East Coast Lager | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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East Coast LagerEast Coast Lager

Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by IrishRedRock on 08-17-2002

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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.68/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cricket Hill- East Coast Lager

Apearance- Light golden brown with a 1" thick head that quickly disappears.
Smell- Nice Grainy malt. Light touch of hops.
Taste- Immediatey hit with grain and toasty malt followed by a light touch of green pine hops.
Mouthfeel- Mild flavor with a crisp finish.

Overall- The flavor very comes out further into the beer. A nice clean, easy to drink lager. A good beer to have on an afternoon or anyother time, I will buy it again. Red White And Brew in Mount Holly NJ carries Cricket Hill and Stacey (the owner) referred me to the beer and I LOVE IT

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Photo of DaveWhite
4.51/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours yellow gold with a pure white head. It smells clean and smooth, with a hint of malt. Not a very strong odor. The taste is smooth and easy. A great drinking lager. Goes down smooth, with a little hint of bitterness at the end. A really good summer drinking beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.36/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Mick
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color the supports a nice, medium head. Laces well. Nose of malt and hops and grassy tones. Great hop and malt flavor. Nice body and hop bitterness gives this one its character. Finishes crisp and clean.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Rock Bottom Bremasters Choice pint glass

A - pours clear pale yellow with two fingers of head that sticks around for a while. Lacing is prevalent on side of glass

S - has that lager smell, but not in a bad way. Smells light, pleasing, like a morning breeze

T - crisp, almost lemony, but the hops are very subdued. Just enough malt to balance the dry crispness.

M - Very refreshing and drinkable. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style.

D - It is very good for a lager, probably one of the better lagers I have had. Of course, it is not in good company.

This beer is good. Better than say, Victory Lager, which I didn't care for.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.04/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, gotta love the name. And what you don't see here is that just under "East Coast Lager" it says "Jersey Shore Pour." I love it. I love New Jersey. I love the Jersey Shore. Awesome.

OK about the beer. It looks like any other American lager, golden with some carbonation keeping some lace on top. This lager has a slight hint of citrus flavor, and the overall malt flavor is very tasty.

One more thing. It says in small letters on the bottle, and in very large letters on the case, ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN NEW JERSEY. Hellllll yesssssssssssssssssss

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Photo of yen157
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a beautiful golden yellow with a slight orange tint. It smells a little of citrus and hops, but the main scent is that of malt. This was a great tasting beer, with plesant bitterness, fair body, and appropriate carbonation. The dominant taste was grains, but there was a little malt dept as well. The bitterness was responsible for a pretty dry finish for this one as well as a grassy taste in on the back of the roof of the mouth..

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great pale lager that's relatively full-flavored and well-balanced. The malts are clean and biscuity while the hops are crisp with floral and citrus flavors. The malt is a touch grainy, but not in a bad way. Rather it just adds to the flavor. I found this to be a great pairing with an opening course at dinner or as a stand alone appetizer. Worth trying if you're into lagers.

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember something from college physics that says energy is neither created nor destroyed
Well the excitement of the Lagers brought here over 150 years ago has not been destroyed
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. developed a Helles Lager that would make my grandpa happy!
They duplicated that Lager beer reminiscent of the immigrants settling here knowing how to make quality brews
Being only around 4% this beer has a quenching mouth feel and satisfying glance that will keep the conversations temptingly flowing.
Our minds drift discovering all the flavors involved feeling a beer that speaks our language when we say Lager

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A yellow-gold body is capped by a decent-sized head of creamy bright-white foam. The retention is good and it keeps a thin surface covering throughout the glass, leaving very nice lace as it goes! The aroma is fresh and inviting with floral hops entwined in bright, grainy malt. The body is medium and it's crisp-then-creamy in the mouth due to a very fine carbonation. The floral hops promised in the aroma are delivered in both flavor and firm bitterness that's equally balanced by semi-rich grainy malt. It finishes short and dry with a lingering note of floral/grassy hops. Very nice! Much more of a European lager than I expected, with a respectable amount of hops and a solid maltiness. Kudos!

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Photo of biggred1
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored with a fizzy white head that shrinks to a skim. Raw grain and floral, herbal hops. Light for sure but flavorful and tasty with plenty of earthy hop flavor and a lean malt backbone. Irony, mineraly flavors are present. Light bodied with seltzery carbonation. A really good and tasty example of the style.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent burnt yellow, with thin white head and constantly rising effervescence.
Floral notes of cranberry and hops
A little molasses malt with hint of cranberry and raspberry tea. Dynamic bittering.
A nice refreshing lager; has a lot of flavor similarities to some good American Bitter Ales with a lighter lager body. This makes it very drinkable, it was gone before I knew it.

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Photo of tjd112
3.94/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From mix-a-six at Interstate Market; Easton, Pennsylvania

Presentation - Poured into generic pint glass, enjoyed with Totinos pizza rolls

Appearance - Golden transparent colour with little lace and somewhat good head retention

Smell - A bit grassy and floral

Taste - Biscuity with some lemon and floral hops

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, crisp

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - Not too bad

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well, following the full-frontal assault of the previous beer, I was advised to bring it down just a notch. I decided that a nice bottled Lager was just what the doctor ordered, plus it would aid me in the eradication of The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody.

I have not been to a beer fest in some time, but Rick, the owner & brewer at Cricket Hill B.C. is a great guy. I Pop!ped the cap with an easterly nod in his direction. I then followed up with a gentle pour & a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just under three fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention, leaving behind some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-Gold to Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7), or so I thought, because when The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas appeared, they gave me the wave-off, claiming it to be solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9), but either way, with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like bread dough rising on the kitchen counter. I so miss my grandmothers' home-baked breads! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more biscuity than bready with a hay and grass-like bitterness. It was like summers as a kid with freshly-mown grass and hay scenting the afternoons as the humidity built to a thunderstorm. Ah, youth.

None of my family, with the exception of my maternal uncle & my Great Aunt Rita & Great Uncle Max, were imbibers. I used to live for their summer visits. They all knew how to live! Rita & my Pops were the smokers; Rita & Max would visit from Ohio & after having been burned by our State Store system, Max was like a bootlegger, bringing booze & cigarettes to sustain the entire trip in the trunk of his car! Scandalous. He taught me how to wink & how to cheat at cards. Gad, I miss those days.

I love when a beer is so evocative. This one finished with a semi-dryness that lingered like a passing rainstorm or a persistent memory. Yeah, it wasn't sexy or pulchritudinous, but it was a nice set-up for what was to come next.

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Photo of brunrn1
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just a bit hoppy for the first few sips. Then it starts to pick up and a six pack later, its smooth. Pouring it in a frosty mug seems to help the drinkability of this beer. I have been to the brewery and even volunteered there. Their IPA is very good and strong.

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Photo of smith_s4765
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Considering what style this is, it's very good.

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Photo of gory4d
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a high white head. Smell is your standard biscuit and herbs, with some minerals for good measure. It's malty and clean up front, mildly bitter with a touch of sulfur in the finish. Clean and crisp in the mouth. All in all a nice local lager, better than most other such options I can find in a bottle - will probably get it again.

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Photo of bronxite
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dark golden color with a thick, dense, blanket like head. Respectable lace. Excessive carbonation is notable in the appearance and the mouthfeel. Grassy, lighly malty flavors. Noble hop aroma and charachter thoughout. A very tasty and drinkable beer.

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East Coast Lager from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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