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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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 189
Photo of magnj
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - extremely light body with a fair amount of sediment. Head is 1 finger and fluffy, drops fast but a little bit hangs around for the remainder of the glass.

S - Light bready malt nose with just a hint of herbal hops.

T - Clean, very little hop flavor. Somewhat buttery.

M/D - medium body, easy to drink. Nothing fancy, decent local lager.

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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 gopens44
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- very little head, disappeared pretty quick. Nice color, light copper or dark blonde - depending on your inclination

S- ok I guess, the smell is a little muted by the temperature but still a slight hop aroma.

T- good, not great. Hints of apple with a well balanced bitterness

M- slightly more caronation then you'd expect, but not a bad thing. A little silky.

I'd drink it again if the no other selection was calling out to me. It's a known quantity, therefore it would be ok for drinking in the future

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Photo of DaveWhite
4.51/5  rDev +33.8%
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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Photo of lou50rp
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep amber color with a white head, which stays around. weel carbonated.
Fruity, malty smell with some hops.
Touch of sweetness to go with fruit and hops. Not a strong taste.
Mouthfeel was medium with carbonation.
Drinkable. Not the best lager I've had nor the worst.

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Photo of njmoons
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A well made beer beer, but the flavor profile is not to my liking.

Appearance: Amber color, nice think head. Looking good.

Smell: Malt and some hops, nothing to surprising. Slightly sweet smelling.

Taste: The beer was sweet and slightly fruity. Not what I was expecting. The lager flavor profile was there, but seemed out of whack for a traditional lager.

Mouthfeel: Had much more body than I had expected. Too much for the style, but I kind of liked it.

Drinkability: Had no trouble drinking it, but given an options I would select another beer.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours nice pale golden color, very fizzy.
smells of nice grains, corn and a nice hop nosebite.

the taste is true, taste very grassy with just enough bite from the hops, very pale.

feels wonderful on the tongue and drinks like a champ. it's like a schaefer with micro quality. very tasty beer to throw back on a summer day or anytime for that matter

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Photo of speter
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark golden hue with a substantial honey-white head. There is a slight haze in the beer, which I initially took to be chill haze, but it didn't disappear when the beer warmed, so it has some other source.

S: Ample noble hops with a bit of Pilsner or Munich malts. Not a huge nose, but what's there is rather pleasant.

T: The hops provide a nice backbone on the palate. The bitterness is bracing, but not overpowering, and runs straight through from the first hit on the tongue to a nice bitter finish. There is a very slight hint of sulfur to remind us that this is a lager. Very refreshing.

M: Light bodied, but not watery. The carbonation enhances the hop bitterness to give a decent mouthfeel.

D: At 4% ABV, this is a good candidate lawnmower beer. It hit the spot today, on the first warmish day we've had this year.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but not exceptional.

Pours slightly hazy orange-golden with a slight, bubbly head. The aroma is sharp, pale malt with a bitter orange background. The flavor is malty, a bit toasted, with a spritzy bitter orange hop character and a pointed bitterness down the tongue. The mouthfeel is tingly and light. There is a faintly syrupy edge to the mouthfeel that is not entirely welcome.

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Photo of tjd112
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
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 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 Arbitrator
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received in an open-ended East Coast lager trade from steelersxl. Thanks Joe!

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy apricot body in my tulip with a relatively small (1/2 finger) off-white head. It retains decently, leaving lace down the sides as it vanishes into a thin collar. Slow bubbles up the glass.

S: Lemon, grain, and floral hops, with a touch of apricot. It's not particularly sharp in any of those, though.

T: Grainy and sweet with a lightly floral hop bitterness to it. Lemony in the aftertaste with apricot on the exhalation. I was hoping I'd find them more in the main taste. It's flavorful enough, but I've had other pale lagers that stood out much more.

M: Light-bodied. Low on the carbonation. Just slightly dry, with lingering floral bitterness that complements the lemon nicely.

D: Using my rubric that a C represents an average for the style, this is slightly below average... Though not bad by any means.

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Photo of david18
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend of mine from New Jersey brought this over but didn't know anything about it. Bottles are dark brown with green stencil or laserpaint.

Not a very impressive beer but i was looking for something light in the fridge. Very light in color, not great carbonation, overall a pretty average beer.

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Photo of pwoods
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to NJpadreFan for this brew.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a lemony straw color with good clarity. Moderate head on the pour that leaves a loose skim. Not much lacing.

S: Husky, almost tart grains. A bit of toasted biscuit. A healthy touch of grassy, floral hops.

T/M: More of the lightly toasted biscuity malts with a husky and nearliy tart twang to it. Hops have a small snap of bitterness to balance and some grassy flavor. Body is pretty light with average carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty decent but there are plenty of better and more interesting American Lagers out there.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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 Nickls
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a thinner pure white head; poor retention; clear yellowy macro gold color

S - Grassy hops; freshly mown lawn; earthy; biscuity dough; mineral ending

T - Some malt sweetness; grassy hops show up in the taste as well; to be quite honest there's not much going on here; macro inspired, but at least a little more tasty

M - Light; crisp carbonation; palate cleaner

D - Not bad at all actually; would take this over other US/Euro macros for a lawn mower brew

Overall, bland and uninteresting, but at least no off-flavors and decently drinkable when cold.

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

Nice golden-straw like color. Poured an amazingly vibrant, fluffy white head which reduced to a clingy lace around the perimeter of my glass.
Aroma has hints of honey, slightly earthy with a floral essence.
Taste is grainy, with vegetable notes, subtly sweet notes like corn on the cob.
Relatively light bodied, crisp and refreshing beer that finishes crisp while it's cold, but became tiny bit winy at the finish as it warmed up.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jwc215 sent this one! It pours a light orange color with a healthy white head, leaving lacing all the way down. Smells of yeast, and tastes mildy of malt with a biscuity flavor too. Carbonation is just about right, very drinkable. Overall, a pretty decent lager, but leans a bit too much in the yeasty direction.

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

poured had a nice head ..off white.. a yellowish color to the beer and good amount of carbination.. sweet smells to the nose .. when first tasted had a funk taste to it.. then i got used to it.. good but like any pale larger.. i like it.. drinkablity is high.. even on a hot day.. cheers

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Photo of hopdog
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap.

Poured a lighter golden color with a very small sized white head. I had a hard time really picking anything out on this. I can't say it is offensive nor good as there really wasn't anything to it.

Notes from: 9/19/04 - Note to self, seek this one out again to see if it is any different.

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Photo of jrjohnso
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"I'll take this over a Budweiser"

purchased at Magnolia's Wines and Liquors in Chatham, NJ.

no aroma detected, decent head.

light golden color, head stays around till the not so bitter end.

an ok beer I could mow the lawn with, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
October 19, 2008

Pours light yellow, some hops on the nose. No real lacing to speak of. Taste is mildly hoppy, smooth, light, easy to drink. Some malt. Not too much presence, but enjoyable. Adequate carbonation. This is a good local beer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

It pours a yellow gold with about an inch of foam. It shrinks quickly to a fine broken layer and there's not much lacing.

The smell has a good hoppy nose to it along with some grain and caramel malt sweetness.

The taste has a good grainy taste to it along with slight caramel and a good grassy hop flavour. This is pretty tasty and most of the all malt lagers I've tasted have been flavourful, some more than others and I think this one falls on the upper end of the spectrum for the style.

Mouthfeel is deinitely medium here and I like it. Carbonation is on the lower end for the style. Again, I like it. It finishes slightly bitter, slightly grainy and what the heck. I like that.

Bottom line: This is a nice Lager; Tasty, good mouthfeel, and quite drinkable. I'm very happy that I got a chance to try it as it is a well brewed product, imho. I'd drink it again. No problem.

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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 CrellMoset
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from John (ratebeerian, but that's ok!) at a tasting in Williamsburg. Poured into a St. Bernardous tasting glass.

A: Light spritzy looking blonde beer with tons of bubbles. Minimal head fades fast.

A: Malty huskiness, a little bit of spicy hops. Not bad.

T: Deep biscuity malt - very whole grainy and bready, with slight hints of lemon and grass - unusual, deeper and more wholesome than your run of the mill lager.

M: Very even, surprisingly so for a lager, thin.

D: Again, hard to rate higher than the sum of the parts here, but seriously, it's unique and interesting for a lager (addition of the Simcoe). One of the more interesting, unique lagers I've had.

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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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