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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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 189
Photo of loosey
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, this one was the 'edgy' black label with a cricket

poured into a tall glass and took on a nice bubbly head, a bright straw color full of carbonation... damn near transparent, i can count the bubbles from underneath looking up through the glass

woody, mild, some flowery smell

taste is mild, malty, corn, a bit lemon then finishes with more hops than you anticipate for a lager, leaves you with a slight bitterness you almost miss.. actually not bad

thin, really thin, not gypsy curse thin but thin... moderately carbonated, you could drink this with really heavy food..
i never drink lager, but i wanted a lighter beer for a barbecue that i could share with less discerning palates... i could prolly drink them hmmm... all day? maybe 36 hours straight?

if i had a kid i would bring these to its <insert sport here> game and sit my lawn chair outside the fence so some school official didn't bother me while i drank them and jeered the other kids for being so much less talented than mine and the coach for not fully recognizing the sheer athletic prowess of my spawn, then id go home and drink more while i berated my kid for ruining my second chance at living through them with their obvious lack of hustle and focus

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a slight hazy golden color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hops, grassy, and caramel. The taste is malty, slight hoppy, some grassy, and caramel. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.22/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance - Clear straw color,a small head formed but didn't stick around. Little lace on the glass.

smell - Sweet smell, and some grains.

taste - Balance of malt and grains here.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body.

drinkability - I never saw this brand before, and thought I would try it. Wasn't anything great. Was ok, wouldn't buy it again. Seemed like macro lager that I was drinking.

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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 tempest
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Photo of dsa7783
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another on-premise sample from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... props to the guys for the tastings... Copper-colored with not too much going by ways of appearance... grain, corn, slight hops aroma... bread and butter taste, very light, easy-going, session-drinkable beer... not too heavy on flavor, but about average taste... crisp, refreshing... good for a hot summer day... All in all, not exciting or wonderfully appealing, but a good beer to kick back with some friends... a sociable brew but don't look for much in terms of flavor or character...

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.68/5  rDev +38.9%
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 DavidSeanNJ
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this brew on tap at a local baseball game.

A- Goldeny straw yellow color- cloudy and hazy.

S- Smelled of grains and straw

T- Hint of piney flavors- lots of grains and natural earthy flavors

M- Smooth- carbonation bubbles.

D- A sessionable lager- nothing that will wow you or make you search high and low for the beer. It was somewhat enjoyable while enjoying a baseball game on a hot summer night.

Not bad, support local beers!

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

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 sail.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a grassy, yellow body with a small, white head. The retention is prettt fast, but the remaining lacing is pretty good. The smell was very malty and sweet. The taste was not as malty as the smell and it tasted a little sweet, like a pilsner. The mouthfeel could have been a bit thicker; it felt fairly thin. Overall, this is an easy going beer and very drinkable. A little like a Czech pils, but not as sweet and definitely not as thick. Its light and refreshing characteristics makes it a good beer to drink.

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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 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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Photo of BeerRun13
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a 99% clear golden straw with a spotty/loose white head and some lace.
Malty behind a quite noticeable floral hoppy aroma. Nice nose.
One hoppy lager. Reminds me of a Pale Ale with a cleaner finish. Good malty balance and soft bitterness.
Light bodied and just above moderately carbonated. Bitterness seems to evaporate to a super clean finish.
Very nice, easy drinking, hopped up lager.

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

Very pale, straw color-carbonation level looks a bit low. Low aroma-somewhat crisp and clean smelling. Malty flavor with a decent balance of hop bitterness. Nice crisp flavor. Reminds me of a decent Eur pils. Good balance between the two. Body could use a kick in the pants. Overall very drinkable and enjoyable. have wanted to try this brewery for a while since it is close to where I am from. Good effort.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Phatz
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately this was a low point of the Stoudt's Microbrew Fest for me. I found this to be a sour lager with really no discernable flavors other than a boring wimpy malt and sour aftertaste. It is not an appalling beer just not exciting either. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth but with out any taste what good is mouthfeel. I'll give this beer another shot but I poured out my last swig to replace it with something that had more substance.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of dherling
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is like a clutch hitter. The appearance, smell, and finish were nothing to get excited about, but there beer actually tasted pretty damn good. Cricket Hill Lager poured cloudy with a head thinner than Nicole Richie (ouch, zinger). The nose was nearly non-existen, with the exception of a faint apricot. As I tasted the beer, I got an initial hop bite that I wasn't expecting, then the palate launched into peach, apricot, and papaya. It finished a tad syrupy, with a slightly cloying fruityness that lingered.

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Photo of jaluria
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden, translucent color with plenty of carbonation and a thick, white colored head that remained intact for minutes. Aromas of hops, malt, along with floral accents. The taste was very light and flowery with a bit of hop bitterness to match the sweet malt. The carbonation added texture to this thin, soft brew. Somewhat refreshing, but not complex or overly flavorful at all. I enjoyed this beer with some nachos and the two worked well together. A decent beer with a soft character that allows it to be enjoyed more than once.

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Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like other Cricket Hill Brews, there's nothing overly spectacular about this lager, but it hits the spot in a solid way. Looks like it should, nice golden slightly orangey color. Smells perfumey, with some grassy hoppyness going on. Tastes fruitier than expected, with more grassy hops and sweet malts going throughout. Mouthfeel was fabulous, just lovely. Very drinkable, another hot day thirst quencher. I'd keep a few in my fridge.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a brilliantly clear, straw-gold color that sits beneath a frothy pale cream colored head that is an ample 2.5 fingers thick in my small tulip glass. The aroma is fairly clean with some spicy herbal notes, a bit of lemon and a clean, sweet grainy maltiness. For a pale lager the aroma is pretty nice, makes it seem refreshing and inviting to drink on a warm summer afternoon. The beer is quite crisp, with an astringent herbal hoppiness that moves to a nice bitterness as the beer passes through my mouth. This beer is quite refreshing; this would be nice on a hot summer’s day. It is certainly a big step up from your standard BMC; I really like the spicy, lemon tinted, herbal hop notes in this beer. The key to this beer is to drink it pretty cold, I can’t see this tasting nearly as well if I allowed it to warm up to even ale temperatures, as is it is a good rendition of the style.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden light straw hued offering topped with an ivory foamy head cap that settles in for the long haul topping off an active carbonation party, leaving a craggy lace coating in the glass.

Metallic woody scents meet some floral leafy aromatic notes.

First swigs: Rather hoppy lager with a bright personality. Metallic middle hard water mineral flavors mesh to a clean finish with a linger of water fountain leafy linger.

Thin to medium body with tight carbonation.

Last swigs: Lightly grainy mineral lager. At least there are no adjunct qualities. Easy drinkability lends to a perfect dust cutter benign lager. Acquired as part of a mixed case from BigTop for $27 including PA sales tax. Spare the speech about Cricket Hill as a convert brew. My friends have a tongue ‘n cheek reference to this brewery that goes like this: Cricket Hill…the brewery that aspires to be Flying Fish!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of ski271
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Medium yellow with a medium-sized, white, foamy head that rapidly diminishes to a film. Very little lacing.

Smell: Mostly malts. Grain, cereal, light yeast and a light floral hops presence.

Taste: Nondescript malts with a slight hoppy crispness, but it’s a little too perfumey for a lager. The finish is medium in duration, metallic and not pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thin body (a bit TOO thin, watery texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Just didn’t enjoy this one. No it’s not awful, but there are far better ones out there. The finish and mouthfeel ruined it for me.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big foamy head goes down slowly. Clear pale yellow beer. 12 oz. bottle with a picture of a cricket. No freshness dating found. Aromas detected were malty with a hint of hops and skunk. Taste was malty, with slight spice, possible hint of corn. Lightly bitter finish with a strange aftertaste of raw hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Sure you could drink a lot of this beer, but why would you. An average offering in my opinion.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an average looking, medium golden colour with a moderate to thin head that quickly dissolves to nothing.

The smell is a bit more enticing with a sweet chalky base to it, some faint citrus notes, and obvious malt presence.

The flavour isn't much more than slightly above average, It pretty much echoes the charateristics of the smell, though its a bit more bland than the smell was. There's not much more to say than that. Mouthfeel is what you'd expect, and nothing to rave about.

This one is very basic and has no real flaws, but isn't really enticing at all either. It'd be a nice brew to begin converting macro drinkers, I think. Aside from maybe stocking up on this for a party to do just that, I don't really think I'll be drinking much of this brew anytime soon.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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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East Coast Lager from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.37 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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