Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
good
106 Ratings
Dominion Beach House Golden PilsnerDominion Beach House Golden Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Bohemian Pilsner, brewed with all natural ingredients, is crisp and refreshing, making it a perfect beach companion. Go Bohemian this Summer and take a case of our Beach House to your beach house.

Added by timtim on 04-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest, though fluffy head that delivers nicely in the lacing department

Smell: Grassy hops with a slight bready undertone

Taste: A bit of bread and then a surprisingly herbal, grassy bitterness overwhelms; while there is a bit of malt balance after the swallow, the hop bill is dominant and leaves an aspirin bitterness in the aftertaste; bone dry throughout

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: The hops are surprisingly vivid but the beer needs more balance; not a bad stab at the style for a domestic pilsner

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/29/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of earthy herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean in flavor as well with minimal yeast ester presence. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsener style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Dominion's Beach House pours a deep golden body beneath a massive head of frothy white that holds exceptionally well and leaves rather nice lacing about the glass (I really wasn't expecting that).

The aroma offers doughy malt with an odd bit of diacetyl thrown in, and a background of spicy and grassy hops.

The flavor starts with gently sweetish malt at the tip of the tonuge, and that buttery note is still present, but it's not as prominent as it was in the aroma. Across the middle and into the finish the hops really kick in. They're spicy and grassy, and even a bit resinous or piney. Combined with a solid bitterness the take you to a dry and hoppy, lingering finish.

Apart from the diacetyl, which hopefully is a single batch error, this is a pretty decent Czech-style pils. The malt is at the right level, bitterness is at the right level, and the hop flavors are at the right level. A little bit more hops in the nose would be nice, but OK. It's nicely balanced, and there's enough character to keep it interesting beyond one. Nice.

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Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Attractive appearance with the yellow color and frothy head which lasts pretty well. Pleasantly carbonated. Green pepper flavor with a wisp of bready malt. Quite fragrant in the nose.

The resiny hop taste is quite prominent. A touch of the metallic and stony. An herbal sort of bitterness at the finish. This seems quite sharp and tangy with a lemon peel taste. Not as quaffable for a light beer, as you might like, though it has plenty of hops for those who like more bite. From the 12 oz bottle out of the cooler at Whole Foods in DC.

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2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Outlet liquors & wines in Rehoboth Beach DE. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a pils glass bottled on May 2009.

A - A crystal clear golden colored lager w/ 2 fingers of rocky white crowning. Rings of lace cling after the head settles, bubbles rise incessantly as lace collects

S - A fragrance of equal parts hop and malt burst out as soon as the pils is poured- very fresh malt which has a slight scent of dough and a mild fruity hop aroma

M - Crisp malty and highly effervescent w/ mildly bitter citrus tinged feel w/ a dry slightly spicy finish

T - The taste is sweet w/ hop flavors up front and the malt supports the edgy hops that are herbal and floral w/ juicy grassiness. The taste is sweet yet an earthy spiciness pervades the finish. Mild cracker and lemony taste effects the flavor in a good way making for a refreshing pils.

D - A very good pilsner w/ fresh hoppy taste and a crisp/quaffable quality. I enjoyed this lager a lot, don't pass it up.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm, Pilsnahhh, as my Bostonian pals might say.

The finger + of thick, bone-white head sat atop the beer like puffy clouds on an afternoon in mid-spring. The color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was slightly sweet with a cotton candy-like scent. Interesting. Mouthfeel was medium and there was no sweetness on the tongue. This was super dry, like the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara desert! Whew. Breathtakingly dry, literally. I was NOT expecting that. Described on the label as "Our Bohemian Pilsner", it did not lack for Saaz hops either on the tongue or on the finish. I was left gasping for air. More please, sir and pass the pitcher of water while you are at it. I may need to rehydrate after this one.

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3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender rolls forth. This abettor pours a clear pale straw topped by a fairly thick finger or so of white froth. The nose is nearly nonexistent...I think some flowers are getting through, but that's about it. The taste comprises wheat, corn, flowers, and a slight bit of tin. The body is very light, with a light carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, an average pils, really nothing especially good or bad here.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at McGillins this past weekend. Light golden straw color with a smallish bone white head. Sweet malty bready aroma with a hint of spicy hops. Light bready honey like sweet malty taste with a hint of tartness to it. Decent pilsner but not nearly as refined or as cleanly fermented as some classic examples.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow color with a slight head.

Smell: Grass and hops .

Taste: Slightly sweet I can't really taste the hops in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and smooth. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Ok pilsener but not in the class of Prima Pils due to the underwhelming hop characteristics of this beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a bit of tangy tone to this one. Also a lot of ink to it as well. Hoppy spices are clogging things up as well. The whole combination makes it much more robust and intense than I would like for a lager. Doesnt seem to have any level of restraint at all. There is nothing refreshing about this beer.

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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass dated April 19th 2012.

A real brassy gold and orange colored body, super crystal clear with lots of cola sticking carbonation on the glass, with an occasional bubbles bursting to the surface rather quickly. Head is big and rocky, with some good sized bubbles and white as can be.
Pretty solid, just wish there were some more finer bubbles in the body.

Wonderful pilsner malt and honey action. Some grassy bitter hop and a bit of phenols. Seems a bit astringency might be coming. Smells solid and refreshing.

Palate is sort of muted and small. Dull crispness a bit, not much of a malt presence in the middle of the palate, finishes fairly clean with a good body, even some density. Bitterness doesn't seem to translate nicely, nor sense of hop and tangyness either.

Overal long story short, not too many complaints, but can't say I am excited about this one.

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Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Latarnik
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of JohnParadee
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of tigg924
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Average to slightly below average hoppier pilsner. The earthy hops do not seem to mesh well with the pilsner malt. Decent beach beer, but I prefer others in the style.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly dulled gold color, little head. Scent is fairly weak and clean and gives notes of bread, grass and caramel. Taste leads with a unsatisfying combination of bread and grass, quite earthy and muddy, back has notes of the caramel, light herbal quality. Light to medium bodied, light in carbonation. Lacks the crisp, clean bite found in many pilsners, the malt and hop quality seems sub par.

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Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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