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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 6
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: 99 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by lilbrewmonkey:
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Sure we drink lagers all year long, but in the heat of the summer we live to drink a nice, crisp Pilsner. An easy but smart choice for Old D to brew up was a Czech Pils as their summer seasonal. Three fingers of white froth grabs visual attention, and the lacing garners the same amount with a whole lot of clinging action going on. Bright midday sun-yellow color with the proper clarity. Aromas of dried grass and crushed white grapes with a light bready note in the rear. More than enough crispness to get by, smooth and semi-slick moderate size body. Big hop presence with a heavy hand of sweet floral hop oil to kick things off, maltiness comes off a bit dry with a moist biscuit flavor in the beginning and more cracker-like flavor in the finish. Grape skin and bitter herb in the center. The bitterness of the hops weighs strong on the malt with a spicy flavor, yet does not throw the beer out of balance.

Beach House knocks the hops out of pretty much any imported Czech Pilsner. Yeah, freshness helps, but a near perfect balance and the fact that it's brewed right to style make this one a winner all around.

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 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 NeroFiddled
3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Dominion's Beach House pours a deep golden body beneath a massive head of frothy white that holds exceptionally well and leaves rather nice lacing about the glass (I really wasn't expecting that).

The aroma offers doughy malt with an odd bit of diacetyl thrown in, and a background of spicy and grassy hops.

The flavor starts with gently sweetish malt at the tip of the tonuge, and that buttery note is still present, but it's not as prominent as it was in the aroma. Across the middle and into the finish the hops really kick in. They're spicy and grassy, and even a bit resinous or piney. Combined with a solid bitterness the take you to a dry and hoppy, lingering finish.

Apart from the diacetyl, which hopefully is a single batch error, this is a pretty decent Czech-style pils. The malt is at the right level, bitterness is at the right level, and the hop flavors are at the right level. A little bit more hops in the nose would be nice, but OK. It's nicely balanced, and there's enough character to keep it interesting beyond one. Nice.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid id light gold with good carbonation. The head is thick white and lacey.

The smell is nice mild bitter with a bready aroma.

The taste is nice also light bready malt and a mildly bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is nice a bit thin and the carbonation is not as bity as most.

The drinkability is good as the whole of this brew is more enjoyable the is parts, Prosit, MK

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

This one's a little darker than average than your typical pilsner, but only by a little. Light honey-like amber hue with a dense two finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Slightly grassy, more herbal notes, with a touch of spiciness. The malts are sweet and slightly toasty.

The malts exhibit the same toastiness as the aroma, giving an every so slight caramel flavor. The hops are pretty sharp, giving a strong bitterness and a little citrus. Light bodied, with a slightly acerbic finish toward the end.

An okay pilsner, and I prefer the ones with a little lighter and crisper malt flavor. The hops have a perfume-like in the aroma, and biting in the flavor, which I think is the better half of the beer. The malts need a little work.

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 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 Traquairlover
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsener.

A = Golden clear honey color with small white head which quickly recedes and settles as a foam cover over most of the surface.

S = Very tart smells, some citrus rind, some grass, perhaps a little clover.

T = The taste is well aligned with the smells, but on top of some nice sharp bitter notes, there is a good strong sweetness of bread, and some hay.

M = Medium-light body, fair mouthcoating, carbonation present but not overwhelming, foams in mouth when swished without stinging.

D = This one is a great beer to drink while bar-b-queueing, goes down easily.

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very crisp, well filtered brew... rather pale, but a pale golden rather than yellow. It's got a fair bit of colour and character. A nice, creamy head tops it, retains beautifully, and sheets the glass in nice lines of lacing.

S: Grassy and earthy, with a rather sizeable malt profile and leafy hop balance.

T: Full flavoured, with a nice and pungent hoppiness. A nice little bit of spiciness holds on through the finish and holds on well. Flavour is quite true to style.

M: Body is a medium, and on the heavier side at that. It starts off with a little bite of crisp carbonation but goes on to smooth out a little and becomes a little heavy, perhaps. It's not harming anything, but I'd love it if it were crisper and cleaner.

D: Not sure of the alcohol content, but I do detect the alcohol, so I imagine it's at least about 5.5 or so... sure it could be found if someone looked hard enough. A pretty good beer, and something that would serve well as a sort of 'every day beer,' of sorts.

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 arguemaniac
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very similar to their older version of Spring Brew (also a double pilsner) but even better. And, I really felt that the old Spring Brew was Dominion's best beer, so you can imagine how I feel about this one!

A delicious caramel and grain base, with the perfect level of malt sweetness, balances beautifully with a rich, assertive, and very fresh hop bitterness and flavor.

Intense but drinkable, fresh yet balanced, beers like this one don't come along too often. That's why I was so disappointed when Dominion changed their Spring Brew style from the awesome double pilsner they used to have to that Belgian ale they currently brew for the spring season (though that one isn't bad). However, I think Dominion has more than made amends in my book with Beach House...

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 Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear golden-yellow color. The white head is tall, dense, and frothy, with very nice retention. Lacing is solid.

S: A nice sourdough bread malt aroma up front. Leafy and grassy hops tell me that this is a substantial pilsner. A faint lemony and yeasty twang as well.

T: A nice backbone of sourdough bread malt, as the nose suggested. A robust spicy, leafy, and grassy hop bitterness keeps things perky.

M: Medium-firm body, with somewhat lively carbonation. Crisp and dry throughout.

D: I'm pretty impressed with this pilsner - another well-brewed beer from Dominion. This stands up pretty well against Prima Pils - it's a notch below, to be sure, but it seems to be cut of the same cloth.

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 woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, Pilsnahhh, as my Bostonian pals might say.

The finger + of thick, bone-white head sat atop the beer like puffy clouds on an afternoon in mid-spring. The color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was slightly sweet with a cotton candy-like scent. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium and there was no sweetness on the tongue. This was super dry, like the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara desert! Whew. Breathtakingly dry, literally. I was NOT expecting that. Described on the label as "Our Bohemian Pilsner", it did not lack for Saaz hops either on the tongue or on the finish. I was left gasping for air. More please, sir and pass the pitcher of water while you are at it. I may need to rehydrate after this one.

Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of grains with some grassiness. Tastes of the same graininess, grassy, and verly light caramel. I found the body to be on the weaker and somewhat watery side. Some lacing left on the glass.

Photo of nrpellegrini
2.27/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Horrible.

It might just be my personal preference of beer taste, but this was awful.
Nothing refreshing about this beer.
An upfront kick in the teeth bitter bite.
Followed by a stale / bland aftertaste that made me wash it down with the Fordham Light which was close by.

Im gonna say pass on this beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender rolls forth. This abettor pours a clear pale straw topped by a fairly thick finger or so of white froth. The nose is nearly nonexistent...I think some flowers are getting through, but that's about it. The taste comprises wheat, corn, flowers, and a slight bit of tin. The body is very light, with a light carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, an average pils, really nothing especially good or bad here.

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 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 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 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 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.

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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.