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 | website

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
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
238
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
17.65%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
16
For Trade:
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Photo of jsisko01
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark copper/amber color with an inch thick, creamy head that leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Caramel, roasted malts, and sweet.

Taste - This is way different than any other Octoberfest I've ever had. The bottle says they use 8 different malts and 4 hop varieties. Mostly what I taste is roasted malts, light caramel, it's quite hoppy, and has a weird floral bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall - I give them props for trying something different but I'm not too fond of this beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear copper, with 2-3 fingers of off-white foamy head. This settles down in a rich ½ finger or so, leaving back relatively robust looking cascade of sudsy lacing. The aroma smells of floral notes and earthy citrus for the most part, with a faint sweetness on the edges. This sticky ripe sweetness of the nose really starts to stand out after a bit.

The taste is similar, with a ripe and earthy core that is surrounded by a sticky toasted sweetness. There is some bitterness to this but not a lot of crispness, as this finishes with a bit of a raw and earthy feeling dry pithiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a touch of sharpness up front that then gets much more bubbly and creamy feeling along the back. This is overall a little too soft feeling in the mouth.

I wasn’t very impressed with this. That ripe citrus character just dominated a bit too much in the profiles and this just lacked crispness and overall presence on the palate. I won’t be trying it again.

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Photo of mckenziac
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent copper color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates down to nothing fairly quickly.

Smell: Smells primarily of sweet, caramel malts. Not really much else there.

Taste: Mildly hoppy up front. Finishes sweet with caramel and other malts. Kind of ho-hum in this department.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light to medium body.

Overall: A pretty pedestrian Octoberfest-style beer. Nothing really makes it stand out from the other hundred O-fests put out this time of year. Not bad, but not something really worth seeking out.

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Photo of jak3676
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Old Dominion - Octoberfest!

Bottled in Ahsburn, VA I don't think you'll find too wide-spread of a distribution outside of the VA and surrounding area. Which is kinda a shame.

I haven't been a huge fan of many of their other offerings, but I'm kinda liking their märzen. It's a bit darker, and thicker than some I've had, hazy. Some others have described the flavor with hints of toast, slightly nutty with some browned honey. I've never been one for trying to describe what something tastes like - it tastes like a darker than average Oktoberfest beer to me. It's definately a bit rougher that most. But, I think they're accurate in their description.

I like the strength of it, 5.9 ABV which puts in the range of most of its peers and nicely above the average American Lager. The bottling date says 7/10/12 which goes against the tradition, but I'm not sure how many compainies bottles beer and then lets it lager over the summer anymore (at least intentionally).

I wish I liked it more, but overall it seems too rough for me.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear bright amber/orange hue. 1/2 inch of egg shell head. Pungent nose of noble european hops. Toasted buttered biscuit with an herbal and spicy scent.

Incredibly clean for such a rustic smelling nose. Sweet buttered roll up front followed by slightly overdone toast. Rolls in a spicy herbal hop bite which balances more than it betters. Clean, smooth mouthfeel, with slightly lower than average carbonation. Very very very damn good! Better put a 6 of this away before it all sells out!

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Photo of AdamBear
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-dark amber with a thin light tan head 

S-burnt bitter grains with a touch of dark honey. 

T-comes in with a fairly decent taste of bitter dark grains. Has a touch of honey. I like it. It's definitely darker and more harsh than I like my octoberfest styles.

M-high carbonation with a watery finish

O-well it's not a bad beer. It's just not good if you're really looking for  an octoberfest. It's a bit darker tasting

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Photo of russwbeck
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Amber pour with about a finger of white head.

S: Toffee, caramel malts, maybe a grassiness or water mixed in. Sort of strange.

T: The taste is not great. Tons of malts, caramel, the watery taste, dry finish.

MF: Light and carbonated well. Very dry and weird aftertaste that sticks around for a long time

O: One and done, this was no good.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a bold, clear rust color with no head or lace. It's aroma is of nuts and toast and not much more. The flavor is nutty with hints of toast and ice tea. The mouthfeel is light and watery. Old Dominion Dominion Octoberfest is an okay beer. Not much flavor and way too thin for the style but it'll do in a pinch. Slightly recommended.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Flying Fish OktoberFish.

A: Slightly hazy amber with particles and three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes or more. Okay lacing.

S: Malt. Bread. A bit grassy. Mild overall.

T: Light sweetness and subtle bitterness. Toasted and caramel malt. Grassy hops, but mild. Matches the nose.

M: Medium bodied with a sort of bite. Medium carbonation. Not bad.

O: Overall, this was pretty good. It's as shame the aroma and taste were a bit mild. I liked the Flying Fish better.

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Photo of fo5s
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a tumbler. Bottled 8/10/11 per easily-found text on the bottle.

A- pours a amberish copper. Healthy 2-3 finger head recedes quickly. No lacing.

S- bready with a certain nuttiness to it.

T- carmel with some very mild hops. An odd hint of citrus (from the hops?). Feels more light a muddled (and light) brown ale than a marzen.

M- somewhat thick and sticky for the style. Not a big fan in this department.

O- not bad. Has some nice qualities, but a bit too muddled and divergent from the basics of the style for my liking. Not planning to revisit anytime soon, but certainly wouldn't hesitate depending on the options.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A rather bland and watery aroma to this. Some sweet toffee malt and a little bit of bread. Maybe some yeast notes and a few fruit esters to it as well. Light hop aroma.

T: Sort of watery on the palate as well. It's got a slight vegetal note and some earthy hop flavors. Bread and toffee provide some sweetness.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Just too many flaws to this and too watery.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a 6-ounce taster glass.

A: Clean, bright orange copper color with a one-finger head of creamy white foam which settled out pretty quickly and left no lace.

S: Minimal toasted grains, herbal, grassy hops and a predominantly metallic nose.

T: Quick flash of toasted malts with a little caramel and biscuit flavor before dry, grassy German hops trickle across the palate. This is overtaken by a light, watery, grainy and slightly metallic taste that ushers in a dry, bubbly finish. Not a whole lotta good flavor to be had.

M: Thin, clean, dry and a bit over-carbonated of a marzen for my liking.

O: There's a stab in the dark at German authenticity in this marzen, but overall it fails to achieve anything but mediocre red lager success in terms of flavor. AT 5.8% I'd rather sip on something worth its weight in malts. Pass on this okay-looking but none-too-flavorful fall lager.

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

Pours a bright golden coppery color with a thin, fast fading off white head. Smell is of roasted malt with notes of bread dough and sweet fruits. Taste strongly of malts and caramel with a hint of spice. Finish is nutty with a very light hoppiness coming through. Medium body with good carbonation.

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

I had this at the Dulles airport in the Old Dominion bar/restaurant. Pours a dark brown, with a good head and fairly robust lacing.

Smell is good, strong of toffee and malt. Taste was good, reminded of the days I lived a couple of miles from the Old Dominion Brew Pub in Ashburn, VA (since bought by Anheuser-Busch and closed - boo, hiss).

A very good example of the Oktoberfest type of beer, although chilled it warms you with its look and feel. Taste is better than average, drinkability very good, mouthfeel is a little thin.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a darker shade of brownish amber with a really nice light head. Really good retention and lacig. Mode is lift caramel with a fairly decent hop presence. A bit of grain and really nice balance. Taste is light malt and hops. Feel is crisp with good carbonation and a really nice body. Overall this drinks quite well, although its high score may reflect my rather unique taste for oktoberfests.

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Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this very average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy but poured a pretty average head. The smell was nothing special, kinda smelled like beer.The taste however was really sweet and fact it was too sweet for me. I will not buy again.

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Photo of mattgreger
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours with a deep amber color and some light copper highlights. Small tan head that had a little bit of retention and followed by a bit of lacing

Aroma invites the nose to a decent array of smells. Up front there is a bit of a floral and almost caramel smell. The middle has a strong touch of toffe and roasted malts. The aroma finishes with nice bread and fruit smell. Everything people look for in an Märzen/Oktoberest.

The taste of this brew follows up pretty well with the aroma. There is a bit of the floral and caramel up front. The malts and toffee are hinted in there as well and it finishes with a wonderful bready/fruit, almost boozy ending. Very good

The brew has a medium body. Its fairly creamy and delicate. There is a bit of a bitterness that hangs on as you drink this brew...its a very good brews

Drinkabilitiy is very easy on this one. The flavors are right on and it gives you a great warming feeling inside. Just like a true fall Oktoberfest should. Another great brew by Dominion.

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

One of 4 mid-atlantic fest beer tasting. (with Victory, Flying Dog and Starr Hill)

Pours a light copper color. Nice lacing. Beautiful marzen nose of sweet malts. Nutty. Nice smooth entry. Very traditional taste of rich malts and just the slightest hint of spicy noble hops. Mouthfeel is soft, but rounded. Fills out the palate nicely.

So easily drinkable. A really nice fest beer that would serve well for a fall evening session beer. Well done.

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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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