Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +25%
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.
05-08-2010 05:26:43 | More by woodychandler
4.38/5 rDev +23%
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...
07-21-2008 05:25:14 | More by arguemaniac
4.35/5 rDev +22.2%
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.
06-30-2010 16:38:23 | More by wahhmaster
4.28/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
07-13-2012 21:36:03 | More by siege06nd
4.25/5 rDev +19.4%
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.
11-03-2010 02:52:53 | More by mattgreger
4.22/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
09-10-2010 13:46:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.22/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
07-14-2009 11:28:16 | More by Slatetank
District of Columbia
4.13/5 rDev +16%
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.
06-07-2009 01:18:32 | More by Clydesdale
4.1/5 rDev +15.2%
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!
05-28-2011 01:20:31 | More by DMXLOX22
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
04-24-2008 08:37:30 | More by timtim
4.08/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
09-29-2010 00:50:46 | More by ComfortablyBum
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
06-29-2012 16:46:46 | More by lilbrewmonkey
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
01-21-2011 00:46:41 | More by ujsplace
4/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
06-13-2012 18:48:16 | More by DaveBlack
Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.