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Northern Light Lager - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Northern Light LagerNorthern Light Lager

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70
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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of TimRasmussen
5/5  rDev +70.6%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 6/26/14. (yeah, I know this is the 3rd one this evening but oh well. Sometimes go several days without doing a review or there ya go!) :) Bottle chilled own to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a pretty golden honey in color with about a half-finger of a white head. Some spotty lacing is seen that sticks to the glass. The aroma is of wheat with a touch of honey. The taste is even more flavorful with more of a honey taste. Crisp and smooth actually with a slight tangy finish. No bitter aftertaste. This is a good brew.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw the Light with a shaker pint.

Appearance- I only get a measly white film from an aggressive pour. The body is a transparent and pale golden-yellow. Just an explosion of carbonation is at work in the body.

Smell- There is a nice biscuit malt coming through the sparkling drink. I also enjoy the floral and slightly estery hop profile, although rather soft. This is a clean and honey - sweet nose.

Taste- The front of the drink promises a malty adventure. The biscuit malt pairs nicely with the honey that shows at the front of the palate. Then the drink gives up that estery hop noted on the nose.

The lager finishes with almost no bitterness and more of the sweet malt. There is also a slightly grassy character.

As the drink warms, it gives off more a cereal and wheat adjunct finish that is not nearly as pleasant.

Mouth feel- The carbonation is overdone and contributes to more fizz than is needed. The body is light to medium. Obviously, the fizziness is not appreciated.

Overall- This lager was pretty decent. Letting this one warm is a bad idea as it gets to be more and more like an adjunct. What keeps this one aloft is the really nice honey malt and slight hop touch.

If it finished smoother, I think this one could garner some more positive attention than what has been seen so far.

Photo of yankinwis
3.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Chisfinest84
3.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Mississipping
3.73/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Completely clear light yellow-golden color with very little head that settles to no film and a small ring.  Light level of lacing is left behind. 

S: Yeasty, bready, and a ton of honey.  As far as beer goes, it's like smelling a honeycomb.  That's about it. 

T: Honey right up front, but it's not completely overwhelming.  Malty and bready, giving it a little complexity, but there's not a whole lot there.  Maybe a touch of caramel as well.  What is there, though, is pretty pleasant, for what it is.  

M: Lighter side of medium bodied with ample carbonation.  Thin, but still feels nice on the palate.  Sweet up front with a touch of grassiness at the finish to round things out.

D: Nothing special, however, it's quite enjoyable.  A good beer for this time of year, kicking back and watching some football on the weekends.  They go down easily, and can be enjoyed by a wide range of people.  

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of benteach
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow color. Good head retention, but not much lacing. Good carbonation.
Smell is not very strong. Light malt, some grainy scents.
Taste is light but well balanced. Very easy to drink. It is a good selection for someone who does not like to take risks with their beer selection.
Did taste a bit watery. The restaurant labeled it as "creamy and smooth." Smooth = yes, creamy = no.
Overall it was a good light beer.

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of mkf629
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of Derrill
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of buckfever5
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of WestHam973
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of KateK
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of BenSnowden
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of Joefisherman
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of RCLOHR267
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of beernut7
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This light ale has a prominent buttery sweet aroma and flavor with almost no bitter quality and a bit of a watery body. Not a bad go at the becoming-more-popular-every-day micro-brewed light beer.

Photo of t0rin0
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled 10/9/2010 at the brewpub.

Pours clear yellow, white head, not much lace or retention. Lots of bubbles coming up.

Aroma is malt, water, booze, and that's about it. Maybe a splash of honey.

Flavor is very light, slight malt, low bitterness, maybe a splash of rice. No hop flavor present.

Body is light and highly carbonated, as it is supposed to be. Drinkable, nothing inherently wrong with it other than the lack of flavor.

Photo of pourmeadrink
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Fargrow
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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Northern Light Lager from Granite City Food & Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.