Beach Haus Classic American Pilsner | Beach Haus Brewery

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Beach Haus Classic American PilsnerBeach Haus Classic American Pilsner

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Beach Haus Brewery
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 94
Photo of TopherBreski
2.01/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful color and carbonation with a head that lingers forever. Good smell as well. But this beer tastes horrible. It's so pale and bitter. So horrible.

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Photo of 57md
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden straw color that is slightly darker than the average AAL. The white head dissipates rather quickly but leaves some lace behind nonetheless. The nose is indicative of the pilsner malt used. The flavor follows the nose.

This offering is a notch above the average AAL. It is nothing to write home about but it lacks that distinctive corn essence that is so annoying in most AALs. I suppose that makes it something pleasant to drink in copious quantities at a beach party - but that is about it.

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Photo of DuncanIdaho86
4.46/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a fresh pint of this poured from the tap at a beer dinner at a new speakeasy in my area and it exceeded my expectations - maybe I set the bar too low for pilsners.

The rep there was from the company which helped as he was actually engaging and super knowledgable about the beer ( this guy had hops for me to sniff!) The ale was clean and clear from the pour and had all the substance of a real beer.

Smell? Semi-sweet. Kinda cereal, like Special K but actually looking forward to consuming it.

Taste? Is where the gravy is. It starts off sweet but you get a bite of bitterness too and then it drops off. Clean finish.

Me gusta.

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Photo of GreenEyes285
4.67/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beach Haus is an excellent pilsner! The color is a rich straw golden color. The taste is refreshing and full of lively flavor. A great way to get Miller Lite drinkers to break into craft beers yet not totally outside of their comfort zone! East Coast Beer did a great job bring back the American pilsner from extinction!

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Photo of AndrewBV
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PJ, a rep from Beach Haus, came to the store I work at on the night that we had a tasting. Thanks for being really nice and professional, and for providing insight into the brewery expansion process to staff and customers who had questions about it, myself included. It was a fun night with great beer from a brewery I had otherwise not heard of.

The Classic American Pilsner was my favorite of the three offerings (the others being the Cruiser IPA and Winter Rental Schwarzbier). It had a standard appearance for the style, with a bit more of a pleasant yeasty and grainy smell than I expected out of an American pilsner, although I admittedly don't drink them too frequently. That smell continued into the taste, which made for a very nice offering. Crisp mouthfeel as expected made for an overall enjoyable and easy drinking beer.

It's not the kind of beer that'll blow anyone's world, but for something that I'd never heard of before, it's a very nice casual beer to replace the BMC staples. This may end up being my light summer beer when the time comes. Good luck, Beach Haus!

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a white head that thins and stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy with a mild floral/grassy hop touch.

The taste is clean - some sweetness with a touch of floral dryness in the crisp finish. Pretty smooth.

Not a bad easy-drinking "American Pilsner". A decent choice over the BMC lagers.

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Photo of rickster71
2.12/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

They aren't brewed at the Jersey Shore. It's contract brewed in Rochester, New York, by a company that also produces Magic Hat and Genesee and imports Labatt’s.

Found it to be just OK. Wouldn't seek it out again. It may be a stepping stone for beer drinkers looking for something better than the usual lite beers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall bright white head that reduces to a film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some hints of grains (and a slight hint of sweetness). There is a light amount of earthy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready malts along with some graininess and perhaps a hint of wheat. There is a light to moderate presence of earthy hops that gives a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: This beer was much better than I expected (I did not have high expectations for this beer since there were very few reviews and an average score that I saw when shopping). I found this beer easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light gold with no foam (or very little). Hazy, partially see through. Fruity smell & bubblegum too. Malt and straw taste, some citrus. Pilsy hop close. Light and breezy. Smooth. Strong carbonation, more so than expected. Nice beer - easy but flavorful.

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Photo of confer
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright yellow, not totally clear. Weak head, no lacing
S- Faint sweet aroma
T- Sweet start then a ginger-ale like burn, faint hop bitterness in the aftertaste.
MO- Light and dry finish. This is pretty much a real average beer. I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger white head with nice tight bubbles. Loads of carbonation. Crystal clear and straw colored. Laced nicely.

S: slight sweetness, slight earthiness. All mellow.

T: snappy and crisp. Really refreshing. Nice carbonation. Leans more towards hop bitterness. Not much sweet malt. Bitterness is earthy.

M: balance of sweet an dry finish. Carbed nicely.

O: great pilsner. Love the carbonation and crispness.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden in color with about half inch of bubbly white head which recedes to a thin white lace. Smells malty with lots of biscuit scents coming through.

drinking the beer itself is nice. It has a breads sweetness in the middle and finishes with a moderate hop presence. The beer is light bodied heavily carbonated and easy to drink. Definitely a good brew to convert the adjunct lager drinker to the craft world. It has the tastes he'll know, but just done cleaner and better.

This is an extremely clean easy drinking session beer with decent flavor and I just want to remind everyone how hard it is to craft as clean a pilsner as this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Saw this in the fridge at my parent's house and figured why not. Served in a pisener glass.

a - Pours a clear medium yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of grain, corn, wheat, and a little sweet. Not a lot going on and pretyt bland, though not offensive.

t - Tastes of grain, bready malts, biscuit, wheat, and light hops. A definite step up from the nose and the hops save it a bit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a sllightly below average beer. Better thanmost BMC alternatives, but not something to really seek out. Not much going on in the nose at all and the taste is average.

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Photo of cmq103
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: An agressive pour results in a small bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The golden color is what was expected with a pilsner. Minimal lacing present as my glass emptied.

Smell: I really didn't get much on the nose at all. Maybe a hint of lemon grain zest.

Taste: Very mild for a pilsner with a bit of sweetness followed with a very mild bitter finish. Defintely a ligher pilsner than I'm accustomed to, especially after enjoying Victory Prima Pils and Sam Adams Noble Pils.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was lively but not enough to compensate for its lack of flavor. Easy drinking but a tad bit light in body.

Overall: I can see this being a reasonable alternative summer beer. One that is easy going down with moderate flavor that won't weigh you down. I don't think I would go out of my way to buy it again. I was happy to try another beer brewed in my home state. Triumph Brewery Princeton, Flying Fish and Riverhorse would be what I would seek out locally, in that order.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a yellow color lager with an average size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt with some cereal also being noticeable. Taste is also a mix between some lightly sweet cereal notes with a subtle dry finish. Body is average with good carbonation. Still to sweet in my opinion to be a true pilsner.

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Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this on tap at a local Applebees, so I said, why not, lets try this. I hear constant ads for it on the radio, so I was a bit skeptical about it. It is all over the place here in NJ.

Appearance: Light golden color, decent white head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Very clean light malts

Taste: Again, light malty flavors, biscuity, not bad for a summer beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium to full carbonation

Overall: Not bad, I'd drink it again. Probably the best beer marketed towards the beach crowd. Not going to win any awards in my book, but it seems to do a basic beer rather well. At least it should be a good gateway craft (this is craft, right?)

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Photo of Suds
3.42/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a slightly hazy golden colored beer. Moderately sized head. Its appearance is not really pilsener-esque. Decent aroma...pale malt and continental hops. There could be a bit more malt, and the hops are not quite fresh enough. Nice flavor, however...lots of sweetness up front that are quickly balanced with a sharp, hop bitterness. Clean and fresh. The body is medium-full in heft, with a crisp and enjoyable finish.

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Photo of magnj
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Twisty cap. High carbonation produces a massive head which quickly subsides to a nice frothy barrier 1 finger in height. Body is a very light yellow, nice clear complexion.

S - Even a bit warm this smells extremely clean. Really not much going on except a vague grain nose and slight butter.

T - Again this is really clean. Some flavor to it but a bit hard to describe. Compared to another Pils I have in the fridge (American interpretation of a German Pils) this one is much less bitter, less grainy and bready, more butter in the finish (not a lot), overall smoother.

M/D - Full body is accentuated by low carbonation (although the pour was fizzy). Not sticky but doesn't scream refreshing. Overall a surprisingly enjoyable beer. Very clean and a great lead off brew for what I hope becomes a successful brewery.

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Photo of crafbrewwhore
1.86/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured a bright yellow, with not much head retention.
The taste and mouth feel were off big time.
To be honest it tasted like sweaty gym socks.

Should have just consumed the calories and had an IPA instead.

Sorry, I'm ftom Jersey, but I think this brew has alot to be desired. Think they have some work to do before they expand to any other styles. Perfect one then move on.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being a Jersey Shore guy, I was excited to give this beer a try.

It pours a deep gold color, the head fades away quickly and no lacing was present.

Medium bodied, seems much heavier than your typical macro lagers. Not sure what the ABV is but I am sure it is a little higher than average.

With a name like Beach Haus, I was expecting a lighter, more drinkable beer.
This would not be my first choice after a hot day on the beach.

It is easy to drink, but has some bitterness to it.

It is more full bodied and complex than your typical American beer.

It is a nice beer, not outstanding.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass from the host. This was from a dinner that I attended at Uno's Brewery.

Very pale looking decent head. Decent lacing.

Very nice smell, bitterness, some grass and hops.

Crisp, fresh and tasty. Tastes like a light lager. A grassy, nice bitterness at the end. A bready maltiness like buttered biscuits.

Feels nice... Somewhat carbonated, feels good. Light body.

This is meant to be consumed in large amounts. A total Summer Beer!

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As I've gotten more into craft brews and discovering the world of beer, once in awhile I still desire a crips lighter beer which isn't exactly the norm in the independent brewery sect.

Beach Haus is exactly that - a nice light lager which is perfect for summer.

It certainly reminds you of a Miller Lite, but it has a little more body and hops to it.

It's not going to win any craft brewery awards, but I enjoyed it. I'll get it again next time I'm down at the Jersey Shore.

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Photo of FollowedMyFolly
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

American Pilsners are a great way to convert the "Miller Light" drinkers of the U.S. It's a nice beer to drink on a sunny warm day. Haus has a very crisp taste and is very easy to drink. Hope that it stays as local brewers in Jersey and they Don't sell sell sell!

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a large white head over a clear sparkling dark yellow brew that keeps the head going for awhile and produces some nice lacing. Light malty flowery aroma. Flavor begins slightly sweet with a light hop flavor and bitterness quickly fading to finish with some bitterness of average duration. Medium-full body that holds the palate. Really clean beer, would like to see a little more hop flavoring and presence.

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Photo of benz08
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just a simple classic american pilsner. I actually had this beer at the Belmar Beer on the Pier Festival, which I believe was the debut for Beach Haus. As a beer on a whole this beer is really just average. As an american pilsner is quite above average. You can't compare this to all of the great Eastern Pennsylvania brewery pilsners(victory prima pils, sly fox pikeland pils) because those are really a different style. Beach Haus almost tastes like there are no hops whatsoever. This is just the perfect beer to drink on a warm day in your backyard or at the beach. And it better be considering the brewery is in a beach town on the Jersey shore. I wish them much luck in the future and look forward to more ridiculously drinkable craft beers.

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