Carrying weight and punch
A Review of Dominion Lager by Old Dominion Brewing Co.
Posted on 11/28/2012 by Chops
The Old Dominion Brewing Company has made quite an impression on BrewChief since my co-founder's chance run in with their amazing Oak Barrel Stout earlier this year. Since that day we have been gleefully drinking our way through their product line and have been thoroughly impressed by each experience. I also started my adventure with the Oak Barrel Stout based on a very enthusiastic recommendation. The beer immediately caught my undivided attention. From there I had to choose my next sampling and it made sense to jump to the other side of the spectrum. Sitting on the opposite end was the Dominion Lager.

In the glass, this beer has a bright coppery orange coloration with a slight yellowish tint. It comes with a frothy white head that has very nice retention. On the nose, I found a bready aroma that reminded me of biscuits. I also found some grainy notes, a touch of caramel, some lemony citrus and an herbal hop quality. Dortmunder Export Lagers are known to be nicely balanced as well as smoother and stronger than their lager brethren. Going into that first sip, I expected nothing less.

The mouthfeel asserts itself right away, which was buttery smooth, almost creamy and slightly sticky. This was the highlight of the experience for me because lagers in general rarely carry weight or punch. Old Dominion's version carries both, which was a very pleasant surprise. The flavor notes closely mirror the aroma. I found some light caramel malt, various grains, a savory biscuit quality, a touch of honey, some herbal hop bitterness and a dash of lemony citrus. Everything plays together harmoniously to form a delightful flavor profile. The beer finishes crisp and clean with a zesty bready aftertaste.

Overall, the Dominion Lager is a delightful brew with lots of great flavor. This is an incredibly accessible lager that I can easily see as a regular session beer. Consequently, I can recommend this beer to any and all beer fans, but especially to novices. This beer goes a long ways in showcasing just how complex and rewarding lagers can be when they are done right. At this point I have experienced what I view as the bookends of the Old Dominion product line. I have greatly enjoyed each tasty brew, so now I look forward to a free exploration between the poles. Based on our collective experiences to date, I can confidently say that Old Dominion beers are reliably delicious. Grab some when you can and thank us on your return trips.

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