Review: Octoberfest!, Old Dominion

Old Dominion Brewing Co. — Dover, DE

  • Style:  Oktoberfest
  • Bitterness: 20 IBU
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts: Vienna, Munich, Caramunich, Wheat, Dark Crystal, Carafoam and Chocolate
  • Hops: Tradition, Saaz, Hallertau
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle (provided by brewery)

Description:  Our Autumn Seasonal beer is a traditional Maerzen style lager. We use eight types of imported German malts and three hop varieties to create this amber-colored fest beer.  — Old Dominion Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  While Oktoberfest has officially closed in Munich, you can still enjoy a taste of this most excellent celebration by drinking an American craft version. I'm tasting Old Dominion's Octoberfest! as part of my series on non-gourd fall seasonals

The tasting:  Stamped with a bottled on date of August 19, 2013. Deep amber in color, slightly hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates slowly.  Aroma of bread, caramel along with spicy hop notes. Taste starts with rich caramel and toasted malt followed by earthy and spicy hops in the middle. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor and hop bitterness is moderate. Oktoberfest! is light bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes dry with lingering spicy hops and a light nuttiness.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  Old Dominion's Octoberfest! is wonderfully balanced. It has great toasty malt flavors and a solid hop bitterness. I would happily drink it again. Unfortunately, it's not available in my area. If it's still available where you live, pick it up and enjoy it on a cool fall afternoon.
Have you tasted Old Dominion's Octoberfest? Who makes your favorite version of the style?

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