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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Photo of njcraftguy
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasty for a Lager which is not my style but this one is decent. Good flavor and very drinkable. Nice session type lager perfect for the warm weather.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle acquired in trade from a non-Beer Advocate member. Sampled on July 3, 2015.

The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow tone with a nice, foamy head.

The aroma has pale roasted malts, a touch of moss, and grassy hops.

Light to medium body.

Sweet light malt flavor to start balanced with mildly dry bitterness to end. It is your basic no frills lager.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Cricket Hill Brewing Co. in Fairfield, NJ.

Light gold in color with a small white head and great clarity. Light grainy malt aroma and the hops are faint as well. Light sweetness in the flavor. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Very clean and drinkable.

Billed as a Helles lager, it lacks the malt sweetness found in some of the better versions of the style. When speaking with Cricket Hill Founder, Rick Reed, he mentioned the East Coast Lager is pretty much all he drinks at the brewery. It is easy drinking and crisp, so I can see why.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

10/26...pours clear light gold, mostly see through. Wisps of foam, little else. Mild straw, bread, grassy smell. Light taste, small hop bite. A touch chewy. Smooth flavorful lager. When compared to the style, real good.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to KMitch for lugging a growler of this one back home to share. We cracked the top, pouring a brew of pale gold into flared Heineken pils glasses. It held a brief half finger tall head of crisp white bubbles before fading into spotted lacing and a sticky film across the top of the beer. Absolutely no haze or sediment was found to obscure the crystal clarity of the beer, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave huge bitterness of soaps and suds, with independent grassy hop essence, pale and chalky adjuncts, spongy plastics, dried raspberry fruitiness, white sugar, and simple baker’s yeastiness. Our first impression was that there was nice toasty malt flavoring which was pleasantly crisp and refreshing for the weary traveler. As we sipped, this simple brew began with starchy pale and pilsner maltiness, lemon rind, grassy and softly soapy hoppiness, musk, coin, and twiggy resins. The middle came to a peak with lemon balm, toasted corn, white and wheat flours, continued adjuncty metallics, and soft lemony bite. The end came with peppery booze, gingerbread warmth, aluminum, strong dry yeastiness, cooked caramel sweetness, sea salt, and bitter, muddy earthiness. The aftertaste breathed of white sugar, toasty pales, roasted figs, waxed paper, celery, sesame seeds, soapy hops, white flour, and green and dried grassiness. The body was light to medium in fullness, and equally as light on the carbonation. Each sip showed poor cream or frothiness, but decent slurp and flow to the glug. Finishing pop was crisp. The mouth was left wet, with eventual bone dry astringency streaking across the hard palate and tongue. The abv was easy, and the beer drank as light as any in its class.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its simplicity, and its nice, crisp drinkability. This guy is a surprisingly invigorating hybrid of craft and macro, and we can see how aspects of this would be appealing to both crowds of drinkers. There has actually been a big push for this kind of thing lately, at least in Michigan where we are currently holed up, with breweries like Shorts. It is actually an interesting, almost full-circle transition we are witnessing before our eyes. This is the kind of beer that, if produced and labeled by a BMC, would be considered subpar, but since its coming from the smalltime, and with perhaps a more interesting or robust use of hops, or some random ingredient, we enjoy it with much less conviction. Observational diatribe over. Despite the enhancing bitterness of this beer with warmth, and its dimming appeal, it goes down smoothly enough and can be enjoyed.

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Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of biscuit and bready malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has some hints of mineral water. Little if any bitterness is present
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer is easy to drink, it comes across as being rather bland in both the smell and taste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Little Town NJ in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with some very light notes of floral and citrus/orange hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with a very light amount of grainy sweetness. There are very light notes of citrus/orange and floral hops. Very light notes of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable but not one of the more interesting beers that I have tried in my experiences in drinking craft beers - there are good flavors and aromas but the beer is rather bland overall.

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Photo of gory4d
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
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 alexgash
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear golden yellow body. Pinkie finger of gauzy, eggshell white head. Honeyish cereal malts, fresh bread, a little sweet apple backed by spicy, peppery noble hops.

Lightly toasted grainy bread up front. Spicy, herbal, noble hop flavor and bitterness soon follows. Sweetish honey and cereal malts mid-palate. Dry finish with lingering noble bitterness and honey. Moderate body with some prickly carbonation. Not bad.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16.

A: Clear straw body with a creamy white head. Strong retention and lacing. Very nice indeed.

S: Very sulfury, yeasty aroma; tons of minerality. Light herbal qualities, abut this is more like a standard Euro Pale Lager aroma than I'd like.

T: Boring, but tolerable. A bit of breadiness is there up front, with some moderate hops bitterness on the finish. Flinty minerality provides the balance of the flavor. It's boring, but not bad.

M: Light, moderately carbonated, reasonably creamy body. Pretty good.

O: Meh. I doubt I could pick this out of a lineup that included Stella and Heineken. Weak stuff.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

Whatchy'all know 'bout tha ECL!? ... This stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises white bread, sweet bread (think cornbread without the corn...), grass, and a touch of greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with an overarching sense of mildness pervading everything. That may sound outwardly negative, but it actually works for this beer. Trust me. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a nice little beer, nothing too major in any category, but an easy-drinker all the way.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly clear and golden color with a bright white two finger head which retains pretty well.

Very subtle nose of bready malts and grassy hops. Nothing special. Body is surprisingly bigger and fuller than expected. Not watery at all. Medium fully carbonated slightly juicy and thirst quenching body. Sweet biscuit up front followed by some herbal and floral hops. Nice dry bite finish with some grassy and citric hop flavors as well. More on the earthy side than the fruity side.

Very well blended flavors that go together well. Malt body backs up the hop presence well for a great balance. Very nice.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a thick white head, a lot of lacing and carbonation. Aroma is of pale malt and grassy hops. Medium, crisp body. A good amount of herbal hops is balanced by biscuit malt on the palate. Finish is long, clean and hoppy. I did not expect much from this brew, but I actually enjoyed it.

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Photo of argock
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Pale honey-gold with skimpy white head with average retention and a few scraps of lace.

S: Solid sulfur, metallic aromas mixed with cereal grains and light noble hopping

T: This is the second Cricket Hill beer I have tried and both have the same oversweet fruity cornbread middle. The early flavors are noble hoppy, and the late flavor brings more mineral notes. But the oversweet flavors leave the overall impression pasty and bland.

M: The feel is not nearly as crisp, and this beer could definitely use some pep from increased carbonation to give it a cleaner feel.

O: 0 for 2 for Cricket Hill and not sure they're going to have another crack.

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Photo of tigg924
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, golden in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass, grain, and light toasted malt

Taste: grass and grain in the beginning followed by big floral hops with a touch of honey

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a big bitter spike in the middle and a less bitter end

Overall: A nice if not slightly above average beer. There is big time hops in the middle for hop heads. I would probably get this again if I were more of a hop head, but this in my mind is just above average for the style.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/25/11.

A: Pours a clear golden color with whitish head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Mostly pale malt with some yeast and herbal hops.

T: Some pale malt and honey with yeast and herbal hops as well. Decent hop bitterness throughout.

M: Light bodied with pretty low carbonation, finishes dry.

O: Pretty average lager, not bad, not great. Some more carbonation would help make it a bit more crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of biggred1
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
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 daliandragon
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a brewery that I am not familiar with but I haven't heard much from New Jersey brewers down here in general. Pours bright golden with some translucency but little head. Nose is mushy cereals and the tiniest hint of floral noble hops.

Some assertive hop flavors in the second half of this sip make this worthwhile. The bitterness is brief but refreshing and shows some zest and vitality missing in a lot of American lagers. Biscuit themed malts and a mellow finish are nothing out of the ordinary, but the overall package is neat and faithful to the style. This is reasonably satisfying and I would drink this again.

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Photo of aasher
1.51/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This was shared with a couple BAs at work. It poured a very BMC esque bright and clear gold with no head. It smelled of pale malt and tortilla chips. The flavor was solely of tortilla chips, minus the salt. It had literally nothing else at all going on. It was so grainy it was ridiculous. It drank light and smooth as it should have. It left that annoying grainy, corn tortilla flavor behind. And this beer has a 97 rating on ratebeer? How?!? Overall this is awful and is a definite avoid!

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crystal clear golden orange pour with a fat white head, lacing nicely, a constant stream of urgent carbon dioxide pushing up from the depths.
some herbal and spicy hops and a vague malt background. clean and easy drinking, a firm bitterness, a brush with malt and then a delicate hop and slight alcohol finish.
Enjoyed 4 of these on a long round of disc golf, broke the other one as it smashed to the ground outside the elevator of my apartment (beer in pockets + moving in = regrettable and unfortunate decision-making). It is a very pleasant outdoors beer for a warm spring day.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body, a bit stingy on the head size, with only a slim, white head that fades quickly.

Smell: Cereal-scented malts, grains soaking in tepid water, and the meagerest hints of florals and citrus.

Taste: A sweet cereal maltiness greets the tongue, followed by a small hint of crackling graininess. Lightly floral, lightly spicy with a minor touch of bitterness. Smallest trace of citrus lurking in there as well. Sweetish, ever so slightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's drinkable, it's decent, easy on the flavor, but goes down easy, too.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice foamy inch and a half white head. Goldish yellow with a decent amount of bubblage.

Malts and hops are pretty even in the smell. Slight buscuit and copper smell. I remember this smelling better the first time I tried it.

This is a watery Lager. A buttery buscuit taste with hops and a hint of lemon peel. It's weird tasting for a Lager. Not bad and not good, almost bland. I remember thinking this being one of the best tasting Lagers around. What happened?

Mouth is watery. Carbonation is there. Feels okay.

Drink ability is going to be the saving grace here. Although the bland taste and the okay mouth feel, I find myself drinking this quickly, not to get it over with, it just goes down very easily.

I don't know what has been going on with Cricket Hills' beers in bottles lately but they have been falling short on taste. I remember better tasting beers in the past. When I visited the brewery, not too long ago, the beers didn't taste this bland. I don't know if it's the Stores I am buying from; if they're keeping them longer than they should, they're no expiration dates on the bottles.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very carbonated and crystal clear hay colored yellow. A nice three finger head of white fizz then came up over the top, settled quickly and only left behind minimal lace.The aroma was very light. Some grains in there, wheat and a touch off bready malts. Some biscuit like aroma as it began to warm up some. There was much more of the same in the flavor. Not a bad macro, but the style leaves little room for complexity. Nice grain profile with a touch of wheat. Some nice earthy malt flavors, a touch of light bittering hops towards the finish, but nothing to write home about. A decent feel on this one, as the body was very light and the carbonation profile was well established. This was one that was very easy to throw down. In fact it went do so quickly I had to go get another to finish dinner, which does not usually happen. So needless to say it's a drinker.

Overall not bad, I am not the biggest fan of the style, but I have to admit this was much better then most. It at least had a slight variation and some flavor to it. An easy choice for a party or beach day. I don't know if I would purchase again, but if I saw it around I would have no issue in having one.

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Photo of brunrn1
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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 callmeclemens
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got on growler, at the local watering hole.

Being as its my home land, I like drinking New Jersey beer, I like drinking it because I feel like we're connected, the beer and myslef that is, but I wasn't connected with this, the relationship was a lie from the start.

Sure, its a nice bottle, got a cricket on it, says east coast lager, I live on the east coast! I like lager! I must like this. This was more of a Pale Ale. I like Lager, don't get me wrong, but this beer was all hops, with a nice little bready hoppy citrus match up, which really doesn't sound much like a lager to me.

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East Coast Lager from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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