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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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100 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: timtim on 04-24-2008

Our Bohemian Pilsner, brewed with all natural ingredients, is crisp and refreshing, making it a perfect beach companion. Go Bohemian this Summer and take a case of our Beach House to your beach house.
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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 47
Photo of dbl_delta
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pickled Pig, Rehoboth Beach DE. Hazy golden color with thick, long lasting eggshell-colored head. Crisp, clean taste with a bit of citrus although malt dominates initially. Very subtle sweetness morphing into a restrained hops bitterness. Moderate carbonation and body. Refreshing beach beer, but not something that'll change your worldview.

Photo of fjvbeach
4.69/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Refreshing on a hot day

Photo of GinDC
4.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A lager with unusual attitude for the summer, thanks to hops and citrus.

Photo of Act25
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting brewer.
A: May win best looking pilsner next to Dogfish Imperial. Hazed golden body, with a 2 finger, merengue white head, that lasts and laces.
S: Pitch perfect grassiness. Inviting. clean crackery body, with pine and yeast evident. A bit laid back.
T: Refreshing, follows smell, but more so. Ample herbal/pine bitterness on the finish. With fine notes of honey, pine, lemon, grass. White Crackers, almost saltines. Clean.
F: Clean finish. Really enjoyable. Great food beer. A bit fizzy.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/29/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean in flavor as well with minimal yeast ester presence. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsener style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of tigg924
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Average to slightly below average hoppier pilsner. The earthy hops do not seem to mesh well with the pilsner malt. Decent beach beer, but I prefer others in the style.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. A lot of white-colored head is formed, at around two fingers high. Retention is pretty solid, with webs of lacing being left on the glass.

S: There's definitely Saaz in here - that grassiness is unmistakable. As it opens up slightly, a gentle fruity sweetness appears. Crackery malts and mild diacetyl appear throughout. It doesn't set the world on fire aromatically, but it hits my preferences for a pilsner really well.

T: It starts with a mild malt sweetness, while the finish is pretty much Saaz grassiness. It goes down superbly, plain and simple. Still, some of the bitterness could be balanced out better, and some of the malts could be - if not richer - more defined in flavor.

M: Really damn crisp and light. It really is effortless, and it doesn't rely on excess carbonation to get the job done. The feel itself is nicely balanced - not too sweet nor too biting.

O: Nothing special, but wow is it easy to drink. I could easily drink a six pack, so something right was done here. Still, it's far from my favorite pilsner.

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out a clear gold yellow colour, and had a mainly malty nose with floral hops. The smell slightly reminded me of a barley wine. This beer seemed malty for a pilsner, and I could also taste those floral hops I smelled earlier. The flavors were overall bright and good, but did not fit my construct of a pilsner.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at McGillins this past weekend. Light golden straw color with a smallish bone white head. Sweet malty bready aroma with a hint of spicy hops. Light bready honey like sweet malty taste with a hint of tartness to it. Decent pilsner but not nearly as refined or as cleanly fermented as some classic examples.

Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Attractive appearance with the yellow color and frothy head which lasts pretty well. Pleasantly carbonated. Green pepper flavor with a wisp of bready malt. Quite fragrant in the nose.

The resiny hop taste is quite prominent. A touch of the metallic and stony. An herbal sort of bitterness at the finish. This seems quite sharp and tangy with a lemon peel taste. Not as quaffable for a light beer, as you might like, though it has plenty of hops for those who like more bite. From the 12 oz bottle out of the cooler at Whole Foods in DC.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a bit of tangy tone to this one. Also a lot of ink to it as well. Hoppy spices are clogging things up as well. The whole combination makes it much more robust and intense than I would like for a lager. Doesnt seem to have any level of restraint at all. There is nothing refreshing about this beer.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color with a smallish white head thats pretty dense. aromas of lite spicy hops and pilsner malts come through.
Taste is malty with a dry spiceness. very sutle hop. Tart and puckering in the mouth.
Not a bad beer but seems to lack flavor feels washed out.

Photo of siege06nd
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for forcing the issue on this one!

A. Pours a lovely pale straw with a nice golden undertone. Two fingers of beautiful and pillowy eggshell white head quickly settles to a half finger. Excellent and consistent lacing. Top notch looking pils here.

S. Wow, a really pleasant nose of freshly baked bread, like a baguette fresh out of the oven. Also a nice, sweet, semi-citrusy hop profile. Very floral aromas combine with dry crackers to create a very pleasing bouquet. Very very nice.

T. Lots of spent grains, some floral and lightly spicy hops, tempering caramel malts, and a bit of a dry, grassy finish.

M. Light, crisp, clean, refreshing, well-carbed. Really a nice balance here and near perfect integration.

O. Don't sleep on Dominion. They are still producing some excellent brews and this is absolutely one of them. Great recommendation, Rhett, and a must-try pilsner for anyone living in a city that gets above 90 degrees in the summer.

Photo of lilbrewmonkey
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this brand at least once before Dominion was bought and then production moved to Fordham, in Delaware.

Luckily, Fordhad does a phenomenal job with lagers, and they don't draw my criticism for doing a brand based on a Virginia name in a totally not-Virginia state. Beer is still good if it's good, right?

Hazy deep straw to early gold color.

Clean white head, good retention.

Good noble-seeming hop aroma.

Balanced Czech-like Pils bitterness.

Nice mouthfeel, with that hint of wortiness meets grassy hop.

I think it'd be a come-down to say a good "lawn mower beer", because it's got more depth and character than that. A great hot weather beer. Well done.

Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crisp, crystal clear beer with maybe a finger's worth of white head. There looks to be a lot of carbonation going on as bubbles rise from all sides of the glass initially, then settle down to just coming from the bottom. There is a decent amount of lacing left on the edges of the glass.

S: Crystal malts bring a good deal of sweetness to the aroma, and it is also quite grainy. A slight bit of floral notes work together with a lemon zest brightness to make this smell like a nice beer.

T: Bready notes up front are tempered by a slight taste of white grapes before the hops kick in with a heavy floral taste. The hops bring a really nice bitterness and crispness that balances the sweet really well.

M: Crisp, moderately light with a decent amount of carbonation. There is a slight slickness to this beer, but also a stickiness in the back of the throat.

O: There is a plethora of mediocre, forgettable and just plain bad pilsners out there, but this isn't one of them. It is well balanced, has enough body and flavor that I know I'm drinking a real beer. Definitely a worthwhile summer brew.

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass dated April 19th 2012.

A real brassy gold and orange colored body, super crystal clear with lots of cola sticking carbonation on the glass, with an occasional bubbles bursting to the surface rather quickly. Head is big and rocky, with some good sized bubbles and white as can be.
Pretty solid, just wish there were some more finer bubbles in the body.

Wonderful pilsner malt and honey action. Some grassy bitter hop and a bit of phenols. Seems a bit astringency might be coming. Smells solid and refreshing.

Palate is sort of muted and small. Dull crispness a bit, not much of a malt presence in the middle of the palate, finishes fairly clean with a good body, even some density. Bitterness doesn't seem to translate nicely, nor sense of hop and tangyness either.

Overal long story short, not too many complaints, but can't say I am excited about this one.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.98/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear gold with no head or lace. It's aroma is of citrus, dough, and grass. The flavor is grassy with lemon notes and a mildly bitter aftertaste in the finish. The mouthfeel is light. Old Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner is a decent beer. Slightly recommended.

Photo of rfgetz
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly dulled gold color, little head. Scent is fairly weak and clean and gives notes of bread, grass and caramel. Taste leads with a unsatisfying combination of bread and grass, quite earthy and muddy, back has notes of the caramel, light herbal quality. Light to medium bodied, light in carbonation. Lacks the crisp, clean bite found in many pilsners, the malt and hop quality seems sub par.

Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up as a single sampler. It had a respectable appearance. Smell seemed a little off for a pilsner. Taste was not that good as it was metalic and bitey. All in all this wasn't one of the better pilsners I've had. Not very refreshing and noble hop flavors were not as pleasant as some of the other better crafted pilsners I've had.

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked up a sixer at my local deli. What a great way to kick off Memorial day weekend.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow with subtle head. Reminds me of something plain, but we'll see.

Smell: Surprising mix of grassy hops, but a reveals a nice complextion within.

Taste: Nice herbal and bitterness to it. Kind of enjoyed that. Does have a slight grassy hop to it. Tolerable though.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Moderate amount of carbanation. Bone dry on the finish too.

Overall: A bit surprised when I first opened this beer. I looked at it appearence wise thinking how this could be any good. But now I'm thorough surprised and did enjoy this summer time beer. Will try again soon. Cheers!

Photo of ejimhof
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow color with a slight head.

Smell: Grass and hops .

Taste: Slightly sweet I can't really taste the hops in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and smooth. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Ok pilsener but not in the class of Prima Pils due to the underwhelming hop characteristics of this beer.

Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Nice thick white fluffy head. Decent lacing. Nice head retention as well. Good looking pilsner hybrid.

Brew smells of corn, yeast, lemon zest, some hops. Pretty good smell.

Brew is crisp initially, zesty and spiced; lemon, grassy hops and then a a smooth creamy middle. Brew is crisp and drinks very well. Very unique blend of wheat and pilsner. Good stuff here.

Could easily see having a nice session with this one or just drinking one on a hot day after cutting the lawn. Good stuff.

Photo of ujsplace
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Good looking brew - not at all what I would have expected from a Czech Pilsner or any "classic" Pilsner. Typically they're not my thing, but this is something different. Pours a golden hazy brew with a two finger thick head that lasts a while. Good lacing.

Smells of bready yeast, malt and flowery hops.

Tastes of hop bitters - more than expected, but welcome. Also tastes grassy, and buttery baked bread with a descent malt presence.

Light, crisp, refreshing and a lot of carbonation.

This was an unexpected surprise. Well worth a try - in fact, this is one to definitely try out.

Photo of mattgreger
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an amazing golden color, with a nice haze to it. It also has a very nice thick, but fluffy head that has some great lacing that follows you throughout the brew.

Aroma has a few different things. There is a nice grassy hop aroma in the front of the brew. There is also a nice mixture of citris and spices mixed in there as well that give it a nice bitter smell. The end of this brew has a nice bready undertone that rounds out the aromas.

the taste of this pilsner is pretty solid. The front of the brew has that nice crisp taste you expect then you take the first sip. There is a nice grassy and citris hops flavor that just tickles the tongue on the first sip. This is followed with a nice burst of spice and bready taste. It's very bitter, but in a great way. It give you a nice strong flavor, without overbearing the whole brew.

The mouthful is a light to medium bodied beer. The bitterness of this beer is what makes the mouthful great. It's refreshing, but stays dry through the drink

Overall, this is a great brew. Its a great represenation of the style. I found this brew to be very refreshing and would surely session this during the summer months. Another great beer by Dominion.

Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint glass.

A. Pale gokd and clear with not much on the head department.

S. Great arouma for a pils. Smells of citrus and pine.

T. Way more bitter than I anticipated, but in a good way. Dry and clean. There is aome resiny hops with a medicinal lingering bitterness.

M. Medium mouthful with nice carbonation.

D. This is a pretty good beer, but pils is not something I would session. Its just to hard on my face. The bitterness is bitter, but not in the way I am looking for from a beer.

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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.