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Northern Light Lager - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Northern Light LagerNorthern Light Lager

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BA SCORE
70
okay

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 17.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granite City Food & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed to the American standard of a classic lager, this light golden beer is our mildest offering with a creamy, smooth taste.

(Beer added by: BuckeyeNation on 05-23-2007)
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

01-24-2012 18:05:37 | More by sgttibbs
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

07-09-2013 22:10:17 | More by LXIXME
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Brenden

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev +1%

I had reviewed this beer, and BA lost the review within seconds of my leaving it. The finer points:

Pale yellow. Pure white head, moderately sized, pretty good patchy lacing.

Difficulty drawing out a faint aroma. Pale malts, grains, bit of sweetness, touch of grass.

Flavor is malty, pale with some caramel sweetness, grass, light grains undertone, faint hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated, obviously light-bodied, crisp and clean.

08-22-2013 23:35:03 | More by Brenden
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Snow81

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow

Head: Frosty white head that dissipates quickly

Smell: Grass on the nose with subtle sweet malt

Taste: Very sweet malts right up front with caramel and then grassiness on the back

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Little sweet caramel malts

05-26-2011 04:17:59 | More by Snow81
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -4.1%

The Northern Lights Lager had a bit of a bite to it. The beer pours a clear golden yellow with thin white head that dissipates quickly and did not lace. The scent included hop and subtle sweet malt. The taste I thought carried a bit to it. There was some sweetness...but not for very long, the hop really took over and left a sligth aftertaste. I thought the mouthfeel was light body, failry easy to drink. I preferred there IPA for a session to this however.

11-02-2011 00:51:45 | More by WoodBrew
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pourmeadrink

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

11-22-2013 18:07:41 | More by pourmeadrink
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avisong

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

07-29-2012 14:08:06 | More by avisong
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +7.8%

I was feeling pretty thirsty and figured this was worth a try during happy hour. I was pleasantly surprised, though, not that much. It is a light lager, but it resembles a nice all-malt lager. The malt profile is mellow and smooth with a lightly roasted barley taste and a bit of sweetness. Bold it aint, but it does a good enough job at having personality for a light lager.

06-06-2007 04:43:58 | More by tempest
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MNCruzn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev +1.7%

04-25-2012 18:30:31 | More by MNCruzn
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3/5  rDev +1.7%

Pours a very clear, yellow with very little head or carbonation. A light, somewhat sweet taste, difficult to pick out any hops on this one. Watered down, but then again there is "light" in the name. Probably some marketing to get some crossover macro drinkers. Slightly above average.

03-07-2003 12:42:23 | More by GeoffRizzo
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morimech

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +21.4%

Now bottled and labeled Northern Lager.

Clear pale golden color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a film. Light lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of dry, cracker malt and some grassy hops. Very low bitterness which is not really surprising. The malt is dry and gives some decent flavor for a light lager. Just a little grassiness from the hops. Light bodied with lower carbonation than what is typically found in this style. Not as prickly and easier to drink. A nice beer but at this price I would prefer one of their other offerings.

05-01-2011 19:28:22 | More by morimech
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Pours a clear corn yellow with a little to no head that bubbles down to nothing in less than a minute. Tastes a bit watery and has hints of adjuct corn and rice, finishes very clean with little to no traces of what came before it. Was cool to try a growler for the first time though.

01-03-2008 02:17:03 | More by bluemoonswoon
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev +3.4%

Had on tap at Granite City last night. Review from phone notes.

A- Poured a very light watery yellow. It looked like a basic BMC color. Came to me with a 2 finger white head that dies down to nothing leaving lacing that slides down the side of the glass into the beer.

S- Sickly sweet malts to this all over the aroma. There are some grassy earthy tones to it but those come and go with a grainy sweetness. No real alcohol is present in the nose. Aroma comes through very heavy unlike BMC which is why I knocked up half a point.

T- Big sweet malts in the upfront. Light skunked quality to this. The grassy notes in the nose come through and clash with the sweet malts throughout the beer. Light alcohol taste in the tail end of this beer. Flavir was kind of watery on everything too.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. I was glad to see this wasn't huge in carbonation and just enough. Sweet malts were left on the palate after the sip with light grassy notes in the aftertaste. Kind of a watery feel to this beer. Crisp and mostly clean tasting as well.

D- This was a drinkable beer. I think it drinks more like a german pilsner than a light lager but hey I'm not the one who makes up the signs at the brewpub. Nothing great but it's a good starter beer for the night or an inbetween beer to help cleanse the palate.

12-15-2009 23:25:51 | More by alleykatking
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7Durandal7

Michigan

3/5  rDev +1.7%

04-17-2012 00:40:23 | More by 7Durandal7
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emerge077

Illinois

2.18/5  rDev -26.1%

"Brewed and bottled by Granite City Brewing Company, Monroe, WI". Minhas... great :S Julian date code "1020" on the bottom of the bottle.

Picked up this single for the hilariously bad label (a 2-D illustration of what looks to be a young Bette Midler-esque cabaret singer raising a shiny beer, behind a crappy banner with two different typefaces outlining the beer name). Little did I know, the beer is hilariously bad too...

Bright straw gold, one fingers width of white foam that has a soapy, creamy texture to the surface suds. Clarity is sharp, retention is average, with a slight amount of lacing present.

Smells like skunky noble hops at first, then puffed wheat, and creamed corn. Borderline gross as it warms and the creamed corn crashes the party.

Cooked vegetables in the flavor, red flag of DMS. Mellow and buttery, buttered corn and husky grains. Pretty bland with enough off flavors to dump the last bit of the glass. Not recommended, even for the dumb label. This is junk.

11-01-2011 01:49:28 | More by emerge077
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mkf629

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

04-05-2014 04:13:02 | More by mkf629
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

02-23-2013 14:38:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

11-23-2013 19:48:38 | More by jaydoc
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enelson

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

06-21-2014 22:26:14 | More by enelson
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HardWater

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

07-12-2013 17:07:32 | More by HardWater
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marcb105

Michigan

3/5  rDev +1.7%

06-14-2013 02:33:55 | More by marcb105
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yankinwis

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

08-25-2012 18:51:16 | More by yankinwis
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Missouri

3/5  rDev +1.7%

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New York

3/5  rDev +1.7%

12-07-2013 00:45:34 | More by BeerBucks
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Eric908

South Dakota

3/5  rDev +1.7%

04-21-2013 20:01:41 | More by Eric908
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Northern Light Lager from Granite City Food & Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.