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East Coast Lager - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IrishRedRock on 08-17-2002)
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 23:01:34 | More by smcolw
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 05:10:32 | More by tempest
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dsa7783

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another on-premise sample from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... props to the guys for the tastings... Copper-colored with not too much going by ways of appearance... grain, corn, slight hops aroma... bread and butter taste, very light, easy-going, session-drinkable beer... not too heavy on flavor, but about average taste... crisp, refreshing... good for a hot summer day... All in all, not exciting or wonderfully appealing, but a good beer to kick back with some friends... a sociable brew but don't look for much in terms of flavor or character...

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 18:32:20 | More by dsa7783
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BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +41.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 01:59:05 | More by BeerLover48Fan
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this brew on tap at a local baseball game.

A- Goldeny straw yellow color- cloudy and hazy.

S- Smelled of grains and straw

T- Hint of piney flavors- lots of grains and natural earthy flavors

M- Smooth- carbonation bubbles.

D- A sessionable lager- nothing that will wow you or make you search high and low for the beer. It was somewhat enjoyable while enjoying a baseball game on a hot summer night.

Not bad, support local beers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2007 03:24:29 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 sail.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 22:36:13 | More by NJpadreFan
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a grassy, yellow body with a small, white head. The retention is prettt fast, but the remaining lacing is pretty good. The smell was very malty and sweet. The taste was not as malty as the smell and it tasted a little sweet, like a pilsner. The mouthfeel could have been a bit thicker; it felt fairly thin. Overall, this is an easy going beer and very drinkable. A little like a Czech pils, but not as sweet and definitely not as thick. Its light and refreshing characteristics makes it a good beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 01:52:41 | More by maddogruss
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 02:34:41 | More by Sammy
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 20:54:15 | More by jwc215
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BeerRun13

California

3.73/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 00:01:03 | More by BeerRun13
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale, straw color-carbonation level looks a bit low. Low aroma-somewhat crisp and clean smelling. Malty flavor with a decent balance of hop bitterness. Nice crisp flavor. Reminds me of a decent Eur pils. Good balance between the two. Body could use a kick in the pants. Overall very drinkable and enjoyable. have wanted to try this brewery for a while since it is close to where I am from. Good effort.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 03:24:21 | More by lackenhauser
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Cadyfatcat

New York

3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 00:59:31 | More by Cadyfatcat
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately this was a low point of the Stoudt's Microbrew Fest for me. I found this to be a sour lager with really no discernable flavors other than a boring wimpy malt and sour aftertaste. It is not an appalling beer just not exciting either. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth but with out any taste what good is mouthfeel. I'll give this beer another shot but I poured out my last swig to replace it with something that had more substance.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2006 06:30:10 | More by Phatz
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dherling

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is like a clutch hitter. The appearance, smell, and finish were nothing to get excited about, but there beer actually tasted pretty damn good. Cricket Hill Lager poured cloudy with a head thinner than Nicole Richie (ouch, zinger). The nose was nearly non-existen, with the exception of a faint apricot. As I tasted the beer, I got an initial hop bite that I wasn't expecting, then the palate launched into peach, apricot, and papaya. It finished a tad syrupy, with a slightly cloying fruityness that lingered.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 05:33:41 | More by dherling
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jaluria

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden, translucent color with plenty of carbonation and a thick, white colored head that remained intact for minutes. Aromas of hops, malt, along with floral accents. The taste was very light and flowery with a bit of hop bitterness to match the sweet malt. The carbonation added texture to this thin, soft brew. Somewhat refreshing, but not complex or overly flavorful at all. I enjoyed this beer with some nachos and the two worked well together. A decent beer with a soft character that allows it to be enjoyed more than once.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 16:13:51 | More by jaluria
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scooter231

New York

3.73/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2006 00:53:49 | More by scooter231
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 21:39:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden light straw hued offering topped with an ivory foamy head cap that settles in for the long haul topping off an active carbonation party, leaving a craggy lace coating in the glass.

Metallic woody scents meet some floral leafy aromatic notes.

First swigs: Rather hoppy lager with a bright personality. Metallic middle hard water mineral flavors mesh to a clean finish with a linger of water fountain leafy linger.

Thin to medium body with tight carbonation.

Last swigs: Lightly grainy mineral lager. At least there are no adjunct qualities. Easy drinkability lends to a perfect dust cutter benign lager. Acquired as part of a mixed case from BigTop for $27 including PA sales tax. Spare the speech about Cricket Hill as a convert brew. My friends have a tongue ‘n cheek reference to this brewery that goes like this: Cricket Hill…the brewery that aspires to be Flying Fish!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 10:37:43 | More by blitheringidiot
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ski271

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Medium yellow with a medium-sized, white, foamy head that rapidly diminishes to a film. Very little lacing.

Smell: Mostly malts. Grain, cereal, light yeast and a light floral hops presence.

Taste: Nondescript malts with a slight hoppy crispness, but it’s a little too perfumey for a lager. The finish is medium in duration, metallic and not pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thin body (a bit TOO thin, watery texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Just didn’t enjoy this one. No it’s not awful, but there are far better ones out there. The finish and mouthfeel ruined it for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 16:12:59 | More by ski271
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big foamy head goes down slowly. Clear pale yellow beer. 12 oz. bottle with a picture of a cricket. No freshness dating found. Aromas detected were malty with a hint of hops and skunk. Taste was malty, with slight spice, possible hint of corn. Lightly bitter finish with a strange aftertaste of raw hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Sure you could drink a lot of this beer, but why would you. An average offering in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 17:24:07 | More by tomthumbsblues
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an average looking, medium golden colour with a moderate to thin head that quickly dissolves to nothing.

The smell is a bit more enticing with a sweet chalky base to it, some faint citrus notes, and obvious malt presence.

The flavour isn't much more than slightly above average, It pretty much echoes the charateristics of the smell, though its a bit more bland than the smell was. There's not much more to say than that. Mouthfeel is what you'd expect, and nothing to rave about.

This one is very basic and has no real flaws, but isn't really enticing at all either. It'd be a nice brew to begin converting macro drinkers, I think. Aside from maybe stocking up on this for a party to do just that, I don't really think I'll be drinking much of this brew anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 00:47:15 | More by guinness33
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outdoorbrewer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +20.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 05:21:00 | More by outdoorbrewer
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UnionMade

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a beautifully clear pale yellow, topped with a short bloom of white, fluffy head. If I didn't pour it myself, I'd mistake it for a B/M/C product. Incredibly clear, with tiny bubbles rising slowly through it's clarity. The head settles into an even, filmy coating, leaving sparse blobs of lace clinging absently to the glass.
Despite the fluff of head, the aroma displays very little. Soft, vaguely sweetish malt, with the barest hints of lemony esters, just on the cleaner side of apple. Very subtle. No real hop profile, save an underlying floral tang. Some boiled corn sweetness becomes arroarent with a swirl of the glass. It's actually quite credible for a european continental lager. I could mistake this for Kronenbourg or Stella Artois very easily. Very clean, with that distinctive, airy, lack of presence.
The flavor starts with an initial nothingness, just a vaguely sweet liquid on the tongue. Some toasty, pilsy malt flavor comes through, mostly pinned beneath a soft, watery apple esteriness. Some lemongrass flavor easing into the finish, with a vague touch of floral hops. The aftertaste snaps off clean, only a mild, lingering green apple flavor on the back of the tongue. Light bodied, almost watery, with a bare, blank-faced carbonation and a semi-crisp mouthfeel.
Honestly, it's so light and unassuming there's really nothing to distinguish it from the masses of continental euro-lagers congesting the shelves. Perhaps a little maltier, with a more pronounced apple flavor, but I honestly feel like I'm flailing for some kind of flavor. There's really nothing there. I'd rather drink this because it's domestic, but I'd prefer their american ale. Nothing I'd buy again unless faced with a poor selection.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 23:56:25 | More by UnionMade
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours and looks like a macro. Except this has no head and is a bit cloudy. No lacing and almost no carbonation. Well, this experience has started off poorly, I must say. The aroma is faint with lemony grains with a touch of honey malt. The flavors come together nicely after the first few sips. There’s a decent maltiness along with a pleasant hop bitterness. Clean drinking and enjoyable. The beer goes down smoothly and finishes clean. This beer did an about face from just moments ago. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 23:06:00 | More by pezoids
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claytri

Maryland

2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer was a light yellow, like very weak tea. There wasn't much aroma, maybe a little malt if you tried real hard. The taste was kind of a sour malt with a small amount of herbs. The second part was so light it was hard to pick anything out. It's texture was watery. This one was not so unpleasant I couldn't drink it to be polite, but I had to work to finish the pint.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2004 23:55:28 | More by claytri
East Coast Lager from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.