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Beer Review #151 Old Dominion Octoberfest

I’ve had a few Old Dominion Brewing Company beers since I moved to Delaware a year and a half ago. Most recently I had some of their beers when I was at the Good Beer Festival. Old Dominion is brewed about an hour’s drive down Route 1 from my house in Dover, De. I still haven’t gotten a chance to take a tour of their brewery, but I have a few free weekends coming up where a tour would fit in nicely.

The first thing that caught my eye about this Oktoberfest is that it isn’t spelled in the traditional way. See that “C” in there instead of the “K?” That’s not normal, in fact, I’ve never seen it on another Oktoberfest style beer. Old Dominion’s take on a Oktoberfest pours a nice copper color and it is crystal clear. The head is has a light tan hue to it, which was a bit darker than I expected. As a general rule of thumb on Oktoberfest beers I expect the head to be white the lighter the color. This one’s head was darker than most that are a similar color.

The nose is pretty straightforward with some slight malt and hoppy background. The hops were not like others, these hops were spicy and complimented the malt odor, not overpower it. The taste was more complex than the nose let on. The normal malt flavors lead into some very distinct caramel tones. The hops then come in and balance out the sweetness, but don’t take all of the sweetness away. The beer finishes with a nice biscuit dryness. I was surprised to find a little heat in this one as well.

I really enjoyed this one. For a beer that didn’t promise a lot based on the nose, it really delivered on flavor. Of note on the bottle, eight German malts and four hop varieties were used in the making of this beer. I guess that’s were the complexity came from. Good work Old Dominion, this beer will be on my repurchase list for next year.

2 thoughts on “Beer Review #151 Old Dominion Octoberfest

  1. I recently went down to Old Dominion/Fordham brewery back in March for my birthday and really enjoyed the brewery, the brewery tour, the beer selection and the fact that they make soda as well since my husband doesn’t drink. We went back a few weekends ago to pick up some soda and I tried Octoberfest on tap and really enjoyed it. I picked up a 6-pack in Delaware and wish I picked up more! Told my husband we’ll be driving down to DE every year so I can pick up Old Dominion Octoberfest for the season.

    Also, Samuel Adams Octoberfest is also spelled with a “C.” I noticed that over the weekend when I realize Old Dominion with spelled with a “C” as well. Pretty interesting and something I never realized.

    Great blog, really glad I found it!

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