Beach Chair Lager | Prince Edward Island Brewing Company

Beach Chair LagerBeach Chair Lager
34 Ratings
Beach Chair LagerBeach Chair Lager

Brewed by:
Prince Edward Island Brewing Company
Prince Edward Island, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beach Chair Lager is the first canned craft beer ever produced in Atlantic Canada.

An ode to malt and hops, our approachable craft lager is made with only top quality Canadian Pilsner malts, spicy European noble hops, and lager yeast. After lengthy cold-conditioning, the resulting clean character allows the malt and hops to sing out! Grab a chair and sing along.

Added by PEIBeerGuy on 05-27-2012

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Reviews by PEIBeerGuy:
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2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just a note: this brew has improved in quality a bit in the last year, in my opinion. There's nothing to rave about, but nothing to hate about it either. It's a solid-enough lager these days. (edited May 25/2013)
The first time I had it:
It is really pale in the pour, but dark enough in the glass. It has a decent head, but looks light - it reduces to a sliver of a white ring in not too long of a time. It is perfectly clear and has some light carbonation in the glass.

It has a bit of a rice smell to it, despite none being used. Light, dried-grassy hops. A slight spicy note (could be the grassy hops smell at play).

So... how's it taste? Not really bad, but not great. It's just kind of bland. Really, though, maybe that's the plan. I can't say the last time I sat at the beach and drank a fantastic beer. This is more of a "Holy Hell, it's hot, I need something wet," "What should we take on our fishing trip that won't break?" or "Let's go tan and drink at the same time" kind of beer. You're not going to be thinking critically when you drink it, like I am right now - it's just a beer that you'd have at the beach, a BBQ, whatever. Because it's not strong in flavour, it'd go with a lot of things. It's utilitarian... kind of like my wife's review: "It tastes like that last drink in the bottom of the bottle that's been sitting there all night and you gulp it down before you leave for the bar or something." All that being said, it's drinkable. Just not notable. Lots of folks (most, probably) will think it's fine, and that's great. I just wish it was great, too.

In the mouth, it's very light in body and carbonation, just slightly bitter and a little acidic / tangy.

Overall, I think you get my gist. I pull for every local brewer (PEI and Atlantic Canada) to succeed with every offering, but, of course, that's unrealistic. A good commercial lager's a hard thing to pull off - strong points are usually subtle, and any weaknesses are hard to mask. I hope the brewery does well with it, but I hope they improve it, too. My main fear is wondering who will pay (other than tourists) $3.25 for a single can of this when they can get something mass-market in a sixer or more for much cheaper per unit.

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

355ml can, thanks again to the Alberta rep for the sample of a now muddled to me brand - is the PEI Brewing Company the same thing as Gahan House? Give me a reason to care.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden straw colour, with a tumultuous amount of airily puffy, loosely creamy, dirty white head, which leaves a pleasantly splendiferous painting of layered cloud lace around the glass as things quickly head south.

It smells of surprisingly crisp, biscuity pale malt, a decent lemon ester fruitiness, and understated, but still sassy leafy, grassy hops. The taste is a bit of letdown (what is it with this brewery?), as the malt loses its crispiness, the lemon essence damned near disappears, and the hops barely hold on to more than a measly note of their heretofore promising Saaz-esque self.

The bubbles are generally active and sturdy enough, the body an actually decent medium weight for this usually anemic style, and smooth enough if you don't think all that hard about it. It finishes barely off-dry, the malt gaining little fervour, and the hops, in their near zombie state, force the same sort of un-dead fear on the proceedings one might expect.

Not the worst beach-themed pale lager that I've encountered, by a long mile. The malt and hop interplay is indeed there, but unpredictable at best, and opportunity lost seems to be the lesson I take from this. Given that this comes in 12-packs in these parts, it's a bit hard to recommend this at 30+ Canuckbucks a shot, when you can get 15 Brewhouse Pils (an adequate overall equivalency - if you doubt me - let's throw down!) for 10 ducats less right now.

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Photo of Zach-Schattenkirk
4/5  rDev +18.7%

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

Photo of CurtisD
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can purchased at TBS; packaged Apr 29 2017 and served well chilled.

Pours a clear, sunny golden-blonde colour, generating nearly one finger of loose, soapy white foam that fizzles off within the next 90 seconds or so. A sickly-thin collar remains, as do a few wisps upon the surface, but unfortunately there is no lacing whatsoever. The nose largely consists of clean, grainy pale barley malts, with lighter notes of doughy biscuit sweetness, grassy hay and spicy continental hops. It's a simple aroma, but that's hardly out of the ordinary for American pale lagers.

A passable, unexciting session lager. The flavours aren't much more varied than the aroma, with cereal grains, bready, crackery barley malt and light honey sweetness comprising the bulk of the profile. The remaining gaps are filled in with hints of grassy hay and vaguely floral hops, culminating in a grainy-sweet finish that fades within a second or two; only moderately clean-tasting. Light in body, with assertive carbonation that results in a crisp, pleasing texture. Very easy to knock back, and not really interesting enough to be qualified for anything else.

Final Grade: 3.41, a B-. PEI Brewing's Beach Chair Lager is a decent effort, but it's probably safe to assume that the average macro beer enthusiast will enjoy it more than I did. There's nothing specifically wrong with it, per se... I just find it to be very one-dimensional, and a little too sweet. The premium price point doesn't do it any favours, either - I can't think of any reason to reach for this one again when there are plenty of German/Czech pilseners that beat it out (not only in terms of flavour, but also on price point - or at least, that's the case here in ON). Worth the tick - I mean, it's not every day you see a brew from PEI in this province - but not something I intend to return to.

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2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beach Chair Lager

Prince Edward Island Brewing Company, based in Charlotteown, PEI.

Appearance - Hazy darker yellow coloured. Two fingers of creamy white head which stayed strong throughout.

Smell - Smells strongly of malt, a bittersweet cocophany of organic flavours. Has a certain bitter scent.

Taste - True to it’s heritage, it tasted slightly bitter but otherwise had a distinct lack of strong flavours. Much of the taste is in it’s after-taste, as the bitter outweighs the flavours while it’s in your mouth. Mimics it’s smell very well. All in all, it’s not bad but it’s not noteworthy either.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and thick, like a milkshake. It sits very comfortably post-swallow however.

Overall - What it lacks in taste it makes up for with utilitarianism. It’s a beer that you can pair with anything that doesn’t require a great deal of thought. Having a barbeque and want something everyone will enjoy with a steak? This is it. Looking for a beer with a full bouquet of flavour and aromas to enjoy and savour? Look elsewhere. Two and a Half Stars out of Five.

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3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Courtesy of the inCANperable Deuane, in fact, hand-delivered to me today in support of The CANQuest (TM)! Many thanks, fellow ex-BFG! I wonder if inflatablechair knows about this beer ...

From the CAN: "All Natural"; "From the red cliffs and sandy beaches of Prince Edward Island comes a beer as natural as the island itself - Beach Chair Lager".

I am looking forward to this after so many AALs! Many people call lager-style beers "boring", but they are challenging to make when there is nothing to hide their flaws. My Crack and inverted Glug got me a finger of fizzy, bone-white head that quickly dissipated its way out of existence. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of carbonation in evidence. Midas and Croesus drooled while Greg Koch shook his head. Nose was clean, malty-sweet, honey-like, just what I want in a lager. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was clean, unadulterated lager, slightly sweet with honey-like taste that I mentioned earlier. It may not seem like much to others, but after oh-so-many AALs, the chance to drink adjunct-free lager is cause for celebration in my book. Finish was semi-sweet and pleasant. I would not want a steady diet, but as a change-up, it was nice.

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.2/5  rDev -5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Gahan House as part of the sampler.
Pours a mostly clear pale golden color with a smallish white head.
Aromas of light sweet bready malt with hints of spicy floral hop.
Flavor follows the aroma.
Decent enough lager, but nothing horribly complex.

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Photo of ewpass
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold with modest head. Clean bready nose. A surprising medium malt body and crisp lager finish makes this primo summer drinking on the Island.

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Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of PorterPro125
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Can

A- Pale Yellow colour topped by a macro-esque weak white head. Poor retention.

S- Crackers, bread, and a little bit of funk from what I assume is Saaz hops.

T- Similar to aroma but with more of a hop presence.

M- Light Body and refreshing high carbonation.

O- Excellent local (relatively) Lager that reminds me a lot of Pilsner Urquell. Excellent Malt Flavours and a good dose of hops. Lacklustre head but it doesn't really take away from how good this brew is.

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

I've never had this beer before but my moms in-laws gave me the matching Beach Chair pint glass a ways back so I dumped a 355ml can into it 13/9/13

A clear golden yellow liquid with a shitload of bubbles feeding a very well sustained two finger foam that cakes my glass with lace, looks great

S honey, sweet malts, candied corn and faint herbal notes

T sweet and grainy, not far from the nose, not a whole lot going on but what's there's decent

M plenty of body for a lager, almost creamy from the bubbles and a little slick after the fact with a sweet honey finish

O looks and feels great but a little basic in other areas, pretty good for a simple lager I suppose

I'm glad I got to try the beer that matches a glass that's been sitting in my collection for quite a while. pretty solid example of the style but that still doesn't leave a very exciting brew

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2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to give a clear yellow body with a pearly white head that decays fairly rapidly. The scent is very bready, with a bit of sweetness, and a lot of clean malts. The taste is very malt, with a bit of an almost grassy bitterness, and that very faint sweetness coming through again. It has a fairly clean finish with a nice bit of breadiness included. Really nice lager, perhaps a new regular for lagers???

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Photo of biegaman
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't think the slogan "as natural as (Prince Edward Island) itself" entirely makes sense, but it looks to be true; Beach Chair Lager has a dense cloudiness and iron-willed head, features not likely to be observed were it made with adjuncts, filtered or pasteurized, and it also has the sunniness of island climate (Caribbean, not Atlantic Canadian, but still...)

Beer and bread are both made from yeast and grain so it's not unusual for one to smell like the other. But this one has a notably 'bakery-fresh' bouquet and scents of dough and warm white loafs. It's somewhat comforting, reminiscent of hot toast on a cold winter morning.

Pleasant though it is, this kind of profile is also plain. The first few gulps are incredibly refreshing but once thirst is out of the picture and flavour becomes more of a priority, you're stuck between the moon and Charlottetown. I'm drinking this beer but already thinking of the next one...

Granted most drinkers won't tire of it as quickly as me, and for them the 'next one' will be the same as the first. And I get it - this is a clean, agreeable beer with simple cereal malt and subtle fruit flavours that won't overwhelm or numb any more than they'll offend. I imagine pitchers of Beach Lager are popular, and why not?

Lagers like this are proof that beer is the undisputed everyday, universal alcoholic - the liquid 'salt of the earth'. There's nothing not to like here - casual drinkers, craft drinkers, and copious quantity drinkers are all likely to appreciate this lager for its simplicity, straightforwardness, and sessionability respectively. As advertised, Beach Chair is as nice as a day at the beach!

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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