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
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Ratings: 62 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of sobeleg
2/5  rDev -45.2%

Photo of Jimmys
2.82/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: deep, clear gold. significant carbonation. fluffy white head with decent retention.

S: toast and lots of it. significant noble hop aroma.

T: taste like pancakes. doughy, yeasty bread. im assuming a significant amount of hops were used as well with a solid amount of bitterness. considering how the finishes with a bit of alcohol.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. bitter linger in the finish.

D: my biggest complaint about this beer is the dominant noble hop nose and flavor. and by dominant, i mean comparing it to the style, which is predominately malty/bready beers. still a good beer, but i wouldnt call it a maibock. more of a hoppy german pils.

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Photo of Jfowler05
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Dully
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of dyoung3
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Peculiar thing was that the bottle was a twist-off but the caps weren't....weird. Purchased from Harris Teeter, Washington DC.

Appearance: Fine, golden color with nice medium head that rose about two inches and stuck around for a good while.

Smell: Not much going on here; maybe some orange peel mixed with some vague malt notes.

Taste: Honestly a little bland. The flavor intensity is not where it should be in respect to the alcoholic content and therefore taste a little minerally. Almost like drinking a Pelegrino with vodka.

Mouthfeel: A little more alcoholic than expected which comes through on the mouthfeel.

Overall an ok beer but I would not purchase again. Too many other great choices.

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Photo of msh4k3
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in Chalice
bottled 3/15/12

A. A very filtered copper orange. 1 inch head fades to a soapy build up on top.

S. Little citrusy notes from the hops and little pear notes. Not as fragrant as I would like in a beer.

T. Bitterness from hops leads to pear like flavor then to the barley malts.

M. Kind of creamy very light easy drinking.

O. Pretty refreshing beer for the season. When i think of bocks I think of the smoky dark hearty beer. This is a style i'd like to dabble in!

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of wahhmaster
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: Pours a translucent, pale brown color. Has a thick, fizzy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some impressive lacing.

Smell: Some grainy, buttery malts backed by a bit of herbal hoppiness.

Taste: Has a clean hoppy bitterness up front with a slight grassiness. Finishes grainy with a clean, lager crispness. A little subdued in flavor but not bad overall.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A pretty average bock but a good spring seasonal. It is certainly a refreshing and sessionable beer but lacking a bit in the flavor department. I might pick up a sixer for drinking out on the porch on balmy May evenings...

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Photo of xnicknj
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass - thanks to brees6221

Pours a clear straw color with a faint orange hue on the edges. A thick, buoyant head retains well with some patchy, stringy lacing on the glass.

Toasted grain and lemongrass with some very faint floral hops. Some softer fruit tones as well, a bit sweet, although somewhat muted overall.

Some bitter floral hops with lemon peel and rind. Citrusy zest and some fruit sweetness. Notes of banana and clove. Toasted grain malts with some honey edges. Finishes with some hop bitterness and a bit of warmth.

Medium bodied, fairly strong carbonation, tingly with lingering dryness on the tongue. This drank alright but it's definitely not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into HotD tulip.

A- Light, clear orange with a thick, large bubbled off-white head.

S- citrus and sweet fruit.

T- Sweet malts and wheat.

D- A touch sticky, but pretty smooth.

O- My first try with Dominion. Not bad, maibock isn't my favorite, this is a decent brew.

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Photo of goldbot
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden yellow with thin, white, fizzy head. Plenty of carbonation and pretty good head retention. Aroma is very grainy and bready with hints of fruity hop notes. Lots of malt flavor, earthy and strong. Bread and grain with a slight touch of caramel. No hop presence. Nice sweetness and full body. A fine beer but I felt the flavor could have used something to brighten it up a bit.

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Photo of speter
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright translucent golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Bready malt with a faint note of noble hops.

T: Sweet from start to finish, this is a classic Maibock. There's just enough in the way of hops to keep the sweetness in check, but the malt's the star here.

M: Richly carbonated, it's ever so slightly on the thin side, but just barely. The alcohol is extremely well integrated.

O: Seek this one out.

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Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of biteme398
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MasterQ
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GoodOmens1986
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off tap at the Washington Dulles airport (concourse A, for the curious) this beer was a clear, 24k gold with a little rising carbonation. The one finger of white head retained itself as a delicate but firm collar. The aroma was of caramel malt, boozy alcohol, dry grains and slightly floral hops. Upon tasted it I detected sweet malt, caramel malt, biscuits, some diacetyl, floral hops and a hint of both herbal and citrus hops. The hoppy finish at the end was stronger than I expected and it threw me off, almost as though it had been influenced by a West Coast IPA. The mouthfeel was good, the body was medium and the carbonation light.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Dominion Big Thaw Bock from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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