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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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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 18.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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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TimRasmussen

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +70.1%

05-18-2012 17:50:51 | More by TimRasmussen
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +36.1%

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.

06-27-2014 00:44:35 | More by BeerWithMike
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev +29.3%

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.

01-14-2012 22:27:50 | More by Pintofbrown
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yankinwis

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

08-25-2012 18:51:16 | More by yankinwis
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Chisfinest84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

06-03-2012 21:44:22 | More by Chisfinest84
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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.73/5  rDev +26.9%

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.  

10-02-2011 01:04:47 | More by Mississipping
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morimech

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +21.8%

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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benteach

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

07-12-2009 22:44:56 | More by benteach
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +19%

01-24-2012 18:05:37 | More by sgttibbs
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mkf629

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev +19%

04-05-2014 04:13:02 | More by mkf629
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buckfever5

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +19%

07-07-2014 17:36:19 | More by buckfever5
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KateK

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +19%

01-28-2013 03:42:42 | More by KateK
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BenSnowden


3.5/5  rDev +19%

04-22-2012 16:43:36 | More by BenSnowden
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Joefisherman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +19%

07-04-2012 13:53:14 | More by Joefisherman
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RCLOHR267

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +19%

02-18-2014 21:39:00 | More by RCLOHR267
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FlussigkeitMut

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +19%

04-15-2014 04:10:58 | More by FlussigkeitMut
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

08-01-2002 00:42:39 | More by beernut7
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t0rin0

California

3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

11-12-2010 05:33:26 | More by t0rin0
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pourmeadrink

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

08-13-2014 14:38:09 | More by Fargrow
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

04-18-2014 04:30:04 | More by Beerlover
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butleram4


3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

08-01-2012 04:20:26 | More by butleram4
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2013 01:38:12 | More by Kerrie
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +8.2%

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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Northern Light Lager from Granite City Food & Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.