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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner - Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 106
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | 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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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 106
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of argock
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a plastic clear pint glass. Purchased as 6-pack at Giant for $6.99.

A: Straw yellow with mounting white 1-2 finger head with below-average retention and no lacing.

S: Barely any smell for the style with graininess and minimal to no noble hops types of aromas.

T: Flavor is light and inobtrusive with light toasted pale malt graininess and very mild spicy hops contribution. Is not especially crisp and is not really up to par for the style.

M: Clean and medium-to-high carbonation with minimal aftertaste.

D: I hope this is not a harbinger of the kind of beers the "new" Dominion lineup is going to consist of. Low flavor with ad gimmicks -- thankfully a low price, but maybe a case of "you get what you pay for" here.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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

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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner from Old Dominion Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.