East Coast Lager - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: IrishRedRock on 08-17-2002)
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Photo of njthebestofme
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured had a nice head ..off white.. a yellowish color to the beer and good amount of carbination.. sweet smells to the nose .. when first tasted had a funk taste to it.. then i got used to it.. good but like any pale larger.. i like it.. drinkablity is high.. even on a hot day.. cheers

Photo of hopdog
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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

"I'll take this over a Budweiser"

purchased at Magnolia's Wines and Liquors in Chatham, NJ.

no aroma detected, decent head.

light golden color, head stays around till the not so bitter end.

an ok beer I could mow the lawn with, but nothing to go out of your way for.

Photo of Vendetta
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
October 19, 2008

Pours light yellow, some hops on the nose. No real lacing to speak of. Taste is mildly hoppy, smooth, light, easy to drink. Some malt. Not too much presence, but enjoyable. Adequate carbonation. This is a good local beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of CrellMoset
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from John (ratebeerian, but that's ok!) at a tasting in Williamsburg. Poured into a St. Bernardous tasting glass.

A: Light spritzy looking blonde beer with tons of bubbles. Minimal head fades fast.

A: Malty huskiness, a little bit of spicy hops. Not bad.

T: Deep biscuity malt - very whole grainy and bready, with slight hints of lemon and grass - unusual, deeper and more wholesome than your run of the mill lager.

M: Very even, surprisingly so for a lager, thin.

D: Again, hard to rate higher than the sum of the parts here, but seriously, it's unique and interesting for a lager (addition of the Simcoe). One of the more interesting, unique lagers I've had.

Photo of loosey
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, this one was the 'edgy' black label with a cricket

poured into a tall glass and took on a nice bubbly head, a bright straw color full of carbonation... damn near transparent, i can count the bubbles from underneath looking up through the glass

woody, mild, some flowery smell

taste is mild, malty, corn, a bit lemon then finishes with more hops than you anticipate for a lager, leaves you with a slight bitterness you almost miss.. actually not bad

thin, really thin, not gypsy curse thin but thin... moderately carbonated, you could drink this with really heavy food..
i never drink lager, but i wanted a lighter beer for a barbecue that i could share with less discerning palates... i could prolly drink them hmmm... all day? maybe 36 hours straight?

if i had a kid i would bring these to its <insert sport here> game and sit my lawn chair outside the fence so some school official didn't bother me while i drank them and jeered the other kids for being so much less talented than mine and the coach for not fully recognizing the sheer athletic prowess of my spawn, then id go home and drink more while i berated my kid for ruining my second chance at living through them with their obvious lack of hustle and focus

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance - Clear straw color,a small head formed but didn't stick around. Little lace on the glass.

smell - Sweet smell, and some grains.

taste - Balance of malt and grains here.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body.

drinkability - I never saw this brand before, and thought I would try it. Wasn't anything great. Was ok, wouldn't buy it again. Seemed like macro lager that I was drinking.

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of dsa7783
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...

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
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

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
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!

Photo of NJpadreFan
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.

Photo of maddogruss
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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of jwc215
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.

Photo of BeerRun13
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
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.

Photo of Cadyfatcat
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.

Photo of Phatz
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!

Photo of dherling
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.

Photo of jaluria
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.

East Coast Lager from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.