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Northern Light Lager - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 104
Avg: 2.86
pDev: 33.22%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-01-2002

Brewed to the American standard of a classic lager, this light golden beer is our mildest offering with a creamy, smooth taste.
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.03/5  rDev -29%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.91/5  rDev -33.2%
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?

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Photo of RBorsato
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Standard light straw color with nice carbonation. Light grainy almost adjunct type aroma and flavor with no hop character to speak of. Light bodied and a bit watery.

Not much there but decent enough to wash down some spicy wings.

Tasted On-Tap 05/11/05 at the Cedar Rapids, IA location.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.3/5  rDev -19.6%
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...

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Photo of BigRedN
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beernut7
3.44/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Northern Light Lager from Granite City Food & Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.