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East Coast Lager - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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East Coast Lager
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 182
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 21.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: IrishRedRock on 08-17-2002

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.68/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cricket Hill- East Coast Lager

Apearance- Light golden brown with a 1" thick head that quickly disappears.
Smell- Nice Grainy malt. Light touch of hops.
Taste- Immediatey hit with grain and toasty malt followed by a light touch of green pine hops.
Mouthfeel- Mild flavor with a crisp finish.

Overall- The flavor very comes out further into the beer. A nice clean, easy to drink lager. A good beer to have on an afternoon or anyother time, I will buy it again. Red White And Brew in Mount Holly NJ carries Cricket Hill and Stacey (the owner) referred me to the beer and I LOVE IT

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Photo of DaveWhite
4.51/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours yellow gold with a pure white head. It smells clean and smooth, with a hint of malt. Not a very strong odor. The taste is smooth and easy. A great drinking lager. Goes down smooth, with a little hint of bitterness at the end. A really good summer drinking beer.

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Photo of Mick
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color the supports a nice, medium head. Laces well. Nose of malt and hops and grassy tones. Great hop and malt flavor. Nice body and hop bitterness gives this one its character. Finishes crisp and clean.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Rock Bottom Bremasters Choice pint glass

A - pours clear pale yellow with two fingers of head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is prevalent on side of glass

S - has that lager smell, but not in a bad way. Smells light, pleasing, like a morning breeze

T - crisp, almost lemony, but the hops are very subdued. Just enough malt to balance the dry crispness.

M - Very refreshing and drinkable. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style.

D - It is very good for a lager, probably one of the better lagers I have had. Of course, it is not in good company.

This beer is good. Better than say, Victory Lager, which I didn't care for.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, gotta love the name. And what you don't see here is that just under "East Coast Lager" it says "Jersey Shore Pour." I love it. I love New Jersey. I love the Jersey Shore. Awesome.

OK about the beer. It looks like any other American lager, golden with some carbonation keeping some lace on top. This lager has a slight hint of citrus flavor, and the overall malt flavor is very tasty.

One more thing. It says in small letters on the bottle, and in very large letters on the case, ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN NEW JERSEY. Hellllll yesssssssssssssssssss

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Photo of yen157
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful golden yellow with a slight orange tint. It smells a little of citrus and hops, but the main scent is that of malt. This was a great tasting beer, with plesant bitterness, fair body, and appropriate carbonation. The dominant taste was grains, but there was a little malt dept as well. The bitterness was responsible for a pretty dry finish for this one as well as a grassy taste in on the back of the roof of the mouth..

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great pale lager that's relatively full-flavored and well-balanced. The malts are clean and biscuity while the hops are crisp with floral and citrus flavors. The malt is a touch grainy, but not in a bad way. Rather it just adds to the flavor. I found this to be a great pairing with an opening course at dinner or as a stand alone appetizer. Worth trying if you're into lagers.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember something from college physics that says energy is neither created nor destroyed
Well the excitement of the Lagers brought here over 150 years ago has not been destroyed
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. developed a Helles Lager that would make my grandpa happy!
They duplicated that Lager beer reminiscent of the immigrants settling here knowing how to make quality brews
Being only around 4% this beer has a quenching mouth feel and satisfying glance that will keep the conversations temptingly flowing.
Our minds drift discovering all the flavors involved feeling a beer that speaks our language when we say Lager

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A yellow-gold body is capped by a decent-sized head of creamy bright-white foam. The retention is good and it keeps a thin surface covering throughout the glass, leaving very nice lace as it goes! The aroma is fresh and inviting with floral hops entwined in bright, grainy malt. The body is medium and it's crisp-then-creamy in the mouth due to a very fine carbonation. The floral hops promised in the aroma are delivered in both flavor and firm bitterness that's equally balanced by semi-rich grainy malt. It finishes short and dry with a lingering note of floral/grassy hops. Very nice! Much more of a European lager than I expected, with a respectable amount of hops and a solid maltiness. Kudos!

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Photo of biggred1
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored with a fizzy white head that shrinks to a skim. Raw grain and floral, herbal hops. Light for sure but flavorful and tasty with plenty of earthy hop flavor and a lean malt backbone. Irony, mineraly flavors are present. Light bodied with seltzery carbonation. A really good and tasty example of the style.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent burnt yellow, with thin white head and constantly rising effervescence.
Floral notes of cranberry and hops
A little molasses malt with hint of cranberry and raspberry tea. Dynamic bittering.
A nice refreshing lager; has a lot of flavor similarities to some good American Bitter Ales with a lighter lager body. This makes it very drinkable, it was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of tjd112
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From mix-a-six at Interstate Market; Easton, Pennsylvania

Presentation - Poured into generic pint glass, enjoyed with Totinos pizza rolls

Appearance - Golden transparent colour with little lace and somewhat good head retention

Smell - A bit grassy and floral

Taste - Biscuity with some lemon and floral hops

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, crisp

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - Not too bad

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Photo of brunrn1
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a bit hoppy for the first few sips. Then it starts to pick up and a six pack later, its smooth. Pouring it in a frosty mug seems to help the drinkability of this beer. I have been to the brewery and even volunteered there. Their IPA is very good and strong.

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Photo of gory4d
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a high white head. Smell is your standard biscuit and herbs, with some minerals for good measure. It's malty and clean up front, mildly bitter with a touch of sulfur in the finish. Clean and crisp in the mouth. All in all a nice local lager, better than most other such options I can find in a bottle - will probably get it again.

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Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark golden color with a thick, dense, blanket like head. Respectable lace. Excessive carbonation is notable in the appearance and the mouthfeel. Grassy, lighly malty flavors. Noble hop aroma and charachter thoughout. A very tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of beernut7
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear and lightly golden with a very thin lace. The aroma is thin and watery with barely a hint of hop addition or malt for that matter. The first taste is sharp and clean with a mild malt character and a very mild bitterness. This is a very light brew, but also quite refreshing on a warm summer day. Possesses just a bit of fruity zest through the finish. The body is smooth and makes for an overall very easy drinking concoction.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crystal clear golden orange pour with a fat white head, lacing nicely, a constant stream of urgent carbon dioxide pushing up from the depths.
some herbal and spicy hops and a vague malt background. clean and easy drinking, a firm bitterness, a brush with malt and then a delicate hop and slight alcohol finish.
Enjoyed 4 of these on a long round of disc golf, broke the other one as it smashed to the ground outside the elevator of my apartment (beer in pockets + moving in = regrettable and unfortunate decision-making). It is a very pleasant outdoors beer for a warm spring day.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

10/26...pours clear light gold, mostly see through. Wisps of foam, little else. Mild straw, bread, grassy smell. Light taste, small hop bite. A touch chewy. Smooth flavorful lager. When compared to the style, real good.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had this on tap at the Cricket Hill Brewery

pours golden with the same citrus aroma as out of the bottle. i found this on tap not to have as much flavor. then again, it was the first out of the keg. it did get better as i went through it. nothing is lost as far as the crisp brew that follows. a unique lager that is great to drink.

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Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like other Cricket Hill Brews, there's nothing overly spectacular about this lager, but it hits the spot in a solid way. Looks like it should, nice golden slightly orangey color. Smells perfumey, with some grassy hoppyness going on. Tastes fruitier than expected, with more grassy hops and sweet malts going throughout. Mouthfeel was fabulous, just lovely. Very drinkable, another hot day thirst quencher. I'd keep a few in my fridge.

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Photo of speter
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden hue with a substantial honey-white head. There is a slight haze in the beer, which I initially took to be chill haze, but it didn't disappear when the beer warmed, so it has some other source.

S: Ample noble hops with a bit of Pilsner or Munich malts. Not a huge nose, but what's there is rather pleasant.

T: The hops provide a nice backbone on the palate. The bitterness is bracing, but not overpowering, and runs straight through from the first hit on the tongue to a nice bitter finish. There is a very slight hint of sulfur to remind us that this is a lager. Very refreshing.

M: Light bodied, but not watery. The carbonation enhances the hop bitterness to give a decent mouthfeel.

D: At 4% ABV, this is a good candidate lawnmower beer. It hit the spot today, on the first warmish day we've had this year.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 99% clear golden straw with a spotty/loose white head and some lace.
Malty behind a quite noticeable floral hoppy aroma. Nice nose.
One hoppy lager. Reminds me of a Pale Ale with a cleaner finish. Good malty balance and soft bitterness.
Light bodied and just above moderately carbonated. Bitterness seems to evaporate to a super clean finish.
Very nice, easy drinking, hopped up lager.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jwc215 sent this one! It pours a light orange color with a healthy white head, leaving lacing all the way down. Smells of yeast, and tastes mildy of malt with a biscuity flavor too. Carbonation is just about right, very drinkable. Overall, a pretty decent lager, but leans a bit too much in the yeasty direction.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a brewery that I am not familiar with but I haven't heard much from New Jersey brewers down here in general. Pours bright golden with some translucency but little head. Nose is mushy cereals and the tiniest hint of floral noble hops.

Some assertive hop flavors in the second half of this sip make this worthwhile. The bitterness is brief but refreshing and shows some zest and vitality missing in a lot of American lagers. Biscuit themed malts and a mellow finish are nothing out of the ordinary, but the overall package is neat and faithful to the style. This is reasonably satisfying and I would drink this again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to KMitch for lugging a growler of this one back home to share. We cracked the top, pouring a brew of pale gold into flared Heineken pils glasses. It held a brief half finger tall head of crisp white bubbles before fading into spotted lacing and a sticky film across the top of the beer. Absolutely no haze or sediment was found to obscure the crystal clarity of the beer, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave huge bitterness of soaps and suds, with independent grassy hop essence, pale and chalky adjuncts, spongy plastics, dried raspberry fruitiness, white sugar, and simple baker’s yeastiness. Our first impression was that there was nice toasty malt flavoring which was pleasantly crisp and refreshing for the weary traveler. As we sipped, this simple brew began with starchy pale and pilsner maltiness, lemon rind, grassy and softly soapy hoppiness, musk, coin, and twiggy resins. The middle came to a peak with lemon balm, toasted corn, white and wheat flours, continued adjuncty metallics, and soft lemony bite. The end came with peppery booze, gingerbread warmth, aluminum, strong dry yeastiness, cooked caramel sweetness, sea salt, and bitter, muddy earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of white sugar, toasty pales, roasted figs, waxed paper, celery, sesame seeds, soapy hops, white flour, and green and dried grassiness. The body was light to medium in fullness, and equally as light on the carbonation. Each sip showed poor cream or frothiness, but decent slurp and flow to the glug. Finishing pop was crisp. The mouth was left wet, with eventual bone dry astringency streaking across the hard palate and tongue. The abv was easy, and the beer drank as light as any in its class.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its simplicity, and its nice, crisp drinkability. This guy is a surprisingly invigorating hybrid of craft and macro, and we can see how aspects of this would be appealing to both crowds of drinkers. There has actually been a big push for this kind of thing lately, at least in Michigan where we are currently holed up, with breweries like Shorts. It is actually an interesting, almost full-circle transition we are witnessing before our eyes. This is the kind of beer that, if produced and labeled by a BMC, would be considered subpar, but since its coming from the smalltime, and with perhaps a more interesting or robust use of hops, or some random ingredient, we enjoy it with much less conviction. Observational diatribe over. Despite the enhancing bitterness of this beer with warmth, and its dimming appeal, it goes down smoothly enough and can be enjoyed.

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East Coast Lager from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.