint of clover honey caps the bouquet. Mouthfeel is underwhelming, but decent enough, with light to medium body and adequate carbonation. The taste is quite good. Assertive floral and herbal hops are augmented by some sour lemon. Malt presence balances well, with a touch of soda cracker and clover honey. Fruity pear notes appear midway. Well balanced finish with mild citric bitterness. Complex for a lager, but this is a well rendered version of the Dortmunder style, which in my opinion puts Classic American Lagers to shame. Excellent drinkability. One of the better American lagers you're going to find.

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Photo of yeagerbm
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color with a thin white head.

Smell is a little musty and earthy with a balance of malt and hops in the aroma.

The taste comes across nicely balanced between malt complexity with toasty sweet grains balanced by a complex blend of bittering and flavor hops both German and American.

The mouthfeel is lively carbonated with a medium light body. It is a flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of Illini5596
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable beer. While it won't win any prizes, or contend for the best Lager you've ever had I don't have any complaints. Pale gold to golden in color it has an appealing appearance, full bodied taste, and pleasing aroma. A pleasure to drink and beats the pants off of similar more available beers. I make sure to have one when I am in the area of the brew pub.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received from Manekineko. Thanks! 12 oz bottle chilled in a pint glass. The brew pours a light yellow color and a small bleached white head foams up and fades to an edge layer rather quickly. Aroma is grainy, husky malt with some caramel and not much else, rather mild on the nose. First sip reveals an average body and fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt up front and some husk again. I get a bit of fruitiness developing as the beer warms, light apricots. The beer is nice and crisp and refreshing. Very clean finish and easy to drink. I wish the fruity flavors were just a little more robust and the aroma was more pronounced.

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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these on tap in Arlington recently. I found it to be an extremely drinkable beer, and a fine accompaniment to a varied dinner (pasta, filet, shrimp). The beer is a pale, hazy yellow color. The head is tremendous, towering, and long-lasting…white and thick. The aroma is notably yeasty, and has gives the smell a doughy, soft edge. Also in the smell is a little citrus and light hoppiness. It’s not particularly sweet, and is medium to light in body. Finish is clean, crisp, and hoppy. It’s a well-made and very enjoyable brew.

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

Label lore: Decoction with Two-Row Pale, Munich Carapils and Caramel malts. Perle and Hallertau finishing hops. Aromatic hops are Tettnang, German Hallertau Hersbrucker and Czech Saaz.German yeast34-70, Gold Medal winner GABF 1997. ABV 5.4%

A nearly perfect lager pour into me pint. Golden clear, slightly hazy golden and a snow white wafer thin head cap.

Grainy slightly fresh bread dough yeasty scents and gentle grassy leaf aromas.

First swigs: Smooth grassy hops notes swept away by a delicate sweet malt that leaves a lasting malty finish. Creamy caramely flavors almost like the inside of a candybar. Some citrous notes and honey peek out.

Medium carbonated sizzle and medium bodied. Smooth.

Last swigs: A dortmunder lager with plenty of yeastiness, floral hops and malt balance.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. Head is creamy and slowly dissipates. There was a perceptible citrus aroma to this beer, like grapefruit. Light hoppy notes too. Taste was of cirtus again and slightly bitter. Aftertaste was malty goodness and hoppy bitter. I felt I wanted just a bit more body to this beer, but I still liked it. I think the thing that stuck with me the most was the maltiness, which I enjoyed. Overall, I thought it balanced the malt and hops flavors nicely. This was a pretty damn good beer and I'd definitely try their other brews in addition.

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

Paid $6.99 for a 6-pack...

The appearence is a clear golden base with a small white head with low retention and no lacing... The aroma is very mild malty with a touch of sweetness to add.

The taste on this defines a well-balanced lager; nothing is strong nor weak... it's smooth and a little lemony, well-balanced malts, no bad aftertaste, it's solid. Mouthfeel works, nothing wrong but nothing to get gung-ho about. Drinkability is good because it is not flawed in any way, nor spectactular!

FInal Thought: This is about the next best thing to GL: Dortumunder Gold - for American Micro Export Lagers...

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Photo of JISurfer
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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 WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden hue deep straw sunshine honey tone with a slight tint of amber going on, forms large chunky white frothy head leaving thick heavy patches of lace as the billowing head dwindles. Aroma: Cereal grain sweetness stands out with a touch of peppery Saaz and herbal noble hops great presence with a honey like sweetness as well. Taste: Excellent export style lager contains flavorful layers of lightly toasted specialty grains wow malt character definitely broadens as this beer warms a bit, light and refreshing decent dose of traditional hops perfect summertime brew. Mouthfeel: Lighter body easy carbonation I'm a fan perfect crisp and flavorful lager. Drinkability: An easy sixpack beer all the wayy for a refreshing flavorful lager grab some Old Dom Lager good stuff.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -1.1%
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 -17.3%
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 +37%
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 +12.3%
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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