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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner
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BA SCORE
82
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%


Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: timtim on 04-24-2008)
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2013 22:01:41 | More by johnnnniee
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MikeRa

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 21:14:27 | More by MikeRa
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2009 17:36:22 | More by hopdog
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 18:52:56 | More by NilocRellim
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mactrail

California

3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:48:34 | More by mactrail
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:12:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 13:16:14 | More by micromaniac129
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 21:36:03 | More by siege06nd
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lilbrewmonkey

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 16:46:46 | More by lilbrewmonkey
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 18:48:16 | More by DaveBlack
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 23:03:41 | More by smakawhat
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:40:25 | More by B967ierhunter177
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 14:12:58 | More by rfgetz
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:32:31 | More by bubseymour
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 01:20:31 | More by DMXLOX22
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:00:39 | More by ejimhof
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:46:47 | More by magine
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 00:46:41 | More by ujsplace
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mattgreger

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:52:53 | More by mattgreger
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ComfortablyBum

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 00:50:46 | More by ComfortablyBum
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 13:46:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 03:41:55 | More by TMoney2591
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest, though fluffy head that delivers nicely in the lacing department

Smell: Grassy hops with a slight bready undertone

Taste: A bit of bread and then a surprisingly herbal, grassy bitterness overwhelms; while there is a bit of malt balance after the swallow, the hop bill is dominant and leaves an aspirin bitterness in the aftertaste; bone dry throughout

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: The hops are surprisingly vivid but the beer needs more balance; not a bad stab at the style for a domestic pilsner

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 02:09:07 | More by brentk56
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Pencible

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 18:39:32 | More by Pencible
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 16:38:23 | More by wahhmaster
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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner from Old Dominion Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.