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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 Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fresh bottle. Pale yellow with initial white fizzy head. Gazzy overcarbonated, with metallic in aftertaste. The lagerish taste is overwhelmed by the process, much like a macro. Not much taste here, a tad hops and more malt. Not finishable, but perhaps meat tenderizer.

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Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of biscuit and bready malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has some hints of mineral water. Little if any bitterness is present
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer is easy to drink, it comes across as being rather bland in both the smell and taste.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich honeycomb gold with pale lemon highlights. The French vanilla colored crown looks to be quality through and through. It has a moonscape surface and is beginning to grace the glass with thick splotches of sea foam lace. What a good way to start.

The aroma is quintessential American pale lager. Whether that's good or bad depends on how one feels about the style. It's untoasted pale malty and has a pretty decent amount of German/Czech hoppiness. No nastiness is a plus.

This is better than average beer in the general sense and is *much* better than average when compared to America's most popular and best-selling pale lagers. Not everyone will agree, but ECL is good beer because it's hoppy beer. Surprisingly so.

It's amazing that Cricket Hill can coax this much flavor out of a lager that should really be classified as a light lager, given the 4.0% ABV. Of course, hops can add a great deal of flavor and don't impact ABV one iota, something that more brewers should use to their advantage.

The flavor profile is straightforward: cracker-like malt, herbal-grassy hops and lemon peel. A borderline metallic vibe early becomes a hard water (mineral-like) vibe later in the glass. Very little sweetness leads to a considerable amount of hoppiness by the midway point of each mouthful. Thanks to jwc215 for what is obviously a fresh bottle.

It's also a pretty mean feat to construct a mouthfeel that is light but not watery when the ABV is this low. Zesty carbonation keeps things on the energetic side, which ends up being more positive than negative.

East Coast Lager is a 4.0% American pale lager with hopitude, something that isn't very common in the world of craft beer. It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway.... this stuff is orders of magnitude better than anything of this style churned out by BMC.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very carbonated and crystal clear hay colored yellow. A nice three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top, settled quickly and only left behind minimal lace.The aroma was very light. Some grains in there, wheat and a touch off bready malts. Some biscuit like aroma as it began to warm up some. There was much more of the same in the flavor. Not a bad macro, but the style leaves little room for complexity. Nice grain profile with a touch of wheat. Some nice earthy malt flavors, a touch of light bittering hops towards the finish, but nothing to write home about. A decent feel on this one, as the body was very light and the carbonation profile was well established. This was one that was very easy to throw down. In fact it went do so quickly I had to go get another to finish dinner, which does not usually happen. So needless to say it's a drinker.

Overall not bad, I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I have to admit this was much better then most. It at least had a slight variation and some flavor to it. An easy choice for a party or beach day. I don't know if I would purchase again, but if I saw it around I would have no issue in having one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body, a bit stingy on the head size, with only a slim, white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Cereal-scented malts, grains soaking in tepid water, and the meagerest hints of florals and citrus.

Taste: A sweet cereal maltiness greets the tongue, followed by a small hint of crackling graininess. Lightly floral, lightly spicy with a minor touch of bitterness. Smallest trace of citrus lurking in there as well. Sweetish, ever so slightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's drinkable, it's decent, easy on the flavor, but goes down easy, too.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

Whatchy'all know 'bout tha ECL!? ... This stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises white bread, sweet bread (think cornbread without the corn...), grass, and a touch of greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with an overarching sense of mildness pervading everything. That may sound outwardly negative, but it actually works for this beer. Trust me. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little beer, nothing too major in any category, but an easy-drinker all the way.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/22/2010 at The Brickhouse Tap & Tavern in South Plainfield, NJ, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but light malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and about where it should be for the style. There's also a mild fruit sweetness that creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from jcwattsrugger via jwc215, cheers to all!

Pours a bubbly golden with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Not much head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes & grassyness

T: Slight breadyness, slight metallic hops & honey up front. Slight grainyness & some citrus hops show as this warms. Finishes crisp with some grainy & bready notes

MF: Medium bodied, crisp, fairly smooth carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, nothing mid-blowing here, but worthy of sixer while BBQing or watching the game

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Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw/light gold color; nearly clear. Modest head that reduces to a single bubble layer. Some lace.

Unattractive barn-like smells. Might be acceptable in a Abbey style but not in an all-malt lager. With concentration I can detect subtle hop in the background.

Fairly dry offering that has some surprising complexity; the hop starts showing up on the swallow and lingers long in the aftertaste. There is something slightly sour in this beer, but I cannot put my finger on an exact description. The body is okay for the style, the carbonation is slightly high.

This is better than your average lawnmower beer. Perhaps the smell was only off on this bottle; the flavoring was made up for it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a descending white head that leaves a thin cover.

The smell is of some vague graininess with a floral touch. A bit of yeast comes through.

The taste is of sweet graininess with a mild bitter, floral touch. Like in the aroma, just a bit of yeast comes through. Finishes fairly crisp and dry.

It has a light body with a somewhat oily texture.

Would be easy to drink, but I don't know if the floral notes in a lager, esp. this one, does it for me. Not much going on here, besides.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with some very light notes of floral and citrus/orange hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with a very light amount of grainy sweetness. There are very light notes of citrus/orange and floral hops. Very light notes of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable but not one of the more interesting beers that I have tried in my experiences in drinking craft beers - there are good flavors and aromas but the beer is rather bland overall.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a brilliantly clear, straw-gold color that sits beneath a frothy pale cream colored head that is an ample 2.5 fingers thick in my small tulip glass. The aroma is fairly clean with some spicy herbal notes, a bit of lemon and a clean, sweet grainy maltiness. For a pale lager the aroma is pretty nice, makes it seem refreshing and inviting to drink on a warm summer afternoon. The beer is quite crisp, with an astringent herbal hoppiness that moves to a nice bitterness as the beer passes through my mouth. This beer is quite refreshing; this would be nice on a hot summer’s day. It is certainly a big step up from your standard BMC; I really like the spicy, lemon tinted, herbal hop notes in this beer. The key to this beer is to drink it pretty cold, I can’t see this tasting nearly as well if I allowed it to warm up to even ale temperatures, as is it is a good rendition of the style.

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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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a slight hazy golden color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hops, grassy, and caramel. The taste is malty, slight hoppy, some grassy, and caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

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Photo of aasher
1.51/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was shared with a couple BAs at work. It poured a very BMC esque bright and clear gold with no head. It smelled of pale malt and tortilla chips. The flavor was solely of tortilla chips, minus the salt. It had literally nothing else at all going on. It was so grainy it was ridiculous. It drank light and smooth as it should have. It left that annoying grainy, corn tortilla flavor behind. And this beer has a 97 rating on ratebeer? How?!? Overall this is awful and is a definite avoid!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a yellow gold with about an inch of foam. It shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer and there's not much lacing.

The smell has a good hoppy nose to it along with some grain and caramel malt sweetness.

The taste has a good grainy taste to it along with slight caramel and a good grassy hop flavour. This is pretty tasty and most of the all malt lagers I've tasted have been flavourful, some more than others and I think this one falls on the upper end of the spectrum for the style.

Mouthfeel is deinitely medium here and I like it. Carbonation is on the lower end for the style. Again, I like it. It finishes slightly bitter, slightly grainy and what the heck. I like that.

Bottom line: This is a nice Lager; Tasty, good mouthfeel, and quite drinkable. I'm very happy that I got a chance to try it as it is a well brewed product, imho. I'd drink it again. No problem.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in trade from a non-Beer Advocate member. Sampled on July 3, 2015.

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow tone with a nice, foamy head.

The aroma has pale roasted malts, a touch of moss, and grassy hops.

Light to medium body.

Sweet light malt flavor to start balanced with mildly dry bitterness to end. It is your basic no frills lager.

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, golden in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass, grain, and light toasted malt

Taste: grass and grain in the beginning followed by big floral hops with a touch of honey

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a big bitter spike in the middle and a less bitter end

Overall: A nice if not slightly above average beer. There is big time hops in the middle for hop heads. I would probably get this again if I were more of a hop head, but this in my mind is just above average for the style.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16.

A: Clear straw body with a creamy white head. Strong retention and lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Very sulfury, yeasty aroma; tons of minerality. Light herbal qualities, abut this is more like a standard Euro Pale Lager aroma than I'd like.

T: Boring, but tolerable. A bit of breadiness is there up front, with some moderate hops bitterness on the finish. Flinty minerality provides the balance of the flavor. It's boring, but not bad.

M: Light, moderately carbonated, reasonably creamy body. Pretty good.

O: Meh. I doubt I could pick this out of a lineup that included Stella and Heineken. Weak stuff.


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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 alexgash
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden yellow body. Pinkie finger of gauzy, eggshell white head. Honeyish cereal malts, fresh bread, a little sweet apple backed by spicy, peppery noble hops.

Lightly toasted grainy bread up front. Spicy, herbal, noble hop flavor and bitterness soon follows. Sweetish honey and cereal malts mid-palate. Dry finish with lingering noble bitterness and honey. Moderate body with some prickly carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of hopdog
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap.

Poured a lighter golden color with a very small sized white head. I had a hard time really picking anything out on this. I can't say it is offensive nor good as there really wasn't anything to it.

Notes from: 9/19/04 - Note to self, seek this one out again to see if it is any different.

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Photo of argock
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Pale honey-gold with skimpy white head with average retention and a few scraps of lace.

S: Solid sulfur, metallic aromas mixed with cereal grains and light noble hopping

T: This is the second Cricket Hill beer I have tried and both have the same oversweet fruity cornbread middle. The early flavors are noble hoppy, and the late flavor brings more mineral notes. But the oversweet flavors leave the overall impression pasty and bland.

M: The feel is not nearly as crisp, and this beer could definitely use some pep from increased carbonation to give it a cleaner feel.

O: 0 for 2 for Cricket Hill and not sure they're going to have another crack.

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Photo of david18
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend of mine from New Jersey brought this over but didn't know anything about it. Bottles are dark brown with green stencil or laserpaint.

Not a very impressive beer but i was looking for something light in the fridge. Very light in color, not great carbonation, overall a pretty average beer.

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