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Northern Light Lager - Granite City Food & Brewery

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70
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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 18.37%
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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simmons

New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Bright yellow beer with not much head to it.
Aroma: Heavy malt & corn aroma with no hop nose at all.
Flavor: Nasty corn & malt flavor overpowers everything. fairly unpleasant no other malt characteristics shine through the corn flavor. Very light on hops almost non existing.
Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. This is a smooth beer but as could be balanced out alittle bit more and more detail gived to the malt profile.
Overall: This beer is slightly better than Pabst but nothing special. As with almost all the beers I've had from Granite City Food & Brewery in Kansas city MO. This beer is hardly carbonated & unbalanced.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

08-22-2009 23:41:11 | More by simmons
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Listers

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

04-10-2012 16:25:28 | More by Listers
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Oxymoron

Colorado

1.88/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Granite City is a brewpub in a variety of different locations. I went to the Sioux Falls to sample their stuff.

The Northern Light Lager is an American Lager for the Bud drinkers out there. Very similar to most light macros, Northern Light has a lemony yellow appearance with limited head retention and lace to it. The beer was slightly cloudy as well. The smell was malty but nothing great.

The taste is all malt and corn and the strongest flavor of the beer. There is a bite to it from the hops that gives it a sweet and sour flavor to it. Much sweeter then you would see from a macro light lager. There really was no body to the beer and was lightly carbonated. I guess this was the beer to try if you like macros. Then why not just order a Bud Light?

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

10-26-2005 16:53:06 | More by Oxymoron
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Sampled at the Granite City Food and Brewery in Fargo, North Dakota.

Listed on the Beer Menu as "Brewed to the American standard of a classic lager, this light golden beer is our mildest offering with a creamy, smooth taste." - 4.5% ABV. 20 ounce Pint.

Appearance: Pale straw with some slow streamers and a thin whispy white head. Sliding crown cap was barely noticeable when the pint arrived, yet this soon races away to leave a rather flat looking brew.

Nose: Feint nose, a very low strength clean hop with a mild spice. Ebbing aromas and at times they seem non-existent.

Taste: Trite bitterness, soft weak hops with a citric edge and finish. Immensely clean with an unfettered very smooth profile. Pale flavors with a watery feel. Some toasted malt too, but then it dies quickly.

Mouthfeel: Thin and insipid at times, lighter than most with a feel that is let down overall with a depressed carbonation level.

Drinkability: Not one I would wish to try again, but I figured I would give it a whirl. Nothing surprising really, I hoped for more but expected nothing less than I got.

Overall: Northern Light Lager is a very appropriate moniker for this brew. Run-of-the-mill pale lager that obviously fills the BMC macro gap for those that need it, I didn’t.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

12-22-2006 05:19:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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SuperSpy

Georgia

2/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The appearance was what you would expect from American light. Very light golden color, and incredibly clear. A white head but it died quickly. Not as many bubbles rising as I expected though.

A little straw in the nose but not much else. No hops at all.

The taste had a bit of bread but was mostly just skunky. Typical light beer fashion. I was told this was all barley but I'm not so sure. Maybe a little diacytal?

The mouthfeel left a lot to be desired. Very little carbonation. I expect a chapagne like tingle with an Amercan lager and I DID NOT get that in this beer.

I would not drink this again. I didn't find any diference in this and your typical light macro. Give it to a buddy that will only touch Miller Light.

Serving type: nitro-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

10-07-2006 03:18:49 | More by SuperSpy
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msquared36

Ohio

2/5  rDev -32%

05-11-2014 00:25:05 | More by msquared36
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a 20oz Beer Stein

Appearance - Mildly hazy wet Golden Straw color, giving it a fairly unfiltered look to it. Pours a 1 finger head when poured aggressively.

Smell - Very Yeasty and fairly grassy with hints of sweet malts, giving it an almost sugar smell. The smell does get skunky once it starts to warm up.

Taste - Fairly sweet malty flavor with some pretty strong yeast and corn notes. There's also the adjunct lager flavors (rice, cooked corn, cereal grains, etc.) in there as well. Nothing too offensive, but nothing really good either.

Mouthfeel - In terms of drinkability, this is easy to drink. It's light in both carbonation, body (and flavor), which helps it make it easy to drink on the go.

Overall - It's a typical "Hot Summer Afternoon" beer, one that you would drink after doing some yard work or when just grilling out with friends. It's not by any means great, in fact I'd say this beer is fairly bad, but you could do worse...not that you'd want to.

Serving type: bottle
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

11-26-2011 20:38:53 | More by NuclearDolphin
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emerge077

Illinois

2.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"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.

Serving type: bottle
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

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

Iowa

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

06-17-2014 04:10:47 | More by LagerLout
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

03-15-2012 22:46:40 | More by muddyh2oblues
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

12-04-2013 23:20:00 | More by XmnwildX12
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I never saw this coming, a chain brewpub featuring a light lager! Can you believe that?!?!? (end sarcasm) Clear gold color with a failry sizable head. Smell is clean, slightly malty, grassy in a way. Taste is very bland, good for the stomach ulcer crowd, maybe a little more flavorfull than BMC, but maybe not. Very well carbonated, and drinkable enough. Granite City sure let me down...

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

03-14-2005 01:17:04 | More by TastyTaste
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pale yellow with a bright whiote head, with poor retention and spotty lacing. Smells and tastes like light hops and malt. So light that I can't describe either any better than to call them light.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Not offensive, but not a lot to like either. I will pass on this in the future.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

03-23-2012 22:39:22 | More by hardy008
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: growler
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

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

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -15%

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

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -15%

06-15-2014 15:16:21 | More by Hohnbaum
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Mick-e-d


2.5/5  rDev -15%

09-03-2012 17:16:48 | More by Mick-e-d
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Herky21

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev -15%

03-06-2013 14:39:11 | More by Herky21
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SweJon

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -15%

02-29-2012 05:17:01 | More by SweJon
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Nate

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -15%

03-09-2012 03:21:09 | More by Nate
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FosterJM

California

2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1430th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12oz

No bottle date
Thanks to my co-worker for bringing this back from Fargo

App- Standard gold lager colon with some dark colors throughout. A small 1/2" white head. No cling.

Smell- Not sure why, smells like my daughters finger paints, grass and dough.

Taste- It's a standard lager. Not very tasty. Retains the dough flavors and like description says the creaminess. It's crisp, just not very good.

Mouth- Light bodied and med/high carbonation. Residual grass and biscuit.

Drink- eh, only for the state tick. Never again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 4755 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

08-01-2012 02:32:20 | More by FosterJM
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BigRedN

Nebraska

2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fourth and final beer that was avaible at the Lincoln, NE location. Our waitress informed us that they would not be doing seasonals until next spring or summer due to limited capacity.

Appearance: Golden, bubbly, little to no head, no lacing. A macro in a pint glass.

Smell: First whiff - nothing. Second attempt - nothing. Stick my nose practically right in the beer - ah, slightly hoppy (or did I just get foam in my nose?).

Taste: Slightly better than a Bud Light (Does Bud Light have taste?). I can see where this would appeal to the the macro drinker.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, lightly carbonated. Little to draw one in.

Drinkability: High points as this was the purpose of the beer. I can understand why they would brew this. They get one to have this and the BMC drinker likes it, and hopefully will try one of the other beers. My Bud Light drinking friend did have one, and then ordered another Bud Light bottle. Idiot.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 6150 O St, Lincoln

11-07-2004 22:16:51 | More by BigRedN
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-23-2013 19:48:38 | More by jaydoc
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Northern Light Lager from Granite City Food & Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.