Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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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
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
07-29-2012 13:16:14 | More by micromaniac129
3.63/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-26-2009 00:36:57 | More by BeerSox
3.11/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
07-08-2014 20:46:56 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.23/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
07-02-2011 19:32:31 | More by bubseymour
3.95/5 rDev +11%
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.
05-20-2009 01:57:37 | More by Proteus93
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
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
06-07-2008 00:29:05 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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
3/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
01-22-2014 18:52:56 | More by NilocRellim
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
3.6/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
08-01-2009 19:09:18 | More by Traquairlover
3.9/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
04-01-2011 00:46:47 | More by magine
Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner from Old Dominion Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.