Dominion Beach House Golden Pilsner | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
82
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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 IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. A lot of white-colored head is formed, at around two fingers high. Retention is pretty solid, with webs of lacing being left on the glass.

S: There's definitely Saaz in here - that grassiness is unmistakable. As it opens up slightly, a gentle fruity sweetness appears. Crackery malts and mild diacetyl appear throughout. It doesn't set the world on fire aromatically, but it hits my preferences for a pilsner really well.

T: It starts with a mild malt sweetness, while the finish is pretty much Saaz grassiness. It goes down superbly, plain and simple. Still, some of the bitterness could be balanced out better, and some of the malts could be - if not richer - more defined in flavor.

M: Really damn crisp and light. It really is effortless, and it doesn't rely on excess carbonation to get the job done. The feel itself is nicely balanced - not too sweet nor too biting.

O: Nothing special, but wow is it easy to drink. I could easily drink a six pack, so something right was done here. Still, it's far from my favorite pilsner.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: This was drunk from a bottle, as it should be.
S: It smelled like mild grassy hops and bready yeast. Not much to the nose.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and some light lemony citrus hops with sweet bready yeast.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a very clean and crisp summer beer that was super easy to drink and fairly refreshing. Nothing exciting about it at all, but good to have on the beech or after mowing the lawn, etc.

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Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up as a single sampler. It had a respectable appearance. Smell seemed a little off for a pilsner. Taste was not that good as it was metalic and bitey. All in all this wasn't one of the better pilsners I've had. Not very refreshing and noble hop flavors were not as pleasant as some of the other better crafted pilsners I've had.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of argock
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a plastic clear pint glass. Purchased as 6-pack at Giant for $6.99.

A: Straw yellow with mounting white 1-2 finger head with below-average retention and no lacing.

S: Barely any smell for the style with graininess and minimal to no noble hops types of aromas.

T: Flavor is light and inobtrusive with light toasted pale malt graininess and very mild spicy hops contribution. Is not especially crisp and is not really up to par for the style.

M: Clean and medium-to-high carbonation with minimal aftertaste.

D: I hope this is not a harbinger of the kind of beers the "new" Dominion lineup is going to consist of. Low flavor with ad gimmicks -- thankfully a low price, but maybe a case of "you get what you pay for" here.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Sure we drink lagers all year long, but in the heat of the summer we live to drink a nice, crisp Pilsner. An easy but smart choice for Old D to brew up was a Czech Pils as their summer seasonal. Three fingers of white froth grabs visual attention, and the lacing garners the same amount with a whole lot of clinging action going on. Bright midday sun-yellow color with the proper clarity. Aromas of dried grass and crushed white grapes with a light bready note in the rear. More than enough crispness to get by, smooth and semi-slick moderate size body. Big hop presence with a heavy hand of sweet floral hop oil to kick things off, maltiness comes off a bit dry with a moist biscuit flavor in the beginning and more cracker-like flavor in the finish. Grape skin and bitter herb in the center. The bitterness of the hops weighs strong on the malt with a spicy flavor, yet does not throw the beer out of balance.

Beach House knocks the hops out of pretty much any imported Czech Pilsner. Yeah, freshness helps, but a near perfect balance and the fact that it's brewed right to style make this one a winner all around.

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Photo of hopdog
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Capones.

Poured a medium yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas of grains with some grassiness. Tastes of the same graininess, grassy, and verly light caramel. I found the body to be on the weaker and somewhat watery side. Some lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rhettroactive for forcing the issue on this one!

A. Pours a lovely pale straw with a nice golden undertone. Two fingers of beautiful and pillowy eggshell white head quickly settles to a half finger. Excellent and consistent lacing. Top notch looking pils here.

S. Wow, a really pleasant nose of freshly baked bread, like a baguette fresh out of the oven. Also a nice, sweet, semi-citrusy hop profile. Very floral aromas combine with dry crackers to create a very pleasing bouquet. Very very nice.

T. Lots of spent grains, some floral and lightly spicy hops, tempering caramel malts, and a bit of a dry, grassy finish.

M. Light, crisp, clean, refreshing, well-carbed. Really a nice balance here and near perfect integration.

O. Don't sleep on Dominion. They are still producing some excellent brews and this is absolutely one of them. Great recommendation, Rhett, and a must-try pilsner for anyone living in a city that gets above 90 degrees in the summer.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dsshuck
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DIM
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a jerked pork taco.

I found a nice, mineraly hop bite and a pleasantly crisp bready maltiness. No off flavors to speak of.

This won't make me forget all of my favorite PA pilsners, but this was damn good.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden in color with a smallish white head thats pretty dense. aromas of lite spicy hops and pilsner malts come through.
Taste is malty with a dry spiceness. very sutle hop. Tart and puckering in the mouth.
Not a bad beer but seems to lack flavor feels washed out.

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Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of DRBiser
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out a clear gold yellow colour, and had a mainly malty nose with floral hops. The smell slightly reminded me of a barley wine. This beer seemed malty for a pilsner, and I could also taste those floral hops I smelled earlier. The flavors were overall bright and good, but did not fit my construct of a pilsner.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

This one's a little darker than average than your typical pilsner, but only by a little. Light honey-like amber hue with a dense two finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Slightly grassy, more herbal notes, with a touch of spiciness. The malts are sweet and slightly toasty.

The malts exhibit the same toastiness as the aroma, giving an every so slight caramel flavor. The hops are pretty sharp, giving a strong bitterness and a little citrus. Light bodied, with a slightly acerbic finish toward the end.

An okay pilsner, and I prefer the ones with a little lighter and crisper malt flavor. The hops have a perfume-like in the aroma, and biting in the flavor, which I think is the better half of the beer. The malts need a little work.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CCutch
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Act25
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting brewer.
A: May win best looking pilsner next to Dogfish Imperial. Hazed golden body, with a 2 finger, merengue white head, that lasts and laces.
S: Pitch perfect grassiness. Inviting. clean crackery body, with pine and yeast evident. A bit laid back.
T: Refreshing, follows smell, but more so. Ample herbal/pine bitterness on the finish. With fine notes of honey, pine, lemon, grass. White Crackers, almost saltines. Clean.
F: Clean finish. Really enjoyable. Great food beer. A bit fizzy.

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Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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