Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
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... (768 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent pale golden color. Has a large, fizzy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Bready with hints of citrus and spices (cloves, maybe).

Taste: Has a strong, hop bitterness up front. The hop flavors remain and the beer gains a strong grain flavor with hints of citrus and cloves. Taste matches the smell pretty well. Nice...

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing with a pleasing, dry finish.

Drinkability: A great pilsner! This is a real pleasure to drink and goes perfect on a hot summer day. I'll definitely be having this one again in the near future. (693 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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. (974 characters)

Photo of mattgreger
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Outlet liquors & wines in Rehoboth Beach DE. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a pils glass bottled on May 2009.

A - A crystal clear golden colored lager w/ 2 fingers of rocky white crowning. Rings of lace cling after the head settles, bubbles rise incessantly as lace collects

S - A fragrance of equal parts hop and malt burst out as soon as the pils is poured- very fresh malt which has a slight scent of dough and a mild fruity hop aroma

M - Crisp malty and highly effervescent w/ mildly bitter citrus tinged feel w/ a dry slightly spicy finish

T - The taste is sweet w/ hop flavors up front and the malt supports the edgy hops that are herbal and floral w/ juicy grassiness. The taste is sweet yet an earthy spiciness pervades the finish. Mild cracker and lemony taste effects the flavor in a good way making for a refreshing pils.

D - A very good pilsner w/ fresh hoppy taste and a crisp/quaffable quality. I enjoyed this lager a lot, don't pass it up. (982 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a jerked pork taco.

I found a nice, mineraly hop bite and a pleasantly crisp bready maltiness. No off flavors to speak of.

This won't make me forget all of my favorite PA pilsners, but this was damn good. (219 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (704 characters)

Photo of ComfortablyBum
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

am i really the first one to review this?? bottled on 4.7.08... they say they used perle, tettnanger and saaz, and it is quite a noble effort by dominion indeed. bright golden with a white head that holds on for a minute or two, and doesn't leave tons of lace, but looks pretty darn attractive. the beauty of fresh beer is here, so i reccommend getting in on this first batch while the getting is good. nice floral, grassy, herbal hop scent mixed with a hint of sourdoughyish bread that has a bit of sweetness in it. taste is similar. fairly well balanced, but a bit of pungent dryness comes out, and i'm having a hard time describing it, but it is pleasant and lemony, and kind of weird and medicinal as well. anyways... one of the best beers i've had by this brewery in a long time. a very easy, refreshing drink that i'll be having more of for sure. (852 characters)

Photo of ujsplace
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (1,000 characters)

Photo of lilbrewmonkey
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of MikeRa
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here is what I can say about the Old Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner. It has a Golden Pale color and a smell of citrus that comes from the hops used.

It has a semi-bitter taste that makes it taste like it's a bread, but that is due to the hops. It does go down easily and it's a beer that I will drink again. (313 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,440 characters)

Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: This was drunk from a bottle, as it should be.
S: It smelled like mild grassy hops and bready yeast. Not much to the nose.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and some light lemony citrus hops with sweet bready yeast.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a very clean and crisp summer beer that was super easy to drink and fairly refreshing. Nothing exciting about it at all, but good to have on the beech or after mowing the lawn, etc. (452 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.72/5  rDev +3%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; it has a brown almost straw brown color with a white head that has decent retention

S: too much of a semi skunked smell, its not skunked i know this for sure, but had that moderately off aroma

T: clean and refreshing, nothing too insane here. it has a slight banana taste to it, also seems to have a bit of dried apricot in the taste. its a tad tart

decent brew, nothing too special but with a name like "beach house" it fits the bill (441 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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 (419 characters)

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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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