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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

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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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of FosterJM
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +28%

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5/5  rDev +70.6%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of hardy008
2.35/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of muddyh2oblues
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear golden orange color with a small, short-lived head. It left almost no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and grassy notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, grains and grasses. It had a mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a clean finish.

O - This is an okay light lager. It is certainly better than most mass produced light lagers.

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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 JackieTH
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of the eight beer sampler at Granite City in St. Louis Park. Color was light yellow and no foam by the time it arrived. No lacing. Not sure if there was a smell, it was light and mostly grainy if it was anything. Taste was crisp. Mild grain. Clean. Smooth. Perhaps a step above a BMC adjunct. Drinkable enough. Light mouthfeel and clean finish. Okay and average in all regards. It's advertised as their 'mildest' offering and that's exactly right.

Photo of FlandersNed
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
2.13/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of emerge077
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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