Dominion Octoberfest! | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Octoberfest!Dominion Octoberfest!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Autumn Seasonal beer is a traditional Maerzen style lager. We use eight types of imported German malts and four hop varieties to create this amber-colored fest beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
13.17%
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 244 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of droomyster
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, reddish copper with one and a half fingers of craggy, light tan foam. Toasted lager aromas are a bit more subdued than those of many of its kin; a touch of earthiness walks in the background. The taste, on the other hand, is solidly consistent with the style. Tons of toastiness dominate the front palate, with a bit of woody hops entering the middle. Notes of whole wheat bread are quite strong. The finish resembles the taste of artificial coffee sweeteners, but is not so overpowering that it ruins the flavor. The overall impression of that of an interestingly toasty but overly sweet beer that needs more IBUs to find its balance.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: seems dead: little head, no beads; copper color
S: thin, sweet malty smell
T: spiced, hoppy, hay flavor; not pronounced; personally, this was not exactly to my taste
M: a tad bit watery, but ok otherwise
D: not all that inviting for repeats

Of the regionally distributed October beers I've had this year, the Sam Adams has had most appeal.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - An active pour with swirling carbonation... Loads of tiny bubbles lock on the the side of the glass... not surprisingly, tons of carbonation rushes within... A thin fizzy light than head that is turns slightly rocky before leaving a reach full creamy lacing... A deep rich amber color with copper highlights...

S - Slightly floral... Inviting caramel... Bursting with toffee... Pale malts... Slightly bready... Some ripened dark fruits... Even pick a touch of booziness...

T - A complex malt forward marzen... Bread pudding.... Caramel... Toffee... Pale malts... Some fig.... Even a touch of piney hops on the finish...

M - Rich creamy foam touches the lips first... Medium bodied... The creaminess and lushness is off the charts... A slight bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue and roof of the mouth...

D - A Marzen that exceeded my expectations... An assertive interpretation that was well received by this BA... Sessionable and easy going sip after sip... I recommend and would gladly drink again... A job very nicely done by the folks at Dominion...

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More drinkable than I expected. A smooth malty flavor. Slight sweetness. Low hoppiness. A mild yeasty scent. My first Octoberfest of the season, so maybe I am being more generous in my review because of this. A pleasant drink.
Had to get a six pack while on vacation...Old Dominion is not available in NJ yet.
I was in Rebohoth, saw Dogfish and Evolution on tap everywhere, but not this brand. Wonder why.

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Photo of DuaneSCarr
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle in my refrig last week. Opened it. STILL an awesome beer. Nice malts for being almost a year old!
Still very drinkable.
Color was very nice - copper,carmel.
Taste - nice sweet malt - like an O-Fest should taste - in my humble opinion.
Nice smell.
Very nice mouthfeel.
I was expecting a drain pour but it surprised me. Still very tasty and drinkable after a year in the back of my refrig.
Can't wait until the new fresh version is released!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy smokes! I just found a review I had e-mailed to myself waaay back in August 2009. Was the site down? Was I simply too pressed for time to properly enter it? Who can say!

12 ounce bottle from Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near clear, darkened amber body with a half inch of off-white suds. A little lax in the lacing department.

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose with some bready aspects to it alongside some fruity estery and whiffs of mild, lightly spicy hops.

Taste: Light, bready German maltiness with a decidedly sugary sweetness to it. Some juicy berry-like fruitiness arrives early on. Light Noble hop character with a modest amount of steady spiciness to it and an overall mild bitterness. For me, the beer takes on an herbal, somewhat tea-like quality as it warms a tad. Finishes semi-dry and smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation. Fairly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's fair. While not one of the more richer, more graceful examples of the style, it goes down fairly easily. I gotta give it that!

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Photo of Risser09
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pilsner - fridge - no bottling date - probably fall 2009

Appearance: Transparent, copper colored, with a fleeting off-white head. Plenty of rising bubbles and no lacing left behind.

Smell: Lager yeast, tutti frutti, melange of malts, and no hop aroma.

Taste: Sweet with sugar, cereal, cherry, strawberry and some lager yeast. A noble hop aftertaste balances the beer well.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, medium bodied, some alcohol and hops in the finish. A solid beer.

Drinkability: A little sweet for me, but it is great for a festbier of which can usually be quite mild. I will drink another!

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Photo of longdivision
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy copper with floating sediment. Head quickly died.
S - Dominating sweetness, bready
T - Sweet bready malts up front. Some vanilla too. There was a very slight hop bitterness at the finish that bites the palette.
M - Medium not difficult to drink
O- A pretty good o-fest beer, but leans on the sweeter side, so it may not be for everyone.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good Maerzen. Pours to an amber-brown color with a small head, that rises and goes away quickly. Nose is filled with flowery hoppy aromas with roasted malt and a faint sweet note. The flavor is rather unassuming and not overpowering. A good balance of hops and roasted malts. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, coats well, no heavy aftertaste.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a razor thin white head into a tumbler that was gone almost immediately. the body was reddish-amber.
s - lightly spiced with a hint grain.
t - caramel, nutty with that tastes of sweet bread.
m - medium thickness.
d - decent beer, had better and had worse.

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Photo of krisandajt
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, cloudy amber color with a nice half inch of foamy white head. The retention isn't too bad, but there is virtually no lacing.

Smell: Pretty standard for the style, biscuity sweet. Nothing to see here.

Taste: A pretty solid, sweet biscuity taste to it. Refreshing and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full bodied for an Oktoberfest. Nice texture, good carbonation.

Drinkability: A good Oktoberfest, one of the better ones I have had this season. Simply put, I would gladly reach for another one of these.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.45/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle I had two of these right away poured brown amber with a small head.
Smells of sweet Malts and caramel.
Taste it has a very nice maltly taste with a hint of caramel and a nice touch of Hops not heavy just night. It is one of the most refreshing October fests I have ever had!
In your mouth it is smooth with a meduim body

It is very Drinkable I had two right away when I was writing my notes on it.

This is one I will get every year a great version of one of my favorite beer types October fest they hit the nail on the head with this one give it a try before all the October fests are gone till next year.

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Photo of thartman
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle brownish copper color, minimal head and lacing. Caramel and malt on the nose with a smooth malty taste, with some mild hop bitterness mostly on the finsh, decent carbonation. Slick mouthfeel. This is a good rendition of an Octoberfest style, better than I expected. Worth trying if you like a Marzen style brew.

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Photo of kshankar
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper pour with a white head, decent retention

Aroma is of malts...not much else going for it. Rather mild

Taste is malty with little else going on. It has a slightly hoppy finish, but not enough..the malts end up being the major part of the already mild flavor profile

Mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation

Well its drinkable..its not the best marzen out there, but I could easily have another one. And really, it isn't all that bad. I've just had better.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: lager glass, Dominions is a dark, malty looking oktoberfest with a rich orange-amber color, capped with an attractive little off-white head that shows good retention

s: rich aromas of toasted lager and spicy pilsner malts complimented by a grassy citrus hop nose, nutshell and nut pastries, mild butterscotch and some caramel

m: carbonation smooth and on the lower side of medium, body medium but retains the finishing crispness of a good lager

t: toasty munich malt body thinned out with spicy pilsner, just a tad sweet and well balanced with a grassy citrus hop flavor and moderate bitterness, a little caramel dipped red apple

d: really nice example from Dominion, would gladly handle a six-pack of this

single from Norm's in Vienna, VA

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Photo of Kadonny
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap into a mug.

A: A medium to dark copper with a two finger white head.

S: Sweet caramel malts with some grainy bready notes.

T: Malts take the show here giving off a very sweet bready, caramel malt flavor. Some toffee and even some sugar sweetness. Slight grassy notes but not hop bitterness. I expected a bit more. Finish remains sweet and coating.

M: Coating but sticky sweet. No alcohol detected.

D: For me it was low, it needed some more balance.

Overall not a great Ofest in my opinion. In fact, OD had not produced any beer that has been memorable for me. Sorry.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My wife brought me a couple of bottles of Dominion Octoberfest from a recent visit to the east coast. Poured in to a pint glass.

Appears a tarnished copper color and clear. A thin frothy off-white head builds and dissipates quickly.

Smell is faint, a sweet malted grain aroma, with a little floral peat fragrance.

Taste is a roasted sweet beat flavor, with a bit of a lager-ish acerbic character. Something of a biter smokey aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied, but zesty. Well carbonated and clean.

As drinkable an O-fest as you could want to have. The lager style makes the taste a bit unusual.

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

A : Golden pour with a thin and fading head. No lacing

S : Fruity including some malt and yeast. Very fresh smelling.

T : Good balance of hop, malts and yeast. I can't forget the tart, yeast flavour in the brew.

M : Extremely high carbonation

D : Refreshing to drink

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at the Old Dominion Pub in Hyattsville, MD. Light amber in color, nice white head, some lacing on glass, beer is clear.

Aroma is slight, faint, smells like an Oktoberfest, just hidden. Slight malt character in aroma, not a lot of anything else, no hop character.

Flavor is great. I think Oktoberfests are hard to have a really standout flavor. The flavor profiles are so subtle, its hard to accent anything specific. This beer is malty, correctly so, and has no bitterness from hops or any grains. There is no aftertaste, drinkability high, mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light brown/amber color. It has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell: Smells really malty with a hint of hoppiness. A bit of grassiness comes out as well.

Taste: An interesting take on the Oktoberfest style. Has a sweet maltiness to it that brings to mind apple or grape juice. A bit of hoppy bitterness in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with slightly too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly an interesting Oktoberfest. This one doesn't really taste like others of the style but it's still worth tasting.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Macado's branded hurricane glass.

Appearance: Pours a brown, slightly amber color with a small beige head that doesn't stay for very long and only leaves a bit of lace.

Smell: Very deep malt smell. Has hints of grain and slight flowery hop notes.

Taste: Starts very sweet and finishes with the same sweetness. Notes of apple and maybe a bit of grape.

Mouthfeel: Not a very heavy body, with balanced carbonation. Dry finish, which is different from most malty styles. I like that.

Drinkability: I like it and I'd definitely have it again. Not necessarily the best Octoberfest I have had, but it has a distinct flavor that sets it apart from others of the style. Definitely worth the try.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark coppery amber with a decent white head that doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is strongly malty with a yeasty hint and a subtle earthy undertone. Flavor is malty and a little earthy, with what may be a touch of cloves and just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is nice and smooth, not very tingly.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2009 München Oktoberfest continues here in my home, tonight with a mug full of Old Dominion's take on the style.

Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber hue, raising a rather pathetic half-finger of off-white foam that shows poor retention and fails to leave any lacework on the glass.

The nose is at first whiff full of fragrant herbal-spicy hop notes, but is quickly followed by a toasty, mildly nutty malt aroma.

Body and mouthfeel are well-balanced, with a medium-full body being restrained in boldness by a prickly carbonation. Hops are not so restrained in this Oktoberfestbier: A quick introduction by slightly sweet, toasty malt moves swiftly into a very dry, bitter middle of grassy, herbal hops that carries itself through all the way into the long, dry finish, with just a bit of lightly sweet bready malt finding its way in underneath it all.

A bit of a departure from the traditional, but certainly fitting in with its brethren, though perhaps on the fringes. The dryness lends a bit more drinkability than some of the maltier variants, and that's a bit of a plus. Something like this might do well in Maß sessions like that going on in Munich.

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Photo of weeare138
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a crimson hued copper with a small white cap that sticks around. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of fresh bread, roasted nuts, sourdough, Munich malt, and caramel.
Taste is of the aromas with a smooth, sweet malty flavorthat is top notch.
Mouthfeel is chewy, smooth, medim boxed, and extremely addictive.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this at my local Beef O'Brady's, they just wanted an Octoberfest beer for the season I think.

It came with almost no head, and looked almost flat. I saw them pour the beer and it didn't sit at all. An orange-amber color with no haze.

The nose detects almost nothing, maybe some grain.

The tongue catches some malt, slight bitterness and some grain. Very watery and flat feeling in the mouth.

I can drink these but it's about as good as a A&B Amber Bock, if it's fresh it's nice if not...

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Dominion Octoberfest! from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.57 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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