East Coast Lager | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by IrishRedRock on 08-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
190
Reviews:
87
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
14.54%
 
 
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of Sammy
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fresh bottle. Pale yellow with initial white fizzy head. Gazzy overcarbonated, with metallic in aftertaste. The lagerish taste is overwhelmed by the process, much like a macro. Not much taste here, a tad hops and more malt. Not finishable, but perhaps meat tenderizer.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11%

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 WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/22/2010 at The Brickhouse Tap & Tavern in South Plainfield, NJ, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but light malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and about where it should be for the style. There's also a mild fruit sweetness that creates some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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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 ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of smithj4
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from jcwattsrugger via jwc215, cheers to all!

Pours a bubbly golden with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Not much head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes & grassyness

T: Slight breadyness, slight metallic hops & honey up front. Slight grainyness & some citrus hops show as this warms. Finishes crisp with some grainy & bready notes

MF: Medium bodied, crisp, fairly smooth carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, nothing mid-blowing here, but worthy of sixer while BBQing or watching the game

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Photo of smcolw
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark straw/light gold color; nearly clear. Modest head that reduces to a single bubble layer. Some lace.

Unattractive barn-like smells. Might be acceptable in a Abbey style but not in an all-malt lager. With concentration I can detect subtle hop in the background.

Fairly dry offering that has some surprising complexity; the hop starts showing up on the swallow and lingers long in the aftertaste. There is something slightly sour in this beer, but I cannot put my finger on an exact description. The body is okay for the style, the carbonation is slightly high.

This is better than your average lawnmower beer. Perhaps the smell was only off on this bottle; the flavoring was made up for it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich honeycomb gold with pale lemon highlights. The French vanilla colored crown looks to be quality through and through. It has a moonscape surface and is beginning to grace the glass with thick splotches of sea foam lace. What a good way to start.

The aroma is quintessential American pale lager. Whether that's good or bad depends on how one feels about the style. It's untoasted pale malty and has a pretty decent amount of German/Czech hoppiness. No nastiness is a plus.

This is better than average beer in the general sense and is *much* better than average when compared to America's most popular and best-selling pale lagers. Not everyone will agree, but ECL is good beer because it's hoppy beer. Surprisingly so.

It's amazing that Cricket Hill can coax this much flavor out of a lager that should really be classified as a light lager, given the 4.0% ABV. Of course, hops can add a great deal of flavor and don't impact ABV one iota, something that more brewers should use to their advantage.

The flavor profile is straightforward: cracker-like malt, herbal-grassy hops and lemon peel. A borderline metallic vibe early becomes a hard water (mineral-like) vibe later in the glass. Very little sweetness leads to a considerable amount of hoppiness by the midway point of each mouthful. Thanks to jwc215 for what is obviously a fresh bottle.

It's also a pretty mean feat to construct a mouthfeel that is light but not watery when the ABV is this low. Zesty carbonation keeps things on the energetic side, which ends up being more positive than negative.

East Coast Lager is a 4.0% American pale lager with hopitude, something that isn't very common in the world of craft beer. It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway.... this stuff is orders of magnitude better than anything of this style churned out by BMC.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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 woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Gkruszewski
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a descending white head that leaves a thin cover.

The smell is of some vague graininess with a floral touch. A bit of yeast comes through.

The taste is of sweet graininess with a mild bitter, floral touch. Like in the aroma, just a bit of yeast comes through. Finishes fairly crisp and dry.

It has a light body with a somewhat oily texture.

Would be easy to drink, but I don't know if the floral notes in a lager, esp. this one, does it for me. Not much going on here, besides.

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East Coast Lager from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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