Dominion Big Thaw Bock | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
As the chill of winter melts away, a new, lush world is revealed. Brewed with 100% malted barley and authentic german noble hops our Maibock is a perfect companion for the season of Spring.

Added by CuriousMonk on 02-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of stckhndlr
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden straw color with a touch of an orange hew to it. Pure white head about a fingers worth and it disappears quick.

S- Has a citrus fruity smell covered with a unique blend of malts and hops. But nothing really seems to strong or week. Very well balanced.

T- Toasted malt and citrus fruits with just a soft bitterness on the finish from the hops.

M- Has a thick creamy texture with a smooth soft finish.

O- This is a very nice beer. Very drinkable for me. Pick this one up next time you're out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dominion's Big Thaw Bock pours a mostly clear deep-gold body beneath a short head of creamy antique-white foam. The head retention and lacing are average.

In the nose it displays a clean, straightforward maltiness and floral hops. It's bright and fresh and welcoming.

The flavor delivers more of what the aroma promised. It's golden pilsner malt is straight-forward and just a touch sweet, balanced by a solid bitterness, and threaded through with floral, spicy, and gently herbal hops. It's perfectly balanced, and finishes dry with a light bit of residual lingering malt and hop.

Helles bock can sometimes be overdone, either swaying too much towards the malt or too much towards the hops, but this one nails it; and on top of that the bitterness level is perfectly matched against the malt that's there. Very drinkable!

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Photo of brewandstew
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pure orange hue with a HUGE 3-finger white head that lasts forever leaving a great trail all the way down the glass. The head ends in a very persistent thick lace.

S: Hoppy floral aroma with a malty bock background.

T: Slightly sweet pilsner malt taste with a hoppy floral mix. Starts off crisp and finishes slightly dry.

M: Slighty strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation

O: This was a really good Maibock. It was a great balance between the hops and malt and had enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden transparent body with bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Thick off-white head.

S- Light malt aroma with some citrus/tropic fruit notes. Fresh grass/straw also in the nose.

T- Malt is in balance with the fruity taste, somewhat of an apricot flavor.

M- Smooth creamy body with good carbonation.

O- Very good representation of the style with a lot of springtime flavors.'

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of EastCoastHawkeye
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Bubbalito
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of zhanson88
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color with a medium amount of carbonation. About 1.5 fingers of white head, very good retention and lacing.

Smell: Bready and biscuity malts are present but pretty light, followed a surprising amount of citrus hops (orange and lemon zest are quite prominent). Smells rather hoppier than I anticipated.

Taste: Light bready malts up front, with a bunch of great citrus flavors following. The finish is semi dry and tastes of orange and lemon zest. I had this beer right after a SN Glissade, and the hop profile on this beer is much more prominent. I liked this beer quite a bit better.

Mouthfeel/Overall: This beer is light to medium bodied, leaning towards medium. Moderate carbonation and very smooth drinking. I quite liked this beer. Hoppier than I was expecting, and very tasty overall.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rather average looking, golden in color, decent enough head. Decent aroma-bready and malty. Solid malt flavor. Very bready like and pleasant grain flavors. Has a distinct noble hop presence. Some malt sweetness, hop bite and a dry finish. Faint trace of some malt sweetness in the end but again somewhat dry to finish. Nice solid mouthfeel-not overly sticky or sweet feeling. A very nice, solid helles bock. I could see this for an evening.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light honey or deep golden straw is the color of this brew. It has a pretty decent size head that is fairly dense leaving a fair amount of lacing.
Carbonation is low.
Lightly aromatic with sweet malts and sutle hints of noble hops.
Taste is similar to aroma; a fairly robust malt backbone that has a lighter pils flavor balanced by a fairly aggressive hop profile.
Thin body with some grainess at the end with some alcohol worming itself in.
A good tasting beer but a bit light in flavor.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a yellow color with some slight amber hues. A fluffy 1/4' head develops with some lacing.

S: Floral hops and sweet malt scents in the nose.

T: Some crispness on the onset followed by sweetness of the malts. Floral hops and slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Good mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation and a smooth appropriate thinness for the type of beer.

Overall, this is a good beer. The nose is a little lacking in complexity, but the flavor is well balanced with appropriate hopping.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again a nice spring beer. It pours a medium gold and builds a white head, which does not want to stick around for very long.
The smell promises fruit and good hops.
The taste up front holds the promise and starts with a little peach and apple up front, turning to malty sweetness in the middle and being checked by some noble hops for very good balance.
Very good mouthfeel makes this medium bodied beer very dangerously drinkable. Great job for a maibock.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 01/16/12; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy head with decent retention; Orange hued amber in color with a semi-hazy appearance and some floating sediment; Spotty lacing left behind

S - Notes of clove, esters, sweet citrusy lemon, and floral/spicy hops - nice invitation to take a sip

T - Lots of yeasty and fresh baked bread flavors accompanied by cereal and grains, esters, lemon zest, and a bit of spice; Aftertaste consists of lingering yeast and spice flavors; Alcohol briefly pokes through towards the beginning of the taste, but then disappears for good

M - Carbonation is a bit below moderate; Medium bodied; Finish is a bit dry

O - This beer seemed like a good choice for a day like today - chilly in the morning with comfortable warmth coming in the afternoon. This particular maibock wasn't one to break any ground, but it's certainly very drinkable and refreshing, and a solid brew to go along with the young Spring season.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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